Best Picture, 1975
Barry Lyndon, Dog Day Afternoon, Jaws, Nashville, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (winner)
We looked hard. We really did. But pound for pound, film for film, we couldn't come up with a stronger Best Picture slate than this one. That's five stone classics from five essential directors. Elsewhere you have career-highlight-reel work from Al Pacino, John Cazale, Jack Nicholson, and Louise Fletcher, among others. And while Jaws may have marked the dawn of the blockbuster era, don't hold that against it — it's still as smart, subtle, and scary as any box-office smash has ever been. If you wanna beat this lineup, you're gonna need a bigger boat.