Donald Clarke

Whingeing about cinema and real life since 2009

The ten most popular Cannes competition films at IMDb

Never mind the jury. What does the hoi poloi enjoy?

Mon, May 13, 2013, 23:23

   

Here’s a pointless sort of list. What are the 10 highest-rated films at the Internet Movie Database to have competed for the Palme d’Or at Cannes? The surprises here are more to do with what has been in the main competition than with what visitors to IMDb fancy. Let’s be honest. You weren’t expecting to see Shohei Imamura’s The Ballad of Narayama or Ermanno Olmi’s The Tree of Wooden Clogs in this chart. But you might not have realised that Shrek competed for the Palme d’Or or that LA Confidential was in the race. Well, they were. As we count down to kickoff on Wednesday. Here is the list.

1. PULP FICTION

Winner in 1994.

2. INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS

Hey, it’s Quentin again. Lost to The White Ribbon in 2009.

3. SIN CITY

Really? I mean, really? Aged badly. Never deserved to make this list.

4. NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN

Lost to 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days in 2007.

5. SHREK

See? We told you. Never likely to get past The Son’s Room in 2001.

6. TAXI DRIVER

Another winner. From 1976, of course.

7. PAN’S LABYRINTH

Nice to see this here. Lost out to our own The Wind that Shakes the Barley.

8. APOCALYPSE NOW

Shared the Palme d’Or with The Tin Drum in 1979. Also the first 18 film I ever saw in the cinema. Fact!

9. DRIVE

The most recent entry. Wowed us all two years ago.

10. LA CONFIDENTIAL

Noir was back at the 50th event in 1997. Eggheads Abbas Kiarostami and Shōhei Imamura shared the prize.

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