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The Worst Best Picture-Winning Films 

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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

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#70 of 93 The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies For Best Picture #80 of 803 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Madelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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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

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#104 of 217 Musical Movies With the Best Songs #84 of 93 The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies For Best Picturelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Crash is listed (or ranked) 3 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

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#3 of 243 Critically Acclaimed Movies That Kinda Suck #292 of 710 The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Starslisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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The English Patient is listed (or ranked) 4 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

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#91 of 157 The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again #260 of 599 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Madelisted on Movies That Won Best Picture at the Oscars and Golden Globes

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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

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#11 of 371 The Best Musical Movies of All Time #171 of 243 Critically Acclaimed Movies That Kinda Sucklisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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The Greatest Show on Ear... is listed (or ranked) 6 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

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#85 of 93 The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies For Best Picture #34 of 50 The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1950slisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Around the World in 80 D... is listed (or ranked) 7 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

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#136 of 302 The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time #461 of 599 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Madelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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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

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#467 of 599 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made #147 of 232 The Best Black and White Movies Ever Madelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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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

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#58 of 217 Musical Movies With the Best Songs #26 of 371 The Best Musical Movies of All Timelisted on Movies That Won Best Picture at the Oscars and Golden Globes

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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 directed by Bruce Beresford and written by Alfred Uhry, based on Uhry's play of the same name. The film stars Jessica Tandy, Morgan ...more

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Slumdog Millionaire is listed (or ranked) 11 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

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#41 of 302 The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time #107 of 348 The Best Movies Based On Bookslisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Tom Jones is listed (or ranked) 12 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

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#146 of 243 Critically Acclaimed Movies That Kinda Suck #805 of 1,198 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Timelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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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

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#880 of 1,198 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time #50 of 243 Critically Acclaimed Movies That Kinda Sucklisted on Movies That Won Best Picture at the Oscars and Golden Globes

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Out of Africa is listed (or ranked) 14 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

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#308 of 599 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made #37 of 127 The Best Oscar-Winning Scoreslisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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An American in Paris is listed (or ranked) 15 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

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#70 of 217 Musical Movies With the Best Songs #31 of 371 The Best Musical Movies of All Timelisted on Movies That Won Best Picture at the Oscars and Golden Globes

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Dances with Wolves is listed (or ranked) 16 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

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#171 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #18 of 396 The Best Western Movies Ever Madelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Argo is listed (or ranked) 17 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

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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

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#72 of 93 The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies For Best Picture #20 of 102 The Best Movies of 2017, Rankedlisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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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

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#5 of 371 The Best Musical Movies of All Timefeaturing The Behind-The-Scenes Of 'West Side Story' Was Plagued With More Hatred Than The Movie Itselflisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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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

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#37 of 382 The Best War Movies Ever #56 of 243 Critically Acclaimed Movies That Kinda Sucklisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Annie Hall is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst Best Picture-Winning Films
1977
Annie Hall is a 1977 American romantic comedy film directed by Woody Allen. Neurotic New York comedian Alvy Singer (Allen) falls in love with the ditzy Annie Hall (Diane Keaton).

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Braveheart is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst Best Picture-Winning Films
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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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#16 of 93 The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies For Best Picture #53 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movieslisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Chariots of Fire is listed (or ranked) 23 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

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#17 of 127 The Best Oscar-Winning Scores #253 of 548 The Greatest Movies for Guyslisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Kramer vs. Kramer is listed (or ranked) 24 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

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#53 of 93 The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies For Best Picture #278 of 803 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Madelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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1980
Ordinary People is a 1980 American drama film that marked the directorial debut of actor Robert Redford. It stars Donald Sutherland, Mary Tyler Moore, Judd Hirsch and Timothy Hutton. The story ...more

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