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'Great Pictures' Not Nominated for Best Picture (Part 1): Athough the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences® has awarded many deserving honors to its top nominees over the years (Academy Awards® Winners from 1927/8 to the present), there were many other Great Films Entirely Overlooked for Best Picture.

Please note: Oscar omissions and losses are also described for each year in the complete Oscar history found on this site.



'Great Pictures' Not Nominated
For A Best Picture Academy Award®

See List of Best Picture Winners

Year
Alternative Nominee(s) for Best Picture
Best Picture Nominees and Winners
1927/28
Not Nominated for Best Picture: Sunrise (4 Nominations; 2 wins, one as 'Best Unique and Artistic Picture'), Metropolis (0 Nominations, not eligible)
'Best Production' Nominees: The Last Command, The Racket, Seventh Heaven, The Way of All Flesh
'Best Production' Winner: Wings
1928/29
Not Nominated for Best Picture: The Wedding March (0 Nominations), The Wind (0 Nominations)
'Best Production' Nominees: Alibi, Hollywood Revue, In Old Arizona, The Patriot
'Best Production' Winner: Broadway Melody
1929/30
Not Nominated for Best Picture: Applause (0 Nominations)
Best Picture Nominees: The Big House, Disraeli, The Divorcee, The Love Parade
Best Picture Winner: All Quiet on the Western Front
1930/31
Not Nominated for Best Picture: Little Caesar (1 Nomination, 0 Wins), Public Enemy (1 Nomination, 0 Wins) City Lights (0 Nominations), Dracula (0 Nominations), Frankenstein (0 Nominations)
Best Picture Nominees: Skippy, East Lynne, The Front Page, Trader Horn
Best Picture Winner: Cimarron
1931/32
Not Nominated for Best Picture: Scarface: The Shame of the Nation (0 Nominations)
Best Picture Nominees: Arrowsmith, Bad Girl, The Champ, Five Star Final, One Hour With You, Shanghai Express, Smiling Lieutenant
Best Picture Winner: Grand Hotel
1932/33
Not Nominated for Best Picture: Dinner at Eight (0 Nominations), Duck Soup (0 Nominations), King Kong (0 Nominations), Queen Christina (0 Nominations), Trouble in Paradise (0 Nominations)
Best Picture Nominees: A Farewell to Arms, 42nd Street, I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang, Lady for a Day, Little Women, The Private Life of Henry VIII, She Done Him Wrong, Smilin' Thru, State Fair
Best Picture Winner: Cavalcade
1934
Not Nominated for Best Picture: It's a Gift (0 Nominations), The Scarlet Empress (0 Nominations)
Best Picture Nominees: The Barretts of Wimpole Street, Cleopatra, Flirtation Walk, The Gay Divorcee, Here Comes the Navy, The House of Rothschild, Imitation of Life, One Night of Love, The Thin Man, Viva Villa, The White Parade
Best Picture Winner: It Happened One Night
1935
Not Nominated for Best Picture: Bride of Frankenstein (0 Nominations), A Night at the Opera (0 Nominations), The 39 Steps (0 Nominations, not eligible)
Best Picture Nominees: Alice Adams, Broadway Melody of 1936, Captain Blood, David Copperfield, The Informer, Les Miserables, Lives of a Bengal Lancer, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Naughty Marietta, Ruggles of Red Gap, Top Hat
Best Picture Winner: Mutiny on the Bounty
1936
Not Nominated for Best Picture: My Man Godfrey (6 Nominations, 0 Wins), Swing Time (1 Nomination, 1 Win), Fury (1 Nomination, 0 Wins), Modern Times (0 Nominations), Show Boat (0 Nominations)
Best Picture Nominees: Anthony Adverse, Dodsworth, Libeled Lady, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, Romeo and Juliet, San Francisco, The Story of Louis Pasteur, A Tale of Two Cities, Three Smart Girls
Best Picture Winner: The Great Ziegfeld
1937
Not Nominated for Best Picture: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1 Nomination, 0 Wins)
Best Picture Nominees: The Awful Truth, Captains Courageous, Dead End, The Good Earth, In Old Chicago, Lost Horizon, One Hundred Men and a Girl, Stage Door, A Star is Born
Best Picture Winner: The Life of Emile Zola
1938
Not Nominated for Best Picture: Angels With Dirty Faces (3 Nominations, 0 Wins), Bringing Up Baby, (0 Nominations), The Lady Vanishes (0 Nominations)
Best Picture Nominees: The Adventures of Robin Hood, Alexander's Ragtime Band, Boys Town, The Citadel, Four Daughters, Grand Illusion, Jezebel, Pygmalion, Test Pilot
Best Picture Winner: You Can't Take It With You
1939
Not Nominated for Best Picture: Destry Rides Again (0 Nominations), Gunga Din (0 Nominations), The Women (0 Nominations)
Best Picture Nominees: Dark Victory, Goodbye, Mr. Chips, Love Affair, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Ninotchka, Of Mice and Men, Stagecoach, The Wizard of Oz, Wuthering Heights
Best Picture Winner: Gone With The Wind
1940
Not Nominated for Best Picture: The Sea Hawk (4 Nominations, 0 Wins), Pinocchio (2 Nominations, 2 Wins), His Girl Friday (0 Nominations), The Shop Around the Corner (0 Nominations)
Best Picture Nominees: All This, and Heaven Too, Foreign Correspondent, The Grapes of Wrath, The Great Dictator, Kitty Foyle, The Letter, The Long Voyage Home, Our Town, The Philadelphia Story
Best Picture Winner: Rebecca
1941
Not Nominated for Best Picture: That Hamilton Woman (4 Nominations, 1 Win), Ball of Fire (4 Nominations, 0 Wins), Meet John Doe (1 Nomination, 0 Wins)
Best Picture Nominees: Blossoms in the Dust, Citizen Kane, Here Comes Mr. Jordan, Hold Back the Dawn, The Little Foxes, The Maltese Falcon, One Foot in Heaven, Sergeant York, Suspicion
Best Picture Winner: How Green Was My Valley
1942
Not Nominated for Best Picture: To Be or Not to Be (1 Nomination, 0 Wins), The Palm Beach Story (0 Nominations), Sullivan's Travels (0 Nominations),
Best Picture Nominees: The Invaders, Kings Row, The Magnificent Ambersons, The Pied Piper, The Pride of the Yankees, Random Harvest, The Talk of the Town, Wake Island, Yankee Doodle Dandy
Best Picture Winner: Mrs. Miniver
1943
Not Nominated for Best Picture: Shadow of a Doubt (1 Nomination, 0 Wins)
Best Picture Nominees: For Whom the Bell Tolls, Heaven Can Wait, The Human Comedy, In Which We Serve, Madame Curie, The More the Merrier, The Ox-Bow Incident, The Song of Bernadette, Watch on the Rhine
Best Picture Winner: Casablanca
1944
Not Nominated for Best Picture: Laura (5 Nominations, 1 Win), Meet Me in St. Louis (4 Nominations, 0 Wins), Lifeboat (3 Nominations, 0 Wins), Hail the Conquering Hero (1 Nomination, 0 Wins), The Miracle of Morgan's Creek (1 Nomination, 0 Wins), The Curse of the Cat People (0 Nominations), Murder, My Sweet (0 Nominations), The Suspect (0 Nominations)
Best Picture Nominees: Double Indemnity, Gaslight, Since You Went Away, Wilson
Best Picture Winner: Going My Way
1945
Not Nominated for Best Picture: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (2 Nominations, 1 Win), They Were Expendable (2 Nominations, 0 Wins), Scarlet Street (0 Nominations)
Best Picture Nominees: Anchors Aweigh, The Bells of St. Mary's, Mildred Pierce, Spellbound
Best Picture Winner: The Lost Weekend
1946
Not Nominated for Best Picture: Brief Encounter (3 Nominations, 0 Wins), Notorious (2 Nominations, 0 Wins), The Big Sleep (0 Nominations), Gilda (0 Nominations), My Darling Clementine (0 Nominations), The Postman Always Rings Twice (0 Nominations)
Best Picture Nominees: Henry V, It's A Wonderful Life, The Razor's Edge, The Yearling
Best Picture Winner: The Best Years of Our Lives
1947
Not Nominated for Best Picture: Black Narcissus (2 Nominations, 2 Wins), Monsieur Verdoux (1 Nomination, 0 Wins), Nightmare Alley (0 Nominations), Out of the Past (0 Nominations)
Best Picture Nominees: The Bishop's Wife, Crossfire, Great Expectations, Miracle on 34th Street
Best Picture Winner: Gentleman's Agreement
1948
Not Nominated for Best Picture: Red River (2 Nominations, 0 Wins), Fort Apache (0 Nominations), Letter From an Unknown Woman (0 Nominations), Oliver Twist (0 Nominations)
Best Picture Nominees: Johnny Belinda, The Red Shoes, The Snake Pit, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
Best Picture Winner: Hamlet
1949
Not Nominated for Best Picture: On the Town (1 Nomination, 1 Win), White Heat (1 Nomination, 0 Wins), Gun Crazy (0 Nominations), They Live By Night (0 Nominations)
Best Picture Nominees: Battleground, The Heiress, A Letter to Three Wives, Twelve O'Clock High
Best Picture Winner: All The King's Men
1950
Not Nominated for Best Picture: The Asphalt Jungle (4 Nominations, 0 Wins), The Third Man (3 Nominations, 1 Win), In a Lonely Place (0 Nominations), Winchester '73 (0 Nominations)
Best Picture Nominees: Born Yesterday, Father of the Bride, King Solomon's Mines, Sunset Boulevard
Best Picture Winner: All About Eve
1951
Not Nominated for Best Picture: The African Queen (4 Nominations, 1 Win), The Big Carnival/Ace in the Hole (1 Nomination, 0 Wins), Strangers on a Train (1 Nomination, 0 Wins), The Day the Earth Stood Still (0 Nominations), The Thing (0 Nominations)
Best Picture Nominees: Decision Before Dawn, A Place in the Sun, Quo Vadis?, A Streetcar Named Desire
Best Picture Winner: An American in Paris
1952
Not Nominated for Best Picture: The Bad and the Beautiful (6 Nominations, 5 Wins), Singin' in The Rain (2 Nominations, 0 Wins), The Member of the Wedding (1 Nomination, 0 Wins), Pat and Mike (1 Nomination, 0 Wins), Rancho Notorious (0 Nominations)
Best Picture Nominees: High Noon, Ivanhoe, Moulin Rouge, The Quiet Man
Best Picture Winner: The Greatest Show on Earth
1953
Not Nominated for Best Picture: Stalag 17 (3 Nominations, 1 Win), The Band Wagon (3 Nominations, 0 Wins), The Big Heat (0 Nominations)
Best Picture Nominees: Julius Caesar, The Robe, Roman Holiday, Shane
Best Picture Winner: From Here to Eternity
1954
Not Nominated for Best Picture: A Star is Born (6 Nominations, 0 Wins), Rear Window (4 Nominations, 0 Wins), Johnny Guitar (0 Nominations)
Best Picture Nominees: The Caine Mutiny, The Country Girl, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Three Coins in the Fountain
Best Picture Winner: On the Waterfront
1955
Not Nominated for Best Picture: Oklahoma! (4 Nominations, 2 Wins), East of Eden (4 Nominations, 1 Win), The Blackboard Jungle (4 Nominations, 0 Wins), To Catch a Thief (3 Nominations, 1 Win), Bad Day at Black Rock (3 Nominations, 0 Wins), Rebel Without a Cause (3 Nominations, 0 Wins), The Night of the Hunter (0 Nominations), Kiss Me Deadly (0 Nominations)
Best Picture Nominees: Love is a Many-Splendored Thing, Mister Roberts, Picnic, The Rose Tattoo
Best Picture Winner: Marty
1956
Not Nominated for Best Picture: Lust for Life (4 Nominations, 1 Win), The Bad Seed (4 Nominations, 0 Wins), Written on the Wind (3 Nominations, 1 Win), High Society (3 Nominations, 0 Wins), The Seven Samurai (2 Nominations, 0 Wins), The Man Who Knew Too Much (1 Nomination, 1 Win), Bus Stop (1 Nomination, 0 Wins), Richard III (1 Nomination, 0 Wins), The Killing (0 Nominations), Invasion of the Body Snatchers (0 Nominations), The Searchers (0 Nominations)
Best Picture Nominees: Friendly Persuasion, Giant, The King and I, The Ten Commandments
Best Picture Winner: Around the World in 80 Days
1957
Not Nominated for Best Picture: A Face in the Crowd (0 Nominations), Paths of Glory (0 Nominations), Sweet Smell of Success (0 Nominations)
Best Picture Nominees: Peyton Place, Sayonara, 12 Angry Men, Witness for the Prosecution
Best Picture Winner: The Bridge On The River Kwai
1958
Not Nominated for Best Picture: I Want to Live! (6 Nominations, 1 Win), Some Came Running (5 Nominations, 0 Wins), South Pacific (3 Nominations, 1 Win), The Big Country (2 Nominations, 1 Win), Teacher's Pet (2 Nominations, 0 Wins), Vertigo (2 Nominations, 0 Wins), The Tarnished Angels (0 Nominations), Touch of Evil (0 Nominations)
Best Picture Nominees: Auntie Mame, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Defiant Ones, Separate Tables
Best Picture Winner: Gigi
1959
Not Nominated for Best Picture: Some Like It Hot (6 Nominations, 1 Win), Pillow Talk (5 Nominations, 1 Win), Porgy and Bess (4 Nominations, 1 Win), North by Northwest (3 Nominations, 0 Wins), Imitation of Life (2 Nominations, 0 Wins), Rio Bravo (0 Nominations)
Best Picture Nominees: Anatomy of a Murder, The Diary of Anne Frank, The Nun's Story, Room at the Top
Best Picture Winner: Ben-Hur
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