Portuguese films

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1. A Menina da Rádio (1944)

106 min | Comedy, Musical

Geninha and Fortunato are couple who loves music. He's a good songwriter, she sings well. Despite this, their parents hate each other and do not seem willing to allow their marriage, nor the creation of a local radio for them.

Director: Arthur Duarte | Stars: Maria Matos, António Silva, Maria Eugénia, Francisco Ribeiro

Votes: 235

3. A Outra Margem (2007)

106 min | Drama

Ricardo is a transvestite. After a failed attempt of suicide, he has to come back to his roots and to relearn how to live with the inspiring help of his sister and, mostly, of his nephew Vasco, who has Down syndrome.

Director: Luís Filipe Rocha | Stars: Filipe Duarte, Maria d'Aires, Tomás Almeida, Horácio Manuel

Votes: 247

4. A Passagem da Noite (2003)

95 min | Drama

Mariana is a 17 year old girl, who, after being raped by drug addict, finds out she's pregnant and, in her path, discovers how difficult it can be entering adulthood.

Director: Luís Filipe Rocha | Stars: Leonor Seixas, João Ricardo, João Pedro Vaz, Maria João Falcão

Votes: 213

5. A Song of Lisbon (1933)

85 min | Comedy, Musical

After flunking in medical school, the young and bohemian Vasco need to trick his aunts, the main financers of his studies, preventing them to know that he is not a doctor.

Director: José Cottinelli Telmo | Stars: Vasco Santana, Beatriz Costa, António Silva, Teresa Gomes

Votes: 1,230

7. 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: 429

8. 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: 2,088

9. Amo-te Teresa (2000 TV Movie)

90 min | Drama, Romance

Teresa and Miguel, of 35 and 15 years respectively, get involved. Teresa is a doctor and, after a frustrated love life, she decides to abandon Lisbon and returns to her native land. When ... See full summary »

Directors: Cristina Boavida, Ricardo Espírito Santo | Stars: Ana Padrão, Diogo Morgado, Maria João Abreu, Marcantonio Del Carlo

Votes: 539

10. Amor e Dedinhos de Pé (1992)

125 min | Drama, Romance

Macau 1897. Life is easy for Portuguese settlers. Young reveler Francisco Frontaria is deemed as irresponsible for all his partying and boozing. Shunned and exiled for crossing a line by ... See full summary »

Director: Luís Filipe Rocha | Stars: Joaquim de Almeida, Ana Torrent, Jean-Pierre Cassel, João D'Ávila

Votes: 73

11. 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: 608

12. A Viagem do Sr. Ulisses (2012 TV Movie)


The story of an old man who does not settle for being abandoned by his own son in a hospital, venturing with the company of a rebellious teenager in a long and troubled way in search of the family, in which will also find a new life.

Director: Jorge Queiroga | Stars: Rui Mendes, Catarina Avelar, Mafalda Tavares, Adriano Carvalho

Votes: 26

13. Balas & Bolinhos (2001)

62 min | Comedy, Crime

A group of friends meet and combine a robbery from a gasoline station.

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

Votes: 1,758

14. 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: 1,840

15. Balas & Bolinhos: O Último Capítulo (2012)

129 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Tone, the leader of the gang, returns home after sometime abroad, to try to save his father's life that is on the verge of death, and needs a liver transplant to survive. For this task he ... See full summary »

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

Votes: 2,708

16. Beauty and the Paparazzo (2010)

106 min | Comedy, Romance

Telenovela star Mariana is on the verge of a nervous breakdown: shooting is not going smoothly, her popularity is waning, and she is forever being hounded by paparazzi. Frustrated, Mariana ... See full summary »

Director: António-Pedro Vasconcelos | Stars: Soraia Chaves, Marco D'Almeida, Nuno Markl, Pedro Laginha

Votes: 1,054

17. Belle toujours (2006)

Not Rated | 68 min | Drama, Music

38 years after their last encounter, Henri Husson thinks he sees Séverine in a concert. He follows her and sadistically takes out a slow and painful revenge.

Director: Manoel de Oliveira | Stars: Michel Piccoli, Bulle Ogier, Ricardo Trêpa, Leonor Baldaque

Votes: 941 | Gross: $0.01M

18. 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: 1,548

19. COMPLEXO: Parallel universe (2011)

80 min | Documentary, Drama

How is it to survive in the most dangerous slum in Rio de Janeiro?

Director: Mário Patrocínio

Votes: 220

20. 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: 2,730

21. 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: 728

22. Change Nothing (2009)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary, Music

82 Metascore

Intimate portrait of the French actress/singer Jeanne Balibar.

Director: Pedro Costa | Stars: Jeanne Balibar, Rodolphe Burger, Hervé Loos, Arnaud Dieterlen

Votes: 275

23. 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: 598

24. Cristóvão Colombo - O Enigma (2007)

75 min | Drama, History

A true story of a doctor and his wife who went on a journey in order to prove that discoverer Christopher Columbus was in fact Portuguese.

Director: Manoel de Oliveira | Stars: Ricardo Trêpa, Leonor Baldaque, Manoel de Oliveira, Maria Isabel de Oliveira

Votes: 371

25. Crónica dos Bons Malandros (1984)

82 min | Comedy

Living in expeditions, a gang of friendly Malandro Lisboetas is one day contacted by mysterious Italian (from the Mafia, it is assumed) to steal part of the Lalique Collection, at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Museum.

Director: Fernando Lopes | Stars: Nuno Duarte, João Perry, Lia Gama, Maria do Céu Guerra

Votes: 146

26. Doomed Love (2008)

81 min | Romance

A loner, narcissistic and suicidal teenager attracts most of the people he meets like a fatal aura, a black light. He falls deeply in love with Teresa but does she exist or is she a mere ... See full summary »

Director: Mário Barroso | Stars: Rafael Morais, Tomás Alves, Rui Morisson, Ana Padrão

Votes: 235

27. Dot.com (2007)

103 min | Comedy

Pedro, an engineer posted in a village in the North of Portugal, waits desperately to be transferred back to Lisbon. Ever since his road project was cancelled, he's had nothing to do except... See full summary »

Director: Luís Galvão Teles | Stars: João Tempera, María Adánez, Marco Delgado, Isabel Abreu

Votes: 616

28. Duma Vez por Todas (1987)

99 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

Lisbon by night, through the eyes of a young woman who lives freely, and a neighbour who follows her everywhere, from a distance.

Director: Joaquim Leitão | Stars: Vicky de Almeida, Filipe Ferrer, Pedro Ayres Magalhães, Jasmim de Matos

Votes: 59

29. Eccentricities of a Blonde-Haired Girl (2009)

Not Rated | 64 min | Drama, Romance

A young man falls helplessly in love with a mysterious blonde woman who turns his life upside down.

Director: Manoel de Oliveira | Stars: Ricardo Trêpa, Catarina Wallenstein, Diogo Dória, Júlia Buisel

Votes: 1,535

30. Noise (2008)

100 min | Drama

After the structural collapse at a construction site, Paulo loses his job because he denounces the situation to the authorities.

Directors: Tiago Guedes, Frederico Serra | Stars: Isabel Abreu, Ivo Alexandre, Filipe Duarte, Fernanda Lapa

Votes: 93

31. Fatima (1997 TV Movie)

104 min | Drama, Romance

Fatima è uno sperduto villaggio portoghese. Qui, il 13 maggio del 1917 tre bambini, tre pastori, vedono in cielo una bellissima "Signora" che li invita a pregare e a fare ritorno nello ... See full synopsis »

Director: Fabrizio Costa | Stars: Joaquim de Almeida, Catarina Furtado, Diogo Infante, Vanessa Antunes

Votes: 176

32. Filme da Treta (2006)

91 min | Comedy

Following an apocalyptic vision during a show in the booth of a "peep-show", Zézé decides to join the Order of the Caracolários Descalços.

Director: José Sacramento | Stars: José Pedro Gomes, António Feio, Maria Rueff, José Raposo

Votes: 1,065

34. From Now On (2007)

97 min | Drama

Dora divides her time between her work as a beautician, her policeman husband António, and her involvement in left-wing politics. A tale of love and how we must learn to cherish it against all odds in the pursuit of happiness.

Director: Catarina Ruivo | Stars: Edgar Morais, Adelaide de Sousa, António Pedro Figueiredo, Luís Miguel Cintra

Votes: 51

35. 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: 1,085

36. Goodnight Irene (2008)

98 min | Comedy, Drama

Two solitary men embark on a journey to find a missing woman, driven by friendship, a desire for freedom, and a wish to taste life to the fullest.

Director: Paolo Marinou-Blanco | Stars: Robert Pugh, Nuno Lopes, Rita Loureiro, Amadeu Caronho

Votes: 167

38. How to Draw a Perfect Circle (2009)

122 min | Drama

Guilherme and Sofia, brother and sister, grow up sharing experiences and slowly discovering their sexuality. The thing that Sofia doesn't know is how far Guilherme will go to keep her inside his own perverse, dark and perfect circle.

Director: Marco Martins | Stars: Rafael Morais, Joana de Verona, Daniel Duval, Beatriz Batarda

Votes: 676

40. 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: 511

41. Inferno (I) (1999)

Action, Crime, Thriller

Ten men,ten brothers in arms who fought together in the Portuguese Colony of Angola during the colonial war,gather together every year to dinner and remember those brave times of war...this... See full summary »

Director: Joaquim Leitão | Stars: Joaquim de Almeida, Nicolau Breyner, Ana Bustorff, Cristina Câmara

Votes: 256

42. 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: 1,000

43. 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: 2,237

44. Just Peter (1972)

77 min | Drama

Pedro is a young agricultural worker who gets caught in the middle of a fight between two families, kills a man and escapes to the capital. He can't find work,resorts to begging, but keeps ... See full summary »

Director: Alfredo Tropa | Stars: António Montez, Ermelinda Duarte, Jorge Ramalho, José Gomes

Votes: 11

45. Le bassin de J.W. (1997)

125 min | Comedy

Two actors performing in Strindberg's "Inferno" as God and Lucifer, find themselves competing in real life as well. One of them, Henrique, has spiritual obsession with John Wayne and his ... See full summary »

Director: João César Monteiro | Stars: Hugues Quester, Pierre Clémenti, Joana Azevedo, Jean Watan

Votes: 192

46. Morning Undersea (1980)

127 min | Drama