Oscar: Best Picture by Year and Grade

Our systematic survey, including daily detailed reviews, of each and every film that has won the Best Picture Oscar, is getting great response from readers interested in American film history.

Here is a summation of the survey, thus far, in the first 25 years of the Oscars.

The best Oscar-winners are:

It Happened One Night (1934), Gone With the Wind (1939), Rebecca (1940), How Green Was My Valley (1941), Casablanca (1943), The Best Years of Our lives (1946), All About Eve (1950) and An American in Paris (1951).


The worst films to have won Best Picture are:


The Broadway Melody (1928-29) Cimarron (1930-31), Cavalcade (1932-33), The Great Ziegfeld (1936), Mrs. Miniver (1942), and The Greatest Show on Earth (1952).


The rest are decent or reasonably good films, such as All Quiet on the Western Front or Grand Hotel. (See list below)


Movies by Title, Year and Grade

Wings                                 B+

The Broadway Melody    C

All Quiet on the Western B+


Cimarron                            C

Grand Hotel                      B+

Cavalcade                           C

It Happened One Night  A

Mutiny on the Bounty     B+

The Great Ziegfeld           C

The Life of Emile Zola     B

You Can’t Take It With   B


Gone With the Wind      A-

Rebecca                             A-

How Green Was My       A-


Mrs. Miniver                     C

Casablanca                        A

Going My Way               B

The Lost Weekend         B+

The Best Years of Our     A-


Gentleman’s Agreement  B+

Hamlet                               B+

All the King’s Men          B+

All About Eve                   A

American in Paris           A-

Greatest Show on Earth  C+