Best polish movies

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1. Matka Królów (1987)

127 min | Drama, History, War

7.2
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Made in 1982, shelved for five years. Story opens with Lucja Krol's husband under the tram. She gives birth to her fourth son on the floor of their new apartment. Neighbor Wiktor, a ... See full summary »

Director: Janusz Zaorski | Stars: Magda Teresa Wójcik, Zbigniew Zapasiewicz, Franciszek Pieczka, Boguslaw Linda

Votes: 186

2. Smierc prezydenta (1977)

144 min | Drama, History

7.3
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Set at the historic moment of rebirth of Poland after World War I. The newly organized National Assembly elected Gabriel Narutowicz, a professor returning home from Switzerland to enter ... See full summary »

Director: Jerzy Kawalerowicz | Stars: Zdzislaw Mrozewski, Marek Walczewski, Henryk Bista, Czeslaw Byszewski

Votes: 149

3. How Far, How Near (1972)

95 min | Drama

7.1
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Middle-aged Andrzej takes a dreamlike journey to his troubled past, trying to understand his friend's suicide.

Director: Tadeusz Konwicki | Stars: Andrzej Lapicki, Gustaw Holoubek, Maja Komorowska, Anna Dymna

Votes: 166

4. Przesluchanie (1982)

118 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.1
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Tonia goes out drinking. She wakes up in prison, not having a clue why she's there. She is tortured to encourage her to confess to a crime she is not aware of.

Director: Ryszard Bugajski | Stars: Krystyna Janda, Adam Ferency, Janusz Gajos, Agnieszka Holland

Votes: 2,430

5. Wyjscie awaryjne (1982)

89 min | Comedy

6.7
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When her daughter unexpectedly gets pregnant, authoritative mother Jadwiga, who is a local government official, starts looking for a fictional husband. To make matters worse, she only finds a guy with a criminal record.

Director: Roman Zaluski | Stars: Bozena Dykiel, Jerzy Michotek, Maria Gladkowska, Andrzej Golejewski

Votes: 276

6. Pani minister tanczy (1937)

82 min | Musical, Comedy, Romance

6.9
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Director: Juliusz Gardan | Stars: Tola Mankiewiczówna, Aleksander Zabczynski, Józef Orwid, Mieczyslawa Cwiklinska

Votes: 65

7. Dlug (1999)

Not Rated | 106 min | Drama, Crime, Thriller

8.0
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The Debt is a gripping thriller about two entrepreneurs who become tangled in the web of a Russian thug. Two friends begin a business venture of importing Italian scooters into Poland. With... See full summary »

Director: Krzysztof Krauze | Stars: Robert Gonera, Jacek Borcuch, Andrzej Chyra, Cezary Kosinski

Votes: 2,590

8. Petla (1958)

96 min | Drama

7.8
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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.

Director: Wojciech Has | Stars: Gustaw Holoubek, Aleksandra Slaska, Teresa Szmigielówna, Tadeusz Fijewski

Votes: 538

9. Mother Joan of the Angels (1961)

110 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

7.7
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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.

Director: Jerzy Kawalerowicz | Stars: Lucyna Winnicka, Mieczyslaw Voit, Anna Ciepielewska, Maria Chwalibóg

Votes: 2,131

10. Polowanie na muchy (1969)

104 min | Comedy, Romance

6.7
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Wlodek is a shy man who's afraid of his mother as well as his wife. However, upon meeting Irena, his life takes a new turn.

Director: Andrzej Wajda | Stars: Zygmunt Malanowicz, Malgorzata Braunek, Ewa Skarzanka, Hanna Skarzanka

Votes: 207

11. Tatarak (2009)

85 min | Drama

6.5
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In small-town Poland in the late 1950s, an aging woman married to a workaholic doctor meets a young man who makes her feel young again. Framed around this story, lead actress Krystyna Janda discusses the death of her husband from cancer.

Director: Andrzej Wajda | Stars: Krystyna Janda, Pawel Szajda, Jan Englert, Jadwiga Jankowska-Cieslak

Votes: 997

12. Camouflage (1977)

106 min | Comedy, Drama

7.6
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A group of students are spending the summer vacation at a university camp studying the science of linguistics. One of the camp directors, Jaroslaw, is a young professor who prefers the ... See full summary »

Director: Krzysztof Zanussi | Stars: Piotr Garlicki, Zbigniew Zapasiewicz, Christine Paul, Mariusz Dmochowski

Votes: 748

13. Wszystko na sprzedaz (1969)

105 min | Drama

7.0
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The disappearance of the leading actor from the film's set worries its director Andrzej. He embarks on a journey to look out for the actor with a young actor and missing actor's wife and mistress.

Director: Andrzej Wajda | Stars: Beata Tyszkiewicz, Elzbieta Czyzewska, Andrzej Lapicki, Daniel Olbrychski

Votes: 550

14. Three Colors: Blue (1993)

R | 98 min | Drama, Music, Mystery

8.0
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85 Metascore

A woman struggles to find a way to live her life after the death of her husband and child.

Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski | Stars: Juliette Binoche, Zbigniew Zamachowski, Julie Delpy, Benoît Régent

Votes: 70,204 | Gross: $1.32M

15. Three Colors: Red (1994)

R | 99 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

8.1
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100 Metascore

A model discovers her neighbor is keen on invading people's privacy.

Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski | Stars: Irène Jacob, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Frédérique Feder, Jean-Pierre Lorit

Votes: 70,570 | Gross: $4.04M

16. Three Colors: White (1994)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.7
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88 Metascore

After his wife divorces him, a Polish immigrant plots to get even with her.

Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski | Stars: Zbigniew Zamachowski, Julie Delpy, Janusz Gajos, Jerzy Stuhr

Votes: 50,007 | Gross: $1.46M

17. The Double Life of Veronique (1991)

R | 98 min | Drama, Fantasy, Music

7.9
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86 Metascore

Two parallel stories about two identical women; one living in Poland, the other in France. They don't know each other, but their lives are nevertheless profoundly connected.

Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski | Stars: Irène Jacob, Wladyslaw Kowalski, Halina Gryglaszewska, Kalina Jedrusik

Votes: 32,644 | Gross: $2.00M

18. Amator (1979)

117 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

8.0
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Filip buys an eight-millimetre movie camera when his first child is born. Because it's the first camera in town, he's named official photographer by the local Party boss. His horizons widen... See full summary »

Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski | Stars: Jerzy Stuhr, Malgorzata Zabkowska, Ewa Pokas, Stefan Czyzewski

Votes: 4,591

19. Blind Chance (1987)

Not Rated | 114 min | Drama

8.0
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Witek runs after a train. Three variations follow on how such a seemingly banal incident could influence the rest of Witek's life.

Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski | Stars: Boguslaw Linda, Tadeusz Lomnicki, Zbigniew Zapasiewicz, Boguslawa Pawelec

Votes: 6,093

20. Passenger (1963)

62 min | Drama, History, War

7.6
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While being aboard a transatlantic ship, German woman Liza notices someone who looks like Marta, the former inmate at Auschwitz, where Liza used to be the guard.

Directors: Andrzej Munk, Witold Lesiewicz | Stars: Aleksandra Slaska, Anna Ciepielewska, Jan Kreczmar, Marek Walczewski

Votes: 1,139

21. Austeria (1982)

109 min | Drama, War

7.1
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During a pogrom in Poland on the eve of World War I, a group of Jews seek refuge from the Cossacks. The fugitives hide out in a rural inn, terrified that they may be given away at any moment.

Director: Jerzy Kawalerowicz | Stars: Franciszek Pieczka, Wojciech Pszoniak, Jan Szurmiej, Ewa Domanska

Votes: 405

22. Dekalog (1989–1990)

TV-MA | 572 min | Drama

9.1
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100 Metascore

Ten television drama films, each one based on one of the Ten Commandments.

Stars: Artur Barcis, Olgierd Lukaszewicz, Aleksander Bardini, Olaf Lubaszenko

Votes: 15,737 | Gross: $0.10M

23. Zdjecia próbne (1977)

99 min | Drama, Romance

7.1
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A film about a film being made by a group of young directors. Story is divided into three parts. The first follows Anka, a girl from a working- class family. She finishes school, plans to ... See full summary »

Directors: Jerzy Domaradzki, Agnieszka Holland, Pawel Kedzierski | Stars: Daria Trafankowska, Andrzej Pieczynski, Miroslawa Marcheluk, Urszula Modrzynska

Votes: 52

24. Krótki film o zabijaniu (1988)

Not Rated | 84 min | Crime, Drama

8.1
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The plot couldn't be simpler or its attack on capital punishment (and the act of killing in general) more direct - a senseless, violent, almost botched murder is followed by a cold, ... See full summary »

Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski | Stars: Miroslaw Baka, Krzysztof Globisz, Jan Tesarz, Zbigniew Zapasiewicz

Votes: 12,984

25. Krótki film o milosci (1988)

Not Rated | 86 min | Drama, Romance

8.3
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An innocent virgin spies on his frontal neighbor and falls in love with her, thus starts using tricks on her which he hopes will lead to them meeting.

Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski | Stars: Grazyna Szapolowska, Olaf Lubaszenko, Stefania Iwinska, Piotr Machalica

Votes: 14,577

26. Bez znieczulenia (1978)

131 min | Drama

7.4
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A famous Polish journalist presents a problem for the powers-that-be when he displays his full political skill and knowledge on a television show featuring questions and answers on a world ... See full summary »

Director: Andrzej Wajda | Stars: Zbigniew Zapasiewicz, Ewa Dalkowska, Andrzej Seweryn, Krystyna Janda

Votes: 415

27. Czlowiek z marmuru (1977)

160 min | Drama

7.9
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In 1976, a young woman in Krakow is making her diploma film, looking behind the scenes at the life of a 1950s bricklayer, Birkut, who was briefly a proletariat hero, at how that heroism was... See full summary »

Director: Andrzej Wajda | Stars: Krystyna Janda, Jerzy Radziwilowicz, Tadeusz Lomnicki, Jacek Lomnicki

Votes: 3,121

28. Man of Iron (1981)

PG | 156 min | Drama, History

7.5
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A worker becomes a "man of iron" forged by experience, a son comes to terms with his father, a couple fall in love, a reporter searches for courage, and a nation undergoes historic change. ... See full summary »

Director: Andrzej Wajda | Stars: Jerzy Radziwilowicz, Krystyna Janda, Marian Opania, Wieslawa Kosmalska

Votes: 2,453

29. Knife in the Water (1962)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, Thriller

7.6
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On their way to a sailing trip, an aging husband and wife invite along an emphatic young hitchhiker out of sheer patronization.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Leon Niemczyk, Jolanta Umecka, Zygmunt Malanowicz, Anna Ciepielewska

Votes: 16,465

30. Dom zly (2009)

105 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.5
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The story takes place in two parallel time planes. The first plot follows the events of one autumn night in 1978. Edward Srodon, a zootechnician, makes an accidental stopover in a farmhouse... See full summary »

Director: Wojciech Smarzowski | Stars: Arkadiusz Jakubik, Marian Dziedziel, Kinga Preis, Bartlomiej Topa

Votes: 3,126

31. Ucieczka z kina 'Wolnosc' (1990)

PG | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

7.2
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During the screening of the film "Daybreak" at the Liberty Cinema, movie characters suddenly come alive and begin to talk to the viewers. The situation surprises communist authorities who send a censor to the theatre.

Director: Wojciech Marczewski | Stars: Janusz Gajos, Zbigniew Zamachowski, Teresa Marczewska, Piotr Fronczewski

Votes: 510

32. Psy (1992)

104 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.7
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In good old days Franz Maurer and his partners from secret police used to live like kings. Now, they all must adapt to new post-communist environment where they are scorned and losing all ... See full summary »

Director: Wladyslaw Pasikowski | Stars: Boguslaw Linda, Marek Kondrat, Cezary Pazura, Janusz Gajos

Votes: 2,928

33. Wodzirej (1978)

104 min | Drama

7.8
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An ironic look at a climber who decides to do anything, including throwing mud at his best friend, to get a job he thinks will launch him into a better career.

Director: Feliks Falk | Stars: Jerzy Stuhr, Slawa Kwasniewska, Wiktor Sadecki, Michal Tarkowski

Votes: 490

34. Barrier (1966)

77 min | Drama, Comedy

7.1
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A rebellious student wants to get total independence and overcome all the barriers in his life: of money, age, status, cults and conventions. However, he meets a girl with completely different ideals.

Director: Jerzy Skolimowski | Stars: Joanna Szczerbic, Jan Nowicki, Tadeusz Lomnicki, Maria Malicka

Votes: 328

35. A Woman's Decision (1975)

98 min | Drama

7.0
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The main character is a bookkeeper, 40, who lives a quiet, uninteresting life with her husband and son of school age. She realizes that soon she won't be needed much at home as the boy ... See full summary »

Director: Krzysztof Zanussi | Stars: Maja Komorowska, Piotr Fronczewski, Marek Piwowski, Zofia Mrozowska

Votes: 116

36. Jak byc kochana (1963)

97 min | Drama

7.5
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An actress travels from Warsaw to Paris and during the trip reflects on the last few years of her life. It goes back to the German occupation and her hiding of a fellow actor who has ... See full summary »

Director: Wojciech Has | Stars: Barbara Krafftówna, Zbigniew Cybulski, Artur Mlodnicki, Wienczyslaw Glinski

Votes: 347