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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    The Godfather

    the people's #1 & most listed
    1972

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    + 1488
    - 632
    Forrest Gump


    1994

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    + 1201
    - 705
    Schindler's List


    1993

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  4. 4
    + 1058
    - 640
    The Godfather Part II


    1974

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    + 887
    - 435


    1939

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  6. 6
    + 954
    - 569
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    + 791
    - 563
    Casablanca

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    1942

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  8. 8
    + 982
    - 509
    The Silence of the Lambs


    1991

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    + 918
    - 575
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    + 764
    - 417
    Braveheart


    1995

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  11. 11
    + 815
    - 448
    Gladiator


    2000

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  12. 12
    + 825
    - 501
    Rocky


    1976

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  13. 13
    + 506
    - 295


    1959

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  14. 14
    + 551
    - 297


    1962

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  15. 15
    + 631
    - 370


    1965

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  16. 16
    + 576
    - 380
    No Country for Old Men


    2007

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  17. 17
    + 536
    - 324


    1984

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  18. 18
    + 529
    - 385


    1978

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  19. 19
    + 556
    - 396
    Rain Man


    1988

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  20. 20
    + 674
    - 334
    The Departed

    ranked low on reranks
    2006

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  21. 21
    + 474
    - 257


    1957

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  22. 22
    + 528
    - 327


    1986

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  23. 23
    + 526
    - 239
    Unforgiven

    ranked low on reranks
    1992

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  24. 24
    + 477
    - 289


    1973

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  25. 25
    + 498
    - 384
    The King's Speech


    2010

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  26. 26
    + 663
    - 459
    Titanic


    1997

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  27. 27
    + 443
    - 299


    1961

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  28. 28
    + 514
    - 369
    American Beauty


    1999

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  29. 29
    + 371
    - 262


    1954

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  30. 30
    + 402
    - 229


    1970

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  31. 31
    + 487
    - 340


    1990

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  32. 32
    + 520
    - 319


    2001

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  33. 33
    + 415
    - 290


    1982

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  34. 34
    + 342
    - 230


    1971

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  35. 35
    + 339
    - 257


    1964

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  36. 36
    + 271
    - 216
    All Quiet on the Western Front


    1930

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  37. 37
    + 266
    - 248


    1940

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  38. 38
    + 422
    - 328


    2004

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  39. 39
    + 251
    - 231


    1953

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  40. 40
    + 276
    - 229


    1950

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  41. 41
    + 275
    - 261


    1960

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  42. 42
    + 272
    - 196


    2013

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  43. 43
    + 402
    - 395
    Slumdog Millionaire


    2008

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  44. 44
    + 274
    - 205


    1934

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  45. 45
    + 262
    - 165


    1999

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  46. 46
    + 323
    - 348


    2012

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  47. 47
    + 270
    - 313
    Kramer vs. Kramer


    1979

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  48. 48
    + 303
    - 334


    1977

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  49. 49
    + 331
    - 284
    Driving Miss Daisy


    1989

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  50. 50
    + 285
    - 255
    Midnight Cowboy


    1969

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