Not all Oscar Best Picture winners are created equal. Some hold up better than others. Here are the award-winning films that engage us for years, long after the credits roll.
'Schindler's List' (1993)
Steven Spielberg's profoundly moving and powerful historical Holocaust epic exemplifies beautifully crafted storytelling, cinematography, editing, and ensemble acting. It dominated the 66th Academy Awards, picking up seven wins.
'Annie Hall' (1977)
Count out the rom-com genre all you want, but it takes a lot to make one that's filled with as much wit and chemistry as "Annie Hall." Woody Allen's 1977 gem is laugh-out-loud funny, delightfully awkward, and a picture-perfect portrait of a relationship's evolution. Well, la-di-da to that.
'The Silence of the Lambs' (1991)
Decades later, we're still having nightmares about the most captivating villain in movie history. This isn't just your average horror movie or forensic thriller. It's an artfully twisted tale of identity, complex human relationships, and psychological warfare.
'The Godfather' (1972)
This quotable epic crime drama is a Coppola masterpiece and still stands as a pinnacle of filmmaking.
'The Godfather Part II' (1974)
Talk about a sequel being just as good -- or arguably better -- than the first. Coppola's follow-up to his acclaimed adaptation delivered with an intricately woven, time-jumping origin story that was filled superb acting, masterful storytelling, and riveting emotion.
Sidney Lumet's groundbreaking and prophetic satirical comedy is just as relevant now as it was back in the 1970s. No other movie has quite captured the dark, exploitative, and dignity-stripping sides of modern media like it since. Plus, it gave us one of the most iconic speeches in cinematic history.
The world will never let go of its love for James Cameron's big-budget '90s smash. The movie that brought us Kate and Leo magic, innovative technological feats, and a newfound fear of the ocean is one of the biggest and most beloved films ever. "My Heart Will Go On," indeed.
'The Sound of Music' (1966)
The hills are alive...with the charm of Julie Andrews, the catchiest songs ever, and a stunning backdrop to boot. If you're looking for a musical that's not too musical theater-y, has a compelling story, and two leads that you can't take your eyes of off, this movie is re-watch gold.
'Lawrence of Arabia' (1962)
David Lean's ambitious and inspiring opus has become the gold standard for the sweeping epic. The 1962 classic will forever influence the art of movie-making, master class acting, and daring cinematography.
'No Country For Old Men' (2007)
Leave it to the Coen brothers to turn noir-Western about a psychotic murderer with a bad haircut into to one of most enjoyable films ever. The shadowy edge-of-your-seat chase boasts amazing performances, unforgettable imagery, and one of the most menacing villains we've ever laid our eyes on. Coin tossing has never seemed as innocent since, friendo.