10 Oscar-Winning Movies on Netflix You Can Stream Tonight

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Award season is upon us. Is there a better time to grab a friend to Netflix and chill? This time of year reminds us of previous winners. So, it’s the best time to take a look back at all the great movie classics. The great thing about watching Oscar-winning flicks? You know they are going to be good. Netflix is ever expanding on their database of movies; you just have to know where to look. There are loads of Oscar award winning cinema to find on Netflix.

The Godfather part 1 and 2, Rain Man, Rocky, and Titanic are just some of them. Whether you like them for their makeup and music, costume design or sound, they have it all. These Award-winning movies make up our top 10 Oscar Winning Movies on Netflix list just for your viewing pleasure.

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The Godfather

The only reason to watch this classic? It’s perfect!  Nominated for several awards, The Godfather won Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role, and Best Writing for a Screenplay.

The Godfather: Part II

Fans of these movies suggest that Part II is better than the first movie. While the first movie has Marlon Brando’s Oscar-winning Best Actor performance as the mafia boss, Vito Corleone. However, in Part II, Robert De Niro gives an amazing Best Supporting Actor Oscar-winning performance as the younger Vito Corleone.


This beloved icon of an age is sure to grace any classic movie lovers shelf. Written and performed by Sylvester Stallone, this movie was shot in less than a month. It made the highest grossing movie of 1976. The small-time boxer from working-class Philadelphia takes on the reigning champion from Los Angeles, California. Does Rocky have the heart of a true fighter?

Rain Man

Earning eight Oscar nominations and winning four awards — Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Director, and Best Screenplay — Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise bring an amazing story to Rain Man. Charlie Babbitt (Cruise) learns he has an older autistic brother after the death of his estranged father. His father’s fortune is left to the mental institution that his brother, Raymond (Hoffman) is staying at. Charlie decides to check Raymond out of the institution and bring him back to Los Angeles. The cross-country road trip is sure to be one to remember.


EVERYONE knows about Titanic after the 1997 release. Out of a tremendous 14 nominations, Titanic won 11, tying it with Ben-Hur for the most ever. Not to mention, everyone is still debating if Jack could have fit on the door. Set in April 1912, it is a story from the view of Rose DeWitt Bukater. Rose explains the events from the setting sail to the night it hit an iceberg on its last night, April 15, 1912.


12 Years a Slave

The movie was adapted from the memoirs of Solomon Northup. It recollects the story of an African American man who was kidnapped from Washington, DC before being sold into slavery. 12 Years a Slave won three Oscar awards for Best Motion Picture of the Year (2013), Best Performance by Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyong’o), and Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay (John Ridley).

The Aviator

Successful public figure, billionaire and aviator tycoon Howard Hughes (DiCaprio) helps build TWA into a major airline. He also falls in love with leading ladies Audrey Hepburn (Cate Blanchett) and Ava Gardner (Kate Beckinsale). Unfortunately, he is a tormented soul that suffers from several phobias and depression. The Aviator won four time Oscar winning movie — Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Supporting Actress (Cate Blanchett) — is sure to be on your list.

Finding Neverland

Who doesn’t love a good story about Peter Pan and going to Neverland? Johnny Depp brings great imagination to this beautiful story. A play writer befriends a widowed mother and her four sons. Based on the detailed experiences of “Peter Pan” author J.M. Barrie (Depp) who learns much from the boys. This, in turn, creates the classic children’s story “Peter Pan.” Nominated for six Oscar award, yet only winning Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score, Finding Neverland brings your imagination to life.

Good Will Hunting

Could you turn down a Robin Williams movie? This is a story about Will Hunting, a genius janitor who works at MIT. He is discovered by Professor Gerald Lambeau (Stellan Skarsgard), after solving a graduate-level math problem. Problems ensue and the Professor promises to help Will only if he gets treatment from therapist Sean Maguire (Robin Williams). Winner of two Oscar awards for Best Writing Original Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor (Robin Williams), Good Will Hunting is a great story of self-discovery.

Forrest Gump

Rejected by several well-known actors, Forrest Gump is a wonderful story of slow-witted Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks). He never thought of himself as disadvantaged. With the help of his mother (Sally Fields), he leads a life that. Told through the eyes of Forrest himself, you journey through important life events of a young man who chooses his own destiny. Forrest Gump surprised everyone by winning six Oscar Awards — Best Film Editing, Best Picture, Best Visual Effects, Best Writing Adapted Screenplay, Best Director (Robert Zemeckis), Best Actor (Tom Hanks). Will this be on your Netflix and chill list?

Netflix and Chill with Oscar-Winning Movies

There are many more classic Oscar-winning movies than just the list above. Award season gives us a reminder that we have access to our favorite award-winning movies at our fingertips with Netflix. Whether you’re in it for the story, the music or costume design, you’re sure to find your favorites on Netflix. And the Oscar goes to…

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