Film Heritage's Top 50 Czech/Slovak Films

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1.
The Firemen's Ball (1967)
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The volunteer fire department in a small town is having a big party when the ex-boss of the department celebrates his 86th birthday... (73 mins.)
Director: Milos Forman
 
2.
Marketa Lazarová (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A minor Czech clan falls afoul of the King in medieval times, against the backdrop of Christianity replacing Paganism. (162 mins.)
 
3.
The Shop on Main Street (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Slovakia during WW2. Tono lives a poor life, but the authorities offer him to take over the Jewish widow Lautman's little shop for sewing material... (128 mins.)
 
4.
Closely Watched Trains (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
An apprentice train dispatcher at a village station seeks his first sexual encounter and becomes despondent when he is unable to perform. (93 mins.)
Director: Jirí Menzel
 
5.
Cremator (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Set in World War II, a demented cremator believes cremation relieves earthly suffering and sets out to save the world. (95 mins.)
Director: Juraj Herz
 
6.
Intimate Lighting (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
One of the most important images of the Czech New Wave 60s, which was ranked among the top ten domestic films of all time... (71 mins.)
Director: Ivan Passer
 
7.
Lemonade Joe (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Straight shooting Lemonade Joe cleans up Stetson City, in this musical parody of early Westerns, after shooting the pants off villain Old Pistol... (95 mins.)
Director: Oldrich Lipský
 
8.
Case for a Rookie Hangman (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Lemuel Gulliver (Lubomír Kostelka) has had a car accident and continues his journey across the unknown countryside on foot... (102 mins.)
Director: Pavel Jurácek
 
9.
All My Compatriots (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Various scenes in the life of a tight-knit community in Czechoslovakia exploring the human spirit in the backdrop of the political changes that they experience. (120 mins.)
Director: Vojtech Jasný
 
10.
Ecstasy (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Eva has just gotten married to an older gentleman, but discovers that he is obsessed with order in his life and doesn't have much room for passion... (82 mins.)
Director: Gustav Machatý
 
11.
Valley of the Bees (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Ondrej, a young boy who loves bees and bats, is introduced to his new mother, a woman much younger than his father... (97 mins.)
 
12.
Diamonds of the Night (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Diamonds in the night is the tense, brutal story of two Jewish boys who escape from a train transporting them from one concentration camp to another... (63 mins.)
Director: Jan Nemec
 
13.
The Loves of a Blonde (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A factory manager in rural Czechoslovakia bargains with the army to send men to the area, to boost the morale of his young female workers... (90 mins.)
Director: Milos Forman
 
14.
Daisies (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Two girls try to understand the meaning of the world and their life. (74 mins.)
Director: Vera Chytilová
 
15.
Distant Journey (1950)
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(108 mins.)
Director: Alfréd Radok
 
16.
Carriage to Vienna (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A WW2 story of a young Austrian soldier running from the Russian army and a woman whom he forces to come along in order to save his wounded mate. (78 mins.)
Director: Karel Kachyna
 
17.
A Report on the Party and the Guests (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A small group of adult bourgeois friends are on a day outing in the country, that outing which includes having a picnic... (71 mins.)
Director: Jan Nemec
 
18.
Romance for Bugle (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A lyrical story about first love, death and disappointment, based on a poem of the same title. (86 mins.)
Director: Otakar Vávra
 
19.
Adelheid (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
In the aftermath of World War II, a former Czech soldier takes charge of a manor formerly owned by a German family... (99 mins.)
 
20.
Black Peter (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Reality movie of a few days in the life of a Czechoslovak teenager when he starts work. (85 mins.)
Director: Milos Forman
 
21.
Pictures of the Old World (1972 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
(70 mins.)
Director: Dusan Hanák
 
22.
The Sun in a Net (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Oldrich "Fajolo" Fajták (Marián Bielik), a student who directs quasi-existentialist verbal abuse at his girlfriend Bela Blazejová (Jana Beláková), takes off to a formally volunteer summer work camp at a farm where he meets her grandfather. (90 mins.)
Director: Stefan Uher
 
23.
Hop Pickers (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
LOVE HARVESTS IN SUMMER seems to anticipate 4 years the wrongful intrusion of the soviet tanks. And with the style of WEST SIDE STORY... (90 mins.)
 
24.
The Ear (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Husband (senior ministry official) and wife find their house is riddled with listening devices put there by his own ministry... (94 mins.)
Director: Karel Kachyna
 
25.
The Joke (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
In the 1950's, Ludvik Jahn was expelled from the Communist Party and the University by his fellow students... (80 mins.)
Director: Jaromil Jires
 
26.
When the Cat Comes (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Some people with a strange cat arrive in a small village. The cat wears glasses, and when someone takes them off... (91 mins.)
Director: Vojtech Jasný
 
27.
A Journey to the Beginning of Time (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Youngest of four boys one day finds a fossil of trilobite. So his older friend take him on journey through prehistory, up to beginning of time, to see real live trilobites. (93 mins.)
Director: Karel Zeman
 
28.
Witchhammer (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A very popular movie on the medieval persecution of witches (inquisition). (103 mins.)
Director: Otakar Vávra
 
29.
Capricious Summer (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Middle-aged Antonin and his friends, the major, now retired, and the canon, are in the river, swimming and philosophizing... (74 mins.)
Director: Jirí Menzel
 
30.
The Deadly Invention (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
An evil millionaire named Artigas plans to use a super-explosive device to conquer the world from his headquarters inside an enormous volcano. (78 mins.)
Director: Karel Zeman
 
31.
Seduction (1929)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A young woman is seduced and abandoned by a man who was invited to stay at his home by her father in a stormy night. Noticing that she is pregnant, the girl decides to leave home and start a new life. (85 mins.)
Director: Gustav Machatý
 
32.
Larks on a String (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Set in the late 1940s, the film concerns the treatment of suspect "bourgeois elements", a professor, a saxophonist, and a milkman, who are put to work in a junkyard for rehabilitation. (94 mins.)
Director: Jirí Menzel
 
33.
The Idiot Returns (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Frantisek, the main character is returning to his family. Until now he's been, "successfully" avoiding all relationships... (99 mins.)
Director: Sasa Gedeon
 
34.
Riders in the Sky (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The white gravestones at the military cemetery in English Brookwood display many Czech names. These... (91 mins.)
Director: Jindrich Polák
 
35.
Petrolejové lampy (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
In 1900, Stepha, the vivacious 30 year old daughter of a wealthy couple, agrees to marry her cousin Paul... (101 mins.)
Director: Juraj Herz
 
36.
The White Dove (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A poetic film about a dove getting lost on its way to Prague getting shot down by a paralyzed boy. An artist who finds the dove becomes friends with the boy. Together they take care of it bringing it back to recovery. (76 mins.)
 
37.
A Midsummer Night's Dream (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The first puppet kinescope in the world. It is based on the famous poetic comedy by William Shakespeare... (76 mins.)
Director: Jirí Trnka
 
38.
Old Czech Legends (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Excellent stop-motion animation film from one of the best Czech filmmakers, Jirí Trnka. It tells the ancient story of Czechoslovakia... (91 mins.)
Director: Jirí Trnka
 
39.
Behold Homolka (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
It is a beautiful Sunday and the Homolka family are having a picnic in a forest not far from Prague... (83 mins.)
 
40.
Alice (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A surrealistic revision of Alice in Wonderland. (86 mins.)
Director: Jan Svankmajer
 
41.
Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Inspired by fairy-tales such as Alice in Wonderland and Little Red-Riding Hood, "Valerie and her Week of Wonders" is a surreal tale in which love, fear, sex and religion merge into one fantastic world. (77 mins.)
Director: Jaromil Jires
 
42.
Smutecní slavnost (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
(70 mins.)
Director: Zdenek Sirový
 
43.
Transport z ráje (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Teresienstadt camp where Nazis held prominent Jews during the World War II. Film shows last days of the camp under the Nazis. (93 mins.)
Director: Zbynek Brynych
 
44.
The Deserter and the Nomads (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Three war stories ranging from World War I to a post-apocalyptic nuclear holocaust treat death and the fragility of the humankind through different approaches. (103 mins.)
Director: Juraj Jakubisko
 
45.
The Seventh Day, the Eighth Night (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A bus arrives to the village, carrying a group of traveling actors who begin to perform passion plays from the Bible... (103 mins.)
Director: Evald Schorm
 
46.
The Return of the Prodigal Son (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Engineer Jan Sebek (Jan Kacer) is undergoing treatment in a mental home after his unsuccessful attempt to commit suicide... (103 mins.)
Director: Evald Schorm
 
47.
Birds, Orphans and Fools (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Three adolescent war orphans seclude themselves in an anarchic and playful existence of denial and juvenile joy. (78 mins.)
Director: Juraj Jakubisko
 
48.
Vojtech, receny sirotek (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
(80 mins.)
Director: Zdenek Tyc
 
49.
Higher Principle (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
The story of High school in Czechoslovakia during occupation by Nazi Germany, where three students are arrested by Gestapo. (104 mins.)
Director: Jirí Krejcík
 
50.
The Garden (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Jakub's life arrived at a dead-end. He leaves his job, and gets into conflict with his father. The trouble... (99 mins.)
Director: Martin Sulík