GREAT GREEK CINEMA

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159 BEST GREEK FILMS

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1. Electra (I) (1962)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama

Living in exile after the death of their father, the grown children of a murdered and usurped king converge to exact eye-for-an-eye revenge.

Director: Michael Cacoyannis | Stars: Irene Papas, Giannis Fertis, Aleka Katselli, Theano Ioannidou

Votes: 1,167

2. Rembetiko (1983)

110 min | Biography, Drama, History

The story of a group of Rembetes, singers and musicians of the Greek equivalent to the blues, in the early decades of the 20th century, seen through the eyes of a young female singer.

Director: Costas Ferris | Stars: Sotiria Leonardou, Nikos Kalogeropoulos, Michalis Maniatis, Themis Bazaka

Votes: 2,492

3. Sweet Bunch (1983)

154 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Holed up in a decrepit Athenian mansion, a quartet of handsome pariahs wait for something to happen in their lives. As the state tightens the noose on them, the shotguns have the final say. Is this the sad swan song of the sweet bunch?

Director: Nikos Nikolaidis | Stars: Despina Tomazani, Dora Masklavanou, Takis Moshos, Takis Spyridakis

Votes: 1,284

4. A Foolish Love (1981)

121 min | Drama, Romance

On a hot Athenian July, a reclusive Astronomy student spots a disillusioned woman with his telescope, and his dull existence takes on a new meaning. They coexist in time and space; but, they are so far apart. Will they ever become one?

Director: Giorgos Panousopoulos | Stars: Betty Livanou, Aris Retsos, Giorgos Siskos, Dora Volanaki

Votes: 298

5. Iphigenia (1977)

Not Rated | 127 min | Drama

To appease offended gods before going to war, a commander must sacrifice his favorite daughter to them but does so under the pretext of marrying her off.

Director: Michael Cacoyannis | Stars: Irene Papas, Kostas Kazakos, Kostas Karras, Tatiana Papamoschou

Votes: 1,435

6. From the Edge of the City (1998)

Unrated | 94 min | Crime, Drama

47 Metascore

A group of Pontian Greek immigrant teenage dreamers dwelling marginalised in the notorious and lustreless wild suburbia, witness the city's repulsive face and an unrelenting world defined by prostitution, drugs, and inevitably, loss.

Director: Constantine Giannaris | Stars: Stathis Papadopoulos, Costas Kotsianidis, Panayiotis Hartomatzidis, Dimitris Papoulidis

Votes: 1,226

7. Face to Face (1966)

84 min | Drama, Romance

Without a future and broke, a young English teacher accepts to tutor a pampered daughter, enmeshing himself in a strange reality, and a downward spiral of desire and illusion; guilt and self-contempt. Will the ugly truth set him free?

Director: Roviros Manthoulis | Stars: Costas Messaris, Eleni Stavropoulou, Theano Ioannidou, Labros Kotsiris

Votes: 84

8. Antigone (1961)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama

Antigone defies her uncle's decree that her traitorous brother should go unburied and therefore find no rest in the afterlife; however, her actions have tragic consequences.

Director: Yorgos Tzavellas | Stars: Irene Papas, Manos Katrakis, Maro Kodou, Nikos Kazis

Votes: 625

9. Synoikia to Oneiro (1961)

95 min | Drama

The stories of poor people living in a neighborhood in Athens and their difficulties.

Director: Alekos Alexandrakis | Stars: Alekos Alexandrakis, Manos Katrakis, Aliki Georgouli, Spyros Mousouris

Votes: 614

10. No Budget Story (1997)

87 min | Comedy

In order to secure money for the production of his first film, a young man asks help from a film producer. The producer, however, was involved with pornographic films, and now his main ... See full summary »

Director: Renos Haralambidis | Stars: Renos Haralambidis, Yannis Bostantzoglou, Dimitra Papadima, Giorgos Voultzatis

Votes: 497

11. Learn How to Read and Write, Son (1981)

96 min | Comedy, Drama

In a small Greek village, short time after the collapse of the Junta regime, a memorial of those who died in the German occupation of Greece brings in the surface the political differences of a conservative teacher and his two sons.

Director: Thodoros Maragos | Stars: Vasilis Diamantopoulos, Anna Matzourani, Nikos Kalogeropoulos, Christos Kalavrouzos

Votes: 851

12. Parangelia! (1980)

87 min | Crime, Drama

The real story of Nikos Koemtzis, who one night knifed a company of men in a tavern, just because they wanted to dance on the song he had "ordered" from the musicians.

Director: Pavlos Tasios | Stars: Antonis Antoniou, Antonis Kafetzopoulos, Katerina Gogou, Sofia Roubou

Votes: 546

13. Thanasi, pare t' oplo sou (1972)

86 min | Comedy, Drama

Still owing his truck to his voracious employer, and with his sister still dangerously unmarried, a poor lorry driver meets an equally wronged young woman and realises that not all wars can be won. Can his trusted gun right the wrongs?

Director: Dinos Katsouridis | Stars: Thanasis Vengos, Efi Roditi, Antonis Papadopoulos, Christos Kalavrouzos

Votes: 248

14. The Man with the Carnation (1980)

125 min | Biography, Drama, History

The story of Nikos Belogiannis member of the communist party and officer of Ellas that has come back to Greece only to get arrested, tried for espionage on behalf of Russia and executed. A ... See full summary »

Director: Nikos Tzimas | Stars: Alekos Alexandrakis, Angelos Antonopoulos, Kostas Kazakos, Vangelis Kazan

Votes: 430

15. The Fear (1966)

102 min | Crime, Drama

In this disturbing family drama, a prosperous middle-aged farmer takes up gambling and whoring at the expense of his devoted second wife. Meanwhile, his son the pervert becomes fascinated ... See full summary »

Director: Kostas Manoussakis | Stars: Elli Fotiou, Anestis Vlahos, Spyros Fokas, Elena Nathanail

Votes: 204

16. The Counterfeit Coin (1955)

127 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Pivoting around a shiny counterfeit gold sovereign freshly milled from the clandestine workshop of an otherwise honest goldsmith, four brief vignettes of human imperfection; seduction; fate; desire, and devotion inextricably interweave.

Director: Yorgos Tzavellas | Stars: Vasilis Logothetidis, Ilia Livykou, Mimis Fotopoulos, Sperantza Vrana

Votes: 2,272

17. The Ogre of Athens (1956)

103 min | Crime, Drama

A peaceful, frightened little man is mistakenly identified as "the dragon", a notorious criminal at large. He briefly and reluctantly rules the underworld until they realize their mistake.

Director: Nikos Koundouros | Stars: Dinos Iliopoulos, Margarita Papageorgiou, Giannis Argyris, Thanasis Vengos

Votes: 1,558

18. Kierion (1968)

86 min | Crime, Thriller

Greece, 1948. Police takes into custody leftist journalist, Aimos Vagenas, for the murder of his American colleague George Polk. Polk was supposed to interview Markos Vafeiadis, leading ... See full summary »

Director: Dimos Theos | Stars: Anestis Vlahos, Kyriakos Katzourakis, Eleni Theofilou, Dimos Starenios

Votes: 66

19. Reconstruction (1970)

100 min | Crime, Drama

A woman murders her husband, upon his return home after a long absence, with the complicity of the lover who has relieved her loneliness. Costas Ghoussis, an emigrant recently returned to ... See full summary »

Director: Theodoros Angelopoulos | Stars: Toula Stathopoulou, Yannis Totsikas, Thanos Grammenos, Petros Hoedas

Votes: 1,028

20. Blood on the Land (1965)

130 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

In Greece, in the early part of the 20th century, two brothers from a wealthy landowning family have opposite views on how the poor workers who work on their land should be treated.

Director: Vasilis Georgiadis | Stars: Nikos Kourkoulos, Mairi Hronopoulou, Giannis Voglis, Faidon Georgitsis

Votes: 699

21. The River (1960)

110 min | Adventure, Drama

Four different stories taking place at border river between two enemy states.

Director: Nikos Koundouros | Stars: Titos Vandis, Anestis Vlahos, Giorgos Emirzas, Takis Emmanuel

Votes: 81

22. The Thrushes Are Still Singing (1979)

123 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

Five friends (representatives of the Fifties generation) now in their forties, get together after many years of silence. One shows up from jail, where he has been entering and exiting for ... See full summary »

Director: Nikos Nikolaidis | Stars: Alkis Panagiotidis, Konstantinos Tzoumas, Rita Bensousan, Hristos Valavanidis

Votes: 857

23. Ti ekanes ston polemo Thanasi (1971)

85 min | Comedy, Drama, War

During the dark years of the German Occupation in Greece, the mysterious disappearance of a cherished tomcat throws a destitute factory worker straight into the bowels of Kommandantur, to taste firsthand the oppressor's lavish hospitality.

Director: Dinos Katsouridis | Stars: Thanasis Vengos, Efi Roditi, Antonis Papadopoulos, Kaiti Lambropoulou

Votes: 650

24. Glory Sky (1962)

TV-14 | 87 min | Drama, War

Two stories set in northern Greece during World War II.

Director: Takis Kanellopoulos | Stars: Aimilia Pitta, Faidon Georgitsis, Takis Emmanuel, Eleni Zafeiriou

Votes: 166

25. Thanos and Despina (1967)

96 min | Drama

Katina, an impoverished Greek woman, tries to arrange the marrage of her shepherd son, Thanos, to Despina, the daughter of a wealthy landowner. But when Despina's father, Vlahopoulos ... See full summary »

Director: Nikos Papatakis | Stars: Olga Karlatos, George Dialegmenos, Lambros Tsangas, Elli Xanthaki

Votes: 167

26. Excursion (1966)

85 min | Drama, Romance, War

The love story between a captain's wife and his sergeant which has a tragic ending.

Director: Takis Kanellopoulos | Stars: Lili Papayanni, Kostas Karagiorgis, Angelos Antonopoulos, Dimitris Gakidis

Votes: 106

27. The Idlers of the Fertile Valley (1978)

118 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A father moves with his three sons and their beautiful, hard working servant in a big, old house in the countryside, where a weird drowsiness seems to occupy the four men. Will it be possible for one of them to break free?

Director: Nikos Panayotopoulos | Stars: Olga Karlatos, George Dialegmenos, Dimitris Poulikakos, Nikitas Tsakiroglou

Votes: 547

28. A Matter of Dignity (1958)

112 min | Drama

A daughter discovers her wealthy family is actually on the verge of bankruptcy and decides to charm a millionaire for his money in marriage. Soon she is torn between living a lie and keeping up appearances.

Director: Michael Cacoyannis | Stars: Ellie Lambeti, Athena Michaelidou, Eleni Zafeiriou, Giorgos Pappas

Votes: 525

29. A Girl in Black (1956)

100 min | Drama, Romance

Against the backdrop of a cloudless summer, love's unforeseen complications will entwine an Athenian writer, a morosely beautiful daughter, and a scorned local suitor. And then, calamity strikes. Can love redeem the sad girl in black?

Director: Michael Cacoyannis | Stars: Ellie Lambeti, Dimitris Horn, Eleni Zafeiriou, Stephanos Stratigos

Votes: 833

30. Euridice BA 2037 (1975)

100 min | Drama, Fantasy

Awaiting for Orpheus to save her from a modern Hades, Euridice faces her fears, desires, hallucinations and memories.

Director: Nikos Nikolaidis | Stars: Vera Tschechowa, John Moore, Niki Triantafillidi, Manolis Logiadis

Votes: 366

31. Ola einai dromos (1998)

118 min | Drama

Three people head towards a turning point in their lives: at a dig in Philippi, an archaeologist discovers an unlooted tomb; at a bird sanctuary in Thrace, a game warden pays back a poacher... See full summary »

Director: Pantelis Voulgaris | Stars: Thanasis Vengos, Giorgos Armenis, Dimitris Katalifos, Kostas Kazanas

Votes: 1,760

32. Love Me Not? (1989)

102 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Spying a lissome young woman standing topless on a nearby balcony, Giorgos climbs up onto a nearby rooftop to get a better look. At a critical moment in his climb, his family and friends ... See full summary »

Director: Giorgos Panousopoulos | Stars: Andreas Barkoulis, Betty Livanou, Giorgos Konstas, Antonis Theodorakopoulos

Votes: 142

33. John the Violent (1973)

180 min | Crime, Drama

This film tells the story of Ioannis Zachos, a young psychopath who commits a murder in the town of Athens.

Director: Tonia Marketaki | Stars: Manolis Logiadis, Mika Flora, Vangelis Kazan, Malaina Anousaki

Votes: 95

34. Morning Patrol (1987)

108 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

Going alone into an abandoned, living city, a woman tries to cross a forbidden zone swarming with the Morning Patrol and traps. Meeting one of the last city guards, they attempt recall the past and penetrate the zone together.

Director: Nikos Nikolaidis | Stars: Michele Valley, Takis Spyridakis, Liana Hatzi, Nikos Hatzis

Votes: 664

35. Honeymoon (1979)

112 min | Drama

A retired couple spends its vacation at the spa town of Kaiafa Lake during the last twenty years. This year their daughter does not come with them, being on her honeymoon trip to Rhodes, ... See full summary »

Director: Giorgos Panousopoulos | Stars: Stavros Xenidis, Aleka Paizi, Betty Livanou, Lazaros Andreou

Votes: 59

36. The Colours of Iris (1974)

100 min | Drama, Mystery

During the shooting of a film, a strange man enters the set holding an umbrella. He walks into the sea and disappears. The people from the film crew claim that this is a publicity stunt, ... See full summary »

Director: Nikos Panayotopoulos | Stars: Nikitas Tsakiroglou, Vangelis Kazan, Elena Kyrana, George Dialegmenos

Votes: 136

37. To proxenio tis Annas (1972)

87 min | Drama

Anna is a servant of an old lady for ten years. The old lady chooses a man for Anna.

Director: Pantelis Voulgaris | Stars: Anna Vagena, Smaro Veaki, Kostas Rigopoulos, Stavros Kalaroglou

Votes: 306

38. Stigma (1982)

100 min | Crime, Drama

Unable to determine the marker of Down syndrome, a once-blissful couple has to take the future of their newborn boy in their hands. In the next dark days, the father will reach out to his connections; but, is it ever right to end a life?

Director: Pavlos Tasios | Stars: Antonis Kafetzopoulos, Olia Lazaridou, Kostas Ballas, Vaggelis Theodoropoulos

Votes: 68

39. Mania (1985)

92 min | Adventure

inventive story about primal nature and a modern woman, Zoe is tapped to go to the U,S, for some specialized computer training because she is a whiz in her job as a program analyst, The ... See full summary »

Director: Giorgos Panousopoulos | Stars: Alessandra Vanzi, Aris Retsos, Antonis Theodorakopoulos, Andreas Andreopoulos

Votes: 92

40. To ergostasio (1981)

101 min | Drama

In high hopes of getting a loan to update his antiquated machinery, a financially hard-pressed owner of an old tannery turns to a well-to-do migrant who wants to marry his young daughter. Could he be the solution to the family's problems?

Director: Tasos Psarras | Stars: Vasilis Kolovos, Vana Fitsori, Dimitra Hatoupi, Dimitris Spyrou

Votes: 59

41. The Price of Love (1984)

110 min | Drama, Romance

The wife of an alcoholic and mother of four (Toula Stathopoulou) is a factory worker in Corfu at the beginning of the 20th century. A fallen noble man who has fallen on hard times (Stratis ... See full summary »

Director: Tonia Marketaki | Stars: Toula Stathopoulou, Anny Loulou, Stratis Tsopanellis, Giorgos Agiovlassitis

Votes: 173

42. Young Aphrodites (1963)

88 min | Drama, Romance

200 BC. During a merciless drought, the brute nature of man and the delicate essence of woman become inextricably intertwined, as the omnipotence of the carnal instinct demands the total surrender of the flesh.

Director: Nikos Koundouros | Stars: Eleni Prokopiou, Takis Emmanuel, Kleopatra Rota, Vangelis Ioannidis

Votes: 664

43. The King (2002)

130 min | Drama

A former drug addict gets a new lease of life in his grandfather's dilapidated rural estate, only to face the closed community's unwritten laws. Now, all that's needed is a flaming catalyst. Who can stop the advent of hell on New Paradise?

Director: Nikos Grammatikos | Stars: Vangelis Mourikis, Marilita Lambropoulou, Minas Hatzisavvas, Babis Giotopoulos

Votes: 1,641

44. See You (1997)

125 min | Drama

This Greek-Bulgarian-Cypriot co-production depicts the plight of Albanian illegals in Athens and its Piraeus port. Greek intellectual Christos (Akis Sakellariou) unintentionally falls in ... See full summary »

Directors: Giorgos Korras, Christos Voupouras | Stars: Akis Sakellariou, Muzafer Zifla, Armando Dauti, Artan Ago

Votes: 24