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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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  • 1
    Apocalypse Now

    ActorsMarlon Brando, Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall, Martin Sheen, Laurence Fishburne

    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

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  • 2
    Taxi Driver
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    ActorsRobert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Martin Scorsese, Cybill Shepherd, Harvey Keitel

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

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  • 3
    Pulp Fiction
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    ActorsJohn Travolta, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson, Christopher Walken

    Directed byQuentin Tarantino

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  • 4
    Paris, Texas
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    ActorsNastassja Kinski, Sam Shepard, Dean Stockwell, Harry Dean Stanton, Bernhard Wicki

    Directed byWim Wenders

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    Kagemusha
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    ActorsTatsuya Nakadai, Kenichi Hagiwara, Kaori Momoi, Jinpachi Nezu, Tsutomu Yamazaki

    Directed byAkira Kurosawa, Ishirō Honda

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  • 6
    The Conversation

    ActorsHarrison Ford, Robert Duvall, Gene Hackman, Teri Garr, Billy Dee Williams

    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

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  • 7
    The Mission
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    ActorsRobert De Niro, Liam Neeson, Jeremy Irons, Aidan Quinn, Ronald Pickup

    Directed byRoland Joffé

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  • 8
    The Pianist
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    ActorsAdrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Emilia Fox, Maureen Lipman, Frank Finlay

    Directed byRoman Polanski

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  • 9
    The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

    ActorsCatherine Deneuve, Marc Michel, Nino Castelnuovo, Anne Vernon, Jean Champion

    Directed byJacques Demy

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  • 10
    Blowup
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    Blowup

    1966

    ActorsJimmy Page, Vanessa Redgrave, Jeff Beck, Jane Birkin, Sarah Miles

    Directed byMichelangelo Antonioni

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  • 11
    Sex, Lies, and Videotape

    ActorsAndie MacDowell, James Spader, Laura San Giacomo, Peter Gallagher, Steven Brill

    Directed bySteven Soderbergh

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  • 12
    Amour
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    Amour

    2012

    ActorsIsabelle Huppert, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva, Alexandre Tharaud, Dinara Drukarova

    Directed byMichael Haneke

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  • 13
    The Piano
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    ActorsAnna Paquin, Holly Hunter, Harvey Keitel, Sam Neill, Cliff Curtis

    Directed byJane Campion

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  • 14
    4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days

    ActorsAnamaria Marinca, Teodor Corban, Vlad Ivanov, Alexandru Potocean, Luminița Gheorghiu

    Directed byCristian Mungiu

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  • 15
    Wild at Heart

    ActorsNicolas Cage, Willem Dafoe, Isabella Rossellini, Laura Dern, Crispin Glover

    Directed byDavid Lynch

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  • 16
    MASH
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    MASH

    1970

    ActorsRobert Duvall, Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould, Sally Kellerman, Rene Auberjonois

    Directed byRobert Altman

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  • 17
    if....
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    1968

    ActorsMalcolm McDowell, Arthur Lowe, Richard Warwick, Mona Washbourne, David Wood

    Directed byLindsay Anderson

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  • 18
    The Tree of Life

    ActorsBrad Pitt, Sean Penn, Jessica Chastain, Fiona Shaw, Tye Sheridan

    Directed byTerrence Malick

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  • 19
    All That Jazz

    ActorsJessica Lange, John Lithgow, Roy Scheider, Wallace Shawn, Ben Vereen

    Directed byBob Fosse

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  • 20
    Barton Fink
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    ActorsJohn Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Frances McDormand, John Turturro, Tony Shalhoub

    Directed byEthan Coen, Joel Coen

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  • 21
    Dancer in the Dark

    ActorsBjörk, Catherine Deneuve, David Morse, Stellan Skarsgård, Peter Stormare

    Directed byLars von Trier

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  • 22
    Eternity and a Day

    ActorsBruno Ganz, Fabrizio Bentivoglio, Nikos Kouros, Isabelle Renauld, Despina Bebedelli

    Directed byTheo Angelopoulos

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  • 23
    Missing
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    ActorsJack Lemmon, Sissy Spacek, Melanie Mayron, Jerry Hardin, Richard Bradford

    Directed byCosta-Gavras

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    Parasite
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    Directed byBong Joon-ho

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    The Tin Drum
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    ActorsCharles Aznavour, Mario Adorf, Daniel Olbrychski, David Bennent, Katharina Thalbach

    Directed byVolker Schlöndorff

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