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Films in my DVD collection that have won Oscars, BAFTAs, or Golden Globes in Craft or Technical categories (excluding those that feature in my other lists).
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1. Lost Horizon (1937)
Approved | 132 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
A plane crash delivers a group of people to the secluded land of Shangri-La - but is it the miraculous utopia it appears to be?
Oscar - Art Direction, Film Editing 1937
2. Wuthering Heights (1939)
Not Rated | 104 min | Drama, Romance
A servant in the house of Wuthering Heights tells a traveller the unfortunate tale of lovers Cathy and Heathcliff.
Oscar - Cinematography (b/w) 1939
3. Laura (1944)
Passed | 88 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery
A police detective falls in love with the woman whose murder he is investigating.
Votes: 39,077 | Gross: $4.36M
Oscar - Cinematography (b/w) 1944
4. Leave Her to Heaven (1945)
Not Rated | 110 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Romance
A writer falls in love with a young socialite and they're soon married. But her obsessive love for him threatens to be the undoing of them both, and everyone else around them.
Oscar - Cinematography (colour) 1945
5. Blithe Spirit (1945)
Not Rated | 96 min | Comedy, Fantasy
Charles (Sir Rex Harrison) and his second wife, Ruth (Constance Cummings), are haunted by the spirit of his first wife, Elvira (Kay Hammond). Medium Madame Arcati (Dame Margaret Rutherford) tries to help things out by contacting the ghost.
Oscar - Special Visual Effects 1946
6. Great Expectations (1946)
Not Rated | 118 min | Adventure, Drama, Mystery
A humble orphan suddenly becomes a gentleman with the help of an unknown benefactor.
Oscar - Art Direction (b/w), Cinematography (b/w) 1947
7. Black Narcissus (1947)
Not Rated | 101 min | Drama
After opening a convent in the Himalayas, five nuns encounter conflict and tension - both with the natives and also within their own group - as they attempt to adapt to their remote, exotic surroundings.
Oscar - Art Direction (colour), Cinematography (colour) 1947 Golden Globe - Cinematography 1948
8. She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949)
Passed | 104 min | Western
Captain Nathan Brittles, on the eve of retirement, takes out a last patrol to stop an impending massive Indian attack. Encumbered by women who must be evacuated, Brittles finds his mission imperiled.
Oscar - Cinematography (colour) 1949
9. Shane (1953)
Not Rated | 118 min | Drama, Western
A weary gunfighter attempts to settle down with a homestead family, but a smoldering settler/rancher conflict forces him to act.
Votes: 33,990 | Gross: $20.00M
Oscar - Cinematography (colour) 1953
10. The War of the Worlds (1953)
G | 85 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A small town in California is attacked by Martians, beginning a worldwide invasion.
Votes: 30,100 | Gross: $4.36M
Oscar - Special Effects 1953
11. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)
G | 127 min | Adventure, Drama, Family
A ship sent to investigate a wave of mysterious sinkings encounters the advanced submarine, the Nautilus, commanded by Captain Nemo.
Votes: 26,424 | Gross: $28.20M
Oscar - Art Direction (colour), Special Effects 1954
12. The Glenn Miller Story (1954)
Approved | 115 min | Biography, Drama, Music
Biography of bandleader Glenn Miller from his beginnings to his death over the English Channel in December 1944.
Oscar - Sound Recording 1954
13. To Catch a Thief (1955)
PG | 106 min | Mystery, Romance, Thriller
A retired jewel thief sets out to prove his innocence after being suspected of returning to his former occupation.
Votes: 57,573 | Gross: $8.75M
Oscar - Cinematography (colour) 1955
14. Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956)
Passed | 113 min | Biography, Drama, Sport
Boxer Rocky Graziano's biopic, based on his autobiography, from childhood to his World Middleweight Championship title win at age 28 in 1947.
Oscar - Art Direction (b/w), Cinematography (b/w) 1956
15. The Ten Commandments (1956)
G | 220 min | Adventure, Drama
The Egyptian Prince, Moses, learns of his true heritage as a Hebrew and his divine mission as the deliverer of his people.
Votes: 58,249 | Gross: $93.74M
Oscar - Special Effects 1956
16. South Pacific (1958)
Approved | 157 min | Musical, Romance, War
On a South Pacific island during World War II, love blooms between a young nurse and a secretive Frenchman who's being courted for a dangerous military mission.
Oscar - Sound 1958
17. The Longest Day (1962)
G | 178 min | Action, Drama, History
The events of D-Day, told on a grand scale from both the Allied and German points of view.
Votes: 49,647 | Gross: $39.10M
Oscar - Cinematography (b/w), Special Effects 1962 Golden Globe - Cinematography (b/w) 1963
18. What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)
Not Rated | 134 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller
A former child star torments her paraplegic sister in their decaying Hollywood mansion.
Votes: 45,980 | Gross: $4.05M
Oscar - Costume Design (b/w) 1962
19. Cleopatra (1963)
G | 192 min | Biography, Drama, History
Queen Cleopatra VII of Egypt (Dame Elizabeth Taylor) experiences both triumph and tragedy as she attempts to resist the imperial ambitions of Rome.
Votes: 26,920 | Gross: $57.78M
Oscar - Art Direction (colour), Cinematography (colour), Costume Design (colour), Special Effects 1963
20. Goldfinger (1964)
PG | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
While investigating a gold magnate's smuggling, James Bond uncovers a plot to contaminate the Fort Knox gold reserve.
Votes: 160,591 | Gross: $51.08M
Oscar - Sound Effects 1964
21. Fantastic Voyage (1966)
PG | 100 min | Adventure, Family, Sci-Fi
A scientist is nearly assassinated. In order to save him, a submarine is shrunken to microscopic size and injected into his blood stream with a small crew. Problems arise almost as soon as they enter the bloodstream.
Oscar - Art Direction (colour), Special Visual Effects 1966
22. The Dirty Dozen (1967)
Not Rated | 150 min | Action, Adventure, War
During World War II, a rebellious U.S. Army Major is assigned a dozen convicted murderers to train and lead them into a mass assassination mission of German officers.
Votes: 62,510 | Gross: $45.30M
Oscar - Sound Effects 1967
23. Bullitt (1968)
M/PG | 114 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
An all guts, no glory San Francisco cop becomes determined to find the underworld kingpin that killed the witness in his protection.
Votes: 56,053 | Gross: $42.30M
Oscar - Film Editing 1968
24. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
G | 149 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi
After discovering a mysterious artifact buried beneath the Lunar surface, mankind sets off on a quest to find its origins with help from intelligent supercomputer H.A.L. 9000.
Votes: 552,516 | Gross: $56.95M
Oscar - Special Visual Effects 1968 BAFTA - Art Direction, Cinematography, Sound Track 1969
25. Planet of the Apes (1968)
G | 112 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi
An astronaut crew crash-lands on a planet in the distant future where intelligent talking apes are the dominant species, and humans are the oppressed and enslaved.
Votes: 157,417 | Gross: $33.40M
Oscar - Makeup 1968
26. Cromwell (1970)
G | 139 min | Biography, Drama, History
Oliver Cromwell can no longer tolerate King Charles' policies, and the self-interest of the ruling class, and leads a civil war to install Parliament as the ultimate ruler of England.
Oscar - Costume Design 1970
27. Waterloo (I) (1970)
G | 123 min | Action, Biography, Drama
Facing the decline of everything he has worked to obtain, conqueror Napoleon Bonaparte and his army confront the British at the Battle of Waterloo.
Votes: 7,664 | Gross: $3.05M
BAFTA - Art Direction, Costume Design 1971
28. Nicholas and Alexandra (1971)
GP | 183 min | Biography, Drama, History
Czar Nicholas II (Michael Jayston), the inept last monarch of Russia, insensitive to the needs of his people, is overthrown and exiled to Siberia with his family.
Oscar - Art Direction, Costume Design 1971
29. Don't Look Now (1973)
R | 110 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller
A married couple grieving the recent death of their young daughter are in Venice when they encounter two elderly sisters, one of whom is psychic and brings a warning from beyond.
BAFTA - Cinematography 1974
30. Earthquake (1974)
PG | 122 min | Action, Drama, Thriller
Various interconnected people struggle to survive when an earthquake of unimaginable magnitude hits Los Angeles, California.
Votes: 12,723 | Gross: $79.70M
Oscar - Sound, Visual Effects 1974
31. The Conversation (1974)
PG | 113 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
A paranoid, secretive surveillance expert has a crisis of conscience when he suspects that a couple, on whom he is spying, will be murdered.
Votes: 88,767 | Gross: $4.42M
BAFTA - Film Editing, Sound Track 1975
32. Rollerball (1975)
R | 125 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Sport
In a corporate-controlled future, an ultra-violent sport known as Rollerball represents the world, and one of its powerful athletes is out to defy those who want him out of the game.
Votes: 20,743 | Gross: $30.00M
BAFTA - Art Direction 1976
33. Logan's Run (1976)
PG | 119 min | Action, Sci-Fi
An idyllic science fiction future has one major drawback: life must end at the age of thirty.
Votes: 48,265 | Gross: $25.00M
Oscar - Visual Effects 1976
34. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
PG | 138 min | Drama, Sci-Fi
Roy Neary, an electric lineman, watches how his quiet and ordinary daily life turns upside down after a close encounter with a UFO.
Votes: 169,905 | Gross: $132.09M
Oscar - Cinematography, Sound Effects Editing 1977 BAFTA - Production Design/Art Direction 1979
35. Superman (1978)
PG | 143 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
An alien orphan is sent from his dying planet to Earth, where he grows up to become his adoptive home's first and greatest superhero.
Votes: 149,706 | Gross: $134.22M
Oscar - Visual Effects 1978 BAFTA - Michael Balcon Award 1979
36. Alien (1979)
R | 117 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
After a space merchant vessel perceives an unknown transmission as a distress call, its landing on the source moon finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious lifeform, and they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun.
Votes: 726,571 | Gross: $78.90M
Oscar - Visual Effects 1979 BAFTA - Production Design, Sound Track 1980
37. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
PG | 115 min | Action, Adventure
In 1936, archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the U.S. government to find the Ark of the Covenant before Adolf Hitler's Nazis can obtain its awesome powers.
Votes: 825,208 | Gross: $248.16M
Oscar - Art Direction, Film Editing, Sound, Sound Effects Editing, Visual Effects 1981 BAFTA - Production Design/Art Direction 1982
38. An American Werewolf in London (1981)
R | 97 min | Comedy, Horror
Two American college students on a walking tour of Britain are attacked by a werewolf that none of the locals will admit exists.
Votes: 83,606 | Gross: $30.57M
Oscar - Makeup 1981
39. Blade Runner (1982)
R | 117 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A blade runner must pursue and terminate four replicants who stole a ship in space, and have returned to Earth to find their creator.
Votes: 639,035 | Gross: $32.87M
BAFTA - Cinematography, Costume Design, Production Design/Art Direction 1983
PG | 135 min | Adventure, Drama
A shipping disaster in the nineteenth century has stranded a man and woman in the wilds of Africa. The lady is pregnant, and gives birth to a son in their tree house. The mother dies soon ... See full summary »
Votes: 16,752 | Gross: $45.90M
BAFTA - Makeup 1985
41. Back to the Future (1985)
PG | 116 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Marty McFly, a 17-year-old high school student, is accidentally sent thirty years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his close friend, the maverick scientist Doc Brown.
Votes: 955,579 | Gross: $210.61M
Oscar - Sound Effects Editing 1985
42. Brazil (1985)
R | 132 min | Drama, Sci-Fi
A bureaucrat, in a retro-future world, tries to correct an administrative error and becomes an enemy of the state.
Votes: 177,176 | Gross: $9.93M
BAFTA - Production Design, Special Visual Effects 1986
43. The Fly (1986)
R | 96 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
A brilliant but eccentric scientist begins to transform into a giant man/fly hybrid after one of his experiments goes horribly wrong.
Votes: 147,115 | Gross: $40.46M
Oscar - Makeup 1986
44. RoboCop (1987)
R | 102 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi
In a dystopic and crime-ridden Detroit, a terminally wounded cop returns to the force as a powerful cyborg haunted by submerged memories.
Votes: 217,301 | Gross: $53.42M
Oscar - Sound Effects Editing 1987
45. Cry Freedom (1987)
PG | 157 min | Biography, Drama, History
South African journalist Donald Woods is forced to flee the country, after attempting to investigate the death in custody of his friend, the black activist Steve Biko.
Votes: 11,710 | Gross: $5.90M
BAFTA - Sound 1988
46. The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988)
PG | 126 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
An account of Baron Munchausen's supposed travels and fantastical experiences with his band of misfits.
Votes: 47,929 | Gross: $8.08M
BAFTA - Costume Design, Makeup, Production Design 1990
47. Back to the Future Part II (1989)
PG | 108 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
After visiting 2015, Marty McFly must repeat his visit to 1955 to prevent disastrous changes to 1985...without interfering with his first trip.
Votes: 435,775 | Gross: $118.50M
BAFTA - Special Effects 1990
48. Total Recall (1990)
R | 113 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
When a man goes for virtual vacation memories of the planet Mars, an unexpected and harrowing series of events forces him to go to the planet for real - or does he?
Votes: 281,533 | Gross: $119.39M
Oscar - Visual Effects 1990
49. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
R | 137 min | Action, Sci-Fi