30 Essential Movies | Patton
Obvious as it seems, Patton is a biographical movie about the life of General George S. Patton. With George C. Scott assuming the lead role, it follows General Patton’s exploits throughout World War II, including campaigns in North Africa, Sicily, and mainland Europe. Patton captures the genius and flawed humanity of a man who has remained as controversial and polarizing a figure in death as he was in life. Nominated for eleven Academy Awards, it won seven, with only six being accepted. George C. Scott earned himself the dubious distinction of the first person to turn down an Oscar. This is a classic World War II movie in a category that’s ripe with winners.