My Favourite Czech and Slovak Movies

by whimsy123 | created - 23 Jan 2012 | updated - 5 months ago | Public

These are czech or slovak movies, which I like. (The list is not complete...) ...feel free to comment and recommend.

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1. Samotári (2000)

103 min | Comedy

7.7
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33 Metascore

Robert works for a travel agency and helps to arrange scenes from the everyday lives of "ordinary" Czech families as an attraction for Japanese tourists. He also works as a kind of ... See full summary »

Director: David Ondrícek | Stars: Labina Mitevska, Jitka Schneiderová, Sasa Rasilov, Jirí Machácek

Votes: 2,411

Beautiful movie about people and 90s. And great music.

2. Návrat idiota (1999)

99 min | Romance, Comedy, Drama

7.3
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Frantisek, the main character is returning to his family. Until now he's been, "successfully" avoiding all relationships. He is an ingenuous and a pure person and thus, is regarded as an ... See full summary »

Director: Sasa Gedeon | Stars: Pavel Liska, Anna Geislerová, Tatiana Vilhelmová, Jirí Langmajer

Votes: 858

3. Pelísky (1999)

115 min | Comedy, Drama

8.4
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Two families, Sebkovi and Krausovi, are celebrating christmas, but not everyone is in a good mood. Teenage kids think their fathers are totaly stupid, fathers are sure their children are ... See full summary »

Director: Jan Hrebejk | Stars: Michael Beran, Miroslav Donutil, Simona Stasová, Kristýna Nováková

Votes: 3,609

Modern classic.

4. The Girl on the Broomstick (1972)

76 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

7.5
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Saxana has the enthusiasm, but lacks the right talent to become a witch. So she's kept in for 300 years - nothing unusual for a sorceress' school. Being bored, she skims through the ... See full summary »

Director: Václav Vorlícek | Stars: Petra Cernocká, Jan Hrusínský, Jan Kraus, Vlastimil Zavrel

Votes: 841

One of my favourite comedies.

5. Obcanský prukaz (2010)

137 min | Comedy, Drama

7.5
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Bittersweet comedy from Ondrej Trojan - "Obcanský prukaz", based on book by Petr Sabach about four teenage boys, their friends, parents, lovers - from the moment when they are 15 to moment ... See full summary »

Director: Ondrej Trojan | Stars: Libor Kovár, Matous Vrba, Jakub Sárka, Jan Vlcek

Votes: 781

another great comedy and coming of age movie.

6. Ine svety (2006)

74 min | Documentary

8.6
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People from the region of Saris have been often called crazy Easterners. The OTHER WORLDS are following six of them to the end of the world, to the end of the world. They're a product made in Saris.

Director: Marko Skop | Stars: Ignac Cervenak, Jan Lazorik, Fedor Vico

Votes: 53

Reality is different for everyone...

7. Indiánské léto (1995)

65 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.1
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A debut of director Sasa Gedeon unfolding the simple story of an adolescent girl (Klára Issová) who begins her entry into the adult world during a summer vacation spent at her grandmother's... See full summary »

Director: Sasa Gedeon | Stars: Tatiana Vilhelmová, Klára Issová, Robert Stepánek, Jirí Ployhar

Votes: 195

Story of two girls and one summer in the country.

8. Jára Cimrman lezící, spící (1983)

81 min | Biography, Comedy

8.0
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Czech comedy film about the fictional national hero Jára Cimrman (universal genius, inventor, sportsman, criminologist, poet, writer and philosopher).

Director: Ladislav Smoljak | Stars: Zdenek Sverák, Valérie Kaplanová, Petr Cepek, Josef Abrhám

Votes: 728

This movie will finally tell you the truth about history.

9. Septej (1996)

82 min | Romance

6.6
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Sixteen-year-old Anna escapes from the family house in the province, due to the fact that she doesnt want to go to military school chosen by her father who wants Anna to be a soldier like ... See full synopsis »

Director: David Ondrícek | Stars: Tatiana Vilhelmová, Jan P. Muchow, Jan Cechticky, Martin Mysicka

Votes: 231

In fact, this movie is about nothing, but I just love it. Prague in 90s. Story of a young girl, who goes away from school and has a complicated relationship with her parents, so she has nowhere to go. She hitchhikes a guy, who offers her to share a flat with him and his friends. For me this comedy/drama/romance has an atmosphere similar to this of an american independent cinema. + nice songs by Colorfactory.

10. I Was a Teenage Intellectual (Byl jsem mladistvým intelektuálem) (1999)

16 min | Short, Comedy, Horror

7.0
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Pavel and Eva are two teenagers who live a happy life full of McDonald's food, action movies and pop music. But one night, Pavel stumbles upon a secret gathering of intellectuals in the ... See full summary »

Directors: Marek Dobes, Stepán Kopriva | Stars: Vladimír Skultéty, Sona Tomeckova, Robert Jasków, Milan Loucky

Votes: 182

11. The Loves of a Blonde (1965)

Not Rated | 88 min | Comedy, Romance, Drama

7.7
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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, deprived of male company since the local boys have... See full summary »

Director: Milos Forman | Stars: Hana Brejchová, Vladimír Pucholt, Vladimír Mensík, Josef Sebánek

Votes: 5,861

Czech new wave is really playful with reality, when everyday situations become as much absurd as you can (or can`t) imagine. And you can "feel" the characters of this movie. For me are these older movies by Milos Forman even better than his later critically highly acclaimed stories such as Amadeus or One Flew over the Cocoo`s Nest.

12. Kyvadlo, jáma a nadeje (1984)

15 min | Animation, Short, Fantasy

7.7
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A horrifying, surrealist version of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Pit and the Pendulum" directed by the masterful animator Jan Svankmajer.

Director: Jan Svankmajer | Star: Jan Zácek

Votes: 715

13. Black Peter (1964)

85 min | Comedy, Drama

7.2
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Reality movie of a few days in the life of a Czechoslovak teenager when he starts work.

Director: Milos Forman | Stars: Ladislav Jakim, Pavla Martinkova, Jan Vostrcil, Vladimír Pucholt

Votes: 1,734

Another one by Miloš Forman and another great one.

14. Lemonade Joe (1964)

84 min | Adventure, Comedy, Musical

7.7
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Straight shooting Lemonade Joe cleans up Stetson City, in this musical parody of early Westerns, after shooting the pants off villain Old Pistol. Joe's endorsement of Kolaloka (Crazy Cola) ... See full summary »

Director: Oldrich Lipský | Stars: Karel Fiala, Rudolf Deyl, Milos Kopecký, Kveta Fialová

Votes: 2,130

if you want to see some really unique czech cinema, just watch this "western" with comedy twist.

15. Karamazovi (2008)

110 min | Drama

7.7
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A film that examines the relationships between lives on both sides of the proscenium, Petr Zelenka's Karamazovi finds a Prague-based theatrical ensemble arriving in Krakow, Poland - where ... See full summary »

Director: Petr Zelenka | Stars: Michaela Badinková, Jerzy Michal Bozyk, Igor Chmela, Malgorzata Galkowska

Votes: 1,018

One of the best adaptations, one of the most original czech movies of the last decade and movie, which makes Petr Zelenka one of the most talented directors of today. Group of actors rehearses Dostojevsky`s Karamazov Brothers in the old factory on the theatre festival and its existential massage comes to the stage.

16. Slnko v sieti (1962)

90 min | Drama

7.5
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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.

Director: Stefan Uher | Stars: Marián Bielik, Jana Beláková, Eliska Nosálová, Olga Salagová

Votes: 551

I loved this movie visually, but I couldn`t get accustomed to the way of speaking. I just can`t believe that normal people would speak like characters in this movie. And photos of human hands are absolutely the best.

17. Pictures of the Old World (1972)

70 min | Documentary

8.2
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Pictures of the Old World is an unquestioned masterpiece of European documentary cinema, with existential radicalism that offers a contrast to the shallowness of hundreds of other ... See full synopsis »

Director: Dusan Hanák

Votes: 425

An exceptional movie. It`s beautiful, it`s old, it`s real. And truthful.

18. Bigbít (1998–2001)

60 min | Documentary, History

8.2
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Stars: Vojtech Lindaur, Ondrej Konrád, Petr Janda, Jirí Cerný

Votes: 28

This one is TV serie, but it is really worth seeing. Interviews with singers and musicians, who had been creating czech music scene for 30 years. (in many cases persecuted, so it is also about political impact on music).

19. A Journey to the Beginning of Time (1955)

83 min | Adventure, Animation, Family

7.5
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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.

Director: Karel Zeman | Stars: Vladimír Bejval, Petr Herrman, Zdenek Hustak, Josef Lukás

Votes: 1,148

One of the best educational movies for children ever.

20. Vynález zkázy (1958)

Unrated | 83 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

7.5
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An evil millionaire named Artigas plans to use a super-explosive device to conquer the world from his headquarters inside an enormous volcano.

Director: Karel Zeman | Stars: Lubor Tokos, Arnost Navrátil, Miroslav Holub, Frantisek Slégr

Votes: 1,338

Karel Zeman, Steampunk and great animation. A little better screenplay is the only thing, that keeps this movie out of perfection.

21. Baron Prásil (1962)

83 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

7.7
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The outrageous Baron Munchausen tells of his many adventures, from meeting the Man in the Moon to defeating a Turkish army all by himself.

Director: Karel Zeman | Stars: Milos Kopecký, Rudolf Jelínek, Jana Brejchová, Karel Höger

Votes: 1,168

And 3rd example of czech animation by Karel Zeman.

22. Bajaja (1950)

87 min | Adventure, Fantasy

7.1
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Bayaya, a young peasant, protected by the spirit of his dead mother, arrives at the castle of the King, where he entertains his three daughters. He soon realizes that the three princesses ... See full summary »

Director: Jirí Trnka | Star: Detsky pevecky sbor Jana Kuhna

Votes: 53

Princ Bajaja is my favourite fairy-tale by Božena Němcová and also one of my favourite childhood memories. I wanted to see this adaptation by Jiří Trnka for quite a long time - and I wasn`t disappointed - his puppets are a masterpiece.

23. Pysná princezna (1952)

94 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

7.6
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Director: Borivoj Zeman | Stars: Alena Vránová, Vladimír Ráz, Stanislav Neumann, Mária Sýkorová

Votes: 542

Another great fairy-tale about proud princess.

24. Eva tropí hlouposti (1939)

85 min | Comedy

7.7
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After several years abroad Michal Nor comes back home to his aunt Pa and his sister Eva who just came back from board school. Aunt Pa is having a birthday soon and Eva knows that she would ... See full summary »

Director: Martin Fric | Stars: Natasa Gollová, Oldrich Nový, Zdenka Baldová, Gustav Hilmar

Votes: 241

crazy old comedy.

25. Kolya (1996)

PG-13 | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

7.8
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Franta Louka is a concert cellist in Soviet-occupied Czechoslovakia, a confirmed bachelor and a lady's man. Having lost his place in the state orchestra, he must make ends meet by playing ... See full summary »

Director: Jan Sverák | Stars: Zdenek Sverák, Andrey Khalimon, Libuse Safránková, Ondrej Vetchý

Votes: 13,015 | Gross: $5.73M

This boy is really adorable :-)

26. Skrivánci na niti (1990)

94 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.6
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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.

Director: Jirí Menzel | Stars: Rudolf Hrusínský, Vlastimil Brodský, Václav Neckár, Jitka Zelenohorská

Votes: 1,303

Based on the book by Bohumil Hrabal.

27. All My Loved Ones (1999)

91 min | Drama, Music, War

7.3
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50 Metascore

Told from the perspective of man reflecting on his childhood in Prague in the early years of World War 2 and the eventual destruction of his family as the Nazis rise to power.

Director: Matej Minac | Stars: Rupert Graves, Josef Abrhám, Jirí Bartoska, Libuse Safránková

Votes: 419

Movie inspired by the story of Sir Nicholas Winton, who saved hundreds of Jewish children from Czechoslovakia.

28. Ve stínu (2012)

106 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.1
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In the former Czechoslovakia, 1950s, police captain Hakl investigates a jewelery robbery. An opened safe deposit leads to a known burglar. What seems an easy case soon starts to tangle. ... See full summary »

Director: David Ondrícek | Stars: Ivan Trojan, Sebastian Koch, Sona Norisová, Jirí Stepnicka

Votes: 1,438

One of the greatest czech detective stories.

29. Nevyjasnená úmrtí (1998–2000)

52 min

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Stars: Vladimír Just, Jirí Cerný, Josef Abrhám, Zdenek Barták

Another TV serie. I recommend the part about an abstract painter Vladimír Boudnik - the founder of an explosionalism movement. (his work is similar to this of Jackson Pollock)

30. Praha - neklidné srdce Evropy (1984)

59 min | Documentary, History

7.0
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Director: Vera Chytilová | Star: Miroslav Machácek

Votes: 29

Talking about czech cinema and forget Prague would be unforgivable

31. Spalovac mrtvol (1969)

95 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.1
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Set in World War II, a demented cremator believes cremation relieves earthly suffering and sets out to save the world.

Director: Juraj Herz | Stars: Rudolf Hrusínský, Vlasta Chramostová, Jana Stehnová, Milos Vognic

Votes: 5,128

I don`t understand, why is this movie classified as "comedy". It`s one of the most shocking and freezing movies I have ever seen. Maybe not my favourite, but definitely one of the best Czechoslovak movies, which was revealed to the general public not that long-ago.

32. Tajnosti (2007)

93 min | Drama

6.8
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This story of one day during which a life can be turned upside down was written and directed by Alice Nellis and produced by Oscar winning director Jan Sverák. Julie (Iva Bittová), a ... See full summary »

Director: Alice Nellis | Stars: Iva Bittová, Karel Roden, Martha Issová, Miloslav König

Votes: 437

33. Dom (I) (2011)

97 min | Drama

6.9
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Director: Zuzana Liová | Stars: Judit Bárdos, Miroslav Krobot, Marian Mitas, Tatjana Medvecká

Votes: 222

movie which caught the contemporary feeling of reality at (not just) provincial places/small towns.

34. Kawasakiho ruze (2009)

100 min | Drama

7.0
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67 Metascore

Renowned psychiatrist Pavel Josek is singled out to receive a "Memory of the Nation" medal, however, it transpires that this reputedly morally irreproachable dissident once collaborated ... See full summary »

Director: Jan Hrebejk | Stars: Lenka Vlasáková, Milan Mikulcík, Martin Huba, Daniela Kolárová

Votes: 625

35. Deváté srdce (1979)

90 min | Fantasy, Horror

6.8
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Martin, a poor student, volunteers to go on a quest to find a cure for the princess Adriana, who is stricken with a strange illness. Unknown to Martin or anyone else, the princess is ... See full summary »

Director: Juraj Herz | Stars: Ondrej Pavelka, Anna Malová, Julie Juristová, Josef Kemr

Votes: 139

36. Na samote u lesa (1976)

92 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

8.0
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The Lavicka's, a Czech family from the city, rents a house in the country with the option to buy. However, old Mr Komarek seems reluctant to sell the house as they agreed.

Director: Jirí Menzel | Stars: Josef Kemr, Zdenek Sverák, Daniela Kolárová, Marta Hradílková

Votes: 979

37. Masaryk (2016)

114 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.9
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A period in the life of diplomat and politician Jan Masaryk, who was the son of Czechoslovakia's founder, served as the country's minister of foreign affairs and is believed by many to have been killed by the Communists in 1948.

Director: Julius Sevcík | Stars: Karel Roden, Hanns Zischler, Oldrich Kaiser, Arly Jover

Votes: 391

38. Starci na chmelu (1964)

90 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

7.2
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LOVE HARVESTS IN SUMMER seems to anticipate 4 years the wrongful intrusion of the soviet tanks. And with the style of WEST SIDE STORY, puts music, color and emotion surrounding the born of ... See full summary »

Director: Ladislav Rychman | Stars: Vladimír Pucholt, Ivana Pavlová, Milos Zavadil, Irena Kacírková

Votes: 280

one of the best musicals and love stories ever!

39. Kdyby tisíc klarinetu (1965)

136 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Musical

7.2
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A military base. An awkward soldier. A statue of Bach. And suddenly all guns in the area change into music instruments. Great mystery is immediately found by TV station. And soon the military base becomes a stage for huge TV show.

Directors: Ján Rohác, Vladimír Svitácek | Stars: Jana Brejchová, Waldemar Matuska, Hana Hegerová, Eva Pilarová

Votes: 178

another musical. this one is also really really funny !!

40. Broken Promise (2009)

129 min | Biography, Drama, Family

7.1
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A true story of a Jewish boy Martin,talented soccer player,has to make a risky lifetime decisions in order to survive in WWII.When he sees his family is taken to Poland one by one he ... See full summary »

Director: Jirí Chlumský | Stars: Ondrej Vetchý, Vlado Cerný, Lubomír Bukový, Peter Oszlik

Votes: 215

story of a young Jew Martin during WWII. with really beautiful locations.