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Ranking All Of Director Béla Tarr’s Movies

“What are Béla Tarr’s Best Movies?” We looked at all of Tarr’s directed filmography and ranked them against one another to answer that very question!

We took all of the movies directed by Béla Tarr and looked at their Rotten Tomato Critic, Rotten Tomato User, IMDB, and Letterboxd scores, ranking them against one another to see which movies came out on top. The movies are ranked in our list below based on which movies have the highest overall score between all 4 review sites in comparison with all of the other movies by the same director. The process is all very scientific with no flaws at all.

The full ranking chart is also included below the countdown on the bottom of the page.

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The Top Film’s Of Béla Tarr



12 ) Visions of Europe (2004)

Visions of Europe (2004)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 9
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 10
  • IMDB User Review Score: 12
  • Letterboxd User Score: 9

Twenty-five films from twenty-five European countries by twenty-five European directors.



11 ) Macbeth (1983)

Macbeth (1983)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 9
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 10
  • IMDB User Review Score: 10
  • Letterboxd User Score: 9

A Hungarian TV version of the play shot in just two takes.



10 ) The Outsider (1981)

The Outsider (1981)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 9
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 9
  • IMDB User Review Score: 10
  • Letterboxd User Score: 9

A talented but irresponsible violinist ruins his marriage with his drinking and antisocial behaviour.



9 ) City Life (1990)

City Life (1990)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 9
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 10
  • IMDB User Review Score: 2
  • Letterboxd User Score: 12

Collection of documentary shorts by various acclaimed directors



8 ) The Man from London (2007)

The Man from London (2007)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 8
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 8
  • IMDB User Review Score: 9
  • Letterboxd User Score: 6

A switchman at a seaside railway witnesses a murder but does not report it after he finds a suitcase full of money at the scene of the crime.



7 ) Family Nest (1977)

Family Nest (1977)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 7
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 5
  • IMDB User Review Score: 6
  • Letterboxd User Score: 7

Családi tüzfészek (aka Family Nest) is an intimate portrayal of a family slowly disintegrating under various pressures in late 1970s communist Hungary. The plot of the film is deceptively simple, with the occasional momentous event–including one that’s relatively shocking, but plot in a conventional sense is not the focus here.



6 ) Almanac of Fall (1984)

Almanac of Fall (1984)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 1
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 7
  • IMDB User Review Score: 8
  • Letterboxd User Score: 5

In this dense setting, the inhabitants of a large, claustrophobic apartment reveal their darkest secrets, fears, obsessions and hostilities.



5 ) The Turin Horse (2011)

The Turin Horse (2011)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 6
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 5
  • IMDB User Review Score: 5
  • Letterboxd User Score: 3

A monumental windstorm and an abused horse’s refusal to work or eat signals the beginning of the end for a poor farmer and his daughter.



4 ) The Prefab People (1982)

The Prefab People (1982)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 1
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 4
  • IMDB User Review Score: 6
  • Letterboxd User Score: 7

Using verite conventions, a young couple with a baby and a child are worn away by the monotony of their lives.



3 ) Damnation (1988)

Damnation (1988)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 5
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 3
  • IMDB User Review Score: 4
  • Letterboxd User Score: 4

Karrer plods his way through life in quiet desperation. His environment is drab and rainy and muddy. Eaten up with solitude, his hopelessness would be incurable but for the existence of the Titanik Bar and its beautiful, haunting singer. But the lady is married and Karrer is determined to keep her husband away…



2 ) Werckmeister Harmonies (2000)

Werckmeister Harmonies (2000)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 4
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 2
  • IMDB User Review Score: 2
  • Letterboxd User Score: 2

This story takes place in a small town on the Hungarian Plain. In a provincial town, which is surrounded with nothing else but frost. It is bitterly cold weather — without snow. Even in this bewildered cold hundreds of people are standing around the circus tent, which is put up in the main square, to see — as the outcome of their wait — the chief attraction, the stuffed carcass of a real whale. The people are coming from everywhere. From the neighboring settlings, even from quite far away parts of the country. They are following this clumsy monster as a dumb, faceless, rag-wearing crowd. This strange state of affairs — the appearance of the foreigners, the extreme frost — disturbs the order of the small town. Ambitious personages of the story feel they can take advantage of this situation. The tension growing to the unbearable is brought to explosion by the figure of the Prince, who is pretending facelessness. Even his mere appearance is enough to break loose destructive emotions…



1 ) Satantango (1994)

Satantango (1994)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 1
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 1
  • IMDB User Review Score: 1
  • Letterboxd User Score: 1

Inhabitants of a small village in Hungary deal with the effects of the fall of Communism. The town’s source of revenue, a factory, has closed, and the locals, who include a doctor and three couples, await a cash payment offered in the wake of the shuttering. Irimias, a villager thought to be dead, returns and, unbeknownst to the locals, is a police informant. In a scheme, he persuades the villagers to form a commune with him.



Béla Tarr’s Best Movies



Béla Tarr Review Website Filmography Rankings

FilmRT CriticRT UserIMDBLetterboxdOveral Rank
Satantango (1994) 1 1 1 1 1
Werckmeister Harmonies (2000) 4 2 2 2 2
Damnation (1988) 5 3 4 4 3
The Prefab People (1982) 1 4 6 7 4
The Turin Horse (2011) 6 5 5 3 5
Almanac of Fall (1984) 1 7 8 5 6
Family Nest (1977) 7 5 6 7 7
The Man from London (2007) 8 8 9 6 8
City Life (1990) 9 10 2 12 9
The Outsider (1981) 9 9 10 9 10
Macbeth (1983) 9 10 10 9 11
Visions of Europe (2004) 9 10 12 9 12

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