Food Here’s the movie that won best picture at the Golden Globes the year you were born


  • A total of 75 films have received best picture in the esteemed drama category at the Golden Globes since the first ceremony back in 1944. 
  • Keep reading to see which film received the coveted title from the year you were born. 
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The Golden Globes is considered one of Hollywood’s most prestigious film and television award ceremonies.

Its long history dates back to 1944 when the Hollywood Foreign Press Association held an informal ceremony at 20th Century Fox to honor achievements in film. 

That year, “The Song of Bernadette” — a black-and-white picture about the life of Saint Bernadette — won Best Picture, and since then, the popular awards show has grown and changed over time. 

In 1951, the association decided to divide the best film, actor and actress nominees into two categories — drama and musical or comedy so that “no genre would be slighted.”

Fast-forward to 2020 and the Golden Globes recognize achievements in 25 categories with 14 in motion pictures and 11 in television. 

Insider has taken a look at the 75 films which have scored the best picture in the esteemed drama category, which often predicts best picture winner at the Oscars later in the year.

Scroll down to see every movie that has taken the title from the year you were born before the 2020 winner is crowned on January 5.

Food 1944: “The Song of Bernadette”

Food 1944 The Song Of Bernadette

“The Song of Bernadette” was directed by Henry King.
20th Century Fox

Plot:“A young peasant girl saw a divine miracle. The phenomenon became widely known and changed the lives of many.”

Stars:Jennifer Jones, Charles Bickford, William Eythe.

Source: IMDB

Food 1945: “Going My Way”

Food 1945 Going my Way

“Going My Way” was directed by Leo McCarey.
Paramount Pictures

Plot:“Father Charles O’Malley, a young priest at a financially failing Church in a tough neighborhood, gains support and inspires his superior.”

Stars:Bing Crosby, Barry Fitzgerald, Frank McHugh, James Brown.

Source: IMDB

Food 1946: “The Lost Weekend”

Food 1946 the lost weekend

“The Lost Weekend” was directed by Billy Wilder.
Paramount Pictures

Plot:“The desperate life of a chronic alcoholic is followed through a four-day drinking bout.”

Stars:Ray Milland, Jane Wyman, Phillip Terry.

Source: IMDB

Food 1947: “The Best Years of Our Lives”

Food 1947 the best years of our lives

“The Best Years of Our Lives” was directed by William Wyler.
RKO Radio Pictures

Plot:“Three World War II veterans return home to small-town America to discover that they and their families have been irreparably changed.”

Stars:Myrna Loy, Dana Andrews, Fredric March.

Source: IMDB

Food 1948: “Gentleman’s Agreement”

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“Gentleman’s Agreement” was directed by Elia Kazan.
20th Century Fox

Plot:“A reporter pretends to be Jewish in order to cover a story on anti-Semitism, and personally discovers the true depths of bigotry and hatred.”

Stars:Gregory Peck, Dorothy McGuire, John Garfield 

Source: IMDB

Food 1949 (tied): “Johnny Belinda”

Food 1949 johnny belinda

“Johnny Belinda” was directed by Jean Negulesco.
Warner Brothers

Plot:“In post-war Cape Breton, a doctor’s efforts to tutor a deaf/mute woman are undermined when she is raped, and the resulting pregnancy causes scandal to swirl.”

Stars:Jane Wyman, Lew Ayres, Charles Bickford.

Source: IMDB

Food 1949 (tied): “The Treasure of Sierra Madre”

Food 1949 the treasure of sierra madre

“The Treasure of Sierra Madre” was directed by John Huston.
Warner brothers

Plot:“Greed and suspicion are the forces that destroy the lives of three gold prospectors in this magnificent Oscar-winning drama.”

Stars:Humphrey Bogart, Walter Huston, Tim Holt.

Source: IMDB

Food 1950: “All the Kings Men”

Food 1950 all the king's men

“All the Kings Men” was directed by Robert Rossen.
Columbia Pictures

Plot:“The rise and fall of a corrupt politician, who makes his friends richer and retains power by dint of a populist appeal.”

Stars:Broderick Crawford, John Ireland, Joanne Dru.

Source: IMDB

Food 1951: “Sunset Boulevard”

Food 1951 sunset boulevard

“Sunset Boulevard” was directed by Billy Wylder.
Paramount Pictures

Plot:“A screenwriter develops a dangerous relationship with a faded film star determined to make a triumphant return.”

Stars:William Holden, Gloria Swanson, Erich von Stroheim.

Source: IMDB

Food 1952: “A Place in the Sun”

Food 1952 A place in the sun

“A Place in the Sun” was directed by George Stevens.
Paramount Pictures

Plot:“A poor boy gets a job working for his rich uncle and ends up falling in love with two women.”

Stars:Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor, Shelley Winters.

Source: IMDB

Food 1953: “The Greatest Show on Earth”

Food 1953 the greatest show on earth

“The Greatest Show on Earth” was directed by Cecil B. DeMille.
Paramount Pictures

Plot:“The dramatic lives of trapeze artists, a clown, and an elephant trainer are told against a background of circus spectacle.”

Stars:James Stewart, Charlton Heston, Betty Hutton.

Source: IMDB 

Food 1954: “The Robe”

Food 1954 the robe

“The Robe” was directed by Henry Koster.
20th Century Fox

Plot:“In the Roman province of Judea during the 1st century, Roman tribune Marcellus Gallio is ordered to crucify Jesus of Nazareth but is tormented by his guilty conscience afterward.”

Stars:Richard Burton, Jean Simmons, Victor Mature.

Source: IMDB

Food 1955: “On the Waterfront”

Food 1955 on the waterfront

“On the Waterfront” was directed by Elia Kazan.
Columbia Pictures

Plot:“An ex-prize fighter turned longshoreman struggles to stand up to his corrupt union bosses.”

Stars:Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb.

Source: IMDB

Food 1956: “East of Eden”

Food 1956 east of eden

“East of Eden” was directed by Elia Kazan.
Warner Brothers

Plot:“A wilful young man contends against his brother for the attention of their religious father while reconnecting with his estranged mother and falling for his brother’s girlfriend.”

Stars:James Dean, Raymond Massey, Julie Harris.

Source: IMDB

Food 1957: “Around the World in 80 Days”

Food 1957 around the world in 80 days

“Around the World in 80 Days” was directed by Michael Anderson and John Farrow.
United Artists

Plot:“A Victorian Englishman bets that with the new steamships and railways he can circumnavigate the globe in eighty days.”

Stars:David Niven, Cantinflas, Shirley MacLaine 

Source: IMDB

Food 1958: “The Bridge on the River Kwai”

Food 1958 the bridge on the river kwai

“The Bridge on the River Kwai” was directed by David Lean.
Columbia Pictures

Plot:“After settling his differences with a Japanese PoW camp commander, a British colonel co-operates to oversee his men’s construction of a railway bridge for their captors — while oblivious to a plan by the Allies to destroy it.”

Stars:William Holden, Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins.

Source: IMDB

Food 1959: “The Defiant Ones”

Food 1959 the defiant ones

“The Defiant Ones” was directed by Stanley Kramer.
United Nations

Plot:“Two escaped convicts chained together, white and black, must learn to get along in order to elude capture.”

Stars:Tony Curtis, Sidney Poitier, Theodore Bikel.

Source: IMDB

Food 1960: “Ben Hur”

Food 1960 ben hur

“Ben Hur” was directed by William Wyler.
Metro Goldwyn Mayer

Plot:“When a Jewish prince is betrayed and sent into slavery by a Roman friend, he regains his freedom and comes back for revenge.”

Stars:Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Stephen Boyd.

Source: IMDB

Food 1961: “Spartacus”

Food 1961 spartacus

“Spartacus” was directed by Stanley Kubrick.
Universal International

Plot:“The slave Spartacus leads a violent revolt against the decadent Roman Republic.”

Stars:Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Jean Simmons.

Source: IMDB

Food 1962: “The Guns of Navarone”

Food 1962 the guns of navarone

“The Guns of Navarone” was directed by J. Lee Thompson.
Columbia Pictures

Plot:“A British team is sent to cross occupied Greek territory and destroy the massive German gun emplacement that commands a key sea channel.”

Stars:David Niven, Gregory Peck, Anthony Quinn.

Source: IMDB

Food 1963: “Lawrence of Arabia”

Food 1963 lawrence of arabia

“Lawrence of Arabia” was directed by David Lean.
Columbia Pictures

Plot:“The story of T.E. Lawrence, the English officer who successfully united and led the diverse, often warring, Arab tribes during World War I in order to fight the Turks.”

 Stars:Peter O’Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn.

Source: IMDB

Food 1964: “The Cardinal”

Food 1964 the cardinal

“The Cardinal” was directed by Otto Preminger.
Columbia Pictures

Plot:“A young Catholic priest from Boston confronts bigotry, Naziism, and his own personal conflicts as he rises to the office of cardinal.”

Stars:Tom Tryon, John Huston, Romy Schneider.

Source: IMDB