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Best Picture Oscar Winners


2010 Winner

The King's Speech DVD cover

The King's Speech

The story of King George VI of Britain, his impromptu ascension to the throne and the speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch become worthy of it.

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Past Winners

1927/28

Wings video cover

Wings

The story of two men who go to war and the girl they both leave behind. Aerial battle sequences still rank among the best in motion picture history.

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1928/29

The Broadway Melody video cover

The Broadway Melody

This is the first musical to win a Best Picture Oscar. Anita Page and Bessie Love star as two sisters in love with the same man.

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1929/30

All Quiet on the Western Front video cover

All Quiet on the Western Front

A group of young World War I German recruits pass from idealism to disillusionment with war.

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1930/31

Cimarron video cover

Cimarron

Epic western about the Cravat family settling the Oklahoma prairie.

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1931/32

Grand Hotel video cover

Grand Hotel

The rich and disillusioned come together at Berlin's Grand Hotel in the early 1930's.

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1932/33

Cavalcade video cover

Cavalcade

Traces the lives of two different families over three decades from the Boer War to the close of the 19th century through World War I and the early 1930's.

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1934

It Happened One Night video cover

It Happened One Night

A rich young woman marries an idle playboy against her father's will. Her father holds her captive on his yacht but she escapes and, while on her way to New York, becomes entangled with an unemployed news reporter.

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1935

Mutiny on the Bounty video cover

Mutiny on the Bounty

In 1789, the HMS Bounty sets sail under Captain William Bligh. Bligh is the cruelest taskmaster and his cruelties become more than first mate Christian can bear.

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1936

The Great Ziegfeld video cover

The Great Ziegfeld

Follows the ups and downs of Florenz Ziegfeld, famed producer of extravagant stage revues.

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1937

The Life of Emile Zola video cover

The Life of Emile Zola

Explores the career of the novelist who championed the cause of France's oppressed.

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1938

You Can't Take It with You video cover

You Can't Take It with You

Comedy about the Sycamores, an eccentric family of free spirits, and the problems that arise when Alice, the one stable member, falls for her boss's son.

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1939

Gone with the Wind video cover

Gone with the Wind

Focuses on the life and loves of the beautiful and selfish Scarlett O'Hara. The story begins on the O'Hara family's Georgia plantation, Tara, in antebellum days and moves through the Civil War and Reconstruction.

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1940

Rebecca video cover

Rebecca

A young bride is brought by her new husband to his manor house in England. There she finds that the memory of her husband's first wife haunts her, and she tries to discover the secret of that mysterious woman's death.

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1941

How Green Was My Valley video cover

How Green Was My Valley

A man looks back on his life as a boy in a small Welsh mining town. His reminiscences reveal the disintegration of his closely knit family while capturing the sentiments and issues of their time.

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1942

Mrs. Miniver video cover

Mrs. Miniver

Kay Miniver doesn't fly a Spitfire in dogfights over London or ply the North Sea in a battleship, but she's doing her all for wartime England. And she does it so well that Winston Churchill would say Mrs. Miniver was more vital to the nation than a fleet of destroyers.

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1943

Casablanca video cover

Casablanca

In World War II Morocco, seething with European refugees desperate for passage to neutral Lisbon, only a world-weary and bitter nightclub owner can help his former lover and her Resistance-hero husband escape from the Nazis.

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1944

Going My Way video cover

Going My Way

A new priest upsets the balance of the old and fading parish at St. Dominic's with his new ideas.

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1945

The Lost Weekend video cover

The Lost Weekend

Realistic portrayal of the devastating effects of alcohol on a dissatisfied would-be writer.

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1946

The Best Years of Our Lives video cover

The Best Years of Our Lives

Recounts the problems faced by three returning veterans after WWII as they attempt to pick up the threads of their lives.

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1947

Gentleman's Agreement video cover

Gentleman's Agreement

A writer researches a story on discrimination by telling people he is Jewish, and is shocked by the prejudice he finds.

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1948

Hamlet video cover

Hamlet

In Shakespeare's classic drama exploring madness, guilt, justice and self-perception, Denmark's Prince Hamlet feigns madness in order to catch his father's killer.

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1949

All the King's Men video cover

All the King's Men

A political demagogue governor of a Southern State believes that every man has his price and that the end justifies the means. Based on the life of Huey Pierce Long, governor of Louisiana and senator.

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1950

All About Eve video cover

All About Eve

Comedy showing the rise to fame of a ruthless and ambitious young actress.

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1951

An American in Paris video cover

An American in Paris

Presents the romantic adventures of a carefree young artist in post-WWII Paris.

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1952

The Greatest Show on Earth video cover

The Greatest Show on Earth

A splashy, colorful look at life under the big top that weaves the personal stories of the performers in with the spectacle and color of the circus.

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1953

From Here to Eternity video cover

From Here to Eternity

The tangled lives and loves of Army enlisted personnel and their women at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, in the waning days of peace before the attack on Pearl Harbor.

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1954

On the Waterfront video cover

On the Waterfront

Ex-fighter Terry Malloy (Brando) could have been a contender, but now toils for boss Johnny Friendly (Lee J. Cobb) on the gang-ridden waterfront. When his crooked brother, Charley the Gent (Rod Steiger), is brutally murdered Terry battles to crush Friendly's underworld empire.

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1955

Marty video cover

Marty

Ernest Borgnine stars as a lonely bachelor who finds romance with another lonely soul who had given up on love.

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1956

Around the World in 80 Days video cover

Around the World in 80 Days

A Victorian era adventure in which the eccentric and precise Phineas Fogg makes a daring wager that he can circle the globe in just eighty days.

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1957

The Bridge on the River Kwai video cover

The Bridge on the River Kwai

British soldiers captured by the Japanese during World War II are forced to construct a strategic railroad bridge which a commando team is instructed by the British High Command to destroy.

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