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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. 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 Forrest Gump is a 1994 American epic romantic-comedy-drama film based on the 1986 novel of the same name by Winston Groom. The film was directed by Robert Zemeckis and stars Tom Hanks, Robin ...more

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Gone with the Wind is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies
Gone with the Wind 1939 Gone with the Wind is a 1939 American epic historical romance film adapted from Margaret Mitchell's Pulitzer-winning 1936 novel. It was produced by David O. Selznick of Selznick International ...more

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Schindler's List is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies
Schindler's List 1993 Schindler's List is a 1993 American epic historical period drama, directed and co-produced by Steven Spielberg and scripted by Steven Zaillian. It is based on the novel Schindler's Ark by Thomas ...more

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The Godfather is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies
The Godfather 1972 The Godfather is a 1972 American crime film directed by Francis Ford Coppola and produced by Albert S. Ruddy from a screenplay by Mario Puzo and Coppola. Starring Marlon Brando and Al Pacino as ...more

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nes... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest 1975 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is a 1975 drama film written by Lawrence Hauben and Bo Goldman and directed by MiloŇ° Forman.

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Casablanca is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies
Casablanca 1942 Casablanca is a 1942 American romantic drama film directed by Michael Curtiz and based on Murray Burnett and Joan Alison's unproduced stage play Everybody Comes to Rick's. The film stars ...more

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The Godfather Part II is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies
The Godfather: Part II 1974 The Godfather Part II is a 1974 American epic crime film produced and directed by Francis Ford Coppola from a screenplay co-written with Mario Puzo, starring Al Pacino and Robert De Niro. ...more

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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 The Silence of the Lambs is a 1991 American thriller film that blends elements of the crime and horror genres. Directed by Jonathan Demme and starring Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, and Scott ...more

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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 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is a 2003 epic fantasy drama film directed by Peter Jackson based on the second and third volumes of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. It is ...more

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Rocky is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies
Rocky 1976 Rocky is a 1976 American sports drama film directed by John G. Avildsen and both written by and starring Sylvester Stallone. It tells the rags to riches American Dream story of Rocky Balboa, an ...more

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Gladiator is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies
Gladiator 2000 Gladiator is a 2000 American-British epic historical drama film directed by Ridley Scott, starring Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen, Ralf Möller, Oliver Reed, Djimon Hounsou, ...more

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The Sound of Music is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies
The Sound of Music 1965 The Sound of Music is a 1965 American musical drama film produced and directed by Robert Wise and starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. The film is an adaptation of the 1959 Broadway ...more

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Braveheart is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies
Braveheart 1995 Braveheart is a 1995 epic historical medieval war drama film directed by and starring Mel Gibson. Gibson portrays William Wallace, a 13th-century Scottish warrior who led the Scots in the First ...more

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Lawrence of Arabia is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies
Lawrence of Arabia 1962 Lawrence of Arabia is a 1962 British epic adventure drama film based on the life of T. E. Lawrence. It was directed by David Lean and produced by Sam Spiegel through his British company, Horizon ...more

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Amadeus is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies
Amadeus 1984 Amadeus - Directors Cut is a 1984 biography drama film written by Peter Shaffer and directed by Milos Forman.

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The Departed is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies
The Departed 2006 The Departed is a 2006 American crime drama film directed by Martin Scorsese and written by William Monahan. It is a remake of the 2002 Hong Kong film Infernal Affairs. The film stars Leonardo ...more

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Ben-Hur is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies
Ben-Hur 1959 Ben-Hur is a 1959 American epic historical drama film, directed by William Wyler, produced by Sam Zimbalist for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and starring Charlton Heston, Stephen Boyd, Jack Hawkins, Hugh ...more

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The Deer Hunter is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies
The Deer Hunter 1978 The Deer Hunter is a 1978 American epic war drama film co-written and directed by Michael Cimino about a trio of Russian American steelworkers and their service in the Vietnam War. The film ...more

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No Country for Old Men is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies
No Country for Old Men 2007 No Country for Old Men is a 2007 American neo-Western thriller directed, written, and edited by Joel and Ethan Coen, based on the Cormac McCarthy novel of the same name. The film stars Tommy Lee ...more

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Rain Man is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies
Rain Man 1988 Rain Man is a 1988 American drama film directed by Barry Levinson and written by Barry Morrow and Ronald Bass. It tells the story of an abrasive and selfish yuppie, Charlie Babbitt, who ...more

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The Bridge on the River Kwai is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies
The Bridge on the River Kwai 1957 The Bridge on the River Kwai is a 1957 World War II epic film directed by David Lean, based on the novel Le Pont de la Rivière Kwai by Pierre Boulle. The film is a work of fiction but ...more

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The Sting is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies
The Sting 1973 The Sting is a 1973 American caper film set in September 1936, involving a complicated plot by two professional grifters to con a mob boss. The film was directed by George Roy Hill, who had ...more

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Unforgiven is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies
Unforgiven 1992 Unforgiven is a 1992 American Western film produced and directed by Clint Eastwood with a screenplay written by David Webb Peoples. The film portrays William Munny, an aging outlaw and killer ...more

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

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American Beauty is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies
American Beauty 1999 American Beauty is a 1999 American drama film, directed by Sam Mendes and written by Alan Ball. Kevin Spacey stars as Lester Burnham, an office worker who has a midlife crisis when he becomes ...more

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Titanic is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies
Titanic 1997 Titanic is a 1997 American epic romantic disaster drama film directed, written, co-produced, and co-edited by James Cameron. A fictionalized account of the sinking of the RMS Titanic, it stars ...more

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A Beautiful Mind is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies
A Beautiful Mind 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

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The King's Speech is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies
The King's Speech 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

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Dances with Wolves is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies
Dances with Wolves 1990 Dances with Wolves is a 1990 American epic western film directed, produced by, and starring Kevin Costner. It is a film adaptation of the 1988 book of the same name by Michael Blake and tells ...more

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

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Patton is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies
Patton 1970 Patton is a 1970 American epic biographical war film about U.S. General George S. Patton during World War II. It stars George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Michael Bates and Karl Michael Vogler. It was ...more

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On the Waterfront is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies
On the Waterfront 1954 On the Waterfront is a 1954 American crime 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

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

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Million Dollar Baby is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies
Million Dollar Baby 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

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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 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

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The French Connection is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies
The French Connection 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

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All Quiet on the Western Front is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies
All Quiet on the Western Front 1930 All Quiet on the Western Front is a 1930 American epic war film based on the Erich Maria Remarque novel of the same name. It was directed by Lewis Milestone, and stars Louis Wolheim, Lew Ayres, ...more

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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 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

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

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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 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

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The Apartment is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies
The Apartment 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

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Slumdog Millionaire is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies
Slumdog Millionaire 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

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12 Years a Slave is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies
12 Years a Slave 2013 12 Years a Slave is a 2013 period drama film and an adaptation of the 1853 slave narrative memoir Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup, a New York State-born free African-American man who was ...more

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It Happened One Night is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies
It Happened One Night 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

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Driving Miss Daisy is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies
Driving Miss Daisy 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

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In the Heat of the Night is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies
In the Heat of the Night 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

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Annie Hall is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies
Annie Hall 1977 Annie Hall is a 1977 American romantic comedy directed by Woody Allen from a screenplay he co-wrote with Marshall Brickman. Produced by Allen's manager, Charles H. Joffe, the film stars Allen as ...more

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Kramer vs. Kramer is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies
Kramer vs. Kramer 1979 Kramer vs. Kramer is a 1979 American drama film adapted by Robert Benton from the novel by Avery Corman, and directed by Benton. The film tells the story of a married couple's divorce and its ...more

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Argo is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies
PeteBoyle added Argo 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

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