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1. Alice (I) (2005)

102 min | Drama

In the wake of his daughter's disappearance, a father wallowing in grief feeds his desire to find her with unusual methods.

Director: Marco Martins | Stars: Nuno Lopes, Beatriz Batarda, Miguel Guilherme, Ana Bustorff

Votes: 2,073

2. Blood (1989)

95 min | Drama, Mystery

Vicente, seventeen, lives with brother Nino, ten-years-old, and his ailing father in a derelict house on the outskirts of the capital. They don't seem to remember their mother, and are very... See full summary »

Director: Pedro Costa | Stars: Pedro Hestnes, Nuno Ferreira, Inês de Medeiros, Luís Miguel Cintra

Votes: 855

3. The Territory (1981)

100 min | Drama, Horror

A small group of well-to-do vacationers go on a hiking trip into the woods. Foolishly unprepared to deal with Mother Nature and their situation, they wander around lost for days and weeks, ... See full summary »

Director: Raoul Ruiz | Stars: Geoffrey Carey, John Paul Getty III, Jeffrey Kime, Camila Mora-Scheihing

Votes: 185

4. Trás-os-Montes (1976)

108 min | Drama

It's a docudrama with a poetic writing and non-linear narrative. Specifically, it's an "etnofiction": portraits the typical characters of Terra Fria, the North-east of Portugal, showing ... See full summary »

Directors: Margarida Cordeiro, António Reis | Stars: Albino S. Pedro, Carlos Margarido, Mariana Margarido, Luis Ferreira

Votes: 165

5. Ill-Fated Love (1978– )

45 min | Drama, Romance

A story about doomed love between to people from different worlds and the impact in their lives.

Stars: António Sequeira Lopes, Cristina Hauser, Elsa Wallencamp, António Costa

Votes: 254

6. In Vanda's Room (2000)

Not Rated | 171 min | Drama

The film follows the daily life of Vanda Duarte, a heroin addict in Lisbon, and the community she lives in.

Director: Pedro Costa | Stars: Vanda Duarte, Lena Duarte, Zita Duarte, Manuel Gomes Miranda

Votes: 1,205

7. Aniki Bóbó (1942)

71 min | Drama, Family

The story takes place in the old streets of Porto and by the banks of the Douro River. A gang of very young kids has just accepted a new member, Carlitos, a shy boy who has "played it tough... See full summary »

Director: Manoel de Oliveira | Stars: Nascimento Fernandes, Vital dos Santos, António Palma, Armando Pedro

Votes: 1,449

8. Ossos (1997)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama

A suicidal young woman gives her newborn child up to his deadbeat father in the Fontainhas slums of Lisbon.

Director: Pedro Costa | Stars: Vanda Duarte, Nuno Vaz, Mariya Lipkina, Isabel Ruth

Votes: 1,295

9. Down to Earth (1994)

110 min | Drama

The film tells a story of Mariana, a nurse who leaves Lisbon to accompany an immigrant worker in a comatose sleep on his trip home to Cape Verde. The devoted Portuguese nurse took a journey only to find herself lost in abstract drama.

Director: Pedro Costa | Stars: Inês de Medeiros, Isaach De Bankolé, Edith Scob, Pedro Hestnes

Votes: 713

10. Ana (1982)

115 min | Drama

It is a sincere and naive film that combines the themes of nature-man, modernism-man in Rilke's poets with a local narrative.

Directors: Margarida Cordeiro, António Reis | Stars: Ana Maria Martins Guerra, Manuel Ramalho Eanes, Octávio Lixa Filgueiras, Aurora Alfonso

Votes: 106

11. Arabian Nights: Volume 1 - The Restless One (2015)

Not Rated | 125 min | Drama

80 Metascore

Some of the chapters from Arabian Nights are adapted to a modern Portugal in this epic.

Director: Miguel Gomes | Stars: Crista Alfaiate, Miguel Gomes, Maria Rueff, Bruno Bravo

Votes: 1,908 | Gross: $0.01M

12. Recollections of the Yellow House (1989)

122 min | Comedy, Drama

Lisbon, 1989. A middle-aged poor idiot, tormented by an illness, lives in a cheap room in a family boarding house, in the old section of the city's waterfront.

Director: João César Monteiro | Stars: João César Monteiro, Manuela de Freitas, Ruy Furtado, Teresa Calado

Votes: 1,082

13. Hovering Over the Water (1986)

143 min | Drama, Romance

Laura Rossellini, a widow from Rome, vacations on the Algarve coast one hot summer. One day while sunbathing, she finds a wounded man named Robert drifting in the surf on a rubber raft. She... See full summary »

Director: João César Monteiro | Stars: Laura Morante, Philip J. Spinelli, Manuela de Freitas, Georges Claisse

Votes: 324

14. Jaime (1974)

35 min | Short, Documentary

A documentary about a deceased psychiatric patient, Jaime Fernandes.

Director: António Reis | Stars: Evangelina Gil Delgado, Jaime Fernandes

Votes: 177

15. Trails (1978)

120 min | Drama, Fantasy

For his feature debut Monteiro creatively borrowed from traditional Portuguese legends to craft a series of echoing, parallel tales of young couples desperately escaping cruel false fathers... See full summary »

Director: João César Monteiro | Stars: Manuela de Freitas, Luís de Sousa Costa, Francisco Domingues, Carmen Duarte

Votes: 174

16. God's Comedy (1995)

170 min | Comedy, Drama

João de Deus is the manager of an ice-cream shop owned by an ex-prostitute, Paraíso dos Gelados (Ice-Cream Paradise). Through a unmoved desire of perfection, he seeks, through cleansing and... See full summary »

Director: João César Monteiro | Stars: Cláudia Teixeira, João César Monteiro, Manuela de Freitas, Raquel Ascensão

Votes: 1,084

17. As Bodas de Deus (1999)

150 min | Comedy

After receiving a visit from a messenger of God, João de Deus wins his buddy's girlfriend through a roll of the dice.

Director: João César Monteiro | Stars: Rita Durão, João César Monteiro, Joana Azevedo, José Airosa

Votes: 605

18. Come and Go (2003)

175 min | Comedy, Drama

João Vuvu, lives alone in a house that requires regeneration but due to being alone he is unable to do the work. On his son's release from prison and João's ensuing deception triggers a series of somber events.

Director: João César Monteiro | Stars: João César Monteiro, Rita Pereira Marques, Joaquina Chicau, Manuela de Freitas

Votes: 596

19. Silvestre (1981)

120 min | Drama

The daughters of a nobleman give shelter to a stranger. After that visit ends with a severed hand, the pilgrim takes on different identities to seek revenge. The nobleman goes missing and his youngest has to pose as a knight to save him.

Director: João César Monteiro | Stars: Maria de Medeiros, Teresa Madruga, Luís Miguel Cintra, Jorge Silva Melo

Votes: 248

20. The Hunt (1964)

21 min | Short, Drama

José and Roberto are friends, and they decide to go hunting but without guns, so that no accident will happen. As they stroll and talk, one of them falls into a hole in a hidden marshland. ... See full summary »

Director: Manoel de Oliveira | Stars: António Rodrigues Sousa, João Rocha Almeida, Albino Freitas, Manuel De Sa

Votes: 309

21. Disquiet (2010)

90 min | Drama

A room in Lisbon. A man dreams and establishes a theory to make it come true. This film is based on The Book of Disquiet , the posthumous work of the Portuguese writer Fernando Pessoa. It ... See full summary »

Director: João Botelho | Stars: Cláudio da Silva, Pedro Lamares, Ricardo Aibéo, Suzie Peterson

Votes: 403

22. Uma Abelha na Chuva (1972)

75 min | Drama

A married couple of rich and depressed noblemen destroy the lives of their servants out of spite.

Director: Fernando Lopes | Stars: Laura Soveral, João Guedes, Zita Duarte, Ruy Furtado

Votes: 216

23. The Green Years (1963)

91 min | Drama

Julio, aged nineteen, has just left the provinces to settle down in the outskirts of Lisbon. He lives there in a poor area with his uncle Afonso and starts working as an apprentice ... See full summary »

Director: Paulo Rocha | Stars: Rui Gomes, Isabel Ruth, Ruy Furtado, Paulo Renato

Votes: 481

24. Benilde or The Virgin Mother (1975)

112 min | Drama

Raised in seclusion, a young woman claims her unborn child was conceived through an angel.

Director: Manoel de Oliveira | Stars: Maria Amélia Matta, Jorge Rolla, Varela Silva, Glória de Matos

Votes: 231

25. Abraham's Valley (1993)

187 min | Drama

Ema is a very attractive but innocent girl, so pretty that cars crash in her presence. Young marries Dr. Carlo Paiva, who she is not attracted to, but is her father's friend. They move to ... See full summary »

Director: Manoel de Oliveira | Stars: Leonor Silveira, Cécile Sanz de Alba, Luís Miguel Cintra, Ruy de Carvalho

Votes: 1,156

26. Acto da Primavera (1963)

94 min | Drama

Local people of Curalha, a small village, keep a tradition of representing the Passion of Jesus, since and according to a 16th text.

Director: Manoel de Oliveira | Stars: Nicolau Nunes Da Silva, Ermelinda Pires, Maria Madalena, Amélia Chaves

Votes: 204

27. Mudar de Vida (1966)

90 min | Drama

After a stint in the army fighting in Angola, a soldier comes home to find his sweetheart has married his brother. He makes advances towards his sister-in-law, but she turns him down. ... See full summary »

Director: Paulo Rocha | Stars: Geraldo Del Rey, Isabel Ruth, Maria Barroso, João Guedes

Votes: 238

28. O Leão da Estrela (1947)

121 min | Comedy, Romance

Anastácio lives in Lisbon and is fanatic for Sporting, one of the city's football teams. When the team travels to face Porto, he follows it with the family, staying in house of his friend, Mr. Barata, pretending to be rich.

Director: Arthur Duarte | Stars: António Silva, Milú, Maria Eugénia, Erico Braga

Votes: 954

29. The Jester (1987)

120 min | Drama

Set four years after the Portuguese revolution and the simultaneous loss of the Portuguese empire in Africa, the story concerns a director who sells guns to finance his play.

Director: José Álvaro Morais | Stars: Fernando Heitor, Paula Guedes, Luís Lucas, Carlos Farinha

Votes: 61

30. Francisca (1981)

166 min | Biography, Drama

The life of a young man, son of an English officer who lets himself become a prisoner of love resulting in fatalism and disgrace.

Director: Manoel de Oliveira | Stars: Teresa Menezes, Diogo Dória, Mário Barroso, Francisco Brás

Votes: 306

31. The Circle (1970)

111 min | Drama

A look at the urban society of the seventies. The story of Marta a young and pretty girl, who leaves her husband to search for her true identity. She doesn't quite know what she wants, but ... See full summary »

Director: António da Cunha Telles | Stars: Maria Cabral, Miguel Franco, Ruy de Carvalho, Mário Jacques

Votes: 91



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