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The Best Movies That Won the Palme d'Or at Cannes 

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Every year, the prestigious Cannes Film Festival lures in the greatest filmmaking talent in the entire world to show off their latest masterpieces. At the festival, critics have the chance to take the first peek at movies that may be seen as classics in decades to come. List of the best Palme d’Or Award winners from 1964 to 2014, as ranked by film critics and movie lovers. The greatest honor Cannes has to offer is the Palme d’Or, the award given to the director of the best feature film in the festival. Almost all Palme d’Or winning movies have gone on to be a critical and financial success. Previous winners, such as Pulp Fiction, Taxi Driver, and Apocalypse Now, have gone on to win other prestigious awards like Oscars and Golden Globes.

This list answers the question, “What are the best Palme d’Or winners?” The films on this list are emotionally honest, beautifully constructed, and brilliantly acted. The truest film buffs are sure to enjoy most of the movies on this list.

Whether you’re a fan of strange abstract films like Tree of Life or foreign language films which open you up to a whole new world, like Farewell My Concubine, there’s sure to be a movie or two on this list for you.

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1979

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Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola

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1976

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Directed by: Martin Scorsese

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1994

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Directed by: Quentin Tarantino

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1984

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Directed by: Wim Wenders

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1974

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Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola

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1966

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Directed by: Michelangelo Antonioni

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2002

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Directed by: Roman Polanski

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1989

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Directed by: Steven Soderbergh

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2007

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Directed by: Cristian Mungiu

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1991

Actors: John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Frances McDormand, John Turturro, Tony Shalhoub, + more

Directed by: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

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1970

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Directed by: Robert Altman

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1964

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Directed by: Jacques Demy

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2012

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Directed by: Michael Haneke

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1968

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Directed by: Lindsay Anderson

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1993

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Directed by: Jane Campion

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2011

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Directed by: Terrence Malick

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1990

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Directed by: David Lynch

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2000

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Directed by: Lars von Trier

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1979

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Directed by: Bob Fosse

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1980

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Directed by: Akira Kurosawa, Ishirō Honda

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1979

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Directed by: Volker Schlöndorff

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1982

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2006

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2004

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2013

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