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

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1954
> Winner: The Robe
> Directed by: Henry Koster
> Produced by: Frank Ross
> Nominees: N/A

This film about a Roman tribune in the aftermath of Jesus Christ’s crucifixion stars Welsh actor Richard Burton in the lead. The film was nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards but lost to the World War II drama “From Here to Eternity.”

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1955
> Winner: On the Waterfront
> Directed by: Elia Kazan
> Produced by: Sam Spiegel
> Nominees: N/A

Elia Kazan, who won the Golden Globe for Best Director in 1948, had another strong year in 1955 with his gritty film “On the Waterfront.” Not only did the movie win the Golden Globe for Best Picture, but also awards for Best Director, Best Cinematography, and Best Actor for star Marlon Brando. It would later win eight Oscars, including Best Picture.

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1956
> Winner: East of Eden
> Directed by: Elia Kazan
> Produced by: Elia Kazan
> Nominees: N/A

Another Kazan film won in 1956, “East of Eden,” which stars James Dean as a young man competing against his brother for his God-fearing father’s favor. Dean, who died shortly after the film’s release, also received a Special Achievement Award at the 1956 Globes.

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1957
> Winner: Around the World in 80 Days
> Directed by: Michael Anderson
> Produced by: Michael Todd
> Nominees: Giant; Lust for Life; The Rainmaker; War and Peace

The nearly three-hour adventure film took home Best Picture in 1957 over other titles, including “Giant,” “The Rainmaker,” and “War and Peace.” “Around the World in 80 Days” also won Best Picture at the Oscars.

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1958
> Winner: The Bridge on the River Kwai
> Directed by: David Lean
> Produced by: Sam Spiegel
> Nominees: 12 Angry Men; Sayonara; Wild Is the Wind; Witness for the Prosecution

David Lean’s WW2 epic about British prisoners of war building a bridge for their Japanese captors won Best Picture in 1958 along with Best Director and Best Actor for Alec Guinness in the role of the conflicted Colonel Nicholson. The movie also won seven Oscars, including Best Picture.

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1959
> Winner: The Defiant Ones
> Directed by: Stanley Kramer
> Produced by: Stanley Kramer
> Nominees: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof; Home Before Dark; I Want to Live!; Separate Tables

Stanley Kramer’s film about a white and black convict — Tony Curtis and Sidney Poitier — who must learn to work together after escaping custody while chained together won over films including “Cat On a Hot Tin Roof,” starring Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman. Romcom musical “Gigi,” which won Best Picture in the Musical category at the Golden Globes, beat both films for Best Picture at the Oscars.

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1960
> Winner: Ben-Hur
> Directed by: William Wyler
> Produced by: Sam Zimbalist
> Nominees: Anatomy of a Murder; The Diary of Anne Frank; The Nun’s Story; On the Beach

“Ben-Hur,” which stars Charlton Heston as the vengeance-driven Judah Ben-Hur, won Best Picture at both the Golden Globes and the Academy Awards. Though Heston lost his nomination for Best Actor, Stephen Boyd picked up a Globe for Best Supporting Actor.

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1961
> Winner: Spartacus
> Directed by: Stanley Kubrick
> Produced by: Edward Lewis
> Nominees: Elmer Gantry; Inherit the Wind; Sons and Lovers; Sunrise at Campobello

Sprawling sword-and-sandal epic starring Kirk Douglas and directed by Stanley Kubrick about the slave who led a rebellion against the Roman Empire would go on to win four Oscars, including Best Supporting Actor for Peter Ustinov.

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1962
> Winner: The Guns of Navarone
> Directed by: J. Lee Thompson
> Produced by: Carl Foreman
> Nominees: El Cid; Fanny; Judgment at Nuremberg; Splendor in the Grass

The star-studded story set during World War II about a mission to destroy a massive German gun base that’s harassing Allied ships plying the waters off Greece. The movie captured two Golden Globes, for Best Motion Picture – Drama and Best Original Score from renowned composer Dimitri Tiomkin (four Oscar wins for his career). The film would win an Oscar for Best Effects, Special Effects.

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1963
> Winner: Lawrence of Arabia
> Directed by: David Lean
> Produced by: Sam Spiegel
> Nominees: The Chapman Report; Days of Wine and Roses; Freud: The Secret Passion; Hemingway’s Adventures of a Young Man; Lisa; The Longest Day; The Miracle Worker; Mutiny on the Bounty; To Kill a Mockingbird

The biopic about a British officer who became an Arab freedom fighter during World War I hauled in six Golden Globes, including Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Director (David Lean), and Best Supporting Actor (Omar Sharif). “Lawrence of Arabia” would eventually win seven Oscars.