Academy Award Best Picture Ranking

One project I have been dying to complete for AGES is watching ever Best Picture winner since the Academy’s inception and ranking them from worst to best. This will be difficult as there are some real classics on the list and no doubt everyone has their own favourites.

I’ll be reviewing them with a blog per decade and will post the entire ranking in a separate post so there’s not too much clutter so keep your eyes peeled for regular updates.

The Best Pictures winners so far are:

1920s/30s

  • 1928/1929 – Wings
  • 1929/1930 – The Broadway Melody
  • 1930/1931 – All Quiet on the Western Front
  • 1931/1932 – Cimarron
  • 1932/1933 – Grand Hotel
  • 1933/1934 – Cavalcade
  • 1935 – It Happened One Night
  • 1936 – Mutiny on the Bounty
  • 1937 – The Great Ziegfeld
  • 1938 – The Life of Emile Zola
  • 1939 – You Can’t Take It With You

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1940s

  • 1940 – Gone with the Wind
  • 1941 – Rebecca
  • 1942 – How Green Was My Valley
  • 1943 – Mrs. Miniver
  • 1944 – Casablanca
  • 1945 – Going My Way
  • 1946 – The Lost Weekend
  • 1947 – The Best Years of Our Lives
  • 1948 – Gentleman’s Agreement
  • 1949 – Hamlet

1950s

  • 1950 – All the King’s Men
  • 1951 – All About Eve
  • 1952 – An American in Paris
  • 1953 – The Greatest Show on Earth
  • 1954 – From Here to Eternity
  • 1955 – On the Waterfront
  • 1956 – Marty
  • 1957 – Around the World in 80 Days
  • 1958 – The Bridge on the River Kwai
  • 1959 – Gigi

1960s

  • 1960 – Ben-Hur
  • 1961 – The Apartment
  • 1962 – West Side Story
  • 1963 – Lawrence of Arabia
  • 1964 – Tom Jones
  • 1965 – My Fair Lady
  • 1966 – The Sound of Music
  • 1967 – A Man for All Seasons
  • 1968 – In the Heat of the Night
  • 1969 – Oliver!

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1970s

  • 1970 – Midnight Cowboy
  • 1971 – Patton
  • 1972 – The French Connection
  • 1973 – The Godfather
  • 1974 – The Sting
  • 1975 – The Godfather Part II
  • 1976 – One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  • 1977 – Rocky
  • 1978 – Annie Hall
  • 1979 – The Deer Hunter

1980s

  • 1980 – Kramer vs. Kramer
  • 1981 – Ordinary People
  • 1982 – Chariots of Fire
  • 1983 – Gandhi
  • 1984 – Terms of Endearment
  • 1985 – Amadeus
  • 1986 – Out of Africa
  • 1987 – Platoon
  • 1988 – The Lost Emperor 
  • 1989 – Rain Man

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1990s

  • 1990 – Driving Miss Daisy
  • 1991 – Dances with Wolves
  • 1992 – The Silence of the Lambs
  • 1993 – Unforgiven
  • 1994 – Schindler’s List
  • 1995 – Forrest Gump
  • 1996 – Braveheart
  • 1997 – The English Patient
  • 1998 – Titanic
  • 1999 – Shakespeare in Love

2000s

  • 2000 – American Beauty
  • 2001 – Gladiator
  • 2002 – A Beautiful Mind
  • 2003 – Chicago
  • 2004 – The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  • 2005 – Million Dollar Baby
  • 2006 – Crash
  • 2007 – The Departed
  • 2008 – No Country for Old Men
  • 2009 – Slumdog Millionaire 

2010s

  • 2010 – The Hurt Locker
  • 2011 – The King’s Speech
  • 2012 – The Artist
  • 2013 – Argo
  • 2014 – 12 Years a Slave
  • 2015 – Birdman: or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance
  • 2016 – Spotlight
  • 2017 – Moonlight
  • 2018 – The Shape of Water
  • 2019 – Green Book

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So as you can see there are A LOT of films to get through and plenty of legendary films that are going to be fighting for that top spot so it’s not an easy task that I’ve given myself by any means.

What films are you rooting for? Who should be number 1? Let me know in the comments below!

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