If you want to know the best movies which won an Academy Award (Oscar) you should definitely watch our ranking for the best picture winning movies of the 1990s.


10. Shakespeare in Love (1998)

Top 10 Oscar Winner Movies of the 1990s | Best Picture 2Shakespeare in Love is a 1998 romantic period comedy-drama film directed by John Madden and stars Gwyneth Paltrow, Joseph Fiennes, Geoffrey Rush, Colin Firth, Ben Affleck and Judi Dench. William Shakespeare had a terrible writer’s block and neglected to write for a very long time. But Romeo was stick in Shakespeare’s head. As William and Viola’s romance grows in intensity and spirals toward its inevitable result, the humorous comedy about Romeo and the pirates also turns into an unaltered tragedy.

Drama, Romance, Comedy | Director: John Madden

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9. Driving Miss Daisy (1989)

Top 10 Oscar Winner Movies of the 1990s | Best Picture 3Driving Miss Daisy is a 1989 comedy-drama film directed by Bruce Beresford and stars Jessica Tandy, Morgan Freeman, and Dan Aykroyd. This film focuses on a 25-year long relationship between a strong-willed, wealthy matron and her equally stouthearted chauffeur as they talk about their lives without ever realizing the presence of a true friendship. The story takes us through the growth of their friendship as the two bond over their outsider status, Miss Daisy as a Jew in a WASP- dominated society and Hoke an outsider because of the color of his skin.

Drama, Comedy | Director: Bruce Beresford

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8. The English Patient (1996)

Top 10 Oscar Winner Movies of the 1990s | Best Picture 4The English Patient is a 1996 romantic war drama film directed by Anthony Minghella and stars Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche, Willem Dafoe, Kristin Scott Thomas and Colin Firth. Set against the backdrop of World War ІІ, the film tells the story of a nurse caring for a badly burnt plane crash victim who has lost his memories and identity and is known only as “the English Patient” due to his British accent. Picking up the shards of his memories through flashbacks, we discover his involvement in a love affair. As she helps the dying man, she learns to heal her own sores and let him rejoice in a love that has no boundaries.

Romance, War, Drama | Director: Anthony Minghella

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7. Titanic (1997)

Top 10 Oscar Winner Movies of the 1990s | Best Picture 5Titanic is a 1997 epic romance disaster film directed and written by James Cameron and stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. With historical and fictionalized aspects, this film is based on the sinking of RMS Titanic. The story has us rooting for a teenage aristocrat who falls hopelessly in love with a poor artist despite the glaring differences between their social classes. Collide with the destiny as the two discover the beauty of true love aboard a luxurious yet ill-fated ship.

Romance | Director: James Cameron

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6. Dances with Wolves (1990)

Top 10 Oscar Winner Movies of the 1990s | Best Picture 6Dances with Wolves is a 1990 epic Western film starring, directed and produced by Kevin Costner. Assigned to a remote western Civil War outpost, Lieutenant John Dunbar finds himself in  Sioux territory. Enthralled by the simplicity of the lives they lead, Dunbar finds himself closer and closer to the community he is supposed to fight. In his fight against the Indians, he ends up discovering the frontiers inside himself.

Western | Director: Kevin Costner

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5. Unforgiven (1992)

Top 10 Oscar Winner Movies of the 1990s | Best Picture 7Unforgiven is a 1992 revisionist Western film produced and directed by Clint Eastwood and stars him in the lead role, with Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman and Richard Harris. Retired outlaw and killer, William Munny, reluctantly returns for one last job with the help of his former partner and a young man. Forced by circumstances and driven by the incentive of a reward, Munny turns his back on the simple yet hard life on a farm and delves into the world of crime this one last time.

Western | Director: Clint Eastwood

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4. Braveheart (1995)

Top 10 Oscar Winner Movies of the 1990s | Best Picture 8Braveheart is a 1995 epic war film directed Mel Gibson, who portrays William Wallace. The film also stars Sophie Marceau, Patrick McGoohan and Catherine McCormack. This piece of historical fiction is based on the story of Wallace leading the Scots in the First War of Scottish Independence against King Edward I of England. History has a way of remembering those who bleed for freedom rather than those who beg for mercy, and this story has us rooting for Wallace as he revolts against the emperor of time over the injustices that occurred under his regime.

War | Director: Mel Gibson

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3. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

Top 10 Oscar Winner Movies of the 1990s | Best Picture 9The Silence of the Lambs is a 1991 psychological thriller film directed by Jonathan Demme and was adapted from Thomas Harris’s 1988 novel of the same name. The movie is widely acknowledged for the immaculate performance of Anthony Hopkins as Dr. Hannibal Lecter and is regularly cited by critics, film directors and audiences alike as one of the greatest and most influential films of all time. The story is based on the struggle of a young F.B.I cadet, played by Jodie Foster who intends to reach a serial killer through a manipulated and incarcerated cannibal killer.

Thriller | Director: Jonathan Demme

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2. Forrest Gump (1994)

Top 10 Oscar Winner Movies of the 1990s | Best Picture 10Forrest Gump is a 1994 comedy-drama film directed by Robert Zemeckis and stars Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, Mykelti Williamson and Sally Field. The story follows Forrest Gump, a slow-witted but kind-hearted man from Alabama who witnesses and unwittingly influences several defining historical events in the 20th century United States. The movie won six Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor for Tom Hanks and was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.

Drama, Comedy | Director: Robert Zemeckis

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1. Schindler’s List (1993)

Top 10 Oscar Winner Movies of the 1990s | Best Picture 11Schindler’s List is a 1993 historical period drama film directed and co-produced by Steven Spielberg and starring Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, and Ben Kingsley. The movie tells the incredible true story of the enigmatic businessman Oskar Schindler, who saved the lives of more than 1,100 Jews during the Holocaust by employing them in his factories during World War II. Schindler’s List was nominated for twelve Academy Awards, winning seven, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Original Score.

Drama | Director: Steven Spielberg

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