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

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1984
> Winner: Terms of Endearment
> Directed by: James L. Brooks
> Produced by: James L. Brooks
> Nominees: Reuben, Reuben; The Right Stuff; Silkwood; Tender Mercies

“Terms of Endearment,” a comedy/drama about a widow looking for love and coming to terms with her daughter’s terminal cancer, won four Golden Globes, among them Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama (Shirley MacLaine, her fourth Globe), Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Jack Nicholson, his third Globe), and Best Screenplay – Motion Picture (James L. Brooks, his lone Globe). The three would also win at the Academy Awards.

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1985
> Winner: Amadeus
> Directed by: Miloš Forman
> Produced by: Saul Zaentz
> Nominees: The Cotton Club; The Killing Fields; Places in the Heart; A Soldier’s Story

“Amadeus,” about the life of composer Mozart as told by bitter rival Antonio Salieri, won four Golden Globes that included Best Director – Motion Picture (Miloš Forman) and Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama (F. Murray Abraham). They would go on to win two of the eight Oscars “Amadeus” won.

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1986
> Winner: Out of Africa
> Directed by: Sydney Pollack
> Produced by: Sydney Pollack
> Nominees: The Color Purple; Kiss of the Spider Woman; Runaway Train; Witness

Meryl Streep displayed her talent for accents when she played a Danish plantation owner living in what is now Kenya who has an affair with a hunter. Klaus Maria Brandauer won his lone Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture, one of three Golden Globes won by the film, which would win seven Oscars.

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1987
> Winner: Platoon
> Directed by: Oliver Stone
> Produced by: Arnold Kopelson
> Nominees: Children of a Lesser God; The Mission; Mona Lisa; A Room with a View; Stand by Me

Oliver Stone’s searing Vietnam War film in which soldiers confront moral issues in wartime won the controversial director one of the movie’s three Golden Globes, the second of his six Globes. He would also win the Best Director Oscar.

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1988
> Winner: The Last Emperor
> Directed by: Bernardo Bertolucci
> Produced by: Jeremy Thomas
> Nominees: Cry Freedom; Empire of the Sun; Fatal Attraction; La Bamba; Nuts

Four Golden Globes went to the sweeping epic “The Last Emperor,” from one of Italy’s greatest directors, Bernardo Bertolucci, who took home Globes for directing and screenplay. Bertolucci and Mark Peploe would also win the Oscar for screenplay, and the film would take a Globe and Oscar for Best Original Score.

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1989
> Winner: Rain Man
> Directed by: Barry Levinson
> Produced by: Mark Johnson
> Nominees: The Accidental Tourist; A Cry in the Dark; Gorillas in the Mist; Mississippi Burning; Running on Empty; The Unbearable Lightness of Being

Dustin Hoffman won Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama Golden Globe (his fifth) as well as the Academy Award in the same category for the story about a selfish yuppie (Tom Cruise) who has to care for his autistic savant older brother after their father dies. The film won four Academy Awards.

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1990
> Winner: Born on the Fourth of July
> Directed by: Oliver Stone
> Produced by: A. Kitman Ho, Oliver Stone
> Nominees: Crimes and Misdemeanors; Dead Poets Society; Do the Right Thing; Glory;

“Born on the Fourth of July” is a biopic about paralyzed Vietnam War veteran and anti-war activist Ron Kovic. The film won four Golden Globes, including two for director Oliver Stone for direction and screenplay, and a Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama nod to Tom Cruise, the first of his three Globe triumphs. Stone would also win a Best Director Oscar for the film.

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1991
> Winner: Dances with Wolves
> Directed by: Kevin Costner
> Produced by: Jim Wilson and Kevin Costner
> Nominees: Avalon; The Godfather Part III; Goodfellas; Reversal of Fortune

Kevin Costner directed and starred in this story about an American soldier who makes peace with wolves and Native Americans in the west and becomes an outcast among his peers. Costner won one of the film’s three Golden Globes for Best Director – Motion Picture, a feat he would equal at the Academy Awards, where “Dances with Wolves” took home seven Oscars.

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1992
> Winner: Bugsy
> Directed by: Barry Levinson
> Produced by: Warren Beatty, Barry Levinson, Mark Johnson
> Nominees: JFK; The Prince of Tides; The Silence of the Lambs; Thelma & Louise

The stylish biopic of how gangster Bugsy Siegel turned Las Vegas into a gambling mecca was produced by and starred Warren Beatty. “Bugsy” was nominated for eight Golden Globes and won for Best Motion Picture – Drama. The movie would win two Academy Awards.

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1993
> Winner: Scent of a Woman
> Directed by: Martin Brest
> Produced by: Martin Brest
> Nominees: The Crying Game; A Few Good Men; Howards End; Unforgiven

Al Pacino won a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama (the second of his four Globe wins) playing a blind veteran who develops a bond with a prep student who cares for him over the Thanksgiving holiday. Pacino would also win his first and only Oscar for this role. “Scent of a Woman” won three Golden Globes.