Winning an Oscar is the mecca of showbiz all over the world over. This coveted golden statuette is without a doubt the mark of an accomplished acting career. It is the pinnacle of motion picture excellence. It has a positive effect on film revenues and the reputation of the persons involved. Whichever way you look at it, winning an Oscar is a big deal. And the movies that could win it are really worth watching and watching over again for many reasons. Here are some of the Oscar winning movies from 2000 till now that you don't want to miss.

25 Best Oscar Winning Movies



Released in the year 2000, Gladiator tells the story of a Roman general who is seeking revenge after his family was murdered by the son of a corrupt emperor. It starts Joaquin Phoenix and Russel Crowe.


Slumdog Millionaire

Set in India, this is a British drama directed by Danny Boyle. The story revolves around an Indian teen brought up in the slums who is accused of cheating on a TV show similar to “Who Wants to be a Millionaire”.


The Lord of the Rings – Return of the King

The world of men, led by Aragorn and Gandalf, wage war against the inhabitants of middle earth. The villains are under the command of the Necromancer. The war is being waged to distract him from Sam and Frodo as they make their way to Mount Doom carrying the ring.


A Beautiful Mind

Released in 2001, this movie tells the story of John Nash an Economics Nobel Laureate who is a graduate student at the University of Princeton. He starts getting episodes of paranoid schizophrenia and painfully watches the effect it has on those he loves. This is one of the best Oscar winning movies worth watching.



This 2002 film is based on a musical by the same name. The story revolves around the corruption and scandals in Chicago in the 1920s. It stars Catherine Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere and Renée Zellweger. Two murderers find themselves in jail awaiting trial and fight it out for the fame that just might keep them from jail.


Million Dollar Baby

A boxing trainer whose career is on the wane tries to exorcise the ghosts of his past by helping an amateur boxer become a professional. Released in 2004, this movie stars Clint Eastwood, Hilary Swank and Morgan Freeman, and you won't like to miss it.



Set in Los Angeles, California, the movie revolves around social and racial tensions and conflict between citizens. It’s a story about redemption, loss and race, which was released in 2004.


The Departed

This is a remake of the Internal Affair, a Hong Kong movie. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson and Matt Damon, among others, it tells the story of a police officer and a mole in the force engaged in a battle of wits. The Departed deserves its spot as one of the best Oscar winning movies.


No Country for Old Men

A hunter’s life takes a turn for the worse when he stumbles upon $2 million bucks left in the wake of drug deal. A psychotic killer is after him then. The storyline is just so fascinating.


The Hurt Locker

This 2009 movie highlights the psychological reaction of soldiers in combat. A sergeant is killed when insurgents lay a trap and a veteran steps in to replace him. His comrades don’t trust him then. Know more by watching it yourself!


The King’s Speech

Released in 2010, this is a biographical drama based on the King George the VI of the British monarch. He works together with a speech therapist to help cope with his stammer to enable him make a radio broadcast declaring war on Germany. Very impressive!


The Artist

Set between late 1920s and early 1930s, this black and white movie tells the story of two rising star in Hollywood whose careers take divergent directions with the advent of “talkies” movies.



This is a Ben Affleck political thriller adapted from a CIA operative’s book, The Master of Disguise. An agent goes undercover to take on a dangerous operation as Hollywood producer to rescue 6 Americans held in Tehran.


12 Years a Slave

You can’t do a list of the best Oscar winning movies without this one. Set in the 1853, this is a classic slave story. Solomon Northup is offered a job as a musician by two men. He takes up the offer, but things go south once they get to their destination. Want to know what happened then?



This 2014 movie tells the story of a washed-up movie star who had starred as a superhero in his heyday. He tries to revive his career through a Broadway play.



The metropolis of Zootopia is where all the mammals live and thrive. A bunny cop and a con fox are forced to work together to unravel a mystery. The music in it is so popular.


Manchester by the Sea

When the father of a teenage boy dies, his uncle, Lee, is tasked to take care of him. He leaves his janitorial job in Boston to return to Manchester-by-the-Sea. And the things happen between them.


La La Land

Mia and Sebastian are brought together by their desire for a big break. These two dreamers are faced with tough decisions about their relationship as their success threatens to tear the fabric of what was once a magical relationship.


Mad Max: Fury Road

The collapse of civilization has led to a situation where a tyrant, Immortan Joe, has enslaved the survivors of the apocalypse. When Max Rockatansky leads Immortan’s wives in a daring escape, the despot won’t take it lying down. This leads to an epic manhunt through the Wasteland.



This movie was released in 2016. The story revolves around Chiron, a black man whose journey to manhood is replete with support, love and kindness of the community that raises him.



A scandal in the catholic Archdiocese is about to be uncovered, which’s about to shake the Catholic Church to its core. Working for the Boston Globe, Walter Robinson leads a team of journalists to uncover the child molestation allegations against unfrocked priest, John Geoghan.


Black Swan

After a ballerina, Nina, gets the lead role in the production of “Swan Lake”, she struggles to balance the expectations of the job and her sanity. The movie was released in 2010 and has a well-deserved spot on the list of best Oscar winning movies.



Truman Capote is determined to write a book about the murder of a family in Kansas. He forms a relationship with Perry Smith, the killer, during his interviews in the jailhouse. Though it is apparent that the young criminal is guilty, he can't help but form an emotional bond with him.


Training Day

This is one of Denzel Washington’s most rated movies. Released in 2001, the story revolves around a veteran cop who takes a rookie through their first day in the anti-narcotics division LAPD. Apparently, the veteran cop is not who he appears to be.



A paralyzed marine goes into the lush alien world of Pandora on a unique mission where he becomes mobile again and has to choose between following his orders or following his heart. Released in 2009, this movie has effected a movie market greatly.


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