20 Polish films to watch

For the Russian audience, Polish cinema is, first of all, actress Barbara Brylska, because a New Year’s film with a star from Poland is shown every December. But Polish cinema can offer not only actresses for export, but also the most interesting dramas, comedies and fantasy filmed in an original style. We bring to your attention a list of the best Polish films of recent years, which are worth watching to find out what the directors are currently filming.

365 days (2020)

The audience dubbed this new movie Polish “50 Shades of Grey”. A sensual film about how a young mafia Massimo kidnaps a pretty but unhappy girl. Falling into the hands of a seductive gangster, Laura becomes the object of his desire. The kidnapper has several conditions. First, nothing will happen without the consent of the girl. Second, if in 365 days Laura can fall in love with Massimo, she will be free.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:
365 dni

Genre:
Melodrama

Actors:
Anna Maria Siklutska, Michel Morrone, Bronislaw Wroclawski…

Country:
Poland

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.1, IMDb – 3.3

Age restrictions:
18+


All My Friends Are Dead (2020)

The heroes of the new Polish black comedy film are a group of friends, each of whom is given a separate period of screen time. The action begins the morning after Christmas Eve. Several detectives arrive on a call to a house covered in blood – the place where a party was held yesterday on the occasion of the holiday. At some point, something went wrong, and one incident set off a chain reaction of absurd and ingenious murders.

Original title:
Wszyscy moi przyjaciele nie zyja

Genre:
Drama, comedy, crime

Actors:
Yuliya Veniava-Narkevich, Mateusz Weclawek, Adam Turczyk …

Country:
Poland

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 5.8

Age restrictions:
16+


Body of Christ (2019)

Highly rated, unusual Polish film, nominated for an Oscar in the Best Foreign Language Film category. The protagonist of the drama, a truly believing young man Daniel, after being released from prison, dreams of dedicating his life to God, but cannot become a priest because of his past. One day, taking advantage of the opportunity, he pretends to be a seminary graduate and receives a flock in the parish of a provincial town where a tragedy has recently occurred.

Original title:
Boze Cialo

Genre:
Drama, France

Actors:
Bartosz Belenya, Alexandra Konechna, Eliza Rytsembel …

Country:
Poland

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 7.7

Age restrictions:
16+


Half a century of poetry later (2019)

While some fans read Andrzej Sapkowski’s books about the witcher’s adventures to holes, others filmed their own version about the universe created by the author. As soon as this low-budget film produced in Poland was released in Russian, fans of the story about the gray-haired monster hunter immediately fell in love with it. 36 years after the events of the book, of all the witchers from the school of the Wolf, only Lambert remained. Together with the sorceress Triss Merigold and the son of the bard Dandelion, the witcher goes in search of an escaped sorceress who has stolen the legendary Book of Alzur.

Original title:
Pól wieku poezji pózniej

Genre:
Fantasy

Actors:
Magdalena Ruzańska, Mariusz Drežek, Zbigniew Zamachowski…

Country:
Poland

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 6.5

Age limit:
16+


Cold War (2018)

The screening of the poignant Polish film about love at the Cannes Film Festival ended with an 18-minute standing ovation. The drama begins with the acquaintance of two young people. Victor is a talented conductor, Zula is an equally talented singer. What was at first regarded as an office romance develops into a real feeling. However, the heroes have a different attitude to the realities of totalitarian Poland in the 50s. What is acceptable to her is impossible to him. They can’t be together, but they can’t be apart either. Fate will bring and breed a couple for many years, throwing up new challenges.

Original title:
Zimna wojna

Genre:
Drama, melodrama, history, music

Actors:
Joanna Kulig, Tomasz Kot, Boris Shits…

Country:
Poland, Great Britain, France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 7.6

Age restrictions:
18+


Pretend to be my fiancé (2018)

Fans of melodrama will love this light comedy movie, filmed in summer Poland. Karina works on television and has an affair with the director. With him, she should appear at her sister’s wedding and present the man to her relatives as a groom. But without waiting for a ring on her finger from her lover, who turned out to be a scoundrel and a womanizer, the resourceful girl invites a random taxi driver to the wedding. He just owes Karina some compensation for a car accident, so let him work it out! How will this little deception turn out for both heroes?

Original title:
Narzeczony na niby

Genre:
Melodrama, comedy

Actors:
Julia Kaminska, Piotr Stramovski, Sonya Bohosevich …

Country:
Poland

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 5.1

Age restrictions:
16+


Mafia Women (dilogue, 2018 and 2019)

If you want to see a movie where thrash, drama and black humor are cool, start watching this crime thriller. The fates of several women, among them – an undercover agent, the wife of a bandit and the daughter of the “godfather” of the mafia, will intersect by coincidence. The twisted plot begins with the dismissal of one of the heroines from the police service. But the girl will not be bored without work for a long time – employees of the internal security agency have already contacted her.

Original title:
Kobiety mafii

Genre:
Action, drama, crime

Actors:
Olga Bolondz, Agnieszka Digant, Alexandra Poplavska …

Country:
Poland

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 4.7

Age restrictions:
16+


Face (2017)

The modern Polish director was inspired to create the film by real events that took place at the same time in Poland – the erection of the largest statue of Christ in the world and the first face transplant operation in Europe. During the day, the handsome builder Jacek is working on the creation of a statue of Jesus Christ, and in the evening he lights up with his girlfriend. A wedding and a move to a big city looms on the horizon, but an accident breaks the hero’s plans. Injured, Jacek ends up on the operating table and undergoes a face transplant. In a new look, everyone’s favorite turns into an outcast.

Original title:
Twarz

Genre:
Drama, comedy

Actors:
Mateusz Kosciukiewicz, Agnieszka Podsiadlik, Malgorzata Gorol …

Country:
Poland

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 6.4

Age restrictions:
18+


Best of all (2017)

The motivational film will focus on a little-known Polish athlete – Jerzy Ruhrski. In Poland, his name is poorly known, but in the rest of the world the man has become a legend. In 1994, he set a world record at the World Triathlon Championships by running the hardest distance. However, Jerzy’s path to triumph was long and thorny. In the 80s, the future athlete was a drug addict . But the desire for life and willpower helped the guy overcome drug addiction and accomplish a sporting feat.

Original title:
Najlepszy

Genre:
Drama, biography, sports

Actors:
Jakub Gershal, Arkadiusz Jakubik, Janusz Gajos…

Country:
Poland

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.6

Age restrictions:
18+


Volyn (2016)

The top Polish films continue with the war drama, which was entrusted with a special mission by director Wojciech Smarzowski – to become an impetus for reconciliation between Poles and Ukrainians. Therefore, the creators paid close attention to historical accuracy. The action of the film takes place in 1939-1943, and its central theme is interethnic hatred, which resulted in the tragic “Volyn Massacre”. Against the backdrop of impending conflicts, the beautiful Polish Zosia falls in love with the Ukrainian Petro, but the girl’s father decides to pass her off as a rich local widower.

Original title:
Wolyn

Genre:
Military, drama, history

Actors:
Michalina Labach, Arkadiusz Jakubik, Wasyl Wasylik…

Country:
Poland

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 7.6

Age restrictions:
16+


Daughters of the Dance (2015)

Two teenagers – girls Gold and Silver successfully perform in dance clubs in Warsaw. However, these are not ordinary girls, but carnivorous mermaids . Joining a famous group, the sisters become popular artists in a nightclub in the capital of Poland. However, they do not for a moment forget their true nature. But as soon as one of them falls in love, the situation gets out of control.

Original title:
Córki dancingu

Genre:
Horror, melodrama, music, fantasy

Actors:
Marta Mazurek, Michalina Olshanska, Kinga Preis …

Country:
Poland

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 6.3

Age restrictions:
18+


Share of Truth (2015)

A Polish feature film in the thriller genre based on the novel of the same name by Zygmunt Miloszewski. Prosecutor Teodor Shatsky divorces his wife and moves to a small town, whose inhabitants sacredly keep their secrets. Some time later, he is entrusted with the investigation of a mysterious case – the murder of a young woman. The victim was dealt with in a manner similar to the traditional Jewish ritual of slaughtering cattle, so investigators are trying to prevent information from leaking.

Original title:
Ziarno prawdy

Genre:
Detective, crime, thriller

Actors:
Robert Ventskevich, Jerzy Trela, Magdalena Wallach…

Country:
Poland

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 6.7

Age restrictions:
15+


City 44 (2014)

The action of the military melodrama begins on the eve of the bloody tragedy in the history of Poland – the uprising of August 1, 1944. After the death of his father, Stefan supports his mother and younger brother, working at a German company. His new acquaintances are a neighbor, a fiery brunette who opened Stefan to the rebel world, and an impressionable blonde Bedronka, with whom Stefan falls in love during secret meetings. The war weaves the fate of young people into a tangled knot of hatred and love , faith and despair. Who are they, these very young guys who left their homes to voluntarily join underground groups?

Original title:
Miasto 44

Genre:
Drama, melodrama, military, history

Actors:
Jozef Pawlowski, Zofia Wihlach, Anna Pruchnyak…

Country:
Poland

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 6.6

Age restrictions:
18+


Gods (2014)

The highly rated biopic can rightfully be considered a masterpiece of Polish cinema. In the drama, they were able to accurately convey the atmosphere of the 80s and show the everyday life of a doctor , who later became a national treasure. In 1985, an event took place that raised Polish medicine to a new level. Surgeon Zbigniew Religa performed the first heart transplant in Poland in a poorly equipped clinic. It lasted almost a day and was successful. It was said that the legendary doctor had the gift of persuading, forcing people to follow him and believe in a successful outcome.

Original title:
Bogowie

Genre:
Drama, biography

Actors:
Tomasz Kot, Piotr Glovatsky, Shimon Piotr Warsaw …

Country:
Poland

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 7.7


Ida (2013)

The heroine of the Oscar-winning film is a young novice orphaned in infancy, who is about to take a monastic vow. To find out about the fate of her family, she goes to her only relative, Wanda, a former prosecutor of Stalin’s times. Wanda informs the girl that her real name is Ida Lebenstein, and her parents were killed by the Nazis during the war. Together, the women are going on a trip through the villages to find the grave of Ida’s parents. The journey will allow them to learn about their past, and maybe determine their future.

Original title:
Ida

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Agata Kulesha, Agata Tshebukhovskaya, David Ogrodnik…

Country:
Poland, Denmark

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 7.4

Age restrictions:
16+


Desire to live (2013)

The hero of one of the most famous Polish films, highly appreciated by the audience, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy in early childhood. He does not walk, does not speak and cannot perform the simplest actions. He is not a man, but a plant – so, in any case, the doctors believe. And yet, the little disabled person was lucky. Most of these children are sent to boarding schools, but Mateusz’s parents are real people and they are not ready to give up. The exciting drama shows what the strength of the human spirit and merciful love are capable of.

Original title:
Chce sie zyc

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
David Ogrodnik, Dorota Kolyak, Arkadiusz Jakubik …

Country:
Poland

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.1, IMDb – 7.7

Age restrictions:
16+


Big Love (2012)

Emilia is the daughter of a famous actress. A teenage girl meets Maciej – an older man, a former drummer with an unbalanced psyche, and leaves home for her lover. At first, the couple behaves, spitting on others, committing small hooliganism and driving around in a van. However, dreams of a career as a singer take precedence over love, and the girl enters the conservatory. Jealous Maciej does not like this idea – the guy wants Emilia to belong only to him.

Original title:
Big Love

Genre:
Thriller, drama, melodrama

Actors:
Anthony Pawlicki, Alexandra Hamkalo, Robert Gonera …

Country:
Poland

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 5.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Spikelets (2012)

The popular and scandalous Polish film, which highlighted facts from the history of World War II that were not the most heroic for Poles , split the country’s society into two irreconcilable camps. Frantisek Kalinov has to return to his native village to help his younger brother Jozef. Together, the men try to uncover a mystery surrounding the stone gravestones of the Jews . What happened in these places? And why do the two brothers cause such dislike among the rest of the villagers?

Original title:
Poklosie

Genre:
Thriller, drama

Actors:
Maciej Stuhr, Ireniusz Chop, Zbigniew Zamakhovsky…

Country:
Poland, Russia, Netherlands

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 7.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Suicide Hall (2011)

Dominic is the only child in a wealthy family who has all the material wealth, but no emotional connection with loved ones. The parents of a teenager are too passionate about work and are not interested in either each other or their own son. At this time, the boy is going through a difficult period – after one incident at school, he turns from a pet into an outcast. Then Dominic finds solace in the online community “Suicide Hall”. The guy feels lonely and lost, and only a new girlfriend from the Internet supports him, but in what way?

Original title:
Sala samobójców

Genre:
Thriller, drama, melodrama

Actors:
Jakub Gershal, Roma Gonscherovska, Agata Kulesha …

Country:
Poland

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.6

Age restrictions:
16+


Lullaby (2010)

Cultural Makarevichi with many children move to a small town on the Masurian Lakes. Local residents immediately show interest in new neighbors. However, the family is in no hurry to make friends and generally keeps aloof. The townspeople do not suspect that visitors also have their own interest in the locals. That’s just not as a potential friend, but as a meal, because all members of the Makarevich family are vampires . Soon people will start disappearing without a trace.

Original title:
Kolysanka

Genre:
Fantasy, comedy

Actors:
Robert Venckiewicz, Malgorzata Buchkowska, Janusz Haber …

Country:
Poland

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.1

Age restrictions:
12+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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