20 Favorite Best Picture Winners

20 Favorite Best Picture Winners

This is my list of my top 20 favorite Best Picture winners feel free to come back to the list whenever you seen the movie you hadn't before.

Schindler's List

Release Date 1993-11-29
Rating : 8.4 Production Companies: Universal Pictures / Amblin Entertainment / Director: Steven Spielberg / Ralph Fiennes / Stars: Liam Neeson  /  Ben Kingsley  /  Ralph Fiennes

Summary: The true story of how businessman Oskar Schindler saved over a thousand Jewish lives from the Nazis while they worked as slaves in his factory during World War II.

Forrest Gump

Release Date 1994-07-06
Rating : 8.3 Production Companies: Paramount Pictures / Director: Cherylanne Martin / Troy Christian / Stars: Tom Hanks  /  Robin Wright  /  Gary Sinise

Summary: A man with a low IQ has accomplished great things in his life and been present during significant historic events - in each case, far exceeding what anyone imagined he could do. Yet, despite all the things he has attained, his one true love eludes him. 'Forrest Gump' is the story of a man who rose above his challenges, and who proved that determination, courage, and love are more important than ability.


Release Date 1942-11-26
Rating : 8 Production Companies: Warner Bros. / Warner Bros. Television / Director: Michael Curtiz / Lee Katz / Stars: Humphrey Bogart  /  Ingrid Bergman  /  Paul Henreid

Summary: In Casablanca, Morocco in December 1941, a cynical American expatriate meets a former lover, with unforeseen complications.

The Godfather

Release Date 1972-03-14
Rating : 8.5 Production Companies: Paramount Pictures / Alfran Productions / Director: Raymond Martino / Fred T. Gallo / Stars: Marlon Brando  /  Al Pacino  /  James Caan

Summary: Spanning the years 1945 to 1955, a chronicle of the fictional Italian-American Corleone crime family. When organized crime family patriarch, Vito Corleone barely survives an attempt on his life, his youngest son, Michael steps in to take care of the would-be killers, launching a campaign of bloody revenge.

The Godfather: Part II

Release Date 1974-12-20
Rating : 8.4 Production Companies: Paramount Pictures / The Coppola Company / Director: Roger Corman / Gary Kurtz / Stars: Al Pacino  /  Robert Duvall  /  Diane Keaton

Summary: In the continuing saga of the Corleone crime family, a young Vito Corleone grows up in Sicily and in 1910s New York. In the 1950s, Michael Corleone attempts to expand the family business into Las Vegas, Hollywood and Cuba.


Release Date 1995-05-24
Rating : 7.7 Production Companies: Icon Entertainment International / The Ladd Company / Director: Sophie Marceau / David McKay / Stars: Mel Gibson  /  Catherine McCormack  /  Sophie Marceau

Summary: Enraged at the slaughter of Murron, his new bride and childhood love, Scottish warrior William Wallace slays a platoon of the local English lord's soldiers. This leads the village to revolt and, eventually, the entire country to rise up against English rule.

The Silence of the Lambs

Release Date 1991-02-01
Rating : 8.2 Production Companies: Orion Pictures / Strong Heart/Demme Production / Director: Roger Corman / Jodie Foster / Stars: Jodie Foster  /  Anthony Hopkins  /  Scott Glenn

Summary: FBI trainee, Clarice Starling ventures into a maximum-security asylum to pick the diseased brain of Hannibal Lecter, a psychiatrist turned homicidal cannibal. Starling needs clues to help her capture a serial killer. But her Faustian relationship with Lecter soon leads to his escape, and now two deranged killers are on the loose.

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Release Date 2003-12-01
Rating : 8.2 Production Companies: WingNut Films / New Line Cinema / Director: Peter Jackson / David Wenham / Stars: Elijah Wood  /  Ian McKellen  /  Viggo Mortensen

Summary: Aragorn is revealed as the heir to the ancient kings as he, Gandalf and the other members of the broken fellowship struggle to save Gondor from Sauron's forces. Meanwhile, Frodo and Sam bring the ring closer to the heart of Mordor, the dark lord's realm.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Release Date 1975-11-18
Rating : 8.3 Production Companies: Fantasy Films / Warner Bros. / Director: Natalie Drache / Miloš Forman / Stars: Jack Nicholson  /  Louise Fletcher  /  Danny DeVito

Summary: While serving time for insanity at a state mental hospital, implacable rabble-rouser, Randle Patrick McMurphy inspires his fellow patients to rebel against the authoritarian rule of head nurse, Mildred Ratched.

The Deer Hunter

Release Date 1978-12-08
Rating : 7.9 Production Companies: Universal Pictures / EMI Films Ltd. / Director: Michael Cimino / June Samson / Stars: Robert De Niro  /  John Cazale  /  John Savage

Summary: A group of working-class friends decides to enlist in the Army during the Vietnam War and finds it to be hellish chaos -- not the noble venture they imagined. Before they left, Steven married his pregnant girlfriend -- and Michael and Nick were in love with the same woman. But all three are different men upon their return.


Release Date 1976-11-21
Rating : 7.5 Production Companies: United Artists / Director: Fred T. Gallo / Bonnie Prendergast / Stars: Sylvester Stallone  /  Talia Shire  /  Burt Young

Summary: When world heavyweight boxing champion, Apollo Creed wants to give an unknown fighter a shot at the title as a publicity stunt, his handlers choose palooka Rocky Balboa, an uneducated collector for a Philadelphia loan shark. Rocky teams up with trainer Mickey Goldmill to make the most of this once in a lifetime break.

Annie Hall

Release Date 1977-04-19
Rating : 7.8 Production Companies: United Artists / Director: Frederic B. Blankfein / Fred T. Gallo / Stars: Woody Allen  /  Diane Keaton  /  Tony Roberts

Summary: In the city of New York, comedian Alvy Singer falls in love with the ditsy Annie Hall.


Release Date 2000-05-01
Rating : 7.9 Production Companies: DreamWorks SKG / Universal Pictures / Director: Adam Somner / David Hemmings / Stars: Russell Crowe  /  Joaquin Phoenix  /  Connie Nielsen

Summary: In the year 180, the death of emperor Marcus Aurelius throws the Roman Empire into chaos. Maximus is one of the Roman army's most capable and trusted generals and a key advisor to the emperor. As Marcus' devious son Commodus ascends to the throne, Maximus is set to be executed. He escapes, but is captured by slave traders. Renamed Spaniard and forced to become a gladiator, Maximus must battle to the death with other men for the amusement of paying audiences. His battle skills serve him well, and he becomes one of the most famous and admired men to fight in the Colosseum. Determined to avenge himself against the man who took away his freedom and laid waste to his family, Maximus believes that he can use his fame and skill in the ring to avenge the loss of his family and former glory. As the gladiator begins to challenge his rule, Commodus decides to put his own fighting mettle to the test by squaring off with Maximus in a battle to the death.


Release Date 1992-08-07
Rating : 7.8 Production Companies: Warner Bros. / Warner Bros. Television / Director: Lloyd Nelson / Grant Lucibello / Stars: Clint Eastwood  /  Gene Hackman  /  Morgan Freeman

Summary: William Munny is a retired, once-ruthless killer turned gentle widower and hog farmer. To help support his two motherless children, he accepts one last bounty-hunter mission to find the men who brutalized a prostitute. Joined by his former partner and a cocky greenhorn, he takes on a corrupt sheriff.

Dances with Wolves

Release Date 1990-11-09
Rating : 7.6 Production Companies: Tig Productions / Majestic Films International / Director: Kevin Costner / Jan Evans / Stars: Kevin Costner  /  Mary McDonnell  /  Graham Greene

Summary: Wounded Civil War soldier, John Dunbar tries to commit suicide – and becomes a hero instead. As a reward, he's assigned to his dream post, a remote junction on the Western frontier, and soon makes unlikely friends with the local Sioux tribe.

Gone with the Wind

Release Date 1939-12-15
Rating : 7.7 Production Companies: Selznick International Pictures / Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) / Director: Leslie Howard / Victor Fleming / Stars: Vivien Leigh  /  Clark Gable  /  Olivia de Havilland

Summary: An American classic in which a manipulative woman and a roguish man carry on a turbulent love affair in the American south during the Civil War and Reconstruction.

No Country for Old Men

Release Date 2007-11-08
Rating : 7.8 Production Companies: Miramax Films / Scott Rudin Productions / Director: Joel Coen / Ethan Coen / Stars: Tommy Lee Jones  /  Javier Bardem  /  Josh Brolin

Summary: Llewelyn Moss stumbles upon dead bodies, $2 million and a hoard of heroin in a Texas desert, but methodical killer Anton Chigurh comes looking for it, with local sheriff Ed Tom Bell hot on his trail. The roles of prey and predator blur as the violent pursuit of money and justice collide.

Million Dollar Baby

Release Date 2004-12-15
Rating : 7.7 Production Companies: Lakeshore Entertainment / Malpaso Productions / Director: Donald Murphy / Mable Lawson-McCrary / Stars: Clint Eastwood  /  Hilary Swank  /  Morgan Freeman

Summary: Despondent over a painful estrangement from his daughter, trainer Frankie Dunn isn't prepared for boxer Maggie Fitzgerald to enter his life. But Maggie's determined to go pro and to convince Dunn and his cohort to help her.


Release Date 1970-01-25
Rating : 7.3 Production Companies: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation / Director: Franklin J. Schaffner / Lawrence Dobkin / Stars: George C. Scott  /  Karl Malden  /  Stephen Young

Summary: "Patton" tells the tale of General George S. Patton, famous tank commander of World War II. The film begins with patton's career in North Africa and progresses through the invasion of Germany and the fall of the Third Reich. Side plots also speak of Patton's numerous faults such his temper and habit towards insubordination.


Release Date 2002-12-26
Rating : 7 Production Companies: Miramax Films / Producers Circle / Director: Rob Marshall / Stars: Catherine Zeta-Jones  /  Renée Zellweger  /  Queen Latifah

Summary: Murderesses Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart find themselves on death row together and fight for the fame that will keep them from the gallows in 1920s Chicago.