Special Report

Best of the Best: Oscar Winners for Best Picture Ranked

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35. The Last Emperor (1987)
> Director: Bernardo Bertolucci
> Cast: John Lone, Joan Chen, Peter O’Toole
> RT Tomatometer: 89%
> IMDb rating 7.7 out of 10
> Domestic gross box office: $44 million

Italian director Bernardo Bertolucci rose to prominence in the 1970s directing movies including “The Conformist” (1970) and “Last Tango in Paris” (1972). His film “The Last Emperor” — about the last Emperor of China, Pu Yi — won Best Picture, along with eight other Oscars, in 1988.

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35. Ordinary People (1980)
> Director: Robert Redford
> Cast: Donald Sutherland, Mary Tyler Moore, Judd Hirsch
> RT Tomatometer: 89%
> IMDb rating 7.7 out of 10
> Domestic gross box office: $55 million

The first film directed by Robert Redford, this is the story of a dysfunctional Chicago area family trying to deal with the accidental death of one son and the attempted suicide of another. A friend of the surviving son successfully kills herself, and the mother of the family leaves them.

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34. Midnight Cowboy (1969)
> Director: John Schlesinger
> Cast: Dustin Hoffman, Jon Voight, Sylvia Miles
> RT Tomatometer: 88%
> IMDb rating 7.8 out of 10
> Domestic gross box office: $45 million

“Midnight Cowboy,” about an unlikely friendship between two hustlers in New York City, is the only X-rated film to ever win Best Picture. It also won director John Schlesinger his sole Oscar. He would be nominated for Best Director one more time in 1971 for “Sunday Bloody Sunday.”

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33. The Sound of Music (1965)
> Director: Robert Wise
> Cast: Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker
> RT Tomatometer: 83%
> IMDb rating 8.0 out of 10
> Domestic gross box office: $163 million

One of the most beloved and watched films of all time tells the story of the Von Trapp Family from Austria and their tutor Maria as the Nazis rise to power just before the start of WWII. The movie is remembered for the star turn of Julie Andrews and memorable songs composed by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II such as “My Favorite Things,” “Edelweiss,” and “Climb Ev’ry Mountain.”

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32. The Hurt Locker (2008)
> Director: Kathryn Bigelow
> Cast: Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty
> RT Tomatometer: 97%
> IMDb rating 7.5 out of 10
> Domestic gross box office: $17 million

Kathryn Bigelow made history at the Oscars in 2010. Her low-budget, apolitical Iraq war film “The Hurt Locker” won a total of six Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director. Bigelow is the first woman — and so far the only one — to win the Best Director award at the Oscars. The movie follows three American soldiers, members of a bomb-disposal unit in Baghdad, who are at the end of their tours.