Best Picture by Chicago Film Critics Association

All winners of the 'Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Picture' from 1988 through 2016.

Last updated: March 5th, 2017


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Detractions

  1. Limited to ~25 years or less (-60)
  2. Yearly award (-25)

Films (29)

1. Moonlight

Directed by Barry Jenkins | R | 111 min | 2016|

A timeless story of human self-discovery and connection, Moonlight chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami.

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2. Mad Max: Fury Road

Directed by George Miller | R | 120 min | 2015|

A woman rebels against a tyrannical ruler in postapocalyptic Australia in search for her home-land with the help of a group of female prisoners, a psychotic worshipper, and a drifter named Max.

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3. Boyhood

Directed by Richard Linklater | R | 165 min | 2014|

The life of Mason, from early childhood to his arrival at college.

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4. 12 Years a Slave

Directed by Steve McQueen | R | 134 min | 2013|

In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.

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5. Zero Dark Thirty

Directed by Kathryn Bigelow | R | 157 min | 2012|

A chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy S.E.A.L.s Team 6 in May 2011.

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6. The Tree of Life

Directed by Terrence Malick | PG-13 | 139 min | 2011|

The story of a family in Waco, Texas in 1956. The eldest son witnesses the loss of innocence and struggles with his parents' conflicting teachings.

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7. The Social Network

Directed by David Fincher | PG-13 | 120 min | 2010|

Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg creates the social networking site that would become known as Facebook, but is later sued by two brothers who claimed he stole their idea, and the co-founder who was later squeezed out of the business.

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8. WALL·E

Directed by Andrew Stanton | G | 98 min | 2008|

In the distant future, a small waste-collecting robot inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind.

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9. The Hurt Locker

Directed by Kathryn Bigelow | R | 131 min | 2008|

During the Iraq War, a Sergeant recently assigned to an army bomb squad is put at odds with his squad mates due to his maverick way of handling his work.

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10. No Country for Old Men

Directed by Ethan Coen, Joel Coen | R | 122 min | 2007|

Violence and mayhem ensue after a hunter stumbles upon a drug deal gone wrong and more than two million dollars in cash near the Rio Grande.

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11. The Departed

Directed by Martin Scorsese | R | 151 min | 2006|

An undercover cop and a mole in the police attempt to identify each other while infiltrating an Irish gang in South Boston.

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12. Sideways

Directed by Alexander Payne | R | 126 min | 2004|

Two men reaching middle age with not much to show but disappointment embark on a week-long road trip through California's wine country, just as one is about to take a trip down the aisle.

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13. Crash

Directed by Paul Haggis | R | 112 min | 2004|

Los Angeles citizens with vastly separate lives collide in interweaving stories of race, loss and redemption.

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14. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Directed by Peter Jackson | PG-13 | 201 min | 2003|

Gandalf and Aragorn lead the World of Men against Sauron's army to draw his gaze from Frodo and Sam as they approach Mount Doom with the One Ring.

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15. Far from Heaven

Directed by Todd Haynes | PG-13 | 107 min | 2002|

In 1950s Connecticut, a housewife faces a marital crisis and mounting racial tensions in the outside world.

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16. Mulholland Drive

Directed by David Lynch | R | 147 min | 2001|

After a car wreck on the winding Mulholland Drive renders a woman amnesiac, she and a perky Hollywood-hopeful search for clues and answers across Los Angeles in a twisting venture beyond dreams and reality.

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17. Almost Famous

Directed by Cameron Crowe | R | 122 min | 2000|

A high-school boy is given the chance to write a story for Rolling Stone Magazine about an up-and-coming rock band as he accompanies it on their concert tour.

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18. American Beauty

Directed by Sam Mendes | R | 122 min | 1999|

A sexually frustrated suburban father has a mid-life crisis after becoming infatuated with his daughter's best friend.

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19. Saving Private Ryan

Directed by Steven Spielberg | R | 169 min | 1998|

Following the Normandy Landings, a group of U.S. soldiers go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper whose brothers have been killed in action.

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20. L.A. Confidential

Directed by Curtis Hanson | R | 138 min | 1997|

As corruption grows in 1950s LA, three policemen - one strait-laced, one brutal, and one sleazy - investigate a series of murders with their own brand of justice.

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21. Fargo

Directed by Joel Coen, Ethan Coen | R | 98 min | 1996|

Jerry Lundegaard's inept crime falls apart due to his and his henchmen's bungling and the persistent police work of the quite pregnant Marge Gunderson.

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22. Apollo 13

Directed by Ron Howard | PG | 140 min | 1995|

NASA must devise a strategy to return Apollo 13 to Earth safely after the spacecraft undergoes massive internal damage putting the lives of the three astronauts on board in jeopardy.

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23. Hoop Dreams

Directed by Steve James | PG-13 | 170 min | 1994|

A film following the lives of two inner-city Chicago boys who struggle to become college basketball players on the road to going professional.

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24. Schindler's List

Directed by Steven Spielberg | R | 195 min | 1993|

In German-occupied Poland during World War II, Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazi Germans.

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25. Malcolm X

Directed by Spike Lee | PG-13 | 202 min | 1992|

Biographical epic of the controversial and influential Black Nationalist leader, from his early life and career as a small-time gangster, to his ministry as a member of the Nation of Islam.

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26. The Silence of the Lambs

Directed by Jonathan Demme | R | 118 min | 1991|

A young F.B.I. cadet must confide in an incarcerated and manipulative killer to receive his help on catching another serial killer who skins his victims.

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27. Goodfellas

Directed by Martin Scorsese | R | 146 min | 1990|

Henry Hill and his friends work their way up through the mob hierarchy.

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28. Do the Right Thing

Directed by Spike Lee | R | 120 min | 1989|

On the hottest day of the year on a street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, everyone's hate and bigotry smolders and builds until it explodes into violence.

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29. Mississippi Burning

Directed by Alan Parker | R | 128 min | 1988|

Two FBI agents with wildly different styles arrive in Mississippi to investigate the disappearance of some civil rights activists.

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