12 Best & Most Popular Award-Winning Movies of All Time


I doubt there is anyone on this planet who doesn’t like watching movies as they are depictions of sheer brilliance, creativity, and artistic thoughts. Movies act as a getaway from all the stress and tension we face in our day to day lives. There are numerous actors, producers, and directors who have graced this beautiful invention known as cinema but there is a lot more that is needed to create a successful movie that what meets the eye.

Oscars is always the time of the year when the red carpet rolls out for the Hollywood elites. Actors, directors, producers and writers all wanted down in the finest attires they could have gathered in hopes of getting the elusive statuette. Ever since Oscars started in 1929, year after year we have had a string of amazing movies battling for the top prize. Sometimes, a surprising winner might spring up which in the audience’s opinion wasn’t the deserving winner but most of the time the Academy gets it right and gives the award to the deserving winner.

Here, we have prepared a list of some of the best Oscar winning movies that you will ever come across. If you haven’t already watched them all, then it is time you free up some time and watch them.

I doubt there is anyone on this planet who doesn’t like watching movies as they are depictions of sheer brilliance, creativity, and artistic thoughts. Movies act as a getaway from all the stress and tension we face in our day to day lives. There are numerous actors, producers, and directors who have graced this beautiful invention known as cinema but there is a lot more that is needed to create a successful movie that what meets the eye.

Oscars is always the time of the year when the red carpet rolls out for the Hollywood elites. Actors, directors, producers and writers all wanted down in the finest attires they could have gathered in hopes of getting the elusive statuette. Ever since Oscars started in 1929, year after year we have had a string of amazing movies battling for the top prize. Sometimes, a surprising winner might spring up which in the audience’s opinion wasn’t the deserving winner but most of the time the Academy gets it right and gives the award to the deserving winner.

Here, we have prepared a list of some of the best award winning movies that you will ever come across. If you haven’t already watched them all, then it is time you free up some time and watch them.

12. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)

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Miles Forman neatly depicted the adaptation of Ken Kesey’s novel in a classical way and delivered a performance of a lifetime. Jack Nicholson plays Randle McMurphy who is a wise-crackin’ con that talks his way into some mental institution to forgo a harsher prison term. He goes up against a machine run by the evil nurse Ratched (Louise Fletcher) and befriends all sorts of folks inside including a pre-doc Brown Christopher Lloyd. This move is highly uplifting and heart-breaking.

11. Gone With the Wind (1939)

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This one is a grand and majestic masterpiece which walked out of the Oscars ceremony with 8 awards in hand. Its release was highly surprising that how this lush melodramatic tale of romance during the American Civil War made it to the big screen.

It was adapted from Margaret Mitchell’s novel and till date the most successful movie in the box office history (if we adjust for inflation). This is an amazing feat considering the setback it had throughout its production, from the hundreds of actresses who auditioned for the role of Scarlett O’Hara or the sheer quantity of directors who came and left.

10. Schindler’s List (1993)

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Steven Spielberg always seems to have that knack for managing to crank out palatable blockbusters regardless of the topic of his movies. Be it aliens, dinosaurs, robots, spies you just name it, he has done it all.

In this movie, he turns to the Holocaust even to craft out an evocative and powerful movie which is based on the historical event which led to 6 million Jews senselessly killed. Despite garnering negative attention, he chose to focus on the 600 who survived thanks to Oskar Schindler and managed to give us a masterpiece by putting the spotlight on the decency of an ordinary man ever during the darkest of hours.

9. The Apartment (1960)

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Billy Wilder, who was known at that time for his screwball comedies tried something new with this movie and it instantly proved to be a game changer and showed them of what Hollywood can get away with.

It features Jack Lemmon as Baxter who is an insurance agent that lets his office pals use his apartment whenever they want to entertain their mistresses. He himself was struggling to find love until he met Fran, Shirley Maclaine’s whip-smart elevator operator. Her performance was the real turning point in the movie as she was full of biting wit and self-deprecating one-liners.

8. The French Connection (1971)

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Dom Toretto’s crew have got nothing on Gene Hackman’s petrolhead prowess in The French Connection. As Jimmy Doyle, a detective who initially pursues justice behind the safe of a badge but soon there comes a time when there is nothing remotely by-the-book about this badass detective.

Our hero was tasked with the job of bringing down a gang of heroin smugglers in NYC, Doyle embarks one of the best and most iconic car chases ever filmed. William Friedkin was so relentless in his direction that he had a large portion of city subway shut down just for this scene.

7. Annie Hall (1977)

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Annie Hall is easily one of woody Allen’s best rom-coms that saw the director get away from the weird pictures he was making and dive into the mainstream to deliver an epic hit. His decision to cast Diana Keaton as the lead character turned out to be a masterstroke as the carefree and cool actress was the perfect antidote to Woody Allen’s neurotic Alvy Singer.

Its most memorable moment happens when they discuss their next date with a series of captions appearing to illustrate the differences between what we actually say and what we actually mean. While Allen wasn’t the first one to break the fourth wall, he was definitely the best who wrung the most laughs from it.

6. The Godfather (1972)

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This all-time great movie is based on Mario Puzo’s novel of the same name. It has also been influential over the entire gangster genre with NYC’s crime lords taking their cues from the Corleone family. There is so much packed into the film that was not even spotted until spoofs and parodies of this classic came along: the horse head in the bed, the sweet piece of improvised dialogues, the mutterings of Marlon Brando’s wise guy and who can forget the dialogue “Leave the gun, take the Cannoli”.

5. Silence of the Lambs

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Who could have imagined a movie with serial killers as poetic cannibals and skin wearing psychopaths winning Oscars awards? No one right? Well, that is the beauty about Jonathan Demme’s horror epic. It is rare for a genre movie to win any award never mind the Oscars for Best Picture, but not only did it win the Best Picture, but it defeated its rivals in every single category it was nominated in.

What do you think helped them clinch it? Was it the dynamite of a script or the utterly haunting score or the turns from Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster? It was actually the combination of all of the above filled with a tightly-edited final sequence which to this day remains just as chilling as it was when it came out.

4. All About Eve (1952)

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The double trouble of Bette Davis as a veteran actress Margo Channing and Anne Baxter as her conniving ingénue Eve Harrington makes this classic still so watchable to this day. The pair was flung together in this timeless classic about our resistance to growing old. With Davis’ razor-sharp delivery of Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s dialogues making this her finest performance by a large margin. “Faster your seatbelts, it is going to be a bumpy night” was one of the most iconic dialogues of the movie delivered by Channing.

3. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

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These days, the word epic is being used everywhere and it has lost its power that it originally had. However, this sprawling movie by David Lean literally defined the spectacle of cinema and inspired the likes of Lucas and Spielberg which made it worthy of being called epic.

Not only is it filled with an amazing storyline but its cinematography is incredibly gorgeous as Peter O’Toole knocks it out of the park as a World War 1 officer T.E. Laurence. What is even more impressive than the thousands of extras used is its length, at 227 minutes it still remains the longest movie ever to take home the big prize.

2. Casablanca (1943)

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Casablanca is easily one of the greatest American movies to ever be produced. It is a brilliant blend of romance, thriller and a war-torn actioner that had two of the top actors in lead roles. You can call it whatever you want to call, but what cannot be denied is the impressive watchability of this amazing adventure by Michael Curtiz that sees Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart as two lovers who can never be together.

The chemistry shown by the pair is jaw dropping and is rarely seen on screen nowadays. Their off-set friendship also gives its film the appeal it has, as well as the most impressive one-liner. When in between the takes, Bogart would teach his co-star poker, he would often repeat the line “Here’s looking at you, kid to Bergman”.

1. The Godfather: Part 2 (1974)

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Did you really expect any other movie to claim the top spot? The Godfather: Part 2 came with themes of loyalty, family, and sacrifices which helped drive home Francis Ford Coppola’s sequel in the Corleone clan’s take. It is easily one of the first sequels to ever outdo its predecessor as Coppola manages to take everything that made the first movie a spectacular and ups the stakes to make it into an even bigger and better thriller.

This one takes a look back through the early ears of Vito Corleone in Sicily while charting his accomplishments before he became the famous NYC Mafioso. Robert De Niro is cast as the young Don alongside Marlon Brando and Al Pacino in arguably the greatest gangster to ever be made.

I’m sure by now you would have already separated out the movies which you have already watched and the movies which you are going to put on download soon. Most of these are timeless classics which underline the simplicity yet brilliant creativity of great mind and talented actors. Watching these amazing movies is just like appreciating a beautiful painting or taking a sip of fine wine.


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