The 100 best Mainland Chinese Films: the full list

See the top 100 Chinese Mainland films at a glance with our full list

Let the Bullets Fly (number 28)
100. The Message (风声)
Dirs Chen Kuo-Fu and Gao Qunshu, China, 2009; Drama/Crime/Thriller

99. The September of Mine (我的九月)
Dir Yin Li, 1990; Family

98. Beijing Bastards (北京杂种)
Dir Zhang Yuan, China, 1993; Drama

97. The Swordsman in Double Flag Town (双旗镇刀客)
Dir He Ping, 1992; Martial Arts

96. Last Train Home (归途列车)
Dir Fan Lixin, China, 2009; Documentary

95. Drug War (毒战)
Dir Johnny To, 2012; Crime/Action

94. Zero Thousand Li Under the Clouds and Moon
Dir Cheng Yusu, 2013

93. Waves Washing the Sand (大浪淘沙)
Dir Wu Yonggang, 1936; Drama

92. Song of the Fisherman (渔光曲)
Dir Cai Chusheng, China, 1934; Drama

91. The Next Life (活着)
Dir Fan Jian, 2011; Documentary

90. Ermo (二嫫)
Dir Zhou Xiaowen, China, 1994; Comedy/Drama

89. Cow (斗牛)
Dir Guan Hu, 2009; Comedy

88. Fortune Teller (算命徐童)
Dir Xu Tong,China, 2010; Documentary

87. Princess Iron Fan (铁扇公主)
Dirs Wan Guchan & Wan Laiming, 1941; Animation

86. Karamay (克拉玛依)
Dir Xu Xin,China, 2010; Documentary

85. The Lin Family Shop (林家铺子)
Dir Choui Khoua, 1959; Melodrama

84. Long Live the Mistress (太太万岁)
Dir Hu Sang, China,1947; Drama

83. Assembly (集结号)
Dir Feng Xiaogang, 2007; War

82. The Legend of Sealed Book (天书奇谭)
Dir Wang Shuchen, China, 1983; Animation

81. East Palace, West Palace (东宫西宫)
Dir Zhang Yuan, 1996; Drama/LGBT

80. Disorder (无序)
Dir Huang Weikai, China, 2009; Documentary

79. Doctor Ma's Country Clinic (马大夫的诊所)
Dir Cong Feng, 2008; Documentary

78. 11 Flowers (我十一)
Dir Wang Xiaoshuai, China, 2011; Drama

77. People Mountain People Sea (人山人海)
Dir Cai Shangjun, 2011; Western/Thriller

76. If You Are The One (非诚勿扰)
Dir Feng Xiaogang, China, 2008; Comedy/Romance

75. House of Flying Daggers (十面埋伏)
Dir Zhang Yimou, 2004; Martial Arts

74. Winter Vacation (寒假)
Dir Li Hongqi, China, 2010; Drama

73. The Black Cannon Incident (黑炮事件)
Dir Huang Jianxin, 1985; Comedy

72. A World Without Thieves (天下无贼)
Dir Feng Xiaogang, China, 2004; Action/Crime/Drama

71. The World (世界)
Dir Jia Zhangke, 2004; Drama/Comedy

70. Third Sister Liu (刘三姐)
Dir Su Li, China,1960; Musical

69. The Missing Gun (寻枪)
Dir Lu Chuan, 2002; Drama/Crime

68. The Search (寻找智美更登)
Dir Pema Tseden, 2007; Drama

67. On the Beat (民警故事)
Dir Ning Ying, 1995; Comedy

66. Purple Butterfly (紫蝴蝶)
Dir Lou Ye, China,2003; Drama/History/War

65. Woman Basketball Player No 5 (女篮五号)
Dir Xie Tieli, 1957; Sport/Drama

64. Keep Cool (有话好好说)
Dir Zhang Yimou, China, 1997; Comedy

63. Oxhide II (牛皮2)
Dir Liu Jiayin, 2009; Experimental/Drama

62. Taking Father Home (背鸭子的男孩)
Dir Ying Liang, China, 2005; Drama

61. For Fun (找乐)
Dir Ning Ying, 1993; Comedy

60. Father (我是你爸爸)
Dirs Wang Shuo and Lao Yun, China, 1996; Drama

59. My Memories of Old Beijing (城南旧事)
Dir Wu Yigong, 1982; Drama

58. New Women (新女性)
Dir Cai Chusheng, China, 1935; Drama

57. The Troubleshooters (顽主)
Dir Mi Jiashan, 1989; Comedy

56. The Days (冬春的日子)
Dir Wang Xiaoshuai, China, 1993; Drama

55. Miserable at Middle Age (哀乐中年)
Dir Sang Hu, 1949; Comedy

54. Emperor Visits The Hell (唐皇游地府)
Dir Li Luo, China, 2012; Drama

53. 24 City (24城记)
Dir Jia Zhangke, 2008; Drama/Experimental/Documentary

52. Beijing Bicycle (十七岁的单车)
Dir Wang Xiaoshuai, China, 2001; Drama

51. A Touch of Sin (天注定)
Dir Jia Zhangke, 2013; Drama

50. The Dream Factory (甲方乙方)
Dir Feng Xiaogang, 1997; Comedy

49. Early Spring in February (早春二月)
Dir Xie Tieli, 1963; Melodrama

48. Shower (洗澡)
Dir Zhang Yang, 1999; Comedy/Drama

47. City of Life and Death (南京! 南京!)
Dir Lu Chuan, 2009; War

46. In Expectation (巫山云雨)
Dir Zhang Ming, 1996; Comedy/Drama

45. Prince Nezha’s Triumph Against Dragon King (哪吒闹海)
Dirs Yan Dingxian, Wang Shuchen and Xu Jingda, 1979; Animation

44. The Story of Qiu Ju (秋菊打官司)
Dir Zhang Yimou, 1992; Comedy/Drama

43. The Spring River Flows East (一江春水向东流)
Dirs Cai Chusheng, Zheng Junli, 1947; Melodrama

42. Back to Back, Face to Face (背靠背, 脸对脸)
Dir Huang Jianxian, 1994; Drama

41. Crows and Sparrows (乌鸦与麻雀)
Dir Zheng Junli, 1949; Drama

40. Life of a Peking Policeman (我这一辈子)
Dir Shi Hui, 1950; Drama

39. Spring Fever (春风沉醉的晚上)
Dir Lou Ye, 2009; Drama/Romance/LGBT

38. Kekexili: Mountain Patrol (可可西里)
Dir Lu Chuan, 2004; Drama/Action

37. Peacock (孔雀)
Dir Gu Changwei, 2005; Drama

36. King of the Children (孩子王)
Dir Chen Kaige, 1987; Drama

35. Sacrifice of Youth (青春祭)
Dir Zhang Nuanxin, 1985; Drama

34. Woman Demon Human (人鬼情)
Dir Huang Shuqin, 1987; Drama

33. Mr Zhao (赵先生)
Dir Lu Yue, 1998; Drama

32. Unknown Pleasures (任逍遥)
Dir Jia Zhangke, 2002; Comedy/Drama

31. Hero (英雄)
Dir Zhang Yimou, 2002; Martial Arts

30. The Big Road (大路)
Dir Sun Yu, 1934; Drama/Comedy/Musical

29. Crazy Stone (疯狂的石头)
Dir Ning Hao, 2006; Crime/Comedy

28. Let the Bullets Fly (让子弹飞)
Dir Jiang Wen, 2010; Action/Comedy/Western

27. Oxhide (牛皮)
Dir Liu Jiayin, 2005; Drama/Experimental

26. Petition (上访)
Dir Zhao Liang, 2009; Documentary

25. The Horse Thief (盗马贼)
Dir Tian Zhuangzhuang, 1986; Drama

24. Havoc in Heaven (大闹天宫)
Dirs Wan Laiming and Tang Cheng, 1965; Animation

23. Two Stage Sisters (舞台姐妹)
Dir Xie Jin, 1964; Melodrama

22. Black Snow (本命年)
Dir Xie Fei, 1990; Drama

21. Ju Dou (菊豆)
Dirs Zhang Yimou and Yang Fengliang, 1990; Drama/Romance

20. Summer Palace (颐和园)
Dir Lou Ye, 2006; Drama/Romance

19. Hibiscus Town (芙蓉镇)
Dir Xie Jin, 1986; Drama

18. The Sun Also Rises (太阳照常升起)
Dir Jiang Wen, 2007; Drama

17. Suzhou River (苏州河)
Dir Lou Ye, 2000; Drama/Romance

16. Platform (站台)
Dir Jia Zhangke, 2000; Drama

15. Blind Shaft (盲井)
Dir Li Yang, 2003; Drama/Thriller

14. The Blue Kite (蓝风筝)
Dir Tian Zhuangzhuang, 1993; Drama

13. Raise the Red Lantern (大红灯笼高高挂)
Dir Zhang Yimou, 1991; Drama

12. Red Sorghum (红高粱)
Dir Zhang Yimou, 1987; Drama/War

11. Still Life (三峡好人)
Dir Jia Zhangke, 2006; Drama

10. Street Angel (马路天使)
Dir Yuan Muzhi, 1937; Drama/Comedy/Musical

09. The Goddess (神女)
Dir Wu Yonggang, 1934; Melodrama

08. To Live (活着)
Dir Zhang Yimou, 1994; Drama/War

07. Yellow Earth (黄土地)
Dir Chen Kaige, 1984; Drama

06. West of the Tracks (铁西区)
Dir Wang Bing, 2003; Documentary

05. The Pickpocket (小武)
Dir Jia Zhangke, 1997; Drama

04. In the Heat of the Sun (阳光灿烂的日子)
Dir Jiang Wen, 1994; Drama

03. Devils on the Doorstep (鬼子来了)
Dir Jiang Wen, 2000; Comedy/War

02. Spring in a Small Town (小城之春)
Dir Fei Mu, 1948; Melodrama

01. Farewell My Concubine (霸王别姬)
Dir Chen Kaige, 1993; Drama

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