All 92 Oscar best-picture winners, ranked from worst to best by movie critics

Neon‘Parasite’
  • The next Oscars ceremony was delayed from February 2021 to April 2021.
  • 92 movies have won the Oscar for best picture in the history of the Academy Awards.
  • We ranked all 92 films based on how well they fared with critics, including the latest, “Parasite.”

Movie buffs will have to wait a tad longer for the next Oscars ceremony.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Oscars voting body, announced this week that the 93rd Academy Awards would be pushed back from February 2021 to April 2021 and that the eligibility window would extend from the final day of this year through February.

The move comes amid the coronavirus pandemic, which has forced studios to delay releases and movie theatres to shut down (though the major chains, like Regal and AMC Theatres, are expected to reopen by July).

That leaves “Parasite” to be the reigning Oscars champion for a little longer. The movie became the first international film to win best picture at this year’s Oscars, joining 91 past winners.

One of the winners, 1939’s “Gone with the Wind,” was pulled from WarnerMedia’s new streaming competitor HBO Max last week as protests against racism spread across the US. It will return with a conversation about its historical context and racial stereotypes.

Business Insider ranked all 92 best picture winners – from the first winner, “Wings,” in 1927 to “Parasite” – based on their critic score on reviews-aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes. In the case of ties, we broke them based on their audience scores on the site. (And if those were the same, the film with more user ratings came out on top.)

All 92 best picture Oscar winners are ranked below:


92. “The Broadway Melody” (1929)

MGM

Rotten Tomatoes score: 36%


91. “The Greatest Show on Earth” (1952)

Paramount Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 43%


90. “Cimarron” (1931)

RKO Radio Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 52%


89. “Out of Africa” (1985)

Universal Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 58%


88. “Cavalcade” (1933)

Fox Film Corporation

Rotten Tomatoes score: 61%


87. “The Great Ziegfeld” (1936)

MGM

Rotten Tomatoes score: 66%


86. “Forrest Gump” (1994)

Paramount

Rotten Tomatoes score: 70%


85. “Around the World in 80 Days” (1956)

Michael Todd Company

Rotten Tomatoes score: 72%


84. “Gentleman’s Agreement” (1947)

20th Century Fox

Rotten Tomatoes score: 74%

Audience score: 77%


83. “Crash” (2004)

Lionsgate

Rotten Tomatoes score: 74%

Audience score: 88%


82. “A Beautiful Mind” (2001)

Universal Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 74%

Audience score: 93%


81. “Gladiator” (2000)

Universal

Rotten Tomatoes score: 77%

Audience score: 87%


80. “Braveheart” (1995)

Paramount Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 78%

Audience score: 85%


79. “Green Book” (2018)

Universal

Rotten Tomatoes score: 78%

Audience score: 91%


78. “Terms of Endearment” (1983)

Paramount Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 79%

Audience score: 83%


77. “Gigi” (1958)

MGM

Rotten Tomatoes score: 80%

Audience score: 74%


76. “The Life of Emile Zola” (1937)

Warner Bros.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 81%

Audience score: 73%


75. “Driving Miss Daisy” (1989)

Zanuck Company

Rotten Tomatoes score: 81%

Audience score: 81%


74. “Oliver!” (1968)

Romulus Films

Rotten Tomatoes score: 82%

Audience score: 81%


73. “Going My Way” (1944)

Paramount Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 83%

Audience score: 75%


72. “A Man For All Seasons” (1966)

Highland Films

Rotten Tomatoes score: 83%

Audience score: 87% (9,761 user ratings)


71. “Dances With Wolves” (1990)

Orion

Rotten Tomatoes score: 83%

Audience score: 87% (213,660 user ratings)


70. “The Sound of Music” (1965)

Robert Wise Productions via YouTube

Rotten Tomatoes score: 83%

Audience score: 91%


69. “Chariots of Fire” (1981)

20th Century Fox

Rotten Tomatoes score: 85%

Audience score: 80%


68. “The English Patient” (1996)

The Weinstein Company

Rotten Tomatoes score: 85%

Audience score: 83%


67. “Gandhi” (1982)

Columbia Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 85%

Audience score: 92%


66. “Tom Jones” (1963)

Woodfall Film Productions

Rotten Tomatoes score: 86%

Audience score: 58%


65. “Chicago” (2002)

Miramax

Rotten Tomatoes score: 86%

Audience score: 83%


64. “Ben-Hur” (1959)

MGM

Rotten Tomatoes score: 86%

Audience score: 89%


63. “American Beauty” (1999)

Dreamworks

Rotten Tomatoes score: 87%

Audience score: 93%


62. “Grand Hotel” (1932)

MGM

Rotten Tomatoes score: 88%

Audience score: 77%


61. “Ordinary People” (1980)

Paramont Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 88%

Audience score: 88%


60. “Kramer vs. Kramer” (1979)

Columbia

Rotten Tomatoes score: 88%

Audience score: 89%


59. “Platoon” (1986)

Orion Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 88%

Audience score: 93%


58. “Titanic” (1997)

Paramount Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 89%

Audience score: 69%


57. “Rain Man” (1988)

MGM

Rotten Tomatoes score: 89%

Audience score: 90%


56. “The Last Emperor” (1987)

Record Picture Company

Rotten Tomatoes score: 90%

Audience score: 88% (39,892 user ratings)


55. “Midnight Cowboy” (1969)

Jerome Hellman Productions

Rotten Tomatoes score: 90%

Audience score: 88% (39,986 user ratings)


54. “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” (2014)

Fox Searchlight

Rotten Tomatoes score: 91%

Audience score: 77%


53. “How Green Was My Valley” (1941)

20th Century Fox

Rotten Tomatoes score: 91%

Audience score: 81%


52. “Million Dollar Baby” (2004)

Warner Bros.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 91%

Audience score: 90% (404,597 user ratings)


51. “Slumdog Millionaire” (2008)

Fox Searchlight Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 91%

Audience score: 90% (1,155,691 user ratings)


50. “Gone with the Wind” (1939)

MGM

Rotten Tomatoes score: 91%

Audience score: 93%


49. “The Departed” (2006)

Warner Bros.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 91%

Audience score: 94%


48. “The Shape of Water” (2017)

Fox Searchlight Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 92%

Audience score: 72%


47. “Shakespeare in Love” (1998)

Miramax

Rotten Tomatoes score: 92%

Audience score: 80%


46. “From Here to Eternity” (1953)

Columbia Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 92%

Audience score: 84%


45. “Wings” (1927)

Paramount Famous Lasky Corporation

Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%

Audience score: 78%


44. “Mutiny on the Bounty” (1935)

Arcola Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%

Audience score: 83%


43. “West Side Story” (1961)

United Artists

Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%

Audience score: 84%


42. “Mrs. Miniver” (1942)

MGM

Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%

Audience score: 85%


41. “No Country for Old Men” (2007)

Paramount Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%

Audience score: 86% (398,967 user ratings)


40. “Lord of the Rings: Return of the King” (2003)

New Line

Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%

Audience score: 86% (34,679,773 user ratings)


39. “You Can’t Take It With You” (1938)

Columbia Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%

Audience score: 88%


38. “The Deer Hunter” (1978)

Universal Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%

Audience score: 92%


37. “The Apartment” (1960)

Mirisch Corporation

Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%

Audience score: 94%


36. “Amadeus” (1984)

Orion Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%

Audience score: 95%


35. “Rocky” (1976)

Chartoff Winkler Productions

Rotten Tomatoes score: 94%

Audience score: 69%


34. “In the Heat of the Night” (1967)

United Artists

Rotten Tomatoes score: 94%

Audience score: 92%


33. “Patton” (1970)

20th Century Fox

Rotten Tomatoes score: 94%

Audience score: 93%


32. “The Sting” (1973)

Universal Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 94%

Audience score: 95%


31. “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” (1975)

Warner Brothers

Rotten Tomatoes score: 94%

Audience score: 96%


30. “All the King’s Men” (1949)

Columbia Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 95%

Audience score: 78%


29. “Hamlet ” (1948)

Two Cities Films

Rotten Tomatoes score: 95%

Audience score: 80%


28. “The Artist” (2011)

The Weinstein Company

Rotten Tomatoes score: 95%

Audience score: 87%


27. “12 Years a Slave” (2013)

Regency Enterprises

Rotten Tomatoes score: 95%

Audience score: 90% (140,233 user ratings)


26. “My Fair Lady” (1964)

Warner Brothers

Rotten Tomatoes score: 95%

Audience score: 90% (187,023 user ratings)


25. “The King’s Speech” (2010)

YouTube/Clevver Movies

Rotten Tomatoes score: 95%

Audience score: 92%


24. “The Bridge on the River Kwai” (1957)

Columbia Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 95%

Audience score: 93%


23. “An American in Paris” (1951)

MGM

Rotten Tomatoes score: 96%

Audience score: 79%


22. “Argo” (2012)

Warner Brothers

Rotten Tomatoes score: 96%

Audience score: 90%


21. “The Best Years of Our Lives” (1946)

Samuel Goldwyn Company

Rotten Tomatoes score: 96%

Audience score: 93% (10,806 user ratings)


20. “Unforgiven” (1992)

Warner Bros.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 96%

Audience score: 93%


19. “The Silence of the Lambs” (1991)

Orion Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 96%

Audience score: 95%


18. “The Hurt Locker” (2009)

Voltage Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 97%

Audience score: 84%


17. “Spotlight” (2015)

Open Road Films

Rotten Tomatoes score: 97%

Audience score: 93%


16. “The Godfather Part II” (1974)

Paramount Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 97%

Audience score: 97% (411,269 user ratings)


15. “Schindler’s List” (1993)

Universal Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 97%

Audience score: 97% (411,437 user ratings)


14. “Moonlight” (2016)

A24

Rotten Tomatoes score: 98%

Audience score: 79%


13. “The French Connection” (1971)

Philip D’Antoni Productions

Rotten Tomatoes score: 98%

Audience score: 87%


12. “All Quiet on the Western Front” (1930)

Universal Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 98%

Audience score: 89%


11. “Annie Hall” (1977)

United Artists

Rotten Tomatoes score: 98%

Audience score: 92%


10. “It Happened One Night” (1934)

Columbia Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 98%

Audience score: 93% (33,653 user ratings)


9. “Lawrence of Arabia” (1962)

Columbia Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 98%

Audience score: 93% (75,050 user ratings)


8. “The Godfather” (1972)

Paramount‘The Godfather.’

Rotten Tomatoes score: 98%

Audience score: 98%


7. “Parasite” (2019)

Neon

Rotten Tomatoes score: 99%

Audience score: 90%


6. “All About Eve” (1950)

20th Century Fox

Rotten Tomatoes score: 99%

Audience score: 94%


5. “On the Waterfront” (1954)

Columbia Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 99%

Audience score: 95% (52,168 user ratings)


4. “Casablanca” (1942)

Warner Bros.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 99%

Audience score: 95% (357,424 user ratings)


3. “Marty” (1955)

Hecht-Lancaster Productions

Rotten Tomatoes score: 100%

Audience score: 87%


2. “The Lost Weekend” (1945)

Paramount Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 100%

Audience score: 90%


1. “Rebecca” (1940)

Selznick International Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 100%

Audience score: 92%

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