There are many Hungarian movies and many movies created with international collaborations. In this list of Hungarian movie recommendations, there are movies that, although not fully Hungarian, were directed by an Oscar-winning Hungarian director. Most of these movies are easy to find on streaming platforms or online.
Béla Tarr, the iconic Hungarian director, made a movie that has a truly metaphoric narrative. The title itself makes a reference to the horse that German philosopher Friedrich Nietzche saw in 1889 as a man was hitting a horse. The philosopher went to the horse and hugged it, then his servant took him home, and Nietzche spent the rest of his life in silence, as his mental health was deteriorating. The movie, however, draws attention to a different story, to that of a Hungarian father and his daughter, but the horse remains an element in the movie. The storyline is truly unique, and instead of spoiling it, we present you the video of the full movie, as found on YouTube. You can also watch this movie on Netflix and Amazon.
László Nemes-Jeles earned his fame and recognition in the film industry, and he is mainly known by the general public for his movie Son of Saul. The director created another Hungarian movie worth watching, titled Sunset. The story revolves around a girl who, upon her return to Budapest, wants to work in her late parents’ hat salon, but she is rejected. Then she finds out she has a brother, and she starts looking for him while getting to know more about some hidden secrets. This movie is available on Netflix and Amazon.
If you love and adore stories of cute puppies that become people’s best friends and do amazing things for them like Hachikō, the Japanese dog that waited for its owner even after he had passed away, this movie is going to surprise you.
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Lili loves a dog named Hágen, but her father takes the dog away from the house. He does not allow keeping it due to a rule that muds have to be reported, and a tax has to be paid for keeping them. That is how the dog gets to the worst place in the world, from where it finally escapes with the other dogs, and they flood the streets of Budapest, ready to take revenge. Only Lili can stop them. This film is availabe on Amazon and Netflix, among others.
Hungarian director István Szabó directed Meeting Venus, a 1991 British–American–Japanese film starring Glenn Close and Niels Arestrup. The film follows a Hungarian conductor arriving at the European Opera in Paris trying to find his place in the West. He witnesses bureaucracy, behaviours based on national and political views. He even becomes romantically involved with the singer, and star of the performance. You can watch this film on Amazon or on YouTube in a lower quality by clicking HERE.
Another film directed by István Szabó stars Ralph Fiennes and Rachel Weisz in a historical drama. The family chronicle is a remarkable movie, which won three European film awards. Screenwriters István Szabó and Israel Horowitz, actor Ralph Fiennes, and cameraman Lajos Koltai were awarded. As the aforementioned movie, Sunshine is also available on Amazon. The film is also on YouTube, in quite a good quality. Click HERE to watch it.