Top 100 - Poland

by dziwnytenswiat | created - 13 Mar 2013 | updated - 07 May 2019 | Public

The Top from all Polish Feature Films I have seen. Average vote from IMDb and my vote.

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1. Blind Chance (1987)

Not Rated | 114 min | Drama

Witek runs after a train. Three variations follow on how such a seemingly banal incident could influence the rest of Witek's life.

Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski | Stars: Boguslaw Linda, Tadeusz Lomnicki, Zbigniew Zapasiewicz, Boguslawa Pawelec

Votes: 8,000

Vote: 9,00

2. Camera Buff (1979)

Not Rated | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Filip buys an eight-millimetre movie camera when his first child is born. Because it's the first camera in town, he's named official photographer by the local Party boss. His horizons widen... See full summary »

Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski | Stars: Jerzy Stuhr, Malgorzata Zabkowska, Ewa Pokas, Stefan Czyzewski

Votes: 5,940

Vote: 9,00

3. Life Feels Good (2013)

Not Rated | 112 min | Drama

The story of a boy suffering from cerebral palsy and his troubled growing up during Poland's transition in the 1980s and 90s.

Director: Maciej Pieprzyca | Stars: Dawid Ogrodnik, Dorota Kolak, Arkadiusz Jakubik, Helena Sujecka

Votes: 2,224

Vote: 8,95

4. Kanal (1957)

Not Rated | 91 min | Drama, War

In 1944, during the Warsaw uprising against the Nazis, Polish Lieutenant Zadra and his resistance fighters use Warsaw's sewer system to escape the German encirclement.

Director: Andrzej Wajda | Stars: Teresa Izewska, Tadeusz Janczar, Wienczyslaw Glinski, Tadeusz Gwiazdowski

Votes: 6,355

Vote: 8,90

5. Cold War (2018)

R | 89 min | Drama, History, Music

90 Metascore

In the 1950s, a music director falls in love with a singer and tries to persuade her to flee communist Poland for France.

Director: Pawel Pawlikowski | Stars: Joanna Kulig, Tomasz Kot, Borys Szyc, Agata Kulesza

Votes: 43,974 | Gross: $4.57M

Vote: 8,90

6. The Hourglass Sanatorium (1973)

124 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Józef visits his dying father at a remote mental institution, where time itself doesn't seem to exist, and the line between dreams and memories becomes indistinguishable.

Director: Wojciech Has | Stars: Jan Nowicki, Tadeusz Kondrat, Irena Orska, Halina Kowalska

Votes: 3,152

Vote: 8,85

7. Clergy (2018)

133 min | Drama

Three Catholic priests meet to celebrate the anniversary of an event which could have taken their lives. Their experiences and motivations to serve as priests are extremely different, and soon each of them will have to face new challenges.

Director: Wojciech Smarzowski | Stars: Arkadiusz Jakubik, Robert Wieckiewicz, Jacek Braciak, Joanna Kulig

Votes: 4,038

Vote: 8,85

8. The Debt (1999)

Not Rated | 106 min | Drama, Crime, Thriller

The Debt is a gripping thriller about two entrepreneurs who become tangled in the web of a Russian thug. Two friends begin a business venture of importing Italian scooters into Poland. With... See full summary »

Director: Krzysztof Krauze | Stars: Robert Gonera, Jacek Borcuch, Andrzej Chyra, Cezary Kosinski

Votes: 3,246

Vote: 8,80

9. Man of Iron (1981)

PG | 156 min | Drama, History

A few years after the events of Man of Marble (1977), a journalist investigates Mateusz Birkut's son Maciek Tomczyk, now an activist leading a shipyard strike.

Director: Andrzej Wajda | Stars: Jerzy Radziwilowicz, Krystyna Janda, Marian Opania, Wieslawa Kosmalska

Votes: 2,936

Vote: 8,70

10. O-Bi, O-Ba - The End of Civilization (1985)

88 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Set in an underground dungeon inhabited by bundled, ragged human beings, after the nuclear holocaust. The story follows the wanderings of a hero through the situations of survival. People ... See full summary »

Director: Piotr Szulkin | Stars: Jerzy Stuhr, Krystyna Janda, Kalina Jedrusik, Mariusz Dmochowski

Votes: 980

Vote: 8,70

11. Nie lubie poniedzialku (1971)

98 min | Comedy

An acute case of Mondayitis in Warsaw. Interwoven stories of a few inhabitants of Warsaw, including one very unlucky Italian on a governmental mission and a charitable Polish American.

Director: Tadeusz Chmielewski | Stars: Kazimierz Witkiewicz, Zygmunt Apostol, Bogusz Bilewski, Mieczyslaw Czechowicz

Votes: 1,653

Vote: 8,60

12. Smierc prezydenta (1977)

144 min | Drama, History

Set at the historic moment of rebirth of Poland after World War I. The newly organized National Assembly elected Gabriel Narutowicz, a professor returning home from Switzerland to enter ... See full summary »

Director: Jerzy Kawalerowicz | Stars: Zdzislaw Mrozewski, Marek Walczewski, Henryk Bista, Czeslaw Byszewski

Votes: 182

Vote: 8,60

13. Escape from the 'Liberty' Cinema (1990)

PG | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

During the screening of the film "Daybreak" at the Liberty Cinema, movie characters suddenly come alive and begin to talk to the viewers. The situation surprises communist authorities who send a censor to the theatre.

Director: Wojciech Marczewski | Stars: Janusz Gajos, Zbigniew Zamachowski, Teresa Marczewska, Piotr Fronczewski

Votes: 806

Vote: 8,60

14. Perla w koronie (1972)

111 min | Drama

Film set during the Silesian Uprising in the 1920's. The German owners of a mine decide that it is unprofitable and want to close it by flooding it. The miners go on strike.

Director: Kazimierz Kutz | Stars: Lucja Kowolik, Olgierd Lukaszewicz, Jan Englert, Franciszek Pieczka

Votes: 234

Vote: 8,60

15. Hi, Tereska (2001)

86 min | Drama

A sensitive teenage girl from a poor family befriends a cynical schoolmate, who shows her how to smoke, drink, have sex and steal. Tereska's life heads towards a catastrophe.

Director: Robert Glinski | Stars: Aleksandra Gietner, Karolina Sobczak, Zbigniew Zamachowski, Malgorzata Rozniatowska

Votes: 1,356

Vote: 8,60

16. Wesele (1973)

102 min | Drama

Set at the turn of the century, the story concerns a Polish poet living in Cracow who has decided to marry a peasant girl. The wedding is attended by a heterogenous group of people from all... See full summary »

Director: Andrzej Wajda | Stars: Marek Walczewski, Izabella Olszewska, Ewa Zietek, Daniel Olbrychski

Votes: 984

Vote: 8,55

17. The Reverse (2009)

99 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A story about women, set in the present and in 1950s Warsaw. The main character is Sabina, a quiet, shy woman who has just turned thirty. Clearly, she lacks a man in her life. Her mother ... See full summary »

Director: Borys Lankosz | Stars: Agata Buzek, Krystyna Janda, Anna Polony, Marcin Dorocinski

Votes: 1,957

Vote: 8,50

18. Interrogation (1989)

TV-MA | 118 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Tonia goes out drinking. She wakes up in prison, not having a clue why she's there. She is tortured to encourage her to confess to a crime she is not aware of.

Director: Ryszard Bugajski | Stars: Krystyna Janda, Adam Ferency, Janusz Gajos, Agnieszka Holland

Votes: 2,885

Vote: 8,50

19. The Noose (1958)

96 min | Drama

One day in the life of an alcohol addict. With the help of his girlfriend Krysia, Kuba attempts to regain control of his life. But when she's at work, Kuba is home alone, and it becomes hard not to resist the temptation.

Director: Wojciech Has | Stars: Gustaw Holoubek, Aleksandra Slaska, Teresa Szmigielówna, Tadeusz Fijewski

Votes: 765

Vote: 8,45

20. Man of Marble (1977)

160 min | Drama

A young Polish filmmaker sets out to find out what happened to Mateusz Birkut, a bricklayer who became a propaganda hero in the 1950s but later fell out of favor and disappeared.

Director: Andrzej Wajda | Stars: Krystyna Janda, Jerzy Radziwilowicz, Tadeusz Lomnicki, Jacek Lomnicki

Votes: 3,755

Vote: 8,40

21. Wszystko na sprzedaz (1969)

105 min | Drama

The disappearance of the leading actor from the film's set worries its director Andrzej. He embarks on a journey to look out for the actor with a young actor and missing actor's wife and mistress.

Director: Andrzej Wajda | Stars: Beata Tyszkiewicz, Elzbieta Czyzewska, Andrzej Lapicki, Daniel Olbrychski

Votes: 656

Vote: 8,35

22. The Promised Land (1975)

Not Rated | 179 min | Drama

At the turn of the century, Lodz, Poland was a quick-paced manufacturing center for textiles, replete with cutthroat industrialists and unsafe working conditions. Three young friends, a ... See full summary »

Director: Andrzej Wajda | Stars: Daniel Olbrychski, Wojciech Pszoniak, Andrzej Seweryn, Anna Nehrebecka

Votes: 2,993

Vote: 8,35

23. Mug (2018)

91 min | Comedy, Drama

70 Metascore

A man undergoes a face transplant and experiences ensuing identity issues.

Director: Malgorzata Szumowska | Stars: Mateusz Kosciukiewicz, Agnieszka Podsiadlik, Malgorzata Gorol, Roman Gancarczyk

Votes: 1,975

Vote: 8,25

24. Bad Luck (1960)

92 min | Comedy

The story is an odyssey of a little man through Poland of 1930 to 1950. It shows his attempts to cope with a changing world which seems to have no place for him. He has no consciousness of ... See full summary »

Director: Andrzej Munk | Stars: Bogumil Kobiela, Maria Ciesielska, Helena Dabrowska, Barbara Lass

Votes: 979

Vote: 8,20

25. Jak byc kochana (1963)

97 min | Drama

An actress travels from Warsaw to Paris and during the trip reflects on the last few years of her life. It goes back to the German occupation and her hiding of a fellow actor who has ... See full summary »

Director: Wojciech Has | Stars: Barbara Krafftówna, Zbigniew Cybulski, Artur Mlodnicki, Wienczyslaw Glinski

Votes: 470

Vote: 8,20

26. The Third Part of the Night (1971)

105 min | Drama, Horror, War

Set during the occupation of Poland during World War II. Some German soldiers, slaughter a woman, her son and daughter-in-law. The husband and his father escape by being in the forest. The ... See full summary »

Director: Andrzej Zulawski | Stars: Malgorzata Braunek, Leszek Teleszynski, Jan Nowicki, Jerzy Golinski

Votes: 1,729

Vote: 8,20

27. The Birch Wood (1970)

99 min | Drama

Takes place in a prewar Poland. A tubercular young man comes to stay with his brother on a farm. He is in love with life and constantly plays 1930's music on a piano. He gets involved with ... See full summary »

Director: Andrzej Wajda | Stars: Daniel Olbrychski, Olgierd Lukaszewicz, Emilia Krakowska, Danuta Wodynska

Votes: 709

Vote: 8,20

28. Silent Night (2017)

100 min | Comedy, Drama

Adam unexpectedly visits his family house at Christmas after a few years of working abroad. No family member knows about his secret plans and the real reasons of his visit.

Director: Piotr Domalewski | Stars: Dawid Ogrodnik, Tomasz Zietek, Agnieszka Suchora, Arkadiusz Jakubik

Votes: 1,635

Vote: 8,20

29. C.K. dezerterzy (1986)

155 min | Adventure, Comedy, War

In 1918, a group of soldiers of various nationalities conspires to desert the imperial Austro-Hungarian army.

Director: Janusz Majewski | Stars: Marek Kondrat, Zoltán Bezerédy, Wiktor Zborowski, Jacek Sas-Uhrynowski

Votes: 1,015

Vote: 8,15

30. I'm a Killer (2016)

117 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Inspired by true events from the 1970s, the story revolves around a young detective who becomes the head of a police unit focused on catching a rampant serial killer of women, nicknamed 'The Silesian Vampire'.

Director: Maciej Pieprzyca | Stars: Miroslaw Haniszewski, Arkadiusz Jakubik, Agata Kulesza, Magdalena Poplawska

Votes: 2,257

Vote: 8,15

31. On the Silver Globe (1988)

Unrated | 166 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

72 Metascore

A team of astronauts land on an inhabitable planet and form a society. Many years later, a single astronaut is sent to the planet and becomes a messiah.

Director: Andrzej Zulawski | Stars: Andrzej Seweryn, Jerzy Trela, Grazyna Dylag, Waldemar Kownacki

Votes: 2,156

Vote: 8,15

32. Doll (2013)

G | 131 min | Biography, Drama

The rise and fall of the most distinguished Polish-Gypsy poetess Bronislawa Wajs, widely known as Papusza, and her relationship with her discoverer, writer Jerzy Ficowski.

Directors: Joanna Kos-Krauze, Krzysztof Krauze | Stars: Jowita Budnik, Zbigniew Walerys, Antoni Pawlicki, Artur Steranko

Votes: 1,059

Vote: 8,15

33. There and Back (2002)

102 min | Drama, Action, Crime

In the mid-1960s, a respected surgeon dreams of leaving Poland to see his wife and daughter in England. To get the money for his escape, he needs to consider taking part in a bank robbery.

Director: Wojciech Wójcik | Stars: Janusz Gajos, Jan Frycz, Olaf Lubaszenko, Miroslaw Baka

Votes: 311

Vote: 8,10

34. Provincial Actors (1979)

121 min | Comedy, Drama

The film is set in a small town near Warsaw, to which a young and coming director comes to produce a classic play (Wyspianski "Wyzwolenie") with a modern vein. Everyone in the production ... See full summary »

Director: Agnieszka Holland | Stars: Halina Labonarska, Tadeusz Huk, Iwona Biernacka, Ewa Dalkowska

Votes: 240

Vote: 8,10

35. The Constant Factor (1980)

Not Rated | 87 min | Drama

A young man is facing death of his mother. A petty corruption at his job leads to him being framed and robbed of his only desire to climb mountains in Himalayas, as his father did and where he died.

Director: Krzysztof Zanussi | Stars: Tadeusz Bradecki, Zofia Mrozowska, Malgorzata Zajaczkowska, Cezary Morawski

Votes: 660

Vote: 8,10

36. How Far, How Near (1972)

95 min | Drama

Middle-aged Andrzej takes a dreamlike journey to his troubled past, trying to understand his friend's suicide.

Director: Tadeusz Konwicki | Stars: Andrzej Lapicki, Gustaw Holoubek, Maja Komorowska, Anna Dymna

Votes: 214

Vote: 8,10

37. Hospital of the Transfiguration (1979)

90 min | Drama

The film is set in 1943 in a mental asylum in the country. But this is an unusual hospital: there are several incurable schizophrenic cases, staff is bit strange and a writer has ... See full summary »

Director: Edward Zebrowski | Stars: Piotr Dejmek, Jerzy Binczycki, Henryk Bista, Ewa Dalkowska

Votes: 255

Vote: 8,10

38. The Last Stage (1948)

110 min | Drama

Female prisoners of various ethnic background struggle to survive the hardships of Auschwitz Concentration Camp.

Director: Wanda Jakubowska | Stars: Tatjana Gorecka, Antonina Gordon-Górecka, Barbara Drapinska, Aleksandra Slaska

Votes: 244

Vote: 8,05

39. In Darkness (2011)

R | 145 min | Drama, War

74 Metascore

A dramatization of one man's rescue of Jewish refugees in the German-occupied Polish city of Lvov.

Director: Agnieszka Holland | Stars: Robert Wieckiewicz, Benno Fürmann, Agnieszka Grochowska, Maria Schrader

Votes: 9,767 | Gross: $1.04M

Vote: 8,05

40. We're All Christs (2006)

107 min | Drama

Son's painful memories of his father's lifelong alcohol addiction turn to be traumatic for both of them. These memories make them realise the booze inheritance in their family. Will they get out of this vicious circle?

Director: Marek Koterski | Stars: Marek Kondrat, Andrzej Chyra, Michal Koterski, Janina Traczykówna

Votes: 2,195

Vote: 8,05

41. The War of the Worlds: Next Century (1981)

96 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

Film opens on December 28, 1999, three days before the dawn of the new century. A local reporter, Iron Idem, announces that the Martians have landed. Shortly after that his program loses ... See full summary »

Director: Piotr Szulkin | Stars: Roman Wilhelmi, Krystyna Janda, Mariusz Dmochowski, Jerzy Stuhr

Votes: 467

Vote: 8,05

42. Afterimage (2016)

98 min | Biography, Drama, History

75 Metascore

The story of charismatic painter Wladyslaw Strzeminski, who opposed social realism and maintained his own artistic freedom in spite of political obstacles.

Director: Andrzej Wajda | Stars: Boguslaw Linda, Zofia Wichlacz, Bronislawa Zamachowska, Andrzej Konopka

Votes: 2,439 | Gross: $0.03M

Vote: 8,05

43. Pulkownik Kwiatkowski (1995)

123 min | Adventure, Comedy, History

In 1945, military doctor Andrzej Kwiatkowski pretends to be a communist army colonel in order to save innocent people from Stalinist imprisonment and to get the heart of the girl he's in love with.

Director: Kazimierz Kutz | Stars: Marek Kondrat, Renata Dancewicz, Zbigniew Zamachowski, Adam Ferency

Votes: 728

Vote: 8,05

44. I Am (2005)

93 min | Drama

A self-reliable 11-year-old boy runs away from children's home to be with his dysfunctional mother. She doesn't want him back so he starts living on an old barge.

Director: Dorota Kedzierzawska | Stars: Piotr Jagielski, Agnieszka Nagórzycka, Edyta Jungowska, Barbara Szkaluba

Votes: 912

Vote: 8,05

45. Landscape After Battle (1970)

109 min | Drama, History, Romance

Film opens with the mad rush of haphazard freedom as the concentration camps are liberated. Men are trying to grab food, change clothes, bury their tormentors they find alive. Then they are... See full summary »

Director: Andrzej Wajda | Stars: Daniel Olbrychski, Stanislawa Celinska, Aleksander Bardini, Tadeusz Janczar

Votes: 719

Vote: 8,00

46. Little Rose (2010)

118 min | Drama, History, Romance