Special Report

Best of the Best: Oscar Winners for Best Picture Ranked

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46. The English Patient (1996)
> Director: Anthony Minghella
> Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche, Willem Dafoe
> RT Tomatometer: 85%
> IMDb rating 7.4 out of 10
> Domestic gross box office: $79 million

A French-Canadian nurse at the end of World War II in Italy tends a badly burned, semi-amnesiac patient. Flashbacks reveal details of his affair with a married woman and her lonely death, and the fact that he was forced into collaborating with the Germans before enduring the plane crash that left him badly injured. The nurse, whose fiancé has died in the war, finds love with a British-Indian officer, and the burned man — who is revealed to be Hungarian, not English — succumbs.

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45. Rocky (1976)
> Director: John G. Avildsen
> Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young
> RT Tomatometer: 94%
> IMDb rating 8.1 out of 10
> Domestic gross box office: $117 million

Written by and starring Sylvester Stallone, “Rocky” is the film that put the action star on the map. The film is a boxing film about the ultimate underdog. The movie won the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture – Drama. It would be a prelude to the film’s showing at the Academy Awards, where it won three Oscars.

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44. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014)
> Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu
> Cast: Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton
> RT Tomatometer: 91%
> IMDb rating 7.7 out of 10
> Domestic gross box office: $42 million

Director Alejandro G. Iñárritu‘s movie about a former superhero actor trying to reinvent himself won four Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Writing — Original Screenplay. The movie was only the 77th top grossing movie released in 2014, however. The year’s best-performer at the domestic box office was fellow Best Picture-nominee “American Sniper,” which brought in more than $350 million.

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43. A Man for All Seasons (1966)
> Director: Fred Zinnemann
> Cast: Paul Scofield, Wendy Hiller, Robert Shaw
> RT Tomatometer: 83%
> IMDb rating 7.7 out of 10
> Domestic gross box office: $28 million

Six Oscars went to “A Man for All Seasons,” which tells the story of Sir Thomas More, who chose his conscience over his king, King Henry VIII — the king demanded a divorce over the objection of the Catholic Church. Fred Zinneman would win the second of his two Oscars for Best Director. Paul Scofield would triumph as Best Actor in the lead role.

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42. Braveheart (1995)
> Director: Mel Gibson
> Cast: Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Patrick McGoohan
> RT Tomatometer: 78%
> IMDb rating 8.3 out of 10
> Domestic gross box office: $76 million

“Braveheart” stands out as Mel Gibson’s great one-man show. He plays Scot William Wallace who has convinced himself he can free his people from the British. Gibson produced and directed the film, which ends badly for Wallace in the finishing frames. The movie won Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Makeup, and Best Sound Effects Editing.