Some movies are successful, some less so, but there are precious few able to dazzle both critics and fans. These movies are the ones that remain in history and gather awards after awards. Probably the most prestigious award that can be won by a movie is an Academy Award, commonly known as an Oscar.
The maximum number of Academy Awards won by a movie so far has been eleven. Discover below the top four Academy Award Winning Movies.
1. Ben Hur
Ben Hur is an American epic historical drama film that premiered in 1959. It is a remake of the 1925 silent movie bearing the same name, that was initially based on the novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ. It tells the story of a Jewish prince that is betrayed and sent into slavery by a Roman friend. However, he manages to regain his freedom and vows to return for revenge. The movie received 12 Academy Award Nominations and won 11 Awards among which we count: Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor in a Leading Role.
The first movie to match Ben Hur’s wins is Titanic who premiered in 1997. The movie tells the story of the RMS Titanic‘s Maiden Voyage and the disaster that led to its sinking. At the same time it portrays a beautiful love story between first class passenger Rose and third class passenger Jack Dawson. Titanic received 14 Academy Award Nominations, but won 11 among which Best Picture, Best Director and Best Cinematography.
3. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
The second and so far last movie to tie Ben Hur’s wins is the last installment in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Return of the King. The movie premiered in 2003 and is based on the novel with the same name written by J.R.R.Tolkien. It tells the last part of the story pertaining to the destruction of the Ring of Power and the adventures of the Fellowship of the Ring. The movie received 11 Academy Award Nominations and won just as many awards, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay.
4. West Side Story
West Side Story is a musical film that premiered in 1961. It was inspired by the 1957 Broadway musical with the same name which was based on William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Set in New York, the movie tells the story of two youngsters from rival gangs that fall in love. Unfortunately, their tale, just as Romeo and Juliet’s ends in tragedy. The movie received 11 Academy Award Nominations and won 10 of them such as Best Picture, Best Cinematography, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress.
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Source: oscars.org and imdb.com
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