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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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1
Shakespeare in Love is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst Best Picture-Winning Films
1998

Actors: Gwyneth Paltrow, Ben Affleck, Judi Dench, Colin Firth, Tom Wilkinson, + more

Directed by: John Madden

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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2
Crash is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Best Picture-Winning Films
2004

Actors: Sandra Bullock, Brendan Fraser, Ludacris, Thandie Newton, Don Cheadle, + more

Directed by: Paul Haggis

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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#1,395 of 1,646 The Most Rewatchable Movies #59 of 63 Movies You Wish You Could Still Watch for the First Timelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

3
Gigi is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Best Picture-Winning Films
1958

Actors: Eva Gabor, Leslie Caron, Louis Jourdan, Cecil Beaton, Pat Sheehan, + more

Directed by: Vincente Minnelli

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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#101 of 194 Musical Movies With the Best Songs #40 of 124 The Most Rewatchable Movie Musicalslisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

4
Chicago is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Best Picture-Winning Films
2002

Actors: Catherine Zeta-Jones, Lucy Liu, Renée Zellweger, Queen Latifah, Richard Gere, + more

Directed by: Rob Marshall

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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#20 of 194 Musical Movies With the Best Songs #62 of 83 The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies For Best Picturelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

5
The English Patient is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Best Picture-Winning Films
1996

Actors: Willem Dafoe, Ralph Fiennes, Colin Firth, Juliette Binoche, Kristin Scott Thomas, + more

Directed by: Anthony Minghella

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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#210 of 378 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Ranked #412 of 553 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Madelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

6
Around the World in 80 D... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst Best Picture-Winning Films
1956

Actors: Frank Sinatra, Shirley MacLaine, Marlene Dietrich, David Niven, Buster Keaton, + more

Directed by: Michael Anderson

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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#441 of 553 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made #68 of 76 The Best Film Adaptations of Young Adult Novelslisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

7
The Greatest Show on Ear... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Best Picture-Winning Films
1952

Actors: James Stewart, Charlton Heston, Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Dorothy Lamour, + more

Directed by: Cecil B. DeMille

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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8
Cimarron is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst Best Picture-Winning Films
1931

Actors: Irene Dunne, Edna May Oliver, Richard Dix, Estelle Taylor, George E. Stone, + more

Directed by: Wesley Ruggles

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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#290 of 399 The Best Western Movies Ever Made #442 of 553 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Madelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

9
The Artist is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Best Picture-Winning Films
2011

Actors: John Goodman, Malcolm McDowell, James Cromwell, Bérénice Bejo, Penelope Ann Miller, + more

Directed by: Michel Hazanavicius

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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#915 of 1,138 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time #76 of 83 The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies For Best Picturelisted on Movies That Won Best Picture at the Oscars and Golden Globes

10
Driving Miss Daisy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Best Picture-Winning Films
1989

Actors: Morgan Freeman, Dan Aykroyd, Jessica Tandy, Patti LuPone, Esther Rolle, + more

Directed by: Bruce Beresford

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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#195 of 522 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #302 of 693 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Madelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

11
Oliver! is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst Best Picture-Winning Films
1968

Actors: Oliver Reed, Leonard Rossiter, Hugh Griffith, Elaine Paige, Ron Moody, + more

Directed by: Carol Reed

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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#35 of 194 Musical Movies With the Best Songs #63 of 83 The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies For Best Picturelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

12
Out of Africa is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst Best Picture-Winning Films
1985

Actors: Meryl Streep, Robert Redford, Iman Abdulmajid, Leslie Phillips, Michael Gough, + more

Directed by: Sydney Pollack

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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#144 of 522 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #286 of 553 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Madelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

13
Tom Jones is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Best Picture-Winning Films
1963

Actors: Albert Finney, Lynn Redgrave, Susannah York, Julian Glover, Hugh Griffith, + more

Directed by: Tony Richardson

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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14
Slumdog Millionaire is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Best Picture-Winning Films
2008

Actors: Freida Pinto, Anil Kapoor, Irrfan Khan, Saurabh Shukla, Shruti Seth, + more

Directed by: Loveleen Tandan, Danny Boyle

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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15
Dances with Wolves is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Best Picture-Winning Films
1990

Actors: Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Charles Rocket, Graham Greene, Maury Chaykin, + more

Directed by: Kevin Costner

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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#21 of 399 The Best Western Movies Ever Made #50 of 378 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Rankedlisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

16
An American in Paris is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Best Picture-Winning Films
1951

Actors: Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Nina Foch, Oscar Levant, Georges Guétary

Directed by: Vincente Minnelli

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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#136 of 194 Musical Movies With the Best Songs #553 of 693 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Madelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

17
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2008

Actors: Evangeline Lilly, Ralph Fiennes, Jeremy Renner, Guy Pearce, David Morse, + more

Directed by: Kathryn Bigelow

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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#41 of 378 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Ranked #175 of 276 The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Crylisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

18
Annie Hall is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst Best Picture-Winning Films
1977

Actors: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Sigourney Weaver, Christopher Walken, Paul Simon, + more

Directed by: Woody Allen

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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19
Chariots of Fire is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst Best Picture-Winning Films
1981

Actors: Stephen Fry, Kenneth Branagh, Ian Holm, John Gielgud, Richard Griffiths, + more

Directed by: Hugh Hudson

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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#358 of 522 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #126 of 133 Movies That Should Never Be Remadelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

20
Argo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst Best Picture-Winning Films
2012

Actors: Ben Affleck, John Goodman, Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin, Taylor Schilling, + more

Directed by: Ben Affleck

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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21
Kramer vs. Kramer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst Best Picture-Winning Films
1979

Actors: Meryl Streep, Dustin Hoffman, JoBeth Williams, Jane Alexander, George Coe, + more

Directed by: Robert Benton

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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22
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1980

Actors: Mary Tyler Moore, Donald Sutherland, Adam Baldwin, Timothy Hutton, Elizabeth McGovern, + more

Directed by: Robert Redford

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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#357 of 522 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #154 of 360 The Best Movies Based On Bookslisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

23
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1983

Actors: Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, John Lithgow, Shirley MacLaine, Jeff Daniels, + more

Directed by: James L. Brooks

Terms of Endearment is a 1983 comedy-drama film adapted from the novel of the same name by Larry McMurtry, directed, written, and produced by James L. Brooks and starring Shirley MacLaine, Debra ...more

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#213 of 522 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #163 of 693 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Madelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

24
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1987

Actors: Peter O'Toole, Joan Chen, Vivian Wu, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Ryuichi Sakamoto, + more

Directed by: Bernardo Bertolucci

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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#294 of 522 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #893 of 1,646 The Most Rewatchable Movieslisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

25
A Beautiful Mind is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst Best Picture-Winning Films
analise.dubner added 2001

Actors: Jennifer Connelly, Russell Crowe, Ron Howard, Ed Harris, Christopher Plummer, + more

Directed by: Ron Howard

A Beautiful Mind is a 2001 American biographical drama film based on the life of John Nash, a Nobel Laureate in Economics. The film was directed by Ron Howard, from a screenplay written by Akiva ...more

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