Chariots of Fire

Movie: Chariots of Fire Release Date: March 30, 1981 Director: Hugh Hudson Starring: Ben Cross, Ian Charleson, Nigel Havers, Cheryl Campbell, Alice Krige, Lindsay Anderson, Dennis Christopher, Nigel Davenport, Brad Davis, Peter Egan, John Gielgud, Ian Holm, Patrick Magee Personal History: Watched Before Rating: 8 Oscars out of 10 Nominated for seven Academy Awards and…

Ordinary People

Movie: Ordinary People Release Date: September 19, 1980 Director: Robert Redford Starring: Mary Tyler Moore, Donald Sutherland, Timothy Hutton, Judd Hirsch Personal History: Watched Before Rating: 8.5 Oscars out of 10 I have finally made it to the greatest decade ever – the 1980’s – on my Academy Award Best Picture Movie Challenge. That decade…

Kramer vs. Kramer

Movie: Kramer vs. Kramer Release Date: December 19, 1979 Director: Robert Benton Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Meryl Streep, Jane Alexander, Justin Henry Personal History: Watched Before Rating: 9.5 Oscars out of 10 ‘Kramer vs. Kramer’ was a huge commercial and critical success in 1979. Not only was it the highest-grossing film of that year, it managed…

The Deer Hunter

Movie: The Deer Hunter Release Date: December 8, 1978 Director: Michael Cimino Starring: Robert De Niro, John Cazale, John Savage, Meryl Streep, Christopher Walken Personal History: Never Watched Before Rating: 7.75 Oscars out of 10 The Academy really loves their epic dramas that surround the topic of war. I think I have watched more war…

Rocky

Movie: Rocky Release Date: November 21, 1976 Director: John G. Avildsen Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers, Burgess Meredith Personal History: Watched Before Rating: 9.5 Oscars out of 10 ‘Rocky’ was both a huge commercial and critical success when it was released back in 1976. It was the highest-grossing film that year…

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Movie: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest Release Date: November 19, 1975 Director: Milos Forman Starring: Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, William Redfield Personal History: Watched Before Rating: 9 Oscars out of 10 ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ is considered one of the greatest movies ever made despite having “reserved” praise when it was initially…

The Godfather Part II

Movie: The Godfather Part II Release Date: December 12, 1974 Director: Francis Ford Coppola Starring: Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, Robert De Niro, Talia Shire, Morgana King, John Cazale, Mariana Hill, Lee Strasberg Personal History: Watched Before Rating: 7.25 Oscars out of 10 ‘The Godfather Part II’ was a commercial success when it was…

The Godfather

Movie: The Godfather Release Date: March 14, 1972 Director: Francis Ford Coppola Starring: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Richard Castellano, Robert Duvall, Sterling Hayden, John Marley, Richard Conte, Diane Keaton Personal History: Watched Before Rating: 7.75 Oscars out of 10 With ‘Patton,’ ‘The French Connection‘ and now ‘The Godfather,’ there was a very testosteroney…

Midnight Cowboy

Movie: Midnight Cowboy Release Date: May 25, 1969 Director: John Schlesinger Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Jon Voight, Brenda Vaccaro, John McGiver, Ruth White, Sylvia Miles, Barnard Hughes Personal History: Watched Before Rating: 8 Oscars out of 10 ‘Midnight Cowboy’ is the only movie in the history of Hollywood to be rated ‘X’ and win the Best…

In the Heat of the Night

Movie: In the Heat of the Night Release Date: August 2, 1967 Director: Norman Jewison Starring: Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Warren Oates, Lee Grant Personal History: Never Watched Before Rating: 9 Oscars out of 10 It is rare that after watching a movie I ask myself, “Why the hell have I not seen this film…