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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

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The Godfather is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies
1972
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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Gone with the Wind is listed (or ranked) 3 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

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Schindler's List is listed (or ranked) 4 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

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The Silence of the Lambs... is listed (or ranked) 5 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

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The Godfather Part II is listed (or ranked) 6 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

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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

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo... 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 Miloš Forman.

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The Lord of the Rings: T... 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

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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

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The Departed is listed (or ranked) 11 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

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Lawrence of Arabia is listed (or ranked) 12 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

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Gladiator is listed (or ranked) 13 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

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The Sound of Music is listed (or ranked) 14 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

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Titanic is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies
1997
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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Braveheart is listed (or ranked) 16 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

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No Country for Old Men ... is listed (or ranked) 17 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

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The Bridge on the River ... is listed (or ranked) 18 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

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Dances with Wolves is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies
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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Ben-Hur is listed (or ranked) 20 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

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Amadeus is listed (or ranked) 21 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.

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American Beauty is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies
1999
American Beauty is a 1999 American drama film directed by Sam Mendes. An advertising executive (Kevin Spacey) has a midlife crisis when he becomes infatuated with his teenage daughter's best ...more

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Rain Man is listed (or ranked) 23 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

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The Sting is listed (or ranked) 24 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

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A Beautiful Mind is listed (or ranked) 25 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

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