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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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Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies
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
2
Gone with the Wind is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies
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
3
The Godfather is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies
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
4
The Godfather Part II is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies
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
5
Schindler's List is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies
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
6
The Silence of the Lambs is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies
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
7
Casablanca is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies
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
8
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nes... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies
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.
9
The Lord of the Rings: The Ret... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies
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
10
Rocky is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies
1976
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
11
Gladiator is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies
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
12
The Departed is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies
2006
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
13
The Sound of Music is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies
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
14
Lawrence of Arabia is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies
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. The film stars Peter O'Toole in the ...more
15
No Country for Old Men is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies
2007
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
16
Rain Man is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies
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
17
Amadeus is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies
1984
Amadeus - Directors Cut is a 1984 biography drama film written by Peter Shaffer and directed by Milos Forman.
18
Braveheart is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies
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
19
Titanic is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies
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 what happened to the RMS Titanic, it stars ...more
20
The Deer Hunter is listed (or ranked) 20 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
21
Ben-Hur is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies
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
22
The Sting is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies
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
23
The Bridge on the River Kwai is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies
1957
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
24
Unforgiven is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies
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 who takes on ...more
25
Platoon is listed (or ranked) 25 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