My recommendations.

by webno | created - 24 Mar 2011 | updated - 07 Mar 2016 | Public

Mostly non-mainstream non-Hollywood.

The movies on the top of the list are the ones that made the biggest impression on me. This doesn't mean they are the best.

This list consists of titles I warmheartedly recommend everyone.

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1. Kynodontas (2009)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

73 Metascore

Three teenagers live isolated, without leaving their house, because their over-protective parents say they can only leave when their dogtooth falls out.

Director: Yorgos Lanthimos | Stars: Christos Stergioglou, Michele Valley, Angeliki Papoulia, Hristos Passalis

Votes: 59,431 | Gross: $0.11M

A dysfunctional family living outside of life. Hurting each other in a troublesome story.

2. Fat Girl (2001)

Not Rated | 86 min | Drama

77 Metascore

Two sisters confront their sexual attitudes and experiences while on a family holiday.

Director: Catherine Breillat | Stars: Anaïs Reboux, Roxane Mesquida, Libero De Rienzo, Arsinée Khanjian

Votes: 9,113 | Gross: $0.72M

I've never seen anything like this before. Best watched without any expectations or spoilers.

3. 12 (2007)

PG-13 | 159 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

72 Metascore

Twelve jurors must decide the fate of a Chechen adolescent charged with murdering his stepfather.

Director: Nikita Mikhalkov | Stars: Sergey Makovetskiy, Sergey Garmash, Apti Magamaev, Nikita Mikhalkov

Votes: 12,675 | Gross: $0.13M

The Russian way of doing 12.

4. Ali Zaoua: Prince of the Streets (2000)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Crime

55 Metascore

A group of children living on the street leave their gang, prompting retribution from the gang's leader. After one of the children dies, the rest try to come up with the resources to give their friend a proper burial.

Director: Nabil Ayouch | Stars: Mounïm Kbab, Mustapha Hansali, Hicham Moussoune, Abdelhak Zhayra

Votes: 2,257

Living an epic life at the bottom.

5. Dekalog (1989–1990)

TV-MA | 572 min | Drama

100 Metascore

Ten television drama films, each one based on one of the Ten Commandments.

Stars: Artur Barcis, Olgierd Lukaszewicz, Aleksander Bardini, Olaf Lubaszenko

Votes: 16,368 | Gross: $0.10M

Take your time. It is worth it.

6. Spirited Away (2001)

PG | 125 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

96 Metascore

During her family's move to the suburbs, a sullen 10-year-old girl wanders into a world ruled by gods, witches, and spirits, and where humans are changed into beasts.

Directors: Hayao Miyazaki, Kirk Wise | Stars: Daveigh Chase, Suzanne Pleshette, Miyu Irino, Rumi Hiiragi

Votes: 509,624 | Gross: $10.06M

Whoooah.

7. Mary and Max (2009)

Not Rated | 92 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

A tale of friendship between two unlikely pen pals: Mary, a lonely, eight-year-old girl living in the suburbs of Melbourne, and Max, a forty-four-year old, severely obese man living in New York.

Director: Adam Elliot | Stars: Toni Collette, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Eric Bana, Barry Humphries

Votes: 142,123

The characters are so captivating. The pain and impossibility so real... Truly heart warming.

8. Import-eksport (2005)

Not Rated | 90 min | Comedy, Drama

Jan loves Jasmin, but she has been promised to a Pakistani nephew who will shortly arrive in Norway in order to marry her. Under cover of writing a thesis on immigrant stores, Jan gets a ... See full summary »

Director: Khalid Hussain | Stars: Asia Begum, Knut Erik Grorud, Niklas Gundersen, Iram Haq

Votes: 352

The modern enslavement develops in many places and forms. This wonderful collection of images and stories sheds light on both the problem and a solution. Yet the solution is perceived as madness in the eyes of the 'normal'.

10. Ruang rak noi nid mahasan (2003)

R | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

73 Metascore

A suicidal, obsessively compulsive Japanese librarian is forced to lie low in Thailand with a pot-smoking woman coping with the recent loss of her sister.

Director: Pen-Ek Ratanaruang | Stars: Tadanobu Asano, Sinitta Boonyasak, Takashi Miike, Laila Boonyasak

Votes: 10,245 | Gross: $0.03M

Close to home.

11. Den brysomme mannen (2006)

Not Rated | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

In a strange city where every person seems content beyond reason a new man arrives in town and stirs up trouble by asking too many questions.

Director: Jens Lien | Stars: Trond Fausa, Petronella Barker, Per Schaanning, Birgitte Larsen

Votes: 14,637

Neo is 40 years old, and took the bleak pil.

12. Taxidermia (2006)

Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror

83 Metascore

Three generations of men, including a pervert that constantly seeks for new kinds of satisfaction, an obese speed eater and a passionate embalmer.

Director: György Pálfi | Stars: Csaba Czene, Gergely Trócsányi, Marc Bischoff, Gina Moreno

Votes: 14,592 | Gross: $0.01M

Intensive... disgusting.. believable in a Hungarian way. Scoundrels.

13. Yi ge dou bu neng shao (1999)

G | 106 min | Drama

73 Metascore

In a remote mountain village, the teacher must leave for a month, and the mayor can find only a 13-year old girl, Wei Minzhi, to substitute. The teacher leaves one stick of chalk for each ... See full summary »

Director: Yimou Zhang | Stars: Minzhi Wei, Huike Zhang, Zhenda Tian, Enman Gao

Votes: 7,364 | Gross: $0.59M

A forgoten meme 99 is not 100.

14. Temporada de patos (2004)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama

74 Metascore

Flama and Moko are fourteen years old; they have been best friends since they were kids. They have everything they need to survive yet another boring Sunday: an apartment without parents, ... See full summary »

Director: Fernando Eimbcke | Stars: Diego Cataño, Daniel Miranda, Enrique Arreola, Danny Perea

Votes: 3,447 | Gross: $0.15M

Sometimes a day is the most special day for its own reasons.

15. Travelers and Magicians (2003)

Not Rated | 108 min | Drama, Adventure

71 Metascore

The two men embark on parallel, if separate, journeys. Their yearning is a common one--for a better and different life. Dondup, delayed by the timeless pace of his village, is forced to ... See full summary »

Director: Khyentse Norbu | Stars: Tshewang Dendup, Sonam Lhamo, Lhakpa Dorji, Deki Yangzom

Votes: 1,918 | Gross: $0.51M

16. Be with Me (2005)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama, Romance

67 Metascore

"Be with me" consists of three stories of love vs. solitude : 1)An aging, lonesome shopkeeper doesn't believe in life any more since his wife died. But he is saved from desperation by ... See full summary »

Director: Eric Khoo | Stars: Theresa Poh Lin Chan, Chiew Sung Ching, Lawrence Yong, Leong Kooi Eng

Votes: 1,526

Impressions of love and romance.

17. Ratcatcher (1999)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama

76 Metascore

An unabashed kid navigates the filthy world of 1973 Glasgow, preoccupying himself with the equally poor youth around him.

Director: Lynne Ramsay | Stars: Tommy Flanagan, Mandy Matthews, William Eadie, Michelle Stewart

Votes: 7,210 | Gross: $0.22M

Connect with your youth.

18. Mother (2009)

R | 129 min | Action, Crime, Drama

79 Metascore

A mother desperately searches for the killer who framed her son for a girl's horrific murder.

Director: Joon-ho Bong | Stars: Hye-ja Kim, Bin Won, Goo Jin, Je-mun Yun

Votes: 34,015 | Gross: $0.55M

Traumatic.

19. Nothing Personal (I) (2009)

85 min | Drama

71 Metascore

Alone in her empty flat, from her window Anne observes the people passing by who nervously snatch up the personal belongings and pieces of furniture she has put out on the pavement. Her ... See full summary »

Director: Urszula Antoniak | Stars: Lotte Verbeek, Stephen Rea, Tom Charlfa, Ann Marie Horan

Votes: 4,091

A love story lived backwards. The characters and the story both have their way of sneaking closer.

20. Howl's Moving Castle (2004)

PG | 119 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

80 Metascore

When an unconfident young woman is cursed with an old body by a spiteful witch, her only chance of breaking the spell lies with a self-indulgent yet insecure young wizard and his companions in his legged, walking castle.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Chieko Baishô, Takuya Kimura, Tatsuya Gashûin, Akihiro Miwa

Votes: 260,418 | Gross: $4.71M

The Magick of other universes.

21. Léolo (1992)

Not Rated | 107 min | Comedy, Drama

Young Leo Lauzon is torn between two worlds - the squalid Montreal tenement that he inhabits with his severely dysfunctional (and largely insane) family, and the imaginative world that he ... See full summary »

Director: Jean-Claude Lauzon | Stars: Maxime Collin, Ginette Reno, Gilbert Sicotte, Julien Guiomar

Votes: 6,101 | Gross: $0.61M

Is disfunctionality from nature or nurture? From time or place? From inside or outside? The place to be for the misplaced genius is the madhouse.

22. Bikur Ha-Tizmoret (2007)

PG-13 | 87 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

80 Metascore

A band comprised of members of the Egyptian police force head to Israel to play at the inaugural ceremony of an Arab arts center, only to find themselves lost in the wrong town.

Director: Eran Kolirin | Stars: Sasson Gabai, Ronit Elkabetz, Saleh Bakri, Khalifa Natour

Votes: 11,742 | Gross: $3.05M

Holidays can be awkward like that.

23. Ten Canoes (2006)

Unrated | 90 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

82 Metascore

A story within a story. In Australia's Northern Territory, a man tells us one of the stories of his people and his land. It's a story of an older man, Minygululu, who has three wives and ... See full summary »

Directors: Rolf de Heer, Peter Djigirr | Stars: Crusoe Kurddal, Jamie Gulpilil, Richard Birrinbirrin, Peter Minygululu

Votes: 4,021 | Gross: $0.28M

Seeing parts of yourself through other cultures.

24. Mountain Patrol (2004)

PG-13 | 90 min | Action, Drama

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: 4,266 | Gross: $0.14M

25. Let the Right One In (2008)

R | 115 min | Drama, Horror, Romance

82 Metascore

Oskar, an overlooked and bullied boy, finds love and revenge through Eli, a beautiful but peculiar girl.

Director: Tomas Alfredson | Stars: Kåre Hedebrant, Lina Leandersson, Per Ragnar, Henrik Dahl

Votes: 188,128 | Gross: $2.12M

A subtle little horror.

26. Kin-dza-dza! (1986)

PG-13 | 135 min | Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi

Two Russians push the wrong button on a strange device and end up on the telepathic planet Pluke with its strange societal norms.

Director: Georgiy Daneliya | Stars: Stanislav Lyubshin, Evgeniy Leonov, Yuriy Yakovlev, Levan Gabriadze

Votes: 9,713

Yes. Try and dream this up and it will still be too real. But then again, it could be.

27. Sans Soleil (1983)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary, Drama

A woman narrates the contemplative writings of a seasoned world traveler, focusing on contemporary Japan.

Director: Chris Marker | Stars: Florence Delay, Arielle Dombasle, Riyoko Ikeda, Charlotte Kerr

Votes: 7,856 | Gross: $0.03M

Culture and history, time and space. Invisible sounds packed in a visual poem, disguised as a documentary. Words so sharp, you don't feel any pain when they cut your flesh.

28. My Magic (2008)

75 min | Drama

A single dad looks to give up drinking and his bartender job in order to impress his son and find work as a magician.

Director: Eric Khoo | Stars: Francis Bosco, Jathisweran, Keng Yew Seet, Jason Lim

Votes: 263

The love between a father and his son viewed from an unlikely angle of consciousness.

29. Hundstage (2001)

R | 121 min | Drama

66 Metascore

In a suburb of Vienna during some hot summer days: A teacher who is in bondage to a sleazy pimp, a very importunate hitchhiker, a private detective on the run for some car vandals, a couple... See full summary »

Director: Ulrich Seidl | Stars: Maria Hofstätter, Christine Jirku, Viktor Hennemann, Georg Friedrich

Votes: 5,395 | Gross: $0.01M

Real life is scary. Hell is other people.

30. Russkiy kovcheg (2002)

Not Rated | 99 min | Drama, Fantasy, History

86 Metascore

A 19th century French aristocrat, notorious for his scathing memoirs about life in Russia, travels through the Russian State Hermitage Museum and encounters historical figures from the last 200+ years.

Director: Aleksandr Sokurov | Stars: Sergey Dreyden, Mariya Kuznetsova, Leonid Mozgovoy, Mikhail Piotrovsky

Votes: 16,295 | Gross: $0.04M

31. The Visitor (I) (2007)

PG-13 | 104 min | Drama

79 Metascore

A college professor travels to New York City to attend a conference and finds a young couple living in his apartment.

Director: Tom McCarthy | Stars: Richard Jenkins, Haaz Sleiman, Danai Gurira, Hiam Abbass

Votes: 39,406 | Gross: $9.42M

When you're stuck, let someone in.

32. Pusher (1996)

Not Rated | 110 min | Crime, Thriller

72 Metascore

A drug pusher grows increasingly desperate after a botched deal leaves him with a large debt to a ruthless drug lord.

Director: Nicolas Winding Refn | Stars: Kim Bodnia, Zlatko Buric, Laura Drasbæk, Slavko Labovic

Votes: 29,750 | Gross: $0.00M

Misfortune at its best, mixed with violence.

33. Paradies: Liebe (2012)

Unrated | 120 min | Drama

65 Metascore

Teresa, a fifty-year-old Austrian mother, travels to the paradise of the beaches of Kenya, seeking out love from African boys. But she must confront the hard truth that on the beaches of Kenya, love is a business.

Director: Ulrich Seidl | Stars: Margarete Tiesel, Peter Kazungu, Inge Maux, Dunja Sowinetz

Votes: 7,196 | Gross: $0.02M

Is what the old flesh longs for pitiful, despicable, hilarious or tragic?

34. Ran (1985)

R | 162 min | Action, Drama

96 Metascore

In Medieval Japan, an elderly warlord retires, handing over his empire to his three sons. However, he vastly underestimates how the new-found power will corrupt them and cause them to turn on each other...and him.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Akira Terao, Jinpachi Nezu, Daisuke Ryû

Votes: 93,153 | Gross: $3.52M

Chinese classic at its best.

35. Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War (2004)

R | 140 min | Action, Drama, War

64 Metascore

When two brothers are forced to fight in the Korean War, the elder decides to take the riskiest missions if it will help shield the younger from battle.

Director: Je-kyu Kang | Stars: Dong-Gun Jang, Bin Won, Eun-ju Lee, Hyeong-jin Kong

Votes: 34,558 | Gross: $1.11M

Bonds.

36. Faust (III) (2011)

Not Rated | 140 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

65 Metascore

A despairing scholar sells his soul to Satan in exchange for one night with a beautiful young woman.

Director: Aleksandr Sokurov | Stars: Johannes Zeiler, Anton Adasinsky, Isolda Dychauk, Georg Friedrich

Votes: 4,512 | Gross: $0.06M

37. Vratné lahve (2007)

104 min | Comedy, Drama

A comic love story about a man who refuses to accept that old age is empty of love, meaning and value to society.

Director: Jan Sverák | Stars: Zdenek Sverák, Daniela Kolárová, Pavel Landovský, Tatiana Vilhelmová

Votes: 4,062

Being normal can be special.

38. TBS (2008)

88 min | Crime, Thriller

A man convicted of killing his own father and sister escapes from a criminal hospital to track down his mother and prove his innocence.

Director: Pieter Kuijpers | Stars: Theo Maassen, Lisa Smit, Bob Schwarze, Ria Marks

Votes: 2,933

Tough guy trying to love someone.

39. Dean Spanley (2008)

PG | 100 min | Comedy, Drama

Set in Edwardian England where upper lips are always stiff and men from the Colonies are not entirely to be trusted, Fisk Senior has little time or affection for his son, but when the pair visit an eccentric Indian, they start a strange journey that eventually allows the old man to find his heart.

Director: Toa Fraser | Stars: Jeremy Northam, Sam Neill, Bryan Brown, Peter O'Toole

Votes: 3,070

The love transformed to hate may leave back doors of humanity closed to all humans but animals.

40. Half Nelson (2006)

R | 106 min | Drama

85 Metascore

An inner-city junior high school teacher with a drug habit forms an unlikely friendship with one of his students after she discovers his secret.

Director: Ryan Fleck | Stars: Ryan Gosling, Anthony Mackie, Shareeka Epps, Jeff Lima

Votes: 77,725 | Gross: $2.69M

Dramatic complexities of life.

41. Man Push Cart (2005)

Not Rated | 87 min | Drama

71 Metascore

A night in the life of a former Pakistani rock star who now sells coffee from his push cart on the streets of Manhattan.

Director: Ramin Bahrani | Stars: Ahmad Razvi, Leticia Dolera, Charles Daniel Sandoval, Ali Reza

Votes: 2,794

Protagonist I want your tragedy.

42. Los cronocrímenes (2007)

R | 92 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

68 Metascore

A man accidentally gets into a time machine and travels back in time nearly an hour. Finding himself will be the first of a series of disasters of unforeseeable consequences.

Director: Nacho Vigalondo | Stars: Karra Elejalde, Candela Fernández, Bárbara Goenaga, Nacho Vigalondo

Votes: 49,091 | Gross: $0.04M

It's the story that counts in this one. Great low budget, time travel experience.

43. King of the Ants (I) (2003)

R | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A young drifter discovers his true calling when he's hired by a mobster to stalk and kill a prominent accountant, and then decides to seek revenge when the stingy thugs try to kill him rather than pay him.

Director: Stuart Gordon | Stars: Chris McKenna, Kari Wuhrer, George Wendt, Vernon Wells

Votes: 3,530

Skull breaking psycho thriller bordering on comedy.

44. The Station Agent (2003)

R | 89 min | Comedy, Drama

81 Metascore

When his only friend dies, a man born with dwarfism moves to rural New Jersey to live a life of solitude, only to meet a chatty hot dog vendor and a woman dealing with her own personal loss.

Director: Tom McCarthy | Stars: Peter Dinklage, Patricia Clarkson, Bobby Cannavale, Paul Benjamin

Votes: 62,212 | Gross: $5.74M

Fresh.

45. Der Knochenmann (2009)

117 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller

Private Investigator Brenner is handling a case at the grill-station "Löschenkohl". There he finds - besides some chicken - also other meat...that doesn't belong in a good meal.

Director: Wolfgang Murnberger | Stars: Josef Hader, Josef Bierbichler, Birgit Minichmayr, Christoph Luser

Votes: 4,018

A cosy detective with real people.

46. Offside (I) (2006)

PG | 93 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

85 Metascore

Struggle of Women in a country that excludes them from entering the stadiums.

Director: Jafar Panahi | Stars: Sima Mobarak-Shahi, Shayesteh Irani, Ayda Sadeqi, Golnaz Farmani

Votes: 6,511 | Gross: $0.18M

A wonderful sketch a part of the universe.

47. Maria Full of Grace (2004)

R | 101 min | Crime, Drama

87 Metascore

A pregnant Colombian teenager becomes a drug mule to make some desperately needed money for her family.

Director: Joshua Marston | Stars: Catalina Sandino Moreno, Guilied Lopez, Orlando Tobón, Virgina Ariza

Votes: 32,088 | Gross: $6.52M

The fact that you are stuck, doesn't mean there is a way out.

48. Paradies: Glaube (2012)

Unrated | 115 min | Drama

61 Metascore

A single woman in her 50's devotes her vacations to doing Catholic missionary work in Vienna, descending into violent self-punishment as part of her faith.

Director: Ulrich Seidl | Stars: Maria Hofstätter, Nabil Saleh, Rene Rupnik, Natalya Baranova

Votes: 3,569 | Gross: $0.01M