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List Rules List includes all movies that WON the Oscar for Best Picture. Upvote the worst films.

These are the absolute worst Best Picture movies ever made, ranked by the Ranker community. This list is made up of best picture Oscar winners that are generally regarded by film lovers as terrible movies.What are the absolute worst Best Picture winning films ever made? Remember, these films have to have won the Academy Award for Best Picture.

This list features the most embarrassing Best Picture winning movies that were ever made, including titles such as Ordinary People, The Artist, Crash, All About Eve, Midnight Cowboy, Shakespeare in Love, and Dances With Wolves. Vote up the most awful films below that have won the Best Picture award at the Oscars, or add a film that has won the award that you think is terrible, but isn't already on the list.

For the best of the Best Picture winners, check out and vote on this list of the Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies.


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Shakespeare in Love is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst Best Picture-Winning Films
1998
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
2
546 416
Gigi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Best Picture-Winning Films
1958
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
3
631 458
The English Patient is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Best Picture-Winning Films
1996
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
4
813 617
Crash is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Best Picture-Winning Films
2004
This movie is a 2004 ensemble drama film co-written, produced, and directed by Paul Haggis. The film is about racial and social tensions in Los Angeles, California. A self-described ...more
5
745 662
Chicago is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Best Picture-Winning Films
2002
Chicago is a 2002 American musical comedy film adapted from the satirical stage musical of the same name, exploring the themes of celebrity, scandal, and corruption in Jazz Age Chicago. The film ...more
6
362 303
Around the World in 80 Days is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst Best Picture-Winning Films
1956
Around the World in 80 Days is a 1956 Technicolor epic action adventure comedy film starring David Niven and Cantinflas, produced by the Michael Todd Company and released by United Artists. The ...more
7
304 256
The Greatest Show on Earth is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Best Picture-Winning Films
1952
The Greatest Show on Earth is a 1952 American drama film produced and directed by Cecil B. DeMille, shot in Technicolor, and released by Paramount Pictures. Set in the Ringling Bros. and Barnum ...more
8
260 226
Cimarron is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst Best Picture-Winning Films
1931
Cimarron is a 1931 Pre-Code Western film directed by Wesley Ruggles, starring Richard Dix and Irene Dunne, and featuring Estelle Taylor and Roscoe Ates. The Oscar winning script was written by ...more
9
348 332
Oliver! is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Best Picture-Winning Films
1968
Oliver! is a 1968 British musical drama film directed by Carol Reed and based on the stage musical of the same name, with book, music and lyrics written by Lionel Bart. The screenplay was ...more
10
427 434
Driving Miss Daisy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Best Picture-Winning Films
1989
Driving Miss Daisy is a 1989 American comedy-drama film adapted from the Alfred Uhry play of the same name. The film was directed by Bruce Beresford, with Morgan Freeman reprising his role as ...more
11
278 273
An American in Paris is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst Best Picture-Winning Films
1951
An American in Paris is a 1951 American musical film inspired by the 1928 orchestral composition by George Gershwin. Starring Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Oscar Levant, Georges Guétary, and ...more
12
552 625
Slumdog Millionaire is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst Best Picture-Winning Films
2008
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
13
443 422
The Artist is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Best Picture-Winning Films
2011
The Artist is a 2011 French romantic comedy-drama in the style of a black-and-white silent film. It was written, directed, and co-edited by Michel Hazanavicius, produced by Thomas Langmann and ...more
14
257 225
Tom Jones is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Best Picture-Winning Films
1963
Tom Jones is a 1963 British adventure comedy film, an adaptation of Henry Fielding's classic novel The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling, starring Albert Finney as the titular hero. It was one ...more
15
351 305
Out of Africa is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Best Picture-Winning Films
1985
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
16
501 629
Argo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Best Picture-Winning Films
2012
Argo is a 2012 American political thriller film directed by Ben Affleck. The film is adapted from U.S. Central Intelligence Agency operative Tony Mendez's book The Master of Disguise and Joshuah ...more
17
529 595
Dances with Wolves is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Best Picture-Winning Films
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
18
51 32
The Shape of Water is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst Best Picture-Winning Films
The Shape of Water is a 2017 American fantasy romance film directed by Guillermo del Toro. Lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of silence and isolation until she discovers a secret ...more
19
269 341
West Side Story is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst Best Picture-Winning Films
1961
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
20
315 352
Chariots of Fire is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst Best Picture-Winning Films
1981
Chariots of Fire is a 1981 British historical drama film. It tells the fact-based story of two athletes in the 1924 Olympics: Eric Liddell, a devout Scottish Christian who runs for the glory of ...more
21
401 425
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2008
The Hurt Locker is a 2008 American film about a three-man Explosive Ordnance Disposal team during the conflict in Iraq. The film was produced and directed by Kathryn Bigelow and the screenplay ...more
22
373 390
Annie Hall is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst Best Picture-Winning Films
1977
Annie Hall is a 1977 American romantic comedy directed by Woody Allen from a screenplay he co-wrote with Marshall Brickman. Produced by Allen's manager, Charles H. Joffe, the film stars Allen as ...more
23
519 672
Braveheart is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst Best Picture-Winning Films
analise.dubner added 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
24
454 667
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1999
American Beauty is a 1999 American drama film, directed by Sam Mendes and written by Alan Ball. Kevin Spacey stars as Lester Burnham, an office worker who has a midlife crisis when he becomes ...more
25
293 326
Kramer vs. Kramer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst Best Picture-Winning Films
1979
Kramer vs. Kramer is a 1979 American drama film adapted by Robert Benton from the novel by Avery Corman, and directed by Benton. The film tells the story of a married couple's divorce and its ...more