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What to stream: Five Sundance classics

Jan. 25 (UPI) -- The 2021 Sundance Film Festival will be different this year. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the fest will be accessible online and with satellite theaters, to ensure a smaller, more distanced event in Park City, Utah, from Thursday to Feb. 3.

There are many classic movies from past Sundance Film Festivals streaming on different services now. Revisit these five films that made Sundance the place to discover emerging new talent to get yourself ready to discover this year's crop.

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Reservoir Dogs -- Amazon Prime, HBO Max, Showtime

Quentin Tarantino's debut film premiered at Sundance in 1992. The crime drama showcased Tarantino's way with words and extreme violence. Tim Roth, Harvey Keitel, Michael Madsen, Steve Buscemi, Chris Penn and Tarantino himself star in the story of a diamond robbery gone wrong. Tarantino's next film, Pulp Fiction, would premiere at the Cannes Film Festival.

Clerks -- HBO Max

Sundance audiences probably never laughed so hard before or since Clerks premiered in 1994. Kevin Smith wrote and directed Clerks, filmed in his local Quick Stop market and next door video store. Smith proved guys standing around talking about Star Wars and their love lives were all the spectacle he needed. His stoner Jay and Silent Bob characters would connect six other films to the Clerks universe.

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The Blair Witch Project -- Hulu

This little horror movie made Sundance history in 1999. Made by filmmakers and newcomer actors out in the woods of Burkittsville, Md., The Blair Witch Project sold for $1 millions out of Sundance. When it opened in theaters that summer, it made over $100 million thanks to a viral online marketing campaign building intrigue about the Blair Witch.

Memento -- Tubi, Hoopla, Kanopy, Pluto TV, Filmrise

The Sundance Film Festival put Christopher Nolan on the map for his second movie in 2000. The first people to see Memento at Sundance started talking about this must-see backward mystery. Every scene revealed a clue about the scene you just watched, which happens after the current scene. Nolan would continue to push perceptions of reality with films like Inception and Tenet.

Like Crazy -- Hulu, Amazon Prime, Epix

The late Anton Yelchin starred in this heartbreaking drama with Felicity Jones, which premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. They play lovers who fell in love in college, but when school ended, Anna (Jones) overstayed her visa. Separated by immigration policies, Jacob (Yelchin) and Anna cope with their long-distance relationship.

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