Movies That Won the Most Oscars

When your movie is awarded with multiple Academy Awards aka Oscar trophies, it means one sure thing: the Oscars really, really like you!

So far, three films have won 11 Oscars apiece. Ben-Hur was the first to achieve this record in 1960 when it won 11 out of its 12 nominations. It was followed by Titanic when it won 11 out of 14 nominations, and finally, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King in 2004, winning all of its 11 nominations.

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The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Titanic
Ben Hur
West Side Story
The English Patient
The Last Emperor
Slumdog Millionaire
Amadeus (Director's Cut)
Gandhi
Cabaret
My Fair Lady
On The Waterfront
From Here To Eternity
Gone with the Wind (1939)

 

Here are the movies that won the most Oscars. You might find your favorites here on this list!

the lord of the rings the return of the king

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) 

11 wins out of 11 nominations:

  • Best Picture
  • Best Director (Peter Jackson)
  • Best Adapted Screenplay
  • Best Art Direction – Set Decoration
  • Best Costume Design
  • Best Film Editing
  • Best Makeup
  • Best Original Score (Howard Shore)
  • Best Original Song (“Into the West”)
  • Best Sound Mixing
  • Best Visual Effects

 

titanic movie

Titanic (1997)

11 wins out of 14 nominations (it’s also the film with the most number of nominations):

  • Best Picture
  • Best Director (James Cameron)
  • Best Cinematography
  • Best Art Direction – Set Decoration
  • Best Costume Design
  • Best Film Editing
  • Best Original Dramatic Score (James Horner)
  • Best Original Song (“My Heart Will Go On”)
  • Best Sound
  • Best Sound Effects Editing
  • Best Visual Effects

 

ben hur movie

Ben-Hur (1959)

11 wins out of 12 nominations:

  • Best Picture
  • Best Director (William Wyler)
  • Best Actor in a Leading Role (Charlton Heston)
  • Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Hugh Griffith)
  • Best Cinematography – Color
  • Best Art Direction – Set Decoration, Color
  • Best Costume Design – Color
  • Best Film Editing
  • Best Music – Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture (Miklos Rosza)
  • Best Sound Recording
  • Best Special Effects

 

west side story film

West Side Story (1961)

10 wins out of 11 nominations:

  • Best Picture
  • Best Director (Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins)
  • Best Supporting Actor (George Chakiris)
  • Best Supporting Actress (Rita Moreno)
  • Best Art Direction – Color
  • Best Cinematography – Color
  • Best Costume Design – Color
  • Best Film Editing
  • Best Scoring of a Musical Picture (Saul Chaplin, Johnny Green, Irwin Kostal and Sid Ramin)
  • Best Sound

Jerome Robbins was also presented with an Academy Honorary Award 

 

the english patient movieThe English Patient (1996)

9 wins out of 12 nominations:

  • Best Picture
  • Best Director (Anthony Minghella)
  • Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Juliette Binoche)
  • Best Cinematography
  • Best Costume Design
  • Best Art Direction
  • Best Film Editing
  • Best Original Dramatic Score (Gabriel Yared)
  • Best Sound

 

the last emperor

The Last Emperor (1987)

9 wins out of 9 nominations:

    • Best Picture
    • Best Director (Bernardo Bertolucci)
    • Best Art Direction
    • Best Cinematography
    • Best Costume Design
    • Best Film Editing
    • Best Original Score (Ryuichi Sakamoto, David Byne and Cong Su)
    • Best Sound
    • Best Screenplay Based on a Material from Another Medium

Gigi (1959)

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9 wins out of 9 nominations

    • Best Motion Picture
    • Best Director (Vincente Minnelli)
    • Best Screenplay – Based on a Material from Another Medium
    • Best Art Direction
    • Best Cinematography – Color
    • Best Costume Design
    • Best Film Editing
    • Best Scoring of a Musical Picture (Andre Previn)
    • Best Song (“Gigi”)

 

slumdog millionaire

Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

8 wins out of 10 nominations:

    • Best Picture
    • Best Director (Danny Boyle)
    • Best Adapted Screenplay
    • Best Cinematography
    • Best Original Score (A.R. Rahman)
    • Best Original Song (“Jai Ho”)
    • Best Film Editing
    • Best Sound Mixing

 

amadeus film

Amadeus (1984)

8 wins out of 11 nominations:

    • Best Picture
    • Best Director (Milos Forman)
    • Best Actor in a Leading Role (F. Murray Abraham)
    • Best Adapted Screenplay
    • Best Art Direction
    • Best Costume Design
    • Best Makeup
    • Best Sound

Gandhi movie

Gandhi (1982)

8 wins out of 11 nominations

    • Best Picture
    • Best Director (Richard Attenborough)
    • Best Actor (Ben Kingsley)
    • Best Screenplay – Written Directly for the Screen
    • Best Art Direction
    • Best Cinematography
    • Best Costume Design
    • Best Film Editing

 

cabaret movie

Cabaret (1972)

8 wins out of 10 nominations:

    • Best Director (Bob Fosse)
    • Best Actress (Liza Minnelli)
    • Best Supporting Actor (Joel Grey)
    • Best Art Direction
    • Best Cinematography
    • Best Film Editing
    • Best Score Adaptation and Original Song Score (Ralph Burns)
    • Best Sound

It also holds the distinction of being the only film to have won the most Oscars but without winning the Best Picture category.

My fair lady poster

My Fair Lady (1964)

8 wins out of 12 nominations

    • Best Picture
    • Best Director (George Cukor)
    • Best Actor (Rex Harrison)
    • Best Art Direction – Color
    • Best Cinematography – Color
    • Best Costume Design – Color
    • Best Scoring of Music – Adaptation or Treatment (Andre Previn)
    • Best Sound

 

on the waterfront movie

On the Waterfront (1954)

8 wins out of 12 nominations

    • Best Motion Picture
    • Best Director (Elia Kazan)
    • Best Actor (Marlon Brando)
    • Best Supporting Actress (Eva Marie Saint)
    • Best Story and Screenplay
    • Best Art Direction – Black and White
    • Best Cinematography – Black and White
    • Best Film Editing

 

from here to eternity

From Here to Eternity (1953)

8 wins out of 13 nominations

    • Best Motion Picture
    • Best Director (Fred Zimmerman)
    • Best Supporting Actor (Frank Sinatra)
    • Best Supporting Actress (Donna Reed)
    • Best Screenplay
    • Best Cinematography – Black and White
    • Best Film Editing
    • Best Sound Recording

 

gone with the wind

Gone with the Wind (1939)

8 wins out of 13 nominations:

  • Outstanding Production (that’s the “Best Picture” at the time)
  • Best Director (Victor Fleming)
  • Best Actress (Vivien Leigh)
  • Best Supporting Actress (Hattie McDaniel)
  • Best Screenplay
  • Best Art Direction
  • Best Cinematography – Color
  • Best Film Editing

The film also received two honorary trophies: Special Award and Technical Achievement Award