Best Picture Oscar Winners

Slumdog Millionaire won this year’s Academy Award for Best Picture. For some more award-winning flicks, check out this list.

No Country for Old Men

No Country for Old Men (2007)
Acclaimed filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen deliver a gripping and ambitious film in this sizzling and supercharged action-thriller. When a man stumbles on a bloody crime scene, a pickup truck loaded with heroin, and two million dollars in irresistible cash, his decision to take the money sets off an unstoppable chain reaction of violence. Not even west Texas law can contain it. Based on the novel by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Cormac McCarthy, and featuring an acclaimed cast led by Tommy Lee Jones, this gritty game of cat and mouse will take you to the edge of your seat and beyond - right up to its heart-stopping final act.

The Departed (2006)
Set in South Boston, where the state police force is waging war on organized crime, young undercover cop Billy Costigan (Leonardo DiCaprio) is assigned to infiltrate the mob syndicate run by gangland chief Costello (Jack Nicholson). While Billy is quickly gaining Costello's confidence, Colin Sullivan (Matt Damon), a hardened young criminal who has infiltrated the police department as an informer for the syndicate, is rising to a position of power in the Special Investigation Unit. Each man becomes deeply consumed by his double life, gathering information about the plans and counter-plans of the operations he has penetrated. But when it becomes clear to both the gangsters and the police that there's a mole in their midst, Billy and Colin are suddenly in danger of being caught and exposed to the enemy and each must race to uncover the identity of the other man in time to save himself. Directed by Martin Scorsese.

Crash (2005)
A 36-hour period in the diverse metropolis of post-Sept. 11 Los Angeles is the theme of this unflinching drama that challenges audiences to confront their prejudices. Lives combust when a Brentwood housewife, her district attorney husband, a Persian shopkeeper, two cops, a pair of carjackers, and a Korean couple all converge.

Million Dollar Baby

Million Dollar Baby (2004)
Despondent over a painful estrangement from his daughter, trainer Frankie Dunn (Clint Eastwood) isn't prepared for female boxer Maggie Fitzgerald (Hillary Swank). Winner of the Oscar awards for best picture, best director, best actress, and best supporting actor.

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
This is the third and final installment of J.R.R. Tolkein's epic struggle of good versus evil. Sauron's forces are planning their final attack against mankind while Frodo, Sam and Gollum make their way towards Mount Doom where they must return the ring to the fires that created it. Aragorn, the legitimate heir to the throne of Gondor, must deal with his personal doubts and shortcomings to accept his rightful place and lead humanity into the last confrontation with Sauron's army.

Chicago (2002)
Bored housewife Roxie Hart murders her lover when she discovers his lies. Chorus girl Velma Kelly murders her husband and sister after finding them in a compromising position. The two find themselves on Death Row, but all is not lost when they engage a slick "lawyer" who uses the force of the media to gain sympathy for the two murderesses.

A Beautiful Mind

A Beautiful Mind (2001)
Winner of four Academy Awards, including Best Picture, A Beautiful Mind is directed by Academy Award winner Ron Howard. It stars Russell Crowe in an astonishing performance as brilliant mathematician John Nash, on the brink of international acclaim when he becomes entangled in a mysterious conspiracy. Now only his devoted wife (Jennifer Connelly) can help him in this powerful story of courage, passion and triumph.

Gladiator (2000)
Set in Roman times, a banished Roman General fights his way back as a gladiator. The only power stronger than the Emperor is the greatest hero in all of the Empire.

American Beauty (1999)
A provocative and savagely funny look at marriage and mid-life crisis in suburban America, American Beauty takes a close look at the seemingly perfect couple Lester and Carolyn Burnham and the surrounding elements that ultimately cause them to snap.

Shakespeare in Love (1998)
Will Shakespeare has writer's block and needs love to inspire him. Love comes in the form of Lady Viola, a woman who disguises herself as a man to audition for Will's play. When her identity is revealed to him, their passions ignite, and Will's can write again. Through comedy, romance, duels and brawls, Will searches not only for a resolution to his play, but also to his undying passion.

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