Best of the Best: Oscar Winners for Best Picture Ranked

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16. Patton (1970)
> Director: Franklin J. Schaffner
> Cast: George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Stephen Young
> RT Tomatometer: 94%
> IMDb rating 7.9 out of 10
> Domestic gross box office: $62 million

On its critics’ consensus, Rotten Tomatoes called George C. Scott’s portrayal of one of America’s most famous generals in this military epic “as definitive as any performance in the history of American biopics.” Scott won Best Actor, and the film won Best Picture at both the Academy Awards and the Golden Globes. “Patton” won five additional Oscars as well.

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15. The King’s Speech (2010)
> Director: Tom Hooper
> Cast: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter
> RT Tomatometer: 94%
> IMDb rating 8.0 out of 10
> Domestic gross box office: $139 million

This historical drama about King George VI of England and the speech therapist who helped him overcome his stammer won Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Actor (Colin Firth as the titular king), Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay.

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14. 12 Years a Slave (2013)
> Director: Steve McQueen
> Cast: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Kenneth Williams, Michael Fassbender
> RT Tomatometer: 95%
> IMDb rating 8.1 out of 10
> Domestic gross box office: $57 million

Based on an 1853 memoir by a free black man from Saratoga, New York, who was kidnapped and sold into slavery, this film convincingly evokes the cruelty of plantation life, but it also pays tribute to the resilience of the enslaved. Though the story ends with the hero returning to his home and family, he has lost 12 years of his life and missed seeing his children grow into adults.

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13. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
> Director: Peter Jackson
> Cast: Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen
> RT Tomatometer: 93%
> IMDb rating 8.9 out of 10
> Domestic gross box office: $378 million

The final film in Peter Jackson’s exceedingly popular Lord of the Rings trilogy won 11 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Writing – Adapted Screenplay. The 201-minute epic is among the top-grossing movies of all time at the domestic box office when not adjusting for inflation, having grossed more than $378 million.

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12. Annie Hall (1977)
> Director: Woody Allen
> Cast: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Tony Roberts
> RT Tomatometer: 98%
> IMDb rating 8.0 out of 10
> Domestic gross box office: $39 million

Perhaps the most acclaimed of Woody Allen’s movies, “Annie Hall” was at one point titled “Anhedonia,” a term that refers to a person’s inability to experience pleasure. Allen’s film won four Academy Awards in 1978, including Best Director for Allen, who did not attend the Oscars because he was playing with his jazz group in Manhattan.