The Ultimate Sundance Watchlist: A Film to Stream for Every Year of the Festival, Starting in 1985

Our latest watchlist is more than three decades in the making: We dug into our archives and scoured streaming services to offer up a streaming feature film pick for every edition of the Sundance Film Festival, starting in 1985. (That’s the year Sundance Institute, founded in 1981, assumed operations of the Utah/U.S. Film Festival. Check the Festival timeline here.) Tell us: How many have you seen? See the accompanying article here: sndnc.org/3u1SQhC

  • Stranger Than Paradise

    Stranger Than Paradise

    STRANGER THAN PARADISE played the 1985 Festival, where it won a Special Jury Prize. It also screened at the 2005 Festival as part of our From the Collection program.

  • Parting Glances

    Parting Glances

    PARTING GLANCES played the 1986 Festival in the Dramatic Competition, where it received Special Jury Recognition.

  • River's Edge

    River's Edge

    RIVER'S EDGE played the 1987 Sundance Film Festival in Park City and Tokyo. In 2007, it also screened as part of our From the Collection program and at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival: London.

  • Tapeheads

    Tapeheads

    TAPEHEADS played the 1988 Sundance Film Festival as part of the Premieres program.

  • Mikey and Nicky

    Mikey and Nicky

    Elaine May's MIKEY AND NICKY played the 1989 Sundance Film Festival as part of the year's Tribute to John Cassavetes program.

  • Metropolitan

    Metropolitan

    METROPOLITAN played the 1990 Sundance Film Festival as part of the Dramatic Competition. It also returned to Park City in 2010 as part of our From the Collection program.

  • Daughters of the Dust

    Daughters of the Dust

    DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST won the Excellence in Cinematography Award: Dramatic at the 1991 Sundance Film Festival. It later screened again in 2012 as part of our From the Collection program.

  • Gas Food Lodging

    Gas Food Lodging

    GAS FOOD LODGING premiered at the 1992 Sundance Film Festival and played the 1993 Sundance Film Festival in Tokyo.

  • Fear of a Black Hat

    Fear of a Black Hat

    FEAR OF A BLACK HAT played the 1993 Sundance Film Festival as part of our Midnight program.

  • River of Grass

    River of Grass

    RIVER OF GRASS played the 1994 Sundance Film Festival in the Dramatic Competition. It later screened at the 2016 Festival as part of the From the Collection program.

  • Double Happiness

    Double Happiness

    DOUBLE HAPPINESS played the 1995 Sundance Film Festival as part of the Premieres program.

  • Walking and Talking

    Walking and Talking

    WALKING AND TALKING played the 1996 Sundance Film Festival after being incubated in our 1992 Directors and Screenwriters Labs. We also played it at the 2016 Festival as part of our From the Collection program.

  • Mary Jane's Not a Virgin Anymore

    Mary Jane's Not a Virgin Anymore

    MARY JANE'S NOT A VIRGIN ANYMORE was part of the American Spectrum program at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival.

  • Montana

    Montana

    From the 1998 Festival.

  • SLC Punk

    SLC Punk

    SLC PUNK was an opening-night selection at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival.

  • But I'm a Cheerleader

    But I'm a Cheerleader

    BUT I'M A CHEERLEADER premiered at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival as part of our Midnight program.

  • Hedwig and the Angry Inch

    Hedwig and the Angry Inch

    After being incubated in our 1999 Directors and Screenwriters Labs, HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH premiered at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival as part of the Dramatic Competition.

  • Y Tu Mamá También

    Y Tu Mamá También

    This drama played the 2002 Sundance Film Festival as a Special Event.

  • Real Women Have Curves

    Real Women Have Curves

    At the 2003 Sundance Film Festival, this film won the Audience Award: Dramatic and a Special Jury Prize for Acting.

  • D.E.B.S.

    D.E.B.S.

    Angela Robinson turned her 2003 Festival short into a 2004 feature that was part of the Premieres section.

  • Kung Fu Hustle

    Kung Fu Hustle

    KUNG FU HUSTLE played the 2005 Festival.

  • Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man

    Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man

    This film played the 2006 Festival as part of our American Spectrum program.

  • Strange Culture

    Strange Culture

    STRANGE CULTURE was part of the New Frontier program at the 2007 Festival.

  • Sunshine Cleaning

    Sunshine Cleaning

    SUNSHINE CLEANING was one of the Dramatic Competition films at the 2008 Festival.

  • Moon

    Moon

    MOON played the 2009 Festival as part of the Premieres section.

  • Boy

    Boy

    Before BOY played the 2010 Festival as part of the World Cinema Dramatic Competition, Taika Waititi brought it through the 2005 Screenwriters Lab.

  • Gun Hill Road

    Gun Hill Road

    GUN HILL ROAD was part of the 2011 Festival's U.S. Dramatic Competition.

  • Searching for Sugar Man

    Searching for Sugar Man

    SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN won the World Cinema Audience Award: Documentary and the World Cinema Special Jury Prize: Documentary at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.

  • Cutie and the Boxer

    Cutie and the Boxer

    CUTIE AND THE BOXER won the Directing Award: Documentary at the 2013 Festival.

  • The One I Love

    The One I Love

    THE ONE I LOVE was part of the Premieres section at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.

  • The Witch

    The Witch

    THE WITCH premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Directing Award: U.S. Dramatic. It was made with assistance from the Institute's Film Fund Grant, Creative Producing Summit, and Catalyst Weekend.

  • Nuts!

    Nuts!

    Penny Lane's film won a U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Editing at the 2016 Festival.

  • Beach Rats

    Beach Rats

    Eliza Hittman's film won the Directing Award: U.S. Dramatic at the 2017 Festival. It was made with assistance from the Institute's 2015 January Screenwriters Lab, 2015 Catalyst Forum, 2015 Creative Producing Summit, and 2015 Film Fund Grant.

  • We the Animals

    We the Animals

    WE THE ANIMALS won the NEXT Innovator Prize at the 2018 Festival. It was made with assistance from the Institute's Screenwriters Lab, Directors Lab, Creative Producing Feature Film Lab, Creative Producing Summit, Film Fund Grant, and Maryland Filmmakers Fellowship.

  • The Farewell

    The Farewell

    THE FAREWELL was part of the U.S. Dramatic Competition at the 2019 Festival.

  • Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution

    Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution

    CRIP CAMP won the Audience Award: Documentary at the 2020 Festival. It was made with assistance from the Institute's Documentary Edit and Story Lab, Creative Producing Summit, Catalyst Forum, and Documentary Film Grant.

  • Together Together

    Together Together

    TOGETHER TOGETHER was part of the U.S. Dramatic Competition at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival.