My Favorite Bulgarian Movies

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My Favorite Bulgarian Movies

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1. Yesterday (1988)

84 min | Drama

The 1960s was the time of Beatles and Rolling Stones, the time of sexual revolution. These events have their echo in Bulgarian English-learning school. The school order provokes a protest of the students due to the narrow-minded teachers.

Director: Ivan Andonov | Stars: Hristo Shopov, Georgi Staykov, Sofiya Kuzeva, Svetla Todorova

Votes: 2,980

2. Vasko da Gama ot selo Rupcha (1986– )

372 min | Adventure, Family

The adventures of a boy who dreams of the sea... A sailor's son flees from school and his home and secretly sails with his father's ship. News and discoveries are coming - both on the ship and on the shore.

Stars: Ivan Laskin, Iliya Lingurski, Georgi Markov, Irena Minkova

Votes: 298

3. Hedgehogs Are Born Without Spines (1971)

84 min | Comedy, Family

Three novels deal with the mentality of the children, their agitations, and the merry and sad things in their everyday life. The movie is created with a lot of humor, cheerfulness, and great love for the kids.

Director: Dimitar Petrov | Stars: Ivaylo Dzhambazov, Neyko Neykov, Petar Peychev, Andrey Slabakov

Votes: 344

4. The Hedgehogs' War (1979)

99 min | Comedy

'The Hedgehogs' are a group of youngsters who are trying to gain control of the empty space between the blocks of flats, which they want to convert into a basketball court. The resistance ... See full summary »

Director: Ivanka Grybcheva | Stars: Dimitar Ganev, Moris Assa, Yevgeniya Bozhikova, Dimitr Dimitrov

Votes: 700

5. Undercover (2011–2016)

60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

The specially trained agent Martin has been appointed to the most dangerous mission in Bulgaria - to go undercover in the gang of the mafia boss Dzharo. On his way he has to encounter a lot... See full summary »

Stars: Ivaylo Zahariev, Zachary Baharov, Vladimir Penev, Marian Valev

Votes: 25,594

6. A Nameless Band (1981)

G | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

The misfortunes of a couple of guys who form a music group and think they can get rich and famous easy.

Director: Lyudmil Kirkov | Stars: Velko Kynev, Filip Trifonov, Pavel Popandov, Georgi Mamalev

Votes: 1,873

7. Opasen char (1984)

90 min | Comedy, Thriller

He is well educated, charming, and gallant - a dream for each lonely lady. In reality he is a skillful swindler, who robs naive women. Cheating merchants with guilty consciences are his ... See full summary »

Director: Ivan Andonov | Stars: Todor Kolev, Nevena Kokanova, Stefan Mavrodiyev, Lyuben Chatalov

Votes: 1,440

8. Time of Violence (1988)

R | 288 min | Drama

In the 17th century, a Bulgarian Christian region is selected by the Ottoman rulers to serve as an example of conversion to Islam. A Janissary who was kidnapped from the village as a boy is... See full summary »

Director: Ludmil Staikov | Stars: Max Freeman, Rousy Chanev, Ivan Krystev, Anya Pencheva

Votes: 1,915

9. Aszparuh (1981)

323 min | Drama, History, War

This is an epic screen presentation showing the creation, the consolidation and the power of First Bulgarian Kingdom and the first Bulgarian ruler Khan Asparuh.

Director: Ludmil Staikov | Stars: Stoyko Peev, Antony Genov, Vassil Mihajlov, Vania Tzvetkova

Votes: 752

10. Zapiski po bulgarskite vastaniya (1976– )

65 min | Drama

The TV series are based on Zahari Stoyanov's "Notes On Bulgarian Uprisings", a classic late-19th-century memoir. The narrative revolves round the preparation, the ups and downs, and the ... See full summary »

Stars: Radko Dishliev, Antony Genov, Stoyan Stoev, Aleksandr Aleksandrov

Votes: 74

11. Gospodin za edin den (1983)

87 min | Comedy, Drama

This film is a comedy about a poor man, named Poorco. Poorco always fails in his attempt to escape from poverty. The film illustrates the social and the moral atmosphere in Bulgaria during the 1930's.

Director: Nikolai Volev | Stars: Todor Kolev, Yordanka Stefanova, Itschak Fintzi, Stoyan Gudev

Votes: 1,018

12. The Goat Horn (1972)

R | 105 min | Drama

The film sends us to the 17th century when Bulgaria was a part of the Ottoman Empire. Four hoodlums break into the house of the shepherd Karaivan, raping and killing his wife in full view ... See full summary »

Director: Metodi Andonov | Stars: Katya Paskaleva, Anton Gorchev, Milen Penev, Todor Kolev

Votes: 2,257

13. All for Love (1986)

92 min | Drama

This is a film about the general collision between the generations. The film tells us the story of a 14 year old boy and his father, and the way they fight over all the problems.

Director: Nikolai Volev | Stars: Velko Kynev, Ivan Velkov, Maria Statulova, Leda Taseva

Votes: 539

14. Dvoynikat (1980)

98 min | Comedy

Prof. Denev is a talented scientist, but he cannot divide his time between the social and the scientific life. Suddenly he gets the idea to bring his cousin Ivan from the village. They look... See full summary »

Director: Nikolai Volev | Stars: Todor Kolev, Pavel Popandov, Yordanka Kuzmanova, Radosveta Vassileva

Votes: 548

15. Trimata ot zapasa (1971)

97 min | Comedy, Drama, War

In 1945, on the battlefields in Hungary, three Bulgarian soldiers from the reserve have to fight for the liberation of the country. They are totally unprepared for the war and have no ... See full summary »

Director: Zako Heskiya | Stars: Nikola Anastasov, Kiril Gospodinov, Georgi Partsalev, Valcho Kamarashev

Votes: 479

16. Pod igoto (1952)

118 min | Drama

Follows the Bulgarian people's struggle for national independence in the period from 1875 to the Liberation from Otoman bondage.

Director: Dako Dakovski | Stars: Miroslav Mindov, Lili Popivanova, Petko Karlukovsky, Vasil Kirkov

Votes: 318

17. Pod igoto (1990– )

540 min | Drama

The tranquility in a Bulgarian village under the Ottoman yoke is ostensible. In fact, the people prepare themselves strenuously for an uprising. The educated part of the population ... See full summary »

Stars: Andrey Slabakov, Elena Markova, Ilia Karaivanov, Lyuben Chatalov

Votes: 119

19. Vsichko e lyubov (1979)

102 min | Drama

A boy from a poor Sofia neighborhood - Rado who is orphan and has committed several petty crimes - is sent to a borstal, or, to put it otherwise becomes a juvenile prisoner. Unfortunately, ... See full summary »

Director: Borislav Sharaliev | Stars: Ivan Ivanov, Yanina Kasheva, Valcho Kamarashev, Ibish Orhanov

Votes: 441

20. Footsteps in the Sand (2010)

89 min | Comedy, Drama

At the airport, Slavi tells his life's story to a young customs officer. As children, Nelly promises Slavi to marry him. The two teenagers are passionately in love with each other but after... See full summary »

Director: Ivaylo Hristov | Stars: Ivan Barnev, Yana Titova, Assen Blatechki, Deyan Donkov

Votes: 1,422

21. Momcheto si otiva (1972)

101 min | Drama

The action centers on Ran and his schoolmates who are in the last year of school. They are only a few days away from the day when they will have to make a decisive choice: what are they ... See full summary »

Director: Lyudmil Kirkov | Stars: Nevena Kokanova, Filip Trifonov, Sashka Bratanova, Kiril Gospodinov

Votes: 375

22. Ungiven (2013– )

Drama, History

TV Mini-Series "Ungiven" is inspired by one of the most heroic events in the recent history of Bulgaria, the rescue of Bulgarian Jews from the death camps during the Second World War. The ... See full summary »

Stars: Alexander Dimov, Lydia Indjova, Luben Kanev, Darin Angelov

Votes: 82

23. Lyubimetz 13 (1958)

89 min | Comedy

The main heroes are twin brothers. The first is responsible young fellow and excellent footballer. The second one is an undependable gambler. The police are after him. A pretty girl stands ... See full summary »

Director: Vladimir Yanchev | Stars: Apostol Karamitev, Ginka Stancheva, Lyubomir Bobchevski, Elena Hranova

Votes: 467

24. Kuche v chekmedzhe (1982)

80 min | Family

This film reminds us that childhood is the best period in human's life. The story is filled with love for the children and colored with special child humor.

Director: Dimitar Petrov | Stars: Veselin Prahov, Martin Stoyanov, Emil Dimitrov, Ruzha Delcheva

Votes: 380

25. Krayat na pesenta (1971)

93 min | Drama

The action took place in the Rhodope Mountains in the early 20th c. Two young people are in love with each other and want to marry. The girl's father, however, objects to their plans and ... See full summary »

Director: Milen Nikolov | Stars: Vassil Mihajlov, Itschak Fintzi, Katya Paskaleva, Nikola Todev

Votes: 61

26. The World is Big and Salvation Lurks Around the Corner (2008)

105 min | Drama

The story of Alex, who, with the help of his charismatic grandfather, Bai Dan, embarks on a journey in search of his real self.

Director: Stephan Komandarev | Stars: Predrag 'Miki' Manojlovic, Carlo Ljubek, Hristo Mutafchiev, Ana Papadopulu

Votes: 5,402

27. Dami kanyat (1980)

95 min | Comedy

A couple of young ladies decide to obtain a driving license. The film is a true comedy of relations, caused between the driving-teacher and the beginner-drivers.

Director: Ivan Andonov | Stars: Stefan Danailov, Tzvetana Maneva, Mariana Dimitrova, Nevena Kokanova

Votes: 663

29. Bay Ganyo tragna po Evropa (1991)

94 min | Comedy

Bay Ganyo is the national anti-hero. He personifies arrogance, insolence, greediness, and the absolute incapability to adopt any civilization principles of relationships. This protagonist ... See full summary »

Director: Ivan Nichev | Stars: Georgi Kaloyanchev, Stoyan Aleksiev, Filip Trifonov, Plamen Sirakov

Votes: 308

30. Heights (2017)

142 min | Comedy, Drama, History

Two members of a rebel movement are sent on a dangerous mission around enslaved Bulgaria in 1870's. Their leader has an important message to reach a man of high importance in the revolution of the country - Vasil "The Lion" Levski.

Director: Victor Bojinov | Stars: Zachary Baharov, Aleksandar Aleksiev, Julian Vergov, Paraskeva Djukelova

Votes: 1,279

31. The Peach Thief (1964)

84 min | Drama, Romance, War

A wife of a Bulgarian Army officer falls in love with a Serbian prisoner at the end of World war I.

Director: Vulo Radev | Stars: Nevena Kokanova, Rade Markovic, Mikhail Mikhaylov, Vasil Vachev

Votes: 728

32. Margarit i Margarita (1989)

92 min | Drama

Margarit and Margarita are high school senior students. They are madly in love. And so proud and independent that they are often in trouble with their parents and teachers. They quit school... See full summary »

Director: Nikolai Volev | Stars: Irini Jambonas, Hristo Shopov, Rashko Mladenov, Vassil Mihajlov

Votes: 455

33. Spetzialist po vsichko (1962)

90 min | Comedy

A dentistry student, graduating with honor, does not get the desired job and has to start working as a MASTER OF ALL TRADES in a construction company. He has to paint walls, clean chimneys,... See full summary »

Director: Petar B. Vasilev | Stars: Apostol Karamitev, Georgi Kaloyanchev, Ginka Stancheva, Katya Chukova

Votes: 291

34. Ot nishto neshto (1979)

91 min | Comedy

A famous sports journalist visits his former classmate and close friend in the country. He is greeted by his friend's wife, who informs him that the master of the house will return tomorrow... See full summary »

Director: Nikola Rudarov | Stars: Asen Kisimov, Stefan Danailov, Aneta Sotirova, Stefan Kostov

Votes: 224

35. Omnipresent (2017)

120 min | Drama

The story of OMNIPRESENT is centered around Emil, writer and owner of advertising agency who gradually becomes obsessed with spying on his family, friends and employees via hidden spy ... See full summary »

Director: Ilian Djevelekov | Stars: Velislav Pavlov, Teodora Duhovnikova, Vesela Babinova, Anastassia Liutova

Votes: 860

36. Sadiyata (1986)

89 min | Drama, Western

In 19th century, a new judge and four of his friends come in Bulgarian town with the knowledge that a golden treasure, once belonging to a Turkish ruler, is buried in the vicinity. But other people are also in search of treasure.

Director: Plamen Maslarov | Stars: Georgi Cherkelov, Djoko Rosic, Tzako Dachev, Vasil Banov

Votes: 40

37. Migration of the Belted Bonito (2011)

85 min | Comedy

The film tells the story of two neighbors in a small Bulgarian village and their two sons. Their families live poorly. The ways they earn their daily bread are quite unusual. The film gives... See full summary »

Director: Lyudmil Todorov | Stars: Itschak Fintzi, Velko Kynev, Hristo Mutafchiev, Nikola Stoyanov

Votes: 25

38. The Best Person I Know! (1973)

90 min | Drama

Young literature teacher starts at the evening school. Her students are people with various professions who wish to complete their education. They are grown-up with different characters, ... See full summary »

Director: Lyubomir Sharlandzhiev | Stars: Nevena Kokanova, Petar Slabakov, Grigor Vachkov, Vladimir Smirnov

Votes: 98

39. Ne si otivay! (1976)

95 min | Drama

The charming young man Ran is a director in a school in his hometown. His classmate Mariana is his wife. At the first glance, things are like, as they ought to be. In the world of untold ... See full summary »

Director: Lyudmil Kirkov | Stars: Filip Trifonov, Sashka Bratanova, Nevena Kokanova, Elena Mirtchofska

Votes: 92

40. Bubblegum (I) (2017)

104 min | Drama

Kalin (35) is a talented advertising specialist, weary of life. Bilyana (35) is a free spirit, still uncertain of what she wants. They grew up in Socialist Bulgaria, where they were part of... See full summary »

Director: Stanislav Todorov Rogi | Stars: Teodora Duhovnikova, Diana Dimitrova, Valentin Ganev, Ivan Yurukov

Votes: 981

41. Darvo bez koren (1974)

86 min | Drama

Having remained alone in his village house, old Gatyo must move in with his son and daughter-in-law in their flat in the city. They receive him with great understanding and sympathy but ... See full summary »

Director: Christo Christov | Stars: Nikola Dadov, Nevena Kokanova, Marin Yanev, Nikolay Kedev

Votes: 62

42. Glory (2016)

101 min | Drama

83 Metascore

A reclusive Bulgarian railway trackman finds millions of cash spilled on the tracks and turns them in to the police. When the transport ministry's head of PR Julia Staikova decides to use ... See full summary »

Directors: Kristina Grozeva, Petar Valchanov | Stars: Stefan Denolyubov, Margita Gosheva, Alexandra Angelova, Poli Angelova

Votes: 1,645 | Gross: $0.02M

43. Love.net (2011)

109 min | Drama, Romance

Follows the parallel stories of a number of characters who are trying to change their lives via the Internet or are simply having fun online.

Director: Ilian Djevelekov | Stars: Hristo Shopov, Zachary Baharov, Lilia Marvilya, Koyna Ruseva

Votes: 3,460

44. Lavina (1982)

153 min | Adventure, Drama

This film shows serious moral problems in the society which become visible in an extreme situation, when happiness, trust, sense of life are so precious.

Directors: Irina Aktasheva, Hristo Piskov | Stars: Veliko Stoianov, Lyuben Chatalov, Stefan Stefanov, Diana Batzieva

Votes: 162

45. Kombina (1982)

119 min | Drama, Thriller

This is a psychological whodunit. The action is tense and there are many ups and downs. Vas, a young militiaman, has to pose as a ex-prisoner and infiltrate an international gang of ... See full summary »

Director: Nikola Rudarov | Stars: Ivan Ivanov, Vania Tzvetkova, Valcho Kamarashev, Nikolai Sotirov

Votes: 199

46. Mission London (2010)

107 min | Comedy

A concert to celebrate Bulgaria joining the EU is being planned at the Embassy in London and it is the job of VARADIN, the new ambassador, to ensure the Queen attends. But with corrupt ... See full summary »

Director: Dimitar Mitovski | Stars: Ralph Brown, Alan Ford, Tomas Arana, Nick Nevern

Votes: 5,893

47. Zift (2008)

Unrated | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Moth is freed on parole after spending time in prison on wrongful conviction of murder. Jailed shortly before the Bulgarian communist coup of 1944, he now finds himself in a new and alien ... See full summary »

Director: Javor Gardev | Stars: Zachary Baharov, Tanya Ilieva, Vladimir Penev, Mihail Mutafov

Votes: 4,471

48. Tarsi se saprug za mama (1985)

88 min

8-year old Alek's parents are divorced and he lives with his mother. He can feel that after the divorce there has been a big void in her life. He decides to help her by finding a suitable ... See full summary »

Director: Mariana Evstatieva-Biolcheva | Stars: Veselin Prahov, Tzvetana Maneva, Bogdan Glishev, Emil Markov

Votes: 106

49. Eastern Plays (2009)

83 min | Drama

Through Georgi (a juvenile) and Itso (an adult), we take a quick glance (about one and a half hour quick) at what happens in post cold-war Bulgaria.

Director: Kamen Kalev | Stars: Christo Christov, Ovanes Torosian, Saadet Aksoy, Nikolina Iancheva

Votes: 2,636

50. Matriarchy (1977)

103 min | Drama