IMDb Top movies for each European country

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:

  1. Only features films allowed. No TV Movies, no Documentaries, no Movies of a musical recorded in a theater;
  2. An animated movie is acceptable in some circumstances;
  3. Minimum 60 minutes runtime;
  4. Minimum 200 ratings;
  5. 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
  6. 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
Andorra Amor Idiota 5.1 2004 423
Austria Downfall 8.2 2004 320000
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
Bulgaria Yesterday 9.1 1988 3071
Croatia For good old times 8.4 2018 1341
Cyprus The Insult 7.7 2017 13450
Czechia Cosy Dens 8.2 1999 4590
Denmark The Hunt 8.3 2012 253000
Estonia Truth and Justice 8.6 2019 2267
Finland Tuntematon sotilas 8.0 1955 6871
France You Go to my head 9.0 2017 514
Georgia Ekvtime 9.0 2018 2643
Germany Das kletze Mahl 8.8 2018 418
Greece World Gone Mad 8.8 1963 2061
Hungary The Witness 8.8 1969 5905
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
Kosovo Zana 9.1 2019 4109
Latvia The Foundation of Criminal Excellence 8.2 2018 1113
Liechtenstein Paris, je t’aime 7.2 2006 69000
Lithuania Riesutu Douna 8.4 1977 613
Luxembourg Gutland 6.1 2017 910
Malta Qlub Imwegggha 8.2 2014 279
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
Netherlands Simon 7.9 2004 7870
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
Romania Morometii 8.9 1987 3571
Russia Dzhentlmeny udach 8.5 1971 10000
San Marino NA      
Serbia When I Grow Up, I’ll Be a Kangaroo 8.4 2004 9200
Slovakia The Garden 7.8 1995 1777
Slovenia The Outsider 8.0 1997 1000
Spain The Invisible Guest 8.1 2016 117000
Sweden Scenes from a Marriage 8.5 1974 3215
Switzerland Gripsholm 6.0 2000 359
Turkey The Chaos Class 9.3 1975 35000
Ukraine My Thoughts Are Silent 8.5 2019 1000
United Kingdom 1917 8.3 2019 312000
Vatican city NA