Obscure films

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1. Cousin Angelica (1974)

107 min | Drama

When the single middle-aged Luis travels from Barcelona to bury the remains of his mother in the vault of his family in Segovia, he is lodged by his aunt Pilar in her old house where he ... See full summary »

Director: Carlos Saura | Stars: José Luis López Vázquez, Lina Canalejas, Fernando Delgado, María Clara Fernández de Loaysa

Votes: 763

2. 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: 606

3. The Beginning (1970)

GP | 91 min | Drama, Romance

A film-in-film story set in a provincial town in Russia. Pasha (Churikova) is an amateur actress who plays a witch at a local club, but her dream is to play Joan of Arc. In a strike of luck... See full summary »

Director: Gleb Panfilov | Stars: Inna Churikova, Valentina Telichkina, Tatyana Stepanova, Leonid Kuravlyov

Votes: 774

4. Mister Designer (1987)

109 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

A famous artist strives to find the secret to eternal life through the beautiful mannequins he creates.

Director: Oleg Teptsov | Stars: Viktor Avilov, Anna Demyanenko, Mikhail Kozakov, Ivan Krasko

Votes: 779

5. Why Does Herr R. Run Amok? (1970)

Not Rated | 88 min | Drama

With slicked-down hair and three-piece suits, dependable Herr Raab is a technical draftsman. He gets along with his colleagues although his boss wants him to go beyond technical cleanliness... See full summary »

Directors: Michael Fengler, Rainer Werner Fassbinder | Stars: Lilith Ungerer, Kurt Raab, Lilo Pempeit, Franz Maron

Votes: 2,102

6. Strange Voyage (1964)

92 min | Comedy, Crime

Paquita and her brother Venancio, both single and childish, live in a small town near Madrid. Their bossy eldest sister Ignacia, also an old maid, dominates them. One night, Paquita hears ... See full summary »

Director: Fernando Fernán Gómez | Stars: Carlos Larrañaga, Tota Alba, Lina Canalejas, Rafaela Aparicio

Votes: 1,016

7. The Hunt (1966)

91 min | Drama, Thriller

Three men go hunting rabbits during a hot day. Heat and talking about events happened in the past make them angry, until they go totally crazy.

Director: Carlos Saura | Stars: Ismael Merlo, Alfredo Mayo, José María Prada, Emilio Gutiérrez Caba

Votes: 1,515

8. Balkan Spy (1984)

95 min | Comedy, Drama

Convinced that his subtenant is a spy and an enemy of the state, a man falls into deep paranoia which leads to absurd and destructive chain of events.

Directors: Dusan Kovacevic, Bozidar 'Bota' Nikolic | Stars: Danilo 'Bata' Stojkovic, Bora Todorovic, Mira Banjac, Sonja Savic

Votes: 9,848

9. Alpine Fire (1985)

R | 119 min | Drama

A year on an Alpine farm: an older couple have two children, Belli, who wanted to be a teacher, and the younger Franzi, deaf, and although he works like a man, child-like. Belli teaches him... See full summary »

Director: Fredi M. Murer | Stars: Thomas Nock, Johanna Lier, Dorothea Moritz, Rolf Illig

Votes: 747

10. Happy End (1967)

71 min | Comedy, Crime

A dark comedy about a murder and its consequences presented in a backwards manner, where death is actually a rebirth. The film starts with an "execution" of the main protagonist and goes ... See full summary »

Director: Oldrich Lipský | Stars: Vladimír Mensík, Jaroslava Obermaierová, Josef Abrhám, Bohus Záhorský

Votes: 938

11. 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: 659

12. 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: 2,180

13. Whistle Down the Wind (1961)

Unrated | 99 min | Crime, Drama

When an injured wife murderer takes refuge on a remote Lancashire farm, the owners three children mistakenly believe him to be the Second Coming of Christ.

Director: Bryan Forbes | Stars: Alan Bates, Bernard Lee, Norman Bird, Diane Clare

Votes: 2,863

14. Sekal Has to Die (1998)

109 min | Drama

Baran, a protestant blacksmith arrives in the little village of Lakotice to kill Sekal, a cruel Nazi collaborator.

Director: Vladimír Michálek | Stars: Olaf Lubaszenko, Boguslaw Linda, Jirí Bartoska, Agnieszka Sitek

Votes: 871

15. 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: 2,930

16. Three (1965)

80 min | Drama, War

Three stories are set at the beginning, middle and the end of WW2. In all three of them the hero of the movie must witness the death of people he likes.

Director: Aleksandar Petrovic | Stars: Velimir 'Bata' Zivojinovic, Ali Raner, Slobodan 'Cica' Perovic, Branislav 'Ciga' Jerinic

Votes: 619

17. The Birch Tree (1967)

92 min | Drama, Romance

Beautiful but ailing girl is married to a harsh man who doesn't care for her. Only after she dies does he realize that he actually loves her.

Director: Ante Babaja | Stars: Manca Kosir, Velimir 'Bata' Zivojinovic, Fabijan Sovagovic, Nela Erzisnik

Votes: 644

18. Fine Dead Girls (2002)

Not Rated | 77 min | Drama, Thriller

A lesbian couple rents an apartment in a seemingly normal building which happens to be populated with all kinds of freaks. Initially kind but unaware of their secret, a landlady tries to ... See full summary »

Director: Dalibor Matanic | Stars: Olga Pakalovic, Nina Violic, Kresimir Mikic, Inge Appelt

Votes: 2,076

19. The Suspect (1944)

Passed | 85 min | Drama, Thriller

An unhappily married man begins a flirtation with a younger woman. When his wife threatens to ruin her, he decides to take action.

Director: Robert Siodmak | Stars: Charles Laughton, Ella Raines, Dean Harens, Stanley Ridges

Votes: 1,614

20. H-8... (1958)

105 min | Drama

A bus and a truck are moving towards each other along a two-way traffic highway on a rainy day. At the very beginning we learn that a reckless driver of another car will cause them to ... See full summary »

Director: Nikola Tanhofer | Stars: Boris Buzancic, Djurdja Ivezic, Antun Vrdoljak, Vanja Drach

Votes: 1,130

21. King Lear (1970)

PG | 140 min | Drama

King Lear, old and tired, divides his kingdom among his daughters, giving great importance to their protestations of love for him. When Cordelia, youngest and most honest, refuses to idly ... See full summary »

Directors: Grigoriy Kozintsev, Iosif Shapiro | Stars: Jüri Järvet, Elza Radzina, Galina Volchek, Valentina Shendrikova

Votes: 1,343

22. Cloud-Paradise (1990)

79 min | Comedy, Drama

In a dreary Russian village, over-enthusiastic and underappreciated Kolya spontaneously announces that he has plans to leave for the far-east today, garnering far more attention and support than he anticipated.

Director: Nikolay Dostal | Stars: Andrey Zhigalov, Sergey Batalov, Irina Rozanova, Alla Kliouka

Votes: 552

23. 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: 1,614

24. 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: 1,193

26. Hello Cinema (1995)

75 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

Makhmalbaf puts an advertisement in the papers calling for an open casting for his next movie. However when hundreds of people show up, he decides to make a movie about the casting and the ... See full summary »

Director: Mohsen Makhmalbaf | Stars: Shaghayeh Djodat, Behzad Dorani, Feizola Gashghai, Maryam Keyhan

Votes: 1,598

27. A Dance in the Rain (1961)

100 min | Drama

Peter is the dark brooding type. Leading a vacuous, shapeless life, he longs for the ideal woman, while at the same time, half heartedly continuing with his habitual girlfriend, Marusa , ... See full summary »

Director: Bostjan Hladnik | Stars: Dusa Pockaj, Miha Baloh, Rado Nakrst, Ali Raner

Votes: 328

28. Photography (1973)

82 min | Drama

A photographer and a retoucher are wandering in small villages. They go from house to house offering their services. They try to record the truth, the true faces of these people.

Director: Pál Zolnay | Stars: István Iglódi, Ferenc Sebö, Márk Zala

Votes: 193

29. Modest Reception (2012)

100 min | Comedy, Drama

An Iranian couple from the city drive around a remote mountainous region. They hand out bags of money to poor villagers in return for them carrying out unusual requests the couple make of them.

Director: Mani Haghighi | Stars: Taraneh Alidoosti, Mani Haghighi, Saeed Changizian, Esmaeel Khalaj

Votes: 1,733

30. Swiadectwo urodzenia (1961)

99 min | Drama, War

Three episodes dealing with the harsh situation of children at the time of war. They stay at orphanages, wait for their parents to come back, help the soldiers, hide in the forests and do their best to survive.

Director: Stanislaw Rózewicz | Stars: Henryk Hryniewicz, Beata Barszczewska, Andrzej Banaszewski, Edward Mincer

Votes: 255

31. Fear of Fear (1975 TV Movie)

88 min | Drama

Margot, who lives in a comfortable middle class apartment, fears that she is losing her mind after having had her second child. Her husband Kurt, who is busy studying for an exam, does not ... See full summary »

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder | Stars: Margit Carstensen, Ulrich Faulhaber, Brigitte Mira, Irm Hermann

Votes: 1,448

32. The Fifth Seal (1976)

116 min | Drama, War

In Budapest in 1944, a watchmaker, a book seller and a carpenter are drinking in a bar with the owner,when they are joined by a stranger. The watchmaker asks a hypothetical question that will change their lives.

Director: Zoltán Fábri | Stars: Lajos Öze, László Márkus, Ferenc Bencze, Sándor Horváth

Votes: 3,380

33. Scandal Sheet (1952)

Passed | 82 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

The editor of an exploitation newspaper commits a murder and assigns his protégé to investigate hoping to divert attention away from himself.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: John Derek, Donna Reed, Broderick Crawford, Rosemary DeCamp

Votes: 1,836

36. Pyl (2005)

107 min | Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi

The genre of the film DUST could be called fantastic realism or existential drama with elements of the fantastic. Dust means the haste in which people live. Dust is a common misconception, ... See full summary »

Director: Sergey Loban | Stars: Aleksey Podolskiy, Pyotr Mamonov, Gleb Mikhaylov, Nina Yelisova

Votes: 1,276

37. The Nasty Girl (1990)

PG-13 | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, History

When a young woman investigates her town's Nazi past, the community turns against her.

Director: Michael Verhoeven | Stars: Lena Stolze, Hans-Reinhard Müller, Monika Baumgartner, Elisabeth Bertram

Votes: 2,330 | Gross: $2.28M

38. The Fool (II) (2014)

116 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

83 Metascore

Dima Nikitin is an ordinary honest plumber who suddenly decides to face the corrupt system of local politics in order to save the lives of 800 inhabitants of an old dormitory, which is about to collapse.

Director: Yuriy Bykov | Stars: Artyom Bystrov, Natalya Surkova, Yuriy Tsurilo, Boris Nevzorov

Votes: 10,047

39. Rol (2013)

132 min | Drama, History

"The Role" is about a brilliant actor in revolutionary Russia who takes on the greatest role of his life -- the role of another man. Influenced by the ideas of symbolism and the Silver Age,... See full summary »

Director: Konstantin Lopushanskiy | Stars: Aleksandr Efremov, Anna Geller, Yuriy Itskov, Maria Järvenhelmi

Votes: 313

40. Prisoner of the Mountains (1996)

R | 99 min | Drama, War

Two Russian soldiers, one battle-seasoned and the other barely into his boots and uniform, are taken prisoner by an anxious Islamic father from a remote village hoping to trade them for his captured son.

Director: Sergei Bodrov | Stars: Oleg Menshikov, Sergey Bodrov, Susanna Mekhraliyeva, Jemal Sikharulidze

Votes: 4,038 | Gross: $0.66M

41. Dry Season (2006)

96 min | Drama

78 Metascore

Chad, 2006. After a forty-year civil war, the radio announces the government has just amnestied the war criminals. Outraged by the news, Gumar Abatcha orders his grandson Atim, a ... See full summary »

Director: Mahamat-Saleh Haroun | Stars: Ali Barkai, Youssouf Djaoro, Aziza Hisseine, Khayar Oumar Defallah

Votes: 718

42. Das Boot ist voll (1981)

PG | 101 min | Drama, War

During World War II, Switzerland severely limited refugees: "Our boat is full." A train from Germany halts briefly in an isolated corner of Switzerland. Six people jump off seeking asylum: ... See full summary »

Director: Markus Imhoof | Stars: Tina Engel, Hans Diehl, Martin Walz, Curt Bois

Votes: 464

43. The Dybbuk (1937)

Unrated | 108 min | Drama, Fantasy

The mystical love story between Chonen, a poor Talmud student, and Lea, a girl from a wealthy family, depicts the traditional folk culture of Polish Jews before WW2.

Director: Michal Waszynski | Stars: Avrom Morewski, Ajzyk Samberg, Mojzesz Lipman, Lili Liliana

Votes: 385

44. The Organ (1965)

99 min | Drama

6.9