100 Greatest Foreign Movies

Criteria: These are the Greatest Foreign (Non English Language) Movies chosen for their quality direction, script, cinematography, acting, storyline, originality, and success.

 Title - (Year, Country, Director) (Actors)
1. La Dolce Vita
(1954, Italy, Frederico Fellini) (Marcello Mastroianni)
2. The Seven Samurai
(1954, Japan, Akira Kurosawa) (Toshiro Mifune)
3. 8 1/2
(1963, Italy, Frederico Fellini) (Marcello Mastroianni, Claudia Cardinale)
4. Wild Strawberries
(1957, Sweden, Ingmar Bergman) (Victor Sjostrom, Ingrid Thulin)
5. Grand Illusion
(1937, France, Jean Renoir) (Jean Gabin, Pierre Fresnay)
6. The Rules of the Game
(1939, France, Jean Renoir) (Paulette Dubost, Nora Gregor)
7. La Strada
(1954, Italy, Frederico Fellini) (Anthony Quinn)
8. Rashomon
(1950, Japan, Akira Kurosawa) (Toshiro Mifune)
9. Diabolique
(1955, France, Henri-Georges Clouzot) (Simone Signoret, Paul Meurisse)
10. The Seventh Seal
(1956, Sweden, Ingmar Bergman) (Max von Sydow, Bibi Andersson)
11. M
(1931, Germany, Fritz Lang) (Peter Lorre, Ellen Widmann)
12. The Wages of Fear
(1953, France, Henri-Georges Clouzot) (Yves Montand, Véra Clouzot)
13. Solaris
(1972, Russia, Andrei Tarkovsky) (Natalya Bondarchuk, Donatas Banionis)
14. The Bicycle Thief
(1948, Italy, Vittorio De Sica) (Lamberto Maggiorani, Enzo Staiola)
15. Fellini Satyricon
(1969, Italy, Frederico Fellini) (Martin Porter)
16. The Virgin Spring
(1959, Sweden, Ingmar Bergman) (Max Von Sydow)
17. Jean De Florette
(1986, France, Marcel Pagnol) (Gerard Depardieu, Yves Montand)
18. Beauty And The Beast
(1946, France, Jean Cocteau) (Jean Marais, Josette Day)
19. Battleship Potemkin
(1925, Russia, Sergei Eisenstein) (Aleksandr Antonov)
20. The Passion of Joan of Arc
(1928, France, Carl Theodor Dreyer) (Maria Falconetti)
21. The Last Metro
(1981, France, Francois Truffaut) (Catherine Deneuve)
22. Day For Night
(1973, France, Francois Truffaut) (Jacqueline Bisset)
23. City of God
(2002, Brazil, Fernando Meirelles) (Alexandre Rodrigues)
24. The Conformist
(1970, Italy, Bernardo Bertolucci) (Jean-Louis Trintignant, Stefania Sandrelli)
25. Persona
(1966, Sweden, Ingmar Bergman) (Liv Ullmann, Bibi Andersson)
26. Belle De Jour
(1967, France, Luis Bunuel) (Catherine Deneuve)
27. Cries and Whispers
(1972, Sweden, Ingmar Bergman) (Liv Ullmann)
28. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
(2000, Taiwan, Ang Lee) (Michelle Yeoh, Ziyi Zhang)
29. Manon Of The Spring
(1986, France, Marcel Pagnol) (Emmanuelle Beart, Yves Montand)
30. Bread And Chocolate
(1974, Italy, Franco Brusati) (Nino Manfredi)
31. The Secret in Their Eyes
(2009, Argentina, Juan José Campanella)
32. Mon Oncle
(1958, France, Jacques Tati) (Jacques Tati, Jean-Pierre Zola)
33. The Garden Of Finzi-Continis
(1971, Italy, Vittorio De Sica) (Dominique Sanda)
34. Frantic
(1958, France, Louis Malle) (Jeanne Moreau)
35. A Good Marriage
(1982, France, Eric Rohmer) (Beatrice Romand, Andre Dussollier)
36. Swept Away
(1975, Italy, Lina Wertmüller) (Giancarlo Giannini)
37. Scenes From A Marriage
(1974, Sweden, Ingmar Bergman) (Liv Ullmann)
38. Sundays And Cybele
(1962, France) (Hardy Kruger, Patricia Gozzi)
39. Yojimbo
(1961, Japan, Akira Kurosawa) (Toshiro Mifune)
40. Fanny And Alexander
(1983, Sweden, Ingmar Bergman) (Ewa Froling, Erland Josephson)
41. Z
(1969, Greece, Costa-Gavras) (Yves Montand, Irene Papas)
42. The Testament of Dr. Mabuse
(1933, Germany, Fritz Lang) (Rudolf Klein-Rogge)
43. The City Of Lost Children
(1995, France) (Ron Perlman, Daniel Emilfork)
44. Amarcord
(1973, Italy, Frederico Fellini) (Puppela Maggio)
45. Pan's Labyrinth
(2006, Mexico, Guillermo del Toro) (Ivana Baquero, Sergi López)
46. Nosferatu
(1922, Germany, F.W. Murnau) (Max Schreck)
47. Cousin, Cousine
(1976, France, Jean Charles Tacchella)
48. The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie
(1971, France, Luis Buñuel)
49. The 400 Blows
(1959, France, Francois Truffaut) (Jean-Pierre Leaud)
50. Il Postino (The Postman)
(1995, Italy) (Philippe Noiret)
51. Delicatessen
(1991, France) (Marie-Laure Daugnac)
52. Andrei Rublev
(1966, U.S.S.R. Andrei Tarkovsky) (Anatoli Solonitsyn)
53. YI YI
(2000, Taiwan, Edward Yang) (Nien-Jen Wu, Elaine Jin)
54. The Silence
(1963, Sweden, Ingmar Bergman) (Ingrid Thulin)
55. Ran
(1985, Japan, Akira Kurosawa) (Tatsuya Nakadai)
56. The Passenger
(1963, Poland, Andrzej Munk) (Aleksandra Slaska, Anne Ciepielewska)
57. Kapo
(1960, Italy, Gillo Pontecorvo) (Susan Strasberg)
58. Through a Glass Darkly
(1960, Sweden, Ingmar Bergman)
59. War and Peace
(1968, USSR, Sergei Bondarchuk)
60. Aguirre, Wrath of God
(1972, Germany, Werner Herzog)
61. The Decameron
(1971, Italy, Pier Paolo Pasolini) (Franco Citti)
62. That Obscure Object of Desire
(1977, Spain, Luis Buñuel)
63. Cinema Paradiso
(1989, Italy, Giuseppe Tornatore)
64. L' Avventura
(1960, Italy, Michelangelo Antonioni) (Monica Vitti, Gabriele Ferzetti)
65. Fellini's Roma
(1972, Italy, Frederico Fellini) (Peter Gonzales)
66. The Double Life of Veronique
(1991, France, Krzysztof Kieslowski) (Irene Jacob)
67. Rififi
(1956, France, Jules Dassin) (Jean Sevais, Carl Mohner)
68. Nights of Cabiria
(1957, Italy, Federico Fellini) (Giulietta Masina)
69. Pandora's Box
(1929, Germany, Georg Wilhelm Pabst) (Louise Brooks, Fritz Kortner)
70. Cyrano De Bergerac
(1990, France, Jean-Paul Rappeneau) (Gerard Depardieu)
71. A Separation
(2011, Iran, Asghar Farhadi) (Peyman Moaadi, Leila Hatami)
72. Parasite
(2019, Korea, Bong Joon Ho) (Kang-ho Song, Sun-kyun Lee, Yeo-jeong Jo)
73. Babette's Feast
(1987, Denmark, Gabriel Axel) (Stéphane Audran, Birgitte Federspiel)
74. Moscow Does Not Believe In Tears
(1980, USSR, Vladimir Menshov)
75. Roma, Città Aperta
(1945, Italy, Roberto Rossellini) (Anna Magnani, Aldo Fabrizi)
76. Das Boot
(1982, Germany, Wolfgang Peterson) (Jurgen Procnow)
77. Roma
(2018, Mexico, Alfonso Cuarón) (Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira, Diego Cortina Autrey)
78. Life Is Beautiful
(1998, Italy, Roberto Benigni) (Roberto Benigni)
79. Tokyo Story
(1953, Japan, Yasujiro Ozu) (Chishu Ryu, Chieko Higashiyama)
80. Mediterraneo
(1991, Italy, Gabriele Salvatores) (Claudio Bigagli)
81. Seven Beauties
(1976, Italy, Lina Wertmüller)
82. Amores Perros
(2000, Mexico, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu) (Gael Garcia Bernal)
83. Playtime
(1967, France, Jacques Tati) (Jacques Tati, Barbara Dennek)
84. Black Orpheus
(1959, Brazil/France/Italy - Portuguese)
85. The Tin Drum
(1979, Germany, Volker Schlöndorff)
86. Au Revoir les Enfants
(1987, France, Louis Malle) (Gaspard Manesse)
87. Color of Pomegranates
(1968, Soviet Union/Armenia, Sergei Parajanov) (Sofiko Chiaureli)
88. À bout de souffle (Breathless)
(1959, France, Jean-Luc Godard) (Jean Seberg)
89. Pelle the Conqueror
(1988, Denmark, Bille August) (Pelle Hvenegaard, Max von Sydow)
90. The Gospel According To St. Matthew
(1964, Italy, Pier Paolo Pasolini)
91. Oldboy
(2003, S. Korea, Chan-wook Park) (Min-sik Choi, Ji-tae Yu)
92. The Firemen's Ball
(1968, Czechoslovakia, Milos Forman)
93. Drive My Car
(2021, Japan, Ryûsuke Hamaguchi) (Hidetoshi Nishijima, Tôko Miura)
94. All About My Mother
(1999, Spain, Pedro Almodóvar)
95. The Flowers of St. Francis
(1950, Italy, Roberto Rossellini) (Aldo Fabrizi, Peparuolo)
96. The Salesman
(2016, Iran, Asghar Farhadi) (Taraneh Alidoosti, Shahab Hosseini)
97. The White Ribbon (Das Weisse Band)
(2009, Germany, Michael Haneke)
98. Fälscher, Die (The Counterfeiters)
(2007, Germany, Stefan Ruzowitzky) (Karl Markovics)
99. Quo Vadis, Aida?
(2020, Bosnia and Herzegovina Jasmila Zbanic) (Jasna Djuricic, Izudin Bajrovic)
100. The Scent of Green Papaya
(1993, Vietnam, France, Hung Tran)
101. Amour
(2012, Austria, Michael Haneke) (Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva)
102. The Exterminating Angel
(1962, Mexico, Luis Bunuel) (Silvia Pinal)
103. The Juniper Tree
(1993, Iceland, Nietzchka Keene) (Björk, Bryndis Petra Bragadóttir)
104. Spirited Away
(2001, Japan, Hayao Miyazaki) (Animation)
105. Turkish Delight
(1973, Netherlands, Paul Verhoeven) (Rutger Hauer, Monique van de Ven)
106. Hiroshima, Mon Amour
(1959, France, Alain Resnais) (Emmanuelle Riva)
107. Fitzcarraldo
(1982, Germany, Werner Herzog) (Klaus Kinski, Claudia Cardinale)
108. Farinelli
(1994, France) (Stefano Dionisi, Enrico Lo Verso)
109. Run Lola Run
(1998, Germany, Tom Tykwer) (Franka Potente)
110. Amelie
(2001, France, Jean-Pierre Jeunet) (Audrey Tautou)
111. Stalker
(1979, Russia, Andrei Tarkovsky) (Aleksandr Kajdanovsky)
112. A Prophet (Un Prophète)
(2009, France, Jacques Audiard)
113. Leviathan
(2014, Russia, Andrey Zvyagintsev) (Aleksey Serebryakov, Elena Lyadova)
114. Canterbury Tales
(1971, Italy, Pier Paolo Pasolini) (Josephine Chaplin)
115. King Of Hearts
(1967, France) (Alan Bates, Geneviève Bujold)
116. Madame Rosa
(1977, France, Moshé Mizrahi)
117. Raise the Red Lantern
(1991, China, Yimou Zhang)
118. Ikiru
(1952, Japan, Akira Kurosawa) (Takashi Shimura)
119. Salo: The 120 Days Of Sodom
(1977, Italy, Pier Paolo Pasolini)
120. My Life As A Dog
(1987, Sweden, Lasse Hallstrom) (Anton Glanzelius)
121. Jules and Jim
(1961, France, Francois Truffaut) (Oskar Werner)
122. Underground
(1995, Yugoslavia, Emir Kusturica)
123. Son of Saul
(2015, Hungary, László Nemes) (Géza Röhrig)
124. Johnny Stecchino
(1993, Italy, Roberto Benigni) (Roberto Benigni)
125. High and Low
(1963, Japan, Akira Kurosawa) (Toshiro Mifune)
126. Ida
(2013, Poland, Pawel Pawlikowski) (Agata Kulesza, Agata Trzebuchowska)
127. La Cage Aux Folles
(1980, France, Edouard Molinaro) (Ugo Tognazzi, Michel Serrault)
128. Ajami
(2009, Israel, Scandar Copti, Yaron Shani)
129. The Monster
(1996, Italy, Roberto Benigni) (Roberto Benigni)
130. Gentlemen of Fortune
(1973, Russia, Aleksandr Seryj) (Evgeni Leonov, Georgiy Vitsin)
131. Let the Right One In
(2008, Sweden, Tomas Alfredson) (Kåre Hedebran, Lina Leandersson)
132. The Good The Bad The Weird
(2008, S. Korea, Ji-woon Kim) (Byung-hun Lee)
133. Tell No One
(2006, France, Guillaume Canet) (François Cluzet, Marie-Josée Croze)
134. After the Wedding
(2006, Denmark, Susanne Bier) (Mads Mikkelsen, Sidse Babett Knudsen)
135. Shoplifters
(2018, Japan, Hirokazu Koreeda) (Lily Franky, Sakura Andô, Kirin Kiki)
136. The Burial of Kojo
(2018, Ghana, Sam Blitz Bazawule) (Joseph Otsiman, Ama K. Abebrese)
137. Rafiki
(2018, Kenya, Wanuri Kahiu) (Samantha Mugatsia, Neville Misati, Nice Githinji)


Last Updated: 2022-03-09
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