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20 Best Oscar Award Winning Movies of All Time

May 7, 2024
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Top 20 Best Oscar Award Winning Movies

1. Dune

Genre - Science-Fiction 

IMDb rating - 8.1/10

We can't help but enjoy science fiction films! The adrenaline grips you on your chair and makes you feel like you're floating in the air! Dune is one of those films that evoke feelings, not only through its story and direction, but also through its incredible cast, which includes Zendaya, Jason Mamoa, and others. The plot revolves around the noble Atreides family, who wage war against a lonely planet, and the rest is history! Now you can watch Dune on Hotstar!

2. King Richard

Genre - Sports/Biographical

IMDb rating - 7/10

We're all familiar with the name and fame, but there's a lot more to it! King Richard is a biographical sports drama based on tennis players Venus and Serena Williams' father. It's a well-appreciated film for its storyline and acting, which depicts the narrative of these young women and their father's fight to provide them with a life they now own! Now you can watch King Richard on Hotstar!

3. West Side Story

Genre - Stage Drama 

IMDb rating - 7/6/10

The romance of high school never gets old! Who wouldn't want to be fascinated by a high school stage musical romance from 1957? West Side Story is the film adaptation of the same! It depicts the conflict between two ethnic groups, as well as how forbidden love and gang fights take precedence! This film is definitely for music lovers with a soundtrack that will engross you! Watch West Side Story on Hotstar!

4. The Power of The Dog

Genre - Melodrama

IMDb rating - 6.9/10

The Power of the Dog is a psychological drama that stars Benedict Cumberbatch! Yes, we can hear you hooting! Big fan of Cumberbatch eh? The plot revolves around Phil, a humble rancher, and his brother, who gets a new wife and her son to live with them, resulting in a whirlwind of mayhem, love, attention, and family tension. On the whole, it's a fantastic watch that's now available on Netflix!

5. 1917

Genre - History/War

IMDb rating - 6.2/10

When we discuss war, we usually have a lot of emotions as well as gripping thoughts. 1917 is a film about an infantry battalion setting a trap for 1600 military men. Two men have been tasked with delivering a message to these 1600 men that will save them from a lethal trap. 1917 will keep you on the edge of your seat; watch it now on SonyLiv!

6. Coco

Genre - Animated/Musical 

IMDb rating - 8.4/10

Of course, there had to be an Oscar-worthy Disney film! I'm sure most of you Disney lovers have seen Coco! It's about a 12-year-old boy who is accidentally taken to the world of the dead and must return home while simultaneously persuading his family not to ban music, which he loves! Coco is a visual feast for the eyes, with enthralling scenes and music! Now available on Hotstar, watch now!

7. Marriage Story

Genre - Romance/Comedy Drama 

IMDb rating - 7.9/10

Every marriage is beautiful because it embodies the courage and sacrifices that come with love. Marriage Story is one such film that depicts the tensions that exist between marriages as well as the aspects of divorce. It stars Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver, who complement each other so well that you'll be amazed! Marriage Story is now available on Netflix!

8. A Star Is Born

Genre - Romance/Musical 

IMDb rating - 7.6/10

Lady Gaga has won millions of fans with her voice, but few knew she could deliver such a beautiful performance in this movie, in which she plays a new singer and is co-starred by none other than Bradley Cooper, who also plays a singer. The music in the film has its own fan base because Gaga shows all aspects of music and struggles gracefully! A Star is Born is now available on Amazon Prime!

9. The Eyes of Tammy Faye

Genre - Romance/Drama 

IMDb rating - 7.2/10

The Eyes of Tammy Faye is a biographical drama about Tammy Faye Bakker and her husband, who built a fortune from scratch and humble beginnings! Yes, you guessed correctly! How can there be no enemies to destroy a self-made empire? That is where the plot twist occurs, leaving Tammy in a major financial crisis! Check out The Eyes of Tammy Faye on Hotstar right now to see what happens!

10. Parasite

Genre - Thriller/Mystery 

IMDb rating - 8.5/10

Parasite is a Korean film that is widely regarded as one of the best films of the 21st century! It is based on how the Kim family struggles to make ends meet and comes across an opportunity to work for the wealthy Park family, and how soon all of the Kim family members begin living in the same household like parasites. Watch Parasite on Amazon Prime now to discover the powerful message hidden in the film!

11. The Shape of Water

Genre - Fantasy/Romance 

IMDb rating - 7.3/10

In the Oscar award winning film "The Shape of Water," directed by Guillermo del Toro, an otherworldly tale unfolds against the backdrop of Cold War-era America. Elisa Esposito, a mute janitor working in a high-security government laboratory, discovers a mysterious amphibious creature being held captive. As she forms a deep and unconventional bond with the creature, Elisa becomes determined to rescue it from the clutches of a ruthless government agent. With the help of her loyal friends, Elisa embarks on a daring mission to set the creature free, defying societal norms and risking everything for love. Del Toro's visionary direction, coupled with masterful performances from the cast, including Sally Hawkins and Doug Jones, propelled "The Shape of Water" to critical acclaim and earned it numerous accolades, including the coveted Academy Award for Best Picture. This enchanting tale celebrates the power of empathy, acceptance, and the extraordinary connections that transcend barriers of language and appearance.


12. Green Book

Genre - Comedy/Musical

IMDb rating - 8.2/10

In "Green Book," directed by Peter Farrelly, an Italian-American bouncer, Tony "Lip" Vallelonga, is hired to drive Dr. Don Shirley, an African-American pianist, through the racially turbulent Deep South in the 1960s. Despite their differences, the two form an unlikely bond as they confront racism and discrimination together. This heartwarming film, which won the Oscar Award for Best Picture, showcases the transformative power of friendship and understanding across racial divides.

13. Everything, Everywhere all at once

Genre - Sci-Fi/Action

IMDb rating - 7.8/10

In "Everything, Everywhere, All at Once," directed by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, Evelyn Wang, a middle-aged woman, discovers she can access alternate dimensions. Navigating these parallel universes, she embarks on a journey of self-discovery, confronting her past and embracing her true self. With its groundbreaking storytelling, the film won the Oscar Award  for Best Original Screenplay, captivating audiences with its celebration of human complexity and the infinite possibilities within us all.

14. The Whale

Genre - Drama/Melodrama

IMDb rating - 7.7/10

In the Oscar award winning film "The Whale," directed by Darren Aronofsky, a reclusive and morbidly obese man named Charlie struggles to come to terms with his past mistakes and seek redemption. Haunted by the loss of his family and burdened by his own physical limitations, Charlie finds solace in his unlikely friendship with a young, troubled teenager named Thomas. Together, they embark on a journey of self-discovery and healing, confronting their inner demons and forging a bond that transcends words. As Charlie confronts his own mortality, he must confront the painful truth about his past and find the courage to make amends before it's too late. With its powerful performances and profound storytelling, "The Whale" captivated audiences and critics alike, earning widespread acclaim and ultimately winning the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay. This poignant film is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the transformative power of forgiveness.

15. As Good As it Gets

Genre - Comedy/Romance

IMDb rating - 7.7/10

In "As Good as It Gets," directed by James L. Brooks, Jack Nicholson stars as Melvin Udall, a grumpy novelist whose life takes an unexpected turn when he becomes an unlikely caregiver to his neighbor's dog. Along the way, he forms a touching friendship with Helen Hunt's character, Carol Connelly, a single mother. Their journey of self-discovery and compassion earned Nicholson and Hunt Oscars for their performances, making this film a heartwarming tale of redemption and connection.

16. Miracle on 34th Street

Genre - Family/Comedy

IMDb rating - 7.9/10

In the beloved holiday classic "Miracle on 34th Street," directed by George Seaton, Kris Kringle, a kind-hearted man hired to play Santa Claus at Macy's department store, captures the hearts of skeptics with his unwavering belief in the spirit of Christmas. As he sets out to prove his true identity as Santa, he inspires a city and teaches the true meaning of the holiday season. This timeless film, which won three Academy Awards including Best Supporting Actor for Edmund Gwenn's portrayal of Kris Kringle, continues to enchant audiences with its heartfelt message of faith, love, and the magic of Christmas.

17. Bridge of Spies

Genre - Thriller/War

IMDb rating - 7.6/10

In "Bridge of Spies," directed by Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks plays James B. Donovan, an American lawyer tasked with defending a Soviet spy during the Cold War. As tensions rise, Donovan navigates dangerous negotiations in Berlin to secure the release of an American pilot. Mark Rylance won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of the spy, adding to the film's critical acclaim for its gripping tale of espionage and diplomacy.

18. Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Genre - Comedy/Crime

IMDb rating - 7.7/10

In the groundbreaking film "Who Framed Roger Rabbit," directed by Robert Zemeckis, a toon-hating detective, Eddie Valiant, played by Bob Hoskins, is reluctantly drawn into a conspiracy involving the murder of Marvin Acme, owner of Toontown. As he delves deeper into the case, Eddie uncovers a web of corruption and deceit that threatens to unravel the entire cartoon world. Along the way, he teams up with Roger Rabbit, a lovable but clumsy cartoon character, to clear his name and uncover the true culprit behind the crime. Blending live-action with animation in a groundbreaking cinematic achievement, "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" captivated audiences with its innovative storytelling and visual effects. The film won three Academy Awards, including a Special Achievement Award for its groundbreaking integration of live-action and animation, solidifying its place as a beloved classic that continues to delight audiences of all ages.

19. Lincoln

Genre - War/Drama

IMDb rating - 7.3/10

In Steven Spielberg's historical drama "Lincoln," Daniel Day-Lewis delivers a captivating portrayal of the 16th President of the United States during a pivotal moment in American history. Set during the final months of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln navigates the political landscape as he fights to pass the Thirteenth Amendment, abolishing slavery. Facing intense opposition and internal conflict within his own party, Lincoln must use all his political acumen to unite a divided nation and secure the passage of this landmark legislation. Daniel Day-Lewis's transformative performance earned him the Academy Award for Best Actor, solidifying "Lincoln" as a cinematic masterpiece that offers insight into the moral complexities of leadership and the enduring struggle for justice in the face of adversity.

20. Breaking Away

Genre - Sports/Comedy

IMDb rating - 7.7/10

In the coming-of-age film "Breaking Away," directed by Peter Yates, four working-class teenagers in Bloomington, Indiana, grapple with their uncertain futures. The protagonist, Dave, dreams of escaping his small-town life by emulating the Italian cyclists he idolizes. Despite facing social barriers and familial expectations, Dave and his friends train to compete in the local university's prestigious bike race, the Little 500. As they navigate the challenges of adolescence and adulthood, their friendship is tested, and they discover the true meaning of identity and belonging. "Breaking Away" won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, solidifying its place as a timeless classic that celebrates the resilience of youth and the pursuit of dreams in the face of adversity.

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