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NYFCC Awards - Best Film

The New York Film Critics Circle is an organization of film reviewers from New York-based publications that exists to honour excellence in U.S. and world cinema. Founded in 1935, the Circle's membership includes critics from daily newspapers, weekly newspapers and magazines. Every year in December the organization meets in New York to vote on awards for the previous calendar year's films. Below are past winners for "Best Film".

The Defiant Ones (1958)

7.7/10
Director: Stanley Kramer
Starring: Theodore Bikel, Tony Curtis, Sidney Poitier

Nominated for nine Academy Awards including Best Picture, Stanley Kramer's The Defiant Ones broke new ground by delivering its message of racial toler... Read more

The Godfather (1972)

9.2/10
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Starring: Marlon Brando, James Caan, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, Al Pacino, John Cazale,...

Francis Ford Coppola's mafioso epic featuring Marlon Brando as the patriarch of the Corleone family. Based on Mario Puzo's novel, it's a masterful ble... Read more

The Godfather ( Blu-ray ) (1972)

9.2/10
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Starring: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Richard Castellano, Robert Duvall, Sterlin...

Francis Ford Coppola's mafioso epic featuring Marlon Brando as the patriarch of the Corleone family. Based on Mario Puzo's novel, it's a masterful ble... Read more

The Grapes of Wrath (1940)

8.1/10
Director: John Ford
Starring: John Carradine, Jane Darwell, Henry Fonda

One of the great classics, this adaptation of the John Steinbeck novel stars Henry Fonda as Tom Joad and John Carradine as Casey. Tom returns to the f... Read more

The Hurt Locker (2009)

7.6/10
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
Starring: David Morse, Guy Pearce, Ralph Fiennes, Evangeline Lilly, Jeremy Renner, Anthony...

War is a drug. Nobody knows that better than Staff Sergeant James (Jeremy Renner), stationed in Iraq and head of an elite squad of soldiers tasked wit... Read more

The Hurt Locker ( Blu-ray ) (2008)

7.6/10
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
Starring: David Morse, Guy Pearce, Ralph Fiennes, Evangeline Lilly, Jeremy Renner, Anthony...

War is a drug. Nobody knows that better than Staff Sergeant James (Jeremy Renner), stationed in Iraq and head of an elite squad of soldiers tasked wit... Read more

The Hustler (1961)

8/10
Director: Robert Rossen
Starring: Paul Newman, Jackie Gleason, Piper Laurie, George C Scott

Realistic and rivetting drama featuring Paul Newman as Fast Eddie Felson, an arrogant pool hustler who is driven to beat reigning champ, Minnesota Fat... Read more

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

8.9/10
Director: Peter Jackson
Starring: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Orlando Bloom, Andy Serk...

Director Peter Jackson's triumphant finale to fantasy cinema's most acclaimed series has Frodo, Sam and the treacherous Gollum attempt to destroy the... Read more

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King ( Blu-ray ) (2003)

8.9/10
Director: Peter Jackson
Starring: Bernard Hill, Cate Blanchett, David Wenham, Elijah Wood, Hugo Weaving, Ian Holm,...

Director Peter Jackson's triumphant finale to fantasy cinema's most acclaimed series has Frodo, Sam and the treacherous Gollum attempt to destroy the... Read more

The Lost Weekend (1945)

8/10
Director: Billy Wilder
Starring: Ray Milland, Phillip Terry, Jane Wyman

Billy Wilder's Oscar-winning social drama stars Ray Milland as an alcoholic writer who falls into a maelstrom of delusion and dementia and winds up in... Read more