Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama

Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama
Awarded forBest Drama Picture
LocationUnited States
Presented byHollywood Foreign Press Association
Currently held byThree Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)

The Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama has been awarded annually since 1952 by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA).[1] Since its institution in 1951, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association is an organization of journalists who cover the film industry in the United States, 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.

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.


1943The Song of Bernadette *Henry KingWilliam Perlberg
1944Going My WayLeo McCareyLeo McCarey
1945The Lost WeekendBilly WilderCharles Brackett
1946The Best Years of Our LivesWilliam WylerSamuel Goldwyn
1947Gentleman's AgreementElia KazanDarryl F. Zanuck
1948Johnny Belinda *Jean NegulescoJerry Wald
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre *John HustonHenry Blanke
1949All the King's MenRobert RossenRobert Rossen
Come to the StableHenry KosterSamuel G. Engel


1950Sunset Boulevard *Billy WilderCharles Brackett
All About EveJoseph L. MankiewiczDarryl F. Zanuck
Born Yesterday *George CukorS. Sylvan Simon
Cyrano de BergeracMichael GordonStanley Kramer
HarveyHenry KosterJohn Beck
1951A Place in the Sun *George StevensGeorge Stevens
Bright VictoryMark RobsonRobert Buckner
Detective StoryWilliam WylerWilliam Wyler
Quo Vadis *Mervyn LeRoySam Zimbalist
A Streetcar Named Desire *Elia KazanCharles K. Feldman
1952The Greatest Show on EarthCecil B. DeMilleCecil B. DeMille
Come Back, Little ShebaDaniel MannHal B. Wallis
The Happy TimeRichard FleischerEarl Fenton
High Noon *Fred ZinnemannStanley Kramer
The ThiefRussell RouseClarence Greene
1953The Robe *Henry KosterFrank Ross
1954[6][7]On the WaterfrontElia KazanSam Spiegel
1955[8][9]East of EdenElia KazanElia Kazan
1956Around the World in 80 DaysMichael AndersonKevin McClory
Giant *George StevensHenry Ginsberg
Lust for LifeVincente MinnelliJohn Houseman
The RainmakerJoseph AnthonyHal B. Wallis
War and PeaceKing VidorDino De Laurentiis
1957The Bridge on the River KwaiDavid LeanSam Spiegel
12 Angry Men *Sidney LumetHenry Fonda
Sayonara *Joshua LoganWilliam Goetz
Wild Is the WindGeorge CukorHal B. Wallis
Witness for the Prosecution *Billy WilderArthur Hornblow Jr.
1958The Defiant Ones *Stanley KramerStanley Kramer
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof *Richard BrooksLawrence Weingarten
Home Before DarkMervyn LeRoyMervyn LeRoy
I Want to Live!Robert WiseClaude Miller
Separate Tables *Delbert MannHarold Hecht
1959Ben-HurWilliam WylerSam Zimbalist
Anatomy of a Murder *Otto PremingerOtto Preminger
The Diary of Anne Frank *George StevensGeorge Stevens
The Nun's Story *Fred ZinnemannHenry Blanke
On the BeachStanley KramerStanley Kramer


1960SpartacusStanley KubrickKirk Douglas
Elmer Gantry *Richard BrooksBernard Smith
Inherit the WindStanley KramerStanley Kramer
Sons and Lovers *Jack CardiffJerry Wald
Sunrise at CampobelloVincent J. DonehueDore Schary
1961The Guns of Navarone *J. Lee ThompsonCarl Foreman
El CidAnthony MannSamuel Bronston
Fanny *Joshua LoganBen Kadish
Judgment at Nuremberg *Stanley KramerStanley Kramer
Splendor in the GrassElia KazanElia Kazan
1962Lawrence of ArabiaDavid LeanSam Spiegel
The Chapman ReportGeorge CukorDarryl F. Zanuck
Days of Wine and RosesBlake EdwardsMartin Manulis
FreudJohn HustonWolfgang Reinhardt
Hemingway's Adventures of a Young ManMartin RittJerry Wald
LisaPhilip DunneMark Robson
The Longest Day *Ken AnnakinDarryl F. Zanuck
The Miracle WorkerArthur PennFred Coe
Mutiny on the Bounty *Lewis MilestoneAaron Rosenberg
To Kill a Mockingbird *Robert MulliganAlan J. Pakula
1963The CardinalOtto PremingerMartin C. Schute
America America *Elia KazanElia Kazan
Captain Newman, M.D.David MillerRobert Arthur
The CaretakersHall BartlettHall Bartlett
Cleopatra *Joseph L. MankiewiczWalter Wanger
The Great EscapeJohn SturgesJohn Sturges
HudMartin RittIrving Ravetch
Lilies of the Field *Ralph NelsonRalph Nelson
1964Becket *Peter GlenvilleHal B. Wallis
The Chalk GardenRonald NeameRoss Hunter
Dear HeartDelbert MannMartin Manulis
The Night of the IguanaJohn HustonJohn Huston
Zorba the Greek *Michael CacoyannisMichael Cacoyannis
1965Doctor Zhivago *David LeanCarlo Ponti
The CollectorWilliam WylerJud Kinberg
The Flight of the PhoenixRobert AldrichRobert Aldrich
A Patch of BlueGuy GreenGuy Green
Ship of Fools *Stanley KramerStanley Kramer
1966A Man for All SeasonsFred ZinnemannFred Zinnemann
Born FreeJames H. HillSam Jaffe
The ProfessionalsRichard BrooksRichard Brooks
The Sand Pebbles *Robert WiseRobert Wise
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? *Mike NicholsErnest Lehman
1967In the Heat of the NightNorman JewisonWalter Mirisch
Bonnie and Clyde *Arthur PennWarren Beatty
Far from the Madding CrowdJohn SchlesingerJoseph Janni
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner *Stanley KramerGeorge Glass
In Cold BloodRichard BrooksRichard Brooks
1968The Lion in Winter *Anthony HarveyMartin Poll
CHAЯLYRalph NelsonRalph Nelson
The FixerJohn FrankenheimerEdward Lewis
The Heart Is a Lonely HunterRobert Ellis MillerJoel Freeman
The Shoes of the FishermanMichael AndersonGeorge Englund
1969Anne of the Thousand Days *Charles JarrottHal B. Wallis
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid *George Roy HillJohn Foreman
Midnight CowboyJohn SchlesingerJerome Hellman
The Prime of Miss Jean BrodieRonald NeameJames Cresson
They Shoot Horses, Don't They?Sydney PollackRobert Chartoff


1970Love Story *Arthur HillerHoward G. Minsky
Airport *George SeatonRoss Hunter
Five Easy Pieces *Bob RafelsonRobert Daley
I Never Sang for My FatherGilbert CatesGilbert Cates
PattonFranklin J. SchaffnerFrank Caffey
1971The French ConnectionWilliam FriedkinPhilip D'Antoni
A Clockwork Orange *Stanley KubrickSi Litvinoff
The Last Picture Show *Peter BogdanovichStephen J. Friedman
Mary, Queen of ScotsCharles JarrottHal B. Wallis
Summer of ‘42Robert MulliganRichard A. Roth
1972The GodfatherFrancis Ford CoppolaAlbert S. Ruddy
Deliverance *John BoormanJohn Boorman
FrenzyAlfred HitchcockWilliam Hill
The Poseidon AdventureRonald NeameIrwin Allen
SleuthJoseph L. MankiewiczMorton Gottlieb
1973The Exorcist *William FriedkinWilliam Peter Blatty
Cinderella LibertyMark RydellMark Rydell
The Day of the JackalFred ZinnemannJohn Woolf
Last Tango in ParisBernardo BertolucciAlberto Grimaldi
Save the TigerJohn G. AvildsenEdward S. Feldman
SerpicoSidney LumetDino De Laurentiis
1974Chinatown *Roman PolanskiRobert Evans
The Conversation *Francis Ford CoppolaFrancis Ford Coppola
EarthquakeMark RobsonMark Robson
The Godfather Part IIFrancis Ford CoppolaFrancis Ford Coppola
A Woman Under the InfluenceJohn CassavetesSam Shaw
1975One Flew Over the Cuckoo's NestMiloš FormanMichael Douglas
Barry Lyndon *Stanley KubrickStanley Kubrick
Dog Day Afternoon *Sidney LumetMartin Bregman
Jaws *Steven SpielbergDavid Brown
Nashville *Robert AltmanRobert Altman
1976RockyJohn G. AvildsenRobert Chartoff and Irwin Winkler
All the President's Men *Alan J. PakulaWalter Coblenz
Bound for Glory *Hal AshbyRobert Blumofe
Network *Sidney LumetHoward Gottfried
Voyage of the DamnedStuart RosenbergRobert Fryer
1977The Turning Point *Herbert RossArthur Laurents
Close Encounters of the Third KindSteven SpielbergJulia Phillips
I Never Promised You a Rose GardenAnthony PageDaniel H. Blatt
Julia *Fred ZinnemannRichard A. Roth
Star Wars *George LucasGary Kurtz
1978Midnight Express *Alan ParkerAlan Marshall
Coming Home *Hal AshbyRobert C. Jones
Days of HeavenTerrence MalickBert Schneider
The Deer HunterMichael CiminoBarry Spikings
An Unmarried Woman *Paul MazurskyPaul Mazursky
1979Kramer vs. KramerRobert BentonStanley R. Jaffe
Apocalypse Now *Francis Ford CoppolaFrancis Ford Coppola
The China SyndromeJames BridgesMichael Douglas
ManhattanWoody AllenCharles H. Joffe
Norma Rae *Martin RittAlexandra Rose


1980Ordinary PeopleRobert RedfordRonald L. Schwary
The Elephant Man *David LynchJonathan Sanger
The Ninth ConfigurationWilliam Peter BlattyWilliam Peter Blatty
Raging Bull *Martin ScorseseRobert Chartoff
The Stunt ManRichard RushRichard Rush
1981On Golden Pond *Mark RydellBruce Gilbert
The French Lieutenant's WomanKarel ReiszLeon Clore
Prince of the CitySidney LumetSidney Lumet
RagtimeMiloš FormanDino De Laurentiis
Reds *Warren BeattyWarren Beatty
1982E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial *Steven SpielbergSteven Spielberg
Missing *Costa-GavrasEdward Lewis
An Officer and a GentlemanTaylor HackfordMartin Elfand
Sophie's ChoiceAlan J. PakulaAlan J. Pakula
The Verdict *Sidney LumetDavid Brown
1983Terms of EndearmentJames L. BrooksJames L. Brooks
Reuben, ReubenRobert Ellis MillerJulius J. Epstein
The Right Stuff *Philip KaufmanIrwin Winkler
SilkwoodMike NicholsAlice Arlen
Tender Mercies *Bruce BeresfordPhilip Hobel
1984AmadeusMiloš FormanSaul Zaentz
The Cotton ClubFrancis Ford CoppolaRobert Evans
The Killing Fields *Roland JofféDavid Puttnam
Places in the Heart *Robert BentonRobert Benton
A Soldier's Story *Norman JewisonNorman Jewison
1985Out of AfricaSydney PollackSydney Pollack
The Color Purple *Steven SpielbergSteven Spielberg
Kiss of the Spider Woman *Hector BabencoDavid Weisman
Runaway TrainAndrei KonchalovskyRichard Garcia
Witness *Peter WeirEdward S. Feldman
1986PlatoonOliver StoneArnold Kopelson
Children of a Lesser God *Randa HainesChris Bender
The Mission *Roland JofféFernando Ghia
Mona LisaNeil JordanStephen Woolley
A Room with a View *James IvoryIsmail Merchant
Stand by MeRob ReinerBruce A. Evans
1987The Last EmperorBernardo BertolucciJeremy Thomas
Cry FreedomRichard AttenboroughRichard Attenborough
Empire of the SunSteven SpielbergKathleen Kennedy
Fatal Attraction *Adrian LyneStanley R. Jaffe
La BambaLuis ValdezStuart Benjamin
NutsMartin RittTeri Schwartz
1988Rain ManBarry LevinsonMark Johnson
The Accidental Tourist *Lawrence KasdanPhyllis Carlyle
A Cry in the DarkFred SchepisiYoram Globus
Gorillas in the MistMichael AptedPeter Guber
Mississippi Burning *Alan ParkerRobert F. Colesberry
Running on EmptySidney LumetGriffin Dunne
The Unbearable Lightness of BeingPhilip KaufmanBertil Ohlsson
1989Born on the Fourth of July *Oliver StoneA. Kitman Ho
Crimes and MisdemeanorsWoody AllenCharles H. Joffe
Dead Poets Society *Peter WeirPaul Junger Witt
Do the Right ThingSpike LeeSpike Lee
GloryEdward ZwickFreddie Fields


1990Dances with WolvesKevin CostnerJim Wilson and Kevin Costner
AvalonBarry LevinsonMark Johnson
The Godfather Part III *Francis Ford CoppolaFrancis Ford Coppola
Goodfellas *Martin ScorseseIrwin Winkler
Reversal of FortuneBarbet SchroederEdward R. Pressman
1991Bugsy *Barry LevinsonWarren Beatty
JFK *Oliver StoneArnon Milchan
The Prince of Tides *Barbra StreisandAndrew S. Karsch
The Silence of the LambsJonathan DemmeKenneth Utt
Thelma & LouiseRidley ScottMimi Polk Gitlin
1992Scent of a Woman *Martin BrestMartin Brest
The Crying Game *Neil JordanStephen Woolley
A Few Good Men *Rob ReinerDavid Brown
Howards End *James IvoryIsmail Merchant
UnforgivenClint EastwoodClint Eastwood
1993Schindler's ListSteven SpielbergSteven Spielberg
The Age of InnocenceMartin ScorseseBarbara De Fina
In the Name of the Father *Jim SheridanJim Sheridan
The Piano *Jane CampionJan Chapman
The Remains of the Day *James IvoryIsmail Merchant
1994Forrest GumpRobert ZemeckisWendy Finerman
Legends of the FallEdward ZwickMarshall Herskovitz
NellMichael AptedJodie Foster
Pulp Fiction *Quentin TarantinoLawrence Bender
Quiz Show *Robert RedfordRobert Redford
1995Sense and Sensibility *Ang LeeLaurie Borg
Apollo 13 *Ron HowardBrian Grazer
BraveheartMel GibsonMel Gibson
The Bridges of Madison CountyClint EastwoodClint Eastwood
Leaving Las VegasMike FiggisLila Cazès
1996The English PatientAnthony MinghellaSaul Zaentz
Breaking the WavesLars von TrierPeter Aalbæk Jensen
The People vs. Larry FlyntMiloš FormanOliver Stone
Secrets & Lies *Mike LeighSimon Channing-Williams
Shine *Scott HicksJane Scott
1997TitanicJames CameronJames Cameron and Jon Landau
AmistadSteven SpielbergDebbie Allen
The BoxerJim SheridanArthur Lappin
Good Will Hunting *Gus Van SantLawrence Bender
L.A. Confidential *Curtis HansonCurtis Hanson
1998Saving Private Ryan *Steven SpielbergSteven Spielberg
Elizabeth *Shekhar KapurTim Bevan
Gods and MonstersBill CondonPaul Colichman
The Horse WhispererRobert RedfordPatrick Markey
The Truman ShowPeter WeirEdward S. Feldman
1999American BeautySam MendesBruce Cohen
The End of the AffairNeil JordanNeil Jordan
The HurricaneNorman JewisonArmyan Bernstein
The Insider *Michael MannPieter Jan Brugge
The Talented Mr. RipleyAnthony MinghellaWilliam Horberg


2000[10]GladiatorRidley ScottDouglas Wick
Billy ElliotStephen DaldryCharles Brand
Erin Brockovich *Steven SoderberghDanny DeVito
SunshineIstván SzabóAndrás Hámori
Traffic *Steven SoderberghEdward Zwick
Wonder BoysCurtis HansonCurtis Hanson
2001A Beautiful MindRon HowardBrian Grazer
In the Bedroom *Todd FieldTodd Field
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring *Peter JacksonPeter Jackson, Barrie M. Osborne, Fran Walsh
The Man Who Wasn't ThereJoel CoenEthan Coen
Mulholland DriveDavid LynchPierre Edelman
2002The Hours *Stephen DaldryRobert Fox and Scott Rudin
About SchmidtAlexander PayneMichael Besman
Gangs of New York *Martin ScorseseAlberto Grimaldi
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers *Peter JacksonPeter Jackson, Barrie M. Osborne, Fran Walsh
The Pianist *Roman PolanskiRoman Polanski
2003The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the KingPeter JacksonPeter Jackson, Barrie M. Osborne, Fran Walsh
Cold MountainAnthony MinghellaAlbert Berger
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World *Peter WeirPeter Weir
Mystic River *Clint EastwoodRobert Lorenz
Seabiscuit *Gary RossKathleen Kennedy
2004The Aviator *Martin ScorseseMichael Mann
CloserMike NicholsPatrick Marber
Finding Neverland *Marc ForsterRichard N. Gladstein
Hotel RwandaTerry GeorgeTerry George
KinseyBill CondonGail Mutrux
Million Dollar BabyClint EastwoodClint Eastwood, Albert S. Ruddy, Tom Rosenberg
2005Brokeback Mountain *Ang LeeDiana Ossana
The Constant GardenerFernando MeirellesSimon Channing-Williams
Good Night, and Good Luck *George ClooneyGrant Heslov
A History of ViolenceDavid CronenbergChris Bender
Match PointWoody AllenLetty Aronson
2006Babel *Alejandro González IñárrituSteve Golin
BobbyEmilio EstevezAnthony Hopkins
The DepartedMartin ScorseseBrad Grey
Little ChildrenTodd FieldAlbert Berger
The Queen *Stephen FrearsFrançois Ivernel
2007Atonement *Joe WrightTim Bevan
American GangsterRidley ScottBrian Grazer
Eastern PromisesDavid CronenbergPaul Webster
The Great DebatersDenzel WashingtonOprah Winfrey
Michael Clayton *Tony GilroySydney Pollack
No Country for Old MenJoel and Ethan CoenJoel Coen, Ethan Coen, Scott Rudin
There Will Be Blood *Paul Thomas AndersonPaul Thomas Anderson
2008Slumdog MillionaireDanny BoyleChristian Colson
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button *David FincherKathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall, Ray Stark
Frost/Nixon *Ron HowardTim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Brian Grazer, Ron Howard
The Reader *Stephen DaldryAnthony Minghella, Sydney Pollack, Scott Rudin
Revolutionary RoadSam MendesBobby Cohen, Sam Mendes, Scott Rudin
2009Avatar *James CameronJames Cameron and Jon Landau
The Hurt LockerKathryn BigelowKathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal, Nicolas Chartier, Tony Mark, Donall McCusker, Greg Shapiro
Inglourious Basterds *Quentin TarantinoLawrence Bender
Precious *Lee DanielsLisa Cortes, Sarah Siegel-Magness, Valerie Hoffman, Asger Hussain, Gary Magness, Mark G. Magges, Berrgen Swason, Simone Sheffield
Up in the Air *Jason ReitmanDaniel Dubiecki, Jeffrey Clifford, Ivan Reitman, Jason Reitman


2010The Social Network *David FincherScott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca, Ceán Chaffin
Black Swan *Darren AronofskyMike Medavoy, Scott Franklin, Arnold Messer, Brian Oliver
The Fighter *David O. RussellDavid Hoberman, Todd Lieberman, Ryan Kavanaugh, Mark Wahlberg, Dorothy Aufiero, Paul Tamasy
Inception *Christopher NolanChristopher Nolan and Emma Thomas
The King's SpeechTom HooperIain Canning, Emile Sherman, Gareth Unwin
2011The Descendants *Alexander PayneJim Burke, Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor
The Help *Tate TaylorChris Columbus, Michael Barnathan, Brunson Green
Hugo *Martin ScorseseJohnny Depp, Timothy Headington, Graham King, Martin Scorsese
The Ides of MarchGeorge ClooneyGeorge Clooney, Grant Heslov, Brian Oliver
Moneyball *Bennett MillerMichael De Luca, Rachael Horovitz, Brad Pitt
War Horse *Steven SpielbergSteven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy
2012[11]ArgoBen AffleckBen Affleck, George Clooney, Grant Heslov
Django Unchained *Quentin TarantinoStacey Sher, Reginald Hudlin, Pilar Savone
Life of Pi *Ang LeeAng Lee, Gil Netter, David Womark
Lincoln *Steven SpielbergSteven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy
Zero Dark Thirty *Kathryn BigelowKathryn Bigelow, Colin Wilson, Greg Shapiro, Ted Schipper, Megan Ellison
2013[12]12 Years a SlaveSteve McQueenBrad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Bill Pohlad, Steve McQueen, Arnon Milchan, Anthony Katagas
Captain Phillips *Paul GreengrassMichael De Luca, Dana Brunetti, Scott Rudin
Gravity *Alfonso CuarónAlfonso Cuarón, David Heyman
Philomena *Stephen FrearsGabrielle Tana, Steve Coogan, Tracey Seaward
RushRon HowardAndrew Eaton, Eric Fellner, Brian Oliver, Peter Morgan, Brian Grazer, Ron Howard
2014[13]Boyhood *Richard LinklaterRichard Linklater, Cathleen Sutherland, Jonathan Sehring, John Sloss
FoxcatcherBennett MillerBennett Miller, Megan Ellison, Jon Kilik, Anthony Bregman
The Imitation Game *Morten TyldumNora Grossman, Ido Ostrowsky, Teddy Schwarzman
Selma *Ava DuVernayDede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Christian Colson, Oprah Winfrey
The Theory of Everything *James MarshTim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Lisa Bruce, Anthony McCarten
2015[14]The Revenant *Alejandro G. IñárrituSteve Golin, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Arnon Milchan, Mary Parent, Keith Redmon
CarolTodd HaynesElizabeth Karlsen, Christine Vachon, Stephen Woolley
Mad Max: Fury Road *George MillerDoug Mitchell, George Miller, P. J. Voeten
Room *Lenny AbrahamsonEd Guiney, David Gross
SpotlightTom McCarthySteve Golin, Blye Pagon Faust, Nicole Rocklin, Michael Sugar
2016MoonlightBarry JenkinsDede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Adele Romanski
Hacksaw Ridge *Mel GibsonTerry Benedict, Paul Currie, Bruce Davey, William D. Johnson, Bill Mechanic, Brian Oliver, David Permut
Hell or High Water *David MackenziePeter Berg, Carla Hacken, Sidney Kimmel, Gigi Pritzker, Rachel Shane, Julie Yorn
Lion *Garth DavisIain Canning, Angie Fielder, Emile Sherman
Manchester by the Sea *Kenneth LonerganLauren Beck, Matt Damon, Chris Moore, Kimberly Steward, Kevin J. Walsh
2017Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri *Martin McDonaghGraham Broadbent, Pete Czernin, Martin McDonagh
Call Me by Your Name *Luca GuadagninoPeter Spears, Luca Guadagnino, Emilie Georges, Rodrigo Teixeira, Marco Morabito, James Ivory, Howard Rosenman
Dunkirk *Christopher NolanChristopher Nolan and Emma Thomas
The Post *Steven SpielbergSteven Spielberg, Kristie Macosko Krieger, Amy Pascal
The Shape of WaterGuillermo del ToroGuillermo del Toro and J. Miles Dale


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