Best Picture by Plot (1978-Present)

Can you name the Academy Award winner for Best Picture based on a description of its plot?

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The story of two British track athletes, one a determined Jew and the other a devout Christian, who compete in the 1924 Olympics.
A young recruit in Vietnam faces a moral crisis when confronted with the horrors of war and the duality of man.
Acting under the cover of a Hollywood producer scouting a location for a film, a CIA agent launches a dangerous op to save 6 Americans in Tehran during the 1979-81 hostage crisis.
William Wallace, a commoner, unites the 13th century Scots in their battle to overthrow English rule.
In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.
After a brilliant but asocial mathematician accepts secret work in cryptography, his life takes a turn to the nightmarish.
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.
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.
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.
Several stories interweave during 2 days in Los Angeles involving a collection of inter-related characters, each having different feelings regarding race, prejudice, and equality.
An in-depth examination of the way that the Vietnam War affects the lives of people in a small industrial town of the USA.
Lt. John Dunbar, exiled to a remote western Civil War outpost, befriends Native Americans, making him an intolerable aberration in the military.
Murderesses Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart find themselves on death row together and fight for the fame that will keep them from the gallows.
Selfish yuppie Charlie Babbitt's father left a fortune to his savant brother Raymond and a pittance to Charlie; they travel cross-country.
During the Iraq War, a Sergeant recently assigned to an army bomb squad is put at odds with his squad mates due to his maverick way of handling his work.
Illustrated upon the progress of his latest Broadway play, a former popular actor's struggle to cope with his current life as a wasted actor is shown.
A Mumbai teen who grew up destitute becomes a contestant on the Indian version of 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?' and explains how he came to know the answers.
In 20th century colonial Kenya, a Danish baroness/plantation owner has a passionate but ultimately doomed love affair with a free-spirited game hunter.
A story and biopic of the final monarchic ruler of China.
At the close of WWII, a young nurse tends to a badly burned plane crash victim. His past is shown in flashbacks, revealing his involvement in a fateful love affair.
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.
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 fictional romantic tale of a rich girl and poor boy who meet on the ill-fated maiden voyage of the 'unsinkable' ship.
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A hardened trainer/manager works with a determined woman in her attempt to establish herself as a boxer.
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.
An undercover cop and a mole in the police attempt to identify each other while infiltrating an Irish gang in South Boston.
The incredible story of Mozart, told in flashback mode by Antonio Salieri - now confined to an insane asylum.
Retired old gunslinger William Munny reluctantly takes on one last job, with the help of his old partner and a young man.
A poor family, the Kims, con their way into becoming the servants of a rich family, the Parks.
In Poland during World War II, a man gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazis.
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 woman in her sixties who, after losing everything in the Great Recession, embarks on a journey through the American West, living as a van-dweller.
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.
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.
When a Roman general is betrayed and his family murdered by a corrupt prince, he comes to Rome to seek his revenge.
A mute cleaning woman falls in love with an Amazonian amphibian that has magical healing powers.
Ruby is the only hearing person in her deaf family. When the family's fishing business is threatened, she finds herself torn between pursuing her passion and her fear of abandoning her parents.
The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese.
A middle-aged Chinese immigrant is swept up into an insane adventure in which she alone can save existence by exploring other universes and connecting with the lives she could have led.
An Italian-American chauffeur drives an African-American jazz pianist across the Deep South in 1962.
An old Jewish woman and her African-American chauffeur in the American South have a relationship that grows and improves over the years.
A man, while not intelligent, has accidentally been present at many historic moments, but his true love, Jenny, eludes him.
A biopic on the amazing lawyer who became the famed leader of the Indian revolts against the British through his philosophy of non-violent protest.
A look at three defining chapters in the life of Chiron, a young black man growing up in Miami. His journey to manhood is guided by the community that helps raise him.
The story of how the leader of the Manhattan Project was caught up in the anti-communist witch-hunts of the 1950s
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.
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