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Ranking All Of Director Krzysztof Kieślowski’s Movies

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

We took all of the movies directed by Krzysztof Kieślowski and looked at their Rotten Tomato Critic, Rotten Tomato User, Metacritic, Metacritic 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 6 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 Krzysztof Kieślowski



17 ) Kartoteka (1979)

Kartoteka (1979)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 12
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 14
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 6
  • Metacritic User Score: 6
  • IMDB User Review Score: 16
  • Letterboxd User Score: 16

A former partisan now 38 years old remembers his childhood in the war.



16 ) Personnel (1976)

Personnel (1976)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 12
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 14
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 6
  • Metacritic User Score: 6
  • IMDB User Review Score: 13
  • Letterboxd User Score: 13

Romek, an idealistc 19-year-old boy, takes a job as a tailor in the costume department of a Warsaw theater company where his new colleague, Sowa, is pressured to make a costume for an overbearing soloist.



15 ) The Scar (1976)

The Scar (1976)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 9
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 12
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 6
  • Metacritic User Score: 6
  • IMDB User Review Score: 17
  • Letterboxd User Score: 13

After discussions and dishonest negotiations, a decision is taken as to where a large new chemical factory is to be built and Bednarz, an honest Party man, is put in charge of the construction. He used to live in the small town where the factory is to be built, his wife used to be a Party activist there, and he has unpleasant memories of it. But he sets to the task in the belief that he will build a place where people will live and work well. His intentions and convictions, however, conflict with those of the townspeople who are primarily concerned with their short-term needs. Disillusioned, Bednarz gives up his post.



14 ) Short Working Day (1981)

Short Working Day (1981)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 12
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 13
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 6
  • Metacritic User Score: 6
  • IMDB User Review Score: 14
  • Letterboxd User Score: 11

Kieślowski’s study of a political strike, controversially told from the viewpoint of a Communist functionary trying to keep order.



12 ) The Calm (1980)

The Calm (1980)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 12
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 14
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 6
  • Metacritic User Score: 6
  • IMDB User Review Score: 12
  • Letterboxd User Score: 11

A young man in his twenties leaves prison after a three-year sentence. He wants to start a new life in a place where he is not known and dreams only of a job, a wife and a family. He succeeds partially in fulfilling these dreams, but then runs into a conflict on a construction job between the corrupt boss and fellow workers secretly planning a strike. He becomes a pawn in one camp while remaining true to his ideals in the other. Filmed in 1976 and shelved for five years.



12 ) First Love (1974)

First Love (1974)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 12
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 10
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 6
  • Metacritic User Score: 6
  • IMDB User Review Score: 14
  • Letterboxd User Score: 13

After the doctor’s refusal to perform abortion on a 17-year old girl, she and her boyfriend have to cope with the new situation. They both need to learn to take responsibility for their decisions, in spite of numerous hardships facing them.



11 ) City Life (1990)

City Life (1990)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 12
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 14
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 6
  • Metacritic User Score: 6
  • IMDB User Review Score: 3
  • Letterboxd User Score: 16

Collection of documentary shorts by various acclaimed directors



10 ) No End (1985)

No End (1985)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 5
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 11
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 6
  • Metacritic User Score: 6
  • IMDB User Review Score: 11
  • Letterboxd User Score: 10

Taking place in a 1982 Poland a translator loses her husband and becomes a victim of her own sorrow. She looks to sex, to her son, to law, and to hypnotism when she has nothing else in this time of martial law when Solidarity was banned.



9 ) Blind Chance (1987)

Blind Chance (1987)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 11
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 9
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 6
  • Metacritic User Score: 6
  • IMDB User Review Score: 6
  • Letterboxd User Score: 7

Witek runs after a train. Three variations follow on how such a seemingly banal incident could influence the rest of Witek’s life.



8 ) Three Colors: White (1994)

Three Colors: White (1994)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 8
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 8
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 3
  • Metacritic User Score: 3
  • IMDB User Review Score: 10
  • Letterboxd User Score: 9

Polish immigrant Karol Karol finds himself out of a marriage, a job and a country when his French wife, Dominique, divorces him after six months due to his impotence. Forced to leave France after losing the business they jointly owned, Karol enlists fellow Polish expatriate Mikolah to smuggle him back to their homeland.



7 ) The Double Life of Véronique (1991)

The Double Life of Véronique (1991)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 6
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 4
  • Metacritic User Score: 5
  • IMDB User Review Score: 9
  • Letterboxd User Score: 3

Véronique is a beautiful young French woman who aspires to be a renowned singer; Weronika lives in Poland, has a similar career goal and looks identical to Véronique, though the two are not related. The film follows both women as they contend with the ups and downs of their individual lives, with Véronique embarking on an unusual romance with Alexandre Fabbri, a puppeteer who may be able to help her with her existential issues.



6 ) Camera Buff (1979)

Camera Buff (1979)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 5
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 3
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 6
  • Metacritic User Score: 6
  • IMDB User Review Score: 8
  • Letterboxd User Score: 7

Filip buys an 8mm movie camera when his first child is born. Because it’s the first camera in town, he’s named official photographer by the local Party boss. His horizons widen when he is sent to regional film festivals with his first works but his focus on movie making also leads to domestic strife and philosophical dilemmas.



5 ) A Short Film About Killing (1988)

A Short Film About Killing (1988)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 5
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 7
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 6
  • Metacritic User Score: 6
  • IMDB User Review Score: 4
  • Letterboxd User Score: 6

Jacek climbs into the taxi driven by Waldemar, tells him to drive to a remote location, then brutally strangles him, seemingly without motive.



4 ) A Short Film About Love (1988)

A Short Film About Love (1988)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 4
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 3
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 6
  • Metacritic User Score: 6
  • IMDB User Review Score: 2
  • Letterboxd User Score: 3

19-year-old Tomek whiles away his lonely life by spying on his opposite neighbour Magda through binoculars. She’s an artist in her mid-thirties, and appears to have everything – not least a constant stream of men at her beck and call. But when the two finally meet, they discover that they have a lot more in common than appeared at first sight…



3 ) Three Colors: Blue (1993)

Three Colors: Blue (1993)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 2
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 3
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 5
  • Metacritic User Score: 2
  • IMDB User Review Score: 6
  • Letterboxd User Score: 3

Julie is haunted by her grief after living through a tragic auto wreck that claimed the life of her composer husband and young daughter. Her initial reaction is to withdraw from her relationships, lock herself in her apartment and suppress her pain. But avoiding human interactions on the bustling streets of Paris proves impossible, and she eventually meets up with Olivier, an old friend who harbors a secret love for her, and who could draw her back to reality.



2 ) Three Colors: Red (1994)

Three Colors: Red (1994)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 1
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 1
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 1
  • Metacritic User Score: 4
  • IMDB User Review Score: 4
  • Letterboxd User Score: 2

Part-time model Valentine meets a retired judge who lives in her neighborhood after she runs over his dog. At first the judge gifts Valentine with the dog, but her possessive boyfriend won’t allow her to keep it. When she returns with the dog to the judge’s house, she discovers him listening in on his neighbors’ phone conversations. At first Valentine is outraged, but her debates with the judge over his behavior soon leads them to form a strange bond.



1 ) The Decalogue (1989)

The Decalogue (1989)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 3
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 1
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 1
  • Metacritic User Score: 1
  • IMDB User Review Score: 1
  • Letterboxd User Score: 1

Originally made for Polish television, “The Decalogue” focuses on the residents of a housing complex in late-Communist Poland, whose lives become subtly intertwined as they face emotional dilemmas that are at once deeply personal and universally human. Its ten hour-long films, drawing from the Ten Commandments for thematic inspiration and an overarching structure, grapple deftly with complex moral and existential questions concerning life, death, love, hate, truth, and the passage of time.



Krzysztof Kieślowski’s Best Movies



Krzysztof Kieślowski Review Website Filmography Rankings

FilmRT CriticRT UserMC CriticMC UserIMDBLetterboxdOveral Rank
The Decalogue (1989) 3 1 1 1 1 1 1
Three Colors: Red (1994) 1 1 1 4 4 2 2
Three Colors: Blue (1993) 2 3 5 2 6 3 3
A Short Film About Love (1988) 4 3 6 6 2 3 4
A Short Film About Killing (1988) 5 7 6 6 4 6 5
Camera Buff (1979) 5 3 6 6 8 7 6
The Double Life of Véronique (1991) 10 6 4 5 9 3 7
Three Colors: White (1994) 8 8 3 3 10 9 8
Blind Chance (1987) 11 9 6 6 6 7 9
No End (1985) 5 11 6 6 11 10 10
City Life (1990) 12 14 6 6 3 16 11
The Calm (1980) 12 14 6 6 12 11 12
First Love (1974) 12 10 6 6 14 13 12
Short Working Day (1981) 12 13 6 6 14 11 14
The Scar (1976) 9 12 6 6 17 13 15
Personnel (1976) 12 14 6 6 13 13 16
Kartoteka (1979) 12 14 6 6 16 16 17

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