- Seventy-six films have been named best picture in the esteemed drama category at the Golden Globes since the first ceremony back in 1944.
- This year, the Sam Mendes’ World War I epic, “1917,” took home the top prize.
- Keep reading to see which film received the coveted title from the year you were born.
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The Golden Globes is considered one of Hollywood’s most prestigious film and television award ceremonies.
Its long history dates back to 1944, when the Hollywood Foreign Press Association held an informal ceremony at 20th Century Fox to honour achievements in film.
That year, “The Song of Bernadette” – a black-and-white picture about the life of Saint Bernadette – won best picture, and since then the popular awards show has grown and changed.
In 1951, the association decided to divide the best film, actor, and actress nominees into two categories – drama and musical or comedy – so that “no genre would be slighted.”
Fast-forward to 2020 and the Golden Globes recognise achievements in 25 categories, with 14 in motion pictures and 11 in television.
This year, Sam Mendes’ World War I epic, “1917,” took home the top prize.
Insider has taken a look at the 76 films that have been named best picture in the esteemed drama category, which often predicts best-picture winner at the Oscars later in the year.
Scroll down to see every movie that has taken the title over the years.
1944: “The Song of Bernadette”
Plot: “A young peasant girl saw a divine miracle. The phenomenon became widely known and changed the lives of many.”
Stars: Jennifer Jones, Charles Bickford, William Eythe.
1945: “Going My Way”
Plot: “Father Charles O’Malley, a young priest at a financially failing Church in a tough neighbourhood, gains support and inspires his superior.”
Stars: Bing Crosby, Barry Fitzgerald, Frank McHugh, James Brown.
1946: “The Lost Weekend”
Plot: “The desperate life of a chronic alcoholic is followed through a four-day drinking bout.”
Stars: Ray Milland, Jane Wyman, Phillip Terry.
1947: “The Best Years of Our Lives”
Plot: “Three World War II veterans return home to small-town America to discover that they and their families have been irreparably changed.”
Stars: Myrna Loy, Dana Andrews, Fredric March.
1948: “Gentleman’s Agreement”
Plot: “A reporter pretends to be Jewish in order to cover a story on anti-Semitism, and personally discovers the true depths of bigotry and hatred.”
Stars: Gregory Peck, Dorothy McGuire, John Garfield
1949 (tied): “Johnny Belinda”
Plot: “In post-war Cape Breton, a doctor’s efforts to tutor a deaf/mute woman are undermined when she is raped, and the resulting pregnancy causes scandal to swirl.”
Stars: Jane Wyman, Lew Ayres, Charles Bickford.
1949 (tied): “The Treasure of Sierra Madre”
Plot: “Greed and suspicion are the forces that destroy the lives of three gold prospectors in this magnificent Oscar-winning drama.”
Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Walter Huston, Tim Holt.
1950: “All the King’s Men”
Plot: “The rise and fall of a corrupt politician, who makes his friends richer and retains power by dint of a populist appeal.”
Stars: Broderick Crawford, John Ireland, Joanne Dru.
1951: “Sunset Boulevard”
Plot: “A screenwriter develops a dangerous relationship with a faded film star determined to make a triumphant return.”
Stars: William Holden, Gloria Swanson, Erich von Stroheim.
1952: “A Place in the Sun”
Plot: “A poor boy gets a job working for his rich uncle and ends up falling in love with two women.”
Stars: Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor, Shelley Winters.
1953: “The Greatest Show on Earth”
Plot: “The dramatic lives of trapeze artists, a clown, and an elephant trainer are told against a background of circus spectacle.”
Stars: James Stewart, Charlton Heston, Betty Hutton.
1954: “The Robe”
Plot: “In the Roman province of Judea during the 1st century, Roman tribune Marcellus Gallio is ordered to crucify Jesus of Nazareth but is tormented by his guilty conscience afterward.”
Stars: Richard Burton, Jean Simmons, Victor Mature.
1955: “On the Waterfront”
Plot: “An ex-prize fighter turned longshoreman struggles to stand up to his corrupt union bosses.”
Stars: Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb.
1956: “East of Eden”
Plot: “A wilful young man contends against his brother for the attention of their religious father while reconnecting with his estranged mother and falling for his brother’s girlfriend.”
Stars: James Dean, Raymond Massey, Julie Harris.
1957: “Around the World in 80 Days”
Plot: “A Victorian Englishman bets that with the new steamships and railways he can circumnavigate the globe in eighty days.”
Stars: David Niven, Cantinflas, Shirley MacLaine
1958: “The Bridge on the River Kwai”
Plot: “After settling his differences with a Japanese PoW camp commander, a British colonel co-operates to oversee his men’s construction of a railway bridge for their captors – while oblivious to a plan by the Allies to destroy it.”
Stars: William Holden, Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins.
1959: “The Defiant Ones”
Plot: “Two escaped convicts chained together, white and black, must learn to get along in order to elude capture.”
Stars: Tony Curtis, Sidney Poitier, Theodore Bikel.
1960: “Ben Hur”
Plot: “When a Jewish prince is betrayed and sent into slavery by a Roman friend, he regains his freedom and comes back for revenge.”
Stars: Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Stephen Boyd.
Plot: “The slave Spartacus leads a violent revolt against the decadent Roman Republic.”
Stars: Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Jean Simmons.
1962: “The Guns of Navarone”
Plot: “A British team is sent to cross occupied Greek territory and destroy the massive German gun emplacement that commands a key sea channel.”
Stars: David Niven, Gregory Peck, Anthony Quinn.
1963: “Lawrence of Arabia”
Plot: “The story of T.E. Lawrence, the English officer who successfully united and led the diverse, often warring, Arab tribes during World War I in order to fight the Turks.”
Stars: Peter O’Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn.
1964: “The Cardinal”
Plot: “A young Catholic priest from Boston confronts bigotry, Naziism, and his own personal conflicts as he rises to the office of cardinal.”
Stars: Tom Tryon, John Huston, Romy Schneider.
Plot: “King Henry II of England comes to terms with his affection for his close friend and confidant Thomas Becket, who finds his true honour by observing God’s divine will rather than the King’s.”
Stars: Richard Burton, Peter O’Toole, John Gielgud.
1966: “Doctor Zhivago”
Plot: “The life of a Russian physician and poet who, although married to another, falls in love with a political activist’s wife and experiences hardship during World War I and then the October Revolution.”
Stars: Omar Sharif, Julie Christie, Geraldine Chaplin.
1967: “A Man for All Seasons”
Plot: “The story of Thomas More, who stood up to King Henry VIII when the King rejected the Roman Catholic Church to obtain a divorce and remarriage.”
Stars: Paul Scofield, Wendy Hiller, Robert Shaw.
1968: “In the Heat of the Night”
Plot: “An African-American police detective is asked to investigate a murder in a racially hostile southern town.”
Stars: Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Warren Oates.
1969: “The Lion in Winter”
Plot: “1183 A.D.: King Henry II’s three sons all want to inherit the throne, but he won’t commit to a choice. They and his wife variously plot to force him.”
Stars: Peter O’Toole, Katharine Hepburn, Anthony Hopkins.
1970: “Anne of the Thousand Days”
Plot: “King Henry VIII of England discards one wife, Catharine of Aragon, who has failed to produce a male heir, in favour of the young and beautiful Anne Boleyn.”
Stars: Richard Burton, Geneviève Bujold, Irene Papas.
1971: “Love Story”
Plot: “A boy and a girl from different backgrounds fall in love regardless of their upbringing – and then tragedy strikes.”
Stars: Ali MacGraw, Ryan O’Neal, John Marley.
1972: “The French Connection”
Plot: “A pair of NYC cops in the Narcotics Bureau stumble onto a drug smuggling job with a French connection.”
Stars: Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider, Fernando Rey.
1973: “The Godfather”
Plot: “The ageing patriarch of an organised crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.”
Stars: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan.
1974: “The Exorcist”
Plot: “When a teenage girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter.”
Stars: Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Linda Blair.
Plot: “A private detective hired to expose an adulterer finds himself caught up in a web of deceit, corruption, and murder.”
Stars: Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston.
1976: “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”
Plot: “A criminal pleads insanity and is admitted to a mental institution, where he rebels against the oppressive nurse and rallies up the scared patients.”
Stars: Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, Will Sampson.
Plot: “Rocky Balboa, a small-time boxer, gets a supremely rare chance to fight heavy-weight champion Apollo Creed in a bout in which he strives to go the distance for his self-respect.”
Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young.
1978: “The Turning Point”
Plot: “Jerry McKibbon is a tough, no-nonsense reporter, mentoring special prosecutor John Conroy in routing out corrupt officials in the city, which may even include Conroy’s own police detective father as a suspect.”
Stars: Anne Bancroft, Shirley MacLaine, Mikhail Baryshnikov.
1979: “Midnight Express”
Plot: “Billy Hayes, an American college student, is caught smuggling drugs out of Turkey and thrown into prison.”
Stars: Brad Davis, Irene Miracle, Bo Hopkins.
1980: “Kramer vs. Kramer”
Plot: “Ted Kramer’s wife leaves her husband, allowing for a lost bond to be rediscovered between Ted and his son, Billy. But a heated custody battle ensues over the divorced couple’s son, deepening the wounds left by the separation.”
Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Meryl Streep, Jane Alexander.
1981: “Ordinary People”
Plot: “The accidental death of the older son of an affluent family deeply strains the relationships among the bitter mother, the good-natured father, and the guilt-ridden younger son.”
Stars: Donald Sutherland, Mary Tyler Moore, Judd Hirsch.
1982: “On Golden Pond”
Plot: “Norman is a curmudgeon with an estranged relationship with his daughter Chelsea. At Golden Pond, he and his wife nevertheless agree to care for Billy, the son of Chelsea’s new boyfriend, and a most unexpected relationship blooms.”
Stars: Katharine Hepburn, Henry Fonda, Jane Fonda.
Plot: “A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape Earth and return to his home world.”
Stars: Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore, Peter Coyote.
1984: “Terms of Endearment”
Plot: “Follows hard-to-please Aurora looking for love, and her daughter’s family problems.”
Stars: Shirley MacLaine, Debra Winger, Jack Nicholson.
Plot: “The incredible story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, told by his peer and secret rival Antonio Salieri – now confined to an insane asylum.”
Stars: Shirley MacLaine, Debra Winger, Jack Nicholson.
1986: “Out of Africa”
Plot: “In 20th-century colonial Kenya, a Danish baroness/plantation owner has a passionate love affair with a free-spirited big-game hunter.”
Stars: Meryl Streep, Robert Redford, Klaus Maria Brandauer.
Plot: “A young recruit in Vietnam faces a moral crisis when confronted with the horrors of war and the duality of man.”
Stars: Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe.
1988: “The Last Emperor”
Plot: “The story of the final Emperor of China.”
Stars: John Lone, Joan Chen, Peter O’Toole.
1989: “Rain Man”
Plot: “Selfish yuppie Charlie Babbitt’s father left a fortune to his savant brother Raymond and a pittance to Charlie; they travel cross-country.”
Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Tom Cruise, Valeria Goli.
1990: “Born on the Fourth of July”
Plot: “The biography of Ron Kovic. Paralysed in the Vietnam war, he becomes an anti-war and pro-human rights political activist after feeling betrayed by the country he fought for.”
Stars: Tom Cruise, Bryan Larkin, Raymond J. Barry.
1991: “Dances with Wolves”
Plot: “Lt. John Dunbar, exiled to a remote western Civil War outpost, befriends wolves and Native Americans, making him an intolerable aberration in the military.”
Stars: Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Graham Greene.
Plot: “The story of how Benjamin ‘Bugsy’ Siegel started Las Vegas.”
Stars: Warren Beatty, Annette Bening, Harvey Keitel.
1993: “Scent of a Woman”
Plot: “A prep school student needing money agrees to ‘babysit’ a blind man, but the job is not at all what he anticipated.”
Stars: Al Pacino, Chris O’Donnell, James Rebhorn.
1994: “Schindler’s List”
Plot: “In German-occupied Poland during World War II, industrialist Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazis.”
Stars: Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley.
1995: “Forrest Gump”
Plot: “Forrest Gump, while not intelligent, has accidentally been present at many historic moments, but his true love, Jenny Curran, eludes him.”
Stars: Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise.
1996: “Sense and Sensibility”
Plot: “Rich Mr. Dashwood dies, leaving his second wife and her three daughters poor by the rules of inheritance. The two eldest daughters are the titular opposites.”
Stars: Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet, James Fleet.
1997: “The English Patient”
Plot: “At the close of WWII, a young nurse tends to a badly-burned plane crash victim. His past is shown in flashbacks, revealing an involvement in a fateful love affair.”
Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche, Willem Dafoe.
Plot: “A seventeen-year-old aristocrat falls in love with a kind but poor artist aboard the luxurious, ill-fated R.M.S. Titanic.”
Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane.
1999: “Saving Private Ryan”
Plot: “Following the Normandy Landings, a group of U.S. soldiers go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper whose brothers have been killed in action.”
Stars: Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Tom Sizemore.
2000: “American Beauty”
Plot: “A sexually frustrated suburban father has a mid-life crisis after becoming infatuated with his daughter’s best friend.”
Stars: Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Thora Birch.
Plot: “When a Roman general is betrayed and his family murdered by an emperor’s corrupt son, he comes to Rome as a gladiator to seek revenge.”
Stars: Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen.
2002: “A Beautiful Mind”
Plot: “After John Nash, a brilliant but asocial mathematician, accepts secret work in cryptography, his life takes a turn for the nightmarish.”
Stars: Russell Crowe, Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly.
2003: “The Hours”
Plot: “The story of how the novel ‘Mrs. Dalloway’ affects three generations of women, all of whom, in one way or another, have had to deal with suicide in their lives.”
Stars: Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore.
2004: “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King”
Plot: “Gandalf and Aragorn lead the World of Men against Sauron’s army to draw his gaze from Frodo and Sam as they approach Mount Doom with the One Ring.”
Stars: Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen.
2005: “The Aviator”
Plot: “A biopic depicting the early years of legendary Director and aviator Howard Hughes’ career from the late 1920s to the mid-1940s.”
Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett, Kate Beckinsale.
2006: “Brokeback Mountain”
Plot: “The story of a forbidden and secretive relationship between two cowboys, and their lives over the years.”
Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Heath Ledger, Michelle Williams.
Plot: “Tragedy strikes a married couple on vacation in the Moroccan desert, touching off an interlocking story involving four different families.”
Stars: Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Gael García Bernal.
Plot: “Fledgling writer Briony Tallis, as a thirteen-year-old, irrevocably changes the course of several lives when she accuses her older sister’s lover of a crime he did not commit.”
Stars: Keira Knightley, James McAvoy, Brenda Blethyn.
2009: “Slumdog Millionaire”
Plot: “A Mumbai teenager reflects on his life after being accused of cheating on the Indian version of ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?'”
Stars: Dev Patel, Freida Pinto, Saurabh Shukla.
Plot: “A paraplegic Marine dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission becomes torn between following his orders and protecting the world he feels is his home.”
Stars: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver.
2011: “The Social Network”
Plot: “As Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg creates the social networking site that would become known as Facebook, he is sued by the twins who claimed he stole their idea, and by the co-founder who was later squeezed out of the business.”
Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake.
2012: “The Descendants”
Plot: “A land baron tries to reconnect with his two daughters after his wife is seriously injured in a boating accident.”
Stars: George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, Amara Miller.
Plot: “Acting under the cover of a Hollywood producer scouting a location for a science fiction film, a CIA agent launches a dangerous operation to rescue six Americans in Tehran during the U.S. hostage crisis in Iran in 1980.”
Stars: Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman.
2014: “12 Years a Slave”
Plot: “In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.”
Stars: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Kenneth Williams, Michael Fassbender.
Plot: “The life of Mason, from early childhood to his arrival at college.”
Stars: Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke.
2016: “The Revenant”
Plot: “A frontiersman on a fur trading expedition in the 1820s fights for survival after being mauled by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team.”
Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Will Poulter.
Plot: “A timeless story of human self-discovery and connection, ‘Moonlight’ chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighbourhood of Miami.”
Stars: Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris, Trevante Rhodes.
2018: “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri”
Plot: “A mother personally challenges the local authorities to solve her daughter’s murder when they fail to catch the culprit.”
Stars: Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell.
2019: “Bohemian Rhapsody”
Plot: “The story of the legendary British rock band Queen and lead singer Freddie Mercury, leading up to their famous performance at Live Aid (1985).”
Stars: Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee.
Plot: “Two young British soldiers during the First World War are given an impossible mission: deliver a message deep in enemy territory that will stop 1,600 men, and one of the soldiers’ brothers, from walking straight into a deadly trap.”
Stars: Dean-Charles Chapman, George MacKay, Daniel Mays, Colin Firth.
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