The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies For Best Picture

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 92 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 92 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.

Photo:
Ranked by
  • The Godfather
    1
    8,863 votes
    • Actors: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Richard S. Castellano, Robert Duvall
    • Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola
    • Produced by: Albert S. Ruddy
    • Screenplay by: Francis Ford Coppola, Mario Puzo
    • Genres: Drama
    • Tagline: An offer you can't refuse.
    • Rated: R
    • Sequel: The Godfather Part II
    • Runtime: 177
    • Advisories: Adult Language, Adult Situations, Graphic Violence
    • Premiered: March 15, 1972
    • Characters: Don Vito Corleone, Michael Corleone, Santino "Sonny" Corleone, Pete Clemenza, Tom Hagen
    Widely regarded as one of the greatest films of all time, this mob drama, based on Mario Puzo's novel of the same name, focuses on the powerful Italian-American crime family of Don Vito Corleone ...more

    Available On:

    subscription

  • Schindler's List
    2
    6,580 votes
    • Actors: Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley, Ralph Fiennes, Caroline Goodall, Jonathan Segal
    • Directed by: Steven Spielberg
    • Produced by: Branko Lustig, Gerald R. Molen, Steven Spielberg
    • Screenplay by: Steven Zaillian
    • Genres: Drama
    • Tagline: A film by Steven Spielberg.
    • Rated: R
    • Runtime: 195
    • Advisories: Adult Language, Adult Situations, Graphic Violence, Nudity
    • Premiered: December 15, 1993
    • Characters: Oskar Schindler, Itzhak Stern, Amon Goeth, Emilie Schindler, Poldek Pfefferberg
    Businessman Oskar Schindler (Liam Neeson) arrives in Krakow in 1939, ready to make his fortune from World War II, which has just started. After joining the Nazi party primarily for political ...more

    Available On:

    subscription

  • The Godfather: Part II
    3
    6,488 votes
    • Actors: Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, Robert De Niro, John Cazale
    • Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola
    • Produced by: Francis Ford Coppola
    • Screenplay by: Francis Ford Coppola
    • Genres: Drama
    • Rated: R
    • Sequel: The Godfather Part III
    • Prequel: The Godfather
    • Runtime: 200
    • Advisories: Adult Language, Adult Situations, Graphic Violence
    • Premiered: December 12, 1974
    • Characters: Michael Corleone, Tom Hagen, Kay Corleone, Vito Corleone, Frederico "Fredo" Corleone
    The compelling sequel to "The Godfather," contrasting the life of Corleone father and son. Traces the problems of Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) in 1958 and that of a young immigrant Vito Corleone ...more

    Available On:

    subscription

  • The Silence of the Lambs
    4
    • Actors: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Scott Glenn, Ted Levine, Anthony Heald
    • Directed by: Jonathan Demme
    • Produced by: Ronald M. Bozman, Edward Saxon, Kenneth Utt
    • Screenplay by: Ted Tally
    • Genres: Thriller, Drama
    • Tagline: The only way to stop a killer is by going in to the mind of a madman., Dr. Hannibal Lecter. Brilliant. Cunning. Psychotic. In his mind lies the clue to a ruthless killer. Clarice Starling, FBI. Brilliant. Vulnerable. Alone. She must trust him to stop the killer., Prepare yourself for the most exciting, mesmerising and terrifying two hours of your life!
    • Rated: R
    • Sequel: Hannibal
    • Prequel: Red Dragon
    • Runtime: 119
    • Advisories: Adult Language, Adult Situations, Brief Nudity, Graphic Violence
    • Premiered: February 13, 1991
    • Characters: Clarice Starling, Dr. Hannibal Lecter, Jack Crawford, Jame "Buffalo Bill" Gumb, Dr. Frederick Chilton
    Jodie Foster stars as Clarice Starling, a top student at the FBI's training academy. Jack Crawford (Scott Glenn) wants Clarice to interview Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins), a brilliant ...more

    Available On:

    subscription

    free

    • Actors: Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, Brad Dourif, William Redfield, Michael Berryman
    • Directed by: Milos Forman
    • Produced by: Michael Douglas, Saul Zaentz
    • Screenplay by: Lawrence Hauben, Bo Goldman
    • Genres: Drama
    • Tagline: If he's crazy, what does that make you?
    • Rated: R
    • Runtime: 133
    • Advisories: Adult Language, Adult Situations
    • Premiered: November 19, 1975
    • Characters: Randle Patrick McMurphy, Nurse Mildred Ratched, Billy Bibbit, Harding, Ellis
    When Randle Patrick McMurphy (Jack Nicholson) gets transferred for evaluation from a prison farm to a mental institution, he assumes it will be a less restrictive environment. But the martinet Nurse ...more

    Available On:

    subscription

  • Casablanca
    6
    5,113 votes
    • Actors: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Conrad Veidt
    • Directed by: Michael Curtiz
    • Produced by: Hal B. Wallis
    • Screenplay by: Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein, Howard Koch
    • Genres: Drama
    • Tagline: They had a date with fate in Casablanca!, As big and timely a picture as ever you've seen! You can tell by the cast it's important! Gripping! Big!
    • Rated: PG
    • Runtime: 102
    • Advisories: Adult Situations
    • Premiered: November 26, 1942
    • Characters: Rick Blaine, Ilsa Lund Laszlo, Victor Laszlo, Captain Louis Renault, Major Heinrich Strasser
    Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart), who owns a nightclub in Casablanca, discovers his old flame Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) is in town with her husband, Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid). Laszlo is a famed rebel, ...more

    Available On:

    subscription