Most Popular Tibetan-Language Feature Films


1. 2012 (I) (2009)

PG-13 | 158 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

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49 Metascore

A frustrated writer struggles to keep his family alive when a series of global catastrophes threatens to annihilate mankind.

Director: Roland Emmerich | Stars: John Cusack, Thandie Newton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Amanda Peet

Votes: 285,757 | Gross: $166.11M

2. The Darjeeling Limited (2007)

R | 91 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

7.2
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67 Metascore

A year after their father's funeral, three brothers travel across India by train in an attempt to bond with each other.

Director: Wes Anderson | Stars: Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, Jason Schwartzman, Amara Karan

Votes: 139,457 | Gross: $11.90M

3. Bulletproof Monk (2003)

PG-13 | 104 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

5.5
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40 Metascore

Based on the very underground comic book, a Tibetan monk becomes a mentor to a young street kid whom he can teach to protect a scroll.

Director: Paul Hunter | Stars: Yun-Fat Chow, Seann William Scott, Jaime King, Karel Roden

Votes: 42,489 | Gross: $23.02M

4. Seven Years in Tibet (1997)

PG-13 | 136 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

7.0
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55 Metascore

True story of Heinrich Harrer, an Austrian mountain climber who became friends with the Dalai Lama at the time of China's takeover of Tibet.

Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud | Stars: Brad Pitt, David Thewlis, BD Wong, Mako

Votes: 97,110 | Gross: $37.90M

5. Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004)

PG | 106 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery

6.1
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64 Metascore

After New York City receives a series of attacks from giant flying robots, a reporter teams up with a pilot in search of their origin, as well as the reason for the disappearances of famous scientists around the world.

Director: Kerry Conran | Stars: Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law, Angelina Jolie, Giovanni Ribisi

Votes: 73,184 | Gross: $37.76M

6. Kundun (1997)

PG-13 | 134 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.0
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74 Metascore

From childhood to adulthood, Tibet's fourteenth Dalai Lama deals with Chinese oppression and other problems.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Tenzin Thuthob Tsarong, Gyurme Tethong, Tulku Jamyang Kunga Tenzin, Tenzin Yeshi Paichang

Votes: 21,758 | Gross: $5.53M

7. Samsara (2001)

R | 138 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

7.8
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A spiritual love-story set in the majestic landscape of Ladakh, Himalayas. Samsara is a quest; one man's struggle to find spiritual Enlightenment by renouncing the world. And one woman's ... See full summary »

Director: Pan Nalin | Stars: Shawn Ku, Christy Chung, Neelesha Barthel, Lhakpa Tsering

Votes: 5,945

8. Escape from Tibet (2012)

105 min | Drama

6.2
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Director: Maria Blumencron | Stars: Hannah Herzsprung, David Lee McInnis, Sangay Jäger, Lucas Kwan Peterson

Votes: 152

9. Himalaya (1999)

108 min | Drama

7.5
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73 Metascore

An aging chief's last stand, lessons for the new, and the education of a young chief-to-be played against harsh Nature in Nepal's Dolpo. When his son dies returning from Tibet's salt lakes,... See full summary »

Directors: Eric Valli, Michel Debats | Stars: Thilen Lhondup, Gurgon Kyap, Lhakpa Tsamchoe, Karma Wangel

Votes: 4,462 | Gross: $2.48M

10. Paths of the Soul (2015)

115 min

7.8
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90 Metascore

Docu-drama follows the journey of a group of Tibetans on a pilgrimage to Lasa, the holy capital of Tibet. The journey covers 1,200 km on foot, in a continuous repetition of prostrating ... See full summary »

Director: Yang Zhang

Votes: 94 | Gross: $0.02M

11. The Cup (1999)

G | 93 min | Comedy, Sport

6.9
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70 Metascore

While the soccer World Cup is being played in France, two young Tibetan refugees arrive at a monastery/boarding school in exile in India. Its atmosphere of serene contemplation is somewhat ... See full summary »

Director: Khyentse Norbu | Stars: Orgyen Tobgyal, Neten Chokling, Jamyang Lodro, Lama Chonjor

Votes: 2,616 | Gross: $1.07M

12. Milarepa (2006)

PG | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

7.2
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52 Metascore

Milarepa is a tale of greed and vengeance - demons, magic, murder and redemption. It is the story of the man who became Tibet's greatest mystic.

Director: Neten Chokling | Stars: Orgyen Tobgyal, Kelsang Chukie Tethtong, Jamyang Lodro, Jamyang Nyima

Votes: 694

13. Mountain Patrol (2004)

PG-13 | 90 min | Action, Drama

7.7
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77 Metascore

A moving true story about volunteers protecting antelope against poachers in the severe mountains of Tibet.

Director: Chuan Lu | Stars: Duobujie, Lei Zhang, Liang Qi, Xueying Zhao

Votes: 4,011 | Gross: $0.14M

14. Soul on a String (2016)

142 min | Drama

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A killer is entrusted with a sacred mission.

Director: Yang Zhang | Stars: Quni Ciren, Kimba, Siano Dudiom Zahi

15. River (2015)

94 min | Drama

7.8
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Director: Sonthar Gyal | Stars: Yangchan Lhamo, Regzin Drolma, Guru Tsedan, Kheydrup

Votes: 11

16. Pawo (2016)

117 min | Biography, Drama

8.9
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Since 1950, Tibet has been occupied by China. Dorjee, a young Tibetan, grew up in peace 40 years later. After the death of his father, it all comes to a point, where he realizes that his ... See full summary »

Directors: Marvin Litwak, Sonam Tseten | Stars: Dorjee, Dorjee Dorjee, Tenzin Gyaltsen, Tenzin Jamyang

Votes: 8

17. Lama La (2016)

Drama | Completed

Jamyang is a young Buddhist monk who has recently finished his intermediate monastic education. He is now heading towards higher monastery for his higher education. In the course of his ... See full summary »

Directors: Nischal Poudyal, Manoj Kumar Pant | Stars: Jivan Pulami, Ravi Karki

18. Once Upon a Time in Tibet (2010)

Drama, Romance

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At the beginning of World War II, American pilot Robert Smith is taking part in the effort to help China fight against the Japanese forces. During a liaison cargo mission from India to ... See full summary »

Director: Wei Dai | Stars: Joshua Hannum, Peter Ho, Jia Song, Tino Bao

Votes: 66

19. Old Dog (2011)

88 min | Drama

6.5
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74 Metascore

A family on the Himalayan plains discovers their dog is worth a fortune, but selling it comes at a terrible price.

Director: Pema Tseden | Stars: Yanbum Gyal, Drolma Kyab, Lochey, Tamdrin Tso

Votes: 54

20. Looking for Rohmer (2015)

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Director: Chao Wang | Stars: Renaud Cohen, Alice de Lencquesaing, Jérémie Elkaïm, Geng Han

21. Prince of the Himalayas (2006)

Not Rated | 108 min | Drama

6.8
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An adaptation of Shakespeare's Hamlet set in ancient Tibet.

Director: Sherwood Hu | Stars: Purba Rgyal, Dobrgyal, Zomskyid, Sonamdolgar

Votes: 67 | Gross: $0.01M

22. Gwai ma kwong seung kuk (2004)

103 min | Comedy

5.2
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A wizard faces ridicule when she is magically summoned in 1960s Hong Kong by a trio of bumbling detectives.

Director: Ka-Fai Wai | Stars: Cecilia Cheung, Ching Wan Lau, Louis Koo, Jordan Chan

Votes: 254

23. Dreaming Lhasa (2005)

90 min | Adventure, Drama, Mystery

6.5
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49 Metascore

Karma, a young Tibetan woman from New York City comes to Dharamsala, the exile headquarters of the Dalai Lama in India, in search of her roots. She is making a documentary film about former... See full summary »

Directors: Ritu Sarin, Tenzing Sonam | Stars: Tenzin Chokyi Gyatso, Tenzin Jigme, Jampa Kalsang, Jampa Kalsang Tamang

Votes: 200 | Gross: $0.02M

24. Mystic Mountain (2015)

85 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery | Completed

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The story of a young Tibetan man who must solve the mystery of disappearance of his father's corpse.

Director: Tsering Dhondup | Stars: Yangzom Brauen, Jampa Kalsang Tamang, Norbu Tsering Gurung, Tseden Yangjin Gurung

25. Semshook (2010)

96 min | Drama

7.9
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The story of Tenzin, a restless young poet and a second generation Tibetan born and brought up in India, who after many years in exile decides to return to his homeland, Tibet, in search of... See full summary »

Director: Siddharth Anand Kumar | Stars: Jay Bansal, Harish Chabbra, Tenzin Choeden, Andrew T. Mackay

Votes: 34

26. Serdhak (2015)

73 min | Drama, Family

6.8
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A young man returns from the city to his village in the remote mountains of Mustang, in the Nepal Himalaya, with ideas to improve the lives of his people, but struggles to reconcile these with the existing realities.

Director: Rajan Kathet | Stars: Tsewang Rinzin Gurung, Yeshi Choeden, Kunga Tashi, Mentok Gurung

Votes: 6

27. Windhorse (1998)

97 min | Drama, Music, Romance

7.0
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Director: Paul Wagner | Stars: Dadon, Jampa Kelsang, Richard Chang, Yu Lu

Votes: 148 | Gross: $0.28M

28. Koi Tujh Sa Kahan (2005)

164 min | Drama

5.0
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Director: Reema | Stars: Nadeem Baig, Nasir Hussain, Irfan Khoosat, Samran Kochak

Votes: 49

29. Blow Horn (2009)

79 min

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Director: Lluís Miñarro | Stars: Lama Jinpa Gyamtso, Ignacio Jaen, Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche, Tai Situ Rinpoche

30. The Nightingale of Tibet (2012)

75 min | Drama, Musical

7.7
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A chronicle of the heroic life of one of the greatest singers of our times.

Director: IYER | Stars: Chris Constantinou, Namgyal Lhamo, Robert Lin, Joseph Rezwin

Votes: 184

31. Song of Tibet (2000)

Drama

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'Song of Tibet', displays the last century of Tibetan history by telling the love story of Yeshe Dolma a Tibetan woman, her romance with three men and her whole life. The actors and actress are all of Tibetan nationality.

Director: Fei Xie | Stars: Danzengzhuoga, Laqiong, Dawangdui, Dunzhu Renqing

Votes: 28

32. Ganglamedo (2006)

93 min | Drama, Music, Romance

7.2
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The movie is about one of the most popular Tibetan folk songs, Ganglamedo ("Snow lotus"), about two girls and two men. The story begins sixty years ago, in Tibet. A local girl, who sings ... See full summary »

Director: Wei Dai | Stars: Bojie Hao, Dunzhu Renqing, Na-eun Go, Hao Zheng

Votes: 15

33. The Search (2009)

PG | 117 min | Drama

6.9
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A filmmaker searches the Himalayas for an actor and actress to play the lead roles in his Tibetan opera.

Director: Pema Tseden | Stars: Dobe Dorje, Drolma Gyab, Manla Kyab, Lumo Tso

Votes: 32

34. It's Hard to Be Human (2016)

Drama | Post-production

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Director: Valerie Buhagiar

35. Richard Gere Is My Hero (2010)

90 min | Comedy, Romance

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Story of a Tibetan refugee youth in India who is a die hard fan of the Hollywood actor Richard Gere.

Director: Tashi Wangchuk Tsultrim Dorjee | Star: Tenzin Younden

36. The Silent Holy Stones (2005)

102 min | Drama

7.0
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A young Tibetan monk go back home for the New Year's celebrations. Fascinated by television, he wants to bring his family's television to the monastery to show it to his master.

Director: Pema Tseden

Votes: 26

37. The Short Happy Voyage of Benjamin Lincoln (2010)

Horror

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In 2002, Benjamin Lincoln quit his job as a 2nd year law associate to teach English in Beijing, China. After 3 months, he left his teaching post to join his friend, Christelle, to travel ... See full summary »

Director: Benjamin T. Orifici | Stars: Plaijor Adak, John Benel, Christelle Cluzeau, Lui Fang

38. Finding Tenzin (2016)

70 min | Comedy, Drama | Completed

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Directors: Tashi Wangchuk, Tashi Wangchuk Tsultrim Dorjee, Tsultrim Dorjee

39. Karma (I) (2006)

90 min | Drama

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In a nunnery in the high desert mountains of Mustang, a revered abbess dies, leaving signs that she will be reborn in the precious human form. Prayers and ritual must be done to help her ... See full summary »

Director: Tsering Rhitar Sherpa | Stars: Tsering Dolkar, Jampa Kalsang, Mithila Sharma

40. Tibetan Medicine: Compassionate Healing (1998)

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41. We're No Monks (2004)

129 min | Drama

6.1
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Four friends in Dharamsala go for a 'mission' but their true self are eventually revealed.

Director: Pema Dhondup | Stars: Tsering Dorjee, Gulshan Grover, Sonam Phuntsok, Sonam Wandue

Votes: 7

42. The white yak (2016)

93 min | Drama | Completed

The film by 10-year-old protagonist Sanjay Dolma looking white yak mentality, philosophy explore the origin, meaning and life of the natural world in harmony, so that more people know how ... See full summary »

Director: Jia LI

43. Shigatse (1989)

94 min

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Director: Jürg Neuenschwander

44. Melong (2002)

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Director: Seshi Ten Tagudh

45. The Sun Beaten Path (2011)

89 min

6.8
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Director: Sonthar Gyal

Votes: 18

46. Nomadic Childhoods (2014)

94 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

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3 stories, 3 countries. Tibet, Mongolia, Siberia. Nomad children fill a hostile world with their wishes and their dreams. At major cross-roads in their lives, they are confronted by love, danger and death.

Director: Christophe Boula | Star: Sonam Wangmo

47. PAWO (Litwak) (2016)

117 min | Drama

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After the death of his father, young Dorjee realizes what it means to be Tibetan in his own country, which is now called China. During the Tibetan uprising in 2008, Dorjee is caught by the ... See full summary »

Directors: Marvin Litwak, Sonam Tseten

48. Four Rivers (2010)

67 min

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Director: Tenzin Phuntsog