Belgian movies

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1. Malpertuis (1971)

125 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

A young sailor finds himself trapped in the labyrinthine mansion of his occultist uncle, along with a number of eccentric and mysterious relatives who all seem to be harboring a dark secret.

Director: Harry Kümel | Stars: Orson Welles, Susan Hampshire, Michel Bouquet, Mathieu Carrière

Votes: 1,174

2. The Cruel Embrace (1987)

99 min | Drama

Nicole is a rape victim. Her son, the result of this tragic event, is cut off, harassed, unloved, ostracized. He develops a neurotic personality, despite attempts to engage his hostile mother in a dialogue of affection and recognition.

Director: Marion Hänsel | Stars: Marianne Basler, Thierry Frémont, Yves Cotton, Marie-Ange Dutheil

Votes: 130

3. Mascara (1987)

R | 94 min | Thriller

A respected police commissioner has a reputation as a fervent opera lover, but by night he also enjoys plunging into the transvestite scene. In addition, he harbors a longing for his very ... See full summary »

Director: Patrick Conrad | Stars: Charlotte Rampling, Michael Sarrazin, Derek de Lint, Jappe Claes

Votes: 248

4. L'oeuvre au noir (1988)

110 min | Drama

In the sixteenth century, Spain occupies Flanders, an Inquisition enforces the faith. Aging writer and philosopher, Zénon Ligre, comes to Bruges using a false name and papers to serve as a ... See full summary »

Director: André Delvaux | Stars: Gian Maria Volontè, Sami Frey, Jacques Lippe, Anna Karina

Votes: 302

5. The Music Teacher (1988)

PG | 95 min | Drama, Music

Aging opera singer Joachim Dallayrac retires from the stage and retreats to the countryside to school two young singers, Sophie and Jean. Although the rigorous training takes its toll on ... See full summary »

Director: Gérard Corbiau | Stars: José van Dam, Anne Roussel, Philippe Volter, Sylvie Fennec

Votes: 797 | Gross: $1.09M

6. Toto the Hero (1991)

PG-13 | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Thomas and Alfred were born around the same time; a fire in the nursery had nurses scrambling to save the newborns. Because he felt that he deserved Alfred's good fortune at being born into... See full summary »

Director: Jaco Van Dormael | Stars: Michel Bouquet, Mireille Perrier, Jo De Backer, Thomas Godet

Votes: 5,007 | Gross: $1.23M

7. Man Bites Dog (1992)

NC-17 | 95 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

A film crew follows a ruthless thief and heartless killer as he goes about his daily routine. But complications set in when the film crew lose their objectivity and begin lending a hand.

Directors: Rémy Belvaux, André Bonzel, Benoît Poelvoorde | Stars: Benoît Poelvoorde, Jacqueline Poelvoorde-Pappaert, Nelly Pappaert, Hector Pappaert

Votes: 33,678 | Gross: $0.21M

8. Daens (1992)

138 min | Biography, Drama, History

In the 1890s, Father Adolf Daens goes to Aalst, a textile town where child labor is rife, pay and working conditions are horrible, the poor have no vote, and the Catholic church backs the ... See full summary »

Director: Stijn Coninx | Stars: Jan Decleir, Gérard Desarthe, Antje de Boeck, Michael Pas

Votes: 3,566

9. Farinelli (1994)

R | 111 min | Biography, Drama, Music

Farinelli, is the artistic name of Carlo Broschi, a young singer in Handel's time. He was castrated in his childhood in order to preserve his voice. During his life he becomes to be a very ... See full summary »

Director: Gérard Corbiau | Stars: Stefano Dionisi, Enrico Lo Verso, Elsa Zylberstein, Caroline Cellier

Votes: 5,931 | Gross: $2.12M

10. The Sex Life of the Belgians (1994)

85 min | Biography, Comedy, Romance

A semi-autobiography of the first 28 years of the director, the Flemish anarchist Jan Bucquoy.

Director: Jan Bucquoy | Stars: Jean-Henri Compère, Noe Francq, Isabelle Legros, Sophie Schneider

Votes: 516

11. The Eighth Day (1996)

118 min | Comedy, Drama

An unusual and wonderful friendship develops between a busy but unhappy salesman and a resident of a mental asylum.

Director: Jaco Van Dormael | Stars: Daniel Auteuil, Pascal Duquenne, Miou-Miou, Henri Garcin

Votes: 8,471 | Gross: $0.33M

12. The Promise (1996)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama

82 Metascore

Roger uses his son Igor to ruthlessly traffic and exploit undocumented immigrants. When one of the immigrants is killed, Igor is guilt-ridden and wants to care for the dead man's family against his father's orders.

Directors: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne | Stars: Jérémie Renier, Olivier Gourmet, Assita Ouedraogo, Jean-Michel Balthazar

Votes: 6,570 | Gross: $0.45M

13. Ad Fundum (1993)

98 min | Drama

College initiation rites on one Belgian campus end in tragic death of one freshman. His friends are determined to see the justice done.

Director: Erik Van Looy | Stars: Tom Van Landuyt, Mathias Sercu, Tom Van Bauwel, Sven De Ridder

Votes: 1,184

14. Les convoyeurs attendent (1999)

94 min | Comedy, Drama

73 Metascore

Dreaming of more than his routine life, a father pushes his 15 years old son to break a world record: opening and closing a door 40,000 times in 24 hours.

Director: Benoît Mariage | Stars: Benoît Poelvoorde, Morgane Simon, Bouli Lanners, Dominique Baeyens

Votes: 1,194 | Gross: $0.01M

15. Rosetta (1999)

R | 95 min | Drama

76 Metascore

Young and impulsive Rosetta lives with her alcoholic mother and, moved by despair, she will do anything to maintain a job.

Directors: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne | Stars: Émilie Dequenne, Fabrizio Rongione, Anne Yernaux, Olivier Gourmet

Votes: 11,623 | Gross: $0.26M

16. Thomas in Love (2000)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

63 Metascore

Thomas is a young agoraphobic man; he's afraid of coming to any kind of contact with other people, so he lives totally isolated in his apartment. The story takes place in the near future ... See full summary »

Director: Pierre-Paul Renders | Stars: Benoît Verhaert, Aylin Yay, Magali Pinglaut, Micheline Hardy

Votes: 1,878 | Gross: $0.04M

17. Rashevski's Tango (2003)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Romance

45 Metascore

Adolphe 'Dolfo' Rashevski travels to Israel with grandson Ric, but his brother, orthodox rabbi Samuel 'Shmouel, refuses to come attend their fellow Auschwitz survivor sister Rosa's funeral.... See full summary »

Director: Sam Garbarski | Stars: Natan Cogan, Ishai Golan, Mosko Alkalai, Rudi Rosenberg

Votes: 428

18. The Child (2005)

R | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

87 Metascore

Bruno and Sonia, a young couple living off her benefit and the thefts committed by his gang, have a new source of money: their newborn son.

Directors: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne | Stars: Jérémie Renier, Déborah François, Jérémie Segard, Fabrizio Rongione

Votes: 16,558 | Gross: $0.65M

19. Dikkenek (2006)

84 min | Comedy

A womaniser, the titular big mouth, helps his introvert best friend find true love.

Director: Olivier Van Hoofstadt | Stars: Marion Cotillard, Dominique Pinon, Jean-Luc Couchard, Jérémie Renier

Votes: 4,012

20. The Right of the Weakest (2006)

116 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

In Liège, a group of men gathers every day in a café situated near the steel factory which once reigned supreme. They play cards in a warm atmosphere but that hardly masks their quiet ... See full summary »

Director: Lucas Belvaux | Stars: Éric Caravaca, Lucas Belvaux, Claude Semal, Patrick Descamps

Votes: 625

21. Irina Palm (2007)

R | 103 min | Drama

55 Metascore

Maggie, a 60-year-old widow, desperately needs some money to pay for a medical treatment for her ill grandson, Olly. After one attempt at trying to find a job, she finds herself roaming the... See full summary »

Director: Sam Garbarski | Stars: Marianne Faithfull, Predrag 'Miki' Manojlovic, Kevin Bishop, Siobhan Hewlett

Votes: 6,930 | Gross: $0.04M

22. Ben X (2007)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama, Thriller

As an alternative to getting bullied at school, an autistic teenager retreats into the world of online role-playing games.

Director: Nic Balthazar | Stars: Marijke Pinoy, Greg Timmermans, Cesar De Sutter, Gilles De Schryver

Votes: 17,842 | Gross: $0.00M

23. JCVD (2008)

R | 97 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

64 Metascore

Jean-Claude Van Damme gets involved in a bank robbery with hostages situation and reflects about his life during it.

Director: Mabrouk El Mechri | Stars: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Valérie Bodson, Hervé Sogne, Rock Chen

Votes: 36,314 | Gross: $0.47M

24. A Town Called Panic (2009)

Not Rated | 75 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

70 Metascore

Cowboy and Indian's only wish was to come up with a brilliant idea for Mr Horse's birthday, but when their plan ends up in utter disaster, they'll need to travel the world and back to make things right again.

Directors: Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar | Stars: Stéphane Aubier, Jeanne Balibar, Nicolas Buysse, François De Brigode

Votes: 7,035 | Gross: $0.17M

25. Ghislain Lambert's Bicycle (2001)

Not Rated | 119 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

In the 70s, there was Merckx and there were the others. Ghislain Lambert was one of the others. This is his story, a quite simple one. The story of a modest Belgian bike racer. His greatest ambition in life? To become a champion. His greatest tragedy? Not having the legs his heart deserves.

Director: Philippe Harel | Stars: Benoît Poelvoorde, José Garcia, Daniel Ceccaldi, Sacha Bourdo

Votes: 2,003

26. The Memory of a Killer (2003)

R | 123 min | Action, Crime, Drama

73 Metascore

Vincke and Verstuyft are the best detectives of the Antwerp police department. They are confronted with the murder on a leading executive and put all their effort to catch the murderer.

Director: Erik Van Looy | Stars: Koen De Bouw, Werner De Smedt, Jan Decleir, Laurien Van den Broeck

Votes: 9,073 | Gross: $0.33M

27. Eldorado (2008)

TV-MA | 80 min | Comedy, Drama

Yvan finds a burglar in his house. He doesn't call the police and decides to give the young man a lift home to his parents.

Director: Bouli Lanners | Stars: Bouli Lanners, Fabrice Adde, Philippe Nahon, Didier Toupy

Votes: 1,976 | Gross: $0.01M

28. Mr. Nobody (2009)

R | 141 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

63 Metascore

A boy stands on a station platform as a train is about to leave. Should he go with his mother or stay with his father? Infinite possibilities arise from this decision. As long as he doesn't choose, anything is possible.

Director: Jaco Van Dormael | Stars: Jared Leto, Sarah Polley, Diane Kruger, Linh Dan Pham

Votes: 199,511 | Gross: $0.00M

29. Sister Smile (2009)

120 min | Biography, Drama, Music

A biography of the Belgian nun Jeannine Deckers, who became a popular singer in the early 1960s and struggled with the contradiction between the church and her true self.

Director: Stijn Coninx | Stars: Cécile de France, Sandrine Blancke, Chris Lomme, Marie Kremer

Votes: 689

30. Nothing to Declare (2010)

Not Rated | 108 min | Comedy

A Belge-Francophobe customs officer is forced to team up with a Frenchman during the elimination of the Franco-Belge borders in the 90s.

Director: Dany Boon | Stars: Benoît Poelvoorde, Dany Boon, Christel Pedrinelli, Karin Viard

Votes: 12,214 | Gross: $0.18M

31. Bullhead (2011)

R | 129 min | Crime, Drama

68 Metascore

Sint-Truiden, Belgium. Jacky, a young cattle farmer who is constantly pumped on steroids and hormones, is approached by a veterinarian to make a deal with a notorious beef trader.

Director: Michaël R. Roskam | Stars: Matthias Schoenaerts, Jeroen Perceval, Jeanne Dandoy, Barbara Sarafian

Votes: 20,875 | Gross: $0.15M

32. Dead Man Talking (2012)

101 min | Comedy, Drama

Forty-year-old William Lamers, an anonymous criminal sentenced to death for murder, is soon to be executed. The procedure is about to take place in an atmosphere of general indifference and... See full summary »

Director: Patrick Ridremont | Stars: Patrick Ridremont, François Berléand, Virginie Efira, Christian Marin

Votes: 408

33. The Broken Circle Breakdown (2012)

Not Rated | 111 min | Drama, Music, Romance

70 Metascore

Elise and Didier fall in love at first sight, in spite of their differences. He talks, she listens. He's a romantic atheist, she's a religious realist. When their daughter becomes seriously ill, their love is put on trial.

Director: Felix van Groeningen | Stars: Veerle Baetens, Johan Heldenbergh, Nell Cattrysse, Geert Van Rampelberg

Votes: 36,737 | Gross: $0.18M

34. Moscow, Belgium (2008)

Not Rated | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

68 Metascore

Matty, a 41-year old mother of three with a husband in his midlife-crisis, meets 29-year old Johnny, a truck driver, who takes an interest in her.

Director: Christophe Van Rompaey | Stars: Barbara Sarafian, Jurgen Delnaet, Johan Heldenbergh, Anemone Valcke

Votes: 3,678

35. King of the Belgians (2016)

94 min | Comedy, Drama

Desperate to return home from a state visit to Istanbul when his country suffers its worst-ever political crisis, but unable to fly due to a solar storm, the King of the Belgians finds himself on a tumultuous road trip across the Balkans.

Directors: Peter Brosens, Jessica Woodworth | Stars: Peter Van den Begin, Lucie Debay, Titus De Voogdt, Bruno Georis

Votes: 1,496

36. Two Days, One Night (2014)

PG-13 | 95 min | Drama

89 Metascore

Liège, Belgium. Sandra is a factory worker who discovers that her workmates have opted for a EUR1,000 bonus in exchange for her dismissal. She has only a weekend to convince her colleagues to give up their bonuses in order to keep her job.

Directors: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne | Stars: Marion Cotillard, Fabrizio Rongione, Catherine Salée, Baptiste Sornin

Votes: 41,588 | Gross: $1.44M

37. Any Way the Wind Blows (2003)

127 min | Comedy, Drama

Sort of a low-budget Short Cuts (1993), set in the Flemish port city of Antwerp on a warm day in June. Natalie, her brother Chouki, her boyfriend Walter and his ex Lara, the gallery keeper ... See full summary »

Director: Tom Barman | Stars: Frank Vercruyssen, Diane De Belder, Eric Kloeck, Natali Broods

Votes: 2,303

38. A Town Called Panic (2009)

Not Rated | 75 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

70 Metascore

Cowboy and Indian's only wish was to come up with a brilliant idea for Mr Horse's birthday, but when their plan ends up in utter disaster, they'll need to travel the world and back to make things right again.

Directors: Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar | Stars: Stéphane Aubier, Jeanne Balibar, Nicolas Buysse, François De Brigode

Votes: 7,035 | Gross: $0.17M

39. The Brand New Testament (2015)

Not Rated | 114 min | Comedy, Fantasy

70 Metascore

Did you know that God is alive and lives in Brussels with his daughter?

Director: Jaco Van Dormael | Stars: Pili Groyne, Benoît Poelvoorde, Catherine Deneuve, François Damiens

Votes: 26,206 | Gross: $0.09M

40. Dead Man Talking (2012)

101 min | Comedy, Drama

Forty-year-old William Lamers, an anonymous criminal sentenced to death for murder, is soon to be executed. The procedure is about to take place in an atmosphere of general indifference and... See full summary »

Director: Patrick Ridremont | Stars: Patrick Ridremont, François Berléand, Virginie Efira, Christian Marin

Votes: 408

41. Everybody's Famous! (2000)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

60 Metascore

Jean is a family man and factory worker who dreams of becoming a songwriter. Pinning his hopes on his teenage daughter, Marva, he takes her to singing contests in which the awkward and ... See full summary »

Director: Dominique Deruddere | Stars: Josse De Pauw, Eva van der Gucht, Werner De Smedt, Thekla Reuten

Votes: 3,032 | Gross: $0.07M

42. With Friends Like These (2007)

100 min | Comedy, Drama

The lives of a group of friends get disturbed when one of them comes back after having been away for some years.

Director: Felix van Groeningen | Stars: Koen De Graeve, Wine Dierickx, Pieter Genard, An Miller

Votes: 1,340

43. The Son (2002)

99 min | Drama, Mystery

86 Metascore

A joinery instructor at a rehab center refuses to take a new teen as his apprentice, but then begins to follow the boy through the hallways and streets.

Directors: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne | Stars: Olivier Gourmet, Morgan Marinne, Isabella Soupart, Nassim Hassaïni

Votes: 8,409 | Gross: $0.07M

44. Oxygen (2010)

Not Rated | 98 min | Drama

Two young men share an incurable illness. Is their love for the women in their lives strong enough to conquer their fear of dying?

Director: Hans Van Nuffel | Stars: Stef Aerts, Wouter Hendrickx, Marie Vinck, Rik Verheye

Votes: 1,146

45. The Ardennes (2015)

Unrated | 96 min | Drama

47 Metascore

A brutal home-jacking by two brothers goes hopelessly wrong, and one of them goes to prison. Four years later, his brother tries to help him get his life back on track.

Director: Robin Pront | Stars: Kevin Janssens, Jeroen Perceval, Veerle Baetens, Jan Bijvoet

Votes: 4,223 | Gross: $0.01M

46. The Misfortunates (2009)

Not Rated | 108 min | Comedy, Drama

54 Metascore

13-year-old Gunther Strobbe grows up surrounded by alcohol, trash and his completely useless father and uncles. Slowly but surely, he's being prepared for the same hapless life. Can he defy his destiny?

Director: Felix van Groeningen | Stars: Kenneth Vanbaeden, Valentijn Dhaenens, Koen De Graeve, Wouter Hendrickx

Votes: 8,872

47. Brussels by Night (1983)

90 min | Drama

This is the story of a man who travels to Brussels, and meets some people with whom he spends a few days. When they all go on a day trip to the "slanting plane" of Ronquieres, all sorts of bottled up frustrations flare up.

Director: Marc Didden | Stars: François Beukelaers, Johan Joos, Mariette Mathieu, Daniël Van Avermaet

Votes: 347

48. Loft (I) (2008)

118 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Five close friends, all of them married, share a loft to meet their mistresses. One day they find the body of a young woman in the loft. Since there are only five keys to the loft, the five men begin to suspect each other of murder.

Director: Erik Van Looy | Stars: Koen De Bouw, Filip Peeters, Matthias Schoenaerts, Bruno Vanden Broecke

Votes: 19,700

49. Dossier K. (2009)

120 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.7