Empire Online has recently put up a feature which showcases all the Best Picture winners at the Oscars since the awards started back in 1928. It’s a good read although a very long one since they felt the need to give each movie its own full page which means plenty of clicking of the “next” button.

So to save time and energy Screen Rant provides you with the much shortened version of the list, which makes it much easier to skim over and take in (thanks to www.tif.ro for the original short list, although we’ve shortened it even more).

My question for you, the welcomed and much loved Screen Rant reader, is how many of the Best Picture winners have you seen? This is all just a bit of fun but if you feel in the mood for a little list-motivated film discussion then tally up those which you have seen and post them (and any accompanying thoughts you may have) in the comments section.

1928 – Wings, Sunrise
1929 – The Broadway Melody
1930 – All Quiet on the Western Front
1931 – Cimarron
1932 – Grand Hotel
1933 – Cavalcade
1934 – It Happened One Night
1935 – Mutiny on the Bounty
1936 – The Great Ziegfield
1937 – The Life of Emile Zola
1938 – You Can’t Take It With You
1939 – Gone With The Wind
1940 – Rebecca
1941 – How Green Was My Valley
1942 – Mrs. Miniver
1943 – Casablanca
1944 – Going My Way
1945 – The Lost Weekend
1946 – The Best Years Of Our Lives
1947 – A Gentleman’s Agreement
1948 – Hamlet
1949 – All The King’s Men
1950 – All About Eve
1951 – An American in Paris
1952 – The Greatest Show on Earth
1953 – From Here to Eternity
1954 – On The Waterfront
1955 – Marty
1956 – Around the World in 80 Days
1957 – Bridge Over The River Kwai
1958 – Gigi
1959 – Ben Hur
1960 – The Apartment
1961 – West Side Story
1962 – Lawrence of Arabia
1963 – Tom Jones
1964 – My Fair Lady
1965 – The Sound of Music
1966 – A Man For All Season
1967 – In The Heat of the Night
1968 – Oliver
1969 – Midnight Cowboy
1970 – Patton
1971 – The French Connection
1972 – The Godfather
1973 – The Sting
1974 – The Godfather Part 2
1975 – One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest
1976 – Rocky
1977 – Annie Hall
1978 – The Deer Hunter
1979 – Kramer Vs. Kramer
1980 – Ordinary People
1981 – Chariots of Fire
1982 – Gandhi
1983 – Terms of Endearment
1984 – Amadeus
1985 – Out of Africa
1986 – Platoon
1987 – The Last Emperor
1988 – Rain Man
1989 – Driving Miss Daisy
1990 – Dances With Wolves
1991 – Silence of the Lambs
1992 – Unforgiven
1993 – Schindler’s List
1994 – Forrest Gump
1995 – Braveheart
1996 – The English Patient
1997 – Titanic
1998 – Shakespeare in Love
1999 – American Beauty
2000 – Gladiator
2001 – A Beautiful Mind
2002 – Chicago
2003 – Lord of the Ring: The Return of the King
2004 – Million Dollar Baby
2005 – Crash
2006 – The Departed
2007 – No Country for Old Men
2008 – Slumdog Millionaire

Whatever you think of the validity of the Oscars (the film that wins the Best Picture category every year being one of the most debated topics each and every year) you have to admit that pretty much any of those films which have won the little gold man are at least worth a watch. You may think it didn’t deserve to win and another should have won instead (which will always happen) but they are at least decent movies.

Looking at the list myself my final tally comes to 28 out of 81 movies and as a self-confessed film geek I consider that a bit of a disgrace (well, perhaps disgrace is a bit of a stong word but you get my drift). Like probably the large majority of you, most of the films I’ve seen have been the recent ones. The further back the years go the less and less I’ve seen (the earliest one I’ve seen is Rebecca from 1940), but I very much aim to change that…

So can anyone top a whopping 28 out of 81?

Sources: Empire and tif.ro

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