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The Worst Best Picture-Winning Films

Updated September 23, 2019 29.0k votes 3.7k voters 48.5k 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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  • Shakespeare in Love1

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

    Directed byJohn Madden

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  • Crash2
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    Crash

    2004

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

    Directed byPaul Haggis

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  • Gandhi3
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    Gandhi

    1982

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

    Directed byRichard Attenborough

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  • Gigi4
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    Gigi

    1958

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

    Directed byVincente Minnelli

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  • The English Patient5

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

    Directed byAnthony Minghella

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  • Around the World in 80 Days6

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

    Directed byMichael Anderson

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  • Mutiny on the Bounty7

    ActorsClark Gable, David Niven, James Cagney, Charles Laughton, Movita Castaneda

    Directed byFrank Lloyd

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    ActorsCatherine Zeta-Jones, Lucy Liu, Renée Zellweger, Queen Latifah, Richard Gere

    Directed byRob Marshall

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

    Directed byCecil B. DeMille

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  • Tom Jones10
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    ActorsAlbert Finney, Lynn Redgrave, Susannah York, Julian Glover, Hugh Griffith

    Directed byTony Richardson

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  • Oliver!11
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    ActorsOliver Reed, Leonard Rossiter, Hugh Griffith, Elaine Paige, Ron Moody

    Directed byCarol Reed

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  • Cimarron12
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    ActorsIrene Dunne, Edna May Oliver, Richard Dix, Estelle Taylor, George E. Stone

    Directed byWesley Ruggles

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  • The Shape of Water13

    ActorsSally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins

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    Directed byJames L. Brooks

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  • All About Eve15
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    ActorsMarilyn Monroe, Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders, Thelma Ritter

    Directed byJoseph L. Mankiewicz

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  • The Artist16
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    ActorsJohn Goodman, Malcolm McDowell, James Cromwell, Bérénice Bejo, Penelope Ann Miller

    Directed byMichel Hazanavicius

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  • Driving Miss Daisy17

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

    Directed byBruce Beresford

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    Directed byVincente Minnelli

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    Directed byDanny Boyle

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    Directed byKathryn Bigelow

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    Directed byWoody Allen

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  • Dances with Wolves23

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

    Directed byKevin Costner

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    Directed byHugh Hudson

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