Since 1929, 82 movies have held the distinguished title of Best Picture, as named by the Academy of Motion Pictures, and the majority of them are bona fide classics ('Crash,' not so much). As Oscar nears its 83rd ceremony, we pitted these champs against one another, narrowing down that daunting list to the 25 creme-de-la-creme pics -- and we ranked them, too. Click through to see what came out on top.
The Bridge on the River Kwai
In Theaters on December 18th, 1957

A British colonel (Alec Guinness) builds a bridge for his Japanese captor (Sessue Hayakawa). Read More

In the Heat of the Night
Not Yet Rated1967
In Theaters on August 2nd, 1967

A black detective (Sidney Poitier) helps a white sheriff (Rod Steiger) solve a murder. Read More

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Based on 41 critics

Frodo and Sam march toward Mount Doom while Gandalf prepares for the final battle for Middle Earth. Read More

Gone With The Wind
In Theaters on January 17th, 1939

Civil War rogue Rhett Butler (Clark Gable) loves Southern belle Scarlett O'Hara (Vivien Leigh). Read More

February 2, 2017
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No Country for Old Men
Based on 37 critics

A hunter (Josh Brolin) becomes the hunted after taking money from the scene of a drug deal gone bad. Read More

The Departed
Based on 39 critics

An undercover cop gains a mobster's confidence, while a career criminal infiltrates the police. Read More

Terms of Endearment
Based on 10 critics

A mother (Shirley MacLaine) and daughter (Debra Winger) maintain a strong but often turbulent bond. Read More

One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
Based on 7 critics

Ken Kesey's misfit (Jack Nicholson) inspires fellow mental patients. Read More

Lawrence of Arabia
Based on 7 critics

A controversial British officer (Peter O'Toole) unites Arab tribes against the Turks. Read More

All About Eve
Not Yet Rated1950
In Theaters on October 13th, 1950

A Broadway star (Bette Davis) helps an aspiring actress (Anne Baxter). Read More

The Apartment
Not Yet Rated1960
In Theaters on June 15th, 1960

A corporate climber (Jack Lemmon) lets his boss (Fred MacMurray) and others use his home. Read More

December 7, 2016
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The Silence of the Lambs
Based on 17 critics

An FBI agent (Jodie Foster) uses one murderer (Anthony Hopkins) to catch another. Read More

January 8, 2017
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Annie Hall
In Theaters on April 20th, 1977

A New York comedian (Woody Allen) recalls his kooky lost love (Diane Keaton). Read More

My Fair Lady
In Theaters on December 25th, 1964

Professor Henry Higgins (Rex Harrison) bets he can refine cockney Eliza Doolittle (Audrey Hepburn). Read More

The French Connection
Based on 4 critics

New York detectives (Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider) chase a French heroin king (Fernando Rey). Read More

In Theaters on November 21st, 1976

A heavyweight champ gives a club fighter (Sylvester Stallone) a title shot. Read More

The Godfather
Based on 14 critics

Mafia boss Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando) and his sons (Al Pacino, James Caan). Read More

The Godfather: Part II
Based on 10 critics

Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) moves his father's crime family to Las Vegas. Read More

It Happened One Night
Not Yet Rated1934
In Theaters on February 23rd, 1934

A newsman (Clark Gable) rides a bus and shares a cabin with a tycoon's runaway daughter. Read More

February 9, 2017
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The Deer Hunter
Based on 7 critics

Steelworker friends (Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, John Savage) face horrors in Vietnam. Read More

On The Waterfront
Not Yet Rated1954
Based on 10 critics

An ex-boxer (Marlon Brando) stands up to a corrupt union boss. Read More

In Theaters on November 26th, 1942

A nightclub owner (Humphrey Bogart) protects an old flame and her husband from Nazis in Morocco. Read More

December 6, 2016
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Based on 21 critics

An old gunslinger (Clint Eastwood) and others hunt bounty in Big Whiskey. Read More

December 8, 2016
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Schindler's List
Based on 23 critics

A German industrialist (Liam Neeson) saves Jews from the Nazis. Read More