Best Oscar Winning Films On Amazon Prime

Oscar winning films on Amazon Prime aren't just a bunch of acclaimed films over the years; they are the cinematic masterpieces that'll take you on the journey of experiences, stories, emotions, and scenarios that you probably have never thought of or felt before. Find some of these fine picks below.
Vaibhavi Mishra
By: Vaibhavi Mishra Updated: Feb 19, 2021 14:20 IST
Best Oscar Winning Films On Amazon Prime
Cinema is one of the most powerful visual mediums which can entertain, disturb, influence, or even inform

Oscar winning films on Amazon prime: Cinema is one of the most powerful visual mediums which not only brings to the users stories from around the world but is often a reflection of the society and its inhabitants. From religion, politics, drama, thriller, romance, adventure and fantasy to the intricate threads of emotions~ cinema brings it all. For some, it acts as a wondrous escape from the dusted lanes of routine and reality, and for others, their own reflection on the screen is a catch. While uncountable films are reeling at the very moment, some have it in them to leave any spectator spellbound. One of the most prestigious awards recognising the brilliance of such masterpieces is the Academy Award, popularly known by the name of Oscar. Find some of the most acclaimed Oscar winning films on Amazon Prime in the listicle below and get ready to experience laughter, happiness, disgust, appal, excitement, sadness, and any other emotion with some of the best creation of human minds.

Oscar Winning Films On Amazon Prime

1. Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

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Raiders of the Lost Ark won four Oscars in Best Sound, Best Film Editing, Best Visual Effects and Best Art Direction- Set Decoration categories

This film is a part of the popular American media franchise that goes by the name of Indiana Jones, another brainchild of George Lucas of Star Wars fame. Throughout the series, Indiana Jones, an archaeologist and a professor, goes on several adventures, meets important people from the pages of history and makes several crucial discoveries, many of which get lost over time.

In this particular Oscar-winning film set in 1936, Jones is hired by the U.S government to find the Ark of the Covenant before Adolf Hitler's Nazis can seize its power. The film is full of thrilling adventures and was reported as “one of the most deliriously funny, ingenious, and stylish American adventure movies ever made,” by the New York Times back in 1981.

2. The Lord Of The Rings (Complete Trilogy)

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Final part of the trilogy, The Return of the King, won as many as 11 Oscars including the Best Picture, Best Director, Best Writing and Best Visual Effects categories

Lord of the rings is a gripping trilogy based on the popular novel of the same title by J.R.R. Tolkien. The storyline is set in the Third Age of Middle Earth, a parallel world with its own history, and revolves around a ring that has the capability to save the humanity, as well as, destroy it.

The multi-dimensional storyline is power-packed with intricate details, morality conflicts, emotional sagas, and unexpected twists and turns. The cinematic adaptation goes by three parts- The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003). All the three movies have been commended by the film fraternity for excellent cinematography, background scores, and impressive performances. The vivid battles scenes have also been one of the main attractions. All the three parts are available on Amazon Prime (India).

3. Jurassic Park (1993)

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Jurassic Park (19930 won three Oscars in Best Sound, Best Sound Effects Editing and Best Visual Effects categories

One of the most celebrated films of all times, Jurassic Park 91993) is a science fiction that explores the idea of re-creating dinosaurs and the plausible implications of this risky affair. The film is set in a remote island near Costa Rica in which a group of palaeontologists have re-created live dinosaurs. The island-turned-adventure park runs on fun and frolic until one day some of these mighty creatures escape the park after a power failure and go pouncing at humans.

The film takes the viewers on a chilling journey with goosebumps and adrenaline rushes all along the pathway. Interestingly, experienced palaeontologists were consulted throughout the making of the film to ensure a scientifically correct portrayal of dinosaurs' behaviour. The film thoughtfully brings out the power equation between humanity, nature, and technology.

4. Forest Gump (2004)

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Forrest Gump won six Oscars in Best Picture, Best Director, Best Film Editing, Best Visual Effects, Best Sound, Best Actor In A Leading Role, and Best Writing(Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published) categories

Forrest Gump (2004) is an interesting film which brings to the audience an offbeat presentation of America's important historical events from the late 20th century, from the point of a simpleton with an IQ of 75.

The dim-witted yet adorable Gump strives to reunite with his childhood sweetheart throughout the film and on his way meet many important American personalities including John F Kennedy, the then president of America. While Gump is a god-fearing conservative American, his sweetheart grows into a promiscuous hippie who gets involved in drugs and anti-war movement. As the film proceeds, Gump becomes a rich and successful businessman.

While one half of the audience admired his naïve character, the other half accused the film of an oversimplified version of the American history which would manipulate the viewers. Nonetheless, the film continues to be a hit and has had given the cinephiles some evergreen dialogues!

5. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)

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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button won three Oscar awards in Best Achievement in Art Direction, Makeup and Visual Effects categories

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) stands true to its title with curiosity and mystery at the very helm of the storyline. Based on one of the short stories of popular American novelist and screenwriter, F. Scott Fitzgerald, the film presents a rather bizarre idea of a child suffering Progeria, who is born as a senile and ages backwards over time only to die as an intellectually mature infant. In contrast to the regular course of nature, the mental and physical growths of the protagonist, played by popular Hollywood actor Brad Pitt, follow opposite tangents and baffle the viewers. The film tracks his journey through 1918,1925, 1936, 1941, 1945, 1954, 1962, 1964, 1968, 1970, 1981, 1991, 1997, 2002, 2003, and 2005. The storyline also portrays a rather complicated romantic affair of the Pitt, obstructed by his peculiar condition.

6. The Hurt Locker (2008)

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This thriller drama won as many as six Oscars in Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best Writing- Original Screenplay and Best Achievement in Directing, Film Editing, Sound Mixing and Sound Editing categories

The Hurt Locker (2008) is an unconventional narrative of Iraqi war with a US army bomb squad of three at the centre of it. The squad sweats its way through terrifying missions in Iraq one after the other. The squad is led by Staff Sergeant William James who baffles and frightens his teammates with his maverick ways of dealing with work and uncalled for daredevilry. James defies the conventionality with his unique mannerism of defusing treacherous bombs without life jackets on several occasions. However, as the film proceeds, the soft side of James unfolds and digs into the deeper layers of his character. The film brings forth an unconventional side of wars.

7. Amour (2012)

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The Austrian film Amour won an Oscar in Best Foreign Language Film of The Year Category

Amour (2012) is a heart-touching French romance centred on an octogenarian couple braving the challenges of senility. The life of this adorable duo flows into testing times as the leading lady suffers a stroke and subsequent health challenges. Scared of the harsh realities of being reduced to a kid in nursing homes and care centres, the lady seeks a promise from her beau not to send her in one. The story captures the struggle of the senile hero in taking care of her lady love and making her feel like an independent functioning adult. As the plot thickens, health of the lady deteriorates and so does her will to live. The film has managed to capture the minute details spread across the wide spectrum of emotions, challenges and dilemmas of old age.

8. Gravity (2013)

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The science fiction film Gravity bagged Oscars in seven categories including Best Achievement in Cinematography, Directing, Film Editing, Music Written for Motion Pictures-Original Score, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Visual Effects

Gravity (2013) is a science fiction drama film which captures the fate of a team of astronauts who are stranded in the nothingness of the space, as their space shuttle undergoes mid-orbit destruction on their way back to the Earth. While half of the crew succumbs to death, rest are left floating through space, tethered to nothing but each other. The film beautifully captures the fragility of human emotions, the complexity of scientific expeditions, and the vastness of the space. The film serves throughout the screening a wide array of emotions to the viewers, from crippling anxiety of nothingness to strands of hopes fueled by the survival instincts.

9. Her (2013)

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The 2014 film Her won an Oscar in the Best Writing- Original Screenplay category

Her (2013) is an unconventional love story of Theodore Twombly, an introverted writer who brings to his life an artificial intelligence software to help him assist in writing, but gradually falls in love with it. Samantha, the aforementioned software with a female voice, helps him organise his life, gives him personal advice, sets him up on dates, and doesn't shy away from giving intimate suggestions. Samantha fulfils Twombly's needs for emotional intimacy and makes for an ideal partner for him, without even existing physically. Things take an absurd turn as the unconventional couple decides to bring a surrogate lady to make This fantasy fiction brings forth a baffling repercussion of advancements in artificial intelligence entwined with core human values. It brings a rather poetic view to life, love, attachments, and the love-hate relationship of humanity and technology.

10. Whiplash (2014)

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Whiplash won three Academy Awards in Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Achievement in Film Editing and Best Achievement in Sound Mixing categories

Whiplash (2014) is the dramatic saga of Damien Chazelle, a promising young drummer who joins a conservatoire with the dream of becoming a world-renowned drummer in his heart. The tensioning twist in the story drops by with the entry of his instructor, who is an abusive perfectionist who won't stop at anything to realize a student's potential. As this teacher-pupil duo gets into the battle of wills, Chazelle is humiliated, tormented, terrorized at the hands of the instructor. The latter is driven by the mantra “only from great suffering and great fear comes great art”. The film was widely acclaimed by audiences from around the world and was filmed on over 500 screens for a year.

11. Room (2015)

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Brie Larson won an Oscar in Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for the drama-thriller film, Room

Room (2015) is the story of a mother and a son trapped in captivity in a windowless room at the mercy of a finicky man. Jack, the five-year-old spirited son, was born to Akron Ohio after a series of merciless rapes. While Akron has been a hostage for seven years, for Jack the existence of a world outside the congested 11 by 11-foot space is totally out of the question. The two continue to survive under inhuman conditions inflicted on them by the merciless man, until one day he runs out of funds and resources and the two decide to escape the room. The rest of the story revolves around their escape to Ohio's parents' house and the subsequent emotional, psychological, social and personal boulders that the two face after facing the long-hidden outside world.

12. Moonlight (2016)

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Moonlight (201) won three Oscars in Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, and Best Adapted Screenplay categories

Moonlight (2016) narrates the coming-of-age story of Chiron, an Afro-American boy, who is a victim of bullying and grapples through the struggle of finding his sexuality. The film is broadly divided into the three stages of his life- childhood, adolescence, and early years of youth. While he suffers neglect and loss of love at the hands of his single mother, he finds solace and guidance in Juan, a drug dealer who teaches him to carve his own path. Juan's advice passes leaves a lasting impression on his young mind and continues to be the mantra of his life all through the film. Love, sex, survival, and the impact of mothers and father figures are at the core of this power-packed tale.

13. Joker (2019)

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The iconic 2019 film Joker won two Academy Awards in Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role and Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Score) categories

This 2019 film is the first-ever attempt of bringing on-screen the journey of Joker, a popular villain in DC Marvel Comics, from an innocent boy to one of the most terrifying names of the dark world. In this narrative, this legendary villain was born as Arthur, a failed clown and standup comedian who slowly slipped into the world of nihilism and insanity, with the violent counter-culture revolution against the wealth at the core of his heart. The film closely follows the circumstances and injustices inflicted upon by the society, which turned a poor soul into a crippling villain.

14. Parasite (2019)

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The South Korean black comedy film, Parasite won four Oscars in Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best Achievement in Directing, Best Original Screenplay, and Best International Feature Film categories

The South Korean film Parasite (2019) is an intelligent gasp-inducing social satire that brings to the audience two families from the opposite spectrum of the socio-economic stratum. As the young son from the impoverished family gets his hands on a rare opportunity of tutoring a wealthy kid for a substantial amount, his entire family tightens its belt to dig more eggs from the golden goose. Smart enough, they slowly pave their ways into the well-off household through the ladder of white lies, tricks, frauds, and pretentiousness. The unemployed family soon turns a parasite metaphorically for the high-end household.

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A multi-media journalist and writer, Vaibhavi views the world as one big piece of poetry. Time and again she tries to capture this poetry through words, as well as, the lens. She loves to explore the depth of human psyche, philosophy, cultures, and oceans! Carrying forward this quest for exploration she reports on various beats ranging from tourism, culture, art, social issues, business, market trends, science and environment to technology. For her, the life mantra can be summarised with the catchphrases, “Hakuna Matata” and “Carpe Diem”.