Top 150 Polish Feature Films

by kinoholik | created - 01 Feb 2011 | updated - 04 Feb 2016 | Public

Top directors by number of films included: 14 - Andrzej Wajda 9 - Krzysztof Zanussi 7 - Krzysztof Kieślowski, Kazimierz Kutz 5 - Wojciech Jerzy Has 4 - Tadeusz Konwicki, Jerzy Kawalerowicz 3 - Filip Bajon, Andrzej Barański, Aleksander Ford, Robert Gliński, Andrzej Jakimowski, Dorota Kędzierzawska, Marek Koterski, Juliusz Machulski, Andrzej Munk, Władysław Pasikowski, Stanisław Różewicz, Jerzy Skolimowski, Janusz Zaorski

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1. Dekalog (1989–1990)

TV-MA | 572 min | Drama

100 Metascore

Ten television drama films, each one based on one of the Ten Commandments.

Stars: Artur Barcis, Olgierd Lukaszewicz, Aleksander Bardini, Olaf Lubaszenko

Votes: 18,685 | Gross: $0.10M

2. Night Train (1959)

99 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Jerzy enters a train set for the Baltic coast. He seems to be on the run from something - as does the strange woman with whom he must share a sleeping compartment.

Director: Jerzy Kawalerowicz | Stars: Lucyna Winnicka, Leon Niemczyk, Teresa Szmigielówna, Zbigniew Cybulski

Votes: 2,294

3. Ashes and Diamonds (1958)

Not Rated | 103 min | Drama, Romance, War

As WWII and the German occupation ends, the Polish resistance and the Russian forces turn on each other in an attempt to take over leadership in Communist Poland.

Director: Andrzej Wajda | Stars: Zbigniew Cybulski, Ewa Krzyzewska, Waclaw Zastrzezynski, Adam Pawlikowski

Votes: 9,312

4. Interrogation (1989)

118 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Tonia goes out drinking. She wakes up in prison, not having a clue why she's there. She is tortured to encourage her to confess to a crime she is not aware of.

Director: Ryszard Bugajski | Stars: Krystyna Janda, Adam Ferency, Janusz Gajos, Agnieszka Holland

Votes: 2,691

5. Blind Chance (1987)

Not Rated | 114 min | Drama

Witek runs after a train. Three variations follow on how such a seemingly banal incident could influence the rest of Witek's life.

Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski | Stars: Boguslaw Linda, Tadeusz Lomnicki, Zbigniew Zapasiewicz, Boguslawa Pawelec

Votes: 7,079

6. The Promised Land (1975)

Not Rated | 179 min | Drama

At the turn of the century, Lodz, Poland was a quick-paced manufacturing center for textiles, replete with cutthroat industrialists and unsafe working conditions. Three young friends, a ... See full summary »

Director: Andrzej Wajda | Stars: Daniel Olbrychski, Wojciech Pszoniak, Andrzej Seweryn, Anna Nehrebecka

Votes: 2,749

7. The Saragossa Manuscript (1965)

182 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Upon finding a book that relates his grandfather's story, an officer ventures through Spain meeting a wide array of characters, most of whom have a story of their own to tell.

Director: Wojciech Has | Stars: Zbigniew Cybulski, Iga Cembrzynska, Elzbieta Czyzewska, Gustaw Holoubek

Votes: 4,339 | Gross: $0.12M

8. Kobieta samotna (1987 TV Movie)

92 min | Drama

A story of a middle-aged woman, Irena, living alone on the outskirts of Wroclaw with her 8-year old son. They live in a drab apartment. She is a mail carrier and her son is her only pride ... See full summary »

Director: Agnieszka Holland | Stars: Maria Chwalibóg, Boguslaw Linda, Pawel Witczak, Danuta Balicka

Votes: 327

9. A Short Film About Killing (1988)

Not Rated | 84 min | Crime, Drama

The plot couldn't be simpler or its attack on capital punishment (and the act of killing in general) more direct - a senseless, violent, almost botched murder is followed by a cold, ... See full summary »

Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski | Stars: Miroslaw Baka, Krzysztof Globisz, Jan Tesarz, Zbigniew Zapasiewicz

Votes: 14,711

10. Knife in the Water (1962)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, Thriller

On their way to a sailing trip, an aging husband and wife invite along an emphatic young hitchhiker out of sheer patronization.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Leon Niemczyk, Jolanta Umecka, Zygmunt Malanowicz, Anna Ciepielewska

Votes: 17,946

11. Man of Marble (1977)

160 min | Drama

In 1976, a young woman in Krakow is making her diploma film, looking behind the scenes at the life of a 1950s bricklayer, Birkut, who was briefly a proletariat hero, at how that heroism was... See full summary »

Director: Andrzej Wajda | Stars: Krystyna Janda, Jerzy Radziwilowicz, Tadeusz Lomnicki, Jacek Lomnicki

Votes: 3,488

12. A Short Film About Love (1988)

Not Rated | 87 min | Drama, Romance

An innocent virgin spies on his frontal neighbor and falls in love with her, thus starts using tricks on her which he hopes will lead to them meeting.

Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski | Stars: Grazyna Szapolowska, Olaf Lubaszenko, Stefania Iwinska, Piotr Machalica

Votes: 16,617

13. Day of the Wacko (2002)

Not Rated | 93 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

24 hours in the bitter life of a frustrated divorced teacher who stays in the vicious circle of his numerous obsessions.

Director: Marek Koterski | Stars: Marek Kondrat, Janina Traczykówna, Andrzej Grabowski, Michal Koterski

Votes: 7,531

14. Kanal (1957)

Not Rated | 91 min | Drama, War

In 1944, during the Warsaw uprising against the Nazis, Polish Lieutenant Zadra and his resistance fighters use Warsaw's sewer system to escape the German encirclement.

Director: Andrzej Wajda | Stars: Teresa Izewska, Tadeusz Janczar, Wienczyslaw Glinski, Tadeusz Gwiazdowski

Votes: 5,956

15. The Debt (1999)

Not Rated | 106 min | Drama, Crime, Thriller

The Debt is a gripping thriller about two entrepreneurs who become tangled in the web of a Russian thug. Two friends begin a business venture of importing Italian scooters into Poland. With... See full summary »

Director: Krzysztof Krauze | Stars: Robert Gonera, Jacek Borcuch, Andrzej Chyra, Cezary Kosinski

Votes: 2,950

16. Three Colors: Blue (1993)

R | 98 min | Drama, Music, Mystery

85 Metascore

A woman struggles to find a way to live her life after the death of her husband and child.

Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski | Stars: Juliette Binoche, Zbigniew Zamachowski, Julie Delpy, Benoît Régent

Votes: 78,658 | Gross: $1.32M

17. Camouflage (1977)

Not Rated | 106 min | Comedy, Drama

A group of students are spending the summer vacation at a university camp studying the science of linguistics. One of the camp directors, Jaroslaw, is a young professor who prefers the ... See full summary »

Director: Krzysztof Zanussi | Stars: Piotr Garlicki, Zbigniew Zapasiewicz, Christine Paul, Mariusz Dmochowski

Votes: 1,043

18. How Far, How Near (1972)

95 min | Drama

Middle-aged Andrzej takes a dreamlike journey to his troubled past, trying to understand his friend's suicide.

Director: Tadeusz Konwicki | Stars: Andrzej Lapicki, Gustaw Holoubek, Maja Komorowska, Anna Dymna

Votes: 191

19. Sexmission (1984)

117 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

Two scientists are placed in hibernation and should be awaken after three years. But when they wake up, it turns out that it has been fifty years, and they are the only two males in a new, underground society composed exclusively of women.

Director: Juliusz Machulski | Stars: Wieslaw Michnikowski, Jerzy Stuhr, Olgierd Lukaszewicz, Dorota Stalinska

Votes: 10,467

20. Zywot Mateusza (1968)

80 min | Drama

Mateusz is a weird man living a peaceful life in a remote country house by the lake. When a stranger is attracted to his beloved sister, his life starts falling apart.

Director: Witold Leszczynski | Stars: Franciszek Pieczka, Anna Milewska, Wirgiliusz Gryn, Aleksander Fogiel

Votes: 316

21. Hi, Tereska (2001)

86 min | Drama

A sensitive teenage girl from a poor family befriends a cynical schoolmate, who shows her how to smoke, drink, have sex and steal. Tereska's life heads towards a catastrophe.

Director: Robert Glinski | Stars: Aleksandra Gietner, Karolina Sobczak, Zbigniew Zamachowski, Malgorzata Rozniatowska

Votes: 1,240

22. Teddy Bear (1981)

111 min | Comedy

The main character is the manager of a sport club, nicknamed "Teddy Bear" by his friends and acquaintances. One day he is detained at the border just as his sport team is off to a ... See full summary »

Director: Stanislaw Bareja | Stars: Stanislaw Tym, Barbara Burska, Christine Paul, Krzysztof Kowalewski

Votes: 4,538

23. The Illumination (1973)

91 min | Drama

Tabloid life of a physicist; his work, his love life and his quest for the meaning beyond.

Director: Krzysztof Zanussi | Stars: Stanislaw Latallo, Monika Dzienisiewicz-Olbrychska, Malgorzata Pritulak, Jan Skotnicki

Votes: 1,090

24. Saviour Square (2006)

105 min | Drama

A story of a married couple with two children, whose housing problems, the man's infidelity and the woman's fragility lead the family to destruction.

Directors: Joanna Kos-Krauze, Krzysztof Krauze | Stars: Jowita Budnik, Arkadiusz Janiczek, Ewa Wencel, Dawid Gudejko

Votes: 1,473

25. Johnnie Waterman (1993)

101 min | Comedy, Drama

The old man Johnnie lives a peaceful but eccentric rural life with his young wife Veronica. Shortly after conceiving the child they have longed for, Johnnie discovers that he possesses ... See full summary »

Director: Jan Jakub Kolski | Stars: Franciszek Pieczka, Grazyna Blecka-Kolska, Boguslaw Linda, Katarzyna Aleksandrowicz

Votes: 486

26. Eve Wants to Sleep (1958)

95 min | Comedy

Ewa Bonecka, a young student about to start school in a new place finds herself without a place to sleep after she is declined a room in a women-only hotel. Helped by a pleasant policeman, ... See full summary »

Director: Tadeusz Chmielewski | Stars: Barbara Lass, Stanislaw Mikulski, Stefan Bartik, Ludwik Benoit

Votes: 309

27. Sól ziemi czarnej (1970)

99 min | Drama, War

During the 1920 Silesian uprising, seven brothers take part in the struggle with the Germans to keep the region in the Polish hands.

Director: Kazimierz Kutz | Stars: Olgierd Lukaszewicz, Jan Englert, Jerzy Binczycki, Jerzy Cnota

Votes: 193

28. Ida (2013)

PG-13 | 82 min | Drama

91 Metascore

A novice nun about to take her vows uncovers a family secret dating back to the German occupation.

Director: Pawel Pawlikowski | Stars: Agata Kulesza, Agata Trzebuchowska, Dawid Ogrodnik, Jerzy Trela

Votes: 47,054 | Gross: $3.83M

29. Behind the Wall (1971 TV Movie)

56 min | Drama

Jan is a young assistant professor in chemistry and a workaholic, whose entire life is dedicated to study and advancement to full professorship. Anna is an unsuccesful science writer who ... See full summary »

Director: Krzysztof Zanussi | Stars: Maja Komorowska, Zbigniew Zapasiewicz, Eugenia Herman, Jadwiga Colonna-Walewska

Votes: 83

30. Personnel (1975 TV Movie)

67 min | Drama

Romek, an idealistc 19-year-old boy, takes a job as a tailor in the costume department of a Warsaw theater company where his new colleague, Sowa, is pressured to make a costume for an ... See full summary »

Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski | Stars: Juliusz Machulski, Irena Lorentowicz, Wlodzimierz Borunski, Michal Tarkowski

Votes: 386

31. Korczak (1990)

Unrated | 118 min | Biography, Drama, War

Account of the last days of life of the legendary Polish pedagogue Janusz Korczak and his heroic dedication to protecting Jewish orphans during the war. Jewish doctor Henryk Goldszmit, ... See full summary »

Director: Andrzej Wajda | Stars: Wojciech Pszoniak, Ewa Dalkowska, Teresa Budzisz-Krzyzanowska, Marzena Trybala

Votes: 1,011

32. Top Dog (1978)

104 min | Drama

An ironic look at a climber who decides to do anything, including throwing mud at his best friend, to get a job he thinks will launch him into a better career.

Director: Feliks Falk | Stars: Jerzy Stuhr, Slawa Kwasniewska, Wiktor Sadecki, Michal Tarkowski

Votes: 561

33. Shivers (1981)

106 min | Drama, History

Set in the early 1950's, during the Stalin's Personality Cult. The story opens in a provincial town. Tomek's father, a former member of the Home Army is arrested so the mother is left with ... See full summary »

Director: Wojciech Marczewski | Stars: Tomasz Hudziec, Teresa Marczewska, Marek Kondrat, Zdzislaw Wardejn

Votes: 300

34. The Maids of Wilko (1979)

118 min | Drama, Romance

Set in the late '20s. A thirtyish young man, who heads a small factory, faints at the funeral of a close friend. He decides to go home to his aunt and uncle for a while, but gets involved ... See full summary »

Director: Andrzej Wajda | Stars: Daniel Olbrychski, Anna Seniuk, Maja Komorowska, Stanislawa Celinska

Votes: 1,018

35. The Reverse (2009)

99 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A story about women, set in the present and in 1950s Warsaw. The main character is Sabina, a quiet, shy woman who has just turned thirty. Clearly, she lacks a man in her life. Her mother ... See full summary »

Director: Borys Lankosz | Stars: Agata Buzek, Krystyna Janda, Anna Polony, Marcin Dorocinski

Votes: 1,779

36. Rece do góry (1981)

76 min | Drama

Censored by the Polish authorities, this movie was re-edited and new footage added. It begins with a science fiction motif: abstract images and electronic music take the viewer from ruins ... See full summary »

Director: Jerzy Skolimowski | Stars: Jerzy Skolimowski, Joanna Szczerbic, Tadeusz Lomnicki, Adam Hanuszkiewicz

Votes: 268

37. Wesele (1973)

102 min | Drama

Set at the turn of the century, the story concerns a Polish poet living in Cracow who has decided to marry a peasant girl. The wedding is attended by a heterogenous group of people from all... See full summary »

Director: Andrzej Wajda | Stars: Marek Walczewski, Izabella Olszewska, Ewa Zietek, Daniel Olbrychski

Votes: 884

38. Border Street (1948)

110 min | Drama, War

The story of Polish and Jewish families living side by side in one Warsaw street. Everything changes once and for all with the Nazi invasion.

Director: Aleksander Ford | Stars: Mieczyslawa Cwiklinska, Jerzy Leszczynski, Wladyslaw Godik, Wladyslaw Walter

Votes: 157

39. Landscape After Battle (1970)

109 min | Drama, History, Romance

Film opens with the mad rush of haphazard freedom as the concentration camps are liberated. Men are trying to grab food, change clothes, bury their tormentors they find alive. Then they are... See full summary »

Director: Andrzej Wajda | Stars: Daniel Olbrychski, Stanislawa Celinska, Aleksander Bardini, Tadeusz Janczar

Votes: 672

40. The Recidivists (1994 TV Movie)

79 min | Comedy, Drama

Tomasz Siwek unexpectedly changes from an obedient communist party member into an opposition activist. And all that happens during a Solidarity rally where he was sent to spy on the protesters.

Director: Kazimierz Kutz | Stars: Zbigniew Zamachowski, Henryk Bista, Marek Kondrat, Stanislaw Górka

Votes: 255

41. Pan Tadeusz: The Last Foray in Lithuania (1999)

Not Rated | 147 min | Drama, History, Romance

In the early 1810s, Poles, part of Russia's client state of Lithuania, think independence will come if they join forces with Napoleon when he invades Russia. This unity of purpose, in one ... See full summary »

Director: Andrzej Wajda | Stars: Boguslaw Linda, Daniel Olbrychski, Grazyna Szapolowska, Andrzej Seweryn

Votes: 2,683

42. Niedzielne igraszki (1983)

60 min | Drama

Made in 1983, shelved for four years. A chilling tale about kids playing in a bombed-out Warsaw courtyard on the day of Stalin's death, while their parents are away at the church or a ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Glinski | Stars: Joanna Eberlein, Filip Gebski, Anna Goluch, Elzbieta Helman

Votes: 63

43. Lava (1989)

129 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

In the eve of the Day of the Dead, among mysterious old rituals of the Vilnius region, ghosts of the past and present start to appear.

Director: Tadeusz Konwicki | Stars: Gustaw Holoubek, Jolanta Pietek-Górecka, Artur Zmijewski, Teresa Budzisz-Krzyzanowska

Votes: 198

44. Mother Joan of the Angels (1961)

110 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

A priest is sent to a small parish in the Polish countryside which is believed to be under demonic possession and there he finds his own temptations awaiting.

Director: Jerzy Kawalerowicz | Stars: Lucyna Winnicka, Mieczyslaw Voit, Anna Ciepielewska, Maria Chwalibóg

Votes: 2,455

45. The House of Fools (1985)

93 min | Comedy, Drama

After a long absence, Adas Miauczynski visits his family house and spends one evening with his eccentric ritual-driven parents.

Director: Marek Koterski | Stars: Tadeusz Lomnicki, Bohdana Majda, Marek Kondrat, Leszek Teleszynski

Votes: 300

46. The Last Day of Summer (1958)

66 min | Drama, Romance

A young man meets a middle-aged woman at a deserted beach. Will they overcome their personal and wartime traumas and find a way to stay together?

Director: Tadeusz Konwicki | Stars: Irena Laskowska, Jan Machulski

Votes: 427

47. A Few People, a Little Time (2005)

104 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

The unusual bond between a blind female writer and an acclaimed poet changes their lives and forms an exceptional creative cooperation, free of politics and the complexities of mundane life.

Director: Andrzej Baranski | Stars: Krystyna Janda, Andrzej Hudziak, Violetta Arlak, Katarzyna Cynke

Votes: 114

48. Barrier (1966)

77 min | Drama, Comedy

A rebellious student wants to get total independence and overcome all the barriers in his life: of money, age, status, cults and conventions. However, he meets a girl with completely different ideals.

Director: Jerzy Skolimowski | Stars: Joanna Szczerbic, Jan Nowicki, Tadeusz Lomnicki, Maria Malicka

Votes: 366

49. Jeszcze tylko ten las (1991)

86 min | Drama, War