The Best Best Pictures
15) The Hurt Locker 2009
War is hell. War movies are awesome. Kathryn Bigelow became the first female director ever awarded an Oscar (or 6 of them) that night, and Jeremy Renner went on to be in every movie ever since then.
14) Rain man 1988
The handling of mental illnesses is what separates the Oscar-worthy films from the "Oh yikes" ones. Rain Man's central performance was assured, sensitive, and powerful. Tom Cruise was fine.
13) No Country For Old Men 2007
The Coen Brothers were responsible for this smart, unbearably tense thriller. Javier Bardem was responsible for the incredible performance behind his terrifying villain. The make-up department was responsible for his equally terrifying haircut.
12) Casablanca 1943
Casablanca is one of the most critically and culturally beloved movies of all time. It's especially loved by people with nothing interesting to say in conversation who know that "Play it again, Sam" is a misquote, and who don't know that everyone knows that now.
11) Braveheart 1995
The most common complaint lobbied against Braveheart is that Mel Gibson isn't an authentic Scotsman. Considering how often Scottish people drink and fight, this piece of casting may retrospectively go down in history as one of the best.