The 84th Academy Awards are on February 26th, but before a new Best Picture Oscar is awarded, let's figure out exactly what the best Best Movie of all time is.
The official voting period has ended. See the results below.
Total Votes: 467,848
Score = wins / total matches (recalculated every 5 minutes)
Gladiator not only established Ridley Scott as a marketable mainstream director, but also inspired a sequel about Maximus being revived by the ancient Roman gods to fight in wars for all eternity that was never made for some reason.
Schindler's List showed us that sometimes it takes unimaginable evil to inspire unimaginable good, and that if you want to make a flawless WWII movie or two, call Steven Spielberg.
"Best of" lists are like a box of chocolates, you'll never agree with the exact placement of each and every thing. Sorry. Forrest Gump didn't inspire the critical acclaim awarded to most Best Picture winners, but it did strike a chord with just about any human being who's ever had a heart, which explains why critics didn't like it much.
There's nothing to say about The Godfather that hasn't already been said. There's not a single element of the film that isn't at the very least incredible, if not perfect. There's never going to be a "best film ever", but chances are this is the closest we're going to get. Until whatever Batman film is next.
Peter Jackson's Return of the King is not only remarkable as a piece of filmmaking, but it's a fantasy film that made stuffy old people vote for it as the best film they saw in 12 months. It won every Oscar it was nominated for in 2003, totaling 11 wins and tying with Ben Hur and Titanic for the record of most wins for a single film. Yes, it's a monumental achievement in terms of scale and visual effects and acting and pacing and just about anything else, but it's also insanely awesome. "Ghost-kings riding dragons" awesome.