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Which Movie Won The Oscar For Best Picture The Year You Were Born

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With the Oscars coming up at the beginning of March, we thought it would be cool to look back at the movies that won for best picture the year you were born. For the purposes of this list we are only going to look at the movies between 1975 and 1995.

Do you know which movie won best picture the year you came into this world?

1975 - One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest

Little White Lies

Based on Ken Kesey's novel, this movie beat out Jaws for best picture.

1976 - Rocky

The movie that introduced us to Sylvester Stallone, and the rest is history.

1977 - Annie Hall


Woody Allen co-wrote, directed, and acted in this semi-autobiographical film.

1978 - The Deer Hunter

Roger Ebert

This movie is about war and friendship. Looking at lives before and after the Vietnam War.

1979 - Kramer vs. Kramer

Business Insider

A recently divorced man becomes a single father fighting for custody of his son.

1980 - Ordinary People

Academy Award Best Picture Winners

The eldest son of a well-to-do family passes away, straining the rest of the familial relationships.

1981 - Chariots of Fire

The Independent

Religion meets athletics. Two British athletes compete in the Olympics, one a Jew, and the other a Christian.

1982 - Gandhi


The title says it all. This is a biopic of the life and times of Gandhi.

1983 - Terms of Endearment

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A woman is exceedingly hard-to-please as she looks for love, and her daughter isn't making it any easier.

1984 - Amadeus


A fictional biopic looking at the life and success of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

There have been some epic classics to this point. Let's see what the next 10 years brought us.

1985 - Out of Africa

Golden Age Cinema and Bar

A love affair taking place on the colonial lands of Kenya.

1986 - Platoon


A moral crisis experienced by a young soldier during the Vietnam War.

1987 - The Last Emperor

Creative COW

A story about China's final emperor.

1988 - Rain Man

Film Society of Lincoln Center

Two brothers travel across the country after the death of their father and the reading of his will.

1989 - Driving Miss Daisy


The growing relationship between a Jewish woman and her black chauffeur in the American south.

1990 - Dances With Wolves

Famous Biographies

A Civil War soldier befriends a group of natives, making him an outcast to his own people.

1991 - Silence of the Lambs

Art Gallery of Ontario

A young FBI agent "works" with a highly intelligent, yet dangerous convicted serial killer in order to catch another.

1992 - Unforgiven

Film School Rejects

A retired gunslinger decides to take on one last job.

1993 - Schindler's List


A story of a man who helped hide Jews from the Nazis during WW2.

1994 - Forrest Gump


A look at the life of a simple, yet wildly accomplished and interesting man.

1995 - Braveheart

The Sun

"Freedom!" William Wallace's fight for Scottish independence.

What was your favorite movie on this list? Have you seen the best picture from your birth year? Let us know in the comments.