Thursday, January 26, 2012

Which is Better?

70’s Best Picture Winners
10 sample films:

The French Connection
The Godfather
The Sting
The Godfather Part II
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Annie Hall
The Deer Hunter
Kramer vs. Kramer


Post 70’s Best Picture Winners
10 sample films:

No Country for Old Men
American Beauty
The Silence of the Lambs
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Schindler’s List
The Hurt Locker

Which do you prefer? Let us know in the comments section


  1. Dam when you put it like this, I makes me remember why I do love the Oscars (a bit) I have to go with post 70s but the 70s films are some of the greatest films of that decade or any other.

  2. It's hard to top that run in the 70s. I would give it the edge simply because anything from that list would trump Crash, one of the worst Best Picture winners I can think of.

  3. Phips5:56 pm

    Damn, Ive always liked these Which Is Better posts but this one is unique..hopefully there's more like this leading up to the Oscars.

    This is tough...Im gonna have to go Post-70s. Both lists have great films in them but the Post-70s have more films that I enjoyed compared to the 70s list.

  4. I thought I'd go for post-70s, but on checking the full list... damn, some pretty bad-to-average movies won Best Picture in the years since - especially in the 90s, a decade which (brace yourself) could genuinely challenge the 70s as a decade of cinema.

    So 70s it is.

  5. Damm, I've barely seen the 70's best picture winners. Of those I remember Rocky the clearest, and I really didn't like Rocky! I'm going to say post-70's for now (American Beauty, Schindler's List, Return of the King and No Country For Old Men are some of my favourite films), but once I've caught up on my 70's viewing I may have to change my mind!

  6. Well, with the much larger range of movies to pick the 10 best from, Post 70s is the easy winner. Even if you restrict it to just the 10 Post 70s winners listed here, I would still give a slight edge to Post 70s.

    On a related note, if you REALLY want to get discussion going, I suggest you ask about movie years. Is 1939 better (Gone with the Wind, The Wizard of Oz, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Stagecoach, The Rules of the Game, Ninotchka, Wuthering Heights, Of Mice and Men, Young Mr. Lincoln, Only Angels Have Wings, etc.) or is 1994 better (Pulp Fiction, Forrest Gump, Shawshank Redemption, Hoop Dreams, Immortal Beloved, True Lies, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Once Were Warriors, Leon: The Professional, The Lion King, etc. How about 1999? 1974? 1954?

    (I've thought about doing this on my own site, but I would have obviously been ripping off the concept from here, so I never did.)

  7. I would have to say the 70s as well. Despite having 30 years to play with, no combination of films could touch that run in the 70s.

  8. @Chip Lary - I may actually use the years idea in the future. Thanks for the suggestion.

    Feel free to adopt this idea for your site if you want. I do not mind at all. I know this particular feature already inspired Sam over at Duke and the Movies to start his Battle of the Directors feature.


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