Best Picture by New York Film Critics Circle (NYFCC)

"The New York Film Critics Circle (NYFCC) is an American film critic organization founded in 1935. Its membership includes over 30 film critics from New York-based daily and weekly newspapers, magazines, online publications. In December of each year, the organization meets to vote on the New York Film Critics Circle Awards, given annually to honor excellence in cinema worldwide of the calendar year. The NYFCC also gives special stand-alone awards to individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the art of cinema, including writers, directors, producers, film critics, film restorers, historians and service organizations. The NYFCC Awards are the oldest given by film critics in the country, and one of the most prestigious."

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Last updated: May 3rd, 2022


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Detractions

  1. Yearly award (-25)

Films (87)

1. Drive My Car

Directed by Ryûsuke Hamaguchi | Rated Unrated | 179 min | 2021

A renowned stage actor and director learns to cope with his wife's unexpected passing when he receives an offer to direct a production of Uncle Vanya in Hiroshima.


2. The Irishman

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

A mob hitman recalls his friend Jimmy Hoffa.


3. First Cow

Directed by Kelly Reichardt | Rated PG-13 | 122 min | 2019

A skilled cook has traveled west and joined a group of fur trappers in Oregon, though he only finds true connection with a Chinese immigrant also seeking his fortune. Soon the two collaborate on a successful business.


4. Roma

Directed by Alfonso Cuarón | Rated R | 135 min | 2018

A year in the life of a middle-class family's maid in Mexico City in the early 1970s.


5. Lady Bird

Directed by Greta Gerwig | Rated R | 94 min | 2017

In the early 2000s, an artistically-inclined seventeen year-old comes of age in Sacramento, California.


6. La La Land

Directed by Damien Chazelle | Rated PG-13 | 128 min | 2016

A jazz pianist falls for an aspiring actress in Los Angeles.


7. Carol

Directed by Todd Haynes | Rated R | 118 min | 2015

An aspiring photographer develops an intimate relationship with an older woman in 1950s New York.


8. Boyhood

Directed by Richard Linklater | Rated R | 165 min | 2014

The life of Mason, from early childhood to his arrival at college.


9. American Hustle

Directed by David O. Russell | Rated R | 138 min | 2013

A con man, Irving Rosenfeld, along with his seductive partner Sydney Prosser, is forced to work for a wild FBI agent, Richie DiMaso, who pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia.


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. The Artist

Directed by Michel Hazanavicius | Rated PG-13 | 100 min | 2011

A silent movie star meets a young dancer, but the arrival of talking pictures sends their careers in opposite directions.


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. Milk

Directed by Gus Van Sant | Rated R | 128 min | 2008

The story of Harvey Milk, and his struggles as an American gay activist who fought for gay rights and became California's first openly gay elected official.


14. The Hurt Locker

Directed by Kathryn Bigelow | Rated R | 131 min | 2008

During the Iraq War, a Sergeant recently assigned to an army bomb squad is put at odds with his squad mates due to his maverick way of handling his work.


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. United 93

Directed by Paul Greengrass | Rated R | 111 min | 2006

A real-time account of the events on United Flight 93, one of the planes hijacked on September 11th, 2001 that crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania when passengers foiled the terrorist plot.


17. Brokeback Mountain

Directed by Ang Lee | Rated R | 134 min | 2005

The story of a forbidden and secretive relationship between two cowboys, and their lives over the years.


18. Sideways

Directed by Alexander Payne | Rated R | 126 min | 2004

Two men reaching middle age with not much to show but disappointment embark on a week-long road trip through California's wine country, just as one is about to take a trip down the aisle.


19. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Directed by Peter Jackson | Rated PG-13 | 201 min | 2003

Gandalf and Aragorn lead the World of Men against Sauron's army to draw his gaze from Frodo and Sam as they approach Mount Doom with the One Ring.


20. Far from Heaven

Directed by Todd Haynes | Rated PG-13 | 107 min | 2002

In 1950s Connecticut, a housewife faces a marital crisis and mounting racial tensions in the outside world.


21. Mulholland Drive

Directed by David Lynch | Rated R | 147 min | 2001

After a car wreck on the winding Mulholland Drive renders a woman amnesiac, she and a perky Hollywood-hopeful search for clues and answers across Los Angeles in a twisting venture beyond dreams and reality.


22. Traffic

Directed by Steven Soderbergh | Rated R | 147 min | 2000

A conservative judge is appointed by the President to spearhead America's escalating war against drugs, only to discover that his teenage daughter is a crack addict. Two DEA agents protect an informant. A jailed drug baron's wife attempts to carry on the family business.


23. Topsy-Turvy

Directed by Mike Leigh | Rated R | 154 min | 1999

After Gilbert and Sullivan's latest play is critically panned, the frustrated team threatens to disband until it is inspired to write the masterpiece "The Mikado".


24. Saving Private Ryan

Directed by Steven Spielberg | Rated R | 169 min | 1998

Following the Normandy Landings, a group of U.S. soldiers go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper whose brothers have been killed in action.


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. Fargo

Directed by Joel Coen, Ethan Coen | Rated R | 98 min | 1996

Jerry Lundegaard's inept crime falls apart due to his and his henchmen's bungling and the persistent police work of the quite pregnant Marge Gunderson.


27. Leaving Las Vegas

Directed by Mike Figgis | Rated R | 111 min | 1995

Ben Sanderson, an alcoholic Hollywood screenwriter who lost everything because of his drinking, arrives in Las Vegas to drink himself to death. There, he meets and forms an uneasy friendship and non-interference pact with prostitute Sera.


28. Quiz Show

Directed by Robert Redford | Rated PG-13 | 133 min | 1994

A young lawyer, Richard Goodwin, investigates a potentially fixed game show. Charles Van Doren, a big time show winner, is under Goodwin's investigation.


29. 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.


30. The Player

Directed by Robert Altman | Rated R | 124 min | 1992

A Hollywood studio executive is being sent death threats by a writer whose script he rejected - but which one?


31. 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.


32. Goodfellas

Directed by Martin Scorsese | Rated R | 146 min | 1990

Henry Hill and his friends work their way up through the mob hierarchy.


33. My Left Foot

Directed by Jim Sheridan | Rated R | 103 min | 1989

Christy Brown, born with cerebral palsy, learns to paint and write with his only controllable limb - his left foot.


34. The Accidental Tourist

Directed by Lawrence Kasdan | Rated PG | 121 min | 1988

An emotionally distant writer of travel guides must carry on with his life after his son is killed and his marriage crumbles.


35. Broadcast News

Directed by James L. Brooks | Rated R | 133 min | 1987

Take two rival TV reporters: one handsome, one talented, both male. Add one producer, female. Mix well and watch the sparks fly.


36. Hannah and Her Sisters

Directed by Woody Allen | Rated PG-13 | 103 min | 1986

Between two Thanksgivings two years apart, Hannah's husband falls in love with her sister Lee, while her hypochondriac ex-husband rekindles his relationship with her sister Holly.


37. Prizzi's Honor

Directed by John Huston | Rated R | 130 min | 1985

A professional hit man and hit woman fall in love.


38. 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.


39. 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.


40. 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.


41. 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.


42. 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.


43. Kramer vs. Kramer

Directed by Robert Benton | Rated PG | 105 min | 1979

Ted Kramer's wife leaves her husband, allowing for a lost bond to be rediscovered between Ted and his son, Billy. But a heated custody battle ensues over the divorced couple's son, deepening the wounds left by the separation.


44. The Deer Hunter

Directed by Michael Cimino | Rated R | 183 min | 1978

An in-depth examination of the ways in which the U.S. Vietnam War impacts and disrupts the lives of people in a small industrial town in Pennsylvania.


45. Annie Hall

Directed by Woody Allen | Rated PG | 93 min | 1977

Neurotic New York comedian Alvy Singer falls in love with the ditzy Annie Hall.


46. 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.


47. 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.


48. Day for Night

Directed by François Truffaut | Rated PG | 115 min | 1973

A committed film director struggles to complete his movie while coping with a myriad of crises, personal and professional, among the cast and crew.


49. Amarcord

Directed by Federico Fellini | Rated R | 123 min | 1973

A series of comedic and nostalgic vignettes set in a 1930s Italian coastal town.


50. Cries & Whispers

Directed by Ingmar Bergman | Rated R | 91 min | 1972

When a woman dying of cancer in early twentieth-century Sweden is visited by her two sisters, long-repressed feelings between the siblings rise to the surface.


51. A Clockwork Orange

Directed by Stanley Kubrick | Rated X | 136 min | 1971

In future Britain, charismatic delinquent Alex DeLarge is jailed and volunteers for an experimental aversion therapy developed by the government in an effort to solve society's crime problem - but not all goes according to plan.


52. Five Easy Pieces

Directed by Bob Rafelson | Rated R | 98 min | 1970

A drop-out from upper-class America picks up work along the way on oil-rigs when his life isn't spent in a squalid succession of bars, motels, and other points of interest.


53. Z

Directed by Costa-Gavras | Rated M | 127 min | 1969

Following the murder of a prominent leftist, an investigator tries to uncover the truth while government officials attempt to cover up their roles.


54. The Lion in Winter

Directed by Anthony Harvey | Rated PG | 134 min | 1968

1183 AD: King Henry II's three sons all want to inherit the throne, but he won't commit to a choice. They and his wife variously plot to force him.


55. In the Heat of the Night

Directed by Norman Jewison | 109 min | 1967

An African American police detective is asked to investigate a murder in a racially hostile southern town.


56. 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.


57. Darling

Directed by John Schlesinger | Rated TV-MA | 128 min | 1965

A beautiful but amoral model sleeps her way to the top of the London fashion scene at the height of the Swinging Sixties.


58. My Fair Lady

Directed by George Cukor | 170 min | 1964

A misogynistic and snobbish phonetics professor agrees to a wager that he can take a flower girl and make her presentable in high society.


59. 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 ...


60. West Side Story

Directed by Jerome Robbins, Robert Wise | 152 min | 1961

Two youngsters from rival New York City gangs fall in love, but tensions between their respective friends build toward tragedy.


61. 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. ...


62. The Apartment

Directed by Billy Wilder | 125 min | 1960

A man tries to rise in his company by letting its executives use his apartment for trysts, but complications and a romance of his own ensue.


63. Ben-Hur

Directed by William Wyler | Rated G | 212 min | 1959

When a Jewish prince is betrayed and sent into slavery by a Roman friend, he regains his freedom and comes back for revenge.


64. The Defiant Ones

Directed by Stanley Kramer | 96 min | 1958

Two escaped convicts chained together, white and black, must learn to get along in order to elude capture.


65. 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.


66. 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.


67. 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.


68. 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.


69. From Here to Eternity

Directed by Fred Zinnemann | 118 min | 1953

In Hawaii in 1941, a private is cruelly punished for not boxing on his unit's team, while his captain's wife and second-in-command are falling in love.


70. High Noon

Directed by Fred Zinnemann | Rated PG | 85 min | 1952

A marshall, personally compelled to face a returning deadly enemy, finds that his own town refuses to help him.


71. A Streetcar Named Desire

Directed by Elia Kazan | Rated PG | 122 min | 1951

Disturbed Blanche DuBois moves in with her sister in New Orleans and is tormented by her brutish brother-in-law while her reality crumbles around her.


72. All About Eve

Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz | 138 min | 1950

An ingenue insinuates herself into the company of an established but aging stage actress and her circle of theater friends.


73. All the King's Men

Directed by Robert Rossen | 110 min | 1949

The rise and fall of a corrupt politician, who makes his friends richer and retains power by dint of a populist appeal.


74. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

Directed by John Huston | 126 min | 1948

Fred Dobbs and Bob Curtin, two Americans searching for work in Mexico, convince an old prospector to help them mine for gold in the Sierra Madre Mountains.


75. Gentleman's Agreement

Directed by Elia Kazan | 118 min | 1947

A reporter pretends to be Jewish in order to cover a story on anti-Semitism, and personally discovers the true depths of bigotry and hatred.


76. The Best Years of Our Lives

Directed by William Wyler | 172 min | 1946

Three World War II veterans return home to small-town America to discover that they and their families have been irreparably changed.


77. The Lost Weekend

Directed by Billy Wilder | 101 min | 1945

The desperate life of a chronic alcoholic is followed through a four day drinking bout.


78. Going My Way

Directed by Leo McCarey | 126 min | 1944

Youthful Father Chuck O'Malley led a colorful life of sports, song, and romance before joining the Roman Catholic clergy, but his level gaze and twinkling eyes make it clear that he knows ...


79. Watch on the Rhine

Directed by Herman Shumlin, Hal Mohr | 114 min | 1943

A German-born engineer, his American wife and their children travel from Mexico to the United States to visit his brother but their plans are complicated by a Romanian count.


80. 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.


81. 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.


82. 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.


83. Wuthering Heights

Directed by William Wyler | 104 min | 1939

A servant in the house of Wuthering Heights tells a traveler the unfortunate tale of lovers Cathy and Heathcliff.


84. 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 ...


85. The Life of Emile Zola

Directed by William Dieterle | 116 min | 1937

The biopic of the famous French muckraking writer and his involvement in fighting the injustice of the Dreyfuss Affair.


86. 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.


87. The Informer

Directed by John Ford | 91 min | 1935

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