Awards Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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List Rules All films that have won at least one Academy Award in any category

A complete list of all Oscar-winning movies, with every film that's ever won and the number of Academy Awards that each picture took home. If a movie is on this list, then rest-assured, it is one of the best films ever made. Every year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognizes Hollywood filmmakers for various achievements within the industry. Some years, a small handful of highly-recognized films sweep a majority of the awardsthink Titanic and The English Patient—but other years, the awards are spread out and several films win one or two Oscars in various categories. The number of Oscars that any given film wins has to do with how good the film is, but can also be determined by luck, release date, the mood of the Academy members, and the quality of the other films that were released that year.

This list of Academy Award winning movies is ordered by the number of statues each of these films brought home, so you can easily glance and see which films have won the most awards. It also lists the awards each film won and highlights those awards which are most coveted, the so-called Big Five Oscars: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Screenplay. Only three movies in history have won all of the Big Five Academy Awards. These films are The Silence of the Lambs (1991), One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975), and It Happened One Night (1931). Based on their successes, these films should be at the top at any film buff's must-see list.

To many, the Academy Award, also known as the Oscar, is considered the most prestigious award in Hollywood. The awards are given to individuals for their various roles within the production of their films. Somebody involved in all the films listed won an Oscar. For people who worked on these award-winning movies, the recognition is a career changer, and for a movie it can mean a surge in additional profits at the box office.

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Ben-Hur is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Every Oscar Winning Film Ever
1959

Awards Won: 11 of 12 nominations

1. Best Picture
2. Best Director (William Wyler)
3. Best Actor (Charlton Heston)
4. Best Supporting Actor (Hugh Griffith)
5. Best Art Direction
6. Best Cinematography
7. Best Costume Design
8. Best Special Effects
9. Best Film Editing
10. Best Music
11. Best Sound Recording 

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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The Lord of the Rings: The Ret... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Every Oscar Winning Film Ever
2003

Awards Won: 11 of 11 nominations

1. Best Picture
2. Best Director (Peter Jackson)
3. Best Adapted Screenplay
4. Best Original Score
5. Best Original Song
6. Best Visual Effects
7. Best Art Direction
8. Best Costume Design
9. Best Makeup
10. Best Sound Mixing
11. Best Film Editing

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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Titanic is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Every Oscar Winning Film Ever
1997

Awards Won: 11 of 14 nominations

1. Best Picture
2. Best Director (James Cameron)
3. Best Art Direction
4. Best Cinematography
5. Best Costume Design
6. Best Film Editing
7. Best Original Dramatic Score
8. Best Original Song
9. Best Sound
10. Best Sound Effects Editing
11. Best Visual Effects

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

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West Side Story is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Every Oscar Winning Film Ever
1961

Awards Won: 10 of 11 nominations

1. Best Picture 
2. Best Director (Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins)
3. Best Supporting Actor (George Chakiris)
4. Best Supporting Actress (Rita Moreno)
5. Best Art Direction
6. Best Cinematography 
7. Best Costume Design 
8. Best Film Editing
9. Best Music
10. Best Sound

West Side Story is a 1961 American romantic musical drama film directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins. The film is an adaptation of the 1957 Broadway musical of the same name, which in turn ...more

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The English Patient is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Every Oscar Winning Film Ever
1996

Awards Won: 9 of 12 nominations

1. Best Picture
2. Best Director (Anthony Minghella)
3. Best Supporting Actress (Juliette Binoche)
4. Best Art Direction
5. Best Cinematography
6. Best Costume Design
7. Best Film Editing
8. Best Original Dramatic Score
9. Best Sound

The English Patient is a 1996 romantic drama directed by Anthony Minghella from his own script based on the novel of the same name by Michael Ondaatje and produced by Saul Zaentz. The film was ...more

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Gigi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Every Oscar Winning Film Ever
1958

Awards Won: 9 of 9 nominations

1. Best Picture 
2. Best Director (Vincente Minnelli)
3. Best Adapted Screenplay 
4. Best Art Direction
5. Best Cinematography 
6. Best Costume Design 
7. Best Film Editing 
8. Best Musical Score 
9. Best Original Song 

Gigi is a 1958 American Metrocolor musical romantic comedy film directed by Vincente Minnelli. The screenplay by Alan Jay Lerner is based on the 1944 novella of the same name by Colette. The ...more

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The Last Emperor is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Every Oscar Winning Film Ever
1987

Awards Won: 9 of 9 nominations

1. Best Picture 
2. Best Director (Bernardo Bertolucci)
3. Best Adapted Screenplay 
4. Best Cinematography 
5. Best Costume Design 
6. Best Film Editing
7. Best Original Score 
8. Best Sound
9. Best Art Direction

The Last Emperor is a 1987 biographical film about the life of Puyi, the last Emperor of China, whose autobiography was the basis for the screenplay written by Mark Peploe and Bernardo ...more

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On the Waterfront is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Every Oscar Winning Film Ever
1954

Awards Won: 8 of 12 nominations

1. Best Picture
2. Best Director (Elia Kazan)
3. Best Actor (Marlon Brando)
4. Best Supporting Actress (Eve Marie Saint)
5. Best Screenplay
6. Best Art Direction
7. Best Cinematography
8. Best Film Editing

On the Waterfront is a 1954 American drama film about union violence and corruption amongst longshoremen. The film was directed by Elia Kazan and written by Budd Schulberg. It stars Marlon ...more

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From Here to Eternity is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Every Oscar Winning Film Ever
1953

Awards Won: 8 of 13 nominations

1. Best Picture
2. Best Director (Fred Zinnemann)
3. Best Supporting Actor (Frank Sinatra)
4. Best Supporting Actress (Donna Reed)
5. Best Screenplay
6. Best Cinematography
7. Best Film Editing
8. Best Sound

From Here to Eternity is a 1953 drama film directed by Fred Zinnemann and based on the novel of the same name by James Jones. The picture deals with the tribulations of three soldiers, played by ...more

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Gone with the Wind is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Every Oscar Winning Film Ever
1939

Awards Won: 8 of 13 nominations

1. Best Picture
2. Best Director (Victor Fleming)
3. Best Actress (Vivien Leigh)
4. Best Supporting Actress (Hattie McDaniel)
5. Best Adapted Screenplay
6. Best Cinematography
7. Best Film Editing
8. Best Art Direction

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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Gandhi is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Every Oscar Winning Film Ever
1982

Awards Won: 8 of 11 nominations

1. Best Picture
2. Best Director (Richard Attenborough)
3. Best Actor (Ben Kingsley)
4. Best Screenplay
5. Best Art Direction
6. Best Cinematography
7. Best Costume Design
8. Best Film Editing

Gandhi is a 1982 epic biographical film which dramatises the life of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, the leader of India's non-violent, non-cooperative independence movement against the United ...more

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Amadeus is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Every Oscar Winning Film Ever
1984

Awards Won: 8 of 11 nominations

1. Best Picture
2. Best Director (MiloŇ° Forman)
3. Best Actor (F. Murray Abraham)
4. Best Adapted Screenplay 
5. Best Art Direction 
6. Best Costume Design 
7. Best Makeup 
8. Best Sound 

Amadeus - Directors Cut is a 1984 biography drama film written by Peter Shaffer and directed by Milos Forman.

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Slumdog Millionaire is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Every Oscar Winning Film Ever
2008

Awards Won: 8 of 10 nominations

1. Best Picture
2. Best Director (Danny Boyle)
3. Best Adapted Screenplay
4. Best Cinematography
5. Best Original Score,
6. Best Original Song 
7. Best Film Editing
8. Best Sound Mixing

Slumdog Millionaire is a 2009 British drama film directed by Danny Boyle, written by Simon Beaufoy, and produced by Christian Colson. It was co-directed in India by Loveleen Tandan. It is an ...more

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My Fair Lady is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Every Oscar Winning Film Ever
1964

Awards Won: 8 of 12 nominations

1. Best Picture
2. Best Director (George Cukor)
3. Best Actor (Rex Harrison)
4. Best Cinematography 
5. Best Sound 
6. Best Score 
7. Best Art Direction 
8. Best Costume Design 

My Fair Lady is a 1964 American musical film adaptation of the Lerner and Loewe stage musical of the same name based on the 1938 film adaptation of the original 1913 stage play Pygmalion by ...more

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Cabaret is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Every Oscar Winning Film Ever
1972

Awards Won: 8 of 10 nominations

1. Best Director (Bob Fosse)
2. Best Actress (Liza Minnelli)
3. Best Supporting Actor (Joel Grey)
4. Best Cinematography 
5. Best Film Editing
6. Best Score
7. Best Art Direction 
8. Best Sound

Cabaret is a 1972 musical film directed by Bob Fosse and starring Liza Minnelli, Michael York and Joel Grey. The film is set in Berlin during the Weimar Republic in 1931, under the ominous ...more

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Going My Way is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Every Oscar Winning Film Ever
1944

Awards Won: 7 of 10 nominations

1. Best Picture
2. Best Director (Leo McCarey)
3. Best Actor (Bing Crosby)
4. Best Supporting Actor (Barry Fitzgerald)
5. Best Screenplay
6. Best Original Motion Picture Story
7. Best Song

Going My Way is a 1944 American musical comedy-drama film directed by Leo McCarey and starring Bing Crosby and Barry Fitzgerald. Based on a story by Leo McCarey, the film is about a new young ...more

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Patton is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Every Oscar Winning Film Ever
1970

Awards Won: 7 of 10 nominations

1. Best Picture
2. Best Director (Franklin J. Schaffner)
3. Best Actor (George C. Scott; refused)
4. Best Screenplay
5. Best Art Direction
6. Best Film Editing
7. Best Sound 

Patton is a 1970 American epic biographical film about U.S. General George S. Patton during WWII. It stars George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Michael Bates and Karl Michael Vogler. It was directed by ...more

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The Bridge on the River Kwai is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Every Oscar Winning Film Ever
1957

Awards Won: 7 of 8 nominations

1. Best Picture
2. Best Director (David Lean)
3. Best Actor (Alec Guinness)
4. Best Adapted Screenplay
5. Best Score
6. Best Film Editing
7. Best Cinematography

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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Shakespeare in Love is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Every Oscar Winning Film Ever
1998

Awards Won: 7 of 13 nominations

1. Best Picture
2. Best Actress (Gwyneth Paltrow)
3. Best Supporting Actress (Judi Dench)
4. Best Original Screenplay
5. Best Costume Design
6. Best Art Direction
7. Best Score

Shakespeare in Love is a 1998 British-American romantic comedy-drama film directed by John Madden, written by Marc Norman and playwright Tom Stoppard. The film depicts an imaginary love affair ...more

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Schindler's List is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Every Oscar Winning Film Ever
1993

Awards Won: 7 of 12 nominations

1. Best Picture
2. Best Director (Steven Spielberg)
3. Best Adapted Screenplay
4. Best Original Score
5. Best Film Editing
6. Best Cinematography
7. Best Art Direction

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 Sting is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Every Oscar Winning Film Ever
1973

Awards Won: 7 of 10 nominations

1. Best Picture
2. Best Director (George Roy Hill)
3. Best Original Screenplay
4. Best Art Direction
5. Best Costume Design
6. Best Film Editing
7. Best Score

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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Dances with Wolves is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Every Oscar Winning Film Ever
1990

Awards Won: 7 of 12 nominations

1. Best Picture
2. Best Director (Kevin Costner)
3. Best Adapted Screenplay
4. Best Original Score
5. Best Film Editing
6. Best Cinematography
7. Best Sound

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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Out of Africa is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Every Oscar Winning Film Ever
1985

Awards Won: 7 of 11 nominations

1. Best Picture
2. Best Director (Sydney Pollack)
3. Best Adapted Screenplay
4. Best Cinematography 
5. Best Art Direction
6. Best Original Score 
7. Best Sound

Out of Africa is a 1985 American epic romantic drama film directed and produced by Sydney Pollack and starring Robert Redford and Meryl Streep. The film is based loosely on the autobiographical ...more

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Lawrence of Arabia is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Every Oscar Winning Film Ever
1962

Awards Won: 7 of 10 nominations

1. Best Picture
2. Best Director (David Lean)
3. Best Original Score
4. Best Cinematography
5. Best Art Direction
6. Best Film Editing
7. Best Sound

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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Gravity is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Every Oscar Winning Film Ever
2013

Awards Won: 7 of 10 nominations

1. Best Director (Alfonso Cuarón)
2. Best Cinematography 
3. Best Film Editing
4. Best Original Score
5. Best Sound Editing
6. Best Sound Mixing
7. Best Visual Effects

Gravity is a 2013 science fiction thriller film directed, co-written, and produced by Alfonso Cuarón. It stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as astronauts, and sees them stranded in ...more