27 Remarkable Movies Snubbed by the Oscars — Can You Believe It?

The Oscars, also known as the Academy Awards, are the pinnacle of recognition in the film industry. While many films have received their deserved accolades, there are numerous outstanding ones that were unjustly overlooked by the prestigious Academy. A few of these films received awards for screenplays and scores, but mostly, these movies were entirely snubbed. Can you believe it?

1. Schindler’s List (1993)

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Steven Spielberg’s powerful and gut-wrenching Schindler’s List is a haunting portrayal of the Holocaust. With Liam Neeson in the lead role, the film received critical acclaim but notably missed out on several key Oscar categories, including Best Director.

2. Fight Club (1999)

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David Fincher’s mind-bending adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk’s novel explores consumerism, identity, and societal disillusionment. Starring Edward Norton and Brad Pitt, Fight Club left a lasting impact on pop culture but was largely overlooked by the Oscars.

3. Saving Private Ryan (1998)

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Steven Spielberg’s visceral and realistic depiction of World War II is a cinematic tour de force. Tom Hanks leads an exceptional cast in this war epic, which won five Oscars but surprisingly missed out on Best Picture.

4. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

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Frank Darabont’s adaptation of Stephen King’s novella is a tale of friendship and redemption set within the confines of a prison. The Shawshank Redemption is often hailed as one of the greatest films of all time, yet it surprisingly didn’t win the Best Picture Oscar.

5. Reservoir Dogs (1992)

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Quentin Tarantino’s directorial debut, Reservoir Dogs, is a stylish and ultraviolent crime thriller. The film, known for its sharp dialogue and ensemble cast, including Harvey Keitel and Tim Roth, was not nominated for any Oscars.

6. The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly (1966)

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Sergio Leone’s iconic spaghetti western starring Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, and Eli Wallach is a cinematic masterpiece. Despite its enduring legacy, the film received no Oscar recognition.

7. The Shining (1980)

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Stanley Kubrick’s chilling adaptation of Stephen King’s novel features Jack Nicholson in a memorable performance. The Shining is a horror classic but received no Oscar nominations.

8. The Big Lebowski (1998)

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The Coen Brothers’ cult classic The Big Lebowski is a quirky and endlessly quotable comedy that has gained a dedicated following over the years. Jeff Bridges’ portrayal of “The Dude” is iconic, but the film received no Oscar nominations.

9. Night Moves (1975)

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Arthur Penn’s atmospheric neo-noir starring Gene Hackman is a moody and gripping thriller. Despite Hackman’s compelling performance, the film was not recognized by the Oscars.

10. Blade Runner (1982)

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Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner is a sci-fi masterpiece that has had a profound impact on the genre. The film explores themes of artificial intelligence, humanity, and identity in a visually stunning dystopian future. Despite its influence and enduring legacy, Blade Runner received only two Academy Award nominations and no wins.

11. Memento (2000)

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Christopher Nolan’s Memento is a mind-bending thriller told in reverse chronological order, following a man with short-term memory loss as he seeks to solve a mystery. The film’s unique narrative structure and compelling performances were undoubtedly Oscar-worthy, yet it received only two nominations and no wins.

12. Brokeback Mountain (2005)

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Ang Lee’s poignant love story between two cowboys, played by Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal, garnered critical acclaim and numerous awards. However, it surprisingly lost the Best Picture Oscar to Crash.

13. Goodfellas (1990)

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Martin Scorsese’s gripping mobster epic starring Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro, and Joe Pesci is a cinematic masterpiece. Goodfellas won several Oscars but lost the Best Picture award to Dances with Wolves.

14. Singin’ in the Rain (1952)

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Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen’s musical masterpiece is a joyous celebration of song and dance. Despite its enduring popularity, the film received only two Oscar nominations, winning for Best Original Score.

15. The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

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Martin Scorsese’s darkly comedic take on the excesses of Wall Street, led by Leonardo DiCaprio’s electrifying performance, was a critical and commercial success. However, it lost the Best Picture Oscar to 12 Years a Slave.

16. Vertigo (1958)

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Alfred Hitchcock’s psychological thriller starring James Stewart and Kim Novak is a classic in cinematic history. Despite its lasting impact, Vertigo received no Oscars.

17. The Princess Bride (1987)

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Rob Reiner’s enchanting and witty fairy tale adventure has charmed audiences for generations. Despite its enduring popularity, the film received no Oscar nominations.

18. The Terminator (1984)

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James Cameron’s sci-fi classic featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger as the relentless cyborg assassin is a genre-defining film. Despite its cultural impact, the film was not recognized by the Oscars.

19. Citizen Kane (1941)

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Orson Welles’ groundbreaking directorial debut is often hailed as one of the greatest films in cinematic history. Despite its innovation and influence, Citizen Kane faced stiff competition at the Oscars and won only one award.

20. The Color Purple (1985)

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Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Alice Walker’s novel is a powerful exploration of race, gender, and resilience. Despite its critical acclaim, the film received 11 Oscar nominations but did not win a single award.

21. The Lighthouse (2019)

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Robert Eggers’ surreal and claustrophobic psychological horror film starring Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson is a haunting and visually stunning experience. Despite its unique and mesmerizing storytelling, the film received no Oscar nominations.

22. Heat (1995)

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Michael Mann’s epic crime drama featuring Al Pacino and Robert De Niro is a riveting exploration of the cat-and-mouse game between a detective and a master thief. Despite its stellar cast and gripping narrative, the film received no Oscar nominations.

23. Rear Window (1954)

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Alfred Hitchcock’s suspenseful masterpiece starring James Stewart and Grace Kelly is a testament to the director’s skill in building tension. Despite its enduring status as a classic thriller, Rear Window received no Oscars.

24. What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)

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Lasse Hallström’s poignant drama features Johnny Depp and Leonardo DiCaprio in standout performances. Despite its critical acclaim, the film received only one Oscar nomination for DiCaprio and he didn’t win.

25. Stand By Me (1986)

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Rob Reiner’s coming-of-age adventure film, based on a Stephen King novella, is a touching and nostalgic journey of friendship. Despite its emotional resonance, the film received no Oscar nominations.

26. Drive (2011)

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Nicolas Winding Refn’s stylish and atmospheric neo-noir thriller starring Ryan Gosling is a visually striking and intense cinematic experience. Despite its critical acclaim, Drive was not recognized by the Oscars.

27. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

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Frank Capra’s heartwarming holiday classic featuring James Stewart is a beloved film that continues to inspire audiences. Despite its enduring popularity, the film received five Oscar nominations but no wins.

25 Incredible Films That Force You to Cry Every Time You Watch Them

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10 Magnificent Performances That Tricked Us Into Loving Terrible Movies

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