I've been a big critic of the Oscars for years now, and I put together a list of the films from 1970 to now that I think should've been named Best Picture. These are just my opinions, but I think it's safe to assume that some of these movies should've been honored. 1970 "Patton" (a great movie that deserved it's Oscar win that year) 1971 "A Clockwork Orange" (the gritty crime-drama "The French Connection" took the award, but Kubrick's sometimes funny, sometimes horrifying look at the future England is still a haunting piece or artwork) 1972 "The Godfather" (next to "Citizen Kane" this is the greatest film ever made and it deserved it's Best Picture win) 1973 "The Exorcist" (though "The Sting" took the award, I feel that "The Exorcist" was clearly the best movie that year. I also think that "American Grafitti" was also a more deserving winner than "The Sting".) 1974 "The Godfather Part II" (the greatest sequel ever made and very deserving of it's win) 1975 "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" (another deserved win) 1976 "Taxi Driver" ("Rocky" took the Oscar, but Scorsese's masterpiece is the film I feel should've been honored) 1977 "Star Wars" ("Annie Hall" took the Oscar, but George Lucas' sci-fi tale transcended the genre and remains one of the most influential films ever made) 1978 "The Deer Hunter" (a strong case can be made for "Midnight Express", but "The Deer Hunter" was a deserving winner) 1979 "Apocalypse Now" (the sentimental "Kramer vs. Kramer" took the Oscar, but few can deny that Francis Ford Coppola's nightmarish view of Vietnam was the more deserving film) 1980 "Raging Bull" (Robert Redford's directorial debut "Ordinary People" took the Oscar, but Scorsese's tale of boxer Jake LaMotta was the film that should've won) 1981 "Reds" (while "Chariots of Fire" was a great movie, I think that "Reds" represents writer/director/producer Warren Beatty's greatest work) 1982 "Gandhi" (there's been a great debate over the years that Steven Spielberg's "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial" should've won the Oscar that year, but one can't argue with the towering acheivement that is Sir Richard Attenborough's "Gandhi") 1983 "Terms of Endearment" (a deserving winner) 1984 "Amadeus" (another deserving winner) 1985 "The Color Purple" (with 11 nods and no wins, including not even giving that year's DGA winner, Steven Spielberg, a nod, the Acadamy has been trying to live this down ever since. "Out of Africa" took the prize, but Spielberg's deft handling of the controversial novel should've been honored) 1986 "Platoon" (no arguing with this one) 1987 "Empire of the Sun" (the film wasn't even nominated, but I think Speilberg's tale was the best film of that year, the glossy Bertolucci film "The Last Emperor" took the top prize) 1988 "Rain Man" (a very deserving winner) 1989 "Glory" (another one that failed to even get nominated, but I feel this was clearly the best film of '89, "Driving Miss Daisy" won the top prize) 1990 "GoodFellas" (another overlooked gem of director Martin Scorsese, "Dances With Wolves" won the award that year) 1991 "The Silence of the Lambs" (while "JFK" is one of my favorite movies, it's hard to deny the greatness of Jonathan Demme's thriller) 1992 "Unforgiven" (a deserving winner) 1993 "Schindler's List" (easily the best film of the '90s and a richly deserved win) 1994 "Pulp Fiction" ("Forrest Gump" took the award, but few can argue with writer/director Quentin Tarantino's groundbreaking film being the better of the two) 1995 "Apollo 13" ("Braveheart" was a really good movie, but "Apollo 13" was a great movie in my opinion) 1996 "Fargo" (I never got why "The English Patient" won because the Coen brothers' dark comedy represents the two at the top of their game) 1997 "L.A. Confidential" ("Titanic" took the top prize, but "L.A. Confidential" was clearly the best film of that year) 1998 "Saving Private Ryan" (how "Shakespeare in Love" won this award I'll never know) 1999 "American Beauty" (a very deserving winner) 2000 "Traffic" (I love "Gladiator", but "Traffic" was clearly the better of the two in my opinion) Again, these are just my opinions.