Best Picture by The San Francisco Bay Area Film Critics Circle

All winners of the 'The San Francisco Bay Area Film Critics Circle Award for Best Picture' from 2002 through 2021.

Last updated: May 3rd, 2022


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Detractions

  1. Limited to ~25 years or less (-60)
  2. Yearly award (-25)

Films (20)

1. The Power of the Dog

Directed by Jane Campion | Rated R | 126 min | 2021

Charismatic rancher Phil Burbank inspires fear and awe in those around him. When his brother brings home a new wife and her son, Phil torments them until he finds himself exposed to the possibility of love.


2. Nomadland

Directed by Chloé Zhao | Rated R | 107 min | 2020

After losing everything in the Great Recession, a woman embarks on a journey through the American West, living as a van-dwelling modern-day nomad.


3. Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood

Directed by Quentin Tarantino | Rated R | 161 min | 2019

A faded television actor and his stunt double strive to achieve fame and success in the film industry during the final years of Hollywood's Golden Age in 1969 Los Angeles.


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. The Florida Project

Directed by Sean Baker | Rated R | 111 min | 2017

Set over one summer, the film follows precocious six-year-old Moonee as she courts mischief and adventure with her ragtag playmates and bonds with her rebellious but caring mother, all while living in the shadows of Walt Disney World.


6. Moonlight

Directed by Barry Jenkins | Rated R | 111 min | 2016

A timeless story of human self-discovery and connection, Moonlight chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami.


7. Spotlight

Directed by Tom McCarthy | Rated R | 128 min | 2015

The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core.


8. Boyhood

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

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


9. 12 Years a Slave

Directed by Steve McQueen | Rated R | 134 min | 2013

In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.


10. The Master

Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson | Rated R | 144 min | 2012

A Naval veteran arrives home from war unsettled and uncertain of his future - until he is tantalized by The Cause and its charismatic leader.


11. The Tree of Life

Directed by Terrence Malick | Rated PG-13 | 139 min | 2011

The story of a family in Waco, Texas in 1956. The eldest son witnesses the loss of innocence and struggles with his parents' conflicting teachings.


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. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

Directed by Andrew Dominik | Rated R | 160 min | 2007

Robert Ford, who's idolized Jesse James since childhood, tries hard to join the reforming gang of the Missouri outlaw, but gradually becomes resentful of the bandit leader.


16. Little Children

Directed by Todd Field | Rated R | 136 min | 2006

The lives of two lovelorn spouses from separate marriages, a registered sex offender, and a disgraced ex-police officer intersect as they struggle to resist their vulnerabilities and temptations in suburban Massachusetts.


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. Lost in Translation

Directed by Sofia Coppola | Rated R | 101 min | 2003

A faded movie star and a neglected young woman form an unlikely bond after crossing paths in Tokyo.


20. The Pianist

Directed by Roman Polanski | Rated R | 150 min | 2002

A Polish Jewish musician struggles to survive the destruction of the Warsaw ghetto of World War II.