42 Best Oscar-Winning Movies on Netflix 2018

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42 Best Oscar-Winning Movies on Netflix 2018


Won: Best Documentary Feature

The short life and career of singer Amy Winehouse is the subject of this powerful and emotional documentary.


Won: Best Original Score

Joe Wright’s romance follows the relationship between a wealthy woman (Keira Knightley) and a working-class man (James McAvoy) at three points in their lives, and the way their affair is tested by a misunderstanding and an ensuing criminal accusation.

The Aviator

Won: Best Supporting Actress (Cate Blanchett), Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Film Editing

Leonardo DiCaprio stars as movie mogul Howard Hughes in Martin Scorsese’s star-studded biopic, which features Cate Blanchett as Katherine Hepburn.

A Beautiful Mind

Won: Best Picture, Best Director (Ron Howard), Best Supporting Actress (Jennifer Connelly), Best Adapted Screenplay

Russell Crowe stars as Nobel Prize-winning mathematician John Nash, whose diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia disrupts his career and marriage to his wife Alicia, played by Jennifer Connelly.

Blue Jasmine

Won: Best Actress (Cate Blanchett)

Blanchett plays a Manhattan socialite who loses her fortune thanks to her late husband’s fraudulent dealings. Her life and sanity spins out of control when she moves in with her working-class sister in San Francisco.


Won: Best Supporting Actress (Patricia Arquette)

Richard Linklater’s three-hour drama, which he filmed over the course of 12 years, follows Mason (Ellar Coltrane) as he comes of age in Texas.

Bram Stoker’s Dracula

Won: Best Costume Design, Best Sound Effects Editing, Best Makeup

Horror movies rarely win Oscars, but horror movies rarely look as gorgeous as Francis Ford Coppola’s adaptation of the classic gothic horror novel.

The Cider House Rules

Won: Best Supporting Actor (Michael Caine), Best Adapted Screenplay

John Irving adapted his novel for the big screen, which stars Tobey Maguire as an orphan who ventures out into the real-world, only to return home to the orphanage run by his father figure, a kind-hearted abortionist played by Michael Caine.

Cinema Paradiso

Won: Best Foreign Language Film

Guiseppe Tornatore’s coming-of-age masterpiece is a love letter to the movies, following a young boy whose obsession with film follows him throughout his life.

Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Won: Best Cinematography

Steven Spielberg’s first extra-terrestrial adventure follows a group of people across the country who have bizarre run-ins with alien life.

Cold Mountain

Won: Best Supporting Actress (Renée Zellweger)

This Civil War epic stars Nicole Kidman as a woman on the home front waiting for her beloved (Jude Law) to return to her, with Renée Zellwegger playing a fiery, whip-smart helping hand who helps manage an ailing farm.

The Constant Gardener

Won: Best Supporting Actress (Rachel Weisz)

This geopolitical thriller stars Ralph Fiennes as a British government official who must avenge the unsolved murder of his wife, an Amnesty International activist played by Weisz.

The Crying Game

Won: Best Original Screenplay

Featuring one of the most infamous plot twists in cinema history, Neil Jordan’s thriller stars Stephen Rea as an IRA assassin who falls in love with the girlfriend of a foot-soldier he murdered.

Dallas Buyers Club

Won: Best Actor (Matthew McConaughey), Best Supporting Actor (Jared Leto), Best Makeup

This film tells the true story of Ron Woodroof (McConaughey), an AIDS patient who smuggles pharmaceutical drugs to distribute to others afflicted with the disease (including a transgender woman played by Leto).

The Duchess

Won: Best Costume Design

Keira Knightley plays Georgiana Spencer, Duchess of Devonshire, an infamous figure in English history for her scandalous lifestyle and schemes to produce a male heir for her husband.

The English Patient

Won: Best Picture, Best Director (Anthony Minghella), Best Supporting Actress (Juliette Binoche), Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design, Best Sound, Best Film Editing, Best Original Score

This romantic epic stars Ralph Fiennes as a dying man in the final days of World War II who recounts his torrid affair with a married British woman in the years leading up to the war.

Finding Neverland

Won: Best Original Score

Playwright J.M. Barrie (Johnny Depp) befriends a widow (Kate Winselt), the mother to four young boys, and the ensuing friendship inspires his greatest work: Peter Pan.

The Godfather

Won: Best Picture, Best Actor (Marlon Brando), Best Adapted Screenplay

Francis Ford Coppola’s mafia epic stars Brando in the titular role, with a young Al Pacino playing his reluctant son who must take over the family business when his father is shot by his enemies.

The Godfather Part II

Won: Best Picture, Best Director (Francis Ford Coppola), Best Supporting Actor (Robert De Niro), Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Art Direction, Best Original Score

Both an origin story of Brando’s character (played in this film by De Niro) and a continuation of the Michael Corleone story, this is the rare sequel to earn not just Academy attention but more Oscars than its predecessor.

The Golden Compass

Won: Best Art Direction, Best Visual Effects

A young orphan in a mystical, parallel world sets out on an adventure to save her kidnapped best friend from dark forces in this adaptation of Philip Pullman’s beloved fantasy novel.

Good Will Hunting

Won: Best Supporting Actor (Robin Williams), Best Original Screenplay

Matt Damon (who co-wrote the film with Ben Affleck) stars as a working-class troublemaker and (secret genius) Will, who studies with a Harvard professor and meets with a therapist (Oscar-winner Williams) to confront his demons and establish a better life for himself.

The Hateful Eight

Won: Best Original Score

Quentin Tarantino’s thriller is an Agatha Christie-style mystery set in the American West just after the Civil War, with legendary composer Ennio Morricone earning his first Oscar for its score.


Won: Best Original Screenplay

Writer-director Spike Jonze’s futurist satire sees a lonely man (played by Joaquin Phoenix) falling in love with his AI assistant (voiced by Scarlett Johansson).

Howards End

Won: Best Actress (Emma Thompson), Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Art Direction

This lush Merchant-Ivory adaptation of the classic E.M. Forster novel follows two families with opposing worldviews who are thrust together when their children become romantically attached.


Won: Best Documentary Feature

Documentarian Bryan Fogel intended to experiment with doping in order to win a cycling competition—only his investigations into the practice opened up a bigger, more sinister scandal.

The King’s Speech

Won: Best Picture, Best Director (Tom Hooper), Best Actor (Colin Firth), Best Original Score

This handsome period drama follows George VI, whose stutter becomes a problem when his brother abdicates the throne and he must work with a therapist in order to deliver public speeches when he becomes King of England.

L.A. Confidential

Won: Best Supporting Actress (Kim Basinger), Best Adapted Screenplay

Curtis Hanson’s neo-noir tells a tale of corruption, power, and violence in post-war Los Angeles, with Basinger earning an Oscar for her portrayal of a femme fatale caught up in a love triangle with two feuding cops.


Won: Best Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis), Best Production Design

Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln is a feast for his fans and history buffs alike that features an incredible performance from Daniel Day-Lewis (who earned his third Oscar for his portrayal of the 16th president)—as well as a starry ensemble of supporting players.

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Won: Best Cinematography, Best Makeup, Best Original Score, Best Visual Effects

The first of Peter Jackson’s Tolkien adaptations set a new standard for fantasy on screen—and established an Academy acceptance for the genre.

Marie Antoinette

Won: Best Costume Design

Sofia Coppola’s stylish and contemporary take on the stuffy period piece stars Kirsten Dunst as the infamous queen whose lavish lifestyle came to an abrupt end with with the French revolution.


Won: Best Actor (Sean Penn), Best Original Screenplay

Sean Penn plays gay rights activist Harvey Milk, who became the first openly gay elected official in California before he was shot by a fellow member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

Million Dollar Baby

Won: Best Picture, Best Director (Clint Eastwood), Best Actress (Hilary Swank), Best Supporting Actor (Morgan Freeman)

Hillary Swank and Clint Eastwood form an unlikely duo as an aspiring boxer and her disgruntled older coach in this emotional tear-jerker.

Mystic River

Won: Best Actor (Sean Penn), Best Supporting Actor (Tim Robbins)

Another Clint Eastwood-directed picture, this one a sprawling mystery plot surrounding the murder of a teenage girl, which upends a tight-knit neighborhood in Boston.

No Country for Old Men

Won: Best Picture, Best Director (Joel and Ethan Coen), Best Supporting Actor (Javier Bardem), Best Adapted Screenplay

The Coen Brothers’ neo-Western thriller stars Javier Bardem as a brutal contract killer on the hunt for a missing $2 million, which a hunter played by Josh Brolin discovers in the desert.

Prelude to War

Won: Best Documentary

Hollywood director Frank Capra produced this propaganda film on behalf of the Office of War Information, part of a larger series of pro-American films called Why We Fight.


Won: Best Actress (Brie Larson)

Larson plays a woman who was abducted and held captive by a stranger in a one-room shed. There she raises her young son, Jack—until the pair of them are able to escape, and Jack learns that there is a big, scary world outside of the room he has come to know.

Schindler’s List

Won: Best Picture, Best Director (Steven Spielberg), Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Score, Best Film Editing, Best Art Direction

Spielberg’s first Oscar came with this somber and haunting Holocaust tale about German businessman Oskar Schindler (Liam Neeson), who saved over one thousand Jewish refugees from the concentration camps.

Searching for Sugar Man

Won: Best Documentary Feature

This doc follows two fans as they investigate the rumors of musician Rodriguez’s death and understand why his music became an international phenomenon outside of his native America.


Won: Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay

This unglamorous portrayal of the Boston Globe’s investigations into the Catholic church’s mishandling of decades’ worth of sexual abuse allegations shows the power of the press.

20 Feet From Stardom

Won: Best Documentary Feature

This documentary follows the careers of backup singers like Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, and others, whose faces may not be immediately recognizable—but whose voices can be heard on some of the most iconic rock songs of the 20th Century.


Won: Best Documentary Feature

Manassas High School in Memphis isn’t known for its academic or athletic success, but a new football coach turns the underfunded football team around—which delivers a boost to the high school students’ morale.

The White Helmets

Won: Best Documentary (Short Subject)

This short film follows a team of volunteer rescue works who risk their lives daily in order to attend to innocent civilians living in war-ravaged Syria.

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