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Can you name the movie that won the Academy Award for Best Picture according to its IMDb plot description?

Updated Mar 13, 2015

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The dramatic lives of trapeze artists, a clown, and an elephant trainer against a background of circus spectacle.
A spoiled heiress, running away from her family, is helped by a man who's actually a reporter looking for a story, when he falls for her.
Fletcher Christian successfully leads a revolt against the ruthless Captain Bligh, but Bligh returns one year later, hell bent on retrieving his boat, crew, and title.
A naive male prostitute and his sickly friend struggle to survive on the streets of New York City.
A washed-up actor, who once played an iconic superhero, battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career and himself in the days leading up to the opening of his Broa
Several stories interweave during two days in Los Angeles involving a collection of inter-related characters, each having different feelings regarding race, prejudice, and equality
In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.
Three WWII veterans return home to small-town America to discover that they and their families have been irreparably changed.
When a Roman general is betrayed and his family murdered by a corrupt prince, he comes to Rome to seek his revenge.
Retired old gunslinger William Munny reluctantly takes on one last job, with the help of his old partner and a young man.
This biography follows the ups and downs of Florenz, a famed producer of extravagant stage revues.
The former Fellowship of the Ring prepare for the final battle for Middle Earth, while Frodo and Sam approach Mount Doom to destroy the One Ring.
Adaptation of Jules Verne's novel about a Victorian Englishman who bets that with the new steamships and railways he can do what the title says.
Aurora and Emma are mother and daughter who march to much different drums, as each grows to love each other more in their own different ways.
The story of King George VI of Britain, his impromptu ascension to the throne and the speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch become worthy of it.
A small time boxer gets a once in a lifetime chance to fight the heavyweight champ in a bout in which he strives to go the distance for self-respect.
The story of two British track athletes, one a determined Jew and the other a devout Christian, who compete in the 1924 Olympics.
A woman leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to the children of a Naval officer widower.
An English middle-class family experience life during the first months of WWII, all while the son courts Lady Beldon's granddaughter, and a competition of roses occurs.
Set in unoccupied Africa during the early days of WWII, an American expatriate meets a former lover, with unforeseen complications.
The biopic of the famous French muckraking writer and his involvement in fighting the injustice of the Dreyfuss Affair.
A group of very different individuals all staying at a luxury hotel in Berlin deal with each of their own respective dramas.
A misogynistic and snobbish phonetics professor agrees to wager that he can take a flower girl and make her presentable in high society.
Musical adaptation about an orphan who runs away from an orphanage and hooks up with a group of boys trained to be pickpockets by an elderly mentor.
Two young men, one rich, one middle class, who are in love with the same woman, become fighter pilots in World War I.
Epic rumination on a flamboyant and controversial British military figure and his conflicted loyalties during wartime service.
Chronicles of the hard life of a Welsh mining town and for the Morgan family within the town, as seen through the eyes of the youngest son, Huw.
When a naive young woman marries a rich widower and settles in his gigantic mansion, she finds the memory of her husband's first wife still lingers strongly in the house.
Hollywood, 1927: As silent movie star George Valentin wonders if the arrival of talking pictures will cause him to fade into oblivion, he sparks with a dancer set for a big break
Upon arrival at a mental institution, a brash rebel rallies the patients together to take on the oppressive Nurse Ratched. a woman more dictator than nurse.
A young poet, out of ideas and short on cash, meets his ideal woman and is inspired to write one of his most famous plays.
In 20th century colonial Kenya, a Danish baroness/plantation owner has a passionate but ultimately doomed love affair with a free-spirited game hunter.
The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.
An in-depth examination of the way that the Vietnam War affects the lives of people in a small industrial town of the USA.
An African American detective is asked to investigate a murder in a racist southern town.
The early life and career of Vito Corleone in 1920s New York is portrayed while his son, Michael, expands and tightens his grip on the crime syndicate.
An adopted son of a British squire with a love-'em-and-leave-'em attitude gets into enough trouble with his actions to come close to being hanged.
An ingenue insinuates herself in to the company of an established but aging actress and her circle of theater friends.
A touching story about two lonely people who have almost resigned themselves to never be truly loved.
The rise and fall of a corrupt politician, who makes his friends richer and retains power by dint of a populist appeal.
A fictional romantic tale of a rich girl and poor boy who meet on the ill-fated maiden voyage of the 'unsinkable' ship.
William Shakespeare's tale of tragedy, murder, and revenge in the royal halls of medieval Denmark.
Violence and mayhem ensue after a hunter stumbles upon some dead bodies, a stash of heroin, and more than $2 million in cash near the Rio Grande.
The World War II phase of the controversial American general's career is depicted.
A procession of English life from New Year'e Eve 1899 until 1933 seen through the eyes of well-to-do Londoners Jane and Robert Marryot.
Selfish yuppie Charlie Babbitt's father left a fortune to his savant brother Raymond and a pittance to Charlie; they travel cross-country.
A young FBI cadet must confide in an incarcerated and manipulative killer to receive his help on catching another serial killer who skins his victims.
A reporter pretends to be Jewish in order to cover a story on anti-Semitism, and truly discovers the true depths of bigotry and hatred.
A just divorced man must learn to care for his son on his own, and then must fight in court to keep custody of him.
The incredible story of Mozart, told in flashback mode by Antonio Salieri - now confined to an insane asylum.
A story and biopic of the final monarchic ruler of China.
The story of Thomas More, who stood up to King Henry VIII when the King rejected the Roman Catholic Church to obtain a divorce and a marriage.
A good-natured but decidedly eccentric family meets a new friend.
Two men from opposites of the law are undercover within the Massachusetts State Police and the Irish mafia, but are discovered, leading to increased violence.
An old Jewish woman and her African-American chauffeur in the American South have a relationship that grows and improves over the years.
Lester Burnham, a depressed suburban father in a mid-life crisis, decides to turn his hectic life around after developing an infatuation for his daughter's attractive friend.
A hardened trainer/manager works with a determined woman in her attempt to establish herself as a boxer.
Neurotic New York comedian Alvy Singer falls in love with a ditzy girl he meets.
The desperate life of a chronic alcoholic is followed through a four day drinking bout.
Musical about two youngsters from rival NYC gangs who fall in love.
Acting under the cover of a Hollywood producer scouting a location for a science fiction film, a CIA agent launches a dangerous operation to rescue six Americans in Tehran during t
Lt. John Dunbar, exiled to a remote western Civil War outpost, befriends Indians, making him an intolerable aberration in the military.
At the close of WWII, a young nurse tends to a badly burned plane crash victim. His past is shown in flashbacks, revealing an involvement in a fateful love affair.
A newspaper editor settles in an Oklahoma boom town with his reluctant wife at the end of the nineteenth-century.
In Poland during World War II, a man gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazis.
Harriet and Queenie Mahoney, a vaudeville act, come to NYC, where their friend Eddie Kerns needs them for a song and dance in one Francis Zanfield's shows.
In 1941 Hawaii, a private is cruelly punished for not boxing on his unit's team while his captain's wife and second in command are falling in love.
After settling his differences with a Japanese PoW camp commander, a British colonel co-operates to oversee his men's construction of a railway bridge for their captors.
A manipulative woman and a roguish man in the American South during the Civil War and Reconstruction.
Youthful Father Chuck O'Malley led a colorful life of sports, song, and romance before joining the Roman Catholic clergy.
A man tries to rise in his company by letting its executives use his apartments for trysts, but complications and a romance of his own ensue.
After a brilliant but asocial mathematician accepts secret work in cryptography, his life takes a turn to the nightmarish.
A Mumbai teen who grew up in the slums becomes a contestant on the Indian version of 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?' and explains how he came to know the answers.
When a Jewish prince is betrayed and sent into slavery by a Roman friend, he regains freedom and comes back for revenge.
William Wallace, a commoner, unites the 13th century Scots in their battle to overthrow English rule.
A biopic on the amazing man/lawyer who became the famed leader of the Indian revolts against the British through his philosophy of non-violent protest.
A man, while not intelligent, has accidentally been present at many historic moments, but his true love Jenny eludes him.
A pair of NYC cops in the Narcotics Bureau stumble onto a drug smuggling job that has something to do with France.
A young recruit in Vietnam faces a moral crisis when confronted with the horrors of war and the duality of man.
A young soldier faces profound disillusionment in the soul-destroying horror of World War I.
Iraq. Forced to play a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse in the chaos of war, an elite Army bomb squad unit must come together to defuse the astounding number of bombs in a tiny city
An ex-prize fighter turned longshoreman struggles to stand up to his corrupt union bosses.
In 1930s Chicago, a young con man seeking revenge for his murdered partner teams up with a master of the big con to win a fortune from a criminal banker.
The accidental death of the older son of an affluent family deeply strains the relationships among the bitter mother, the good-natured father, and the guilt ridden younger son.
Murderesses Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart find themselves on death row together and fight for the fame that will keep them from the gallows.
Weary of the conventions of Parisian society, a rich playboy and a youthful courtesan-in-training enjoy a platonic friendship that develops into more.
Jerry Mulligan, a struggling painter in France, is 'discovered' by an influential heiress with an interest in more than just his art.

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