Audiences and the Academy don’t always agree. If Oscar were the one true indicator, the "best" movies of the past 25 years would be Best Picture winners such as Birdman, 12 Years a Slave, Argo and The Artist. And while those are excellent movies, they aren’t even mentioned on this new list of beloved movies selected by fans.
Vanity Fair broke down the movies that were selected as the top movie of each year by IMDB users. Interestingly enough, the films of Leonardo DiCaprio dominated the frame… even though the Academy has yet to recognize Leo’s greatness. Christopher Nolan also performed very well with IMDB users, while familiar names like Quentin Tarantino, Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese also felt the love. If IMDB selected the year-end winners instead of the Academy, the "Best" movies from the past 25 years would look like this. Do you agree?
Goodfellas (1990)Is Goodfellas Martin Scorsese’s best film? That argument could be heard. It’s certainly the most Scorsese of the director’s pictures, bringing all of the trumped up Italian clichés and criminal beats that audiences associate with his work (whether unfairly or not). While countless gangster movies strive to escape from the shadow of The Godfather, Goodfellas managed to be its own vicious, unpredictable animal… which is what makes it so unforgettable.
Best Picture Winner: Dances With Wolves
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)The movie to redefined Anthony Hopkins’ on-screen persona, bringing the character of Hannibal Lecter back to the big screen (after he was portrayed by Brian Cox in Manhunter) and establishing a terrifying mentorship with Clarice (Jodie Foster). We never looked at fava beans the same way again.
Best Picture Winner: The Silence of the Lambs
Reservoir Dogs (1992)I’m not sure the world knew how to react to Quentin Tarantino when Reservoir Dogs first hit. Characters rarely talked (or behaved) this way on screen. And the violence! Over the years, as Tarantino’s legacy grew, Dogs landed on a pedestal, and few have knocked it from that perch.
Best Picture Winner: Unforgiven