All 90 Oscar best-picture winners, ranked from worst to best by movie critics

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  • 90 films have won the Oscar for best picture in the history of the Academy Awards.
  • We ranked all 90 films based on how well they fared with critics.

With the 90th Academy Awards now a wrap, we have a new Oscar best picture winner: Guillermo del Toro’s fantasy love story “The Shape of Water” took home film’s top prize Sunday.

Business Insider ranked all 90 films – from the first winner “Wings” from 1927 to “The Shape of Water” – 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.)

Some of the results may be a surprise (“Argo” is … pretty high on the list), while others (notorious winner “Crash”) probably won’t be.

All 90 best picture Oscar winners are ranked below:


90. “The Broadway Melody” (1929)

MGM

Rotten Tomatoes score: 35%


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

Paramount Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 44%


88. “Cimarron” (1931)

RKO Radio Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 53%


87. “Out of Africa” (1985)

Universal Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 57%


86. “Cavalcade” (1933)

Fox Film Corporation

Rotten Tomatoes score: 61%


85. “The Great Ziegfeld” (1936)

MGM

Rotten Tomatoes score: 65%


84. “Forrest Gump” (1994)

Paramount

Rotten Tomatoes score: 71%


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

Michael Todd Company

Rotten Tomatoes score: 74%


82. “The Life of Emile Zola” (1937)

Warner Bros.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 75%

Audience score: 73%


81. “Crash” (2004)

Lionsgate

Rotten Tomatoes score: 75%

Audience score: 88%


80. “A Beautiful Mind” (2001)

Universal Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 75%

Audience score: 93%


79. “Gladiator” (2000)

Universal

Rotten Tomatoes score: 76%


78. “Gigi” (1958)

MGM

Rotten Tomatoes score: 77%

Audience score: 74%


77. “Braveheart” (1995)

Paramount Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 77%

Audience score: 85%


76. “Gentleman’s Agreement” (1947)

20th Century Fox

Rotten Tomatoes score: 78%

Audience score: 77% (5,571 user ratings)


75. “Going My Way” (1944)

Paramount Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 78%

Audience score: 77% (5,726 user ratings)


74. “Oliver!” (1968)

Romulus Films

Rotten Tomatoes score: 81%


73. “Driving Miss Daisy” (1989)

Zanuck Company

Rotten Tomatoes score: 82%

Audience score: 81%


72. “A Man For All Seasons” (1966)

Highland Films

Rotten Tomatoes score: 82%

Audience score: 87%


71. “Tom Jones” (1963)

Woodfall Film Productions

Rotten Tomatoes score: 83%

Audience score: 58%


70. “Chariots of Fire” (1981)

20th Century Fox

Rotten Tomatoes score: 83%

Audience score: 80%


69. “Dances With Wolves” (1990)

Orion

Rotten Tomatoes score: 83%

Audience score: 87%


68. “The English Patient” (1996)

The Weinstein Company

Rotten Tomatoes score: 84%


67. “Grand Hotel” (1932)

MGM

Rotten Tomatoes score: 86%

Audience score: 77%


66. “Chicago” (2002)

Miramax

Rotten Tomatoes score: 86%

Audience score: 83%


65. “Ben-Hur” (1959)

MGM

Rotten Tomatoes score: 86%

Audience score: 89%


64. “The Sound of Music” (1965)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 86%

Audience score: 91%


63. “Gandhi” (1982)

Columbia Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 87%


62. “Titanic” (1997)

Paramount Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 88%

Audience score: 69%


61. “Terms of Endearment” (1983)

Paramount Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 88%

Audience score: 84%


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% (239,352 user ratings)


58. “American Beauty” (1999)

Dreamworks

Rotten Tomatoes score: 88%

Audience score: 93% (659,658 user ratings)


57. “Rain Man” (1988)

MGM

Rotten Tomatoes score: 89%


56. “How Green Was My Valley” (1941)

20th Century Fox

Rotten Tomatoes score: 90%

Audience score: 81%


55. “Ordinary People” (1980)

Paramont Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 90%

Audience score: 88% (23,064 user ratings)


54. “Midnight Cowboy” (1969)

Jerome Hellman Productions

Rotten Tomatoes score: 90%

Audience score: 88% (39,721 user ratings)


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

Rotten Tomatoes score: 91%

Audience score: 77%


52. “Hamlet ” (1948)

Two Cities Films

Rotten Tomatoes score: 91%

Audience score: 81%


51. “You Can’t Take it With You” (1938)

Columbia Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 91%

Audience score: 88%


50. “Million Dollar Baby” (2004)

Warner Bros.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 91%

Audience score: 90%


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: 77%


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. “Mis. Miniver” (1942)

MGM

Rotten Tomatoes score: 92%

Audience score: 85%


44. “The Last Emperor” (1987)

Record Picture Company

Rotten Tomatoes score: 92%

Audience score: 88%


43. “Slumdog Millionaire” (2008)

Fox Searchlight Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 92%

Audience score: 90%


42. “Rocky” (1976)

Chartoff Winkler Productions

Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%

Audience score: 69%


41. “No Country for Old Men” (2007)

Paramount Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%

Audience score: 86%


40. “Gone With the Wind” (1939)

MGM

Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%

Audience score: 93%


39. “The Apartment” (1960)

Mirisch Corporation

Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%

Audience score: 94%


38. “The Sting” (1973)

Universal Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%

Audience score: 95%


37. “Mutiny on the Bounty” (1935)

Arcola Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 94%

Audience score: 83%


36. “West Side Story” (1961)

United Artists

Rotten Tomatoes score: 94%

Audience score: 84%


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

New Line

Rotten Tomatoes score: 94%

Audience score: 86%


34. “The Deer Hunter” (1978)

Universal Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 94%

Audience score: 92%


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

Columbia Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 94%

Audience score: 93%


32. “Wings” (1927)

Paramount Famous Lasky Corporation

Rotten Tomatoes score: 95%

Audience score: 78%


31. “An American in Paris” (1951)

MGM

Rotten Tomatoes score: 95%

Audience score: 79%


30. “The King’s Speech” (2010)

YouTube/Clevver Movies

Rotten Tomatoes score: 95%

Audience score: 92%


29. “Patton” (1970)

20th Century Fox

Rotten Tomatoes score: 95%

Audience score: 94%


28. “Amadeus” (1984)

Orion Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 95%

Audience score: 95% (179,618 user ratings)


27. “The Silence of the Lambs” (1991)

Orion Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 95%

Audience score: 95% (845,346 user ratings)


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

Warner Brothers

Rotten Tomatoes score: 95%

Audience score: 96%


25. “The Artist” (2011)

The Weinstein Company

Rotten Tomatoes score: 96%

Audience score: 87%


24. “12 Years a Slave” (2013)

Regency Enterprises

Rotten Tomatoes score: 96%

Audience score: 90% (139,200)


23. “My Fair Lady” (1964)

Warner Brothers

Rotten Tomatoes score: 96%

Audience score: 90% (186,813 user ratings)


22. “Argo” (2012)

Warner Brothers

Rotten Tomatoes score: 96%

Audience score: 90% (207,738 user ratings)


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

Samuel Goldwyn Company

Rotten Tomatoes score: 96%

Audience score: 92% (10,653 user ratings)


20. “In the Heat of the Night” (1967)

United Artists

Rotten Tomatoes score: 96%

Audience score: 92% (22,978 user ratings)


19. “Unforgiven” (1992)

Warner Bros.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 96%

Audience score: 93%


18. “All the King’s Men” (1949)

Columbia Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 97%

Audience score: 78%


17. “The Hurt Locker” (2009)

Voltage Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 97%

Audience score: 84%


16. “Annie Hall” (1977)

United Artists

Rotten Tomatoes score: 97%

Audience score: 92%


15. “Spotlight” (2015)

Open Road Films

Rotten Tomatoes score: 97%

Audience score: 93%


14. “Casablanca” (1942)

Warner Bros.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 97%

Audience score: 95%


13. “The Godfather Part II” (1974)

Paramount Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 97%

Audience score: 97% (409,884 user ratings)


12. “Schindler’s List” (1993)

Universal Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 97%

Audience score: 97% (410,183 user ratings)


11. “Moonlight” (2016)

A24

Rotten Tomatoes score: 98%

Audience score: 79%


10. “The French Connection” (1971)

Philip D’Antoni Productions

Rotten Tomatoes score: 98%

Audience score: 87%


9. “Lawrence of Arabia” (1962)

Columbia Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 98%

Audience score: 93% (74,432 user ratings)


8. “It Happened One Night” (1934)

Columbia Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 98%

Audience score: 93% (33,233 user ratings)


7. “On the Waterfront” (1954)

Columbia Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 98%

Audience score: 95%


6. “The Godfather” (1972)

Paramount‘The Godfather.’

Rotten Tomatoes score: 98%

Audience score: 98%


5. “Marty” (1955)

Hecht-Lancaster Productions

Rotten Tomatoes score: 100%

Audience score: 87%


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

Universal Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 100%

Audience score: 89%


3. “The Lost Weekend” (1945)

Paramount Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 100%

Audience score: 90%


2. “Rebecca” (1940)

Selznick International Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 100%

Audience score: 92%


1. “All About Eve” (1950)

20th Century Fox

Rotten Tomatoes score: 100%

Audience score: 94%

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