My Top Ten Foreign Language Films

In order starting with my favorite (and excluding animated movies – would get too complicated with the Studio Ghibli stuff included):

1. Cinema Paradiso

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2. Seven Samurai

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3. Jean De Florette & sequel Manon Des Sources

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4. Amelie

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5. The Lives Of Others

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6. Pan’s Labyrinth

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7. The Secret In Their Eyes

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8. The Intouchables

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9. Let The Right One In

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10. The Orphanage

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Honorable Mentions:

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Hero
Life Is Beautiful
Ring

There are still a lot of big foreign films I haven’t seen. I’ve wanted to see things like the Three Colors Trilogy & Battle Royale for ages. I’ll gladly take any recommendations. πŸ™‚

27 thoughts on “My Top Ten Foreign Language Films

  1. The 400 Blows was my first foreign film and its still my favorite. I’ve only seen numbers 1, 4, and 6 and they’d all definitely make my top ten. Nice list.

  2. Wow! The first time ever I’ve seen everything on your list including the Honourable mentions! πŸ˜›

    If you haven’t done so already there is a wealth of classics from the silent and pre-modern era you should check out – Murnau, Pabst, Lang, DeSica, Clouzout- while Korean cinema of the past decade has some bona fide gems too.

    • You’ve seen all these? That’s pretty impressive! πŸ˜€

      I’ll check some of the above out. Those are people and not movies, right?? Lol. Lang gave it away. I’ve known for years that I really should watch Metropolis. I may have to Google the rest. πŸ˜‰ And I’ve had Oldboy recorded off TV for months now – keep putting it off because I’m a wuss with violence!

      • Sorry!! Yes they were the directors’ names since they have many great films to their credit every serious film fan worth their salt should see. I’ve reviewed some on my site too ! πŸ˜‰

    • Not seen Diving Bell but have seen Seventh Seal. Should I admit that I only watched that after seeing Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey and wanted to see what they’d spoofed? Lol. No, I probably shouldn’t admit that… πŸ™‚

  3. Cinema Paradiso would definitely make my top 10 of all time. Festen (Thomas Vinterberg, 1998) and The Return (Andrey Zvyaginstev, 2003) would probably also make it in there. Two truly memorable films. have you seen them?

      • They are great films,trust me you will not be disappointed. And both directors made two excellent films last year too, ‘The Hunt’ and ‘Elena’ respectively, i have reviewed them on my blog (sorry for the shameless plug). I see there have been mentions of ‘The Seventh Seal’, that is a masterpiece, but for me Ingmar Bergman’s best film is ‘Wild Strawberries’. That is a truly beautiful film.

  4. Haha! – I knew it! The name of your blog is a play on the title Cinema Paradiso – yeah? πŸ™‚ Shhh, it’s okay, I’ll keep it under my hat. πŸ˜‰

    • Uh oh – You got me! :-p Actually, I admitted that in the Desert Island thread. πŸ˜‰ I’ve always loved movies but Cinema Paradiso is probably the first one to make me truly love “films”. If you know what I mean… Something so moving & beyond just the mainstream (although I still love the mainstream too!). And the best movie ending EVER. πŸ™‚

  5. Man, I’ve never tried to make a list like this. I’d certainly forget some important films, since a while after I’ve seen a foreign film I forget I was even reading subtitles – in my head it’s just like they were speaking English. Still, if I had to make a top 5 it’d look something like this:
    1. Holy Motors
    2. Playtime
    3. City of God
    4. City of Lost Children
    5. Fronteir(s) maybe?

    …but I have no doubt I’m missing some important ones without my DVD collection in front of me…

    (Also, yeah, I like French films)

    • I actually forgot a couple favorites at first when making the list because, yeah, you do forget they aren’t in English. When they’re SO good you forget that. πŸ™‚ I haven’t seen any of your five! I want to see Holy Motors & I have both City of God & City of Lost Children so I really should watch them…

  6. Lots of recommendations:

    Come and See
    Katalin Varga
    Infernal Affairs
    Everything is Illuminated
    The Battle of Algiers
    La Haine
    22 Bullets
    L’Arnacoeur

  7. My favourite foreign language (aka not in English because English is foreign to me…) film is Amores Perros. I also like other Mexican films: Y Tu MamΓ‘ TambiΓ©n and El Crimen del Padre Amaro. The first one is like a slap on the face and the last one like a kick on the stomach. But they’re great.

    • Slap in the face & kick in the stomach?? Lol – Not sure if that’s a recommendation for those or not. πŸ˜‰ I’ve actually never seen any of those so thanks for the recommendations! πŸ™‚

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