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1. Blood of My Blood (2011)

Not Rated | 131 min | Drama, Thriller

A regular family living in the outskirts of Lisbon sees the serenity of their lives shaken beyond any remedy within a week.

Director: João Canijo | Stars: Rafael Morais, Rita Blanco, Anabela Moreira, Cleia Almeida

Votes: 1,636

2. Goodbye, Father (1996)

85 min | Drama

For a 13-year-old boy like Filipe, the prospect of a summer vacation in the Azores with his father is like a dream come true. But dreams are sometimes just a way to avoid facing reality...

Director: Luís Filipe Rocha | Stars: Afonso Pimentel, João Lagarto, Laura Soveral, Natália Luísa

Votes: 499

3. Aniki Bóbó (1942)

71 min | Drama, Family

The story takes place in the old streets of Porto and by the banks of the Douro River. A gang of very young kids has just accepted a new member, Carlitos, a shy boy who has "played it tough... See full summary »

Director: Manoel de Oliveira | Stars: Nascimento Fernandes, Vital dos Santos, António Palma, Armando Pedro

Votes: 1,413

4. The Green Years (1963)

91 min | Drama

Julio, aged nineteen, has just left the provinces to settle down in the outskirts of Lisbon. He lives there in a poor area with his uncle Afonso and starts working as an apprentice ... See full summary »

Director: Paulo Rocha | Stars: Rui Gomes, Isabel Ruth, Ruy Furtado, Paulo Renato

Votes: 466

5. Abraham's Valley (1993)

187 min | Drama

Ema is a very attractive but innocent girl, so pretty that cars crash in her presence. Young marries Dr. Carlo Paiva, who she is not attracted to, but is her father's friend. They move to ... See full summary »

Director: Manoel de Oliveira | Stars: Leonor Silveira, Cécile Sanz de Alba, Luís Miguel Cintra, Ruy de Carvalho

Votes: 1,125

6. Alice (I) (2005)

102 min | Drama

In the wake of his daughter's disappearance, a father wallowing in grief feeds his desire to find her with unusual methods.

Director: Marco Martins | Stars: Nuno Lopes, Beatriz Batarda, Miguel Guilherme, Ana Bustorff

Votes: 1,953

7. The Mutants (1998)

113 min | Drama

Three homeless teenage rejects struggle to survive together. Of them, Andreia is pregnant, while Pedro and Ricardo hustle, steal and are exploited by a pornographer.

Director: Teresa Villaverde | Stars: Ana Moreira, Alexandre Pinto, Nelson Varela, Alexandra Lencastre

Votes: 512

8. April Captains (2000)

123 min | Drama, History, War

Story of the 1974 coup that overthrew the right-wing Portuguese dictatorship--which continued the fascist policies of long-time dictator Antonio Salazar--and of two young army captains who were involved in it.

Director: Maria de Medeiros | Stars: Stefano Accorsi, Maria de Medeiros, Joaquim de Almeida, Frédéric Pierrot

Votes: 2,690

9. In Vanda's Room (2000)

Not Rated | 171 min | Drama

The film follows the daily life of Vanda Duarte, a heroin addict in Lisbon, and the community she lives in.

Director: Pedro Costa | Stars: Vanda Duarte, Lena Duarte, Zita Duarte, Manuel Gomes Miranda

Votes: 1,158

10. Our Beloved Month of August (2008)

Not Rated | 147 min | Music, Romance

82 Metascore

Docu-drama about Portuguese social life in the countryside during the busy month of August

Director: Miguel Gomes | Stars: Sónia Bandeira, Fábio Oliveira, Andreia Santos, Armando Nunes

Votes: 1,369

11. Jaime (1999)

111 min | Drama

A woman takes her young son, leaves her husband and moves in with her lover. The boy, desperate to get his parents back together, becomes convinced that if only he can get his father's ... See full summary »

Director: António-Pedro Vasconcelos | Stars: Saúl Fonseca, Fernanda Serrano, Joaquim Leitão, Sandro Silva

Votes: 987

12. 'Non', ou A Vã Glória de Mandar (1990)

110 min | Drama, History, War

Episodes from entire military history of Portugal are told through flashbacks as a professorish soldier recounts them while marching through a Portuguese African colony in 1973. He easily ... See full summary »

Director: Manoel de Oliveira | Stars: Luís Miguel Cintra, Diogo Dória, Miguel Guilherme, Luís Lucas

Votes: 776

13. A Song of Lisbon (1933)

85 min | Comedy, Musical

After flunking in medical school, the young and bohemian Vasco need to trick his aunts, the main financers of his studies, preventing them to know that he is not a doctor.

Director: José Cottinelli Telmo | Stars: Vasco Santana, Beatriz Costa, António Silva, Teresa Gomes

Votes: 1,184

14. The Tyrannical Father (1941)

114 min | Comedy

Francisco, salesman in a shoe store, is totally in love with Tatão, which sells perfume in the same street. But he is an amateur theater actor, as she hates theater and is a fan of cinema. Will this unlikely love endure?

Director: António Lopes Ribeiro | Stars: Vasco Santana, Francisco Ribeiro, Leonor Maia, Barroso Lopes

Votes: 599

15. The Courtyard of the Ballads (1942)

121 min | Comedy, Musical

This classic of Portuguese cinema depicts the friendships and rivalries of the inhabitants of a square in downtown Lisbon, where exists a spirit of familiarity between neighbors.

Director: Francisco Ribeiro | Stars: Maria das Neves, Vasco Santana, António Silva, Laura Alves

Votes: 1,022

16. God's Comedy (1995)

170 min | Comedy, Drama

João de Deus is the manager of an ice-cream shop owned by an ex-prostitute, Paraíso dos Gelados (Ice-Cream Paradise). Through a unmoved desire of perfection, he seeks, through cleansing and... See full summary »

Director: João César Monteiro | Stars: Cláudia Teixeira, João César Monteiro, Manuela de Freitas, Raquel Ascensão

Votes: 1,068

17. José and Pilar (2010)

117 min | Documentary, Biography

A documentary on Nobel Prize Winner José Saramago and his feelings over his wife, his country and life, as a whole.

Director: Miguel Gonçalves Mendes | Stars: Joao Afonso, Àngels Barceló, Pilar del Río, Juan Echanove

Votes: 2,195

18. O Leão da Estrela (1947)

121 min | Comedy, Romance

Anastácio lives in Lisbon and is fanatic for Sporting, one of the city's football teams. When the team travels to face Porto, he follows it with the family, staying in house of his friend, Mr. Barata, pretending to be rich.

Director: Arthur Duarte | Stars: António Silva, Milú, Maria Eugénia, Erico Braga

Votes: 932

19. Recollections of the Yellow House (1989)

122 min | Comedy, Drama

Lisbon, 1989. A middle-aged poor idiot, tormented by an illness, lives in a cheap room in a family boarding house, in the old section of the city's waterfront.

Director: João César Monteiro | Stars: João César Monteiro, Manuela de Freitas, Ruy Furtado, Teresa Calado

Votes: 1,050

20. Tabu (I) (2012)

Not Rated | 118 min | Drama, Romance

78 Metascore

A restless retired woman teams up with her deceased neighbor's maid to seek out a man who has a secret connection to her past life as a farm owner at the foothill of Mount Tabu in Africa.

Director: Miguel Gomes | Stars: Telmo Churro, Miguel Gomes, Hortêncílio Aquina, Américo Mota

Votes: 6,016

21. Blood (1989)

95 min | Drama, Mystery

Vicente, seventeen, lives with brother Nino, ten-years-old, and his ailing father in a derelict house on the outskirts of the capital. They don't seem to remember their mother, and are very... See full summary »

Director: Pedro Costa | Stars: Pedro Hestnes, Nuno Ferreira, Inês de Medeiros, Luís Miguel Cintra

Votes: 824

22. O Grande Elias (1950)

118 min | Comedy

When Mr. Elias discovers that his aunt, who lives in Brazil, comes to visit him, he decides to temporarily occupy the house of a wealthy neighbor who's away so that she doesn't discover that he's not as rich as he told her.

Director: Arthur Duarte | Stars: António Silva, Milú, Francisco Ribeiro, Cremilda de Oliveira

Votes: 203

23. Pulsação Zero (2002)

83 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

Chasing Life (Pulsação Zero) is an action/comedy about 25 year old lovable loser Alex who, when his life hits rock bottom and decides to end it all, shares his dogs euthanasia poison just ... See full summary »

Director: Fernando Fragata | Stars: Helder Mendes, Adelaide de Sousa, Miguel C., Adriano Carvalho

Votes: 232

24. Arabian Nights: Volume 1 - The Restless One (2015)

Not Rated | 125 min | Drama

80 Metascore

Some of the chapters from Arabian Nights are adapted to a modern Portugal in this epic.

Director: Miguel Gomes | Stars: Crista Alfaiate, Miguel Gomes, Maria Rueff, Bruno Bravo

Votes: 1,827 | Gross: $0.01M

25. Arabian Nights: Volume 3 - The Enchanted One (2015)

Not Rated | 125 min | Drama

80 Metascore

The final trilogy of adaptation of Arabian Nights story by the structure in Portugal modern life between 2013-2014 in three chapter.

Director: Miguel Gomes | Stars: Crista Alfaiate, Américo Silva, Amar Bounachada, Lionel Franc

Votes: 936 | Gross: $0.00M

26. Arabian Nights: Volume 2 - The Desolate One (2015)

Not Rated | 131 min | Drama

81 Metascore

Continuation of the Arabian Nights stories by the structure were adapted to modern life in Portugal in three innings and the third chapter "The Owners of Dixie" has three chapters.

Director: Miguel Gomes | Stars: Crista Alfaiate, Chico Chapas, Luísa Cruz, Pedro Caldas

Votes: 1,180 | Gross: $0.01M

27. Morning Undersea (1980)

127 min | Drama

Estefãnia is an old, rich, strict catholic woman, and when she sets her eyes on a couple of servants who have no means to bring up properly their youngest son, António, she decides to move ... See full summary »

Director: Lauro António | Stars: Eunice Muñoz, Vergílio Ferreira, Canto e Castro, Jacinto Ramos

Votes: 85

28. Os Imortais (2003)

130 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Every year, four ex-soldiers who call themselves "Os Imortais" ("The Immortals"), get together with four women to celebrate their war deeds and remember the old days, back in the war. On ... See full summary »

Director: António-Pedro Vasconcelos | Stars: Joaquim de Almeida, Emmanuelle Seigner, Nicolau Breyner, Rogério Samora

Votes: 1,227

29. Colossal Youth (2006)

Not Rated | 156 min | Drama

With the destruction of Fontainhas nearly complete, the old man Ventura wanders around a bleak housing project and the ruins of the slums, meeting with his kids and old friends.

Director: Pedro Costa | Stars: Ventura, Vanda Duarte, Beatriz Duarte, Gustavo Sumpta

Votes: 1,286

30. The Portuguese Falcon (2015)

106 min | Action, Comedy, History

Follows Portugal's first fascist superhero: the ultra patriotic Captain Falcon!

Director: João Leitão | Stars: Gonçalo Waddington, David Chan Cordeiro, José Pinto, Miguel Guilherme

Votes: 1,607

31. To Die Like a Man (2009)

Unrated | 134 min | Drama, Music

68 Metascore

A transsexual woman tries to erase any past history of herself as a male. Struggling with a young male lover and a problematic son.

Director: João Pedro Rodrigues | Stars: Chandra Malatitch, John Jesus Romão, Ivo Barroso, Gonçalo Ferreira De Almeida

Votes: 908 | Gross: $0.00M

32. Mysteries of Lisbon (2010)

Not Rated | 272 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

82 Metascore

Follows a jealous countess, a wealthy businessman, and a young orphaned boy across Portugal, France, Italy and Brazil where they connect with a variety of mysterious individuals.

Director: Raoul Ruiz | Stars: Adriano Luz, Maria João Bastos, Ricardo Pereira, Clotilde Hesme

Votes: 2,928 | Gross: $0.11M

33. Eccentricities of a Blonde-Haired Girl (2009)

Not Rated | 64 min | Drama, Romance

A young man falls helplessly in love with a mysterious blonde woman who turns his life upside down.

Director: Manoel de Oliveira | Stars: Ricardo Trêpa, Catarina Wallenstein, Diogo Dória, Júlia Buisel

Votes: 1,504

34. Ossos (1997)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama

A suicidal young woman gives her newborn child up to his deadbeat father in the Fontainhas slums of Lisbon.

Director: Pedro Costa | Stars: Vanda Duarte, Nuno Vaz, Mariya Lipkina, Isabel Ruth

Votes: 1,250

35. Cats Don't Have Vertigo (2014)

124 min | Comedy, Drama

An 18 year old boy with a complicated life starts a criminal career but ends up on a rooftop of Lisbon. On the apartment below lives a recently widowed, lonely old lady. Against all odds ... See full summary »

Director: António-Pedro Vasconcelos | Stars: Maria do Céu Guerra, João Jesus, Fernanda Serrano, Ricardo Carriço

Votes: 1,513

36. The Gilded Cage (2013)

G | 90 min | Comedy, Drama

For thirty years now Maria and José Ribeiro have been living on the ground floor of a Haussmannian building in one of the most exclusive districts of Paris. Everybody loves this nice couple... See full summary »

Director: Ruben Alves | Stars: Rita Blanco, Joaquim de Almeida, Roland Giraud, Chantal Lauby

Votes: 9,152

37. Amália (2008)

127 min | Biography, Drama, Music

The story of real-life singing legend Amália Rodrigues who ruled the famous Portuguese acoustic guitar and vocals based music genre called fado.

Director: Carlos Coelho da Silva | Stars: Sandra Barata Belo, Carla Chambel, Ricardo Carriço, José Fidalgo

Votes: 670

38. As Bodas de Deus (1999)

150 min | Comedy

After receiving a visit from a messenger of God, João de Deus wins his buddy's girlfriend through a roll of the dice.

Director: João César Monteiro | Stars: Rita Durão, João César Monteiro, Joana Azevedo, José Airosa

Votes: 593

39. Silvestre (1981)

120 min | Drama

The daughters of a nobleman give shelter to a stranger. After that visit ends with a severed hand, the pilgrim takes on different identities to seek revenge. The nobleman goes missing and his youngest has to pose as a knight to save him.

Director: João César Monteiro | Stars: Maria de Medeiros, Teresa Madruga, Luís Miguel Cintra, Jorge Silva Melo

Votes: 240

40. I'm Going Home (2001)

Not Rated | 90 min | Comedy, Drama

86 Metascore

The comfortable daily routines of aging Parisian actor Gilbert Valence, 76, are suddenly shaken when he learns that his wife, daughter, and son-in-law have been killed in a car crash. ... See full summary »

Director: Manoel de Oliveira | Stars: Michel Piccoli, Catherine Deneuve, John Malkovich, Antoine Chappey

Votes: 1,595

41. Horse Money (2014)

Unrated | 103 min | Drama

84 Metascore

"The time is now, a numbing and timeless present of hospital stays, bureaucratic questioning, and wandering through remembered spaces... and suddenly it is also then, the mid '70s and the ... See full summary »

Director: Pedro Costa | Stars: Ventura, Vitalina Varela, Tito Furtado, Benvindo Tavares

Votes: 1,124

42. The Strange Case of Angelica (2010)

Unrated | 97 min | Drama, Fantasy

75 Metascore

A photographer is asked by hotel owners to take portraits of their recently deceased daughter.

Director: Manoel de Oliveira | Stars: Pilar López de Ayala, Filipe Vargas, Isabel Ruth, Leonor Silveira

Votes: 1,549 | Gross: $0.05M

43. Come and Go (2003)

175 min | Comedy, Drama

João Vuvu, lives alone in a house that requires regeneration but due to being alone he is unable to do the work. On his son's release from prison and João's ensuing deception triggers a series of somber events.

Director: João César Monteiro | Stars: João César Monteiro, Rita Pereira Marques, Joaquina Chicau, Manuela de Freitas

Votes: 583

44. The Ornithologist (2016)

Unrated | 117 min | Adventure, Drama, Mystery

85 Metascore

Fernando, a solitary ornithologist, is looking for black storks when he is swept away by the rapids. Rescued by a couple of Chinese pilgrims, he plunges into an eerie and dark forest, trying to get back on his track.

Director: João Pedro Rodrigues | Stars: Paul Hamy, João Pedro Rodrigues, Xelo Cagiao, Han Wen

Votes: 2,426 | Gross: $0.05M

45. Trails (1978)

120 min | Drama, Fantasy

For his feature debut Monteiro creatively borrowed from traditional Portuguese legends to craft a series of echoing, parallel tales of young couples desperately escaping cruel false fathers... See full summary »

Director: João César Monteiro | Stars: Manuela de Freitas, Luís de Sousa Costa, Francisco Domingues, Carmen Duarte

Votes: 168

46. Down to Earth (1994)

110 min | Drama

The film tells a story of Mariana, a nurse who leaves Lisbon to accompany an immigrant worker in a comatose sleep on his trip home to Cape Verde. The devoted Portuguese nurse took a journey only to find herself lost in abstract drama.

Director: Pedro Costa | Stars: Inês de Medeiros, Isaach De Bankolé, Edith Scob, Pedro Hestnes

Votes: 659

47. Hovering Over the Water (1986)

143 min | Drama, Romance

Laura Rossellini, a widow from Rome, vacations on the Algarve coast one hot summer. One day while sunbathing, she finds a wounded man named Robert drifting in the surf on a rubber raft. She... See full summary »

Director: João César Monteiro | Stars: Laura Morante, Philip J. Spinelli, Manuela de Freitas, Georges Claisse

Votes: 310

48. O Crime da Aldeia Velha (1964)

105 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

Set in a little remote village, where everyone is very religious and primitive, "O Crime de Aldeia Velha" (The crime of Aldeia Velha) tells the story of Joana, the most beautiful girl in ... See full summary »

Director: Manuel Guimarães | Stars: Clara D'Ovar, Alma Flora, Lídia Franco, Miguel Franco

Votes: 72



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