Ever since motion picture has been introduced, movies have started playing a vital role in our lives, keeping aside the fact that all of them are not based on true stories. But when it comes to watching films with deeper meaning and strong story line, the Academy Award winning movies are always worth a watch. For years these cinemas have allured the hearts of their audiences by portraying some of the most touching moments. Listed below are the popular Academy Award winners laced with details.
Top Ten Academy Award Winning Movies
Peep into the list of top 10 Academy Award winning movies to know what you have been missing these years.
1. Forrest Gump (1994)
Maintaining a perfect balance between drama, romance and comedy, Forrest Gump is an unforgettable one from the list of academy award winners of the 90s. It is the adaptation of Winston Groom’s novel of the same name and leaves no stone unturned in justifying the statement – “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get.” Tom Hanks shouldering the main role, the movie was released on 6th July, 1994 and earned more than $677 million internationally. Furthermore it was awarded with six Academy awards along with three Golden Globe Awards.
2. 12 Years a Slave (2013)
A rework of Solomon Northup’s 1853 memoir, 12 Years a Slave had not only proved to be a box office success but has also been honoured with three Academy Awards for Best Movie, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress. It as well happens to be the first film by a black director to receive the highest Academy honour. Directed by Steve McQueen, its lead character has been carried out by Chiwetel Ejiofor. The British-American drama movie was released on 8th November 2013 and 10th January 2014 in the United States and the United Kingdom, respectively.
3. Titanic (1997)
Sweeping away eleven Academy awards, the Titanic is regarded as the best romantic movie of the late twentieth century. Fictionalizing the ill fated voyage of the sinking Titanic, the movie hit the theatre on 19th December 1997 and the love story that was woven with the tragedy was much appreciated by audience. With an initial gross of more than $1.84 billion, it was the first movie to touch the billion-dollar mark. After its release, it remained at the top position for fifteen uninterrupted weeks in North America, creating a record for any film.
4. The Deer Hunter (1978)
Spinning around the events from the Vietnam War, The Deer Hunter is an outstanding portrayal of the war’s consequences on the American working class steel workers and the utilization of Russian roulette in the Vietnam sequences. It was announced as the 53rd Greatest Movie of All Time by the American Film Institute as it was credited with five Academy Awards during its year of release. Many well know American critics have even claimed the movie to be the next best after The Godfather.
5. A Beautiful Mind (2001)
Stirred by the events from the life of John Forbes Nash – a Nobel Laureate in Economics, A Beautiful Mind narrates the struggling tale of a true genius. It was directed by Ron Howard while Russell Crowe enacted the lead role. Grossing over $313 million along with four Academy Awards, the biographical drama film was opened in American cinemas on 21st December, 2001. It received worldwide appreciations from movie critics as well as audiences.
6. Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
A contemporary fairy tale about an insolvent angling to become a prince, the Slumdog Millionaire has been set and filmed in India to provide a close look into its protagonist’s life. A sleeper hit, the drama film is an adaptation of the novel – Q & A composed by Vikas Swarup, an Indian diplomat cum author. Besides it eight Academy Awards, the movie was as well received positive responses for the soundtrack, plot and directing.
7. Avatar (2009)
Another hit film that deserves a mandatory space in the list of Academy Award winners, Avatar is a creation of James Cameron. As the science fiction action movie narrates its story with a setting in mid-22nd century, it very well grips its audience admiration. Internationally released on 16th December, 2009; it was the first film to cross $2 billion and thus continues to be tagged as the highest-grossing film of all time. It had earned three Academy awards from its nine nominations.
8. Unforgiven (1992)
With four Academy Awards in bag, Unforgiven is an American hit that had highlighted the old West. Clint Eastwood directed the movie as a dedication to departed mentors and directors – Sergio Leone and Don Siegel. Moreover it was recognised as “historically, culturally or aesthetically significant” by the United States National Film Registry in 2004. Unforgiven was honoured with four Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor, Best Director and Best Film Editing.
9. Braveheart (1995)
Throwing lights on the First War of Scottish Independence, the Braveheart is a well known Academy Award winning movie with roots from the epic poem – The Actes and Deidis of the Illustre and Vallyeant Campioun Schir William Wallace. The film is not only known for winning five Academy Awards but has also taken home three BAFTA Awards and a Golden Globe Award.
10. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
Based on the J. R. R. Tolkien’s novel of same name, The Return of the King is the third release to the The lord of the Rings trilogy. As soon as the movie hit theatres, it became a great success and went on to earn $1 billion worldwide. The epic fantasy movie had even won all the eleven Academy Awards that it was nominated for withholding the record for sweeping the maximum Academy Awards.