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

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“Parasite”

  • The 93rd Oscars ceremony is Sunday.
  • 92 movies have won the Oscar for best picture in the history of the Academy Awards.
  • We ranked them all based on how well they fared with critics, including last year’s winner “Parasite.”
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It’s been a turbulent year for the movie business, but the show must go on.

The 93rd Oscars ceremony is Sunday after being pushed back due to the coronavirus pandemic. And the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences also bent the rules a bit for this year’s Oscars.

Movies that debuted on streaming services qualified as long as they had a planned theatrical release (a movie usually has to have a qualifying theatrical run). And movies released between January 1, 2020 and February 28, 2021 qualified (it’s usually only the calendar year).

The delay meant that last year’s best picture winner, “Parasite,” was the reigning champion for a bit longer. It broke barriers as the first international feature to win the Oscars’ top prize.

This year’s frontrunner is “Nomadland,” directed by Chloé Zhao and starring Frances McDormand. Seven other films are also competing for cinema’s most prestigious award, including Netflix’s “The Trial of the Chicago 7” and “Mank.”

Business Insider ranked all 92 best picture winners – from the first winner, “Wings,” in 1927 to “Parasite” – based on their critic score on the 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 critic reviews came out on top.)

All 92 best picture Oscar winners are ranked below:

92. “The Broadway Melody” (1929)

broadway melody

Rotten Tomatoes score: 33%

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

greatest show on earth

Rotten Tomatoes score: 47%

90. “Cimarron” (1931)

cimarron

Rotten Tomatoes score: 52%

89. “Out of Africa” (1985)

Out of Africa

Rotten Tomatoes score: 62%

88. “Cavalcade” (1933)

Cavalcade

Rotten Tomatoes score: 64%

User score: 26%

87. “The Great Ziegfeld” (1936)

great ziegfeld

Rotten Tomatoes score: 64%

User score: 50%

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

around the world

Rotten Tomatoes score: 69%

85. “Forrest Gump” (1994)

forrest gump

Rotten Tomatoes score: 71%

84. “Crash” (2004)

Crash Lionsgate

Rotten Tomatoes score: 74%

Audience score: 88%

83. “A Beautiful Mind” (2001)

A Beautiful Mind

Rotten Tomatoes score: 74%

Audience score: 93%

82. “Gentleman’s Agreement” (1947)

gentleman's agreement

Rotten Tomatoes score: 76%

Audience score: 78%

 

81. “Gladiator” (2000)

gladiator

Rotten Tomatoes score: 77%

Audience score: 87%

80. “Terms of Endearment” (1983)

Terms of Endearment

Rotten Tomatoes score: 78%

Audience score: 83%

79. “Braveheart” (1995)

braveheart

Rotten Tomatoes score: 78%

Audience score: 85%

78. “Green Book” (2018)

green book

Rotten Tomatoes score: 78%

Audience score: 91% 

77. “Going My Way” (1944)

going my way

Rotten Tomatoes score: 81% (31 reviews) 

Audience score: 74%

76. “Gigi” (1958)

gigi

Rotten Tomatoes score: 81% (37 reviews)

Audience score: 74%

75. “Tom Jones” (1963)

tom jones movie

Rotten Tomatoes score: 82%

Audience score: 58%

74. “The Life of Emile Zola” (1937)

Life of Emile Zola

Rotten Tomatoes score: 82%

Audience score: 73% 

73. “Chariots of Fire” (1981)

Chariots of Fire

Rotten Tomatoes score: 82%

Audience score: 80%

72. “Oliver!” (1968)

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Rotten Tomatoes score: 82% (33 reviews)

Audience score: 81% 

71. “Driving Miss Daisy” (1989)

Driving Miss Daisy

Rotten Tomatoes score: 82% (65 reviews)

Audience score: 81% 

70. “A Man For All Seasons” (1966)

a man for all seasons

Rotten Tomatoes score: 83% (42 reviews)

Audience score: 87% 

69. “Dances With Wolves” (1990)

dances with wolves orion

Rotten Tomatoes score: 83% (76 reviews)

Audience score: 87% 

68. “The Sound of Music” (1965)

The Sound of Music

Rotten Tomatoes score: 83%

Audience score: 91%

67. “The English Patient” (1996)

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Rotten Tomatoes score: 85%

Audience score: 83%

66. “Gandhi” (1982)

Gandhi

Rotten Tomatoes score: 85%

Audience score: 92%

65. “Grand Hotel” (1932)

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Rotten Tomatoes score: 86%

Audience score: 77%

64. “Chicago” (2002)

Chicago

Rotten Tomatoes score: 86%

Audience score: 83%

 

63. “Ben-Hur” (1959)

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Rotten Tomatoes score: 86%

Audience score: 89%

 

62. “Platoon” (1986)

platoon

Rotten Tomatoes score: 87% (69 reviews)

Audience score: 93% 

61. “American Beauty” (1999)

American Beauty

Rotten Tomatoes score: 87% (190 reviews)

Audience score: 93% 

60. “Midnight Cowboy” (1969)

midnight cowboy

Rotten Tomatoes score: 88%

Audience score: 88% 

59. “Kramer vs. Kramer” (1979)

kramer vs kramer

Rotten Tomatoes score: 88%

Audience score: 89%

58. “Titanic” (1997)

Titanic

Rotten Tomatoes score: 89%

Audience score: 69%

57. “How Green Was My Valley” (1941)

how green was my valley 20th century fox

Rotten Tomatoes score: 89%

Audience score: 81%

56. “Ordinary People” (1980)

Ordinary People

Rotten Tomatoes score: 89% (54 reviews)

Audience score: 88% 

55. “The Last Emperor” (1987)

Last Emperor

Rotten Tomatoes score: 89% (72 reviews)

Audience score: 88%

54. “Rain Man” (1988)

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Rotten Tomatoes score: 89%

Audience score: 90%

53. “Million Dollar Baby” (2004)

Million Dollar Baby

Rotten Tomatoes score: 90%

Audience score: 90% 

52. “The Departed” (2006)

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Rotten Tomatoes score: 90%

Audience score: 94%

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

birdman michael keaton

Rotten Tomatoes score: 91%

Audience score: 77% 

50. “Slumdog Millionaire” (2008)

Slumdog Millionaire

Rotten Tomatoes score: 91%

Audience score: 90% 

49. “Gone with the Wind” (1939)

Gone with the Wind

Rotten Tomatoes score: 91%

Audience score: 92%

48. “Rocky” (1976)

rocky

Rotten Tomatoes score: 92%

Audience score: 69%

47. “The Shape of Water” (2017)

the shape of water

Rotten Tomatoes score: 92%

Audience score: 72%

46. “Shakespeare in Love” (1998)

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Rotten Tomatoes score: 92%

Audience score: 80%

45. “From Here to Eternity” (1953)

from here to eternity

Rotten Tomatoes score: 92% (61 reviews)

Audience score: 84%

44. “West Side Story” (1961)

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Rotten Tomatoes score: 92% (78 reviews)

Audience score: 84%

43. “The Deer Hunter” (1978)

the deer hunter

Rotten Tomatoes score: 92%

Audience score: 92% 

42. “Wings” (1927)

wings

Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%

Audience score: 79%

41. “Mutiny on the Bounty” (1935)

mutiny on the bounty

Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%

Audience score: 84%

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

return of the king lord of the rings

Rotten Tomatoes score: 93% (275 reviews)

Audience score: 86% 

39. “No Country for Old Men” (2007)

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Rotten Tomatoes score: 93% (288 reviews)

Audience score: 86%

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

you can't take it with you

Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%

Audience score: 88%

37. “Lawrence of Arabia” (1962)

lawrence of arabia

Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%

Audience score: 93% 

36. “The Apartment” (1960)

The Apartment

Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%

Audience score: 94%

35. “Amadeus” (1984)

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Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%

Audience score: 95% 

34. “The King’s Speech” (2010)

kings speech

Rotten Tomatoes score: 94%

Audience score: 92% 

33. “Patton” (1970)

Patton

Rotten Tomatoes score: 94%

Audience score: 93% 

32. “The Sting” (1973)

the sting

Rotten Tomatoes score: 94%

Audience score: 95% 

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

one flew over

Rotten Tomatoes score: 94%

Audience score: 96% 

30. “All the King’s Men” (1949)

all the king's men

Rotten Tomatoes score: 95%

Audience score: 78%

29. “Hamlet ” (1948)

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Rotten Tomatoes score: 95%

Audience score: 80%

28. “Mrs. Miniver” (1942)

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Rotten Tomatoes score: 95%

Audience score: 85%

27. “The Artist” (2011)

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Rotten Tomatoes score: 95%

Audience score: 87%

26. “My Fair Lady” (1964)

my fair lady audrey hepburn

Rotten Tomatoes score: 95% (58 reviews)

Audience score: 90% 

25. “12 Years a Slave” (2013)

12 years a slave

Rotten Tomatoes score: 95% (371 reviews)

Audience score: 90% 

24. “In the Heat of the Night” (1967)

In the Heat of the Night

Rotten Tomatoes score: 95% 

Audience score: 92%

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

bridge over river kwai Columbia Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 95%

Audience score: 93%

22. “An American in Paris” (1951)

american in paris

Rotten Tomatoes score: 96%

Audience score: 79%

21. “Argo” (2012)

argo

Rotten Tomatoes score: 96%

Audience score: 90% 

20. “Annie Hall” (1977)

annie hall

Rotten Tomatoes score: 96%

Audience score: 92%

19. “Unforgiven” (1992)

Unforgiven

Rotten Tomatoes score: 96%

Audience score: 93% 

18. “The Silence of the Lambs” (1991)

Silence of the Lambs

Rotten Tomatoes score: 96%

Audience score: 95% 

17. “The Godfather Part II” (1974)

Godfather Part II

Rotten Tomatoes score: 96%

Audience score: 97%

16. “The Hurt Locker” (2009)

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Rotten Tomatoes score: 97%

Audience score: 84%

15. “Spotlight” (2015)

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Rotten Tomatoes score: 97%

Audience score: 93%

14. “The Godfather” (1972)

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Rotten Tomatoes score: 97%

Audience score: 98%

13. “Moonlight” (2016)

moonlight

Rotten Tomatoes score: 98%

Audience score: 79%

12 “Marty” (1955)

marty

Rotten Tomatoes score: 98% (42 reviews)

Audience score: 87%

11. “The French Connection” (1971)

french connection

Rotten Tomatoes score: 98% (83 reviews)

Audience score: 87%

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

all quiet on the western front

Rotten Tomatoes score: 98%

Audience score: 89%

9. “The Lost Weekend” (1945)

the lost weekend movie

Rotten Tomatoes score: 98% (44 reviews)

Audience score: 90%

8. “Parasite” (2019)

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“Parasite”

Rotten Tomatoes score: 98% (458 reviews)

Audience score: 90%

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

best years of our lives

Rotten Tomatoes score: 98% 

Audience score: 93%

6. “Schindler’s List” (1993)

Schindler's List

Rotten Tomatoes score: 98%

Audience score: 97% 

5. “It Happened One Night” (1934)

it happened one night

Rotten Tomatoes score: 99%

Audience score: 93%

4. “All About Eve” (1950)

all about eve

Rotten Tomatoes score: 99%

Audience score: 94%

3. “On the Waterfront” (1954)

on the waterfront

Rotten Tomatoes score: 99% (102 reviews)

Audience score: 95% 

2. “Casablanca” (1942)

casablanca

Rotten Tomatoes score: 99% (122 reviews)

Audience score: 95% 

1. “Rebecca” (1940)

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Rotten Tomatoes score: 100%

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