Press "Enter" to skip to content

Oscars: All 89 Best Picture Winners Ranked

89 Best Picture Academy Award winners. Votes came in thick and fast over the two month window. Bloggers, journalists, film critics, movie buffs, Oscarologists, et al. You all voted for your favorites, or what you considered the best, and the results are now here. A huge, huge thank you to all that got busy ticking boxes. There were no campaign ads or screeners here.

I will say many of these are ranked lower than perhaps they ought to be because, well, folk have just not seen some of the very oldest winners. That’s the way it crumbles, cookie-wise. Just look at the films that could have won each year. What a list that would have been. And there will be placings of movies that will be painful to see no doubt. The trick, is not minding that it hurts.

So, take a look at the results, all 89 Best Picture winners ranked from worst to best. Round up the usual suspects. Tell your friends. Share with your Oscar-mad peers. If you make it to the end, I guess you are the real winner. And please throw your comments below. Fasten your seat-belts. It’s going to be a bumpy night.

CONTINUE – Part I: The Impenetrable Cloak


Pages: 1 2 3 4 5 6


  1. steve schweighofer steve schweighofer January 4, 2018

    Amazing job, Robin! Just incredible – no wonder it took so much work.

    • Robin Write Robin Write Post author | January 4, 2018

      Appreciate that, thank you. I’m hibernating.

  2. danielgsr danielgsr January 4, 2018

    I see what you did with #52 and #51. But…can epic filmmaking really be brought back twice in six years? I think you’re just testing us to see if we’re paying attention.

    • Robin Write Robin Write Post author | January 4, 2018

      And are you?

  3. danielgsr danielgsr January 4, 2018

    I don’t understand your caption for Chicago (2002):
    “Some exquisitely executed set-pieces don’t really make this familiar musical a big screen classic. On the verge of war, were America looking for some razzle-dazzle relief a la post World War II?”
    Was America on the verge of war in 1931, when Chicago is set? What makes you say there was “famous razzle-dazzle relief” around 1946? Having studied the period, I don’t see it. Or did you mean World War I? That would make a certain sense, that’s when women went from dresses to skirts, start of radio and magazines, Great Gatsby stuff. But then it would be weird to ask if 1931 was trying for that, when 1931 was in many ways a continuation of that (to some degree, Cabaret is about that).

    • Robin Write Robin Write Post author | January 4, 2018

      It’s a basic and casual reference to the flourish of musicals in Hollywood after the second world war. Not just the reflection on Oscar nominations and winners, but cinema in general. Almost like the world needed cheering up or distracting. Which we did. And not that many of those musicals were uplifting. The Chicago win may in some part be on a similar vein, post-9/11 and the resulting fiasco.

  4. Mark Mark January 4, 2018

    Birdman is way too high in this list.

    • Robin Write Robin Write Post author | January 4, 2018

      Yeah very high. It’s on the back of the recent win. If we did this in 5 years, 2 years, it’d be lower.

      Or are you complaining it should be higher? 😁

  5. […] That’s right, Martin Scorsese with 6. Then it is 5 for Steven Spielberg. And 4 each for Ang Lee and Christopher Nolan. As a side-note, those four filmmakers have had a very turbulent […]

  6. […] Shape of Water joins films like Schindler’s List, Ben Hur, On the Waterfront, with an Academy Awards Nominations tally of 12. Steven Spielberg directs yet another Best Picture […]

  7. […] year again. That no man’s land between the Academy Awards nominations and the announcement of the winners. So I thought why not throw an Oscar quiz out there to keep you all entertained. Certainly not as […]

  8. […] The English Patient would steamroll its way through the 69th Academy Awards on the night, taking all 7 of the first categories it was nominated in. Incredible. Duly noted, as Andrew Lloyd Webber quipped “Thank God The English Patient didn’t have a song”. He and Tim Rice had just won Best Original Song for Evita with “You Must Love Me”. It was Billy Bob Thornton who broke The English Patient‘s streak. A surprising, but extremely popular win, beating Anthony Minghella’s extraordinary writing, for Adapted Screenplay with Sling Blade. Ralph Fiennes and Kristin Scott Thomas would also lose next. But that was it. Best Director and Best Picture were a certainty. Nine Academy Awards for The English Patient, equalling the record by Gigi (1958) and The Last Emperor (1987). […]

  9. […] 2007 Martin Scorsese’s name was called, winning for the first time in his storied career the Academy Award for Best Director. The film that he won for, The Departed, is an epic and violent saga involving […]

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Mission News Theme by Compete Themes.
%d bloggers like this: