Past MUBI Cup Films

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1. Film ist. (1998)

60 min | Documentary

Film ist. consists almost entirely of excerpts from various scientific films. This footage shows the flight of pigeons, intelligence test performed on apes, upside-down worlds and ... See full summary »

Director: Gustav Deutsch

Votes: 109

2. They Live (1988)

R | 94 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

54 Metascore

A drifter discovers a pair of sunglasses that allow him to wake up to the fact that aliens have taken over the Earth.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Roddy Piper, Keith David, Meg Foster, George 'Buck' Flower

Votes: 101,824 | Gross: $13.01M

3. The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum (1939)

Not Rated | 148 min | Drama, Romance

The adopted son of a legendary actor, and an aspiring star himself, turns to his infant brother's wet nurse for support and affection - only for her to give up everything for her beloved's glory.

Director: Kenji Mizoguchi | Stars: Shôtarô Hanayagi, Kôkichi Takada, Ryôtarô Kawanami, Kinnosuke Takamatsu

Votes: 2,916

4. True Heart Susie (1919)

Not Rated | 87 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Susie, a plain young country girl, secretly loves a neighbor boy, William. She believes in him and sacrifices much of her own happiness to promote his own ambitions, all without his ... See full summary »

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Lillian Gish, Robert Harron, Wilbur Higby, Loyola O'Connor

Votes: 1,554

5. Warrendale (1967)

100 min | Documentary

Chronicles 7-weeks in the lives of 12 emotionally disturbed children and their therapist's experimental method of treatment at the Toronto-area Warrendale facility.

Director: Allan King | Star: Martin Fischer

Votes: 478

6. City Streets (1931)

Passed | 83 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Man joins a gang to free his girlfriend from prison.

Director: Rouben Mamoulian | Stars: Gary Cooper, Sylvia Sidney, Paul Lukas, William 'Stage' Boyd

Votes: 1,180

7. Henry Fool (1997)

R | 137 min | Comedy, Drama

68 Metascore

Socially inept garbage man Simon is befriended by Henry Fool, a witty roguish, but talentless novelist. Henry opens a magical world of literature to Simon who turns his hand to writing the ... See full summary »

Director: Hal Hartley | Stars: Thomas Jay Ryan, James Urbaniak, Parker Posey, Maria Porter

Votes: 6,693 | Gross: $1.34M

8. Il Posto (1961)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama

A very young college graduate attempts to obtain a position with a large corporation.

Director: Ermanno Olmi | Stars: Sandro Panseri, Loredana Detto, Corrado Aprile, Guido Chiti

Votes: 4,087 | Gross: $0.01M

9. Two Drifters (2005)

Unrated | 98 min | Drama

41 Metascore

Pedro and Rui kiss after a first-anniversary dinner; Pedro drives home, dying en route in a crash. Another pair of lovers, Odete and Alberto, split over her desire to have a child. Pedro ... See full summary »

Director: João Pedro Rodrigues | Stars: Ana Cristina de Oliveira, Nuno Gil, João Carreira, Teresa Madruga

Votes: 1,085 | Gross: $0.02M

10. My Friend Ivan Lapshin (1985)

100 min | Drama

Russian provincial town in the middle of the 1930s Stalin's Great Purge. Ivan Lapshin, the head of the local police, does what he has to do. And he does it well.

Director: Aleksey German | Stars: Andrei Boltnev, Nina Ruslanova, Andrey Mironov, Aleksey Zharkov

Votes: 1,890

11. The Castle of Purity (1973)

110 min | Drama

The story of a disciplined and sexually driven man who keeps his family isolated in his home for years to protect them from the "evil nature" of human beings while inventing (with his wife)... See full summary »

Director: Arturo Ripstein | Stars: Claudio Brook, Rita Macedo, Arturo Beristáin, Diana Bracho

Votes: 1,186

12. The Spider's Stratagem (1970)

100 min | Drama, Mystery

A man returns to the place where his father was murdered and tries to find closure. But he finds himself in a similar predicament as his late father instead.

Director: Bernardo Bertolucci | Stars: Giulio Brogi, Alida Valli, Pippo Campanini, Franco Giovanelli

Votes: 2,264

13. The Red and the White (1967)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, War

During the Russian Civil War, the Red Army - aided by Hungarian Communists - and the White Army fight for control of the area surrounding the Volga.

Director: Miklós Jancsó | Stars: József Madaras, Tibor Molnár, András Kozák, Jácint Juhász

Votes: 3,013

14. Soldier of Orange (1977)

R | 165 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

During WWII, Dutch students join the resistance movement against the German occupation of the Netherlands.

Director: Paul Verhoeven | Stars: Rutger Hauer, Jeroen Krabbé, Susan Penhaligon, Edward Fox

Votes: 10,525

15. Les raquetteurs (1958)

15 min | Short, Documentary

Footage of a snowshoe festival in Sherbrooke, Quebec. Depictions of culture in the early years including snowshoe races, and musical attractions.

Directors: Michel Brault, Gilles Groulx

Votes: 336

16. Through and Through (1973)

70 min | Crime

Based on a pre-war murder case of the Malisz couple. They end up committing a petty robbery and a sordid murder. He is an illustrator who is not used by a climbing architect. His folks ... See full summary »

Director: Grzegorz Królikiewicz | Stars: Franciszek Trzeciak, Anna Nieborowska, Irena Ladosiówna, Lucyna Winnicka

Votes: 177

17. The White Balloon (1995)

Unrated | 85 min | Drama, Family

Several people try to help a little girl to find the money her mom gave her to buy a goldfish with.

Director: Jafar Panahi | Stars: Aida Mohammadkhani, Mohsen Kafili, Fereshteh Sadre Orafaiy, Anna Borkowska

Votes: 6,217 | Gross: $0.47M

18. Diaries Notes and Sketches (1969)

Not Rated | 177 min | Documentary

A chronogical about life including self, family, friend, couple and idol in 6 reels

Director: Jonas Mekas | Stars: Timothy Leary, Ed Emshwiller, Franz Fuenstler, Jack Smith

Votes: 543

19. The Cloud-Capped Star (1960)

Not Rated | 126 min | Drama, Musical

A selfless young woman (Supriya Choudhury) sacrifices her own happiness for her unappreciative family.

Director: Ritwik Ghatak | Stars: Supriya Choudhury, Anil Chatterjee, Gyanesh Mukherjee, Bijon Bhattacharya

Votes: 2,087

20. Safe (1995)

R | 119 min | Drama

76 Metascore

An affluent and unexceptional homemaker in the suburbs develops multiple chemical sensitivity.

Director: Todd Haynes | Stars: Julianne Moore, Xander Berkeley, Dean Norris, Julie Burgess

Votes: 11,867 | Gross: $0.51M

21. Berta's Motives (1984)

115 min | Drama

The life of a young girl who plays with little animals and insects is suddenly changed with the arrival of a film crew and a strange man.

Director: José Luis Guerín | Stars: Sílvia Gracia, Iñaki Aierra, Rafael Díaz, Carmen Ávila

Votes: 126

22. Sunrise (1927)

Passed | 94 min | Drama, Romance

An allegorical tale about a man fighting the good and evil within him. Both sides are made flesh - one a sophisticated woman he is attracted to and the other his wife.

Director: F.W. Murnau | Stars: George O'Brien, Janet Gaynor, Margaret Livingston, Bodil Rosing

Votes: 44,802 | Gross: $0.54M

23. Wonderland (1999)

R | 108 min | Drama

71 Metascore

There's little wonder in the working-class lives of Bill, Eileen, and their three grown daughters. They're lonely Londoners. Nadia, a cafe waitress, places personal ads, looking for love; ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Winterbottom | Stars: Shirley Henderson, Gina McKee, Molly Parker, Ian Hart

Votes: 3,841 | Gross: $0.41M

24. Blind Pig Who Wants to Fly (2008)

77 min | Drama

In "The Blind Pig Who Wants to Fly" you will find stories about disoriented identity, not knowing who you are, anxiety, uncertainty, the experience of being lost, told with a sense of humor... See full summary »

Director: Edwin | Stars: Joko Anwar, Clarine Baharrizki, Ladya Cheryl, Andhara Early

Votes: 208

25. An American Werewolf in London (1981)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Horror

60 Metascore

Two American college students on a walking tour of Britain are attacked by a werewolf that none of the locals will admit exists.

Director: John Landis | Stars: David Naughton, Jenny Agutter, Joe Belcher, Griffin Dunne

Votes: 86,195 | Gross: $30.57M

26. Hotel du Nord (1938)

83 min | Drama, Romance

On the meandering Canal St. Martin, at the Parisian Hôtel du Nord, a nearly fatal gunshot separates a dejected young couple. But, amid a sad but beautiful panorama of lively characters, love has the final say. Can life be a fairy tale?

Director: Marcel Carné | Stars: Annabella, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Louis Jouvet, Arletty

Votes: 2,049

27. Dr. Mabuse the Gambler (1922)

Not Rated | 242 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Arch-criminal Dr. Mabuse sets out to make a fortune and run Berlin. Detective Wenk sets out to stop him.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Aud Egede-Nissen, Gertrude Welcker, Alfred Abel

Votes: 6,944

28. God's Country (1985 TV Movie)

90 min | Documentary

Original footage of the prosperous farming community of Glencoe Minnesota, 60 miles west of Minneapolis, was filmed in 1979 for a PBS documentary. But for the next six years Malle was too ... See full summary »

Director: Louis Malle | Star: Louis Malle

Votes: 606

29. Dog Days (2001)

R | 121 min | Drama

66 Metascore

In the tomb-like quiet of their ranch-style purgatory, a divorced husband and wife fight a wordless war while mourning an unspeakable mutual loss. A sadistic lover's ritual humiliation spawns both tenderness and revenge.

Director: Ulrich Seidl | Stars: Maria Hofstätter, Christine Jirku, Viktor Hennemann, Georg Friedrich

Votes: 5,715 | Gross: $0.01M

30. Sealed Orders (1914)

84 min | Drama, Mystery

On the brink of war, Lt. van Hauen is summoned to take command of the cruiser, but due to unforeseen events, he is wrongfully convicted as a traitor.

Director: Benjamin Christensen | Stars: Benjamin Christensen, Karen Caspersen, Otto Reinwald, Fritz Lamprecht

Votes: 464

31. The Woman Who Drinks (2001)

91 min | Drama, Romance

À la veille de ses derniers instants, une femme se remémore son passé d'alcoolique. Elle revoit toute sa jeunesse dont une cuite qui, à 46 ans, lui a coûté tout ce qu'elle avait. «La ... See full summary »

Director: Bernard Émond | Stars: Élise Guilbault, Luc Picard, Michel Forget, Fanny Mallette

Votes: 171

32. Morvern Callar (2002)

R | 97 min | Drama

78 Metascore

After her beloved husband's suicide, a mourning supermarket worker and her best friend hit the road in Scotland, but find that grief is something that you can't run away from forever.

Director: Lynne Ramsay | Stars: Samantha Morton, Kathleen McDermott, Linda McGuire, Paul Popplewell

Votes: 8,708 | Gross: $0.27M

33. Clouds of May (1999)

130 min | Comedy, Drama

75 Metascore

This is a movie within movie, which is almost recursive, i.e., the movie inside looks like director Ceylan's previous movie, Kasaba. It is about the movie director, Muzaffer, going back to ... See full summary »

Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan | Stars: Emin Ceylan, Muzaffer Özdemir, Fatma Ceylan, Mehmet Emin Toprak

Votes: 4,255

34. Gregory's Girl (1980)

PG | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Gregory is a normal teen who is infatuated with a classmate. He must work to win her affection.

Director: Bill Forsyth | Stars: John Gordon Sinclair, Dee Hepburn, Jake D'Arcy, Clare Grogan

Votes: 7,131

35. Mauvais Sang (1986)

Unrated | 105 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

74 Metascore

As a deadly virus which infects people who have loveless sex sweeps Paris, a lonely pariah attempts to steal a potent antidote, only to fall for the mistress of his partner-in-crime. Is the infectious young love the cure to the bad blood?

Director: Leos Carax | Stars: Michel Piccoli, Juliette Binoche, Denis Lavant, Hans Meyer

Votes: 6,344 | Gross: $0.02M

36. Mandabi (1968)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama

A money order from a relative in Paris throws the life of a Senegalese family man out of order. He deals with corruption, greed, problematic family members, the locals and the changing from... See full summary »

Director: Ousmane Sembene | Stars: Makhouredia Gueye, Ynousse N'Diaye, Isseu Niang, Serigne N'Diayes

Votes: 454

37. Outcast of the Islands (1951)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama, Adventure

A man occupies a position of trust with a merchant in an East Asian port. He's sacked when he's caught stealing, but he pretends to commit suicide, and a Captain he befriended agrees to take him to a secret trading post.

Director: Carol Reed | Stars: Ralph Richardson, Trevor Howard, Robert Morley, Wendy Hiller

Votes: 818

38. The Scenic Route (1978)

Not Rated | 76 min | Drama

Spins the tale of a woman, her sister, and the man who completes the triangle. Told through such fertile sources as grand opera, classical painting, and Victorian melodrama.

Director: Mark Rappaport | Stars: Randy Danson, Marilyn Jones, Kevin Wade, Grant Stewart

Votes: 162

39. The Long Day Closes (1992)

PG | 85 min | Biography, Drama

85 Metascore

A young British boy comes of age among his loving family and the austere Catholic Church as he realizes his love of cinema and his homosexuality.

Director: Terence Davies | Stars: Leigh McCormack, Marjorie Yates, Anthony Watson, Nicholas Lamont

Votes: 2,562 | Gross: $0.16M

40. Matador (1986)

NC-17 | 110 min | Drama, Thriller

A matador is wounded by a bull and can no longer kill in the arena. It just a one flaw besides many others from several characters whom unsuspected collide.

Director: Pedro Almodóvar | Stars: Assumpta Serna, Antonio Banderas, Nacho Martínez, Eva Cobo

Votes: 10,183 | Gross: $0.21M

41. Mother and Son (1997)

73 min | Drama

A man goes for a walk through the countryside with his dying mother.

Director: Aleksandr Sokurov | Stars: Aleksei Ananishnov, Gudrun Geyer

Votes: 3,504

42. The Sixth Part of the World (1926)

68 min | Documentary

7.3