My favorite film from each country

by guisreis | created - 09 May 2014 | updated - 4 days ago | Public

Whenever it was possible, I avoided to choose films which have not a local language as one of the spoken ones and that had not the country as a filming location. I also tried to include the maximum of films (therefore, a country may not have my favorite local film from there, in order to 'lend' it, as a co-production, to another country). Films not produced by a country are not considered from that country even if it has been filmed there or if its story is held there (non Turkish "Istanbul United", non Bolivian "Even the rain", non Indian "Slumdog Millionaire", non Paraguayan "Cuchillo de Palo", non Afghan The Breadwinner, non Philippine "1898, Our Last Men in the Philippines", non Belizean "The three kings of Belize", and neither Palestine nor Israeli "Promises", for example). Although I love "Soy Cuba", I also decided not to include it, as it is much more a Soviet film than a Cuban one, but also it is spoken in Spanish and shot in Cuba with Cuban actors; therefore it is a co-production that does not fit very well neither as a Soviet movie nor as a Cuban one. I did not include short films (therefore, 26-minute TV movie "Mandrake the magician" cannot represent Bermuda, and short film "Berta vive" cannot represent Honduras) or TV series either.

See also my lists of Asian films, Latin American movies, Eastern European films, and movies about Africa.

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1. The Battle of Algiers (1966)

Not Rated | 121 min | Drama, War

95 Metascore

In the 1950s, fear and violence escalate as the people of Algiers fight for independence from the French government.

Director: Gillo Pontecorvo | Stars: Brahim Hadjadj, Jean Martin, Yacef Saadi, Samia Kerbash

Votes: 48,602 | Gross: $0.06M

Algeria.

2. Nine Queens (2000)

R | 114 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

80 Metascore

Two con artists try to swindle a stamp collector by selling him a sheet of counterfeit rare stamps (the "nine queens").

Director: Fabián Bielinsky | Stars: Ricardo Darín, Gastón Pauls, Leticia Brédice, María Mercedes Villagra

Votes: 46,849 | Gross: $1.22M

3. The Plumber (1979 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 76 min | Horror, Thriller

A young couple, living in a campus apartment complex, are repeatedly harassed by an eccentric plumber, who subjects them to a series of bizarre mind games while making unnecessary repairs to their bathroom.

Director: Peter Weir | Stars: Judy Morris, Ivar Kants, Robert Coleby, Candy Raymond

Votes: 1,727

4. The Edukators (2004)

R | 127 min | Drama, Romance

68 Metascore

Three activists cobble together a kidnapping plot after they encounter a businessman in his home.

Director: Hans Weingartner | Stars: Daniel Brühl, Julia Jentsch, Stipe Erceg, Burghart Klaußner

Votes: 29,794 | Gross: $0.18M

Austria.

5. Come and See (1985)

Not Rated | 142 min | Drama, War

After finding an old rifle, a young boy joins the Soviet resistance movement against ruthless German forces and experiences the horrors of World War II.

Director: Elem Klimov | Stars: Aleksey Kravchenko, Olga Mironova, Liubomiras Laucevicius, Vladas Bagdonas

Votes: 46,073

Belarus.

6. The Ax (2005)

Not Rated | 117 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

A chemist (Garcia) loses his job to outsourcing. Two years later and still jobless, he hits on a solution: to genuinely eliminate his competition.

Director: Costa-Gavras | Stars: José Garcia, Karin Viard, Geordy Monfils, Ulrich Tukur

Votes: 7,174

Belgium.

7. Cocalero (2007)

86 min | Documentary

A documentary centered on the union formed by Bolivian farmers in response to their government's (which was urged by the U.S.) effort eradicate coca crops, and the man who would come to represent them, Evo Morales.

Director: Alejandro Landes | Stars: Alex Contreras, Javier Escalas, Álvaro García Linera, Adriana Gil

Votes: 245

Bolivia.

8. No Man's Land (I) (2001)

R | 98 min | Drama, War

84 Metascore

Bosnia and Herzegovina during 1993 at the time of the heaviest fighting between the two warring sides. Two soldiers from opposing sides in the conflict, Nino and Ciki, become trapped in no man's land, whilst a third soldier becomes a living booby trap.

Director: Danis Tanovic | Stars: Branko Djuric, Rene Bitorajac, Filip Sovagovic, Georges Siatidis

Votes: 42,719 | Gross: $1.06M

Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Slovenia.

9. The Gods Must Be Crazy (1980)

PG | 109 min | Comedy

73 Metascore

A comic allegory about a traveling Bushman who encounters modern civilization and its stranger aspects, including a clumsy scientist and a band of revolutionaries.

Director: Jamie Uys | Stars: N!xau, Marius Weyers, Sandra Prinsloo, Louw Verwey

Votes: 49,997 | Gross: $30.03M

Botswana.

10. Cinema, Aspirins and Vultures (2005)

99 min | Adventure, Drama

A road movie about a German man who went to the North East of Brazil in the 1942 to sell Aspirin.

Director: Marcelo Gomes | Stars: João Miguel, Peter Ketnath, Madalena Accioly, Jeane Alves

Votes: 2,233

Brazil.

11. The Cup (1999)

G | 93 min | Comedy, Sport

70 Metascore

While the soccer World Cup is being played in France, two young Tibetan refugees arrive at a monastery/boarding school in exile in India. Its atmosphere of serene contemplation is somewhat ... See full summary »

Director: Khyentse Norbu | Stars: Orgyen Tobgyal, Neten Chokling, Jamyang Lodro, Lama Chonjor

Votes: 2,786 | Gross: $1.07M

Bhutan.

12. Yaaba (1989)

90 min | Drama, Family

A small African village. The story focuses on Bila, a ten year old boy who befriends an old woman, Sana. Everybody calls her 'Witch' but Bila himself calls her 'Yaaba' (grandmother). When ... See full summary »

Director: Idrissa Ouedraogo | Stars: Fatimata Sanga, Noufou Ouédraogo, Roukietou Barry, Adama Ouédraogo

Votes: 557

Burkina Faso.

13. Listening (2014)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

35 Metascore

A team of genius-but-broke grad students invent mind-reading technology that destroys their lives and threatens the future of free-will itself.

Director: Khalil Sullins | Stars: Thomas Stroppel, Artie Ahr, Amber Marie Bollinger, Christine Haeberman

Votes: 2,989

Cambodia

14. Muna Moto (1975)

100 min | Drama

Ngando and Ndomé; are in love. Ngando wishes to marry Ndomé; but her family reminds him that the traditional dowry must be settled. Unfortunately, Ngando is poor and unable to fulfill the ... See full summary »

Director: Jean-Pierre Dikongue-Pipa | Stars: Philippe Abia, Arlette Din Beli, Gisèle Dikongue-Pipa, David Endene

Votes: 68

Cameroon.

15. Blindness (2008)

R | 121 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

45 Metascore

A city is ravaged by an epidemic of instant white blindness.

Director: Fernando Meirelles | Stars: Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Gael García Bernal, Yûsuke Iseya

Votes: 66,972 | Gross: $3.07M

Canada.

16. Machuca (2004)

Not Rated | 121 min | Biography, Drama, History

76 Metascore

Two boys observe a political coup in their native Chile.

Director: Andrés Wood | Stars: Matías Quer, Ariel Mateluna, Manuela Martelli, Aline Küppenheim

Votes: 10,423

Chile.

17. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress (2002)

110 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

65 Metascore

Two youths sent for a Maoist "re-education" in the mountains fall in love with the village tailor's granddaughter.

Director: Sijie Dai | Stars: Xun Zhou, Kun Chen, Ye Liu, Shuangbao Wang

Votes: 4,140 | Gross: $0.67M

China.

18. The Colors of the Mountain (2010)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama

Manuel, 9, has an old ball with which he plays football every day in the countryside. He dreams of becoming a great goalkeeper. His wishes seem set to come true when Ernest, his father, ... See full summary »

Director: Carlos César Arbeláez | Stars: Hernán Mauricio Ocampo, Nolberto Sánchez, Genaro Aristizábal, Hernán Méndez

Votes: 1,373

Colombia.

19. Red Princesses (2013)

102 min | Drama

Family is no longer a safe place to grow up.

Director: Laura Astorga | Stars: Valeria Conejo, Aura Dinarte, Carol Sanabria, Fernando Bolaños

Votes: 63

Costa Rica.

20. Max Schmeling (2010)

Not Rated | 123 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

Max Schmeling's fights against Joe Louis are listed in the best 10 ten fights of all times.

Director: Uwe Boll | Stars: Henry Maske, Heino Ferch, Susanne Wuest, Vladimir Weigl

Votes: 1,024

Croatia.

21. Strawberry and Chocolate (1993)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

This Oscar nominated film is the story of two men who are opposites, one gay, the other straight, one a fierce communist, the other a fierce individualist, one suspicious, the other accepting, and how they come to love each other.

Directors: Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, Juan Carlos Tabío | Stars: Jorge Perugorría, Vladimir Cruz, Mirta Ibarra, Francisco Gattorno

Votes: 5,040 | Gross: $2.08M

Cuba.

22. The Boxer and Death (1963)

120 min | Drama, Sport

In a Nazi concentration camp, an escapee awaiting execution is spared when the commandant, a former prize-fighter, discovers the prisoner has amateur boxing ability. Ordered to train, he gradually sharpens his skills.

Director: Peter Solan | Stars: Stefan Kvietik, Manfred Krug, Valentina Thielová, Józef Kondrat

Votes: 266

Czechoslovakia.

23. The Devil's Mistress (2016)

TV-14 | 106 min | Biography, Drama, History

A biographical film about the black-and-white era Czech actress Lída Baarová and her doomed love affair with one of the Third Reich's most powerful men: the Minister of Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels.

Director: Filip Renc | Stars: Tatiana Pauhofová, Karl Markovics, Gedeon Burkhard, Simona Stasová

Votes: 1,420

Czech Republic and Slovakia.

24. Babette's Feast (1987)

G | 103 min | Drama

During the late 19th century, a strict religious community in a Danish village takes in a French refugee from the Franco-Prussian War as a servant to the late pastor's daughters.

Director: Gabriel Axel | Stars: Stéphane Audran, Bodil Kjer, Birgitte Federspiel, Jarl Kulle

Votes: 16,788 | Gross: $4.40M

Denmark.

25. Carpinteros (2017)

TV-MA | 106 min | Drama

68 Metascore

Julián finds love and a reason for living in the last place imaginable: the Dominican Republic's Najayo Prison. His romance, with fellow prisoner Yanelly, must develop through sign language... See full summary »

Director: José María Cabral | Stars: Orestes Amador, Ramón Emilio Candelario, Carlota Carretero, Jose Cruz

Votes: 472

Dominican Republic.

26. Maria Full of Grace (2004)

R | 101 min | Crime, Drama

87 Metascore

A pregnant Colombian teenager becomes a drug mule to make some desperately needed money for her family.

Director: Joshua Marston | Stars: Catalina Sandino Moreno, Guilied Lopez, Orlando Tobón, Virgina Ariza

Votes: 33,089 | Gross: $6.52M

Ecuador.

27. The Offended (2016)

85 min | Documentary

"In the Salvadoran civil war, my father and thousands more were captured and tortured by the State. These are some of their stories. When I turned 33, my mother told me that my father, ... See full summary »

Director: Marcela Zamora

Votes: 12

El Salvador.

28. 678 (2010)

100 min | Drama

Unfolds the poignant story of three women and their search for justice from the daily plight of sexual harassment in Egypt.

Director: Mohamed Diab | Stars: Nelly Karim, Bushra, Maged El Kedwany, Bassem Samra

Votes: 3,671

Egypt.

29. Iron Sky (2012)

R | 93 min | Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi

The Nazis set up a secret base on the dark side of the moon in 1945 where they hide out and plan to return to power in 2018.

Director: Timo Vuorensola | Stars: Julia Dietze, Christopher Kirby, Götz Otto, Udo Kier

Votes: 88,874

Finland.

30. Amélie (2001)

R | 122 min | Comedy, Romance

69 Metascore

Amélie is an innocent and naive girl in Paris with her own sense of justice. She decides to help those around her and, along the way, discovers love.

Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet | Stars: Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz, Rufus, Lorella Cravotta

Votes: 667,015 | Gross: $33.23M

31. The President (2014)

119 min | Drama

67 Metascore

A brutal dictator comes face to face with the injustices committed by his regime when his country is taken over by revolutionists.

Director: Mohsen Makhmalbaf | Stars: Mikheil Gomiashvili, Dachi Orvelashvili, Ia Sukhitashvili, Guja Burduli

Votes: 1,273

Georgia.

32. Good Bye Lenin! (2003)

R | 121 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

68 Metascore

In 1990, to protect his fragile mother from a fatal shock after a long coma, a young man must keep her from learning that her beloved nation of East Germany as she knew it has disappeared.

Director: Wolfgang Becker | Stars: Daniel Brühl, Katrin Saß, Chulpan Khamatova, Florian Lukas

Votes: 131,353 | Gross: $4.06M

33. Solo Sunny (1980)

100 min | Drama, Music

Sunny is the singer of band trying to establish itself in the music-scene of East-Berlin. They play regular gigs in small towns, but Sunny feels out of touch with the audience and her life ... See full summary »

Directors: Konrad Wolf, Wolfgang Kohlhaase | Stars: Renate Krößner, Alexander Lang, Dieter Montag, Heide Kipp

Votes: 487

German Democratic Republic.

34. Miss Violence (2013)

98 min | Drama

75 Metascore

An unnerving story about a horrid family drama kept behind closed doors, and an elaborate facade where appearances can be deceiving, and nothing is as it seems.

Director: Alexandros Avranas | Stars: Themis Panou, Reni Pittaki, Eleni Roussinou, Sissy Toumasi

Votes: 6,101

Greece.

35. Ixcanul (2015)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama

83 Metascore

On the slopes of an active volcano in Guatemala, a marriage is arranged for seventeen-year-old María by her Kaqchikel parents.

Director: Jayro Bustamante | Stars: María Mercedes Coroy, María Telón, Manuel Antún, Justo Lorenzo

Votes: 2,442 | Gross: $0.29M

Guatemala.

36. Raise the Red Lantern (1991)

PG | 125 min | Drama, History, Romance

A young woman becomes the fourth wife of a wealthy lord, and must learn to live with the strict rules and tensions within the household.

Director: Yimou Zhang | Stars: Li Gong, Jingwu Ma, Saifei He, Cuifen Cao

Votes: 27,135 | Gross: $2.60M

Hong Kong.

37. Metamorphosis (2007)

R | 98 min | Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

In the Seventeenth Century, while Hungary is fighting the Turks, the population of a small village in the Carpathian Mountains faces the evil Countess Elizabeth Bathory, accused of drinking... See full summary »

Director: Jenö Hodi | Stars: Corey Sevier, Irena Violette, Christopher Lambert, Jennifer Higham

Votes: 1,175

Hungary.

38. And Breathe Normally (2018)

TV-14 | 95 min | Drama

77 Metascore

Two women's lives will intersect while trapped in circumstances unforeseen. Between a struggling Icelandic mother and an asylum seeker from Guinea-Bissau, a delicate bond will form as both strategize to get their lives back on track.

Director: Isold Uggadottir | Stars: Kristín Þóra Haraldsdóttir, Babetida Sadjo, Patrik Nökkvi Pétursson, Bragi Arnason

Votes: 1,572

Iceland.

39. The Lunchbox (2013)

PG | 104 min | Drama, Romance

76 Metascore

A mistaken delivery in Mumbai's famously efficient lunchbox delivery system connects a young housewife to an older man in the dusk of his life as they build a fantasy world together through notes in the lunchbox.

Director: Ritesh Batra | Stars: Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Lillete Dubey

Votes: 43,970 | Gross: $4.23M

India.

40. Merantau (2009)

R | 134 min | Action, Drama

A young man from the countryside uses his skills in silat martial arts to survive the slave trade.

Director: Gareth Evans | Stars: Iko Uwais, Sisca Jessica, Christine Hakim, Mads Koudal

Votes: 9,584

Indonesia.

41. Children of Heaven (1997)

PG | 89 min | Drama, Family, Sport

After a boy loses his sister's pair of shoes, he goes on a series of adventures in order to find them. When he can't, he tries a new way to "win" a new pair.

Director: Majid Majidi | Stars: Mohammad Amir Naji, Amir Farrokh Hashemian, Bahare Seddiqi, Nafise Jafar-Mohammadi

Votes: 56,805 | Gross: $0.93M

Iran.

42. Michael Collins (1996)

R | 133 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller

60 Metascore

Neil Jordan's historical biopic of Irish revolutionary Michael Collins, the man who led a guerrilla war against the UK, helped negotiate the creation of the Irish Free State, and led the National Army during the Irish Civil War.

Director: Neil Jordan | Stars: Liam Neeson, Aidan Quinn, Julia Roberts, Ian Hart

Votes: 28,101 | Gross: $11.09M

Ireland.

43. Lemon Tree (2008)

Not Rated | 106 min | Drama, War

74 Metascore

The story of a Palestinian widow who must defend her lemontree field when a new Israeli Defense Minister moves next to her and threatens to have her lemon grove torn down.

Director: Eran Riklis | Stars: Hiam Abbass, Rona Lipaz-Michael, Ali Suliman, Doron Tavory

Votes: 6,051 | Gross: $0.57M

Israel.

44. Cinema Paradiso (1988)

R | 155 min | Drama

80 Metascore

A filmmaker recalls his childhood when falling in love with the pictures at the cinema of his home village and forms a deep friendship with the cinema's projectionist.

Director: Giuseppe Tornatore | Stars: Philippe Noiret, Enzo Cannavale, Antonella Attili, Isa Danieli

Votes: 209,243 | Gross: $11.99M

45. Ponyo (2008)

G | 101 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy