Golden Bear

prize awarded for the best film at the Berlin International Film Festival

The Golden Bear is the highest prize given at the Berlin International Film Festival (often known as Berlinale).

List of Golden Bear winners

Year Film Director Country of origin
1952 Hon dansade en sommar Arne Mattsson Sweden
1953 The Wages of Fear Henri-Georges Clouzot France/Italy
1954 Hobson's Choice David Lean United Kingdom
1955 Die Ratten Robert Siodmak Federal Republic of Germany
1956 Invitation To The Dance Gene Kelly United States
1957 12 Angry Men Sidney Lumet United States
1958 Wild Strawberries Ingmar Bergman Sweden
1959 Les Cousins Claude Chabrol France
1960 El Lazarillo de Tormes César Ardavin Spain
1961 La notte Michelangelo Antonioni Italy
1962 A Kind of Loving John Schlesinger United Kingdom
1963 Il Diavolo Gian Luigi Polidoro Italy
1964 Susuz Yaz Ismail Metin Karabey Turkey
1965 Alphaville Jean-Luc Godard France/Italy
1966 Cul-de-Sac Roman Polanski United Kingdom
1967 Le départ Jerzy Skolimowski Belgium
1968 Ole dole doff Jan Troell Sweden
1969 Rani Radovi Želimir Žilnik Yugoslavia

No official prizes awarded [1]

1971 The Garden of the Finzi-Continis Vittorio De Sica Italy/W. Germany
1972 The Canterbury Tales Pier Paolo Pasolini Italy
1973 Distant Thunder Satyajit Ray India
1974 The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz Ted Kotcheff Canada
1975 Adoption Márta Mészáros Hungary
1976 Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson Robert Altman United States
1977 The Ascent Larisa Shepitko Soviet Union
1978 Las Truchas José Luis García Sánchez Spain
Ascensor Tomas Munoz
La Palabras de Max Emilio Martínez Lázaro
1979 David Peter Lilienthal West Germany
1980 Heartland Richard Pearce United States
Palermo or Wolfsburg Werner Schroeter West Germany
1981 Deprisa, Deprisa Carlos Saura Spain (co-production with France)
1982 Veronika Voss Rainer Werner Fassbinder West Germany
1983 Ascendancy Edward Bennett United Kingdom
The Beehive Mario Camus Spain
1984 Love Streams John Cassavetes United States
1985 Die Frau und der Fremde Rainer Simon East Germany
Wetherby David Hare United Kingdom
1986 Stammheim Reinhard Hauff West Germany
1987 The Theme Gleb Panfilov Soviet Union
1988 Red Sorghum Zhang Yimou China
1989 Rain Man Barry Levinson United States
1990 Music Box Costa-Gavras United States
Larks on a String Jiri Menzel Czechoslovakia
1991 La Casa del sorriso Marco Ferreri Italy
1992 Grand Canyon Lawrence Kasdan United States
1993 Woman Sesame Oil Maker Xie Fei China
The Wedding Banquet Ang Lee Taiwan/United States
1994 In the Name of the Father Jim Sheridan UK/Ireland
1995 L'Appât Bertrand Tavernier France
1996 Sense and Sensibility Ang Lee United States/United Kingdom
1997 The People vs. Larry Flynt Miloš Forman United States
1998 Central Station Walter Salles Brazil (co-produced with France)
1999 The Thin Red Line Terrence Malick United States
1999 The Tic Code Gary Winick United States
2000 Magnolia Paul Thomas Anderson United States
2001 Intimacy Patrice Chéreau UK (co-produced with France, Germany and Spain)
2002 Spirited Away Hayao Miyazaki Japan
Bloody Sunday Paul Greengrass UK/Ireland
2003 In This World Michael Winterbottom United Kingdom
2004 Head-On Fatih Akin Germany/Turkey
2005 U-Carmen e-Khayelitsha Mark Dornford-May South Africa
2006 Grbavica Jasmila Žbanić Bosnia and Herzegovina (co-produced with Austria, Germany and Croatia)
2007 Tuya's Marriage Wang Quan'an China
2008 The Elite Squad
2009 The Milk of Sorrow
2010 Honey


  1. The International Jury resigned Berlinale Official Archive, 1970 Archived 2013-01-14 at the Wayback Machine