Founded by Harvey and Bob Weinstein in 1979, Miramax was notorious for specifically creating OscarBait Movies and releasing them one after the other in order to appear to be the studio that "gets the most Oscars." They have released such Oscar-winning and Oscar-nominated films as ''Film/MyLeftFoot'', ''Film/TheCryingGame'', ''Film/ThePiano'', ''Film/PulpFiction'', ''Film/TheEnglishPatient'', ''Film/GoodWillHunting'', ''Film/ShakespeareInLove'', ''Film/TheCiderHouseRules'', ''Film/{{Chicago}}'', ''Film/GangsOfNewYork'', ''Film/TheHours'', ''Film/ColdMountain'', ''Film/TheAviator'', ''Film/NoCountryForOldMen'' and ''Film/ThereWillBeBlood''. (The last two released through the label after Harvey and Bob left.) However, they also produce movies that are not considered OscarBait, such as TheViewAskewniverse. This is the very company that launched Creator/QuentinTarantino's career as a director, producing the above mentioned ''Film/PulpFiction'' as well as ''Film/ReservoirDogs'', ''Film/KillBill'' and ''Film/JackieBrown''. It also released many action, thriller, and horror films, such as ''Film/{{Scream 1996}}'', ''Film/ScaryMovie'', ''Film/HalloweenH20TwentyYearsLater'', and ''Film/SpyKids'', which were released under Creator/DimensionFilms, Miramax's brand for genre films.

The Weinsteins left Miramax in 2005 to start another company known as Creator/TheWeinsteinCompany, which the Dimension Films brand was moved to. Owned by [[Creator/{{Disney}} The Walt Disney Company]] from 1993 to 2010, Miramax and its film library was then sold to RonTutor and his company FilmyardHoldings. Creator/LionsGate now holds the home video rights to the Miramax catalog, while The Weinstein Company holds the rights to make any sequels to Miramax properties.

Is infamous for often cutting and/or delaying foreign films they bought the rights to, such as ''Film/{{Hero}}'', ''Animation/{{Gandahar}}'', and ''WesternAnimation/TheThiefAndTheCobbler''.

!!Tropes Applying to Miramax:

* ExecutiveMeddling: They don't call him "Harvey [[Film/EdwardScissorhands Scissorhands]]" for nothing. He seemed to adore cutting and/or delaying foreign films just cause. But that didn't mean domestic films were safe either.
** Averted with ''Anime/PrincessMononoke'', though they tried cutting the film down to get a PG rating, director HayaoMiyazaki, according to legend, sent Bob Weinstein an authentic katana with a note containing the simple words "No cuts!" The film was released unedited with a PG-13 rating, though this is usually blamed in-part for why the film was a BoxOfficeBomb in North America. It has since been [[VindicatedByCable vindicated by cable and home video]].
* OscarBait: There's a reason that under the page, Miramax's tactics will [[NeverLiveItDown always]] be described as "Egregious".
** Even worse, their pandering is commonly criticized for refusing to allow more deserving films win [[UsefulNotes/AcademyAward Best Picture]]. It's telling that 1996 & 1998's winners ''Film/TheEnglishPatient'' and ''Film/ShakespeareInLove'' are now seen as DeaderThanDisco, while the other nominees such as ''Film/{{Fargo}}'' and ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan'' are viewed as modern classics. Ouch.
* ScrewedByTheNetwork: Went hand-in-hand with the ExecutiveMeddling above.
* SiblingTeam
* SpiritualSuccessor: Creator/TheWeinsteinCompany.