The list of films that won the coveted Best Picture Oscar award is small and exclusive. Theoretically, these are the best films of each year dating back to the late 1920s, although a few years have had winners deemed controversial.
Many Letterboxd users are avid moviegoers who have seen many of these Best Picture winners. They gave these Oscar winners reviews with some of them being among the movies with the highest average rating on the website. The ones with the best middle marks come from a range of eras and genres.
ten Everything about Eve (4.3)
Many of the former Best Picture winners who scored high on Letterboxd are considered true classics of decades past. Among them is All about Eve, which came out in 1950. At the time, the 14 Oscar nominations he received were a record and he won six.
Among these nominations, four for actresses. The story follows a fan who makes her way through the life of a famous Broadway star. On Letterboxd, All about Eve Most received the perfect five-star rating (31%) but four stars followed closely (30%).
9 The Apartment (4.3)
Fast forward a decade, 1960s The apartment won the prestigious Best Picture Academy Award. Starring movie legends like Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine, the film is an all-time movie despite the subject being somewhat controversial.
The film centers on an insurance clerk who allows senior colleagues to use his residence for their business in the hope that this will help him grow in the business. With the best film, he won the award for best director and best screenplay. 34% of reviews have it at five stars, while 28% are at four stars.
8 No country for old people (4.3)
There is no doubt that the Coen brothers are among the greatest filmmakers in history. Their films are often well received immediately or become cult hits over time. 2007 There is no country for old people was one that was an instant sensation.
Both critical and commercial success, this crime thriller focuses on three characters. One is a veteran who finds a bag full of money, the other is a sheriff investigating and the other is a hitman to get the money. Five stars are returned 33% of the time for this modern classic.
7 The Silence Of The Lambs (4.3)
History was written in 1991 when Thesilenceofthelambs won the Oscar for Best Picture. It became the first (and remains the only) horror film to win the award. To add how impressive it was, the film also won Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Adapted Screenplay.
The exceptional film remains an icon of the genre thanks to the work of Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins. The plot sees an FBI agent enlisting the aid of a cannibalistic murderer while hunting down another serial killer. Again, five stars is the most common rating (35%).
6 An overview of a cuckoo’s nest (4.3)
Jack Nicholson is one of Hollywood’s greatest actors for several reasons and one of them was his performance in Flight over a cuckoo’s nest. Released in 1975, what did this film do Thesilenceofthelambs years later, winning the five most important categories.
Among these victories was Nicholson as best actor. The film tells the story of a new participant in a mental institution who irritates his fellow patients to rebel against the system. Four-star reviews come in often (30%) but like most Best Picture winners, five stars are the most common (32%).
5 Schindler’s List (4.4)
You’d be hard pressed to find a powerful movie that Schindler’s list. Arrived at the cinema in 1993, this epic of Steven Spielberg blew the audience away as soon as they laid eyes on her. Set during World War II, it followed a German industrialist who worried about his Jewish workers.
Critics of Schindler’s list are overwhelmingly positive, hardly anyone gives it less than three stars, and a whopping 44% of users give it the perfect five stars. With Best Picture, it won awards for Best Original Music, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and three more.
4 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (4.4)
2003 was a year in which a real story was written at the Oscars. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King set a record sweeping the awards, winning all eleven Oscars for which it was nominated, with the two biggest being Best Picture and Best Director.
It remains the biggest Oscars sweep in history. This epic of Peter Jackson managed to conclude The Lord of the Rings trilogy in a way that was both true to the source material and a masterpiece of a movie. An incredible 46% of user reviews have five stars.
3 The Godfather Part 2 (4.5)
Only two sequels won the trophy for best film. Almost 30 years ago The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King achieved the feat, The Godfather II did. Directed again by Francis Ford Coppola, the 1974 drama is considered just as good, if not better, than the original.
The film functioned as both a sequel and a prequel, chronicling Vito and Michael Corleone’s journeys through the 1910s and 1950s, respectively. The middle part of this trilogy won six Oscars, including Best Director, and on Letterboxd, more than half of the ratings (53%) consider it perfect.
2 The Godfather (4.6)
In 1972, moviegoers discovered the world of the Corleone family between the 1940s and 1950s. Hollywood has seen many mafia films throughout history, but it has arguably never been better than The Godfather, which still stands decades later.
The film won three key Oscars, winning Best Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay as well as Best Picture. It is considered one of the greatest movies ever to be made and the scores reflect it, as 57% of critics gave it a five-star rating.
1 Parasite (4.6)
Most of the top-rated Best Picture winners are those who made history. 2019 Parasite is one of them because it was the first and only non-English film to win the award for best film. Bong Joon-ho’s film is one of the most unique to be nominated for such major awards.
Telling the story of a poor Korean family who infiltrates a wealthy family by jostling each other in key roles in their lives, he delivered in terms of actor, staging and emotion. Parasite also won Best Director and Best Original Screenplay, and on Letterboxd it received five stars 57% of the time.
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