Top 10 Best Award Winning Movies of All Time

Take a look at the below list of Top 10 Best Award Winning Movies of All Time till 2017. Films are not just made to entertain and inform people they are also made to help build careers. When a motion picture is nominated for an award; it is a testament to the work that the actors, producers, directors, camera men and other movie personnel put into the film.

Here is a list of the 10 best award winning movies of all time. These 10 films were selected by the nominees they were given and by the amount they actually won. Once again, it is no small matter that a film is elected for this type of honor.

By the way, this list will only present the top 10 films that have won the most Academy Awards. Some films on this list have tied in terms of awards won. If this is the case, then the second category for academy award nominations will be considered.

List of Top 10 Best Award Winning Movies of All Time till 2017

1. Titanic

Titanic Top 10 Best Award Winning Movies of All Time

Titanic appeared in theaters back in 1997 and when it did this film made Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet into certified stars. This film was given 14 nominations and it won 11. James Cameron came into his own as a director with Titanic.

The movie was a big hit with fans everywhere. Everything in this film was worthy of an award. The storyline, the acting, the cinematography and the characters all made this this film into the gem that it is. Titanic transcends generations and has been viewed by people all over the globe. Titanic is the all-time Academy Award winning film in history.

2. Ben Hur

Ben Hur Top 10 Best Award Winning Movies of All Time 2017

Ben Hur is one of the greatest stories ever told. This film has been adapted at least 7 times including an animated series that was released in 2003 with the voice of Charleston Heston. An author named Lew Wallace published the story of Ben Hur: A Tale of the Christ in 1880. The story is about the life Ben Hur a wealthy Jewish man who is forced into the life of slavery by an evil Roman ruler.

Ben Hur eventually finds his freedom after many years of struggle. He finds his way back to Jerusalem and once he arrives he wants to seek revenge on the Roman ruler that imprisoned him. However, he sees Jesus Christ right before the Crucifixion. Then Ben Hur realizes that revenge is not the answer. This film was awarded 11 times out of 12 nominations.

3. Lord of the Rings: Return of the King


Frodo and his pals tied with Titanic in terms of awards won but came in third place in terms of nominations. The film had 11 nominations. This movie was directed by Peter Jackson and it featured Elijah Woods in the lead role. Return of the King is story telling at its finest. The whole entire Lord of the Ring trilogy is so good that they almost make J.R.R. Tolkien’s novels unreadable.

Audiences from all over the globe were taken in by the plot and they shivered with fear as brave little Frodo fought impossible odds to destroy the ring of power. Return of the King was the perfect way to end the Lord of the Rings films and to usher in the Hobbit franchise. This is one of the Top 10 Best Award Winning Movies of All Time till 2017.

4. West Side Story


West Side Story was released in 1961 and it took in 10 awards from 11 nominations. This film was inspired by Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. West Side Story was a musical that had been adapted from a play with the same name. Two gangs known as the Jets and the Sharks are “rumbling” over territory and power.

The film contains plenty of dance moves and lots of action and drama. The scenery is also very good as well. West Side Story is considered one of the best musicals in the history of film. The number of awards that that this motion picture won backs up that claim.

5. Gone with the Wind

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Gone with the Wind was released in 1939 and has one of the best remembered lines in cinema history: “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn”. This is the line that Rhett Butler (actor Clarke Gable) says to Scarlett O’Hara (actress Viven Leigh) before he walks out of her life. The Civil War and the issue of slavery provides the background to the story of Scarlett O’Hara and her struggles as a daughter of a plantation owner.

Gone with the Wind was adapted to film from a novel with the same name authored by Margaret Mitchell. This film won 10 awards from a whopping 13 nominations. Gone with the Wind is considered one the greatest movies that was ever produced by Hollywood.

6. The English Patient


In 1996 a film called the English patient was released in theaters. Michael Ondaatje wrote a book with the same title in 1992 and it was turned into a movie. The Academy gave the film 12 nominations and it won 9 awards. The film is a love story about a French-Canadian nurse named Hana and how she changes as a person while helping an injured soldier who has been badly burned. The soldier’s name is Laszlo de Almasy and the two fall in love as the story unfolds.

Many people come to love this film because of the portrayal of the characters by actress Ralph Fiennes and Juliette Binoch. The English Patient is a love story but it has some decent action scenes as well. The story might not be considered one of the best in the history of Hollywood but it certainly made the number 6 spot for the movies with the most Academy Awards.

7. Gigi

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Romance and comedy are two well received genres within popular culture. Gigi is a 1958 film that contains all of these elements. The movie was given 9 nominations and it them all. This is only one of two films on the top 10 list that was able to accomplish this feat. This film has a simple premise but the musical numbers and acting helps to make it a real gem of a movie.

Gigi tells the story of a French playboy named Gaston who is being taught the ways of society and life by a young woman named Gigi. However, their relationship starts off just as friends. Eventually, it grows into something much more. Now, Gaston has to choose between settling down with Gigi or continuing on in his life of womanizing.

8. The Last Emperor


The Last Emperor is another film that won all 9 awards out of the 9 nominations that it was given. The film was released in 1987 and it tells the story of a Pu Yi who is the last emperor of China. Pu Yi tells his story from a prison cell. During the film he is remembering his life as a child ruler in China.
The scenery, images and acting are all well portrayed within this movie. The directing and producing are top notch as well. Most critics gave this film at least a 90% rating. It is truly one of the best films that has ever been made in terms of acting, storytelling and drama.

9. From Here to Eternity

From Here to Eternity Top Most Award Winning Movies of All Time 2017

From Here to Eternity is a film about a Navy boxer who would rather play the bugle than fight and about his Sargent who pushes him to get into the ring. This film received 13 nominations and won 8. The movie takes place during WWII right before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

From Here to Eternity has a simple premise and the film moves along rather smoothly. It has lots of action and light hearted moments as well. Burt Lancaster and Montgomery Cliff give excellent performances as well.

10. On the Water Front

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This is a highly rated crime drama starring Marlon Brando and Karl Malden. When a dockworker named Terry Malloy refuses to throw a fight for a crime boss. Malloy then witnesses a murder. Now, he wants to testify against the crime boss. Now, Malloy must stay alive long enough to testify in court. This movie received 8 awards from 12 nominations.

On the Water Front was a ground breaking crime drama in 1958. It was based off of a list of articles that was published in 1948 by Malcolm Johnson. The title of his articles were Crime on the Waterfront and these articles spoke of the criminal activity that took place in New York during the 40s. Many industry insiders consider this film to be one of the best in business.

These are the Top 10 Best Award Winning Movies of All Time till 2017. Other films such as Amadeus, My Fair Lady, Gandhi and Cabaret each won 8 awards as well. All of these films are considered to be among the best in Hollywood and cinema history.