Alternate Oscars (Danny Peary) - Best Picture

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These are the movies that film critic Danny Peary picked as his "best picture" choices from 1927-28 to 1991 in his book "Alternate Oscars" from 1993. Note that Peary selected no films to win for 1963.

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    Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

    1927, in 32 top lists Check
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    The Wind

    1928, in 13 top lists Check
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    All Quiet on the Western Front

    1930, in 17 top lists Check
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    City Lights

    1931, in 31 top lists Check
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    Scarface

    1932, in 16 top lists Check
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    King Kong

    1933, in 27 top lists Check
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    The Scarlet Empress

    1934, in 11 top lists Check
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    The 39 Steps

    1935, in 16 top lists Check
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    Modern Times

    1936, in 29 top lists Check
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    Stage Door

    1937, in 4 top lists Check
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    The Adventures of Robin Hood

    1938, in 16 top lists Check
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    The Wizard of Oz

    1939, in 33 top lists Check
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    The Grapes of Wrath

    1940, in 21 top lists Check
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    Citizen Kane

    1941, in 36 top lists Check
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    Sullivan's Travels

    1941, in 24 top lists Check
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    Casablanca

    1942, in 36 top lists Check
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    Double Indemnity

    1944, in 33 top lists Check
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    They Were Expendable

    1945, in 5 top lists Check
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    It's a Wonderful Life

    1946, in 29 top lists Check
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    Monsieur Verdoux

    1947, in 11 top lists Check
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    The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

    1948, in 24 top lists Check
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    Gun Crazy

    1950, in 15 top lists Check
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    Sunset Blvd.

    1950 — a.k.a. Sunset Boulevard, in 32 top lists Check
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    Strangers on a Train

    1951, in 15 top lists Check
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    Singin' in the Rain

    1952, in 33 top lists Check
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    Shane

    1953, in 18 top lists Check
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    Salt of the Earth

    1954, in 6 top lists Check
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    The Night of the Hunter

    1955, in 30 top lists Check
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    The Searchers

    1956, in 25 top lists Check
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    Paths of Glory

    1957, in 25 top lists Check
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    Touch of Evil

    1958, in 29 top lists Check
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    Some Like It Hot

    1959, in 33 top lists Check
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    Psycho

    1960, in 37 top lists Check
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    West Side Story

    1961, in 21 top lists Check
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    Ride the High Country

    1962, in 7 top lists Check
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    Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop...

    1964, in 33 top lists Check
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    Repulsion

    1965, in 16 top lists Check
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    Cul-de-sac

    1966 — a.k.a. Cul-De-Sac, in 7 top lists Check
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    Bonnie and Clyde

    1967, in 29 top lists Check
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    2001: A Space Odyssey

    1968, in 42 top lists Check
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    C'era una volta il West

    1968 — a.k.a. Once Upon a Time in the West, in 25 top lists Check
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    Five Easy Pieces

    1970, in 14 top lists Check
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    McCabe & Mrs. Miller

    1971, in 18 top lists Check
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    The Godfather

    1972, in 39 top lists Check
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    American Graffiti

    1973, in 16 top lists Check
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    Chinatown

    1974, in 29 top lists Check
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    The Man Who Would Be King

    1975, in 5 top lists Check
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    The Front

    1976, in 1 top list Check
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    Annie Hall

    1977, in 31 top lists Check
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    Coming Home

    1978, in 4 top lists Check
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