Although the Oscars only come around once a year, there are decades worth of Oscar-winning movies that you can enjoy at any time. If you can’t get to the movie theater — or if you’ve already seen every critically acclaimed flick in the last year — you can still take part in the excitement over the Oscars. You can stream any of these previous Best Picture winners on Netflix today.
1. American Beauty
Kevin Spacey earned a Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of a suburban father obsessed with one of his teenage daughter’s friends in this Best Picture Oscar winner from 1999. The film also features impressive performances from Annette Bening, Thora Birch, and Mena Suvari. Altogether, this exceptional film was nominated for a total of eight Oscars, and won five.
2. The English Patient
Set in the closing days of World War II, this 1996 romantic drama tells the story of a mysterious plane crash victim who is being cared for by a beautiful nurse at an Italian monastery. Starring Ralph Fiennes as the titular character and Kristin Scott Thomas as the nurse, The English Patient earned a total of 12 Oscar nominations and took home nine, including Best Picture.