All 91 Oscar best-picture winners, ranked from worst to best by movie critics

  • 91 movies have won the Oscar for best picture in the history of the Academy Awards.
  • We ranked all 91 films based on how well they fared with critics.

With the 91st Academy Awards now a wrap, we have a new Oscar best-picture winner: Peter Farrelly’s controversial “Green Book.”

Business Insider ranked all 91 films – from the first winner “Wings” in 1927 to “Green Book” – 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 91 best picture Oscar winners are ranked below:


91. “The Broadway Melody” (1929)

MGM

Rotten Tomatoes score: 35%


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

Paramount Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 45%


89. “Cimarron” (1931)

RKO Radio Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 53%


88. “Out of Africa” (1985)

Universal Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 60%


87. “Cavalcade” (1933)

Fox Film Corporation

Rotten Tomatoes score: 61%


86. “The Great Ziegfeld” (1936)

MGM

Rotten Tomatoes score: 64%


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

Michael Todd Company

Rotten Tomatoes score: 71%


84. “Forrest Gump” (1994)

Paramount

Rotten Tomatoes score: 72%


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. “The Life of Emile Zola” (1937)

Warner Bros.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 76%

Audience score: 73%


80. “Gladiator” (2000)

Universal

Rotten Tomatoes score: 76%

Audience score: 87%


79. “Braveheart” (1995)

Paramount Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 77%


78. “Gentleman’s Agreement” (1947)

20th Century Fox

Rotten Tomatoes score: 78%


77. “Gigi” (1958)

MGM

Rotten Tomatoes score: 79%

Audience score: 74%


76. “Going My Way” (1944)

Paramount Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 79%

Audience score: 76%


75. “Green Book” (2018)

Universal

Rotten Tomatoes score: 80%


74. “Driving Miss Daisy” (1989)

Zanuck Company

Rotten Tomatoes score: 82%

Audience score: 81% (53,602 user ratings)


73. “Oliver!” (1968)

Romulus Films

Rotten Tomatoes score: 82%

Audience score: 81% (56,053 user ratings)


72. “A Man For All Seasons” (1966)

Highland Films

Rotten Tomatoes score: 82%

Audience score: 87% (9,709 user ratings)


71. “Dances With Wolves” (1990)

Orion

Rotten Tomatoes score: 82%

Audience score: 87% (213,480 user ratings)


70. “Chariots of Fire” (1981)

20th Century Fox

Rotten Tomatoes score: 84%

Audience score: 80%


69. “The English Patient” (1996)

The Weinstein Company

Rotten Tomatoes score: 84%

Audience score: 83%


68. “Tom Jones” (1963)

Woodfall Film Productions

Rotten Tomatoes score: 85%

Audience score: 58%


67. “Chicago” (2002)

Miramax

Rotten Tomatoes score: 85%


66. “Grand Hotel” (1932)

MGM

Rotten Tomatoes score: 86%

Audience score: 77%


65. “The Sound of Music” (1965)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 86%

Audience score: 91%


64. “Gandhi” (1982)

Columbia Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 86%

Audience score: 92%


63. “Ben-Hur” (1959)

MGM

Rotten Tomatoes score: 87%


62. “Titanic” (1997)

Paramount Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 89%

Audience score: 69%


61. “Terms of Endearment” (1983)

Paramount Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 88%

Audience score: 83%


60. “Platoon” (1986)

Orion Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 88%

Audience score: 93% (239,550 user ratings)


59. “American Beauty” (1999)

Dreamworks

Rotten Tomatoes score: 88%

Audience score: 93% (659,979 user ratings)


58. “Rain Man” (1988)

MGM

Rotten Tomatoes score: 89%


57. “How Green Was My Valley” (1941)

20th Century Fox

Rotten Tomatoes score: 90%

Audience score: 81%


56. “Midnight Cowboy” (1969)

Jerome Hellman Productions

Rotten Tomatoes score: 90%

Audience score: 88%


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

Rotten Tomatoes score: 91%

Audience score: 77%


54. “Hamlet ” (1948)

Two Cities Films

Rotten Tomatoes score: 91%

Audience score: 81%


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

Columbia Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 91%

Audience score: 88% (9,339 user ratings)


52. “Ordinary People” (1980)

Paramont Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 91%

Audience score: 88% (23,123 user ratings)


51. “Kramer vs. Kramer” (1979)

Columbia

Rotten Tomatoes score: 91%

Audience score: 89%


50. “Million Dollar Baby” (2004)

Warner Bros.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 91%

Audience score: 90% (404,726 user ratings)


49. “Slumdog Millionaire” (2008)

Fox Searchlight Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 91%

Audience score: 90% (1,155,478 user ratings)


48. “The Departed” (2006)

Warner Bros.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 91%

Audience score: 94%


47. “The Shape of Water” (2017)

Fox Searchlight Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 92%

Audience score: 73%


46. “Shakespeare in Love” (1998)

Miramax

Rotten Tomatoes score: 92%

Audience score: 80%


45. “From Here to Eternity” (1953)

Columbia Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 92%

Audience score: 84%


44. “Mrs. Miniver” (1942)

MGM

Rotten Tomatoes score: 92%

Audience score: 85%


43. “The Last Emperor” (1987)

Record Picture Company

Rotten Tomatoes score: 92%

Audience score: 88%


42. “Gone With the Wind” (1939)

MGM

Rotten Tomatoes score: 92%

Audience score: 92%


41. “Rocky” (1976)

Chartoff Winkler Productions

Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%

Audience score: 69%


40. “Wings” (1927)

Paramount Famous Lasky Corporation

Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%

Audience score: 78%


39. “No Country for Old Men” (2007)

Paramount Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%

Audience score: 86% (398,270 user ratings)


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

New Line

Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%

Audience score: 86% (34,679,279 user ratings)


37. “The Sting” (1973)

Universal Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%

Audience score: 95% (61,563 user ratings)


36. “Amadeus” (1984)

Orion Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%

Audience score: 95% (179,835 user ratings)


35. “Mutiny on the Bounty” (1935)

Arcola Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 94%

Audience score: 83%


34. “West Side Story” (1961)

United Artists

Rotten Tomatoes score: 94%

Audience score: 84%


33. “The Deer Hunter” (1978)

Universal Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 94%

Audience score: 92% (103,194 user ratings)


32. “The King’s Speech” (2010)

YouTube/Clevver Movies

Rotten Tomatoes score: 94%

Audience score: 92% (144,135 user ratings)


31. “The Apartment” (1960)

Mirisch Corporation

Rotten Tomatoes score: 94%

Audience score: 94%


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

Warner Brothers

Rotten Tomatoes score: 94%

Audience score: 96%


29. “An American in Paris” (1951)

MGM

Rotten Tomatoes score: 95%

Audience score: 79%


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%


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

Columbia Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 95%

Audience score: 93%


25. “My Fair Lady” (1964)

Warner Brothers

Rotten Tomatoes score: 96%

Audience score: 90% (186,935 user ratings)


24. “Argo” (2012)

Warner Brothers

Rotten Tomatoes score: 96%

Audience score: 90% (208,186 user ratings)


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

Samuel Goldwyn Company

Rotten Tomatoes score: 96%

Audience score: 92% (10,732 user ratings)


22. “In the Heat of the Night” (1967)

United Artists

Rotten Tomatoes score: 96%

Audience score: 92% (23,056 user ratings)


21. “Patton” (1970)

20th Century Fox

Rotten Tomatoes score: 96%

Audience score: 93%


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. “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% (410,462 user ratings)


12. “Schindler’s List” (1993)

Universal Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 97%

Audience score: 97% (410,783user 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. “It Happened One Night” (1934)

Columbia Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 98%

Audience score: 93% (33,464 user ratings)


8. “Lawrence of Arabia” (1962)

Columbia Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 98%

Audience score: 93% (74,715 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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