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7. 'The Graduate' (1967)
Believe it or not, director Mike Nichols and co-screenwriter Buck Henry's now-iconic satire/romantic comedy was more successful at the box office than it was with Oscar voters.
The only Academy Award the film won, out of seven total nominations, was for
Best Director. By way of comparison, the movie grossed nearly $105 million — or
the equivalent of $689 million when adjusted for inflation. That would put it at
No. 21 all-time, more than modern blockbusters "The Dark Knight" and "Marvel's
The Avengers." (Thanks to the Box Office Mojo Website for that little bit of
Its themes of disillusionment and distrust of earlier generations still ring true today, and the cast was as brilliant as Nichols' direction.
Dustin Hoffman starred as Benjamin Braddock, an unmotivated, recent college graduate who becomes practically obsessed with fellow college student Elaine Robinson (Katharine Ross). Unfortunately, there's one big obstacle standing in the way of true love: It turns out Ben had an affair with her mother (Anne Bancroft, who was only six years older than Hoffman and nine years older than Ross when she played Mrs. Robinson.)
Plus, it had a pretty great soundtrack, courtesy of Simon and Garfunkel. — Jeff Michael ViceWhat's your favorite movie? Tell us on our MSN Movies Facebook and Twitter pages.
(Dustin Hoffman & Anne Bancroft in "Graduate"/SNAP/Rex Features)