Top 50 best foreign movies

by jon-larsen | created - 01 Mar 2011 | updated - 07 Apr 2011 | Public

This is my top 50 favorite foreign movies! The top 10 is in particular order, the rest is not! I do not consider Leon and the Sergio Leone's trilogy as a foreign movie, because they talk english!

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1. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)

PG-13 | 112 min | Biography, Drama

8.0
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92 Metascore

The true story of Elle editor Jean-Dominique Bauby who suffers a stroke and has to live with an almost totally paralyzed body; only his left eye isn't paralyzed.

Director: Julian Schnabel | Stars: Mathieu Amalric, Emmanuelle Seigner, Marie-Josée Croze, Anne Consigny

Votes: 94,954 | Gross: $5.99M

2. Udaan (2010)

Not Rated | 134 min | Crime, Drama

8.2
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Expelled from his school, a 16-year old boy returns home to his abusive and oppressive father.

Director: Vikramaditya Motwane | Stars: Rajat Barmecha, Sanjay Gandhi, Ronit Roy, Manjot Singh

Votes: 35,899 | Gross: $0.01M

3. Au Revoir les Enfants (1987)

PG | 104 min | Drama, War

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A French boarding school run by priests seems to be a haven from World War II until a new student arrives. He becomes the roommate of top student in his class. Rivals at first, the roommates form a bond and share a secret.

Director: Louis Malle | Stars: Gaspard Manesse, Raphael Fejtö, Francine Racette, Stanislas Carré de Malberg

Votes: 26,392 | Gross: $4.54M

4. Pan's Labyrinth (2006)

R | 118 min | Drama, Fantasy, War

8.2
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98 Metascore

In the falangist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world.

Director: Guillermo del Toro | Stars: Ivana Baquero, Ariadna Gil, Sergi López, Maribel Verdú

Votes: 522,939 | Gross: $37.63M

5. Lilya 4-Ever (2002)

R | 109 min | Crime, Drama

7.9
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82 Metascore

Sixteen-year-old Lilja and her only friend, the young boy Volodja, live in Estonia, fantasizing about a better life. One day, Lilja falls in love with Andrej, who is going to Sweden, and invites Lilja to come along and start a new life.

Director: Lukas Moodysson | Stars: Oksana Akinshina, Artyom Bogucharskiy, Pavel Ponomaryov, Lyubov Agapova

Votes: 37,992 | Gross: $0.18M

6. Show Me Love (1998)

Not Rated | 89 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.6
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73 Metascore

Two teenage girls in small-town Sweden. Elin is beautiful, popular, and bored with life. Agnes is friendless, sad, and secretly in love with Elin.

Director: Lukas Moodysson | Stars: Alexandra Dahlström, Rebecka Liljeberg, Erica Carlson, Mathias Rust

Votes: 45,143 | Gross: $0.17M

7. Yojimbo (1961)

Not Rated | 110 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

8.3
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A crafty ronin comes to a town divided by two criminal gangs and decides to play them against each other to free the town.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Eijirô Tôno, Tatsuya Nakadai, Yôko Tsukasa

Votes: 84,185

8. La Strada (1954)

Not Rated | 108 min | Drama

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A care-free girl is sold to a traveling entertainer, consequently enduring physical and emotional pain along the way.

Director: Federico Fellini | Stars: Anthony Quinn, Giulietta Masina, Richard Basehart, Aldo Silvani

Votes: 49,947

9. Metropolis (1927)

Not Rated | 153 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

8.3
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98 Metascore

In a futuristic city sharply divided between the working class and the city planners, the son of the city's mastermind falls in love with a working class prophet who predicts the coming of a savior to mediate their differences.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Brigitte Helm, Alfred Abel, Gustav Fröhlich, Rudolf Klein-Rogge

Votes: 127,149 | Gross: $0.03M

10. Seven Samurai (1954)

Not Rated | 207 min | Adventure, Drama

8.7
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98 Metascore

A poor village under attack by bandits recruits seven unemployed samurai to help them defend themselves.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Keiko Tsushima, Yukiko Shimazaki

Votes: 255,969 | Gross: $0.27M

11. M (1931)

Not Rated | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.4
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When the police in a German city are unable to catch a child-murderer, other criminals join in the manhunt.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Peter Lorre, Ellen Widmann, Inge Landgut, Otto Wernicke

Votes: 112,496 | Gross: $0.03M

12. Ikiru (1952)

Not Rated | 143 min | Drama

8.3
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A bureaucrat tries to find a meaning in his life after he discovers he has terminal cancer.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Takashi Shimura, Nobuo Kaneko, Shin'ichi Himori, Haruo Tanaka

Votes: 48,904 | Gross: $0.06M

13. Diabolique (1955)

Not Rated | 117 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

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The wife and mistress of a cruel headmaster conspire to kill him; after the murder is committed, his corpse disappears, and strange events begin to plague the two women.

Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot | Stars: Simone Signoret, Véra Clouzot, Paul Meurisse, Charles Vanel

Votes: 48,282

14. Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)

R | 141 min | Drama, History, War

7.9
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89 Metascore

The story of the battle of Iwo Jima between the United States and Imperial Japan during World War II, as told from the perspective of the Japanese who fought it.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Ken Watanabe, Kazunari Ninomiya, Tsuyoshi Ihara, Ryo Kase

Votes: 140,423 | Gross: $13.76M

15. 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007)

Not Rated | 113 min | Drama

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97 Metascore

A woman assists her friend in arranging an illegal abortion in 1980s Romania.

Director: Cristian Mungiu | Stars: Anamaria Marinca, Laura Vasiliu, Vlad Ivanov, Alexandru Potocean

Votes: 49,138 | Gross: $1.19M

16. Evil (2003)

Not Rated | 113 min | Drama

7.8
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61 Metascore

A teenage boy expelled from school for fighting arrives at a boarding school where the systematic bullying of younger students is encouraged as a means to maintain discipline, and decides to fight back.

Director: Mikael Håfström | Stars: Andreas Wilson, Henrik Lundström, Gustaf Skarsgård, Linda Zilliacus

Votes: 32,165 | Gross: $0.02M

17. Paradise Now (2005)

PG-13 | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

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71 Metascore

Two childhood friends are recruited for a suicide bombing in Tel Aviv.

Director: Hany Abu-Assad | Stars: Kais Nashif, Ali Suliman, Lubna Azabal, Hamza Abu-Aiaash

Votes: 20,685 | Gross: $1.45M

18. Let the Right One In (2008)

R | 115 min | Drama, Horror, Romance

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82 Metascore

Oskar, an overlooked and bullied boy, finds love and revenge through Eli, a beautiful but peculiar girl.

Director: Tomas Alfredson | Stars: Kåre Hedebrant, Lina Leandersson, Per Ragnar, Henrik Dahl

Votes: 185,912 | Gross: $2.12M

19. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)

R | 152 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

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76 Metascore

A journalist is aided by a young female hacker in his search for the killer of a woman who has been dead for forty years.

Director: Niels Arden Oplev | Stars: Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace, Ewa Fröling, Lena Endre

Votes: 187,470 | Gross: $10.10M

20. Cinema Paradiso (1988)

R | 155 min | Drama

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80 Metascore

A filmmaker recalls his childhood when falling in love with the pictures at the cinema of his home village and forms a deep friendship with the cinema's projectionist.

Director: Giuseppe Tornatore | Stars: Philippe Noiret, Enzo Cannavale, Antonella Attili, Isa Danieli

Votes: 176,239 | Gross: $11.99M

21. Downfall (2004)

R | 156 min | Biography, Drama, History

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82 Metascore

Traudl Junge, the final secretary for Adolf Hitler, tells of the Nazi dictator's final days in his Berlin bunker at the end of WWII.

Director: Oliver Hirschbiegel | Stars: Bruno Ganz, Alexandra Maria Lara, Ulrich Matthes, Juliane Köhler

Votes: 278,162 | Gross: $5.51M

22. Grave of the Fireflies (1988)

Not Rated | 89 min | Animation, Drama, War

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A young boy and his little sister struggle to survive in Japan during World War II.

Director: Isao Takahata | Stars: Tsutomu Tatsumi, Ayano Shiraishi, Akemi Yamaguchi, Yoshiko Shinohara

Votes: 166,102

23. The Lives of Others (2006)

R | 137 min | Drama, Thriller

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89 Metascore

In 1984 East Berlin, an agent of the secret police, conducting surveillance on a writer and his lover, finds himself becoming increasingly absorbed by their lives.

Director: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck | Stars: Ulrich Mühe, Martina Gedeck, Sebastian Koch, Ulrich Tukur

Votes: 292,059 | Gross: $11.29M

24. Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001)

PG | 224 min | Adventure, Drama, Musical

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84 Metascore

The people of a small village in Victorian India stake their future on a game of cricket against their ruthless British rulers.

Director: Ashutosh Gowariker | Stars: Aamir Khan, Raghuvir Yadav, Gracy Singh, Rachel Shelley

Votes: 84,242 | Gross: $0.07M

25. Mediterraneo (1991)

R | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, War

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In WW2, an Italian Army unit of misfits occupies an isolated non-strategic Greek island for the duration of the war.

Director: Gabriele Salvatores | Stars: Diego Abatantuono, Claudio Bigagli, Giuseppe Cederna, Claudio Bisio

Votes: 11,663 | Gross: $4.53M

26. City of God (2002)

R | 130 min | Crime, Drama

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79 Metascore

Two boys growing up in a violent neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro take different paths: one becomes a photographer, the other a drug dealer.

Directors: Fernando Meirelles, Kátia Lund | Stars: Alexandre Rodrigues, Leandro Firmino, Matheus Nachtergaele, Phellipe Haagensen

Votes: 591,369 | Gross: $7.56M

27. Drømmen (2006)

Not Rated | 109 min | Drama, Family

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A drama about a boy who's inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and challenges repressive school authority in 1969 Denmark.

Director: Niels Arden Oplev | Stars: Bent Mejding, Anders W. Berthelsen, Jens Jørn Spottag, Anne-Grethe Bjarup Riis

Votes: 2,310

28. Stalker (1979)

Not Rated | 162 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

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A guide leads two men through an area known as the Zone to find a room that grants wishes.

Director: Andrei Tarkovsky | Stars: Alisa Freyndlikh, Aleksandr Kaydanovskiy, Anatoliy Solonitsyn, Nikolay Grinko

Votes: 81,825 | Gross: $0.23M

29. Amélie (2001)

R | 122 min | Comedy, Romance

8.3
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69 Metascore

Amélie is an innocent and naive girl in Paris with her own sense of justice. She decides to help those around her and, along the way, discovers love.

Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet | Stars: Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz, Rufus, Lorella Cravotta

Votes: 598,838 | Gross: $33.23M

30. Amores Perros (2000)

R | 154 min | Drama, Thriller

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83 Metascore

A horrific car accident connects three stories, each involving characters dealing with loss, regret, and life's harsh realities, all in the name of love.

Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu | Stars: Emilio Echevarría, Gael García Bernal, Goya Toledo, Álvaro Guerrero

Votes: 191,140 | Gross: $5.38M

31. Three Colors: White (1994)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

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88 Metascore

After his wife divorces him, a Polish immigrant plots to get even with her.

Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski | Stars: Zbigniew Zamachowski, Julie Delpy, Janusz Gajos, Jerzy Stuhr

Votes: 49,980 | Gross: $1.46M

32. Run Lola Run (1998)

R | 80 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

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77 Metascore

After a botched money delivery, Lola has 20 minutes to come up with 100,000 Deutschmarks.

Director: Tom Tykwer | Stars: Franka Potente, Moritz Bleibtreu, Herbert Knaup, Nina Petri

Votes: 171,239 | Gross: $7.27M

33. The Nights of Cabiria (1957)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama

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A waifish prostitute wanders the streets of Rome looking for true love but finds only heartbreak.

Director: Federico Fellini | Stars: Giulietta Masina, François Périer, Franca Marzi, Dorian Gray

Votes: 31,174 | Gross: $0.75M

34. Talk to Her (2002)

R | 112 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

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86 Metascore

Two men share an odd friendship while they care for two women who are both in deep comas.

Director: Pedro Almodóvar | Stars: Rosario Flores, Javier Cámara, Darío Grandinetti, Leonor Watling

Votes: 92,655 | Gross: $9.28M

35. In the Mood for Love (2000)

PG | 98 min | Drama, Romance

8.1
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85 Metascore

Two neighbors, a woman and a man, form a strong bond after both suspect extramarital activities of their spouses. However, they agree to keep their bond platonic so as not to commit similar wrongs.

Director: Kar-Wai Wong | Stars: Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Maggie Cheung, Ping Lam Siu, Tung Cho 'Joe' Cheung

Votes: 89,866 | Gross: $2.73M

36. The Virgin Spring (1960)

Not Rated | 89 min | Drama

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An innocent yet pampered young virgin and her family's pregnant and jealous servant set out to deliver candles to church, but only one returns from events that transpire in the woods along the way.

Director: Ingmar Bergman | Stars: Max von Sydow, Birgitta Valberg, Gunnel Lindblom, Birgitta Pettersson

Votes: 21,029

37. Departures (2008)

PG-13 | 130 min | Drama, Music

8.1
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68 Metascore

A newly unemployed cellist takes a job preparing the dead for funerals.

Director: Yôjirô Takita | Stars: Masahiro Motoki, Ryôko Hirosue, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Kazuko Yoshiyuki

Votes: 42,003 | Gross: $1.54M

38. La Haine (1995)

Not Rated | 98 min | Crime, Drama

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24 hours in the lives of three young men in the French suburbs the day after a violent riot.

Director: Mathieu Kassovitz | Stars: Vincent Cassel, Hubert Koundé, Saïd Taghmaoui, Abdel Ahmed Ghili

Votes: 118,145 | Gross: $0.31M

39. Three Colors: Blue (1993)

R | 98 min | Drama, Music, Mystery

8.0
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85 Metascore

A woman struggles to find a way to live her life after the death of her husband and child.

Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski | Stars: Juliette Binoche, Zbigniew Zamachowski, Julie Delpy, Benoît Régent

Votes: 70,158 | Gross: $1.32M

40. Infernal Affairs (2002)

R | 101 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.1
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75 Metascore

A story between a mole in the police department and an undercover cop. Their objectives are the same: to find out who is the mole, and who is the cop.

Directors: Wai-Keung Lau, Alan Mak | Stars: Andy Lau, Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Anthony Chau-Sang Wong, Eric Tsang

Votes: 102,278 | Gross: $0.17M

41. Sanjuro (1962)

Not Rated | 96 min | Action, Crime, Drama

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A crafty samurai helps a young man and his fellow clansmen save his uncle, who has been framed and imprisoned by a corrupt superintendent.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Tatsuya Nakadai, Keiju Kobayashi, Yûnosuke Itô

Votes: 23,154

42. Il Postino (1994)

PG | 108 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

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81 Metascore

Simple Italian postman learns to love poetry while delivering mail to a famous poet; he uses this to woo local beauty Beatrice.

Directors: Michael Radford, Massimo Troisi | Stars: Massimo Troisi, Philippe Noiret, Maria Grazia Cucinotta, Renato Scarpa

Votes: 28,440 | Gross: $21.85M

43. Ringu (1998)

Not Rated | 96 min | Horror, Mystery

7.3
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A reporter and her ex-husband investigate a cursed video tape that is rumored to kill the viewer seven days after watching it.

Director: Hideo Nakata | Stars: Nanako Matsushima, Miki Nakatani, Yûko Takeuchi, Hitomi Satô

Votes: 55,121

44. Irreversible (2002)

Not Rated | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.4
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51 Metascore

Events over the course of one traumatic night in Paris unfold in reverse-chronological order as the beautiful Alex is brutally raped and beaten by a stranger in the underpass.

Director: Gaspar Noé | Stars: Monica Bellucci, Vincent Cassel, Albert Dupontel, Jo Prestia

Votes: 96,907 | Gross: $0.75M

45. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

PG-13 | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

7.9
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93 Metascore

A young Chinese warrior steals a sword from a famed swordsman and then escapes into a world of romantic adventure with a mysterious man in the frontier of the nation.

Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Yun-Fat Chow, Michelle Yeoh, Ziyi Zhang, Chen Chang

Votes: 230,262 | Gross: $128.08M

46. [Rec] (2007)

R | 78 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

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A television reporter and cameraman follow emergency workers into a dark apartment building and are quickly locked inside with something terrifying.

Directors: Jaume Balagueró, Paco Plaza | Stars: Manuela Velasco, Ferran Terraza, Jorge-Yamam Serrano, Pablo Rosso

Votes: 143,558

47. Waltz with Bashir (2008)

R | 90 min | Animation, Biography, Drama

8.0
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91 Metascore

An Israeli film director interviews fellow veterans of the 1982 invasion of Lebanon to reconstruct his own memories of his term of service in that conflict.

Director: Ari Folman | Stars: Ari Folman, Ron Ben-Yishai, Ronny Dayag, Ori Sivan

Votes: 49,653 | Gross: $2.28M

48. The Wages of Fear (1953)

Not Rated | 131 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

8.2
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In a decrepit South American village, four men are hired to transport an urgent nitroglycerine shipment without the equipment that would make it safe.

Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot | Stars: Yves Montand, Charles Vanel, Peter van Eyck, Folco Lulli

Votes: 40,684

49. Wild Strawberries (1957)

Not Rated | 91 min | Drama, Romance

8.2
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After living a life marked by coldness, an aging professor is forced to confront the emptiness of his existence.

Director: Ingmar Bergman | Stars: Victor Sjöström, Bibi Andersson, Ingrid Thulin, Gunnar Björnstrand

Votes: 72,038

50. The Wave (2008)

Not Rated | 107 min | Drama, Thriller

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A high school teacher's experiment to demonstrate to his students what life is like under a dictatorship spins horribly out of control when he forms a social unit with a life of its own.

Director: Dennis Gansel | Stars: Jürgen Vogel, Frederick Lau, Max Riemelt, Jennifer Ulrich

Votes: 89,140