Best of Croatian Cinema

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1. Surogat (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: 870

Croatian Oscar winner

2. H-8... (1958)

105 min | Drama

A bus and a truck are moving towards each other along a two-way traffic highway on a rainy day. At the very beginning we learn that a reckless driver of another car will cause them to ... See full summary »

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

Votes: 911

3. Okupacija u 26 slika (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: 568

4. Tko pjeva zlo ne misli (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: 1,538

5. A Wonderful Night in Split (2004)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama, Music

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: 996

6. Vlak u snijegu (1976)

84 min | Adventure, Family

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 ... See full summary »

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

Votes: 755

7. Druzba Pere Kvrzice (1970)

96 min | Adventure

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: 694

8. Niciji sin (2008)

100 min | 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: 558

9. Ljudozder vegetarijanac (2012)

85 min | 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, Leon Lucev, Emir Hadzihafizbegovic

Votes: 1,891

10. Ne okreci se sine (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: 243

11. Kozara (1962)

124 min | Drama, War

Battle on Kozara known as the 'third offensive' is the hardest and most tragic battle led by the Yugoslav Partisans in World War II. In June of 1942 Germans and their collaborators decide ... See full summary »

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

Votes: 524

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: 504

13. Ritam zlocina (1981)

89 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

A single teacher allows a stranger to share his home with him before it is to be torn down by developers. The stranger has a fascination with statistics, and claims he can predict crimes ... See full summary »

Director: Zoran Tadic | Stars: Ivica Vidovic, Fabijan Sovagovic, Bozidarka Frajt, Tomislav Gotovac

Votes: 406

14. Kauboji (2013)

107 min | Comedy, Drama

Eight outsiders who 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: 800

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 i duhovi (2011)

90 min | Adventure, Family

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: 508

16. Cudnovate zgode segrta Hlapica (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: 375

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: 1,138

18. Halimin put (2012)

Not Rated | 97 min | Drama

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: 1,488

19. Metastaze (2009)

82 min | Crime, Drama

Four neighborhood friends in modern-day 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: 3,027

20. Lea i 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: 225

21. Pocivali u miru (2013– )

Not Rated | 45 min | Crime, Thriller

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: 214

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. Leptirica (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: 1,520

23. Svecenikova djeca (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: 3,288

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

24. Nocni brodovi (2012)

Not Rated | 101 min | Drama

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: 157

25. Fleke (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: 208

26. Put lubenica (2006)

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: 383

27. Zivi i mrtvi (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: 781

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: 116

29. Sokol ga nije volio (1988)

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: 370

30. Breza (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: 551

31. Smogovci (1982–1996)

Adventure

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: 927

33. Obrana i zastita (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: 290

34. Bitange i princeze (2005– )

30 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, Drazen Cucek

Votes: 2,203

35. Nase malo misto (1970– )

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: Karlo Bulic, Asja Kisic, Boris Dvornik, Mise Martinovic

Votes: 714

36. Kenjac (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, Ljubo Kapor, Asja Jovanovic

Votes: 497

37. Kino Lika (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: 488

38. Suma summarum (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: 562

39. Sto je muskarac bez brkova? (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: 1,435

40. Crnci (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: 382

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

97 min | Comedy, 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: 2,097

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: 134

43. Takva su pravila (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: Goran Bogdan, Emir Hadzihafizbegovic, Ljubomir Bandovic, Mira Banjac

Votes: 408

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: 1,341

45. Pismo caci (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 »

Director: Damir Cucic | Stars: Mate Gulin, Milivoj Beader

Votes: 114

46. 7 seX 7 (2011)

87 min | Comedy, Drama

An Croatian erotic anthology of seven short stories directed by Irena Skoric, all revolving around sex and relationships. Five of the stories following the intimacies of straight couples, ... See full summary »

Director: Irena Skoric | Stars: Ana Majhenic, Frano Maskovic, Jelena Percin, Sara Stanic

Votes: 506

47. Sedamdeset i dva dana (2010)

93 min | Comedy, Drama

A family from isolated village in Lika makes a good living out of American pension earned by their late granddad Djuradj and received by his widow Nedja. The very existence of a family is ... See full summary »

Director: Danilo Serbedzija | Stars: Rade Serbedzija, Kresimir Mikic, Bogdan Diklic, Zivko Anocic

Votes: 757

48. Fine mrtve djevojke (2002)

Not Rated | 77 min | Drama, Thriller

A lesbian couple rents an apartment in a seemingly normal building which happens to be populated with all kinds of freaks. Initially kind but unaware of their secret, a landlady tries to ... See full summary »

Director: Dalibor Matanic | Stars: Olga Pakalovic, Nina Violic, Kresimir Mikic, Inge Appelt

Votes: 1,743

49. Sto je Iva snimila 21. listopada 2003. (2005)

Not Rated | 92 min | Drama

Iva is a girl who receives a small digital video camera for her fourteenth birthday. Delighted by her new toy, the girl immediately starts taping everything around her, recording a series ... See full summary »

Director: Tomislav Radic | Stars: Anja Sovagovic-Despot, Ivo Gregurevic, Boris Svrtan, Masha Mati Prodan

Votes: 353

50. Bogorodica (1999)

85 min | Drama, War

In a small Croatian village in 1991, a carpenter Kuzma falls for much younger Ana. In spite of their surroundings' opposition towards their relationship, the couple marries and Ana gives ... See full summary »

Director: Neven Hitrec | Stars: Ljubomir Kerekes, Lucija Serbedzija, Ivo Gregurevic, Goran Navojec

Votes: 215

51. Lisice (1970)

80 min | Drama