Best Picture by Los Angeles Film Critics Association

All winners of the 'Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Picture' from 1975 through 2016.

Last updated: January 29th, 2017


Weight: 25


Detractions

  1. Limited to ~50 years or less (-50)
  2. Yearly award (-25)

Films (45)

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. Spotlight

Directed by Tom McCarthy | R | 128 min | 2015|

The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core.

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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. Gravity

Directed by Alfonso Cuarón | PG-13 | 91 min | 2013|

A medical engineer and an astronaut work together to survive after an accident leaves them adrift in space.

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5. Her

Directed by Spike Jonze | R | 126 min | 2013|

A lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with his newly-purchased operating system that's designed to meet his every need.

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6. Amour

Directed by Michael Haneke | PG-13 | 127 min | 2012|

Georges and Anne are an octogenarian couple. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, also a musician, lives in Britain with her family. One day, Anne has a stroke, and the couple's bond of love is severely tested.

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7. The Descendants

Directed by Alexander Payne | R | 115 min | 2011|

A land baron tries to reconnect with his two daughters after his wife is seriously injured in a boating accident.

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8. 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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9. 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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10. 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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11. There Will Be Blood

Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson | R | 158 min | 2007|

A story of family, religion, hatred, oil and madness, focusing on a turn-of-the-century prospector in the early days of the business.

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12. Letters from Iwo Jima

Directed by Clint Eastwood | R | 141 min | 2006|

The story of the battle of Iwo Jima between the United States and Imperial Japan during World War II, as told from the perspective of the Japanese who fought it.

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13. Brokeback Mountain

Directed by Ang Lee | R | 134 min | 2005|

The story of a forbidden and secretive relationship between two cowboys, and their lives over the years.

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14. 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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15. American Splendor

Directed by Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini | R | 101 min | 2003|

An original mix of fiction and reality illuminates the life of comic book hero everyman Harvey Pekar.

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16. About Schmidt

Directed by Alexander Payne | R | 125 min | 2002|

A man upon retirement embarks on a journey to his estranged daughter's wedding only to discover more about himself and life than he ever expected.

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17. In the Bedroom

Directed by Todd Field | R | 130 min | 2001|

A New England couple's college-aged son dates an older woman who has two small children and an unwelcome ex-husband.

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18. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Directed by Ang Lee | PG-13 | 120 min | 2000|

Two warriors in pursuit of a stolen sword and a notorious fugitive are led to an impetuous, physically skilled, adolescent nobleman's daughter, who is at a crossroads in her life.

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19. The Insider

Directed by Michael Mann | R | 157 min | 1999|

A research chemist comes under personal and professional attack when he decides to appear in a "60 Minutes" expose on Big Tobacco.

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20. 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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21. 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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22. Secrets & Lies

Directed by Mike Leigh | R | 136 min | 1996|

A successful black woman discovers that her birth mother is a lower-class white woman, but the woman denies it. As emotions run high, everyone's secrets are exposed.


23. Leaving Las Vegas

Directed by Mike Figgis | R | 111 min | 1995|

Ben Sanderson, an alcoholic Hollywood screenwriter who lost everything because of his drinking, arrives in Las Vegas to drink himself to death. There, he meets and forms an uneasy friendship and non-interference pact with prostitute Sera.

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24. Pulp Fiction

Directed by Quentin Tarantino | R | 154 min | 1994|

The lives of two mob hit men, a boxer, a gangster's wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption.

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25. 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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26. Unforgiven

Directed by Clint Eastwood | R | 131 min | 1992|

Retired Old West gunslinger William Munny reluctantly takes on one last job, with the help of his old partner and a young man.

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27. Bugsy

Directed by Barry Levinson | R | 136 min | 1991|

The story of how Bugsy Siegel started Las Vegas.

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28. 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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29. 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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30. Hope and Glory

Directed by John Boorman | PG-13 | 113 min | 1987|

A semi-autobiographical project by John Boorman about a nine year old boy called Bill as he grows up in London during the blitz of World War 2. For a young boy, this time in history was ...

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31. Little Dorrit

Directed by Christine Edzard | G | 357 min | 1987|

Arthur Clennam returns to London after working abroad for many years with his now deceased father. Almost at once he becomes involved in the problems of his mother's seamstress Amy Dorrit ...

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32. Hannah and Her Sisters

Directed by Woody Allen | PG-13 | 103 min | 1986|

Between two Thanksgivings two years apart, Hannah's husband falls in love with her sister Lee, while her hypochondriac ex-husband rekindles his relationship with her sister Holly.

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33. Brazil

Directed by Terry Gilliam | R | 132 min | 1985|

A bureaucrat in a retro-future world tries to correct an administrative error and himself becomes an enemy of the state.

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34. Amadeus

Directed by Milos Forman | R | 160 min | 1984|

The incredible story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, told by his peer and secret rival Antonio Salieri - now confined to an insane asylum.

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35. Terms of Endearment

Directed by James L. Brooks | PG | 132 min | 1983|

Follows hard-to-please Aurora looking for love and her daughter's family problems.

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36. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

Directed by Steven Spielberg | PG | 115 min | 1982|

A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape Earth and return to his home-world.

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37. Raging Bull

Directed by Martin Scorsese | R | 129 min | 1980|

An emotionally self-destructive boxer's journey through life, as the violence and temper that leads him to the top in the ring destroys his life outside it.

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38. Atlantic City

Directed by Louis Malle | R | 104 min | 1980|

In a corrupt city, a small-time gangster and the estranged wife of a pot dealer finds themselves thrown together in an escapade of love, money, drugs, and danger.

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39. Kramer vs. Kramer

Directed by Robert Benton | PG | 105 min | 1979|

Ted Kramer's wife leaves her husband, allowing for a lost bond to be rediscovered between Ted and his son, Billy. But a heated custody battle ensues over the divorced couple's son, deepening the wounds left by the separation.

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40. Coming Home

Directed by Hal Ashby | R | 127 min | 1978|

A woman whose husband is fighting in Vietnam falls in love with another man who suffered a paralyzing combat injury there.

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41. Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope

Directed by George Lucas | PG | 121 min | 1977|

Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a wookiee and two droids to save the galaxy from the Empire's world-destroying battle-station, while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the evil Darth Vader.

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42. Network

Directed by Sidney Lumet | R | 121 min | 1976|

A television network cynically exploits a deranged former anchor's ravings and revelations about the news media for its own profit.

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43. Rocky

Directed by John G. Avildsen | PG | 120 min | 1976|

Rocky Balboa, a small-time boxer, gets a supremely rare chance to fight the heavy-weight champion, Apollo Creed, in a bout in which he strives to go the distance for his self-respect.

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44. Dog Day Afternoon

Directed by Sidney Lumet | R | 125 min | 1975|

A man robs a bank to pay for his lover's operation; it turns into a hostage situation and a media circus.

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45. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Directed by Milos Forman | R | 133 min | 1975|

A criminal pleads insanity after getting into trouble again and once in the mental institution rebels against the oppressive nurse and rallies up the scared patients.

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