Are you ready to have the time of your life while sitting on your couch? If so, get your popcorn ready and check out some of the best Thai movies.

Although Thai cinema may not be as popular as its Asian counterparts, it offers unique storytelling that will make you feel emotions you’ve never felt before. Thailand’s movie scene has dramatically developed over the years and is now on its way to make waves internationally.

Ong Bak

Any true martial arts fan has already watched Ong Bak. But even if you are not familiar with Muay Thai, you will still enjoy it.

This iconic film displays an amazing form of martial arts that will have you at the edge of your seat. Ong Bak is one of the most popular films in Thailand. It has even amassed a wide audience in Australia, United States, Mexico, and Canada. The film is centered on Ting, a fighter who tries to find the stolen Buddha statue of his poor village.

Shutter

A movie that will make you scream and cover your eyes in fear, Shutter is proof that Thailand has perfected the art of making horror films. If you want to watch chilling movies, this should be the first on your list.

It tells the story of Jane and her boyfriend. When Jane hits a girl with her car, their lives take a strange turn. After the accident, a haunting figure appears in her boyfriend’s photographs. While trying to find out more information about the spirit, Jane discovers a shocking revelation.

Love of Siam

If you want to laugh and cry, Love of Siam is the perfect film to watch. This movie is based on the bond of two separated best friends. After meeting once again as teenagers, the two find out that although they share different lives, their bond still hasn’t gone away. As the two boys rekindle their old friendship, they develop feelings for each other. The film became widely controversial in the country for its theme centering on homosexuality.

Tropical Malady

Another award-winning Thai film which centers on homosexuality, Tropical Malady is a romance between a young man and a forest ranger. A soldier investigates a number of killings in the village and suspects that it could have been done by a shape-shifting predator who is also a shaman.

Crazy Little Thing Called Love

If you want to remember the first time you had a crush, Crazy Little Thing Called Love would be a joy to watch. This 2010 movie focuses on Nam, a high school student who falls in love with her senior schoolmate. The film follows the teenager as she tries to get the attention and love of P’Shone.

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

There is probably no other movie that packs more surprises than Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives. This film explores reincarnation and has garnered the attention of international film festivals such as Cannes. It is the only Thai film to ever win the Palme d’Or.

This film was originally intended as a biography about an abbot that the director met in his hometown. The abbot named Boonmee claimed to remember his past lives through meditation. However, the film changed its direction to become more dramatic and mystical after the abbot died before the film could be finished.

Blissfully Yours

Directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul, the same visionary behind Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, Blissfully Yours is a romance film about an older woman and a young couple. The story touches the subjects of infidelity and immigration, as well as duty and loyalty.

The Overture

Based on the life story of Luang Pradit Pairoh, Thailand’s most renowned musician, The Overture chronicles how the music icon started his love for music when he picked up a Thai xylophone. As his love for music and creativity grew, he transformed Thailand’s classical music which became in danger of disappearing after the government put a ban on it.

Explore Thai Films

Thailand boasts its fair share of amazing temples, friendly people, sumptuous food, and scenic beaches, but its films also deserve your attention. The country’s movies tackle a wide array of relevant topics such as poverty, drugs, and homosexuality. Without question, its films have become a representation of Thai culture.  

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