Best Picture winners you can stream right now

Best Picture. Those two words say a lot about a film. A movie that wins Best Picture at the Oscars goes into the record books. Of course, not even one of these pictures is truly the best. In fact, some of them are, in our opinion, not even all that good. Looking to become a better film buff? Then check out these Best Picture winners that are streaming. We’re listing them in order of release.

 
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“Moonlight” (2016)

“Moonlight” (2016)

We don’t know if “La La Land” is streaming, but it doesn’t matter because it famously didn’t win Best Picture. Instead, that award actually went to “Moonlight,” a smaller, more personal film. Should it have won over the candy-colored musical with the big stars? Watch it on Netflix and decide for yourself.

 
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“The King’s Speech” (2010)

“The King’s Speech” (2010)

Sure, it’s a bit of an old-time prestige drama, but it does that well. Colin Firth stars as King George VI, father of Elizabeth II, who is surprisingly thrust into the role of King of England after his brother abdicates. Unfortunately for him, he’s got a serious speech impediment, and he needs to work to improve it if he’s going to be up to the task of being the king. You can see it on Showtime, Netflix or Fubo.

 
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“The Hurt Locker” (2009)

“The Hurt Locker” (2009)

Kathryn Bigelow made history when she won Best Director for “The Hurt Locker.” The movie hasn’t gone down in the pantheon, but it is a white-knuckle thriller about a bomb-defusing soldier in Iraq. Just remember to breathe. “The Hurt Locker” is available on Cinemax or on DirecTV.

 
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“No Country For Old Men” (2007)

“No Country For Old Men” (2007)

Speaking of great directors finally winning a much-deserved Oscar, “No Country For Old Men” got the Coen Brothers their first Best Picture. Unlike “The Departed,” it’s not unfair to call “No Country For Old Men” the brothers’ best film. It’s absolutely riveting, with a tremendous, terrifying performance from Javier Bardem as one of film’s iconic villains. Watch it on Starz.

 
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“The Departed” (2006)

“The Departed” (2006)

The movie Martin Scorsese finally won an Oscar for. It was a long time coming. This isn’t Scorsese’s best film. It probably isn’t even in his top five. However, “The Departed” is still a really good thriller with a great cast. Nobody is going to complain about that. You can see Scorsese’s Best Picture winner with CBS All-Access.

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

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

Obviously you can watch all three “Lord of the Rings” movies on Netflix. Maybe even the “Hobbit” movies as well, but we wouldn’t recommend those. However, if you have a lot of time to kill, “Lord of the Rings” will help you do that. All three movies have their merits, but only the final one, “Return of the King,” won Best Picture.

 
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“Dances with Wolves” (1990)

“Dances with Wolves” (1990)

Should “Dances with Wolves” have beaten “Goodfellas” for Best Picture? No, but don’t hold it against this movie. Kevin Costner honestly did a good job with his directorial debut. It’s a good movie that would be remembered more fondly if it hadn’t bested what is possibly Martin Scorsese’s best movie. Give “Dances with Wolves” a fair shake if you have Starz.

 
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“Rain Man” (1988)

“Rain Man” (1988)

Well we have two iconic actors, Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman, doing what is basically a two-hander, so that’s a good starting point. Hoffman’s portrayal of an autistic man is showy and chews all the scenery, but it won him an Oscar. You can watch it on Amazon Prime, but if you want to watch it free with ads, it’s on YouTube, the Roku Channel, Vudu, Tubi and Pluto TV. Basically, you have no excuse for not finding “Rain Man” out there.

 
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“Chariots of Fire” (1981)

“Chariots of Fire” (1981)

You’ve probably heard the score, but have you seen the movie? “Chariots of Fire” is almost like a parody of a prestige drama in some ways. It’s about two promising young runners preparing for the 1924 Olympics — one of them a devout Christian and the other Jewish. While that feels like Oscar bait, evidently it was Oscar bait that worked. If you have DirecTV you can stream, but it is also on Amazon Prime with “HBO Add Ons.” Whatever that means.

 
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“The French Connection” (1971)

“The French Connection” (1971)

When talented filmmaking meets gripping action, you get “The French Connection.” How many Best Picture winners make time for perhaps the best car chase scene in movie history? Gene Hackman is excellent as “Popeye” Doyle, a cop looking to crack a drug ring. Get your chase on, thanks to Hulu.

 
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“Midnight Cowboy” (1969)

“Midnight Cowboy” (1969)

This movie is history, because it’s the only X-rated film to ever win Best Picture. Although, it has since been “downgraded” to R, and it’s not even a hard R. It’s not a fun watch, but it’s more than just a bit of film trivia. There’s a lot of quality filmmaking on display here. Watch it on Amazon Prime.

 
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“The Sound of Music” (1965)

“The Sound of Music” (1965)

The hills are alive! If you like musicals, maybe you’ve already seen “The Sound of Music.” If you haven’t, you should give it a shot. Julie Andrews stars and sings many iconic ditties that you have likely heard over the years. This is also a movie to watch if you are looking to stream something on your Disney+ account.

 
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“The Apartment” (1960)

“The Apartment” (1960)

Billy Wilder knew how to mix comedy and heart. He does it with aplomb in “The Apartment,” the rare movie that could be classified as a comedy to win Best Picture (even if we’ve had two of them already on this list). Jack Lemmon is wonderful as a man who lets the executives at his job use his apartment for their affairs. Check it out on Amazon Prime.

 
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“From Here to Eternity” (1953)

“From Here to Eternity” (1953)

This epic war movie features some notable actors, including Burt Lancaster, Ernest Borgnine, Deborah Kerr and Frank Sinatra. In fact, Sinatra, as well as Donna Reed, won acting Oscars. Also, have you ever seen that famous scene of a couple kissing on the beach as the waves crash over them? That’s in “From Here to Eternity.” If you have a Criterion Channel subscription you can watch it there, or see it with ads on Crackle.

 
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“It Happened One Night” (1934)

“It Happened One Night” (1934)

We’re starting really old school here. This comedy was considered a delightful romp from Frank Capra at the time. The movie was the first, and one of the few, films to win the “Big Five” Oscars: Screenplay, Actor, Actress, Director and Picture. You can find it on Crackle, with ads.

Chris Morgan is a sports and pop culture writer and the author of the books The Comic Galaxy of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and The Ash Heap of History. You can follow him on Twitter @ChrisXMorgan.



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