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The Best Pictures Hub

This is the “hub” page for my “The Best Pictures” series – I’m watching and then writing about every film that has won the Academy Award for Best Picture.


Click the name of the film in this table to be directed to the relevant post.

OSCAR NO. POST NO.Film (Year of Release, Director) Previously Watched?
16Wings (1927, William A. Wellman)No
31All Quiet on the Western Front (1930, Lewis Milestone)No
72It Happened One Night (1934, Frank Capra)Yes
215Hamlet (1948, Laurence Olivier) Yes
404In the Heat of the Night (1967, Norman Jewison)No
683Braveheart (1995, Mel Gibson) Yes

Coming Soon(ish)…

The previously watched column answers whether I’ll be watching the film for the first time for Best Picture Sunday or not.

Oscar No.Film (release year, director) Previously
2The Broadway Melody (1929, Harry Beaumont) No
4Cimarron (1931, Wesley Ruggles) No
5Grand Hotel (1932, Edmund Goulding) No
6Cavalcade (1933, Frank Lloyd) No
8Mutiny on the Bounty (1935, Frank Lloyd) No
9The Great Ziegfeld (1936, Robert Z. Leonard)No
10The Life of Emile Zola (1937, William Deieterle) No
11You Can’t Take It With You (1938, Frank Capra) No
12Gone With the Wind (1939, Victor Fleming)Yes
13Rebecca (1940, Alfred Hitchcock)Yes
14How Green Was My Valley (1941, John Ford) Yes
15Mrs. Miniver (1942, William Wyler) No
16Casablanca (1943, Michael Curtiz) Yes
17Going My Way (1944, Leo McCarey) No
18The Lost Weekend (1945, Billy Wilder) No
19The Best Years of Our Lives (1946, William Wyler) No
20Gentleman’s Agreement (1947, Elia Kazan) No
22All the King’s Men (1949, Robert Rossen) No
23All About Eve (1950, Joseph L. Mankiewicz) Yes
24An American in Paris (1951, Vincente Minnelli) No
25The Greatest Show On Earth (1952, Cecil B. DeMille) No
26From Here to Eternity (1953, Fred Zinnemann) No
27On the Waterfront (1954, Elia Kazan)Yes
28Marty (1955, Delbert Mann) No
29Around the World in 80 Days (1956, Michael Anderson) No
30The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957, David Lean) Yes
31Gigi (1958, Vincente Minnelli)No
32Ben-Hur (1959, William Wyler) Yes
33The Apartment (1960, Billy Wilder) Yes
34West Side Story (1961, Robert Wise & Jerome Robbins) Yes
35Lawrence of Arabia (1962, David Lean) Yes
36Tom Jones (1963, Tony Richardson) No
37My Fair Lady (1964, George Cukor) No
38The Sound of Music (1965, Robert Wise) No
39A Man for All Seasons (1966, Fred Zinnemann) No
41Oliver! (1968, Carol Reed) Yes
42Midnight Cowboy (1969, John Schlesinger) No
43Patton (1970, Franklin J. Schaffner) No
44The French Connection (1971, William Friedkin)Yes
45The Godfather (1972, Francis Ford Coppola) Yes
46The Sting (1973, George Roy Hill) Yes
47The Godfather Part II (1974, Francis Ford Coppola) Yes
48One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975, Milos Forman)Yes
49Rocky (1976, John G. Avildsen) Yes
50Annie Hall (1977, Woody Allen) Yes
51The Deer Hunter (1978, Michael Cimino) Yes
52Kramer vs. Kramer (1979, Robert Benton) Yes
53Ordinary People (1980, Robert Redford) Yes
54Chariots of Fire (1981, Hugh Hudson) No
55Gandhi (1982, Richard Attenborough) No
56Terms of Endearment (1983, James L. Brooks)No
57Amadeus (1984, Milos Forman) Yes
58Out of Africa (1985, Sydney Pollack) No
59Platoon (1986, Oliver Stone) Yes
60The Last Emperor (1987, Bernardo Bertolucci) No
61Rain Man (1988, Barry Levinson) Yes
62Driving Miss Daisy (1989, Bruce Beresford) No
63Dances With Wolves (1990, Kevin Costner) No
64The Silence of the Lambs (1991, Jonathan Demme) Yes
65Unforgiven (1992, Clint Eastwood) Yes
66Schindler’s List (1993, Steven Spielberg)Yes
67Forrest Gump (1994, Robert Zemeckis)Yes
69The English Patient (1996, Anthony Minghella)No
70Titanic (1997, James Cameron) Yes
71Shakespeare in Love (1998, John Madden) Yes
72American Beauty (1999, Sam Mendes) Yes
73Gladiator (2000, Ridley Scott) Yes
74A Beautiful Mind (2001, Ron Howard)Yes
75Chicago (2002, Rob Marshall) Yes
76The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003, Peter Jackson)Yes
77Million Dollar Baby (2004, Clint Eastwood) Yes
78Crash (2005, Paul Haggis) Yes
79The Departed (2006, Martin Scorsese) Yes
80No Country for Old Men (2007, Joel & Ethan Coen) Yes
81Slumdog Millionaire (2008, Danny Boyle) Yes
82The Hurt Locker (2009, Kathryn Bigelow) Yes
83The King’s Speech (2010, Tom Hooper) Yes
84The Artist (2011, Michel Hazanavicius) No
85Argo (2012, Ben Affleck) Yes
8612 Years a Slave (2013, Steve McQueen) Yes
87Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014, Alejandro G. Innaritu) Yes
88Spotlight (2015, Tom McCarthy) Yes
89Moonlight (2016, Barry Jenkins) No
90The Shape of Water (2017, Guillermo del Toro) Yes
91Green Book (2018, Peter Farrelly) Yes
92Parasite (2019, Bong Joon-ho) Yes
93Nomadland (2020, Chloe Zhao) No
94CODA (2021, Sian Heder) No

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