THE BEST FILMS FROM POLAND

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1. Plac Zbawiciela (2006)

105 min | Drama

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.

Directors: Joanna Kos-Krauze, Krzysztof Krauze | Stars: Jowita Budnik, Arkadiusz Janiczek, Ewa Wencel, Dawid Gudejko

Votes: 1,344

2. Knife in the Water (1962)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, Thriller

On their way to a sailing trip, an aging husband and wife invite along an emphatic young hitchhiker out of sheer patronization.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Leon Niemczyk, Jolanta Umecka, Zygmunt Malanowicz, Anna Ciepielewska

Votes: 16,687

3. Wniebowzieci (1973 TV Movie)

45 min | Comedy

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.

Director: Andrzej Kondratiuk | Stars: Zdzislaw Maklakiewicz, Jan Himilsbach, Ryszard Narozniak, Ewa Pielach

Votes: 277

5. Zaklete rewiry (1975)

94 min | Drama

A teenage country boy starts working in a restaurant of the famous Pacific Hotel in the 1930s. He soon discovers that to get promoted one needs to conform and sacrifice his dignity.

Director: Janusz Majewski | Stars: Marek Kondrat, Roman Wilhelmi, Roman Skamene, Cestmír Randa

Votes: 445

6. Kariera Nikodema Dyzmy (1980– )

50 min | Comedy

An unemployed man goes to Warsaw to look for a job. By accident he gets into the high society circles and starts a spectacular career.

Stars: Roman Wilhelmi, Grazyna Barszczewska, Bronislaw Pawlik, Mariusz Dmochowski

Votes: 233

WILHELMI ! WILHELMI ! WILHELMI !

7. Wojna polsko-ruska (2009)

108 min | Comedy, Drama

An aggressive thug has problems with his girlfriend. Over the course of several chaotic days he walks around the hood, takes drugs and confronts himself with other women.

Director: Xawery Zulawski | Stars: Borys Szyc, Roma Gasiorowska, Maria Strzelecka, Sonia Bohosiewicz

Votes: 1,447

8. Mis (1981)

111 min | Comedy

The main character is the manager of a sport club, nicknamed "Teddy Bear" by his friends and acquaintances. One day he is detained at the border just as his sport team is off to a ... See full summary »

Director: Stanislaw Bareja | Stars: Stanislaw Tym, Barbara Burska, Christine Paul, Krzysztof Kowalewski

Votes: 4,072

9. Co mi zrobisz, jak mnie zlapiesz (1978)

99 min | Comedy

What Will You Do When You Catch Me? is a parody of comunist times in Poland. A state-owned company director is having an afair during his delegation. Later on, his mistress turns out to be ... See full summary »

Director: Stanislaw Bareja | Stars: Krzysztof Kowalewski, Bronislaw Pawlik, Stanislaw Tym, Ewa Wisniewska

Votes: 1,084

10. Jak rozpetalem druga wojne swiatowa (1970)

224 min | Comedy, War

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.

Director: Tadeusz Chmielewski | Stars: Marian Kociniak, Janina Boronska, Adam Cyprian, Wirgiliusz Gryn

Votes: 2,068

11. Rejs (1970)

65 min | Comedy

A stowaway on a cruise ship is mistaken for an entertainment director.

Director: Marek Piwowski | Stars: Stanislaw Tym, Jolanta Lothe, Wanda Stanislawska-Lothe, Jerzy Dobrowolski

Votes: 2,370

12. The Promised Land (1975)

Not Rated | 179 min | Drama

At the turn of the century, Lodz, Poland was a quick-paced manufacturing center for textiles, replete with cutthroat industrialists and unsafe working conditions. Three young friends, a ... See full summary »

Director: Andrzej Wajda | Stars: Daniel Olbrychski, Wojciech Pszoniak, Andrzej Seweryn, Anna Nehrebecka

Votes: 2,468

13. Nie lubie poniedzialku (1971)

98 min | Comedy

An acute case of Mondayitis in Warsaw. Interwoven stories of a few inhabitants of Warsaw, including one very unlucky Italian on a governmental mission and a charitable Polish American.

Director: Tadeusz Chmielewski | Stars: Kazimierz Witkiewicz, Zygmunt Apostol, Bogusz Bilewski, Mieczyslaw Czechowicz

Votes: 1,204

14. Dziewczyny do wziecia (1972 TV Movie)

45 min | Comedy, Drama

Three ordinary country girls head to Warsaw to escape from their monotonous lives, have some fun and search for the men of their dreams.

Director: Janusz Kondratiuk | Stars: Ewa Szykulska, Ewa Pielach, Regina Regulska, Jan Stawarz

Votes: 261

15. Dom zly (2009)

105 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

The story takes place in two parallel time planes. The first plot follows the events of one autumn night in 1978. Edward Srodon, a zootechnician, makes an accidental stopover in a farmhouse... See full summary »

Director: Wojciech Smarzowski | Stars: Arkadiusz Jakubik, Marian Dziedziel, Kinga Preis, Bartlomiej Topa

Votes: 3,205

16. Wesele (2004)

109 min | Comedy, Drama

A wealthy small-town wiseguy organizes the wedding party for his daughter. As the party begins, unexpected events start to occur and disturb the party for the hosts and guests alike.

Director: Wojciech Smarzowski | Stars: Marian Dziedziel, Tamara Arciuch, Iwona Bielska, Maciej Stuhr

Votes: 2,817

17. Kiler (1997)

104 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

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.

Director: Juliusz Machulski | Stars: Cezary Pazura, Malgorzata Kozuchowska, Jerzy Stuhr, Janusz Rewinski

Votes: 4,267

18. Chlopaki nie placza (2000)

90 min | Comedy, Crime

A satirical look at the gangsters of Poland and some teens who accidentally get involved with them.

Director: Olaf Lubaszenko | Stars: Maciej Stuhr, Cezary Pazura, Michal Milowicz, Miroslaw Zbrojewicz

Votes: 3,965

19. Kingsajz (1988)

105 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

This comedy follows a young scientist in the contemporary world, who actually came from the world of dwarves, thanks to a magic potion, held by the Big Eater, ruler of the dwarves. The ... See full summary »

Director: Juliusz Machulski | Stars: Jacek Chmielnik, Jerzy Stuhr, Katarzyna Figura, Grzegorz Herominski

Votes: 2,052

20. Psy (1992)

104 min | Action, Crime, Drama

In good old days Franz Maurer and his partners from secret police used to live like kings. Now, they all must adapt to new post-communist environment where they are scorned and losing all ... See full summary »

Director: Wladyslaw Pasikowski | Stars: Boguslaw Linda, Marek Kondrat, Cezary Pazura, Janusz Gajos

Votes: 3,010

21. Seksmisja (1984)

117 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

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.

Director: Juliusz Machulski | Stars: Wieslaw Michnikowski, Jerzy Stuhr, Olgierd Lukaszewicz, Dorota Stalinska

Votes: 9,624

22. Mój Nikifor (2004)

97 min | Biography, Drama

Story of the last eight years of life of Nikifor Krynicki, famous "naive artist".

Director: Krzysztof Krauze | Stars: Krystyna Feldman, Roman Gancarczyk, Jerzy Gudejko, Jowita Budnik

Votes: 634

23. Sami swoi (1967)

81 min | Comedy

Two quarreling peasant families, who were forced to leave their lands after the war, are settled by accident on two neighbouring farms.

Director: Sylwester Checinski | Stars: Waclaw Kowalski, Wladyslaw Hancza, Zdzislaw Karczewski, Eliasz Kuziemski

Votes: 2,309

24. Black Cross (1960)

166 min | Adventure, Drama, History

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.

Director: Aleksander Ford | Stars: Urszula Modrzynska, Grazyna Staniszewska, Andrzej Szalawski, Henryk Borowski

Votes: 1,352

26. Colonel Wolodyjowski (1969)

160 min | Adventure, History, War

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.

Director: Jerzy Hoffman | Stars: Tadeusz Lomnicki, Magdalena Zawadzka, Mieczyslaw Pawlikowski, Hanka Bielicka

Votes: 1,047

27. The Deluge (1974)

287 min | Adventure, History, Romance

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.

Director: Jerzy Hoffman | Stars: Daniel Olbrychski, Malgorzata Braunek, Tadeusz Lomnicki, Kazimierz Wichniarz

Votes: 1,788

28. Komornik (2005)

100 min | Drama

Lucjan Bohme is a ruthless debt collector working in a post-industrial Silesian town. In the land of unemployment and misery, he's got a lot of work and no mercy at all. Until something happens.

Director: Feliks Falk | Stars: Andrzej Chyra, Malgorzata Kozuchowska, Kinga Preis, Grzegorz Wojdon

Votes: 1,330

29. Ashes and Diamonds (1958)

Not Rated | 103 min | Drama, Romance, War

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.

Director: Andrzej Wajda | Stars: Zbigniew Cybulski, Ewa Krzyzewska, Waclaw Zastrzezynski, Adam Pawlikowski

Votes: 8,475

30. Dlug (1999)

Not Rated | 106 min | Drama, Crime, Thriller

The Debt is a gripping thriller about two entrepreneurs who become tangled in the web of a Russian thug. Two friends begin a business venture of importing Italian scooters into Poland. With... See full summary »

Director: Krzysztof Krauze | Stars: Robert Gonera, Jacek Borcuch, Andrzej Chyra, Cezary Kosinski

Votes: 2,654

31. Katyn (2007)

121 min | Drama, History, War

81 Metascore

An examination of the Soviet slaughter of thousands of Polish officers and citizens in the Katyn forest in 1940.

Director: Andrzej Wajda | Stars: Andrzej Chyra, Maja Ostaszewska, Artur Zmijewski, Danuta Stenka

Votes: 13,685 | Gross: $0.12M

32. Dzien swira (2002)

Not Rated | 93 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

24 hours in the bitter life of a frustrated divorced teacher who stays in the vicious circle of his numerous obsessions.

Director: Marek Koterski | Stars: Marek Kondrat, Janina Traczykówna, Andrzej Grabowski, Michal Koterski

Votes: 6,745

34. Rozmowy kontrolowane (1991)

93 min | Comedy

Stanislaw Tym revives his career-making role as government agent Ryszard Ochodzki in this follow-up to The Bear that tracks Ryszard on a brand-new assignment. Col. Molibden has asked him to... See full summary »

Director: Sylwester Checinski | Stars: Stanislaw Tym, Irena Kwiatkowska, Alina Janowska, Krzysztof Kowalewski

Votes: 1,079

35. Kochaj albo rzuc (1977)

114 min | Comedy

Pawlak and Kargul - neighbors, frenemies, and grandfathers to Ania- both receive invitation to America from Pawlak's brother- John. All three of them travel to Chicago, where they discover ... See full summary »

Director: Sylwester Checinski | Stars: Wladyslaw Hancza, Waclaw Kowalski, Duchyll Martin Smith, Robert Lewandowski

Votes: 1,085

36. Nie ma mocnych (1974)

89 min | Comedy

The main characters are the same two quarreling pesant families introduced in "Sami swoi" (Our Folks). The action of the film starts 18 years later. The old quarrels have been forgotten, ... See full summary »

Director: Sylwester Checinski | Stars: Waclaw Kowalski, Wladyslaw Hancza, Anna Dymna, Andrzej Wasilewicz

Votes: 1,294

37. Janosik (1974)

119 min | Adventure, Romance

Polish version of the legendary highwayman and folk hero, Juraj Janosik.

Director: Jerzy Passendorfer | Stars: Bogusz Bilewski, Jerzy Cnota, Mieczyslaw Czechowicz, Anna Dymna

Votes: 252

38. Testosteron (2007)

119 min | Comedy

Kornel - an ornithologist who became the most popular Polish scientist, has married a famous pop singer. However, the bride runs from the church, on the way kissing one of the guests. The ... See full summary »

Directors: Tomasz Konecki, Andrzej Saramonowicz | Stars: Piotr Adamczyk, Marek Bimer, Magdalena Boczarska, Anna Dereszowska

Votes: 2,089

39. Róza (2011)

90 min | Drama, War

A harrowing tale of survival centers on Rose, a Masurian woman, whose husband, a German soldier, was killed in the war, leaving her alone on their farm. A single woman had no defense ... See full summary »

Director: Wojciech Smarzowski | Stars: Marcin Dorocinski, Agata Kulesza, Malwina Buss, Kinga Preis

Votes: 2,503

40. Przepraszam, czy tu bija? (1976)

90 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

The film is a story of a young man coerced into undercover work for the police, in return for their dropping of charges against him. He is to befriend a leader of a gang of juvenile ... See full summary »

Director: Marek Piwowski | Stars: Jerzy Kulej, Jan Szczepanski, Zdzislaw Rychter, Ryszard Faron

Votes: 155

41. Show (2003)

120 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

Petty thief Czarek takes part in a TV reality show to escape from the mafia. He is sent to a house on a desert island with 9 other contestants. Even the death of one of them does not stop the show.

Director: Maciej Slesicki | Stars: Cezary Pazura, Jerzy Stuhr, Joanna Orleanska, Dorota Segda

Votes: 574

42. 300 mil do nieba (1989)

90 min | Biography, Drama

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.

Director: Maciej Dejczer | Stars: Wojciech Klata, Rafal Zimowski, Kama Kowalewska, Jadwiga Jankowska-Cieslak

Votes: 532

43. Czlowiek z marmuru (1977)

160 min | Drama

In 1976, a young woman in Krakow is making her diploma film, looking behind the scenes at the life of a 1950s bricklayer, Birkut, who was briefly a proletariat hero, at how that heroism was... See full summary »

Director: Andrzej Wajda | Stars: Krystyna Janda, Jerzy Radziwilowicz, Tadeusz Lomnicki, Jacek Lomnicki

Votes: 3,179

44. Giuseppe w Warszawie (1964)

99 min | Comedy, War

Adventures of the Italian soldier in a rebellious Warsaw in 1943, between Germans and the Polish resistance.

Director: Stanislaw Lenartowicz | Stars: Elzbieta Czyzewska, Antonio Cifariello, Zbigniew Cybulski, Jarema Stepowski

Votes: 198

45. Hubal (1973)

126 min | Drama, War

Based on a true story. After Poland is overrun by Axis forces in 1939, an officer and his remaining men decide to continue fighting the invaders alone, thereby becoming the first guerrillas of World War II.

Director: Bohdan Poreba | Stars: Ryszard Filipski, Malgorzata Potocka, Tadeusz Janczar, Emil Karewicz

Votes: 158

46. Krótki film o zabijaniu (1988)

Not Rated | 84 min | Crime, Drama

The plot couldn't be simpler or its attack on capital punishment (and the act of killing in general) more direct - a senseless, violent, almost botched murder is followed by a cold, ... See full summary »

Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski | Stars: Miroslaw Baka, Krzysztof Globisz, Jan Tesarz, Zbigniew Zapasiewicz

Votes: 13,251

47. Lalka (1968)

139 min | Drama, Romance

Set in the 19th century Warsaw. The indolence of aristocrats who, secure with their pensions, are too lazy to undertake new business risks, frustrates Wokulski. His ability to make money is... See full summary »

Director: Wojciech Has | Stars: Mariusz Dmochowski, Beata Tyszkiewicz, Tadeusz Fijewski, Jadwiga Gall

Votes: 351

49. Noce i dnie (1975)

632 min | Drama, Romance, War

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.

Director: Jerzy Antczak | Stars: Jadwiga Baranska, Jerzy Binczycki, Emir Buczacki, Stanislawa Celinska

Votes: 295

50. Rekopis znaleziony w Saragossie (1965)

182 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

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.

Director: Wojciech Has | Stars: Zbigniew Cybulski, Iga Cembrzynska, Elzbieta Czyzewska, Gustaw Holoubek

Votes: 4,005 | Gross: $0.12M

51. Der Schatz (1923)

80 min | Drama, Romance