Tuesday, February 28, 2012

100 Underrated Movies

  1. Afterlife (1998) This Japanese film is brilliant and totally unique, the kind of movie that changes lives.
  2. And Then There Were None (1945) Superb film. It’s acclaimed but not very well-known and it deserves an audience as big as Casablanca’s.
  3. Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) Many critics are quite sniffy about this movie, but it’s Frank Capra’s best film after his three masterpieces It Happened One Night, Mr.Smith Goes to Washington and It’s a Wonderful Life.
  4. Bad Company (1972) A truly beautiful film and perhaps the best Western of the 1970’s (sorry Peckinpah, Eastwood et al)
  5. Billion Dollar Brain (1967) One of only two really good Ken Russell films, the other being Altered States.
  6. Bird (1988) A biopic of Charlie Parker, it’s one of Clint Eastwood’s best films, along with The Changeling and Gran Torino
  7. Bus 174 (2002) Incredibly tense Brazilian documentary about a real-life bus hijacking.
  8. Cape Fear (1962) It doesn’t usually feature on lists of the greatest movies of the 60’s. It should do. Infinitely better than the Scorsese remake mainly because Robert Mitchum’s performance as Max Cady is so much more subtle and engaging than De Niro’s.
  9. Capitalism: A Love Story (2009) As good as Bowling for Columbine, Fahrenheit 9/11 and Sicko i.e. very good indeed.
  10. Carlito’s Way (1993) It got quite good reviews, but not good enough. It’s a flat-out masterpiece, with brilliant performances from Al Pacino and Sean Penn, and some of the most interesting camerawork and sound design ever put on film.
  11. Catch-22 (1970) Disjointed, but has some incredible scenes.
  12. Catfish (2010) Weird, original and totally engaging
  13. Celebrity (1998) Unfairly dismissed Woody Allen picture. I prefer it to Midnight in Paris.
  14. Chaplin (1992) David Thomson called this movie ‘dreadful’. Well, I think his review is ‘dreadful’ because the film in fact is excellent, brilliantly acted and very moving.  
  15. City of Hope (1991) John Sayles’ best film.
  16. Come and See (1985) Highly acclaimed by some critics, it should nevertheless be even more praised, because it’s such a shattering masterpiece. In the first 20 minutes of Saving Private Ryan Spielberg tried to match Come and See in terms of depicting the horror of war. He came close, but didn’t quite reach the level of this film.
  17. Die Hard 2 (1990) Better than the original and better than just about everything else Bruce Willis has ever done.
  18. Eat Drink Man Woman (1994) Still Ang Lee’s best film.
  19. Enemy of the State (1998) Incredibly fast-moving, hi-tech thriller that can be  watched over and over. Tony Scott can do some things right.
  20. Falling Down (1993) Fascinating film with Michael Douglas’ greatest ever performance, but critics couldn’t get past the fact that it was directed by Joel Schumacher.
  21. Four Lions (2010) One of the best British films of the last ten years. Chris Morris on top form.
  22. Galaxy Quest (1999) This sharp sci-fi comedy/satire seemed to get lost in the shuffle. It’s well worth watching.
  23. Get Smart (2008) Not a great movie, but a very good one, and a lot of fun
  24. Go (1999) Doug Liman’s finest hour.
  25. Grand Canyon (1999) The critics all said this film was false and contrived. They were wrong.
  26. Grave of the Fireflies (1988) Forget all other Japanese animation (sorry Miyazagi) and just see this.
  27. Gun Crazy (1949) It’s well-regarded but not well-regarded enough, because it’s one of the top 5 films of the 1940’s.
  28. Hard Eight (1997) Paul Thomas Anderson’s first film is much better than the over-rated There Will Be Blood
  29. Hot Shots Part Deux (1993) Funny as hell.
  30. Intermission (2003) Excellent Irish film
  31. It Happened Tomorrow (1944) Trippy, head-spinning Rene Clair fantasy. 
  32. JFK (1991) Some object to the thesis of the film, but to my mind that’s irrelevant because as film-making it’s Oliver Stone’s best work and reaches heights very few other films even come near.
  33. Johnny English Reborn (2011) It starts out flabby and unfunny but grows on you and then builds and builds until in the end you realise you’ve been laughing non-stop for an hour.
  34. Kafka (1992) Why do critics sometimes get things completely the wrong way round? This was a better film than Sex, Lies & Videotape.
  35. Keane (2004) Hard to watch at times but emotionally powerful, with a brilliant performance by Damian Lewis
  36. King of the Hill (1993) Still probably Steven Soderbergh’s best movie after Traffic.
  37. Kung Fu Hustle (2004) My favourite Hong Kong film ever (and yes I have seen plenty of Wong Kar-Wai).
  38. L’Appartement (1996) Possibly the greatest French film ever made. Certainly the greatest 'Hitchcock film' not made by Hitchcock (Sorry, Brian De Palma)
  39. Last Train Home (2009) A riveting Chinese documentary.
  40. Leave Her to Heaven (1945) A wonderful film noir in colour.
  41. Leolo (1992) The best French-Canadian film ever made, imaginative and clever from start to finish.
  42. Les Visiteurs Du Soir (1942) Little-known Marcel Carne film is much better than the tedious Les Enfants Du Paradis
  43. London (1994) Why oh why aren’t Patrick Keillor’s films easier to find? This is the only one I’ve seen and it’s one of the most brilliant film-essays ever made.
  44. Ma Vie Sexuelle (1996) I loved this film.
  45. Man with a Movie Camera (1927) One of the few silent films that are academic classics and also a lot of fun to watch.
  46. Micmacs (2009) This masterpiece from Jean-Pierre Jeunet deserves to be as well-known as Amelie
  47. Midnight (1939) Screwball comedy that should be as well-known as Bringing Up Baby and His Girl Friday.
  48. Monrak Transistor (2001) The best Thai film ever made. Also one of the best Asian films ever made.
  49. Mortal Thoughts (1991) The only good think that Alan Rudolph ever did is also virtually the only good thing Demi Moore ever did, which is weird.
  50. My Myself Irene (2000) An incredibly imaginative, original comedy tour-de-force.
  51. Nighthawks (1981) This New York-set thriller is probably Sylvester Stallone’s best film.
  52. Nightmare Alley (1947) The most powerful drama of the 1940’s.
  53. Nurse Betty (2000) Very intriguing, unusual film.
  54. Office Space (1999) This film should have won many, many awards. Under-rated by ‘serious’ critics I guess because it came from Mike Judge, creator of Beavis and Butt-head.
  55. Open Your Eyes (1997) The Spanish original of Vanilla Sky is a head-spinning extravaganza of invention and imagination.
  56. Pandora and the Flying Dutchman (1951) One of the strangest and most beautiful films of the 50’s.
  57. Plein Soleil (1960) The first, French version of Patricia Highsmith’s The Talented Mr Ripley is streets ahead of the English-language film of the 90’s.
  58. Point Break (1991) Action movie that twists your emotions into knots. Kathryn Bigelow’s finest hour (and yes I have seen The Hurt Locker).
  59. Re-animator (1985) Grisly, inventive, sharp and hilarious.
  60. Rescue Dawn (2006) Great film, with Christian Bale’s best-ever performance.
  61. Rocco and His Brothers (1960) Luchino Visconti’s best film by far. Ignore The Leopard, watch this instead.
  62. Saint Jack (1979) Peter Bogdanovich’s most distinctive film, set in Singapore, taken from Paul Theroux’s novel. 
  63. Salt (2010) Much better than the awful Wanted. Also better than Mr and Mrs Smith
  64. Shoot the Moon (1982) Pauline Kael loved this film; everyone else ignored it. She was right, they were wrong.
  65. Shutter Island (2010) I heard some reviewers describe this movie as a disaster. What on earth were they talking about? It's certainly a lot better than Scorsese's Hugo, which for its first two-thirds is completely inert. 
  66. Singles (1992) Cameron Crowe’s only really great film.
  67. Slapshot (1977) One of the best sports films ever made because it’s one of the funniest. 
  68. Solaris (2002) Better than the original. This version is slow but also beautiful and hypnotic. The original was just slow and tedious.
  69. Suddenly (1954) Frank Sinatra as a political assassin; weird film way ahead of its time.
  70. The Cable Guy (1996) A darkly brilliant movie
  71. The Crime Of Monsieur Lange (1936) Great Jean Renoir picture, much better than La Grande Illusion
  72. The Descent (2005) One of the few really great horror films of the last ten years, it’s way ahead of The Exorcist in terms of delivering genuine chills.
  73. The Elephant Keeper (1987) Excellent Thai film that no-one’s ever heard of.
  74. The Front (1976) One of Woody Allen’s best films only stars him, and was directed by Martin Ritt
  75. The Game (1997) Perhaps David Fincher’s best movie. It’s incredible that so few people appreciated it.
  76. The International (2009) Like The Bourne Identity (an excellent film) but more complex.
  77. The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996) Great action film.
  78. The Lovely Bones (2009) Again, weird that the critics hated this film so much. It’s not great, but it’s not terrible either.
  79. The Middleman (1976) From director Satyajit Ray, this is the greatest Indian film ever made, and much better than Pather Panchali.
  80. The Next Three Days (2010) A great, very intense film; incredibly all the critics hated it, just because it came from Paul Haggis I guess
  81. The Other Guys (2010) Excellent film, Will Ferrell at his best.
  82. The Petrified Forest (1936) Humphrey Bogart, Leslie Howard and a great script.
  83. The Prestige (2006) Christopher Nolan’s best film, certainly better than the striking but muddled Inception
  84. The Pumpkin Eater (1964) One of the best British films of the 60’s
  85. The Rock (1996) The only good thing Michael Bay has ever done.
  86. The Spy in Black (1939) Early Michael Powell film. Great fun. 
  87. The Transporter (2002)  Excellent, well-made, action movie. Better than many 'serious' movies.
  88. The Vanishing (1988) This was badly remade in the US. The Dutch original is creepily brilliant.
  89. The Wedding Singer (1998) Why do critics go on about Adam Sandler being redeemed only by Punch-Drunk Love when this, and Funny People, are much better films? 
  90. The Whole Town's Talking (1936) Jean Arthur in a John Ford modern city-set drama: intriguing in all kinds of ways.
  91. The Yes Men Fix the World (2009) Fascinating and audacious. Deserves to be better known. I haven’t seen the first Yes Men film but would certainly like to.
  92. Thunderbolt And Lightfoot (1974) Brilliant teaming of Jeff Bridges and Clint Eastwood, with director Michael Cimino, in a caper-action movie that's also sad and moving and real.
  93. Time of the Wolf (2003) Michael Haneke’s best film (and he’s made many great ones). Just astonishing.
  94. W (2008) Oliver Stone's take on Bush Jr. Very Interesting film, not at all bad.
  95. Went the Day Well? (1942) The best World War Two movie made during World War Two in any country. The Eagle Has Landed stole some of its plot.
  96. Wetherby (1985) Shocking drama from a David Hare play.
  97. What’s Up Doc? (1972) Better than The Last Picture Show.
  98. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) This film is highly acclaimed but it deserves to be known as one of the greatest films of all time. It certainly has the best script of all time. I prefer it to Citizen Kane or Rules of the Game.
  99. Wisconsin Death Trip (1999) Just Google pictures of this film or watch the trailer and you’ll know why I included it.
  100. You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010) The strange thing is this film, and Cassandra’s Dream (though not Scoop), are quite good movies, and Midnight in Paris is just a little better than them, but judging from the reviews you’d think they were worlds apart in terms of quality.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Ireland on Film 3: 50 Films Featuring Irish Characters Abroad

Top: In the Name of the Father, Claire Dolan
Bottom: Snatch, Gangs of New York

I’ve included films about Irish-Americans, Irish-Australians etc only if their ‘Irishness’ is heavily emphasised in the story. I’ve added details just for a few of the lesser-known films

Set in the US

1. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945)
2. Ash Wednesday (2002)
3. Black Irish (2007)
4. Blown Away (1994)
5. Claire Dolan (1998) 
6. Gangs Of New York (2002)
7. Going My Way (1944)
8. In America (2002)
9. Kill the Irishman (2011) 
10. Long Day's Journey Into Night (1962)
11. Miller’s Crossing (1990)
12. Open Range (2003)  
13. Rattle and Hum (1988)
14. Road to Perdition (2002)
15. State of Grace (1990)
16. Studs Lonigan (1960)
17. The Bells of St. Mary's (1945)
18. The Boondock Saints (2000)
19. The Brothers McMullen (1995) 
20. The Cardinal (1963) 
21. The Devil's Own (1997) 
22. The Fighter (2010)
23. The Fighting 69th (1940) with James Cagney, Pat O'Brien
24. The Jackal (1997)
25. The Lady from Shanghai (1948) with Orson Welles as an Irishman
26. The Last Hurrah (1958) with Spencer Tracy
27. The Long Gray Line (1955) 
28. The Molly Maguires (1970) 
29. Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)

Set in Britain

30. Ae Fond Kiss... (2004) 
31. Becoming Jane (2007) film concerns Jane Austen’s Irish romantic interest
32. Felicia's Journey (1999) with Bob Hoskins
33. Hennessy (1975) with Rod Steiger as an IRA man
34. In the Name of the Father (1993) 
35. No Surrender (1985) 
36. Patriot Games (1992)
37. Snatch (2000)
38. The Eagle Has Landed (1977) (Britain and Germany)
39. The Long Good Friday (1980)
40. The Trials of Oscar Wilde (1960)/Oscar Wilde (1960)/Wilde (1997)

Set in other countries

41. Duck, You Sucker! (1972) (Mexico)
42. Finian's Rainbow (1968) (The mythical state of Missitucky)
43. In Bruges (2008) (Belgium)
44. Murphy’s War (1971) (Venezuela)
45. Ned Kelly (1970 and 2004) (Australia)
46. Ronin (1998) (France)
47. The Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition (2000) (Antarctica) 
48. The Irishman (1978) (Australia)
49. The Luck Of Ginger Coffey (1964) from Brian Moore’s novel (Canada)
50. The Sundowners (1960)  (Australia)

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Ireland on Film 2: 50 Irish Actors and Directors

50 Notable Irish Film People. All are primarily actors unless otherwise stated.

  1. Adrian Dunbar
  2. Barry Fitzgerald
  3. Brendan Gleeson
  4. Brendan Kelly
  5. Brian Donlevy
  6. Chris O'Dowd
  7. Ciarin Hinds
  8. Cillian Murphy
  9. Colin Blakely
  10. Colin Farrell
  11. Colm Meaney
  12. Cyril Cusack
  13. Dan O’Herlihy
  14. David Holmes (composer)
  15. Dylan Moran
  16. Gabriel Byrne
  17. Geraldine Fitzgerald
  18. Glen Hansard
  19. Greer Garson
  20. James Nesbitt
  21. Jim Sheridan (director)
  22. John Crowley (director)
  23. John Lynch
  24. Jonathan Rhys Meyers
  25. Kenneth Branagh
  26. Liam Cunningham
  27. Liam Neeson
  28. Maureen O’Hara
  29. Maureen O’Sullivan
  30. Michael Fassbender
  31. Michael Gambon
  32. Milo O'Shea
  33. Neil Jordan (director)
  34. Noel Purcell
  35. Pat O’Conner (director)
  36. Patrick Magee
  37. Patrick McGoohan
  38. Peter O’Toole
  39. Pierce  Brosnan
  40. Ray McAnally
  41. Richard Harris
  42. Richard Todd
  43. Saoirse Ronan
  44. Sinéad Cusack
  45. Spike Milligan
  46. Stephen Boyd
  47. Stephen Rea
  48. Stuart Townsend
  49. Terry George (director)
  50. Thaddeus O'Sullivan (director)

Note: Michael Fassbender was born in Germany and Saoirse Ronan was born in the USA, but both grew up in Ireland.

Ireland on Film 1: 100 Irish Films (20 Great Ones and 80 Other Famous Ones)

20 Really Good Films about Ireland

1.        Angel (Neil Jordan, 1982)
2.        Barry Lyndon (Stanley Kubrick, 1975)
3.        Bloody Sunday (Paul Greengrass, 2002)
4.        Cal (Pat O’Conner, 1984)
5.        Hidden Agenda (Ken Loach, 1990)
6.        Hunger (Steve McQueen, 2008)
7.        Intermission (John Crowley, 2003)
8.        Lamb (Colin Gregg, 1985)
9.        Michael Collins (Neil Jordan, 1996)
10.      My Left Foot (Jim Sheridan, 1989)
11.      Odd Man Out (Carol Reed, 1947)
12.      The Boxer (Jim Sheridan, 1997)
13.      The Commitments (Alan Parker, 1991)
14.      The Crying Game (Neil Jordan, 1992)
15.      The General (John Boorman, 1998)
16.      The Guard (John Michael McDonagh, 2011)
17.      The Magdalene Sisters (Peter Mullan, 2002)
18.      The Quiet Man (John Ford, 1952)
19.      The Wind That Shakes the Barley (Ken Loach, 2006)
20.      Ulysses (Joseph Strick, 1967)

80 Other Notable Films Set in Ireland

  1. A Film With Me In It (Ian Fitzgibbon, 2008) with Dylan Moran
  2. A Man of No Importance (Suri Krishnamma, 1994) with Albert Finney
  3. A Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Man (Joseph Strick, 1977) from James Joyce’s novel
  4. A Prayer For The Dying (Mike Hodges, 1987) with Mickey Rourke. Script by Irish playwright Martin Lynch.
  5. A Quiet Day In Belfast (Milad Bessada, 1974) with Margot Kidder
  6. A Sense Of Loss (Marcel Ophüls, 1973) documentary featuring Bernadette Devlin and Ian Paisley
  7. A Terrible Beauty (Tay Garnett, 1960) with Robert Mitchum       
  8. Acceptable Levels (John Davies, 1985)
  9. Adam and Paul (Leonard Abrahamson, 2004)
  10. Agnes Browne (Angelica Huston, 1999)
  11. Albert Nobbs (Rodrigo García, 2011)
  12. Angela's Ashes (Alan Parker, 1999) from Frank McCourt’s memoir
  13. Anne Devlin (Pat Murphy, 1984)
  14. Borstal Boy (Peter Sheridan, 2000) from the book by Brendan Behan
  15. Breakfast on Pluto (Neil Jordan, 2005)
  16. Captain Boycott (Frank Launder, 1947,) with Stewart Granger
  17. Captain Lightfoot (Douglas Sirk, 1955) with Rock Hudson
  18. Circle Of Friends (Pat O’Conner, 1995) 
  19. Da (Matt Clark, 1987) with Martin Sheen
  20. Dancing At Lughnasa (Pat O’Conner, 1998) with Meryl Steep
  21. Darby O'Gill and the Little People (Robert Stevenson, 1959) with Sean Connery
  22. Disco Pigs (Kirsten Sheridan, 2001)
  23. Eat the Peach (Peter Ormrod, 1986)
  24. Elephant (Alan Clarke, 1989) Short film
  25. Evelyn (Bruce Beresford, 2003) with Pierce Brosnan
  26. Far and Away (Ron Howard, 1992) with Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman
  27. Garage (Leonard Abrahamson, 2007) C.I.C.A.E. Award at Cannes
  28. Girl With Green Eyes (Desmond Davis, 1963) with Rita Tushingham
  29. High Spirits (Neil Jordan, 1988) with Peter O’Toole
  30. How About You... (Anthony Byrne, 2007) from Maeve Binchy’s short story
  31. I See a Dark Stranger (Frank Launder, 1946) with Deborah Kerr and Trevor Howard.
  32. I Went Down (Paddy Breathnach, 1997)
  33. Into the West (Mike Newell, 1992) with Gabriel Byrne and Ellen Barkin
  34. Juno and the Paycock (Alfred Hitchcock, 1930) from Sean O’Casey’s play
  35. Killing Bono (Nick Hamm, 2011)
  36. Man of Aran (Robert Flaherty, 1934) Classic anthropological documentary
  37. Nora (Pat Murphy, 2000) with Ewan McGregor as James Joyce
  38. Oh Mr Porter (Marcel Varnel, 1937) Classic Will Hay comedy
  39. Once (John Carney, 2006)
  40. Ondine (Neil Jordan, 2010)
  41. Ordinary Decent Criminal (Thaddeus O'Sullivan, 2000) with Kevin Spacey
  42. Ourselves Alone (Brian Desmond Hurst 1936)
  43. Parnell (John M. Stahl, 1937) with Clark Gable
  44. Perrier's Bounty (Ian Fitzgibbon, 2009) with Cillian Murphy and Brendan Gleeson
  45. Philadelphia, Here I Come! (John Quested, 1975) from the Brian Friel play
  46. Quackser Fortune Has a Cousin in the Bronx (Waris Hussein, 1970) with Gene Wilder
  47. Reefer and the Model (Joe Commerford, 1989)
  48. Return to Glennascaul (1953) with Orson Welles (short film)
  49. Ryan's Daughter (David Lean, 1970)
  50. Shake Hands With The Devil (1959) with James Cagney
  51. Some Mother's Son (Terry George, 1996)
  52. Song For a Raggy Boy (Aisling Walsh, 2003) with Aidan Quinn
  53. Tara Road (Gillies MacKinnon, 2005) from Maeve Binchy’s novel, starring Andie McDowell, set in US and Ireland
  54. The Blackwater Lightship (John Erman, 2004) (TV  movie) with Dianne Wiest , Gina McKee & Angela Lansbury, based on Colm Toibin's novel
  55. The Butcher Boy (Neil Jordan, 1997)
  56. The Country Girls (Desmond Davis, 1984) (TV  movie) with Sam Neill, from Edna O’Brien’s novel
  57. The Dead (John Huston, 1987)
  58. The Field (Jim Sheridan, 1990) with Richard Harris
  59. The Gentle Gunman (Basil Dearden ,1952) with John Mills and Dirk Bogarde
  60. The Informant (Jim McBride, 1997) IRA Story with Timothy Dalton
  61. The Informer (John Ford, 1935)
  62. The Last of the High Kings (David Keating, 1996) with Christina Ricci and Gabriel Byrne 
  63. The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne (Jack Clayton, 1987) from Brian Moore’s novel
  64. The Matchmaker (Mark Joffe, 1997) with Janeane Garofalo
  65. The Nephew (Eugene Brady 1998) with Pierce Brosnan
  66. The Playboy of the Western World (Brian Desmond Hurst, 1963) from the JM Synge play
  67. The Plough And The Stars (John Ford, 1936) from the Sean O’Casey play, with Barbara Stanwyck
  68. The Quare Fellow (Arthur Dreifuss, 1962) from the Brendan Behan play
  69. The Rising Of The Moon (John Ford, 1957) with Tyrone Power
  70. The Secret of Roan Inish (John Sayles, 1994)
  71. The Snapper (Stephen Frears, 1993) from Roddy Doyle’s novel
  72. The Van (Stephen Frears, 1996) from Roddy Doyle’s novel
  73. This Is My Father (Paul Quinn 1998) with James Caan
  74. This Is The Sea (Mary McGuckian, 1997) with Richard Harris
  75. Titanic Town (Roger Michell, 1998) with Julie Walters
  76. Troubles (Christopher Morahan, 1988) TV Movie adaptation of JG Farrell’s novel, with Sean Bean
  77. Veronica Guerin (Joel Schumacher, 2003) with Cate Blanchett
  78. Waking Ned Devine (Kirk Jones, 1998)
  79. When Brendan Met Trudy (Kieron J. Walsh, 2000) written by Roddy Doyle
  80. Young Cassidy (Jack Cardiff, John Ford, 1965) from Sean O’Casey’s Autobiography

Cannes Palme d'Or Winners-Full List, 20 Great Ones & 15 Bad Ones

Some of the best Cannes Palme d'Or winners

The major prize at the Cannes Film Festival- which we now know as the Palme d’Or- has, over the years, changed names as follows:

Grand Prix du Festival International du Film (1939–1954)
Palme d'Or (1955–1963)
Grand Prix du Festival International du Film (1964–1974)
Palme d'Or (1975–present)

My previous post talked of 20 Best and 20 Worst Oscar Winners, but with the Palme d’Or there is a far greater proportion (29 of the 84 films) which I haven’t seen, so in the equivalent lists here I’ve used the terms ‘great’ and ‘bad’ instead.

20 Great Winners, In Chronological Order

1.         The Third Man (Carol Reed, 1949)
2.         The Wages of Fear (Henri-Georges Clouzot, 1953)
3.         Blow-Up (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1967)
4.         MASH (Robert Altman, 1970)
5.         The Conversation (Francis Ford Coppola, 1974)
6.         Taxi Driver (Martin Scorsese, 1976)
7.         Apocalypse Now (Francis Ford Coppola, 1979) (Joint Winner)
8.         The Tin Drum (Volker Schlondorff, 1979) (Joint Winner)
9.         Paris, Texas (Wim Wenders, 1984)     
10.       The Mission (Roland Joffe, 1986)
11.       Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino, 1994)
12.       Barton Fink (Joel and Ethan Coen, 1991)            
13.       Underground (Emir Kusturica, 1995)
14.       Taste of Cherry (Abbas Kiarostami, 1997)
15.       Elephant (Gus Van Sant, 2003)  
16.       Fahrenheit 9/11 (Michael Moore, 2004)          
17.       L'Enfant (Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne, 2005)
18.       The Wind That Shakes the Barley (Ken Loach, 2006)
19.       The Class (Laurent Cantet, 2008)        
20.       The White Ribbon (Michael Haneke, 2009)  

15 Bad Winners, In Chronological Order

1.         Union Pacific (Cecil B. DeMille, 1939)
2.         Brief Encounter (David Lean, 1946)
3.         Miracle in Milan (Vittorio De Sica, 1951)
4.         Othello (Orson Welles, 1952)
5.         Friendly Persuasion (William Wyler, 1957)
6.         La Dolce Vita (Federico Fellini, 1960)
7.         The Leopard (Luchino Visconti, 1963)
8.         The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Jacques Demy, 1964)
9.         The Knack …and How to Get It Richard Lester, 1965)
10.       A Man and a Woman (Claude Lelouch, 1966)
11.       The Ballad of Narayama (Shohei Imamura, 1983)
12.       Wild at Heart (David Lynch, 1990)
13.       The Piano (Jane Campion, 1993)
14.       The Eel (Shohei Imamura, 1997)
15.       Dancer in the Dark (Lars von Trier, 2000)

The Full List (Note that the Cannes Festival often awards this prize to two films in the same year and in 1946 awarded it to 11 films)

1939 Union Pacific (Cecil B. DeMille)
1946 Brief Encounter (David Lean)
1946 Iris and the Lieutenant (Alf Sjoberg)
1946 La symphonie pastorale (Jean Delannoy)
1946 Men Without Wings (Frantisek Cap)
1946 Neecha Nagar (Chetan Anand)
1946 Portrait of Maria (Emilio Fernandez)
1946 Rome, Open City (Roberto Rossellini)
1946 The Last Chance (Leopold Lindtberg)
1946 The Lost Weekend (Billy Wilder)
1946 The Red Meadows (Bodil Ipsen and Lau Lauritzen Jr.)
1946 The Turning Point (Fridrikh Ermler)
1947 Prize Not Awarded
1948 Festival Not Held
1949 The Third Man (Carol Reed)
1950 Festival Not Held
1951 Miss Julie (Alf Sjöberg)
1951 Miracle in Milan (Vittorio De Sica)
1952 The Tragedy of Othello: The Moor of Venice (Orson Welles)
1952 Two Cents Worth of Hope (Renato Castellani)
1953 The Wages of Fear (Henri-Georges Clouzot)
1954 Gate of Hell (Teinosuke Kinugasa)
1955 Marty (Delbert Mann)
1956 The Silent World (Jacques-Yves Cousteau and Louis Malle)
1957 Friendly Persuasion (William Wyler)
1958 The Cranes Are Flying (Mikhail Kalatozov)
1959 Black Orpheus (Marcel Camus)
1960 La Dolce Vita (Federico Fellini)
1961 The Long Absence (Henri Colpi)
1961 Viridiana (Luis Bunuel)
1962 O Pagador de Promessas (Anselmo Duarte)
1963 The Leopard (Luchino Visconti)
1964 The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Jacques Demy)
1965 The Knack …and How to Get It (Richard Lester)
1966 A Man and a Woman (Claude Lelouch)
1966 The Birds, the Bees and the Italians (Pietro Germi)
1967 Blow-Up (Michelangelo Antonioni)
1968 Festival Cancelled
1969 If.... (Lindsay Anderson)
1970 MASH (Robert Altman)
1971 The Go-Between (Joseph Losey)
1972 The Working Class Goes to Heaven (Elio Petri)
1972 The Mattei Affair (Francesco Rosi)
1973 The Hireling (Alan Bridges)
1973 Scarecrow (Jerry Schatzberg)
1974 The Conversation (Francis Ford Coppola)
1975 Chronicle of the Years of Fire (Mohammed Lakhdar-Hamina)
1976 Taxi Driver (Martin Scorsese)
1977 Padre Padrone (Paolo and Vittorio Taviani)
1978 The Tree of Wooden Clogs (Ermanno Olmi)
1979 Apocalypse Now (Francis Ford Coppola)
1979 The Tin Drum (Volker Schlondorff)
1980 All That Jazz (Bob Fosse)
1980 Kagemusha (Akira Kurosawa)
1981 Man of Iron (Andrzej Wajda)
1982 Missing (Costa-Gavras)
1982 Yol (Yılmaz Güney and Serif Goren)
1983 The Ballad of Narayama (Shohei Imamura)
1984 Paris, Texas (Wim Wenders)
1985 When Father Was Away on Business (Emir Kusturica)
1986 The Mission (Roland Joffe)
1987 Under the Sun of Satan (Maurice Pialat)
1988 Pelle the Conqueror (Bille August)
1989 Sex, Lies, and Videotape (Steven Soderbergh)
1990 Wild at Heart (David Lynch)
1991 Barton Fink (Joel and Ethan Coen)
1992 The Best Intentions (Bille August)
1993 Farewell My Concubine (Chen Kaige)
1993 The Piano (Jane Campion)
1994 Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino)
1995 Underground (Emir Kusturica)
1996 Secrets & Lies (Mike Leigh)
1997 Taste of Cherry  (Abbas Kiarostami)
1997 The Eel (Shohei Imamura)
1998 Eternity and a Day (Theo Angelopoulos)
1999 Rosetta (Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne)
2000 Dancer in the Dark (Lars von Trier)
2001 The Son's Room (Nanni Moretti)
2002 The Pianist (Roman Polanski)
2003 Elephant (Gus Van Sant)
2004 Fahrenheit 9/11 (Michael Moore)
2005 L'enfant (Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne)
2006 The Wind That Shakes the Barley (Ken Loach)
2007 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (Cristian Mungiu)
2008 The Class (Laurent Cantet)
2009 The White Ribbon (Michael Haneke)
2010 Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (Apichatpong Weerasethakul)
2011 The Tree of Life (Terrence Malick)