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90 years, 90 movies that should have been nominated for Best Picture

The A.V. Club has singled out 90 important, terrific, even canonical movies that weren’t nominated—one for every Best Picture lineup going back to the beginning.

We’ve followed the Academy’s rules about what qualifies, which mainly means only selecting movies that opened in the United States during each year’s eligibility window, including foreign-language films that took a minute to make it to America.

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This list was originally published to The A.V. Club on February 28, 2018

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  • Metropolis
  • The Passion of Joan of Arc
  • City Girl
  • City Lights
  • Scarface
  • King Kong
  • The Scarlet Empress
  • The Bride of Frankenstein
  • Swing Time
  • Make Way for Tomorrow
  • Bringing Up Baby
  • Only Angels Have Wings
  • The Shop Around the Corner
  • The Lady Eve
  • To Be or Not to Be
  • The Leopard Man
  • Meet Me in St. Louis
  • Brief Encounter
  • Children of Paradise
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Day of Wrath
  • Bicycle Thieves
  • The Third Man
  • Ace in the Hole
  • Singin' in the Rain
  • Pickup on South Street
  • Rear Window
  • All That Heaven Allows
  • Seven Samurai
  • A Man Escaped
  • Vertigo
  • Rio Bravo
  • Psycho
  • L'Avventura
  • Cléo from 5 to 7
  • 8½
  • The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
  • Alphaville
  • Blow-Up
  • Persona
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • The Wild Bunch
  • My Night at Maud's
  • McCabe & Mrs. Miller
  • The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie
  • Mean Streets
  • A Woman Under the Influence
  • Cooley High
  • Mikey and Nicky
  • Suspiria
  • Days of Heaven
  • Alien
  • Airplane!
  • Modern Romance
  • Blade Runner
  • The King of Comedy
  • Once Upon a Time in America
  • Brazil
  • Blue Velvet
  • RoboCop
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit
  • Do the Right Thing
  • Edward Scissorhands
  • Boyz n the Hood
  • Dracula
  • Groundhog Day
  • Naked
  • Heat
  • Breaking the Waves
  • Boogie Nights
  • Rushmore
  • Being John Malkovich
  • Beau Travail
  • In the Mood for Love
  • Morvern Callar
  • The Son
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • A History of Violence
  • Marie Antoinette
  • Zodiac
  • The Dark Knight
  • Bright Star
  • Everyone Else
  • A Separation
  • The Master
  • Frances Ha
  • The Immigrant
  • Inside Out
  • The Handmaiden
  • The Florida Project