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

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1964
> Winner: The Cardinal
> Directed by: Otto Preminger
> Produced by: Martin C. Schute
> Nominees: America America; Captain Newman, M.D.; The Caretakers; Cleopatra; The Great Escape; Hud; Lilies of the Field

“The Cardinal,” a film about a young priest who confronts bigotry on his way to becoming a cardinal, won its lone Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture – Drama. It was nominated for six Oscars but did not win any.

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1965
> Winner: Becket
> Directed by: Peter Glenville
> Produced by: Hal B. Wallis
> Nominees: The Chalk Garden; Dear Heart; The Night of the Iguana; Zorba the Greek

“Becket” featured all-star British acting talents led by Richard Burton, John Gielgud, and Peter O’Toole, the last of whom would win a Golden Globe for Best Actor – Drama for his role as England’s King Henry II.

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1966
> Winner: Doctor Zhivago
> Directed by: David Lean
> Produced by: Carlo Ponti
> Nominees: The Collector; The Flight of the Phoenix; A Patch of Blue; Ship of Fools

“Dr. Zhivago” was another epic helmed by David Lean, about a love story set during and after the Russian Revolution. The movie won five Golden Globes, including Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Director for Lean, and Best Actor – Drama for Omar Sharif, the third and final Golden Globe for each film figure. “Dr. Zhivago” would win five Oscars.

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1967
> Winner: A Man for All Seasons
> Directed by: Fred Zinnemann
> Produced by: Fred Zinnemann
> Nominees: Born Free; The Professionals; The Sand Pebbles; Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Four Golden Globes went to “A Man for All Seasons,” which tells the story of Sir Thomas More, who chose his conscience over his king, King Henry VIII — the king demanded a divorce over the objection of the Catholic Church. Fred Zinneman would win the second of his two Golden Globes for Best Director. Paul Scofield would triumph as Best Actor – Drama in the lead role. The film would win six Academy Awards.

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1968
> Winner: In the Heat of the Night
> Directed by: Norman Jewison
> Produced by: Walter Mirisch
> Nominees: Bonnie and Clyde; Far from the Madding Crowd; Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner; In Cold Blood

Norman Jewison’s boiling racial drama about an African American detective investigating a murder in the American South won three Golden Globes, including for Rod Steiger for Best Actor – Drama. Steiger would win the same award at the Oscars, one of five Academy Awards the film won.

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1969
> Winner: The Lion in Winter
> Directed by: Anthony Harvey
> Produced by: Martin Poll
> Nominees: CHAЯLY; The Fixer; The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter; The Shoes of the Fisherman

“The Lion in Winter,” a story about the intrigue surrounding the succession of England’s King Henry II, starring Katharine Hepburn and Peter O’Toole, captured Golden Globes for Best Motion Picture – Drama and a Best Actor award for O’Toole. The film would win three Oscars, including Best Actress for Hepburn.

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1970
> Winner: Anne of the Thousand Days
> Directed by: Charles Jarrott
> Produced by: Hal B. Wallis
> Nominees: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid; Midnight Cowboy; The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie; They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?

The Golden Globes’ preference for period movies was apparent in its selection for “Anne of the Thousand Days,” about a doomed wife of King Henry VIII. Genevieve Bujold won her lone Golden Globe for Best Actress – Drama. The film won one Oscar.

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1971
> Winner: Love Story
> Directed by: Arthur Hiller
> Produced by: Howard G. Minsky
> Nominees: Airport; Five Easy Pieces; I Never Sang for My Father; Patton

The weepy love story directed by Arthur Hiller and starring Ryan O’Neal and Ali MacGraw collected five Golden Globes, including one for Hiller and MacGraw (Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama). The film won one Academy Award.

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1972
> Winner: The French Connection
> Directed by: William Friedkin
> Produced by: Philip D’Antoni
> Nominees: A Clockwork Orange; The Last Picture Show; Mary, Queen of Scots; Summer of ’42

This gritty drama about New York City detectives trying to thwart heroin traffickers, famous for its chase scene through the city streets, won Golden Globes for director William Friedkin and a Best Actor award for Gene Hackman. Each of them would duplicate that feat at the Academy Awards, where the movie would win five Oscars.

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1973
> Winner: The Godfather
> Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola
> Produced by: Albert S. Ruddy
> Nominees: Deliverance; Frenzy; The Poseidon Adventure; Sleuth

The mob epic against which all gangster films are measured won five Golden Globes, including Best Director – Motion Picture for Francis Ford Coppola and Best Actor – Drama for Marlon Brando. The Godfather would win three Oscars, one of them for Brando, who famously turned it down to protest the movie industry’s negative depiction of Native Americans.