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The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies For Best Picture

Updated November 10, 2020 188.8k votes 25.0k voters 460.4k views92 items

List RulesOnly 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.

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  • Forrest Gump1
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    ActorsTom Hanks, Sally Field, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, Brendan Shanahan

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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  • Gone with the Wind2
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    ActorsClark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Olivia de Havilland, Hattie McDaniel, George Reeves

    Directed bySam Wood, George Cukor, Victor Fleming

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  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest3

    ActorsJack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd, Anjelica Huston, Brad Dourif

    Directed byMiloš Forman

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  • The Godfather: Part II4

    ActorsAl Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, James Caan

    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

    The Godfather Part II is a 1974 American epic crime film produced and directed by Francis Ford...  more
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  • Schindler's List5
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    ActorsLiam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley, Embeth Davidtz, Norbert Weisser

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • The Silence of the Lambs6

    ActorsJodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Chris Isaak, George A. Romero, Roger Corman

    Directed byJonathan Demme

    The Silence of the Lambs is a 1991 American thriller film that blends elements of the crime...  more
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  • The Bridge on the River Kwai7

    ActorsAlec Guinness, William Holden, Jack Hawkins, Sessue Hayakawa, André Morell

    Directed byDavid Lean

    The Bridge on the River Kwai is a 1957 WWII epic film directed by David Lean, based on the...  more
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  • Casablanca8
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    ActorsIngrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre, Claude Rains, Paul Henreid

    Directed byMichael Curtiz

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  • Unforgiven9
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    ActorsClint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Gene Hackman, Richard Harris, Frances Fisher

    Directed byClint Eastwood

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  • The Departed10
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    ActorsLeonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Alec Baldwin, Matt Damon, Mark Wahlberg

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    The Departed is a 2006 American crime drama film directed by Martin Scorsese, and a remake of...  more
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  • The Sound of Music11
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    ActorsJulie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker, Nicholas Hammond, Heather Menzies

    Directed byRobert Wise

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  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King12

    ActorsCate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen, Orlando Bloom

    Directed byPeter Jackson

    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is a 2003 epic fantasy drama film directed by...  more
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  • Rocky13
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    Rocky

    1976

    ActorsSylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier, Burgess Meredith, Carl Weathers, Talia Shire

    Directed byJohn G. Avildsen

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  • Gladiator14
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    ActorsRussell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Sheen, Richard Harris, Djimon Hounsou

    Directed byRidley Scott

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  • Platoon15
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    ActorsJohnny Depp, Charlie Sheen, Willem Dafoe, Tom Berenger, Forest Whitaker

    Directed byOliver Stone

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  • The Sting16
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    ActorsPaul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw, Charles Durning, Eileen Brennan

    Directed byGeorge Roy Hill

    The Sting is a 1973 American caper film set in September 1936, involving a complicated plot by...  more
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  • Braveheart17
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    ActorsMel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson, Brian Cox, Catherine McCormack

    Directed byMel Gibson

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  • No Country for Old Men18

    ActorsJavier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones, Woody Harrelson, Josh Brolin, Kelly Macdonald

    Directed byEthan Coen, Joel Coen

    No Country for Old Men is a 2007 American neo-western neo-noir thriller film directed by Joel...  more
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  • Lawrence of Arabia19
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    ActorsOmar Sharif, Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, José Ferrer

    Directed byDavid Lean

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  • Parasite20
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    Directed byBong Joon-ho

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  • Titanic21
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    ActorsLeonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates, James Cameron, Bill Paxton

    Directed byJames Cameron

    Titanic is a 1997 American epic romance and disaster film directed by James Cameron. A...  more
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  • Ben-Hur22
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    ActorsCharlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Hugh Griffith, Stephen Boyd, Sam Jaffe

    Directed byWilliam Wyler

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  • Rain Man23
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    ActorsTom Cruise, Dustin Hoffman, Valeria Golino, Bonnie Hunt, Barry Levinson

    Directed byBarry Levinson

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  • On the Waterfront24

    ActorsMarlon Brando, Eva Marie Saint, Rod Steiger, Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb

    Directed byElia Kazan

    On the Waterfront is a 1954 American drama film about union violence and corruption amongst...  more
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  • A Beautiful Mind25
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    ActorsJennifer Connelly, Russell Crowe, Ron Howard, Ed Harris, Christopher Plummer

    Directed byRon Howard

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