Year "West Side Story" won the Academy Award for Best Picture:

1961
The plot is said to be based on "Romeo and Juliet"
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  Year "Gone with the Wind" won the Academy Award for Best Picture:

1939
The movie rights were purchased for $50,000, then the highest amount ever paid for a first novel.
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  Year "Forrest Gump" won the Academy Award for Best Picture:

1994

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  Year "Titanic" won the Academy Award for Best Picture:

1997
The estimated budget for "Titanic" was $200 million dollars.
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