European Film Award for Best Film winners and nominees

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1. A Short Film About Killing (1988)

Not Rated | 84 min | Crime, Drama

The plot couldn't be simpler or its attack on capital punishment (and the act of killing in general) more direct - a senseless, violent, almost botched murder is followed by a cold, ... See full summary »

Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski | Stars: Miroslaw Baka, Krzysztof Globisz, Jan Tesarz, Zbigniew Zapasiewicz

Votes: 15,623

2. Au Revoir les Enfants (1987)

PG | 104 min | Drama, War

A French boarding school run by priests seems to be a haven from World War II until a new student arrives. He becomes the roommate of the top student in his class. Rivals at first, the roommates form a bond and share a secret.

Director: Louis Malle | Stars: Gaspard Manesse, Raphael Fejtö, Francine Racette, Stanislas Carré de Malberg

Votes: 29,163 | Gross: $4.54M

3. The Enchanted Forest (1987)

107 min | Comedy, Fantasy

In the fantastic world of the "bosque animado" meet some people who have been transported to this place by a magic force. Now their histories cross one another.

Director: José Luis Cuerda | Stars: Alfredo Landa, Alejandra Grepi, Tito Valverde, Paco Cambres

Votes: 1,144

4. Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988)

PG-13 | 84 min | Drama, Music

85 Metascore

The lives of an English working-class family are told out of order in a free-associative manner. The first part, "Distant Voices", focuses on the father's role in the family. The second part, "Still Lives", focuses on his children.

Director: Terence Davies | Stars: Pete Postlethwaite, Freda Dowie, Angela Walsh, Dean Williams

Votes: 3,378 | Gross: $0.69M

5. Wings of Desire (1987)

PG-13 | 128 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

79 Metascore

An angel tires of overseeing human activity and wishes to become human when he falls in love with a mortal.

Director: Wim Wenders | Stars: Bruno Ganz, Solveig Dommartin, Otto Sander, Curt Bois

Votes: 60,401 | Gross: $3.33M

6. Iacob (1988)

117 min | Drama

Iacob lives in a small village in the Carpathian Mountains near a gold mine and tries to survive.

Director: Mircea Daneliuc | Stars: Dorel Visan, Ion Besoiu, Florin Zamfirescu, Cecilia Bârbora

Votes: 221

7. Pelle the Conqueror (1987)

PG-13 | 157 min | Drama

The end of the 19th century. A boat filled with Swedish emigrants comes to the Danish island of Bornholm. Among them are Lasse and his son Pelle who move to Denmark to find work. They find ... See full summary »

Director: Bille August | Stars: Pelle Hvenegaard, Max von Sydow, Erik Paaske, Björn Granath

Votes: 9,549 | Gross: $2.05M

8. Landscape in the Mist (1988)

TV-MA | 127 min | Drama

Two children journey the long road to Germany to find the man they believe to be their father.

Director: Theodoros Angelopoulos | Stars: Michalis Zeke, Tania Palaiologou, Stratos Tzortzoglou, Eva Kotamanidou

Votes: 6,380

10. Magnús (1989)

90 min | Comedy, Drama

A comedy with a serious undertone about a 45-year-old lawyer, whose routine is upset by the personal news that he is suffering from cancer.

Director: Þráinn Bertelsson | Stars: Egill Ólafsson, Þórhallur Sigurðsson, Guðrún Gísladóttir, Jón Sigurbjörnsson

Votes: 98

11. Recollections of the Yellow House (1989)

122 min | Comedy, Drama

Lisbon, 1989. A middle-aged poor idiot, tormented by an illness, lives in a cheap room in a family boarding house, in the old section of the city's waterfront.

Director: João César Monteiro | Stars: João César Monteiro, Manuela de Freitas, Ruy Furtado, Teresa Calado

Votes: 1,110

12. High Hopes (1988)

PG | 108 min | Comedy, Drama

84 Metascore

The life of a working class couple living in London and their complicated relationships with other members of the family.

Director: Mike Leigh | Stars: Phil Davis, Ruth Sheen, Edna Doré, Philip Jackson

Votes: 4,034 | Gross: $1.19M

13. Little Vera (1988)

Unrated | 110 min | Drama, Romance

A story about a young woman, Vera, who is somebody, living the life of a troubled teenager in the time right before the end of the Soviet Union. She lives in a very small Russian apartment ... See full summary »

Director: Vasili Pichul | Stars: Natalya Negoda, Andrey Sokolov, Yuriy Nazarov, Lyudmila Zaytseva

Votes: 1,619 | Gross: $1.26M

14. Open Doors (1990)

R | 108 min | Crime, Drama

Tommaso Scalia is a man who commits three murders: he killed his superior who sacked him, he kills the man who replaced him, and he kills his own wife. He wants a quick trial and an early ... See full summary »

Director: Gianni Amelio | Stars: Gian Maria Volontè, Ennio Fantastichini, Renato Carpentieri, Tuccio Musumeci

Votes: 736 | Gross: $0.12M

15. The Match Factory Girl (1990)

Not Rated | 69 min | Drama, Comedy

A woman's terribly dull life is upended by a one-night stand pregnancy, causing her to seek retribution.

Director: Aki Kaurismäki | Stars: Kati Outinen, Elina Salo, Esko Nikkari, Vesa Vierikko

Votes: 8,310

16. Cyrano de Bergerac (1990)

PG | 137 min | Comedy, Drama, History

79 Metascore

Embarrassed by his large nose, a romantic poet/soldier romances his cousin by proxy.

Director: Jean-Paul Rappeneau | Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Anne Brochet, Vincent Perez, Jacques Weber

Votes: 21,360 | Gross: $15.14M

17. Interrogation (1989)

TV-MA | 118 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Tonia goes out drinking. She wakes up in prison, not having a clue why she's there. She is tortured to encourage her to confess to a crime she is not aware of.

Director: Ryszard Bugajski | Stars: Krystyna Janda, Adam Ferency, Janusz Gajos, Agnieszka Holland

Votes: 2,826

18. ¡Ay, Carmela! (1990)

PG-13 | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, War

Paulino and Carmela are husband and wife, troubadours touring the countryside during the Spanish Civil War. They are Republicans, and with their mute assistant, Gustavete, they journey into... See full summary »

Director: Carlos Saura | Stars: Carmen Maura, Andrés Pajares, Gabino Diego, Armando De Razza

Votes: 2,321 | Gross: $0.30M

19. The Guardian Angel (1990)

108 min | Drama

In a fictional country, around 1912, student are rioting. There are cries for democracy and to overthrow of the old regime. The revolt is brutally downcast by the regime's forces. The leader of the rebellion is arrested.

Director: Suzanne Osten | Stars: Pia Bäckström, Malin Ek, Etienne Glaser, Hanna Hartleb

Votes: 89

20. Mother (1990)

200 min | Drama, History

Based on Maxim Gorky's novel about a woman torn between her loyalties to husband and son in the years of the Revolution.

Director: Gleb Panfilov | Stars: Inna Churikova, Viktor Rakov, Liubomiras Laucevicius, Aleksandr Shishonok

Votes: 130

21. Riff-Raff (1991)

Unrated | 95 min | Comedy, Drama

The story of Stevie, a construction worker, and his girlfriend, an unemployed pop singer, serves to show the living conditions of the British poor class

Director: Ken Loach | Stars: Robert Carlyle, Emer McCourt, Jim R. Coleman, George Moss

Votes: 3,841 | Gross: $0.30M

22. Voyager (1991)

PG-13 | 117 min | Drama, Romance

Walter Faber has survived a crash with an airplane. His next trip is by ship. On board this ship he meets the enchanting Sabeth and they have a passionate love affair. Together they travel ... See full summary »

Director: Volker Schlöndorff | Stars: Sam Shepard, Julie Delpy, Barbara Sukowa, Dieter Kirchlechner

Votes: 2,836 | Gross: $0.52M

23. The Little Gangster (1990)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama

Marc and Nathalie are brother and sister living separately since their parents' separation. Marc decides to visit Nathalie but in order to finance his trip he robs a shop bringing him to the attention of the police.

Director: Jacques Doillon | Stars: Richard Anconina, Gérald Thomassin, Clotilde Courau, Jocelyne Perhirin

Votes: 344

24. Toto the Hero (1991)

PG-13 | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Thomas and Alfred were born around the same time; a fire in the nursery had nurses scrambling to save the newborns. Because he felt that he deserved Alfred's good fortune at being born into... See full summary »

Director: Jaco Van Dormael | Stars: Michel Bouquet, Mireille Perrier, Jo De Backer, Thomas Godet

Votes: 5,159 | Gross: $1.23M

25. Delicatessen (1991)

R | 99 min | Comedy, Crime

66 Metascore

Post-apocalyptic surrealist black comedy about the landlord of an apartment building who occasionally prepares a delicacy for his odd tenants.

Directors: Marc Caro, Jean-Pierre Jeunet | Stars: Marie-Laure Dougnac, Dominique Pinon, Pascal Benezech, Jean-Claude Dreyfus

Votes: 77,077 | Gross: $1.79M

26. Ultrà (1991)

95 min | Drama, Sport

The "Brigatte Veneno" is a fan group from the soccer club "AS Roma". The next match is against "Juventus Turin", the classic prestige duel. Principe, the former leader of the group, has been dismissed from jail a few days before.

Director: Ricky Tognazzi | Stars: Claudio Amendola, Ricky Memphis, Gianmarco Tognazzi, Giuppy Izzo

Votes: 758

27. The Stolen Children (1992)

114 min | Drama

Antonio, a policeman (carabiniere), has an order to take two children (Rosetta and her brother Luciano) from Milan to Sicily to an orphanage. Their mother has been arrested for forcing ... See full summary »

Director: Gianni Amelio | Stars: Enrico Lo Verso, Valentina Scalici, Giuseppe Ieracitano, Florence Darel

Votes: 2,348 | Gross: $0.93M

28. La Vie de Bohème (1992)

Not Rated | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Three struggling artists try to make passable livings in Paris despite knock backs and tragedies.

Director: Aki Kaurismäki | Stars: Matti Pellonpää, Evelyne Didi, André Wilms, Kari Väänänen

Votes: 4,623

29. The Lovers on the Bridge (1991)

R | 125 min | Drama, Romance

Alex, who's homeless and addicted to alcohol, and Michèle, who's losing her sight, form a relationship while sleeping rough on Paris's Pont-Neuf bridge.

Director: Leos Carax | Stars: Juliette Binoche, Denis Lavant, Klaus-Michael Grüber, Marion Stalens

Votes: 11,429 | Gross: $0.12M

30. North (1991)

88 min | Drama

The story of a dysfunctional family in Northern France. Dad is a mean abusive drunk pharmacist, mom is addicted to pills and has incestuous desire for her son, the son is skipping school to fish and daughter is mentally handicapped.

Director: Xavier Beauvois | Stars: Xavier Beauvois, Bulle Ogier, Bernard Verley, Agnès Evrard

Votes: 112

31. Three Days (1991)

75 min | Drama

In Kaliningrad two Lithuanian boys meet two Russian girls. They have difficulties in finding places where they can sleep together. But this is the only problem they do solve. All four ... See full summary »

Director: Sharunas Bartas | Stars: Yekaterina Golubeva, Rimma Latypova, Arunas Sakalauskas, Audrius Stonys

Votes: 566

32. The Northerners (1992)

108 min | Comedy, Drama

During the summer of 1960, the idiosyncratic residents of a one-street Dutch suburb collide in intertwining stories of desire and frustration.

Director: Alex van Warmerdam | Stars: Jack Wouterse, Annet Malherbe, Rudolf Lucieer, Loes Wouterson

Votes: 2,737

33. Close to Eden (1991)

PG | 119 min | Drama

The shepherd Gombo lives with his wife, three children and grandmother in a tent on the Mongolian steppe. They are pleased with their rustic conditions, until a Russian truck driver, ... See full summary »

Director: Nikita Mikhalkov | Stars: Badema, Bayaertu, Vladimir Gostyukhin, Babushka

Votes: 3,270

34. Benny's Video (1992)

Not Rated | 105 min | Crime, Drama

60 Metascore

A 14-year-old video enthusiast is so caught up in film fantasy that he can no longer relate to the real world, to such an extent that he commits murder and records an on-camera confession for his parents.

Director: Michael Haneke | Stars: Arno Frisch, Angela Winkler, Ulrich Mühe, Ingrid Stassner

Votes: 13,075

35. Un Coeur en Hiver (1992)

105 min | Drama, Romance

Beautiful violin virtuoso Camille has two obsessions: the music of Ravel, and a friend of her husband's who crafts violins. But his heart seems to be as cold as her playing is passionate.

Director: Claude Sautet | Stars: Daniel Auteuil, Emmanuelle Béart, André Dussollier, Elizabeth Bourgine

Votes: 8,490 | Gross: $1.67M

36. Man Bites Dog (1992)

NC-17 | 95 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

A film crew follows a ruthless thief and heartless killer as he goes about his daily routine. But complications set in when the film crew lose their objectivity and begin lending a hand.

Directors: Rémy Belvaux, André Bonzel, Benoît Poelvoorde | Stars: Benoît Poelvoorde, Jacqueline Poelvoorde-Pappaert, Nelly Pappaert, Hector Pappaert

Votes: 34,457 | Gross: $0.21M

37. Orlando (1992)

PG-13 | 94 min | Biography, Drama, Fantasy

74 Metascore

After Queen Elizabeth I commands him not to grow old, a young nobleman struggles with love and his place in the world.

Director: Sally Potter | Stars: Tilda Swinton, Billy Zane, Quentin Crisp, Jimmy Somerville

Votes: 12,877 | Gross: $5.29M

39. Lamerica (1994)

116 min | Drama

Two Italian racketeers come to Albania just after the fall of the communists to set up a fictive firm and pocket the grants. They need a stooge. They choose an old one in a jail : Spiro. ... See full summary »

Director: Gianni Amelio | Stars: Enrico Lo Verso, Michele Placido, Piro Milkani, Carmelo Di Mazzarelli

Votes: 1,989 | Gross: $0.44M

40. In the Name of the Father (1993)

R | 133 min | Biography, Drama

84 Metascore

A man's coerced confession to an I.R.A. bombing he did not commit results in the imprisonment of his father as well. An English lawyer fights to free them.

Director: Jim Sheridan | Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Pete Postlethwaite, Alison Crosbie, Philip King

Votes: 146,983 | Gross: $25.01M

41. Three Colors: Blue (1993)

R | 94 min | Drama, Music, Mystery

85 Metascore

A woman struggles to find a way to live her life after the death of her husband and child.

Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski | Stars: Juliette Binoche, Zbigniew Zamachowski, Julie Delpy, Benoît Régent

Votes: 81,863 | Gross: $1.32M

42. Three Colors: Red (1994)

R | 99 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

100 Metascore

A model discovers a retired judge is keen on invading people's privacy.

Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski | Stars: Irène Jacob, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Frédérique Feder, Jean-Pierre Lorit

Votes: 83,583 | Gross: $4.04M

43. Three Colors: White (1994)

R | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

88 Metascore

After his wife divorces him, a Polish immigrant plots to get even with her.

Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski | Stars: Zbigniew Zamachowski, Julie Delpy, Janusz Gajos, Jerzy Stuhr

Votes: 58,445 | Gross: $1.46M

45. The Son of the Shark (1993)

TV-14 | 90 min | Crime, Drama