Czech film and television adaptations of foreign language sources

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1. Perfect Days - I zeny maji sve dny (2011)

108 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

"I don't get how I can be forty-five next year, when I still don't know what I want to do when I grow up!" The story begins with Erica's (Ivana Chýlková) forty-fourth birthday where she ... See full summary »

Director: Alice Nellis | Stars: Ivana Chýlková, Ondrej Sokol, Zuzana Bydzovská, Vojtech Kotek

Votes: 190

Based on play Perfect Days by Liz Lochhead (UK)

2. Four Murders Are Enough, Darling (1971)

103 min | Comedy, Crime

Two criminal gangs are ruthlessly fighting for a 1-million dollar check that, purely by chance, got into the flat of shy high school teacher George Camel. As the number of victims sharply ... See full summary »

Director: Oldrich Lipský | Stars: Lubomír Lipský, Jirina Bohdalová, Iva Janzurová, Marie Rosulková

Votes: 606

Based on novel Mrtvacima ulaz zabranjen by Nenad Brixy/Timothy Tatcher (Croatia)

3. Straw Hat (1972)

88 min | Comedy

Fadinard is on the way to his wedding when his horse picks up and eats a straw hat. The owner of the hat is a married woman who, at the time, is in the embrace of a French officer, ... See full summary »

Director: Oldrich Lipský | Stars: Milos Kopecký, Iva Janzurová, Vladimír Mensík, Stella Zázvorková

Votes: 115

Based on play Un chapeau de paille d'Italie by Eugène Labiche (France)

4. Morgiana (1972)

106 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

Klara and Viktoria are sisters. Their father dies, leaving most of his property to Klara. When Klara becomes involved with a man that her sister loves, Viktoria begins to plot her murder.

Director: Juraj Herz | Stars: Iva Janzurová, Josef Abrhám, Nina Divísková, Petr Cepek

Votes: 863

Based on novel Morgiana by Alexander Grin (Russia)

5. The Vampire Wedding (1993)

94 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

Young English gentleman falls in love with beautiful Czech vampire.

Director: Jaroslav Soukup | Stars: Rudolf Hrusínský, Iveta Bartosová, Petr Nározný, Viktor Preiss

Votes: 137

Loosely based on short stories The Room in the Dragon Volant and Carmilla by Sheridan Le Fanu (Ireland)

6. The Sorcerer's Apprentice (1978)

73 min | Animation, Fantasy, Horror

A young boy becomes an apprentice for a mysterious sorcerer, working at the sorcerer's strange and sinister mill where secretive black magic is being taught and performed at a very heavy price.

Director: Karel Zeman | Stars: Ludek Munzar, Jaroslav Moucka, Christian Brückner, Friedrich Schütter

Votes: 903

Based on novel Krabat by Otfried Preußler (Germany)

7. Spring Waters (1968)

91 min | Drama, Romance

An aging lonesome man, Dimitri Pavlovich Sanin, holds a celebration at his manor. He leaves for his study and the iron ring which he finds in his table returns him in his memories forty ... See full summary »

Director: Václav Krska | Stars: Vít Olmer, Alzbeta Strkulová, Kveta Fialová, Marie Glázrová

Votes: 19

Based on novel Veshnie vody by Ivan Segeevich Turgenev (Russia)

Based on novel Black Abbot by Edgar Wallace (UK)

Based on play L'Avare by Molière (France)

Based on play L'Avare by Molière (France)

Based on play L'Avare by Molière (France)

Based on play by Bernard Slade (Canada)

13. Voyage to the End of the Universe (1963)

81 min | Sci-Fi

The year is 2163. Starship Ikaria XB 1 embarks on a long journey across the universe to search for life on the planets of Alpha Centauri.

Director: Jindrich Polák | Stars: Zdenek Stepánek, Frantisek Smolík, Dana Medrická, Irena Kacírková

Votes: 1,782

Based on novel Obłok Magellana (The Magellanic Cloud) by Stanisław Lem (Poland)

14. Invention for Destruction (1958)

Unrated | 83 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy

An evil millionaire named Artigas plans to use a super-explosive device to conquer the world from his headquarters inside an enormous volcano.

Director: Karel Zeman | Stars: Lubor Tokos, Arnost Navrátil, Miroslav Holub, Frantisek Slégr

Votes: 1,732

Based on novel Face au drapeau (Facing the Flag) by Jules Verne (France)

15. Ukradená vzducholod (1967)

90 min | Family, Adventure, Fantasy

Five young boys take off in a lighter-than-air machine from the Centenary Exposition in Prague.

Director: Karel Zeman | Stars: Hanus Bor, Jan Cizek, Jan Malát, Michal Pospísil

Votes: 505

If I am not mistaken, this film combines motives from novels Cinq semaines en ballon (Five Weeks in a Balloon) and Deux ans de vacances (Two Years' Vacation) by Jules Verne (France)

16. Na komete (1970)

74 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

When a comet passes the earth very closely, it pulls a small part of North Africa with it. Carried along is a bunch of people. Among them Angelika, who just escaped from a ruthless weapon ... See full summary »

Director: Karel Zeman | Stars: Magda Vásáryová, Emil Horváth, Frantisek Filipovský, Cestmír Randa

Votes: 532

Based on novel Hector Servadac (Off on a Comet) by Jules Verne (France)

17. The Secret of Steel City (1979)

85 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi

Two scientists use their inherited fortune differently. One designs a beautiful town called Fortuna, while the second builds huge factories to make munitions known as Steel City.

Director: Ludvík Ráza | Stars: Jaromír Hanzlík, Martin Ruzek, Josef Vinklár, Jan Potmesil

Votes: 228

Based on novel Les Cinq Cents Millions de la Bégum (The Begum's Fortune aka The Begum's Millions) by Jules Verne (France)

18. The Mysterious Castle in the Carpathians (1981)

97 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

In 1897, in a castle near the town of Werewolfville in the Carpathians, a slightly deranged Professor Orfanik experiments with his new inventions which include, even at this early date, television and a film camera.

Director: Oldrich Lipský | Stars: Michal Docolomanský, Evelyna Steimarová, Vlastimil Brodský, Milos Kopecký

Votes: 1,057

Based on novel Le Château des Carpates (The Carpathian Castle) by Jules Verne (France)

19. The Fabulous Baron Munchausen (1962)

Not Rated | 83 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

The outrageous Baron Munchausen tells of his many adventures, from meeting the Man in the Moon to defeating a Turkish army all by himself.

Director: Karel Zeman | Stars: Milos Kopecký, Rudolf Jelínek, Jana Brejchová, Karel Höger

Votes: 1,737

Based on novel The Surprising Adventures of Baron Munchausen by Rudolf Erich Raspe and its adaptation by Gottfried August Bürger (both Germany)

20. Kral Ubu (1996)

88 min | Comedy, Drama

Cinematographer F.A. Brabec's directorial debut adapts Alfred Jarry's absurd drama in a manner emphasizing artistic stylization. With the help of a legendary screenwriter Milos Macourek and... See full summary »

Director: F.A. Brabec | Stars: Marián Labuda, Lucie Bílá, Karel Roden, Ivan Zachariás

Votes: 128

Based on play Ubu the Roi (Ubu the King) by Alfred Jarry (France)

Based on play Busybody by Jack Popplewell (UK)

Loosely based on short story The Suicide Club by Robert Louis Stevenson (UK)

23. Návsteva staré dámy (1999 TV Movie)

100 min | Drama

A millionairess is only too willing to save a town from bankruptcy - if her demand is met.

Director: Zdenek Zelenka | Stars: Jirina Bohdalová, Alois Svehlík, Frantisek Nemec, Jan Stastný

Votes: 15

Based on play Der Besuch der alten Dame (The Visit) by Friedrich Dürrenmatt (Switzerland)

24. Christian (1939)

95 min | Comedy, Romance

Alois Novák (Oldrich Nový), a minor clerk in a travel agency and the husband of a dowdy housewife Marenka (Natasa Gollová), lives a run-of-the-mill, dull life. In his soul, however, there ... See full summary »

Director: Martin Fric | Stars: Oldrich Nový, Natasa Gollová, Raoul Schránil, Bedrich Veverka

Votes: 361

Probably very loosely based on play Christian by Yvan Noé (France)

25. Prehlídce velim já (1969)

85 min | Comedy

Ungraduated law student Folta (Karel Höger), now a driver at a soda works, offers successful legal guidance. He gives good advice to the butcher Pejsa (Ilja Prachar) who is facing charges ... See full summary »

Director: Jaroslav Mach | Stars: Karel Höger, Cestmír Randa, Slávka Budínová, Josef Chvalina

Votes: 24

Based by novel Zolotoy telyonok (The Golden Calf aka The Little Golden Calf) by Ilya Ilf and Evgeny Petrov (Russia)

26. Splhající profesor (1992 TV Movie)

51 min | Comedy, Crime, Horror

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Director: Zdenek Zelenka | Stars: Viktor Preiss, Josef Somr, Petr Kostka, Jan Stastný

Votes: 21

Based on short story The Climbing Man by Arthur Conan Doyle (UK)

Based on short stories The Murders in the Rue Morgue, The Purloined Letter and Thou Art the Man by Edgar Allan Poe (USA)

Based on short story Thou Art the Man by Edgar Allan Poe (USA)

Based on short story The Specialty of the House by Stanley Ellin (USA)

30. Case for a Rookie Hangman (1970)

102 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

Lemuel Gulliver (Lubomír Kostelka) has had a car accident and continues his journey across the unknown countryside on foot. On the road he finds a dead rabbit dressed like a man and takes a... See full summary »

Director: Pavel Jurácek | Stars: Lubomír Kostelka, Klára Jerneková, Milena Zahrynowska, Radovan Lukavský

Votes: 438

Very loosely based on novel Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift (Ireland)

Based on novel Doll by Evan Hunter/Ed McBain (USA)

32. Pension pro svobodné pány (1968)

90 min | Comedy

Visits by women are strictly prohibited in Ms Mossie's English pension for bachelors. Nevertheless, some of the younger tenants cannot resist the temptation and sometimes try to sneak a ... See full summary »

Director: Jirí Krejcík | Stars: Iva Janzurová, Josef Abrhám, Jirí Hrzán, Vera Ferbasová

Votes: 90

Based on play Bedtime Story by Sean O´Casey (Ireland)

Based on play Medved': Shutka v odnom deystvii (The Bear: A Joke in One Act) by Anton Chekhov

Based on play Medved': Shutka v odnom deystvii (The Bear: A Joke in One Act) by Anton Chekhov

Based on play A Pound on Demand by Sean O´Casey (Ireland)

Based on several one-act plays by Anton Chekhov (Russia)

Based on short story Malvina of Brittany by Jerome Klapka Jerome (UK)

38. Mala carodejnice (1984)

96 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

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Director: Zdenek Smetana | Star: Jirina Bohdalová

Votes: 124

Based on novel Die Kleine Hexe by Otfried Preussler (Germany)

Based on novel The Man with Two Wives by Hugh Wheeler/Patrick Quentin (USA)

Based on novel The Wife of Ronald Sheldon by Patrick Quentin/Petr Duluth (USA)

41. The Karamazov Brothers (2008)

110 min | Drama

A film that examines the relationships between lives on both sides of the proscenium, Petr Zelenka's Karamazovi finds a Prague-based theatrical ensemble arriving in Krakow, Poland - where ... See full summary »

Director: Petr Zelenka | Stars: Michaela Badinková, Jerzy Michal Bozyk, Igor Chmela, Malgorzata Galkowska

Votes: 1,111

Based on play Brat'ya Karamazovy (The Karamazov Brothers) by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (Russia)

Based on play La Puce à l'oreille (A Flea in Her Ear) by Georges Feydeau (France)

43. An Ideal Husband (2002 TV Movie)


Sir Robert Chiltern is a successful Government minister, well-off and with a loving wife. All this is threatened when Mrs Cheveley appears in London with damning evidence of a past misdeed.... See full summary »

Director: Zdenek Zelenka | Stars: Jirí Bartoska, Zlata Adamovská, Jan Hrusínský, Veronika Freimanová

Votes: 13

Based on play An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde (UK)