Poland's 300 Most Important Moviesby kinoholik | created - 15 Apr 2017 | updated - 22 Jun 2018 | Public
Feature films in chronological order with the year's best at the top.
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1. Prussian Culture (1908)
8 min | Short, Drama
The oldest existent Polish film deals with the forced Germanisation of western Polish regions and the school protest in Wrzesnia with its harsh repercussions.
2. Bartek zwyciezca (1923)
43 min | Short, Drama, History
A Polish farmer is drafted by the Prussian army and fights courageously with the French. But instead of gratitude and respect, all he gets for his efforts is pain and misery.
3. Mocny czlowiek (1929)
77 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Journalist Henryk Bielecki is not very talented but he desperately wants to become a famous writer. Nothing will stop him from making his dreams come true.
4. Czy Lucyna to dziewczyna? (1934)
80 min | Comedy, Romance
After becoming a licensed engineer abroad, Lucyna comes back to Poland and looks for a job. Because her wealthy father thinks it's inappropriate for a girl to work, she decides to put on men's clothes and get a job as Julian Kwiatkowski.
6. The Dybbuk (1937)
Unrated | 108 min | Drama, Fantasy
The mystical love story between Chonen, a poor Talmud student, and Lea, a girl from a wealthy family, depicts the traditional folk culture of Polish Jews before WW2.
7. Pietro wyzej (1937)
90 min | Comedy, Music, Romance
Two apartment house dwellers, although unrelated, share the same name. One is an older man with an appreciation for and love of classical music, while the other is a younger man addicted to... See full summary »
8. Girls of Nowolipki (1937)
97 min | Drama, Romance
Bronka, Franka, Amelka and Kwiryna are four girls living in the same poor district of Warsaw and going to the same school. They all fight for a better future but what the future brings is usually disappointment, sometimes even tragedy.
9. Zapomniana melodia (1938)
80 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance
A love story between Stefan, the nephew of a music teacher, and Helenka, the daughter of a wealthy cosmetics industry entrepreneur. Her father remembers the recipe for a new soap thanks to a catchy tune composed by Stefan.
10. Granica (1938)
Not Rated | 89 min | Drama, Romance
Zenon Ziembiewicz comes back to his hometown after graduating from the university in Paris. He gets entangled in a love triangle with educated young lady Elzbieta and a common country girl Justyna who gets pregnant.
11. Pawel i Gawel (1938)
82 min | Comedy
Two neighbours with similar names, Pawel and Gawel, meet a violinist girl Violetta who pretends to be a child. When Pawel learns she's not a child anymore, he falls in love with her. And vice versa.
12. Strachy (1938)
94 min | Drama
A look at show-business through the lives of cabaret dancing girls Teresa and Linka. When their theatre is closed down, they have to move to a small town. But it turns out that one of them is pregnant and the baby's father is her ex-boss.
13. Zakazane piosenki (1947)
97 min | Drama, Music, War
A Polish musician tells a young soldier about his wartime activity - setting up a street orchestra and taking part in the anti-Nazi resistance movement.
14. Border Street (1948)
110 min | Drama, War
The story of Polish and Jewish families living side by side in one Warsaw street. Everything changes once and for all with the Nazi invasion.
16. Skarb (1949)
102 min | Comedy, Romance
A comedy set in the ruins of post-war Warsaw. A young married couple moves in to a rented flat full of other lodgers, some of whom by misunderstanding start to believe there's a hidden treasure somewhere in the house.
17. Dom na pustkowiu (1949)
92 min | Drama
The lives of two lonely women from provincial Poland suddenly collide with the reality of war with the appearance of an ex-concentration camp prisoner.
19. Gromada (1952)
105 min | Drama
The struggle between poor villagers, who are eager to build a co-operative mill and a cultural centre, and the village wealthy men - the miller and the kulaks - who are desperate to stop the farmers.
20. Adventure in Marienstadt (1954)
93 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance
While visiting Warsaw, Hanka falls for a record-breaking bricklayer. Soon she returns to the city to work at construction sites and prove that women's work is not worse than that of men's.
21. Celuloza (1954)
120 min | Drama
A common worker tells a communist activist the story of his turbulent life - from the extreme poverty in the countryside to becoming a conscious worker's activist.
22. A Generation (1955)
Not Rated | 87 min | Drama, War
Story of youths during the German occupation of Poland in the World War II who come to adulthood through love and adversity.
23. Godziny nadziei (1955)
87 min | Action, Drama, War
In the last days of World War 2, people of various ethnic background meet in a Polish military hospital in a small German town, whereas a Nazi SS division hides in the local forests and tries to move westwards.
24. Kanal (1957)
Not Rated | 91 min | Drama, War
In 1944, during the Warsaw uprising against the Nazis, Polish Lieutenant Zadra and his resistance fighters use Warsaw's sewer system to escape the German encirclement.
25. Czlowiek na torze (1957)
89 min | Drama
In 1950, at night, a passenger train kills a man on the tracks. He is Orzechowski, an engineer since 1914. An inquiry immediately follows. Testimony takes the form of flashbacks. Tuszka, ... See full summary »
26. Koniec nocy (1957)
90 min | Drama
A group of young Lódz hoodlums spends their time shoplifting, partying and drinking heavily, until they are faced with serious consequences of their reckless behaviour.
27. Zimowy zmierzch (1957)
94 min | Drama
Rumsza, the elderly railwayman, leading a sedate life with his wife, misses his only remaining son (two older boys were killed in the war). Joziuk finally returns from the military in the ... See full summary »
28. Zagubione uczucia (1957)
75 min | Drama
One day in the miserable life of a female factory worker and single mother of four children. One of her sons - ridiculed by his peers - leaves home and gets into trouble.
29. Ashes and Diamonds (1958)
Not Rated | 103 min | Drama, Romance, War
As WWII and the German occupation ends, the Polish resistance and the Russian forces turn on each other in an attempt to take over leadership in Communist Poland.
30. Eve Wants to Sleep (1958)
95 min | Comedy
Ewa Bonecka, a young student about to start school in a new place finds herself without a place to sleep after she is declined a room in a women-only hotel. Helped by a pleasant policeman, ... See full summary »
32. Eroica (1958)
87 min | Comedy, Drama
Two sketches covering episodes from the World War II. In the first novel, "Scherzo alla polacca", a shrewd son, trying to preserve his skin, ultimately becomes a hero and finds a reason for... See full summary »
33. Lydia Ate the Apple (1958)
97 min | Drama, Romance
Pawel and Lidka are from different worlds but they somehow meet each other in a night club. He's a young lad from a wealthy family, she's an attractive dancer. They fall in love and go out of town but their happiness doesn't last long.
34. The Noose (1958)
96 min | Drama
One day in the life of an alcohol addict. With the help of his girlfriend Krysia, Kuba attempts to regain control of his life. But when she's at work, Kuba is home alone, and it becomes hard not to resist the temptation.
35. The Eighth Day of the Week (1958)
83 min | Drama, Romance
A young couple in love hopes to have some privacy but the widespread housing problems don't allow them to find any place to stay.
37. Night Train (1959)
99 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Jerzy enters a train set for the Baltic coast. He seems to be on the run from something - as does the strange woman with whom he must share a sleeping compartment.
38. Krzyz Walecznych (1959)
84 min | Drama, War
Three episodes showing the repercussions of war. A soldier returns to his ruined village, a stray dog turns out to be the former guard at Auschwitz, a young widow is hailed as the wife of the hero but dreams of something else.
39. Baza ludzi umarlych (1959)
104 min | Drama
Because of the danger involved and the harsh conditions, wood transport drivers, working in the forests of south-east Poland, are going to quit their jobs. A party activist arrives to make them change their minds.
40. Zamach (1959)
83 min | Drama, War
Set in the occupied Warsaw, the film tells the story of the mission carried out by the student uderground resistance group to execute the hated SS General Franz Kutchera.
41. Bad Luck (1960)
92 min | Comedy
The story is an odyssey of a little man through Poland of 1930 to 1950. It shows his attempts to cope with a changing world which seems to have no place for him. He has no consciousness of ... See full summary »
42. Innocent Sorcerers (1960)
87 min | Drama, Music, Romance
A young doctor is tired of being sought by women. One night he meets a young girl who all but forces herself into his room where they talk of morals and love. But he loses her when he goes ... See full summary »
43. Black Cross (1960)
166 min | Adventure, Drama, History
In the 15th century the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth is facing a hard struggle against the neighboring Teutonic Order.Frequent clashes between the two powers finally culminate in 1410 with the Battle of Grunwald.
44. Nikt nie wola (1960)
86 min | Drama, Romance, War
The story of Poles moving to the west of the country after the war - to the lands originally inhabited by Germans - and starting a new life there. Lonely boy Bozek meets a girl called Lucyna and wants to run away from his wartime past.
45. Goodbye, See You Tomorrow (1960)
88 min | Drama, Romance
Jacek is a handsome young Pole who belongs to a drama company. One day, in the streets of Gdansk, he meets Marguerite, a beautiful daughter of the French consul, and immediately falls for her.
46. Mother Joan of the Angels (1961)
110 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
A priest is sent to a small parish in the Polish countryside which is believed to be under demonic possession and there he finds his own temptations awaiting.
47. Swiadectwo urodzenia (1961)
99 min | Drama, War
Three episodes dealing with the harsh situation of children at the time of war. They stay at orphanages, wait for their parents to come back, help the soldiers, hide in the forests and do their best to survive.
48. Dzis w nocy umrze miasto (1961)
84 min | Drama, War