My Favorite Non-English Speaking Films

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1.
Oldboy (2003)
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After being kidnapped and imprisoned for 15 years, Oh Dae-Su is released, only to find that he must find his captor in 5 days. (120 mins.)
Director: Chan-wook Park
 
2.
The Secret in Their Eyes (2009)
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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.)
 
3.
Rashomon (1950)
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A heinous crime and its aftermath are recalled from differing points of view. (88 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
4.
Seven Samurai (1954)
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A poor village under attack by bandits recruits seven unemployed samurai to help them defend themselves. (207 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
5.
Das Boot (1981)
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The claustrophobic world of a WWII German U-boat; boredom, filth, and sheer terror. (149 mins.)
 
6.
Bicycle Thieves (1948)
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Set in Post-WWII Italy, a working class man's bicycle is stolen. He and his son set out to find it. (89 mins.)
 
7.
3 Idiots (2009)
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Two friends are searching for their long lost companion. They revisit their college days and recall the memories of their friend who inspired them to think differently, even as the rest of the world called them "idiots". (170 mins.)
Director: Rajkumar Hirani
 
8.
Not One Less (1999)
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In a remote mountain village, the teacher must leave for a month, and the mayor can find only a 13-year old girl... (106 mins.)
Director: Yimou Zhang
 
9.
Harakiri (1962)
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An elder ronin samurai arrives at a feudal lord's home and requests an honorable place to commit suicide. But when the ronin inquires about a younger samurai who arrived before him things take an unexpected turn. (133 mins.)
 
10.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)
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A journalist is aided in his search for a woman who has been missing -- or dead -- for forty years by a young female hacker. (152 mins.)
 
11.
Ikiru (1952)
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A bureaucrat tries to find a meaning in his life after he discovers he has terminal cancer. (143 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
12.
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.)
 
13.
Eat Drink Man Woman (1994)
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A senior chef lives with his three grown daughters; the middle one finds her future plans affected by unexpected events and the life changes of the other household members. (124 mins.)
Director: Ang Lee
 
14.
A Moment to Remember (2004)
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A Korean love story about a young couple's enduring love, which is tested when 27 year old Sun-jin is diagnosed with a rare form of Alzheimer's disease. (117 mins.)
Director: John H. Lee
 
15.
Pairan (2001)
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Kangjae, a small time gangster receive a news that his wife Failan is dead. Failan, his wife who he never met. (115 mins.)
Director: Hye-sung Song
 
16.
The Tin Drum (1979)
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Danzig in the 1920s/1930s. Oskar Matzerath, son of a local dealer, is a most unusual boy. Equipped with... (142 mins.)
 
17.
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring (2003)
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A young and truth seeking boy travels to an isolated lake, where an old Buddhist master lives on a small floating temple. (103 mins.)
Director: Ki-duk Kim
 
18.
The Return (2003)
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In the Russian wilderness, two brothers face a range of new, conflicting emotions when their father - a man they know only through a single photograph - resurfaces. (105 mins.)
 
19.
Throne of Blood (1957)
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A war-hardened general, egged on by his ambitious wife, works to fulfill a prophecy that he would become lord of Spider's Web Castle. (110 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
20.
Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
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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.)
 
21.
M (1931)
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When the police in a German city are unable to catch a child-murderer, other criminals join in the manhunt. (117 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
 
22.
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.)
 
23.
Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
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A young boy and his little sister struggle to survive in Japan during World War II. (89 mins.)
Director: Isao Takahata
 
24.
In July (2000)
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Can Daniel follow the sun from Hamburg to the Bosporus by Friday to meet his love? (99 mins.)
Director: Fatih Akin
 
25.
Zatoichi (2003)
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The blind masseur/swordsman comes to a town in control of warring gangs, and while bunking with a farming family, he meets two women with their own agenda. (116 mins.)
Director: Takeshi Kitano
 
26.
The World is Big and Salvation Lurks Around the Corner (2008)
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The story of Alex, who, with the help of his charismatic grandfather, Bai Dan, embarks on a journey in search of his real self. (105 mins.)
 
27.
In a Better World (2010)
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The lives of two Danish families cross each other, and an extraordinary but risky friendship comes into bud. But loneliness, frailty and sorrow lie in wait. (119 mins.)
Director: Susanne Bier
 
28.
Pather Panchali (1955)
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Impoverished priest Harihar Ray, dreaming of a better life for himself and his family, leaves his rural Bengal village in search of work. (125 mins.)
Director: Satyajit Ray
“ The entire Apu Trilogy is excellent. ” - kgustafson2167
 
29.
Castaway on the Moon (2009)
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A failed suicide attempt leads a heartbroken man to live a life in the wilderness. (116 mins.)
Director: Hae-jun Lee
 
30.
Cell 211 (2009)
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The story of two men on different sides of a prison riot -- the inmate leading the rebellion and the young guard trapped in the revolt, who poses as a prisoner in a desperate attempt to survive the ordeal. (113 mins.)
Director: Daniel Monzón
 
31.
Let the Right One In (2008)
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Oskar, an overlooked and bullied boy, finds love and revenge through Eli, a beautiful but peculiar girl. (115 mins.)
Director: Tomas Alfredson
 
32.
Elevator to the Gallows (1958)
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A self-assured business man murders his employer, the husband of his mistress, which unintentionally provokes an ill-fated chain of events. (91 mins.)
Director: Louis Malle
 
33.
A Prophet (2009)
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A young Arab man is sent to a French prison where he becomes a mafia kingpin. (155 mins.)
Director: Jacques Audiard
 
34.
Y Tu Mamá También (2001)
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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. (106 mins.)
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
 
35.
Le Million (1931)
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An impoverished painter and his rival engage in a race across Paris to recover a jacket concealing a winning lottery ticket. (81 mins.)
Director: René Clair
 
36.
Paprika (2006)
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When a machine that allows therapists to enter their patients' dreams is stolen, all Hell breaks loose. Only a young female therapist, Paprika, can stop it. (90 mins.)
Director: Satoshi Kon
 
37.
The Kingdom (1994 Mini-Series)
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The Kingdom is the most technologically advanced hospital in Denmark, a gleaming bastion of medical science... (286 mins.)
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38.
The Triplets of Belleville (2003)
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When her grandson is kidnapped during the Tour de France, Madame Souza and her beloved pooch Bruno team up with the Belleville Sisters--an aged song-and-dance team from the days of Fred Astaire--to rescue him. (78 mins.)
Director: Sylvain Chomet
 
39.
Dersu Uzala (1975)
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The Russian army sends an explorer on an expedition to the snowy Siberian wilderness where he makes friends with a seasoned local hunter. (144 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosava
 
40.
Hero (2002)
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A defense officer, Nameless, was summoned by the King of Qin regarding his success of terminating three warriors. (99 mins.)
Director: Yimou Zhang
 
41.
House of Flying Daggers (2004)
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A romantic police captain breaks a beautiful member of a rebel group out of prison to help her rejoin her fellows, but things are not what they seem. (119 mins.)
Director: Yimou Zhang
 
42.
Spirited Away (2001)
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During her family's move to the suburbs, a sullen 10-year-old girl wanders into a world ruled by gods, witches, and spirits, and where humans are changed into beasts. (125 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
 
43.
City of God (2002)
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Two boys growing up in a violent neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro take different paths: one becomes a photographer, the other a drug dealer. (130 mins.)
 
44.
Cinema Paradiso (1988)
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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.)
 
45.
Fires on the Plain (1959)
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In the closing days of WWII remnants of the Japanese army in Leyte are abandoned by their command and face certain starvation. (108 mins.)
Director: Kon Ichikawa
 
46.
Ran (1985)
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Set in Japan in the 16th century (or so), an elderly warlord retires, handing over his empire to his three sons. However, he vastly underestimates how the new-found power will corrupt them, or cause them to turn on each other...and him... (162 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
47.
Umberto D. (1952)
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A elderly man and his dog struggle to survive on his government pension in Rome. (89 mins.)
 
48.
Le Trou (1960)
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In prison four long-sentence inmates planning an elaborate escape cautiously induct a new inmate to join in their scheme which leads to distrust and uncertainty. (132 mins.)
Director: Jacques Becker
 
49.
Rocco and His Brothers (1960)
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Having recently been uprooted to Milan, Rocco and his four brothers each look for a new way in life when a prostitute comes between Rocco and his brother Simone. (177 mins.)
 
50.
The Wages of Fear (1953)
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In a decrepit South American village, men are hired to transport an urgent nitroglycerine shipment without the equipment that would make it safe. (131 mins.)
 
51.
When a Woman Ascends the Stairs (1960)
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A middle-aged bar hostess, constantly in debt, is faced with numerous social constraints and challenges posed to her by her family, customers and friends. (111 mins.)
Director: Mikio Naruse
 
52.
Diabolique (1955)
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The wife of a cruel headmaster and his mistress conspire to kill him, but after the murder is committed, his body disappears, and strange events begin to plague the two women. (116 mins.)
Director: H.G. Clouzot
 
53.
Shoeshine (1946)
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Two shoeshine boys in postwar Rome, Italy, save up to buy a horse, but their involvement as dupes in a burglary lands them in juvenile prison where the experience take a devastating toll on their friendship. (93 mins.)
 
54.
Downfall (2004)
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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.)
 
55.
Metropolis (1927)
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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. (153 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
 
56.
Yojimbo (1961)
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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. (110 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
57.
Nights of Cabiria (1957)
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A waifish prostitute wanders the streets of Rome looking for true love but finds only heartbreak. (110 mins.)
 
58.
Ip Man (2008)
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During the Japanese invasion of 1937, when a wealthy martial artist is forced to leave his home and work to support his family, he reluctantly agrees to train others in the art of Wing Chun for self-defense. (106 mins.)
Director: Wilson Yip
 
59.
Memories of Murder (2003)
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In 1986, in the province of Gyunggi, in South Korea, a second young and beautiful woman is found dead... (131 mins.)
Director: Joon Ho Bong
 
60.
Infernal Affairs (2002)
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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. (101 mins.)
Director: Andrew Lau, Alan Mak
 
61.
Rififi (1955)
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Four men plan a technically perfect crime, but the human element intervenes... (122 mins.)
Director: Jules Dassin
 
62.
The Spirit of the Beehive (1973)
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A sensitive seven-year-old girl living in 1940 in a small Spanish village is traumatized after viewing the movie "Frankenstein" and drifts into her own fantasy world. (97 mins.)
Director: Víctor Erice
 
63.
Amarcord (1973)
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A series of comedic and nostalgic vignettes set in a 1930s Italian coastal town. (123 mins.)
 
64.
My Life as a Dog (1985)
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A boy and his brother don't get along well. In order to let their ill mother rest, they're separated and sent each one with their relatives. (101 mins.)
 
65.
Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002)
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A recently laid off factory worker kidnaps his former boss' daughter, hoping to use the ransom money to pay for his sister's kidney transplant. (129 mins.)
Director: Chan-wook Park
 
66.
Lady Vengeance (2005)
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After a thirteen-year imprisonment for the kidnap and murder of a six-year-old boy, Guem-Ja Lee seeks... (112 mins.)
Director: Park Chan Wook
 
67.
3-Iron (2004)
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A transient young man breaks into empty homes to partake of the vacationing residents' lives for a few days. (88 mins.)
Director: Ki-duk Kim
 
68.
Kozure ôkami (1973 TV Series)
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69.
Nine Queens (2000)
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Two con artists try to swindle a stamp collector by selling him a sheet of counterfeit rare stamps (the "nine queens"). (114 mins.)
 
70.
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
 
71.
I'm Not Scared (2003)
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A young boy accidentally discovers a deep hole in the ground, where another boy is kept prisoner. (108 mins.)
 
72.
Come and See (1985)
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After finding an old rifle, a young boy joins the Soviet resistance movement against ruthless German forces and experiences the horrors of World War II. (136 mins.)
Director: E. Klimov
 
73.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
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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
 
74.
Timecrimes (2007)
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A man accidentally gets into a time machine and travels back in time nearly an hour. Finding himself will be the first of a series of disasters of unforeseeable consequences. (92 mins.)
Director: Nacho Vigalondo
 
75.
Kung Fu Hustle (2004)
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In Shanghai, China in the 1940s, a wannabe gangster aspires to join the notorious "Axe Gang" while residents of a housing complex exhibit extraordinary powers in defending their turf. (99 mins.)
Director: Stephen Chow