The 2017 Oscars has just passed and I’m sure most of us heard about the La La Land being wrongly named as Best Picture winner. With dreams coming true for Moonlight as they were named as the Best Picture winners, here is a list of 7 Best Picture Movies to watch in 2017.
All about Eve (1950)
The oldest movie to hold the highest number of Oscar nominations of 14 alongside Titanic and La La Land is All About Eve. The story follows aspiring actress Eve Harrington who after meeting a Broadway star Margo Channing becomes her apprentice. Though appearing to be innocent, Eve is manipulative and uses Margo to help her enter the theatre industry. A story about ambition and betrayal, All About Eve is the only film in Oscar history to receive four female acting nominations and has become a classic story.
The Godfather (1972)
The Godfather is known as one of the greatest gangster films in world cinema and has been deemed culturally, historically and aesthetically significant in film history. “Don” Vito Corleone the head of a Mafia clan in New York’s son Michael returns home from WWII as a war hero. After a series of unfortunate events, Don transfers his powerful position to Michael. When Don is shot by drug dealer Virgil Sollozzo, Michael wages a mob war against Sollozzo, leading to insolence, revenge and murder.
Rain Man (1988)
Known for dispelling misconceptions about autism, Rain Man is a story about two brothers who work their way through their limitations. Charlie Babbitt’s estranged father has passed away. Expecting to inherit a $3 million estate, he learns that its being held in trust for his autistic-savant older brother Raymond Babbitt that he never knew of. He attempts to gain custody of Raymond to get control of the money and brings him on a road trip. A touching story with humor and lingering attachments, this is a movie classic you won’t want to miss.
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
A horror show lover? You’ll love The Silence of the Lambs. It is the first and only horror movie so far to have won Best Picture. A psychopath “Buffalo Bill” is kidnapping and murdering young women. FBI trainee Clarice Starling is sent to gain insight from Dr Hannibal Lecter, a serial killer who cannibalises his victims, to catch Buffalo Bill. A plot with heinous killers, confronting psychological demons and mystery, this film will definitely give you goosebumps.
The ever famous love story to watch for your guilty pleasure. Titanic follows the love story between Rose DeWitt Bukater and Jack Dawson. Rose, a first class traveller, is intrigued by Jack, a third class artist, and they fall hopelessly in love with each other. The tragic love story adds emotion and attachment to the sinking of the Titanic in 1912, making us tear for the both the event and Rose’s lost love.
Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
Slumdog Millionaire follows Jamal Malik who enters the game show in India and is a question away to win 20 million rupees. Being a “slumdog” who has little education, he is detained and accused of cheating. To prove his innocence, he tells different chapters of his life through each question, revealing how he came to know the answers. Slumdog Millionaire has gained titles of “the film world’s first globalised masterpiece” and has been described as “a breathless, exciting story, heartbreaking and exhilarating”. Don’t forget to check out this amazing film.
The latest winner of the Best Picture! Moonlight follows Chiron’s childhood, adolescence and adulthood as he grows up in a rough neighbourhood. A story of a young man’s path to find himself through happiness, pain and love while dealing with his own sexuality. Moonlight has been praised to “offer a remarkable and brilliantly crafted look at lives too rarely seen in cinema” and to “strike plangent chords for anyone who has ever struggled with identity, or to find connections in a lonely worlds”. It is also the first film with an all African-American cast and LGBT film to win Best Picture so you’ll definitely want to watch this history making film!