Ranking the Best Picture-Winning Movies I’ve Seen; from Worst to Best

The last time I wrote this post I had only seen 13 movies that had the honorable award of Best Picture. Now I’ve seen 20. So, with no further delay, here is my updated ranking of the Best-Picture winning movies that I’ve seen. Enjoy!

20. Casablanca

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I’ve been hearing about Casablanca for years and so when I finally got the chance to watch it, I did. Unfortunately, it would end up being a disappointment. I’m all into movie love stories but this one did not grasp me in the way that I thought it would. As a modern woman, Ilsa Lund’s incessant crying and wanting to be with Rick Blaine–the man she had an affair with while her husband was away at war 😒–is just not my thing.

Now, I will say, I loved the writing. So beautiful, so concise, the screenwriters did a great job conveying this story in a perfect fashion. And Rick Blaine was an amazing character to follow in this tumultuous section of his life.

While this movie will never sit in the list of my favorite movies I am very happy that I have seen it.

19. Gandhi

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I watched Gandhi several years ago and I liked it. It deserved all of the praise it could get as it told the story of such an inspiring and motivational human being who walked this earth. While it was a well-told story that I appreciate being brought to the big screen I found it to be kind of boring. Hence, it’s twelfth on this list.

18. The Hurt Locker

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I don’t think I’ve seen The Hurt Locker all the way through at one time but I have seen this movie enough to know it’s good but it isn’t great. Every time I’ve seen this film I’ve wondered to myself, “How did this movie get Best Picture?” So yeah, it’s better than these two other movies beneath it but it’s nowhere near as good as most of the rest of the films on this list.

17. Green Book

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You know, Green Book is a good movie with a well-written story that is meant to provide heartwarming joy to its viewers. In other words, it’s a feel-good movie to watch during the fall but it’s no Best Picture-worthy film in my opinion. Will I ever watch it again? No. Will I remember it? Yes. I’m glad I can say I’ve seen it but it was definitely a safe pick for Best Picture.

16. Unforgiven

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Starring the Country-Western legend himself, Clint Eastwood, Unforgiven is a Western that has a darker side. Considering that it won Best Picture I was expecting something a little, well, great. The movie is good and it takes the shooting of men a little more seriously than most Westerns, but ultimately, it’s kind of boring.

15. Argo

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Argo is one of those movies that you don’t think is going to be that good until you watch it and realize, “Wow. This is an amazing movie.” Ben Affleck does an incredible job conveying the tenseness of the various situations through the lenses while Oscar-winning screenwriter Chris Terrio did a remarkable job keeping the story engaging where it could’ve easily fallen flat.

14. The French Connection

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Before you had The Godfather there was The French Connection, a film about a pair of New York City cops (played by Gene Hackman and Roy Scheider) who discover a drug-smuggling operation that involves the French. It’s a really good film that is undoubtedly well-made and I’m glad I’ve seen it. It’s no Godfather but heck, it’s not bad either.

13. Parasite

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Yes, Parasite is unlike any other movie that I’ve seen but I didn’t find the film to be as thrilling as some suggest. Now don’t get me wrong. It’s well-written, well-directed, and points an accusatory finger at the wealthy for their prejudice toward poorer individuals, but compared to the other movies on this list, its light is far dimmer.

12. The King’s Speech

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No, there are no explosions, the drama-level is rather low, but the disappearance of these abundant aspects often found in cinema didn’t make this movie any less intriguing. The King’s Speech is a profoundly beautiful biography of a man who learned, through a heartwarming friendship, the lesson of perseverance and belief.

11. Driving Miss Daisy

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I never expected to like this film. I don’t just like it. I love it. It’s way better than Green Book and it made me cry. This is a great movie to win Best Picture.

10. Braveheart

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Braveheart is a movie my Mommy’s been talking about for years and when I finally watched it I was more than impressed. While it can be a bit tedious during the massive midsection of the film the end of the film is where the magic is. What happens to William Wallace is so heartbreaking that I ugly cried for ten minutes straight and woke up the next morning still with a headache. This is a great movie.

9. The Godfather

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You wanna talk about iconic, The Godfather is synonymous with gangster lore for a reason. Michael Corleone’s story is both tragic and triumphant (and slightly horrifying) all in one. And with the incredible cast, this movie not only soars but will remain in your memory for years to come.

8. An American in Paris

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Becoming the first musical to win an Oscar for Best Picture An American in Paris is a true gem. With incredibly choreographed dance routines and an outstanding musical score to boot An American in Paris has become not only one of my favorite musicals of all time but one of my favorite films of all time, period.

7. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

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Whether we’re talking about the normal or the extended version of this film, The Return of the King is not only a satisfying conclusion to a ridiculously epic trilogy but it still stands as one of the greatest cinematic achievements of all time.

6. The Silence of the Lambs

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The Silence of the Lambs is one of those films that is so disturbing you watch it once and you never want to watch it again. This is a PHENOMENAL movie, but like I said, it’s disturbing. I ended up watching it again with my family (my mother and sister were watching it for the first time) and I was bluntly reminded why this film is one, SO GOOD, and two, SO DISTURBING. And it’s really scary too by the way.

5. Rocky

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I’ve seen Rocky III more times than I count. I’ve only recently seen Rocky. I was not expecting this movie to be as good as it was and boy did it get to my emotions! I was not ready. There is a legitimate reason why Rocky is now an icon of not only Philadelphia but the United States as a whole. It’s a beautiful movie.

4. The Sound of Music

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It’s rare to find a movie that you love wholeheartedly with every fiber of your being but this is definitely one of those films for me. I’ve seen it three times now and every viewing seems more magical than the last. The songs are magnificent and easy to sing along, the tale is beautifully told and leaves me in a river of tears, and the scenery paired with the stunning sets and tremendous outfits only adds to the entire experience.

It’s undoubtedly one of my favorite musicals of all time.

3. Forrest Gump

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Forrest Gump is one of those movies that you watch and are immediately drawn into within mere minutes. This movie will make you laugh and boy it’ll make you cry. Just thinking about certain scenes makes me start getting teary.

Forrest Gump is one of the greatest movies ever made and that’s why it sits at third on this list.

2. Gladiator

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Gladiator is another movie that my Mommy has been telling me about for years and when I finally watched it I was quite “entertained” to say the least. It’s undoubtedly Russel Crowe’s greatest performance (well, to be fair I haven’t seen him in A Beautiful Mind yet) and his co-stars are just as phenomenal. Connie Nielson and Joaquin Phoenix play the heck out of their roles as Lucilla and Commodus. Lucilla is one of my favorite movie heroines of all time and Commodus is, I think, my most hated villain of all time. Gosh, he’s the worst!

All in all, I love this movie, and it gets better with every viewing.

1. No Country for Old Men

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I’ve already made it very clear that No Country for Old Men is my favorite movie of all time, hence it would be #1 on this list. No Country for Old Men is literally the best movie I have ever seen. With a chilling storyline about thievery and the consequences of that thievery, the Coen Brothers tell a riveting story, unlike anything I’ve seen before.

As someone who has been a fan of Westerns since I was a little girl, this was like finding the Holy Grail. There’s no romance, no unnecessary man/woman action, just good ol’ storytelling that will leave you haunted at the film’s conclusion. And with two of my favorite actors of all time (Tommy Lee Jones and Josh Brolin) and an INCREDIBLE performance by Javier Bardem, this movie will be tough to beat.

Oh man, I love movies. I am very determined to one day watch every single Best Picture-winning film which will be very, very fun. Until then, at least I’ve seen twenty, and the list is climbing. 😁

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a tremendous day.

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