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Best Picture Oscar Winners, 1958 - 1987


1958 - 1987

1958

Gigi video cover

Gigi

In turn-of-the-century Paris a young girl, Gigi, is being groomed by her grandmother to become a courtesan.

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1959

Ben-Hur video cover

Ben-Hur

A peace-loving prince of Judea leads his nation against the wrath of the conquering Romans. His self-imposed destiny brings tragedy to himself, and his people, as he learns to fight, to love, to hate and, finally, to forgive.

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1960

The Apartment video cover

The Apartment

An ambitious office clerk plans to get ahead by lending out his apartment to his boss, but falls in love with the boss's girlfriend.

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1961

West Side Story video cover

West Side Story

This musical sets the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet against a backdrop of the rivalry of two street gangs, the Sharks and the Jets, in New York of the 1950s.

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1962

Lawrence of Arabia video cover

Lawrence of Arabia

The story of T.E. Lawrence, the heroic and troubled man who organized the Arab nations to fight the Turks in World War I.

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1963

Tom Jones video cover

Tom Jones

Birthed by a local woman but raised by the village squire, Tom Jones grows up to be a handsome young man with a way with women. He loves the daughter of a neighboring landowner, and falls into many adventures in pursuit of her.

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1964

My Fair Lady video cover

My Fair Lady

A Cockney waif is transformed by a linguistics professor into an elegant lady.

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1965

The Sound of Music video cover

The Sound of Music

Julie Andrews lights up the screen as Maria, the spirited young woman who leaves the convent to become a governess to the seven young children of Captain von Trapp, an autocratic widower whose strict household rules leave no room for music or merriment.

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1966

A Man for All Seasons video cover

A Man for All Seasons

A portrayal of the political and religious conflict between adulterous King Henry VIII who wishes to divorce his wife Catherine, and his Chancellor, Sir Thomas More, who refuses to support such a plan.

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1967

In the Heat of the Night video cover

In the Heat of the Night

A small town Southern sheriff finds himself in an uneasy alliance with a big-city black homicide detective as they investigate a murder.

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1968

Oliver! video cover

Oliver!

A young orphan, Oliver is left to fend for himself until he is befriended by a band of young thieves who quickly train him in their craft.

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1969

Midnight Cowboy video cover

Midnight Cowboy

A Texas "cowboy" takes a bus to New York in search of lonely, rich women who will pay for his sexual services, but spends a hard winter helping a con man.

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1970

Patton video cover

Patton

A dramatization of the experiences of General George S. Patton during World War II.

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1971

The French Connection video cover

The French Connection

Detectives "Popeye" Doyle and Buddy Russo hope to break a narcotics smuggling ring and ultimately uncover the French connection.

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1972

The Godfather video cover

The Godfather

Explores the history and influence of a U.S. Mafia family. Don Corleone, the family patriarch, tries to ensure that his sons will inherit his position and power over rival Mafioso factions.

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1973

The Sting video cover

The Sting

Two con men set out to avenge the death of a mutual friend in 1930s Chicago. They swindle a powerful crime lord, pitting brain against brawn and pistol.

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1974

The Godfather Part II video cover

The Godfather Part II

The saga of the Corleone family's rise to power in the criminal world continues in this sequel to The Godfather. As Michael Corleone rises to leadership of the family, flashbacks revealing the early years of Don Vito are interspersed with the continuing story of the embattled family.

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1975

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest video cover

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

The story of a man whose rebelliousness pits him against the head nurse of a mental ward and the full spectrum of institutional repression.

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1976

Rocky video cover

Rocky

Rocky Balboa, the underdog, gets his million-to-one shot at love, self-respect and the world heavyweight boxing crown and comes out a winner.

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1977

Annie Hall video cover

Annie Hall

Woody Allen's semiautobiographical portrait of his amorous, but ultimately mismatched, relationship with co-star Diane Keaton. Allen uses satire and comedy to portray this "nervous romance" for modern times.

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1978

The Deer Hunter video cover

The Deer Hunter

Tracks a group of steelworker pals from a Pennsylvania blast furnace to the coal hunting grounds of the Alleghenies to the lethal cauldron of Vietnam. It is a drama of friendship and courage and of what happens to these qualities under stress.

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1979

Kramer vs. Kramer video cover

Kramer vs. Kramer

When his wife walks out, Ted Kramer and his six-year-old son have a chance to really get to know each other. Then Ted's wife returns and she wants her son back.

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1980

Ordinary People video cover

Ordinary People

A family's apparently ordinary existence is shattered by the death of the oldest son in a boating accident, leaving the younger son with only an empathetic psychiatrist to help him with his feelings of guilt and thoughts of suicide.

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1981

Chariots of Fire video cover

Chariots of Fire

The true story of Harold Abrahams, Eric Liddell, and the team of athletic competitors who brought victory to Britain in the 1924 Olympics.

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1982

Gandhi video cover

Gandhi

Follows the life of Mahatma Gandhi from his days as a lawyer in South Africa to his role as India's spiritual leader by using his philosophy of non-violent but direct-action protest that helped end British rule.

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1983

Terms of Endearment video cover

Terms of Endearment

A comedy-drama about the evolving 30+ year relationship between a mother and daughter.

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1984

Amadeus video cover

Amadeus

Presents the life of Antonio Salieri, a mediocre 18th century Viennese composer obsessed with and jealous of the musical genius of the age, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

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1985

Out of Africa video cover

Out of Africa

The true story of Karen Blixen, a strong-willed woman who runs a coffee plantation in Kenya in 1914.

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1986

Platoon video cover

Platoon

Follows young Chris Taylor who arrives in Vietnam and quickly discovers that his worst enemies are not just the Viet Cong, but gnawing fear, physical exhaustion, and the anger growing within himself.

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1987

The Last Emperor video cover

The Last Emperor

The true story of Pu Yi, who, at the age of 3, toddled to the Imperial Dragon Throne to become "Lord of 10,000 Years," China's last emperor.

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