The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies

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List Criteria: Only films that WON the Academy Award for Best Picture

All of the best Oscar winning movies that won the Oscar for Best Picture. Prior to the 2015 Oscars, there are 86 movies who have won the highly coveted Best Picture Academy Award and they are all here for you to vote and rank from best to worst. The annual Academy Awards ceremony brings the world together in celebration of the best films of the year, and this list of all the movies that have won the Best Picture Academy Award is here in celebration of decades of quality filmmaking.

With nearly 86 years of votable film history behind us, there are plenty of classic movies vying for the honor of being called the greatest film that won the Academy Award for Best Picture. From the movies that win critical acclaim across generational divides (The Godfather, Schindler's List), to the feel-good movies with great casts (Forrest Gump, The Artist), to controversial Best Picture Oscar winners (The Hurt Locker, Crash), this list of the films that won a Best Picture Oscar is here to separate the best movies of all time from the ones that were maybe the best of the year they won.

What is the best movie that ever won the Best Picture Oscar? What is the worst movie to win the Academy Award for Best Picture? Vote on these winners of the Best Picture Academy Award and maybe you'll find out! If there's an Oscar winner for Best Picture that you didn't like, vote it down and let other moviegoers know it wasn't worthy of film's top honor.

If you're interested in what movie will end up on this list after the 2013 Oscars are given out, check out the 2013 Best Picture Oscar ranking to vote for your 10 (or more) favorite potential Academy Award winners.
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    Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies


    Forrest Gump 1994

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    The Godfather is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies

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    The Godfather 1972

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    Gone with the Wind is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies


    Gone with the Wind 1939

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    The Godfather Part II is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies


    The Godfather Part II 1974

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    Schindler's List is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies


    Schindler's List 1993

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    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nes... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies


    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest 1975

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    Casablanca is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies


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    The Silence of the Lambs is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies


    The Silence of the Lambs 1991

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    The Lord of the Rings: The Ret... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies


    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 2003

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    Rocky is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies


    Rocky 1976

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    The Sound of Music is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies


    The Sound of Music 1965

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    Gladiator is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies


    Gladiator 2000

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    Braveheart is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies


    Braveheart 1995

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    Lawrence of Arabia is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies


    Lawrence of Arabia 1962

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    No Country for Old Men is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies


    No Country for Old Men 2007

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    Rain Man is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies


    Rain Man 1988

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    Amadeus is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies


    Amadeus 1984

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    The Deer Hunter is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies


    The Deer Hunter 1978

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    The Departed is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies

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    The Departed 2006

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    Platoon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies


    Platoon 1986

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    The Sting is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies


    The Sting 1973

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    Unforgiven is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies


    Unforgiven 1992

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    The King's Speech is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies


    The King's Speech 2010

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    Titanic is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies


    Titanic 1997

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    West Side Story is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies


    West Side Story 1961

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    On the Waterfront is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies


    On the Waterfront 1954

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    American Beauty is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies


    American Beauty 1999

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    Patton is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies


    Patton 1970

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    A Beautiful Mind is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies


    A Beautiful Mind 2001

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    Dances with Wolves is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies


    Dances with Wolves 1990

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    Gandhi is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies


    Gandhi 1982

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    The French Connection is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies


    The French Connection 1971

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    My Fair Lady is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies


    My Fair Lady 1964

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    All Quiet on the Western Front is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies


    All Quiet on the Western Front 1930

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    Rebecca is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies


    Rebecca 1940

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    All About Eve is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies


    All About Eve 1950

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    Million Dollar Baby is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies


    Million Dollar Baby 2004

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    From Here to Eternity is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies


    From Here to Eternity 1953

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    12 Years a Slave is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies


    12 Years a Slave 2013

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    It Happened One Night is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies


    It Happened One Night 1934

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    The Apartment is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies


    The Apartment 1960

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    Slumdog Millionaire is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies


    Slumdog Millionaire 2008

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    Fight Club is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies

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    Fight Club 1999

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    Annie Hall is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies


    Annie Hall 1977

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    Argo is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies


    Argo 2012

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    Driving Miss Daisy is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies


    Driving Miss Daisy 1989

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    Kramer vs. Kramer is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies

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    Kramer vs. Kramer 1979

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    Midnight Cowboy is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies


    Midnight Cowboy 1969

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