Best movies that are oscar winners in writing (screenplay written directly for the screen) category

American Beauty(1999)

Combined Rating:
90
Combined Critics Rating: 85

A sexually frustrated suburban father has a mid-life crisis after becoming infatuated with his daughter's best friend.



Almost Famous(2000)

Combined Rating:
89
Combined Critics Rating: 85

A high-school boy is given the chance to write a story for Rolling Stone Magazine about an up-and-coming rock band as he accompanies them on their concert tour.



Pulp Fiction(1994)

Combined Rating:
88
Combined Critics Rating: 82

The lives of two mob hit men, a boxer, a gangster's wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption.



Gosford Park(2001)

Combined Rating:
87
Combined Critics Rating: 85

The lives of upstairs guests and downstairs servants at a party in 1932 in a country house in England as they investigate a murder involving one of them.



Shakespeare in Love(1998)

Combined Rating:
87
Combined Critics Rating: 82

A young Shakespeare, out of ideas and short of cash, meets his ideal woman and is inspired to write one of his most famous plays.



Fargo(1996)

Combined Rating:
84
Combined Critics Rating: 77

Jerry Lundegaard's inept crime falls apart due to his and his henchmen's bungling and the persistent police work of the quite pregnant Marge Gunderson.



Thelma & Louise(1991)

Combined Rating:
80
Combined Critics Rating: 73

Two best friends set out on an adventure but it soon turns around to a terrifying escape from being hunted by the American police as these two girls escape for the crimes they committed!



The Usual Suspects(1995)

Combined Rating:
79
Combined Critics Rating: 68

A sole survivor tells of the twisty events leading up to a horrific gun battle on a boat, which began when five criminals met at a seemingly random police lineup.



The Piano(1993)

Combined Rating:
78
Combined Critics Rating: 71

A mute woman is sent to 1850s New Zealand along with her young daughter and prized piano for an arranged marriage to a wealthy landowner, but is soon lusted after by a local worker on the plantation.



Hannah and Her Sisters(1986)

Combined Rating:
77
Combined Critics Rating: 71

Between two Thanksgivings two years apart, Hannah's husband falls in love with her sister Lee, while her hypochondriac ex-husband rekindles his relationship with her sister Holly.



The Crying Game(1992)

Combined Rating:
77
Combined Critics Rating: 73

A British soldier is kidnapped by IRA terrorists. He befriends one of his captors, who is drawn into the soldier's world.



Good Will Hunting(1997)

Combined Rating:
77
Combined Critics Rating: 66

Will Hunting, a janitor at M.I.T., has a gift for mathematics, but needs help from a psychologist to find direction in his life.



Dead Poets Society(1989)

Combined Rating:
76
Combined Critics Rating: 65

English teacher John Keating inspires his students to look at poetry with a different perspective of authentic knowledge and feelings.



Rain Man(1988)

Combined Rating:
75
Combined Critics Rating: 63

Selfish yuppie Charlie Babbitt's father left a fortune to his savant brother Raymond and a pittance to Charlie; they travel cross-country.



Chariots of Fire(1981)

Combined Rating:
74
Combined Critics Rating: 68

Two British track athletes, one a determined Jew, and the other a devout Christian, compete in the 1924 Olympics.



Moonstruck(1987)

Combined Rating:
74
Combined Critics Rating: 69

Loretta Castorini, a book keeper from Brooklyn, New York, finds herself in a difficult situation when she falls for the brother of the man she has agreed to marry.



Breaking Away(1979)

Combined Rating:
69
Combined Critics Rating: 66

A small-town boy obsessed with the Italian cycling team vies for the affections of a college girl.



Witness(1985)

Combined Rating:
56
Combined Critics Rating: 38

A young Amish boy is sole witness to a murder; policeman John Book goes into hiding in Amish country to protect him until the trial.



Gandhi(1982)

Combined Rating:
50
Combined Critics Rating: 27

Gandhi's character is fully explained as a man of nonviolence. Through his patience, he is able to drive the British out of the subcontinent. And the stubborn nature of Jinnah and his commitment towards Pakistan is portrayed.



Ghost(1990)

Combined Rating:
49
Combined Critics Rating: 26

After a young man is murdered, his spirit stays behind to warn his lover of impending danger, with the help of a reluctant psychic.




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