Here's the movie that won best picture at the Oscars the year you were born

The Oscars’ designation of best picture is Hollywood’s most coveted award. While some fantastic films have been honored with the title, other less-than-stellar picks have been named best picture. But no matter your opinion on the movies, there’s no denying the Academy Awards’ legacy for recognising the great films of our time.

Keep reading for a look at the movie named best picture the year you were born, as well as every other film given the golden statue.

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1929: 'Wings'

Plot: 'Two young men, one rich, one middle class, who are in love with the same woman, become fighter pilots in World War I.'

Stars: Clara Bow, Charles 'Buddy' Rogers, Richard Arlen, and Gary Cooper.

Source: IMDB

1929 (again*): 'The Broadway Melody'


*The first Academy Awards ceremony of 1929 recognised movies from the 1927/1928 movie season, while the second ceremony was for 1928/1929 movies.

Plot: 'A pair of sisters from the vaudeville circuit try to make it big time on Broadway, but matters of the heart complicate the attempt.'

Stars: Bessie Love, Anita Page, and Charles King.

Source: IMDB

1930: 'All Quiet on the Western Front'

Plot: 'A young soldier faces profound disillusionment in the soul-destroying horror of World War I.'

Stars: Lew Ayres, Louis Wolheim, and John Wray.

Source: IMDB

1931: 'Cimarron'

Plot: 'A newspaper editor settles in an Oklahoma boomtown with his reluctant wife at the end of the nineteenth century.'

Stars: Richard Dix, Irene Dunne, and Estelle Taylor.

Source: IMDB

1932: 'Grand Hotel'

Plot: 'A group of very different individuals staying at a luxurious hotel in Berlin deal with each of their respective dramas.'

Stars: Greta Garbo, John Barrymore, and Joan Crawford.

Source: IMDB

1933: 'Cavalcade'

Plot: 'A cavalcade of English life from New Year's Eve 1899 until 1933 seen through the eyes of well-to-do Londoners Jane and Robert Marryot.'

Stars: Diana Wynyard, Clive Brook, and Una O'Connor.

Source: IMDB

1934: 'It Happened One Night'

Plot: 'A spoiled heiress running away from her family is helped by a man who is actually a reporter in need of a story.'

Stars: Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert, and Walter Connolly.

Source: IMDB

1935: 'Mutiny on the Bounty'

Plot: 'Midshipman Roger Byam joins Captain Bligh and Fletcher Christian aboard HMS Bounty for a voyage to Tahiti. Bligh proves to be a brutal tyrant and, after six pleasant months on Tahiti, Christian leads the crew to mutiny on the homeward voyage.'

Stars: Charles Laughton, Clark Gable, and Franchot Tone.

Source: IMDB

1936: 'The Great Ziegfeld'

Plot: 'The ups and downs of Florenz Ziegfeld Jr., famed producer of extravagant stage revues, are portrayed.'

Stars: William Powell, Myrna Loy, and Luise Rainer.

Source: IMDB

1937: 'The Life of Emile Zola'

Plot: 'The biopic of the famous French muckraking writer and his involvement in fighting the injustice of the Dreyfuss Affair.'

Stars: Paul Muni, Gale Sondergaard, and Joseph Schildkraut.

Source: IMDB

1938: 'You Can't Take It With You'

Plot: 'A man from a family of rich snobs becomes engaged to a woman from a good-natured but decidedly eccentric family.'

Stars: Jean Arthur, James Stewart, and Lionel Barrymore.

Source: IMDB

1939: 'Gone with the Wind'

Loews, Inc.

Plot: 'A manipulative Southern belle carries on a turbulent affair with a blockade runner during the American Civil War.'

Stars: Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, and Thomas Mitchell.

Source: IMDB

1940: 'Rebecca'

Plot: 'A self-conscious bride is tormented by the memory of her husband's dead first wife.'

Stars: Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine, and George Sanders.

Source: IMDB

1941: 'How Green Was My Valley'

Plot: 'At the turn of the century in a Welsh mining village, the Morgans, he stern, she gentle, raise coal-mining sons and hope their youngest will find a better life.'

Stars: Walter Pidgeon, Maureen O'Hara, and Anna Lee.

Source: IMDB

1942: 'Mrs. Miniver'

Plot: 'A British family struggles to survive the first months of World War II.'

Stars: Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, and Teresa Wright.

Source: IMDB

1943: 'Casablanca'

Warner Bros.

Plot: 'In Casablanca, Morocco in December 1941, a cynical American expatriate meets a former lover, with unforeseen complications.'

Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, and Paul Henreid.

Source: IMDB

1944: 'Going My Way'

Plot: 'Youthful Father Chuck O'Malley led a colourful life of sports, song, and romance before joining the Roman Catholic clergy. After joining a parish, O'Malley's worldly knowledge helps him connect with a gang of kids looking for direction.'

Bing Crosby,
Barry Fitzgerald, and Frank McHugh.

Source: IMDB

1945: 'The Lost Weekend'

Plot: 'The desperate life of a chronic alcoholic is followed through a four-day drinking bout.'

Ray Milland,
Jane Wyman, and Phillip Terry.

Source: IMDB

1946: '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: Fredric March, Dana Andrews, and Myrna Loy.

Source: IMDB

1947: '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, and John Garfield.

Source: IMDB

1948: 'Hamlet'

Plot: 'Prince Hamlet struggles over whether or not he should kill his uncle, whom he suspects has murdered his father, the former king.'

Stars: Laurence Olivier, Jean Simmons, and John Laurie.

Source: IMDB

1949: '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, and Joanne Dru.

Source: IMDB

1950: 'All About Eve'

Plot: 'An ingenue insinuates herself into the company of an established but ageing stage actress and her circle of theatre friends.'

Stars: Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, and George Sanders.

Source: IMDB

1951: 'An American in Paris'

Plot: 'Three friends struggle to find work in Paris. Things become more complicated when two of them fall in love with the same woman.'

Stars: Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, and Oscar Levant.

Source: IMDB

1952: '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, and Betty Hutton.

Source: IMDB

1953: 'From Here to Eternity'

Plot: 'In Hawaii in 1941, a private is cruelly punished for not boxing on his unit's team, while his captain's wife and second-in-command are falling in love.'

Stars: Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, and Deborah Kerr.

Source: IMDB

1954: 'On the Waterfront'

Plot: 'An ex-prize fighter turned longshoreman struggles to stand up to his corrupt union bosses.'

Marlon Brando,
Karl Malden, and Lee J. Cobb.

Source: IMDB

1955: 'Marty'

Plot: 'A middle-aged butcher and a school teacher who have given up on the idea of love meet at a dance and fall for each other.'

Stars: Ernest Borgnine, Betsy Blair, and Esther Minciotti.

Source: IMDB

1956: '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, and Shirley MacLaine.

Source: IMDB

1957: '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, and Jack Hawkins.

Source: IMDB

1958: 'Gigi'

Plot: 'Weary of the conventions of Parisian society, a rich playboy and a youthful courtesan-in-training enjoy a platonic friendship, but it may not stay platonic for long.'

Stars: Leslie Caron, Maurice Chevalier, and Louis Jourdan.

Source: IMDB

1959: '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, and Stephen Boyd.

Source: IMDB

1960: 'The Apartment'

Plot: 'A man tries to rise in his company by letting its executives use his apartment for trysts, but complications and a romance of his own ensue.'

Stars: Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, and Fred MacMurray.

Source: IMDB

1961: 'West Side Story'

Plot: 'Two youngsters from rival New York City gangs fall in love, but tensions between their respective friends build toward tragedy.'

Stars: Natalie Wood, George Chakiris, and Richard Beymer.

Source: IMDB

1962: '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, and Anthony Quinn.

Source: IMDB

1963: 'Tom Jones'

Plot: 'The romantic and chivalrous adventures of adopted bastard Tom Jones in 18th century England.'

Stars: Albert Finney, Susannah York, and George Devine.

Source: IMDB

1964: 'My Fair Lady'

Warner Brothers

Plot: 'A misogynistic and snobbish phonetics professor agrees to a wager that he can take a flower girl and make her presentable in high society.'

Stars: Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison, and Stanley Holloway.

Source: IMDB

1965: 'The Sound of Music'

Plot: 'A woman leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to the children of a Naval officer widower.'

Stars: Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, and Eleanor Parker.

Source: IMDB

1966: '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, and Robert Shaw.

Source: IMDB

1967: '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, and Warren Oates.

Source: IMDB

1968: 'Oliver!'

Plot: 'Young Oliver Twist runs away from an orphanage and meets a group of boys trained to be pickpockets by an elderly mentor.'

Stars: Mark Lester, Ron Moody, and Shani Wallis.

Source: IMDB

1969: 'Midnight Cowboy'

Plot: 'A naive hustler travels from Texas to New York to seek personal fortune but, in the process, finds himself a new friend.'

Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Jon Voight, and Sylvia Miles.

Source: IMDB

1970: 'Patton'

Plot: 'The World War II phase of the career of the controversial American general, George S. Patton.'

Stars: George C. Scott, Karl Malden, and Stephen Young.

Source: IMDB

1971: 'The French Connection'

Plot: 'A pair of NYC cops in the Narcotics Bureau stumble onto a drug smuggling job with a French connection.'

Gene Hackman,
Roy Scheider, and Fernando Rey.

Source: IMDB

1972: '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, and James Caan.

Source: IMDB

1973: 'The Sting'

Plot: 'In Chicago in September 1936, a young con man seeking revenge for his murdered partner teams up with a master of the big con to win a fortune from a criminal banker.'

Stars: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, and Robert Shaw.

Source: IMDB

1974: 'The Godfather: Part II'

Paramount Pictures

Plot: 'The early life and career of Vito Corleone in 1920s New York is portrayed while his son, Michael, expands and tightens his grip on the family crime syndicate.'

Al Pacino,
Robert De Niro, and Robert Duvall.

Source: IMDB

1975: 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest'

Plot: 'A criminal pleads insanity after getting into trouble again and once in the mental institution rebels against the oppressive nurse and rallies up the scared patients.'

Stars: Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, and Michael Berryman.

Source: IMDB

1976: 'Rocky'

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.'

Sylvester Stallone,
Talia Shire, and Burt Young.

Source: IMDB

1977: 'Annie Hall'


Plot: 'Neurotic New York comedian Alvy Singer falls in love with the ditzy Annie Hall.'

Stars: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, and Tony Roberts.

Source: IMDB

1978: 'The Deer Hunter'

Plot: 'An in-depth examination of the ways in which the U.S. Vietnam War impacts and disrupts the lives of people in a small industrial town in Pennsylvania.'

Stars: Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, and John Cazale.

Source: IMDB

1979: '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, and Jane Alexander.

Source: IMDB

1980: '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, and Judd Hirsch.

Source: IMDB

1981: 'Chariots of Fire'

Plot: 'Two British track athletes, one a determined Jew and the other a devout Christian, compete in the 1924 Olympics.'

Stars: Ben Cross, Ian Charleson, and Nicholas Farrell.

Source: IMDB

1982: 'Gandhi'

Plot: 'Gandhi's character is fully explained as a man of nonviolence. Through his patience, he is able to drive the British out of the subcontinent. And the stubborn nature of Jinnah and his commitment towards Pakistan is portrayed.'

Stars: Ben Kingsley, John Gielgud, and Candice Bergen.

Source: IMDB

1983: 'Terms of Endearment'

Plot: 'Follows hard-to-please Aurora looking for love and her daughter's family problems.'

Stars: Shirley MacLaine, Debra Winger, and Jack Nicholson.

Source: IMDB

1984: 'Amadeus'

Plot: 'The incredible story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, told by his peer and secret rival Antonio Salieri -- now confined to an insane asylum.'

Stars: F. Murray Abraham, Tom Hulce, and Elizabeth Berridge.

Source: IMDB

1985: '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, and Klaus Maria Brandauer.

Source: IMDB

1986: 'Platoon'

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, and Willem Dafoe.

Source: IMDB

1987: 'The Last Emperor'

Plot: 'The story of the final Emperor of China.'

Stars: John Lone, Joan Chen, and Peter O'Toole.

Source: IMDB

1988: '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, and Valeria Golino.

Source: IMDB

1989: 'Driving Miss Daisy'

Plot: 'An old Jewish woman and her African-American chauffeur in the American South have a relationship that grows and improves over the years.'

Stars: Morgan Freeman, Jessica Tandy, and Dan Aykroyd.

Source: IMDB

1990: '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, and Graham Greene.

Source: IMDB

1991: 'The Silence of the Lambs'

Orion Pictures

Plot: 'A young F.B.I. cadet must confide in an incarcerated and manipulative killer to receive his help on catching another serial killer who skins his victims.'

Stars: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, and Lawrence A. Bonney.

Source: IMDB

1992: 'Unforgiven'

Plot: 'Retired Old West gunslinger William Munny reluctantly takes on one last job, with the help of his old partner and a young man.'

Stars: Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, and Morgan Freeman.

Source: IMDB

1993: 'Schindler's List'

Plot: 'In German-occupied Poland during World War II, Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazi Germans.'

Stars: Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, and Ben Kingsley.

Source: IMDB

1994: '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, and Gary Sinise.

Source: IMDB

1995: 'Braveheart'

Plot: Sir William Wallace begins a revolt against King Edward I of England after an English soldier assaults the woman he loves.

Stars: Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, and Patrick McGoohan.

Source: IMDB

1996: '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, and Willem Dafoe.

Source: IMDB

1997: 'Titanic'

20th Century Fox

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, and Billy Zane.

Source: IMDB

1998: 'Shakespeare in Love'


Plot: 'A young Shakespeare, out of ideas and short of cash, meets his ideal woman and is inspired to write one of his most famous plays.'

Stars: Gwyneth Paltrow, Joseph Fiennes, and Geoffrey Rush.

Source: IMDB

1999: '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, and Thora Birch.

Source: IMDB

2000: 'Gladiator'

DreamWorks Pictures
Russell Crowe in 'Gladiator.'

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, and Connie Nielsen.

Source: IMDB

2001: '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, and Jennifer Connelly.

Source: IMDB

2002: 'Chicago'


Plot: 'Murderesses Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart find themselves on death row together and fight for the fame that will keep them from the gallows in 1920s Chicago.'

Stars: Renée Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Richard Gere.

Source: IMDB

2003: 'The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King'

New Line Cinema

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, and Ian McKellen.

Source: IMDB

2004: 'Million Dollar Baby'

Plot: 'A determined woman works with a hardened boxing trainer to become a professional.'

Stars: Hilary Swank, Clint Eastwood, and Morgan Freeman.

Source: IMDB

2005: 'Crash'

Plot: 'Los Angeles citizens with vastly separate lives collide in interweaving stories of race, loss and redemption.'

Stars: Don Cheadle, Sandra Bullock, and Thandie Newton.

Source: IMDB

2006: 'The Departed'

Plot: 'An undercover cop and a mole in the police attempt to identify each other while infiltrating an Irish gang in South Boston.'

Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, and Jack Nicholson.

Source: IMDB

2007: 'No Country for Old Men'

Plot: 'Violence and mayhem ensue after a hunter stumbles upon a drug deal gone wrong and more than two million dollars in cash near the Rio Grande.'

Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, and Josh Brolin.

Source: IMDB

2008: 'Slumdog Millionaire'

Plot: 'A Mumbai teen reflects on his upbringing in the slums when he is accused of cheating on the Indian version of 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire?''

Stars: Dev Patel, Freida Pinto, and Saurabh Shukla.

Source: IMDB

2009: 'The Hurt Locker'

Plot: 'During the Iraq War, a Sergeant recently assigned to an army bomb squad is put at odds with his squad mates due to his maverick way of handling his work.'

Stars: Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, and Brian Geraghty.

Source: IMDB

2010: 'The King's Speech'

Plot: 'The story of King George VI, his impromptu ascension to the throne and the speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch become worthy of it.'

Stars: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, and Helena Bonham Carter.

Source: IMDB

2011: 'The Artist'

Plot: 'A silent movie star meets a young dancer, but the arrival of talking pictures sends their careers in opposite directions.'

Stars: Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, and John Goodman.

Source: IMDB

2012: 'Argo'

Warner Brothers

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, and John Goodman.

Source: IMDB

2013: '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, and Michael Fassbender.

Source: IMDB

2014: 'Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)'

Plot: 'Illustrated upon the progress of his latest Broadway play, a former popular actor's struggle to cope with his current life as a wasted actor is shown.'

Stars: Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, and Edward Norton.

Source: IMDB

2015: 'Spotlight'

Open Road Films

Plot: 'The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core.'

Stars: Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, and Rachel McAdams.

Source: IMDB

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