Welcome to The Best of the Best Pictures




Welcome to Rotten Tomatoes' Best of the Best Pictures feature, where we have combed through eight decades of Oscar winners to determine which Academy Award-winning film truly stands above the rest.

Each February, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presents a statuette to the film it feels embodies the finest in cinema from the previous year. But despite all the prestige surrounding Oscar, he isn't perfect; many of the Academy's selections through the years have sparked vigorous water cooler debates (Crash over Brokeback Mountain? Forrest Gump over Pulp Fiction and The Shawshank Redemption?).


Each year, we take a fond (and occasionally, not-so-fond) look back at Best Picture winners of Oscars past, as compiled by the typically strict and rigorous standards of Tomato science. From the undisputed classics (Casablanca, Lawrence of Arabia) to the dubious selections (The Broadway Melody), we're counting down all 80 Best Picture winners, including this yearâ??s honoree, No Country for Old Men, (at #27) to determine which movie is the best of the Best Pictures.


So, how many have you seen? Which Tomatometers make you want to laugh, cry, or throw popcorn at the screen? Read on to find out!