Sundance Movies I've Seen

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1. Soldier Girls (1981)

Not Rated | 87 min | Documentary

A documentary about women's basic training in Fort Georgia.

Directors: Nick Broomfield, Joan Churchill | Stars: Gregory Abing, Clara Alves, Jackie Hall, Joann Johnson

Votes: 231

Grand Jury Prize Documentary

2. Old Enough (1984)

PG | 92 min | Drama

Twelve-year-old, well-bred Lonnie meets the impudent Karen on the street. They spend some time together and Karen teaches Lonnie some of her favorite pastimes, like make-up, shop-lifting, ... See full summary »

Director: Marisa Silver | Stars: Sarah Boyd, Rainbow Harvest, Neill Barry, Alyssa Milano

Votes: 532

Grand Jury Prize Dramatic

3. Style Wars (1983 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 69 min | Documentary, Music

A documentary that exposes the rich growing subculture of hip-hop that was developing in New York City in the late '70s and early '80s, specifically focusing on graffiti art and breakdancing.

Director: Tony Silver | Stars: Demon, Kase 2, Eric Haze, D. 5

Votes: 2,552

Grand Jury Prize Documentary

4. Seeing Red (1983)

100 min | Documentary, History

A unique documentary that looks at the political activities of the American Communist Party in the early to mid-twentieth century.

Directors: Jim Klein, Julia Reichert | Stars: Oscar Hunter, Rose Podmaka, Sylvia Woods, Howard 'Stretch' Johnson

Votes: 114

Honorable Mention Documentary

5. The Good Fight: The Abraham Lincoln Brigade in the Spanish Civil War (1984)

98 min | Documentary

The story of an American Communist militia that fought for the Spanish Republicans in the 1936-39 Civil War.

Directors: Noel Buckner, Mary Dore, Sam Sills | Stars: Ruth Davidow, Colleen Dewhurst, John Houseman, Studs Terkel

Votes: 116

Honorable Mention Documentary

6. Last Night at the Alamo (1983)

Unrated | 81 min | Comedy, Drama

Cowboy, and assorted blue collar buddies, inneffectually try to save a true Texas Honky Tonk from closing for good.

Director: Eagle Pennell | Stars: Sonny Carl Davis, Lou Perryman, Steven Mattila, Tina-Bess Hubbard

Votes: 235

Special Jury Prize Dramatic

7. When the Mountains Tremble (1983)

Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary

A documentary on the war between the Guatemalan military and the Mayan population, with firsthand accounts by Nobel Peace Prize winner Rigoberta Menchu.

Directors: Newton Thomas Sigel, Pamela Yates | Stars: Rigoberta Menchú, Susan Sarandon

Votes: 142

Special Jury Prize Documentary

8. Blood Simple (1984)

R | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

81 Metascore

A rich but jealous man hires a private investigator to kill his cheating wife and her lover. However, nothing is simple when blood is involved.

Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen | Stars: John Getz, Frances McDormand, Dan Hedaya, M. Emmet Walsh

Votes: 82,789 | Gross: $2.15M

Grand Jury Prize Dramatic

9. Almost You (1985)

R | 96 min | Comedy, Drama

Alex and Erica Boyer's marriage is in a crisis: job and wife bore Alex. When Erica has an accident that has her staying in a wheel chair for some time, it changes their life: Alex meets ... See full summary »

Director: Adam Brooks | Stars: Brooke Adams, Griffin Dunne, Karen Young, Marty Watt

Votes: 187 | Gross: $0.10M

Special Jury Prize Dramatic

10. American Playhouse (1981– )

Comedy, Drama, Romance

Anthology series which ran on PBS throughout the 1980s.

Stars: Edward Herrmann, Robert Minkoff, Deanna Dunagan, Sada Thompson

Votes: 184

The Killing Floor: Special Jury Prize Dramatic

11. The Times of Harvey Milk (1984)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Biography, History

A documentary of the successful career and assassination of San Francisco's first elected gay city supervisor.

Director: Rob Epstein | Stars: Harvey Fierstein, Harvey Milk, Anne Kronenberg, Tory Hartmann

Votes: 5,366 | Gross: $0.01M

Special Jury Prize Documentary

12. Stranger Than Paradise (1984)

R | 89 min | Comedy, Drama

86 Metascore

A New Yorker's life is thrown into a tailspin when his younger cousin surprise visits him, starting a strange, unpredictable adventure.

Director: Jim Jarmusch | Stars: John Lurie, Eszter Balint, Richard Edson, Cecillia Stark

Votes: 32,657 | Gross: $2.44M

Special Jury Recognition Dramatic

13. Smooth Talk (1985)

PG-13 | 92 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

74 Metascore

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.

Director: Joyce Chopra | Stars: Treat Williams, Laura Dern, Mary Kay Place, Margaret Welsh

Votes: 1,620 | Gross: $0.02M

Grand Jury Prize Dramatic

14. Desert Hearts (1985)

R | 91 min | Drama, Romance

A woman on the precipice of divorce becomes drawn to a ranchowner's daughter.

Director: Donna Deitch | Stars: Helen Shaver, Patricia Charbonneau, Audra Lindley, Andra Akers

Votes: 4,702 | Gross: $2.49M

Special Jury Prize Dramatic

15. Parting Glances (1986)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Music, Romance

As Michael and Robert, a gay couple in New York, prepare for Robert's departure for a two-year work assignment in Africa, Michael must face Robert's true motives for leaving while dealing ... See full summary »

Director: Bill Sherwood | Stars: John Bolger, Richard Ganoung, Steve Buscemi, Adam Nathan

Votes: 2,591 | Gross: $0.54M

Special Jury Recognition

16. The Great Wall Is a Great Wall (1986)

PG | 97 min | Comedy, Drama

When computer programmer, Leo Fang, is passed up for promotion, he feels it is because he is Chinese, and quits. He takes his Chinese-American family to Mainland China to visit his ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Wang | Stars: Peter Wang, Sharon Iwai, Kelvin Han Yee, Qinqin Li

Votes: 310

Special Jury Recognition

17. Seven Minutes in Heaven (1985)

PG-13 | 88 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

When her father goes out of town, beautiful A-student Natalie lets best friends Jeff and Polly move in. Separately and together, the trio of young teens learn much about life, love, and growing up.

Director: Linda Feferman | Stars: Jennifer Connelly, Byron Thames, Maddie Corman, Alan Boyce

Votes: 1,369 | Gross: $0.03M

Special Jury Recognition for Youth Comedy

18. Sherman's March (1985)

Not Rated | 157 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy

Documentary filmmaker Ross McElwee sets out to make a movie about Union General Sherman's March to the Sea towards the end of the American Civil War, but keeps getting sidetracked by his own love life.

Director: Ross McElwee | Stars: Ross McElwee, Dede McElwee, Ross McElwee Jr., Patricia Rendleman

Votes: 2,264

Grand Jury Prize Documentary

19. Working Girls (1984)

118 min | Comedy

Seven women working different jobs in a big commercial bank in Makati. How their daily life as a working girl is affected by their ambition for success in their chosen career paths and how this drive affects their personal lives.

Director: Ishmael Bernal | Stars: Hilda Koronel, Gina Pareño, Rio Locsin, Chanda Romero

Votes: 39

Special Jury Recognition

20. River's Edge (1986)

R | 99 min | Crime, Drama

73 Metascore

A high school slacker commits a shocking act and proceeds to let his friends in on the secret. However, the friends' reaction is almost as ambiguous and perplexing as the crime itself.

Director: Tim Hunter | Stars: Crispin Glover, Keanu Reeves, Ione Skye, Daniel Roebuck

Votes: 14,987 | Gross: $4.60M

Special Jury Recognition

21. 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 »

Director: Rob Nilsson | Stars: Rob Nilsson, Consuela Faust, Don Bajema, Ernie Fosselius

Votes: 124

Grand Jury Prize Dramatic

22. Beirut: The Last Home Movie (1987)

123 min | Documentary

Documentary about the Bustros Family

Director: Jennifer Fox

Votes: 40

Grand Jury Prize Documentary

23. Beirut: The Last Home Movie (1987)

123 min | Documentary

Documentary about the Bustros Family

Director: Jennifer Fox

Votes: 40

Excellence in Cinematography Award Documentary

24. Lemon Sky (1988)

PG-13 | 106 min | Drama

An out of high school teen from the midwest moves to San Diego, California in the 1950s to live with his estranged father and new family. Escaping his past may not be as easy as he had hoped...or is it all a dream?

Director: Jan Egleson | Stars: Kevin Bacon, Tom Atkins, Lindsay Crouse, Kyra Sedgwick

Votes: 248

Special Jury Prize

25. Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam (1987 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 84 min | Documentary, History, War

A documentary featuring letters written by U.S. soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines during the Vietnam War to their families and friends back home. Archive footage of the war and news ... See full summary »

Director: Bill Couturié | Stars: Tom Berenger, Ellen Burstyn, J. Kenneth Campbell, Richard Chaves

Votes: 1,683

Special Jury Prize Documentary

26. The Brave Little Toaster (1987)

Not Rated | 90 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

A group of dated appliances embark on a journey to the city to find their master after being abandoned in a cabin in the woods.

Director: Jerry Rees | Stars: Jon Lovitz, Timothy Stack, Timothy E. Day, Thurl Ravenscroft

Votes: 22,886

Special Jury Recognition

27. 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 »

Director: Nancy Savoca | Stars: Annabella Sciorra, Ron Eldard, Aida Turturro, Roger Rignack

Votes: 669 | Gross: $1.35M

Grand Jury Prize Dramatic

28. For All Mankind (1989)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary, History

An in-depth look at various NASA moon landing missions, starting with Apollo 8.

Director: Al Reinert | Stars: Jim Lovell, Ken Mattingly, Russell Schweickart, Eugene Cernan

Votes: 4,841 | Gross: $0.77M

Grand Jury Prize Documentary

29. For All Mankind (1989)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary, History

An in-depth look at various NASA moon landing missions, starting with Apollo 8.

Director: Al Reinert | Stars: Jim Lovell, Ken Mattingly, Russell Schweickart, Eugene Cernan

Votes: 4,841 | Gross: $0.77M

Audience Award Documentary

30. 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: 46,759 | Gross: $24.74M

Audience Award Dramatic

31. 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 »

Director: Wendell B. Harris Jr. | Stars: Wendell B. Harris Jr., Timothy Alvaro, Dave Barber, Marti Bowling

Votes: 441 | Gross: $0.24M

Grand Jury Prize Dramatic

32. H-2 Worker (1990)

Not Rated | 70 min | Documentary

Expose on the exploitation of workers in the Florida sugar cane industry.

Director: Stephanie Black | Stars: Michael Manley, Samuel Manston

Votes: 27

Grand Jury Prize Documentary

33. H-2 Worker (1990)

Not Rated | 70 min | Documentary

Expose on the exploitation of workers in the Florida sugar cane industry.

Director: Stephanie Black | Stars: Michael Manley, Samuel Manston

Votes: 27

Excellence in Cinematography Award Documentary

34. House Party (1990)

R | 100 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

76 Metascore

Kid decides to go to his friend Play's house party, but neither of them can predict what's in store for them on what could be the wildest night of their lives.

Director: Reginald Hudlin | Stars: Christopher Reid, Robin Harris, Christopher Martin, Martin Lawrence

Votes: 12,479 | Gross: $26.39M

Excellence in Cinematography Award Dramatic

35. House Party (1990)

R | 100 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

76 Metascore

Kid decides to go to his friend Play's house party, but neither of them can predict what's in store for them on what could be the wildest night of their lives.

Director: Reginald Hudlin | Stars: Christopher Reid, Robin Harris, Christopher Martin, Martin Lawrence

Votes: 12,479 | Gross: $26.39M

Filmmakers Trophy Dramatic

36. 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: 5,066 | Gross: $4.61M

Audience Award Dramatic

37. Berkeley in the Sixties (1990)

Not Rated | 117 min | Documentary

A documentary about militant student political activity in the University of California-Berkely in the 1960's.

Director: Mark Kitchell | Stars: Jentri Anders, Joan Baez, Frank Bardacke, Stokely Carmichael

Votes: 658

Audience Award Documentary

38. Poison (1991)

R | 85 min | Drama, Horror, Romance

67 Metascore

A boy shoots his father and flies out the window. A man falls in love with a fellow inmate in prison. A doctor accidentally ingests his experimental sex serum, wrecking havoc on the community.

Director: Todd Haynes | Stars: Edith Meeks, Larry Maxwell, Susan Norman, Millie White

Votes: 3,681 | Gross: $0.61M

Grand Jury Prize Dramatic

39. Daughters of the Dust (1991)

TV-PG | 112 min | Drama, History, Romance

81 Metascore

Languid look at the Gullah culture of the sea islands off the coast of South Carolina and Georgia where African folk-ways were maintained well into the 20th Century and was one of the last ... See full summary »

Director: Julie Dash | Stars: Cora Lee Day, Alva Rogers, Barbarao, Trula Hoosier

Votes: 1,858 | Gross: $1.64M

Excellence in Cinematography Award Dramatic

40. Straight Out of Brooklyn (1991)

R | 91 min | Crime, Drama

A young man living in poverty makes a plan to rob a drug dealer and change the life of his family.

Director: Matty Rich | Stars: George T. Odom, Ann D. Sanders, Lawrence Gilliard Jr., Barbara Sanon

Votes: 553 | Gross: $2.71M

Special Jury Recognition

41. Hangin' with the Homeboys (1991)

R | 88 min | Comedy, Drama

Two African-Americans and two Puerto-Ricans (though one pretends to be Italian) go out on the town on a Friday night. They will be forced to get to know each other, and even worst, learn to... See full summary »

Director: Joseph B. Vasquez | Stars: Doug E. Doug, Mario Joyner, John Leguizamo, Nestor Serrano

Votes: 1,282 | Gross: $0.53M

Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award

42. 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 »

Director: Alexandre Rockwell | Stars: Steve Buscemi, Seymour Cassel, Jennifer Beals, Pat Moya

Votes: 2,630 | Gross: $0.26M

Grand Jury Prize Dramatic

43. A Brief History of Time (1991)

G | 80 min | Documentary, Biography

78 Metascore

A film about the life and work of the cosmologist, Stephen Hawking, who despite his near total paralysis, was one of the great minds of all time.

Director: Errol Morris | Stars: Stephen Hawking, Isobel Hawking, Janet Humphrey, Mary Hawking

Votes: 4,958 | Gross: $2.28M

Grand Jury Prize Documentary

44. Zebrahead (1992)

R | 100 min | Drama, Romance