The Best Polish Movies of All Time

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1.
The Saragossa Manuscript (1965)
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Upon finding a book that relates his grandfather's story, an officer ventures through Spain meeting a wide array of characters, most of whom have a story of their own to tell. (182 mins.)
Director: Wojciech Has
 
2.
The Promised Land (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
At the turn of the century, Lodz, Poland was a quick-paced manufacturing center for textiles, replete... (179 mins.)
Director: Andrzej Wajda
 
3.
Ashes and Diamonds (1958)
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During the German occupation noble, bourgeois and worker's partisan groups lived in peace with another. On the first day of freedom they start to fight each other. In these fights is weaved a most tender love story. (103 mins.)
Director: Andrzej Wajda
 
4.
A Trip Down the River (1970)
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A stowaway on a cruise ship is mistaken for an entertainment director. (65 mins.)
Director: Marek Piwowski
 
5.
Sexmission (1984)
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Two scientists are placed in hibernation and should be awaken after three years. But when they wake up, it turns out that it has been fifty years, and they are the only two males in a new, underground society composed exclusively of women. (117 mins.)
 
6.
Teddy Bear (1981)
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The main character is the manager of a sport club, nicknamed "Teddy Bear" by his friends and acquaintances... (111 mins.)
 
7.
Camera Buff (1979)
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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... (117 mins.)
 
8.
Vabank (1981)
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Set in Warsaw in 1930's. After six years in jail, framed for bank robbery by an accomplice, the legendary Kwinto has only revenge on his mind... (108 mins.)
 
9.
Our Folks (1967)
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Two quarreling peasant families, who were forced to leave their lands after the war, are settled by accident on two neighbouring farms. (81 mins.)
 
10.
Camouflage (1977)
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A group of students are spending the summer vacation at a university camp studying the science of linguistics... (106 mins.)
 
11.
The Deluge (1974)
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During the 1655 war between Protestant Sweden and Catholic Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth some Polish-Lithuanian nobles side with Swedish king Charles X Gustav while others side with the Polish king Jan Kazimierz. (315 mins.)
Director: Jerzy Hoffman
 
12.
Man of Marble (1977)
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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... (165 mins.)
Director: Andrzej Wajda
 
13.
Bad Luck (1960)
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The story is an odyssey of a little man through Poland of 1930 to 1950. It shows his attempts to cope... (92 mins.)
Director: Andrzej Munk
 
14.
Wodzirej (1978)
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An ironic look at a climber who decides to do anything, including throwing mud at his best friend, to... (104 mins.)
Director: Feliks Falk
 
15.
Dekalog (1989 Mini-Series)
Episode: Dekalog, dziesiec (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
"Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's goods" - especially not when it leads to the conclusion of this... (572 mins.)
 
16.
The Debt (1999)
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The Debt is a gripping thriller about two entrepreneurs who become tangled in the web of a Russian thug... (106 mins.)
 
17.
Reverted (1994 TV Movie)
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Tomasz Siwek unexpectedly changes from an obedient communist party member into an opposition activist. And all that happens during a Solidarity rally where he was sent to spy on the protesters. (79 mins.)
Director: Kazimierz Kutz
 
18.
Kobieta samotna (1987 TV Movie)
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A story of a middle-aged woman, Irena, living alone on the outskirts of Wroclaw with her 8-year old son... (92 mins.)
 
19.
Wielki Szu (1983)
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Released from prison after five years, con-artist Szu is sent packing by his young wife; he heads for... (96 mins.)
 
20.
Wniebowzieci (1973 TV Movie)
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Two simple men win the lottery and decide to spend the money on their first plane flight and some other pleasures. But all that does not bring enough happiness to their lives. (45 mins.)
 
21.
Boys Don't Cry (2000)
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A satirical look at the gangsters of Poland and some teens who accidentally get involved with them. (90 mins.)
Director: Olaf Lubaszenko
 
22.
Poszukiwany, poszukiwana (1973)
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Falsely accused Warsaw art museum assistant goes into hiding as a woman. (82 mins.)
 
23.
Ga, Ga - Chwala bohaterom (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
In the 21st century, prisoners aboard penitentiary space ships explore unknown worlds. (84 mins.)
Director: Piotr Szulkin
 
24.
Squint Your Eyes (2002)
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The story of a spirited ten-year-old girl who has run away from her proudly affluent parents in town and finds grudging refuge with the slightly slovenly caretaker of an abandoned farm, an ex-teacher. (88 mins.)
 
25.
Colonel Wolodyjowski (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
In 1668 Polish colonel Michael Wolodyjowski, who recently retired to a monastery, is recalled to active duty and takes charge of Poland's eastern frontier defenses against invading Tatar hordes and Ottoman armies. (160 mins.)
Director: Jerzy Hoffman
 
26.
The Welts (2004)
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Wiktor, who was mistreated by his father as a child, is now a tormented grown-up. He meets beautiful Tania and wants to settle down but it's not easy to get rid of childhood traumas. (91 mins.)
 
27.
King Size (1988)
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A comedy. The story follows a young scientist in the contemporary world, who actually came from the world of dwarves... (105 mins.)
 
28.
Salto (1965)
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A man hops off a train by the small town where he claims he was before. His presence allows to bring... (104 mins.)
 
29.
Ucieczka z kina 'Wolnosc' (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
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. (92 mins.)
 
30.
Mother Joan of the Angels (1961)
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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. (110 mins.)
 
31.
Man of Iron (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A worker becomes a "man of iron" forged by experience, a son comes to terms with his father, a couple fall in love... (156 mins.)
Director: Andrzej Wajda
 
32.
A Short Film About Love (1988)
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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. (86 mins.)
 
33.
Zywot Mateusza (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Mateusz is a weird man living a peaceful life in a remote country house by the lake. When a stranger is attracted to his beloved sister, his life starts falling apart. (80 mins.)
 
34.
Pan Tadeusz: The Last Foray in Lithuania (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
In the early 1810s, Poles, part of Russia's client state of Lithuania, think independence will come... (147 mins.)
Director: Andrzej Wajda
 
35.
Knife in the Water (1962)
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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. (94 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
 
37.
Giuseppe w Warszawie (1964)
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Adventures of the Italian soldier in a rebellious Warsaw in 1943, between Germans and the Polish resistance. (99 mins.)
 
38.
Dekalog (1989 Mini-Series)
Episode: Dekalog, cztery (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
"Honour thy father and thy mother". Young Anka and her father have lived together since her mother's death... (572 mins.)
 
39.
Big Bang (1986 TV Movie)
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A UFO lands at night in a typical Masovian village. The villagers feel honored and want to be as hospitable as possible for the unexpected alien guests. (89 mins.)
 
40.
Day of the Wacko (2002)
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24 hours in the bitter life of a frustrated divorced teacher who stays in the vicious circle of his numerous obsessions. (93 mins.)
Director: Marek Koterski
 
41.
Skarb (1949)
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A comedy set in the ruins of post-war Warsaw. A young married couple moves in to a rented flat full of other lodgers, some of whom by misunderstanding start to believe there's a hidden treasure somewhere in the house. (102 mins.)
Director: Marian Leonard
 
42.
Pigs (1992)
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In good old days Franz Maurer and his partners from secret police used to live like kings. Now, they... (104 mins.)
 
43.
A Short Film About Killing (1988)
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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... (84 mins.)
 
44.
Eroica (1958)
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Two sketches covering episodes from the World War II. In the first novel, "Scherzo alla polacca", a shrewd son... (87 mins.)
Director: Andrzej Munk
 
45.
Spirala (1978)
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A strange arrogant tourist arrives at the Morskie Oko mountain shelter. Next morning, in spite of danger, he climbs alone and the search for him begins. (83 mins.)
 
46.
Symmetry (2003)
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A man falsely accused of assaulting an old woman tries to adapt to his new life in prison. (99 mins.)
 
47.
Rose (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A harrowing tale of survival centers on Rose, a Masurian woman, whose husband, a German soldier, was killed in the war... (90 mins.)
 
48.
Blind Chance (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Witek runs after a train. Three variations follow on how such a seemingly banal incident could influence the rest of Witek's life. (114 mins.)
 
49.
Kanal (1957)
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In 1944, during the Warsaw uprising against the Nazis, Polish Lieutenant Zadra and his resistance fighters use Warsaw's sewer system to escape the German encirclement. (91 mins.)
Director: Andrzej Wajda
 
50.
Pelnia (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Although neither his wife nor his friends can understand him, a Varsovian architect leaves the hustle bustle of Warsaw to find peace and make new friends while living in a small village. (92 mins.)
 
52.
Kiler (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
An innocent cab driver Jurek Kiler is mistaken for a contract killer and imprisoned. Soon, he is sprung by a mob boss who needs "Killer" for a few more jobs. (104 mins.)
 
53.
Hi, Tereska (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A sensitive teenage girl from a poor family befriends a cynical schoolmate, who shows her how to smoke, drink, have sex and steal. Tereska's life heads towards a catastrophe. (86 mins.)
Director: Robert Glinski
 
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55.
The Dark House (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The story takes place in two parallel time planes. The first plot follows the events of one autumn night in 1978... (105 mins.)
 
56.
Pharaoh (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Young Pharaoh Ramses XIII clashes with Egypt's clergy over influence on the affairs of the state and its coffers. (180 mins.)
 
57.
Mother Teresa of Cats (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Police arrest two brothers, Artur and Martin, at their aunt's provincial motel and escort them to jail in the capital... (95 mins.)
Director: Pawel Sala
 
58.
Interrogation (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
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. (118 mins.)
 
59.
Smierc jak kromka chleba (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
The violence and high drama of this film is taken directly from recent Polish history. On December 13... (116 mins.)
Director: Kazimierz Kutz
 
60.
Nothing Funny (1995)
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(95 mins.)
Director: Marek Koterski
 
61.
Saviour Square (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A story of a married couple with two children, whose housing problems, the man's infidelity and the woman's fragility lead the family to destruction. (105 mins.)
 
62.
Konopielka (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Kaziuk, a stubborn peasant and his pregnant wife live in a backwood village, unaffected by the civilization... (92 mins.)
 
63.
With Fire and Sword (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
An epic story about the Ukrainian uprising against the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth magnates in the 17th Century. (175 mins.)
Director: Jerzy Hoffman
 
64.
Tato (1995)
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(110 mins.)
Director: Maciej Slesicki
 
65.
Wesele (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Set at the turn of the century, the story concerns a Polish poet living in Cracow who has decided to marry a peasant girl... (102 mins.)
Director: Andrzej Wajda
 
66.
Aria dla atlety (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Set at the turn of the century it presents a story of a famous Polish athlete, Zbyszko Cyganiewicz.... (108 mins.)
Director: Filip Bajon
 
67.
W pustyni i w puszczy (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Fourteen year old Polish boy Stas Tarkowski and eight year old Nel Rawlison from England are kidnapped... (195 mins.)
 
68.
A Few People, a Little Time (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The unusual bond between a blind female writer and an acclaimed poet changes their lives and forms an exceptional creative cooperation, free of politics and the complexities of mundane life. (104 mins.)
 
69.
Behind the Wall (1971 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Jan is a young assistant professor in chemistry and a workaholic, whose entire life is dedicated to study and advancement to full professorship... (56 mins.)
 
70.
Black Cross (1960)
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In the 15th century the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth is facing a hard struggle against the neighboring Teutonic Order.Frequent clashes between the two powers finally culminate in 1410 with the Battle of Grunwald. (166 mins.)
Director: Aleksander Ford
 
72.
Panny z Wilka (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Set in the late '20s. A thirtyish young man, who heads a small factory, faints at the funeral of a close friend... (118 mins.)
Director: Andrzej Wajda
 
73.
Noce i dnie (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
An epic saga of the Niechcic family, told from a woman's perspective. In 1914 in the war-torn Kaliniec, Barbara Niechcic remembers her youthful love, marriage hardships, family life in the countryside and finally her husband's death. (632 mins.)
Director: Jerzy Antczak
 
74.
How I Unleashed World War II (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The adventures of unlucky Polish soldier Franek Dolas during world war II. In September he escapes from Stalag and goes to France. After that he fights in Africa and Europe. (224 mins.)
 
75.
Sól ziemi czarnej (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
During the 1920 Silesian uprising, seven brothers take part in the struggle with the Germans to keep the region in the Polish hands. (99 mins.)
Director: Kazimierz Kutz
 
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77.
300 Miles to Heaven (1989)
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Based on a true story dating back to 1985 when two Polish boys, a teenager and his little brother, escaped from communist Poland all the way to Sweden, hidden under a truck. In the movie, their destination has been changed to Denmark. (90 mins.)
Director: Maciej Dejczer
 
78.
Pozegnanie jesieni (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Decadence, homosexuality, excess wealth, infidelity, alcoholism and drugs all played a major role in the decline of aristocracy. (98 mins.)
 
79.
C.K. dezerterzy (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Set in military barracks in a small town during World War I. The soldiers herded in the barracks are... (155 mins.)
Director: Janusz Majewski
 
80.
Dziewczyny do wziecia (1972 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Three ordinary country girls head to Warsaw to escape from their monotonous lives, have some fun and search for the men of their dreams. (45 mins.)
 
81.
Johnnie Waterman (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The old man Johnnie lives a peaceful but eccentric rural life with his young wife Veronica. Shortly after conceiving the child they have longed for... (101 mins.)
 
82.
Hydrozagadka (1971 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Warsaw is mysteriously running out of water during the summer heat wave. This mystery can only be solved by a Polish superhero whose name is As. (70 mins.)
 
83.
Pulkownik Kwiatkowski (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
In 1945, military doctor Andrzej Kwiatkowski pretends to be a communist army colonel in order to save innocent people from Stalinist imprisonment and to get the heart of the girl he's in love with. (123 mins.)
Director: Kazimierz Kutz
 
84.
Samowolka (1993 TV Movie)
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(62 mins.)
Director: Feliks Falk
 
85.
Czy Lucyna to dziewczyna? (1934)
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After becoming a licensed engineer abroad, Lucyna comes back to Poland and looks for a job. Because her wealthy father thinks it's inappropriate for a girl to work, she decides to put on men's clothes and get a job as Julian Kwiatkowski. (80 mins.)
Director: Juliusz Gardan
 
86.
Sprawa Gorgonowej (1977)
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One of the most talked-about trials in 1930s Polish press. Housekeeper Rita Gorgon, who has an affair with her employer, is accused of murdering his teenage daughter. (137 mins.)
Director: Janusz Majewski
 
87.
Quo Vadis (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Marcus Vinicius meets Lygia in Rome and falls in love. But she is Christian and doesn't want anything to do with him... (165 mins.)
 
88.
Poranek kojota (2001)
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(100 mins.)
Director: Olaf Lubaszenko
 
90.
Wszystko na sprzedaz (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
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. (105 mins.)
Director: Andrzej Wajda
 
91.
Golem (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
The film is set in a terrorizing world of the future, where technology commands the movements of individuals... (92 mins.)
Director: Piotr Szulkin
 
92.
Edi (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The film tells a story of two scrap pickers - the title hero Edi and his friend Jureczek. Edi is wrongly... (97 mins.)
 
93.
Suicide Room (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
After suffering extreme humiliation at school, Dominik holes himself up in his room and begins spending all his time in a virtual reality chat room. (110 mins.)
Director: Jan Komasa
 
94.
Night Train (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A man, Jerzy, enters a train set for the Baltic coast. He seems to be on the run from something--and... (99 mins.)
 
95.
Aftermath (2012)
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A Polish man who returns home after the death of his father unearths a secret about the now-deceased Jewish residents of his village. (107 mins.)
 
96.
Konsul (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
This film is based on the life of a swindler called Jack Silberstein who was active until the end of 1960s. (104 mins.)
Director: Miroslaw Bork
 
97.
Uprowadzenie Agaty (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
A parliament member's sixteen year old daughter Agata falls in love and runs away with a convicted young tramp... (76 mins.)
Director: Marek Piwowski
 
98.
Brunet wieczorowa pora (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Modest editor, has shipped his wife and kids for the weekend, and is trying to relax in his house at the outskirts of Warsaw... (90 mins.)
 
99.
The House of Fools (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
After a long absence, Adas Miauczynski visits his family house and spends one evening with his eccentric ritual-driven parents. (93 mins.)
Director: Marek Koterski
 
100.
To ja, zlodziej (2000)
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(100 mins.)
Director: Jacek Bromski