Special Report

Best of the Best: Oscar Winners for Best Picture Ranked

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41. Moonlight (2016)
> Director: Barry Jenkins
> Cast: Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris, Trevante Rhodes
> RT Tomatometer: 98%
> IMDb rating 7.4 out of 10
> Domestic gross box office: $28 million

“Moonlight” follows the life of a young African-American named Chiron as he struggles to reconcile himself with his sexual identity, beginning in childhood and leading up through his adult years. Chiron is relentlessly bullied, helped by a Puerto Rican drug dealer who watches out for him, he comes to terms with who he is, and reconciles with his drug addict mother and the school friend who had once beaten him up.

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40. Dances with Wolves (1990)
> Director: Kevin Costner
> Cast: Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Graham Greene
> RT Tomatometer: 83%
> IMDb rating 8.0 out of 10
> Domestic gross box office: $184 million

Kevin Costner directed and starred in this story about an American soldier who makes peace with wolves and Native Americans in the west and becomes an outcast among his peers. Costner won one of the film’s three Golden Globes for Best Director – Motion Picture, a feat he would equal at the Academy Awards, where “Dances with Wolves” took home seven Oscars.

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39. A Beautiful Mind (2001)
> Director: Ron Howard
> Cast: Russell Crowe, Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly
> RT Tomatometer: 74%
> IMDb rating 8.2 out of 10
> Domestic gross box office: $171 million

“A Beautiful Mind” stars Russell Crowe as John Nash, a brilliant mathematician tortured by mental illness who eventually triumphs over his affliction to win the Nobel Prize. Crowe won one of four Golden Globes for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama, and Jennifer Connelly took home a Globe and an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress as Nash’s tormented wife.

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38. Gladiator (2000)
> Director: Ridley Scott
> Cast: Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen
> RT Tomatometer: 77%
> IMDb rating 8.5 out of 10
> Domestic gross box office: $188 million

Ridley Scott directed this epic about a former Roman general out for vengeance against the corrupt emperor who killed his family and forced him into slavery. The movie is known for its startling reimagining of ancient Rome as well as the intense gladiatorial combat scenes. The film won five Oscars, including Best Picture and a Best Actor statue for Russell Crowe.

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37. Green Book (2018)
> Director: Peter Farrelly
> Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali, Linda Cardellini
> RT Tomatometer: 78%
> IMDb rating 8.2 out of 10
> Domestic gross box office: $85 million

Despite winning Best Picture at the 2019 Academy Awards, “Green Book” was outgrossed by 35 other films at the domestic box office in 2018. Among the films that performed better than the Oscar-winner about a white driver accompanying a black musician in the South during the 1960s are fellow 2018 Best Picture nominees “Black Panther,” “A Star is Born,” and “Bohemian Rhapsody.”