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List Rules Complete list of movies that won the Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize for Dramatic Film.

List of the best Sundance Grand Jury Prize winners, as ranked by movie critics and film lovers everywhere. Once every January, the best filmmakers in the United States put on their warm clothing and head towards Salt Lake City, Utah, where one of the biggest American film festivals is held annually. There they show the films they’ve put their blood, sweat, and tears into making the finest films in the country. The best of the best films will even earn the Sundance Grand Prize, the highest honor a film can receive in the festival circuit. The movies that have premiered at Sundance have gone on to be the most successful indie movies in the business.

 

This list answers the question, “What are the best Sundance Grand Prize winning films?” The movies featured on this list are emotional, brilliantly written, filled with talented actors, and directed beautifully, which is why they are often considered the film world’s finest.

 

Whether you enjoy quirky coming of age films like Welcome to the Dollhouse and Beasts of the Southern Wild or gritty tales of people often forgotten like Winter’s Bone or Precious, this list has the best Sundance films that anybody will be sure to enjoy. 

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Welcome to the Dollhouse is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Sundance Grand Jury Prize Winners
Welcome to the Dollhouse Heather Matarazzo, Eric Mabius Ken Leung

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American Splendor is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Sundance Grand Jury Prize Winners
American Splendor Paul Giamatti, Josh Hutchersonm Molly Shannon

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Winter’s Bone is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Sundance Grand Jury Prize Winners
Winter’s Bone Jennifer Lawrence, John Hawkes Garret Dillahunt

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Whiplash is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Sundance Grand Jury Prize Winners
Whiplash Miles Teller, Melissa Benoist J.K. Simmons

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Blood Simple is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Sundance Grand Jury Prize Winners
Blood Simple Holly Hunter, Frances McDormand M. Emmet Walsh

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Fruitvale Station is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Sundance Grand Jury Prize Winners
Fruitvale Station Michael B. Jordan, Melonie Diaz Octavia Spencer

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Me and Earl and the Dying Girl Thomas Mann, RJ Cyler Olivia Cooke

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Girlfight is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Sundance Grand Jury Prize Winners
Girlfight Michelle Rodriguez, John Sayles Alicia Ashley

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The Believer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Sundance Grand Jury Prize Winners
The Believer Ryan Gosling, Billy Zane Natasha Leggero

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You Can Count on Me is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Sundance Grand Jury Prize Winners
You Can Count on Me Mark Ruffalo, Matthew Broderick Laura Linney

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Beasts of the Southern Wild is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Sundance Grand Jury Prize Winners
Beasts of the Southern Wild Quvenzhané Wallis, Jay Oliver Henry D. Coleman

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Primer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Sundance Grand Jury Prize Winners
Primer Shane Carruth, David Sullivan Keith Bradshaw

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In the Soup is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Sundance Grand Jury Prize Winners
In the Soup Steve Buscemi, Jennifer Beals Sam Rockwell

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Quinceañera is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Sundance Grand Jury Prize Winners
Quinceañera Emily Rios, Alicia Sixtos Jesse Garcia

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Frozen River is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Sundance Grand Jury Prize Winners
Frozen River Melissa Leo, Mark Boone Junior Michael O'Keefe

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The Birth of a Nation

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Poison is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Sundance Grand Jury Prize Winners
Poison John Leguizamo, Rob LaBelle James K. Lyons

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The Young Poisoner's Handbook is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Sundance Grand Jury Prize Winners
The Young Poisoner's Handbook Roger Lloyd-Pack, Antony Sher Ruth Sheen

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Personal Velocity: Three Portr... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Sundance Grand Jury Prize Winners
Personal Velocity: Three Portraits Kyra Sedgwick, Parker Posey Fairuza Balk

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Chameleon Street is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Sundance Grand Jury Prize Winners
Chameleon Street Richard Kiley, Coleman Young Anthony Ennis

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True Love is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Sundance Grand Jury Prize Winners
True Love Annabella Sciorra, Vincent Pastore Aida Turturro

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Precious: Based on the Novel P... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Sundance Grand Jury Prize Winners
Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire Mariah Carey, Lenny Kravitz Paula Patton

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Waiting for the Moon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Sundance Grand Jury Prize Winners
Waiting for the Moon Linda Hunt, Andrew McCarthy Bruce McGill

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Ruby in Paradise is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Sundance Grand Jury Prize Winners
Ruby in Paradise Ashley Judd, Todd Field Dorothy Lyman

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Like Crazy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Sundance Grand Jury Prize Winners
Like Crazy Jennifer Lawrence, Keeley Hazell Felicity Jones

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Smooth Talk is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Sundance Grand Jury Prize Winners
Smooth Talk Laura Dern, Levon Helm Mary Kay Place

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Forty Shades of Blue is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Sundance Grand Jury Prize Winners
Forty Shades of Blue Rip Torn, D'Army Bailey Darren E. Burrows

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Heat and Sunlight is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Sundance Grand Jury Prize Winners
Heat and Sunlight Ernie Fosselius, Rob Nilsson Bill Bailey

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What Happened Was is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Sundance Grand Jury Prize Winners
What Happened Was Tom Noonan, Karen Sillas

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Old Enough is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Sundance Grand Jury Prize Winners
Old Enough Alyssa Milano, Danny Aiello Gerry Bamman

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Three Seasons is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Sundance Grand Jury Prize Winners
Three Seasons Harvey Keitel, Đơn Dương Tran Manh Cuong

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The Brothers McMullen is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Sundance Grand Jury Prize Winners
The Brothers McMullen Connie Britton, Edward Burns Maxine Bahns

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The Trouble with Dick is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Sundance Grand Jury Prize Winners
The Trouble with Dick Susan Dey, Jack Carter Tom Villard

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Sunday is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Sundance Grand Jury Prize Winners
Sunday Ajay Devgan, Jared Harris Irrfan Khan

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Slam is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Sundance Grand Jury Prize Winners
Slam Saul Williams, Marion Barry Sonja Sohn

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Our Father is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Sundance Grand Jury Prize Winners
Our Father Eugenio Derbez, Jesús Ochoa Paola Mendoza

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Public Access is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Sundance Grand Jury Prize Winners
Public Access Bert Williams, Brandon Boyce Ron Marquette