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1. Bullhead (2011)

R | 129 min | Crime, Drama

68 Metascore

Sint-Truiden, Belgium. Jacky, a young cattle farmer who is constantly pumped on steroids and hormones, is approached by a veterinarian to make a deal with a notorious beef trader.

Director: Michaël R. Roskam | Stars: Matthias Schoenaerts, Jeroen Perceval, Jeanne Dandoy, Barbara Sarafian

Votes: 20,868 | Gross: $0.15M

2. Zoo (1961)

10 min | Documentary, Short

Who is watching who in the zoo?

Director: Bert Haanstra

Votes: 442

3. Kauwboy (2012)

81 min | Drama

A young boy and his father have a difficult relationship, but are trying to reach each other. They need a catalyst to make that happen.

Director: Boudewijn Koole | Stars: Rick Lens, Loek Peters, Cahit Ölmez, Susan Radder

Votes: 2,028

5. Pauline and Paulette (2001)

PG | 78 min | Comedy, Drama

70 Metascore

Pauline is a 'little girl of 66 years old'. She is intellectually disabled and been cared after by her sister Martha. When Martha dies, her two younger sisters, Paulette and Cecile have to ... See full summary »

Director: Lieven Debrauwer | Stars: Dora van der Groen, Ann Petersen, Rosemarie Bergmans, Julienne De Bruyn

Votes: 1,689 | Gross: $0.14M

6. Black Book (2006)

R | 145 min | Drama, Thriller, War

71 Metascore

In the Nazi-occupied Netherlands during World War II, a Jewish singer infiltrates the regional Gestapo headquarters for the Dutch resistance.

Director: Paul Verhoeven | Stars: Carice van Houten, Sebastian Koch, Thom Hoffman, Halina Reijn

Votes: 68,904 | Gross: $4.40M

7. Character (1997)

R | 122 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Jacob Katadreuffe lives mute with his mother, has no contact with his father who only works against him and wants to become a lawyer, at all costs.

Director: Mike van Diem | Stars: Pavlik Jansen op de Haar, Jan Decleir, Fedja van Huêt, Betty Schuurman

Votes: 9,992 | Gross: $0.71M

8. Soldier of Orange (1977)

R | 165 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

During WWII, Dutch students join the resistance movement against the German occupation of the Netherlands.

Director: Paul Verhoeven | Stars: Rutger Hauer, Jeroen Krabbé, Susan Penhaligon, Edward Fox

Votes: 10,323

9. Man Bites Dog (1992)

NC-17 | 95 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

A film crew follows a ruthless thief and heartless killer as he goes about his daily routine. But complications set in when the film crew lose their objectivity and begin lending a hand.

Directors: Rémy Belvaux, André Bonzel, Benoît Poelvoorde | Stars: Benoît Poelvoorde, Jacqueline Poelvoorde-Pappaert, Nelly Pappaert, Hector Pappaert

Votes: 33,672 | Gross: $0.21M

10. The Vanishing (1988)

Not Rated | 107 min | Mystery, Thriller

Rex and Saskia, a young couple in love, are on vacation. They stop at a busy service station and Saskia is abducted. After three years and no sign of Saskia, Rex begins receiving letters from the abductor.

Director: George Sluizer | Stars: Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu, Gene Bervoets, Johanna ter Steege, Gwen Eckhaus

Votes: 30,373

11. Borgman (2013)

Not Rated | 113 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

66 Metascore

A vagrant enters the lives of an arrogant upper-class family, turning their lives into a psychological nightmare in the process.

Director: Alex van Warmerdam | Stars: Jan Bijvoet, Hadewych Minis, Jeroen Perceval, Alex van Warmerdam

Votes: 14,766 | Gross: $0.06M

12. Son of Mine (2015)

102 min | Crime, Drama

In the impoverished southern Dutch province of Limburg, the bond between a former mine worker and his only son is put to the test as the latter takes it upon himself to pay his father's debts to a local gangster.

Director: Remy van Heugten | Stars: Johan Leysen, Nico de Vries, Ali Ben Horsting, Vincent van der Valk

Votes: 683

13. The Promise (1996)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama

82 Metascore

Roger uses his son Igor to ruthlessly traffic and exploit undocumented immigrants. When one of the immigrants is killed, Igor is guilt-ridden and wants to care for the dead man's family against his father's orders.

Directors: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne | Stars: Jérémie Renier, Olivier Gourmet, Assita Ouedraogo, Jean-Michel Balthazar

Votes: 6,570 | Gross: $0.45M

14. For a Lost Soldier (1992)

Unrated | 92 min | Drama, Romance, War

Set in The Netherlands at the end of WW II, this touching story, told in flashbacks, explores the complex and romantic relationship between an adult soldier and a displaced, lonely adolescent boy.

Director: Roeland Kerbosch | Stars: Maarten Smit, Andrew Kelley, Jeroen Krabbé, Freark Smink

Votes: 4,078 | Gross: $0.39M

15. It's All So Quiet (2013)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama

72 Metascore

A middle aged farmer, living with his old and bedridden father, tries to find truth in life.

Director: Nanouk Leopold | Stars: Jeroen Willems, Henri Garcin, Wim Opbrouck, Martijn Lakemeier

Votes: 905 | Gross: $0.00M

16. I Am a Woman Now (2011)

80 min | Documentary

I Am A Woman Now (formerly Casablanca Revisited), the first generation of transsexuals who had their sex change in Casablanca back in the mid-1950s to 1960s take stock of their lives. Do ... See full summary »

Director: Michiel van Erp | Stars: April Ashley, Bambi, Colette Berends, Jean Lessenich

Votes: 104

17. The Son (2002)

99 min | Drama, Mystery

86 Metascore

A joinery instructor at a rehab center refuses to take a new teen as his apprentice, but then begins to follow the boy through the hallways and streets.

Directors: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne | Stars: Olivier Gourmet, Morgan Marinne, Isabella Soupart, Nassim Hassaïni

Votes: 8,408 | Gross: $0.07M

18. Nothing to Lose (2008)

88 min | Crime, Thriller

A man convicted of killing his own father and sister escapes from a criminal hospital to track down his mother and prove his innocence.

Director: Pieter Kuijpers | Stars: Theo Maassen, Lisa Smit, Bob Schwarze, Ria Marks

Votes: 3,098

19. Two Days, One Night (2014)

PG-13 | 95 min | Drama

89 Metascore

Liège, Belgium. Sandra is a factory worker who discovers that her workmates have opted for a EUR1,000 bonus in exchange for her dismissal. She has only a weekend to convince her colleagues to give up their bonuses in order to keep her job.

Directors: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne | Stars: Marion Cotillard, Fabrizio Rongione, Catherine Salée, Baptiste Sornin

Votes: 41,585 | Gross: $1.44M

20. Rabat (2011)

102 min | Drama

Three friends drive from Holland to Morocco to deliver a taxi to a family friend, but the trip turns out more complicated than expected.

Directors: Victor D. Ponten, Jim Taihuttu | Stars: Nadia Kounda, Achmed Akkabi, Mohamed Benbrahim, Jacqueline Bir

Votes: 1,869

21. The Assault (1986)

PG | 144 min | Drama, History, Romance

A Dutch doctor, haunted by grueling childhood memories of World War II, struggles to find peace as he spends his life looking for answers about the tragic night that shaped him.

Director: Fons Rademakers | Stars: Derek de Lint, Marc van Uchelen, Monique van de Ven, John Kraaykamp

Votes: 2,865 | Gross: $0.20M

22. La deuxième nuit (2016)

75 min | Documentary

On the death of his mother, a filmmaker makes a film to see how much her disappearance has changed his vision of the world. It is an opportunity for him to look back over his relationship ... See full summary »

Director: Eric Pauwels

Votes: 27

24. Erotic Tales: The Waiting Room (1996)

29 min | Short, Drama, Romance

A large train station, it might be anywhere in a big city. Waiting passengers, some are curiously observing each other, some are too much involved with their own petty problems to pay ... See full summary »

Director: Jos Stelling | Stars: Bianca Koedam, Gene Bervoets, Annet Malherbe

Votes: 503

25. Flodder (1986)

111 min | Action, Comedy, Family

A rather a-social family, gets a chance to live in an upper-class neighborhood. As they are not accepted by the snobs living there, they get in all sorts of trouble.

Director: Dick Maas | Stars: Nelly Frijda, Huub Stapel, René van 't Hof, Tatjana Simic

Votes: 6,236

26. Miss Minoes (2001)

PG | 86 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

50 Metascore

A cat who turns into a young woman helps a journalist protect their town from a factory boss with an evil plan.

Director: Vincent Bal | Stars: Carice van Houten, Theo Maassen, Sarah Bannier, Pierre Bokma

Votes: 4,428 | Gross: $0.01M

27. Father and Daughter (2000)

8 min | Animation, Short, Drama

A father says goodbye to his young daughter. Time passes and the daughter moves through life age by age, but within her there is always a deep longing for her father.

Director: Michael Dudok de Wit

Votes: 5,306

28. Glas (1958)

11 min | Documentary, Short

Documentary about Dutch glass production in the 50s.

Director: Bert Haanstra

Votes: 857

29. Panta Rhei (1951)

10 min | Short

There are no people and little animals, primordial nature is in constant change. The images of cloudy skies, surf, a turbulent stream, wind, falling leaves and similar motifs alternate, sometimes violently, sometimes slow, sometimes fast.

Director: Bert Haanstra

Votes: 83

30. BackSlide (2003)

83 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Two small town Dutch boys whose socially unnatural friendship is so close, they care nothing for human or divine rules and lose all grip on reality, sliding into violent crime.

Director: Pieter Kuijpers | Stars: Egbert Jan Weeber, Tygo Gernandt, Angela Schijf, Mads Wittermans

Votes: 4,489

31. The Broken Circle Breakdown (2012)

Not Rated | 111 min | Drama, Music, Romance

70 Metascore

Elise and Didier fall in love at first sight, in spite of their differences. He talks, she listens. He's a romantic atheist, she's a religious realist. When their daughter becomes seriously ill, their love is put on trial.

Director: Felix van Groeningen | Stars: Veerle Baetens, Johan Heldenbergh, Nell Cattrysse, Geert Van Rampelberg

Votes: 36,729 | Gross: $0.18M

32. Everybody's Famous! (2000)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

60 Metascore

Jean is a family man and factory worker who dreams of becoming a songwriter. Pinning his hopes on his teenage daughter, Marva, he takes her to singing contests in which the awkward and ... See full summary »

Director: Dominique Deruddere | Stars: Josse De Pauw, Eva van der Gucht, Werner De Smedt, Thekla Reuten

Votes: 3,033 | Gross: $0.07M

33. The 4th Man (1983)

Unrated | 102 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

A man who has been having visions of an impending danger begins an affair with a woman who may lead him to his doom.

Director: Paul Verhoeven | Stars: Jeroen Krabbé, Renée Soutendijk, Thom Hoffman, Dolf de Vries

Votes: 6,472

34. Wild Mussels (2000)

115 min | Drama

Three friends live an anguished existence in a small village by the sea. Al three want to break loss. Motorcycling, music and partying gives temporary satisfaction, but no solution.

Director: Erik de Bruyn | Stars: Fedja van Huêt, Frank Lammers, Frederik Brom, Will van Kralingen

Votes: 1,012

35. Night Run (2006)

90 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Dennis is a taxi driver trying to start out his own company. One day, he gets the opportunity to buy a scarce and expensive but lucrative license.

Director: Dana Nechushtan | Stars: Frank Lammers, Fedja van Huêt, Peggy Jane de Schepper, Mohammed Chaara

Votes: 1,468

36. Voyeur (I) (1986)

100 min | Comedy

A well-to-do, shut-in thirty-something faces city life, family secrets and his own quirks when he is finally thrown out by his parents.

Director: Alex van Warmerdam | Stars: Alex van Warmerdam, Henri Garcin, Olga Zuiderhoek, Annet Malherbe

Votes: 2,021

37. De Marathon (2012)

107 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

After finding out that they have a debt of EUR40.000 with the tax service, four very out-of-shape men working at a car shop start to train for a marathon, in which they can win the money to pay the debt.

Director: Diederick Koopal | Stars: Stefan de Walle, Martin van Waardenberg, Marcel Hensema, Frank Lammers

Votes: 5,985

38. Meet the Fokkens (2011)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary, Biography

68 Metascore

A documentary on Louise and Martine Fokkens, 69-year-old twin sisters who have worked as prostitutes in the red-light district in Amsterdam for over 40 years.

Directors: Gabrielle Provaas, Rob Schröder | Stars: Louise Fokkens, Martine Fokkens

Votes: 633 | Gross: $0.03M

39. Spetters (1980)

R | 120 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

Several Dutch teenagers realize the cruel difference between dreams and reality.

Director: Paul Verhoeven | Stars: Hans van Tongeren, Renée Soutendijk, Toon Agterberg, Maarten Spanjer

Votes: 4,499

40. Happy Family (2006)

82 min | Comedy, Romance

Thijs is a ripe-age Dutch tomato grower. His adult daughters plan to have him move in a skyscraper-flat, leaving home and professional life, but he takes his adolescent (half-)Moroccon ... See full summary »

Director: Martin Koolhoven | Stars: Ad van Kempen, Geert de Jong, Yes-R, Tjitske Reidinga

Votes: 438

41. The Northerners (1992)

108 min | Comedy, Drama

During the summer of 1960, the idiosyncratic residents of a one-street Dutch suburb collide in intertwining stories of desire and frustration.

Director: Alex van Warmerdam | Stars: Jack Wouterse, Annet Malherbe, Rudolf Lucieer, Loes Wouterson

Votes: 2,671

42. Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975)

Not Rated | 202 min | Drama

A lonely widowed housewife does her daily chores, takes care of her apartment where she lives with her teenage son, and turns the occasional trick to make ends meet. However, something happens that changes her safe routine.

Director: Chantal Akerman | Stars: Delphine Seyrig, Jan Decorte, Henri Storck, Jacques Doniol-Valcroze

Votes: 5,898 | Gross: $0.02M

43. Taped (2012)

90 min | Thriller

A young Dutch couple vacationing in Argentina unwittingly witness a murder and end up going on the run from the perpetrator, who just happens to be a cop.

Director: Diederik Van Rooijen | Stars: Barry Atsma, Roos Dickmann, Susan Visser, Lorenzo Martelli

Votes: 1,390

44. Manslaughter (2012)

81 min | Drama, Thriller

A lonesome ambulance driver turns both his life and society upside down after one night he violently loses his temper with the hoodlum youths who hinder him in performing his duties.

Director: Pieter Kuijpers | Stars: Theo Maassen, Gijs Scholten van Aschat, Maryam Hassouni, Janni Goslinga

Votes: 2,209

45. New Kids Turbo (2010)

84 min | Action, Comedy

Five friends from 'Maaskantje' are getting fired because of the economic crisis. They decide that they won't pay for anything anymore.

Directors: Steffen Haars, Flip Van der Kuil | Stars: Huub Smit, Tim Haars, Wesley van Gaalen, Steffen Haars

Votes: 13,989

46. Fanfare (1958)

86 min | Comedy, Music

After a fight the brass band in a small village splits up into two separate bands. They both want to win a contest and will do anything to prevent the other band from winning it.

Director: Bert Haanstra | Stars: Hans Kaart, Bernard Droog, Ineke Brinkman, Wim Van den Heuvel

Votes: 709

47. Madelief: Krassen in het tafelblad (1998)

85 min | Drama, Family

When Madelief's grandmother dies, her mother takes her to the funeral. She then visits her grandfather, but quickly gets bored, until Mischa tells her how much fun a rural summer can be. ... See full summary »

Director: Ineke Houtman | Stars: Madelief Verelst, Giulia Fleury, Rijk de Gooyer, Peter Blok

Votes: 411

48. The Penknife (1991)

90 min | Drama, Family

Mees has a problem. By accident he took his best friend's pocket knife home with him. Unfortunately he is too late to return it as the next day Tim moves house. All that Mees knows is that ... See full summary »

Director: Ben Sombogaart | Stars: Olivier Tuinier, Verno Romney, Adelheid Roosen, Genio de Groot

Votes: 959

49. Loft (I) (2008)

118 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Five close friends, all of them married, share a loft to meet their mistresses. One day they find the body of a