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The 10 Best Oscar-Winning Films You Need to See

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"The Godfather" (1972) - This crime epic directed by Francis Ford Coppola tells the story of the Corleone family and their involvement in organized crime. It won three Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

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"The Shawshank Redemption" (1994) - Based on a Stephen King novella, this poignant drama follows the friendship between two inmates at Shawshank State Penitentiary. Though it didn't win Best Picture, it has gained a cult following and is considered one of the greatest films of all time.

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"Schindler's List" (1993) - Directed by Steven Spielberg, this powerful historical drama tells the true story of Oskar Schindler, a German businessman who saved the lives of over a thousand Jewish refugees during the Holocaust. It won seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

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"The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" (2003) - The final installment in Peter Jackson's fantasy trilogy, this epic film won all eleven Oscars it was nominated for, including Best Picture. It concludes the journey of Frodo Baggins as he battles to destroy the One Ring.

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"Gone with the Wind" (1939) - Set during the American Civil War and Reconstruction era, this historical romance film follows the life of Scarlett O'Hara. It won eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

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"Casablanca" (1942) - Set in World War II, this romantic drama starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman has become a timeless classic. It won three Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

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"The Silence of the Lambs" (1991) - This psychological thriller follows FBI trainee Clarice Starling as she seeks the help of imprisoned cannibalistic serial killer Dr. Hannibal Lecter to catch another serial killer. It won five Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

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"One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" (1975) - Based on the novel by Ken Kesey, this drama takes place in a mental institution and focuses on the rebellious Randle McMurphy. It won five Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

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"The Departed" (2006) - Directed by Martin Scorsese, this crime thriller explores the world of undercover agents and organized crime in Boston. It won four Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

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"Gladiator" (2000) - Set in ancient Rome, this historical epic tells the story of a former Roman general who seeks revenge against the corrupt emperor. It won five Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

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