The Oscars’ Best Picture Winner From When You Were Born

It’s that time of year where everyone is talking about film. The good films, the bad films and the ugly films – film references galore! And for what reason? Well, The Oscars’ is back round again. Business Insider UK take a look at what film won the prestigous Best Picture award when you were born (and more recently). Full list here.

1988: “Rain Man”

Plot: “Selfish yuppie Charlie Babbitt’s father left a fortune to his savant brother Raymond and a pittance to Charlie; they travel cross-country.”

Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Tom Cruise, and Valeria Golino.

Source: IMDB

1989: “Driving Miss Daisy”

Plot: “An old Jewish woman and her African-American chauffeur in the American South have a relationship that grows and improves over the years.”

Stars: Morgan Freeman, Jessica Tandy, and Dan Aykroyd.

Source: IMDB

1990: “Dances with Wolves”

Plot: “Lt. John Dunbar, exiled to a remote western Civil War outpost, befriends wolves and Native Americans, making him an intolerable aberration in the military.”

Stars: Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, and Graham Greene.

Source: IMDB

1991: “The Silence of the Lambs”

1991: "The Silence of the Lambs"

Orion Pictures

Plot: “A young F.B.I. cadet must confide in an incarcerated and manipulative killer to receive his help on catching another serial killer who skins his victims.”

Stars: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, and Lawrence A. Bonney.

Source: IMDB

1992: “Unforgiven”

Plot: “Retired Old West gunslinger William Munny reluctantly takes on one last job, with the help of his old partner and a young man.”

Stars: Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, and Morgan Freeman.

Source: IMDB

1993: “Schindler’s List”

Plot: “In German-occupied Poland during World War II, Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazi Germans.”

Stars: Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, and Ben Kingsley.

Source: IMDB

1994: “Forrest Gump”

Plot: “Forrest Gump, while not intelligent, has accidentally been present at many historic moments, but his true love, Jenny Curran, eludes him.”

Stars: Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, and Gary Sinise.

Source: IMDB

1995: “Braveheart”

1995: "Braveheart"

“Braveheart”/Paramount Pictures

Plot: Sir William Wallace begins a revolt against King Edward I of England after an English soldier assaults the woman he loves.

Stars: Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, and Patrick McGoohan.

Source: IMDB

1996: “The English Patient”

Plot: “At the close of WWII, a young nurse tends to a badly-burned plane crash victim. His past is shown in flashbacks, revealing an involvement in a fateful love affair.”

Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche, and Willem Dafoe.

Source: IMDB

1997: “Titanic”

1997: "Titanic"

20th Century Fox

Plot: “A seventeen-year-old aristocrat falls in love with a kind but poor artist aboard the luxurious, ill-fated R.M.S. Titanic.”

Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, and Billy Zane.

Source: IMDB

1998: “Shakespeare in Love”

1998: "Shakespeare in Love"


Plot: “A young Shakespeare, out of ideas and short of cash, meets his ideal woman and is inspired to write one of his most famous plays.”

Stars: Gwyneth Paltrow, Joseph Fiennes, and Geoffrey Rush.

Source: IMDB

1999: “American Beauty”

Plot: “A sexually frustrated suburban father has a mid-life crisis after becoming infatuated with his daughter’s best friend.”

Stars: Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, and Thora Birch.

Source: IMDB

2000: “Gladiator”

2000: "Gladiator"

Russell Crowe in “Gladiator.”DreamWorks Pictures

Plot: “When a Roman general is betrayed and his family murdered by an emperor’s corrupt son, he comes to Rome as a gladiator to seek revenge.”

Stars: Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, and Connie Nielsen.

Source: IMDB

2001: “A Beautiful Mind”

Plot: “After John Nash, a brilliant but asocial mathematician, accepts secret work in cryptography, his life takes a turn for the nightmarish.”

Stars: Russell Crowe, Ed Harris, and Jennifer Connelly.

Source: IMDB

2002: “Chicago”

2002: "Chicago"


Plot: “Murderesses Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart find themselves on death row together and fight for the fame that will keep them from the gallows in 1920s Chicago.”

Stars: Renée Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Richard Gere.

Source: IMDB

2003: “The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King”

2003: "The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King"

New Line Cinema

Plot: “Gandalf and Aragorn lead the World of Men against Sauron’s army to draw his gaze from Frodo and Sam as they approach Mount Doom with the One Ring.”

Stars: Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, and Ian McKellen.

Source: IMDB

2004: “Million Dollar Baby”

Plot: “A determined woman works with a hardened boxing trainer to become a professional.”

Stars: Hilary Swank, Clint Eastwood, and Morgan Freeman.

Source: IMDB

2005: “Crash”

Plot: “Los Angeles citizens with vastly separate lives collide in interweaving stories of race, loss and redemption.”

Stars: Don Cheadle, Sandra Bullock, and Thandie Newton.

Source: IMDB

2006: “The Departed”

Plot: “An undercover cop and a mole in the police attempt to identify each other while infiltrating an Irish gang in South Boston.”

Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, and Jack Nicholson.

Source: IMDB

2007: “No Country for Old Men”

Plot: “Violence and mayhem ensue after a hunter stumbles upon a drug deal gone wrong and more than two million dollars in cash near the Rio Grande.”

Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, and Josh Brolin.

Source: IMDB

2008: “Slumdog Millionaire”

Plot: “A Mumbai teen reflects on his upbringing in the slums when he is accused of cheating on the Indian version of ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire?'”

Stars: Dev Patel, Freida Pinto, and Saurabh Shukla.

Source: IMDB

2009: “The Hurt Locker”

Plot: “During the Iraq War, a Sergeant recently assigned to an army bomb squad is put at odds with his squad mates due to his maverick way of handling his work.”

Stars: Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, and Brian Geraghty.

Source: IMDB

2010: “The King’s Speech”

Plot: “The story of King George VI, his impromptu ascension to the throne and the speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch become worthy of it.”

Stars: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, and Helena Bonham Carter.

Source: IMDB

2011: “The Artist”

Plot: “A silent movie star meets a young dancer, but the arrival of talking pictures sends their careers in opposite directions.”

Stars: Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, and John Goodman.

Source: IMDB

2012: “Argo”

2012: "Argo"

Warner Brothers

Plot: “Acting under the cover of a Hollywood producer scouting a location for a science fiction film, a CIA agent launches a dangerous operation to rescue six Americans in Tehran during the U.S. hostage crisis in Iran in 1980.”

Stars: Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, and John Goodman.

Source: IMDB

2013: “12 Years A Slave”

Plot: “In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.”

Stars: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Kenneth Williams, and Michael Fassbender.

Source: IMDB

2014: “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”

Plot: “Illustrated upon the progress of his latest Broadway play, a former popular actor’s struggle to cope with his current life as a wasted actor is shown.”

Stars: Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, and Edward Norton.

Source: IMDB

2015: “Spotlight”

2015: "Spotlight"

Open Road Films

Plot: “The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core.”

Stars: Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, and Rachel McAdams.

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