The best of the best Indonesian movies

by essidicky | created - 8 months ago | updated - 1 month ago | Public

There are some best Indonesian movies that I recommend to watch (curated), the rates are above 7 with many genres such as action, drama, comedy, adventure, etc. and directed by many talented Indonesian favorite directors of all time. Tbh this list is my personal list but I reveal the list to public. At least you have to watch them once before you die. Go and watch them legally and support our movies.

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1. Two Blue Stripes (2019)

TV-14 | 113 min | Drama, Family

A young couple violated the boundary without knowing the consequences. They try to take responsibility for their choices and their innocence is tested when the families who really loved them knew, then forced into their chosen journey.

Director: Ginatri S. Noer | Stars: Adhisty Zara, Angga Yunanda, Cut Mini Theo, Arswendi Nasution

Votes: 1,024

2. Imperfect (2019)

TV-PG | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

Being born fat and has dark skins, it feels like a curse for Rara, especially when she worked at the office that has surrounded by pretty girls. Her boss wants her to lose her weight, but there is a man who loves the way she were.

Director: Ernest Prakasa | Stars: Jessica Mila, Reza Rahadian, Yasmin Napper, Karina Suwandhi

Votes: 911

3. Joni's Promise (2005)

83 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

A film delivery man promises a beautiful young woman to deliver a film reel on time to a movie theater. But the the whole city seems to conspire against him.

Director: Joko Anwar | Stars: Nicholas Saputra, Mariana Renata, Rachel Maryam Sayidina, Surya Saputra

Votes: 1,317

4. Tabula Rasa (I) (2014)

TV-PG | 107 min | Drama

Hans was a young man from Serui, Papua, who has a dream to become a professional football player. But things turn out don't come his way, and when Hans had almost lost hope, he met Mak, a restaurant owners.

Director: Adriyanto Dewo | Stars: Jimmy Kobogau, Dewi Irawan, Yayu A.W. Unru, Ozzol Ramdan

Votes: 146

5. We Are Moluccans (2014)

151 min | Biography, Drama, History

Five years of conflict, thousands of casualties, a boys' football team unites them

Director: Angga Dwimas Sasongko | Stars: Chicco Jerikho, Abdurrahman Arif, Jajang C. Noer, Ridho Hafiedz

Votes: 178

6. Letters from Prague (2016)

TV-14 | 97 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

A girl named Larasati (Julie Estelle), trying to fulfill her deceased mother's last wish to deliver a box filled with letters from her past to an old guy lived in Prague. A story about forgiveness, tying loose end and bond.

Director: Angga Dwimas Sasongko | Stars: Julie Estelle, Tio Pakusadewo, Rio Dewanto, Widyawati

Votes: 322

7. Mencari Hilal (2015)

94 min | Adventure, Drama

With special agreement with his sister, not so close son agree to accompanied his strictly religious father journey to find "Hilal".

Director: Ismail Basbeth | Stars: Deddy Sutomo, Oka Antara, Haydar Salishz

Votes: 80

8. Fiksi. (2008)

TV-MA | 90 min | Thriller

Alisha (Ladya Cheryl) never feel comfortable staying in her cool and spacious home until one day she meets Bari (Donny Alamsyah) who introduces her the meaning of love.

Director: Mouly Surya | Stars: Ladya Cheryl, Donny Alamsyah, Kinaryosih, Soultan Saladin

Votes: 367

9. Laskar Pelangi (2008)

TV-G | 124 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

In the 1970s, a group of 10 students struggles with poverty and develop hopes for the future in Gantong Village on the farming and tin mining island of Belitung off the east coast of Sumatra.

Director: Riri Riza | Stars: Cut Mini Theo, Zulfanny, Ikranagara, Lukman Sardi

Votes: 2,201

10. The Raid: Redemption (2011)

R | 101 min | Action, Thriller

73 Metascore

A S.W.A.T. team becomes trapped in a tenement run by a ruthless mobster and his army of killers and thugs.

Director: Gareth Evans | Stars: Iko Uwais, Ananda George, Ray Sahetapy, Donny Alamsyah

Votes: 195,211 | Gross: $4.11M

11. The Raid 2 (2014)

R | 150 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

71 Metascore

Only a short time after the first raid, Rama goes undercover with the thugs of Jakarta and plans to bring down the syndicate and uncover the corruption within his police force.

Director: Gareth Evans | Stars: Iko Uwais, Yayan Ruhian, Arifin Putra, Oka Antara

Votes: 117,299 | Gross: $2.63M

12. Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts (2017)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama, Thriller, Western

77 Metascore

Marlina lives quietly in Sumba until one day a man named Markus and his gang try to rob her house and she kills him. Eventually, she is haunted by Markus, and her life turns in 180 degrees.

Director: Mouly Surya | Stars: Marsha Timothy, Egy Fedly, Tumpal Tampubolon, Yoga Pratama

Votes: 2,680 | Gross: $0.02M

13. What's Up with Cinta 2 (2016)

TV-14 | 123 min | Drama, Romance

14 years after their budding romance in high school, Rangga and Cinta reunite in Yogyakarta to have their closure after Rangga had left Cinta with no explanation years prior.

Director: Riri Riza | Stars: Nicholas Saputra, Dian Sastrowardoyo, Titi Kamal, Adinia Wirasti

Votes: 1,783

14. Turah (2016)

83 min | Drama

The residents of Kampung Tirang live in dilapidated shacks just to earn for their next meal. The hardworking and reliable Turah has been appointed by the cooperative leader to tend to ... See full summary »

Director: Wicaksono Wisnu Legowo | Stars: Ubaidillah, Slamet Ambari, Yono Daryono, Rudi Iteng

Votes: 70

15. Verses of Love (2008)

Not Rated | 130 min | Drama, Romance

A man who try to get through a complicated relationship in the Islamic way.

Director: Hanung Bramantyo | Stars: Fedi Nuril, Rianti Cartwright, Carissa Putri, Zaskia Adya Mecca

Votes: 1,079

16. Sherina's Adventure (2000)

TV-G | 112 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

Adventure of a little girl who just moved to a new town and meet a new friends.

Director: Riri Riza | Stars: Sherina Munaf, Derby Romero, Didi Petet, Ucy Nurul

Votes: 755

17. The Night Comes for Us (2018)

TV-MA | 121 min | Action, Thriller

69 Metascore

Ito, a gangland enforcer, caught amidst a treacherous and violent insurrection within his Triad crime family upon his return home from a stint abroad.

Director: Timo Tjahjanto | Stars: Iko Uwais, Joe Taslim, Julie Estelle, Hannah Al Rashid

Votes: 23,217

18. Cemara's Family (2018)

TV-G | 110 min | Drama, Family

After bankruptcy, Abah loses his house and all of his treasures. He also loses his court case, so his family is threatened with living in poverty forever. Abah and his family must get to their new life.

Director: Yandy Laurens | Stars: Nirina Zubir, Ringgo Agus Rahman, Adhisty Zara, Widuri Sasono

Votes: 676

19. Check Store Next Door (2016)

TV-PG | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

Just when everything is going well for Erwin, his father falls sick and asks him to drop everything and help out at the family store, disappointing his irresponsible older brother Yohan.

Director: Ernest Prakasa | Stars: Ernest Prakasa, Kin Wah Chew, Gisella Anastasia, Dion Wiyoko

Votes: 1,654

20. November Tenth (2015)

99 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Musa, a thirteen-year-old shoe shiner, with Yumna, undergoes destiny through their adventure of waging war during the war time. Will they manage to bring peace among the troops keeping on fighting for nothing?

Director: Aryanto Yuniawan | Stars: Reza Rahadian, Keagan Kang, Maudy Ayunda, Marlon Dance-Hooi

Votes: 2,929

21. Gie (2005)

Not Rated | 147 min | Biography, Drama

Soe Hok Gie is an activist who lived in the sixties. Set in the darkest era of Indonesian modern history, "Gie" is an interpretation of what happened based on his journal.

Director: Riri Riza | Stars: Nicholas Saputra, Jonathan Mulia, Thomas Nawilis, Christian Audi

Votes: 928

22. One Day We'll Talk About Today (2020)

TV-14 | 121 min | Drama, Family

Three siblings live in happy-looking families, but one of them changes and gets warned by his parents, prompting the rebellion of the three siblings which led to the discovery of the secrets and great trauma in their families.

Director: Angga Dwimas Sasongko | Stars: Rio Dewanto, Sheila Dara Aisha, Rachel Amanda, Sinyo Riza

Votes: 960

23. Habibie & Ainun (2012)

TV-14 | 120 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

This movie is based on the memoir written by the 3rd President of Indonesia and one of the world-famous engineer, B.J. Habibie about his wife, Hasri Ainun Habibie.

Director: Faozan Rizal | Stars: Reza Rahadian, Bunga Citra Lestari, Tio Pakusadewo, Ratna Riantiarno

Votes: 1,943

24. What's Up with Cinta? (2002)

TV-14 | 112 min | Drama, Romance

A popular girl has to choose whether she wants to stay as a part of her clique or fall for the brooding literature-loving boy in her school.

Director: Rudy Soedjarwo | Stars: Dian Sastrowardoyo, Nicholas Saputra, Ladya Cheryl, Titi Kamal

Votes: 2,621

25. Ziarah (2016)

87 min | Drama

Mbah Sri (95 years old) is looking for the grave of her husband, who has been missing for decades, with one simple aim: she wants to rest in peace beside her husband's grave.

Director: B.W. Purba Negara | Stars: Ponco Sutiyem, Rukman Rosadi, Ledjar Subroto, Vera Prifatamasari

Votes: 55

26. 27 Steps of May (2018)

112 min | Drama

Following a horrible experience, May has isolated herself and stopped talking. Her father blames himself and tries to live by May's conditions year after year. But one day a hole appears in the wall and through it May discovers a magician.

Director: Ravi L. Bharwani | Stars: Raihaanun Soeriaatmadja, Lukman Sardi, Ario Bayu, Verdi Solaiman

Votes: 342

27. Solo, Solitude (2016)

TV-MA | 97 min | Adult, Adventure, Biography

Wiji Thukul, a well-known poet, is designed as a suspect activist. With the police looking for him, Wiji is forced to leave Solo for Borneo, thousands of kilometers away.

Director: Yosep Anggi Noen | Stars: Gunawan Maryanto, Marissa Anita, Eduward Manalu, Melanie Subono

Votes: 229

28. Aruna & Her Palate (2018)

TV-MA | 106 min | Drama

An epidemiologist tried to satisfy her obsession with food when she was assigned to investigate a bird flu case.

Director: Edwin | Stars: Dian Sastrowardoyo, Nicholas Saputra, Hannah Al Rashid, Oka Antara

Votes: 668

29. Siti (2014)

Not Rated | 95 min | Drama

Siti has to find ways and means to care for her son and her husband. By day, she sells snacks; by night, she works as a karaoke guide. Tainted by her nighttime employment, Siti finds her husband no longer wishes to speak to her.

Director: Eddie Cahyono | Stars: Sekar Sari, Bintang Timur Widodo, Titi Dibyo, Ibnu Widodo

Votes: 227

30. Dilan 1990 (2018)

TV-14 | 110 min | Drama, Romance

Milea (Vanesha Prescilla) met with Dilan (Iqbaal Ramadhan) at a high school in Bandung in 1990. An unusual introduction brings Milea to know the uniqueness of Dilan who is smart, kind, and romantic in her eyes.

Directors: Pidi Baiq, Fajar Bustomi | Stars: Iqbaal Dhiafakhri Ramadhan, Vanesha Prescilla, Sissy Priscillia, Debo Andryos

Votes: 3,067

31. 5 cm (2012)

TV-14 | 125 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

Five best friends try to find out what true friendship is by climbing Mount Semeru, the highest peak in Java.

Director: Rizal Mantovani | Stars: Herjunot Ali, Fedi Nuril, Pevita Pearce, Didi Petet

Votes: 1,905

32. Leaf on a Pillow (1998)

83 min | Crime, Drama

The Indonesian society is seen through a middle-aged lady's eyes in her daily encounters with the street children who work and live off the harsh and sleazy world of adults.

Director: Garin Nugroho | Stars: Sarah Azhari, Deni Christantra, Christine Hakim, Heru

Votes: 238

33. After the Curfew (1954)

101 min | Drama

A hero of revolution returns to civilian life to find the new society very different from the ideals he fought for.

Director: Usmar Ismail | Stars: A.N. Alcaff, Dhalia, Netty Herawati, Bambang Hermanto

Votes: 207

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