Academy Award for Best Picture by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

"The Academy Award for Best Picture is one of the Academy Awards of Merit presented annually since the awards debuted in 1929, by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) to producers working in the film industry and is the only category in which every member is eligible to submit a nomination."

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All winners of the 'Academy Award for Best Picture' from 1927 through 2015.

Last updated: March 1st, 2016


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Detractions

  1. Yearly award (-25)
  2. Limited to single country or region (-25)
  3. Voted on by industry employee(s) (-20)

Films (89)

1. Moonlight

Directed by Barry Jenkins | R | 111 min | 2016|

A timeless story of human self-discovery and connection, Moonlight chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami.

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2. Spotlight

Directed by Tom McCarthy | R | 128 min | 2015|

The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core.

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3. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu | R | 119 min | 2014|

Illustrated upon the progress of his latest Broadway play, a former popular actor's struggle to cope with his current life as a wasted actor is shown.


4. 12 Years a Slave

Directed by Steve McQueen | R | 134 min | 2013|

In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.

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5. Argo

Directed by Ben Affleck | R | 120 min | 2012|

Acting under the cover of a Hollywood producer scouting a location for a science fiction film, a CIA agent launches a dangerous operation to rescue six Americans in Tehran during the U.S. hostage crisis in Iran in 1980.

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6. The Artist

Directed by Michel Hazanavicius | PG-13 | 100 min | 2011|

A silent movie star meets a young dancer, but the arrival of talking pictures sends their careers in opposite directions.

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7. The King's Speech

Directed by Tom Hooper | R | 118 min | 2010|

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

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8. Slumdog Millionaire

Directed by Danny Boyle, Loveleen Tandan | R | 120 min | 2008|

A Mumbai teen reflects on his upbringing in the slums when he is accused of cheating on the Indian Version of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?"

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9. The Hurt Locker

Directed by Kathryn Bigelow | R | 131 min | 2008|

During the Iraq War, a Sergeant recently assigned to an army bomb squad is put at odds with his squad mates due to his maverick way of handling his work.

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10. No Country for Old Men

Directed by Ethan Coen, Joel Coen | R | 122 min | 2007|

Violence and mayhem ensue after a hunter stumbles upon a drug deal gone wrong and more than two million dollars in cash near the Rio Grande.

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11. The Departed

Directed by Martin Scorsese | R | 151 min | 2006|

An undercover cop and a mole in the police attempt to identify each other while infiltrating an Irish gang in South Boston.

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12. Million Dollar Baby

Directed by Clint Eastwood | PG-13 | 132 min | 2004|

A determined woman works with a hardened boxing trainer to become a professional.

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13. Crash

Directed by Paul Haggis | R | 112 min | 2004|

Los Angeles citizens with vastly separate lives collide in interweaving stories of race, loss and redemption.

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14. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Directed by Peter Jackson | PG-13 | 201 min | 2003|

Gandalf and Aragorn lead the World of Men against Sauron's army to draw his gaze from Frodo and Sam as they approach Mount Doom with the One Ring.

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15. Chicago

Directed by Rob Marshall | PG-13 | 113 min | 2002|

Murderesses Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart find themselves on death row together and fight for the fame that will keep them from the gallows in 1920s Chicago.

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16. A Beautiful Mind

Directed by Ron Howard | PG-13 | 135 min | 2001|

After John Nash, a brilliant but asocial mathematician, accepts secret work in cryptography, his life takes a turn for the nightmarish.

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17. Gladiator

Directed by Ridley Scott | R | 155 min | 2000|

When a Roman general is betrayed and his family murdered by an emperor's corrupt son, he comes to Rome as a gladiator to seek revenge.

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18. American Beauty

Directed by Sam Mendes | R | 122 min | 1999|

A sexually frustrated suburban father has a mid-life crisis after becoming infatuated with his daughter's best friend.

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19. Shakespeare in Love

Directed by John Madden | R | 123 min | 1998|

A young Shakespeare, out of ideas and short of cash, meets his ideal woman and is inspired to write one of his most famous plays.

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20. Titanic

Directed by James Cameron | PG-13 | 194 min | 1997|

A seventeen-year-old aristocrat falls in love with a kind but poor artist aboard the luxurious, ill-fated R.M.S. Titanic.

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21. The English Patient

Directed by Anthony Minghella | R | 162 min | 1996|

At the close of WWII, a young nurse tends to a badly-burned plane crash victim. His past is shown in flashbacks, revealing an involvement in a fateful love affair.

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22. Braveheart

Directed by Mel Gibson | R | 178 min | 1995|

When his secret bride is executed for assaulting an English soldier who tried to rape her, William Wallace begins a revolt against King Edward I of England.

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23. Forrest Gump

Directed by Robert Zemeckis | PG-13 | 142 min | 1994|

Forrest Gump, while not intelligent, has accidentally been present at many historic moments, but his true love, Jenny Curran, eludes him.

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24. Schindler's List

Directed by Steven Spielberg | R | 195 min | 1993|

In German-occupied Poland during World War II, Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazi Germans.

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25. Unforgiven

Directed by Clint Eastwood | R | 131 min | 1992|

Retired Old West gunslinger William Munny reluctantly takes on one last job, with the help of his old partner and a young man.

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26. The Silence of the Lambs

Directed by Jonathan Demme | R | 118 min | 1991|

A young F.B.I. cadet must confide in an incarcerated and manipulative killer to receive his help on catching another serial killer who skins his victims.

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27. Dances with Wolves

Directed by Kevin Costner | PG-13 | 181 min | 1990|

Lt. John Dunbar, exiled to a remote western Civil War outpost, befriends wolves and Indians, making him an intolerable aberration in the military.

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28. Driving Miss Daisy

Directed by Bruce Beresford | PG | 99 min | 1989|

An old Jewish woman and her African-American chauffeur in the American South have a relationship that grows and improves over the years.

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29. Rain Man

Directed by Barry Levinson | R | 133 min | 1988|

Selfish yuppie Charlie Babbitt's father left a fortune to his savant brother Raymond and a pittance to Charlie; they travel cross-country.

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30. The Last Emperor

Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci | PG-13 | 163 min | 1987|

The story of the final Emperor of China.

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31. Platoon

Directed by Oliver Stone | R | 120 min | 1986|

A young recruit in Vietnam faces a moral crisis when confronted with the horrors of war and the duality of man.

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32. Out of Africa

Directed by Sydney Pollack | PG | 161 min | 1985|

In 20th-century colonial Kenya, a Danish baroness/plantation owner has a passionate love affair with a free-spirited big-game hunter.

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33. Amadeus

Directed by Milos Forman | R | 160 min | 1984|

The incredible story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, told by his peer and secret rival Antonio Salieri - now confined to an insane asylum.

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34. Terms of Endearment

Directed by James L. Brooks | PG | 132 min | 1983|

Follows hard-to-please Aurora looking for love and her daughter's family problems.

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35. Gandhi

Directed by Richard Attenborough | PG | 191 min | 1982|

Gandhi's character is fully explained as a man of nonviolence. Through his patience, he is able to drive the British out of the subcontinent. And the stubborn nature of Jinnah and his commitment towards Pakistan is portrayed.

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36. Chariots of Fire

Directed by Hugh Hudson | PG | 125 min | 1981|

Two British track athletes, one a determined Jew and the other a devout Christian, compete in the 1924 Olympics.

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37. Ordinary People

Directed by Robert Redford | R | 124 min | 1980|

The accidental death of the older son of an affluent family deeply strains the relationships among the bitter mother, the good-natured father, and the guilt-ridden younger son.

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38. Kramer vs. Kramer

Directed by Robert Benton | PG | 105 min | 1979|

Ted Kramer's wife leaves her husband, allowing for a lost bond to be rediscovered between Ted and his son, Billy. But a heated custody battle ensues over the divorced couple's son, deepening the wounds left by the separation.

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39. The Deer Hunter

Directed by Michael Cimino | R | 183 min | 1978|

An in-depth examination of the ways in which the U.S. Vietnam War impacts and disrupts the lives of people in a small industrial town in Pennsylvania.

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40. Annie Hall

Directed by Woody Allen | PG | 93 min | 1977|

Neurotic New York comedian Alvy Singer falls in love with the ditzy Annie Hall.

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41. Rocky

Directed by John G. Avildsen | PG | 120 min | 1976|

Rocky Balboa, a small-time boxer, gets a supremely rare chance to fight the heavy-weight champion, Apollo Creed, in a bout in which he strives to go the distance for his self-respect.

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42. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Directed by Milos Forman | R | 133 min | 1975|

A criminal pleads insanity after getting into trouble again and once in the mental institution rebels against the oppressive nurse and rallies up the scared patients.

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43. The Godfather: Part II

Directed by Francis Ford Coppola | R | 202 min | 1974|

The early life and career of Vito Corleone in 1920s New York is portrayed while his son, Michael, expands and tightens his grip on his crime syndicate stretching from Lake Tahoe, Nevada to pre-revolution 1958 Cuba.

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44. The Sting

Directed by George Roy Hill | PG | 129 min | 1973|

In Chicago in September 1936, a young con man seeking revenge for his murdered partner teams up with a master of the big con to win a fortune from a criminal banker.

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45. The Godfather

Directed by Francis Ford Coppola | R | 175 min | 1972|

The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.

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46. The French Connection

Directed by William Friedkin | R | 104 min | 1971|

A pair of NYC cops in the Narcotics Bureau stumble onto a drug smuggling job with a French connection.

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47. Patton

Directed by Franklin J. Schaffner | GP | 172 min | 1970|

The World War II phase of the career of the controversial American general, George S. Patton.

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48. Midnight Cowboy

Directed by John Schlesinger | X | 113 min | 1969|

A naive hustler goes to New York to seek personal fortune but in the process finds himself a new friend.

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49. Oliver!

Directed by Carol Reed | G | 153 min | 1968|

A young boy runs away from an orphanage and meets a group of boys trained to be pickpockets by an elderly mentor.

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50. In the Heat of the Night

Directed by Norman Jewison | 109 min | 1967|

An African American police detective is asked to investigate a murder in a racially hostile southern town.

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51. A Man for All Seasons

Directed by Fred Zinnemann | 120 min | 1966|

The story of Thomas More, who stood up to King Henry VIII when the King rejected the Roman Catholic Church to obtain a divorce and remarriage.

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52. The Sound of Music

Directed by Robert Wise | G | 174 min | 1965|

A woman leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to the children of a Naval officer widower.

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53. My Fair Lady

Directed by George Cukor | 170 min | 1964|

A misogynistic and snobbish phonetics professor agrees to a wager that he can take a flower girl and make her presentable in high society.


54. Tom Jones

Directed by Tony Richardson | 128 min | 1963|

In eighteenth century England, "first cousins" Tom Jones and Master Blifil grew up together in privilege in the western countryside, but could not be more different in nature. Tom, the ...


55. Lawrence of Arabia

Directed by David Lean | PG | 216 min | 1962|

The story of T.E. Lawrence, the English officer who successfully united and lead the diverse, often warring, Arab tribes during World War I in order to fight the Turks.

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56. West Side Story

Directed by Jerome Robbins, Robert Wise | 152 min | 1961|

Two youngsters from rival New York City gangs fall in love, but tensions between their respective friends build toward tragedy.

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57. The Apartment

Directed by Billy Wilder | 125 min | 1960|

A man tries to rise in his company by letting its executives use his apartment for trysts, but complications and a romance of his own ensue.

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58. Ben-Hur

Directed by William Wyler | G | 212 min | 1959|

When a Jewish prince is betrayed and sent into slavery by a Roman friend, he regains his freedom and comes back for revenge.

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59. Gigi

Directed by Vincente Minnelli | 115 min | 1958|

Weary of the conventions of Parisian society, a rich playboy and a youthful courtesan-in-training enjoy a platonic friendship, but it may not stay platonic for long.

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60. The Bridge on the River Kwai

Directed by David Lean | PG | 161 min | 1957|

After settling his differences with a Japanese PoW camp commander, a British colonel co-operates to oversee his men's construction of a railway bridge for their captors - while oblivious to a plan by the Allies to destroy it.

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61. Around the World in Eighty Days

Directed by Michael Anderson, John Farrow | G | 175 min | 1956|

A Victorian Englishman bets that with the new steamships and railways he can do what the title says.

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62. Marty

Directed by Delbert Mann | 90 min | 1955|

A middle-aged butcher and a school teacher who have given up on the idea of love meet at a dance and fall for each other.

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63. On the Waterfront

Directed by Elia Kazan | 108 min | 1954|

An ex-prize fighter turned longshoreman struggles to stand up to his corrupt union bosses.

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64. From Here to Eternity

Directed by Fred Zinnemann | 118 min | 1953|

In Hawaii in 1941, a private is cruelly punished for not boxing on his unit's team, while his captain's wife and second-in-command are falling in love.

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65. The Greatest Show on Earth

Directed by Cecil B. DeMille | 152 min | 1952|

The dramatic lives of trapeze artists, a clown, and an elephant trainer are told against a background of circus spectacle.

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66. An American in Paris

Directed by Vincente Minnelli | 113 min | 1951|

Three friends struggle to find work in Paris. Things become more complicated when two of them fall in love with the same woman.

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67. All About Eve

Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz | 138 min | 1950|

An ingenue insinuates herself into the company of an established but aging stage actress and her circle of theater friends.

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68. All the King's Men

Directed by Robert Rossen | 110 min | 1949|

The rise and fall of a corrupt politician, who makes his friends richer and retains power by dint of a populist appeal.

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69. Hamlet

Directed by Laurence Olivier | 155 min | 1948|

Prince Hamlet struggles over whether or not he should kill his uncle, whom he suspects has murdered his father, the former king.

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70. Gentleman's Agreement

Directed by Elia Kazan | 118 min | 1947|

A reporter pretends to be Jewish in order to cover a story on anti-Semitism, and personally discovers the true depths of bigotry and hatred.

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71. The Best Years of Our Lives

Directed by William Wyler | 172 min | 1946|

Three World War II veterans return home to small-town America to discover that they and their families have been irreparably changed.

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72. The Lost Weekend

Directed by Billy Wilder | 101 min | 1945|

The desperate life of a chronic alcoholic is followed through a four day drinking bout.

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73. Going My Way

Directed by Leo McCarey | 126 min | 1944|

Youthful Father Chuck O'Malley led a colorful life of sports, song, and romance before joining the Roman Catholic clergy, but his level gaze and twinkling eyes make it clear that he knows ...

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74. Mrs. Miniver

Directed by William Wyler | 134 min | 1942|

A British family struggles to survive the first months of World War II.

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75. Casablanca

Directed by Michael Curtiz | PG | 102 min | 1942|

In Casablanca, Morocco in December 1941, a cynical American expatriate meets a former lover, with unforeseen complications.

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76. How Green Was My Valley

Directed by John Ford | 118 min | 1941|

At the turn of the century in a Welsh mining village, the Morgans, he stern, she gentle, raise coal-mining sons and hope their youngest will find a better life.

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77. Rebecca

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock | 130 min | 1940|

A self-conscious bride is tormented by the memory of her husband's dead first wife.


78. Gone with the Wind

Directed by Victor Fleming, George Cukor, Sam Wood | G | 238 min | 1939|

A manipulative Southern belle carries on a turbulent affair with a blockade runner during the American Civil War.

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79. You Can't Take It With You

Directed by Frank Capra | 126 min | 1938|

A man from a family of rich snobs becomes engaged to a woman from a good-natured but decidedly eccentric family.

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80. The Life of Emile Zola

Directed by William Dieterle | 116 min | 1937|

The biopic of the famous French muckraking writer and his involvement in fighting the injustice of the Dreyfuss Affair.

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81. The Great Ziegfeld

Directed by Robert Z. Leonard | 176 min | 1936|

This biography follows the ups and downs of Florenz Ziegfeld, famed producer of extravagant stage revues.

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82. Mutiny on the Bounty

Directed by Frank Lloyd | 132 min | 1935|

Midshipman Roger Byam joins Captain Bligh and Fletcher Christian aboard the HMS Bounty for a voyage to Tahiti. Bligh proves to be a brutal tyrant and, after six pleasant months on Tahiti, ...

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83. It Happened One Night

Directed by Frank Capra | 105 min | 1934|

A spoiled heiress, running away from her family, is helped by a man who is actually a reporter in need of a story.

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84. Cavalcade

Directed by Frank Lloyd | 112 min | 1933|

A cavalcade of English life from New Year's Eve 1899 until 1933 seen through the eyes of well-to-do Londoners Jane and Robert Marryot. Amongst events touching their family are the Boer War,...

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85. Grand Hotel

Directed by Edmund Goulding | 112 min | 1932|

A group of very different individuals staying at a luxurious hotel in Berlin deal with each of their respective dramas.

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86. Cimarron

Directed by Wesley Ruggles | 123 min | 1931|

A newspaper editor settles in an Oklahoma boom town with his reluctant wife at the end of the nineteenth century.

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87. All Quiet on the Western Front

Directed by Lewis Milestone | 136 min | 1930|

A young soldier faces profound disillusionment in the soul-destroying horror of World War I.

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88. The Broadway Melody

Directed by Harry Beaumont | 100 min | 1929|

A pair of sisters from the vaudeville circuit try to make it big time on Broadway, but matters of the heart complicate the attempt.

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89. Wings

Directed by William A. Wellman, Harry d'Abbadie d'Arrast | PG-13 | 144 min | 1927|

Two young men, one rich, one middle class, who are in love with the same woman, become fighter pilots in World War I.

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