Winning an Academy Award is the ultimate accomplishment in movies. And winning the Best Picture Oscar is the most coveted goal for every filmmaker.
Since its first ceremony in 1929, the Academy Awards have always been touted as the cream of the crop, and the movies that win Best Picture often launch careers and define future filmmaking trends.
Those movies, however, are not always successful on all fronts. Sometimes a film’s a critical success, but also a commercial flop. And sometimes a movie gets a mixed review, but still wins the most desirable Oscar.
The Best Picture winners on this list scored victories on two fronts: from the Academy and from the movie-going public, which paid a lot of hard-earned money to see the films.
Note: Rankings are based on inflation-adjusted amounts. Numbers via Box Office Mojo.