My Favourite Czech and Slovak Moviesby 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
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 »
Beautiful movie about people and 90s. And great music.
2. Návrat idiota (1999)
99 min | Romance, Comedy, Drama
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 »
3. Pelísky (1999)
115 min | Comedy, Drama
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 »
4. The Girl on the Broomstick (1972)
76 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy
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 »
One of my favourite comedies.
5. Obcanský prukaz (2010)
137 min | Comedy, Drama
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 »
another great comedy and coming of age movie.
6. Ine svety (2006)
74 min | Documentary
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.
Reality is different for everyone...
7. Indiánské léto (1995)
65 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
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 »
Story of two girls and one summer in the country.
8. Jára Cimrman lezící, spící (1983)
81 min | Biography, Comedy
Czech comedy film about the fictional national hero Jára Cimrman (universal genius, inventor, sportsman, criminologist, poet, writer and philosopher).
This movie will finally tell you the truth about history.
9. Septej (1996)
82 min | Romance
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 »
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.
16 min | Short, Comedy, Horror
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 »
11. The Loves of a Blonde (1965)
Not Rated | 88 min | Comedy, Romance, Drama
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 »
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.
13. Black Peter (1964)
85 min | Comedy, Drama
Reality movie of a few days in the life of a Czechoslovak teenager when he starts work.
Another one by Miloš Forman and another great one.
14. Lemonade Joe (1964)
84 min | Adventure, Comedy, Musical
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 »
if you want to see some really unique czech cinema, just watch this "western" with comedy twist.
15. Karamazovi (2008)
110 min | Drama
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 »
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
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.
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
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
An exceptional movie. It`s beautiful, it`s old, it`s real. And truthful.
18. Bigbít (1998–2001)
60 min | Documentary, History
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
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.
One of the best educational movies for children ever.
20. Vynález zkázy (1958)
Unrated | 83 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
An evil millionaire named Artigas plans to use a super-explosive device to conquer the world from his headquarters inside an enormous volcano.
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
The outrageous Baron Munchausen tells of his many adventures, from meeting the Man in the Moon to defeating a Turkish army all by himself.
And 3rd example of czech animation by Karel Zeman.
22. Bajaja (1950)
87 min | Adventure, Fantasy
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 »
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
Another great fairy-tale about proud princess.
24. Eva tropí hlouposti (1939)
85 min | Comedy
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 »
crazy old comedy.
25. Kolya (1996)
PG-13 | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
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 »
Votes: 13,015 | Gross: $5.73M
This boy is really adorable :-)
26. Skrivánci na niti (1990)
94 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
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.
Based on the book by Bohumil Hrabal.
27. All My Loved Ones (1999)
91 min | Drama, Music, War
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.
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
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 »
One of the greatest czech detective stories.
29. Nevyjasnená úmrtí (1998–2000)
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
Talking about czech cinema and forget Prague would be unforgivable
31. Spalovac mrtvol (1969)
95 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
Set in World War II, a demented cremator believes cremation relieves earthly suffering and sets out to save the world.
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
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 »
33. Dom (I) (2011)
97 min | Drama
movie which caught the contemporary feeling of reality at (not just) provincial places/small towns.
34. Kawasakiho ruze (2009)
100 min | Drama
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 »
35. Deváté srdce (1979)
90 min | Fantasy, Horror
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 »
36. Na samote u lesa (1976)
92 min | Comedy, Drama, Family
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.
37. Masaryk (2016)
114 min | Biography, Drama, History
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.
38. Starci na chmelu (1964)
90 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical
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 »
one of the best musicals and love stories ever!
39. Kdyby tisíc klarinetu (1965)
136 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Musical
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.
another musical. this one is also really really funny !!
40. Broken Promise (2009)
129 min | Biography, Drama, Family
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 »
story of a young Jew Martin during WWII. with really beautiful locations.