Top 100 Magyar Film

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1. Satantango (1994)

450 min | Drama

Plotting on a payment they are about to receive, residents of a collapsing collective farm see their plans turn into desolation when they discover that Irimiás, a former co-worker who they thought was dead, is coming back to the village.

Director: Béla Tarr | Stars: Mihály Vig, Putyi Horváth, László feLugossy, Éva Almássy Albert

Votes: 7,947

2. Long Twilight (1997)

70 min | Drama

Egy varatlan elhatarozas az ejszaka utvesztojebe veti a kalandra vagyo utazot. Van-e remeny a menekulesre, vagy fogva tartja ot a szakado eso, a rideg, sotet vilag? Egy oregasszony ... See full summary »

Director: Attila Janisch | Stars: Mari Töröcsik, Imre Csuja, András Fekete, János Katona

Votes: 246

3. Damnation (1988)

120 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

A lonely barfly falls in love with a married bar singer.

Director: Béla Tarr | Stars: Miklós Székely B., Vali Kerekes, Gyula Pauer, György Cserhalmi

Votes: 4,575

4. A kis Valentinó (1979)

102 min | Drama

Twenty-year-old Laszlo Sz., a driver's mate steals the money he should have posted and wandering around Budapest, visiting bars, restaurants, pinball parlors and various other places trying to make the day different and meaningful.

Director: András Jeles | Stars: János Opoczki, István Iványi, József Farkas, Dénes Ladányi

Votes: 234

5. Werckmeister Harmonies (2000)

145 min | Drama, Mystery

92 Metascore

An innocent young man witnesses violence break out after an isolated village is inflamed by the arrival of a circus and its peculiar attractions: a giant whale and a mysterious man named "The Prince."

Directors: Béla Tarr, Ágnes Hranitzky | Stars: Lars Rudolph, Peter Fitz, Hanna Schygulla, János Derzsi

Votes: 11,464 | Gross: $0.03M

6. The Toth Family (1969)

95 min | Comedy, Drama

The Tót family resides in Northern Hungary. The couple has a daughter and a son, the latter a member of the armed forces. When his weary major is ordered to take a vacation, the son talks ... See full summary »

Director: Zoltán Fábri | Stars: Zoltán Latinovits, Imre Sinkovits, Márta Fónay, Vera Venczel

Votes: 1,573

7. White Palms (2006)

Not Rated | 97 min | Drama, Sport

72 Metascore

Having suffered as a boy under a brutal Communist-era coach, champion Hungarian gymnast Miklos moves to Canada years later in search of a new start - only to find himself unwittingly ... See full summary »

Director: Szabolcs Hajdu | Stars: Zoltán Miklós Hajdu, Kyle Shewfelt, Gheorghe Dinica, Andor Lukáts

Votes: 1,532

8. My Way Home (1965)

108 min | Drama, War

In the final days of WWII, a seventeen-year-old boy wanders the countryside. He is captured by Soviet troops, then released, then captured once more - after he has donned a German uniform ... See full summary »

Director: Miklós Jancsó | Stars: András Kozák, Sergey Nikonenko, Béla Barsi, Jurij Bodovszkij

Votes: 547

9. Love (1971)

88 min | Drama

The wife of a political prisoner tends to her mother-in-law and keeps from the old woman the truth about her son, whom she believes is in New York making a film.

Director: Károly Makk | Stars: Lili Darvas, Mari Töröcsik, Iván Darvas, Erzsi Orsolya

Votes: 1,589

11. The Fifth Seal (1976)

116 min | Drama, War

In Budapest in 1944, a watchmaker, a book seller and a carpenter are drinking in a bar with the owner,when they are joined by a stranger. The watchmaker asks a hypothetical question that will change their lives.

Director: Zoltán Fábri | Stars: Lajos Öze, László Márkus, Ferenc Bencze, Sándor Horváth

Votes: 3,157

12. Almanac of Fall (1984)

119 min | Drama

A large, claustrophobic apartment is the setting for this intense chamber drama. In this dense setting, the inhabitants of the apartment reveal their darkest secrets, fears, obsessions and hostilities.

Director: Béla Tarr | Stars: Hédi Temessy, Erika Bodnár, Miklós Székely B., Pál Hetényi

Votes: 1,093

13. The Turin Horse (2011)

Not Rated | 155 min | Drama

80 Metascore

A rural farmer is forced to confront the mortality of his faithful horse.

Directors: Béla Tarr, Ágnes Hranitzky | Stars: János Derzsi, Erika Bók, Mihály Kormos, Ricsi

Votes: 13,875 | Gross: $0.05M

14. Sodrásban (1964)

81 min | Drama

A hot summer day six young men and two young women meet at the beach beside a deep river. After a while they go for a swim. At a point where the river is 8 meters deep, one of the boys gets... See full summary »

Director: István Gaál | Stars: Andrea Drahota, Marianna Moór, Istvánné Zsipi, Sándor Csikós

Votes: 325

15. Delta (2008)

92 min | Drama

61 Metascore

A young man, Mihail returns to his village on the Danube delta after many years. It is a labyrinth of waterways, small islands and over-grown vegetation, where the villagers are cut off ... See full summary »

Director: Kornél Mundruczó | Stars: Félix Lajkó, Orsolya Tóth, Lili Monori, Sándor Gáspár

Votes: 1,462

17. Lovefilm (1970)

Not Rated | 123 min | Drama

Jancsi reminiscences about Kata his childhood friend in WWII Budapest, They are separated as a result of 1956 revolution. Reunited as adults, they struggle with whether they will stay in each others lives.

Director: István Szabó | Stars: Judit Halász, András Bálint, Edit Kelemen, András Szamosfalvi

Votes: 600

18. Photography (1973)

82 min | Drama

A photographer and a retoucher are wandering in small villages. They go from house to house offering their services. They try to record the truth, the true faces of these people.

Director: Pál Zolnay | Stars: István Iglódi, Ferenc Sebö, Márk Zala

Votes: 181

19. Family Nest (1977)

108 min | Drama

The breakdown of the relationship of a couple by living in a flat of the husband's parents.

Director: Béla Tarr | Stars: Laszlone Horvath, László Horváth, Gábor Kun, Gábor Ifj. Kun

Votes: 945

20. Time Stands Still (1982)

99 min | Drama

A teenager boy has to grow up in the shifting political and moral landscape of post-1956 Hungary.

Director: Péter Gothár | Stars: Anikó Iván, István Znamenák, Péter Gálfy, Henrik Pauer

Votes: 1,067

22. Sinbad (1971)

90 min | Drama, Romance

An old man is recollecting all the women he met in his youth. An old woman wants them to commit suicide together but changes her mind. The little town has a doctor whose wife can not forget... See full summary »

Director: Zoltán Huszárik | Stars: Zoltán Latinovits, Éva Ruttkai, Éva Leelössy, Margit Dajka

Votes: 1,200

23. Merry-Go-Round (1956)

90 min | Romance, Drama

In a rural scenery in the throes of difficult changes lives a humble but promising young farmer girl called Mari Pataki. Her father forbids her from seeing the man she loves. The father, ... See full summary »

Director: Zoltán Fábri | Stars: Mari Töröcsik, Imre Soós, Ádám Szirtes, Béla Barsi

Votes: 1,105

24. Oh, Bloody Life (1984)

108 min | Comedy, Drama

Mail author for translation: 1951-ben vagyunk, Sziraky Lucy csinos, ambicioval teli operettszineszno. Szepen ivelo karrierjet keresztbe tori a kitelepites. Volt ferje grofi rangja miatt el ... See full summary »

Director: Péter Bacsó | Stars: Dorottya Udvaros, Zoltán Bezerédy, András Kern, Ödön Rubold

Votes: 320

25. Narcissus and Psyche (1980)

261 min | Drama

Narcisus and Psyche is based on a novel by Sandor Weores which was adapted by Vilmos Csaplar and director Gabor Body for a feature-length, 140-minute film. Borrowing the character of Psyche... See full summary »

Director: Gábor Bódy | Stars: Patricia Adriani, Udo Kier, György Cserhalmi, Agnes Horvath

Votes: 266

26. Cantata (1963)

94 min | Drama

A young doctor undergoes a spiritual crisis when he returns to his rural home.

Director: Miklós Jancsó | Stars: Zoltán Latinovits, Andor Ajtay, Béla Barsi, Miklós Szakáts

Votes: 464

27. Another Way (1982)

102 min | Biography, Drama, History

Political and sexual repression in Hungary, just after the revolution of 1956. In 1958, the body of Eva Szalanczky, a political journalist, is discovered near the border. Her friend Livia ... See full summary »

Director: Károly Makk | Stars: Jadwiga Jankowska-Cieslak, Ildikó Bánsági, Grazyna Szapolowska, Judit Hernádi

Votes: 712

28. Bizalom (1980)

105 min | Drama

During WW2 Hungarian resistance hides a married couple from the officials. The woman is sent to act as the wife of one of the resistance members who is also in hiding and pretending to be somebody else. They slowly begin to fall in love.

Director: István Szabó | Stars: Ildikó Bánsági, Péter Andorai, Oszkárné Gombik, Károly Csáki

Votes: 519

29. Professor Hannibal (1956)

89 min | Comedy, Drama

When a Latin teacher publishes an essay on the Carthaginian General Hannibal, he is quickly hailed as a celebrity genius, but in reality has become an unwitting pawn of far-right politicians.

Director: Zoltán Fábri | Stars: Ernö Szabó, Noémi Apor, Emmi Buttykay, Hilda Gobbi

Votes: 556

30. Father (1966)

Not Rated | 88 min | Drama

A boy in Budapest lost his father in 1945, when he was the age of six. He does not remember much of the father but fantasize that he performed various heroic feats.

Director: István Szabó | Stars: András Bálint, Miklós Gábor, Dániel Erdély, Kati Sólyom

Votes: 776

32. Eszkimó asszony fázik (1984)

117 min | Drama

A pianist falls in love with Mari, a beautiful blond woman, who happens to be the wife of a deaf-mute animal caretaker. Both men adore Mari, as she loves both of them. Albeit all of them know this situation won't stand.

Director: János Xantus | Stars: Béláné Csóka, László Földes, Carol Harrison, Ágnes Kamondy

Votes: 263

33. Pacsirta (1964)

93 min | Drama

Mail for translation. Vajkayek hosszu evek ota gorcsosen remenykednek abban, hogy szerencsetlen, csuf lanyuk vegre megtalalja tarsat s a boldogsagot. Most is azert ... See full summary »

Director: László Ranódy | Stars: Antal Páger, Klári Tolnay, Anna Nagy, Margit Bara

Votes: 235

34. The Girl (1968)

90 min | Drama

Mail author for translation. Fohose egy lany aki hirdetes utjan talalja meg az anyjat. Meglatogatja, de az nem akarja vallalni a jelenlegi csaladja elott a felnott (24 eves) lanyat.

Director: Márta Mészáros | Stars: Kati Kovács, Teri Horváth, Ádám Szirtes, Gábor Agárdi

Votes: 73

36. The Prefab People (1982)

102 min | Drama

A husband and wife, drifting apart, reflect on the events leading up to the worst argument of their marriage.

Director: Béla Tarr | Stars: Judit Pogány, Róbert Koltai, Kyri Ambrus, Jánosné Bráda

Votes: 885

37. Bibliothèque Pascal (2010)

Unrated | 105 min | Drama

In order to regain custody of her daughter, whom she left in the care of her fortune-telling aunt, Mona must tell a social worker her story. The tale she spins---and the movie we watch---is... See full summary »

Director: Szabolcs Hajdu | Stars: Orsolya Török-Illyés, Oana Pellea, Razvan Vasilescu, Andi Vasluianu

Votes: 1,655

38. Angi Vera (1979)

96 min | Drama, Romance

Vera Angi works as a nurse in a hospital after WWII in communist Hungary. Because she speaks up about the terrible conditions in which the nurses and doctors have to work, she's placed in a six-month education course.

Director: Pál Gábor | Stars: Vera Pap, Erzsi Pásztor, Éva Szabó, Tamás Dunai

Votes: 251

39. The Round-Up (1966)

90 min | Drama, History, War

In Hungary, the national movement led by Kossuth has been crushed and the Austrian hegemony re-established, but partisans carry on with violent actions. In order to root out the guerilla, ... See full summary »

Director: Miklós Jancsó | Stars: János Görbe, Zoltán Latinovits, Tibor Molnár, Gábor Agárdi

Votes: 2,264

40. My Twentieth Century (1989)

104 min | Comedy, Drama

Separated identical twins ride an Orient Express unaware of each other: a feminist anarchist and a hedonistic courtesan, living under the powder-keg Austro-Hungarian Monarchy. Separate ... See full summary »

Director: Ildikó Enyedi | Stars: Dorota Segda, Oleg Yankovskiy, Paulus Manker, Péter Andorai

Votes: 1,129 | Gross: $0.68M

42. Moscow Square (2001)

88 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

1989 is an important year in the political history of Hungary. However, Petya and his friends couldn't care less. They are about to graduate high school. The only important things to them ... See full summary »

Director: Ferenc Török | Stars: Gábor Karalyos, Erzsi Pápai, Eszter Balla, Vilmos Csatlós

Votes: 2,728

43. In Soldier's Uniform (1957)

91 min | Drama, Romance

1914 in a small Hungarian town. The journalist Sándor has a love affair with a girl but ruins it when he won't marry below his own ranks.

Director: Imre Fehér | Stars: Iván Darvas, Margit Bara, Sándor Pécsi, Mária Lázár

Votes: 105

44. Filmregény - Három növér (1978)

273 min | Drama

A powerful, at times shockingly authentic, epic-length film about three contemporary women who also happen to be sisters. The film employs documentary-like style to tell the story which ... See full summary »

Director: István Dárday | Stars: Márta Himmer, Eszter Bodnar, Zsuzsa Szakács, Imre Dézsi

Votes: 21

45. Cha-Cha-Cha (1982)

81 min | Comedy, Drama

Teenagers try to get to know the opposite sex during Sunday afternoon dance classes in Budapest in 1962.

Director: János Kovácsi | Stars: Péter Rudolf, Rita Tallós, Mátyás Usztics, Frigyes Hollósi

Votes: 114

46. Cat's Play (1974)

98 min | Drama, Music

The story of two elderly sisters who exchange letters, and through brief flashbacks we see glimpses of their younger years.

Director: Károly Makk | Stars: Margit Dajka, Ildikó Piros, Elma Bulla, Éva Dombrádi

Votes: 155

47. Magyarok (1978)

107 min | Drama

Many Hungarian migrant workers work in Germany in good conditions and for good wages during WW2. They face the war only once they return home to Hungary.

Director: Zoltán Fábri | Stars: Gábor Koncz, Éva Pap, József Bihari, Sándor Szabó

Votes: 178

48. The Witness (1969)

105 min | Drama, Comedy

Banned for over a decade for its outspoken criticism of the post-WWII communist regime in Hungary, Péter Bacsó's 'The Witness' has since then achieved unparalleled cult status in its native... See full summary »

Director: Péter Bacsó | Stars: Ferenc Kállai, Lajos Öze, Béla Both, Zoltán Fábri

Votes: 5,552