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Empire Award for Best Film
Awarded for Best Film of the Year
Country United Kingdom
Presented by Empire magazine
First awarded 1996
Currently held by Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2017)

The Empire Award for Best Film is an Empire Award presented annually by the British film magazine Empire to honor the best film of the previous year. The Empire Award for Best Film is one of five ongoing awards which were first introduced at the 1st Empire Awards ceremony in 1996 (the others being Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director and Best British Film) with Braveheart receiving the award. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is the most recent winner in this category. Winners are voted by the readers of Empire magazine.

Winners and nominees[edit]

In the list below, winners are listed first in boldface, followed by the other nominees. The number of the ceremony (1st, 2nd, etc.) appears in parentheses after the awards year, linked to the article (if any) on that ceremony.

"†" indicates the film won the Academy Award for Best Picture.


Year Film Ref.
Braveheart [1]
Seven [2]
Men in Black [3]
Titanic [4]
Good Will Hunting
Saving Private Ryan
The Big Lebowski
The Truman Show


Year Film Ref.
The Matrix [5]
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
Fight Club
Notting Hill
The Sixth Sense
Gladiator [6]
American Beauty
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
High Fidelity
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring [7]
A.I. Artificial Intelligence
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Moulin Rouge!
The Others
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers [8]
Die Another Day
Minority Report
Road to Perdition
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King [9]
Cold Mountain
Kill Bill: Volume 1
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
The Bourne Supremacy [10]
Kill Bill: Volume 2
Spider-Man 2
The Incredibles
King Kong [11]
Sin City
Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith
War of the Worlds
Casino Royale [12]
Pan's Labyrinth
Superman Returns
The Departed
United 93
The Bourne Ultimatum [13]
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
The Dark Knight [14]
Iron Man
No Country For Old Men
There Will Be Blood


Year Film Ref.
Avatar [15][16]
District 9
Inglourious Basterds
Star Trek
The Hurt Locker
Inception [17]
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
The King's Speech
The Social Network
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 [18]
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Skyfall [19]
Django Unchained
The Avengers
The Dark Knight Rises
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Gravity [20]
12 Years a Slave
Captain Phillips
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Interstellar [21][22]
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
The Imitation Game
The Revenant [23][24]
The Hateful Eight
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story [25]
Hunt for the Wilderpeople
La La Land
Get Out [26]
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Call Me by Your Name
Thor: Ragnarok
Wonder Woman


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  2. ^ "Past Winners - 1997". Bauer Consumer Media. 2003. Retrieved October 11, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Past Winners - 1998". Bauer Consumer Media. 2003. Retrieved October 11, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Past Winners - 1999". Bauer Consumer Media. 2003. Retrieved October 11, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Past Winners - 2000". Bauer Consumer Media. 2003. Retrieved October 11, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Empire Awards 2001". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved October 11, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Empire Awards 2002: Best Film". Empire. Bauer Consumer Media (#154): 56. April 2002. Retrieved October 11, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Best Film". Bauer Consumer Media. 2003. Retrieved October 11, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Best Film". Bauer Consumer Media. 2004. Retrieved October 11, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Best Film". Bauer Consumer Media. 2005. Retrieved October 11, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Best Film". Bauer Consumer Media. 2006. Archived from the original on June 16, 2013. Retrieved October 11, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Best Film". Bauer Consumer Media. 2007. Retrieved October 11, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Best Film". Bauer Consumer Media. 2008. Retrieved October 11, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Best Film". Bauer Consumer Media. 2009. Archived from the original on November 6, 2011. Retrieved October 11, 2011. 
  15. ^ "Best Film". Bauer Consumer Media. 2010. Retrieved October 11, 2011. 
  16. ^ Reynolds, Simon (February 25, 2010). "In Full: Empire Awards 2010 nominees". Digital Spy. Retrieved October 21, 2011. 
  17. ^ "Best Film". Bauer Consumer Media. 2011. Archived from the original on June 14, 2013. Retrieved October 11, 2011. 
  18. ^ "Best Film". Bauer Consumer Media. 2012. Retrieved August 18, 2014. 
  19. ^ "Best Film". Bauer Consumer Media. 2013. Retrieved August 18, 2014. 
  20. ^ "Best Film". Bauer Consumer Media. 2014. Retrieved August 18, 2014. 
  21. ^ "Best Film". Bauer Consumer Media. 2015. Retrieved April 1, 2015. 
  22. ^ Barraclough, Leo (March 30, 2015). "'Interstellar' wins Film, Director at Empire Awards". Variety. Penske Business Media. Retrieved March 30, 2015. 
  23. ^ "Best Film". Bauer Consumer Media. 2016. Retrieved March 23, 2016. 
  24. ^ Jameson Empire Awards 2016: Star Wars and Mad Max lead the nominations
  25. ^ 2017 Three Empire Awards Nominations Announced
  26. ^ Star Wars The Last Jedi and Thor Ragnarok Lead Empire Awards 2018 Nominations

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