Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 29 October 2020

The highest-rated films by country: Bangladesh and Kosovo movies match up to the power of Hollywood

Here, we list the top-rated film from countries around the world

USA's 'The Shawshank Redemption', South Korea's 'Parasite' and India's '3 Idiots' are their respective country's highest rated films. IMDb
USA's 'The Shawshank Redemption', South Korea's 'Parasite' and India's '3 Idiots' are their respective country's highest rated films. IMDb

While Hollywood and Bollywood dominate as global movie industries, there is no doubt that making films is an international business. Every year, a number of incredible features are filmed in, and released by, different countries around the world.

This week, transcription site Amberscript.com has analysed the films made by, or in, 130 countries around the world, working out which have been the most highly rated in each, using their IMDb scores.

Unsurprisingly, perhaps, the US comes out on top, with 1994's The Shawshank Redemption, which scored a near-perfect 9.2 out of 10 on the film authority site. In joint second place are Bangladesh's Mirror Game (2016) and Kosovo's Zana (2019), both of which score 9.1.

The UK and Sri Lanka follow with The Dark Knight (2008) and Aloko Udapadi (2017), respectively, with a score of 9.

Countries were worked out using IMDb's search option, which enables users to filter film titles by country to see a list of all films produced, filmed or credited in that location.

Top ranked Middle Eastern films

Regionally, a number of films have been listed in the round-up of 130 countries.

Both Libya's Lion of the Desert (1981) and Lebanon's Capernaum (2018) are rated 8.4. Turkey's My Father and My Son (2005) scores 8.3, as does Iran's A Separation (2011).

This image released by Sony Pictures Classics shows a scene from "Capernaum." On Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, the film was nominated for a Golden Globe award for best foreign language film. The 76th Golden Globe Awards will be held on Sunday, Jan. 6. (Sony Pictures Classics via AP)
A scene from Oscar-nominated Lebanese film 'Capernaum' by Nadine Labaki. AP

Egypt is represented by The Message (1976) with 8.2 and Algeria's The Battle of Algiers (1966) scored 8.1.

Hollywood blockbuster The Martian (2015), starring Matt Damon, which was largely filmed in Wadi Rum, represents Jordan and scores 8, with Israel's Waltz with Bashir (2018) scoring the same.

The UAE is represented by 2015's Bilal: A New Breed of Hero, an English-language Arabic computer-animated action-adventure film, which scored 7.9. Saudi Arabia's Wadjda (2012), meanwhile, scores a respectable 7.5 and Palestine's Paradise Now (2005) scores 7.4.

The top 20 in full:

1. United States of America: The Shawshank Redemption – 9.2

= 2. Bangladesh: Mirror Game – 9.1

= 2. Kosovo: Zana – 9.1

= 4. United Kingdom: The Dark Knight – 9

= 4. Sri Lanka: Aloko Udapadi – 9

6. New Zealand: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King – 8.9

= 7. Germany: Fight Club – 8.8

= 7. Italy: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly – 8.8

= 9. Japan: Seven Samurai – 8.6

= 9. Canada: Interstellar – 8.6

= 9. South Korea: Parasite – 8.6

= 9. Brazil: City of God – 8.6

= 13. Malta: Gladiator – 8.5

= 13. France: Leon: The Professional – 8.5

= 13. Myanmar: Mudras Calling – 8.5

= 13. Norway: The Pinchcliffe Grand Prix – 8.5

= 13. Poland: The Pianist – 8.5

= 13. Ghana: Samsara – 8.5

= 19. Libya: Lion of the Desert – 8.4

= 19. India: 3 Idiots – 8.4

Films that represent countries around the world:

Updated: October 8, 2020 06:26 PM

Editor's Picks
THE DAILY NEWSLETTER
Sign up to our daily email