From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe: a film for every country

by Snavelaar | created - 11 Oct 2013 | updated - 9 months ago | Public

Movies from around the world worth watching, originating from or filmed in a particular country.

Movies in this list may be a short or a documentary.

Still looking for entries from or about:

-Brunei -Dominica -Gambia -Grenada -Kiribati -Lesotho -Micronesia -St. Kitts and Nevis -San Marino -São Tomé and Príncipe -Seychelles -Somalia -Swaziland -Togo

You can find a list of films I gladly recommend here: Snavelaar's Choice as well as my personal top 250 and here's a list of interesting directors.

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1. Osama (2003)

PG-13 | 83 min | Drama

83 Metascore

After the rise of the Taliban in Afghanistan and the restriction of women in public life, a pre-teen girl is forced to masquerade as a boy in order to find work to support her mother and grandmother.

Director: Siddiq Barmak | Stars: Marina Golbahari, Zubaida Sahar, Khwaja Nader, Mohammad Arif Herati

Votes: 8,216 | Gross: $1.13M

Afghanistan

2. Pharmakon (2012)

134 min | Drama, Thriller

A young pharmacist enters into a casual relationship with a young woman alleged to be his father's secret mistress, in contemporary Tirana.

Director: Joni Shanaj | Stars: Klevis Bega, Olta Gixhari, Niko Kanxheri, Vasil Goda

Votes: 54

Albania

3. Bab El Oued City (1994)

93 min | Comedy, Drama

Follows the conflict between a young Algerian man and the local Islamic fundamentalists.

Director: Merzak Allouache | Stars: Nadia Kaci, Mohamed Ourdache, Hassan Abidou, Mabrouk Ait Amara

Votes: 174

Algeria

4. Idiot Love (2004)

Not Rated | 104 min | Comedy

One night, Pere-Lluc heading home drunk, hits his head on the aluminum ladder a girl is using to hang banners from the streetlights. As the days go by, he becomes more and more obsessed with her.

Director: Ventura Pons | Stars: Santi Millán, Mercè Pons, Marc Cartes, Jordi Dauder

Votes: 411

Andorra

5. In the Empty City (2004)

90 min | Drama

A group of children, fleeing the war, is taken to Luanda accompanied by a nun. When they reach the aeroplane, 12-year-old N'Dala decides to leave the group and to reconnoitre the city. The ... See full summary »

Director: Maria João Ganga | Stars: João Roldan, Domingos Fernandes Fonseca, Júlia Botelho, Ana Bustorff

Votes: 208

Angola

6. Working Girl (2010)

Not Rated | 151 min | Drama

Dire circumstances drive a brilliant school girl into the seedy world of prostitution.

Director: Nigel Trellis | Stars: Bruce Barthley, Morrison George, Melissa Mc Leish, Terry-Ann Price

Votes: 7

Antigua and Barbuda

7. The Secret in Their Eyes (2009)

R | 129 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

80 Metascore

A retired legal counselor writes a novel hoping to find closure for one of his past unresolved homicide cases and for his unreciprocated love with his superior - both of which still haunt him decades later.

Director: Juan José Campanella | Stars: Ricardo Darín, Soledad Villamil, Pablo Rago, Carla Quevedo

Votes: 171,629 | Gross: $6.39M

Argentina

8. Big Story in a Small City (2006)

90 min | Comedy

The feature film is based on true events that changed two families forever. The story, both comical, satirical and a tragedy begins in the city of Yerevan, Armenia. Grigor Janoyan, a ... See full summary »

Director: Gor Kirakosian | Stars: Julia Babayan, Julietta Babayan, Vahagn Galstyan, Narek Gaplanian

Votes: 164

Armenia

9. The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Music

68 Metascore

Two drag performers and a transgender woman travel across the desert to perform their unique style of cabaret.

Director: Stephan Elliott | Stars: Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce, Terence Stamp, Rebel Penfold-Russell

Votes: 42,961 | Gross: $11.22M

Australia

10. Revanche (2008)

Not Rated | 121 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

84 Metascore

Ex-con Alex plans to flee to the South with his girl after a robbery. But something terrible happens and revenge seems inevitable.

Director: Götz Spielmann | Stars: Johannes Krisch, Irina Potapenko, Andreas Lust, Ursula Strauss

Votes: 12,825

Austria

11. The Precinct (2010)

118 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

The story is set in Baku. A famous photographer has to choose between accepting a valuable job offer in Africa or marrying his fiancee - a young , talented sculptor inspired by images of ... See full summary »

Director: Ilgar Safat | Stars: Zuzu Bejashvili, Melissa Papel, Vaqif Ibrahimoglu, Teymur Odushev

Votes: 119

Azerbaijan

12. Rain (I) (2008)

R | 93 min | Drama

Determined to reconcile with the mother who abandoned her when she was just a toddler, a Bahamian adolescent boards a local mail boat and sets sail for Nassau in director Maria Govan's ... See full summary »

Director: Maria Govan | Stars: Renel Brown, Nicki Micheaux, CCH Pounder, Marion Bethel

Votes: 142

Bahamas

13. A Bahraini Tale (2006)

96 min | Drama

Set during the Arab-Israeli war of 1967, this epic drama is both the personal story of a middle-class Bahraini family and an account of the hopes and faith the Arab world had in Jamal Abdul... See full summary »

Director: Bassam Al-Thawadi | Stars: Saad Abdulla, Fatima Abdulrahim, Abdulla Al Sa'adawi, Ebrahim Al-Ghanim

Votes: 86

Bahrain

14. The Clay Bird (2002)

95 min | Drama, History

75 Metascore

A family must come to grips with its culture, its faith, and the brutal political changes entering its small-town world.

Director: Tareque Masud | Stars: Nurul Islam Bablu, Russell Farazi, Jayanto Chattopadhyay, Rokeya Prachy

Votes: 3,494

Bangladesh

15. Payday (2014)

Not Rated | 101 min | Comedy

Payday, a Barbadian comedy-drama/buddy film showcasing a raw slice of Barbadian community life. Romie, an aspiring mechanic and ladies man, with his brutally honest best friend Pack, invest... See full summary »

Director: Selwyne Browne | Stars: Andrew Franklin, Damien Gibson, Vincia Clarke, Arlon Griffith

Votes: 24

Barbados

16. Fortress of War (2010)

Not Rated | 138 min | Action, Drama, History

A war drama set during the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941, in which Soviet troops held on to a border stronghold for nine days.

Director: Aleksandr Kott | Stars: Aleksey Kopashov, Andrey Merzlikin, Pavel Derevyanko, Aleksandr Korshunov

Votes: 7,886

Belarus

17. 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: 20,561 | Gross: $0.15M

Belgium

18. Yai Wanonabalewa: The Enemy God (2008)

100 min | Drama

Shake is a powerful shaman of the Yanomami people. He wields his power to heal and to protect his people against their enemies in this world and beyond. Tracing his life and the life of his... See full summary »

Director: Christopher M. Bessette | Stars: Martie Ashworth, Denielle Broer, Matthew Castagna, Mateo Coc

Votes: 29

Belize

19. Barbecue-Pejo (2000)

86 min | Comedy

A poor Beninoise corn farmer wanting to break out of his deep misery buys a shaky Peugeot 504 and tries his hand at being a bush cabdriver.

Director: Jean Odoutan | Stars: Jean Odoutan, Laurentine Milebo, Gladys Agboliagbo, Olivia Agboliagbo

Votes: 11

Benin

20. Milarepa (2006)

PG | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

52 Metascore

Milarepa is a tale of greed and vengeance - demons, magic, murder and redemption. It is the story of the man who became Tibet's greatest mystic.

Director: Neten Chokling | Stars: Orgyen Tobgyal, Kelsang Chukie Tethtong, Jamyang Lodro, Jamyang Nyima

Votes: 857

Bhutan

21. American Visa (2005)

R | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

After being denied an American visa, a Bolivian professor becomes involved in a web of criminal activities, holds-up the American consulate and falls for a beautiful prostitute from the Bolivian lowlands.

Director: Juan Carlos Valdivia | Stars: Demián Bichir, Kate del Castillo, Roberto Barbery, Alberto Etcheverry

Votes: 442

Bolivia

22. No Man's Land (I) (2001)

R | 98 min | Drama, War

84 Metascore

Bosnia and Herzegovina during 1993 at the time of the heaviest fighting between the two warring sides. Two soldiers from opposing sides in the conflict, Nino and Ciki, become trapped in no man's land, whilst a third soldier becomes a living booby trap.

Director: Danis Tanovic | Stars: Branko Djuric, Rene Bitorajac, Filip Sovagovic, Georges Siatidis

Votes: 41,871 | Gross: $1.06M

Bosnia and Herzegovina

23. The Gods Must Be Crazy (1980)

PG | 109 min | Comedy

73 Metascore

A comic allegory about a traveling Bushman who encounters modern civilization and its stranger aspects, including a clumsy scientist and a band of revolutionaries.

Director: Jamie Uys | Stars: N!xau, Marius Weyers, Sandra Prinsloo, Louw Verwey

Votes: 48,984 | Gross: $30.03M

Botswana

24. City of God (2002)

R | 130 min | Crime, Drama

79 Metascore

In the slums of Rio, two kids' paths diverge as one struggles to become a photographer and the other a kingpin.

Directors: Fernando Meirelles, Kátia Lund | Stars: Alexandre Rodrigues, Leandro Firmino, Matheus Nachtergaele, Phellipe Haagensen

Votes: 638,792 | Gross: $7.56M

Brazil

25. Zift (2008)

Unrated | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Moth is freed on parole after spending time in prison on wrongful conviction of murder. Jailed shortly before the Bulgarian communist coup of 1944, he now finds himself in a new and alien ... See full summary »

Director: Javor Gardev | Stars: Zachary Baharov, Tanya Ilieva, Vladimir Penev, Mihail Mutafov

Votes: 4,441

Bulgaria

26. Moolaadé (2004)

Unrated | 124 min | Drama

91 Metascore

When a woman shelters a group of girls from suffering female genital mutilation, she starts a conflict that tears her village apart.

Director: Ousmane Sembene | Stars: Fatoumata Coulibaly, Maimouna Hélène Diarra, Salimata Traoré, Dominique Zeïda

Votes: 3,238 | Gross: $0.21M

Burkina Faso

27. Gito, l'ingrat (1992)

90 min

Gito is a young African intellectual returning home from France with numerous academic degrees and ministerial ambitions. Gradually his ambitions are crushed by the daily realities of his ... See full summary »

Director: Léonce Ngabo | Stars: Joseph Kumbela, Marie Bunel, Aoua Sangare, Eric Depreter

Votes: 24

Burundi

28. Rice People (1994)

125 min | Drama

In Cambodian refugee camps, when children are asked where rice comes from, they answer, "from UN lorries". They have never seen a rice field. One day, these children will have to learn to ... See full summary »

Director: Rithy Panh | Stars: Peng Phan, Mom Soth, Chhim Naline, Va Simorn

Votes: 243 | Gross: $0.04M

Cambodia

29. Ninah's Dowry (2012)

Not Rated | 95 min | Biography, Drama, Family

Ninah is a runaway wife whose husband finds out she is pregnant and he comes to recover the dowry he paid or take home the woman he owns. By any means necessary.

Director: Victor Viyuoh | Stars: Mbufung Seikeh, Anurin Nwunembom, Norbert Kecha, Kingsley Nkwah

Votes: 57

Cameroon

30. Léolo (1992)

Not Rated | 107 min | Comedy, Drama

Young Leo Lauzon is torn between two worlds - the squalid Montreal tenement that he inhabits with his severely dysfunctional (and largely insane) family, and the imaginative world that he ... See full summary »

Director: Jean-Claude Lauzon | Stars: Maxime Collin, Ginette Reno, Gilbert Sicotte, Julien Guiomar

Votes: 6,331 | Gross: $0.61M

Canada

31. Napomuceno's Will (1997)

117 min | Drama

Nopumoceno, the most successful businessman in the Cabo Verde archipelogo, is an ambitious, clever opportunist, known during his lifetime as "eternity single". However, he is then ... See full summary »

Director: Francisco Manso | Stars: Nelson Xavier, Maria Ceiça, Chico Díaz, Zezé Motta

Votes: 161

Cape Verde

32. The Forest (2003)

93 min | Drama

A film about the difficulty for even the most well-intentioned person to know and respect another culture. In this case, the problem is so acute that there is even heated debate over what ... See full summary »

Directors: Bassek Ba Kobhio, Didier Ouenangare | Stars: Eriq Ebouaney, Nadège Beausson-Diagne, Sonia Zembourou, Philippe Mory

Votes: 65

Central African Republic

33. A Screaming Man (2010)

Not Rated | 92 min | Drama

72 Metascore

Present-day Chad. Adam, fifty-five, a former swimming champion, is pool attendant at a smart N'Djamena hotel. When the hotel gets taken over by new Chinese owners, he is forced to give up ... See full summary »

Director: Mahamat-Saleh Haroun | Stars: Youssouf Djaoro, Diouc Koma, Emile Abossolo M'bo, Hadje Fatime N'Goua

Votes: 1,359 | Gross: $0.01M

Chad

34. The Maid (2009)

Not Rated | 95 min | Comedy, Drama

82 Metascore

A drama centered on a maid trying to hold on to her position after having served a family for 23 years.

Director: Sebastián Silva | Stars: Catalina Saavedra, Claudia Celedón, Mariana Loyola, Andrea García-Huidobro

Votes: 5,294 | Gross: $0.55M

Chile

35. Li Tong (2009)

76 min | Drama

Eight-year-old Li Tong from Beijing loses her bus pass one day after school. She decides to walk home. On her way, she encounters a warm-hearted old lady, a security guard, a young woman, a... See full summary »

Director: Nian Liu | Stars: Kang Yao, Zhao Zhicun

Votes: 24

China

36. Maria Full of Grace (2004)

R | 101 min | Crime, Drama

87 Metascore

A pregnant Colombian teenager becomes a drug mule to make some desperately needed money for her family.

Director: Joshua Marston | Stars: Catalina Sandino Moreno, Guilied Lopez, Orlando Tobón, Virgina Ariza

Votes: 32,600 | Gross: $6.52M

Colombia

38. Mobutu, roi du Zaïre (1999)

135 min | Documentary

Thiery Michel takes an in-depth look at the reign of Mobutu Sese Seko. A man of "modest roots" who had a Catholic upbringing, Mobutu was sent to the army by his father for insubordination. ... See full summary »

Director: Thierry Michel | Stars: Raymond Barre, Jacques Chirac, Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, Mobutu Sese Seko

Votes: 172

Congo (Zaire)

39. A ojos cerrados (2010)

65 min | Drama, Family

Gabo and Maga are an old couple who have lived together all their life and depend emotionally on each other completely. Delia, their grand-daughter, was brought up by them. The three of ... See full summary »

Director: Hernan Jimenez | Stars: Carlos Luis Zamora, Carol Sanabria, Anabelle Ulloa, César Maurel

Votes: 87

Costa Rica

40. Pulska veza (2012)

90 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

Police inspector Romano is investigating the kidnapping of a journalist entangling himself into a web of secrets of a business tycoon and the police captain.

Director: Zoran Mikletic | Stars: Roberto Legovic, Mirko Mocko, Dalila Antolovic, Gianclaudio Bonassin

Votes: 136

Croatia

41. I Am Cuba (1964)

Not Rated | 108 min | Drama, History, War

Four vignettes about the lives of the Cuban people set during the pre-revolutionary era.

Director: Mikhail Kalatozov | Stars: Sergio Corrieri, Salvador Wood, José Gallardo, Raúl García

Votes: 7,148 | Gross: $0.16M

Cuba

42. Fish n' Chips (2011)

102 min | Drama

Andy, a hard working Cypriot immigrant in London who deep-fries his way into oblivion, decides to leave London for his native Cyprus. Having slaved away for others his entire life, he ... See full summary »

Director: Elias Demetriou | Stars: Marios Ioannou, Marlene Kaminsky, Anne-Marie O'Sullivan, Diomedes Koufteros

Votes: 135

Cyprus

43. The Shop on Main Street (1965)

Not Rated | 128 min | Drama, War

A carpenter in the Nazi-occupied Slovak State is appointed "Aryan controller" of a Jewish widow's store.

Directors: Ján Kadár, Elmar Klos | Stars: Ida Kaminska, Jozef Kroner, Hana Slivková, Martin Hollý

Votes: 7,113

Czech Republic

44. The Hunt (2012)

R | 115 min | Drama

77 Metascore

A teacher lives a lonely life, all the while struggling over his son's custody. His life slowly gets better as he finds love and receives good news from his son, but his new luck is about to be brutally shattered by an innocent little lie.

Director: Thomas Vinterberg | Stars: Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Annika Wedderkopp, Lasse Fogelstrøm

Votes: 238,699 | Gross: $0.69M

Denmark

46. Love Child (2011)

97 min | Drama, Romance

Maria, 18 year old daughter of a single mother, decides to look for the father she has never met after her mother dies in a tragic accident. She finally finds him in a nearby town, living ... See full summary »

Director: Leticia Tonos | Stars: Julietta Rodriguez, Victor Checo, Gastner Legerme, Dionis Rufino

Votes: 145

Dominican Republic

47. Balibo (2009)

Not Rated | 111 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

War correspondent Roger East and the young Jose Ramos-Horta travel to East Timor to investigate the murders of the Balibo Five in 1975.

Director: Robert Connolly | Stars: Jane Hampson, Bea Viegas, Christine Martins, Ana Rosa Mendoça

Votes: 2,306

East Timor

48. Ratas, ratones, rateros (1999)

107 min | Action, Crime, Drama

The world of Salvador, a young and naiv