Every Movie to Win Best Drama at the Golden Globes Since 1944

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1944
> Winner: The Song of Bernadette
> Directed by: Henry King
> Produced by: William Perlberg
> Nominees: N/A

The first film to win a Golden Globe for Best Drama was “The Song of Bernadette” in 1944. The movie about a young French woman who has visions of the Virgin Mary stars Jennifer Jones, Charles Bickford, and Vincent Price, among others. It also won four Academy Awards but lost Best Picture to “Casablanca.”

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1945
> Winner: Going My Way
> Directed by: Leo McCarey
> Produced by: Leo McCarey
> Nominees: N/A

Starring beloved entertainer Bing Crosby, “Going My Way” tells the story of vivacious Catholic priest Father Chuck O’Malley. In addition to its Golden Globe award, the film won seven Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Actor in a Leading Role for Crosby.

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1946
> Winner: The Lost Weekend
> Directed by: Billy Wilder
> Produced by: Charles Brackett
> Nominees: N/A

Billy Wilder’s “The Lost Weekend” offers a harrowing depiction of an alcoholic going on a four-day bender. Best Picture wasn’t the film’s only award. It also won Golden Globes for Best Director, and Best Actor and Oscars for Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role for Ray Milland, Best Director, and Best Writing.

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1947
> Winner: The Best Years of Our Lives
> Directed by: William Wyler
> Produced by: Samuel Goldwyn
> Nominees: N/A

The movie about three World War II veterans adapting to home life following their service won not only the award for Best Picture at the Golden Globes, but also a Special Achievement Award for non-professional actor Harold Russell. Russell was a veteran himself who had both of his hands amputated following an Army training accident. “The Best Years of Our Lives” also won seven Oscars, including Best Picture.

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1948
> Winner: Gentleman’s Agreement
> Directed by: Elia Kazan
> Produced by: Darryl F. Zanuck
> Nominees: N/A

Elia Kazan, who also made “On the Waterfront” (1954) and “A Streetcar Named Desire” (1951), directed “Gentleman’s Agreement,” about a journalist who pretends to be Jewish in order to better write about anti-Semitism. The movie won Best Picture at the Golden Globes and Academy Awards, and Kazan won Best Director at both ceremonies.

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1949
> Winner: Johnny Belinda / The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
> Directed by: Jean Negulesco / John Huston
> Produced by: Jerry Wald / Henry Blanke
> Nominees: N/A

The sole tie for Best Picture at the Golden Globes was in 1949, when both “Johnny Belinda” and “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre” were announced as winners. Both films were also nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars but lost out to Laurence Olivier’s “Hamlet.”

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1950
> Winner: All the King’s Men
> Directed by: Robert Rossen
> Produced by: Robert Rossen
> Nominees: Come to the Stable

Director Robert Rossen’s tale of a crooked politician won the Golden Globe for not only Best Picture, but also for Best Director, Best Actor for Broderick Crawford, and Best Supporting Actress and Most Promising Newcomer – Female for Mercedes McCambridge. It also won the Oscar for Best Picture.

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1951
> Winner: Sunset Boulevard
> Directed by: Billy Wilder
> Produced by: Charles Brackett
> Nominees: All About Eve; Born Yesterday; Cyrano de Bergerac; Harvey

Billy Wilder’s classic about a screenwriter’s fated relationship with an eccentric Hollywood has-been took Best Picture in 1951. While nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars, it lost to “All About Eve,” which was also a nominee at that year’s Golden Globes.

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1952
> Winner: A Place in the Sun
> Directed by: George Stevens
> Produced by: George Stevens
> Nominees: Bright Victory; Detective Story; Quo Vadis; A Streetcar Named Desire

“A Place in the Sun” — which stars Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor, and Shelley Winters — tells the story of a young man caught in a love triangle. Though also nominated for Best Director, Best Actress (Shelley Winters), and Best Cinematography, the only Golden Globe the film won was Best Picture.

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1953
> Winner: The Greatest Show on Earth
> Directed by: Cecil B. DeMille
> Produced by: Cecil B. DeMille
> Nominees: Come Back, Little Sheba; The Happy Time; High Noon; The Thief

1953 marked the first year that the Golden Globes split its Best Picture award into two: one for dramas and one for musicals and comedies. Cecil B. DeMille’s “The Greatest Show on Earth,” which features actors James Stewart and Charlton Heston, took the prize for dramas.