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The Worst Best Picture-Winning Films

Updated September 23, 2019 32.3k votes 3.6k voters 48.3k views50 items

List RulesList 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

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

    Directed byJohn Madden

    Shakespeare in Love is a 1998 British-American romantic comedy-drama film directed by John... more on Wikipedia
  • 2
    My Fair Lady is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Best Picture-Winning Films
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    ActorsAudrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison, Jeremy Brett, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Theodore Bikel

    Directed byGeorge Cukor

    My Fair Lady is a 1964 American musical film adaptation of the Lerner and Loewe stage musical... more on Wikipedia

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

    1958

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

    Directed byVincente Minnelli

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

    2004

    ActorsSandra Bullock, Brendan Fraser, Ludacris, Thandie Newton, Don Cheadle

    Directed byPaul Haggis

    This movie is a 2004 ensemble drama film co-written, produced, and directed by Paul Haggis.... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    The English Patient is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Best Picture-Winning Films

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

    Directed byAnthony Minghella

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

    ActorsFrank Sinatra, Shirley MacLaine, Marlene Dietrich, David Niven, Buster Keaton

    Directed byMichael Anderson

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    Gladiator is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Best Picture-Winning Films
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    ActorsRussell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Sheen, Richard Harris, Djimon Hounsou

    Directed byRidley Scott

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  • 8
    Amadeus is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst Best Picture-Winning Films
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    ActorsJeffrey Jones, Cynthia Nixon, Christine Ebersole, Abraham Murphy, Tom Hulce

    Directed byMiloš Forman

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  • 9
    Chicago is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Best Picture-Winning Films
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    ActorsCatherine Zeta-Jones, Lucy Liu, Renée Zellweger, Queen Latifah, Richard Gere

    Directed byRob Marshall

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  • 10
    Rebecca is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Best Picture-Winning Films
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    ActorsLaurence Olivier, Alfred Hitchcock, Joan Fontaine, George Sanders, Judith Anderson

    Directed byAlfred Hitchcock

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  • 11
    The Greatest Show on Earth is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst Best Picture-Winning Films

    ActorsJames Stewart, Charlton Heston, Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Dorothy Lamour

    Directed byCecil B. DeMille

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  • 12
    It Happened One Night is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst Best Picture-Winning Films

    ActorsClark Gable, Claudette Colbert, Ward Bond, Joseph Crehan, Bess Flowers

    Directed byFrank Capra

    It Happened One Night is a 1934 American romantic comedy film with elements of screwball... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Cimarron is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Best Picture-Winning Films
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    ActorsIrene Dunne, Edna May Oliver, Richard Dix, Estelle Taylor, George E. Stone

    Directed byWesley Ruggles

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  • 14
    In the Heat of the Night is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Best Picture-Winning Films

    ActorsSidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Lee Grant, Warren Oates, William Schallert

    Directed byNorman Jewison

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  • 15
    Oliver! is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Best Picture-Winning Films
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    ActorsOliver Reed, Leonard Rossiter, Hugh Griffith, Elaine Paige, Ron Moody

    Directed byCarol Reed

    Oliver! is a 1968 British musical drama film directed by Carol Reed and based on the stage... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    The Shape of Water is listed (or ranked) 16 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.... more on Wikipedia

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  • 17
    Out of Africa is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Best Picture-Winning Films
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    ActorsMeryl Streep, Robert Redford, Iman Abdulmajid, Leslie Phillips, Michael Gough

    Directed bySydney Pollack

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    The Artist is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst Best Picture-Winning Films
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    ActorsJohn Goodman, Malcolm McDowell, James Cromwell, Bérénice Bejo, Penelope Ann Miller

    Directed byMichel Hazanavicius

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  • 19
    All Quiet on the Western Front is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst Best Picture-Winning Films

    ActorsFred Zinnemann, Lew Ayres, ZaSu Pitts, Slim Summerville, Ben Alexander

    Directed byLewis Milestone

    All Quiet on the Western Front is a 1930 American epic film based on the Erich Maria Remarque... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Driving Miss Daisy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst Best Picture-Winning Films

    ActorsMorgan Freeman, Dan Aykroyd, Jessica Tandy, Patti LuPone, Esther Rolle

    Directed byBruce Beresford

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  • 21
    An American in Paris is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst Best Picture-Winning Films

    ActorsGene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Nina Foch, Oscar Levant, Georges Guétary

    Directed byVincente Minnelli

    An American in Paris is a 1951 American musical film inspired by the 1928 orchestral... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    Slumdog Millionaire is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst Best Picture-Winning Films

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

    Directed byLoveleen Tandan, Danny Boyle

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  • 23
    The Hurt Locker is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst Best Picture-Winning Films
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    ActorsEvangeline Lilly, Ralph Fiennes, Jeremy Renner, Guy Pearce, David Morse

    Directed byKathryn Bigelow

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    Annie Hall is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Best Picture-Winning Films
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    ActorsWoody Allen, Diane Keaton, Sigourney Weaver, Christopher Walken, Paul Simon

    Directed byWoody Allen

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    Dances with Wolves is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst Best Picture-Winning Films

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

    Directed byKevin Costner

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