The 17 best movies of all time that weren’t nominated for a best-picture Oscar, according to critics


Over the course of 92 years of Oscars, plenty of worthy films have been overlooked in the best-picture race.
We listed the 17 best ones, based on their composite critic scores from reviews aggregator Metacritic.
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When it comes to the Oscars, we all remember the shocking and infamous best-picture upsets — like “Crash” over “Brokeback Mountain,” or “Shakespeare in Love” over “Saving Private Ryan.”

But there are also some iconic films that never even got nominated.

Many lauded films have lost out on a best-picture nomination. In the wake of this year’s Oscar nominations, we turned to the top movies of all time on reviews aggregator Metacritic to get a list of the best movies without best-picture Oscar nominations. These Academy-snubbed movies span from foreign masterpieces to animated classics. And there’s a lot of Hitchcock.

We cut the list off at 17, but the best movie of 2019 to not receive a best-picture nomination (based on Metacritic scores) was “Portrait of a Lady on Fire.” It has a score of 95 and ranks 47th on Metacritic’s best movies of all time.

Below are the 17 best films not nominated for best picture, based on Metacritic scores:

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17. “Dumbo” (1941)

Score: 96

Number of reviews: 11

This animated classic got the live-action remake treatment last year from director Tim Burton, but it doesn’t change the fact that it was never nominated for best picture. And the best animated feature Oscar wasn’t introduced for another 60 years.

16. “Psycho” (1960)

Score: 97

Number of reviews: 17

The first of Alfred Hitchock’s classic films to appear on this list, the original “Psycho” nabbed four nominations — including directing for Hitchcock — but failed to enter into the best-picture ring.

15. “Some Like It Hot” (1959)

Score: 97

Number of reviews: 19

This Marilyn Monroe starrer picked up a costume design trophy but wasn’t nominated for best picture, despite five other nominations — including best director Billy Wilder and best actor Jack Lemmon.

14. “4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days” (2007)

Score: 97

Number of reviews: 37

This Romanian film, about a woman who seeks an illegal abortion in the 1980s, managed to pick up a best foreign film nomination at the 2008 Golden Globes, but the Academy failed to even recognize it in this category at that year’s Oscars.

13. “The Third Man” (1949)

Score: 97

Number of reviews: 30

This murder mystery starring Orson Welles won an Oscar for black-and-white cinematography, and two more nominations.

21. “Hoop Dreams” (1994)

Score: 98

Number of reviews: 18

Not only did this basketball documentary not secure a best picture nomination, but it wasn’t nominated for best documentary feature, either, which is considered to be one of the biggest snubs in Oscar history.

11. “Rashomon” (1950)

Score: 98

Number of reviews: 18

This Japanese classic was awarded an honorary Oscar for best foreign film when it was released in the United States in 1951.

10. “North by Northwest” (1959)

Score: 98

Number of reviews: 16

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