As the 91st Academy Awards are fast approaching we take a look back at some incredible films that have won those infamous golden Oscar statues in the past.
Winners from various different categories were chosen and we created this list of nine Oscar-winning films that you MUST watch!
Raging Bull (1980)
Martin Scorsese at the helm coupled with Robert De Niro's performance as boxing legend Jake LaMotta is a force of nature to behold. One of the greatest acting performances ever witnessed on-screen that landed De Niro an Oscar at the 53rd Academy Awards (1981) for a film that will still be revered until the planet's dying days.
A love story that would touch even the most guarded of hearts. Ghost not only won Best Supporting Actress at the 63rd Academy Awards (1991) Oscars courtesy of a sublime Whoopi Goldberg performance but it also scooped a Best Original Screenplay award too.
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Back in 1999, Steven Spielberg picked up the Best Director award for this incredible WWII feature. The opening D-Day scene alone is cemented in cinema history as one of the best opening war scenes of all time. This powerhouse movie packs a punch on all levels as it graphically depicts one of the bloodiest battles in human history. A tale of struggle, comradery and grit determination portrayed by an all-star cast line-up, Saving Private Ryan absolutely dominated the 71st Academy Awards (1999) by also picking up the Best Cinematography, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Film Editing accolades.
Never once being out of place in a Top 100 list of best films ever made; Gladiator is a movie of incredible scope with an expertly crafted story that catapulted it into cult classic status very quickly. At the 73rd Academy Awards (2001), the movie won Best Picture and won Russell Crowe picked up a Best Actor award in the process. In addition, the film picked up three more awards for Best Costume Design, Best Visual Effects and Best Sound Mixing.
Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
Slumdog Millionaire tells the story of an uneducated young man who winds up on India's version of 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?' and is one question away from winning the jackpot. The movie is a riveting piece of cinema that was made with heart and cuts like a knife-edge thriller expertly directed by Danny Boyle. The movie picked up the Best Picture award and Boyle rightfully picked up the Best Director award also. The domination wasn't finished there however — Slumdog absolutely wiped the floor with the competition at the 81st Academy Awards (2009), picking up eight gongs in total.
At the 86th Academy Awards (2014), the space epic Gravity dominated proceedings, scooping seven awards on the night. The sci-fi thriller starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock tells a tale about two members of crew stranded in space with no way of getting home. The movie didn't win Best Picture but it did scoop Alfonso Cuarón a Best Directing award, whilst picking up additional accolades for sound and visual effects amongst others.
Coco is what every animation should aspire to, a visual masterpiece that is as vibrant as it is incredible. The film takes you on an emotional rollercoaster that is fun for all the family, rightfully deserving its Best Animated Feature award at the 90th Academy Awards (2018). So, grab the kids, nephews, friends and even the neighbour’s cat, you'll have a ball watching.
Get Out (2017)
Despite the hype train setting the bar impossibly high for Jordan Peele's Get Out, the movie was still refreshingly unique and highly entertaining. With a nervy musical score throughout the film coupled with some extraordinarily uneasy racial overtones, Get Out is a thriller that keeps you on edge throughout. The judges agreed, awarding the film Best Original Screenplay award at the 90th Academy Awards (2018).
A Star is Born (2018)
Now you may be wondering why this is on the list before the 2019 Oscars has even taken place but hear me out. It's no secret that A Star is Born was one of the best films of 2018. At the very least the film will pick up the best original song award for 'Shallow' sung beautifully by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper. Sadly, I don't think it'll win Best Picture the sky is the limit for other awards this emotionally breathtaking piece of cinema could pick up.
Sean Evans is the founder of Back to the Movies, which has become a trusted resource to catch up on film news, reviews and more.