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1. The Ear (1970)

94 min | Drama, Thriller

After coming home from a Party gathering one night, a Czechoslovakian official becomes convinced that he is about to be the subject of a political purge and tries to do damage control, while also dealing with his turbulent marriage.

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

Votes: 2,198

2. Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (1970)

Not Rated | 77 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

Inspired by fairy-tales such as Alice in Wonderland and Little Red-Riding Hood, "Valerie and her Week of Wonders" is a surreal tale in which love, fear, sex and religion merge into one fantastic world.

Director: Jaromil Jires | Stars: Jaroslava Schallerová, Helena Anýzová, Petr Kopriva, Jirí Prýmek

Votes: 7,047

3. Cremator (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: 6,115

4. Marketa Lazarová (1967)

Not Rated | 162 min | Drama, History, Romance

A grim portrayal of the shift from Paganism to Christianity in medieval Czechoslovakia - as a young virgin promised to God is kidnapped and raped by a marauder who her religious father seeks to kill in return.

Director: Frantisek Vlácil | Stars: Josef Kemr, Magda Vásáryová, Nada Hejna, Jaroslav Moucka

Votes: 3,891

5. Pearls of the Deep (1965)

105 min | Comedy

Set against the backdrop of a repressed Czechoslovakia, five non-related vignettes are presented, each showcasing the need and want for human connection. In "Mr. Baltazar's Death", a middle... See full summary »

Directors: Vera Chytilová, Jaromil Jires, Jirí Menzel, Jan Nemec, Evald Schorm | Stars: Pavla Marsálková, Ferdinand Kruta, Alois Vachek, Emil Iserle

Votes: 530

6. The Sun in a Net (1962)

90 min | Drama

Oldrich "Fajolo" Fajták (Marián Bielik), a student who directs quasi-existentialist verbal abuse at his girlfriend Bela Blazejová (Jana Beláková), takes off to a formally volunteer summer work camp at a farm where he meets her grandfather.

Director: Stefan Uher | Stars: Marián Bielik, Jana Beláková, Olga Salagová, Pavol Chrobák

Votes: 630

7. Loves of a Blonde (1965)

Not Rated | 88 min | Comedy, Romance, Drama

A factory manager in rural Czechoslovakia bargains with the army to send men to the area, to boost the morale of his young female workers, deprived of male company since the local boys have... See full summary »

Director: Milos Forman | Stars: Hana Brejchová, Vladimír Pucholt, Vladimír Mensík, Josef Sebánek

Votes: 6,708

8. Intimate Lighting (1965)

TV-PG | 71 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

One of the most important images of the Czech New Wave 60s, which was ranked among the top ten domestic films of all time. Feature debut screenwriter and director Ivan Passer is currently ... See full summary »

Director: Ivan Passer | Stars: Zdenek Bezusek, Karel Blazek, Miroslav Cvrk, Vera Kresadlová

Votes: 1,033

9. Daisies (1966)

74 min | Comedy

Two girls try to understand the meaning of the world and their life.

Director: Vera Chytilová | Stars: Jitka Cerhová, Ivana Karbanová, Julius Albert, Jan Klusák

Votes: 8,639

10. Closely Watched Trains (1966)

Not Rated | 92 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, Jitka Scoffin, Vladimír Valenta

Votes: 10,280 | Gross: $3.27M

11. 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: 8,318

12. The Devil's Trap (1962)

85 min | Drama

A priest travels to investigate a miller suspected to be working with the devil.

Director: Frantisek Vlácil | Stars: Vítezslav Vejrazka, Miroslav Machácek, Cestmír Randa, Vít Olmer

Votes: 333

13. Valley of the Bees (1968)

97 min | Drama, History

Ondrej, a young boy who loves bees and bats, is introduced to his new mother, a woman much younger than his father. He brings her a basketful of flowers which she starts to throw in the air... See full summary »

Director: Frantisek Vlácil | Stars: Petr Cepek, Jan Kacer, Vera Galatíková, Zdenek Kryzánek

Votes: 1,304

14. The Joke (1969)

80 min | Drama

In the 1950's, Ludvik Jahn was expelled from the Communist Party and the University by his fellow students, because of a politically incorrect note he sent to his girlfriend. Fifteen years ... See full summary »

Director: Jaromil Jires | Stars: Josef Somr, Jana Dítetová, Ludek Munzar, Evald Schorm

Votes: 1,139

15. Fruit of Paradise (1970)

99 min | Drama

An experimental retelling of the story of Adam and Eve which then progresses into an allegorical depiction of loss of innocence.

Director: Vera Chytilová | Stars: Jitka Nováková, Karel Novak, Jan Schmid, Julius Albert

Votes: 864

16. 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: 7,465

17. Conspirators of Pleasure (1996)

85 min | Comedy, Drama

Six people unknowingly form a cycle of masturbation as they each cause others to privately indulge in their fetishes.

Director: Jan Svankmajer | Stars: Petr Meissel, Gabriela Wilhelmová, Barbora Hrzánová, Anna Wetlinská

Votes: 2,952

18. Lesson Faust (1994)

97 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

An ordinary man is lured into a strange puppet theatre by a map and finds himself embroiled in a production of the Faustian legend.

Director: Jan Svankmajer | Stars: Petr Cepek, Jan Kraus, Vladimír Kudla, Antonin Zacpal

Votes: 3,267

19. Alice (1988)

Not Rated | 86 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy

A surrealistic revision of Alice in Wonderland.

Director: Jan Svankmajer | Stars: Kristýna Kohoutová, Camilla Power

Votes: 10,501

20. Greedy Guts (2000)

132 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

74 Metascore

When a childless couple learn that they cannot have children, it causes great distress. To ease his wife's pain, the man finds a piece of root in the backyard and chops it and varnishes it into the shape of a child. However the woman takes the root as her baby and starts to pretend that it is real. When the root takes life they seem to have gained a child; but its appetite is much greater than a ... See full summary »

Director: Jan Svankmajer | Stars: Veronika Zilková, Jan Hartl, Jaroslava Kretschmerová, Pavel Nový

Votes: 5,653 | Gross: $0.12M

21. A Report on the Party and Guests (1966)

71 min | Comedy, Drama

A small group of adult bourgeois friends are on a day outing in the country, that outing which includes having a picnic. While they are going for a walk after the picnic, they encounter a ... See full summary »

Director: Jan Nemec | Stars: Ivan Vyskocil, Jan Klusák, Jiri Nemec, Pavel Bosek

Votes: 1,252

22. Black Peter (1964)

85 min | Comedy, Drama

Reality movie of a few days in the life of a Czech teenager when he starts work.

Director: Milos Forman | Stars: Ladislav Jakim, Pavla Martinkova, Jan Vostrcil, Bozena Matuskova

Votes: 2,086

23. ...and the Fifth Horseman Is Fear (1965)

TV-MA | 100 min | Drama, War

A Jewish doctor in Nazi occupied Czechoslovakia risks his life and attempts to regain his identity by assisting a wounded political fugitive.

Director: Zbynek Brynych | Stars: Miroslav Machácek, Olga Scheinpflugová, Zdenka Procházková, Jirí Adamíra

Votes: 411

24. The Three Veterans (1984)

96 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

Three veterans are given magic artifacts by elves that can magically create gold, servants and any other object. They encounter greedy characters and one of them falls in love with a princess.

Director: Oldrich Lipský | Stars: Rudolf Hrusínský, Petr Cepek, Josef Somr, Vida Neuwirthová

Votes: 928

25. Diamonds of the Night (1964)

Not Rated | 67 min | Drama, War

Diamonds in the night is the tense, brutal story of two Jewish boys who escape from a train transporting them from one concentration camp to another. Ultimately, they are hunted down by a ... See full summary »

Director: Jan Nemec | Stars: Ladislav Jánsky, Antonín Kumbera, Ilse Bischofova, Ivan Asic

Votes: 1,628

26. 322 (1969)

95 min | Drama

A psychological drama of the illness of an individual and the illness of the society.

Director: Dusan Hanák | Stars: Václav Lohniský, Lucyna Winnicka, Josef Abrhám, Miroslav Machácek

Votes: 154

27. Larks on a String (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: 1,500

28. 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: 2,359

29. 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: 668

30. 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: 7,252

31. Carriage to Vienna (1966)

78 min | Drama, War

A WW2 story of a young Austrian soldier running from the Russian army and a woman whom he forces to come along in order to save his wounded mate.

Director: Karel Kachyna | Stars: Iva Janzurová, Jaromír Hanzlík, Ludek Munzar, Vladimír Ptácek

Votes: 582

32. The Mysterious Castle in the Carpathians (1981)

97 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

In 1897, in a castle near the town of Werewolfville in the Carpathians, a slightly deranged Professor Orfanik experiments with his new inventions which include, even at this early date, television and a film camera.

Director: Oldrich Lipský | Stars: Michal Docolomanský, Evelyna Steimarová, Vlastimil Brodský, Milos Kopecký

Votes: 1,023

33. In the Shadow (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: 1,542

34. The Sorcerer's Apprentice (1978)

73 min | Animation, Fantasy, Horror

A young boy becomes an apprentice for a mysterious sorcerer, working at the sorcerer's strange and sinister mill where secretive black magic is being taught and performed at a very heavy price.

Director: Karel Zeman | Stars: Ludek Munzar, Jaroslav Moucka, Christian Brückner, Friedrich Schütter

Votes: 855

35. The Pied Piper (1986)

Not Rated | 53 min | Animation, Fantasy, Horror

The story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin with a twist.

Director: Jirí Barta | Stars: Oldrich Kaiser, Jirí Lábus, Michal Pavlícek, Vilém Cok

Votes: 962

36. 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: 853

37. The Outrageous Baron Munchausen (1962)

83 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

The outrageous Baron Munchausen tells of his many adventures, from meeting the Man in the Moon to defeating a Turkish army all by himself.

Director: Karel Zeman | Stars: Milos Kopecký, Rudolf Jelínek, Jana Brejchová, Karel Höger

Votes: 1,589

38. Birds, Orphans and Fools (1969)

78 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Three adolescent war orphans seclude themselves in an anarchic and playful existence of denial and juvenile joy.

Director: Juraj Jakubisko | Stars: Philippe Avron, Jirí Sýkora, Magda Vásáryová, Francoise Goldité

Votes: 659

39. The Princess with the Golden Star (1959)

80 min | Family, Fantasy, Romance

A Czech fairy tale about a princess named Lada who runs away from home in a mouse fur disguise in order to escape an unwanted and forced marriage.

Director: Martin Fric | Stars: Frantisek Smolík, Martin Ruzek, Marie Kyselková, Josef Zíma

Votes: 747

40. My Sweet Little Village (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: 3,422

41. Witchhammer (1970)

103 min | Drama, History, Horror

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

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

Votes: 1,501

42. Adelheid (1970)

99 min | Drama

In the aftermath of World War II, a former Czech soldier takes charge of a manor formerly owned by a German family. He falls in love with the daughter, who is now a maid, and is forced to ... See full summary »

Director: Frantisek Vlácil | Stars: Petr Cepek, Emma Cerná, Jan Vostrcil, Jana Krupicková

Votes: 625

43. The Hop Pickers (1964)

90 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

LOVE HARVESTS IN SUMMER seems to anticipate 4 years the wrongful intrusion of the soviet tanks. And with the style of WEST SIDE STORY, puts music, color and emotion surrounding the born of ... See full summary »

Director: Ladislav Rychman | Stars: Vladimír Pucholt, Ivana Pavlová, Milos Zavadil, Irena Kacírková

Votes: 306

44. Courage for Every Day (1964)

85 min | Drama

Jarda Lukás (Jan Kacer), a worker from a big machine-tool plant, enjoyed a rather decent career after the Communist putsch in February 1948. As one of the pioneers of the youth-movement of ... See full summary »

Director: Evald Schorm | Stars: Jana Brejchová, Jan Kacer, Jirina Jirásková, Vlastimil Brodský

Votes: 209

45. The Cry (1964)

80 min | Drama

TV mechanic Slávek (Josef Abrhám) takes his wife Ivana (Eva Límanová) to the maternity hospital. From the moment they say goodbye, the couple can't stop thinking about each other. Their ... See full summary »

Director: Jaromil Jires | Stars: Eva Límanová, Josef Abrhám, Eva Baborovská, Stepanka Cittová

Votes: 146

46. The Deserter and the Nomads (1968)

103 min | Drama, War

Three war stories ranging from World War I to a post-apocalyptic nuclear holocaust treat death and the fragility of the humankind through different approaches.

Director: Juraj Jakubisko | Stars: Mikulás Ladizinský, Jana Stehnová, Augustín Kubán, Helena Gorovova

Votes: 184

47. Late August at the Hotel Ozone (1967)

77 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

A troupe of young women on post-apocalyptic earth are lead around by a mistress born before the war, eventually stumbling into the company of a lonely old man.

Director: Jan Schmidt | Stars: Vladimír Hlavatý, Jitka Horejsi, Ondrej Jariabek, Vanda Kalinová

Votes: 489

48. How to Pull Out a Whale's Tooth (1977 TV Movie)

80 min | Comedy, Family

A family comedy about a venturesome schoolboy Vasek and his search for his father, supposed to have perished during a mountaineering expedition in the Himalayas. The story confronts the ... See full summary »

Director: Marie Polednáková | Stars: Jana Preissová, Tomás Holý, Frantisek Nemec, Vlastimil Harapes

Votes: 650

49. Divided We Fall (2000)

PG-13 | 117 min | Comedy, Drama, War

7.7