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The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies  

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List Rules Only films that WON the Academy Award for Best Picture

All of the best Oscar winning movies that won the Oscar for Best Picture. Currently, there are 90 movies that 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 90 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 Best Picture winners, 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 2018 Oscars are given out, check out the 2018 Best Picture Oscar ranking to vote for your 10 (or more) favorite potential Academy Award winners.

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A Beautiful Mind is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies
2001
A Beautiful Mind is a 2001 American biographical drama film based on the life of John Nash, a Nobel Laureate in Economics. The film was directed by Ron Howard, from a screenplay written by Akiva ...more
27
The Deer Hunter is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies
1978
The Deer Hunter is a 1978 American epic drama film co-written and directed by Michael Cimino about a trio of Russian American steelworkers and their service in Vietnam. The film stars Robert De ...more
28
Platoon is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies
1986
Platoon is a 1986 American war film written and directed by Oliver Stone and starring Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe and Charlie Sheen. It is the first film of a trilogy of Vietnam War films by ...more
29
Patton is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies
1970
Patton is a 1970 American epic biographical film about U.S. General George S. Patton during WWII. It stars George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Michael Bates and Karl Michael Vogler. It was directed by ...more
30
On the Waterfront is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies
1954
On the Waterfront is a 1954 American drama film about union violence and corruption amongst longshoremen. The film was directed by Elia Kazan and written by Budd Schulberg. It stars Marlon ...more
31
West Side Story is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies
1961
West Side Story is a 1961 American romantic musical drama film directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins. The film is an adaptation of the 1957 Broadway musical of the same name, which in turn ...more
32
12 Years a Slave is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies
2013
12 Years a Slave is a 2013 period drama film directed by Steve McQueen, based on the 1853 memoir by Solomon Northup In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free ...more
33
The King's Speech is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies
2010
The King's Speech is a 2010 British historical drama film directed by Tom Hooper and written by David Seidler. Colin Firth plays King George VI who, to cope with a stammer, sees Lionel Logue, an ...more
34
The French Connection is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies
1971
The French Connection is a 1971 American dramatic thriller film directed by William Friedkin and produced by Philip D'Antoni. It stars Gene Hackman, Fernando Rey, and Roy Scheider. The film was ...more
35
Million Dollar Baby is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies
2004
Million Dollar Baby is a 2004 American sports drama film directed, co-produced and scored by Clint Eastwood, and starring Eastwood, Hilary Swank and Morgan Freeman. This film is about an ...more
36
All About Eve is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies
1950
All About Eve is a 1950 American drama film written and directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, and produced by Darryl F. Zanuck. It was based on the 1946 short story "The Wisdom of Eve" by ...more
37
Gandhi is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies
1982
Gandhi is a 1982 epic biographical film which dramatises the life of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, the leader of India's non-violent, non-cooperative independence movement against the United ...more
38
Slumdog Millionaire is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies
2008
Slumdog Millionaire is a 2009 British drama film directed by Danny Boyle, written by Simon Beaufoy, and produced by Christian Colson. It was co-directed in India by Loveleen Tandan. It is an ...more
39
All Quiet on the Western Front is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies
1930
All Quiet on the Western Front is a 1930 American epic film based on the Erich Maria Remarque novel of the same name. It was directed by Lewis Milestone, and stars Louis Wolheim, Lew Ayres, John ...more
40
From Here to Eternity is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies
1953
From Here to Eternity is a 1953 drama film directed by Fred Zinnemann and based on the novel of the same name by James Jones. The picture deals with the tribulations of three soldiers, played by ...more
41
My Fair Lady is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies
1964
My Fair Lady is a 1964 American musical film adaptation of the Lerner and Loewe stage musical of the same name based on the 1938 film adaptation of the original 1913 stage play Pygmalion by ...more
42
Rebecca is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies
1940
Rebecca is a 1940 American psychological thriller-drama film. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock, it was his first American project, and his first film produced under contract with David O. Selznick. ...more
43
Annie Hall is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies
1977
Annie Hall is a 1977 American romantic comedy film directed by Woody Allen. Neurotic New York comedian Alvy Singer (Allen) falls in love with the ditzy Annie Hall (Diane Keaton).
44
The Apartment is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies
1960
The Apartment is a 1960 American comedy-drama film produced and directed by Billy Wilder, which stars Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, and Fred MacMurray. It was Wilder's next movie after Some ...more
45
It Happened One Night is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies
1934
It Happened One Night is a 1934 American romantic comedy film with elements of screwball comedy directed by Frank Capra, in which a pampered socialite tries to get out from under her father's ...more
46
Midnight Cowboy is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies
1969
Midnight Cowboy is a 1969 American drama film based on the 1965 novel of the same name by James Leo Herlihy. The script was written by Waldo Salt, directed by John Schlesinger, and stars Jon ...more
47
Argo is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies
PeteBoyle added 2012
Argo is a 2012 American political thriller film directed by Ben Affleck. The film is adapted from U.S. Central Intelligence Agency operative Tony Mendez's book The Master of Disguise and Joshuah ...more
48
The Last Emperor is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies
1987
The Last Emperor is a 1987 biographical film about the life of Puyi, the last Emperor of China, whose autobiography was the basis for the screenplay written by Mark Peploe and Bernardo ...more
49
Driving Miss Daisy is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies
1989
Driving Miss Daisy is a 1989 American comedy-drama film adapted from the Alfred Uhry play of the same name. The film was directed by Bruce Beresford, with Morgan Freeman reprising his role as ...more
50
In the Heat of the Night is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies
1967
In the Heat of the Night is a 1967 American mystery drama film directed by Norman Jewison. It is based on John Ball's 1965 novel of the same name which tells the story of Virgil Tibbs, a black ...more