Best Greek Films

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10+1 films that proved Greek cinema doesn't start with Dogtooth.

The Top Ten

1 Ευδοκια (1971)

Having been spoon fed so much American rubbish. This is a fantastic well acted and directed Greek film, that can stall talk alongside the very best films from the USA. Evdokia (A classic). X regards Trinity

I've never seen any Greek movie, but the detailed descriptions of these movies encourages me to look for some! - Ananya

Evdokia is a girl's name means hope. the film stars a hooker falling in love with a soldier during the greek dictatorship trying to get away the suburbian dump she lives, but her pimp has other plans. director alexis damianos (with a cult status like terrence mallick and this film has similar style with badlands) goes beyond naturalism and reaches heights of pure cinematic poetry. the characters are somehow symbols of greek society but also posses a deep sentimantal world. however they try to free themselves from a tough and conservative full of stereotypes greek society and live peacefully people will never let them to. so the only thing that remains for a captivated soul is to dance his pain through zeibekiko seeking redemption in a his own spiritual world. you may captivate the soul but not the spirit. and this is the most greek feeling of all. this is beyond doubt the perfect greek film. - gvats

2 ο δρακος (1956)

The official number one choice for the best greek film ever this masterpiece by rebelious and diverse filmaker nikos koundouros is a dark tale of false identity. the title translated as dragon but really means the serial killer and rapist of women. a middle aged clerk living his miserable life is mistaken by a notorious serial killer who looks exactly the same. first he tries to prove his innocence but since this mistake his life has been more intresting so he submits his new identity. brutal and dark, drakos is a inside look into the underground greek society of 50s but mostly a trip in the dark and twisted greek soul trying to find redemption through the magestic dance scene before the ending. a perfect modern greek tragedy. - gvats

3 γλυκεια συμμορια (1983)

The great artist and uncompromising filmaker nikos nikolaidis stand out of all greek filmakers because of his personal stories. stories about his friends or some tweisted dark art house films he's the real great filmaker this country has ever known. he has a cult status in Europe and usa. possesing every knoledge possible about cinema this stylistic neo noir follows four friends in a search for... well nothing special just living their lives. free of every possesion and cliche they live the moment doing what is more fun to them and try to protect their little world against the real world. the fight would be as epic as psychedelic. forget oldboy and tarantino this is the real thing. - gvats

4 ο θιασος (1975)

The travelling players mostly known tis is angelopoulos definite masterpiece and the most famous greek film outside Greece. if for one reason it's for the unique presentation of greek history as a unite memory and not as separate facts. in order to do this he revolutionizes the use of time and space in cinematic form making it the first and only avant garde greek film that influences workd cinema. - gvats

5 ρεμπετικο (1983)

This movie is fantastic to watch

The history of greek urban music genre rebetiko (as important for greek culture as blues are for American) it's artists and the parallels with greek history. master cinematography with every frame has something to contribute to the characters. music and narration mixed perfectly with the vision of Egypt born filmaker costas ferris who gives a oriental fleur to the story. - gvats

6 παραγγελια (1980)

Based on a true story of passion and murder this is the more gutsy greek film you'll ever come across.
A brutal portrait of low class people living in the edge. death seems to be in every corner but no one cares about it. life is so harsh that doesn't seem to be the best thing in this world. the protagonist is one of the loners that risks everything cause they have nothing to lose. this elegy for the romantic heroes are acompanied by the poems of director's wife (an anarchist poet who commit suicide) who played an important part in the narration of this film. - gvats

7 Στελλα (1955)

The first greek film to win international awards, this uncomproising portait of a felame character liberated by cliches seems as rebel today as back then. melina merkouri is the greatest greek actress (godess in fact). stella fights with all her powers any domestic aspect of the society. a free romantic rebel who doesn't afraid to pay the consequences. - gvats

8 καλπικη λιρα (1954)

And old classic film mixes four different stories that are connected by a common object, a pound. this object shapes their destinies and stories. through each story director tzavellas mixes different genres, from romance to comedy and from social drama to heist film. in the middle this mysterious object. a trully magnificent piece of art this is the first true greek masterpiece. - gvats

9 Παπαφλέσσας (1971)

A marvellous portrait of one of the greatest heroes of Greek Revolution in 1821! Papaflessas was portrayed perfectly by one of the greatest Greek actors, Dimitris Papamichael! Directed by Erricos Andreou, it includes one of the best cast, if not the best one, in a Greek movie, with actors like Dandoulaki, Alexandrakis, Stratigos, Antonopoulos, Fernando Sancho, Politis(the famous Giagkos Drakos from"I Lampsi"), Dianellos and Dimitris Ioakeimidis as the best Kolokotronis in film history! This film is for me the best Greek movie of all time. The film won the best reviews in the 1971 Thessaloniki Film Festival and won the Best Director, best production and was given honors to a set designer and costume designer Dionysis Fotopoulos.
The film cost 12,000,000 drachmas and is considered one of the biggest blockbusters of Greek cinema approaching their American counterparts. It reminds you a little bit films like Braveheart, Lawrence of Arabia and El Cid!

I have seen this movie at least 30 times. Its fantastic!

10 ΚΥΝΟΔΟΝΤΑΣ (2009)

Great film, great performance. Not for everyone, it can make some people uncomfortable, but if you get passed all the taboo's its very enjoyable, because that's what the movie focuses on. These couple cuts off their "children" (The have two daughter and a son, their ages range from the teens to the 20s) from the outside society. They teach them other meaning for words like zombie and telephone. They don't know the existence of a telephone, and the only person allowed is a security guard from the dad's job at a factory named Christina, and she is only allowed to come in a have sex with the son. But she decides to have sexual experimentations with one of the daughters as well, the daughter unaware of what sex really is, with a payback of gifts. I won't keep telling the movie, but its just a great film. Very twisted, need to have an open mind. Very Very weird.

The Contenders

11 Balamos (1982)

Tornes is the most strange greek filmaker. started in Italy with be roles mostly in taviani bros films (allonsanfan). balamos is his masterpiece. it's like a metamorphosis that mostly take place inside you. even the most profound shot takes deeply existensial essence due to his mastery behind camera. a true rebel. gus van sant and bela tarr followed years later.
A sweet game with the possibilities of filmaking. starts with a mystery that we try to solve out woth the filmaker. there is no story just this adventure. it never ends like the cinematic adventure. a love letter to cinema by cult dιrector nikos panagiotopoulos - gvats

12 αναπαρασταση (1970)

The most famous greek auteur theo angelopoulos starts his carreer and modern greek starts with him. theo pushes the limits between fiction and documentary while there are some existensial themes in this masterly directed tale of abandoned suburbia. - gvats

13 Το Χώμα Βάφτηκε Κόκκινο (1965)

In Thessaly, 1907, a man rouses the poor farmers to make their own the land on which work in favor of landlords. Odysseus, son of such a landowner refuses to clash with farmers. Odysseus conflicts with his brother, Rigas. But it is not the only reason that brings him face to face with Rigas. Both brothers are in love with Irene.
An extraordinary sight of Greece in 1900s. A Greek gem that includes action, adventure, romance, drama and amazing performances by a superb cast with actors like Kourkoulos, Voglis, Xronopoulou, Katrakis, Georgitsis, Pergialis and Antonopoulos. Directed by one of the best Greek directors, Vasilis Georgiadis, some people call it as a Greek western, because it has the style of the old American westerns.
The story has to do with love, revolution, old ideas versus newer ones, conflict and finally a new world being created from the older one's ashes.
Vassilis Georgiadis was lucky enough to have a great script in his hand and a terrific cast to match it. ...more

14 Ορατότης Μηδέν (1970)

I think it's a perfect movie with epic performances and story. It was cinema...! Nikos Kourkoulos in his best performance, especially when he describes in the court the event of the explosion in the boat with the stacked machinery and stuff. Watching other movies with Kourkoulos, I think he is amazing for these roles. Acting like the young, handsome, brave, grave, honest and mistreated man from society. He was really good at these. "OXI ALLO KARVOUNO! " (maybe the most famous quote in Greek cinema).
Directed by Nikos Foskolos, including legendary actors like Xronopoulou, Katrakis, Galanos, Kalogirou, Antonopoulos, Anna Vagena, Giannis Argiris and Zoras Tsapelis.
SINCE NICOS FOSKOLOS IS A GOOD STORY TELLER AND KOURKOULOS A GREAT ACTOR I AM SURE THIS FILM WOULD HAVE MADE A GREAT HIT IF IT HAD BEEN MADE IN HOLLYWOOD.
Definitely one of the best nad most famous Greek movies of all time.
The film is a social outcry against the greed of big business in post-war ...more

15 Λόλα (1964)

Cookest greek movie ever

16 Ιφιγένεια (1977)

Iphigenia of Cacoyannis is one of the greatest masterpieces that have made a Greek cinema. He was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film Oscar in 1977, but lost to the difference of one vote.
Indeed, such films should make us proud to be Greeks, because this is the priceless heritage of our ancient ancestors. The tragedy of Euripides revive through the cloth and manages to excite Greek and foreign critics.
The talented Irene Papas manages to amaze us with the shocking interpretation of (Clytemnestra), while the innocent 13 year old Tatiana Papamoschou enslave anyone with her grace. Let's not forget to mention the other protagonists: Kostas Kazakos, Kostas Karras and Panos Michalopoulos. They are all great.

17 Ο Ανθρωπος με το Γαρύφαλλο (1980)
18 Ο Αστραπόγιαννος (1970)

Astrapoyannos, a hero from an old time, the time that real heroes existed. This is Astrapoyannos. A man with honour, a man who has fought for his country freedom, and now fights so as to clear out his fellow-countrymen ("kotzambasides", "prouchontes") who happened to be rich and took the place of the former conquerors; they have bought the land. And these men torture the poor ("kolligous") even harder. Astrapoyannos, however, like Robin Hood of his time helps everyone that needs him. And so the story starts...

Astrpoyannos is the well known Greek actor, Nikos Kourkoulos, that today, 30 Jan 2007, passed away. A real actor, beloved as Astrapoyannos by everyone in Greece, who has played in many many films and theater plays since 1960 -or so. And in this film, as in many other in the past, Nikos shows all of his great acting talent. May he stays for ever in our memory.

To end with, Nikos Kourkoulos, in this film is surrounded by lots of good actors, and that's why I feel ...more

19 Ηλέκτρα (1962)
20 Τα κόκκινα φανάρια (1963)

After viewing this movie, it will be impossible to believe that what you just saw was merely a number of actors playing their role for a film. Instead, you get the impression that those people were actually leaving there and those were the lives they led. I believe that this is pure art! No need to invest a fortune for an impressive production as long as there are highly skilled actors and directors who do an excellent job of letting you enter the magic world of the movie and share their experience. The underground atmosphere is depicted in an excellent even nostalgic way. The music is captivating. Tzeni Karezi will always remain in Greek people's hearts no matter how many years will pass. If you really love the art of pure cinematography your shouldn't miss this movie.

21 Κατήφορος (1961)
22 Ο Μεθύστακας (1950)
23 A Girl in Black (1956)
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