15+ Oscar-Nominated Movies You Should Definitely Watch, If You Haven’t Already

Published on 24th Jun 2021 by BlogBuster Editorial Team

Top Oscar-Nominated Movies

Oscars, formally known as the Academy Awards, are one of the most significant and prestigious awards in the world. These awards recognise some of the best artistic and technical talents there are in the entertainment industry across the globe. The movies selected for Oscars are based on certain categories such as best film, best director, best editing, best music and many more!

Oscar-nominated movies are the best movies of all time and some of the finest movies to grace the screens. Certainly, these movies are not to be missed! Below listed are some of the best Oscar movies that we recommend you should watch-
 

Judas And The Black Messiah - 2021

Director: Shaka King
Judas And The Black Messiah is one of the must-watch Oscar-nominated films 2021. It is a biographical drama movie about the betrayal of Fred Hampton [Daniel Kaluuya], chairman of the Black Panther Party in late-1960s Chicago, by an FBI informant William O'Neal [Lakeith Stanfield]. With powerful cast performances, strong dramatisation, the movie strongly criticised racial injustice. Judas And The Black Messiah won Best Supporting Actor for Kaluuya and Best Original Song ("Fight for You") at the Oscars and is definitely one of the best Oscar movies to watch.

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Mank - 2020

Director: David Fincher
Netflix’s original Mank released in 2020 is one of the must-watch Oscar-nominated films 2021. It follows screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz as he works to write the 1941 classic "Citizen Kane”. Though it lost the Oscar for Best Picture, it bagged two Oscars for Best Cinematography and Best Production Design. Mank is one of the best Oscar movies that features outstanding performances from acting nominees Gary Oldman and Amanda Seyfried.

Mank - 2020
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Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom - 2020

Director: George C. Wolfe
Based on the life of an influential blues singer, Ma Rainey, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is one of the most gripping Oscar-nominated films 2021. It narrates the tension that rises between the trailblazing blues singer and her band when they gather for a recording session. Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom marks the last appearance of the Black Panther fame Chadwick Boseman. The movie celebrates three real-life artists and is one of the best Oscar movies.
 

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom - 2020
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The Father - 2020

Director: Florian Zeller
Based on Zeller’s 2012 play Le Père, The Father is one of the best Oscar movies that narrates the story of a man [Anthony Hopkins], slipping into dementia and how he doubts his family and himself as he refuses help and loses his grip on reality. The movie is regarded as one of the best in Anthony Hopkins' career. The Father is one of the best Oscar-nominated films 2021 that can be described as effective, beautifully portrayed and heartbreaking.

The Father - 2020
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Minari - 2020

Director: Lee Isaac Chung
Minari is a 2020 Korean movie that chronicles the journey of South Korean immigrants who try to make it and fulfil their American dream in the rural United States during the 1980s. The movie is a semi-autobiographical version of Lee Isaac Chung’s upbringing in America. One of the most heart-wrenching Oscar-nominated films 2021, Minari is sensitively written and beautifully brought to life by the actors. It bagged six nominations at the Oscars, won one and is definitely one of the best Oscar movies.
 

Minari - 2020
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Nomadland - 2020

Director: Chloé Zhao
Based on the 2017 non-fiction book Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century by Jessica Bruder, Nomadland is one of the best Oscar movies to watch. It revolves around Fern [Frances McDormand], a van dwelling working nomad, who leaves her hometown after her husband dies and the sole industry closes down, to be "houseless" and travel around the United States. Nomadland was the third-highest rated movie of 2020 and was applauded for its direction, screenplay, editing, cinematography and performances. It is a thought-provoking movie and unquestionably one of the best Oscar-nominated films 2021
 

Nomadland - 2020
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The Two Popes - 2019

Director: Fernando Meirelles
Based on the play The Pope by the New Zealand novelist Anthony McCarten, The Two Popes is one of the top Oscar-nominated movies. Directed by Fernando Meirelles, the movie carefully balances its narrative as Pope Benedict XVI [Anthony Hopkins] and soon-to-be Pope Francis [Jonathan Pryce], discuss God, tradition, the changing role of faith in people’s lives and some unspeakable issues. It is one of the best Oscar movies and definitely a must-add to your watchlist.
 

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Joker - 2019

Director: Todd Phillips
Todd Phillips’ Joker gives us the darkest and bleakest story of Batman's no. 1 villain. Based on a character of DC Comics, it certainly is not a story that hails from a comic book. Joker is undoubtedly one of the best Oscar movies and an intensive character study of a psychologically damaged man fighting to maintain his sanity in a world gone mad. Joaquin Phoenix plays the titular role with sheer brilliance in one of the top Oscar-nominated movies.
 

Joker - 2019
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Toy Story 4 - 2019

Director: Josh Cooley
25 years after the original Toy Story, Pixar returned with Toy Story 4 in 2019 and brought the same charm! Toy Story is one of the animated top Oscar-nominated movies that follows Forky, made of bits of garbage, trying to find his identity and importance as a toy with the help of Woody. Toy Story 4 is one of the best Oscar movies and makes a fun watch for kids and adults alike!

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Rocketman - 2019

Director: Dexter Fletcher
Titled after Elton John’s 1972 song “Rocket Man”, Rocketman starring Taron Egerton in the titular role is one of the best Oscar movies! It chronicles the journey of the British musician Elton John's rise to stardom from a college graduate. It is one of the top Oscar-nominated movies and was also considered the best-reviewed musical movie of the year. Rocketman won an Oscar under the category Best Original Song for "(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again"

Rocketman - 2019
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Avengers: Endgame - 2019

Directors: Joe Russo and Anthony Russo
Who doesn’t love a good superhero movie! And if it’s a Marvel movie, we are sure there are many fans. One of the top Oscar-nominated movies, Avengers: Endgame revolves around the surviving members of the Avengers and their allies and how they attempt to reverse the destruction caused by Thanos in Infinity War. The movie received praise for its direction, acting, musical score, action sequences and visual effects. Avengers: Endgame became the highest-grossing movie of all time just within 11 days of its release. It is definitely one of the best Oscar movies to add to your watch list!
 

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Harriet - 2019

Director: Kasi Lemmons
Harriet, starring Cynthia Erivo in the titular role and is one of the top Oscar-nominated movies. It is a biographical movie that narrates the inspiring and courageous story of abolitionist Harriet Tubman, how she escapes from the clutches of slavery and helps 70 more enslaved individuals do the same. Harriet is one of the best Oscar movies that received an Oscar nomination for the song "Stand Up".
 

Harriet - 2019
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Call Me By Your Name - 2017

Director: Luca Guadagnino
Adapted from the novel of the same name, Call Me By Your Name is one of the must-see Oscar-nominated movies. It is a coming-of-age romantic drama that revolves around Elio [Timothée Chalamet] who develops feelings for his father’s temporary assistant Oliver [Armie Hammer]. It is one of the best Oscar movies that is all about love and will make you sit through the credits with tears rolling down your face.
 

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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri - 2017

Director: Martin McDonagh
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is one of the best Oscar movies that narrates the story of Mildred Hayes [Frances Dorman] as she protests and challenges the police officials when they fail to capture the culprit of her daughter’s rape and murder. The movie artfully balances black comedy and intense drama, drawing applause-worthy performances from veteran actors. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri was widely acclaimed and is one of the must-see Oscar-nominated movies.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri - 2017
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Phantom Thread - 2017

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
One of the best Oscar movies, Phantom Thread, is an American historical drama movie. It revolves around a celebrated dress designer Reynolds Woodcock[Daniel Day-Lewis], whose meticulous lifestyle undergoes a drastic change when he falls for Alma, a waitress who later becomes his muse and lover. It was selected by the National Board of Review as one of the top ten films of 2017. Phantom Thread was praised for its script that deftly included humour and intoxicating romantic tension that was skillfully narrated by its cast. It is one of the must-see Oscar-nominated movies and is sure to take you on an unforgettable journey.

Phantom Thread - 2017
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Dunkirk - 2017

Director: Christopher Nolan
Released in 2017, Dunkirk is a British-American war movie with an ensemble cast that includes Fionn Whitehead, Tom Glynn-Carney, Jack Lowden, Harry Styles, Aneurin Barnard, James D'Arcy, Barry Keoghan, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance and Tom Hardy. It is one of the best Oscar movies with little dialogues and creates a sense of mystery with its cinematography and music. The movie received eight Oscar nominations and bagged three- Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing and Best Film Editing. Dunkirk is one of the must-see Oscar-nominated movies for its extraordinary screenplay, direction, musical score, sound effects and cinematography.

Dunkirk - 2017
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The Post - 2017

Director: Steven Spielberg
An American historical political thriller movie, The Post is one of the best Oscar movies and makes for an interesting watch. Starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks in the lead roles, it narrates the attempts made by two journalists at The Washington Post to publish the infamous Pentagon Papers, a set of classified documents regarding the 20-year involvement of the United States government in the Vietnam War and earlier in French Indochina back to the 1940s. The Post was regarded as one of the top 10 films of the year by Time magazine and the American Film Institute. It received wide praise for its cast performances and is one of the must-see Oscar-nominated movies.
 

The Post - 2017
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Lady Bird - 2017

Director: Greta Gerwig
Lady Bird is a coming-of-age comedy-drama movie starring Saoirse Ronan in the titular role. It follows the story of a high school senior Christine [Saoirse Ronan] and her strained relationship with her mother, family members and friends. One of the best Oscar movies, it was also considered as one of the best movies of 2017. It received five nominations at the Oscars: Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Original Screenplay and Best Director. Lady Bird is one of the must-see Oscar-nominated movies and can be perfectly described as warm, inspiring and flawlessly written.

Let us know in the comments which of the above mentioned top Oscar-nominated movies have you watched or are excited to watch!
 

Lady Bird - 2017
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