Best Picture-Winning (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)
1. The Shape of Water (2017)
16 | 123 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
At a top secret research facility in the 1960s, a lonely janitor forms a unique relationship with an amphibious creature that is being held in captivity.
Votes: 283,033 | Gross: $63.86M
4. Moonlight (I) (2016)
12 | 111 min | Drama
A chronicle of the childhood, adolescence and burgeoning adulthood of a young, African-American, gay man growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami.
Votes: 215,542 | Gross: $27.85M
5. The Departed (2006)
16 | 151 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
An undercover cop and a mole in the police attempt to identify each other while infiltrating an Irish gang in South Boston.
Votes: 1,050,312 | Gross: $132.38M
6. Schindler's List (1993)
12 | 195 min | Biography, Drama, History
In German-occupied Poland during World War II, Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazi Germans.
Votes: 1,057,422 | Gross: $96.07M
12 | 201 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Gandalf and Aragorn lead the World of Men against Sauron's army to draw his gaze from Frodo and Sam as they approach Mount Doom with the One Ring.
Votes: 1,455,581 | Gross: $377.85M
8. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
16 | 118 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A young FBI cadet must receive the help of an incarcerated and manipulative cannibal killer to help catch another serial killer, a madman who skins his victims.
Votes: 1,100,129 | Gross: $130.74M
9. Forrest Gump (1994)
12 | 142 min | Drama, Romance
The presidencies of Kennedy and Johnson, Vietnam, Watergate, and other history unfold through the perspective of an Alabama man with an IQ of 75.
Votes: 1,562,503 | Gross: $330.25M
10. Gladiator (2000)
16 | 155 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
A former Roman General sets out to exact vengeance against the corrupt emperor who murdered his family and sent him into slavery.
Votes: 1,182,186 | Gross: $187.71M
12 | 119 min | Comedy, Drama
A washed-up superhero actor attempts to revive his fading career by writing, directing, and starring in a Broadway production.
Votes: 505,166 | Gross: $42.34M
12. No Country for Old Men (2007)
16 | 122 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Violence and mayhem ensue after a hunter stumbles upon a drug deal gone wrong and more than two million dollars in cash near the Rio Grande.
Votes: 749,137 | Gross: $74.28M
13. Braveheart (1995)
16 | 178 min | Biography, Drama, History
When his secret bride is executed for assaulting an English soldier who tried to rape her, William Wallace begins a revolt against King Edward I of England.
Votes: 875,234 | Gross: $75.60M
14. Rocky (1976)
14 | 120 min | Drama, Sport
A small-time boxer gets a supremely rare chance to fight a heavy-weight champion in a bout in which he strives to go the distance for his self-respect.
Votes: 461,567 | Gross: $117.24M
16. Spotlight (I) (2015)
6 | 129 min | Crime, Drama, History
The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core.
Votes: 351,359 | Gross: $45.06M
17. The Godfather: Part II (1974)
12 | 202 min | Crime, Drama
The early life and career of Vito Corleone in 1920s New York City is portrayed, while his son, Michael, expands and tightens his grip on the family crime syndicate.
Votes: 971,728 | Gross: $57.30M
18. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
12 | 133 min | Drama
A criminal pleads insanity after getting into trouble again and once in the mental institution rebels against the oppressive nurse and rallies up the scared patients.
Votes: 811,678 | Gross: $112.00M
19. 12 Years a Slave (2013)
16 | 134 min | Biography, Drama, History
In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.
Votes: 562,904 | Gross: $56.67M
20. The Sound of Music (1965)
Unrated | 172 min | Biography, Drama, Family
A woman leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to the children of a Naval officer widower.
Votes: 178,141 | Gross: $163.21M
21. A Beautiful Mind (2001)
12 | 135 min | Biography, Drama
After John Nash, a brilliant but asocial mathematician, accepts secret work in cryptography, his life takes a turn for the nightmarish.
Votes: 753,253 | Gross: $170.74M
22. West Side Story (1961)
MG6 | 153 min | Crime, Drama, Musical
Two youngsters from rival New York City gangs fall in love, but tensions between their respective friends build toward tragedy.
Votes: 85,499 | Gross: $43.66M
23. Argo (2012)
12 | 120 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller
Acting under the cover of a Hollywood producer scouting a location for a science fiction film, a CIA agent launches a dangerous operation to rescue six Americans in Tehran during the U.S. hostage crisis in Iran in 1979.
Votes: 526,032 | Gross: $136.03M
24. Gone with the Wind (1939)
AL | 238 min | Drama, History, Romance
A manipulative woman and a roguish man conduct a turbulent romance during the American Civil War and Reconstruction periods.
Votes: 259,052 | Gross: $198.68M
26. From Here to Eternity (1953)
12 | 118 min | Drama, Romance, War
In Hawaii in 1941, a private is cruelly punished for not boxing on his unit's team, while his captain's wife and second-in-command are falling in love.
Votes: 38,796 | Gross: $30.50M
27. The Deer Hunter (1978)
16 | 183 min | Drama, War
An in-depth examination of the ways in which the U.S. Vietnam War impacts and disrupts the lives of people in a small industrial town in Pennsylvania.
Votes: 279,161 | Gross: $48.98M
29. Unforgiven (1992)
12 | 130 min | Drama, Western
Retired Old West gunslinger William Munny reluctantly takes on one last job, with the help of his old partner and a young man.
Votes: 333,511 | Gross: $101.16M
30. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
12 | 216 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama
The story of T.E. Lawrence, the English officer who successfully united and led the diverse, often warring, Arab tribes during World War I in order to fight the Turks.
Votes: 236,282 | Gross: $44.82M
31. Amadeus (1984)
12 | 160 min | Biography, Drama, History
The life, success and troubles of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, as told by Antonio Salieri, the contemporary composer who was insanely jealous of Mozart's talent and claimed to have murdered him.
Votes: 329,120 | Gross: $51.97M
34. Rain Man (1988)
12 | 133 min | Drama
Selfish yuppie Charlie Babbitt's father left a fortune to his savant brother Raymond and a pittance to Charlie; they travel cross-country.
Votes: 434,335 | Gross: $172.83M
35. The King's Speech (2010)
AL | 118 min | Biography, Drama, History
The story of King George VI, his impromptu ascension to the throne of the British Empire in 1936, and the speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch overcome his stammer.
Votes: 582,556 | Gross: $138.80M
36. A Man for All Seasons (1966)
G | 120 min | Biography, Drama, History
The story of Thomas More, who stood up to King Henry VIII when the King rejected the Roman Catholic Church to obtain a divorce and remarry.
Votes: 27,569 | Gross: $28.35M
37. Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
12 | 120 min | Drama, Romance
A Mumbai teen reflects on his upbringing in the slums when he is accused of cheating on the Indian Version of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?"
Votes: 734,408 | Gross: $141.32M
38. Dances with Wolves (1990)
12 | 181 min | Adventure, Drama, Western
Lieutenant John Dunbar, assigned to a remote western Civil War outpost, befriends wolves and Indians, making him an intolerable aberration in the military.
Votes: 216,200 | Gross: $184.21M
39. Chicago (2002)
MG6 | 113 min | Comedy, Crime, Musical
Two death-row murderesses develop a fierce rivalry while competing for publicity, celebrity, and a sleazy lawyer's attention.
Votes: 197,780 | Gross: $170.69M
40. The Hurt Locker (2008)
16 | 131 min | Drama, Thriller, War
During the Iraq War, a Sergeant recently assigned to an army bomb squad is put at odds with his squad mates due to his maverick way of handling his work.
Votes: 385,281 | Gross: $17.02M
41. The English Patient (1996)
12 | 162 min | Drama, Romance, War
At the close of WWII, a young nurse tends to a badly-burned plane crash victim. His past is shown in flashbacks, revealing an involvement in a fateful love affair.
Votes: 163,193 | Gross: $78.65M
44. Ben Hur (1959)
14 | 212 min | Adventure, Drama, History
When a Jewish prince is betrayed and sent into slavery by a Roman friend, he regains his freedom and comes back for revenge.
Votes: 197,588 | Gross: $74.70M
45. Shakespeare in Love (1998)
AL | 123 min | Comedy, Drama, History
A young Shakespeare, out of ideas and short of cash, meets his ideal woman and is inspired to write one of his most famous plays.
Votes: 198,293 | Gross: $100.32M
46. Gandhi (1982)
12 | 191 min | Biography, Drama, History
Gandhi's character is fully explained as a man of nonviolence. Through his patience, he is able to drive the British out of the subcontinent. And the stubborn nature of Jinnah and his commitment towards Pakistan is portrayed.
Votes: 203,941 | Gross: $52.77M
47. Ordinary People (1980)
AL | 124 min | Drama
The accidental death of the older son of an affluent family deeply strains the relationships among the bitter mother, the good-natured father, and the guilt-ridden younger son.
Votes: 41,333 | Gross: $54.80M
48. The Artist (I) (2011)
12 | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
An egomaniacal film star develops a relationship with a young dancer against the backdrop of Hollywood's silent era.
Votes: 214,525 | Gross: $44.67M
50. Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
AL | 105 min | Drama
Ted Kramer's wife leaves him, allowing for a lost bond to be rediscovered between Ted and his son, Billy. But a heated custody battle ensues over the divorced couple's son, deepening the wounds left by the separation.
Votes: 115,741 | Gross: $106.26M