- 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”
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.
Food 1945: “Going My Way”
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.
Food 1946: “The Lost Weekend”
Plot:“The desperate life of a chronic alcoholic is followed through a four-day drinking bout.”
Stars:Ray Milland, Jane Wyman, Phillip Terry.
Food 1947: “The Best Years of Our Lives”
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.
Food 1948: “Gentleman’s Agreement”
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
Food 1949 (tied): “Johnny Belinda”
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.
Food 1949 (tied): “The Treasure of Sierra Madre”
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.
Food 1950: “All the Kings Men”
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.
Food 1951: “Sunset Boulevard”
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.
Food 1952: “A Place in the Sun”
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.
Food 1953: “The Greatest Show on Earth”
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.
Food 1954: “The Robe”
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.
Food 1955: “On the Waterfront”
Plot:“An ex-prize fighter turned longshoreman struggles to stand up to his corrupt union bosses.”
Stars:Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb.
Food 1956: “East of Eden”
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.
Food 1957: “Around the World in 80 Days”
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
Food 1958: “The Bridge on the River Kwai”
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.
Food 1959: “The Defiant Ones”
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.
Food 1960: “Ben Hur”
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.
Food 1961: “Spartacus”
Plot:“The slave Spartacus leads a violent revolt against the decadent Roman Republic.”
Stars:Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Jean Simmons.
Food 1963: “Lawrence of Arabia”
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.
Food 1964: “The Cardinal”
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.