2010s
The Shape of Water
Moonlight
Spotlight
Birdman
12 Years a Slave
Argo
The Artist
The King’s Speech
2000s
The Hurt Locker
Slumdog Millionaire
No Country for Old Men
The Departed
Crash
Million Dollar Baby
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Chicago
A Beautiful Mind
Gladiator
1990s
American Beauty
Shakespeare in Love
Titanic
The English Patient
Braveheart
Forrest Gump
Schindler’s List
Unforgiven
The Silence of the Lambs
Dances With Wolves
1980s
Driving Miss Daisy
Rain Man
The Last Emperor
Platoon
Out of Africa
Amadeus
Terms of Endearment
Gandhi
Chariots of Fire
Ordinary People
1970s
Kramer vs. Kramer
The Deer Hunter
Annie Hall
Rocky
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
The Godfather Part II
The Sting
The Godfather
The French Connection
Patton
1960s
Midnight Cowboy
Oliver!
In the Heat of the Night
A Man for All Seasons
The Sound of Music
My Fair Lady
Tom Jones
Lawrence of Arabia
West Side Story
The Apartment
1950s
Ben-Hur
Gigi
The Bridge on the River Kwai
Around the World in 80 Days
Marty
On the Waterfront
From Here to Eternity
The Greatest Show on Earth
An American in Paris
All About Eve
1940s
All the King’s Men
Hamlet
Gentleman’s Agreement
The Best Years of Our Lives
The Lost Weekend
Going My Way
Casablanca
Mrs. Miniver
How Green Was My Valley
Rebecca
1930s
Gone With the Wind
You Can’t Take It With You
The Life of Emile Zola
The Great Ziegfeld
Mutiny on the Bounty
It Happened One Night
Cavalcade
Grand Hotel
Cimarron
All Quiet on the Western Front
1920s
The Broadway Melody
Wings
You are the Daniel Day-Lewis of seeing movies.

You did so well you can just retire now.

You are the Meryl Streep of seeing movies.

Success is second nature to you.

You are the Leonardo DiCaprio of seeing movies.

A respectable showing, but was it your full potential?

You are the Amy Adams of seeing movies.

So many opportunties to win. Better luck next time.

You are the Tommy Wiseau of seeing movies.

You never stood a chance.

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Illustrations based on photos from Associated Press and Getty images. Illustration by Verity Slade for The Washington Post Originally published Feb. 27, 2018.

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