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The Oscars are regarded as the highest honor anyone in the film industry can achieve and out of all the awards, Best Picture is regarded as the most important award to win. However, not all Best Picture winners are remembered as being the best movie of the year. After all, How Green Was My Valley won over Citizen Kane in 1942.

So when did the Academy Awards get the Best Picture right? And which ones should people actually see? We decided to narrow it down! Here are 25 Best Picture winners that are actually worth watching and have stood the test of time.

1. The Godfather

Al Pacino as Michael Corleone and sitting on a bench in The Godfather.
Al Pacino as Michael Corleone in The Godfather. | Paramount Pictures

This movie is often referred to as one of the best movies ever made. It tells the story of a patriarch, Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando) who is aging and his son, Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) who is reluctantly taking over the family crime business.

Marlon Brando looks unrecognizable in the role because the actor wanted his character to look like a bulldog, and so he wore a mouthpiece for the role. He gives a stunning performance even though he didn’t memorize his lines and was actually reading from cue cards throughout most of the movie.

The Godfather won Oscar awards for Best Picture, Best Lead Actor for Marlon Brando, and Best Screenplay. The movie is just as relevant today as it was when it was released. It’s definitely in the pop culture canon, and therefore, should be seen.