Ten Best Studio Films – Sony Pictures Classics

Citing the ten finest films by each studio working today…


Last year, the staff and I gave you a comprehensive and personal list of our 10 Greatest Films of All-Time.  Some that means more to us than just the screen it’s plastered on, and some that have changed our way of thinking towards cinema forever.  While we will continue to dive deep into different areas of cinema, I’ve decided to provide you all with the ten exceptional films of the individual movie studios, in business today.  We often talk about the high-profile award studios like Harvey Weinstein or the intimate portraits painted by Focus Features, but I’ve decided to give the examples of the crowning achievements each individual company has offered thus far for U.S. distribution.

This series is a salute to those studios.

As we begin our in-depth look at the best works, trying to get some of these down to just simply ten films was much harder than it looked.  When it comes to Sony Pictures Classics, they’ve emerged recently as a formidable contender in delivering richly told and acted cinematic works.  These films listed are more than just the awards they’ve received or didn’t receive.  They are the staple of the foundation of what is and what will become of the company.

In fifty years, my grandchildren, hopefully film enthusiasts like their good old Papa, will talk about the movie studios and lots, some sadly won’t be around, and how they gave the world films like The Dark Knight, in the same way we read about films like Gone with the Wind today.  It’s time to give these movie machines their credit for the gifts they’ve given.  Sony Pictures Classics dedication to the world of independent cinema and the arousing work of legends like Woody Allen and Ang Lee, have them placed near the top of ambitious studios circling the globe today.  Michael Barker and Tom Bernard, co-presidents of SPC, should be applauded with a studio that’s only a young 21 years old.

Below, you will ten pictures which I find to be the studios finest achievement at this juncture.  I feel these films represent the company and legacy in all its glory as of today.  Not to mention, they also have anticipated projects this year like John Krokidas’ Kill Your Darlings and Ralph Fiennes’ The Invisible Woman.  I cannot wait to feast my eyes on Asghar Farhadi’s The Past along with Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive.  People are still very much enjoying Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine and the astounding performance of Cate Blanchett.  Any one of these films can land on this list, revisited in year’s time.

Make sure to include your favorite films of SPC in the comment section. 

What do you think?


Written by Clayton Davis

Clayton Davis is the esteemed Editor and Owner of Born in Bronx, NY to a Puerto Rican mother and Black father, he’s been criticizing film and television for over a decade. Clayton is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association where he votes and attends the kick off to the awards season, the Critics Choice Awards. He also founded the Latino Entertainment Journalists Association, the first Latino-based critics’ organization in the United States. He’s also an active member of the African-American Film Critics Association, New York Film Critics Online, International Press Academy, Black Reel Awards, and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association. Clayton has been quoted and appeared in various outlets that include The New York Times,, Variety, Deadline, Los Angeles Times, FOX 5, Bloomberg Television, AOL, Huffington Post, Bloomberg Radio, The Wrap, Slash Film, and the Hollywood Reporter.


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