The Cannes Film Festival has a long and distinguished track record of spotlighting landmark work in the history of cinema, including the highest honor, the Palme d’Or.
The festival first gave its highest honor in 1939, but the award is not always called Palme d’Or, nor is it always given to just one film.
Originally, the award was dubbed the “Grand Prix du Festival International du Film”, a face with a little less brilliance than “Palme d’Or”.
In the decade leading up to the awards, Cannes has repeatedly bounced between the two titles. The top prize was called the Palme d’Or in 1955, when Delbert Mann Marty Deprived of honor. Then, in 1964, it finally turned into the Grand Prix, which had been its name for the past 45 years, before finally settling down as Palme d’Or.
Although the fest’s top award was first given 84 years ago, there are no 84 recipients Some years, like 2020, the event was canceled, and so no top honors were transferred. The reasons for the cancellation of the fest have changed over the decades from the epidemic (in 2020), World War II (1940-1945), the May 68 movement (1968), and internal budget problems (1948 and 1950).
Other years, the jury’s vote tie ended, resulting in multiple film awards. Yet other years, the jury has given top trophies in various categories like Disney Dumbo 1947 for best animation design. Multiple top awards were also handed out in 1946 – 11, to be exact – after the festival went dark during the war.
Click on the photo above for a chronological gallery of all 99 films that have received the highest honors.