The best of magic realism

by guisreis | created - 11 Sep 2014 | updated - 5 days ago | Public

There are many good movies which tell a story in real world (neither in a fantasy one nor a straight sci-fi film) but that present enchanting fairy elements.

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1. Amélie (2001)

R | 122 min | Comedy, Romance

69 Metascore

Amélie is an innocent and naive girl in Paris with her own sense of justice. She decides to help those around her and, along the way, discovers love.

Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet | Stars: Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz, Rufus, Lorella Cravotta

Votes: 660,427 | Gross: $33.23M

2. The Truman Show (1998)

PG | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi

90 Metascore

An insurance salesman discovers his whole life is actually a reality TV show.

Director: Peter Weir | Stars: Jim Carrey, Ed Harris, Laura Linney, Noah Emmerich

Votes: 852,558 | Gross: $125.62M

3. Live Flesh (1997)

R | 103 min | Drama

69 Metascore

After leaving jail, Víctor is still in love with Elena, but she's married to the former cop -now basketball player- who became paralysed by a shot from Víctor's gun...

Director: Pedro Almodóvar | Stars: Liberto Rabal, Francesca Neri, Javier Bardem, Ángela Molina

Votes: 26,327 | Gross: $1.54M

4. Cinema, Aspirins and Vultures (2005)

99 min | Adventure, Drama

A road movie about a German man who went to the North East of Brazil in the 1942 to sell Aspirin.

Director: Marcelo Gomes | Stars: João Miguel, Peter Ketnath, Madalena Accioly, Jeane Alves

Votes: 2,178

5. Big Fish (2003)

PG-13 | 125 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

58 Metascore

A frustrated son tries to determine the fact from fiction in his dying father's life.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Billy Crudup, Jessica Lange

Votes: 393,388 | Gross: $66.26M

6. I Am Cuba (1964)

Not Rated | 108 min | Drama, History, War

Four vignettes about the lives of the Cuban people set during the pre-revolutionary era.

Director: Mikhail Kalatozov | Stars: Sergio Corrieri, Salvador Wood, José Gallardo, Raúl García

Votes: 7,315 | Gross: $0.16M

7. Little Nicholas (2009)

Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Family

Nicholas has every reason to keep things in life unchanged; however, when he accidentally overhears mum and dad talking about a new baby brother, his world will turn upside down. Will they abandon him to make room for the little stranger?

Director: Laurent Tirard | Stars: Maxime Godart, Vincent Claude, Charles Vaillant, Victor Carles

Votes: 11,433

8. Mulholland Drive (2001)

R | 147 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

83 Metascore

After a car wreck on the winding Mulholland Drive renders a woman amnesiac, she and a perky Hollywood-hopeful search for clues and answers across Los Angeles in a twisting venture beyond dreams and reality.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Naomi Watts, Laura Harring, Justin Theroux, Jeanne Bates

Votes: 294,843 | Gross: $7.22M

9. Gangs of New York (2002)

R | 167 min | Crime, Drama

72 Metascore

In 1862, Amsterdam Vallon returns to the Five Points area of New York City seeking revenge against Bill the Butcher, his father's killer.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Cameron Diaz, Daniel Day-Lewis, Jim Broadbent

Votes: 376,826 | Gross: $77.81M

10. Blancanieves (2012)

PG-13 | 104 min | Drama, Fantasy

82 Metascore

A twist on the Snow White fairy tale that is set in 1920s Seville and centered on a female bullfighter.

Director: Pablo Berger | Stars: Maribel Verdú, Emilio Gavira, Daniel Giménez Cacho, Ángela Molina

Votes: 9,845 | Gross: $0.28M

11. Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)

PG-13 | 165 min | Western

80 Metascore

A mysterious stranger with a harmonica joins forces with a notorious desperado to protect a beautiful widow from a ruthless assassin working for the railroad.

Director: Sergio Leone | Stars: Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson, Claudia Cardinale, Jason Robards

Votes: 276,417 | Gross: $5.32M

12. Snatch (2000)

R | 102 min | Comedy, Crime

55 Metascore

Unscrupulous boxing promoters, violent bookmakers, a Russian gangster, incompetent amateur robbers and supposedly Jewish jewelers fight to track down a priceless stolen diamond.

Director: Guy Ritchie | Stars: Jason Statham, Brad Pitt, Benicio Del Toro, Dennis Farina

Votes: 728,584 | Gross: $30.33M

13. Mary Poppins (1964)

G | 139 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

88 Metascore

In turn of the century London, a magical nanny employs music and adventure to help two neglected children become closer to their father.

Director: Robert Stevenson | Stars: Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, David Tomlinson, Glynis Johns

Votes: 145,712 | Gross: $102.27M

More fantasy than magic realism, but not pure fantasy either.

14. Hotel Chevalier (2007)

R | 13 min | Short, Drama, Romance

A prologue of one heart-breaking history of love and the prologue of the travel told in The Darjeeling Limited (2007).

Director: Wes Anderson | Stars: Jason Schwartzman, Natalie Portman, Waris Ahluwalia, Michel Castejon

Votes: 28,722

15. Behind the Sun (2001)

PG-13 | 105 min | Drama

73 Metascore

When ordered by his father to avenge the death of his older brother, a young man questions the tradition of violence between two rival families.

Director: Walter Salles | Stars: José Dumont, Rodrigo Santoro, Rita Assemany, Luiz Carlos Vasconcelos

Votes: 6,389 | Gross: $0.06M

16. Barry Lyndon (1975)

PG | 185 min | Adventure, Drama, History

89 Metascore

An Irish rogue wins the heart of a rich widow and assumes her dead husband's aristocratic position in 18th-century England.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Ryan O'Neal, Marisa Berenson, Patrick Magee, Hardy Krüger

Votes: 134,818

17. Beauties of the Night (1952)

Approved | 87 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Music

A young composer has vivid dreams of the past that reflect, yet conflict with his waking life.

Director: René Clair | Stars: Gérard Philipe, Martine Carol, Gina Lollobrigida, Magali Vendeuil

Votes: 516

18. Popeye (1980)

PG | 114 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

64 Metascore

The adventures of the famous sailor man and his friends in the seaside town of Sweethaven.

Director: Robert Altman | Stars: Robin Williams, Shelley Duvall, Ray Walston, Paul Dooley

Votes: 27,304 | Gross: $49.82M

19. Hugo (2011)

PG | 126 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

83 Metascore

In Paris in 1931, an orphan named Hugo Cabret, who lives in the walls of a train station, is wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father and an automaton.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Asa Butterfield, Chloë Grace Moretz, Christopher Lee, Ben Kingsley

Votes: 287,393 | Gross: $73.86M

20. El Crimen Perfecto (The Perfect Crime) (2004)

Not Rated | 105 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller

68 Metascore

An ambitious salesman will do anything for that big promotion he's been chasing, but inevitably, he will learn that there is no such thing as the perfect crime.

Director: Álex de la Iglesia | Stars: Guillermo Toledo, Mónica Cervera, Enrique Villén, Luis Varela

Votes: 10,732

21. Lisbela and the Prisoner (2003)

106 min | Comedy, Romance

Lisbela is a young woman who loves going to the movies. Leléu is a con man, going from town to town selling all sort of things and performing as master of ceremonies for some cheesy numbers... See full summary »

Director: Guel Arraes | Stars: André Mattos, Aramis Trindade, Bruno Garcia, Carlos Casagrande

Votes: 4,994

22. Nicholas on Holiday (2014)

G | 97 min | Comedy, Family

The summer holidays begin, Nicolas and his family travel to the seaside where a whole new series of adventures await them.

Director: Laurent Tirard | Stars: Valérie Lemercier, Kad Merad, Dominique Lavanant, Bouli Lanners

Votes: 2,207

23. The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

R | 99 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

88 Metascore

The adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous hotel from the fictional Republic of Zubrowka between the first and second World Wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.

Director: Wes Anderson | Stars: Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric, Adrien Brody

Votes: 643,898 | Gross: $59.10M

24. Irma Vap: O Retorno (2006)

80 min | Comedy

After many flops, theatrical producer decides to stage a former hit, "O Mistério de Irma Vap". But he is going to face many problems to find the right actors and get the necessary permissions.

Director: Carla Camurati | Stars: Marco Nanini, Ney Latorraca, Luisa Arraes, Paulo Betti

Votes: 196

25. Frida (2002)

R | 123 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

61 Metascore

A biography of artist Frida Kahlo, who channeled the pain of a crippling injury and her tempestuous marriage into her work.

Director: Julie Taymor | Stars: Salma Hayek, Alfred Molina, Geoffrey Rush, Mía Maestro

Votes: 75,467 | Gross: $25.89M

Indeed, the film reminds Mexican murals.

26. Bacurau (2019)

131 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery

74 Metascore

After the death of her grandmother, Teresa comes home to her matriarchal village in a near-future Brazil to find a succession of sinister events that mobilizes all of its residents.

Directors: Juliano Dornelles, Kleber Mendonça Filho | Stars: Barbara Colen, Thomas Aquino, Silvero Pereira, Thardelly Lima

Votes: 2,363

27. Rumba (2008)

77 min | Comedy

Teachers in a rural school, happy couple Fiona and Dom have a common passion: Latin Dancing. One night, after a glorious dance competition, they have a car accident and see their lives turn... See full summary »

Directors: Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon, Bruno Romy | Stars: Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon, Philippe Martz, Bruno Romy

Votes: 1,533

28. Dick Tracy (1990)

PG | 105 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

The comic strip detective finds his life vastly complicated when Breathless Mahoney makes advances towards him while he is trying to battle Big Boy Caprice's united mob.

Director: Warren Beatty | Stars: Warren Beatty, Madonna, Al Pacino, Charlie Korsmo

Votes: 54,077 | Gross: $103.74M

29. Chatô - The King of Brazil (2015)

102 min | Biography

The film tells the facts of life of the mogul of communications, Assis Chateaubriand (Marco Ricca), one of those responsible for bringing TV to Brazil. The screenplay based on the ... See full summary »

Director: Guilherme Fontes | Stars: Marco Ricca, Andrea Beltrão, Paulo Betti, Letícia Sabatella

Votes: 573

30. Dumbo (2019)

PG | 112 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

51 Metascore

A young elephant, whose oversized ears enable him to fly, helps save a struggling circus, but when the circus plans a new venture, Dumbo and his friends discover dark secrets beneath its shiny veneer.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Eva Green

Votes: 45,194 | Gross: $114.77M

The film is in the border between what I consider fantasy and what I refer to magic realism.

31. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)

R | 133 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

79 Metascore

Six tales of life and violence in the Old West, following a singing gunslinger, a bank robber, a traveling impresario, an elderly prospector, a wagon train, and a perverse pair of bounty hunters.

Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen | Stars: Tim Blake Nelson, Willie Watson, Clancy Brown, Danny McCarthy

Votes: 94,336

32. Castello Cavalcanti (2013)

Not Rated | 8 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

Italy, September 1955. A Formula One driver crashes his car during a race, leaving him stuck in a small village but good surprises will come his way.

Director: Wes Anderson | Stars: Jason Schwartzman, Giada Colagrande, Giorgio Zancolla, Paolo Coluccio

Votes: 5,604

https://youtu.be/b87B7zyucgI

33. Bury Me Behind the Baseboard (2009)

PG-13 | 117 min | Drama

A small child is trapped in a tug-of-war battle between his frivolous, but loving mother and an emotionally abusive neurotic grandmother, who wants to "shelter" her beloved grandson at all cost.

Director: Sergey Snezhkin | Stars: Svetlana Kryuchkova, Aleksey Petrenko, Mariya Shukshina, Konstantin Vorobyov

Votes: 981

34. Polar (2019)

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

19 Metascore

A retiring assassin suddenly finds himself on the receiving end of a hit, contracted by none other than his own employer seeking to cash in on the pensions of aging employees.

Director: Jonas Åkerlund | Stars: Mads Mikkelsen, Vanessa Hudgens, Katheryn Winnick, Fei Ren

Votes: 60,049

35. Treason (1998)

104 min | Drama

Three short stories adapted from Nelson Rodrigues works and all revolving around infidelity, some with humored moments and others with more tragic results. "Traição" ("Betrayal") presents ... See full summary »

Directors: José Henrique Fonseca, Arthur Fontes, Cláudio Torres | Stars: Tuca Andrada, Alexandre Borges, Pedro Cardoso, Francisco Cuoco

Votes: 181

36. Kings & Rats (2012)

110 min | Comedy, Drama

Estado do Rio de Janeiro, 1963. O coreto da praça principal de Bacaxá explode no momento de abertura da gincana de primavera da pequena cidade. O alvo do atentando é Amélia Castanho, ... See full synopsis »

Director: Mauro Lima | Stars: Selton Mello, Otávio Müller, Rafaela Mandelli, Cauã Reymond

Votes: 248

37. Life of Pi (2012)

PG | 127 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

79 Metascore

A young man who survives a disaster at sea is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an unexpected connection with another survivor: a fearsome Bengal tiger.

Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Adil Hussain, Tabu

Votes: 543,214 | Gross: $124.99M

38. The Shape of Water (2017)

R | 123 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

87 Metascore

At a top secret research facility in the 1960s, a lonely janitor forms a unique relationship with an amphibious creature that is being held in captivity.

Director: Guillermo del Toro | Stars: Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, Michael Shannon, Doug Jones

Votes: 319,832 | Gross: $63.86M

The film is in the border between what I consider fantasy and what I refer to magic realism.

39. Micmacs (2009)

R | 105 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

62 Metascore

A man and his friends come up with an intricate and original plan to destroy two big weapons manufacturers.

Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet | Stars: Dany Boon, André Dussollier, Nicolas Marié, Yolande Moreau

Votes: 27,710 | Gross: $1.26M

Watch it here: https://vimeo.com/42651791

41. Shed No Tears (2013)

109 min | Drama, Music, Romance

Pål dreams about success within the musical world, but he has an obstacle; himself. His deep thoughts keeps him end up in trouble. We follow Pål on a emotional inner travel to find his call on the swedish west coast of Gothenburg.

Directors: Måns Mårlind, Björn Stein | Stars: Adam Lundgren, Marie Richardson, Josefin Neldén, Eric Ericson

Votes: 4,482

Very irregular movie, sometimes silly and kitsch, but with great moments.

42. Oblivious Memory (2016)

94 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

Carlos is a man doomed by restless memories, that meets with himself, in a time warp. Young Carlos faces the forgetfulness of old Carlos, who doesn't recognize his own appearance. They get ... See full summary »

Director: Ruy Guerra | Stars: Tony Ramos, João Miguel, Charles Fricks, Mariana Ximenes

Votes: 42

43. 101 Dalmatians (1996)

G | 103 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

49 Metascore

An evil high-fashion designer plots to steal Dalmatian puppies in order to make an extravagant fur coat, but instead creates an extravagant mess.

Director: Stephen Herek | Stars: Glenn Close, Jeff Daniels, Joely Richardson, Joan Plowright

Votes: 93,959 | Gross: $136.19M



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