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Oscar-Winning Movies List by Year Wise

Everyone loves Oscar’s Ceremony and once the awards are given, most of us usually watch the most awarded films. The list of Academy Award-winning movies for the Best Picture below is ordered by year wise (not released or production year but award ceremony year).

There are also 3 films I would like to stand out as they are the one who won the so-called Big Five Oscars: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Screenplay.

Out of all Oscar-winning movies for the Best Picture, there are only three movies in history which have actually won the Big Five Academy Awards: The Silence of the Lambs (1991), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975), and It Happened One Night (1931).

The full list of Oscar best picture winners by year wise:

2020 – “Parasite”
2019 – “Green Book”

The film tells the real story of a tour into the Deep South of the United States by African American pianist Don Shirley and Italian American bouncer Frank “Tony Lip” Vallelonga who served as Shirley’s driver and bodyguard. Vallelonga who comes from a guidebook written by Victor Hugo Green, The Negro Motorist Green Book for African-Americans travelling through the South of USA.

2018 – “The Shape of Water”

Guillermo del Toro’s fantasy film about the relationship between an amphibious creature and a lonely female janitor at a top-secret facility.

2017 – “Moonlight

The story of an African-American gay man growing up in a rough neighbourhood of Miami. It also won the Golden Globe for the Best Picture. Raised $64 in the box office.

2016 – “Spotlight”

Another award-winning based on a true story. On this occasion the child molestation within a Catholic Institution in Boston. A case which took huge proportions and shook the Catholic Church worldwide.

2015 – “Birdman

A film inside the theatre tells the story a decaying superhero actor who tries to revive his career by writing, directing, and starring in a Broadway production. Directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu and starred by Micheal Keaton, it won a total of four Oscars.

2014 – “12 Years a Slave”

Solomon Northup, a free black man from New York, is taken captive to the South to be sold as a slave. Being set free after 12 years of enduring the struggles of a slave man.

2013 – “Argo”
2012 – “The Artist
2011 – “The King’s Speech”

The story of George VI stared by Colin Firth who gives an outstanding performance, a predictable but stylishly period drama.

2010 – “The Hurt Locker”

A Sergeant is assigned to the bomb squad in the Iraq War. The films picture the challenges of man who craves adrenaline and endures the confrontations with his team due to the way he operates

2009 – “Slumdog Millionaire
2008 – “No Country for Old Men”
2007 – “The Departed”

An exciting police thriller that keeps up the dramatic tension all the time. Based on the Korean film, Infernal Affairs, it narrates the turbulence of an undercover cop and a mole in the police while both of them try to discover each other.

2006 – “Crash”
2005 – “Million Dollar Baby”
2004 – “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King”

Based on Tolkien’s book, this is the third part of one of the most successful trilogies, The Return of the King revolves around the final battle against Sauron’s army as they approach Mount Doom with the One Ring.

2003 – “Chicago”
2002 – “A Beautiful Mind”
2001 – “Gladiator”

A story of vengeance and rebellion of former Roman General who challenges the emperor to death. Probably Russell Crowe’s most notable performance, it has an outstanding BSO.

2000 – “American Beauty”
1999 – “Shakespeare in Love”
1998 – “Titanic”

At the time, the most expensive film ever made with a budget of $200 million, it won over 11 Oscars. Directed by James Cameron and starred by Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, it was a worldwide success.

1997 – “The English Patient”
1996 – “Braveheart”
1995 – “Forrest Gump”

A beautiful and very human story, it narrates briefly the story of America from the presidencies of Kennedy and Johnson, the events of Vietnam, Watergate through the perspective of an Alabama man with an IQ. It grossed over US$677 million worldwide.

1994 – “Schindler’s List”
1993 – “Unforgiven”
1992 – “The Silence of the Lambs”
1991 – “Dances With Wolves”
1990 – “Driving Miss Daisy”
1989 – “Rain Man”

An American comedy-drama and road movie directed by Barry Levinson, it tells the story of a wealthy father who leaves left a fortune to his savant brother Raymond and a pittance to Charlie.

1988 – “The Last Emperor”
1987 – “Platoon”
1986 – “Out of Africa”

Robert Redford and Meryl Streep stared the film which tells the story of a Danish plantation owner and free-spirited hunter in colonial Kenya.

1985 – “Amadeus”
1984 – “Terms of Endearment”
1983 – “Gandhi”

In this Gandhi’s biographical film starred and directed by Richard Attenborough, it tells the story of the man who though its nonviolence approach and an unstoppable drive manages to free India from the British control.

1982 – “Chariots of Fire”
1981 – “Ordinary People”
1980 – “Kramer vs. Kramer”
1979 – “The Deer Hunter”
1978 – “Annie Hall”
1977 – “Rocky”

Stallone’s most celebrated film. A small-time boxer gets a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to fight a heavy-weight champion in which he strives to make its best and become a world boxing figure. Through self sacrificed and passion, Balboa’s character earns the viewers compassion and admiration.

1976 – “One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest”

One of the films that launched Jack Nicholson´s career and based on the novel with the same name by Dale Wasserman.  Although McMurphy is not mentally ill, he hopes to serve the rest of his sentence in a relaxed environment. Upon arriving at the hospital, he finds the ward run by nurse Mildred Ratched, a cold tyrant who uses her rules and authority to intimidate her charges into a restrictive, joyless existence.

1975 – “The Godfather Part II”

The second part of this trilogy outshone its preceding film to many even though it was an absolute masterpiece. It tells the story of how Michael Corleone gets involved in the family business in spite of his initial reluctance while it continues with the beginnings of his father and rose to prominence.

1974 – “The Sting”

Newman and Redford starred this Oscar Winning film that Two grifters that work together to pull off the ultimate con on a mob boss.

1973 – “The Godfather”
1972 – “The French Connection”
1971 – “Patton”

This awarded film tells the biographical story of controversial World War II hero General George S. Patton. The film revolves around his wartime and accomplishments

1970 – “Midnight Cowboy”
1969 – “Oliver!”
1968 – “In the Heat of the Night”

A story of violence and racism in the deep South of USA, an African-American detective will be himself involved in an investigation. Confronting a racially hostile Southern environment, Sidney Poitier will try to resolve a murder case.

1967 – “A Man for All Seasons”
1966 – “The Sound of Music”
1965 – “My Fair Lady”

Audry Hepburn, low-class uneducated woman stars this beloved musical in which a snobbish phonetics professor in London bets that he is capable of turning her into a presentable and respectably fair lady in high society.

1964 – “Tom Jones”
1963 – “Lawrence of Arabia”
1962 – “West Side Story”

Known by everyone, West Side Story is a romantic musical based on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet directed by Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise. It won the Oscar for the best picture in 1962.

1961 – “The Apartment”
1960 – “Ben-Hur”
1959 – “Gigi”

Another award-winning musical that tells the story of a rich playboy and a courtesan-in-training who shared a love relationship in Paris.

1958 – “The Bridge on the River Kwai”
1957 – “Around the World in 80 Days”
1956 – “Marty”

The love story of two working-class and middle-aged people who had given up on love and met at a ball. Directed by Paddy Chayefsky, it is starred by Ernest Borgnine and Betsy Blair.

1955 – “On the Waterfront”
1954 – “From Here to Eternity”
1953 – “The Greatest Show on Earth”

A film inside the spectacle world of the circus which tells the ups and downs in the lives of trapeze artists, a clown, and an elephant trainer. The film won two Oscars in 1953 for the Best Picture and the Best Story.

1952 – “An American in Paris”
1951 – “All About Eve”
1950 – “All the Kings Men”

Based on the Robert Penn Warren novel. It tells the story of populist Southerner Willie Stark, a political creature loosely based on Governor Huey Long of Louisiana.

1949 – “Hamlet”
1948 – “Gentleman’s Agreement”
1947 – “The Best Years of Our Lives”

Fred, Al and Homer are three war veterans from WWII will see some challenges when trying to adapt to civilian life again. The film pictures how war affects people’s lives even after it has finished.

1946 – “The Lost Weekend”

A drama about an alcoholic man who tries to recover and organize a weekend with his loved ones but cancels to keep drinking.

1945 – “Going My Way”
1944 – “Casablanca”

Casablanca, an unforgettable classic which most of the times ranks on the first two positions as the best film of all time. A cynical and romantic hero who owns the most popular cafe in Casablanca tries to decide whether or not he should help his former lover and her fugitive husband escape French Morocco.

1943 – “Mrs. Miniver”
1942 – “How Green Was My Valley”
1941 – “Rebecca”
1940 – “Gone with the Wind”
1939 – “You Can’t Take It with You”
1938 – “The Life of Emile Zola”

As its name suggests, it tells the life of French writer Emile Zola and his active participation in fighting the injustice of the Dreyfuss Affair. It is knowingly famous for being the second biographical film to win the Oscar for Best Picture.

1937 – “The Great Ziegfeld”
1936 – “Mutiny on the Bounty”
1935 – “It Happened One Night”

One of my favourite love stories narrates the story of a spoiled heiress who is running away from her family and bumped into a confident reporter who is actually looking for opportunities to fill his story and give a boost to his career.

1933/1934 – “Cavalcade”
1932/1933 – “Grand Hotel”
1931/1932 – “Cimarron”

Based on the Edna Ferber novel Cimarron, with The Oklahoma land rush of 1889 (as government act that offers free government land to settlers prompts thousands to travel to Oklahoma) as background, this epic drama tells the adventures and struggles of the settlers’ new lives.

1930/1931 – “All Quiet on the Western Front”
1929/1930 – “The Broadway Melody”
1928/1929 – “Wings”

The first film to win the Oscar was starred by Clara Bow, Charles Roger and Richard Arlen. The plot, set in American and the WWI, will go around the story of two men – one rich and one middle class – who are in love of the same woman.

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