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New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Film


New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Film

The New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Picture is an award given by the New York Film Critics Circle, honoring the finest achievements in filmmaking.


  • Winners 1
    • 1930s 1.1
    • 1940s 1.2
    • 1950s 1.3
    • 1960s 1.4
    • 1970s 1.5
    • 1980s 1.6
    • 1990s 1.7
    • 2000s 1.8
    • 2010s 1.9


Oscar winner denoted by *


Year Winner Director(s)
1935 The Informer John Ford
1936 Mr. Deeds Goes to Town Frank Capra
1937 The Life of Emile Zola * William Dieterle
1938 The Citadel King Vidor
1939 Wuthering Heights William Wyler


Year Winner Director(s)
1940 The Grapes of Wrath John Ford
1941 Citizen Kane Orson Welles
1942 In Which We Serve Noël Coward and David Lean
1943 Watch on the Rhine Herman Shumlin
1944 Going My Way * Leo McCarey
1945 The Lost Weekend * Billy Wilder
1946 The Best Years of Our Lives * William Wyler
1947 Gentleman's Agreement * Elia Kazan
1948 The Treasure of the Sierra Madre John Huston
1949 All the King's Men * Robert Rossen


Year Winner Director(s)
1950 All About Eve * Joseph L. Mankiewicz
1951 A Streetcar Named Desire Elia Kazan
1952 High Noon Fred Zinnemann
1953 From Here to Eternity * Fred Zinnemann
1954 On the Waterfront * Elia Kazan
1955 Marty * Delbert Mann
1956 Around the World in Eighty Days * Michael Anderson
1957 The Bridge on the River Kwai * David Lean
1958 The Defiant Ones Stanley Kramer
1959 Ben-Hur * William Wyler


Year Winner Director(s)
1960 The Apartment * Billy Wilder
Sons and Lovers Jack Cardiff
1961 West Side Story * Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise
1962 No award given (newspaper strike)
1963 Tom Jones * Tony Richardson
1964 My Fair Lady * George Cukor
1965 Darling John Schlesinger
1966 A Man for All Seasons * Fred Zinnemann
1967 In the Heat of the Night * Norman Jewison
1968 The Lion in Winter Anthony Harvey
1969 Z Costa-Gavras


Year Winner Director(s)
1970 Five Easy Pieces Bob Rafelson
1971 A Clockwork Orange Stanley Kubrick
1972 Cries and Whispers (Viskningar och rop) Ingmar Bergman
1973 Day for Night (La nuit américaine) François Truffaut
1974 Amarcord Federico Fellini
1975 Nashville Robert Altman
1976 All the President's Men Alan J. Pakula
1977 Annie Hall * Woody Allen
1978 The Deer Hunter * Michael Cimino
1979 Kramer vs. Kramer * Robert Benton


Year Winner Director(s)
1980 Ordinary People * Robert Redford
1981 Reds Warren Beatty
1982 Gandhi * Richard Attenborough
1983 Terms of Endearment * James L. Brooks
1984 A Passage to India David Lean
1985 Prizzi's Honor John Huston
1986 Hannah and Her Sisters Woody Allen
1987 Broadcast News James L. Brooks
1988 The Accidental Tourist Lawrence Kasdan
1989 My Left Foot Jim Sheridan


Year Winner Director(s)
1990 Goodfellas Martin Scorsese
1991 The Silence of the Lambs * Jonathan Demme
1992 The Player Robert Altman
1993 Schindler's List * Steven Spielberg
1994 Quiz Show Robert Redford
1995 Leaving Las Vegas Mike Figgis
1996 Fargo Joel Coen
1997 L.A. Confidential Curtis Hanson
1998 Saving Private Ryan Steven Spielberg
1999 Topsy-Turvy Mike Leigh


Year Winner Director(s)
2000 Traffic Steven Soderbergh
2001 Mulholland Drive David Lynch
2002 Far from Heaven Todd Haynes
2003 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King * Peter Jackson
2004 Sideways Alexander Payne
2005 Brokeback Mountain Ang Lee
2006 United 93 Paul Greengrass
2007 No Country for Old Men * Joel and Ethan Coen
2008 Milk Gus Van Sant
2009 The Hurt Locker * Kathryn Bigelow


Year Winner Director(s)
2010 The Social Network David Fincher
2011 The Artist * Michel Hazanavicius
2012 Zero Dark Thirty Kathryn Bigelow
2013 American Hustle David O. Russell
2014 Boyhood Richard Linklater
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