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The Worst Best Picture-Winning Films

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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

    Shakespeare in Love is a 1998 British-American romantic comedy-drama film directed by John... more on Wikipedia
  • My Fair Lady2

    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
  • Crash3



    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

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  • Gigi4



    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 on Wikipedia

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  • The English Patient5

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

    Directed byAnthony Minghella

    The English Patient is a 1996 romantic drama directed by Anthony Minghella from his own script... more on Wikipedia
  • Around the World in 80 Days6

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

    Directed byMichael Anderson

    Around the World in 80 Days is a 1956 Technicolor epic action adventure comedy film starring... more on Wikipedia
  • Rebecca7

    ActorsLaurence Olivier, Alfred Hitchcock, Joan Fontaine, George Sanders, Judith Anderson

    Directed byAlfred Hitchcock

    Rebecca is a 1940 American psychological thriller-drama film. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock, it... more on Wikipedia

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  • Chicago8

    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 on Wikipedia
  • Gladiator9

    ActorsRussell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Sheen, Richard Harris, Djimon Hounsou

    Directed byRidley Scott

    Gladiator is a 2000 American-British epic historical drama film directed by Ridley Scott,... more on Wikipedia

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  • The Greatest Show on Earth10

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

    Directed byCecil B. DeMille

    The Greatest Show on Earth is a 1952 American drama film produced and directed by Cecil B.... more on Wikipedia
  • Amadeus11

    ActorsJeffrey Jones, Cynthia Nixon, Christine Ebersole, Abraham Murphy, Tom Hulce

    Directed byMiloš Forman

    Amadeus - Directors Cut is a 1984 biography drama film written by Peter Shaffer and directed... more on Wikipedia
  • It Happened One Night12

    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
  • Cimarron13

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

    Directed byWesley Ruggles

    Cimarron is a 1931 Pre-Code Western film directed by Wesley Ruggles, starring Richard Dix and... more on Wikipedia
  • In the Heat of the Night14

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

    Directed byNorman Jewison

    In the Heat of the Night is a 1967 American mystery drama film directed by Norman Jewison. It... more on Wikipedia
  • Oliver!15

    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
  • The Shape of Water16

    ActorsSally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins

    Directed byGuillermo del Toro

    The Shape of Water is a 2017 American fantasy romance film directed by Guillermo del Toro.... more on Wikipedia
  • Driving Miss Daisy17

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

    Directed byBruce Beresford

    Driving Miss Daisy is a 1989 American comedy-drama film directed by Bruce Beresford and... more on Wikipedia
  • The Artist18

    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 on Wikipedia

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  • Out of Africa19

    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 on Wikipedia

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  • All Quiet on the Western Front20

    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
  • An American in Paris21

    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
  • Slumdog Millionaire22

    ActorsDev Patel, Anil Kapoor, Irrfan Khan,

    Directed byDanny Boyle

    Slumdog Millionaire is a 2009 British drama film directed by Danny Boyle Jamal Malik, a young... more on Wikipedia
  • The Hurt Locker23

    ActorsEvangeline Lilly, Ralph Fiennes, Jeremy Renner, Guy Pearce, David Morse

    Directed byKathryn Bigelow

    The Hurt Locker is a 2008 American film about a three-man Explosive Ordnance Disposal team... more on Wikipedia
  • Annie Hall24

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

    Directed byWoody Allen

    Annie Hall is a 1977 American romantic comedy film directed by Woody Allen. Neurotic New York... more on Wikipedia

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  • Dances with Wolves25

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

    Directed byKevin Costner

    Dances with Wolves is a 1990 American epic western film directed, produced by, and starring... more on Wikipedia