Best Picture Winners: Ranked

Updated and revised 2/9/2020

This list is based upon my own personal ratings of each film and then, as ever, on my favorites within each rating. To be honest, many of these are amongst my all-time favorite films so the top 18 are somewhat interchangeable.

Some of these ratings are based upon seeing them in my childhood and may be higher because of that.

I have yet to see Broadway Melody of '33, Calvacade, and Cimarron.

  • Casablanca

    1

  • Lawrence of Arabia

    2

  • All About Eve

    3

  • Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

    4

  • The Apartment

    5

  • It Happened One Night

    6

  • The Godfather: Part II

    7

  • Annie Hall

    8

  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    9

  • The Silence of the Lambs

    10

  • On the Waterfront

    11

  • The Godfather

    12

  • Kramer vs. Kramer

    13

  • From Here to Eternity

    14

  • The Sting

    15

  • Rocky

    16

  • The Best Years of Our Lives

    17

  • Midnight Cowboy

    18

  • No Country for Old Men

    19

  • Schindler's List

    20

  • Terms of Endearment

    21

  • 12 Years a Slave

    22

  • Ordinary People

    23

  • West Side Story

    24

  • Rebecca

    25

  • The Sound of Music

    26

  • My Fair Lady

    27

  • Gone with the Wind

    28

  • The Deer Hunter

    29

  • Mutiny on the Bounty

    30

  • The Artist

    31

  • Unforgiven

    32

  • Parasite

    33

  • Moonlight

    34

  • The Bridge on the River Kwai

    35

  • The French Connection

    36

  • All Quiet on the Western Front

    37

  • Amadeus

    38

  • Million Dollar Baby

    39

  • In the Heat of the Night

    40

  • American Beauty

    41

  • Grand Hotel

    42

  • The Departed

    43

  • Marty

    44

  • How Green Was My Valley

    45

  • The Hurt Locker

    46

  • Spotlight

    47

  • An American in Paris

    48

  • Slumdog Millionaire

    49

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

    50

  • Wings

    51

  • Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

    52

  • Gladiator

    53

  • Chicago

    54

  • Shakespeare in Love

    55

  • The Lost Weekend

    56

  • The Shape of Water

    57

  • Dances with Wolves

    58

  • The Last Emperor

    59

  • Forrest Gump

    60

  • You Can't Take It with You

    61

  • Platoon

    62

  • Mrs. Miniver

    63

  • A Man for All Seasons

    64

  • Argo

    65

  • Chariots of Fire

    66

  • Oliver!

    67

  • All the King's Men

    68

  • Around the World in Eighty Days

    69

  • The English Patient

    70

  • Gigi

    71

  • Patton

    72

  • The King's Speech

    73

  • Titanic

    74

  • Rain Man

    75

  • Braveheart

    76

  • Ben-Hur

    77

  • Going My Way

    78

  • The Greatest Show on Earth

    79

  • Hamlet

    80

  • Gentleman's Agreement

    81

  • Crash

    82

  • A Beautiful Mind

    83

  • Driving Miss Daisy

    84

  • Out of Africa

    85

  • The Life of Emile Zola

    86

  • Gandhi

    87

  • The Great Ziegfeld

    88

  • Green Book

    89

  • Tom Jones

    90