Ranked: Best Picture Winnersby xbutougames | created - 04 Apr 2018 | updated - 1 week ago | Public
This is my list for the films that have won the Academy Award for Best Picture.
Best by decade:
1920s: Wings 1930s: It Happened One Night 1940s: Casablanca 1950s: On the Waterfront 1960s: The Apartment 1970s: The Godfather 1980s: Amadeus 1990s: Schindler's List 2000s: The Hurt Locker 2010s: Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
How my Ratings Work:
100-90: Masterpiece, or very close. Very rare. 089-80: Fan-freaking-tastic. Near-lock for yearly top 10 list. 079-70: Definitely something special. Do not miss. 069-60: Very good, but missing some crucial element. 059-50: Didn’t work, but has many redeeming qualities. 049-40: Demerits clearly outweigh merits. 039-30: Didn't enjoy the film, but talent was involved. 029-20: When will this picture end. When... 019-10: Outright fiasco and/or unwatchably boring. 009-00: One of the worst movies I’ve ever seen. Very rare.
Note: Many years are missing because I haven't seen the Best Picture Winner of that year's Academy Awards.
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1. The Godfather (1972)
R | 175 min | Crime, Drama
The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.
Votes: 1,423,885 | Gross: $134.97M
45th Academy Awards
2. The Apartment (1960)
Not Rated | 125 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A man tries to rise in his company by letting its executives use his apartment for trysts, but complications and a romance of his own ensue.
Votes: 141,788 | Gross: $18.60M
33rd Academy Awards
3. Annie Hall (1977)
PG | 93 min | Comedy, Romance
Neurotic New York comedian Alvy Singer falls in love with the ditzy Annie Hall.
Votes: 235,381 | Gross: $39.20M
50th Academy Awards
4. It Happened One Night (1934)
Not Rated | 105 min | Comedy, Romance
A spoiled heiress running away from her family is helped by a man who is actually a reporter in need of a story.
Votes: 84,140 | Gross: $4.36M
7th Academy Awards
5. The Godfather: Part II (1974)
R | 202 min | Crime, Drama
The early life and career of Vito Corleone in 1920s New York City is portrayed, while his son, Michael, expands and tightens his grip on the family crime syndicate.
Votes: 988,256 | Gross: $57.30M
47th Academy Awards
6. The Sting (1973)
PG | 129 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
Two grifters team up to pull off the ultimate con.
Votes: 217,354 | Gross: $159.60M
46th Academy Awards
7. On the Waterfront (1954)
Not Rated | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
An ex-prize fighter turned longshoreman struggles to stand up to his corrupt union bosses.
Votes: 127,839 | Gross: $9.60M
27th Academy Awards
8. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
R | 133 min | Drama
A criminal pleads insanity after getting into trouble again and once in the mental institution rebels against the oppressive nurse and rallies up the scared patients.
Votes: 823,165 | Gross: $112.00M
48th Academy Awards
9. Casablanca (1942)
PG | 102 min | Drama, Romance, War
A cynical American expatriate struggles to decide whether or not he should help his former lover and her fugitive husband escape French Morocco.
Votes: 471,728 | Gross: $1.02M
16th Academy Awards
10. Schindler's List (1993)
R | 195 min | Biography, Drama, History
In German-occupied Poland during World War II, industrialist Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazis.
Votes: 1,075,510 | Gross: $96.07M
66th Academy Awards
R | 119 min | Comedy, Drama
A washed-up superhero actor attempts to revive his fading career by writing, directing, and starring in a Broadway production.
Votes: 514,156 | Gross: $42.34M
87th Academy Awards
12. The Hurt Locker (2008)
R | 131 min | Drama, Thriller, War
During the Iraq War, a Sergeant recently assigned to an army bomb squad is put at odds with his squad mates due to his maverick way of handling his work.
Votes: 389,877 | Gross: $17.02M
82nd Academy Awards
13. All About Eve (1950)
Not Rated | 138 min | Drama
An ingenue insinuates herself into the lives of an established but aging stage actress and her circle of theater friends.
Votes: 106,640 | Gross: $0.01M
23rd Academy Awards
14. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
PG | 161 min | Adventure, Drama, War
After settling his differences with a Japanese P.O.W. camp commander, a British Colonel co-operates to oversee his men's construction of a railway bridge for their captors, while oblivious to a plan by the Allies to destroy it.
Votes: 184,947 | Gross: $44.91M
30th Academy Awards
15. The Departed (2006)
R | 151 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
An undercover cop and a mole in the police attempt to identify each other while infiltrating an Irish gang in South Boston.
Votes: 1,065,091 | Gross: $132.38M
79th Academy Awards
16. No Country for Old Men (2007)
R | 122 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Violence and mayhem ensue after a hunter stumbles upon a drug deal gone wrong and more than two million dollars in cash near the Rio Grande.
Votes: 760,332 | Gross: $74.28M
80th Academy Awards
17. West Side Story (1961)
Not Rated | 153 min | Crime, Drama, Musical
Two youngsters from rival New York City gangs fall in love, but tensions between their respective friends build toward tragedy.
Votes: 86,990 | Gross: $43.66M
34th Academy Awards
18. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
Approved | 216 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama
The story of T.E. Lawrence, the English officer who successfully united and led the diverse, often warring, Arab tribes during World War I in order to fight the Turks.
Votes: 239,467 | Gross: $44.82M
35th Academy Awards
19. Ben-Hur (1959)
G | 212 min | Adventure, Drama, History
When a Jewish prince is betrayed and sent into slavery by a Roman friend, he regains his freedom and comes back for revenge.
Votes: 200,034 | Gross: $74.70M
32nd Academy Awards
20. Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
R | 120 min | Drama, Romance
A Mumbai teen reflects on his upbringing in the slums when he is accused of cheating on the Indian Version of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?"
Votes: 742,759 | Gross: $141.32M
81st Academy Awards
21. Amadeus (1984)
R | 160 min | Biography, Drama, History
The life, success and troubles of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, as told by Antonio Salieri, the contemporaneous composer who was insanely jealous of Mozart's talent and claimed to have murdered him.
Votes: 333,467 | Gross: $51.97M
57th Academy Awards
22. A Beautiful Mind (2001)
PG-13 | 135 min | Biography, Drama
After John Nash, a brilliant but asocial mathematician, accepts secret work in cryptography, his life takes a turn for the nightmarish.
Votes: 764,165 | Gross: $170.74M
74th Academy Awards
23. Forrest Gump (1994)
PG-13 | 142 min | Drama, Romance
The presidencies of Kennedy and Johnson, the events of Vietnam, Watergate, and other history unfold through the perspective of an Alabama man with an IQ of 75.
Votes: 1,591,114 | Gross: $330.25M
67th Academy Awards
24. Wings (1927)
PG-13 | 144 min | Drama, Romance, War
Two young men, one rich, one middle class, who are in love with the same woman, become fighter pilots in World War I.
Votes: 10,051 | Gross: $6.59M
1st Academy Awards
25. Rocky (1976)
PG | 120 min | Drama, Sport
A small-time boxer gets a supremely rare chance to fight a heavy-weight champion in a bout in which he strives to go the distance for his self-respect.
Votes: 468,550 | Gross: $117.24M
49th Academy Awards
26. The French Connection (1971)
R | 104 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A pair of NYC cops in the Narcotics Bureau stumble onto a drug smuggling job with a French connection.
44th Academy Awards
27. Gandhi (1982)
PG | 191 min | Biography, Drama, History
Gandhi's character is fully explained as a man of nonviolence. Through his patience, he is able to drive the British out of the subcontinent. And the stubborn nature of Jinnah and his commitment towards Pakistan is portrayed.
Votes: 206,007 | Gross: $52.77M
55th Academy Awards
PG-13 | 201 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Gandalf and Aragorn lead the World of Men against Sauron's army to draw his gaze from Frodo and Sam as they approach Mount Doom with the One Ring.
Votes: 1,477,200 | Gross: $377.85M
76th Academy Awards
29. 12 Years a Slave (2013)
R | 134 min | Biography, Drama, History
In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.
Votes: 572,030 | Gross: $56.67M
86th Academy Awards
30. Titanic (1997)
PG-13 | 194 min | Drama, Romance
A seventeen-year-old aristocrat falls in love with a kind but poor artist aboard the luxurious, ill-fated R.M.S. Titanic.
Votes: 947,441 | Gross: $659.33M
70th Academy Awards
31. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
R | 118 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A young FBI cadet must receive the help of an incarcerated and manipulative cannibal killer to help catch another serial killer, a madman who skins his victims.
Votes: 1,120,245 | Gross: $130.74M
64th Academy Awards
32. The Sound of Music (1965)
G | 172 min | Biography, Drama, Family
A woman leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to the children of a Naval officer widower.
Votes: 181,329 | Gross: $163.21M
38th Academy Awards
33. An American in Paris (1951)
Not Rated | 114 min | Drama, Musical, Romance
Three friends struggle to find work in Paris. Things become more complicated when two of them fall in love with the same woman.
Votes: 27,201 | Gross: $4.50M
24th Academy Awards
34. American Beauty (1999)
R | 122 min | Drama
A sexually frustrated suburban father has a mid-life crisis after becoming infatuated with his daughter's best friend.
Votes: 982,764 | Gross: $130.10M
72nd Academy Awards
35. Moonlight (I) (2016)
R | 111 min | Drama
A chronicle of the childhood, adolescence and burgeoning adulthood of a young, African-American, gay man growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami.
Votes: 224,128 | Gross: $27.85M
89th Academy Awards
36. Gladiator (2000)
R | 155 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
A former Roman General sets out to exact vengeance against the corrupt emperor who murdered his family and sent him into slavery.
Votes: 1,199,639 | Gross: $187.71M
73rd Academy Awards
37. Spotlight (I) (2015)
R | 129 min | Crime, Drama
The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core.
Votes: 360,437 | Gross: $45.06M
88th Academy Awards
38. Green Book (2018)
PG-13 | 130 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama
A working-class Italian-American bouncer becomes the driver of an African-American classical pianist on a tour of venues through the 1960s American South.
Votes: 177,096 | Gross: $84.96M
91st Academy Awards
39. Midnight Cowboy (1969)
R | 113 min | Drama
A naive hustler travels from Texas to New York City to seek personal fortune, finding a new friend in the process.
Votes: 89,684 | Gross: $44.79M
42nd Academy Awards
40. Hamlet (1948)
Not Rated | 154 min | Drama
Prince Hamlet struggles over whether or not he should kill his uncle, whom he suspects has murdered his father, the former King.
21st Academy Awards
41. The Deer Hunter (1978)
R | 183 min | Drama, War
An in-depth examination of the ways in which the U.S. Vietnam War impacts and disrupts the lives of people in a small industrial town in Pennsylvania.
Votes: 282,379 | Gross: $48.98M
51st Academy Awards
42. Argo (2012)
R | 120 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller
Acting under the cover of a Hollywood producer scouting a location for a science fiction film, a CIA agent launches a dangerous operation to rescue six Americans in Tehran during the U.S. hostage crisis in Iran in 1979.
Votes: 531,577 | Gross: $136.03M
85th Academy Awards
43. How Green Was My Valley (1941)
Not Rated | 118 min | Drama, Family
At the turn of the century in a Welsh mining village, the Morgans, he stern, she gentle, raise coal-mining sons and hope their youngest will find a better life.
14th Academy Awards
44. Chicago (2002)
PG-13 | 113 min | Comedy, Crime, Musical
Two death-row murderesses develop a fierce rivalry while competing for publicity, celebrity, and a sleazy lawyer's attention.
Votes: 199,884 | Gross: $170.69M
75th Academy Awards
45. The Shape of Water (2017)
R | 123 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
At a top secret research facility in the 1960s, a lonely janitor forms a unique relationship with an amphibious creature that is being held in captivity.
Votes: 300,947 | Gross: $63.86M
90th Academy Awards