Favorite Foreign Movies

by karen_kirch | created - 08 Feb 2011 | updated - 08 Feb 2011 | Public

My list of favorite foreign movies

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1. La Femme Nikita (1990)

R | 117 min | Action, Thriller

7.4
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56 Metascore

Convicted felon Nikita, instead of going to jail, is given a new identity and trained, stylishly, as a top secret spy/assassin.

Director: Luc Besson | Stars: Anne Parillaud, Marc Duret, Patrick Fontana, Alain Lathière

Votes: 59,362 | Gross: $5.02M

2. Jean de Florette (1986)

PG | 120 min | Drama

8.1
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A greedy landowner and his backward nephew conspire to block the only water source for an adjoining property in order to bankrupt the owner and force him to sell.

Director: Claude Berri | Stars: Yves Montand, Gérard Depardieu, Daniel Auteuil, Elisabeth Depardieu

Votes: 21,207 | Gross: $4.94M

3. Manon of the Spring (1986)

PG | 113 min | Drama

8.0
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A beautiful but shy shepherdess plots vengeance on the men whose greedy conspiracy to acquire her father's land caused his death years earlier.

Director: Claude Berri | Stars: Yves Montand, Emmanuelle Béart, Daniel Auteuil, Hippolyte Girardot

Votes: 18,097 | Gross: $3.94M

4. Como agua para chocolate (1992)

R | 105 min | Drama, Romance

7.2
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86 Metascore

When tradition prevents her from marrying the man she loves, a young woman discovers she has a unique talent for cooking.

Director: Alfonso Arau | Stars: Marco Leonardi, Lumi Cavazos, Regina Torné, Mario Iván Martínez

Votes: 14,726 | Gross: $21.67M

5. All About My Mother (1999)

R | 101 min | Drama

7.9
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87 Metascore

Young Esteban wants to become a writer and also to discover the identity of his father, carefully concealed by his mother Manuela.

Director: Pedro Almodóvar | Stars: Cecilia Roth, Marisa Paredes, Candela Peña, Antonia San Juan

Votes: 75,864 | Gross: $8.26M

6. Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (1989)

NC-17 | 101 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.0
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55 Metascore

An unbalanced but alluring former mental patient takes a porn star prisoner in the hopes of convincing her to marry him.

Director: Pedro Almodóvar | Stars: Victoria Abril, Antonio Banderas, Loles León, Julieta Serrano

Votes: 19,998 | Gross: $4.09M

7. Y Tu Mamá También (2001)

R | 106 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

7.7
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88 Metascore

In Mexico, two teenage boys and an attractive older woman embark on a road trip and learn a thing or two about life, friendship, sex, and each other.

Director: Alfonso Cuarón | Stars: Maribel Verdú, Gael García Bernal, Daniel Giménez Cacho, Ana López Mercado

Votes: 98,945 | Gross: $13.62M

8. Cyrano de Bergerac (1990)

PG | 137 min | Comedy, Drama, History

7.6
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Embarrassed by his large nose, a romantic poet/soldier romances his cousin by proxy.

Director: Jean-Paul Rappeneau | Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Anne Brochet, Vincent Perez, Jacques Weber

Votes: 19,488 | Gross: $15.14M

9. Indochine (1992)

PG-13 | 159 min | Drama, Romance

7.1
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This story is set in 1930, at the time when French colonial rule in Indochina is ending. A widowed French woman who works in the rubber fields, raises a Vietnamese princess as if she was ... See full summary »

Director: Régis Wargnier | Stars: Catherine Deneuve, Vincent Perez, Linh Dan Pham, Jean Yanne

Votes: 7,966 | Gross: $5.73M

10. The Wedding Banquet (1993)

R | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

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To satisfy his nagging parents, a gay landlord and a female tenant agree to a marriage of convenience, but his parents arrive to visit and things get out of hand.

Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Winston Chao, May Chin, Ah-Lei Gua, Sihung Lung

Votes: 11,783 | Gross: $6.93M

11. Il y a longtemps que je t'aime (2008)

PG-13 | 117 min | Drama

7.6
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79 Metascore

A woman struggles to interact with her family and find her place in society after spending fifteen years in prison.

Director: Philippe Claudel | Stars: Kristin Scott Thomas, Elsa Zylberstein, Serge Hazanavicius, Laurent Grévill

Votes: 18,513 | Gross: $3.17M

12. The Piano Teacher (2001)

R | 131 min | Drama

7.5
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79 Metascore

A young man romantically pursues his masochistic piano teacher.

Director: Michael Haneke | Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Annie Girardot, Benoît Magimel, Susanne Lothar

Votes: 44,581 | Gross: $1.90M

13. The Story of Adele H (1975)

PG | 96 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.4
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Adèle Hugo's unrequited love for a lieutenant.

Director: François Truffaut | Stars: Isabelle Adjani, Bruce Robinson, Sylvia Marriott, Joseph Blatchley

Votes: 6,183

14. Nathalie... (2003)

100 min | Drama

6.4
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69 Metascore

Nathalie is the name a Parisian prostitute assumes for a special mission or "private investigation." She is engaged in this unusual and secretive task by a professional, upper-middle-class ... See full summary »

Director: Anne Fontaine | Stars: Fanny Ardant, Emmanuelle Béart, Gérard Depardieu, Wladimir Yordanoff

Votes: 4,086 | Gross: $0.02M

15. Romance (2002)

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Director: Mark T. Jaggers | Stars: Adam Cardon, Elias Castillo, Shane Dean, Chris Hopkins

Votes: 12

16. Queen Margot (1994)

R | 159 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.5
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Young Queen Margot finds herself trapped in an arranged marriage amidst a religious war between Catholics and Protestants. She hopes to escape with a new lover, but finds herself imprisoned by her powerful and ruthless family.

Director: Patrice Chéreau | Stars: Isabelle Adjani, Daniel Auteuil, Jean-Hugues Anglade, Vincent Perez

Votes: 14,538 | Gross: $2.02M

17. Before Night Falls (2000)

R | 133 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

7.3
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85 Metascore

The life of Cuban poet and novelist Reynaldo Arenas.

Director: Julian Schnabel | Stars: Javier Bardem, Johnny Depp, Olatz López Garmendia, Giovanni Florido

Votes: 21,943 | Gross: $4.22M

18. An Affair of Love (1999)

R | 80 min | Drama, Romance

7.2
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67 Metascore

A woman puts an ad in a magazine looking for a man to fulfill her fantasy of a stringless, anonymous pornographic affair.

Director: Frédéric Fonteyne | Stars: Nathalie Baye, Sergi López, Jacques Viala, Paul Pavel

Votes: 4,866 | Gross: $0.35M

19. Décalage horaire (2002)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Romance

6.2
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53 Metascore

A worn-out businessman and a beautician on the run collide in a Paris airport. Love arrives, all its hurdles be damned.

Director: Danièle Thompson | Stars: Juliette Binoche, Jean Reno, Sergi López, Scali Delpeyrat

Votes: 5,305 | Gross: $0.54M

20. Let the Right One In (2008)

R | 115 min | Drama, Horror, Romance

7.9
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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: 185,891 | Gross: $2.12M