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Five Favourite Films Which Won Best Picture

In the illustrious history of the Academy Awards, the Best Picture category has always been the pinnacle of cinematic achievement.

Each year, the Oscars honour the finest films that have captivated audiences, pushed boundaries, and left an indelible mark on the landscape of cinema. Off the back of Christopher Nolan's 'Oppenheimer' this year, here are five Best Picture winners that have stood the test of time and continue to be celebrated for their excellence:

1. "The Godfather" (1972):

Francis Ford Coppola's masterpiece, "The Godfather," remains an iconic landmark in cinematic history. Adapted from Mario Puzo's novel, this epic crime saga immerses viewers into the world of the Corleone family, led by the enigmatic patriarch, Don Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando). With its gripping narrative, stellar performances, and meticulous attention to detail, "The Godfather" not only redefined the gangster genre but also set a new standard for storytelling in film.

 

2. "Schindler's List" (1993):

Steven Spielberg's poignant and powerful Holocaust drama, "Schindler's List," continues to resonate with audiences worldwide. Based on the true story of Oskar Schindler, a German businessman who saved the lives of over a thousand Jewish refugees during World War II, the film is a testament to the triumph of the human spirit in the face of unspeakable tragedy. With its haunting imagery, emotional depth, and unforgettable performances, "Schindler's List" remains an enduring cinematic masterpiece.

 

3. "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" (2003):

Peter Jackson's epic conclusion to his monumental "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, "The Return of the King," made history by winning a record-tying eleven Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Combining breath-taking visuals, epic battles, and a richly realized world populated by memorable characters, the film delivers a satisfying conclusion to one of the most ambitious cinematic undertakings of all time. "The Return of the King" not only captivated audiences but also elevated the fantasy genre to new heights of artistic achievement.

 

4. "The Shape of Water" (2017):

Guillermo del Toro's enchanting fairy tale, "The Shape of Water," swept audiences off their feet with its unique blend of romance, fantasy, and social commentary. Set against the backdrop of Cold War-era America, the film tells the story of a mute janitor who forms a deep connection with a mysterious amphibious creature held captive in a government laboratory. With its visually stunning cinematography, evocative score, and compelling performances, "The Shape of Water" is a testament to del Toro's boundless imagination and visionary storytelling.

 

5. "Parasite" (2019):

Bong Joon-ho's ground-breaking film, "Parasite," made history as the first non-English language film to win the Academy Award for Best Picture. This darkly comedic thriller masterfully blends social satire with gripping suspense, offering a scathing critique of class inequality and the pursuit of the elusive "American Dream." With its razor-sharp screenplay, brilliant ensemble cast, and expertly crafted plot twists, "Parasite" has cemented its status as a modern classic and a shining example of the power of international cinema.

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