Greatest Movies Through 1960

Best Movies Compiled From Many Sources

* Other: Best of the Best Picture Academy Award Winners (Oscar)

We found two different lists of Best Picture Academy Award Winners. One ranking them by over all artistic merit – they other by total number of Oscars won. Here is our combined TOP THREE and TOP TEN for movies released through 1960:

  1. On The Waterfront
  2. Gone With The Wind
  3. The Best Years of our Lives
  4. All About Eve
  5. Ben-Hur
  6. Casablanca
  7. Gigi
  8. From Here to Eternity
  9. The Apartment
  10. Bridge on the River Kwai

And the rest of our combine list (both original lists follow this):

  1. It Happened One Night
  2. Going My Way
  3. Rebecca
  4. The Lost Weekend
  5. Mrs. Miniver
  6. An American in Paris
  7. All The Kings Men
  8. All Quiet on the Western Front
  9. How Green Was My Valley
  10. Mutiny on the Bounty
  11. Hamlet
  12. Grand Hotel
  13. Wings
  14. Sunrise
  15. The Great Ziegfeld
  16. Marty
  17. The Life of Emile Zola
  18. Gentleman’s Agreement
  19. You Can’t Take It With You
  20. The Broadway Melody
  21. Around the World in 80 Days
  22. Cimarron
  23. Calvalcade
  24. The Greatest Show on Earth

The first list is a list of the movies that won the Academy Award Oscar for Best Picture ranked by how many Oscars the movie won, filtered for movies released through 1960:

  1. Ben-Hur (1959 – 11 wins)
  2. Gigi (1958 – 9 wins)
  3. Gone With The Wind (1939 – 8 wins)
  4. From Here to Eternity (1953 – 8 wins)
  5. On the Waterfront (1954 – 8 wins)
  6. Going My Way (1944 – 7 wins)
  7. The Best Years of Our Lives (1946 – 7 wins)
  8. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957 – 7 wins)
  9. All About Eve (1950 – 6 wins)
  10. Mrs. Miniver (1942 – 6 wins)
  11. An American in Paris (1951 – 6 wins)
  12. It Happened One Night (1934 – 5 wins)

You can see their full list here: Academy Awards Best Picture Facts and Trivia

Next we present the list of movies that won the Academy Award Oscar for Best Picture, ranked by Artistic Merit per Entertainment Weekly’s 2001 Oscar Guide (filtered for movies released through 1960) – including how many Oscar nominations it received and won:

  1. All About Eve (1950 – 14 noms, 3 wins)
  2. On the Waterfront (1954 – 12 noms, 8 wins)
  3. Casablanca (1943 – 8 noms, 3 wins)
  4. Gone With The Wind (1939 – 13 noms, 8 wins)
  5. The Best Years of Our Lives (1946 – 8 nom, 7 wins)
  6. The Apartment (1960 – 10 noms, 5 wins)
  7. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957 – 8 noms, 7 wins)
  8. Rebecca (1940 – 11 noms, 2 wins)
  9. The Lost Weekend (1945 – 7 noms, 4 wins)
  10. It Happened One Night (1934 – 5 noms, 5 wins)

That was the TOP TEN of the Best Picture Oscar Winners by artistic merit of movies released through 1960. The rest of the list follows:

  1. All The Kings Men (1949 – 7 noms, 3 wins)
  2. From Here to Eternity (1953 – 13 noms, 8 wins)
  3. All Quiet on the Western Front (1929-30 – 4 noms, 2 wins)
  4. How Green Was My Valley (1941 – 10 noms, 5 wins)
  5. Gigi (1958 – 9 noms, 9 wins)
  6. Mutiny on the Bounty (1935 – 8 noms, 1 win)
  7. An American in Paris (1951 – 8 noms, 6 wins)
  8. Ben-Hur (1959 – 12 noms, 11 wins)
  9. Hamlet (1948 – 6 noms, 4 wins)
  10. Grand Hotel (1931-32 – 1 nom, 1 win)
  11. Wings (1927-28 – 2 noms, 2 wins) – Best Production
  12. Sunrise (1927-28 – 4 noms, 3 wins) – Unique and Artistic Picture
  13. The Great Ziegfeld (1936 – 6 noms, 3 wins)
  14. Marty (1955 – 8 noms, 4 wins)
  15. The Life of Emile Zola (9 noms, 3 wins)
  16. Going My Way (1944 – 10 noms, 7 wins)
  17. Gentleman’s Agreement (1947 – 8 noms, 3 wins)
  18. Mrs. Miniver (1942 – 12 noms, 5 wins)
  19. You Can’t Take It With You (1938 – 7 noms, 2 wins)
  20. The Broadway Melody (1928-29 – 3 noms, 1 win)
  21. Around the World in 80 Days (1956 – 8 noms, 5 wins)
  22. Cimarron (1930-31 – 7 noms, 3 wins)
  23. Cavalcade (1932-33 – 4 noms, 3 wins)
  24. The Greatest Show on Earth (1952 – 5 noms, 2 wins)

You can view the full list here: Academy Awards – 20th Century Best Picture Winners Ranked

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