With the Sundance Film Festival kicking off in Park City, Utah this weekend, a couple of sites have decided to take a look at the festival’s history and offer up what they think are the fests most influential films.
Entertainment Weekly narrowed their list down to 11 entries, while The Onion’s AV Club came up with a list of 10 films that they claim changed filmmaking. Interestingly, between the two lists there are only four films that overlap. Both lists start off chronoligically with 1984’s Stranger Than Paradise. But while The Onion’s list ends with 1995’s The Brothers McMullen, Entertainment Weekly’s list goes right up to 2006’s Little Miss Sunshine.
So if you can’t make it out to Park City for the next weeks or so of what will undoubtedly be an even more frenzied flurry of film acquisition than usual thanks to the Writers Guild strike, why not pull a few of the films listed on these two lists off the shelf or place them at the top of your Netflix queue and have your own private Sundance festival.