Best Picture-Winning (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)

Popularity▲ A-Z User Rating Number of Votes US Box Office Runtime Year Release Date Date of Your Rating Your Rating
Green Book (2018)
8.2
69 metascore

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.

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

Votes: 208,090 | Gross: $85.08M

The Godfather (1972)
9.2
100 metascore

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.

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

Votes: 1,443,965 | Gross: $134.97M

Titanic (1997)
7.8
75 metascore

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.

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

Votes: 957,781 | Gross: $659.33M

Gladiator (2000)
8.5
67 metascore

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.

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

Votes: 1,214,644 | Gross: $187.71M

Moonlight (I) (2016)
7.4
99 metascore

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.

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

Votes: 228,462 | Gross: $27.85M

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
8.9
94 metascore

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

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.

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

Votes: 1,497,333 | Gross: $377.85M

Forrest Gump (1994)
8.8
82 metascore

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.

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

Votes: 1,614,677 | Gross: $330.25M

Schindler's List (1993)
8.9
93 metascore

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.

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

Votes: 1,090,920 | Gross: $96.07M

The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
8.6
85 metascore

The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

R | 118 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

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: 1,136,403 | Gross: $130.74M

The Departed (2006)
8.5
85 metascore

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.

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

Votes: 1,077,888 | Gross: $132.38M

The Shape of Water (2017)
7.3
87 metascore

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.

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

Votes: 308,960 | Gross: $63.86M

Braveheart (1995)
8.4
68 metascore

Braveheart (1995)

R | 178 min | Biography, Drama, History

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: 892,783 | Gross: $75.60M

No Country for Old Men (2007)
8.1
91 metascore

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.

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

Votes: 768,175 | Gross: $74.28M

American Beauty (1999)
8.4
86 metascore

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.

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

Votes: 991,725 | Gross: $130.10M

Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
8.3
100 metascore

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.

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

Votes: 243,368 | Gross: $44.82M

The Godfather: Part II (1974)
9.0
90 metascore

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.

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

Votes: 1,003,758 | Gross: $57.30M

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
8.7
83 metascore

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.

Director: Milos Forman | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, Will Sampson, Michael Berryman

Votes: 833,283 | Gross: $112.00M

Platoon (1986)
8.1
92 metascore

Platoon (1986)

R | 120 min | Drama, War

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: 351,669 | Gross: $138.53M

Midnight Cowboy (1969)
7.9
79 metascore

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.

Director: John Schlesinger | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Jon Voight, Sylvia Miles, John McGiver

Votes: 90,539 | Gross: $44.79M

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014)
7.7
87 metascore

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

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.

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

Votes: 520,049 | Gross: $42.34M

Spotlight (I) (2015)
8.1
93 metascore

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.

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

Votes: 365,718 | Gross: $45.06M

The Deer Hunter (1978)
8.1
86 metascore

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.

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

Votes: 284,555 | Gross: $48.98M

Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
8.0
86 metascore

Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

R | 120 min | Drama, Romance

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: 747,738 | Gross: $141.32M

12 Years a Slave (2013)
8.1
96 metascore

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.

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

Votes: 577,904 | Gross: $56.67M

A Beautiful Mind (2001)
8.2
72 metascore

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.

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

Votes: 771,910 | Gross: $170.74M

Rocky (1976)
8.1
70 metascore

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.

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

Votes: 473,240 | Gross: $117.24M

The Sound of Music (1965)
8.0
63 metascore

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.

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

Votes: 183,008 | Gross: $163.21M

Gone with the Wind (1939)
8.2
97 metascore

Gone with the Wind (1939)

Passed | 238 min | Drama, History, Romance

A manipulative woman and a roguish man conduct a turbulent romance 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: 264,436 | Gross: $198.68M

West Side Story (1961)
7.6
86 metascore

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.

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

Votes: 87,923 | Gross: $43.66M

Casablanca (1942)
8.5
100 metascore

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.

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

Votes: 477,665 | Gross: $1.02M

Argo (2012)
7.7
86 metascore

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.

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

Votes: 535,094 | Gross: $136.03M

Million Dollar Baby (2004)
8.1
86 metascore

Million Dollar Baby (2004)

PG-13 | 132 min | Drama, Sport

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: 586,947 | Gross: $100.49M

Crash (I) (2004)
7.8
69 metascore

Crash (I) (2004)

R | 112 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

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: 400,928 | Gross: $54.58M

The Hurt Locker (2008)
7.6
94 metascore

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.

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

Votes: 392,765 | Gross: $17.02M

Chicago (2002)
7.2
82 metascore

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.

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

Votes: 201,254 | Gross: $170.69M

Amadeus (1984)
8.3
88 metascore

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.

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

Votes: 337,991 | Gross: $51.97M

Dances with Wolves (1990)
8.0
72 metascore

Dances with Wolves (1990)

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

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: 220,912 | Gross: $184.21M

The King's Speech (2010)
8.0
88 metascore

The King's Speech (2010)

R | 118 min | Biography, Drama, History

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: 594,068 | Gross: $138.80M

Unforgiven (1992)
8.2
85 metascore

Unforgiven (1992)

R | 130 min | Drama, Western

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

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

Votes: 342,379 | Gross: $101.16M

Rain Man (1988)
8.0
65 metascore

Rain Man (1988)

R | 133 min | Drama

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: 441,376 | Gross: $178.80M

Shakespeare in Love (1998)
7.1
87 metascore

Shakespeare in Love (1998)

R | 123 min | Comedy, Drama, History

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: 201,266 | Gross: $100.32M

The English Patient (1996)
7.4
87 metascore

The English Patient (1996)

R | 162 min | Drama, Romance, War

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: 166,250 | Gross: $78.65M

Annie Hall (1977)
8.0
92 metascore

Annie Hall (1977)

PG | 93 min | Comedy, Romance

Neurotic New York comedian Alvy Singer falls in love with the ditzy Annie Hall.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Tony Roberts, Carol Kane

Votes: 236,717 | Gross: $39.20M

Out of Africa (1985)
7.2
69 metascore

Out of Africa (1985)

PG | 161 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

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: 64,581 | Gross: $87.10M

Terms of Endearment (1983)
7.4
79 metascore

Terms of Endearment (1983)

PG | 132 min | Comedy, Drama

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: 49,479 | Gross: $108.42M

The Sting (1973)
8.3
80 metascore

The Sting (1973)

PG | 129 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Two grifters team up to pull off the ultimate con.

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

Votes: 220,947 | Gross: $159.60M

Ben-Hur (1959)
8.1
90 metascore

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.

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

Votes: 201,754 | Gross: $74.70M

Gandhi (1982)
8.1
79 metascore

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.

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

Votes: 207,525 | Gross: $52.77M

My Fair Lady (1964)
7.9
95 metascore

My Fair Lady (1964)

G | 170 min | Drama, Family, Musical

A snobbish phonetics professor agrees to a wager that he can make a flower girl presentable in high society.

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

Votes: 79,771 | Gross: $72.00M

Rebecca (1940)

Not Rated | 130 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

A self-conscious woman juggles adjusting to her new role as an aristocrat's wife and avoiding being intimidated by his first wife's spectral presence.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine, George Sanders, Judith Anderson

Votes: 110,952 | Gross: $4.36M

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