Favourite Non-English Spoken Movies (In No Particular Order)

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1.
The Lives of Others (2006)
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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. (137 mins.)
“ Country: Germany
Language: German ” - cjcsPT
 
2.
Walk on Water (2004)
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Following the suicide of his wife, an Israeli intelligence agent is assigned to befriend the grandchildren of a Nazi war criminal. (103 mins.)
Director: Eytan Fox
“ Country: Israel
Language: Hebrew, German, English ” - cjcsPT
 
3.
(1963)
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A harried movie director retreats into his memories and fantasies. (138 mins.)
“ Country: Italy
Language: Italian ” - cjcsPT
 
4.
La Vie en Rose (2007)
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The life story of singer Édith Piaf. (140 mins.)
Director: Olivier Dahan
“ Country: France
Language: French ” - cjcsPT
 
5.
Cinema Paradiso (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A filmmaker recalls his childhood, when he fell in love with the movies at his village's theater and formed a deep friendship with the theater's projectionist. (155 mins.)
“ Country: Italy
Language: Italian ” - cjcsPT
 
6.
Undertow (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
An unusual ghost story set on the Peruvian seaside; a married fisherman struggles to reconcile his devotion to his male lover within his town's rigid traditions. (97 mins.)
“ Country: Peru
Language: Spanish ” - cjcsPT
 
7.
Amores Perros (2000)
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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. (154 mins.)
“ Country: Mexico
Language: Spanish ” - cjcsPT
 
8.
Open Your Eyes (1997)
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A very handsome man finds the love of his life, but he suffers an accident and needs to have his face rebuilt by surgery after it is severely disfigured. (117 mins.)
“ Country: Spain
Language: Spanish ” - cjcsPT
 
9.
La fidélité (2000)
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A talented photographer who lands a lucrative job in Paris with a scandal-mongering tabloid and becomes romantically involved with an eccentric children's book publisher while resisting the sexual advances of another photographer. (105 mins.)
“ Country: France
Language: French ” - cjcsPT
 
10.
L'auberge espagnole (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A strait-laced French student moves into an apartment in Barcelona with a cast of six other characters from all over Europe. Together, they speak the international language of love and friendship. (122 mins.)
“ Country: France
Language: French, Spanish, German, Catalan, English ” - cjcsPT
 
11.
Alice (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
In the wake of his daughter's disappearance, a father wallowing in grief feeds his desire to find her with unusual methods. (102 mins.)
Director: Marco Martins
“ Country: Portugal
Language: Portuguese ” - cjcsPT
 
12.
Burnt Money (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Nene & Angel and their accomplice Cuervo participate in a botched bank robbery in 1965 Buenos Aires, then hide out from the police in Uruguay while the gang breaks down. (125 mins.)
“ Country: Argentina
Language: Spanish ” - cjcsPT
 
13.
Vincere (2009)
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The story of Mussolini's secret lover, Ida Dalser, and their son Albino. (128 mins.)
“ Country: Italy
Language: Italian ” - cjcsPT
 
14.
En la ciudad sin límites (2002)
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Victor is a man who gets to Paris to join his family around their seriously ill father, Max. As the... (125 mins.)
“ Country: Spain
Language: Spanish, French ” - cjcsPT
 
15.
Amélie (2001)
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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. (122 mins.)
“ Country: France
Language: French ” - cjcsPT
 
16.
Two Drifters (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Pedro and Rui kiss after a first-anniversary dinner; Pedro drives home, dying en route in a crash. Another pair of lovers... (101 mins.)
“ Country: Portugal
Language: Portuguese ” - cjcsPT
 
17.
The Hidden (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
In Madrid, the editor of the magazine Ziber-Arte, Alex Cuevas, is invited by Beatriz Bravo to participate... (125 mins.)
“ Country: Spain
Language: Spanish ” - cjcsPT
 
18.
A Very Long Engagement (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Tells the story of a young woman's relentless search for her fiancé, who has disappeared from the trenches of the Somme during World War One. (133 mins.)
“ Country: France
Language: French ” - cjcsPT
 
19.
Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
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. (141 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
“ Country: USA
Language: Japanese ” - cjcsPT
 
20.
Days of Glory (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
During WWII, four North African men enlist in the French army to liberate that country from Nazi oppression, and to fight French discrimination. (128 mins.)
“ Country: Algeria
Language: French, Arabic ” - cjcsPT
 
21.
Wings of Desire (1987)
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An angel tires of overseeing human activity and wishes to become human when he falls in love with a mortal. (128 mins.)
Director: Wim Wenders
“ Country: Germany
Language: German ” - cjcsPT
 
22.
Love Me If You Dare (2003)
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A love story between two psychopaths that turns into a dare-or-not-dare game. (93 mins.)
Director: Yann Samuell
“ Country: France
Language: French ” - cjcsPT
 
23.
Central Station (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An emotive journey of a former school teacher, who writes letters for illiterate people, and a young boy, whose mother has just died, as they search for the father he never knew. (113 mins.)
Director: Walter Salles
“ Country: Brazil
Language: Portuguese ” - cjcsPT
 
24.
Downfall (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
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. (156 mins.)
“ Country: Germany
Language: German ” - cjcsPT
 
25.
Salvador (Puig Antich) (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A profile of anarchist and bank-robber Salvador Puig Antich, whose 1974 execution under the dictatorship of Francisco Franco ushered in a period of unrest that helped Spain transition to democracy. (134 mins.)
Director: Manuel Huerga
“ Country: Spain
Language: Catalan, Spanish ” - cjcsPT
 
26.
Good Bye Lenin! (2003)
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In 1990, to protect his fragile mother from a fatal shock after a long coma, a young man must keep her from learning that her beloved nation of East Germany as she knew it has disappeared. (121 mins.)
Director: Wolfgang Becker
“ Country: Germany
Language: German ” - cjcsPT
 
27.
Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
In the falangist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world. (118 mins.)
“ Country: Mexico
Language: Spanish ” - cjcsPT
 
28.
Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A young boy and his little sister struggle to survive in Japan during World War II. (89 mins.)
Director: Isao Takahata
“ Country: Japan
Language: Japanese ” - cjcsPT
 
29.
The Edge of Heaven (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A Turkish man travels to Istanbul to find the daughter of his father's former girlfriend. (122 mins.)
Director: Fatih Akin
“ Country: Germany, Turkey
Language: German, Turkish, English ” - cjcsPT
 
30.
The Contestant (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A black comedy chronicling the fate of the biggest gameshow prize in history. (84 mins.)
Director: Rodrigo Cortés
“ Country: Spain
Language: Spanish ” - cjcsPT
 
31.
The Host (2006)
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A monster emerges from Seoul's Han River and focuses its attention on attacking people. One victim's loving family does what it can to rescue her from its clutches. (120 mins.)
Director: Joon Ho Bong
“ Country: South Korea
Language: Korean ” - cjcsPT
 
32.
Howl's Moving Castle (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
When an unconfident young woman is cursed with an old body by a spiteful witch, her only chance of breaking the spell lies with a self-indulgent yet insecure young wizard and his companions in his legged, walking castle. (119 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
“ Country: Japan
Language: Japanese ” - cjcsPT
 
33.
Life Is Beautiful (1997)
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When an open-minded Jewish librarian and his son become victims of the Holocaust, he uses a perfect mixture of will, humor and imagination to protect his son from the dangers around their camp. (116 mins.)
Director: Roberto Benigni
“ Country: Italy
Language: Italian ” - cjcsPT
 
34.
The Barbarian Invasions (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
During his final days, a dying man is reunited with old friends, former lovers, his ex-wife, and his estranged son. (99 mins.)
Director: Denys Arcand
“ Country: Canada
Language: French ” - cjcsPT
 
35.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Two warriors in pursuit of a stolen sword and a notorious fugitive are led to an impetuous, physically skilled, adolescent nobleman's daughter, who is at a crossroads in her life. (120 mins.)
Director: Ang Lee
“ Country: Taiwan
Language: Mandarin ” - cjcsPT
 
36.
Novo (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Those who loved Graham yesterday shouldn't count on today. Those who love him today risk being heartbroken tomorrow... (98 mins.)
“ Country: Switzerland
Language: French, Spanish ” - cjcsPT
 
37.
Joyeux Noel (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
In December 1914, an unofficial Christmas truce on the Western Front allows soldiers from opposing sides of the First World War to gain insight into each other's way of life. (116 mins.)
“ Country: France
Language: French, German, English ” - cjcsPT
 
38.
Let the Right One In (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Oskar, an overlooked and bullied boy, finds love and revenge through Eli, a beautiful but peculiar girl. (115 mins.)
Director: Tomas Alfredson
“ Country: Sweden
Language: Swedish ” - cjcsPT
 
39.
Nine Queens (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Two con artists try to swindle a stamp collector by selling him a sheet of counterfeit rare stamps (the "nine queens"). (114 mins.)
“ Country: Argentina
Language: Spanish ” - cjcsPT
 
40.
The Passion of the Christ (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Depicts the final twelve hours in the life of Jesus of Nazareth, on the day of his crucifixion in Jerusalem. (127 mins.)
Director: Mel Gibson
“ Country: USA
Language: Aramaic, Latin, Hebrew ” - cjcsPT
 
41.
Wild Reeds (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
In a village in the Southwest of France, 1962. Maite and Francois are 18 years old. They are friends... (110 mins.)
“ Country: France
Language: French ” - cjcsPT
 
42.
Saraband (2003 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Marianne, some thirty years after divorcing Johan, decides to visit her ex-husband at his summer home. She arrives in the middle of a family drama between Johan's son from another marriage and his granddaughter. (107 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
“ Country: Sweden
Language: Swedish ” - cjcsPT
 
43.
The Secret in Their Eyes (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A retired legal counselor writes a novel hoping to find closure for one of his past unresolved homicide cases and for his unreciprocated love with his superior - both of which still haunt him decades later. (129 mins.)
“ Country: Argentina
Language: Spanish ” - cjcsPT
 
44.
Black Book (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
In the Nazi-occupied Netherlands during World War II, a Jewish singer infiltrates the regional Gestapo headquarters for the Dutch resistance. (145 mins.)
Director: Paul Verhoeven
“ Country: The Netherlands
Language: Dutch, German, Hebrew, English ” - cjcsPT
 
45.
El rey de la montaña (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Quim drives around an isolated rural area through a maze of lanes. When he drives into the woods, he gets lost... (90 mins.)
“ Country: Spain
Language: Spanish ” - cjcsPT
 
46.
The Counterfeiters (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The story of the Operation Bernhard, the largest counterfeiting operation in history, carried out by Germany during WWII. (98 mins.)
“ Country: Austria
Language: German ” - cjcsPT
 
47.
Late Marriage (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Zaza is a 31-year old Israeli bachelor, handsome and intelligent, and his family wants to see him married... (102 mins.)
“ Country: Israel
Language: Hebrew, Georgian ” - cjcsPT
 
48.
Plan B (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
After girlfriend Laura dumps him for another man, Bruno plots to come between the new lovers. But his plan takes an unexpected turn, causing Bruno to question his own sexuality. (103 mins.)
Director: Marco Berger
“ Country: Argentina
Language: Spanish ” - cjcsPT
 
49.
The Sea Inside (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The factual story of Spaniard Ramon Sampedro, who fought a thirty-year campaign in favor of euthanasia and his own right to die. (125 mins.)
“ Country: Spain
Language: Spanish ” - cjcsPT
 
50.
The Wave (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
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. (107 mins.)
Director: Dennis Gansel
“ Country: Germany
Language: German ” - cjcsPT
 
51.
The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The dramatization of a motorcycle road trip Che Guevara went on in his youth that showed him his life's calling. (126 mins.)
Director: Walter Salles
“ Country: Mexico
Language: Spanish ” - cjcsPT
 
52.
Night of the Pencils (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
This films tells the true story of seven teenagers who agitated for reduced student bus fares under two different regimes in Argentina... (105 mins.)
Director: Héctor Olivera
“ Country: Argentina
Language: Spanish ” - cjcsPT
 
53.
Night Watch (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A fantasy-thriller set in present-day Moscow where the respective forces that control daytime and nighttime do battle. (114 mins.)
“ Country: Russia
Language: Russian ” - cjcsPT
 
54.
The Distance (2006)
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(111 mins.)
“ Country: Spain
Language: Spanish ” - cjcsPT
 
55.
The Witnesses (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Paris, 1984: A group of friends contend with the first outbreak of the AIDS epidemic. (112 mins.)
“ Country: France
Language: French ” - cjcsPT
 
56.
Disquiet (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A room in Lisbon. A man dreams and establishes a theory to make it come true. This film is based on The Book of Disquiet ... (90 mins.)
Director: João Botelho
“ Country: Portugal
Language: Portuguese ” - cjcsPT
 
57.
Battle Royale (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
In the future, the Japanese government captures a class of ninth-grade students and forces them to kill each other under the revolutionary "Battle Royale" act. (114 mins.)
Director: Kinji Fukasaku
“ Country: Japan
Language: Japanese ” - cjcsPT
 
58.
Mysteries of Lisbon (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Follows a jealous countess, a wealthy businessman, and a young orphaned boy across Portugal, France, Italy and Brazil where they connect with a variety of mysterious individuals. (272 mins.)
Director: Raúl Ruiz
“ Country: Portugal
Language: Portuguese ” - cjcsPT
 
59.
Loose Cannons (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Tommaso is the youngest son of the Cantones, a large, traditional southern Italian family operating a pasta-making business since the 1960s... (110 mins.)
Director: Ferzan Ozpetek
“ Country: Italy
Language: Italian ” - cjcsPT
 
60.
Lisbon Story (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The director Friedrich Monroe has trouble with finishing a silent b&w movie about Lisbon. He calls his friend... (100 mins.)
Director: Wim Wenders
“ Country: Germany
Language: Portuguese, English, German ” - cjcsPT
 
61.
Before the Fall (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
In 1942, Friedrich Weimer's boxing skills get him an appointment to a National Political Academy (NaPolA) - high schools that produce Nazi elite... (117 mins.)
Director: Dennis Gansel
“ Country: Germany
Language: German ” - cjcsPT