Partisan film (Serbo-Croatian: Partizanski film) is the name for a sub-genre of war films, made in FPR/SFR Yugoslavia during the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. In the broadest sense, main characteristics of partisan films are that they are set in Yugoslavia during World War II and have partisans as main protagonists, while antagonists are Axis forces and their collaborators.
There are disagreements, even among the film critics, about the exact definition of the genre. Partisan films are often equated solely with the populist, entertainment-oriented branch of the genre, characterized by epic scope, ensemble casts, expensive production, and emotionally intense scenes, all introduced into Yugoslav war films by Veljko Bulajić's Kozara (1962). The other branch – much less interesting to the Communist establishment – was represented by modernist films, ranging from the poetic naturalism of the Yugoslav Black Wave to experimental stream-of-consciousness films.
- Kozara (1962, directed by Veljko Bulajić)
- The Raid on Drvar (1963, directed by Fadil Hadžić)
- Nikoletina Bursać (1964, directed by Branko Bauer)
- Three (Tri) (1965, directed by Aleksandar Petrovic)
- Eagles Fly Early (1966, directed by Soja Jovanović)
- Demolition Squad (Diverzanti) (1967, directed by Hajrudin Krvavac)
- Operation Belgrade (1968, directed by Žika Mitrović)
- Battle of Neretva (1969, directed by Veljko Bulajić, nominated for Oscar) - starring Yul Brynner
- The Bridge (Most) (1969, directed by Hajrudin Krvavac)
- When You Hear the Bells (1969, directed by Antun Vrdoljak)
- The Pine Tree in the Mountain (1971, directed by Antun Vrdoljak)
- Walter Defends Sarajevo (1972, directed by Hajrudin Krvavac)
- The Battle of Sutjeska (1973, directed by Stipe Delić) - starring Richard Burton
- The Republic of Užice (1974, directed by Žika Mitrović)
- Farm in Mali Rit (1975, directed by Branko Bauer)
- The Peaks of Zelengora (1976, directed by Zdravko Velimirović)
- Maiden Bridge (1976, directed by Miomir Stamenković)
- The Partisan Squadron (Partizanska eskadrila) or Battle of Eagles (1979, directed by Hajrudin Krvavac)
- Battle for the Railway (1978, directed by Zdravko Velimirović)
- Boško Buha (1978, directed by Branko Bauer)
- 13th of July (1982, directed by Radomir Saranović)
- Great Transport (1983, directed by Veljko Bulajić)
- The Igman March (1983, directed by Zdravko Šotra)
Notable television series
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- Pavičić, Jurica (November 11, 2009). "Vrdoljak je radio najbolje partizanske filmove". Jutarnji list (in Croatian). Retrieved 2010-05-23.
- "Kozara". filmski-programi.hr. Croatian Film Association. Retrieved 2010-08-25.
- Šakić, Tomislav (2010). "Opsada, Branko Marjanović, 1956.". subversivefilmfestival.com (in Croatian). Subversive Film Festival. Retrieved 2010-10-26.