#11. On the Waterfront
Oscar Wins: 8
Oscar Nominations: 12
Release Year: 1954
After the success of “A Streetcar Named Desire,” Elia Kazan again cast Marlon Brando in “On the Waterfront.” The plot originated from a series of Pulitzer Prized journalistic exposés about union corruption along the ports of Northern New Jersey.
Kazan and Brando both walked home with golden trophies, for best director and best actor, respectively, while Eva Marie Saint won best-supporting actress — not bad for her film debut.