Premiere Magazine's The 20 Most Overrated Movies of All Time
by Travis Leamons on November 28, 2006

Credit: Premiere

We are a nation of lists. Grocery lists. To-do lists. All kinds of lists. As we are slowly creeping towards the year 2K7, now is time film critics give us their ten best and worst of the year.

Premiere Magazine thought it was time to explore the 20 most overrated movies of all time. Some are former Best Picture Oscar winners or appear on the list of AFI’s Top 100 Films of All Time.

American Beauty (1999)
Chicago (2002)
Clerks (1994)
Fantasia (1940)
Field of Dreams (1989)
Chariots of Fire (1981)
Good Will Hunting (1997)
Forrest Gump (1994)
Jules and Jim (1962)
A Beautiful Mind (2001)
Monster’s Ball (2001)
Moonstruck (1987)
Mystic River (2003)
Nashville (1975)
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
An American in Paris (1951)
Easy Rider (1969)
The Red Shoes (1948)
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Gone With the Wind (1939)

On closer inspection, no decade of filmmaking – between 1930 to 2000 – went unscathed. Both the nineties and 2000’s (the first four years, at least) were the decades most represented with four films each.

1939, widely believed the greatest year in the history of film, had two classics Premiere magazine thought were rated to high.

Comparing the above list to that of AFI’s 100 GREATEST AMERICAN MOVIES OF ALL TIME we have:

4. GONE WITH THE WIND (1939)
6. THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939)
22. 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (1968)
58. FANTASIA (1940)
68. AN AMERICAN IN PARIS (1951)
71. FORREST GUMP (1994)
88. EASY RIDER (1969)

Some of the choices many will agree with, but there are probably 20 other films that should have made the list that didn’t.



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