I love maps and I love movies.
I am a bit ashamed to say how many hours this little post took me, but I am satisfied on how it turned out nonetheless.
I collected the data on IMDb Advanced Search by ”hand”. I got the list of countries from Wikipedia. I then created an Excel to collect all the infos regarding the films, the year of production, rating, number of rating and links to these films.
I tried to have reasonable criterias, yet in some cases I was forced to go around it or I had to make exceptions.
However, these were the criterias:
- Only features films allowed. No TV Movies, no Documentaries, no Movies of a musical recorded in a theater;
- An animated movie is acceptable in some circumstances;
- Minimum 60 minutes runtime;
- Minimum 200 ratings;
- Country of production had to be at most the 2nd country of production in the list E.g.:
✔️ Production country: France | Monaco
❌ Production country: Germany | Austria | Monaco
- The same movie can’t be assigned to two different countries.
The maps of the results:
Some things I learned along the way:
- Turkey is the winner, with the highest rated movie at 9.3. The movie is called Hababam Sinifi and it’s from 1975. Friends who live in Turkey confirmed this is a classic. It is available on YouTube, restored in full HD and with english subtitles;
- Unsurprisingly the Vatican City has never made any movie. Yet, I was a bit surprised to discover the same about San Marino;
- Andorra has few movies that could not qualify because of rule 5 and it’s the only country that has a sub-6 movie;
- In general, all the small states of Europe had to be allowed some exeptions or wiggle room since the movie scene is in general tiny or non-existing. Liechtenstein best movie is called “Paris I love you”. I said enough.
- Selecting the russian movie was extremely difficult because of the Soviet Union. There were a lot of supposedly acceptable russian movies in russian language done before the end of the Soviet Union but they were mostly movies made nowadays Georgia, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, etc. For a russian movie I needed it to be made in russian soil. Eventually, I found the one that is on the list;
- I had a similar problem with Croatia. The croatian movie of the list was made in Yugoslavia, a country that does not exists anymore. Yet, it was made on croatian soil and it’s in croatian language. For me, it qualified.
- Moldova’s best movie was also difficult for the similarities this country shares with Romania, in culture and language. In theory, the no 1 movie was some flick filmed in Bucharest with romanian actors in what it seemed proper romanian language. It did not felt right. I found the same exact difficulties with Albania and Kosovo, for the same exact reasons.
- Scandinavia had some overlapping issues. The Icelandic movie technically qualified also for Finland, since it was an Icelandic/Finnish production. Yet the movie is in Icelandic and a movie can not be double on this list (rule 6). Eventually, I had to go back to 1955 to find a Finnish movie made in Finland with finnish actors in finnish language;
- The Norwegian best movie is an animated movie from 1975. At first glance, it seems some B-rated animation (jeg beklager Norge), yet it has a ton of ratings, it’s in norwegian language, it’s made by a Norwegian director born in Norway (even if his name could seriously mislead you). It qualifies;
- Spain was kinda tricky as well. Loads of Mexican movies and Argentinian movies at the first spots. I used common sense and as usual removed movies filmed in these locations by mexican or argentinian directors. The winner that came out is actually a great movie I suggest to everyone.
- Extremely hard to navigate around the United Kingdom results. Suprisingly, putting as criteria UK as a country and English as a language gives you a lot of results. The fist 15-ish movies were american movies with american directors, american actors, filmed in the USA. I had to scroll down to 1917 to find a movie that qualified: british actors, playing british people, filmed in britain, with a british director. Bullseye;
- Switzerland has an almost non-existing movie scene, which is weird considering it’s population and size.
The table of all the data I collected is here:
|Country||Title||Rating||Year||N of ratings|
|Albania||Velikiy voin Albanii Skanderbeg||8.0||1953||582|
|Belarus||Fortress of War||7.5||2010||8500|
|Belgium||The Blue Villa||8.4||1994||335|
|B&H||The Perfect Circle||8.1||1997||1888|
|Croatia||For good old times||8.4||2018||1341|
|Estonia||Truth and Justice||8.6||2019||2267|
|France||You Go to my head||9.0||2017||514|
|Germany||Das kletze Mahl||8.8||2018||418|
|Greece||World Gone Mad||8.8||1963||2061|
|Iceland||Let Me Fall||8.0||2018||647|
|Ireland||In the name of the father||8.1||1993||150000|
|Italy||The Good The Bad The Ugly||8.8||1966||662000|
|Latvia||The Foundation of Criminal Excellence||8.2||2018||1113|
|Liechtenstein||Paris, je t’aime||7.2||2006||69000|
|Moldova||Bed of Procust||7.4||2002||315|
|Monaco||Bay of angels||7.4||1963||2621|
|Montenegro||The Books of Knjige: Cases of Justice||7.4||2017||579|
|North Macedonia||Across the lake||8.5||1997||386|
|Norway||The Pinchcliffe Grand Prix||8.5||1975||12164|
|Poland||A Short Film About Love||8.2||1988||18000|
|Portugal||The Tyrannical Father||7.9||1941||649|
|Serbia||When I Grow Up, I’ll Be a Kangaroo||8.4||2004||9200|
|Spain||The Invisible Guest||8.1||2016||117000|
|Sweden||Scenes from a Marriage||8.5||1974||3215|
|Turkey||The Chaos Class||9.3||1975||35000|
|Ukraine||My Thoughts Are Silent||8.5||2019||1000|