From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe: a film for every countryby Snavelaar | created - 11 Oct 2013 | updated - 17 Jul 2018 | 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, War
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.
Votes: 9,137 | Gross: $1.13M
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.
3. Bab El Oued City (1994)
93 min | Comedy, Drama
Follows the conflict between a young Algerian man and the local Islamic fundamentalists.
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.
5. Hollow City (2004)
90 min | Drama
A group of children, fleeing the war, is taken to Luanda accompanied by a nun. When they reach the airplane, 11-year-old N'dala decides to leave the group and to explore the city. The nun ... See full summary »
6. Working Girl (2010)
Not Rated | 151 min | Drama
Dire circumstances drive a brilliant school girl into the seedy world of prostitution.
Antigua and Barbuda
7. The Secret in Their Eyes (2009)
R | 129 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance
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.
Votes: 208,175 | Gross: $6.39M
8. Big Story in a Small City (2006)
90 min | Comedy
The family of Grigor Janoyan brings the wrong corpse to his funeral viewing.
R | 104 min | Comedy, Music
Two drag performers and a transgender woman travel across the desert to perform their unique style of cabaret.
Votes: 50,448 | Gross: $11.22M
10. Revanche (2008)
Not Rated | 121 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
Ex-con Alex plans to flee to the South with his girl after a robbery. But something terrible happens and revenge seems inevitable.
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 »
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 »
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 »
14. The Clay Bird (2002)
95 min | Drama, History
A family must come to grips with its culture, its faith, and the brutal political changes entering its small-town world.
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 »
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.
17. Rundskop (2011)
R | 129 min | Crime, Drama
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.
Votes: 23,346 | Gross: $0.15M
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 »
19. Barbecue-Pejo (2000)
86 min | Comedy, Drama
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.
20. Milarepa (2006)
PG | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Biography
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.
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.
22. No Man's Land (I) (2001)
R | 98 min | Comedy, Drama, War
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.
Votes: 47,123 | Gross: $1.06M
Bosnia and Herzegovina
23. The Gods Must Be Crazy (1980)
PG | 109 min | Adventure, Comedy
A comic allegory about a traveling Bushman who encounters modern civilization and its stranger aspects, including a clumsy scientist and a band of revolutionaries.
Votes: 56,153 | Gross: $30.03M
24. City of God (2002)
R | 130 min | Crime, Drama
In the slums of Rio, two kids' paths diverge as one struggles to become a photographer and the other a kingpin.
Votes: 747,758 | Gross: $7.56M
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 »
26. Moolaadé (2004)
Unrated | 124 min | Drama
When a woman shelters a group of girls from suffering female genital mutilation, she starts a conflict that tears her village apart.
Votes: 3,904 | Gross: $0.21M
27. Gito, l'ingrat (1992)
90 min | Comedy
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 »
28. The 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 »
Votes: 297 | Gross: $0.04M
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.
30. Leolo (1992)
Not Rated | 107 min | Comedy, Drama
The story of a young Canadian boy who tries to escape mentally from his disturbed family thanks to his fantasy and imagination.
Votes: 7,048 | Gross: $0.61M
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 »
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 »
Central African Republic
33. A Screaming Man (2010)
Not Rated | 92 min | Drama
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 »
Votes: 1,710 | Gross: $0.01M
34. The Maid (2009)
Not Rated | 95 min | Comedy, Drama
A drama centered on a maid trying to hold on to her position after having served a family for 23 years.
Votes: 6,088 | Gross: $0.55M
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 »
36. Maria Full of Grace (2004)
R | 101 min | Crime, Drama
A pregnant Colombian teenager becomes a drug mule to make some desperately needed money for her family.
Votes: 35,152 | Gross: $6.52M
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 »
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 »
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.
41. Soy Cuba (1964)
Not Rated | 141 min | Drama
Four vignettes about the lives of the Cuban people set during the pre-revolutionary era.
42. Fish n' Chips (2011)
102 min | Drama
A hard working Cypriot immigrant in London finally opens his very own chip shop. But his dream turns into a nightmare, as he seems to have overlooked one small detail: Cyprus just isn't London.
43. The Shop on Main Street (1965)
Not Rated | 128 min | Drama, War
A carpenter in the Fascist Slovak State is appointed "Aryan controller" of a Jewish widow's store.
44. The Hunt (2012)
R | 115 min | Drama