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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.

  • Shakespeare in Love1

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

    Directed byJohn Madden

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  • Crash2



    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

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  • Gigi3



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

    Directed byVincente Minnelli

    Gigi is a 1958 American Metrocolor musical romantic comedy film directed by Vincente Minnelli....  more

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  • Gandhi4



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

    Directed byRichard Attenborough

    Gandhi is a 1982 epic biographical film which dramatises the life of Mohandas Karamchand...  more

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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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  • Chicago7

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

    Directed byRob Marshall

    Chicago is a 2002 American musical comedy film adapted from the satirical stage musical of the...  more

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  • Mutiny on the Bounty8

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

    Directed byFrank Lloyd

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  • The Greatest Show on Earth9

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

    Directed byCecil B. DeMille

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  • Tom Jones10

    ActorsAlbert Finney, Lynn Redgrave, Susannah York, Julian Glover, Hugh Griffith

    Directed byTony Richardson

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  • The Shape of Water11

    ActorsSally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins

    Directed byGuillermo del Toro

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  • Oliver!12

    ActorsOliver Reed, Leonard Rossiter, Hugh Griffith, Elaine Paige, Ron Moody

    Directed byCarol Reed

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  • Cimarron13

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

    Directed byWesley Ruggles

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  • Terms of Endearment14

    ActorsJack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, John Lithgow, Shirley MacLaine, Jeff Daniels

    Directed byJames L. Brooks

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  • All About Eve15

    ActorsMarilyn Monroe, Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders, Thelma Ritter

    Directed byJoseph L. Mankiewicz

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  • The Artist16

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

    Directed byMichel Hazanavicius

    The Artist is a 2011 French romantic comedy-drama in the style of a black-and-white silent...  more

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  • Out of Africa17

    ActorsMeryl Streep, Robert Redford, Iman Abdulmajid, Leslie Phillips, Michael Gough

    Directed bySydney Pollack

    Out of Africa is a 1985 American epic romantic drama film directed and produced by Sydney...  more

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  • Driving Miss Daisy18

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

    Directed byBruce Beresford

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  • An American in Paris19

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

    Directed byVincente Minnelli

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  • Slumdog Millionaire20

    ActorsDev Patel, Anil Kapoor, Irrfan Khan,

    Directed byDanny Boyle

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  • Annie Hall21

    ActorsWoody Allen, Diane Keaton, Sigourney Weaver, Christopher Walken, Paul Simon

    Directed byWoody Allen

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  • The Hurt Locker22

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    Directed byKathryn Bigelow

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  • Dances with Wolves23

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

    Directed byKevin Costner

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  • Chariots of Fire24

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    Directed byHugh Hudson

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  • Ordinary People25

    ActorsMary Tyler Moore, Donald Sutherland, Adam Baldwin, Timothy Hutton, Elizabeth McGovern

    Directed byRobert Redford

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