Best Romanian movies

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1. California Dreamin' (2007)

Not Rated | 155 min | Comedy, Drama, War

A railway chief delays a NATO train transporting military equipment during the war in Kosovo in 1999.

Director: Cristian Nemescu | Stars: Armand Assante, Jamie Elman, Razvan Vasilescu, Maria Dinulescu

Votes: 7,305

2. Police, Adjective (2009)

Not Rated | 113 min | Crime, Drama

81 Metascore

A police officer refuses to arrest a young man for offering drugs to his friends.

Director: Corneliu Porumboiu | Stars: Dragos Bucur, Vlad Ivanov, Ion Stoica, Irina Saulescu

Votes: 4,414 | Gross: $0.05M

3. Tales from the Golden Age (2009)

Not Rated | 155 min | Comedy, History

68 Metascore

Several urban legends of Communist Romania are dramatized.

Directors: Hanno Höfer, Razvan Marculescu, Cristian Mungiu, Constantin Popescu, Ioana Uricaru | Stars: Diana Cavallioti, Radu Iacoban, Vlad Ivanov, Tania Popa

Votes: 4,590

4. 12:08 East of Bucharest (2006)

Unrated | 89 min | Comedy, Drama

77 Metascore

A local talk show host organizes an alcoholic professor and a pensioner known for playing Santa Claus to decide whether there was ever a revolution in their town Vaslui.

Director: Corneliu Porumboiu | Stars: Mircea Andreescu, Teodor Corban, Ion Sapdaru, Mirela Cioaba

Votes: 6,532 | Gross: $0.09M

5. If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle (2010)

Unrated | 94 min | Drama

64 Metascore

Two weeks before his release, a teenage prisoner learns that his mother has returned home. Meanwhile, he finds himself in love with a student working in the penitentiary as an intern.

Director: Florin Serban | Stars: George Pistereanu, Ada Condeescu, Mihai Constantin, Clara Voda

Votes: 5,738 | Gross: $0.01M

6. The Way I Spent the End of the World (2006)

Not Rated | 106 min | Drama

In communist era Romania, people live with hope for a new life of freedom.

Director: Cãtãlin Mitulescu | Stars: Dorotheea Petre, Timotei Duma, Ioan Albu, Sergiu Anghel

Votes: 2,844

7. The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (2005)

R | 153 min | Drama

86 Metascore

Mr. Lãzãrescu, a dying old man, is shuttled from hospital to hospital by a loyal paramedic as doctors refuse to operate and no one can agree on a diagnosis.

Director: Cristi Puiu | Stars: Doru Ana, Monica Barladeanu, Alina Berzunteanu, Dorian Boguta

Votes: 12,175 | Gross: $0.08M

8. 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007)

Not Rated | 113 min | Drama

97 Metascore

A woman assists her friend in arranging an illegal abortion in 1980s Romania.

Director: Cristian Mungiu | Stars: Anamaria Marinca, Laura Vasiliu, Vlad Ivanov, Alexandru Potocean

Votes: 52,097 | Gross: $1.19M

9. Aurora (I) (2010)

Not Rated | 181 min | Drama

63 Metascore

An apartment kitchen: a man and a woman discuss Little Red Riding Hood, their voices hushed, mindful of waking the little girl sleeping next room. Waste land on the city outskirts: behind a... See full summary »

Director: Cristi Puiu | Stars: Cristi Puiu, Clara Voda, Catrinel Dumitrescu, Luminita Gheorghiu

Votes: 1,398

10. Best Intentions (2011)

105 min | Drama

Alex, in his mid-thirties, is a quite neurotic character. When his mother is hospitalized with a stroke, the caring son's life gets out of track. At the hospital he finds himself in a ... See full summary »

Director: Adrian Sitaru | Stars: Bogdan Dumitrache, Natasa Raab, Marian Rálea, Alina Grigore

Votes: 466

11. Francesca (2009)

94 min | Drama

Wanting to follow the current trend, Francesca, a young teacher from Bucharest, is eager to emigrate to Italy. Unfortunately,whilst desperately seeking support from those nearest and ... See full summary »

Director: Bobby Paunescu | Stars: Monica Barladeanu, Dorian Boguta, Luminita Gheorghiu, Teodor Corban

Votes: 519

12. The Rest is Silence (2007)

114 min | Comedy, Drama

In 1911-12, the Romanian movie director Grigore Brezianu and the financial tycoon Leon Popescu made together the 2 hours long movie "Romania's Independence" - an as faithful as possible ... See full summary »

Director: Nae Caranfil | Stars: Marius Florea Vizante, Ovidiu Niculescu, Mirela Zeta, Sandu Mihai Gruia

Votes: 2,549

13. Philanthropy (2002)

110 min | Comedy, Drama

Ovidiu, a high-school teacher looking for an extra buck, finds an unexpected way to earn easy money.

Director: Nae Caranfil | Stars: Mircea Diaconu, Gheorghe Dinica, Mara Nicolescu, Viorica Voda

Votes: 11,599

14. Closer to the Moon (2014)

Not Rated | 112 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

47 Metascore

A Romanian police officer teams up with a small crew of old friends from the World War II Jewish Resistance to pull off a heist by convincing everyone at the scene of the crime that they are only filming a movie.

Director: Nae Caranfil | Stars: Vera Farmiga, Mark Strong, Harry Lloyd, Anton Lesser

Votes: 3,587

15. Sundays on Leave (1993)

104 min | Comedy, Drama

It is late in the Ceausescu era in Romania, and Cristina is having a difficult time with her boyfriend. He wants her to have sex with him before he goes off to do his obligatory stint in ... See full summary »

Director: Nae Caranfil | Stars: Nathalie Bonnifay, George Alexandru, Marius Stanescu, Valentin Teodosiu

Votes: 763

16. The Earth's Most Beloved Son (1993)

138 min | Drama

The film is an adaptation of a novel by Marin Preda, a controversial novelist who died during the Communist rule soon after the book was published. It tells the story of an intellectual, ... See full summary »

Director: Serban Marinescu | Stars: Stefan Iordache, Gheorghe Dinica, Dorel Visan, Maia Morgenstern

Votes: 1,478

17. Ciuleandra (1985)

119 min | Drama

After he kills his beloved wife, Puiu Faranga is helped by his father to fake insanity.

Director: Sergiu Nicolaescu | Stars: Stefan Iordache, Gheorghe Cozorici, Ion Ritiu, Anca Nicola

Votes: 454

18. Duelul (1981)

105 min | Thriller

Officer Moldovan must solve the case of a robbery.

Director: Sergiu Nicolaescu | Stars: Sergiu Nicolaescu, Jean Constantin, Colea Rautu, Ion Ritiu

Votes: 485

19. Last Night of Love (1980)

100 min | Drama, War

In 1916 Romanian Army lieutenant Tudor Gheorghiu jealously obsesses over his wife Lena's apparent infidelity and contests against gigolo lawyer Nicolau for Lena's love.

Director: Sergiu Nicolaescu | Stars: Vladimir Gaitan, Joanna Pacula, Sergiu Nicolaescu, Sebastian Papaiani

Votes: 493

20. Un comisar acuzã (1974)

114 min | Action, Crime, Drama

The Iron Guard, also known as Legion of Archangel Michael, was a Romanian nationalist and patriotic movement of extreme right; as such, after it rose to power, it supported Nazi Germany and... See full summary »

Director: Sergiu Nicolaescu | Stars: Amza Pellea, Gheorghe Dinica, Ion Besoiu, Jean Constantin

Votes: 850

21. Uncle Marin, the Billionaire (1979)

88 min | Comedy

A Romanian peasant, visiting a friend who is working at a hotel on the Black Sea Riviera, is mistaken for a look-alike rich American businessman.

Director: Sergiu Nicolaescu | Stars: Amza Pellea, Draga Olteanu Matei, Jean Constantin, Stefan Mihailescu-Braila

Votes: 3,064

22. Orient Express (2004)

PG | 115 min | Romance, Drama

At an old age, prince Andrei Morudzi retreats to his castle in Romania, during the two world wars, after having led an eventful youth. There he is seen as a rare bird by the local folk, due... See full summary »

Director: Sergiu Nicolaescu | Stars: Sergiu Nicolaescu, Gheorghe Dinica, Dan Bittman, Maia Morgenstern

Votes: 831

23. Revansa (1978)

101 min | Action, Crime, Drama

After Iron Guard member Paraipan discovers that commissioner Moldovan had staged his own death, he kidnaps Moldovan's son in order to draw him out. Tensions build up resulting in a final epic confrontation.

Director: Sergiu Nicolaescu | Stars: Gheorghe Dinica, Sergiu Nicolaescu, Jean Constantin, Amza Pellea

Votes: 618

24. Supravietuitorul (2008)

106 min | Crime

After WWII "Comisarul Moldova" (Sergiu Nicolaescu / Petr Falc) spent years as a political prisoner of the communist regime. The favorite entertainment of the Russian Colonel in charge of ... See full summary »

Director: Sergiu Nicolaescu | Stars: Sergiu Nicolaescu, Petr Falc, Vladimir Gaitan, Cristian Motiu

Votes: 1,086

26. Cu mâinile curate (1972)

95 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

Set in post war Romania, a communist who was tortured by the fascists during the war is now a police detective and sets about clearing his city of gangsters and black marketeers.

Director: Sergiu Nicolaescu | Stars: Ilarion Ciobanu, Alexandru Dobrescu, Sergiu Nicolaescu, Gheorghe Dinica

Votes: 912

28. Mamaia (2013)

90 min | Comedy

The movie tells the story of Matilda, an old woman that has to fight against a real-estate mogul in order to save her house. Tanase is a ruthless businessman who built his fortune on ... See full summary »

Director: Jesús del Cerro | Stars: Stela Popescu, Valentin Teodosiu, Madalina Anea, Adrian Vancica

Votes: 162

29. Miss Christina (2013)

101 min | Horror, Mystery

When two lovers arrive at the mansion where the girl grew up, they are haunted by a beautiful seductive ghost.

Director: Alexandru Maftei | Stars: Tudor Istodor, Maia Morgenstern, Ioana Anastasia Anton, Dumitrescu Anastasia

Votes: 698

30. Hello! How Are You? (2010)

105 min | Comedy, Romance

Musician Gabriel and dimpled dry-cleaning proprietress Gabriela live like two strangers who no longer see each other. But in humorous contrast to their staid, passionless lives, characters ... See full summary »

Director: Alexandru Maftei | Stars: Dana Voicu, Ionel Mihailescu, Paul Octavian Diaconescu, Jordi Gràcia

Votes: 1,440

31. Marilena from P7 (2006)

48 min | Drama, Fantasy

Andrei, a 13-year-old teenager living on Bucharest outskirts, decides one day to steal a trolleybus in order to impress Marilena, a prostitute he fell in love with.

Director: Cristian Nemescu | Stars: Gabriel Huian, Madalina Ghitescu, Gabriel Spahiu, Aura Calarasu

Votes: 1,863

32. Stuff and Dough (2001)

PG-13 | 90 min | Drama, Thriller

76 Metascore

A newbie agrees to deliver the wrong merchandise for money. He will learn soon that this trip will change his views about life, forever.

Director: Cristi Puiu | Stars: Alexandru Papadopol, Dragos Bucur, Ioana Flora, Luminita Gheorghiu

Votes: 1,558

33. Summer Holiday (2008)

Not Rated | 102 min | Comedy, Drama

On his spring break at the seaside, with his wife and his four year old son, Bogdan Ciocazanu runs into his best friends from high-school at the precise date and time that reminds all of ... See full summary »

Director: Radu Muntean | Stars: Dragos Bucur, Anamaria Marinca, Mimi Branescu, Adrian Vancica

Votes: 1,924

34. Youth Without Youth (2007)

R | 124 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

43 Metascore

A love story wrapped in a mystery. Set in World War II Europe, a professor is changed by a cataclysmic event and explores the mysteries of life.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Tim Roth, Alexandra Maria Lara, Bruno Ganz, André Hennicke

Votes: 12,403 | Gross: $0.24M

35. Angling (2008)

84 min | Drama

The story of some ordinary people who undergo a relationship crisis, as well as a consciousness crisis - people who find themselves in an extreme situation and give up their principles.

Director: Adrian Sitaru | Stars: Adrian Titieni, Ioana Flora, Maria Dinulescu, Alexandru Georgescu

Votes: 824

36. Illegitimate (2016)

89 min | Drama

Two siblings and an illegitimate love. A father who's a doctor and several accusations. A family in which no one ever drew a line between what's moral and what's legal. Not even when it comes to abortion.

Director: Adrian Sitaru | Stars: Adrian Titieni, Alina Grigore, Robi Urs, Bogdan Albulescu

Votes: 1,054



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