There’s an awful lot of attention given to underrated movies that people might have missed that should be seen immediately, but what of the overrated movies? What of those films that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, those notorious judges in charge of handing out tiny golden statues that signify cinematic excellence, deem worthy (but actually, you know…aren’t?).
Every film on this list has won or been nominated for an Academy Award of some kind, be it Best Picture, Best Actress, etc. Whether they were unworthy in comparison to other nominated films or they were just plain unworthy, we’re going to ask the question…why the fuss?
15. Dances With Wolves (1990)
Directed, produced and starring Kevin Costner, 1990’s Dances With Wolves was nominated for twelve Academy Awards and won seven, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay. With seven Oscars, Dances With Wolves is one of the most “Academy approved” films of all time. And it’s not even a bad film, as the war epic features a strong plot, solid acting and a refreshing theme that suggests history as told by the white male is not always the correct version.
So why is it on this list, you ask? Well, for starters, a little film called Goodfellas came out in 1990, directed by a man who goes colloquially as Marty. That’s right; Dances With Wolves is on this list not because of what it won, but because of what something else didn’t win. Twenty five years later people still lavish praise on Goodfellas, which is a superior film in most every way to Dances With Wolves, which is why the latter is kicking this list off at the #10 position.