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Best Picture Winners: Ranked

Updated and revised 4/1/2022


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

  • Annie Hall

    7

  • The Godfather: Part II

    8

  • The Godfather

    9

  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    10

  • The Silence of the Lambs

    11

  • On the Waterfront

    12

  • The Best Years of Our Lives

    13

  • The Sting

    14

  • Midnight Cowboy

    15

  • From Here to Eternity

    16

  • Rocky

    17

  • Schindler's List

    18

  • Kramer vs. Kramer

    19

  • No Country for Old Men

    20

  • Rebecca

    21

  • Terms of Endearment

    22

  • 12 Years a Slave

    23

  • Ordinary People

    24

  • West Side Story

    25

  • The Sound of Music

    26

  • My Fair Lady

    27

  • Gone with the Wind

    28

  • Nomadland

    29

  • Mutiny on the Bounty

    30

  • Unforgiven

    31

  • Parasite

    32

  • Moonlight

    33

  • Amadeus

    34

  • The Bridge on the River Kwai

    35

  • The French Connection

    36

  • The Deer Hunter

    37

  • All Quiet on the Western Front

    38

  • The Artist

    39

  • Million Dollar Baby

    40

  • The Departed

    41

  • Marty

    42

  • In the Heat of the Night

    43

  • How Green Was My Valley

    44

  • CODA

    45

  • Grand Hotel

    46

  • The Hurt Locker

    47

  • Spotlight

    48

  • American Beauty

    49

  • An American in Paris

    50

  • Slumdog Millionaire

    51

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

    52

  • Wings

    53

  • Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

    54

  • Chicago

    55

  • Gladiator

    56

  • Shakespeare in Love

    57

  • The Lost Weekend

    58

  • The Shape of Water

    59

  • Dances with Wolves

    60

  • The Last Emperor

    61

  • You Can't Take It with You

    62

  • Mrs. Miniver

    63

  • A Man for All Seasons

    64

  • Argo

    65

  • Chariots of Fire

    66

  • Platoon

    67

  • Forrest Gump

    68

  • Oliver!

    69

  • All the King's Men

    70

  • The English Patient

    71

  • Around the World in Eighty Days

    72

  • Gigi

    73

  • Patton

    74

  • Titanic

    75

  • The King's Speech

    76

  • Rain Man

    77

  • Going My Way

    78

  • Ben-Hur

    79

  • The Greatest Show on Earth

    80

  • Hamlet

    81

  • Gentleman's Agreement

    82

  • The Life of Emile Zola

    83

  • Crash

    84

  • A Beautiful Mind

    85

  • Out of Africa

    86

  • Driving Miss Daisy

    87

  • Gandhi

    88

  • The Great Ziegfeld

    89

  • Braveheart

    90

  • Green Book

    91

  • Tom Jones

    92