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Top Netflix Oscar Movies

Everyone is getting the Oscar fever and this year’s Oscars are going to be held on February 10th. No matter if you are a person who especially enjoys the Oscar-nominated or winning movies, you know that those movies are on a different level.

For people who want to put a little prestige in their viewing experience, Netflix offers a lot of Oscar movies in their database.

It can be a bit difficult to know where to start from since there are thousands of movies available on this streaming service and there are definitely too many Oscar movies to choose from.

We made a list of the top Oscar movies (even though they are all amazing and worth seeing), so you have some idea where to start.


Director: Jonathan Demme

Writer: Ron Nyswaner

Cast: Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, Jason Robards, Mary Steenburgen, and Antonio Banderas

Oscars Won: Best Actor (Tom Hanks), Best Original Song

The filmmaker Demme is definitely one of the greatest filmmakers in history. After his Oscar-winning thriller Silence of the Lambs, he pulled off the Oscar-winning drama, Philadelphia.

The movie was released in 1993 and it features a senior associate (Tom Hanks) at a large firm who suspects he was fired because of his sexuality and AIDS diagnosis. The only lawyer (Denzel Washington) willing to represent him is a homophobic one.

This is still one of the best and most effective courtroom dramas, that shows the audience the world of panic and disrespect when it comes to homophobia and AIDS.

Hanks won his first Oscar for his work in the film, followed by his second Oscar a year later in Forrest Gump.

The Departed

Director: Martin Scorsese

Writer: William Nicholson

Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg, Vera Farmiga, Martin Sheen, Ray Winstone, Anthony Anderson, Alec Baldwin, and James Badge Dale

Oscars Won: Picture, Director, Adapted Screenplay, Film Editing

The 2006 crime drama is the movie that finally got Scorsese an Oscar. After his serious epics like Gangs of New York and The Aviator, the director admitted that he wanted to make a commercial movie, choosing to remake Hong Kong’s thriller Infernal Affairs.

That resulted in a really entertaining crime drama that was packed with amazing performance. This is a movie that you have probably seen before, but if you somehow missed it, it definitely deserves to be on your list!

Inglourious Basterds

Director/Writer: Quentin Tarantino

Cast: Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz, Mélanie Laurent, Daniel Brül, Diane Kruger, Eli Roth, Michael Fassbender, Til Schweiger, B.J. Novak, and Mike Myers

Oscars Won: Supporting Actor (Waltz)

This 2010 WWII epic movie was a surprisingly formidable contender in the Oscar race. The movie won the SAG Best Ensemble award and people wondered if it could take the Best Picture award.

The biggest shocker was that Tarantino lost to The Hurt Locker in the Best Original Screenplay race. The same movie took the Picture and Director award.

Even though this movie has only one Oscar, it is definitely one of the best Tarantino movies.


Director/Writer: Spike Jonze

Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Scarlett Johansson, Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde, and Chris Pratt

Oscars Won: Original Screenplay

In short, this movie is a story of a man who falls in love with his operating system. Even though people laughed when they read the plotline, they definitely weren’t laughing when they saw the movie.

This deeply felt gorgeous, heartbreaking story of love, loneliness, and what it means to be a human on the planet Earth is one of the best movies of the decade.

According to The Vore, this movie is pretty much perfect, from top to bottom and, chances are, you will find yourself in a puddle of tears of how beautiful this film actually is.


Director/Writer: Christopher Nolan

Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Marion Cotillard, Ellen Page, Ken Watanabe, Michael Caine, Cillian Murphy, Tom Hardy, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Oscars Won: Cinematography, Visual Effects, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing

After making one of the most critically acclaimed superhero movies in history, the director Nolan decided to test himself and Hollywood to see if original ideas are still welcomed by the audience.

The 2010 sci-fi action earned $828.3 million at the box office and got multiple Oscar nominations. The audience, as well as the critics, loved the movie and a new classic was born.

Adam Chitwood added, “Inception is a visually stunning affair that also boasts one of the most exciting endings in recent memory”. This movie features a professional thief (DiCaprio) that’s haunted by his past who takes on one last job. The heist takes place inside people’s minds and Leo is tasked with either planting or stealing information in someone’s head.

The movie scored Oscar nominations for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay.

The Theory of Everything

Director: James Marsh

Writer: Anthony McCarten

Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Charlie Cox, Emily Watson, and David Thewlis

Oscars Won: Actor (Redmayne)

The Stephen Hawking biopic is a movie that’s focused on Hawking’s early years at Cambridge and how he struggled to work through his illness.

This stirring, emotional and ultimately lovely movie is an incredible masterpiece that you have to see the first chance you get.

Lord of the Rings: Return of the King

Director: Peter Jackson

Writers: Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, and Philippa Boyens

Cast: Ian McKellen, Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Cate Blanchett, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Orlando Bloom, Sean Bean, and John Rhys Davies

Oscars Won: Picture, Director, Adapted Screenplay, Film Editing, Original Score, Original Song, Art Direction, Costume Design, Visual Effects, Sound Mixing, Makeup

We know you’ve seen all parts of LOTR, and some of you have probably seen them too many times, director’s cut included, but this epic movie has to be on this list!

You all know the plot and why this movie is amazing, but one thing you probably didn’t know is that it holds the record for most Oscars won for a single film.

It won all 11 Oscars for which it was nominated. That made the Oscar history and that night was night, Oscar viewers will never forget.

Other Movies

Other Oscar-winning movies you can find on Netflix are:

  • Moonlight – Oscars Won: Picture, Adapted Screenplay, Supporting Actor (Ali)
  • Roma – Oscars Won: Director, Cinematography, Foreign Language Film
  • Lincoln – Oscars Won: Actor, Production Design
  • Dallas Buyers Club – Oscars Won: Actor, Supporting Actor, Makeup
  • The Hateful Eight – Oscars Won: Best Original Score
  • Milk – Oscars Won: Actor (Penn), Original Screenplay
  • Room – Oscars Won: Actress (Larson)
  • Ex Machina – Oscars Won: Best Visual Effects

Do you have a favorite of all these movies? Is there an Oscar movie that you love and that’s still not on Netflix?

It does not matter if you love the Oscar-winning movies or not, you probably still and try to catch a glimpse of the ceremony! Now we just have to wait and see who will win an award at this year’s ceremony.

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