With the Cannes Film Festival’s Palme D’or award being handed to director Ken Loach’s I, Daniel Blake, there has been a bit of an uproar over the film’s surprise upset over what some have called a weak field. Though we really have to ask ourselves, how many films who take away the top honors at the famed film festival truly endure? Which of those films that have taken the top prize still resonate to this day? Does anyone still talk about The Tree of Life, Dancer in the Dark, or Elephant to a degree that everyone and their mother knows they exist? It’s highly unlikely.

Much like the Oscars, only a couple still ring loud and clear through the minds of cinephiles and casual movie fans alike, and we’ve got a list of five that still matter to this very day. These five films not only won over the hearts and minds of the Cannes judges throughout the 69 year history of the festival, but they’ve also found a place as popular culture landmarks.

Pulp
Pulp Fiction
What can you say about Pulp Fiction that hasn’t already been said? With a quick wit, style to spare, and events vague enough in their own timeline that they can be perceived as timelessly retro, Quentin Tarantino made a name for himself by winning the Palme D’or in 1994 with his magnum opus. Looking at it with face value in mind, one wouldn’t think that this would be a film to knock ‘em on their feet at Cannes. But the fresh artistic outlook and snappy dialogue that pervades every frame of Pulp Fiction made it not only an undeniable champion, but a seriously cool flick that has history on its side.

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