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1. José and Pilar (2010)

117 min | Documentary, Biography

A documentary on Nobel Prize Winner José Saramago and his feelings over his wife, his country and life, as a whole.

Director: Miguel Gonçalves Mendes | Stars: Joao Afonso, Àngels Barceló, Pilar del Río, Juan Echanove

Votes: 2,239

2. Blood of My Blood (2011)

Not Rated | 131 min | Drama, Thriller

A regular family living in the outskirts of Lisbon sees the serenity of their lives shaken beyond any remedy within a week.

Director: João Canijo | Stars: Rafael Morais, Rita Blanco, Anabela Moreira, Cleia Almeida

Votes: 1,684

3. God's Comedy (1995)

170 min | Comedy, Drama

João de Deus is the manager of an ice-cream shop owned by an ex-prostitute, Paraíso dos Gelados (Ice-Cream Paradise). Through a unmoved desire of perfection, he seeks, through cleansing and... See full summary »

Director: João César Monteiro | Stars: Cláudia Teixeira, João César Monteiro, Manuela de Freitas, Raquel Ascensão

Votes: 1,092

4. Blood (1989)

95 min | Drama, Mystery

Vicente, seventeen, lives with brother Nino, ten-years-old, and his ailing father in a derelict house on the outskirts of the capital. They don't seem to remember their mother, and are very... See full summary »

Director: Pedro Costa | Stars: Pedro Hestnes, Nuno Ferreira, Inês de Medeiros, Luís Miguel Cintra

Votes: 870

5. Colossal Youth (2006)

Not Rated | 156 min | Drama

With the destruction of Fontainhas nearly complete, the old man Ventura wanders around a bleak housing project and the ruins of the slums, meeting with his kids and old friends.

Director: Pedro Costa | Stars: Ventura, Vanda Duarte, Beatriz Duarte, Gustavo Sumpta

Votes: 1,368

6. Two Drifters (2005)

Unrated | 98 min | Drama

41 Metascore

Pedro and Rui kiss after a first-anniversary dinner; Pedro drives home, dying en route in a crash. Another pair of lovers, Odete and Alberto, split over her desire to have a child. Pedro ... See full summary »

Director: João Pedro Rodrigues | Stars: Ana Cristina de Oliveira, Nuno Gil, João Carreira, Teresa Madruga

Votes: 1,087 | Gross: $0.02M

7. Tabu (I) (2012)

Not Rated | 118 min | Drama, Romance

78 Metascore

A restless retired woman teams up with her deceased neighbor's maid to seek out a man who has a secret connection to her past life as a farm owner at the foothill of Mount Tabu in Africa.

Director: Miguel Gomes | Stars: Telmo Churro, Miguel Gomes, Hortêncílio Aquina, Américo Mota

Votes: 6,238

8. In Vanda's Room (2000)

Not Rated | 171 min | Drama

The film follows the daily life of Vanda Duarte, a heroin addict in Lisbon, and the community she lives in.

Director: Pedro Costa | Stars: Vanda Duarte, Lena Duarte, Zita Duarte, Manuel Gomes Miranda

Votes: 1,229

9. April Captains (2000)

123 min | Drama, History, War

Story of the 1974 coup that overthrew the right-wing Portuguese dictatorship--which continued the fascist policies of long-time dictator Antonio Salazar--and of two young army captains who were involved in it.

Director: Maria de Medeiros | Stars: Stefano Accorsi, Maria de Medeiros, Joaquim de Almeida, Frédéric Pierrot

Votes: 2,742

10. O Fantasma (2000)

Unrated | 87 min | Drama

36 Metascore

Young and handsome Sergio works the night shift as a trash collector in Lisbon, Portugal. He can't force himself to connect with his pretty female co-worker Fatima, who displays an avid ... See full summary »

Director: João Pedro Rodrigues | Stars: Ricardo Meneses, Beatriz Torcato, Andre Barbosa, Eurico Vieira

Votes: 2,783 | Gross: $0.13M

11. Embargo (2010)

80 min | Comedy, Drama

Nuno is a man working at a hot dog stand, who also invented a machine which promises to revolutionize the shoe industry- a foot scanner. In the middle of a gasoline embargo and finding ... See full summary »

Director: António Ferreira | Stars: Filipe Costa, Cláudia Carvalho, Pedro Diogo, José Raposo

Votes: 391

12. Ossos (1997)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama

A suicidal young woman gives her newborn child up to his deadbeat father in the Fontainhas slums of Lisbon.

Director: Pedro Costa | Stars: Vanda Duarte, Nuno Vaz, Mariya Lipkina, Isabel Ruth

Votes: 1,316

13. The Convent (1995)

PG | 90 min | Drama, Mystery

The journey of Michael Padovic, an American professor who arrives with his wife, Helene, at a Portuguese convent where he expects to find the documents needed to prove his theory: ... See full summary »

Director: Manoel de Oliveira | Stars: Catherine Deneuve, John Malkovich, Luís Miguel Cintra, Leonor Silveira

Votes: 905 | Gross: $0.05M

14. Our Beloved Month of August (2008)

Not Rated | 147 min | Music, Romance

82 Metascore

Docu-drama about Portuguese social life in the countryside during the busy month of August

Director: Miguel Gomes | Stars: Sónia Bandeira, Fábio Oliveira, Andreia Santos, Armando Nunes

Votes: 1,431

15. O Crime do Padre Amaro (2005)

100 min | Action, Drama

An young priest commits a crime when he falls in love with a beautiful and troubled woman.

Director: Carlos Coelho da Silva | Stars: Jorge Corrula, Soraia Chaves, Nicolau Breyner, Glória Férias

Votes: 2,391

16. Down to Earth (1994)

110 min | Drama

The film tells a story of Mariana, a nurse who leaves Lisbon to accompany an immigrant worker in a comatose sleep on his trip home to Cape Verde. The devoted Portuguese nurse took a journey only to find herself lost in abstract drama.

Director: Pedro Costa | Stars: Inês de Medeiros, Isaach De Bankolé, Edith Scob, Pedro Hestnes

Votes: 744

17. Aniki Bóbó (1942)

71 min | Drama, Family

The story takes place in the old streets of Porto and by the banks of the Douro River. A gang of very young kids has just accepted a new member, Carlitos, a shy boy who has "played it tough... See full summary »

Director: Manoel de Oliveira | Stars: Nascimento Fernandes, Vital dos Santos, António Palma, Armando Pedro

Votes: 1,462

18. I'll See You in My Dreams (2003)

Not Rated | 20 min | Horror, Short

In a village inexplicable haunted by a plague of zombies, Lucio, an honest worker, is the only person who can fight then. He has matrimonial problems and hides Ana, his adorable wife, now ... See full summary »

Director: Miguel Ángel Vivas | Stars: Adelino Tavares, São José Correia, Sofia Aparício, Manuel João Vieira

Votes: 1,108

19. Jaime (1999)

111 min | Drama

A woman takes her young son, leaves her husband and moves in with her lover. The boy, desperate to get his parents back together, becomes convinced that if only he can get his father's ... See full summary »

Director: António-Pedro Vasconcelos | Stars: Saúl Fonseca, Fernanda Serrano, Joaquim Leitão, Sandro Silva

Votes: 1,010

20. Disquiet (2010)

90 min | Drama

A room in Lisbon. A man dreams and establishes a theory to make it come true. This film is based on The Book of Disquiet , the posthumous work of the Portuguese writer Fernando Pessoa. It ... See full summary »

Director: João Botelho | Stars: Cláudio da Silva, Pedro Lamares, Ricardo Aibéo, Suzie Peterson

Votes: 409

21. Alice (I) (2005)

102 min | Drama

In the wake of his daughter's disappearance, a father wallowing in grief feeds his desire to find her with unusual methods.

Director: Marco Martins | Stars: Nuno Lopes, Beatriz Batarda, Miguel Guilherme, Ana Bustorff

Votes: 2,092

22. Blood Curse (2006)

Not Rated | 97 min | Horror, Mystery

A prominent and respected family inherits a beautiful home in the country, nestled deep inside a tiny village.

Directors: Tiago Guedes, Frederico Serra | Stars: Adriano Luz, Manuela Couto, Sara Carinhas, Afonso Pimentel

Votes: 1,549

23. Arena (I) (2009)

15 min | Short, Drama

A young man under house arrest spends his time in the best way he can by making some tattoos. His relative peace is strangely disturbed when he's attacked and robbed by three kids from the ... See full summary »

Director: João Salaviza | Stars: Carloto Cotta, Rodrigo Madeira, Rafael Sardo, Cláudio Rosa

Votes: 537

24. The Mutants (1998)

113 min | Drama

Three homeless teenage rejects struggle to survive together. Of them, Andreia is pregnant, while Pedro and Ricardo hustle, steal and are exploited by a pornographer.

Director: Teresa Villaverde | Stars: Ana Moreira, Alexandre Pinto, Nelson Varela, Alexandra Lencastre

Votes: 525

25. 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: 1,111

26. As Bodas de Deus (1999)

150 min | Comedy

After receiving a visit from a messenger of God, João de Deus wins his buddy's girlfriend through a roll of the dice.

Director: João César Monteiro | Stars: Rita Durão, João César Monteiro, Joana Azevedo, José Airosa

Votes: 613

27. Dying to Go Home (1996)

102 min | Comedy

A Portuguese immigrant in Holland dies in an accident and is buried in a cemetery in Amsterdam. Soon he discovers that his soul won't rest in peace until his body is laying down in his ... See full summary »

Directors: Carlos da Silva, George Sluizer | Stars: Diogo Infante, Maria d'Aires, Huub Stapel, Jack Wouterse

Votes: 293

28. In the Darkness of the Night (2004)

94 min | Drama, Crime

"Noite Escura" is a disturbing movie about the Portuguese underworld of prostitution.

Director: João Canijo | Stars: Fernando Luís, Rita Blanco, Beatriz Batarda, Cleia Almeida

Votes: 512

29. Come and Go (2003)

175 min | Comedy, Drama

João Vuvu, lives alone in a house that requires regeneration but due to being alone he is unable to do the work. On his son's release from prison and João's ensuing deception triggers a series of somber events.

Director: João César Monteiro | Stars: João César Monteiro, Rita Pereira Marques, Joaquina Chicau, Manuela de Freitas

Votes: 604

30. Zona J (1998)

96 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

Tó is a black boy from Zona J, a tough neighborhood in Lisbon, and falls in love with a white girl, Carla. Tó dreams to live in Angola, where his parents were born, however the reality the two teens are in makes everything complicated.

Director: Leonel Vieira | Stars: Félix Fontoura, Nuria Madruga, Milton Spencer, Edson Silva

Votes: 896

31. Balas & Bolinhos - O Regresso (2004)

108 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

A group of friends that meet after some years apart,decide to hunt a treasure.

Director: Luis Ismael | Stars: Jorge Neto, Luis Ismael, J.D. Duarte, João Pires

Votes: 1,852

32. Um Adeus Português (1986)

85 min | Drama

In Africa, during the colonial war, a patrol is lost in the bush and a soldier dies in operation. Twelve years later, in Portugal, the soldier family meets in peace.

Director: João Botelho | Stars: Isabel de Castro, Ruy Furtado, Maria Cabral, Fernando Heitor

Votes: 100

33. The Murmuring Coast (2004)

Not Rated | 120 min | Drama

Based on the novel by Lidia Jorge.

Director: Margarida Cardoso | Stars: Beatriz Batarda, Filipe Duarte, Monica Calle, Adriano Luz

Votes: 267

34. El justiciero (2009)

27 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

Rui is half way to the separation from Sílvia and João, his wife and son. Understanding that his father is unable to resolve the situation, and that he can never be happy within her, João ... See full summary »

Director: Tiago Sousa | Stars: Isabel Abreu, Marcos Freitas, Sérgio Gomes, J.P. Simões

Votes: 37

35. Conversa Acabada (1981)

100 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

The film was to be a documentary, but evolved during production to a fictional film. It nevertheless adheres strictly to the poems and letters exchanged by two of the most outstanding names... See full summary »

Director: João Botelho | Stars: Fernando Cabral Martins, André Gomes, Juliet Berto, Jorge Silva Melo

Votes: 83

36. Labor on the Douro River (1931)

20 min | Documentary, Short

A documentary that looks at the people working in the river Douro, around the city of Porto.

Director: Manoel de Oliveira

Votes: 617

37. The Courtyard of the Ballads (1942)

121 min | Comedy, Musical

This classic of Portuguese cinema depicts the friendships and rivalries of the inhabitants of a square in downtown Lisbon, where exists a spirit of familiarity between neighbors.

Director: Francisco Ribeiro | Stars: Maria das Neves, Vasco Santana, António Silva, Laura Alves

Votes: 1,045

40. Adão e Eva (1995)

104 min | Drama

Catarina Menezes is a bisexual TV reporter who decides to have a child on her own and chooses Spanish humanitarian doctor Rafael to father the child, setting up an elaborate charade to lure... See full summary »

Director: Joaquim Leitão | Stars: Maria de Medeiros, Joaquim de Almeida, Karra Elejalde, Ana Bustorff

Votes: 432

41. The Green Years (1963)

91 min | Drama

Julio, aged nineteen, has just left the provinces to settle down in the outskirts of Lisbon. He lives there in a poor area with his uncle Afonso and starts working as an apprentice ... See full summary »

Director: Paulo Rocha | Stars: Rui Gomes, Isabel Ruth, Ruy Furtado, Paulo Renato

Votes: 504

43. Get a Life (2001)

115 min | Drama

During one winter night, a Portuguese teenager, Alvaro, loses his life in a fight between a youth gang and the cops in a suburb of Paris. Cidalia, a 36 year old cleaning woman, his mother, ... See full summary »

Director: João Canijo | Stars: Rita Blanco, Adriano Luz, Teresa Madruga, Alda Gomes

Votes: 136

44. O Barão (2011)

105 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

The story of a vampire who terrorized the inhabitants of a mountainous region.

Director: Edgar Pêra | Stars: Marina Albuquerque, Marcos Barbosa, Vítor Correia, Leonor Keil

Votes: 277

45. Mudar de Vida (1966)

90 min | Drama

After a stint in the army fighting in Angola, a soldier comes home to find his sweetheart has married his brother. He makes advances towards his sister-in-law, but she turns him down. ... See full summary »

Director: Paulo Rocha | Stars: Geraldo Del Rey, Isabel Ruth, Maria Barroso, João Guedes

Votes: 240