List Of The Top 20 Oscar Winning Movies

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The Academy Awards, also known as The Oscars, are held annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. There are 24 categories up for grabs including Best Actor, Best Picture and Best Visual Effects (see for the full list of film categories). To be nominated as a potential Academy Award winner is considered an honour in itself. However, to go ahead and actually win an Oscar is considered the highest achievement in the movie business. Those who have worked on an Oscar winning movie can be sure of an increase in prestige, career transformation and security in an industry that can be unstable. If you’re wondering which films have bagged the most Oscars, see our list of the top 20 Oscar winning movies.

20. The Bridge on the River Kwai – 7 Oscars

Oscar Winning Movie The Bridge on the River Kwai

Nominations: 8 – Academy Award: 7

First on our list of the top 20 Oscar winning movies is 1952 film, The Bridge on the River Kwai. Directed by David Lean (who won Best Director), the film was nominated for 8 Oscars and won 7 including Best Actor, played by Alec Guinness.

19. Patton – 7 Oscars

Oscar Winning Movie Patton

Nominations: 10 – Academy Award: 7

Patton, gets 19th place on our list of Academy Award winning films. Released in 1979, Patton won 7 out of the 10 Oscar categories it was nominated for including Best Director (Franklin J. Schaffner) and Best Actor (George C Scott). Scott refused the award as he did not feel it appropriate to collect it (he portrayed Hitler in the movie).

18. Going My Way – 7 Oscars

Oscar Winning Movie Going My Way

Nominations: 10 – Academy Award: 7

Going My Way is a 1944 musical drama starring Bing Crosby and Barry Fitzgerald. Going My Way was nominated for 10 Oscars and received 7. Bing Crosby was awarded Best Actor and Leo McCarey was awarded Best Director.

17. Schindler’s List – 7 Oscars

Oscar Winning Movie Schindler's List

Nominations: 12 – Academy Award: 7

17th place on our list of the top 20 Oscar winning movies is Schindler’s List. Released in 1993, Schindler’s List received acclaim from audiences and critics worldwide. Directed by Steven Spielberg (who won Best Director), the film won 7 Academy Awards after being nominated for 12.

16. Shakespeare In Love – 7 Oscars

Oscar Winning Movie Shakespeare In Love

Nominations won: 13 – Academy Award: 7

Next on our list of Oscar winning movies is romantic drama, Shakespeare in Love. Released in 1998, Shakespeare in Love was nominated for an impressive 13 nominations. It went on to win 7 categories including Best Director (John Madden), Best Actress (lead role – Gwyneth Paltrow) and Best Supporting Actress (Judi Dench).

15. Cabaret – 8 Oscars

Oscar Winning Movie Cabaret

Nominations: 10 – Academy Award: 8

Next on our list of Oscar winners is 1972 musical, Cabaret. Liza Minnelli won Best Actress for her lead role in this alongside Joel Grey who won Best Supporting Actor. Cabaret was nominated for 10 Academy Awards and went on to receive 8 on the night (including Best Director for Bob Fosse).

14. My Fair Lady – 8 Oscars

Oscar Winning Movie My Fair Lady

Nominations: 12 – Academy Award: 8

My Fair Lady was released in 1964 and won 8 of the 12 Academy Award categories it was nominated for. Rex Harrison, Audrey Hepburn, Stanley Holloway and Gladys Cooper all started in the musical that received global acclaim. George Cukor won Best Director and Rex Harrison received Best Actor for his lead role.

13. Slumdog Millionaire – 8 Oscars

Oscar Winning Movie Slumdog Millionaire

Nominations: 10 – Academy Award: 8  

Slumdog Millionaire is number 13 on our list of Oscar winning films. Released in 2008, Director, Danny Boyle, went on to win Best Director. Although individual actors weren’t recognised with awards, the team behind the scenes did exceptionally well.

12. Amadeus – 8 Oscars

Oscar Winning Movie Amadeus

Nominations: 11 – Academy Award: 8

Amadeus is number 12 on our top 20 Oscar winning movies list. Amadeus, released in 1984, is the story of a talented young musician who goes by the name of Mozart. Milos Forman won Best Director and F. Murray Abraham bagged Best Actor for his portrayal of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

11. Gandhi – 8 Oscars

Oscar Winning Movie Gandhi

Nominations: 11 – Academy Award: 8

Oscar winning film, Gandhi, was directed by Richard Attenborough who released the movie in 1982. Attenborough and his cast and crew were nominated for 11 Academy Awards including Best Director and Best Actor (Ben Kingsley).

10. On the Waterfront – 8 Oscars

Oscar Winning Movie On the Waterfront

Nominations: 8 – Academy Award: 8

9th on the list of the top 20 Oscar winning movies is On The Waterfront, a 1954 crime drama. It won a total of 8 Oscars after being nominated for 12. Elia Kazan won Best Director. Marlon Brando’s amazing performance also earned him Best Actor along with Eve Marie Saint who won Best Supporting Actress.

9. Gone With The Wind – 8 Oscars

Oscar Winning Movie Gone With The Wind

Nominations: 13 – Academy Award: 8

The oldest film on our list of Academy Award winning films is the 1939 movie Gone With The Wind. Not only did it win Best Picture, it also went on the scoop Best Director (Victor Fleming), Best Actress (Vivien Leigh) and Best Supporting Actress (Hattie McDaniel).

8. From Here To Eternity – 8 Oscars

Oscar Winning Movie From Here To Eternity

Nominations: 13 – Academy Award: 8

From Here To Eternity is a 1953 romantic drama that won 8 Academy Awards out of the 12 categories it was nominated for. Fred Zinnemann won Best Director and Frank Sinatra managed to grab himself Best Supporting Actor too. Donna Reed was also Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.

7. The Last Emperor – 9 Oscars

Oscar Winning Movie The Last Emperor

Nominations: 9 – Academy Award: 9

Next on the list is the 1987 release, The Last Emperor. Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci (who won Best Director), this movie won all 9 Oscars of the categories it was nominated for.

6. Gigi – 9 Oscars

Oscar Winning Movie Gigi

Nominations: 9 – Academy Award: 9

Academy Award Winner, Gigi is a 1958 musical-romance that ended up winning all 9 categories it was nominated for including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Costume Design.

5. The English Patient – 9 Oscars

Oscar Winning Movie The English Patient

Nominations: 12 – Academy Award: 9

Taking 5th spot on our top 20 Oscar winning movies list is the 1996 release of The English Patient. The movie was directed by Anthony Minghella (Best Director) and won 9 out of 12 Academy Award categories it was nominated for including Best Picture and Best Supporting Actress (Juliette Binoche).

4. West Side Story – 10 Oscars

Oscar Winning Movie West Side Story

Nominations: 11 – Academy Award: 10

Making 3rd place on the list of Oscar winning films is the 1961 musical romance, West Side Story. Based on William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story was nominated for 11 Oscars and secured 10 on the night including Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography and Best Music.

3. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King – 11 Oscars

Oscar Winning Movie The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Nominations: 11 – Academy Award: 11

Next on our list of top winning movies is Peter Jackson’s take on J. R. Tolkien’s book – The Lord of the Rings. The Return of the King movie was nominated for 11 Oscars and ended up winning all of them, making it one of the most successful movies ever made, according to the Oscars. Jackson won Best Director and the crew behind the scenes also scooped up a number of awards in recognition of their hard work and talent.

2. Ben-Hur – 11 Oscars

Oscar Winning Movie Ben-Hur

Nominations: 12 – Academy Award: 11

The classic 1959 film, Ben-Hur, grabs 2nd place on the list for the most Oscars nominated and won. It starred Charlton Heston who received Best Actor award and Hugh Griffith who won Best Supporting Actor. It’s 3 hours and 44 minutes long!

1. Titanic – 11 Oscars

Oscar Winning Movie Titanic

Nominations: 14 – Academy Award: 11

The Titanic is a James Cameron masterpiece that received 11 Oscars and 14 nominations. This makes it one of the most successful films of all time, hence why it takes top spot on our list of the top 20 Oscar winning movies . Not only was Titanic successful at the Oscars, it also broke a number of records including the highest box office sales ever recorded. Starring Leonardo Dicaprio and Kate Winslet, the film was top of the charts for 12 years.

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