Oscar: Best Picture Winners By Genre, 1927-Present

Oscar History: Best Picture Winners by Genre

How important is the specific genre of the film for its chances to win the Best Picture Oscar This year, the five Best Picture nominees are: Babel, The Departed, Letters from Iwo Jima, Little Miss Sunshine, and The Queen.

Which movie genres (biopicture, historical epic, drama, comedy, musical, Western, suspense-thriller) have dominated the Best Picture winners

Here is a list of all 80 Oscar-winning pictures classified by genre.


1927-28: Wings (war)
1928-29: Broadway Melody (musical)
1929-30: All Quiet on Western Front (war)


1930-31: Cimarron (western)
1931-32: Grand Hotel (drama)
1932-33: Cavalcade (drama)
1934: It Happened One Night (comedy)
1935: Mutiny on the Bounty (historical epic)
1936: Great Ziegfeld (musical)
1937: Life of Emile Zola (biopic)
1938: You Can’t Take It With You (comedy)
1939: Gone With the Wind (historical epic)


1940: Rebecca (suspense-thriller)
1941: How Green Was My Valley (drama)
1942: Mrs. Miniver (war drama)
1943: Casablanca (drama)
1944: Going My Way (comedy)
1945: The Lost Weekend (drama, social issue)
1946: Best Year of Our Lives (drama, social issue)
1947: Gentleman’s Agreement (drama, social issue)
1948: Hamlet (historical, literary)
1949: All the King’s Men (drama)


1950: All About Eve (drama)
1951: American in Paris (musical)
1952: Greatest Show on Earth (adventure)
1953: From Here to Eternity (drama, war)
1954: On the Waterfront (drama, social issue)
1955: Marty (drama)
1956: Around the World in 80 Days (adventure)
1957: Bridge on the River Kwai (war adventure)
1958: Gigi (musical)
1959: Ben-Hur (historical epic)


1960: The Apartment (drama/serio-comedy)
1961: West Side Story (musical)
1962: Lawrence of Arabia (historical epic/biopic)
1963: Tom Jones (historical epic/comedy)
1964: My Fair Lady (musical)
1965: The Sound of Music (musical)
1966: Man for All Season (historical epic/social issue)
1967: In the Heat of the Night (drama/social issue)
1968: Oliver! (musical)
1969: Midnight Cowboy (drama/social issue)


1970: Patton (biopic/war)
1971: The French Connection (action-adventure)
1972: The Godfather (drama/social issue)
1973: The Sting (comedy)
1974: The Godfather, Part II (drama/social issue)
1975: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (drama/social issue)
1976: Rocky (drama/social issue)
1977: Annie Hall (comedy)
1978: The Deer Hunter (war)
1979: Kramer Vs. Kramer (drama/social issue)


1980: Ordinary People (drama/social issue)
1981: Chariots of Fire (drama/social issue)
1982: Gandhi (biopic/historical epic)
1983: Terms of Endearment (drama/serio comedy)
1984: Amadeus (musical/biopic)
1985: Out of Africa (historical epic/biopic)
1986: Platoon (war)
1987: The Last Emperor (historical epic/biopic)
1988: Rain Man (drama/social issue)
1989: Driving Miss Daisy (drama/serio comedy)


1990: Dances With Wolves (western/social issue)
1991: Silence of the Lambs (suspense/horror)
1992: Unforgiven (Western)
1993: Schindler’s List (historical epic/social issue)
1994: Forrest Gum (historical epic/drama)
1995: Braveheart (historical epic/biopic)
1996: The English Patient (historical epic/literary)
1997: Titanic (historical epic/disaster)
1998: Shakespeare in Love (comedy/historical/literary)
1999: American Beauty (drama/serio comedy)


2000: Gladiator (historical epic)
2001: Beautiful Mind (biopic/social issue)
2002: Chicago (musical)
2003: Lord of the Rings: Return of the Kings (historical epic/literary)
2004: Million Dollar Baby (drama/social issue)
2005: Crash (drama/social issue)
2006: The Deaprted (crime/gangster)
2007: No Country for Old Men (thriller/drama)