The Best Best Pictures
20) Slumdog Millionaire 2008
Danny Boyle masterfully directed this winner that inspired everyone to believe in themselves against all odds, and shout "Millinaire!" insensitively throughout 2009 at every opportunity.
19) A Beautiful Mind 2001
A curiously emotional math-thriller and a masterclass in performance art from before Russell Crowe went crazy and he was just great at acting like he was crazy.
18) Platoon 1986
Remember when Charlie Sheen was a serious actor who could portray the horror of Vietnam and not a drug-fueled catchphrase machine? Neither do we, that's why we need to watch Platoon again.
17) Titanic 1997
James Cameron's Titanic was the world's biggest movie until he decided he wanted to make a new world's biggest movie with alien cats. In short: if you want success, be James Cameron.
16) American Beauty 1999
Nothing raises a film's esteem like sad, confused characters. American Beauty went all-out. It takes a great script and a great director to turn a worried "hmm" into morose, thoughtful "hmm."