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1. 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: 1,156

2. 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: 1,960

3. Znachor (1982)

128 min | Drama, Romance

Abandoned by his wife and daughter, a famous surgeon starts drinking, hurts his head and loses his memory. His medical knowledge gradually resurfaces and he becomes a village healer, not remembering who he is.

Director: Jerzy Hoffman | Stars: Jerzy Binczycki, Anna Dymna, Tomasz Stockinger, Bernard Ladysz

Votes: 1,983

4. 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: 1,465

5. Our Folks (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: 2,588

6. Stawka wieksza niz zycie (1968– )

55 min | Action, War

Stanislaw Kolicki is a spy who operates as Hans Kloss in the Nazi Abwehr during the second World War.

Stars: Stanislaw Mikulski, Emil Karewicz, Bronislaw Pawlik, Gustaw Lutkiewicz

Votes: 546

7. Tato (1995)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama

A father, who is in the middle of a brutal custody battle with his mentally ill wife, fights relentlessly for the right to take care of his 7-year-old daughter.

Director: Maciej Slesicki | Stars: Boguslaw Linda, Dorota Segda, Ola Maliszewska, Teresa Lipowska

Votes: 1,145

8. Army of Valhalla (2003)

103 min | Adventure, Drama, History

In the 9th century, a tyrant oppresses pre-Christian Slavic tribes living on the Polish lands. They must unite for the common future.

Director: Jerzy Hoffman | Stars: Michal Zebrowski, Marina Aleksandrova, Malgorzata Foremniak, Daniel Olbrychski

Votes: 1,057

9. Boys Don't Cry (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: 4,426

10. 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: 1,212

11. King Size (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: 2,257

12. Pigs (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: 3,369

13. Saviour Square (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: 1,454

14. Day of the Wacko (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: 7,426

15. No End (1985)

Not Rated | 107 min | Drama, Romance

It's 1982: Poland is under martial law, and Solidarity is banned. Ulla, a translator working on Orwell, suddenly loses her husband, Antek, an attorney. She is possessed by her grief, and ... See full summary »

Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski | Stars: Grazyna Szapolowska, Maria Pakulnis, Aleksander Bardini, Jerzy Radziwilowicz

Votes: 3,294

16. Big Animal (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: 844

17. Blind Chance (1987)

Not Rated | 114 min | Drama

Witek runs after a train. Three variations follow on how such a seemingly banal incident could influence the rest of Witek's life.

Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski | Stars: Boguslaw Linda, Tadeusz Lomnicki, Zbigniew Zapasiewicz, Boguslawa Pawelec

Votes: 6,992

18. Rosemary's Baby (1968)

R | 137 min | Drama, Horror

96 Metascore

A young couple moves in to an apartment only to be surrounded by peculiar neighbors and occurrences. When the wife becomes mysteriously pregnant, paranoia over the safety of her unborn child begins to control her life.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, Ruth Gordon, Sidney Blackmer

Votes: 169,380

19. The Tenant (1976)

R | 126 min | Drama, Thriller

A bureaucrat rents a Paris apartment where he finds himself drawn into a rabbit hole of dangerous paranoia.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Roman Polanski, Isabelle Adjani, Melvyn Douglas, Jo Van Fleet

Votes: 34,094 | Gross: $1.92M

20. Dekalog (1989–1990)

TV-MA | 572 min | Drama

100 Metascore

Ten television drama films, each one based on one of the Ten Commandments.

Stars: Artur Barcis, Olgierd Lukaszewicz, Aleksander Bardini, Olaf Lubaszenko

Votes: 18,267 | Gross: $0.10M

21. The Double Life of Véronique (1991)

R | 98 min | Drama, Fantasy, Music

86 Metascore

Two parallel stories about two identical women; one living in Poland, the other in France. They don't know each other, but their lives are nevertheless profoundly connected.

Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski | Stars: Irène Jacob, Wladyslaw Kowalski, Halina Gryglaszewska, Kalina Jedrusik

Votes: 36,256 | Gross: $2.00M

22. Three Colors: Blue (1993)

R | 98 min | Drama, Music, Mystery

85 Metascore

A woman struggles to find a way to live her life after the death of her husband and child.

Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski | Stars: Juliette Binoche, Zbigniew Zamachowski, Julie Delpy, Benoît Régent

Votes: 77,941 | Gross: $1.32M

23. Three Colors: White (1994)

R | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

88 Metascore

After his wife divorces him, a Polish immigrant plots to get even with her.

Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski | Stars: Zbigniew Zamachowski, Julie Delpy, Janusz Gajos, Jerzy Stuhr

Votes: 55,528 | Gross: $1.46M

24. Three Colors: Red (1994)

R | 99 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

100 Metascore

A model discovers her neighbor is keen on invading people's privacy.

Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski | Stars: Irène Jacob, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Frédérique Feder, Jean-Pierre Lorit

Votes: 79,890 | Gross: $4.04M

25. A Short Film About Killing (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: 14,528

26. Danton (1983)

PG | 136 min | Biography, Drama, History

In 1793, as the Terror begins in France, Georges Danton, a champion-of-the-people, returns to clash against Maximilien Robespierre and his extremist party.

Director: Andrzej Wajda | Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Wojciech Pszoniak, Anne Alvaro, Roland Blanche

Votes: 5,645

27. 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: 2,713

28. Man of Marble (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: 3,452

29. 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: 14,300 | Gross: $0.12M

30. Pan Tadeusz: The Last Foray in Lithuania (1999)

Not Rated | 147 min | Drama, History, Romance

In the early 1810s, Poles, part of Russia's client state of Lithuania, think independence will come if they join forces with Napoleon when he invades Russia. This unity of purpose, in one ... See full summary »

Director: Andrzej Wajda | Stars: Boguslaw Linda, Daniel Olbrychski, Grazyna Szapolowska, Andrzej Seweryn

Votes: 2,649

31. 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: 1,298

32. Eroica (1958)

87 min | Comedy, Drama

Two sketches covering episodes from the World War II. In the first novel, "Scherzo alla polacca", a shrewd son, trying to preserve his skin, ultimately becomes a hero and finds a reason for... See full summary »

Director: Andrzej Munk | Stars: Edward Dziewonski, Barbara Polomska, Ignacy Machowski, Leon Niemczyk

Votes: 791

33. Blekitny krzyz (1955)

55 min | Drama, War

It's February 1945. A Polish rescue team sets out to bring back the wounded Soviet and Slovak partisans who are trapped behind the mountain border as well as behind enemy lines.

Director: Andrzej Munk | Stars: Stanislaw Byrcyn-Gasienica, Stanislaw Wawrytko, Stanislaw Marusarz, Stanislaw Lasa Gasienica

Votes: 72

34. Czlowiek na torze (1957)

89 min | Drama

In 1950, at night, a passenger train kills a man on the tracks. He is Orzechowski, an engineer since 1914. An inquiry immediately follows. Testimony takes the form of flashbacks. Tuszka, ... See full summary »

Director: Andrzej Munk | Stars: Kazimierz Opalinski, Zygmunt Maciejewski, Zygmunt Zintel, Zygmunt Listkiewicz

Votes: 418

35. Life As a Fatal Sexually Transmitted Disease (2000)

Not Rated | 99 min | Drama

A cynical doctor, who is dying of cancer, would like to know the meaning of his life. He has to fight for it or just get ready for death.

Director: Krzysztof Zanussi | Stars: Zbigniew Zapasiewicz, Krystyna Janda, Tadeusz Bradecki, Monika Krzywkowska

Votes: 961

36. A Year of the Quiet Sun (1984)

PG | 106 min | Drama, Romance, War

Shortly after World War II an American soldier (Norman) and a Polish refugee (Emilia) fall in deep love. Eventually he will return to the U.S. and both expect that she will soon follow him.... See full summary »

Director: Krzysztof Zanussi | Stars: Maja Komorowska, Scott Wilson, Hanna Skarzanka, Ewa Dalkowska

Votes: 817

37. Cwal (1996)

104 min | Comedy, Drama, History

In the early 1950s, a 10-year-old boy moves to Warsaw to stay with his bourgeois aunt. In spite of harsh Stalinist times, they are both fascinated by horses.

Director: Krzysztof Zanussi | Stars: Maja Komorowska, Bartosz Obuchowicz, Karolina Wajda, Piotr Adamczyk

Votes: 236

38. The Structure of Crystal (1969)

Not Rated | 74 min | Drama

Jan and Marek used to study physics together but after graduation their paths were different. Jan got married and moved to the countryside. Marek stayed in Warsaw and now wants to persuade Jan to follow his path.

Director: Krzysztof Zanussi | Stars: Barbara Wrzesinska, Jan Myslowicz, Andrzej Zarnecki, Wladyslaw Jarema

Votes: 721

39. Essential Killing (2010)

R | 83 min | Thriller, War

An Afghan POW attempts his escape.

Director: Jerzy Skolimowski | Stars: Vincent Gallo, Emmanuelle Seigner, Zach Cohen, Iftach Ophir

Votes: 7,038

40. Four Nights with Anna (2008)

87 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

A crematorium worker repeatedly breaks into a woman's house at night to help with housework.

Director: Jerzy Skolimowski | Stars: Artur Steranko, Kinga Preis, Jerzy Fedorowicz, Redbad Klynstra

Votes: 1,576



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