Sundance Audience Winners

by pbn | created - 05 Jan 2018 | updated - 6 months ago | Public

Here are the annual winners of the U.S. Dramatic Audience Award of the Sundance Film Festival.

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1. Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989)

R | 100 min | Drama

86 Metascore

A sexually repressed woman's husband is having an affair with her sister. The arrival of a visitor with a rather unusual fetish changes everything.

Director: Steven Soderbergh | Stars: James Spader, Andie MacDowell, Peter Gallagher, Laura San Giacomo

Votes: 45,900 | Gross: $24.74M

2. Longtime Companion (1989)

R | 96 min | Drama, Romance

The emergence and devastation of the AIDS epidemic is chronicled in the lives of several gay men living during the 1980s.

Director: Norman René | Stars: Stephen Caffrey, Patrick Cassidy, Brian Cousins, Bruce Davison

Votes: 5,000 | Gross: $4.61M

3. Pastime (1990)

PG | 94 min | Drama, Sport

Pastime is a story of an aging, white pitcher on a minor league baseball team who takes a young, talented, black pitcher under his wing in 1957.

Director: Robin B. Armstrong | Stars: William Russ, Glenn Plummer, John Achorn, Ernie Banks

Votes: 369 | Gross: $0.27M

aka One Cup of Coffee

4. The Waterdance (1992)

R | 106 min | Drama, Romance

A film about struggling to deal with paralysis. Author Joel Garcia breaks his neck while hiking, and finds himself in a rehabilitation centre with Raymond, an exaggerating ladies' man, and ... See full summary »

Directors: Neal Jimenez, Michael Steinberg | Stars: Eric Stoltz, Helen Hunt, Wesley Snipes, William Allen Young

Votes: 2,518 | Gross: $1.72M

5. El Mariachi (1992)

R | 81 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

73 Metascore

A traveling mariachi is mistaken for a murderous criminal and must hide from a gang bent on killing him.

Director: Robert Rodriguez | Stars: Carlos Gallardo, Consuelo Gómez, Jaime de Hoyos, Peter Marquardt

Votes: 60,397 | Gross: $2.04M

6. Spanking the Monkey (1994)

Unrated | 100 min | Comedy, Drama

66 Metascore

About to stay a summer internship, promising younng medical student, Raymond Aibelli's mother, Susan, breaks her leg. Housebound and immobile, his father, Tom makes Raymond stay home, and ... See full summary »

Director: David O. Russell | Stars: Jeremy Davies, Alberta Watson, Elizabeth Newett, Benjamin Hendrickson

Votes: 5,746 | Gross: $1.36M

7. Picture Bride (1994)

PG-13 | 94 min | Drama, Romance

Riyo marries a man more than twice her age. She is devastated and labors in the sugar cane field. At the end she is able to love her husband.

Director: Kayo Hatta | Stars: Yûki Kudô, Akira Takayama, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Tamlyn Tomita

Votes: 1,038 | Gross: $1.24M

8. The Spitfire Grill (1996)

PG-13 | 117 min | Drama

Percy, upon being released from prison, goes to the small town of Gillead, to find a place where she can start over again. She is taken in by Hannah, to help out at her place, the Spitfire ... See full summary »

Director: Lee David Zlotoff | Stars: Alison Elliott, Ellen Burstyn, Marcia Gay Harden, Will Patton

Votes: 5,137 | Gross: $12.64M

9. Hurricane Streets (1997)

R | 86 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

Marcus is a kid on Manhattan's mean streets. He's turning 15, his father is dead, his mother is in prison for smuggling undocumented aliens. His grandmother is raising him. He has four ... See full summary »

Director: Morgan J. Freeman | Stars: Brendan Sexton III, Shawn Elliott, Antoine McLean, Mtume Gant

Votes: 1,100 | Gross: $0.33M

10. Love Jones (1997)

R | 104 min | Drama, Romance

Darius Lovehall is a young black poet in Chicago who starts dating Nina Mosley, a beautiful and talented photographer. While trying to figure out if they've got a "love thing" or are just "... See full summary »

Director: Theodore Witcher | Stars: Larenz Tate, Nia Long, Isaiah Washington, Lisa Nicole Carson

Votes: 3,583 | Gross: $12.51M

11. Smoke Signals (1998)

PG-13 | 89 min | Comedy, Drama

76 Metascore

Young Indian man Thomas is a nerd in his reservation, wearing oversize glasses and telling everyone stories no-one wants to hear. His parents died in a fire in 1976, and Thomas was saved by... See full summary »

Director: Chris Eyre | Stars: Adam Beach, Evan Adams, Irene Bedard, Gary Farmer

Votes: 9,241 | Gross: $6.72M

12. 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 »

Director: Tony Bui | Stars: Ngoc Hiep Nguyen, Ngoc Minh, Phat Trieu Hoang, Diem Kieu

Votes: 2,961 | Gross: $2.02M

13. Two Family House (2000)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

79 Metascore

A dreamer finds that his wife and friends are binding him to his mediocre existence.

Director: Raymond De Felitta | Stars: Michael Rispoli, Kelly Macdonald, Kathrine Narducci, Kevin Conway

Votes: 1,546 | Gross: $1.02M

14. Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

85 Metascore

A transgender punk-rock girl from East Berlin tours the U.S. with her band as she tells her life story and follows the former lover/band-mate who stole her songs.

Director: John Cameron Mitchell | Stars: John Cameron Mitchell, Miriam Shor, Stephen Trask, Theodore Liscinski

Votes: 30,284 | Gross: $3.03M

15. Real Women Have Curves (2002)

PG-13 | 90 min | Comedy, Drama

71 Metascore

This is the story of Ana, a first generation Mexican-American teenager on the verge of becoming a woman. She lives in the predominately Latino community of East Los Angeles. Freshly ... See full summary »

Director: Patricia Cardoso | Stars: America Ferrera, Lupe Ontiveros, Ingrid Oliu, George Lopez

Votes: 6,724 | Gross: $5.84M

16. The Station Agent (2003)

R | 89 min | Comedy, Drama

81 Metascore

When his only friend dies, a man born with dwarfism moves to rural New Jersey to live a life of solitude, only to meet a chatty hot dog vendor and a woman dealing with her own personal loss.

Director: Tom McCarthy | Stars: Peter Dinklage, Patricia Clarkson, Bobby Cannavale, Paul Benjamin

Votes: 65,023 | Gross: $5.74M

17. Maria Full of Grace (2004)

R | 101 min | Crime, Drama

87 Metascore

A pregnant Colombian teenager becomes a drug mule to make some desperately needed money for her family.

Director: Joshua Marston | Stars: Catalina Sandino Moreno, Guilied Lopez, Orlando Tobón, Virgina Ariza

Votes: 33,087 | Gross: $6.52M

18. Hustle & Flow (2005)

R | 116 min | Crime, Drama, Music

68 Metascore

With help from his friends, a Memphis pimp in a mid-life crisis attempts to become a successful hip-hop emcee.

Director: Craig Brewer | Stars: Terrence Howard, Ludacris, Anthony Anderson, Taryn Manning

Votes: 37,240 | Gross: $22.20M

19. Quinceañera (2006)

R | 90 min | Drama

72 Metascore

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.

Directors: Richard Glatzer, Wash Westmoreland | Stars: Emily Rios, Jesse Garcia, Chalo González, Jesus Castanos

Votes: 3,937 | Gross: $1.69M

20. Grace Is Gone (2007)

PG-13 | 85 min | Drama, Family

65 Metascore

Upon hearing his wife was killed in the Iraq war, a father takes his two daughters on a road trip.

Director: Jim Strouse | Stars: John Cusack, Emily Churchill, Rebecca Spence, Jennifer Tyler

Votes: 8,867 | Gross: $0.05M

21. The Wackness (2008)

R | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

61 Metascore

It's the summer of 1994, and the streets of New York are pulsing with hip-hop. Set against this backdrop, a lonely teenager named Luke Shapiro spends his last summer before university selling marijuana throughout New York City, trading it with his unorthodox psychotherapist for treatment, while having a crush on his stepdaughter.

Director: Jonathan Levine | Stars: Josh Peck, Ben Kingsley, Olivia Thirlby, Famke Janssen

Votes: 29,330 | Gross: $2.08M

22. Precious (II) (2009)

R | 110 min | Drama

79 Metascore

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.

Director: Lee Daniels | Stars: Gabourey Sidibe, Mo'Nique, Paula Patton, Mariah Carey

Votes: 101,540 | Gross: $47.40M

23. Happythankyoumoreplease (2010)

R | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

45 Metascore

Captures a generational moment - young people on the cusp of truly growing up, tiring of their reflexive cynicism, each in their own ways struggling to connect and define what it means to love and be loved.

Director: Josh Radnor | Stars: Josh Radnor, Malin Akerman, Zoe Kazan, Michael Algieri

Votes: 28,524 | Gross: $0.22M

24. Circumstance (2011)

R | 107 min | Drama

65 Metascore

A wealthy Iranian family struggles to contain a teenager's growing sexual rebellion and her brother's dangerous obsession.

Director: Maryam Keshavarz | Stars: Sarah Kazemy, Nikohl Boosheri, Reza Sixo Safai, Soheil Parsa

Votes: 7,126 | Gross: $0.44M

25. The Sessions (2012)

R | 95 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

79 Metascore

A man in an iron lung who wishes to lose his virginity contacts a professional sex surrogate with the help of his therapist and priest.

Director: Ben Lewin | Stars: John Hawkes, Helen Hunt, William H. Macy, Moon Bloodgood

Votes: 40,203 | Gross: $6.00M

26. Fruitvale Station (2013)

R | 85 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

85 Metascore

The story of Oscar Grant III, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident, who crosses paths with friends, enemies, family, and strangers on the last day of 2008.

Director: Ryan Coogler | Stars: Michael B. Jordan, Melonie Diaz, Octavia Spencer, Kevin Durand

Votes: 69,722 | Gross: $16.10M

27. Whiplash (2014)

R | 106 min | Drama, Music

88 Metascore

A promising young drummer enrolls at a cut-throat music conservatory where his dreams of greatness are mentored by an instructor who will stop at nothing to realize a student's potential.

Director: Damien Chazelle | Stars: Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, Melissa Benoist, Paul Reiser

Votes: 644,601 | Gross: $13.09M

28. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015)

PG-13 | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

74 Metascore

High schooler Greg, who spends most of his time making parodies of classic movies with his co-worker Earl, finds his outlook forever altered after befriending a classmate who has just been diagnosed with cancer.

Director: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon | Stars: Thomas Mann, RJ Cyler, Olivia Cooke, Nick Offerman

Votes: 115,601 | Gross: $6.74M

29. The Birth of a Nation (2016)

R | 120 min | Biography, Drama, History

69 Metascore

Nat Turner, a literate slave and preacher in the antebellum South, orchestrates an uprising.

Director: Nate Parker | Stars: Nate Parker, Armie Hammer, Penelope Ann Miller, Jackie Earle Haley

Votes: 18,887 | Gross: $15.86M

30. Crown Heights (2017)

R | 94 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

64 Metascore

When Colin Warner is wrongfully convicted of murder, his best friend Carl King devotes his life to proving Colin's innocence.

Director: Matt Ruskin | Stars: LaKeith Stanfield, Nnamdi Asomugha, Natalie Paul, Luke Forbes

Votes: 1,558 | Gross: $0.24M

31. Burden (I) (2018)

R | 129 min | Drama

63 Metascore

When a museum celebrating the Ku Klux Klan opens in a South Carolina town, the idealistic Reverend Kennedy (Forest Whitaker) strives to keep the peace even as he urges the group's Grand Dragon (Garrett Hedlund) to disavow his racist past.

Director: Andrew Heckler | Stars: Garrett Hedlund, Andrea Riseborough, Forest Whitaker, Tom Wilkinson

Votes: 225

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32. Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Drama

72 Metascore

A young woman decides to make positive changes in her life by training for the New York City Marathon.

Director: Paul Downs Colaizzo | Stars: Jillian Bell, Jennifer Dundas, Patch Darragh, Alice Lee

Votes: 5,477 | Gross: $0.22M

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