Best of Croatian Cinema

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1. The Substitute (1961)

10 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Simple story about the man who comes to the beach and uses inflatable objects for all of his needs.

Director: Dusan Vukotic

Votes: 1,192

Croatian Oscar winner

2. H-8... (1958)

105 min | Drama, Thriller

A bus and a truck are destined to collide with each other on a highway. Their passengers go on about their lives without knowing what will happen.

Director: Nikola Tanhofer | Stars: Boris Buzancic, Djurdja Ivezic, Antun Vrdoljak, Vanja Drach

Votes: 1,565

3. Occupation in 26 Pictures (1978)

116 min | Drama, Romance, War

Three young men - a Croat, an Italian, and a Jew - are the best friends in pre-WW2 Dubrovnik. When their country is occupied by Nazis and their cronies, the idyllic city becomes a place of ... See full summary »

Director: Lordan Zafranovic | Stars: Frano Lasic, Milan Strljic, Tanja Poberznik, Boris Kralj

Votes: 970

4. One Song a Day Takes Mischief Away (1970)

85 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

The story is seen through the eyes of 6 year old Perica Safranek. On a family picnic Perica's mother starts flirting with Mr Fulir, a Zagreb Dandy. The father at first doesn't notice it, ... See full summary »

Director: Kresimir Golik | Stars: Franjo Majetic, Mirjana Bohanec, Relja Basic, Mia Oremovic

Votes: 2,513

5. A Wonderful Night in Split (2004)

Not Rated | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

During last two hours of the year, the three stories are happening in the dark and deserted streets of coastal town of Split, separated from the wild New Year's Eve parties.

Director: Arsen A. Ostojic | Stars: Dino Dvornik, Mladen Vulic, Coolio, Michael Klesic

Votes: 1,656

6. Train in the Snow (1976)

84 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

One class of school children from a small village make the trip to Zagreb. Teacher gets sick and the class is forced to go home without him. During their journey the train gets stuck in a snowstorm.

Director: Mate Relja | Stars: Slavko Stimac, Gordana Inkret, Zeljko Malcic, Edo Perocevic

Votes: 1,195

7. Pero the Lump's Gang (1970)

96 min | Adventure, Family

A group of village children decide to secretly renovate the old mill, in order to have fun and a place to spend the summer vacation.

Director: Vladimir Tadej | Stars: Mladen Vasary, Predrag Vukovic, Berislav Kokot, Boris Vujovic

Votes: 998

8. No One's Son (2008)

100 min | Crime, Drama

Ivan, a 36-year old ex-rock singer and a disillusioned war veteran who lost both legs in the recent Croatian Homeland War, discovers a dark family secret, which fundamentally changes his life he now wants to end.

Director: Arsen A. Ostojic | Stars: Alen Liveric, Mustafa Nadarevic, Biserka Ipsa, Zdenko Jelcic

Votes: 1,075

9. Vegetarian Cannibal (2012)

85 min | Crime, Drama

A medical horror of corrupt gynecologists and true events from Croatian hospitals that will shock the public.

Director: Branko Schmidt | Stars: Rene Bitorajac, Natasa Janjic Medancic, Leon Lucev, Robert Ugrina

Votes: 2,615

10. My Son Don't Turn Round (1956)

111 min | Drama, War

A partisan comes secretly to town to find about what happened to his little son who barely remembers him. He is horrified when he finds out that his son is raised in a colaborators' ... See full summary »

Director: Branko Bauer | Stars: Bert Sotlar, Lila Andres, Zlatko Lukman, Mladen Hanzlovsky

Votes: 397

11. Kozara (1962)

124 min | Drama, War

A struggle of the Yugoslav Partisans against the Nazis.

Director: Veljko Bulajic | Stars: Bert Sotlar, Velimir 'Bata' Zivojinovic, Milena Dravic, Olivera Markovic

Votes: 759

12. Vuk samotnjak (1972)

90 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

A boy finds a large wolf-like dog in the mountain and they befriend. The local peasants think that it may be a real wolf responsible for the sheep pestilence. They decide to kill the animal... See full summary »

Director: Obrad Gluscevic | Stars: Slavko Stimac, Zeljko Mataija, Ivan Stimac, Boro Ivanisevic

Votes: 840

13. Rhythm of a Crime (1981)

89 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

After moving to a new neighborhood, a mysterious man starts introducing his landlord to the hobby of collecting crime statistics.

Director: Zoran Tadic | Stars: Ivica Vidovic, Fabijan Sovagovic, Bozidarka Frajt, Dragutin Klobucar

Votes: 580

14. Cowboys (2013)

107 min | Comedy, Drama

Eight outsiders are trying to create a theater play while breaking every rule of theater craft.

Director: Tomislav Mrsic | Stars: Sasa Anocic, Zivko Anocic, Matija Antolic, Hrvoje Barisic

Votes: 1,087

British production company Working Title,the producer of such films as Fargo,Burn After Reading,Billy Elliot and Ana Karenina bought the rights for a remake.

15. Koko and the Ghosts (2011)

90 min | Adventure, Family, Mystery

After a young boy moves from Zeleni vrh to Zagreb, he starts to reveal mysteries about his new house. Soon Koko and his friend, Zlatko, are deep into their investigation...

Director: Daniel Kusan | Stars: Antonio Parac, Kristian Bonacic, Nina Mileta, Filip Mayer

Votes: 646

16. Lapitch the Little Shoemaker (1997)

Not Rated | 75 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

Fed up with the harsh treatment his master has given him, a brave little mouse (and later his dog, Brewster) sets off on an adventure.

Director: Milan Blazekovic | Stars: Ivan Gudeljevic, Maja Rozman, Tarik Filipovic, Pero Juricic

Votes: 605

17. The Elm-Chanted Forest (1986)

Not Rated | 83 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

A painter who can temporarily talk to the creatures of an enchanted forest must help them stop the evil Cactus King, who's building an army of magical living weapons and machines to turn the forest into a wasteland perfect for the cacti.

Directors: Milan Blazekovic, Doro Vlado Hreljanovic | Stars: Josip Marotti, Vili Matula, Ljubo Kapor, Emil Glad

Votes: 1,547

18. Halima's Path (2012)

Not Rated | 97 min | Drama, War

In order to recover the body of her son lost during the war in Bosnia, a grieving, but strong-willed Muslim woman, Halima, must track down her estranged niece, who we find carries a mysterious connection to him.

Director: Arsen A. Ostojic | Stars: Alma Prica, Olga Pakalovic, Mijo Jurisic, Izudin Bajrovic

Votes: 2,334

19. Metastases (2009)

82 min | Crime, Drama, Sport

Four neighborhood friends in 1999 Zagreb struggle to get along as their relationships are plagued by alcohol, drugs, hooliganism, crime and their country's past.

Director: Branko Schmidt | Stars: Rene Bitorajac, Franjo Dijak, Robert Ugrina, Rakan Rushaidat

Votes: 4,354

20. Lea and Darija (2011)

101 min | Biography, Drama, Music

It's inspiring true story about two thirteen year old girls who were, on the eve of World War II, great dancing and acting stars in Zagreb. Selling out theater venues, they weer praised in ... See full summary »

Director: Branko Ivanda | Stars: Klara Naka, Tamy Zajec, Zrinka Cvitesic, Linda Begonja

Votes: 357

21. Rest in Peace (2013– )

Not Rated | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Lucija Car, a young journalist, stubles upon a prison cemetery full of mysteries, when she does a reportage of that prison.

Stars: Judita Frankovic, Dragan Despot, Luka Dragic, Jelena Miholjevic

Votes: 318

Lionsgate studio,the producer of such movies as Hunger Games,Twilight Saga and The Expendables and of tv shows such as Mad Mad,Weeds and Nurse Jackie recently purchased the rights and wants to remake this show.

22. The She-Butterfly (1973 TV Movie)

63 min | Drama, Horror

A young man wants to marry the beautiful daughter of a landowner who refuses to allow the marriage. To prove his worth, the young man becomes a miller in a vampire-infested local mill.

Director: Djordje Kadijevic | Stars: Mirjana Nikolic, Petar Bozovic, Slobodan 'Cica' Perovic, Vasja Stankovic

Votes: 2,636

23. The Priest's Children (2013)

96 min | Comedy, Drama

A young priest gets an idea to pierce condoms before they are sold in order to increase the birth rate of his island.

Director: Vinko Bresan | Stars: Kresimir Mikic, Niksa Butijer, Marija Skaricic, Drazen Kuhn

Votes: 4,355

French producers bought the rights for a remake.Sacha Baron Cohen is attached with the project.

24. Night Boats (2012)

Not Rated | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Seventy-year-old teenagers running away from home. They are not running away from their parents, they are running away from the inevitable.

Director: Igor Mirkovic | Stars: Ana Karic, Radko Polic, Renata Ulmanski, Lana Baric

Votes: 201

25. Spots (2011)

94 min | Drama

Two 17 year old girls Lana & Irena meet in the unlikely place of a toilet in a nightclub bonding a friendship due to blood stain which could get both into serious trouble with the police.

Director: Aldo Tardozzi | Stars: Iskra Jirsak, Nika Miskovic, Zivko Anocic, Goran Grgic

Votes: 246

26. The Melon Route (2006)

Not Rated | 89 min | Drama

The journey of a Chinese woman and her fellow countrymen as they travel in search of a better place to live, only to end up struggling for survival in the Balkans.

Director: Branko Schmidt | Stars: Kresimir Mikic, Mei Sun, Leon Lucev, Armin Omerovic

Votes: 505

27. The Living and the Dead (2007)

87 min | Fantasy, War, Horror

In 1943, group of Croatian soldiers overtake a strategically important point in western Bosnia with a goal to destroy a group of communist partisans. On the way they met some supernatural ... See full summary »

Director: Kristijan Milic | Stars: Filip Sovagovic, Velibor Topic, Slaven Knezovic, Marinko Prga

Votes: 964

28. Abeceda straha (1961)

99 min | Thriller, War

In order to gather information about high-ranking collaborationist official, the resistance movement is sending one girl to spy on him. She uses the cover of illiterate chambermaid from the... See full summary »

Director: Fadil Hadzic | Stars: Vesna Bojanic, Josip Zappalorto, Nada Kasapic, Tatjana Beljakova

Votes: 166

29. Sokol Did Not Love Him (1988)

86 min | Drama, War

The story begins in a small rural village in Slavonia,Ladimirevci in 1943, where a land owner Sima is helping the Partisan Movement and the official Ustasha regime in order to save the life... See full summary »

Director: Branko Schmidt | Stars: Fabijan Sovagovic, Filip Sovagovic, Krunoslav Saric, Nada Subotic

Votes: 526

30. The Birch Tree (1967)

92 min | Drama, Romance

Beautiful but ailing girl is married to a harsh man who doesn't care for her. Only after she dies does he realize that he actually loves her.

Director: Ante Babaja | Stars: Manca Kosir, Velimir 'Bata' Zivojinovic, Fabijan Sovagovic, Nela Erzisnik

Votes: 826

31. Smogovci (1982–1996)

Adventure, Comedy, Family

The adventures of a numerous family Vragec, who live in a fictitious suburban settlement in Croatia's capital Zagreb.

Stars: Ivica Zadro, Damir Saban, Mario Mirkovic, Tomislav Striga

Votes: 1,127

33. A Stranger (2013)

87 min | Drama

When Slavko's old friend Djulaga dies, Slavko feels obliged to go to the funeral. But in his hometown of Mostar, in Bosnia & Herzegovina, this simple social obligation has the potential to ... See full summary »

Director: Bobo Jelcic | Stars: Bogdan Diklic, Nada Djurevska, Ivana Roscic, Rakan Rushaidat

Votes: 391

34. Bitange i princeze (2005– )

35 min | Comedy

A comedy about five young adults who happen to live in the same building and gather in a pub called "Bitange i princeze".

Stars: Hrvoje Keckes, Rene Bitorajac, Mila Elegovic, Tarik Filipovic

Votes: 3,097

35. Nase malo misto (1969–1971)

55 min | Comedy, Drama

A life in a small coastal town in Dalmatia, Croatia, seen through the prism of the local chronicler-amateur and his writings, during the periods before and after WW2.

Stars: Asja Kisic, Mirko Vojkovic, Karlo Bulic, Boris Dvornik

Votes: 973

36. Donkey (2009)

90 min | Drama

It is 1995. The summer when the war operation Storm will take place. Boro, who is going to be forty in a year and a half, with his wife Jasna and son Luka goes to his home village Drinovci,... See full summary »

Director: Antonio Nuic | Stars: Nebojsa Glogovac, Natasa Janjic Medancic, Ljubo Kapor, Asja Jovanovic

Votes: 639

37. The Lika Cinema (2008)

120 min | Drama

A godforsaken mountain village is the only home that a young football player, a miser peasant and a fat girl have. This isolated part of the country finds itself in the middle of the ... See full summary »

Director: Dalibor Matanic | Stars: Kresimir Mikic, Areta Curkovic, Ivo Gregurevic, Danko Ljustina

Votes: 645

38. Forest Creatures (2010)

120 min | Comedy, Thriller

The employees of a Croatian marketing agency are forced by their new boss to go on a team building weekend in the forests. Nothing turn out as expected, and the employees find themselves ... See full summary »

Director: Ivan-Goran Vitez | Stars: Vili Matula, Hana Hegedusic, Ljubisa Savanovic, Natasa Dangubic

Votes: 698

39. What Is a Man Without a Moustache? (2005)

109 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

62 Metascore

A young widow, an aging widower-returnee, and a priest from a bankrupt parish are struggling to come to terms with the post-war environment, complete with its prejudices, illusions, and ... See full summary »

Director: Hrvoje Hribar | Stars: Zrinka Cvitesic, Leon Lucev, Ivo Gregurevic, Robert Ugrina

Votes: 1,881

40. The Blacks (2009)

75 min | Crime, Drama, War

Looking for the enemy, they found it where nobody expected - in themselves.

Directors: Goran Devic, Zvonimir Juric | Stars: Ivo Gregurevic, Kresimir Mikic, Franjo Dijak, Rakan Rushaidat

Votes: 479

41. How the War Started on My Island (1996)

97 min | Comedy, Drama, War

Although being one of the first movies to take humoristic approach towards violent break-up of Yugoslavia, this motion picture is partly based on real events that took place in September of... See full summary »

Director: Vinko Bresan | Stars: Vlatko Dulic, Ljubomir Kerekes, Ivan Brkic, Predrag 'Predjo' Vusovic

Votes: 2,825

42. The Chicken (I) (2014)

15 min | Short, Drama, Family

As a present for her 6th birthday, Selma gets a live chicken. When she realises the animal is going to be killed to feed the family, she decides to save it and set it free, unaware of the high stakes such action will lead to.

Director: Una Gunjak | Stars: Iman Alibalic, Esma Alic, Mirela Lambic, Mario Knezovic

Votes: 195

43. These Are the Rules (2014)

78 min | Drama

After their son has been beaten up in the street, parents find their world of false security collapsing and have to re-examine their lives and question everything into what they believed.

Director: Ognjen Svilicic | Stars: Emir Hadzihafizbegovic, Jasna Zalica, Hrvoje Vladisavljevic, Mirela Brekalo

Votes: 627

44. Marsal (1999)

97 min | Comedy

Stipan is a policeman who comes to small Adriatic island off the Croatian coast in order to investigate reported strange phenomena that had frightened the whole population. At first, nobody... See full summary »

Director: Vinko Bresan | Stars: Drazen Kuhn, Linda Begonja, Ilija Ivezic, Ivo Gregurevic

Votes: 1,927

45. A Letter to My Father (2012)

72 min | Drama

Father and son review the problems in their communication that have been accumulating in years. The son cannot get rid of fears that his life is being a true copy of his father's ... See full summary »