There was a time when the Academy Award for Best Picture was given to films that were not just critical darlings, but commercial successes as well. This was the case for decades, in fact, as Gone with the Wind still stands as the most successful film of all time when adjusted for inflation and from the 1920s to the 70s, there was typically a strong correlation between a film being number one at the box office and taking home the big prize on Oscar night. However, more and more we’re seeing the Best Picture Oscar go to movies that general audiences have little interest in seeing. Mind you, this doesn’t mean that these movies are undeserving of the accolades they receive, but more that what Academy voters and the average American like to watch are becoming increasingly disparate.
With that in mind, here are the 15 lowest-grossing Best Picture winners of all time, adjusted for inflation.