Venice Film Festival - Grand Jury Prize

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1. A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

PG | 122 min | Drama

Disturbed Blanche DuBois moves in with her sister in New Orleans and is tormented by her brutish brother-in-law while her reality crumbles around her.

Director: Elia Kazan | Stars: Vivien Leigh, Marlon Brando, Kim Hunter, Karl Malden

Votes: 87,706 | Gross: $8.00M

2. Crash of Silence (1952)

Approved | 93 min | Drama

Mandy Garland was born deaf and has been mute for all of her life. Her parents believe she is able to speak if she can only be taught and enroll her with a special teacher.

Director: Alexander Mackendrick | Stars: Phyllis Calvert, Jack Hawkins, Terence Morgan, Godfrey Tearle

Votes: 534

3. Executive Suite (1954)

Passed | 104 min | Drama

When the head of a large manufacturing firm dies suddenly from a stroke, his vice presidents vie to see who will replace him.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: William Holden, Barbara Stanwyck, June Allyson, Fredric March

Votes: 3,012

4. The Lovers (1958)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Romance

Saddled with a dull husband and a foolish lover, a woman has an affair with a stranger.

Director: Louis Malle | Stars: Jeanne Moreau, Alain Cuny, Jean-Marc Bory, Judith Magre

Votes: 4,029

5. La sfida (1958)

87 min | Drama

Vito Polara is a young ambitious man from the slums of Naples, who wants to get as much power and money as possible. He decides to quit smuggling cigarettes and tries to take over the local... See full summary »

Director: Francesco Rosi | Stars: Rosanna Schiaffino, José Suárez, Nino Vingelli, Decimo Cristiani

Votes: 151

6. The Magician (1958)

Not Rated | 101 min | Comedy, Drama

When 'Vogler's Magnetic Health Theater' comes to town, there's bound to be a spectacle. Reading reports of a variety of supernatural disturbances at Vogler's prior performances abroad, the ... See full summary »

Director: Ingmar Bergman | Stars: Max von Sydow, Ingrid Thulin, Gunnar Björnstrand, Naima Wifstrand

Votes: 7,289

7. Rocco and His Brothers (1960)

Not Rated | 177 min | Crime, Drama, Sport

84 Metascore

Having recently been uprooted to Milan, Rocco and his four brothers each look for a new way in life when a prostitute comes between Rocco and his brother Simone.

Director: Luchino Visconti | Stars: Alain Delon, Renato Salvatori, Annie Girardot, Claudia Cardinale

Votes: 13,328

9. My Life to Live (1962)

Not Rated | 85 min | Drama

Twelve episodic tales in the life of a Parisian woman and her slow descent into prostitution.

Director: Jean-Luc Godard | Stars: Anna Karina, Sady Rebbot, André S. Labarthe, Guylaine Schlumberger

Votes: 22,011

10. The Fire Within (1963)

Not Rated | 108 min | Drama

Alain Leroy is having a course of treatment in a private hospital because of his problem with alcohol. Although he is constantly distressed, he leaves the hospital and tries to meet good ... See full summary »

Director: Louis Malle | Stars: Maurice Ronet, Léna Skerla, Yvonne Clech, Hubert Deschamps

Votes: 6,565

11. Vstuplenie (1963)

101 min | Drama

A movie dedicated to the lives and fates of the youths, that were forced to face the harsh reality of the WWII.

Director: Igor Talankin | Stars: Boris Tokarev, Nina Urgant, Yuri Volkov, Nikolay Burlyaev

Votes: 43

12. The Gospel According to St. Matthew (1964)

Not Rated | 137 min | Biography, Drama, History

The life of Jesus Christ according to the Gospel of Matthew. Pasolini shows Christ as a Marxist avant-la-lettre and therefore uses half of the text of Matthew.

Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini | Stars: Enrique Irazoqui, Margherita Caruso, Susanna Pasolini, Marcello Morante

Votes: 9,031

13. Hamlet (1964)

Not Rated | 140 min | Drama

When the king of Denmark dies suddenly, his son, crown prince Hamlet, returns home to find that his uncle Claudius has usurped the throne and married Hamlet's recently widowed mother. Then, one night, Hamlet is visited by his father's ghost who commands him to avenge his murder at the hands of Claudius.

Director: Grigori Kozintsev | Stars: Innokentiy Smoktunovskiy, Mikhail Nazvanov, Elza Radzina, Yuriy Tolubeev

Votes: 2,131

14. Simon of the Desert (1965)

Not Rated | 43 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Simon, a deeply religious man living in the 4th century, wants to be nearer to God so he climbs a column. The Devil wants him come down to Earth and is trying to seduce him.

Director: Luis Buñuel | Stars: Claudio Brook, Silvia Pinal, Enrique Álvarez Félix, Hortensia Santoveña

Votes: 7,926

15. Mne dvadtsat let (1965)

189 min | Drama

Following three lifelong friends who return to Moscow after military service, we see their aspirations juxtaposed against everyday life in 1960 Soviet Union.

Director: Marlen Khutsiev | Stars: Valentin Popov, Nikolay Gubenko, Stanislav Lyubshin, Marianna Vertinskaya

Votes: 803

16. Chappaqua (1966)

Not Rated | 82 min | Drama

Semi-autobiographical story of Conrad Rooks, who travels to France to undergo a drug-withdrawal cure. Flashbacks to the beginings of psychedelia in San Fran.

Director: Conrad Rooks | Stars: Jean-Louis Barrault, Conrad Rooks, William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg

Votes: 484

17. Abschied von gestern - (Anita G.) (1966)

88 min | Drama

The film tells the story of Anita G., a young East German migrant to West Germany and her struggle to adjust to her new life.

Director: Alexander Kluge | Stars: Alexandra Kluge, Günter Mack, Eva Maria Meineke, Hans Korte

Votes: 745

18. La Cina è vicina (1967)

107 min | Drama

A pair of working class lovers - a secretary and an accountant, scheme to marry into the rich landed gentry. Their targets are a professor, Vittorio Gordini Malvezzi ,(Glauco Mauri), who is... See full summary »

Director: Marco Bellocchio | Stars: Glauco Mauri, Elda Tattoli, Paolo Graziosi, Daniela Surina

Votes: 263

19. La Chinoise (1967)

Not Rated | 95 min | Comedy, Drama

A small group of French students are studying Mao, trying to find out their position in the world and how to change the world to a Maoistic community using terrorism.

Director: Jean-Luc Godard | Stars: Anne Wiazemsky, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Juliet Berto, Michel Semeniako

Votes: 4,616 | Gross: $0.03M

20. Nostra signora dei turchi (1968)

124 min | Drama

Avant Garde piece from Carmelo Bene. A series of vignettes drive a whirl of sounds, images and poetry - is it horror, is it comedy, make your own mind up.

Director: Carmelo Bene | Stars: Carmelo Bene, Lydia Mancinelli, Salvatore Siniscalchi, Anita Masini

Votes: 233

21. Le Socrate (1968)

90 min | Drama

Shows the eccentricties of Le Socrate, a philosopher who has divorced himself from materialistic society and a local policeman assigned to watch him.

Director: Robert Lapoujade | Stars: Pierre Luzan, René-Jean Chauffard, Martine Brochard, Stéphane Fay

Votes: 12

22. Sogni d'oro (1981)

105 min | Comedy, Drama

Nuovamente nei panni del suo alter-ego Michele Apicella, Nanni Moretti scrive la sua commedia apparentemente più ilare ma anche surreale ed inquietante. Il regista Michele, ancora sulla ... See full synopsis »

Director: Nanni Moretti | Stars: Nanni Moretti, Piera Degli Esposti, Remo Remotti, Laura Morante

Votes: 806

23. Eles Não Usam Black-Tie (1981)

120 min | Drama

Union leader's son doesn't want to engage in a strike, because his wife is pregnant, thus disregarding his father's tradition of political activism.

Director: Leon Hirszman | Stars: Gianfrancesco Guarnieri, Fernanda Montenegro, Carlos Alberto Riccelli, Bete Mendes

Votes: 797

25. Biquefarre (1983)

90 min | Documentary, Drama

Biquefarre is a small farm in Aveyron. The changing economics of farming lead Raoul, in late middle age, to decide to sell and move to Toulouse. At least two neighboring farmers want to buy... See full summary »

Director: Georges Rouquier | Stars: Henri Rouquier, Maria Rouquier, Roger Malet, Marius Benaben

Votes: 73

26. Favourites of the Moon (1984)

Not Rated | 101 min | Crime, Drama

Awarded the Special Jury Prize at the 41st Venice International Film Festival, this absurdist comedy, with its sprawling cast of crooks, thieves, anarchists, prostitutes, chief inspectors, ... See full summary »

Director: Otar Iosseliani | Stars: Katja Rupé, Alix de Montaigu, François Michel, Jean-Pierre Beauviala

Votes: 541

27. Tangos, the Exile of Gardel (1985)

Not Rated | 119 min | Drama, Musical

Some Argentinians, exiled in Paris, decide to put on a tango-ballet, dedicated to Carlos Gardel, a legendary Argentinian tango star.

Director: Fernando E. Solanas | Stars: Marie Laforêt, Philippe Léotard, Miguel Ángel Solá, Marina Vlady

Votes: 491

28. Chuzhaya belaya i ryaboy (1986)

100 min | Drama

The small town in the western Kazakhstan. Pigeons is the one of the brightest signs of the post-war happy childhood. Once the fine white a pigeon appearing over the city.

Director: Sergey Solovev | Stars: Vyacheslav Ilyushchenko, Liubomiras Laucevicius, Sultan Banov, Vladimir Steklov

Votes: 101

29. Storia d'amore (1986)

109 min | Drama, Romance

A young working girl moves in with her boyfriend while taking care of her brothers and father. Things get complicated when she falls in love with another young boy.

Director: Francesco Maselli | Stars: Valeria Golino, Blas Roca-Rey, Livio Panieri, Luigi Diberti

Votes: 76

30. Hip hip hurra! (1987)

110 min | Biography, Drama

The life and times of the Scandinavian artists' colony who lived in Skagen on the Danish coast during the 1890s. Not so much a biographical account, rather a portrait of a way of life. The ... See full summary »

Director: Kjell Grede | Stars: Stellan Skarsgård, Lene Brøndum, Pia Vieth, Helge Jordal

Votes: 175

31. Camp de Thiaroye (1988)

157 min | Drama, War

In this semi-autobiographical film, black soldiers help to defend France, but are detained in prison camp before being repatriated home.

Directors: Ousmane Sembene, Thierno Faty Sow | Stars: Sidiki Bakaba, Hamed Camara, Ismaila Cissé, Ababacar Sy Cissé

Votes: 367

32. Et la lumière fut (1989)

105 min | Comedy, Drama

The film depicts daily life in an Senegalian village. The people sleep, eat, make love, pray for rain, et cetera, while civilization, by way of timber trucks and tree fellers, is slowly ... See full summary »

Director: Otar Iosseliani | Stars: Sigalon Sagna, Saly Badji, Binta Cissé, Marie-Christine Dieme

Votes: 238

33. An Angel at My Table (1990)

R | 158 min | Biography, Drama

In 1920s and 1930s New Zealand, Janet Frame grows up in a poor family with lots of brothers and sisters. Already at an early age she is different from the other kids. She gets an education ... See full summary »

Director: Jane Campion | Stars: Kerry Fox, Alexia Keogh, Karen Fergusson, Iris Churn

Votes: 5,623 | Gross: $1.05M

34. A Divina Comédia (1991)

140 min | Drama

Patients in a mental institution see themselves as Adam and Eve, Sonia and Raskolnikov, a Philosopher and a Prophet, Alyosha and Ivan Karamazov, Jesus, Lazarus, Martha, Mary and St Teresa of Avila.

Director: Manoel de Oliveira | Stars: Maria de Medeiros, Miguel Guilherme, Luís Miguel Cintra, Mário Viegas

Votes: 379

35. Morte di un matematico napoletano (1992)

108 min | Drama, Music

Il film racconta gli ultimi [rocamboleschi] giorni di vita a Napoli del professore Renato Caccioppoli. Questi, docente dell'Università, è un uomo disilluso e tormentato. Nipote di Bakunin ... See full synopsis »

Director: Mario Martone | Stars: Carlo Cecchi, Anna Bonaiuto, Renato Carpentieri, Toni Servillo

Votes: 231

36. Bad Boy Bubby (1993)

Not Rated | 114 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Bubby has spent thirty years trapped in the same small room, tricked by his mother. One day, he manages to escape, and, deranged and naive in equal measures, his adventure into the modern and nihilistic life begins.

Director: Rolf de Heer | Stars: Nicholas Hope, Claire Benito, Ralph Cotterill, Syd Brisbane

Votes: 10,780

37. Natural Born Killers (1994)

R | 118 min | Crime, Drama

74 Metascore

Two victims of traumatized childhoods become lovers and psychopathic serial murderers irresponsibly glorified by the mass media.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Woody Harrelson, Juliette Lewis, Tom Sizemore, Rodney Dangerfield

Votes: 192,525 | Gross: $50.28M

38. A Comédia de Deus (1995)

170 min | Comedy, Drama

João de Deus is the manager of an ice-cream shop owned by an ex-prostitute, Paraíso dos Gelados (Ice-Cream Paradise). Through a unmoved desire of perfection, he seeks, through cleansing and... See full summary »

Director: João César Monteiro | Stars: Cláudia Teixeira, João César Monteiro, Manuela de Freitas, Raquel Ascensão

Votes: 1,007

39. Brigands-Chapter VII (1996)

129 min | Comedy, Drama

King Vano rides bravely off into battle, but only after ensuring his passionate Queen is safely locked in her chastity belt.

Director: Otar Iosseliani | Stars: Amiran Amiranashvili, Davit Gogibedashvili, Giorgi Tsintsadze, Nino Orjonikidze

Votes: 270

40. Hardboiled Egg (1997)

100 min | Comedy, Drama

The story of Piero, from when he was a kid to fatherhood, over the background of the town of Livorno (Leghorn) Tuscany, where the director Virzì was born.

Director: Paolo Virzì | Stars: Edoardo Gabbriellini, Malcolm Lunghi, Regina Orioli, Alessio Fantozzi

Votes: 2,545

41. Terminus paradis (1998)

99 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

The Bucharest's suburb, a torrid summer day. Norica, a waitress and Mitu, a swineherd, meet and tease each other and starts a beverage competition. Their relationship is not just a ... See full summary »

Director: Lucian Pintilie | Stars: Costel Cascaval, Dorina Chiriac, Gheorghe Visu, Victor Rebengiuc

Votes: 1,795

42. The Wind Will Carry Us (1999)

Not Rated | 118 min | Drama

86 Metascore

Irreverent city engineer Behzad comes to a rural village in Iran to keep vigil for a dying relative. In the meanwhile the film follows his efforts to fit in with the local community and how he changes his own attitudes as a result.

Director: Abbas Kiarostami | Stars: Behzad Dorani, Noghre Asadi, Roushan Karam Elmi, Bahman Ghobadi

Votes: 6,663 | Gross: $0.21M

43. Before Night Falls (2000)

R | 133 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

85 Metascore

The life of Cuban poet and novelist Reynaldo Arenas.

Director: Julian Schnabel | Stars: Javier Bardem, Johnny Depp, Olatz López Garmendia, Giovanni Florido

Votes: 22,249 | Gross: $4.22M

44. Hundstage (2001)

R | 121 min | Drama

66 Metascore

In a suburb of Vienna during some hot summer days: A teacher who is in bondage to a sleazy pimp, a very importunate hitchhiker, a private detective on the run for some car vandals, a couple... See full summary »

Director: Ulrich Seidl | Stars: Maria Hofstätter, Christine Jirku, Viktor Hennemann, Georg Friedrich

Votes: 5,430 | Gross: $0.01M

45. House of Fools (2002)

R | 104 min | Drama, Music, Romance

52 Metascore

In the midst of the Chechen War, a remote psychiatric institution is left without staff leaving the patients to fend for themselves. Based on a true story.

Director: Andrey Konchalovskiy | Stars: Yuliya Vysotskaya, Sultan Islamov, Bryan Adams, Evgeniy Mironov

Votes: 2,483 | Gross: $0.06M

46. The Kite (2003)

Not Rated | 80 min | Drama

A young 15 year old girl, Lamia, lives in a southern Lebanese village on the border with Israel. She is given in marriage to her cousin on the other side of the border. As Lamia crosses the... See full summary »

Director: Randa Chahal Sabag | Stars: Flavia Bechara, Maher Bsaibes, Randa Asmar, Renée Dick

Votes: 573

47. The Sea Inside (I) (2004)

PG-13 | 125 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

74 Metascore

The factual story of Spaniard Ramon Sampedro, who fought a thirty-year campaign in favor of euthanasia and his own right to die.

Director: Alejandro Amenábar | Stars: Javier Bardem, Belén Rueda, Lola Dueñas, Mabel Rivera

Votes: 70,683 | Gross: $2.09M

48. Mary (I) (2005)

Not Rated | 83 min | Drama, Thriller

The Virgin Mary delivers a message to an 11-year-old girl.

Director: Abel Ferrara | Stars: Juliette Binoche, Forest Whitaker, Matthew Modine, Heather Graham

Votes: 1,690

49. Dry Season (2006)

96 min | Drama

78 Metascore

Chad, 2006. After a forty-year civil war, the radio announces the government has just amnestied the war criminals. Outraged by the news, Gumar Abatcha orders his grandson Atim, a ... See full summary »

Director: Mahamat-Saleh Haroun | Stars: Ali Barkai, Youssouf Djaoro, Aziza Hisseine, Khayar Oumar Defallah

Votes: 674

50. I'm Not There. (2007)

R | 135 min | Biography, Drama, Music

73 Metascore

Ruminations on the life of Bob Dylan, where six characters embody a different aspect of the musician's life and work.

Director: Todd Haynes</