40 Best Picture Films of the Past 40 Years


A night at the movies is a quintessential American experience that often takes us to another place, if just temporarily.  Since 1929 the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has helped up celebrate the best of these films with the Oscars.  What was Academy Awards Best Picture the year Marin Academy opened its doors?  How about they year you started high school?  Click on the links below to learn about the top films throughout Marin Academy’s 40 years!

1972: The Godfather

1973: The Sting

1974: The Godfather Part II

1975: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

1976: Rocky

1977: Annie Hall

1978: The Deer Hunter

1979: Kramer vs. Kramer

1980: Ordinary People

1981: Chariots of Fire

1982: Gandhi

1983: Terms of Endearment

1984: Amadeus

1985: Out of Africa

1986: Platoon

1987: The Last Emperor

1988: Rain Man

1989: Driving Miss Daisy

1990: Dances with Wolves

1991: The Silence of the Lambs

1992: Unforgiven

1993: Schindler’s List

1994: Forrest Gump

1995: Braveheart

1996: The English Patient

1997: Titanic

1998: Shakespeare in Love

1999: American Beauty

2000: Gladiator

2001: A Beautiful Mind

2002: Chicago

2003: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

2004: Million Dollar Baby

2005: Crash

2006: The Departed

2007: No Country for Old Men

2008: Slumdog Millionaire

2009: The Hurt Locker

2010: The King’s Speech

2011: The Artist

2012 Nominees:


Django Unchained Lincoln


Les Misérables

Silver Linings Playbook

Beasts of the Southern Wild Life of Pi

Zero Dark Thirty

The 2012-2013 school year marks 40 years of education at Marin Academy.  Throughout the year we will be commemorating this anniversary with on-campus events for students, special publications (including this on-going series of “lists of 40″), and a community celebration at Bimbo’s in San Francisco on April 20 (www.ma.org/40).

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