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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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Hustle & Flow is listed (or ranked) 1 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) 2 on the list The Best Sundance Audience Award Winners
The Station Agent Michelle Williams, Peter Dinklage, Patricia Clarkson

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

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Sex, Lies, and Videotape is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Sundance Audience Award Winners
Sex, Lies, and Videotape Andie MacDowell, James Spader, Laura San Giacomo

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Hoop Dreams is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Sundance Audience Award Winners

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Maria Full of Grace is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Sundance Audience Award Winners
Maria Full of Grace Catalina Sandino Moreno, Patricia Rae, Jaime Osorio Gómez

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Precious: Based on the Novel P... is listed (or ranked) 7 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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El Mariachi is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Sundance Audience Award Winners
El Mariachi Carlos Gallardo, Juan García, María Castillo

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Real Women Have Curves is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Sundance Audience Award Winners
Real Women Have Curves America Ferrera, George Lopez, Lupe Ontiveros

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Love Jones is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Sundance Audience Award Winners
Love Jones Nia Long, Isaiah Washington, Lisa Nicole Carson

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American Dream is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Sundance Audience Award Winners
American Dream Jesse Jackson, Juan Muñoz

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Berkeley in the Sixties is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Sundance Audience Award Winners
Berkeley in the Sixties Bobby Seale, Barry Melton, Michael Miller

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Smoke Signals is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Sundance Audience Award Winners
Smoke Signals Perrey Reeves, Cynthia Geary, Adam Beach

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Spanking the Monkey is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Sundance Audience Award Winners
Spanking the Monkey Carla Gallo, Jeremy Davies, Alberta Watson

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Hurricane Streets is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Sundance Audience Award Winners
Hurricane Streets Edie Falco, Adrian Grenier, Heather Matarazzo

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Sleepwalk with Me is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Sundance Audience Award Winners
Sleepwalk with Me Amy Schumer, Lauren Ambrose, Carol Kane

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Happythankyoumoreplease is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Sundance Audience Award Winners
Happythankyoumoreplease Kate Mara, Malin Åkerman, Josh Radnor

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The Waterdance is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Sundance Audience Award Winners
The Waterdance Helen Hunt, Wesley Snipes, Eric Stoltz

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For All Mankind is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Sundance Audience Award Winners
For All Mankind Buzz Aldrin, Gus Grissom, Alan Bean

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Fuel is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Sundance Audience Award Winners
Fuel Bernard Shakey, Sheryl Crow, Richard Branson

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The Sessions is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Sundance Audience Award Winners
The Sessions Helen Hunt, William H. Macy, Moon Bloodgood

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Longtime Companion is listed (or ranked) 23 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) 24 on the list The Best Sundance Audience Award Winners

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Buck is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Sundance Audience Award Winners
Buck Scarlett Johansson, Sam Neill

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This Is Martin Bonner is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Sundance Audience Award Winners
This Is Martin Bonner Richmond Arquette, Paul Gregory, Robert Longstreet

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Quinceañera is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Sundance Audience Award Winners
Quinceañera Emily Rios, Alicia Sixtos, Jesse Garcia

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Out of the Past is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Sundance Audience Award Winners
Out of the Past Gwyneth Paltrow, Edward Norton, Stephen Spinella

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Three Seasons is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Sundance Audience Award Winners
Three Seasons Harvey Keitel, Đơn Dương, Tran Manh Cuong

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Born into Brothels: Calcutta's... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Sundance Audience Award Winners

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Picture Bride is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Sundance Audience Award Winners
Picture Bride Toshiro Mifune, Tamlyn Tomita, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa

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Fruitvale Station is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Sundance Audience Award Winners
Fruitvale Station Octavia Spencer, Chad Michael Murray, Michael B. Jordan

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Homewrecker is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Sundance Audience Award Winners
Homewrecker Michelle Krusiec, Mary Beth Peil, Stephen Rannazzisi

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The Invisible War is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Sundance Audience Award Winners

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Unzipped is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Sundance Audience Award Winners
Unzipped Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington Burns, Linda Evangelista

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The Wackness is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Sundance Audience Award Winners
The Wackness Famke Janssen, Ben Kingsley, Mary-Kate Olsen

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Paul Monette: The Brink of Sum... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Sundance Audience Award Winners

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Circumstance is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Sundance Audience Award Winners
Circumstance Sarah Kazemy, Nasrin Pakkho, Reza Sixo Safai

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Metro Manila is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Sundance Audience Award Winners
Metro Manila John Arcilla, Althea Vega, Miles Canapi

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to.get.her is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Sundance Audience Award Winners
to.get.her Cullen Moss, Traci Dinwiddie, Jason Davis

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Two Family House is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Sundance Audience Award Winners
Two Family House Kelly Macdonald, Vincent Pastore, John Pizzarelli

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Amandla! A Revolution in Four ... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Sundance Audience Award Winners
Amandla! A Revolution in Four Part Harmony Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masekela, Abdullah Ibrahim

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Genghis Blues is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Sundance Audience Award Winners
Genghis Blues B.B. King, Richard Feynman, Paul Pena

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Something Within Me is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Sundance Audience Award Winners

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The Square is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Sundance Audience Award Winners

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Ballot Measure 9 is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Sundance Audience Award Winners

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Brother's Keeper is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Sundance Audience Award Winners

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God Grew Tired of Us is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Sundance Audience Award Winners

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My Flesh and Blood is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Sundance Audience Award Winners

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Care of the Spitfire Grill is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Sundance Audience Award Winners
Care of the Spitfire Grill