Wednesday, February 15, 2012

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)


  1. What did you make of the Tree of life?

    And 'Fahrenheit 9/11' on the great winners list?

    Are you defining 'great' by political importance or by the quality of the actual film/documetary? If its the latter I disagree with you.

    I also disagree with you for the inclusion of 'The Wind That Shakes the Barley' on that list, for the same reason, (although to a lesser extent). (I'm Irish by the way).

  2. Hi

    I liked Tree of Life but didn't think it was amazing- I didn't get why so many critics went crazy over it. I like the dinosaur parts and the Sean Penn parts but the actual main story was a bit slow and inconsequential. I like Fahrenheit 9/11 in every way- including quality of the film. I know some disagree. Anyway, it's just my opinion. Thanks for your comment.