My Top Ten Best Picture Oscar Winners (Including Full Ranked List Of All Seen)

The Oscar nominees are being announced today (I think?), so I thought I’d start my new project to watch all the Best Picture Oscar Winners.

I’ll post about the project & the 31 that I have left to watch soon. First I thought it would be fun to rank the 62 that I’ve already seen.

I do have to say that I haven’t enjoyed the Oscars as much for the last decade or so. When you look at winners from the past, there are some truly fantastic & epic films. But maybe the problem is just that movies aren’t actually as good nowadays… Either way, I don’t expect much from this year’s nominees since I didn’t see anything great in 2020. We’ll see – there are still plenty of 2020 films not yet available in the U.K. so maybe I’ve missed out on a masterpiece (but I doubt it). And although there are loads of great movies that I really liked in the list below, only the top 2 are personal all-time favorites of mine.

For now, here’s my full ranked list of all the Best Picture Oscar Winners I’ve seen so far, counting down to my top ten:

62-61 (hated these)

62. The English Patient
61. Slumdog Millionaire

60-51: (some of these really shouldn’t be winners)

60. Crash (ugh)
59. Shakespeare In Love
58. The Hurt Locker
57. All Quiet On The Western Front (don’t really remember this – watched it in school)
56. Ordinary People
55. Birdman
54. Chicago
53. Oliver!
52. The King’s Speech
51. Out Of Africa (don’t remember this well either)

Top 50:

50. On The Waterfront
49. Chariots Of Fire (should rewatch this too)
48. Driving Miss Daisy
47. Green Book
46. Dances With Wolves
45. Kramer vs. Kramer
44. A Beautiful Mind
43. Spotlight
42. No Country For Old Men
41. Unforgiven

Top Forty:

40. Moonlight
39. Argo
38. Braveheart
37. The Silence Of The Lambs
36. My Fair Lady
35. All About Eve
34. The Best Years Of Our Lives
33. Rebecca
‪32. The French Connection
31. Gladiator

Top Thirty:

30. Forrest Gump
29. Ben-Hur
28. West Side Story
27. Amadeus
26. In The Heat Of The Night
25. The Shape Of Water
24. Casablanca (in all honesty, need to rewatch this as well)
23. Gone With The Wind
22. The Sting (also need to rewatch – just remember liking it a lot as a kid)
21. Platoon

Top Twenty:

20. Terms Of Endearment
19. Rain Man
18. The Deer Hunter
17. It Happened One Night
16. Parasite
15. The Departed
14. Million Dollar Baby
13. Schindler’s List
12. American Beauty
11. Midnight Cowboy

****Top Ten:****

My Top Ten Best Picture Winners:

10. The Artist

9. Titanic

8. The Apartment

7. Rocky

6. The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King

5. The Godfather Part II

4. The Godfather

3. The Bridge On The River Kwai

2. The Sound Of Music

1. One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest

The 31 Still To Be Seen:

2014 12 Years a Slave
1988 The Last Emperor
1983 Gandhi
1978 Annie Hall
1971 Patton
1967 A Man for All Seasons
1964 Tom Jones
1963 Lawrence of Arabia
1959 Gigi
1957 Around the World in 80 Days
1956 Marty
1954 From Here to Eternity
1953 The Greatest Show on Earth
1952 An American in Paris
1950 All the Kings Men
1949 Hamlet
1948 Gentleman’s Agreement
1946 The Lost Weekend
1945 Going My Way
1943 Mrs. Miniver
1942 How Green Was My Valley
1939 You Can’t Take It with You
1938 The Life of Emile Zola
1937 The Great Ziegfeld
1936 Mutiny on the Bounty
1934 Cavalcade
1933 Grand Hotel
1932 Cimarron
1930 The Broadway Melody
1929 Wings (and Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans) (plan to watch both as they both actually won the top prizes that year – Wings was later declared the official winner but Sunrise sounds better…)

I’ll still be working on my IMDb Top 250 Challenge as well. Last week I ranked the those I’ve watched so far HERE and listed those I still need to watch HERE.

14 thoughts on “My Top Ten Best Picture Oscar Winners (Including Full Ranked List Of All Seen)

    • Maybe you can start a Razzies Winners project! 😉 Yeah…… It was hard to know where to put the Godfather movies. As I do think they’re very good films. But I also can’t say I LOVE them. It’s likely I’ll never rewatch them whereas I’d rewatch others on this list. And, yes, Rocky is a much more enjoyable movie than the Godfathers.

      #HorseHead 🐴

  1. nice rankings… eventhough I could disagree on lots of those placements.

    Loved seeing Kwai so high!

    Good luck….

    I’m a bit shocked u never saw Annie Hall… It’s the When harry Met Sally for the 70’s.

    Too bad Best Years of Our Lives is so low… you should rewatch it!

    None of the nominees this year make me enthusiastic… Seen all but The Father which I’ve heard is spectacular!

    • My placements are perfection. 😉

      Kwai is brilliant! Think I was turned off watching more Woody Allen after Manhattan. (Hopefully he has no teenage love interests in Annie Hall??)

      I remember thinking The Best Years Of Our Lives was really good but I saw it sooooooooo long ago (like, as a teen). I should watch it again.

      I’ve only seen Trial of The Chicago 7 (meh) and Mank (really meh). The rest of the nominees don’t look great but I do want to see Sound Of Metal, Minari & Promising Young Woman.

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    • Ha! Well, there’s nothing I love more than making ranked lists of movies so it wasn’t too hard. 😁 Unfortunately, I change my mind a lot so sometimes go back & change the order on lists I’ve posted. Lol. Think I’m pretty set on the top & very bottom of this list, though. It’s all the ones in the middle where it gets harder to know where to rank them. 😆

  3. I agree with Cinematic Delights, that’s quite a list and must have been a long task? A great one to delve in and consider! One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest is an unbelievably good film so I’m happy to see it in your number one. It’s also great to see Rain Man (imperfect, but still, the heart wins the head), The Departed (pure perfection), Schindler’s List (pure perfection) so high too. And, of course 🙂 I disagree with some placements very strongly 🙂 especially (yes, you can guess)The English Patient is one of my favourites films of all times. I also think that Titanic is mightily overrated, a box-office success that really got overblown out of all proportion.

    I think you would like 12 Years a Slave, though it is a very hard one to watch and an unusual winner to. I would place it my top 20 winners at the very least. The Lost Weekend also has a great character study and social importance.

    • Thanks! Did take a while to put together but I first did it ages ago so just update it every now & then (and do move some things around as I’m a bit indecisive. Lol). Oh no – I’m sorry about my placement of The English Patient! 😉 Yeah, I noticed 12 Years A Slave is one of the only “recent” ones I’ve not watched but that will be due to subject matter as I’m never good with really depressing historical drama type films & really have to force myself to watch them. I do just think Titanic is enjoyable (in a light fluffy way considering it was a real life disaster!). Do want to see The Lost Weekend. Of the winners left to see, I really do want to see ten or so but will have to force myself to watch some of them… 🙂

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