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With the 88th Academy Awards getting closer and closer, the hype is increasing considerably. Who will finally get their due and who will inevitably get snubbed?

To get you even more excited for this year's Oscars here are 11 movies which are so amazing that you wouldn't believe they didn't win Best Picture:

1. Pulp Fiction (1994)

Best Picture Winner: Forrest Gump (1994)

Pulp Fiction (1994) is arguably one of the most influential movies of all time, with its non-linear storyline, unique dialogue, aestheticization of violence and numerous pop-culture references.

However, at the 1995 Academy Awards both Pulp Fiction (1994) and The Shawshank Redemption (1994) were beaten by Robert Zemeckis' epic romantic-comedy-drama Forrest Gump (1994).

2. Fargo (1996)

Best Picture Winner: The English Patient (1996)

When it comes to Academy Award recognition, the Coen brothers really can't complain, with both Ethan and Joel winning 4 awards each.

However, it was almost shocking when in 1997, the violent, but also funny and quirky, neo-noir black comedy crime thriller (what a genre!) Fargo (1996), was beaten in the Best Picture category by the WWII romantic drama The English Patient (1996).

3. Raging Bull (1980)

Best Picture Winner: Ordinary People (1980)

Raging Bull (1980) is considered to be one of the greatest movies of all time, perfectly capturing the rise and fall of boxer Jake LaMotta in a uniquely violent fashion, but it still somehow didn't win Best Picture.

The award went to Robert Redford's drama Ordinary People (1980), which marked his directorial debut.

4. Goodfellas (1990)

Best Picture Winner: Dances With Wolves (1990)

Goodfellas (1990) marks yet another occasion on which Martin Scorsese was undeservedly snubbed. The film is hard-hitting and extremely stylish and it is full of marvelous performances (most notably Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci and Robert De Niro).

Nevertheless, Kevin Costner's epic western war film, Dances With Wolves (1990) won Best Picture in what is now known as one of the most controversial Academy Awards wins of all time.

5. Citizen Kane (1941)

Best Picture Winner: How Green Was My Valley (1941)

It is hardly a surprise that Citizen Kane (1941) is regarded by many (including the American Film Institute) as the greatest movie of all time. With its revolutionary cinematography, music, and narrative structure the movie is still a sight to behold.

However, Citizen Kane (1941) while ahead of its time, was underappreciated at the time of its release, flopping at the box-office and losing Best Picture to How Green Was My Valley (1941).

6. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

Best Picture Winner: Chariots of Fire (1981)

Chariots of Fire (1981) is one of the best sports movies ever made, but winning Best Picture over Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) is simply an act of injustice.

The first installment of the Indiana Jones franchise is incredibly entertaining, but also stylish and intense, reaching a hallmark in the adventure action movie genre. Although, Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) still won 4 Academy Awards (Best Sound, Best Film Editing, Best Visual Effects, and Best Art Direction-Set Decoration), it feels like it deserved a lot more.

7. The Social Network (2010)

Best Picture Winner: The King's Speech (2010)

The Social Network (2010) is a riveting, dynamic and highly perceptive film that gives us a comprehensive peek into the modern world of technology and business.

Nevertheless, David Fincher has never gotten enough love from the Academy and this was just another example of this fact as they declared the British historical drama The King's Speech (2010) as Best Picture winner.

8. Brokeback Mountain (2004)

Best Picture Winner: Crash (2004)

Brokeback Mountain (2004) is a truly courageous film, filled with moving performances (namely by Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal and Michelle Williams) that perfectly depicts a complex same-sex relationship.

Despite the fact that the movie won three Academy Awards (Best Director - Ang Lee, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Original Score), seeing it lose to a flawed film like Crash (2004) is a really hard thing to process.

9. Apocalypse Now (1979)

Best Picture Winner: Kramer vs Kramer (1979)

I get it, the main reason why Kramer vs Kramer (1979) won Best Picture in 1980 was because it focuses on a theme that hadn't been explored in such depth in cinema before - the diverse impact of the divorce of a married couple.

Yet, Apocalypse Now (1979) gives us Francis Ford Coppola at his best in what is the greatest movie about the Vietnam War, which is depicted in a painfully realistic, dark and twisted fashion.

10. Saving Private Ryan (1998)

Best Picture Winner: Shakespeare in Love (1998)

Sure, Saving Private Ryan (1998) had 11 Academy Award nominations, winning awards for Best Cinematography, Best Sound, Best Sound Effects Editing, Best Film Editing, and Best Director for Steven Spielberg.

However, the WWII masterpiece shockingly lost the race for Best Picture to the romantic comedy-drama Shakespeare in Love (1998).

11. There Will Be Blood (2007)

Best Picture Winner: No Country for Old Men (2007)

This one was definitely a close call with both movies having their long lists of merits.

Moreover, it is more than obvious than in another year, Paul Thomas Anderson's perfectly accurate depiction of the American spirit in There Will Be Blood (2007) would have brought him home the Best Picture award, but in 2008 it just wasn't meant to be.

Source: IMDb

So, there you have it, I hope that you have enjoyed reading this article! Which movie in Oscar history do you think should have won Best Picture but didn't?


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