My top 50 Czech movies

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1. Ucho (1970)

94 min | Drama, Thriller

Husband (senior ministry official) and wife find their house is riddled with listening devices put there by his own ministry. A harrowing night follows (reminiscent of 'Who's Afraid Of ... See full summary »

Director: Karel Kachyna | Stars: Jirina Bohdalová, Radoslav Brzobohatý, Gustav Opocenský, Miroslav Holub

Votes: 1,927

2. Spalovac mrtvol (1969)

95 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Set in World War II, a demented cremator believes cremation relieves earthly suffering and sets out to save the world.

Director: Juraj Herz | Stars: Rudolf Hrusínský, Vlasta Chramostová, Jana Stehnová, Milos Vognic

Votes: 5,217

3. Karamazovi (2008)

110 min | Drama

A film that examines the relationships between lives on both sides of the proscenium, Petr Zelenka's Karamazovi finds a Prague-based theatrical ensemble arriving in Krakow, Poland - where ... See full summary »

Director: Petr Zelenka | Stars: Michaela Badinková, Jerzy Michal Bozyk, Igor Chmela, Malgorzata Galkowska

Votes: 1,026

4. Pelísky (1999)

115 min | Comedy, Drama

Two families, Sebkovi and Krausovi, are celebrating christmas, but not everyone is in a good mood. Teenage kids think their fathers are totaly stupid, fathers are sure their children are ... See full summary »

Director: Jan Hrebejk | Stars: Michael Beran, Miroslav Donutil, Simona Stasová, Kristýna Nováková

Votes: 3,651

5. All My Compatriots (1969)

120 min | Comedy, Drama

Various scenes in the life of a tight-knit community in Czechoslovakia exploring the human spirit in the backdrop of the political changes that they experience.

Director: Vojtech Jasný | Stars: Vlastimil Brodský, Radoslav Brzobohatý, Vladimír Mensík, Waldemar Matuska

Votes: 606

6. Petrolejové lampy (1971)

PG | 101 min | Drama

In 1900, Stepha, the vivacious 30 year old daughter of a wealthy couple, agrees to marry her cousin Paul, who has accumulated large debts as an Austrian army officer. Paul refuses to work ... See full summary »

Director: Juraj Herz | Stars: Iva Janzurová, Petr Cepek, Marie Rosulková, Ota Sklencka

Votes: 248

7. Kulový blesk (1979)

82 min | Comedy

In the flat of the retired opera singer Bílek there is a meeting of people wishing to exchange their flats. The "duodeca-exchange" is organized by a lawyer Radosta (Rudolf Hrusínský), who ... See full summary »

Directors: Zdenek Podskalský, Ladislav Smoljak | Stars: Rudolf Hrusínský, Karel Kalas, Josef Abrhám, Daniela Kolárová

Votes: 569

8. The Firemen's Ball (1967)

Not Rated | 73 min | Comedy, Drama

A volunteer fire department throws a party for their former boss with the whole town invited, but nothing goes as planned.

Director: Milos Forman | Stars: Jan Vostrcil, Josef Sebánek, Josef Valnoha, Frantisek Debelka

Votes: 7,311

9. Slavnosti snezenek (1984)

83 min | Comedy

This movie is based on texts of Bohumil Hrabal, world-known Czech prosaic. It's a story (in a form of a mosaic of short episodes and pictures) about the sadness and happiness of inhabitants... See full summary »

Director: Jirí Menzel | Stars: Rudolf Hrusínský, Jaromír Hanzlík, Josef Somr, Petr Cepek

Votes: 1,085

10. Witchhammer (1970)

103 min | Drama, History

A very popular movie on the medieval persecution of witches (inquisition).

Director: Otakar Vávra | Stars: Vladimír Smeral, Elo Romancik, Josef Kemr, Sona Valentová

Votes: 1,255

11. Three Wishes for Cinderella (1973)

75 min | Drama, Fantasy, Family

Life changes dramatically for a Czech housemaid when the house driver gives her three magical hazel nuts.

Director: Václav Vorlícek | Stars: Libuse Safránková, Pavel Trávnícek, Carola Braunbock, Rolf Hoppe

Votes: 6,791

the best fairytale ever

12. Vyssí princip (1960)

104 min | Drama, War

The story of High school in Czechoslovakia during occupation by Nazi Germany, where three students are arrested by Gestapo.

Director: Jirí Krejcík | Stars: Frantisek Smolík, Jana Brejchová, Ivan Mistrík, Alexander Postler

Votes: 470

13. Vesnicko má stredisková (1985)

98 min | Comedy

Comedy about the people who inhabit a small town. For years the overbearing Pavek has endured Otik, the "town idiot," sharing his meals and the front seat of their dump truck. But Otik is ... See full summary »

Director: Jirí Menzel | Stars: János Bán, Marián Labuda, Rudolf Hrusínský, Rudolf Hrusínský

Votes: 3,120

14. Marecku, podejte mi pero! (1976)

91 min | Comedy

Older group of workers are forced to attend the high school and finish it.

Director: Oldrich Lipský | Stars: Jirí Sovák, Václav Lohniský, Iva Janzurová, Míla Myslíková

Votes: 1,445

15. Skrivánci na niti (1990)

94 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Set in the late 1940s, the film concerns the treatment of suspect "bourgeois elements", a professor, a saxophonist, and a milkman, who are put to work in a junkyard for rehabilitation.

Director: Jirí Menzel | Stars: Rudolf Hrusínský, Vlastimil Brodský, Václav Neckár, Jitka Zelenohorská

Votes: 1,318

16. Lemonade Joe (1964)

84 min | Adventure, Comedy, Musical

Straight shooting Lemonade Joe cleans up Stetson City, in this musical parody of early Westerns, after shooting the pants off villain Old Pistol. Joe's endorsement of Kolaloka (Crazy Cola) ... See full summary »

Director: Oldrich Lipský | Stars: Karel Fiala, Rudolf Deyl, Milos Kopecký, Kveta Fialová

Votes: 2,155

17. Samotári (2000)

103 min | Comedy

33 Metascore

Robert works for a travel agency and helps to arrange scenes from the everyday lives of "ordinary" Czech families as an attraction for Japanese tourists. He also works as a kind of ... See full summary »

Director: David Ondrícek | Stars: Labina Mitevska, Jitka Schneiderová, Sasa Rasilov, Jirí Machácek

Votes: 2,434

18. Svetáci (1969)

98 min | Comedy

Skopec, Prouza, Petrtýl are three country plasterers who are working on the renovation of houses in Prague. They are tempted by the Prague night life, but their first visit to the luxury ... See full summary »

Director: Zdenek Podskalský | Stars: Jirí Sovák, Vlastimil Brodský, Jan Libícek, Jirina Bohdalová

Votes: 468

19. Closely Watched Trains (1966)

Not Rated | 93 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

An apprentice train dispatcher at a village station seeks his first sexual encounter and becomes despondent when he is unable to perform.

Director: Jirí Menzel | Stars: Václav Neckár, Josef Somr, Vlastimil Brodský, Vladimír Valenta

Votes: 9,488

20. Kolya (1996)

PG-13 | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

Franta Louka is a concert cellist in Soviet-occupied Czechoslovakia, a confirmed bachelor and a lady's man. Having lost his place in the state orchestra, he must make ends meet by playing ... See full summary »

Director: Jan Sverák | Stars: Zdenek Sverák, Andrey Khalimon, Libuse Safránková, Ondrej Vetchý

Votes: 13,099 | Gross: $5.73M

23. Obecná skola (1991)

100 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

The time is 1945-46. 10 year old Eda and his friend Tonda live in a small village outside Prague. In school, their class is so wild and indisciplined that their teacher quits and is ... See full summary »

Director: Jan Sverák | Stars: Jan Tríska, Zdenek Sverák, Libuse Safránková, Rudolf Hrusínský

Votes: 2,259

24. Dobrý voják Svejk (1957)

108 min | War, Comedy

Mrs Müllerova (E. Svobodova) informs her tenant Svejk (R. Hrusinsky) about the recent assassination of Archduke Ferdinand. Svejk heads out to the local pub unaware that a secret police ... See full summary »

Director: Karel Steklý | Stars: Rudolf Hrusínský, Svatopluk Benes, Frantisek Filipovský, Josef Hlinomaz

Votes: 874

25. Nebestí jezdci (1968)

91 min | Drama, War

The white gravestones at the military cemetery in English Brookwood display many Czech names. These were members of the British army of Czechoslovak origin who fought here and died for ... See full summary »

Director: Jindrich Polák | Stars: Jirí Bednár, Jirí Hrzán, Svatopluk Matyás, Elsie Randolph

Votes: 243

27. Snezenky a machri (1983)

82 min | Comedy

Story about a class of sixteen year olds learning how to ski.

Director: Karel Smyczek | Stars: Václav Kopta, Michal Suchánek, Jan Antonín Duchoslav, Radoslav Brzobohatý

Votes: 457

28. Babí léto (2001)

PG-13 | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

68 Metascore

Terminal prankster Frantisek Hána refuses to grow up and take certain responsibilities, despite his wife Emilie's constant badgering to do so. Even faced with his own looming death and an ... See full summary »

Director: Vladimír Michálek | Stars: Vlastimil Brodský, Stella Zázvorková, Stanislav Zindulka, Ondrej Vetchý

Votes: 1,628 | Gross: $0.07M

29. Tajnosti (2007)

93 min | Drama

This story of one day during which a life can be turned upside down was written and directed by Alice Nellis and produced by Oscar winning director Jan Sverák. Julie (Iva Bittová), a ... See full summary »

Director: Alice Nellis | Stars: Iva Bittová, Karel Roden, Martha Issová, Miloslav König

Votes: 439

30. Forgotten Light (1996)

105 min | Drama

Father Holy, a village priest, battles against the state and religious bureaucracies of 1980s Czechoslovakia in his fight to raise money for a new church roof. Permeated by his love for the... See full summary »

Director: Vladimír Michálek | Stars: Bolek Polívka, Veronika Zilková, Petr Kavan, Jirí Pecha

Votes: 235

31. Christian (1939)

95 min | Comedy, Romance

Alois Novák (Oldrich Nový), a minor clerk in a travel agency and the husband of a dowdy housewife Marenka (Natasa Gollová), lives a run-of-the-mill, dull life. In his soul, however, there ... See full summary »

Director: Martin Fric | Stars: Oldrich Nový, Natasa Gollová, Raoul Schránil, Bedrich Veverka

Votes: 325

32. Hotel Modrá hvezda (1941)

89 min | Comedy

Zuzanka (Natasa Gollová) can finally stop toiling away at washing dishes at hotel Mercur after a distant aunt has bequeathed her her own hotel - Blue Star. She proudly marches over to the ... See full summary »

Director: Martin Fric | Stars: Natasa Gollová, Oldrich Nový, Adina Mandlová, Ella Nollová

Votes: 189

33. Úcastníci zájezdu (2006)

113 min | Comedy

Comedy based on the novel and screenplay of the most popular contemporary Czech writer Michal Viewegh builds on the success of novels for women, who became the most successful film of last ... See full summary »

Director: Jirí Vejdelek | Stars: Anna Polívková, Eva Holubová, Bohumil Klepl, Ondrej Koval

Votes: 732

34. Stestí (2005)

Not Rated | 102 min | Drama

Three young adults in Most sort out feelings and responsibilities: Monika's boyfriend has left for the States, her mother wants her to join him there, and if the invitation does come, what ... See full summary »

Director: Bohdan Sláma | Stars: Tatiana Vilhelmová, Pavel Liska, Anna Geislerová, Marek Daniel

Votes: 1,354

35. Jedna ruka netleská (2003)

103 min | Comedy

Fate has been harsh to Standa but he took all the hard knocks without much fuzz. Being released from a prison, he believes everything would change for the better now. His former boss Zdenek... See full summary »

Director: David Ondrícek | Stars: Jirí Machácek, Ivan Trojan, Marek Taclík, Klára Pollertová

Votes: 997

36. Knoflíkári (1997)

102 min | Comedy

Twist of fate and the twists of mind of the characters (mostly couples) combine in just the right twinkled absurd way in the interweaving episodes of this comedy. Each of the characters ... See full summary »

Director: Petr Zelenka | Stars: Pavel Zajicek, Jan Haubert, Seisuke Tsukahara, Motohiro Hosoya

Votes: 1,504

37. Vratné lahve (2007)

104 min | Comedy, Drama

A comic love story about a man who refuses to accept that old age is empty of love, meaning and value to society.

Director: Jan Sverák | Stars: Zdenek Sverák, Daniela Kolárová, Pavel Landovský, Tatiana Vilhelmová

Votes: 4,056

38. Shortcuts (1981)

93 min | Comedy

An evocation of the childhood memories of Bohumil Hrabal in his provincial town of Nymburk, dominated by the local brewery.

Director: Jirí Menzel | Stars: Magda Vásáryová, Jirí Schmitzer, Jaromír Hanzlík, Rudolf Hrusínský

Votes: 1,802

39. Run, Waiter, Run! (1981)

88 min | Comedy

A comedy concerning a down on his luck bookshop owner with a penchant for women who decides to make some money by pretending to be a waiter and collecting cash from unsuspecting diners.

Director: Ladislav Smoljak | Stars: Josef Abrhám, Libuse Safránková, Daniela Bakerová, Zdenek Sverák

Votes: 1,357

40. Snowboardáci (2004)

99 min | Comedy

Two young Czech boys in Krkonose Mountains want experience holidays full of snowboarding and nice girls. But maybe won't be all how they think.

Director: Karel Janák | Stars: Vojtech Kotek, Jirí Mádl, Ester Geislerová, Jirí Langmajer

Votes: 820

41. Jízda (1994)

90 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Two guys bought a car and travelled through the country untill they met a lonely girl on the road. So they begin to travel together having so much fun. And there is another guy who has a ... See full summary »

Director: Jan Sverák | Stars: Anna Geislerová, Radek Pastrnák, Filip Renc, Jakub Spalek

Votes: 897

42. How to Drown Dr. Mracek, the Lawyer (1975)

96 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

There are still water spirits among us. One group lives in Prague, led by Mr. Wassermann, who is using his wife's family as servants. All they need is their old house near the river. But ... See full summary »

Director: Václav Vorlícek | Stars: Jaromír Hanzlík, Libuse Safránková, Frantisek Filipovský, Milos Kopecký

Votes: 861

43. Nuda v Brne (2003)

103 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A biting comedy concerning the lives of two young people who meet one day in a house in Brno in order to put their ideals of love into practice. A story about a couple not yet prepared for ... See full summary »

Director: Vladimír Morávek | Stars: Katerina Holánová, Jan Budar, Miroslav Donutil, Martin Pechlát

Votes: 751

44. Protektor (2009)

Not Rated | 98 min | Drama, Romance

49 Metascore

A Czech journalist joins a Prague radio station that broadcasts Nazi propaganda in order to protect his Jewish wife. However, as the Nazi rule over Czechoslovakia calls for more and more ... See full summary »

Director: Marek Najbrt | Stars: Matthias Brandt, Jan Budar, David Czesany, Marek Daniel

Votes: 769 | Gross: $0.00M

45. Ve stínu (2012)

106 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

In the former Czechoslovakia, 1950s, police captain Hakl investigates a jewelery robbery. An opened safe deposit leads to a known burglar. What seems an easy case soon starts to tangle. ... See full summary »

Director: David Ondrícek | Stars: Ivan Trojan, Sebastian Koch, Sona Norisová, Jirí Stepnicka

Votes: 1,443

46. Who Wants to Kill Jessie? (1966)

80 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

"What if someone had an absurd dream and the visions ran out in the street?" a scientist asks Rose, a researcher who discovers a way to engender beneficial dreams (to produce contented, ... See full summary »

Director: Václav Vorlícek | Stars: Dana Medrická, Jirí Sovák, Olga Schoberová, Juraj Visny

Votes: 787

47. Návrat idiota (1999)

99 min | Romance, Comedy, Drama

Frantisek, the main character is returning to his family. Until now he's been, "successfully" avoiding all relationships. He is an ingenuous and a pure person and thus, is regarded as an ... See full summary »

Director: Sasa Gedeon | Stars: Pavel Liska, Anna Geislerová, Tatiana Vilhelmová, Jirí Langmajer

Votes: 864

49. 'Ctyri vrazdy stací, drahousku' (1971)

103 min | Comedy, Crime

Two criminal gangs are ruthlessly fighting for a 1-million dollar check that, purely by chance, got into the flat of shy high school teacher George Camel. As the number of victims sharply ... See full summary »

Director: Oldrich Lipský | Stars: Lubomír Lipský, Jirina Bohdalová, Iva Janzurová, Marie Rosulková

Votes: 524

50. Divoké vcely (2001)

Not Rated | 94 min | Comedy, Drama

A portrait of a small Moravian village and its quirky inhabitants.

Director: Bohdan Sláma | Stars: Zdenek Rauser, Tatiana Vilhelmová, Marek Daniel, Vanda Hybnerová

Votes: 519