Best Picture-Winning (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)



1. The Godfather (1972)

R | 175 min | Crime, Drama

9.2
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100 Metascore

The Godfather follows Vito Corleone, Don of the Corleone family, as he passes the mantle to his unwilling son, Michael.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Diane Keaton

Votes: 1,741,674 | Gross: $134.97M

2. In the Heat of the Night (1967)

Approved | 110 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.9
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75 Metascore

A black Philadelphia police detective is mistakenly suspected of a local murder while passing through a racially hostile Mississippi town, and after being cleared is reluctantly asked by the police chief to investigate the case.

Director: Norman Jewison | Stars: Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Warren Oates, Lee Grant

Votes: 72,913 | Gross: $24.38M

3. Titanic (1997)

PG-13 | 194 min | Drama, Romance

7.8
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75 Metascore

A seventeen-year-old aristocrat falls in love with a kind but poor artist aboard the luxurious, ill-fated R.M.S. Titanic.

Director: James Cameron | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane, Kathy Bates

Votes: 1,116,288 | Gross: $659.33M

4. Parasite (2019)

R | 132 min | Comedy, Drama, Thriller

8.6
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96 Metascore

Greed and class discrimination threaten the newly formed symbiotic relationship between the wealthy Park family and the destitute Kim clan.

Director: Bong Joon Ho | Stars: Kang-ho Song, Sun-kyun Lee, Yeo-jeong Cho, Woo-sik Choi

Votes: 707,918 | Gross: $53.37M

5. Braveheart (1995)

R | 178 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.3
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68 Metascore

Scottish warrior William Wallace leads his countrymen in a rebellion to free his homeland from the tyranny of King Edward I of England.

Director: Mel Gibson | Stars: Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Patrick McGoohan, Angus Macfadyen

Votes: 1,003,044 | Gross: $75.60M

6. Gladiator (2000)

R | 155 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

8.5
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67 Metascore

A former Roman General sets out to exact vengeance against the corrupt emperor who murdered his family and sent him into slavery.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen, Oliver Reed

Votes: 1,428,359 | Gross: $187.71M

7. West Side Story (1961)

Approved | 153 min | Crime, Drama, Musical

7.5
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86 Metascore

Two youngsters from rival New York City gangs fall in love, but tensions between their respective friends build toward tragedy.

Directors: Jerome Robbins, Robert Wise | Stars: Natalie Wood, George Chakiris, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn

Votes: 107,804 | Gross: $43.66M

8. The Departed (2006)

R | 151 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.5
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85 Metascore

An undercover cop and a mole in the police attempt to identify each other while infiltrating an Irish gang in South Boston.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg

Votes: 1,264,399 | Gross: $132.38M

9. Schindler's List (1993)

R | 195 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.9
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94 Metascore

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.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley, Caroline Goodall

Votes: 1,292,584 | Gross: $96.90M

10. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

PG-13 | 201 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

8.9
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94 Metascore

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.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom

Votes: 1,745,843 | Gross: $377.85M

11. No Country for Old Men (2007)

R | 122 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.1
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91 Metascore

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.

Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen | Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, Woody Harrelson

Votes: 922,363 | Gross: $74.28M

12. Forrest Gump (1994)

PG-13 | 142 min | Drama, Romance

8.8
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82 Metascore

The presidencies of Kennedy and Johnson, the Vietnam War, the Watergate scandal and other historical events unfold from the perspective of an Alabama man with an IQ of 75, whose only desire is to be reunited with his childhood sweetheart.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, Sally Field

Votes: 1,952,453 | Gross: $330.25M

13. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

R | 118 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

8.6
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85 Metascore

A young F.B.I. cadet must receive the help of an incarcerated and manipulative cannibal killer to help catch another serial killer, a madman who skins his victims.

Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Lawrence A. Bonney, Kasi Lemmons

Votes: 1,360,209 | Gross: $130.74M

14. Nomadland (2020)

R | 107 min | Drama

7.3
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93 Metascore

A woman in her sixties, after losing everything in the Great Recession, embarks on a journey through the American West, living as a van-dwelling modern-day nomad.

Director: Chloé Zhao | Stars: Frances McDormand, David Strathairn, Linda May, Gay DeForest

Votes: 142,156

15. The Godfather: Part II (1974)

R | 202 min | Crime, Drama

9.0
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90 Metascore

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.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton

Votes: 1,208,391 | Gross: $57.30M

16. American Beauty (1999)

R | 122 min | Drama

8.3
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84 Metascore

A sexually frustrated suburban father has a mid-life crisis after becoming infatuated with his daughter's best friend.

Director: Sam Mendes | Stars: Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Thora Birch, Wes Bentley

Votes: 1,118,974 | Gross: $130.10M

17. Green Book (2018)

PG-13 | 130 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

8.2
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69 Metascore

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.

Director: Peter Farrelly | Stars: Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali, Linda Cardellini, Sebastian Maniscalco

Votes: 445,705 | Gross: $85.08M

18. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

Approved | 228 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

8.3
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100 Metascore

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.

Director: David Lean | Stars: Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Jack Hawkins

Votes: 284,067 | Gross: $44.82M

19. The Shape of Water (2017)

R | 123 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

7.3
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87 Metascore

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.

Director: Guillermo del Toro | Stars: Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, Michael Shannon, Doug Jones

Votes: 401,437 | Gross: $63.86M

20. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)

R | 133 min | Drama

8.7
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84 Metascore

A criminal pleads insanity and is admitted to a mental institution, where he rebels against the oppressive nurse and rallies up the scared patients.

Director: Milos Forman | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, Michael Berryman, Peter Brocco

Votes: 969,260 | Gross: $112.00M

21. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014)

R | 119 min | Comedy, Drama

7.7
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87 Metascore

A washed-up superhero actor attempts to revive his fading career by writing, directing, and starring in a Broadway production.

Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu | Stars: Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough

Votes: 609,899 | Gross: $42.34M

22. 12 Years a Slave (2013)

R | 134 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.1
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96 Metascore

In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.

Director: Steve McQueen | Stars: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Kenneth Williams, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt

Votes: 675,359 | Gross: $56.67M

23. Argo (2012)

R | 120 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller

7.7
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86 Metascore

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.

Director: Ben Affleck | Stars: Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, Alan Arkin

Votes: 598,316 | Gross: $136.03M

24. A Beautiful Mind (2001)

PG-13 | 135 min | Biography, Drama

8.2
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72 Metascore

After John Nash, a brilliant but asocial mathematician, accepts secret work in cryptography, his life takes a turn for the nightmarish.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Russell Crowe, Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly, Christopher Plummer

Votes: 896,217 | Gross: $170.74M

25. Spotlight (I) (2015)

R | 129 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

8.1
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93 Metascore

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.

Director: Tom McCarthy | Stars: Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber

Votes: 451,517 | Gross: $45.06M

26. The Sound of Music (1965)

G | 172 min | Biography, Drama, Family

8.0
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63 Metascore

A young novitiate is sent by her convent in 1930s Austria to become a governess to the seven children of a widowed naval officer.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker, Richard Haydn

Votes: 221,295 | Gross: $163.21M

27. Dances with Wolves (1990)

PG-13 | 181 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

8.0
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72 Metascore

Lieutenant John Dunbar, assigned to a remote western Civil War outpost, befriends wolves and Native Americans, making him an intolerable aberration in the military.

Director: Kevin Costner | Stars: Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Graham Greene, Rodney A. Grant

Votes: 254,519 | Gross: $184.21M

28. Casablanca (1942)

PG | 102 min | Drama, Romance, War

8.5
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100 Metascore

A cynical expatriate American cafe owner struggles to decide whether or not to help his former lover and her fugitive husband escape the Nazis in French Morocco.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains

Votes: 551,590 | Gross: $1.02M

29. Platoon (1986)

R | 120 min | Drama, War

8.1
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92 Metascore

Chris Taylor, a neophyte recruit in Vietnam, finds himself caught in a battle of wills between two sergeants, one good and the other evil. A shrewd examination of the brutality of war and the duality of man in conflict.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe, Keith David

Votes: 400,975 | Gross: $138.53M

30. Amadeus (1984)

R | 160 min | Biography, Drama, Music

8.3
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88 Metascore

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.

Director: Milos Forman | Stars: F. Murray Abraham, Tom Hulce, Elizabeth Berridge, Roy Dotrice

Votes: 388,059 | Gross: $51.97M

31. Unforgiven (1992)

R | 130 min | Drama, Western

8.2
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85 Metascore

Retired Old West gunslinger William Munny reluctantly takes on one last job, with the help of his old partner Ned Logan and a young man, The "Schofield Kid."

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman, Richard Harris

Votes: 398,189 | Gross: $101.16M

32. Rocky (1976)

PG | 120 min | Drama, Sport

8.1
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70 Metascore

A small-time Philadelphia boxer gets a supremely rare chance to fight the world heavyweight champion in a bout in which he strives to go the distance for his self-respect.

Director: John G. Avildsen | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers

Votes: 550,215 | Gross: $117.24M

33. Moonlight (I) (2016)

R | 111 min | Drama

7.4
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99 Metascore

A young African-American man grapples with his identity and sexuality while experiencing the everyday struggles of childhood, adolescence, and burgeoning adulthood.

Director: Barry Jenkins | Stars: Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris, Trevante Rhodes, Alex R. Hibbert

Votes: 294,541 | Gross: $27.85M

34. Gone with the Wind (1939)

Passed | 238 min | Drama, History, Romance

8.1
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97 Metascore

The manipulative daughter of a Georgia plantation owner conducts a turbulent romance with a roguish profiteer during the American Civil War and Reconstruction periods.

Directors: Victor Fleming, George Cukor, Sam Wood | Stars: Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Thomas Mitchell, Barbara O'Neil

Votes: 305,790 | Gross: $198.68M

35. The Hurt Locker (2008)

R | 131 min | Drama, Thriller, War

7.5
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95 Metascore

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.

Director: Kathryn Bigelow | Stars: Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty, Guy Pearce

Votes: 439,783 | Gross: $17.02M

36. The Deer Hunter (1978)

R | 183 min | Drama, War

8.1
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86 Metascore

An in-depth examination of the ways in which the Vietnam War impacts and disrupts the lives of several friends in a small steel mill town in Pennsylvania.

Director: Michael Cimino | Stars: Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, John Cazale, John Savage

Votes: 329,207 | Gross: $48.98M

37. Rain Man (1988)

R | 133 min | Drama

8.0
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65 Metascore

After a selfish L.A. yuppie learns his estranged father left a fortune to an autistic savant brother in Ohio that he didn't know existed, he absconds with his brother and sets out across the country, hoping to gain a larger inheritance.

Director: Barry Levinson | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Tom Cruise, Valeria Golino, Gerald R. Molen

Votes: 496,537 | Gross: $178.80M

38. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

PG | 161 min | Adventure, Drama, War

8.1
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87 Metascore

British POWs are forced to build a railway bridge across the river Kwai for their Japanese captors in occupied Burma, not knowing that the allied forces are planning a daring commando raid through the jungle to destroy it.

Director: David Lean | Stars: William Holden, Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins, Sessue Hayakawa

Votes: 214,289 | Gross: $44.91M

39. The Great Ziegfeld (1936)

Passed | 176 min | Drama, Musical

6.7
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The ups and downs of Florenz Ziegfeld Jr., famed producer of extravagant stage revues, are portrayed.

Director: Robert Z. Leonard | Stars: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Luise Rainer, Frank Morgan

Votes: 7,880

40. Crash (I) (2004)

R | 112 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.7
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66 Metascore

Los Angeles citizens with vastly separate lives collide in interweaving stories of race, loss and redemption.

Director: Paul Haggis | Stars: Don Cheadle, Sandra Bullock, Thandiwe Newton, Karina Arroyave

Votes: 430,202 | Gross: $54.58M

41. Around the World in 80 Days (1956)

G | 175 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

6.8
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A Victorian Englishman bets that with the new steamships and railways he can circumnavigate the globe in eighty days.

Directors: Michael Anderson, John Farrow | Stars: David Niven, Cantinflas, Finlay Currie, Robert Morley

Votes: 26,554 | Gross: $42.00M

42. Million Dollar Baby (2004)

PG-13 | 132 min | Drama, Sport

8.1
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86 Metascore

A determined woman works with a hardened boxing trainer to become a professional.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Hilary Swank, Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Jay Baruchel

Votes: 666,598 | Gross: $100.49M

43. Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

R | 120 min | Drama, Romance

8.0
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84 Metascore

A Mumbai teenager reflects on his life after being accused of cheating on the Indian version of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?".

Directors: Danny Boyle, Loveleen Tandan | Stars: Dev Patel, Freida Pinto, Saurabh Shukla, Anil Kapoor

Votes: 825,993 | Gross: $141.32M

44. The King's Speech (2010)

R | 118 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.0
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88 Metascore

The story of King George VI, his impromptu ascension to the throne of the British Empire in 1936, and the speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch overcome his stammer.

Director: Tom Hooper | Stars: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, Derek Jacobi

Votes: 663,807 | Gross: $138.80M

45. The Sting (1973)

PG | 129 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.3
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83 Metascore

Two grifters team up to pull off the ultimate con.

Director: George Roy Hill | Stars: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw, Charles Durning

Votes: 254,069 | Gross: $159.60M

46. Chicago (2002)

PG-13 | 113 min | Comedy, Crime, Musical

7.2
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81 Metascore

Two death-row murderesses develop a fierce rivalry while competing for publicity, celebrity, and a sleazy lawyer's attention.

Director: Rob Marshall | Stars: Renée Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere, Taye Diggs

Votes: 224,992 | Gross: $170.69M

47. The English Patient (1996)

R | 162 min | Drama, Romance, War

7.4
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87 Metascore

At the close of World War II, a young nurse tends to a badly-burned plane crash victim. His past is shown in flashbacks, revealing an involvement in a fateful love affair.

Director: Anthony Minghella | Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche, Willem Dafoe, Kristin Scott Thomas

Votes: 186,246 | Gross: $78.65M

48. Ben-Hur (1959)

G | 212 min | Adventure, Drama, History

8.1
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90 Metascore

After a Jewish prince is betrayed and sent into slavery by a Roman friend in 1st-century Jerusalem, he regains his freedom and comes back for revenge.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Stephen Boyd, Haya Harareet

Votes: 231,938 | Gross: $74.70M

49. My Fair Lady (1964)

G | 170 min | Drama, Family, Musical

7.8
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95 Metascore

In 1910s London, snobbish phonetics professor Henry Higgins agrees to a wager that he can make crude flower girl Eliza Doolittle presentable in high society.

Director: George Cukor | Stars: Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison, Stanley Holloway, Wilfrid Hyde-White

Votes: 92,810 | Gross: $72.00M

50. Gandhi (1982)

PG | 191 min | Biography, Drama

8.0
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79 Metascore

The life of the lawyer who became the famed leader of the Indian revolts against the British rule through his philosophy of nonviolent protest.

Director: Richard Attenborough | Stars: Ben Kingsley, John Gielgud, Rohini Hattangadi, Roshan Seth

Votes: 225,289 | Gross: $52.77M


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