The definitive list of the very best film from every country in Europe (best european movies)
We put together this guide on the best film from every country in Europe to give our readers the chance to discover some great films. Inevitably with this kind of guide, it is impossible to list all the great films made in each country. Europe has an enormously rich and diverse film history, so the task of choosing one top film from each country is enormous. We hope you enjoy our selection.
Nëntori i dytë (1982) – Director: Viktor Gjika
A humbling story about a group of Albanians and their country’s battle for independence.
El Mundo de Pau Casals (1973) – Director: Joan-Baptista Bellsolell
Amor Idiota (2004) – Director: Ventura Pons
A drunk man meets a girl on his way home. Unable to get her out of his head, he becomes increasingly obsessed by her.
Amour (2012) – Director: Michael Haneke
After one of them suffers a stroke, an aging couple finds their love tested to the limit.
O Olmasin, Bu Olsun (1956) – Director: Huseyn Seyidzadeh
One day a beautiful young woman falls in love with a man. The problem is that she is obliged to marry someone else.
In the Fog (2012) – Director: Sergei Loznitsa
During the German occupation, a man faces a difficult moral choice when he is falsely accused of collaboration.
Man Bites Dog (1992) – Director: Rémy Belvaux
A film crew follows a deranged serial killer as he goes about his murderous day.
No Man’s Land (2001) – Director: Danis Tanovic)
Two soldiers from opposing sides get trapped in no man’s land during the breakup of Yugoslavia.
Eastern Plays (2009) – Director: Kamen Kalev
Two people try to continue with their normal lives in Bulgaria after the end of the Cold War.
One Song a Day Takes Mischief Away (1970) – Director: Kresimir Golik
A young girl notices her mother flirting with a mysterious man during a picnic.
Boy on the Bridge (2016) – Director: Petros Charalambous
A young boy’s innocence comes to an end when he ends up being at the center of a murder investigation.
Closely Watched Trains (Ostre sledované vlaky) (1966) – Director: Jirí Menzel
An apprentice train dispatcher becomes dismayed when he is unable to perform during his first sexual encounter.
Dogville (2003) – Director: Lars Von Trier
A woman ends up on the run from a mob in rural Colorado.
The Fencer (2015) – Director: Klaus Härö
An Estonian fencer fleeing the KGB ends up returning home to become a teacher in his hometown.
Iron Sky (2012) – Director: Timo Vuorensola
The Nazi’s have built a moon base and are planning to return to earth to take over.
Breathless (1960) – Director: Jean-Luc Godard
A car thief on the run from the police meets a young girl who he then persuades to come with him.
Corn Island (2014) – Director: George Ovashvili
A man struggles to survive a surging river.
Fitzcarraldo (1982) – Director: Werner Herzog
A man becomes obsessed with building an opera house in the middle of the South American jungle.
Mephisto (1981) – Director: István Szabó
The story of the surprise success of an actor who’s play becomes a success just as the Nazis come to power. Winner of an Academy Award for Best Foreign Film.
Zorba the Greek (1964) – Director: Mihalis Kakogiannis
A man’s life changes when he meets the flamboyant Alexis Zorba.
In the Name of the Father (1993) – Director: Jim Sheridan
A man and his father are imprisoned for a bombing they didn’t commit.
La Dolce Vita (1960) – Director: Federico Fellini
A portrait of the life of a journalist and the interesting characters he meets while living in Rome.
Babai (2015) – Director: Visar Morina
A father and son try to survive in the years following World War 2 by selling cigarettes.
Cilveka berns (1991) – Director: Janis Streics
A young boy upon hearing his crush is to be married, plots a way to break it off.
Paris, je t’aime (2006) – Director: Olivier Assayas
The story of romance and loss set in Paris.
Forest of the Gods (2005) – Director: Algimantas Puipa
A tale of a man who ends up being imprisoned under first the Nazis and then the Soviets.
An Affair of Love (1999) – Director: Frédéric Fonteyne
A couple recount their feeling about how they got together and their thoughts on their partner.
Adormidera (2013) Director: Raymond Mizzi
Five soldiers face a series of challenges on their way home from battle.
The Wedding in Monaco (1956) Director: Jean Masson
A film that recounts the marriage of Prince Rainier of Monaco to Grace Kelly.
Doktor Rej i djavoli (2012) Director: Dinko Tucakovic
Hollywood director, Nicholas Ray travels to Serbia at the request of a young filmmaker Ratko Drazevi.
Tula: The Revolt (2013) Director: Jeroen Leinders
The story of a slave revolt and one slave’s fight for freedom.
Kon Tiki (1950) Director: Thor Heyerdahl
A documentary about the famous Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl.
The Pianist (2002) Director: Roman Polanski
A Jewish musician fights for his survival in the Warsaw ghetto during World War II.
O Fatalista (2005) Director: João Botelho
A young valet Jacques and his master go on holiday.
Beyond the Hills (2012) Director: Cristian Mungiu
The story of two women who grew up in the same orphanage and how their lives turned out.
Black Cat, White Cat (1998) Director: Emir Kusturica
A failed businessman must find a way to repay a gangster he has borrowed money from.
The Shop on Main Street (1965) Director: Ján Kadár
A man is given a vacated shop that has recently been cleared of the Jewish owners by Nazi storm troopers.
Slovenka (2009) Director: Damjan Kozole)
A woman working as a prostitute is suddenly plunged into a moral abyss after an accidental death.
Volver (2006) Director: Pedro Almodóvar
After she dies, a woman returns to fix the relationships that she couldn’t in life.
The Seventh Seal (1957) Director: Ingmar Bergman
A knight tries to find out the meaning of life as he is pursued by the Grim Reaper.
Night Train to Lisbon (2013) Director: Bille August
A Swiss professor decides to quit his job and go on a journey to find himself.
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (2011) Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan
A group of men set out in search of a dead body in the Anatolian steppes.
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) Director: David Lean
Captured British PoWs are forced to construct a bridge on the Burma railway.
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