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
100. The Message
Dirs Chen Kuo-Fu and Gao Qunshu, China, 2009; Drama/Crime/Thriller
Chinese name: 风声

99. The September of Mine
Dir Yin Li, 1990; Family
Chinese name: 我的九月

98. Beijing Bastards
Dir Zhang Yuan, China, 1993;Drama
Chinese name: 北京杂种

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

96. Last Train Home
Dir Fan Lixin, China, 2009; Documentary
Chinese name: 归途列车

95. Drug War
Dir Johnny To, 2012; Crime/Action
Chinese name: 毒战

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

93. Waves Washing the Sand
Dir Wu Yonggang, 1936; Drama
Chinese name: 大浪淘沙

92. Song of the Fisherman
Dir Cai Chusheng, China, 1934;Drama
Chinese name: 渔光曲

91. The Next Life
Dir Fan Jian, 2011; Documentary
Chinese name: 活着

90. Ermo
Dir Zhou Xiaowen,China, 1994; Comedy/Drama
Chinese name: 二嫫

89. Cow
Dir Guan Hu, 2009; Comedy
Chinese name: 斗牛

88. Fortune Teller
Dir Xu Tong,China, 2010; Documentary
Chinese name: 算命徐童

87. Princess Iron Fan
Dirs Wan Guchan & Wan Laiming, 1941; Animation
Chinese name: 铁扇公主

86. Karamay
Dir Xu Xin,China, 2010; Documentary
Chinese name: 克拉玛依

85. The Lin Family Shop
Dir Choui Khoua, 1959; Melodrama
Chinese name: 林家铺子

84. Long Live the Mistress
Dir Hu Sang, China,1947; Drama
Chinese name: 太太万岁

83. Assembly
Dir Feng Xiaogang, 2007; War
Chinese name: 集结号

82. The Legend of Sealed Book
Dir Wang Shuchen, China, 1983; Animation
Chinese name: 天书奇谭

81. East Palace, West Palace
Dir Zhang Yuan, 1996; Drama/LGBT
Chinese name: 东宫西宫

80. Disorder
Dir Huang Weikai,China, 2009; Documentary
Chinese name: 无序

79. Doctor Ma’s Country Clinic
Dir Cong Feng, 2008; Documentary
Chinese name: 马大夫的诊所

78. 11 Flowers
Dir Wang Xiaoshuai, China, 2011;Drama
Chinese name: 我十一

77. People Mountain People Sea
Dir Cai Shangjun, 2011; Western/Thriller
Chinese name: 人山人海

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

75. House of Flying Daggers
Dir Zhang Yimou, 2004; Martial Arts
Chinese name: 十面埋伏

74. Winter Vacation
Dir Li Hongqi, China, 2010; Drama
Chinese film: 寒假

73. The Black Cannon Incident
Dir Huang Jianxin, 1985; Comedy
Chinese name: 黑炮事件

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

71. The World
Dir Jia Zhangke, 2004; Drama/Comedy
Chinese name: 世界

70. Third Sister Liu
Dir Su Li, China,1960; Musical
Chinese name: 刘三姐

69. The Missing Gun
Dir Lu Chuan, 2002; Drama/Crime
Chinese name: 寻枪

68. The Search
Dir Pema Tseden, 2007; Drama
Chinese name: 寻找智美更登

67. On the Beat
Dir Ning Ying, 1995; Comedy
Chinese name: 民警故事

66. Purple Butterfly
Dir Lou Ye, China,2003; Drama/History/War
Chinese name: 紫蝴蝶

65. Woman Basketball Player No 5
Dir Xie Tieli, 1957; Sport/Drama
Chinese name: 女篮五号

64. Keep Cool
Dir Zhang Yimou, China, 1997; Comedy
Chinese name: 有话好好说

63. Oxhide II
Dir Liu Jiayin, 2009; Experimental/Drama
Chinese name: 牛皮2

62. Taking Father Home
Dir Ying Liang, China, 2005; Drama
Chinese name: 背鸭子的男孩

61. For Fun
Dir Ning Ying, 1993; Comedy
Chinese name: 找乐

60. Father
Dirs Wang Shuo and Lao Yun, China, 1996; Drama
Chinese name: 我是你爸爸

59. My Memories of Old Beijing
Dir Wu Yigong, 1982; Drama
Chinese name: 城南旧事

58. New Women
Dir Cai Chusheng, China, 1935;Drama
Chinese name: 新女性

57. The Troubleshooters
Dir Mi Jiashan,1989; Comedy
Chinese name: 顽主

56. The Days
Dir Wang Xiaoshuai, China, 1993; Drama
Chinese name: 冬春的日子

55. Miserable at Middle Age
Dir Sang Hu, 1949; Comedy
Chinese name: 哀乐中年

54. Emperor Visits The Hell
Dir Li Luo, China,2012; Drama
Chinese name: 唐皇游地府

53. 24 City
Dir Jia Zhangke, 2008; Drama/Experimental/Documentary
Chinese name: 24城记

52. Beijing Bicycle
Dir Wang Xiaoshuai, China, 2001; Drama
Chinese name: 十七岁的单车

51. A Touch of Sin
Dir Jia Zhangke, 2013; Drama
Chinese name: 天注定

50. The Dream Factory
Dir Feng Xiaogang, 1997; Comedy
Chinese name: 甲方乙方

49. Early Spring in February
Dir Xie Tieli, 1963; Melodrama
Chinese name: 早春二月

48. Shower
Dir Zhang Yang, 1999; Comedy/Drama
Chinese name: 洗澡

47. City of Life and Death
Dir Lu Chuan, 2009; War
Chinese name: 南京!南京!

46. In Expectation
Dir Zhang Ming, 1996; Comedy/Drama
Chinese name: 巫山云雨

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

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

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

42. Back to Back, Face to Face
Dir Huang Jianxian, 1994; Drama
Chinese name: 背靠背,脸对脸

41. Crows and Sparrows
Dir Zheng Junli, 1949; Drama
Chinese name: 乌鸦与麻雀

40. Life of a Peking Policeman
Dir Shi Hui, 1950; Drama
Chinese name: 我这一辈子

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

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

37. Peacock
Dir Gu Changwei, 2005; Drama
Chinese name: 孔雀

36. King of the Children
Dir Chen Kaige, 1987; Drama
Chinese name: 孩子王

35. Sacrifice of Youth
Dir Zhang Nuanxin, 1985; Drama
Chinese name: 青春祭

34. Woman Demon Human
Dir Huang Shuqin, 1987; Drama
Chinese name: 人鬼情

33. Mr Zhao
Dir Lu Yue, 1998; Drama
Chinese name: 赵先生

32. Unknown Pleasures
Dir Jia Zhangke, 2002; Comedy/Drama
Chinese name: 任逍遥

31. Hero
Dir Zhang Yimou, 2002; Martial Arts
Chinese name: 英雄

30. The Big Road
Dir Sun Yu, 1934; Drama/Comedy/Musical
Chinese name: 大路

29. Crazy Stone
Dir Ning Hao, 2006; Crime/Comedy
Chinese name: 疯狂的石头

28. Let the Bullets Fly
Dir Jiang Wen, 2010; Action/Comedy/Western
Chinese name: 让子弹飞

27. Oxhide
Dir Liu Jiayin, 2005; Drama/Experimental
Chinese name: 牛皮

26. Petition
Dir Zhao Liang, 2009; Documentary
Chinese name: 上访

25. The Horse Thief
Dir Tian Zhuangzhuang, 1986; Drama
Chinese name: 盗马贼

24. Havoc in Heaven
Dirs Wan Laiming and Tang Cheng, 1965; Animation
Chinese name: 大闹天宫

23. Two Stage Sisters
Dir Xie Jin, 1964; Melodrama
Chinese name: 舞台姐妹

22. Black Snow
Dir Xie Fei, 1990; Drama
Chinese name: 本命年

21. Ju Dou
Dirs Zhang Yimou and Yang Fengliang, 1990; Drama/Romance
Chinese name: 菊豆

20. Summer Palace
Dir Lou Ye, 2006; Drama/Romance
Chinese name: 颐和园

19. Hibiscus Town
Dir Xie Jin, 1986; Drama
Chinese name: 芙蓉镇

18. The Sun Also Rises
Dir Jiang Wen, 2007; Drama
Chinese name: 太阳照常升起

17. Suzhou River
Dir Lou Ye, 2000; Drama/Romance
Chinese name: 苏州河

16. Platform
Dir Jia Zhangke, 2000; Drama
Chinese name: 站台

15. Blind Shaft
Dir Li Yang, 2003; Drama/Thriller
Chinese name: 盲井

14. The Blue Kite
Dir Tian Zhuangzhuang, 1993; Drama
Chinese name: 蓝风筝

13. Raise the Red Lantern
Dir Zhang Yimou, 1991; Drama
Chinese name: 大红灯笼高高挂

12. Red Sorghum
Dir Zhang Yimou, 1987; Drama/War
Chinese name: 红高粱

11. Still Life
Dir Jia Zhangke, 2006; Drama
Chinese name: 三峡好人

10. Street Angel
Dir Yuan Muzhi, 1937; Drama/Comedy/Musical
Chinese name: 马路天使

09. The Goddess
Dir Wu Yonggang, 1934; Melodrama
Chinese name: 神女

08. To Live
Dir Zhang Yimou, 1994; Drama/War
Chinese name: 活着

07. Yellow Earth
Dir Chen Kaige, 1984; Drama
Chinese name: 黄土地

06. West of the Tracks
Dir Wang Bing, 2003; Documentary
Chinese name: 铁西区

05. The Pickpocket (aka Xiao Wu)
Dir Jia Zhangke, 1997; Drama
Chinese name: 小武

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

03. Devils on the Doorstep
Dir Jiang Wen, 2000; Comedy/War
Chinese name: 鬼子来了

02. Spring in a Small Town
Dir Fei Mu, 1948; Melodrama
Chinese name: 小城之春

01. Farewell My Concubine
Dir Chen Kaige, 1993; Drama
Chinese name: 霸王别姬

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