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 Movie Poster
The Bridge on the River Kwai
PG1957
In Theaters on December 18, 1957

Adaptation of the Pierre Bouelle novel about POWs in Burma forced to build a bridge to aid the war effort... Read More

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Gone With the Wind
G1939
Based on 18 critics

Epic Civil War drama focuses on the life of petulant southern belle Scarlett O'Hara (Vivien Leigh). Starting... Read More

July 12, 2017
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Terms of Endearment
PG1983
Based on 10 critics

Widow Aurora Greenway (Shirley MacLaine) and her daughter, Emma (Debra Winger), have a strong bond, but... Read More

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
R1975
Based on 8 critics

When Randle Patrick McMurphy (Jack Nicholson) gets transferred for evaluation from a prison farm to a... Read More

July 9, 2017
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Lawrence of Arabia
PG1962
Based on 7 critics

Due to his knowledge of the native Bedouin tribes, British Lieutenant T.E. Lawrence (Peter O'Toole) is... Read More

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All About Eve
1950
In Theaters on 1950

Backstage story revolving around aspiring actress Eve Harrington. Tattered and forlorn, Eve shows up... Read More

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The Apartment
1960
In Theaters on 1960

Insurance worker C.C. Baxter (Jack Lemmon) lends his Upper West Side apartment to company bosses to use... Read More

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The Silence of the Lambs
R1991
Based on 17 critics

Jodie Foster stars as Clarice Starling, a top student at the FBI's training academy. Jack Crawford (Scott... Read More

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Annie Hall
PG1977
In Theaters on April 20, 1977

Comedian Alvy Singer (Woody Allen) examines the rise and fall of his relationship with struggling nightclub... Read More

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My Fair Lady
G1964
In Theaters on December 25, 1964

In this beloved musical, pompous phonetics professor Henry Higgins (Rex Harrison) is so sure of his abilities... Read More

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The French Connection
R1971
Based on 4 critics

New York Detective "Popeye" Doyle (Gene Hackman) and his partner (Roy Scheider) chase a French heroin... Read More

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Rocky
PG1976
Based on 11 critics

Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone), a small-time boxer from working-class Philadelphia, is arbitrarily... Read More

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August 18, 2017
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The Godfather
R1972
Based on 15 critics

Widely regarded as one of the greatest films of all time, this mob drama, based on Mario Puzo's novel... Read More

June 29, 2017
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The Godfather, Part II
R1974
Based on 12 critics

The compelling sequel to "The Godfather," contrasting the life of Corleone father and son. Traces the... Read More

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It Happened One Night
1934
In Theaters on February 23, 1934

In Frank Capra's acclaimed romantic comedy, spoiled heiress Ellie Andrews (Claudette Colbert) impetuously... Read More

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The Deer Hunter
R1978
Based on 12 critics

In 1968, Michael (Robert De Niro), Nick (Christopher Walken) and Steven (John Savage), lifelong friends... Read More

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On the Waterfront
1954
Based on 10 critics

Dockworker Terry Malloy (Marlon Brando) had been an up-and-coming boxer until powerful local mob boss... Read More

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Casablanca
PG1942
Based on 18 critics

Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart), who owns a nightclub in Casablanca, discovers his old flame Ilsa (Ingrid... Read More

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Unforgiven
R1992
Based on 21 critics

When prostitute Delilah Fitzgerald (Anna Thomson) is disfigured by a pair of cowboys in Big Whiskey,... Read More

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Schindler's List
R1993
Based on 23 critics

Businessman Oskar Schindler (Liam Neeson) arrives in Krakow in 1939, ready to make his fortune from World... Read More

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In the Heat of the Night
1967
In Theaters on August 2, 1967

African-American Philadelphia police detective Virgil Tibbs (Sidney Poitier) is arrested on suspicion... Read More

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Movie Poster
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
PG-132003
Based on 41 critics

The culmination of nearly 10 years' work and conclusion to Peter Jackson's epic trilogy based on the... Read More

July 17, 2017
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No Country for Old Men
R2007
Based on 37 critics

While out hunting, Llewelyn Moss (Josh Brolin) finds the grisly aftermath of a drug deal. Though he knows... Read More

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The Departed
R2006
Based on 39 critics

South Boston cop Billy Costigan (Leonardo DiCaprio) goes under cover to infiltrate the organization of... Read More