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Are you looking for a great movie to watch on Netflix instant streaming? Here is a list of Academy Award winning films available to watch on Netflix right now.

Oscar Statuette

I was browsing the “Watch Instantly” movies on Netflix the other day looking for a good show to watch, when I noticed that several Academy Award Winners were available immediately! Lucky me! That got me thinking… how many winners of the Best Picture Oscar could I watch on Netflix instant streaming? I tried them all, and here is what I found.

Each of the following movies won an Oscar for Best Picture. If you are logged in to your Netflix account you can click the link to go straight to that movie’s page. And remember, all of these movies were available in April, 2011 – but that may change.

  • Chicago (2002) – Celebrity, scandal, and corruption in Jazz age Chicago. Starring RenĂ©e Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Richard Gere.
  • Dances with Wolves (1990) – A Civil War-era Army lieutenant deals with a group of Sioux Indians. Starring Kevin Costner and Mary McDonnell.
  • Driving Miss Daisy (1989) – A 72-year-old Jewish widow and her chauffeur. Starring Morgan Freeman, Jessica Tandy and Dan Aykroyd.
  • The Last Emperor (1987) – The boy-emperor of China in the early 1900s. Starring John Lone, Joan Chen and Peter O’Toole.
  • Amadeus (1984) – The lives of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Salieri. Starring F. Murray Abraham, Tom Hulce and Elizabeth Berridge.
  • Chariots of Fire (1981) – The story of two athletes in the 1924 Olympics. Starring Ben Cross and Ian Charleson.
  • Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) – How a married couple’s divorce impacts their young son. Starring Dustin Hoffman, Meryl Streep and Justin Henry.
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) – A criminal is transferred to a mental institution for evaluation. Starring Jack Nicholson and Louise Fletcher.
  • The Sting (1973) – Two professional grifters try to con a mob boss. Starring Paul Newman, Robert Redford and Robert Shaw.
  • Patton (1970) – A biographical war film about U.S. General George S. Patton during World War II. Starring George C. Scott and Karl Malden.
  • Oliver! (1968) – A musical based on Charles Dickens Oliver Twist. Starring Mark Lester, Ron Moody and Shani Wallis.
  • A Man for All Seasons (1966) – Sir Thomas More and his devotion to the Roman Catholic faith. Starring Paul Scofield and Orson Welles.
  • Tom Jones (1963) – The story of a boy discovered on the property of a very kind, wealthy landowner. Starring Albert Finney, Susannah York and Hugh Griffith.
  • All About Eve (1950) – An aging Broadway star and her helpful young fan. Starring Bette Davis and Anne Baxter.
  • Hamlet (1948) – A prince exacts revenge on his uncle for murdering the king. Starring Laurence Olivier, Basil Sydney and Eileen Herlie.
  • Going My Way (1944) – A new young priest takes over a parish from an established veteran. Starring Bing Crosby and Barry Fitzgerald.
  • Gone with the Wind (1939) – The story of the American Civil War and Reconstruction era from a Southern point of view. Starring Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh.