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The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies For Best Picture 

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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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1
Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies For Best Picture
1994

Actors: Tom Hanks, Sally Field, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, Brendan Shanahan, + more

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

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 For Best Picture
1939

Actors: Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Olivia de Havilland, Hattie McDaniel, George Reeves, + more

Directed by: Sam Wood, George Cukor, Victor Fleming

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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3
One Flew Over the Cuckoo... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies For Best Picture
1975

Actors: Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd, Anjelica Huston, Brad Dourif, + more

Directed by: Miloš Forman

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is a 1975 drama film written by Lawrence Hauben and Bo Goldman and directed by Miloš Forman.

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4
The Silence of the Lambs... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies For Best Picture
1991

Actors: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Chris Isaak, George A. Romero, Roger Corman, + more

Directed by: Jonathan Demme

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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5
Schindler's List is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies For Best Picture
1993

Actors: Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley, Embeth Davidtz, Norbert Weisser, + more

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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 Part II is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies For Best Picture
1974

Actors: Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, James Caan, + more

Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola

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 Departed is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies For Best Picture
2006

Actors: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Alec Baldwin, Matt Damon, Mark Wahlberg, + more

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

The Departed is a 2006 American crime drama film directed by Martin Scorsese, and a remake of the 2002 Hong Kong film Infernal Affairs. Irish Mob boss Francis "Frank" Costello (Jack ...more

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The Lord of the Rings: T... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies For Best Picture
2003

Actors: Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen, Orlando Bloom, + more

Directed by: Peter Jackson

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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Casablanca is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies For Best Picture
1942

Actors: Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre, Claude Rains, Paul Henreid, + more

Directed by: Michael Curtiz

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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Rocky is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies For Best Picture
1976

Actors: Sylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier, Burgess Meredith, Carl Weathers, Talia Shire, + more

Directed by: John G. Avildsen

Rocky is a 1976 American sports drama film directed by John G. Avildsen. A small-time boxer (Sylvester Stallone) gets a supremely rare chance to fight a heavy-weight champion (Carl Weathers) in ...more

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The Sound of Music is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies For Best Picture
1965

Actors: Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker, Nicholas Hammond, Heather Menzies, + more

Directed by: Robert Wise

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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Unforgiven is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies For Best Picture
1992

Actors: Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Gene Hackman, Richard Harris, Frances Fisher, + more

Directed by: Clint Eastwood

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 who takes on ...more

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Braveheart is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies For Best Picture
1995

Actors: Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson, Brian Cox, Catherine McCormack, + more

Directed by: Mel Gibson

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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Gladiator is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies For Best Picture
2000

Actors: Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Sheen, Richard Harris, Djimon Hounsou, + more

Directed by: Ridley Scott

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 Bridge on the River ... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies For Best Picture
1957

Actors: Alec Guinness, William Holden, Jack Hawkins, Sessue Hayakawa, André Morell, + more

Directed by: David Lean

The Bridge on the River Kwai is a 1957 WWII 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 borrows the ...more

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Titanic is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies For Best Picture
1997

Actors: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates, James Cameron, Bill Paxton, + more

Directed by: James Cameron

Titanic is a 1997 American epic romance and disaster film directed by James Cameron. A seventeen-year-old aristocrat (Kate Winslet) falls in love with a kind but poor artist (Leonardo DiCaprio) ...more

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17
No Country for Old Men ... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies For Best Picture
2007

Actors: Javier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones, Woody Harrelson, Josh Brolin, Kelly Macdonald, + more

Directed by: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

No Country for Old Men is a 2007 American neo-western neo-noir thriller film directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy. Mayhem ensue after a hunter (Josh Brolin) ...more

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The Sting is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies For Best Picture
1973

Actors: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw, Charles Durning, Eileen Brennan, + more

Directed by: George Roy Hill

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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19
Platoon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies For Best Picture
1986

Actors: Johnny Depp, Charlie Sheen, Willem Dafoe, Tom Berenger, Forest Whitaker, + more

Directed by: Oliver Stone

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20
Lawrence of Arabia is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies For Best Picture
1962

Actors: Omar Sharif, Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, José Ferrer, + more

Directed by: David Lean

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. The film stars Peter O'Toole in the ...more

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21
Rain Man is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies For Best Picture
1988

Actors: Tom Cruise, Dustin Hoffman, Valeria Golino, Bonnie Hunt, Barry Levinson, + more

Directed by: Barry Levinson

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 Godfather is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies For Best Picture
1972

Actors: Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, James Caan, + more

Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola

The Godfather is a 1972 American crime film directed by Francis Ford Coppola, based on the novel by Mario Puzo. The aging patriarch (Marlon Brando) of an organized crime dynasty transfers ...more

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23
A Beautiful Mind is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies For Best Picture
2001

Actors: Jennifer Connelly, Russell Crowe, Ron Howard, Ed Harris, Christopher Plummer, + more

Directed by: Ron Howard

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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Ben-Hur is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies For Best Picture
1959

Actors: Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Hugh Griffith, Stephen Boyd, Sam Jaffe, + more

Directed by: William Wyler

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Amadeus is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies For Best Picture
1984

Actors: Jeffrey Jones, Cynthia Nixon, Christine Ebersole, Abraham Murphy, Tom Hulce, + more

Directed by: Miloš Forman

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