• Best Picture-Winning (Sorted by Year Descending)



    1. Green Book (2018)

    IIA | 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: 260,195 | Gross: $85.08M

    2. The Shape of Water (2017)

    III | 123 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

    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: 326,818 | Gross: $63.86M

    3. Moonlight (I) (2016)

    IIB | 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: 238,645 | Gross: $27.85M

    4. Spotlight (I) (2015)

    IIB | 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: 378,243 | Gross: $45.06M

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

    IIB | 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. I?árritu | Stars: Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough

    Votes: 534,615 | Gross: $42.34M

    6. 12 Years a Slave (2013)

    IIB | 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: 591,892 | Gross: $56.67M

    7. Argo (2012)

    IIB | 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: 543,910 | Gross: $136.03M

    8. The Artist (I) (2011)

    IIA | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

    7.9
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    89 Metascore

    An egomaniacal film star develops a relationship with a young dancer against the backdrop of Hollywood's silent era.

    Director: Michel Hazanavicius | Stars: Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, John Goodman, James Cromwell

    Votes: 219,838 | Gross: $44.67M

    9. The King's Speech (2010)

    IIB | 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: 604,763 | Gross: $138.80M

    10. Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

    IIB | 120 min | Drama, Romance

    8.0
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    86 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: 759,553 | Gross: $141.32M

    11. The Hurt Locker (2008)

    IIB | 131 min | Drama, Thriller, War

    7.6
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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: 399,403 | Gross: $17.02M

    12. No Country for Old Men (2007)

    IIB | 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: 786,346 | Gross: $74.28M

    13. The Departed (2006)

    (Banned) | 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: 1,104,048 | Gross: $132.38M

    14. Million Dollar Baby (2004)

    IIB | 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: 597,799 | Gross: $100.49M

    15. Crash (I) (2004)

    IIB | 112 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

    7.8
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    69 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, Thandie Newton, Karina Arroyave

    Votes: 404,915 | Gross: $54.58M

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

    IIB | 201 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

    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: 1,533,616 | Gross: $377.85M

    17. Chicago (2002)

    IIA | 113 min | Comedy, Crime, Musical

    7.1
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    82 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: 204,562 | Gross: $170.69M

    18. A Beautiful Mind (2001)

    IIA | 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: 789,875 | Gross: $170.74M

    19. Gladiator (2000)

    IIB | 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: 1,246,802 | Gross: $187.71M

    20. American Beauty (1999)

    III | 122 min | Drama

    8.3
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    86 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: 1,009,400 | Gross: $130.10M

    21. Shakespeare in Love (1998)

    IIB | 123 min | Comedy, Drama, History

    7.1
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    87 Metascore

    A young Shakespeare, out of ideas and short of cash, meets his ideal woman and is inspired to write one of his most famous plays.

    Director: John Madden | Stars: Gwyneth Paltrow, Joseph Fiennes, Geoffrey Rush, Tom Wilkinson

    Votes: 204,259 | Gross: $100.32M

    22. Titanic (1997)

    IIA | 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: 980,707 | Gross: $659.33M

    23. The English Patient (1996)

    IIB | 162 min | Drama, Romance, War

    7.4
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    87 Metascore

    At the close of WWII, 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: 168,728 | Gross: $78.65M

    24. Braveheart (1995)

    IIB | 178 min | Biography, Drama, History

    8.3
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    68 Metascore

    When his secret bride is executed for assaulting an English soldier who tried to rape her, William Wallace begins a revolt against King Edward I of England.

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

    Votes: 908,989 | Gross: $75.60M

    25. Forrest Gump (1994)

    PG-13 | 142 min | Drama, Romance

    8.8
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    82 Metascore

    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.

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

    Votes: 1,662,588 | Gross: $330.25M

    26. Schindler's List (1993)

    IIB | 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: 1,120,284 | Gross: $96.90M

    27. Unforgiven (1992)

    R | 130 min | Drama, Western

    8.2
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    85 Metascore

    Retired Old West gunslinger William Munny (Clint Eastwood) reluctantly takes on one last job, with the help of his old partner Ned Logan (Morgan Freeman) and a young man, The "Schofield Kid" (Jaimz Woolvett).

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

    Votes: 349,549 | Gross: $101.16M

    28. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

    III | 118 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

    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: 1,169,834 | Gross: $130.74M

    29. Dances with Wolves (1990)

    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 Indians, making him an intolerable aberration in the military.

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

    Votes: 225,229 | Gross: $184.21M

    30. Driving Miss Daisy (1989)

    99 min | Drama

    7.4
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    81 Metascore

    An old Jewish woman and her African-American chauffeur in the American South have a relationship that grows and improves over the years.

    Director: Bruce Beresford | Stars: Morgan Freeman, Jessica Tandy, Dan Aykroyd, Patti LuPone

    Votes: 91,256 | Gross: $106.59M

    31. Rain Man (1988)

    133 min | Drama

    8.0
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    65 Metascore

    Selfish yuppie Charlie Babbitt's father left a fortune to his savant brother Raymond and a pittance to Charlie; they travel cross-country.

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

    Votes: 448,818 | Gross: $178.80M

    32. The Last Emperor (1987)

    163 min | Biography, Drama, History

    7.7
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    76 Metascore

    The story of the final Emperor of China.

    Director: Bernardo Bertolucci | Stars: John Lone, Joan Chen, Peter O'Toole, Ruocheng Ying

    Votes: 86,835 | Gross: $43.98M

    33. Platoon (1986)

    IIB | 120 min | Drama, War

    8.1
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    92 Metascore

    A young soldier in Vietnam faces a moral crisis when confronted with the horrors of war and the duality of man.

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

    Votes: 358,781 | Gross: $138.53M

    34. Out of Africa (1985)

    161 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

    7.2
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    69 Metascore

    In 20th-century colonial Kenya, a Danish baroness/plantation owner has a passionate love affair with a free-spirited big-game hunter.

    Director: Sydney Pollack | Stars: Meryl Streep, Robert Redford, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Michael Kitchen

    Votes: 66,363 | Gross: $87.10M

    35. Amadeus (1984)

    II | 160 min | Biography, Drama, History

    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: 345,271 | Gross: $51.97M

    36. Terms of Endearment (1983)

    132 min | Comedy, Drama

    7.4
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    79 Metascore

    Follows hard-to-please Aurora looking for love, and her daughter's family problems.

    Director: James L. Brooks | Stars: Shirley MacLaine, Debra Winger, Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito

    Votes: 50,653 | Gross: $108.42M

    37. Gandhi (1982)

    191 min | Biography, Drama, History

    8.0
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    79 Metascore

    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.

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

    Votes: 209,937 | Gross: $52.77M

    38. Chariots of Fire (1981)

    125 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

    7.2
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    78 Metascore

    Two British track athletes, one a determined Jew, and the other a devout Christian, compete in the 1924 Olympics.

    Director: Hugh Hudson | Stars: Ben Cross, Ian Charleson, Nicholas Farrell, Nigel Havers

    Votes: 50,383 | Gross: $58.97M

    39. Ordinary People (1980)

    124 min | Drama

    7.7
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    87 Metascore

    The accidental death of the older son of an affluent family deeply strains the relationships among the bitter mother, the good-natured father, and the guilt-ridden younger son.

    Director: Robert Redford | Stars: Donald Sutherland, Mary Tyler Moore, Judd Hirsch,