Hungarian films On Body and Soul and Kincsem have taken the world (and critics) by storm last year, but there are many other great Hungarian films you should know about. These are the highest rated Hungarian movies on IMDb.
1. On Body and Soul
Year: 2017 Genre: drama, fantasy, romance IMDb score: 7.6 Director: Ildikó Enyedi Stars: Géza Morcsányi, Alexandra Borbély, Zoltán Schneider, Ervin Nagy
Plot: Slaughterhouse workers Endre and Mária discover that they share the same dreams in which they meet in a forest as deer and fall in love. They decide to make their dreams come true in real life, which proves to be much more difficult than they have imagined.
Year: 2017 Genre: drama IMDb score: 7.3 Director: Ferenc Török Stars: Péter Rudolf, Bence Tasnádi, Tamás Szabó Kimmel, Dóra Sztarenki
Plot: Two Jewish survivors of the Holocaust, dressed in black, arrive in a Hungarian village on 12 August 1945. Soon after, everything changes.
3. Son of Saul
Year: 2015 Genre: drama, war IMDb score: 7.5 Director: László Nemes Stars: Géza Röhrig, Levente Molnár, Urs Rechn, Todd Charmont
Plot: In the Auschwitz concentration camp during World War II, a prisoner called Saul Ausländer is forced to burn the corpses of his own people, but he finds moral survival upon trying to salvage from the flames a boy’s body he takes for his son.
Year: 2018 Genre: drama IMDb score: 6.7 Director: László Nemes Stars: Susanne Wuest, Björn Freiberg, Vlad Ivanov, Juli Jakab
Plot: A young girl grows up to become a strong and fearless woman in Budapest before World War I.
5. The Whiskey Bandit
Year: 2017 Genre: action, adventure, biography IMDb score: 7.7 Director: Antal Nimród Stars: Bence Szalay, Zoltán Schneider, Viktor Klem, Piroska Móga
Plot: The Whiskey Bandit was one of the most famous bank robbers in Hungary. He was known for drinking whiskey before every bank job. The movie tells his story.
6. White God
Year: 2014 Genre: drama, fantasy, horror IMDb score: 6.9 Director: Kornél Mundruczó Stars: Zsófia Psotta, Sándor Zsótér, Lili Horváth, Szabolcs Thuróczy
Plot: Mixed-breed dog Hagen befriends 13-year old Lili, and comforts her as she goes to live with her strict, estranged father. Because Hagen is a mixed-breed, he is subject to a large “mongrel” fee imposed by the Hungarian government, which Lili’s father is unwilling to pay. Lili fights to protect her dog, and she is devastated when her father eventually sets Hagen free on the streets. Lili sets out to find her dog and save him.
7. Land of Storms
Year: 2014 Genre: drama, romance, sports IMDb score: 6.7 Director: Ádám Császi Stars: András Sütö, Ádám Varga, Sebastian Urzendowsky, Enikö Börcsök
Plot: Szabolcs returns home to Hungary after quitting his football career in Germany, and he begins a romantic and sexual relationship with Áron from a nearby town. The situation is complicated when Szabolcs’ former roommate in Germany, arrives to convince him to return to football training.
Year: 2016 Genre: crime, thriller IMDb score: 7.1 Director: Árpád Sopsits Stars: Károly Hajduk, Gábor Jászberényi, Zsolt Anger, Péter Bárnai
Plot: Based on real-life events, this psycho-thriller is set in the provincial Hungary of the 1960s, when a series of atrocious murders shock the small town of Martfü. A psychotic killer is on the prowl, while an innocent man is wrongly accused and sentenced for crimes he could never have committed. A determined detective becomes obsessed with the case while under pressure from the prosecutor to see a man hang. Stuck in the suffocating social, political and psychological world of socialist Hungary, the viewers soon find themselves entangled in a web of intricate conspiracy and disturbing drama.
9. Jupiter’s Moon
Year: 2017 Genre: drama, Sci-Fi IMDb score: 6.2 Director: Kornél Mundruczó Stars: Merab Ninidze, Zsombor Jéger, György Cserhalmi, Mónika Balsai
Plot: Aryan and his father are Syrian refugees trying to cross the Hungarian border from Serbia. During the border crossing, Aryan and his father lose their papers and are separated when a border guard unit discovers the group. Aryan is shot several times by a police officer, but instead of dying he mysteriously obtains the power to levitate. They find themselves in a web of cynicism and corruption.
10. The Turin Horse
Year: 2011 Genre: drama IMDb score: 7.8 Director: Béla Tarr and Ágnes Hranitzky Stars: János Derzsi, Erika Bók, Mihály Kormos, Ricsi
Plot: The film focuses on a pair of impoverished potato farmers, father and daughter, and their horse. The rural farmer is forced to confront the mortality of his faithful horse.
Check out the other part of the top 20 most popular Hungarian films as well:
- Sátántangó (1994, drama, 8.5)
- Werckmeister Harmonies (2000, drama-mystery, 8.2)
- Aurora Borealis: Északi fény (2017, drama, 7.3)
- Kontroll (2003, comedy, crime, drama, 7.7)
- Mephisto (1981, drama, 7.8)
- Taxidermia (2006, comedy, drama, horror, 7.0)
- Kincsem (2017, adventure, drama, history, 7.5)
- Kút (2016, action, adventure, drama, 7.1)
- Fateless (2005, drama, war, 7.0)
- Kills on Wheels (2016, action, comedy, drama, 7.1)
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