Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama

Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture- Drama
Awarded for Best Drama Picture
Location United States
Presented by Hollywood Foreign Press Association
Currently held by Moonlight (2016)

This page lists the winners and nominees for the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama, [1] since its institution in 1951. The organizer, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), is an organization of journalists who cover the United States film industry, but are affiliated with publications outside North America.

When the awards were introduced, there was a single category for Best Picture. Starting with the 9th Golden Globe Awards, the Golden Globes split the Acting and Best Picture awards into Drama and Musical or Comedy categories. [2] Since 1951, the only time the awards were reunified was in 1953. [3]

In the following lists, the first titles listed are winners. These are also in bold and in blue background; those not in bold are nominees. For comparison/contrast purposes, crosses (†) indicate which of the listed films (if any) won the Academy Award for Best Picture that same year. Asterisks (*) indicate which of the listed films (if any) were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar that same year.

The years given are those in which the films under consideration were released, not the year of the ceremony, which always takes place the following year.


Year Film Director [4] Producer/s [5]
1951 A Place in the Sun * George Stevens George Stevens
Bright Victory Mark Robson Robert Buckner
Detective Story William Wyler William Wyler
Quo Vadis * Mervyn LeRoy Sam Zimbalist
A Streetcar Named Desire * Elia Kazan Charles K. Feldman
1952 The Greatest Show on Earth Cecil B. DeMille Cecil B. DeMille
Come Back, Little Sheba Daniel Mann Hal B. Wallis
The Happy Time Richard Fleischer Earl Fenton
High Noon * Fred Zinnemann Stanley Kramer
The Thief Russell Rouse Clarence Greene
1953 The Robe * Henry Koster Frank Ross
1954 [6] [7] On the Waterfront Elia Kazan Sam Spiegel
1955 [8] [9] East of Eden Elia Kazan Elia Kazan
1956 Around the World in 80 Days Michael Anderson Kevin McClory
Giant * George Stevens Henry Ginsberg
Lust for Life Vincente Minnelli John Houseman
The Rainmaker Joseph Anthony Hal B. Wallis
War and Peace King Vidor Dino De Laurentiis
1957 The Bridge on the River Kwai David Lean Sam Spiegel
12 Angry Men * Sidney Lumet Henry Fonda
Sayonara * Joshua Logan William Goetz
Wild Is the Wind George Cukor Hal B. Wallis
Witness for the Prosecution * Billy Wilder Arthur Hornblow Jr.
1958 The Defiant Ones * Stanley Kramer Stanley Kramer
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof * Richard Brooks Lawrence Weingarten
Home Before Dark Mervyn LeRoy Mervyn LeRoy
I Want to Live! Robert Wise Claude Miller
Separate Tables * Delbert Mann Harold Hecht
1959 Ben-Hur William Wyler Sam Zimbalist
Anatomy of a Murder * Otto Preminger Otto Preminger
The Diary of Anne Frank * George Stevens George Stevens
The Nun's Story * Fred Zinnemann Henry Blanke
On the Beach Stanley Kramer Stanley Kramer
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