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

  • 92 movies have won the Oscar for best picture in the history of the Academy Awards.
  • We all 92 films based on how well they fared with critics, including the latest, “Parasite.”

“Parasite” is the latest movie to win the Oscar for best picture, becoming the first non-English-language film to do so. It joins 91 past winners.

Business Insider ranked all 92 films — from the first winner, “Wings,” in 1927 to “Parasite” — based on their critic score on 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 user ratings came out on top.)

Some of the results may be a surprise (“Argo” is … pretty high on the list), while others (notorious winner “Crash”) probably won’t be.

All 92 best picture Oscar winners are ranked below:

 

92. “The Broadway Melody” (1929)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 35%

 

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

Rotten Tomatoes score: 45%

 

90. “Cimarron” (1931)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 52%

 

89. “Cavalcade” (1933)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 58%

 

88. “Out of Africa” (1985)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 60%

 

87. “The Great Ziegfeld” (1936)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 62%

 

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

Rotten Tomatoes score: 71%

 

85. “Forrest Gump” (1994)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 72%

 

84. “Crash” (2004)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 74%

Audience score: 88%

 

83. “A Beautiful Mind” (2001)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 74%

Audience score: 93%

 

82. “Gladiator” (2000)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 76%

Audience score: 87%

 

81. “Braveheart” (1995)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 77%

 

80. “The Life of Emile Zola” (1937)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 78%

Audience score: 73% (user ratings: 2,336)

 

79. “Green Book” (2018)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 78%

Audience score: 73% (user ratings: 9,381)

 

78. “Gentleman’s Agreement” (1947)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 78%

Audience score: 77%

 

77. “Gigi” (1958)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 79%

Audience score: 74%

 

76. “Going My Way” (1944)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 80%

Audience score: 76%

 

75. “Driving Miss Daisy” (1989)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 81%

Audience score: 81% (53,648 user ratings)

 

74. “Oliver!” (1968)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 82%

Audience score: 81% (56,069 user ratings)

 

73. “A Man For All Seasons” (1966)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 82%

Audience score: 87% (9,738 user ratings)

 

72. “Dances With Wolves” (1990)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 82%

Audience score: 87% (213,605 user ratings)

 

71. “Chariots of Fire” (1981)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 84%

Audience score: 80%

 

70. “Terms of Endearment” (1983)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 84%

Audience score: 84%

 

69. “The Sound of Music” (1965)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 84%

Audience score: 91%

 

68. “Gandhi” (1982)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 84%

Audience score: 92%

 

67. “Tom Jones” (1963)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 85%

Audience score: 58%

 

66. “The English Patient” (1996)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 85%

Audience score: 83%

 

65. “Grand Hotel” (1932)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 86%

Audience score: 77%

 

64. “Chicago” (2002)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 86%

Audience score: 83%

 

63. “Ben-Hur” (1959)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 86%

Audience score: 89%

 

62. “American Beauty” (1999)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 87%

Audience score: 93% (660,271 user ratings)

 

61. “Platoon” (1986)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 88%

Audience score: 93% (239,704 user ratings)

 

60. “Titanic” (1997)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 89%

Audience score: 69%

 

59. “Ordinary People” (1980)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 89%

Audience score: 88% (23,170 user ratings)

 

58. “Kramer vs. Kramer” (1979)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 89%

Audience score: 89%

 

57. “Rain Man” (1988)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 90%

Audience score: 90%

 

56. “Gone with the Wind” (1939)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 90%

Audience score: 93%

 

55. “How Green Was My Valley” (1941)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 91%

Audience score: 81%

 

54. “Midnight Cowboy” (1969)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 91%

Audience score: 77% (User Ratings: 39,937)

 

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

Rotten Tomatoes score: 91%

Audience score: 77% (user ratings: 92,842)

 

52. “Hamlet ” (1948)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 91%

Audience score: 80%

 

51. “The Last Emperor” (1987)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 91%

Audience score: 88%

 

50. “Million Dollar Baby” (2004)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 91%

Audience score: 90% (404,870 user ratings)

 

49. “Slumdog Millionaire” (2008)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 91%

Audience score: 90% (1,155,550 user ratings)

 

48. “The Departed” (2006)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 91%

Audience score: 94%

 

47. “The Shape of Water” (2017)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 92%

Audience score: 72%

 

46. “Shakespeare in Love” (1998)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 92%

Audience score: 80%

 

45. “From Here to Eternity” (1953)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 92%

Audience score: 84%

 

44. “Mrs. Miniver” (1942)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 92%

Audience score: 85%

 

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

Rotten Tomatoes score: 92%

Audience score: 88% (9,366 user ratings)

 

42. “Wings” (1927)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%

Audience score: 78%

 

41. “West Side Story” (1961)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%

Audience score: 84%

 

40. “No Country for Old Men” (2007)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%

Audience score: 86% (398,737 user ratings)

 

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

Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%

Audience score: 86% (34,679,773 user ratings)

 

38. “The Sting” (1973)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%

Audience score: 95% (61,654 user ratings)

 

37. “Amadeus” (1984)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%

Audience score: 95% (180,035 user ratings)

 

36. “Rocky” (1976)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 94%

Audience score: 69%

 

35. “Mutiny on the Bounty” (1935)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 94%

Audience score: 84%

 

34. “The Deer Hunter” (1978)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 94%

Audience score: 92% (103,194 user ratings)

 

33. “The Apartment” (1960)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 94%

Audience score: 94%

 

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

Rotten Tomatoes score: 94%

Audience score: 96%

 

31. “An American in Paris” (1951)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 95%

Audience score: 79%

 

30. “The Artist” (2011)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 95%

Audience score: 87%

 

29. “My Fair Lady” (1964)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 95%

Audience score: 90% (186,998 user ratings)

 

28. “12 Years a Slave” (2013)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 95%

Audience score: 90% (User Ratings: 140,039)

 

27. “The King’s Speech” (2010)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 95%

Audience score: 92% (144,380 user ratings)

 

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

Rotten Tomatoes score: 95%

Audience score: 93%

 

25. “Argo” (2012)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 96%

Audience score: 90% (208,186 user ratings)

 

24. “In the Heat of the ” (1967)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 96%

Audience score: 92% (23,056 user ratings)

 

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

Rotten Tomatoes score: 96%

Audience score: 93% (10,782 user ratings)

 

22. “Patton” (1970)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 96%

Audience score: 93% (User Ratings: 43,258)

 

21. “Unforgiven” (1992)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 96%

Audience score: 93% (User Ratings: 122,551)

 

20. “The Silence of the Lambs” (1991)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 96%

Audience score: 95%

 

19. “All the King’s Men” (1949)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 97%

Audience score: 78%

 

18. “The Hurt Locker” (2009)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 97%

Audience score: 84%

 

17. “Annie Hall” (1977)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 97%

Audience score: 92%

 

16. “Spotlight” (2015)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 97%

Audience score: 93%

 

15. “The Godfather Part II” (1974)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 97%

Audience score: 97% (410,990 user ratings)

 

14. “Schindler’s List” (1993)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 97%

Audience score: 97% (411,254 user ratings)

 

13. “Moonlight” (2016)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 98%

Audience score: 79%

 

12. “The French Connection” (1971)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 98%

Audience score: 87%

 

11. “It Happened One Night” (1934)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 98%

Audience score: 93% (33,611 user ratings)

 

10. “Lawrence of Arabia” (1962)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 98%

Audience score: 93% (74,969 user ratings)

 

9. “On the Waterfront” (1954)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 98%

Audience score: 95% (User ratings: 52,111)

 

8. “Casablanca” (1942)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 98%

Audience score: 95% (User Ratings: 357,246)

 

7. “The Godfather” (1972)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 98%

Audience score: 98%

 

6. “Parasite” (2019)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 99%

Audience score: 92%

 

5. “Marty” (1955)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 100%

Audience score: 87%

 

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

Rotten Tomatoes score: 100%

Audience score: 89%

 

3. “The Lost Weekend” (1945)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 100%

Audience score: 90%

 

2. “Rebecca” (1940)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 100%

Audience score: 92%

 

1. “All About Eve” (1950)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 100%

Audience score: 94%

 

 

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