Best movies that are oscar winners or nominees in directing category

12 Years a Slave(2013)

Combined Rating:
97
Combined Critics Rating: 96

In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.



Boyhood(2014)

Combined Rating:
97
Combined Critics Rating: 97

The life of Mason, from early childhood to his arrival at college.



Moonlight(2016)

Combined Rating:
97
Combined Critics Rating: 98

A chronicle of the childhood, adolescence and burgeoning adulthood of a young, African-American, gay man growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami.



Parasite(2019)

Combined Rating:
97
Combined Critics Rating: 97

A poor family, the Kims, con their way into becoming the servants of a rich family, the Parks. But their easy life gets complicated when their deception is threatened with exposure.



Dunkirk(2017)

Combined Rating:
96
Combined Critics Rating: 96

Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire and France are surrounded by the German Army, and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II.



The Social Network(2010)

Combined Rating:
96
Combined Critics Rating: 94

Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg creates the social networking site that would become known as Facebook, but is later sued by two brothers who claimed he stole their idea, and the co-founder who was later squeezed out of the business.



Gravity(2013)

Combined Rating:
96
Combined Critics Rating: 95

Two astronauts work together to survive after an accident which leaves them alone in space.



La La Land(2016)

Combined Rating:
96
Combined Critics Rating: 96

While waiting for their big breaks, two proper L.A. dreamers, a suavely- charming, soft-spoken jazz pianist and a brilliant, vivacious playwright, attempt to reconcile aspirations and relationship in a magical old-school romance.



The Irishman(2019)

Combined Rating:
96
Combined Critics Rating: 96

An aging hitman recalls his time with the mob and the intersecting events with his friend, Jimmy Hoffa, through the 1950-70s.



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

Combined Rating:
95
Combined Critics Rating: 92

Gandalf and Aragorn lead the World of Men against Sauron's army to draw his gaze from Frodo and Sam as they approach Mount Doom with the One Ring.



Mad Max: Fury Road(2015)

Combined Rating:
95
Combined Critics Rating: 94

A woman rebels against a tyrannical ruler in postapocalyptic Australia in search for her home-land with the help of a group of female prisoners, a psychotic worshipper, and a drifter named Max.



Spotlight(2015)

Combined Rating:
95
Combined Critics Rating: 94

The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core.



Manchester by the Sea(2016)

Combined Rating:
95
Combined Critics Rating: 95

A depressed uncle is asked to take care of his teenage nephew after the boy's father dies.



No Country for Old Men(2007)

Combined Rating:
94
Combined Critics Rating: 91

Violence and mayhem ensue after a hunter stumbles upon a drug deal gone wrong and more than two million dollars in cash near the Rio Grande.



American Hustle(2013)

Combined Rating:
94
Combined Critics Rating: 91

A con man, Irving Rosenfeld, along with his seductive partner Sydney Prosser, is forced to work for a wild FBI agent, Richie DiMaso, who pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia.



Nomadland(2020)

Combined Rating:
94
Combined Critics Rating: 95

A woman in her sixties, after losing everything in the Great Recession, embarks on a journey through the American West, living as a van-dwelling modern-day nomad.



Lady Bird(2017)

Combined Rating:
93
Combined Critics Rating: 95

In 2002, an artistically inclined seventeen-year-old girl comes of age in Sacramento, California.



Get Out(2017)

Combined Rating:
93
Combined Critics Rating: 90

It's time for a young African-American to meet with his white girlfriend's parents for a weekend in their secluded estate in the woods, but before long, the friendly and polite ambience will give way to a nightmare.



The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring(2001)

Combined Rating:
93
Combined Critics Rating: 90

A meek Hobbit from the Shire and eight companions set out on a journey to destroy the powerful One Ring and save Middle Earth from the Dark Lord Sauron.



Sideways(2004)

Combined Rating:
93
Combined Critics Rating: 91

Two men reaching middle age with not much to show but disappointment embark on a week-long road trip through California's wine country, just as one is about to take a trip down the aisle.




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