The 100 best Mainland Chinese Films: the full list

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

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100. The Message

Dirs Chen Kuo-Fu and Gao Qunshu, China,2009; Drama/Crime/Thriller

Chinese name: 风声

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99. The September of Mine

Dir Yin Li, 1990; Family

Chinese name: 我的九月

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98. Beijing Bastards

Dir Zhang Yuan, China, 1993;Drama

Chinese name: 北京杂种

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"97.swordsman1"97. The Swordsman in Double Flag Town

Dir He Ping, 1992; Martial Arts

Chinese name: 双旗镇刀客

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"96-Last-train-home"96. Last Train Home

Dir Fan Lixin, China, 2009;Documentary

Chinese name: 归途列车

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"95-Drug-war"95. Drug War

Dir Johnny To, 2012; Crime/Action

Chinese name: 毒战

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94. Zero Thousand Li Under the Clouds and Moon

Dir Cheng Yusu, 2013

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"93-waveswashingthesand"93. Waves Washing the Sand

Dir Wu Yonggang, 1936; Drama

Chinese name: 大浪淘沙

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92. Song of the Fisherman

Dir Cai Chusheng, China, 1934;Drama

Chinese name: 渔光曲

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91. The Next Life

Dir Fan Jian, 2011; Documentary

Chinese name: 活着

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"90-Ermo-1"90. Ermo

Dir Zhou Xiaowen,China, 1994; Comedy/Drama

Chinese name: 二嫫

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89. Cow

Dir Guan Hu, 2009; Comedy

Chinese name: 斗牛

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88. Fortune Teller

Dir Xu Tong,China, 2010; Documentary

Chinese name: 算命徐童

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87. Princess Iron Fan

Dirs Wan Guchan & Wan Laiming, 1941; Animation

Chinese name: 铁扇公主

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86. Karamay

Dir Xu Xin,China, 2010; Documentary

Chinese name: 克拉玛依

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85. The Lin Family Shop

Dir Choui Khoua, 1959; Melodrama

Chinese name: 林家铺子

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84. Long Live the Mistress

Dir Hu Sang, China,1947; Drama

Chinese name: 太太万岁

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83. Assembly

Dir Feng Xiaogang, 2007; War

Chinese name: 集结号

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"82-legend-of-sealed-book"82. The Legend of Sealed Book

Dir Wang Shuchen, China, 1983;Animation

Chinese name: 天书奇谭

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81. East Palace, West Palace

Dir Zhang Yuan, 1996; Drama/LGBT

Chinese name: 东宫西宫

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80. Disorder

Dir Huang Weikai,China, 2009; Documentary

Chinese name: 无序

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79. Doctor Ma’s Country Clinic

Dir Cong Feng, 2008; Documentary

Chinese name: 马大夫的诊所

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"11-flowers-12-0-crop"78. 11 Flowers

Dir Wang Xiaoshuai, China, 2011;Drama

Chinese name: 我十一

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77. People Mountain People Sea

Dir Cai Shangjun, 2011; Western/Thriller

Chinese name: 人山人海

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76. If You Are The One

Dir Feng Xiaogang, China, 2008;Comedy/Romance

Chinese name: 非诚勿扰

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"75.-house-of-flying-daggers"75. House of Flying Daggers

Dir Zhang Yimou, 2004; Martial Arts

Chinese name: 十面埋伏

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74. WinterVacation

Dir Li Hongqi,China, 2010; Drama

Chinese film: 寒假

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73. The Black Cannon Incident

Dir Huang Jianxin, 1985; Comedy

Chinese name: 黑炮事件

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72. A World Without Thieves

Dir Feng Xiaogang, China, 2004;Action/Crime/Drama

Chinese name: 天下无贼

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71. The World

Dir Jia Zhangke, 2004; Drama/Comedy

Chinese name: 世界

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70. Third Sister Liu

Dir Su Li, China,1960; Musical

Chinese name: 刘三姐

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69. The Missing Gun

Dir Lu Chuan, 2002; Drama/Crime

Chinese name: 寻枪

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68. The Search

Dir Pema Tseden, 2007; Drama

Chinese name: 寻找智美更登

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67. On the Beat

Dir Ning Ying, 1995; Comedy

Chinese name: 民警故事

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66. Purple Butterfly

Dir Lou Ye, China,2003; Drama/History/War

Chinese name: 紫蝴蝶

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65. Woman Basketball Player No 5

Dir Xie Tieli, 1957; Sport/Drama

Chinese name: 女篮五号

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64. Keep Cool

Dir Zhang Yimou, China, 1997;Comedy

Chinese name: 有话好好说

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"Oxhide-II-(ii)-0"63. Oxhide II

Dir Liu Jiayin, 2009; Experimental/Drama

Chinese name: 牛皮2

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62. Taking Father Home

Dir Ying Liang, China, 2005;Drama

Chinese name: 背鸭子的男孩

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61. For Fun

Dir Ning Ying, 1993; Comedy

Chinese name: 找乐

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60. Father

Dirs Wang Shuo and Lao Yun, China, 1996; Drama

Chinese name: 我是你爸爸

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"59. my-Memories-of-old-beijing"59. My Memories of Old Beijing

Dir Wu Yigong, 1982; Drama

Chinese name: 城南旧事

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58. New Women

Dir Cai Chusheng, China, 1935;Drama

Chinese name: 新女性

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57. The Troubleshooters

Dir Mi Jiashan,1989; Comedy

Chinese name: 顽主

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"56. the-days"56. The Days

Dir Wang Xiaoshuai, China, 1993;Drama

Chinese name: 冬春的日子

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55. Miserable at Middle Age

Dir Sang Hu, 1949; Comedy

Chinese name: 哀乐中年

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54. Emperor Visits The Hell

Dir Li Luo, China,2012; Drama

Chinese name: 唐皇游地府

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53. 24 City

Dir Jia Zhangke, 2008; Drama/Experimental/Documentary

Chinese name: 24城记

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"BeijingBicycle2-0-crop"52. Beijing Bicycle

Dir Wang Xiaoshuai, China, 2001;Drama

Chinese name: 十七岁的单车

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"51.-A-touch-of-Sin"51. A Touch of Sin

Dir Jia Zhangke, 2013; Drama

Chinese name: 天注定

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50. The Dream Factory

Dir Feng Xiaogang, 1997; Comedy

Chinese name: 甲方乙方

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49. Early Spring in February

Dir Xie Tieli, 1963; Melodrama

Chinese name: 早春二月

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"48-The-Shower-"48. Shower

Dir Zhang Yang, 1999; Comedy/Drama

Chinese name: 洗澡

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"47-city-of-life-and-death"47. City of Life and Death

Dir Lu Chuan, 2009; War

Chinese name: 南京!南京!

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46 In Expectation

Dir Zhang Ming, 1996; Comedy/Drama

Chinese name: 巫山云雨

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"45-Prince-Nezhas-Triumph-Against-Dragon-King"45. Prince Nezha’s Triumph Against Dragon King

Dirs Yan Dingxian, Wang Shuchen and Xu Jingda, 1979;Animation

Chinese name: 哪吒闹海

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"44-The-story-of-qiu-ju"44. The Story of Qiu Ju

Dir Zhang Yimou, 1992; Comedy/Drama

Chinese name: 秋菊打官司

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43. The Spring River Flows East

Dirs Cai Chusheng, Zheng Junli, 1947; Melodrama

Chinese name: 一江春水向东流

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42. Back to Back, Face to Face

Dir Huang Jianxian, 1994; Drama

Chinese name: 背靠背,脸对脸

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41. Crows and Sparrows

Dir Zheng Junli, 1949; Drama

Chinese name: 乌鸦与麻雀

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"40-Peking-policeman"40. Life of a Peking Policeman

Dir Shi Hui, 1950; Drama

Chinese name: 我这一辈子

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39. Spring Fever

Dir Lou Ye, 2009; Drama/Romance/LGBT

Chinese name: 春风沉醉的晚上

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"38. kekexili"38. Kekexili: Mountain Patrol

Dir Lu Chuan, 2004; Drama/Action

Chinese name: 可可西里

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37. Peacock

Dir Gu Changwei, 2005; Drama

Chinese name: 孔雀

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"36.-King-of-the-Children"36. King of the Children

Dir Chen Kaige, 1987; Drama

Chinese name: 孩子王

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35. Sacrifice of Youth

Dir Zhang Nuanxin, 1985; Drama

Chinese name: 青春祭

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34. Woman Demon Human

Dir Huang Shuqin, 1987; Drama

Chinese name: 人鬼情

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33. Mr Zhao

Dir Lu Yue, 1998; Drama

Chinese name: 赵先生

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"32-unknown-pleasures"32. Unknown Pleasures

Dir Jia Zhangke, 2002; Comedy/Drama

Chinese name: 任逍遥

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"31-hero"31. Hero

Dir Zhang Yimou, 2002; Martial Arts

Chinese name: 英雄

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30. The Big Road

Dir Sun Yu, 1934; Drama/Comedy/Musical

Chinese name: 大路

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29. Crazy Stone

Dir Ning Hao, 2006; Crime/Comedy

Chinese name: 疯狂的石头

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"28. Let-the-Bullets-fly"28. Let the Bullets Fly

Dir Jiang Wen, 2010; Action/Comedy/Western

Chinese name: 让子弹飞

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"27-oxhide"27 Oxhide

Dir Liu Jiayin, 2005; Drama/Experimental

Chinese name: 牛皮

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26. Petition

Dir Zhao Liang, 2009; Documentary

Chinese name: 上访

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25. The Horse Thief

Dir Tian Zhuangzhuang, 1986; Drama

Chinese name: 盗马贼

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"24.-Havoc-in-Heaven"24. Havoc in Heaven

Dirs Wan Laiming and Tang Cheng, 1965; Animation

Chinese name: 大闹天宫

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"23.-Two-Stage-Sisters"23. Two Stage Sisters

Dir Xie Jin, 1964; Melodrama

Chinese name: 舞台姐妹

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"22.-Black-Snow"22. Black Snow

Dir Xie Fei, 1990; Drama

Chinese name: 本命年

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"21.-Ju-Dou"21. Ju Dou

Dirs Zhang Yimou and Yang Fengliang, 1990; Drama/Romance

Chinese name: 菊豆

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"20.-Summer-Palace"20. Summer Palace

Dir Lou Ye, 2006; Drama/Romance

Chinese name: 颐和园

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"19.-Hibiscus-Town"19. Hibiscus Town

Dir Xie Jin, 1986; Drama

Chinese name: 芙蓉镇

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"18.-The-Sun-Also-Rises"18. The Sun Also Rises

Dir Jiang Wen, 2007; Drama

Chinese name: 太阳照常升起

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"17.-Suzhou-River"17. SuzhouRiver

Dir Lou Ye, 2000; Drama/Romance

Chinese name: 苏州河

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"16.-Platform"16. Platform

Dir Jia Zhangke, 2000; Drama

Chinese name: 站台

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"15.-Blind-Shaft"15. Blind Shaft

Dir Li Yang, 2003; Drama/Thriller

Chinese name: 盲井

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"14.-The-Blue-Kite"14. The Blue Kite

Dir Tian Zhuangzhuang, 1993; Drama

Chinese name: 蓝风筝

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"13.-Raise-the-Red-Lantern"13. Raise the Red Lantern

Dir Zhang Yimou, 1991; Drama

Chinese name: 大红灯笼高高挂

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"12.-Red-Sorghum"12. Red Sorghum

Dir Zhang Yimou, 1987; Drama/War

Chinese name: 红高粱

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"11.-Still-Life"11. Still Life

Dir Jia Zhangke, 2006; Drama

Chinese name: 三峡好人

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10. Street Angel

Dir Yuan Muzhi, 1937; Drama/Comedy/Musical

Chinese name: 马路天使

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"9.-The-Goddess"09. The Goddess

Dir Wu Yonggang, 1934; Melodrama

Chinese name: 神女

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"8.-To-Live-0"08. To Live

Dir Zhang Yimou, 1994; Drama/War

Chinese name: 活着

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07. Yellow Earth

Dir Chen Kaige, 1984; Drama

Chinese name: 黄土地

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06. West of the Tracks

Dir Wang Bing, 2003; Documentary

Chinese name: 铁西区

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"5. The Pickpocket (small)-0"05. The Pickpocket (aka Xiao Wu)

Dir Jia Zhangke, 1997; Drama

Chinese name: 小武

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"4.-In-the-Heat-of-the-Sun-0"04. In the Heat of the Sun

Dir Jiang Wen, 1994; Drama

Chinese name: 阳光灿烂的日子

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"3.-Devils-at-the-Doorstep"03. Devils on the Doorstep

Dir Jiang Wen, 2000; Comedy/War

Chinese name: 鬼子来了

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"2.-Spring-in-a-Small-Town-(2)"02. Spring in a Small Town

Dir Fei Mu, 1948; Melodrama

Chinese name: 小城之春

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"1.-Farewell-My-Concubine-(02)-0"01. Farewell My Concubine

Dir Chen Kaige, 1993; Drama

Chinese name: 霸王别姬

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