20. Forrest Gump (1994)
Awards won: Best Picture, Best Actor (Tom Hanks), Best Director (Robert Zemeckis), Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Film Editing, Best Visual Effects
Sure, like many of you, we felt enchanted by Robert Zemeckis' Forrest Gump when we first saw it. The sappy emotions, endearing side characters (Gary Sinise's Lt. Dan, Mykelti Williamson's Bubba Gump), and Tom Hanks' sympathetically dim-witted performance hit their desired targets (read: viewers' heartstrings) with a sledgehammer's force. Not to mention the special effects trickery that puts Gump into historical footage alongside folks like JFK and John Lennon is quite effective.
But do yourselves a favor: Give Forrest Gump, which won a staggering six Oscars, another look. Those scenes that previously made you weep, like young Forrest's sprint toward the bus, or older Forrest bonding with his newly motherless son? They're all played with such obvious, cry-now sentimentality that you'll most likely smack yourself for ever falling for Forrest Gump's manipulations in the first place.