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Every Country’s Best Rated Movie (According to IMDB)

IMDB, also known as the Internet Movie Database, helpfully ranks almost every movie ever produced using public reviews (alongside scores from the critics, or ‘metascores’). 

Here at vouchercloud, we’ve used the data to determine - at least according to the public - the best movie of each country, based on the film either being produced, filmed, or in some way linked to that part of the world. We’ve popped all of this information onto a map, so you can see the top-ranked movies to come out of every country around the world. 

Every Country's Best Movie

  • Surprisingly, there were a few films that were linked to countries for less than obvious reasons, such as Fight Club (1999), set in America, being listed as Germany’s top-rated movie. 
  • Song of the Sea (2014) was the top-rated film from Luxembourg although it is based on Irish and Celtic characters. 
  • Room (2015) was both filmed and set in Canada but due to a co-production with Ireland, it comes out as Ireland’s best movie. 
  • Iceland’s top movie is Dancer in the Dark (2000), starring national treasure Björk. 

There are, comfortingly, a range of films that feature that even the most discerning of film critics would consider to be world class. Oldboy (Oldeuboi) (2003) tops the tables for South Korea, while the Dark Knight (2008) makes an appearance as the UK’s top title. Unsurprisingly, IMDB’s consistently top-ranked film - The Shawshank Redemption (1994) - also makes an appearance as the US’ best-rated film.

Some of the countries provide an iconic background in their top-rated movie, too - the rolling hills and glades of New Zealand play host to ‘The Shire’ in Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King (2003), while the favelas of Brazil are central to the plot of sleeper favourite City of God (2002).

Genres

In terms of genres, drama is the most popular to feature, with 39 films from our data classified by drama as their main genre. There were also:

  • 23 comedy films
  • 14 adventure films
  • 13 crime films
  • 12 biography films
  • 11 action films
  • 6 animation films

War, history and mystery all only appear in our list once, while Western appears twice. There were no horror films rated as the best movie from any country around the world. 

Crime, drama and adventure appear to be generally popular across the globe, dominating much of the map. Comedy features frequently in Middle Eastern and Asian locations including Saudi Arabia, Iran, Israel, China, Indonesia and Thailand but less so in Western parts of the world. Similarly, biography is a genre that features in many of the top movies from Africa and Asia, but barely appears in top films from Europe or America. 

Dates

The oldest film to be featured is Aniki Bóbó (1942), which is Portugal's most highly rated film. The following oldest movie to appear in the list is not released until 18 years later with Macario (1960) from Mexico. 

In terms of the years that produced the highest number of movies, 2004 is the winner with 10 international movies making the top rating charts. 2014 follows with 9 best-rated films. 2018, 2017, 2015, 2013 and 1976 all share a total of 8 top-ranked movies from different countries. 

When looking at decades, the most recent years are a clear winner with films produced between 2010 up until now, with 61 films. The noughties are again unsurprisingly the second biggest decade for producing the top movies featured on our list, with 33 films. The 90’s gave us 13 films on the world’s best movie's list, while the 80's only produced 8 top films in comparison. 12 films on the list hit screens in the 1970’s, while 7 came out in the 1960’s. 

Ratings 

The average rating for all films was 7.9 stars - with the highest rated movie at 9.9 and the lowest at 4.6. 

Top rated films 

1. Ekvtime: Man of God (2018) - Georgia - Rating = 9.9
2. Aloko Udapadi (2017) - Sri Lanka - Rating = 9.7
3. The Mountain II (2016) - Turkey - Rating = 9.6
3. Yowis Ben (2018) - Rating = 9.6
 
Bottom 3 rated films

1. Slipstream (2005) - Zambia - Rating = 4.6
2. Contract Killers (2008) - Trinidad and Tobago - Rating = 4.7
3. Wrong Cops (2013) - Angola = Rating = 6

Only 66 country’s films have a metascore, and the highest rated films are New Zealand’s The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003), scoring 94. The lowest metascore given to a film in the list was 25, for Wrong Cops (2013) from Angola. 

Top movies in multiple countries 

A selection of the films from the data appeared multiple times, and the most frequently occurring was The Message (1976) - which is the top rated movie for five different countries spread across two continents: Egypt, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya and Morocco.

African countries Burkina Faso, Cameroon and Senegal all share their best-critiqued movie as Moolaadé (2004). 

All of the following films were revealed as the top movie hailing from two different countries:

  • Beyond Brotherhood (2017) - Argentina and Panama
  • Embrace of the Serpent (2015) - Columbia and Venezuela
  • Luna Papa (1999) - Tajikistan and Uzbekistan 
  • Song of the Sea (2014) - Belgium and Luxembourg
  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) - Italy and Spain
  • The Pirates of Somalia (2017) - Somalia and Sudan
  • The Wild Pear Tree (2018) - Bosnia & Herzegovina and Sweden
  • Wadjda (2012) - Jordan and Saudi Arabia

You’ll find a variety of comedy, crime, drama films on movie packages from brands such as NOW TV, Amazon Prime, Sky and Virgin Media

Full list 

Country

Movie Title

Native Language Title

Year

IMDB Rating

Genre

Afghanistan

Osama

 

2003

7.4

Drama

Albania

Ulysses' Gaze

To vlemma tou Odyssea

1995

7.6

Drama

Algeria

Z

 

1969

8.2

Crime

Angola

Wrong Cops

 

2013

6

Comedy

Argentina

Beyond Brotherhood

Mas Que Hermanos

2017

9.1

Drama

Armenia

Vodka Lemon

 

2003

6.8

Comedy

Australia

Hacksaw Ridge

 

2016

8.2

Biography

Austria

Downfall

Der Untergang

2004

8.2

Biography

Azerbaijan

Ali and Nino

 

2016

7.1

Drama

Bahamas

Casino Royale

 

2006

8

Action

Bahrain

Malice in Wonderland

 

2009

6.1

Adventure

Bangladesh

Aynabaji

 

2016

9.4

Crime

Belarus

V avguste 44-go

 

2001

7.6

Action

Belgium

Song of the Sea

 

2014

8.1

Animation

Bhutan

Travelers and Magicians

Travellers and Magicians

2003

7.5

Drama

Bolivia

Blackthorn

 

2011

6.6

Action

Bosnia and Herzegovina

The Wild Pear Tree

Ahlat Agaci

2018

8.6

Drama

Botswana

The Gods Must Be Crazy

 

1980

7.3

Comedy

Brazil

City of God

Cidade de Deus

2002

8.6

Crime

Brunei

Ada Apa dengan Cinta? 2

 

2016

7.4

Comedy

Bulgaria

Yesterday

Vchera

1988

9.2

Drama

Burkina Faso

Moolaadé

 

2004

7.7

Drama

Cambodia

First They Killed My Father

 

2017

7.2

Biography

Cameroon

Moolaadé

 

2004

7.7

Drama

Canada

Punjab 1984

 

2014

8.5

Drama

Chad

A Screaming Man

Un homme qui crie

2010

6.8

Drama

Chile

The Motorcycle Diaries

Diarios de motocicleta

2004

7.8

Adventure

China

Dying to Survive

Wo bu shi yao shen

2018

8.3

Comedy

Colombia

Embrace of the Serpent

El abrazo de la serpiente

2015

7.9

Adventure

Costa Rica

Maikol Yordan Traveling Lost

Maikol Yordan de Viaje Perdido

2014

8.1

Comedy

Cote d'Ivoire

Black and White in Color

La victoire en chantant

1976

7

Comedy

Croatia

One Song a Day Takes Mischief Away

Tko pjeva zlo ne misli

1970

8.6

Comedy

Cuba

I am Cuba

Soy Cuba

1964

8

Drama

Cyprus

The Insult

L'insulte

2017

7.8

Drama

Czech Republic

Cosy Dens

Pelísky

1999

8.4

Comedy

Democratic Republic of Congo

Viva Riva!

 

2010

6.2

Crime

Denmark

The Hunt

Jagten

2012

8.3

Drama

Dominican Republic

Sugar

 

2008

7.2

Drama

Ecuador

Maria Full of Grace

 

2004

7.5

Crime

Egypt

The Message

Al-risâlah

1976

8.8

Adventure

Estonia

Tangerines

Mandariinid

2013

8.3

Drama

Ethiopia

Difret

 

2014

6.8

Biography

Fiji

Kya Dilli Kya Lahore

 

2014

7.5

Drama

Finland

Dogville

 

2003

8

Crime

France

Léon: The Professional

Léon

1994

8.6

Crime

Georgia

Ekvtime: Man of God

 

2018

9.9

Biography

Germany

Fight Club

 

1999

8.8

Drama

Ghana

Cobra Verde

 

1987

7

Adventure

Greece

Tis kakomoiras

 

1963

8.8

Comedy

Guatemala

The Golden Dream

La jaula de oro

2013

7.7

Drama

Haiti

Lumumba

 

2000

7.2

Biography

Hungary

The Fifth Seal

Az ötödik pecsét

1976

8.8

Drama

Iceland

Dancer in the Dark

 

2000

8

Crime

India

Goodachari

 

2018

9.3

Action

Indonesia

Yowis Ben

 

2018

9.6

Comedy

Iran

The Lizard

Marmoulak

2004

8.6

Comedy

Iraq

Turtles Can fly

Lakposhtha parvaz mikonand

2004

8.1

Drama

Ireland

Room

 

2015

8.2

Drama

Israel

Halfon Hill Doesn't Answer

Giv'at Halfon Eina Ona

1976

8.1

Comedy

Italy

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo

1966

8.9

Western

Jamaica

Rockers

 

1978

7.7

Comedy

Japan

The Human Condition III: A Soldier's Prayer

Ningen no jôken

1961

8.8

Drama

Jordan

Wadjda

 

2012

7.6

Comedy

Kazakhstan

Corn Island

Simindis kundzuli

2014

7.7

Drama

Kenya

The First Grader

 

2010

7.5

Biography

Kuwait

The Message

Al-risâlah

1976

8.2

Adventure

Kyrgyzstan

Queen of the Mountains

Kurmanjan datka

2014

8.4

Action

Laos

The Rocket

 

2013

7.3

Drama

Latvia

Dream Team 1935

Sapnu komanda 1935

2012

8

Comedy

Lebanon

The Message

Al-risâlah

1976

8.2

Adventure

Liberia

Johnny Mad Dog

 

2008

6.8

Drama

Libya

The Message

Al-risâlah

1976

8.2

Adventure

Liechtenstein

Paris, je t'aime

 

2006

7.3

Comedy

Lithuania

Ekskursante

 

2013

8.3

Action

Luxembourg

Song of the Sea

 

2014

8.1

Animation

Malaysia

BoBoiBoy: The Movie

 

2016

8.2

Animation

Mali

Brightness

 

1987

7.2

Drama

Malta

La Chevre

La chèvre

1981

7.4

Adventure

Mauritania

Timbuktu

 

2014

7.2

Drama

Mexico

Macario

 

1960

8.4

Drama

Monaco

Toni Erdmann

 

2016

7.4

Comedy

Mongolia

The Cave of the Yellow Dog

Die Höhle des gelben Hundes

2005

7.7

Drama

Montenegro

The Priest's Children

Svecenikova djeca

2013

6.8

Comedy

Morocco

The Message

Al-risâlah

1976

8.2

Adventure

Myanmar (Burma)

Deception: Oo Pel Dan Myin

 

2018

9.2

Drama

Namibia

Maryan

 

2013

7.3

Adventure

Nepal

Himalaya

Himalaya - l'enfance d'un chef

1999

7.5

Drama

Netherlands

Ship of Theseus

 

2012

8.1

Drama

New Zealand

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

 

2003

8.9

Adventure

Nigeria

Half of a Yellow Sun

 

2013

6.2

Drama

Norway

The Pinchcliffe Grand Prix

Flåklypa Grand Prix

1975

8.4

Animation

Pakistan

Shah

 

2015

8.6

Biography

Panama

Beyond Brotherhood

Mas Que Hermanos

2017

9.1

Drama

Papua New Guinea

Mr. Pip

 

2012

7.2

Drama

Paraguay

7 Boxes

7 cajas

2012

7.2

Crime

Peru

Fitzcarraldo

 

1982

8.1

Adventure

Philippines

Felix Manalo

 

2015

8.7

Biography

Poland

The Pianist

 

2002

8.5

Biography

Portugal

Aniki Bóbó

 

1942

7.8

Drama

Qatar

Mustang

 

2015

7.6

Drama

Romania

The Moromete Family

Morometii

1987

8.9

Drama

Russia

The Return

Vozvrashchenie

2003

8

Drama

Rwanda

Africa United

 

2010

6.5

Adventure

Saudi Arabia

Wadjda

 

2012

7.6

Comedy

Senegal

Moolaadé

 

2004

7.7

Drama

Serbia

When I Grow Up, I'll Be a Kangaroo

Kad porastem bicu Kengur

2004

8.5

Comedy

Singapore

Dilan 1990

 

2018

7.7

Drama

Slovakia

The Garden

Záhrada

1995

8

Comedy

Slovenia

The World is Big and Salvation Lurks Around the Corner

Svetat e golyam i spasenie debne otvsyakade

2008

8.1

Drama

Somalia

The Pirates of Somalia

 

2017

6.8

Biography

South Africa

Hotel Rwanda

 

2004

8.1

Biography

South Korea

Oldboy

Oldeuboi

2003

8.4

Mystery

Spain

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo

1966

8.9

Western

Sri Lanka

Aloko Udapadi

 

2017

9.7

History

Sudan

The Pirates of Somalia

 

2017

6.8

Biography

Sweden

The Wild Pear Tree

Ahlat Agaci

2018

8.6

Drama

Switzerland

Satantango

Sátántangó

1994

8.5

Drama

Taiwan

A Brighter Summer Day

Gu ling jie shao nian sha ren shi jian

1991

8.4

Crime

Tajikistan

Luna Papa

 

1999

7.3

Comedy

Thailand

My Girl

Fan Chan

2003

8.1

Comedy

Trinidad and Tobago

Contract Killers

 

2008

4.7

Action

Tunisia

The Man Who Sleeps

Un homme qui dort

1974

8.2

Drama

Turkey

The Mountain II

Dag II

2016

9.6

Drama

Uganda

Who Killed Captain Alex?

 

2010

8.1

Action

Ukraine

Kiborgy

Cyborgs: Heroes Never Die

2017

8.9

War

United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Bilal: A New Breed of Hero

 

2015

8.6

Animation

United Kingdom (UK)

The Dark Knight

 

2008

9

Action

United States of America (USA)

The Shawshank Redemption

 

1994

9.3

Crime

Uruguay

A Place in the World

Un lugar en el mundo

1992

7.9

Drama

Uzbekistan

Luna Papa

 

1999

7.3

Comedy

Vanuatu

Tanna

 

2015

6.9

Adventure

Venezuela

Embrace of the Serpent

El abrazo de la serpiente

2015

7.9

Adventure

Vietnam

The Scent of Green Papaya

Mùi du du xanh

1993

7.4

Drama

Zambia

Slipstream

 

2005

4.6

Action

Zimbabwe

A World Apart

 

1988

7.1

Drama

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