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Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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

A complete list of all Oscar-winning movies, with all the films that ever won and the number of Academy Awards that each of the winners 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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  • 1
    Ben-Hur

    ActorsCharlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Hugh Griffith, Stephen Boyd, Sam Jaffe

    Directed byWilliam Wyler

    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 

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  • 2
    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

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

    Directed byPeter Jackson

    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

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  • 3
    Titanic

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

    Directed byJames Cameron

    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

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  • 4
    West Side Story

    ActorsNatalie Wood, Rita Moreno, John Astin, George Chakiris, Richard Beymer

    Directed byJerome Robbins, Robert Wise

    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

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  • 5
    The English Patient

    ActorsWillem Dafoe, Ralph Fiennes, Colin Firth, Juliette Binoche, Kristin Scott Thomas

    Directed byAnthony Minghella

    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

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  • 6
    Gigi

    Gigi

    1958

    ActorsEva Gabor, Leslie Caron, Louis Jourdan, Cecil Beaton, Pat Sheehan

    Directed byVincente Minnelli

    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 

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  • 7
    The Last Emperor

    ActorsPeter O'Toole, Joan Chen, Vivian Wu, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Ryuichi Sakamoto

    Directed byBernardo Bertolucci

    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

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  • 8
    On the Waterfront

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

    Directed byElia Kazan

    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

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  • 9
    From Here to Eternity

    ActorsFrank Sinatra, Burt Lancaster, Ernest Borgnine, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr

    Directed byFred Zinnemann

    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

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  • 10
    Gone with the Wind

    ActorsClark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Olivia de Havilland, Hattie McDaniel, George Reeves

    Directed bySam Wood, George Cukor, Victor Fleming

    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

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  • 11
    Gandhi

    Gandhi

    1982

    ActorsDaniel Day-Lewis, Ben Kingsley, Martin Sheen, Candice Bergen, John Gielgud

    Directed byRichard Attenborough

    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

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  • 12
    Amadeus

    ActorsJeffrey Jones, Cynthia Nixon, Christine Ebersole, Abraham Murphy, Tom Hulce

    Directed byMiloš Forman

    Awards Won: 8 of 11 nominations

    1. Best Picture
    2. Best Director (Miloš 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 

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  • 13
    Slumdog Millionaire

    ActorsFreida Pinto, Anil Kapoor, Irrfan Khan, Saurabh Shukla, Shruti Seth

    Directed byLoveleen Tandan, Danny Boyle

    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

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  • 14
    My Fair Lady

    ActorsAudrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison, Jeremy Brett, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Theodore Bikel

    Directed byGeorge Cukor

    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 

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  • 15
    Cabaret

    ActorsLiza Minnelli, Michael York, Joel Grey, Marisa Berenson, Fritz Wepper

    Directed byBob Fosse

    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

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  • 16
    Going My Way

    ActorsBing Crosby, Barry Fitzgerald, William Smith, Carl Switzer, William Frawley

    Directed byLeo McCarey

    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

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  • 17
    Patton

    Patton

    1970

    ActorsGeorge C. Scott, Karl Malden, Paul Frees, Lowell Thomas, Alan MacNaughtan

    Directed byFranklin J. Schaffner

    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 

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  • 18
    The Bridge on the River Kwai

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

    Directed byDavid Lean

    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

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  • 19
    Shakespeare in Love

    ActorsGwyneth Paltrow, Ben Affleck, Judi Dench, Colin Firth, Tom Wilkinson

    Directed byJohn Madden

    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

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  • 20
    Schindler's List

    ActorsLiam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley, Embeth Davidtz, Norbert Weisser

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    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

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  • 21
    The Sting

    ActorsPaul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw, Charles Durning, Eileen Brennan

    Directed byGeorge Roy Hill

    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

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  • 22
    Dances with Wolves

    ActorsKevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Charles Rocket, Graham Greene, Maury Chaykin

    Directed byKevin Costner

    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

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  • 23
    Out of Africa

    ActorsMeryl Streep, Robert Redford, Iman Abdulmajid, Leslie Phillips, Michael Gough

    Directed bySydney Pollack

    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

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  • 24
    Lawrence of Arabia

    ActorsOmar Sharif, Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, José Ferrer

    Directed byDavid Lean

    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

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  • 25
    Gravity

    ActorsSandra Bullock, George Clooney, Ed Harris, Phaldut Sharma, Amy Warren

    Directed byAlfonso Cuarón

    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

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