Selection: Polish Cinema

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1. Zmruz oczy (2002)

Not Rated | 88 min | Drama, Comedy

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.

Director: Andrzej Jakimowski | Stars: Zbigniew Zamachowski, Olga Prószynska, Rafal Guzniczak, Malgorzata Foremniak

Votes: 779

2. 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: 2,184

3. 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: 1,111

4. Wielki Szu (1983)

96 min | Action, Drama, Romance

Released from prison after five years, con-artist Szu is sent packing by his young wife; he heads for the town of Lutyn where he runs a con and attracts the interest of Jurek, a young cab ... See full summary »

Director: Sylwester Checinski | Stars: Jan Nowicki, Andrzej Pieczynski, Dorota Pomykala, Leon Niemczyk

Votes: 670

5. 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: 2,798

6. Wodzirej (1978)

104 min | Drama

An ironic look at a climber who decides to do anything, including throwing mud at his best friend, to get a job he thinks will launch him into a better career.

Director: Feliks Falk | Stars: Jerzy Stuhr, Slawa Kwasniewska, Wiktor Sadecki, Michal Tarkowski

Votes: 532

7. Camouflage (1977)

Not Rated | 106 min | Comedy, Drama

A group of students are spending the summer vacation at a university camp studying the science of linguistics. One of the camp directors, Jaroslaw, is a young professor who prefers the ... See full summary »

Director: Krzysztof Zanussi | Stars: Piotr Garlicki, Zbigniew Zapasiewicz, Christine Paul, Mariusz Dmochowski

Votes: 969

8. 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: 2,479

9. 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: 10,063

10. Warszawa 1956 (1956)

7 min | Documentary, Short

Over a decade after the almost total wartime destruction, Warsaw still looks bruised and battered. Ruined houses are nevertheless inhabited which can be dangerous for the local population.

Directors: Jerzy Bossak, Jaroslaw Brzozowski | Star: Andrzej Lapicki

Votes: 139

11. Królik po berlinsku (2009)

Not Rated | 51 min | Documentary, History, News

The untold story about wild rabbits which lived between the Berlin Walls.

Director: Bartosz Konopka

Votes: 665

12. Gadajace glowy (1980)

16 min | Documentary, Short

People of different age, profession and social status answer two simple questions: who they are and what they want from life.

Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski

Votes: 2,088

13. Wszystko moze sie przytrafic (1995)

39 min | Documentary, Short

An energetic six-year-old boy talks to elderly strangers relaxing in the park. He confronts his childish knowledge of the world with their life-long experience.

Director: Marcel Lozinski | Star: Tomasz Lozinski

Votes: 285

14. To jest jajko (1966)

13 min | Documentary, Short

The lesson commences at the school for blind children. Today the pupils will study an egg to learn its shape through touching and smelling it.

Director: Andrzej Brzozowski

Votes: 13

15. Miejsce urodzenia (1992)

47 min | Documentary

After almost 50 years, Holocaust survivor Henryk Grynberg visits the village he grew up in. He was also hiding there during the Nazi occupation. Grynberg wants to know what happened to his father and younger brother during the war.

Director: Pawel Lozinski | Star: Henryk Grynberg

Votes: 113

16. Uslyszcie mój krzyk (1991)

46 min | Documentary

The story of an ordinary accountant, Ryszard Siwiec, who set himself on fire during the large harvest festival at the Warsaw stadium in 1968. He did it to protest against the military invasion in Czechoslovakia.

Director: Maciej J. Drygas | Stars: Ryszard Siwiec, Maria Siwiec, Innocenta Siwiec, Elzbieta Siwiec

Votes: 116

17. Prikazano zabyt (2014)

86 min | Drama, History, War

As the mass deportations of the Chechen and Ingush peoples begin in 1944, young Daud and Seda escape to the mountains. When they get back to their native village, however, they witness a horrifying war crime.

Director: Hussein Erkenov | Stars: Shamkhan Mitraev, Kheda Akhmadova, Timur Badalbeyli, Roza Khayrullina

Votes: 23

18. Szpital Przemienienia (1979)

90 min | Drama

The film is set in 1943 in a mental asylum in the country. But this is an unusual hospital: there are several incurable schizophrenic cases, staff is bit strange and a writer has ... See full summary »

Director: Edward Zebrowski | Stars: Piotr Dejmek, Jerzy Binczycki, Henryk Bista, Ewa Dalkowska

Votes: 181

19. Kronika wypadków milosnych (1986)

90 min | Drama

Set in the summer months preceding the September 1939 outbreak of World War II in Polish part of Lithuania. A young highschool lad, Witek, is hoping to pass the entrance exams to the ... See full summary »

Director: Andrzej Wajda | Stars: Paulina Mlynarska, Piotr Wawrzynczak, Bernadetta Machala-Krzeminska, Dariusz Dobkowski

Votes: 249

20. Wszystko na sprzedaz (1969)

105 min | Drama

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.

Director: Andrzej Wajda | Stars: Beata Tyszkiewicz, Elzbieta Czyzewska, Andrzej Lapicki, Daniel Olbrychski

Votes: 590

21. Sztuczki (2007)

95 min | Comedy, Drama

Six-year-old Stefek challenges fate. He believes that setting a chain of events in motion will help him get closer to his father who left his mother. His sister helps him bribe fate with ... See full summary »

Director: Andrzej Jakimowski | Stars: Damian Ul, Ewelina Walendziak, Tomasz Sapryk, Rafal Guzniczak

Votes: 1,856

22. Tatarak (2009)

85 min | Drama

In small-town Poland in the late 1950s, an aging woman married to a workaholic doctor meets a young man who makes her feel young again. Framed around this story, lead actress Krystyna Janda discusses the death of her husband from cancer.

Director: Andrzej Wajda | Stars: Krystyna Janda, Pawel Szajda, Jan Englert, Jadwiga Jankowska-Cieslak

Votes: 1,049

23. Katyn (2007)

Not Rated | 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: 14,022 | Gross: $0.12M

24. Niewinni czarodzieje (1960)

87 min | Drama, Music, Romance

A young doctor is tired of being sought by women. One night he meets a young girl who all but forces herself into his room where they talk of morals and love. But he loses her when he goes ... See full summary »

Director: Andrzej Wajda | Stars: Tadeusz Lomnicki, Krystyna Stypulkowska, Wanda Koczeska, Kalina Jedrusik

Votes: 869

25. Landscape After Battle (1970)

109 min | Drama, History, Romance

Film opens with the mad rush of haphazard freedom as the concentration camps are liberated. Men are trying to grab food, change clothes, bury their tormentors they find alive. Then they are... See full summary »

Director: Andrzej Wajda | Stars: Daniel Olbrychski, Stanislawa Celinska, Aleksander Bardini, Tadeusz Janczar

Votes: 649

26. Duze zwierze (2000)

Unrated | 73 min | Comedy, Drama

73 Metascore

Left behind by a circus, a camel wanders to the house of a simple middle-aged couple. Although the wife is initially bewildered by the strange and unexpected animal, her husband immediately... See full summary »

Director: Jerzy Stuhr | Stars: Jerzy Stuhr, Anna Dymna, Dominika Bednarczyk, Blazej Wójcik

Votes: 840

27. Wesele (1973)

102 min | Drama

Set at the turn of the century, the story concerns a Polish poet living in Cracow who has decided to marry a peasant girl. The wedding is attended by a heterogenous group of people from all... See full summary »

Director: Andrzej Wajda | Stars: Marek Walczewski, Izabella Olszewska, Ewa Zietek, Daniel Olbrychski

Votes: 837

28. Wrony (1994)

66 min | Drama

A thin child of about 10, nicknamed "Crow" because she mimics the bird, has no friends and rejects a teacher's hug. At home, she is left on her own, her mom locks her out while entertaining... See full summary »

Director: Dorota Kedzierzawska | Stars: Karolina Ostrozna, Katarzyna Szczepanik, Malgorzata Hajewska, Anna Prucnal

Votes: 488

29. Poklosie (2012)

Unrated | 107 min | Drama, Fantasy, Thriller

62 Metascore

A Polish man who returns home after the death of his father unearths a secret about the now-deceased Jewish residents of his village.

Director: Wladyslaw Pasikowski | Stars: Maciej Stuhr, Ireneusz Czop, Zbigniew Zamachowski, Danuta Szaflarska

Votes: 2,996 | Gross: $0.00M

30. Iluminacja (1973)

91 min | Drama

Tabloid life of a physicist; his work, his love life and his quest for the meaning beyond.

Director: Krzysztof Zanussi | Stars: Stanislaw Latallo, Monika Dzienisiewicz-Olbrychska, Malgorzata Pritulak, Jan Skotnicki

Votes: 1,041

31. Imagine (II) (2012)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama

A blind teacher breaks the rules to help a female student rediscover the pleasures of life.

Director: Andrzej Jakimowski | Stars: Edward Hogg, Alexandra Maria Lara, Melchior Derouet, Francis Frappat

Votes: 2,147

32. Trzecia czesc nocy (1971)

105 min | Drama, Horror, War

Set during the occupation of Poland during World War II. Some German soldiers, slaughter a woman, her son and daughter-in-law. The husband and his father escape by being in the forest. The ... See full summary »

Director: Andrzej Zulawski | Stars: Malgorzata Braunek, Leszek Teleszynski, Jan Nowicki, Jerzy Golinski

Votes: 1,473

33. Salto (1965)

104 min | Drama

A man hops off a train by the small town where he claims he was before. His presence allows to bring out the inner feelings and beliefs of the inhabitants. A man who has hidden through all ... See full summary »

Director: Tadeusz Konwicki | Stars: Zbigniew Cybulski, Jerzy Block, Marta Lipinska, Wlodzimierz Borunski

Votes: 529

34. Jancio Wodnik (1993)

101 min | Comedy, Drama

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, Johnnie discovers that he possesses ... See full summary »

Director: Jan Jakub Kolski | Stars: Franciszek Pieczka, Grazyna Blecka-Kolska, Boguslaw Linda, Katarzyna Aleksandrowicz

Votes: 468

35. Swiadectwo urodzenia (1961)

99 min | Drama, War

Three episodes dealing with the harsh situation of children at the time of war. They stay at orphanages, wait for their parents to come back, help the soldiers, hide in the forests and do their best to survive.

Director: Stanislaw Rózewicz | Stars: Henryk Hryniewicz, Beata Barszczewska, Andrzej Banaszewski, Edward Mincer

Votes: 212

36. Man of Iron (1981)

PG | 156 min | Drama, History

A worker becomes a "man of iron" forged by experience, a son comes to terms with his father, a couple fall in love, a reporter searches for courage, and a nation undergoes historic change. ... See full summary »

Director: Andrzej Wajda | Stars: Jerzy Radziwilowicz, Krystyna Janda, Marian Opania, Wieslawa Kosmalska

Votes: 2,618

37. 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: 17,322

38. Passenger (1963)

62 min | Drama, War

While being aboard a transatlantic ship, German woman Liza notices someone who looks like Marta, the former inmate at Auschwitz, where Liza used to be the guard.

Directors: Andrzej Munk, Witold Lesiewicz | Stars: Aleksandra Slaska, Anna Ciepielewska, Jan Kreczmar, Marek Walczewski

Votes: 1,228

39. Zezowate szczescie (1960)

92 min | Comedy

The story is an odyssey of a little man through Poland of 1930 to 1950. It shows his attempts to cope with a changing world which seems to have no place for him. He has no consciousness of ... See full summary »

Director: Andrzej Munk | Stars: Bogumil Kobiela, Maria Ciesielska, Helena Dabrowska, Barbara Lass

Votes: 857

40. 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: 3,209

41. Mother Joan of the Angels (1961)

110 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

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.

Director: Jerzy Kawalerowicz | Stars: Lucyna Winnicka, Mieczyslaw Voit, Anna Ciepielewska, Maria Chwalibóg

Votes: 2,314

42. Kanal (1957)

Not Rated | 91 min | Drama, War

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.

Director: Andrzej Wajda | Stars: Teresa Izewska, Tadeusz Janczar, Wienczyslaw Glinski, Tadeusz Gwiazdowski

Votes: 5,762

43. Konopielka (1982)

92 min | Comedy, Drama

Kaziuk, a stubborn peasant and his pregnant wife live in a backwood village, unaffected by the civilization. The village is once visited by a couple of wanderers, and strange things start ... See full summary »

Director: Witold Leszczynski | Stars: Krzysztof Majchrzak, Anna Seniuk, Joanna Sienkiewicz, Jerzy Block

Votes: 527

44. Bogowie (2014)

120 min | Biography, Drama

The early career of cardiac surgeon Zbigniew Religa. Despite harsh reality of the 1980s Poland, he successfully leads a team of doctors to the country's first human heart transplantation.

Director: Lukasz Palkowski | Stars: Tomasz Kot, Piotr Glowacki, Szymon Piotr Warszawski, Magdalena Czerwinska

Votes: 4,142

45. 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: 3,331

46. 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: 4,190 | Gross: $0.12M

47. Camera Buff (1979)

Not Rated | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Filip buys an eight-millimetre movie camera when his first child is born. Because it's the first camera in town, he's named official photographer by the local Party boss. His horizons widen... See full summary »

Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski | Stars: Jerzy Stuhr, Malgorzata Zabkowska, Ewa Pokas, Stefan Czyzewski

Votes: 5,019

48. 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: 2,610

49. 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: 2,491