Dutch Cinema

by Sebastian-20 | created - 21 Jan 2014 | updated - 17 Oct 2016 | Public

List of some of the best and worse in Dutch cinema in no particular order. This list contains films, TV-movies and documentaries.

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1. The Vanishing (1988)

Not Rated | 107 min | Mystery, Thriller

Rex and Saskia, a young couple in love, are on vacation. They stop at a busy service station and Saskia is abducted. After three years and no sign of Saskia, Rex begins receiving letters from the abductor.

Director: George Sluizer | Stars: Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu, Gene Bervoets, Johanna ter Steege, Gwen Eckhaus

Votes: 31,349

2. Soldier of Orange (1977)

R | 165 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

During World War II, Dutch students join the resistance movement against the German occupation of The Netherlands.

Director: Paul Verhoeven | Stars: Rutger Hauer, Jeroen Krabbé, Susan Penhaligon, Edward Fox

Votes: 10,571

3. Simon (2004)

TV-MA | 102 min | Comedy, Drama

59 Metascore

A mild-mannered gay dentist and a hedonist womanizer rekindle their unlikely friendship when the latter's terminal cancer drives them back together after a decade apart.

Director: Eddy Terstall | Stars: Cees Geel, Marcel Hensema, Rifka Lodeizen, Nadja Hüpscher

Votes: 7,859 | Gross: $0.00M

4. Black Book (2006)

R | 145 min | Drama, Thriller, War

71 Metascore

In the Nazi-occupied Netherlands during World War II, a Jewish singer infiltrates the regional Gestapo headquarters for the Dutch resistance.

Director: Paul Verhoeven | Stars: Carice van Houten, Sebastian Koch, Thom Hoffman, Halina Reijn

Votes: 70,234 | Gross: $4.40M

5. Character (1997)

R | 122 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Jacob Katadreuffe lives mute with his mother, has no contact with his father who only works against him and wants to become a lawyer, at all costs.

Director: Mike van Diem | Stars: Pavlik Jansen op de Haar, Jan Decleir, Fedja van Huêt, Betty Schuurman

Votes: 10,156 | Gross: $0.71M

6. Antonia's Line (1995)

R | 102 min | Comedy, Drama

A Dutch matron establishes and, for several generations, oversees a close-knit, matriarchal community where feminism and liberalism thrive.

Director: Marleen Gorris | Stars: Willeke van Ammelrooy, Jan Decleir, Veerle van Overloop, Els Dottermans

Votes: 7,895 | Gross: $4.82M

7. The Assault (1986)

PG | 144 min | Drama, History, Romance

A Dutch doctor, haunted by grueling childhood memories of World War II, struggles to find peace as he spends his life looking for answers about the tragic night that shaped him.

Director: Fons Rademakers | Stars: Derek de Lint, Marc van Uchelen, Monique van de Ven, John Kraaijkamp Sr.

Votes: 2,931 | Gross: $0.20M

8. Turkish Delight (1973)

R | 108 min | Drama, Romance

A young love faces with old problems.

Director: Paul Verhoeven | Stars: Monique van de Ven, Rutger Hauer, Tonny Huurdeman, Wim van den Brink

Votes: 9,600

9. The 4th Man (1983)

Unrated | 102 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

A man who has been having visions of an impending danger begins an affair with a woman who may lead him to his doom.

Director: Paul Verhoeven | Stars: Jeroen Krabbé, Renée Soutendijk, Thom Hoffman, Dolf de Vries

Votes: 6,663

10. Village by the River (1958)

PG | 92 min | Drama

An independent-thinking doctor in a rural community with his own ideas of how medicine should be practiced begins to find himself ostracized from the community after one of his patients commits suicide.

Director: Fons Rademakers | Stars: Max Croiset, Mary Dresselhuys, Bernard Droog, Jan Retèl

Votes: 289

11. Twin Sisters (2002)

R | 137 min | Drama, Romance, War

Twin Sisters is an epic love story based on the Dutch bestseller by Tessa de Loo that has been read by more than 3.5 million readers in Holland and Germany.

Director: Ben Sombogaart | Stars: Ellen Vogel, Gudrun Okras, Thekla Reuten, Nadja Uhl

Votes: 6,307 | Gross: $0.00M

12. Zus & Zo (2001)

Unrated | 106 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

50 Metascore

Zus & Zo shows what three sisters are willing to do to stop their would-be sister-in-law from coming into possession of Paraíso, their beloved family summer home on the Portuguese coast.

Director: Paula van der Oest | Stars: Sylvia Poorta, Anneke Blok, Monic Hendrickx, Jacob Derwig

Votes: 1,547 | Gross: $0.03M

13. Mariken van Nieumeghen (1974)

80 min | Drama

A sparkling film and surprising look into the middle ages by means of the story of Mariken, whose beauty is used by the devilish comedian Moenen to put people up against each other.

Director: Jos Stelling | Stars: Eric Bais, Sander Bais, Kees Bakker, Jacqueline Bayer

Votes: 198

14. Nothing Personal (I) (2009)

85 min | Drama

71 Metascore

Alone in her empty flat, from her window Anne observes the people passing by who nervously snatch up the personal belongings and pieces of furniture she has put out on the pavement. Her ... See full summary »

Director: Urszula Antoniak | Stars: Lotte Verbeek, Stephen Rea, Tom Charlfa, Ann Marie Horan

Votes: 4,460

15. Can Go Through Skin (2009)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama

The silent aftermath of a young woman's disaster is broken by her discovery of nature's old rhythms.

Director: Esther Rots | Stars: Rifka Lodeizen, Wim Opbrouck, Chris Borowski, Elisabeth van Nimwegen

Votes: 604

16. Spetters (1980)

R | 120 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

Several Dutch teenagers realize cruel difference between dreams and reality.

Director: Paul Verhoeven | Stars: Hans van Tongeren, Renée Soutendijk, Toon Agterberg, Maarten Spanjer

Votes: 4,641

17. Pentimento (1979)

78 min | Drama

Scientists subjected women to dark and inhuman experiments, in which sexuality and cruelty are fused together

Director: Frans Zwartjes | Stars: Helen Hedy, Moniek Toebosch, Trix Zwartjes

Votes: 122

18. The Dark Room of Damocles (1963)

PG-13 | 119 min | Drama, War

The fainthearted cigar trader Ducker keeps himself quiet during World War II. That changes when parachutist Dorbeck lands in his backyard. It turns out the parachutist bears a remarkable ... See full summary »

Director: Fons Rademakers | Stars: Lex Schoorel, Nan Los, Van Doude, Guus Verstraete

Votes: 577

19. Code Blue (2011)

81 min | Drama

Marian, a middle aged nurse, devotes herself to her patients like a saint. Sometimes she even takes on the role of a redeemer, by helping the gravely ill to the soothing order of ultimate ... See full summary »

Director: Urszula Antoniak | Stars: Bien de Moor, Lars Eidinger, Annemarie Prins, Sophie van Winden

Votes: 867

20. 170 Hz (2011)

86 min | Drama

Two deaf teenagers fall in love and run away from their disapproving parents, only to discover one of the young lovers carries a dark secret.

Director: Joost van Ginkel | Stars: Gaite Jansen, Michael Muller, Eva van Heijningen, Ariane Schluter

Votes: 541

21. Hemel (2012)

Unrated | 80 min | Drama

A promiscuous young woman struggles with her emotions when the one man she cares deeply about, her equally restless father, finally finds true love.

Director: Sacha Polak | Stars: Hannah Hoekstra, Hans Dagelet, Rifka Lodeizen, Mark Rietman

Votes: 1,329

22. A Long Story (2013)

89 min | Drama

After the death of his French wife, Ward tries to pick up the pieces back home in Holland. He hires Romanian worker Doru to reconstruct his house, but when Doru suddenly disappears, Ward is... See full summary »

Director: Jorien van Nes | Stars: Raymond Thiry, Victor Copariu, Ioana Flora, Alina Berzunteanu

Votes: 108

23. Angst (2009)

95 min | Documentary

In Fear, documentary filmmaker Michiel van Erp creates a collage of inhabitants of the city of Amsterdam who struggle with various anxiety disorders. Today, more patients with anxiety ... See full summary »

Director: Michiel van Erp | Stars: Arthur Japin, Dieuwke van Kreel

Votes: 56

24. Dakota (1974)

100 min | Adventure, Drama

A Dutch pilot with a real passion for flying risks everything to keep his DC3/Dakota plane in the air. Excellent attention to detail and the beautiful backdrop of the Caribbean make this ... See full summary »

Director: Wim Verstappen | Stars: Kees Brusse, Monique van de Ven, Willeke van Ammelrooy, Diana Dobbelman

Votes: 133

25. AmnesiA (2001)

90 min | Drama, Comedy, Mystery

57 Metascore

A photographer returns to his parental home because his mother is seriously ill. The confrontation with his past leads to panic in a surreal, stylised psychological drama.

Director: Martin Koolhoven | Stars: Fedja van Huêt, Carice van Houten, Theo Maassen, Sacha Bulthuis

Votes: 429

26. The Cave (2001)

90 min | Romance, Thriller, Crime

Psychological thriller. Geography teacher smuggles a case of heroin for a friend.

Director: Martin Koolhoven | Stars: Fedja van Huêt, Kim Huffman, Marcel Hensema, Jeroen Willems

Votes: 647

27. Hush Hush Baby (2004)

89 min | Comedy, Drama

Abdullah 'Ap' Bentarek may be happy that, unlike his Uncle Yusuf who stayed in the ancestral Moroccan mountain village, his own father, Ali, moved to the Netherlands. However, the boy has ... See full summary »

Director: Albert Ter Heerdt | Stars: Mimoun Oaïssa, Salah Eddine Benmoussa, Zohra 'Flifla' Slimani, Najib Amhali

Votes: 2,686

28. Het schnitzelparadijs (2005)

82 min | Comedy, Romance

A romantic comedy about the adventures of Nordip Doenia, a clever young Moroccan guy in The Netherlands. His parents destine him for great things, but Nordip clearly has different ideas. He... See full summary »

Director: Martin Koolhoven | Stars: Noah Valentyn, Bracha van Doesburgh, Mimoun Oaïssa, Yahya Gaier

Votes: 3,228

29. South (2004)

87 min | Drama

Martje is the manager of a successful laundry service, but in her personal life she struggles with her self-image after the amputation of one of her breasts. After she is humiliated when ... See full summary »

Director: Martin Koolhoven | Stars: Monic Hendrickx, Frank Lammers, Oksana Akinshina, Olga Louzgina

Votes: 279

30. The Human Dutch (1963)

90 min | Documentary

How do the Dutch people live? Hidden cameras filmed the crowds on the beach, during carnival time, skating on the ice plains...

Director: Bert Haanstra | Stars: Simon Carmiggelt, Bert Haanstra, Peter Ustinov

Votes: 420

31. Bij de beesten af (1972)

G | 104 min | Documentary

Documentary that explores the differences and similarities between human behavior and that of animals.

Director: Bert Haanstra | Stars: Anton Koolhaas, Stephen Murray, Alexander Scourby, Leonid Brezhnev

Votes: 220

32. The Family of Chimps (1984)

55 min | Documentary

The internationally known ethologist, Dr. Frans de Waal based his spectacular book " Chimpanzee Politics" on his unique study at the Arnhem Zoo in Holland.

Director: Bert Haanstra | Star: Bert Haanstra

Votes: 68

33. Glas (1958)

11 min | Documentary, Short

Documentary about Dutch glass production in the 50s.

Director: Bert Haanstra

Votes: 888

34. Fanfare (1958)

86 min | Comedy, Music

After a fight the brass band in a small village splits up into two separate bands. They both want to win a contest and will do anything to prevent the other band from winning it.

Director: Bert Haanstra | Stars: Hans Kaart, Bernard Droog, Ineke Brinkman, Wim Van den Heuvel

Votes: 724

35. New Earth (1933)

36 min | Documentary, Short

The film is a documentary portraying a struggle as man tries to subdue nature. To prevent flooding and for purposes of land reclamation, the people of the Netherlands struggle and succeed ... See full summary »

Director: Joris Ivens | Star: Joris Ivens

Votes: 213

37. Regen (1929)

12 min | Short, Documentary

Rain falls on a Dutch city.

Directors: Mannus Franken, Joris Ivens

Votes: 1,462

38. Guernsey (2005)

90 min | Drama

36 Metascore

When Anna witnesses the suicide of a woman her quiet life is thrown out of balance.

Director: Nanouk Leopold | Stars: Maria Kraakman, Fedja van Huêt, Johanna ter Steege, Frank Vercruyssen

Votes: 631

39. Caged (2011 Video)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama, Thriller

After years of suppressing her desires, Stella finds she can no longer ignore her deep-rooted longings. Breaking out of her cage and starting a secret double-life, Stella transforms into a ... See full summary »

Director: Stephan Brenninkmeijer | Stars: Chantal Demming, Babette Holtmann, Victor Reinier, Joep Sertons

Votes: 492

40. Swingers (2002)

93 min | Drama, Romance

Despite Diana's insecure nature, she and her husband Julian agree with the idea to sexually experiment with another couple. They put out an ad on the net to which the well experienced Alex ... See full summary »

Director: Stephan Brenninkmeijer | Stars: Ellen van der Koogh, Danny de Kok, Nienke Brinkhuis, Joep Sertons

Votes: 1,078

41. Tricked (2012)

Not Rated | 55 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

50 Metascore

During his 50th birthday party thrown by his wife, Remco's life takes a turn for the worse. His business partners are scheming behind his back to sell him out and his former mistress shows up pregnant.

Director: Paul Verhoeven | Stars: Peter Blok, Robert de Hoog, Sallie Harmsen, Duy Huynh

Votes: 1,056

42. Lotgenoten (2013)

65 min | Drama

When womanizer Remco Albrecht celebrates his 65st birthday he has to deal with people from his past whom he would rather ignore.

Director: Stephan Brenninkmeijer | Stars: Alfred Heppener, Heleen van Doremalen, Fransie Groenendijk, Martijn van Hese

Votes: 120

43. John, the Knife and the River (1972)

96 min | Crime, Drama

An older man consumed by jealousy over his much younger wife decides to venture into the jungle in search of riches without her. When he returns 4 years later, he finds that his mistrust in her may have been well-founded.

Director: George Sluizer | Stars: Joffre Soares, Ana Maria Miranda, Joao-Augusto Azevedo, Douglas Santos

Votes: 43

44. The Girl and Death (2012)

127 min | Drama, Romance

44 Metascore

The Girl and Death tells us the impossible love story of Nicolai and the courtesan Elise. A love obstructed by materialism, wealth and death threat.

Director: Jos Stelling | Stars: Sylvia Hoeks, Dieter Hallervorden, Sergey Makovetskiy, Renata Litvinova

Votes: 682

45. De wisselwachter (1986)

R | 96 min | Drama

7.2