Lists: Drama, Biopic, Best cinematography nominees, Best Picture nominee 2000 to 2009

Brief Synopsis: "Martin Scorsese’s Oscar-winning biopic about the life of film-maker and aviation pioneer Howard Hughes from 1927 to 1947, during which time he became a successful film producer and an aviation magnate while simultaneously growing more unstable due to severe obsessive-compulsive disorder. After a scene from 1914, which may explain his later fear of dirt and disease, the film starts in 1927 during Hughes' filming of the World War I aviation film "Hell's Angels". He's 22 years old, has inherited the family's fortune and tool company, but wants to spend his time making film instead. However, he soon finds himself just as involved in the aviation industry, buying an airline and developing new planes."

Overall Ranking: 731 (Rank from 2004: # 14)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 40%
Regular 50%
Half-Popped 10%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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David Baruffi97
Bryan Lienesch97 - An extraordinary biopic. DiCaprio, Blanchett, Scorcese, even Baldwin -- they're all marvelous!
Patrick Devitt90
Lisa Marie Bowman85(full review)
Rob from GuysFilmQuest82
Brandon H80
Dan O'Neill80(full review)
Sir M Hayes XIV75
Jim Carrier74 - DiCaprio did a brilliant job as Howard Hughes. Cate Blanchett & Kate Beckinsale did a great job as Hepburn & Gardner. It was a good historic film, but I just didn't care for it because as intelligent as Hughes was, I just don't care enough about it all to be draw in again.
Gorgon Reviews61

People Involved

  • Leonardo DiCaprio (Howard Hughes)
  • Cate Blanchett (Katharine Hepburn)
  • John C. Reilly (Noah Dietrich)
  • Kate Beckinsale (Ava Gardner)
  • Alec Baldwin (Juan Trippe)
  • Alan Alda (Senator Ralph Owen Brewster)
  • Ian Holm (Professor Fitz)
  • Jude Law (Errol Flynn)
  • Kelli Garner (Faith Domergue)
  • Brent Spiner (Robert Gross)
  • Danny Huston (Jack Frye)
  • Martin Scorsese (Director)
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