Best of the Best: Oscar Winners for Best Picture Ranked

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26. The Artist (2011)
> Director: Michel Hazanavicius
> Cast: Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, John Goodman
> RT Tomatometer: 95%
> IMDb rating 7.9 out of 10
> Domestic gross box office: $45 million

Michel Hazanavicius directed and wrote this homage to silent movies about the tumbling fortunes of a silent screen actor and the rising to stardom of a young actress at the dawn of talking movies who develop a relationship. “The Artist” was only the second silent film to win the Academy Award for Best Picture. (“Wings” was the first silent film to win Best Picture.)

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25. The French Connection (1971)
> Director: William Friedkin
> Cast: Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider, Fernando Rey
> RT Tomatometer: 98%
> IMDb rating 7.7 out of 10
> Domestic gross box office: $16 million

The legendary car chase in this cops-and-drug-smugglers movie has been called the best in cinematic history. Members of the Motion Picture Academy liked “The French Connection” well enough to award it Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor (Gene Hackman). Hackman played detective Popeye Doyle, a fictionalized stand-in for real-life cop Eddie Egan.

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24. Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
> Director: Danny Boyle
> Cast: Dev Patel, Freida Pinto, Saurabh Shukla
> RT Tomatometer: 91%
> IMDb rating 8.0 out of 10
> Domestic gross box office: $141 million

Danny Boyle directed this entertaining tale of an orphan in Mumbai played by Dev Patel who dazzles television audiences with his knowledge on the Indian version of the television quiz show “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?” and is wrongly accused of cheating. Eight Oscars went to the film, including one to Boyle and two others to A.R. Rahman for Original Score and Original Song.

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23. Million Dollar Baby (2004)
> Director: Clint Eastwood
> Cast: Hilary Swank, Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman
> RT Tomatometer: 90%
> IMDb rating 8.1 out of 10
> Domestic gross box office: $100 million

An impoverished, cantankerous 31-year-old waitress is determined to become a boxer, and she finds a boxing gym owner to take her on and train her. The two develop a surrogate father-daughter relationship as she hones her pugilistic skills. She’s finally ready for a championship fight against the middleweight women’s champion. Her opponent fights dirty, and finally blindsides her, knocking her into a corner stool and leaving her permanently paralyzed. Bedridden and with a leg amputated for gangrenous bed sores, she simply wants to end her life. Her trainer grants her wish.

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22. Platoon (1986)
> Director: Oliver Stone
> Cast: Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe
> RT Tomatometer: 87%
> IMDb rating 8.1 out of 10
> Domestic gross box office: $139 million

“Platoon” is about a young recruit in Vietnam who gets caught in the middle of in-fighting between two sergeants. Director Oliver Stone used some of his own experience in the war to guide the movie. The film won a total of four Oscars. Stone won for Best Director.