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
Three teenagers live isolated, without leaving their house, because their over-protective parents say they can only leave when their dogtooth falls out.
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
Two sisters confront their sexual attitudes and experiences while on a family holiday.
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
Twelve jurors must decide the fate of a Chechen adolescent charged with murdering his stepfather.
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
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.
Living an epic life at the bottom.
5. Dekalog (1989–1990)
TV-MA | 572 min | Drama
Ten television drama films, each one based on one of the Ten Commandments.
Votes: 16,368 | Gross: $0.10M
Take your time. It is worth it.
6. Spirited Away (2001)
PG | 125 min | Animation, Adventure, Family
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.
Votes: 509,624 | Gross: $10.06M
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.
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 »
9. Sawan baan na (2009)
122 min | Drama
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
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.
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.
Neo is 40 years old, and took the bleak pil.
12. Taxidermia (2006)
Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror
Three generations of men, including a pervert that constantly seeks for new kinds of satisfaction, an obese speed eater and a passionate embalmer.
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
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 »
Votes: 7,364 | Gross: $0.59M
A forgoten meme 99 is not 100.
14. Temporada de patos (2004)
R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama
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 »
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
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 »
Votes: 1,918 | Gross: $0.51M
16. Be with Me (2005)
Not Rated | 93 min | Drama, Romance
"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 »
Impressions of love and romance.
17. Ratcatcher (1999)
Not Rated | 94 min | Drama
An unabashed kid navigates the filthy world of 1973 Glasgow, preoccupying himself with the equally poor youth around him.
Votes: 7,210 | Gross: $0.22M
Connect with your youth.
18. Mother (2009)
R | 129 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A mother desperately searches for the killer who framed her son for a girl's horrific murder.
Votes: 34,015 | Gross: $0.55M
19. Nothing Personal (I) (2009)
85 min | Drama
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 »
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
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.
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 »
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
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.
Votes: 11,742 | Gross: $3.05M
Holidays can be awkward like that.
23. Ten Canoes (2006)
Unrated | 90 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama
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 »
Votes: 4,021 | Gross: $0.28M
Seeing parts of yourself through other cultures.
25. Let the Right One In (2008)
R | 115 min | Drama, Horror, Romance
Oskar, an overlooked and bullied boy, finds love and revenge through Eli, a beautiful but peculiar girl.
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.
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.
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.
The love between a father and his son viewed from an unlikely angle of consciousness.
29. Hundstage (2001)
R | 121 min | Drama
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 »
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
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.
Votes: 16,295 | Gross: $0.04M
31. The Visitor (I) (2007)
PG-13 | 104 min | Drama
A college professor travels to New York City to attend a conference and finds a young couple living in his apartment.
Votes: 39,406 | Gross: $9.42M
When you're stuck, let someone in.
32. Pusher (1996)
Not Rated | 110 min | Crime, Thriller
A drug pusher grows increasingly desperate after a botched deal leaves him with a large debt to a ruthless drug lord.
Votes: 29,750 | Gross: $0.00M
Misfortune at its best, mixed with violence.
33. Paradies: Liebe (2012)
Unrated | 120 min | Drama
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Votes: 34,558 | Gross: $1.11M
36. Faust (III) (2011)
Not Rated | 140 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
A despairing scholar sells his soul to Satan in exchange for one night with a beautiful young woman.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Votes: 77,725 | Gross: $2.69M
Dramatic complexities of life.
41. Man Push Cart (2005)
Not Rated | 87 min | Drama
A night in the life of a former Pakistani rock star who now sells coffee from his push cart on the streets of Manhattan.
Protagonist I want your tragedy.
42. Los cronocrímenes (2007)
R | 92 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi
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.
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.
Skull breaking psycho thriller bordering on comedy.
44. The Station Agent (2003)
R | 89 min | Comedy, Drama
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.
Votes: 62,212 | Gross: $5.74M
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.
A cosy detective with real people.
46. Offside (I) (2006)
PG | 93 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport
Struggle of Women in a country that excludes them from entering the stadiums.
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
A pregnant Colombian teenager becomes a drug mule to make some desperately needed money for her family.
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
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.
Votes: 3,569 | Gross: $0.01M
49. Paradies: Hoffnung (2013)
Unrated | 92 min | Drama