Best Film by National Board of Review of Motion Pictures

"The National Board of Review Award for Best Film is one of the annual awards given (since 1932) to the producer of a film by the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures."

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Last updated: May 3rd, 2022


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  1. Yearly award (-25)

Films (94)

1. Licorice Pizza

Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson | Rated R | 133 min | 2021

The story of Alana Kane and Gary Valentine growing up, running around and going through the treacherous navigation of first love in the San Fernando Valley, 1973.


2. Da 5 Bloods

Directed by Spike Lee | Rated R | 154 min | 2020

Four African-American vets battle the forces of man and nature when they return to Vietnam seeking the remains of their fallen squad leader and the gold fortune he helped them hide.


3. The Irishman

Directed by Martin Scorsese | Rated R | 209 min | 2019

A mob hitman recalls his friend Jimmy Hoffa.


4. Green Book

Directed by Peter Farrelly | Rated PG-13 | 130 min | 2018

A working-class Italian-American bouncer becomes the driver of an African-American classical pianist on a tour of venues through the 1960s American South.


5. The Post

Directed by Steven Spielberg | Rated PG-13 | 116 min | 2017

A cover-up that spanned four U.S. Presidents pushed the country's first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between the press and the government.


6. Manchester by the Sea

Directed by Kenneth Lonergan | Rated R | 137 min | 2016

An uncle is forced to take care of his teenage nephew after the boy's father dies.


7. Mad Max: Fury Road

Directed by George Miller | Rated R | 120 min | 2015

A woman rebels against a tyrannical ruler in postapocalyptic Australia in search for her home-land with the help of a group of female prisoners, a psychotic worshipper, and a drifter named Max.


8. A Most Violent Year

Directed by J.C. Chandor | Rated R | 125 min | 2014

In New York City 1981, an ambitious immigrant fights to protect his business and family during the most dangerous year in the city's history.


9. Her

Directed by Spike Jonze | Rated R | 126 min | 2013

A lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with his newly-purchased operating system that's designed to meet his every need.


10. Zero Dark Thirty

Directed by Kathryn Bigelow | Rated R | 157 min | 2012

A chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy S.E.A.L.s Team 6 in May 2011.


11. Hugo

Directed by Martin Scorsese | Rated PG | 126 min | 2011

Set in 1930s Paris, an orphan who lives in the walls of a train station is wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father and an automaton.


12. The Social Network

Directed by David Fincher | Rated PG-13 | 120 min | 2010

Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg creates the social networking site that would become known as Facebook, but is later sued by two brothers who claimed he stole their idea, and the co-founder who was later squeezed out of the business.


13. Up in the Air

Directed by Jason Reitman | Rated R | 109 min | 2009

With a job traveling around the country firing people, Ryan Bingham enjoys his life living out of a suitcase, but finds that lifestyle threatened by the presence of a new hire and a potential love interest.


14. Slumdog Millionaire

Directed by Danny Boyle, Loveleen Tandan | Rated R | 120 min | 2008

A Mumbai teen reflects on his upbringing in the slums when he is accused of cheating on the Indian Version of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?"


15. No Country for Old Men

Directed by Ethan Coen, Joel Coen | Rated R | 122 min | 2007

Violence and mayhem ensue after a hunter stumbles upon a drug deal gone wrong and more than two million dollars in cash near the Rio Grande.


16. Letters from Iwo Jima

Directed by Clint Eastwood | Rated R | 141 min | 2006

The story of the battle of Iwo Jima between the United States and Imperial Japan during World War II, as told from the perspective of the Japanese who fought it.


17. Good Night, and Good Luck.

Directed by George Clooney | Rated PG | 93 min | 2005

Broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow looks to bring down Senator Joseph McCarthy.


18. Finding Neverland

Directed by Marc Forster | Rated PG | 106 min | 2004

The story of J.M. Barrie's friendship with a family who inspired him to create Peter Pan.


19. Mystic River

Directed by Clint Eastwood | Rated R | 138 min | 2003

With a childhood tragedy that overshadowed their lives, three men are reunited by circumstance when one has a family tragedy.


20. The Hours

Directed by Stephen Daldry | Rated PG-13 | 114 min | 2002

The story of how the novel "Mrs. Dalloway" affects three generations of women, all of whom, in one way or another, have had to deal with suicide in their lives.


21. Moulin Rouge!

Directed by Baz Luhrmann | Rated PG-13 | 127 min | 2001

A poet falls for a beautiful courtesan whom a jealous duke covets in this stylish musical, with music drawn from familiar 20th century sources.


22. Quills

Directed by Philip Kaufman | Rated R | 124 min | 2000

In a Napoleonic era insane asylum, an inmate, the irrepressible Marquis De Sade, fights a battle of wills against a tyrannically prudish doctor.


23. American Beauty

Directed by Sam Mendes | Rated R | 122 min | 1999

A sexually frustrated suburban father has a mid-life crisis after becoming infatuated with his daughter's best friend.


24. Gods and Monsters

Directed by Bill Condon | Rated R | 105 min | 1998

The last days of Frankenstein (1931) director James Whale are explored.


25. L.A. Confidential

Directed by Curtis Hanson | Rated R | 138 min | 1997

As corruption grows in 1950s LA, three policemen - one strait-laced, one brutal, and one sleazy - investigate a series of murders with their own brand of justice.


26. Shine

Directed by Scott Hicks | Rated PG-13 | 105 min | 1996

Pianist David Helfgott, driven by his father and teachers, has a breakdown. Years later he returns to the piano, to popular if not critical acclaim.


27. Sense and Sensibility

Directed by Ang Lee | Rated PG | 136 min | 1995

Rich Mr. Dashwood dies, leaving his second wife and her three daughters poor by the rules of inheritance. The two eldest daughters are the titular opposites.


28. Forrest Gump

Directed by Robert Zemeckis | Rated PG-13 | 142 min | 1994

Forrest Gump, while not intelligent, has accidentally been present at many historic moments, but his true love, Jenny Curran, eludes him.


29. Pulp Fiction

Directed by Quentin Tarantino | Rated R | 154 min | 1994

The lives of two mob hit men, a boxer, a gangster's wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption.


30. Schindler's List

Directed by Steven Spielberg | Rated R | 195 min | 1993

In German-occupied Poland during World War II, Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazi Germans.


31. Howards End

Directed by James Ivory | Rated PG | 140 min | 1992

A businessman thwarts his wife's bequest of an estate to another woman.


32. The Silence of the Lambs

Directed by Jonathan Demme | Rated R | 118 min | 1991

A young F.B.I. cadet must confide in an incarcerated and manipulative killer to receive his help on catching another serial killer who skins his victims.


33. Dances with Wolves

Directed by Kevin Costner | Rated PG-13 | 181 min | 1990

Lt. John Dunbar, exiled to a remote western Civil War outpost, befriends wolves and Indians, making him an intolerable aberration in the military.


34. Driving Miss Daisy

Directed by Bruce Beresford | Rated PG | 99 min | 1989

An old Jewish woman and her African-American chauffeur in the American South have a relationship that grows and improves over the years.


35. Mississippi Burning

Directed by Alan Parker | Rated R | 128 min | 1988

Two FBI agents with wildly different styles arrive in Mississippi to investigate the disappearance of some civil rights activists.


36. Empire of the Sun

Directed by Steven Spielberg | Rated PG | 153 min | 1987

A young English boy struggles to survive under Japanese occupation during World War II.


37. The Color Purple

Directed by Steven Spielberg | Rated PG-13 | 154 min | 1985

A black Southern woman struggles to find her identity after suffering years of abuse from her father and others over 40 years.


38. A Room with a View

Directed by James Ivory | 117 min | 1985

When Lucy Honeychurch and chaperone Charlotte Bartlett find themselves in Florence with rooms without views, fellow guests Mr Emerson and son George step in to remedy the situation. Meeting...


39. A Passage to India

Directed by David Lean | Rated PG | 164 min | 1984

Cultural mistrust and false accusations doom a friendship in British colonial India between an Indian doctor, an Englishwoman engaged to marry a city magistrate, and an English educator.


40. Betrayal

Directed by David Hugh Jones | Rated R | 95 min | 1983

Pinter's semi-autobiographical play examining the surprise attraction, shy first steps, gradual flowering, and treasonous deception of a woman's extramarital affair with her husband's best ...


41. Terms of Endearment

Directed by James L. Brooks | Rated PG | 132 min | 1983

Follows hard-to-please Aurora looking for love and her daughter's family problems.


42. Gandhi

Directed by Richard Attenborough | Rated PG | 191 min | 1982

Gandhi's character is fully explained as a man of nonviolence. Through his patience, he is able to drive the British out of the subcontinent. And the stubborn nature of Jinnah and his commitment towards Pakistan is portrayed.


43. Chariots of Fire

Directed by Hugh Hudson | Rated PG | 125 min | 1981

Two British track athletes, one a determined Jew and the other a devout Christian, compete in the 1924 Olympics.


44. Reds

Directed by Warren Beatty | Rated PG | 195 min | 1981

A radical American journalist becomes involved with the Communist revolution in Russia and hopes to bring its spirit and idealism to the United States.


45. Ordinary People

Directed by Robert Redford | Rated R | 124 min | 1980

The accidental death of the older son of an affluent family deeply strains the relationships among the bitter mother, the good-natured father, and the guilt-ridden younger son.


46. Manhattan

Directed by Woody Allen | Rated R | 96 min | 1979

The life of a divorced television writer dating a teenage girl is further complicated when he falls in love with his best friend's mistress.


47. Days of Heaven

Directed by Terrence Malick | Rated PG | 94 min | 1978

A hot-tempered farm laborer convinces the woman he loves to marry their rich but dying boss so that they can have a claim to his fortune.


48. The Turning Point

Directed by Herbert Ross | Rated PG | 119 min | 1977

When her daughter joins a ballet company, a former dancer is forced to confront her long-ago decision to give up the stage to have a family.


49. All the President's Men

Directed by Alan J. Pakula | Rated PG | 138 min | 1976

"The Washington Post" reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein uncover the details of the Watergate scandal that leads to President Richard Nixon's resignation.


50. Barry Lyndon

Directed by Stanley Kubrick | Rated PG | 184 min | 1975

An Irish rogue wins the heart of a rich widow and assumes her dead husband's aristocratic position in 18th-century England.


51. Nashville

Directed by Robert Altman | Rated R | 159 min | 1975

Over the course of a few hectic days, numerous interrelated people prepare for a political convention as secrets and lies are surfaced and revealed.


52. The Conversation

Directed by Francis Ford Coppola | Rated PG | 113 min | 1974

A paranoid, secretive surveillance expert has a crisis of conscience when he suspects that a couple he is spying on will be murdered.


53. The Sting

Directed by George Roy Hill | Rated PG | 129 min | 1973

In Chicago in September 1936, a young con man seeking revenge for his murdered partner teams up with a master of the big con to win a fortune from a criminal banker.


54. Cabaret

Directed by Bob Fosse | Rated PG | 124 min | 1972

A female girlie club entertainer in Weimar Republic era Berlin romances two men while the Nazi Party rises to power around them.


55. Macbeth

Directed by Roman Polanski | Rated R | 140 min | 1971

A ruthlessly ambitious Scottish lord seizes the throne with the help of his scheming wife and a trio of witches.


56. Patton

Directed by Franklin J. Schaffner | Rated GP | 172 min | 1970

The World War II phase of the career of the controversial American general, George S. Patton.


57. They Shoot Horses, Don't They?

Directed by Sydney Pollack | Rated M | 129 min | 1969

The lives of a disparate group of contestants intertwine in an inhumanely grueling dance marathon.


58. The Shoes of the Fisherman

Directed by Michael Anderson | Rated G | 162 min | 1968

Ukrainian Archbishop Kiril Lakota is set free after two decades as a political prisoner in Siberia. He is brought to Rome by Fr. David Telemond, a troubled young priest who befriends him. ...


59. Far from the Madding Crowd

Directed by John Schlesinger | Rated PG | 168 min | 1967

Bathsheba Everdene, a willful, flirtatious, young woman, unexpectedly inherits a large farm and is romantically pursued by three very different men.


60. A Man for All Seasons

Directed by Fred Zinnemann | 120 min | 1966

The story of Thomas More, who stood up to King Henry VIII when the King rejected the Roman Catholic Church to obtain a divorce and remarriage.


61. The Eleanor Roosevelt Story

Directed by Richard Kaplan | Rated N/A | 90 min | 1965

An admiring, uncritical biography of Eleanor Roosevelt, released three years after her death. The film focuses solely on her, beginning with her unhappy childhood after both her parents had...


62. Becket

Directed by Peter Glenville | Rated PG-13 | 148 min | 1964

King Henry II of England comes to terms with his affection for his close friend and confidant Thomas à Becket, who finds his true honor by observing God's divine will rather than the king's.


63. Tom Jones

Directed by Tony Richardson | 128 min | 1963

In eighteenth century England, "first cousins" Tom Jones and Master Blifil grew up together in privilege in the western countryside, but could not be more different in nature. Tom, the ...


64. The Longest Day

Directed by Ken Annakin, Andrew Marton, Bernhard Wicki, Gerd Oswald, Darryl F. Zanuck | Rated G | 178 min | 1962

The events of D-Day, told on a grand scale from both the Allied and German points of view.


65. Question 7

Directed by Stuart Rosenberg | Rated N/A | 106 min | 1961

Suspenseful story of a boy and his father, each forced to decide his future on his willingness to stand up for what he believes.


66. Sons and Lovers

Directed by Jack Cardiff | Rated N/A | 103 min | 1960

Jack Cardiff received a 1960 Oscar Nomination as Best Director for this lush, engaging film starring Trevor Howard, Dean Stockwell and Donald Pleasence, which was adapted from D.H. ...


67. The Nun's Story

Directed by Fred Zinnemann | 149 min | 1959

After leaving a wealthy Belgian family to become a nun, Sister Luke struggles with her devotion to her vows during crisis, disappointment, and World War II.


68. The Old Man and the Sea

Directed by John Sturges, Henry King, Fred Zinnemann | Rated N/A | 86 min | 1958

An old Cuban fisherman's dry spell is broken when he hooks a gigantic fish that drags him out to sea. Based on Ernest Hemingway's story.


69. The Bridge on the River Kwai

Directed by David Lean | Rated PG | 161 min | 1957

After settling his differences with a Japanese PoW camp commander, a British colonel co-operates to oversee his men's construction of a railway bridge for their captors - while oblivious to a plan by the Allies to destroy it.


70. Around the World in Eighty Days

Directed by Michael Anderson, John Farrow | Rated G | 175 min | 1956

A Victorian Englishman bets that with the new steamships and railways he can do what the title says.


71. Marty

Directed by Delbert Mann | 90 min | 1955

A middle-aged butcher and a school teacher who have given up on the idea of love meet at a dance and fall for each other.


72. On the Waterfront

Directed by Elia Kazan | 108 min | 1954

An ex-prize fighter turned longshoreman struggles to stand up to his corrupt union bosses.


73. Julius Caesar

Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz | 120 min | 1953

The growing ambition of Julius Caesar is a source of major concern to his close friend Brutus. Cassius persuades him to participate in his plot to assassinate Caesar but they have both sorely underestimated Mark Antony.


74. The Quiet Man

Directed by John Ford | 129 min | 1952

A retired American boxer returns to the village of his birth in Ireland, where he finds love.


75. A Place in the Sun

Directed by George Stevens | 122 min | 1951

A poor boy gets a job working for his rich uncle and ends up falling in love with two women.


76. Sunset Boulevard

Directed by Billy Wilder | 110 min | 1950

A hack screenwriter writes a screenplay for a former silent-film star who has faded into Hollywood obscurity.


77. Bicycle Thieves

Directed by Vittorio De Sica | 89 min | 1948

Set in Post-WWII Italy, a working class man's bicycle is stolen. He and his son set out to find it.


78. Monsieur Verdoux

Directed by Charles Chaplin | 124 min | 1947

A suave but cynical man supports his family by marrying and murdering rich women for their money, but the job has some occupational hazards.


79. Paisan

Directed by Roberto Rossellini | 120 min | 1946

Six vignettes follow the Allied invasion from July 1943 to winter 1944, from Sicily north to Venice. Communication is fragile. A woman leads an Allied patrol through a mine field; she dies ...


80. The True Glory

Directed by Garson Kanin, Carol Reed | Rated N/A | 87 min | 1945

A documentary account of the allied invasion of Europe during World War II compiled from the footage shot by nearly 1400 cameramen. It opens as the assembled allied forces plan and train ...


81. None But the Lonely Heart

Directed by Clifford Odets | 113 min | 1944

When an itinerant reluctantly returns home to help his sickly mother run her shop, they are both tempted to turn to crime to help make ends meet.


82. Henry V

Directed by Laurence Olivier | 137 min | 1944

In the midst of the Hundred Years' War in 1415, the young King Henry V of England embarks on the conquest of France.


83. The Ox-Bow Incident

Directed by William A. Wellman | 75 min | 1943

When a posse catches up three men suspected of killing a local farmer, some of them become strongly divided on whether or not to lynch the men.


84. In Which We Serve

Directed by Noël Coward, David Lean | 115 min | 1942

This "story of a ship," the British destroyer HMS Torrin, is told in flash backs by survivors as they cling to a life raft.


85. Citizen Kane

Directed by Orson Welles | 119 min | 1941

Following the death of a publishing tycoon, news reporters scramble to discover the meaning of his final utterance.


86. The Grapes of Wrath

Directed by John Ford | 129 min | 1940

A poor Midwest family is forced off of their land. They travel to California, suffering the misfortunes of the homeless in the Great Depression.


87. Confessions of a Nazi Spy

Directed by Anatole Litvak | 104 min | 1939

FBI agent Ed Renard investigates the pre-War espionage activities of the German-American Bund.


88. The Citadel

Directed by King Vidor | 110 min | 1938

Andrew Manson, a young, enthusiastic doctor takes his first job in a Welsh mining town, and begins to wonder at the persistent cough many of the miners have. When his attempts to prove its ...


89. Night Must Fall

Directed by Richard Thorpe | 116 min | 1937

When a rich but cantankerous dowager on an isolated estates hires an engaging handyman, her niece/companion becomes suspicious of his motives.


90. Mr. Deeds Goes to Town

Directed by Frank Capra | 115 min | 1936

Longfellow Deeds, a simple-hearted Vermont tuba player, inherits a fortune and has to contend with opportunist city slickers.


91. The Informer

Directed by John Ford | 91 min | 1935

In 1922, an Irish rebel informs on his friend, then feels doom closing in.


92. It Happened One Night

Directed by Frank Capra | 105 min | 1934

A spoiled heiress, running away from her family, is helped by a man who is actually a reporter in need of a story.


93. Topaze

Directed by Harry d'Abbadie d'Arrast | 78 min | 1933

An honest and naive schoolteacher gets a lesson in how the world works outside the classroom, when a rich Baron and his mistress use the teacher's name and outstanding reputation in a ...


94. I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang

Directed by Mervyn LeRoy | 92 min | 1932

Wrongly convicted James Allen serves in the intolerable conditions of a southern chain gang, which later comes back to haunt him.