Winners of the Sundance Grand Jury Prize: Dramaticby kingwilson | created - 28 Apr 2011 | updated - 28 Apr 2011 | Public
In order from 1982 to 2011. I figured this would be a good way to seek out good-quality independent films.
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1. Circle of Power (1981)
R | 97 min | Drama, Thriller
A group of husbands with their wives participate in a reunion where everybody will find his hidden secret. The methods used are terrible, but usually work. Just usually.
2. Blood Simple. (1984)
R | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A rich but jealous man hires a private investigator to kill his cheating wife and her new man. But, when blood is involved, nothing is simple.
Votes: 73,351 | Gross: $2.15M
3. Smooth Talk (1985)
PG-13 | 92 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller
A free-spirited 15-year-old girl flirts with a dangerous stranger in the Northern California suburbs and must prepare herself for the frightening and traumatic consequences.
Votes: 1,337 | Gross: $0.02M
American Playhouse (1981– )
Waiting for the Moon
PG | 88 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Sundance prizewinner. Fictionalized portrait of one of history's great literary couples: Stein & Toklas. Summer 1930s France, Alice tends to ailing Gertrude; they visit Fernande Olivier, ... See full summary »
Votes: 145 | Gross: $0.75M
5. Heat and Sunlight (1987)
R | 98 min | Drama
Over 16 hours, in February, 1987, a man confronts jealously and rage as a love affair falters. Photojournalist Mel Hurley returns home to San Francisco on the eve of his birthday, expecting... See full summary »
6. True Love (I) (1989)
R | 104 min | Comedy, Romance
Donna and Michael are getting married. But first, they have to plan the reception, get the tux, buy the rings, and cope with their own uncertainty about the decision. Michael fears ... See full summary »
Votes: 605 | Gross: $1.35M
7. Chameleon Street (1989)
R | 94 min | Comedy, Drama
William Douglas Street is bored with his life. Working for his father is getting to him, his wife wants more money, and he's had enough. His solution is to re-invent himself. He becomes a ... See full summary »
Votes: 390 | Gross: $0.24M
8. Poison (1991)
R | 85 min | Drama, Horror, Romance
Three intercut stories about outsiders, sex and violence. In "Hero," Richie, at age 7, kills his father and flies away. After the event, a documentary in cheesy lurid colors asks what ... See full summary »
Votes: 2,777 | Gross: $0.61M
9. In the Soup (1992)
R | 93 min | Comedy, Drama
A neurotic nebbish lives in 2 worlds: the fantasy of winning his dream-girl via a hit movie, and the meager existence he scrapes out from very odd jobs, such as thesping in an arty ... See full summary »
Votes: 2,065 | Gross: $0.26M
10. Ruby in Paradise (1993)
R | 114 min | Drama, Romance
Ruby, a young woman, arrives in a Florida resort town during the off season to make a fresh start. She gets work as a sales clerk in a souvineer shop run by Mildred Chambers. She dates, and... See full summary »
Votes: 2,147 | Gross: $1.00M
11. Public Access (1993)
R | 90 min | Drama, Thriller
Brewster seems to be an almost too perfect example of idyllic small-town America, with everyone living in peace and harmony. So when newcomer Whiley Pritcher starts up his own local cable ... See full summary »
12. What Happened Was... (1994)
R | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
This darkly humorous film explores the personal psychic landscape of two lonely New Yorkers. Jackie and Michael are coworkers at a large law firm, who decide to meet at Jackie's for dinner ... See full summary »
Votes: 1,058 | Gross: $0.33M
14. The Young Poisoner's Handbook (1995)
R | 99 min | Crime, Drama
This film is based on a true story about a British teenager who allegedly poisoned family, friends, and co-workers. Graham is highly intelligent, but completely amoral. He becomes ... See full summary »
Votes: 3,173 | Gross: $0.75M
15. Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995)
R | 88 min | Comedy, Drama
An unattractive seventh grader struggles to cope with inattentive parents, snobbish classmates, a smart older brother, an attractive younger sister, and her own insecurities in suburban New Jersey.
Votes: 28,315 | Gross: $4.77M
16. Sunday (1997)
Unrated | 91 min | Drama, Romance
This film concerns two mysterious characters who meet on a Sunday in Queens. Madeleine the most unsettling creature of that name since "Vertigo" is a middle-aged, moderately successful ... See full summary »
Votes: 596 | Gross: $6.10M
17. Love Jones (1997)
R | 104 min | Drama, Romance
Darius Lovehall is a young black poet in Chicago who starts dating Nina Moseley, a beautiful and talented photographer. While trying to figure out if they've got a "love thing" or are just ... See full summary »
Votes: 3,133 | Gross: $12.51M
18. Slam (1998)
R | 100 min | Drama
Slam tells the story of Ray Joshua, an original, gifted young MC trapped in a war-zone housing project known as Dodge City. Unable to find a job, Ray copes with the despair and poverty of ... See full summary »
Votes: 2,073 | Gross: $0.98M
19. Three Seasons (1999)
PG-13 | 104 min | Drama
An American in Ho Chi Minh City looks for a daughter he fathered during the war. He meets Woody, a child who's a street vendor, and when Woody's case of wares disappears, he thinks the ... See full summary »
Votes: 2,847 | Gross: $2.02M
20. The Believer (2001)
R | 98 min | Drama
A young Jewish man develops a fiercely anti-Semitic philosophy. Based on the factual story of a K.K.K. member in the 1960s who was revealed to be Jewish by a New York Times reporter.
Votes: 32,738 | Gross: $0.41M
21. American Splendor (2003)
R | 101 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama
An original mix of fiction and reality illuminates the life of comic book hero everyman Harvey Pekar.
Votes: 43,803 | Gross: $6.00M
22. Primer (2004)
PG-13 | 77 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Four friends/fledgling entrepreneurs, knowing that there's something bigger and more innovative than the different error-checking devices they've built, wrestle over their new invention.
Votes: 82,596 | Gross: $0.42M
23. Forty Shades of Blue (2005)
R | 108 min | Drama, Music, Romance
A Russian woman living in Memphis with a much older rock-'n'-roll legend experiences a personal awakening when her husband's estranged son comes to visit.
24. Quinceañera (2006)
R | 90 min | Drama
As Magdalena's 15th birthday approaches, her simple, blissful life is complicated by the discovery that she's pregnant. Kicked out of her house, she finds a new family with her great-granduncle and gay cousin.
Votes: 3,800 | Gross: $1.69M
25. Sangre de mi sangre (2007)
TV-MA | 110 min | Drama, Thriller
A Mexican boy smuggles himself to Brooklyn to meet his long-lost father - only to have his identity stolen upon arrival by an impostor who seeks to steal the fathers' fortune.
Votes: 1,020 | Gross: $0.05M
Listed as Padre Nuestro on the Wikipedia article.
26. Frozen River (2008)
R | 97 min | Crime, Drama
Takes place in the days before Christmas near a little-known border crossing on the Mohawk reservation between New York State and Quebec. Here, the lure of fast money from smuggling ... See full summary »
Votes: 22,656 | Gross: $2.51M
27. Precious (II) (2009)
R | 110 min | Drama
In New York City's Harlem circa 1987, an overweight, abused, illiterate teen who is pregnant with her second child is invited to enroll in an alternative school in hopes that her life can head in a new direction.
Votes: 94,288 | Gross: $47.40M
28. Winter's Bone (2010)
R | 100 min | Drama
An unflinching Ozark Mountain girl hacks through dangerous social terrain as she hunts down her drug-dealing father while trying to keep her family intact.
Votes: 119,436 | Gross: $6.53M
29. Like Crazy (2011)
PG-13 | 86 min | Drama, Romance
A British college student falls for an American student, only to be separated from him when she's banned from the U.S. after overstaying her visa.
Votes: 52,076 | Gross: $3.41M