Favourite European Films

Some of my favourite Modern European Films (1990 - present) from all over Europe. I will keep updating this list as I view newer films. Any recommendation are welcome.
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1.
La Haine (1995)
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24 hours in the lives of three young men in the French suburbs the day after a violent riot. (98 mins.)
“ France. Quite possibly my favourite modern French film. Amazing cinematography, storyline, acting and pacing makes this film an absolute modern classic. 10/10 ” - PulpShawKing
 
2.
Life Is Beautiful (1997)
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When an open-minded Jewish librarian and his son become victims of the Holocaust, he uses a perfect mixture of will, humor and imagination to protect his son from the dangers around their camp. (116 mins.)
Director: Roberto Benigni
“ Italy. Modern Italian cinema doesn't get any better than this. One of the most beloved foreign films of the 90s and the deserved winner of the Best Foreign film oscar. Must watch. 10/10 ” - PulpShawKing
 
3.
District B13 (2004)
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Set in the ghettos of Paris in 2010, an undercover cop and ex-thug try to infiltrate a gang in order to defuse a neutron bomb. (84 mins.)
Director: Pierre Morel
“ France. My favourite French action movie and the finest showcase for Parkour. Jaw dropping stunts, decent storyline and black humour sprinkled throughout. Probably the most entertaining movie on this list. Much much better than the sequel District Ultimatum. 9/10. ” - PulpShawKing
 
4.
4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007)
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A woman assists her friend in arranging an illegal abortion in 1980s Romania. (113 mins.)
Director: Cristian Mungiu
“ Romania. This was my exposure to modern Romanian cinema and what an introduction it was. A completely original storyline supported by minimal background score and realistic performances. Slightly graphic at times but a movie that deserves wider recognition. Palme D'Or winner. 9/10 ” - PulpShawKing
 
5.
Bad Education (2004)
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An examination on the effect of Franco-era religious schooling and sexual abuse on the lives of two longtime friends. (106 mins.)
“ Spain. A controversial and daring film by Pedro Almodovar which is completely different from his female-driven dramas namely All About My Mother and Talk To Her. Brilliant performances by Gael Garcia Bernal and Fele Martinez. 8/10. ” - PulpShawKing
 
6.
Let the Right One In (2008)
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Oskar, an overlooked and bullied boy, finds love and revenge through Eli, a beautiful but peculiar girl. (115 mins.)
Director: Tomas Alfredson
“ Sweden. My first Swedish film and definitely my favourite one. I won't really classify this as horror per say, its more like a coming-of-age vampire thriller which is acted and directed to perfection. Not a dull moment throughout. 10/10. ” - PulpShawKing
 
7.
Tell No One (2006)
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Police find two bodies at an old murder scene and evidence to suggest the first victim's husband is a murderer. The husband receives clues suggesting his deceased wife is actually alive and begins to investigate. (131 mins.)
Director: Guillaume Canet
“ France. Based on the acclaimed Harlan Coben novel by the same name, this is one twisty-turny french whodunit. Ben Affleck is directing the Hollywood adaptation of the same novel but watch the original. 8/10 ” - PulpShawKing
 
8.
JCVD (2008)
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Jean-Claude Van Damme gets involved in a bank robbery with hostages situation and reflects about his life during it. (97 mins.)
“ Belgium. I never thought I would see Jean Claude Van Damme in such an emotional performance. An emotional and moving film especially for Van Damme fans. The monologue alone is worth the watch. 8/10. ” - PulpShawKing
 
9.
Dead Snow (2009)
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A ski vacation turns horrific for a group of medical students, as they find themselves confronted by an unimaginable menace: Nazi zombies. (90 mins.)
Director: Tommy Wirkola
“ Norway. A Nazi-Zombie thriller. Probably the first and only one of its kind. Guaranteed entertainment. 8/10. ” - PulpShawKing
 
10.
Downfall (2004)
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Traudl Junge, the final secretary for Adolf Hitler, tells of the Nazi dictator's final days in his Berlin bunker at the end of WWII. (156 mins.)
“ Germany. The best European biographical film and worthy of all the accolades for the film and the lead actor, Bruno Ganz. One of my favourite war films. 9/10. ” - PulpShawKing
 
11.
Martyrs (2008)
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A young woman's quest for revenge against the people who kidnapped and tormented her as a child leads her and a friend, who is also a victim of child abuse, on a terrifying journey into a living hell of depravity. (99 mins.)
Director: Pascal Laugier
“ France. Part of the new age Extreme French Horror. Not a typical horror by any sense of the imagination and relies on a unique story to disturb the viewer. The ending is something to be seen to be believed. 9/10. ” - PulpShawKing
 
12.
High Tension (2003)
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Best friends Marie and Alexia decide to spend a quiet weekend at Alexia's parents' secluded farmhouse. But on the night of their arrival, the girls' idyllic getaway turns into an endless night of horror. (91 mins.)
Director: Alexandre Aja
“ France. French slasher horror with a twist... literally. Whether you love or hate the unnecessary third act twist, you cannot deny that this is an amazing film. 8/10. ” - PulpShawKing
 
13.
Lilya 4-Ever (2002)
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Sixteen-year-old Lilja and her only friend, the young boy Volodja, live in Estonia, fantasizing about a better life. One day, Lilja falls in love with Andrej, who is going to Sweden, and invites Lilja to come along and start a new life. (109 mins.)
Director: Lukas Moodysson
“ Russia. A very disturbing and bleak look at teenage prostitution in Eastern Europe. Might want to watch a romantic comedy right after to relieve the depression. 8.5/10. ” - PulpShawKing
 
14.
I Stand Alone (1998)
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A horse meat butcher's life and mind begins to breakdown as he lashes out against various factions of society while attempting to reconnect with his estranged daughter. (93 mins.)
Director: Gaspar Noé
“ France. The only Gaspar Noe film I have seen. The definition of intensity and contains some truly jaw-dropping scenes. Don't read up on the movie too much, just watch it. 9.5/10. ” - PulpShawKing
 
15.
[Rec] (2007)
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A television reporter and cameraman follow emergency workers into a dark apartment building and are quickly locked inside with something terrifying. (78 mins.)
“ Spain. The scariest European Horror without a shadow of a doubt. Forget the Hollywood Remake (Quarantine), the original is a classic in the horror genre. 9/10. ” - PulpShawKing
 
16.
A Prophet (2009)
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A young Arab man is sent to a French prison. (155 mins.)
Director: Jacques Audiard
“ France. Pure perfection. A prison crime thriller of the highest calibre. The central performance by Tahir Rahim is Oscar Worthy along with the film. My pick of the Best Foreign Film Oscar for 2009. The best French crime thriller, right up there with La Haine. 10/10 ” - PulpShawKing
 
17.
Inside (2007)
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Four months after the death of her husband, a woman on the brink of motherhood is tormented in her home by a strange woman who wants her unborn baby. (82 mins.)
“ France. Another one of the modern French wave. Very bloody and graphic and very brilliant. One of the best stories in the horror genre and some truly tense set pieces. Unbelievable film. 9/10. ” - PulpShawKing
 
18.
The Experiment (2001)
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For two weeks, 20 male participants are hired to play prisoners and guards in a prison. The "prisoners" have to follow seemingly mild rules, and the "guards" are told to retain order without using physical violence. (120 mins.)
“ Germany. Based on the famous Stanford experiment with ordinary people playing guards and criminals in a prison setting. A psychological thriller of the highest order. 7.5/10 ” - PulpShawKing
 
19.
Loft (2008)
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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. (118 mins.)
Director: Erik Van Looy
“ Belgium. My favourite modern murder mystery and the definition of unpredictability. Very well-written with several twists and a brilliant climax. 10/10. ” - PulpShawKing
 
20.
The Beat That My Heart Skipped (2005)
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Will Thomas still lead a life of crime and cruelty, just like his thuggish father, or will he pursue his dream of becoming a pianist? (108 mins.)
Director: Jacques Audiard
“ France. My introduction to Romain Duris and what a great performance. Another great French crime/underworld thriller. 8.5/10. ” - PulpShawKing
 
21.
Read My Lips (2001)
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She is almost deaf and she lip-reads. He is an ex-convict. She wants to help him. He thinks no one can help except himself. (115 mins.)
Director: Jacques Audiard
“ France. A unique take on the conventional crime thriller. A little slow at times but a very good movie nonetheless. Third Jacques Audiard directed film on this list after Une Prophete and The Beat That My... 7/10. ” - PulpShawKing
 
22.
Mesrine Part 1: Killer Instinct (2008)
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The story of french gangster Jacques Mesrine, before he was called Public Enemy N°1. (113 mins.)
“ France. Coupled with Mesrine: Part II, a great portrayal of the gangster and his life of crime. Vincent Cassel definitely has a lot of films on this list. 8/10. ” - PulpShawKing
 
23.
Mesrine Part 2: Public Enemy #1 (2008)
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The story of notorious French gangster Jacques Mesrine. (133 mins.)
“ France. See Above. ” - PulpShawKing
 
24.
The Celebration (1998)
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At Helge's 60th birthday party, some unpleasant family truths are revealed. (105 mins.)
“ Denmark. The very best of the Dogme 94 movement. This is the epitome of human relationships with a twisted look on families. Some truly unexpected revelations. Just wow. 9.5/10. ” - PulpShawKing
 
25.
The Apartment (1996)
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Max is on his way to Tokyo. He lives in Paris and likes to flirt but has decided to get married. By chance... (116 mins.)
Director: Gilles Mimouni
“ France. One of the Vincent Cassel's earlier roles and the inspiration for the Hollywood movie Wicker Park (2004). An unpredictable storyline with an interesting ending. 8.5/10. ” - PulpShawKing
 
26.
The Edukators (2004)
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Three activists cobble together a kidnapping plot after they encounter a businessman in his home. (127 mins.)
“ Germany. An amazing amazing political thriller centering on three youngsters. You will love this movie. 10/10. ” - PulpShawKing
 
27.
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)
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The true story of Elle editor Jean-Dominique Bauby who suffers a stroke and has to live with an almost totally paralyzed body; only his left eye isn't paralyzed. (112 mins.)
Director: Julian Schnabel
“ France. A slow and character-based drama but immensely enjoyable. 8/10. ” - PulpShawKing
 
28.
Dobermann (1997)
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The charismatic criminal Dobermann, who got his first gun when he was christened, leads a gang of brutal robbers... (103 mins.)
Director: Jan Kounen
“ France. An off-the-wall French thriller that is not as widely known as it should be. Ridiculous storyline, over-the-top performances but pure entertainment. 7.5/10 ” - PulpShawKing
 
29.
Head-On (2004)
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In 'Gegen die Wand' Cahit, a 40-something male from Mersin in Turkey has removed everything Turkish from his life... (121 mins.)
Director: Fatih Akin
“ Germany. Fatik Akin's masterpiece and the definition of a tragic love story. Words fail me to express my love for this film. The performances by the two leads, the amazing amazing background score and the brilliant pacing makes this one of my absolute favourites. 10/10. ” - PulpShawKing
 
30.
Cinema Paradiso (1988)
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A filmmaker recalls his childhood, when he fell in love with the movies at his village's theater and formed a deep friendship with the theater's projectionist. (155 mins.)
“ Italy. The love for cinema has never been better captured than in this film. I saw the directors cut but haven't the original theatrical cut so can't comment on which one is better. Some manly tears might have been shed. 9/10. ” - PulpShawKing
 
31.
Jean de Florette (1986)
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A greedy landowner and his backward nephew conspire to block the only water source for an adjoining property in order to bankrupt the owner and force him to sell. (120 mins.)
Director: Claude Berri
“ France. Probably the most beloved and famous French film and rightly so. A simply story dealing with themes of poverty, greed, betrayal, violence, romance and every other conceivable human emotion. 9/10. ” - PulpShawKing
 
32.
Manon of the Spring (1986)
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A beautiful but shy shepherdess plots vengeance on the men whose greedy conspiracy to acquire her father's land caused his death years earlier. (113 mins.)
Director: Claude Berri
“ France. Sequel to Jean De Florette and just as good. More focused on the theme of revenge. On a side note, no actress has ever looked at beautiful as Emmanuelle Beart in this film. 8.5/10 ” - PulpShawKing
 
33.
The Best of Youth (2003)
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An Italian epic that follows the lives of two brothers, from the 1960s to the 2000s. (366 mins.)
“ Italy. A 6-hour Italian epic dealing with the lives of a family across 30 years. This might be hard to believe but the runtime is completely irrelevant. You will not want this modern classic to end as you will be immersed in the lives of these characters. 10/10. ” - PulpShawKing
 
34.
Show Me Love (1998)
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Two teenage girls in small-town Sweden. Elin is beautiful, popular, and bored with life. Agnes is friendless, sad, and secretly in love with Elin. (89 mins.)
Director: Lukas Moodysson
“ Sweden. My favourite teenage romance and my favourite film dealing with a same sex couple. Loved the acting, the score, the direction. A truly heartening film. You will fall in love with the female protagonists. Pure perfection. 10/10 ” - PulpShawKing
 
35.
Dogtooth (2009)
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Three teenagers live isolated, without leaving their house, because their over-protective parents say they can only leave when their dogtooth falls out. (94 mins.)
“ Greece. Easily the most divisive film on this list but the most powerful European film I have seen in years. Only Greek film I have seen but an absolutely courageous and controversial drama. Unbelievably graphic in its themes and some truly WTF moments. I LOVED it. 10/10 ” - PulpShawKing
 
36.
Ben X (2007)
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As an alternative to getting bullied at school, an autistic teenager retreats into the world of online role-playing games. (93 mins.)
Director: Nic Balthazar
“ Belgium. A slow and sad tale filmed very stylishly. Based on a true story as well. 7.5/10. ” - PulpShawKing
 
37.
Cell 211 (2009)
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The story of two men on different sides of a prison riot -- the inmate leading the rebellion and the young guard trapped in the revolt, who poses as a prisoner in a desperate attempt to survive the ordeal. (113 mins.)
Director: Daniel Monzón
“ Spain. A tense and violent prison thriller better than most if not all Hollywood prison movies. Intense intense stuff. A remake is scheduled for 2013 but it will be near impossible to top this. 8.5/10. ” - PulpShawKing
 
38.
No Man's Land (2001)
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Bosnia and Herzegovina during 1993 at the time of the heaviest fighting between the two warring sides. Two soldiers from opposing sides in the conflict, Nino and Ciki, become trapped in no man's land, whilst a third soldier becomes a living booby trap. (98 mins.)
Director: Danis Tanovic
“ Bosnia. A compassionate and humane look at war without the bloodshed and violence. Two soldiers, one trench, great film. 8/10. ” - PulpShawKing
 
39.
The Sea Inside (2004)
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The factual story of Spaniard Ramon Sampedro, who fought a thirty-year campaign in favor of euthanasia and his own right to die. (125 mins.)
“ Spain. Javier Bardem gives the performance of a lifetime in this Oscar Winner based on a true story. Similar to 'Diving Bell and Butterfly' in terms of the storyline but very different in execution and slightly faster paced as well. 9/10. ” - PulpShawKing
 
40.
Kontroll (2003)
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A tale about a strange young man, Bulcsú, the fellow inspectors on his team, all without exception likeable characters, a rival ticket inspection team, and racing along the tracks... And a tale about love. (105 mins.)
Director: Nimród Antal
“ Hungary. A quirkly, eccentric and stylishly filmed sci-fi thriller that takes place entirely in the subway area. Might not be everyone's cup of tea. 8/10. ” - PulpShawKing
 
41.
LOL (Laughing Out Loud) ® (2008)
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When Lola's boyfriend is unfaithful to her on his summer holiday, she dumps him and flirts with his best friend as punishment. But as their class prepares to leave on an excursion to London, the relationship heats up. (103 mins.)
Director: Lisa Azuelos
“ France. A fun mother-daughter dramas filled with delightful moments. I am a little biased due to my love for Sophie Marceau. 8/10. ” - PulpShawKing
 
42.
The Chorus (2004)
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The new teacher at a severely administered boys' boarding school works to positively affect the students' lives through music. (97 mins.)
“ France. A nostalgic look at a French boarding school for young boys. Great musical score and performances by the young cast. 8/10 ” - PulpShawKing
 
43.
Intacto (2001)
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An enigmatic tale of four incredibly lucky people whose lives are intertwined by destiny are subject to the laws of fate... (108 mins.)
“ Spain. A movie similar in vein to 13 Tzameti and Cube but much better than both. An unpredictable thriller with an intricate albeit slightly confusing storyline. 8/10. ” - PulpShawKing
 
44.
The World is Big and Salvation Lurks Around the Corner (2008)
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The story of Alex, who, with the help of his charismatic grandfather, Bai Dan, embarks on a journey in search of his real self. (105 mins.)
“ Germany. Possibly the most underseen (not underrated) movie on this list. Only 2000 votes at the time of writing, this emotional road movie deserves to be seen by everyone. 9/10 ” - PulpShawKing
 
45.
Easy Money (2010)
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When JW becomes a drug runner in order to maintain his double life, his fate becomes tied to two other men: Jorge, a fugitive on the run from both the Serbian mafia and the police, and mafia enforcer Mrado, who is on the hunt for Jorge. (124 mins.)
“ Sweden. A fast paced crime thriller with a great central performance. A bit cliched at times but well worth a watch. 7.5/10 ” - PulpShawKing
 
46.
Welcome (2009)
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Bilal is 17 years old, a Kurdish boy from Iraq. He sets off on an adventure-filled journey across Europe... (110 mins.)
Director: Philippe Lioret
“ France. A heartwarming, slightly sad tale of an teenage immigrant in France. Very very underrated. 8/10 ” - PulpShawKing
 
47.
In a Better World (2010)
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The lives of two Danish families cross each other, and an extraordinary but risky friendship comes into bud. But loneliness, frailty and sorrow lie in wait. (119 mins.)
Director: Susanne Bier
“ Denmark. One of the very few times I have agreed with a Best Foreign Film Oscar Winner but this film deserves it. A truly brilliant script supported by pitch perfect performances by the entire cast. Great message as well. 10/10. ” - PulpShawKing