Last Updated on 11 March 2024

1927-present: Wikipedia

2023Christopher NolanOppenheimer
2022Daniel Kwan and Daniel ScheinertEverything Everywhere All at Once
2021Jane CampionThe Power of the Dog
2020Chloé ZhaoNomadland
2019Bong Joon-HoParasite
2018Alfonso CuarónRoma
2017Guillermo del ToroThe Shape of Water
2016Damien ChazelleLa La Land
2015Alejandro González IñárrituThe Revenant
2014Alejandro González IñárrituBirdman
2013Alfonso CuarónGravity
2012Ang LeeLife of Pi
2011Michel HazanaviciusThe Artist
2010Tom HooperThe King’s Speech
2009Kathryn BigelowThe Hurt Locker
2008Danny BoyleSlumdog Millionaire
2007Joel and Ethan CoenNo Country for Old Men
2006Martin ScorseseThe Departed
2005Ang LeeBrokeback Mountain
2004Clint EastwoodMillion Dollar Baby
2003Peter JacksonThe Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
2002Roman PolanskiThe Pianist
2001Ron HowardA Beautiful Mind
2000Steven SoderberghTraffic
1999Sam MendesAmerican Beauty
1998Steven SpielbergSaving Private Ryan
1997James CameronTitanic
1996Anthony MinghellaThe English Patient
1995Mel GibsonBraveheart
1994Robert ZemeckisForrest Gump
1993Steven SpielbergSchindler’s List
1992Clint EastwoodUnforgiven
1991Jonathan DemmeThe Silence of the Lambs
1990Kevin CostnerDances with Wolves
1989Oliver StoneBorn on the Fourth of July
1988Barry LevinsonRain Man
1987Bernardo BertolucciThe Last Emperor
1986Oliver StonePlatoon
1985Sydney PollackOut of Africa
1984Miloš FormanAmadeus
1983James L. BrooksTerms of Endearment
1982Richard AttenboroughGandhi
1981Warren BeattyReds
1980Robert RedfordOrdinary People
1979Robert BentonKramer vs. Kramer
1978Michael CiminoThe Deer Hunter
1977Woody AllenAnnie Hall
1976John G. AvildsenRocky
1975Miloš FormanOne Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
1974Francis Ford CoppolaThe Godfather Part II
1973George Roy HillThe Sting
1972Bob FosseCabaret
1971William FriedkinThe French Connection
1970Franklin J. SchaffnerPatton
1969John SchlesingerMidnight Cowboy
1968Carol ReedOliver!
1967Mike NicholsThe Graduate
1966Fred ZinnemannA Man for All Seasons
1965Robert WiseThe Sound of Music
1964George CukorMy Fair Lady
1963Tony RichardsonTom Jones
1962David LeanLawrence of Arabia
1961Robert Wise and Jeremy RobbinsWest Side Story
1960Billy WilderThe Apartment
1959William WylerBen-Hur
1958Vincente MinnelliGigi
1957David LeanThe Bridge on the River Kwai
1956George StevensGiant
1955Delbert MannMarty
1954Elia KazanOn the Waterfront
1953Fred ZinnemannFrom Here to Eternity
1952John FordThe Quiet Man
1951George StevensA Place in the Sun
1950Joseph L. MankiewiczAll About Eve
1949Joseph L. MankiewiczA Letter to Three Wives
1948John HustonThe Treasure of the Sierra Madre
1947Elia KazanGentleman’s Agreement
1946William WylerThe Best Years of Our Lives
1945Billy WilderThe Lost Weekend
1944Leo McCareyGoing My Way
1943Michael CurtizCasablanca
1942William WylerMrs. Miniver
1941John FordHow Green Was My Valley
1940John FordThe Grapes of Wrath
1939Victor FlemingGone with the Wind
1938Frank CapraYou Can’t Take it With You
1937Leo McCareyThe Awful Truth
1936Frank CapraMr. Deeds Goes to Town
1935John FordThe Informer
1934Frank CapraIt Happened One Night
1932/33Frank LloydCavalcade
1931/32Frank BorzageBad Girl
1930/31Norman TaurogSkippy
1929/30Lewis MilestoneAll Quiet on the Western Front
1928/29Frank LloydThe Divine Lady
1927/28 DramaticFrank Borzage7th Heaven
1927/28 ComedyLewis MilestoneTwo Arabian Knights