Special Report

Best of the Best: Oscar Winners for Best Picture Ranked

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56. Out of Africa (1985)
> Director: Sydney Pollack
> Cast: Meryl Streep, Robert Redford, Klaus Maria Brandauer
> RT Tomatometer: 62%
> IMDb rating 7.2 out of 10
> Domestic gross box office: $87 million

Sydney Pollack’s drama “Out of Africa” follows a wealthy woman and plantation owner who has an affair with a free-spirited hunter. The movie won Pollack’s only Oscar for Best Director in his career.

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55. Chariots of Fire (1981)
> Director: Hugh Hudson
> Cast: Ben Cross, Ian Charleson, Nicholas Farrell
> RT Tomatometer: 82%
> IMDb rating 7.2 out of 10
> Domestic gross box office: $59 million

“Chariots of Fire” is a biopic about two British track athletes in the religiously divided U.K. competing in the 1924 Olympics. One is Jewish and the other a devout Christian. The film “manages to make effectively stirring use of its spiritual and patriotic themes,” according to Rotten Tomatoes’ Critics Consensus.

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54. Terms of Endearment (1983)
> Director: James L. Brooks
> Cast: Shirley MacLaine, Debra Winger, Jack Nicholson
> RT Tomatometer: 78%
> IMDb rating 7.4 out of 10
> Domestic gross box office: $108 million

Tracing the loving but ill-fated relationship between a mother and daughter over the years, this classic tear-jerker moves from Houston to Des Moines to New York City. Along the way there are family conflicts, infidelities, and love stories that culminate in the daughter’s death from cancer.

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53. Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
> Director: Bruce Beresford
> Cast: Morgan Freeman, Jessica Tandy, Dan Aykroyd
> RT Tomatometer: 82%
> IMDb rating 7.3 out of 10
> Domestic gross box office: $107 million

“Driving Miss Daisy” tells the story of how an old Jewish woman (Jessica Tandy) who lives alone and her African-American chauffeur (Morgan Freeman) in the South become friends over the course of several years.

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52. The Shape of Water (2017)
> Director: Guillermo del Toro
> Cast: Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, Michael Shannon
> RT Tomatometer: 92%
> IMDb rating 7.3 out of 10
> Domestic gross box office: $64 million

Guillermo del Toro’s sci-fi drama about the relationship between a janitor and an aquatic creature won four Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director. Forty-five movies grossed more than it did in 2017. These include “Star Wars Ep. VIII: The Last Jedi,” which took in nearly ten times as much at the domestic box office.

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