Years In Which I've Seen Both the Best Foreign Film Oscar Winner and the Best Picture Oscar Winner... And Which Was Better

  • 2009: Best Foreign Film (The Secret in Their Eyes > The Hurt Locker)
  • 2007: Best Picture (No Country For Old Men > The Counterfeiters)
  • 2006: Best Picture (The Departed > The Lives of Others)
  • 2000: Best Foreign Film (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon > Gladiator)
  • 1998: Best Foreign Film (Life Is Beautiful > Shakespeare in Love)
  • 1989: Best Foreign Film (Cinema Paradiso > Driving Miss Daisy)
  • 1983: Best Foreign Film (Fanny and Alexander > Terms of Endearment)
  • 1975: Best Picture (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest > Dersu Uzala)
  • 1974: Best Picture (The Godfather Part II > Amarcord)
  • 1973: Best Foreign Film (Day for Night > The Sting... close call though)
  • 1972: Best Picture (The Godfather > The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie... another close call)
  • 1971: Best Foreign Film (The Garden of the Finzi-Continis > The French Connection)
  • 1969: Best Picture (Midnight Cowboy > Z)
  • 1967: Best Picture (In the Heat of the Night > Closely Watched Trains)
  • 1963: Best Foreign Film (8 1/2 > Tom Jones)
  • 1959: Best Foreign Film (Black Orpheus > Ben-Hur)
  • 1957: Best Picture (The Bridge Over the River Kwai > Nights of Cabiria)
  • 1951: Best Foreign Film (Rashomon > An American in Paris)
  • 1949: Best Foreign Film (Bicycle Thieves > All the King's Men)
Author Comments: 

Best Foreign Film: 11
Best Picture: 8

Although let's be honest here, this isn't really a fair fight. I've seen most Best Pictures whether they're good, bad, or ugly, but most of the Best Foreign Films I've actually seen have been the enduring classics, not films like, say, Black and White in Color (1976 winner from the Cote d'Ivoire). I'm sure if I actually watched all the foreign films, I'd witness more stinkers. Still, this is the tally as it stands.