Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Film

Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Film

The Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Film is one of the annual awards given by the Chicago Film Critics Association.




Year Winner Director(s)
1988 Mississippi Burning Alan Parker
1989 Do the Right Thing Spike Lee
Batman Tim Burton
Born on the Fourth of July Oliver Stone
Crimes and Misdemeanors Woody Allen
Drugstore Cowboy Gus Van Sant
A Dry White Season Euzhan Palcy
Henry V Kenneth Branagh
sex, lies, and videotape Steven Soderbergh


Year Winner and nominees Director(s)
1990 Goodfellas Martin Scorsese
1991 The Silence of the Lambs Jonathan Demme
Barton Fink Joel Coen
Beauty and the Beast Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise
Boyz n the Hood John Singleton
Thelma & Louise Ridley Scott
1992 Malcolm X Spike Lee
The Crying Game Neil Jordan
The Player Robert Altman
Reservoir Dogs Quentin Tarantino
Unforgiven Clint Eastwood
1993 Schindler's List Steven Spielberg
The Fugitive Andrew Davis
The Piano Jane Campion
Short Cuts Robert Altman
1994 Hoop Dreams Steve James
Forrest Gump Robert Zemeckis
Pulp Fiction Quentin Tarantino
Quiz Show Robert Redford
The Shawshank Redemption Frank Darabont
1995 Apollo 13 Ron Howard
Crumb Terry Zwigoff
Exotica Atom Egoyan
Heat [Michael Mann
Nixon Oliver Stone
1996 Fargo Joel Coen
Dead Man Jim Jarmusch
The English Patient Anthony Minghella
The People vs. Larry Flynt Milos Forman
Secrets & Lies Mike Leigh
1997 L.A. Confidential Curtis Hanson
As Good as It Gets James L. Brooks
Boogie Nights Paul Thomas Anderson
The Sweet Hereafter Atom Egoyan
Titanic James Cameron
1998 Saving Private Ryan Steven Spielberg
The Butcher Boy Neil Jordan
Life is Beautiful Roberto Benigni
Shakespeare in Love John Madden
The Thin Red Line Terrence Malick
The Truman Show Peter Weir
1999 American Beauty Sam Mendes
Being John Malkovich Spike Jonze
The Insider Michael Mann
Magnolia Paul Thomas Anderson
The Straight Story David Lynch


Year Winner and nominees Director(s)
2000 Almost Famous Cameron Crowe
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Ang Lee
Traffic Steven Soderbergh
Wonder Boys Curtis Hanson
You Can Count on Me Kenneth Lonergan
2001 Mulholland Drive David Lynch
A Beautiful Mind Ron Howard
In the Bedroom Todd Field
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Peter Jackson
Waking Life Richard Linklater
2002 Far from Heaven Todd Haynes
About Schmidt Alexander Payne
Adaptation. Spike Jonze
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Peter Jackson
The Pianist Roman Polanski
2003 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Peter Jackson
American Splendor Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini
Finding Nemo Andrew Stanton
Lost in Translation Sofia Coppola
Mystic River Clint Eastwood
2004 Sideways Alexander Payne
2005 Crash Paul Haggis
Brokeback Mountain Ang Lee
Good Night, and Good Luck. George Clooney
A History of Violence David Cronenberg
King Kong Peter Jackson
2006 The Departed Martin Scorsese
Babel Alejandro González Iñárritu
Little Miss Sunshine Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris
The Queen Stephen Frears
United 93 Paul Greengrass
2007 No Country for Old Men Joel and Ethan Coen
Into the Wild Sean Penn
Michael Clayton Tony Gilroy
Once John Carney
There Will Be Blood Paul Thomas Anderson
2008 WALL-E Andrew Stanton
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button David Fincher
The Dark Knight Christopher Nolan
Milk Gus Van Sant
Slumdog Millionaire Danny Boyle
2009 The Hurt Locker Kathryn Bigelow
Inglourious Basterds Quentin Tarantino
A Serious Man Joel and Ethan Coen
Up in the Air Jason Reitman
Where the Wild Things Are Spike Jonze


Year Winner and nominees Director(s)
2010 The Social Network David Fincher
Black Swan Darren Aronofsky
Inception Christopher Nolan
The King's Speech Tom Hooper
Winter's Bone Debra Granik


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