The Best Sundance Audience Award Winners

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List Criteria: Best documentaries and dramas from the Sundance Film Festival

This is a list of the best films to be chosen by critics and fans as the winner of the Sundance Audience Award at the annual Sundance Film Festival in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Sundance is one of the biggest American film festivals, and films presented with the Audience Award often go on to be successful in the indie market.
 
This list comprises all of the best Sundance Audience Award winners beginning in 1984. The films are from the dramatic competition, documentary competition, world cinema dramatic competition, world cinema documentary competition and Sundance's best of NEXT Audience Award. The films are dramas and documentaries that have captured the attention of the audience with their storytelling, directing and emotion.

The list will answer the question, "What films won the Audience Award at Sundance?" and includes films that have gone on to win an Oscar, such as American Dream, and coming of age dramas, such as The Wackness.
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    The Cove is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Sundance Audience Award Winners

    The Cove

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    Hustle & Flow is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Sundance Audience Award Winners

    Hustle & Flow Taraji P. Henson, Ludacris, Terrence Howard

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    The Station Agent is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Sundance Audience Award Winners

    The Station Agent Michelle Williams, Peter Dinklage, Patricia Clarkson

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    America Ferrera, George Lopez, Lupe Ontiveros

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    Sex, Lies, and Videotape is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Sundance Audience Award Winners

    Sex, Lies, and Videotape Andie MacDowell, James Spader, Laura San Giacomo

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    Carlos Gallardo, Juan García, María Castillo

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    Carla Gallo, Jeremy Davies, Alberta Watson

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    Precious: Based on the Novel P... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Sundance Audience Award Winners

    Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire Mariah Carey, Lenny Kravitz, Paula Patton

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    Jesse Jackson, Juan Muñoz

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    Berkeley in the Sixties is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Sundance Audience Award Winners

    Berkeley in the Sixties Bobby Seale, Barry Melton, Michael Miller

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    Catalina Sandino Moreno, Patricia Rae, Jaime Osorio Gómez

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    Nia Long, Isaiah Washington, Lisa Nicole Carson

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    Smoke Signals is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Sundance Audience Award Winners

    Smoke Signals Perrey Reeves, Cynthia Geary, Adam Beach

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    Longtime Companion is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Sundance Audience Award Winners

    Longtime Companion Mary-Louise Parker, Tony Shalhoub, Dermot Mulroney

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    Murderball is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Sundance Audience Award Winners

    Murderball

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    Happythankyoumoreplease is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Sundance Audience Award Winners

    Happythankyoumoreplease Kate Mara, Malin Åkerman, Josh Radnor

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    Amy Schumer, Lauren Ambrose, Carol Kane

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    Scarlett Johansson, Sam Neill

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    Helen Hunt, Wesley Snipes, Eric Stoltz

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    Buzz Aldrin, Gus Grissom, Alan Bean

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    This Is Martin Bonner is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Sundance Audience Award Winners

    This Is Martin Bonner Richmond Arquette, Paul Gregory, Robert Longstreet

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    Paul Monette: The Brink of Sum... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Sundance Audience Award Winners

    Paul Monette: The Brink of Summer's End

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    The Sessions is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Sundance Audience Award Winners

    The Sessions Helen Hunt, William H. Macy, Moon Bloodgood

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    Edie Falco, Adrian Grenier, Heather Matarazzo

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    Something Within Me is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Sundance Audience Award Winners

    Something Within Me

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    The Square is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Sundance Audience Award Winners

    The Square

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    Bernard Shakey, Sheryl Crow, Richard Branson

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    Toshiro Mifune, Tamlyn Tomita, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa

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    Homewrecker Michelle Krusiec, Mary Beth Peil, Stephen Rannazzisi

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    Brother's Keeper is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Sundance Audience Award Winners

    Brother's Keeper

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    Ballot Measure 9 is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Sundance Audience Award Winners

    Ballot Measure 9

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    Care of the Spitfire Grill is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Sundance Audience Award Winners

    Care of the Spitfire Grill

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    Blood Brother

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    Emily Rios, Alicia Sixtos, Jesse Garcia

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    The Wackness is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Sundance Audience Award Winners

    The Wackness Famke Janssen, Ben Kingsley, Mary-Kate Olsen

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    One Cup of Coffee is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Sundance Audience Award Winners

    One Cup of Coffee

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    Fruitvale Station is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Sundance Audience Award Winners

    Fruitvale Station Octavia Spencer, Chad Michael Murray, Michael B. Jordan

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    Out of the Past is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Sundance Audience Award Winners

    Out of the Past Gwyneth Paltrow, Edward Norton, Stephen Spinella

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    Hear and Now is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Sundance Audience Award Winners

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    Genghis Blues B.B. King, Richard Feynman, Paul Pena

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    Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masekela, Abdullah Ibrahim

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    to.get.her is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Sundance Audience Award Winners

    to.get.her Cullen Moss, Traci Dinwiddie, Jason Davis

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    Kelly Macdonald, Vincent Pastore, John Pizzarelli

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