Top 10 Countries that Make the Best Movies

Each country brings its own unique flavor to the silver screen, from the heart-wrenching dramas of European cinema to the vibrant and dynamic storytelling found in Asian films, not to mention the blockbuster hits and indie gems originating from North America.

When thinking about the countries that have made significant contributions to the film industry, consider the various elements that make their movies stand out. This might include groundbreaking directors, iconic film stars, influential film movements, or even technological innovations that have changed the way we experience movies.
The Top Ten
1 India India, officially the Republic of India, is a country in South Asia. It is the seventh-largest country by area, the second-most populous country (with over 1.2 billion people), and the most populous democracy in the world. Its capital is New Delhi. Some other major cities are Mumbai, Chennai, and Ahemdabad... read more

The Indian film industry is by far the fastest-growing industry in the world. Recent movies like the Bahubali series have clearly shown that movies with higher budgets are going to come sooner. Then definitely, the US industry needs to come up with great ideas for making good stories and everything as such.

Yes, I do agree that the US is far ahead when it comes to the budget they invest and the number of screens they get worldwide. With that, they also hold the highest-grossing movie. But if you consider the development with respect to the time span, the Indian film industry has grown in an exponential manner.

The Indian film industry has many internal industries like Bollywood, Sandalwood, Tollywood, to name a few. This versatile industry within the country gives you a diverse picture and also showcases the movie buff in every single state, highlighting the movie industry's growth in the country.

At the end, I want to say that if you give another 50 years to this Indian industry, you will see this industry being the epicenter of entertainment in the world!

2 United States of America The United States of America, or the U.S.A. for short, is a federal republic composed of 50 states, 48 of them are contiguous states. There are two other states, Alaska and Hawaii, which are north and south of the contiguous states, respectively. The United States declared its independence from the... read more

There is one reason America is not number one, and that is because it's number one at a lot of things, and other countries get tired of it, so people vote for other countries. I've seen it on many lists here. Look, I'm not saying anything bad about other countries' movie industries, but India! Come on.

Look, I know they now produce the most movies yearly, and I'm sure there's a lot of great ones, but they don't have the worldwide popularity American movies do. America is one of the few countries whose entertainment, like movies, shows, music, sports, and even porn, is popular worldwide almost everywhere. I'm sorry, but India is not on that scale yet. They may screen in other countries and make some money, but they don't bring in billions, domestic and international, like the US.

Look, there are many, many examples I could use right now, but I'll stick with probably the most worldwide known and loved movie in the world. So let me know when India makes a movie even somewhat close to STAR WARS, and then we can talk about them even being top 5 because I would also say the U.K., Canada, and many European countries are close behind America.

3 France France, officially the French Republic, is a sovereign state comprising territory in western Europe and several overseas regions and territories. The European part of France, called metropolitan France, extends from the Mediterranean Sea to the English Channel and the North Sea, and from the Rhine to... read more

While I think the US deserves to be at the top of the list, France is a very close second. Cinema was born there with the Lumière brothers, and ever since, they have been making great films like The Rules of the Game, The 400 Blows, and Amélie.

France dominated the film industry in the 20th century and has gained an enormous amount of appreciation for its classics ever since. I will even go on to say that it helped shape American filmmaking.

How are Canada, Australia, Iran, Bangladesh, Italy, and Germany ahead of France? I mean, I am sure there are great Italian and German films, but ahead of French films?

4 Japan Japan is an island country in East Asia in the Pacific Ocean. It lies off the eastern coast of the Asia Mainland (east of China, Korea, Russia) and stretching from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and near Taiwan in the southwest... read more

Japan produces the best films from the 1950s to now. Japanese films are so different from other countries, and their visual and emotional impact hits me every time. Many films from Akira Kurosawa, Yasujiro Ozu, and Hayao Miyazaki are truly some of the best in the world, like Seven Samurai, Tokyo Story, or Spirited Away.

Japanese movies are awesome. They cover almost all genres, from crazy to emotional. The movies have proper direction. I have liked almost every Japanese movie I have watched. And believe me, I have watched a lot.

5 Iran Iran, also known as Persia, officially the Islamic Republic of Iran, is a sovereign state in Western Asia. The capital city is Teheran and the major city is also Tehran. The country's official language is Persian... read more

Whether because of or in spite of censorship and social norms, Iranian directors have created more than their fair share of amazing character studies and allegories on meaningful topics. I suspect if there were more films available in the West from Iran, we would appreciate that country's work even more.

Well, I'm Iranian, and I like our movies. I'm also excited about Korean and American movies. But come on, Indian movies? Are they the best? I've just seen three good Indian movies in my whole life. Most of them are ridiculous. Have you seen the movie in which a guy kills people with a banana skin? Isn't it foolish?

6 United Kingdom The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly shortened to United Kingdom, UK or Britain is a Sovereign State located of the Northwestern coast of Europe. It is a Parliamentary Constitutional Monarchy currently lead by Monarch Queen Elizabeth II and its current prime minister is... read more

There isn't really a 'British cinema' to the same extent as there is a 'French cinema,' for instance, because the British film industry is so interconnected with Hollywood. British actors, directors, cinematographers, and others make films in America, and Hollywood makes films in Britain. Although it's harder to make a case for a distinct British national cinema, it's pretty clear that in terms of filmmaking level and the expertise of film crews, Britain is unrivaled outside Los Angeles.

James Bond, Harry Potter, Monty Python, Wallace and Gromit, Stanley Kubrick's movies (Full Metal Jacket, 2001, Dr. Strangelove, A Clockwork Orange, etc.), The Italian Job ('69), The Wicker Man ('73), In Bruges, Dunkirk, Yellow Submarine, Lawrence of Arabia, The Third Man, Paddington 1 and 2, Chicken Run, Watership Down, The Pink Panther ('63), Breakfast at Tiffany's, and Animal Farm (1954) are some of my favorite movies. And they are all British! Should be number one or two.

7 Italy Italy (Italian: Repubblica Italiana) is a sovereign state and unitary parliamentary republic in south-central Europe.

Italy covers an area of 301,338 km². With almost 62 million inhabitants, it is the third most populous EU member state. Located in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, Italy shares... read more

Italy is the ultimate filmmaking country. I mean, those guys have directors like Leone, Bertolucci, and Rossellini. Actors and actresses like Marcello Mastroianni and Claudia Cardinale. The best cinematographer (Vittorio Storaro) and the best film composer (Ennio Morricone) are Italians. That should speak for itself. The best of American cinema is directed by Capra, Scorsese, and Coppola, and often stars someone like Pacino or De Niro. Italy, obviously.

Definitely one of the best film cultures worldwide. What makes Italy better than most other countries is that they have both great art films with huge historical importance, with neorealism films and directors like Fellini, Antonioni, Visconti, Pasolini, etc., and also amazing genre films like the Italo Westerns by Leone or Corbucci or the Giallo-Horrors by Dario Argento or Mario Bava.

8 Croatia Croatia, officially the Republic of Croatia (independence since 1991), is a sovereign state at the crossroads of Central Europe, Southeast Europe, and the Mediterranean. Its capital city is Zagreb. It is a member of the European Union. During the Cold War it was part of Yugoslavia. It is a cultural... read more
9 Serbia Serbia, officially the Republic of Serbia, is a landlocked country in Southeastern and Central Europe, situated at the crossroads of the Pannonian Plain and the Balkans. It shares land borders with Hungary to the north, Romania to the northeast, Bulgaria to the southeast, North Macedonia to the south,... read more

Best movies in the world... So deep!

10 Germany Germany was formally united in 1871 under the initiative of Bismarck with King Wilhelm of Prussia as emperor. The previous 'Holy Roman Empire', basically a continuation of the empire of Charlemagne/Karl der Grosse was dissolved in 1806... read more

I think German movies have more thoughtful stories with characters that show more range. The characters in German movies seem to be multifaceted and not just simple black and white portraits like in many American movies.

The best-known German films are Nosferatu and Metropolis. Who knew Germans were so good at filmmaking? These films are definitely worth checking out. Trust me.

Germany is home to Metropolis, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, M, Nosferatu, Wings of Desire, and Das Boot. These are some of the best films of all time. Why is this only #6?

The Contenders
11 Belgium Belgium, officially the Kingdom of Belgium, is a country in Northwestern Europe. The country is bordered by the Netherlands to the north, Germany to the east, Luxembourg to the southeast, France to the southwest, and the North Sea to the northwest. It covers an area of 30,689 km2 (11,849 sq mi) and... read more
12 South Korea South Korea, officially the Republic of Korea (ROK), is a country in East Asia, constituting the southern part of the Korean Peninsula and sharing a land border with North Korea. Its western border is formed by the Yellow Sea, while its eastern border is defined by the Sea of Japan. South Korea claims... read more

South Korea should be ranked number two, with the U.S. taking number one. The reason the U.S. is above is because of the advancement in movie making. South Koreans are one of the best storytellers in the world. India should be number three. There are good Bollywood gems, but with all their poor movie animations, ridiculous fight scenes, copying, and remakes, I'm shocked India is ranked number one.

South Korea is becoming better and better in the film industry. It is very exciting to watch and also dramatic. South Korea is also voted to have the most good-looking people in Asia.

13 Canada Canada is a country in North America that is next to the United States, and it's the 2nd largest country in the world by area (size is 9.985 million km²). This country has 10 provinces, and 3 territories. Canada became a dominion on July 1, 1867. Its 10 provinces are: Ontario, British Columbia, Quebec,... read more

Canada is underrated - not as many films, but a number of key classic horror and psychological thrillers such as The Changeling, Pontypool, Ginger Snaps, Videodrome, Evil Woods, Cube, Shiver, The Dark Hour, and so on.

Denis Villeneuve: Arrival, Enemy, Prisoners, and soon the new Blade Runner and Dune. Should be higher with France, its cousin.

Canada gave us awesome directors such as David Cronenberg and James Cameron.

14 Albania Albania is a southeastern European country that is slightly larger than Maryland and near Montenegro, Kosovo, Republic of Macedonia, and Greece. The capital is a city called Tirana. Some other major cities in Albania are Durrës, Elbasan, Vlorë, and Shkodër. Albania gained its independence in 1912... read more
15 Denmark Denmark is a Nordic country in Northern Europe. It is the most populous and politically central constituent of the Kingdom of Denmark, a constitutionally unitary state that includes the autonomous territories of the Faroe Islands and Greenland in the North Atlantic Ocean. European Denmark is the southernmost... read more

All Danish movies with Mads Mikkelsen, the best Actor in the World.

16 Spain Spain, or the Kingdom of Spain, is a country in southwestern Europe with parts of territory in the Atlantic Ocean and across the Mediterranean Sea. The largest part of Spain is situated on the Iberian Peninsula; its territory also includes the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean, the Balearic Islands... read more

I'd put this country as number one. They take moviemaking very seriously and almost always refuse to produce a bad movie. Pan's Labyrinth by Guillermo del Toro is probably the best film ever made in history, along with a string of some of the best horror films such as The Devil's Backbone, The Platform, and The Orphanage. Good human drama movies like Roma, Volver, and The Motorcycle Diaries also abound.

The country that gave us Pan's Labyrinth. One of my favorite movies of all time. It's really awesome.

17 Pakistan Pakistan was established in 1947 and is located in South Asia. Islamabad is the capital city of Pakistan. Karachi, Lahore, and Peshawar are other major cities of Pakistan. Urdu and English are the official languages of Pakistan. The world's second-highest peak (K-2) and ninth highest peak (Nanga Parbat)... read more

Pakistan once had such good movies and was taking over the pop scene too. However, due to misguided decisions in politics, it all went downhill. In recent years, Pakistan has made a comeback and is showing improvement. Although some movie trailers have not been appealing in terms of acting quality and music, I would prefer drama serials over any questionable movies until I've seen the movie to judge for myself. My support remains with the Pakistani film industry, and it's refreshing to see Pakistani movies, to be honest.

18 Bangladesh Bangladesh, officially the People's Republic of Bangladesh, is a country in South Asia. It is the eighth-most populous country in the world, with a population exceeding 163 million people in an area of either 148,460 square kilometres (57,320 sq mi) or 147,570 square kilometres (56,980 sq mi), making... read more

Bangladesh should be number one.

The Bangladeshi film industry was one of the best in the '90s. It later declined but has been growing rapidly since 2012.

19 China China, officially the People's Republic of China, is a country in East Asia. It is the world's most populous country, with a population of more than 1.4 billion. China spans five geographical time zones and borders 14 countries, the second most of any country in the world after Russia. Covering an area... read more

It is surprising that China is ranked number 20, below many European countries. European films are mostly just uninspired copies of Hollywood films, whereas Chinese films are truly unique and different. The USA and Japan should also be at the top of the list. India should drop down to about 8.

Filmmaking at its very best. Behind Spain, it probably produces the world's best-directed films. Don't stereotype them. Martial art films are just one small genre among hundreds of others. Too many films to name, but check out by director -- Zhang Yimou's films just as a start, Jia Zhangke, Chen Kaige, Zhang Ye, and Lou Ye.

20 Philippines The Philippines, officially the Republic of the Philippines, is an archipelagic country in Southeast Asia. It is situated in the western Pacific Ocean and consists of around 7,641 islands that are broadly categorized under three main geographical divisions from north to south: Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao... read more

Indie films and romantic comedy films from the Philippines are really commendable! Watch and learn!

The Philippines has unique movies because they are related to the culture, history, and living.

Philippine movies have many meanings and deep meanings about love, life, and more. I am half Chinese, Japanese, Spanish and a little Filipino. But I pride the culture and the movies. It has meaning, not worthless meanings.

21 Mexico Mexico, officially the United Mexican States, is a federal republic located in North America. The country is located between the U.S. and Central America, and is known for its Pacific and Gulf of Mexico beaches and its diverse landscape of mountains, deserts, and jungles.

True - Mexico has been significantly influenced by Spanish filmmakers and can claim half of Pan's Labyrinth and The Devil's Backbone. But there are so many more, such as horror classics like Tigers Are Not Afraid and Cronos, as well as some good comedies like El Infierno.

22 Sweden Sweden, officially the Kingdom of Sweden, is a Scandinavian country in Northern Europe.

It borders Norway to the west and Finland to the east, and is connected to Denmark in the southwest by a bridge-tunnel across the Öresund. At 450,295 square kilometers (173,860 sq mi), Sweden is the third-largest... read more

Ingmar Bergman is among the greatest directors of all time, and he is Swedish.

23 Netherlands The Netherlands, informally Holland, is a country located in north-western Europe with overseas territories in the Caribbean. It is the largest of four constituent countries of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The Netherlands consists of twelve provinces, and borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the... read more
24 Egypt Egypt, officially the Arab Republic of Egypt, is a transcontinental country spanning the northeast corner of Africa and southwest corner of Asia via a land bridge formed by the Sinai Peninsula. It is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea to the north, the Gaza Strip (Palestine) and Israel to the northeast,... read more

An Egyptian movie: Gods of Egypt. The cast is American, and the armies are Egyptians.

25 Norway Norway, officially the Kingdom of Norway, is a sovereign and unitary monarchy in Northern Europe whose territory comprises the western portion of the Scandinavian Peninsula plus the island Jan Mayen and the archipelago of Svalbard... read more

Norway makes really great movies. Plus, Norwegian women are gorgeous.

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