Greek films by Year.

by andykypros | created - 20 Mar 2015 | updated - 10 Apr 2015 | Public

My selection of Greek films for every year. Note this is my selection and you may agree or disagree with my choices.

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1. Olympiakoi agones (1906)

Documentary, Short, Sport

Highlights of the Athens 1906 Olympic Games.

Director: Félix Mesguich

3. Golfo (1915)

Drama, Romance

A young and charming shepherd, Tasos, swings emotionally between the rich shepherdess Stavroula, who wants to make him hers at any cost, and the polite and beautiful Golfo, who moves him ... See full summary »

Director: Konstadinos Bahatoris | Stars: Virginia Diamadi, Dionysios Venieris, Olympia Damaskou, Yorgos Ploutis

Votes: 14

4. Kerenia koukla (1916)

Drama, Romance

A film adaptation of one of the first Athenian novels (which was later turned into a theatrical play), which is rendered in a way that combines lyricism with realism and recreates the ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Glitsos | Star: Virginia Diamadi

5. O aniforos tou Golgotha (1917)

Drama, History

This is the first Greek religious film: the story of a young woman who studies in a Cycladic monastery and envisions the passion of Christ.

Director: Dimos Vratsanos | Stars: Yorgos Ploutis, Manos Filippidis, Aris Malliagros, Athanasios Marikos

6. I tsigana tis Athinas (1922)

Drama, Romance

A gypsy falls for an American girl, but his old love does all she can to break up the couple.

Director: Ahilleas Madras | Stars: Ahilleas Madras, Frida Poupelina

7. Oi peripeteies tou Villar (1924)

24 min | Short, Comedy

Villar gets a job at a dry cleaners' but his love for a young woman gets him mixed up in many adventures.

Director: Joseph Hepp | Stars: Nitsa Filosofou, Nikolaos Sfakianos

Votes: 33

8. I apagogi tis nyfis (1925)

Comedy, Romance

A seriously love-struck man resorts to the popular practice of kidnapping his future wife.

Director: Alexandros Ardanof | Stars: Nitsa Filosofou, Ioannis Drys, Georgios Antoniadis, Dora Doranti

9. Epanastasis tou 1821 (1926)

Short, History, War

The Greek Revolution against the Ottoman Empire, in 1821.

Director: Dimitrios Kaminakis | Stars: Eleni Karyki, Mihail Naskos, Antzoulina Pouseli, Mary Tsikourdi

10. Maria Pentagiotissa (1927)

100 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

After the revolution in 1821, in the village of Pentagioi in Central Greece, Maria, a beautiful, handful girl, baptized by Father Gavriil, gets all the young men in the area burning with ... See full summary »

Director: Ahilleas Madras | Stars: Frida Poupelina, Aimilios Veakis, Emmanouil Kadiotis, Vasilis Avlonitis

Votes: 11

11. Eros kai kymata (1928)

Drama, Romance

A rich Athenian Casanova, Petros Doukas, is on vacation on an Aegean island, where he falls in love with a pretty island girl, Rina, daughter of the widower Pountas. The girl is engaged to ... See full summary »

Director: Dimitris Gaziadis | Stars: Miranta Myrat, Nikos Dendramis, Dimitris Tsakiris, Filomila Naoum

12. Astero (1929)

57 min | Drama, Romance

In a village in the Peloponnese, on the slopes of Mt. Chelmos, lives rich sheep owner Mitros with his wife Asimina, his son Thymios and adopted daughter Astero. The children love each other... See full summary »

Director: Dimitris Gaziadis | Stars: Aliki Theodorides, Aimilios Veakis, Costas Moussouris, Dimitris Tsakiris

Votes: 24

13. Promithefs desmotis (1930)


Prometheus, punished by Zeus, is chained to a mountain of Caucasus by god Hephaestus. There he starts to mourn for his tortures and narrate his story. Later, Io, with whom Zeus is in love, ... See full summary »

Director: Dimos Vratsanos | Star: Thanos Bourlos

14. Dafnis kai Hloi (1931)

68 min | Drama, Romance

In Lesvos, shepherd Lamonas someday finds an abandoned baby boy suckling a goat and adopts it, and names him Daphnis. Around the same time, another shepherd, Dryantas, finds too an ... See full summary »

Director: Orestis Laskos | Stars: Apollon Marsyas, Loucy Matli, Giannis Avlonitis, Grigoris Georgiadis

Votes: 71

15. Elliniki rapsodia (1932)

62 min | Drama, Romance

Antreas Denogias, son of the Krinarios community president, leaves the village intending to study geoponics. In a few years, he returns together with a lady of low morals, having forgotten ... See full summary »

Director: Yannis Prineas | Stars: Yannis Prineas, Dina Sarri, Rafael Denogias, Nitsa Filosofou

16. Despoinis dikigoros (1933)

65 min | Comedy, Romance

The emotional adventures of a modern woman lawyer (an exceptionally rare profession for a woman at that time), who, instead of the usual household tasks, is exclusively engaged in her professional activity.

Director: Pellos Katselis | Stars: Miranta Myrat, Zozo Dalmas, Sapfo Alkaiou, Christos Efthimiou

18. Blue Candles (1935)

95 min | Drama

An urban romance about the life of a lively young lady who has shaken off conventional female modesty, provoking her social circle.

Director: Michael Kounelakis | Stars: Rita Myrat, Sapfo Alkaiou, Paraskevas Ekonomou, Fotini Loui

19. The Wrong Road (1936)

80 min | Drama

A young woman turns to prostitution, and her brother murders her to restore his family's honor.

Director: Muhsin Ertugrul | Stars: Marika Kotopouli, Kyveli, Miranta Myrat, Giorgos Pappas

Votes: 16

20. I prosfygopoula (1938)

Approved | 106 min | Drama

Loukas, a prosperous farmer and a devoted husband and father, falls into the clutches of Rita, a heartless siren and scheming vixen who would have him drive his wife, Sophia, and their ... See full summary »

Director: Togo Mizrahi | Stars: Manos Filippidis, Sofia Vempo, Toula Anzed, Aliki Vempo

Votes: 8

21. When the Husband Travels (1939)

Approved | 93 min | Comedy

A patent medicine tycoon who, although in love with his wife, is not adverse to taking a trip every so often to visit his charming girl friend. Wife is wise to this. Wife is none-too-happy ... See full summary »

Director: Togo Mizrahi | Stars: Manos Filippidis, Anna Kalouta, Marika Kalouta, Ioannis Dianellos

22. To tragoudi tou horismou (1940)

75 min | Drama, Romance

An attractive Athenian woman holidaying on Hydra falls in love with a local fisherman and steals him from his girlfriend to promote him as a singer in Athens' music clubs. However, he ... See full summary »

Director: Filopoimin Finos | Stars: Labros Konstadaras, Linda Miranda, Alekos Livaditis, Evgenia Danika

Votes: 15

23. Agnoula (1941)

80 min | Drama, Romance

A romantic drama filmed in Cairo (for technical reasons of sound recording) by an Italian resident, Alvisi Orfanelli, with Greek actors from the theater, who were there on tour. It is the ... See full summary »

Director: Alevise Orfanelli | Stars: Costas Moussouris, Aliki Theodorides, Manos Filippidis, Periklis Hristoforidis

24. I foni tis kardias (1943)

79 min | Drama, Romance

Mr. Spyros is released from prison after having served time for the murder of his wife's lover. He accidentally meets a young couple who want to get married, but the mother of the girl is ... See full summary »

Director: Dimitris Ioannopoulos | Stars: Aimilios Veakis, Dimitris Horn, Ketty Panou, Smaroula Giouli

Votes: 43

25. Heirokrotimata (1944)

78 min | Drama, Music

Alfa runs an itinerant theatrical troupe and can see that a young woman, Nora, is very talented. Indeed, Nora turns into a great actress. However, when she does not reciprocate his love, he... See full summary »

Director: Yorgos Tzavellas | Stars: Kleon Triantafyllou, Zinet Lakaz, Dimitris Horn, Alekos Alexandrakis

Votes: 51

26. Exormisis (1945)

65 min | History, War

This is the first historical Greek film that narrates the struggle of the Greek Nation, from the Revolution in 1821 until the liberation of 1944. It brings to life legendary moments of ... See full summary »

Director: Giannis Hristodoulou | Star: Kostas Baladimas

28. Marina (1947)

74 min | Drama

An island girl comes to Athens and ends up as a singer in a cabaret. There she meets a sailor called Vasos. Her nostalgia for her island and Dimitris, a young man who loves her and waits ... See full summary »

Director: Alekos Sakellarios | Stars: Stella Greka, Dimitris Myrat, Elias Destounis, Periklis Hristoforidis

Votes: 16

29. Oi Germanoi xanarhontai... (1948)

90 min | Comedy, Drama

Theodoros, a quiet and modest man, is disappointed and embittered by the civil war that plagues Greece after WWII and one day while falling asleep sees a nightmare. In the dream Hitler is ... See full summary »

Director: Alekos Sakellarios | Stars: Vasilis Logothetidis, Nitsa Tsaganea, Ilia Livykou, Marina Smyrnaki

Votes: 429

30. Youth of Athens (1949)

72 min | Drama, War

At the time of the German occupation of Athens, a group of children steals food and other supplies from the enemy, in order to survive. Their activity turns into a form of resistance and ... See full summary »

Director: Takis Bakopoulos | Stars: Ellie Lambeti, Yannis Apostolidis, Nikos Filippopoulos, Nikos Kazis

Votes: 20

31. O methystakas (1950)

105 min | Drama

After losing his son in WW2, a poor cobbler has become a drunkard and laughing stock of the whole neighborhood, besetting his daughter. When his daughter falls in love with a rich young man... See full summary »

Director: Yorgos Tzavellas | Stars: Orestis Makris, Dimitris Horn, Billy Konstadopoulou, Athanasia Moustaka

Votes: 234

32. Ririka (1951)

90 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

An actress named Ririka charms a maharajah who is visiting Greece. She uses her charm to persuade the maharajah to help all her relatives, colleagues and friends, who urgently need a boost in their career.

Director: Frixos Iliadis | Stars: Ketty Diridaoua, Anna Kyriakou, Yannis Prineas, Alkis Papas

33. Nekri politeia (1951)

76 min | Drama

Petros finishes his studies and returns to his home, in Mystras. His mother expects him to continue an old vendetta of his ancestors, but he has not such intentions. On the contrary, he ... See full summary »

Director: Frixos Iliadis | Stars: Irene Papas, Nikos Tzogias, Eleni Zafeiriou, Giannis Argyris

Votes: 28

34. The Barefoot Battalion (1953)

Approved | 89 min | Drama, War

A young survivor of WWII and former member of the reputed "Barefoot Battalion", a close-knit pack of disciplined orphaned boys, recounts the story of the one hundred sixty orphans who aided the Resistance, to a homeless street urchin.

Director: Gregg G. Tallas | Stars: Maria Costi, Nikos Fermas, Vasilios Frangedakis, Antonios Voulgaris

Votes: 151

35. I oraia ton Athinon (1954)

80 min | Comedy

A pampered president inherits a substantial legacy on the condition that he marries a woman of unconventional looks. To get off the hook, one of his unsuspecting and needy tenants needs to take his place; however, how easy can it be?

Director: Nikos Tsiforos | Stars: Mimis Fotopoulos, Georgia Vasileiadou, Nikos Stavridis, Sperantza Vrana

Votes: 314

36. Istoria mias kalpikis liras (1955)

127 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Four stories, humorous, romantic or dramatic, are linked by a counterfeit gold sovereign. It is made by the honest engraver in the first story, seduced by the charms of a young widow, and ... See full summary »

Director: Yorgos Tzavellas | Stars: Vasilis Logothetidis, Ilia Livykou, Mimis Fotopoulos, Sperantza Vrana

Votes: 2,045

37. The Ogre of Athens (1956)

103 min | Crime, Drama

A peaceful, frightened little man is mistakenly identified as "the dragon", a notorious criminal at large. He briefly and reluctantly rules the underworld until they realize their mistake.

Director: Nikos Koundouros | Stars: Dinos Iliopoulos, Margarita Papageorgiou, Giannis Argyris, Thanasis Vengos

Votes: 1,393

38. I theia apo to Chicago (1957)

72 min | Comedy

Aunt Calliopi returns to Greece from Chicago after 30 years and plans to marry off her nieces.

Director: Alekos Sakellarios | Stars: Orestis Makris, Georgia Vasileiadou, Jenny Karezi, Gely Mavropoulou

Votes: 1,219

39. Laterna, ftoheia kai garyfallo (1958)

86 min | Comedy, Drama

A sequel to 'Laterna ftoheia kai filotimo'. The 2 'laterna" (a portable barrel piano) players have spent all the reward and Pavlaras gets seriously sick. Petrakis tries to find Kaiti but ... See full summary »

Director: Alekos Sakellarios | Stars: Mimis Fotopoulos, Vasilis Avlonitis, Jenny Karezi, Alekos Alexandrakis

Votes: 542

40. Astero (1959)

73 min | Drama, Romance

A stepfather decides to engaged his adopted daughter with a rich landowner. But she runs away with his son on the wedding day.

Director: Dinos Dimopoulos | Stars: Aliki Vougiouklaki, Titos Vandis, Dimitris Papamichael, Georgia Vasileiadou

Votes: 111

41. Never on Sunday (1960)

Not Rated | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

An American scholar in Greece sets about improving the prostitute with whom he is infatuated.

Director: Jules Dassin | Stars: Melina Mercouri, Jules Dassin, Giorgos Foundas, Titos Vandis

Votes: 4,524

42. Antigoni (1961)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama

Antigone defies her uncle's decree that her traitorous brother should go unburied and therefore find no rest in the afterlife; however, her actions have tragic consequences.

Director: Yorgos Tzavellas | Stars: Irene Papas, Manos Katrakis, Maro Kodou, Nikos Kazis

Votes: 530

43. Electra (I) (1962)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama

Living in exile after the death of their father, the grown children of a murdered and usurped king converge to exact eye-for-an-eye revenge.

Director: Michael Cacoyannis | Stars: Irene Papas, Giannis Fertis, Aleka Katselli, Theano Ioannidou

Votes: 1,070

44. Young Aphrodites (1963)

88 min | Drama, Romance

During a merciless drought, the brute nature of man and the delicate essence of the woman will yield under the omnipotence of the carnal instinct.

Director: Nikos Koundouros | Stars: Eleni Prokopiou, Takis Emmanuel, Kleopatra Rota, Vangelis Ioannidis

Votes: 627

45. Zorba the Greek (1964)

Not Rated | 142 min | Comedy, Drama

An uptight English writer traveling to Crete on a matter of business finds his life changed forever when he meets the gregarious Alexis Zorba.

Director: Michael Cacoyannis | Stars: Anthony Quinn, Alan Bates, Irene Papas, Lila Kedrova

Votes: 18,091

46. To nisi tis Afroditis (I) (1965)

95 min | Drama

In Cyprus, an EOKA fighter (against the British Administration), Kyriakoulis, is imprisoned by the British. His comrades kidnap the son of a friend of the British Administrator in ... See full summary »

Director: George Skalenakis | Stars: Katina Paxinou, Angelos Antonopoulos, Zorz Sarri, Kostas Kastanas

Votes: 28

47. O papatrehas (1966)

90 min | Comedy

With six sisters on the verge of marriage, a desperate spinster aunt, and an entire block of flats depending on him, an indefatigable concierge is making plans for the future; however, he must first find suitable husbands for his siblings.

Director: Errikos Thalassinos | Stars: Thanasis Vengos, Souli Sabah, Iro Kyriakaki, Maria Soldatou

Votes: 579

48. O ahortagos (1967)

100 min | Comedy

The story of a greedy man with a larger-than-life appetite for more, more, more.

Director: Dimis Dadiras | Stars: Giannis Gionakis, Maro Kodou, Dionysis Papagiannopoulos, Mary Lalopoulou

Votes: 134