Best foreign movies

I have a huge obsession with foreign movies. And by foreign I mean everything except USA. Hollywood may have the biggest budget, but they definitely lack originality and imagination, so I like to lurk around cinemas from all over the world to expand my horizon. Here's a list of my favorites rated 8-10. The Korean cinema is definitely a big favorite of mine.
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1.
Oldboy (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
After being kidnapped and imprisoned for fifteen years, Oh Dae-Su is released, only to find that he must find his captor in five days. (120 mins.)
Director: Chan-wook Park
“ Korea ” - Zeruda
 
2.
Hero (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A defense officer, Nameless, was summoned by the King of Qin regarding his success of terminating three warriors. (107 mins.)
Director: Yimou Zhang
“ China ” - Zeruda
 
3.
Nana (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A chance encounter between two girls of the same name, "Nana," triggers a series of events and relationships. (113 mins.)
Director: Kentarô Ohtani
“ Japan ” - Zeruda
 
4.
My Name Is Khan (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An Indian Muslim man with Asperger's syndrome takes a challenge to speak to the President seriously, and embarks on a cross-country journey. (165 mins.)
Director: Karan Johar
“ India

Be sure to watch the original version and NOT the international version! The international version has been heavily cut with approx 40 minutes of footage missing! (Imagine if 40 minutes were removed from Forrest Gump and you see my problem with this release) ” - Zeruda
 
5.
I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A girl who thinks she is a combat cyborg checks into a mental hospital, where she encounters other psychotics. Eventually, she falls for a man who thinks he can steal people's souls. (105 mins.)
Director: Chan-wook Park
“ Korea ” - Zeruda
 
6.
5 Centimeters Per Second (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Told in three interconnected segments, we follow a young man named Takaki through his life as cruel winters, cold technology, and finally, adult obligations and responsibility converge to test the delicate petals of love. (63 mins.)
Director: Makoto Shinkai
“ Japan ” - Zeruda
 
7.
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.)
“ Argentina ” - Zeruda
 
8.
Amélie (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
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.)
“ France ” - Zeruda
 
9.
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A high-school girl named Makoto acquires the power to travel back in time, and decides to use it for her own personal benefits. Little does she know that she is affecting the lives of others just as much as she is her own. (98 mins.)
Director: Mamoru Hosoda
“ Japan ” - Zeruda
 
10.
The Host (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
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
“ Korea ” - Zeruda
 
11.
Mother (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A mother desperately searches for the killer who framed her son for a girl's horrific murder. (129 mins.)
Director: Joon Ho Bong
“ Korea ” - Zeruda
 
12.
Memories of Murder (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
In a small Korean province in 1986, three detectives struggle with the case of multiple young women being found raped and murdered by an unknown culprit. (131 mins.)
Director: Joon Ho Bong
“ Korea ” - Zeruda
 
13.
Kamikaze Girls (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Momoko, a strange and seemingly emotionless girl obsessed with 18th century France, befriends a Yanki biker and the two experience the ups and downs of their unusual lives in a rural Japanese town. (102 mins.)
“ Japan ” - Zeruda
 
14.
The Orphanage (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A woman brings her family back to her childhood home, which used to be an orphanage for handicapped children. Before long, her son starts to communicate with an invisible new friend. (105 mins.)
Director: J.A. Bayona
“ Spain ” - Zeruda
 
15.
The Chorus (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The new teacher at a severely administered boys' boarding school works to positively affect the students' lives through music. (97 mins.)
“ France ” - Zeruda
 
16.
Good Bye Lenin! (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
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
“ Germany ” - Zeruda
 
17.
Departures (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A newly unemployed cellist takes a job preparing the dead for funerals. (130 mins.)
Director: Yôjirô Takita
“ Japan ” - Zeruda
 
18.
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
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
“ Korea ” - Zeruda
 
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
“ Japan ” - Zeruda
 
20.
The Good the Bad the Weird (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The story of two outlaws and a bounty hunter in 1940s Manchuria and their rivalry to possess a treasure map while being pursued by the Japanese army and Chinese bandits. (139 mins.)
Director: Kim Jee-woon
“ Korea ” - Zeruda
 
21.
Mao's Last Dancer (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A drama based on the autobiography by Li Cunxin. At the age of 11, Li was plucked from a poor Chinese... (117 mins.)
Director: Bruce Beresford
“ China (an Australian production really, but I think it counts) ” - Zeruda
 
22.
Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A Mumbai teen reflects on his upbringing in the slums when he is accused of cheating on the Indian Version of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" (120 mins.)
“ India ” - Zeruda
 
23.
3-Iron (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
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
“ Korea ” - Zeruda
 
24.
Moon Child (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
The story of love and friendship on the harsh streets of 2014 Mallepa, a small corner in Asia. (120 mins.)
Director: Takahisa Zeze
“ Japan ” - Zeruda
 
25.
The Aura (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A deluded taxidermist plans the perfect crime. (134 mins.)
“ Argentina ” - Zeruda
 
26.
The Hedgehog (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Paloma is a serious and highly articulate but deeply bored 11-year-old who has decided to kill herself on her 12th birthday... (100 mins.)
Director: Mona Achache
“ France ” - Zeruda
 
27.
Ip Man (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
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
“ China, Japan ” - Zeruda
 
28.
J.S.A.: Joint Security Area (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
In the DMZ separating North and South Korea, two North Korean soldiers have been killed, supposedly by one South Korean soldier... (110 mins.)
Director: Chan-wook Park
“ Korea ” - Zeruda
 
29.
Summer Wars (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A student tries to fix a problem he accidentally caused in OZ, a digital world, while pretending to be the fiancé of his friend at her grandmother's 90th birthday. (114 mins.)
Director: Mamoru Hosoda
“ Japan ” - Zeruda
 
30.
Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
In the depths of the Korvatunturi mountains, 486 metres deep, lies the closest ever guarded secret of Christmas. The time has come to dig it up! This Christmas everyone will believe in Santa Claus. (84 mins.)
“ Finland ” - Zeruda
 
31.
Poetry (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A sixty-something woman, faced with the discovery of a heinous family crime and in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease, finds strength and purpose when she enrolls in a poetry class. (139 mins.)
Director: Chang-dong Lee
“ Korea ” - Zeruda
 
32.
The Man from Nowhere (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A quiet pawnshop keeper with a violent past takes on a drug-and-organ trafficking ring in hope of saving the child who is his only friend. (119 mins.)
Director: Jeong-beom Lee
“ Korea ” - Zeruda
 
33.
Kung Fu Hustle (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
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
“ China ” - Zeruda
 
34.
3 Idiots (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
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
“ India ” - Zeruda
 
35.
Confessions (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A psychological thriller of a grieving mother turned cold-blooded avenger with a twisty master plan to pay back those who were responsible for her daughter's death. (106 mins.)
“ Japan ” - Zeruda
 
36.
Aftershock (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The epic story of a family separated as a result of the Great Tangshan Earthquake of 1976. (135 mins.)
Director: Xiaogang Feng
“ China ” - Zeruda
 
37.
Goodbye Mom (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
An emotional portrayal of the tender bond between a workaholic daughter and her witty mother suffering from a serious illness. (Korean with English subtitles). (111 mins.)
Director: Gi-hoon Jeong
“ Korea ” - Zeruda
 
38.
The Intouchables (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
After he becomes a quadriplegic from a paragliding accident, an aristocrat hires a young man from the projects to be his caregiver. (112 mins.)
“ France ” - Zeruda
 
39.
The Lady (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
The story of Aung San Suu Kyi as she becomes the core of Burma's democracy movement, and her relationship with her husband, writer Michael Aris. (132 mins.)
Director: Luc Besson
“ Burma ” - Zeruda
 
40.
Like Stars on Earth (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
An eight-year-old boy is thought to be a lazy trouble-maker, until the new art teacher has the patience and compassion to discover the real problem behind his struggles in school. (165 mins.)
Director: Aamir Khan
“ India ” - Zeruda
 
41.
Incendies (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Twins journey to the Middle East to discover their family history, and fulfill their mother's last wishes. (131 mins.)
“ Canada ” - Zeruda
 
42.
Kon-Tiki (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Legendary explorer Thor Heyerdal's epic 4,300-mile crossing of the Pacific on a balsawood raft in 1947, in an effort to prove that it was possible for South Americans to settle in Polynesia in pre-Columbian times. (118 mins.)
“ Norway ” - Zeruda
 
43.
Lage Raho Munna Bhai (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Munna Bhai embarks on a journey with Mahatma Gandhi in order to fight against a corrupt property dealer. (144 mins.)
Director: Rajkumar Hirani
“ India ” - Zeruda
 
44.
Paprika (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
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
“ Japan ” - Zeruda
 
45.
Tekkonkinkreet (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
In Treasure Town, life can be both peaceful and violent. This is never truer than for our heroes, Black and White... (111 mins.)
Director: Maikeru Ariasu
“ Japan ” - Zeruda
 
46.
Wolf Children (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
After her werewolf lover unexpectedly dies, a young college student must move to another location to raise their also wolf son and daughter. (117 mins.)
Director: Mamoru Hosoda
“ Japan ” - Zeruda
 
47.
Wadjda (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
An enterprising Saudi girl signs on for her school's Koran recitation competition as a way to raise the remaining funds she needs in order to buy the green bicycle that has captured her interest. (98 mins.)
“ Saudi Arabia ” - Zeruda
 
48.
Kahaani (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A pregnant woman's search for her missing husband takes her from London to Kolkata, but everyone she questions denies having ever met him. (122 mins.)
Director: Sujoy Ghosh
“ India ” - Zeruda
 
49.
Barfi! (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Three young people learn that love can neither be defined nor contained by society's definition of normal and abnormal. (151 mins.)
Director: Anurag Basu
“ India ” - Zeruda
 
50.
The Witch of the West Is Dead (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Mai (Mayu Takahashi), a junior high school student, refuses to go to school. Her parents are living apart... (115 mins.)
“ Japan ” - Zeruda
 
51.
One Million Yen Girl (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A 21-year-old girl is released from prison, only to deal with the neighborhood gossip about her and family conflicts. She decides to save one million yen, move to where no one knows her and keep repeating the process. (121 mins.)
Director: Yuki Tanada
“ Japan ” - Zeruda
 
52.
Rentaneko (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A single woman runs a rent-a-cat service to provide companions for lonely people. (110 mins.)
Director: Naoko Ogigami
“ Japan ” - Zeruda
 
53.
Last Life in the Universe (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A suicidal, obsessively compulsive Japanese librarian is forced to lie low in Thailand with a pot-smoking woman coping with the recent loss of her sister. (112 mins.)
“ Thailand ” - Zeruda
 
54.
Udaan (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Expelled from his school, a 16-year old boy returns home to his abusive and oppressive father. (134 mins.)
“ India. ” - Zeruda
 
55.
Ragnarok (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Norwegian archaeologist Sigurd Svendsen forms a small team and sets off to find the true meaning of the secret runes found carved in rock and accidentally awakens a giant monster. (100 mins.)
“ Norway. ” - Zeruda
 
56.
Castaway on the Moon (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A failed suicide attempt leads a heartbroken man to live a life in the wilderness. (116 mins.)
Director: Hae-jun Lee
“ Korea ” - Zeruda
 
57.
Patema Inverted (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A young girl, from a civilization that resides in deep underground tunnels, finds herself trapped in an inverted world and teams up with a resident to escape and return home. (98 mins.)
“ Japan ” - Zeruda
 
58.
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
In the Iranian ghost-town Bad City, a place that reeks of death and loneliness, the townspeople are... (101 mins.)