My Foreign Language Must-See's

These are all what I consider a Must See. This list include many great movies, some better than others but all worthy to watch! I will update the list with some notes or if I see more good movies.

I'm always looking for new movies to see, doesn't matter where or when it's from so please leave suggestions!

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Update October 21st - 'The Kid With A Bike' - I love the Dardennes brothers style of directing films! In this one I saw one of the best perfomances by a kid actor since I can remember. Very gripping story that will catch your attention right from the start and it'll never let you go. Thomas Doret deserves some kind of reward for this one! I really need to find 'L'enfant' ... 9 stars.


Update August 16th - Castaway On The Moon - Really great! Very original story with great directing and beautiful shots. It's like a mix between drama and a romantic comedy. And I usually don't like romantic comedies but this one is something special. I was laughing so much at certain points in this movie - hilarious - but it also has that serious side to it which completes it. 9 stars.

Also added Confessions which I thought was good but in the end nothing more than 7 stars for me.

Update June 3rd 2011 - Added 13 Assassins to the list, very nicely made samurai movie by Takashi Miike. 8 stars.

Update May 19th 2011 - Adding The Edge Of Heaven to the list. Great drama film with lovely direction. Makes me want to see Head-On! 8 stars.

Update May 17th 2011 - Just watched Turtles Can Fly - Wow, it is truly a haunting, powerful & amazing film. I'm really glad I got a chance to see it, everyone definitely should. 9 stars.

Update May 9th 2011 - Watched Incendies which is a very powerful anti-war film, if not one of the most powerful. cinematography is outstanding, the acting too. The ending is really something else and took me by surprise. Add it to your watchlist now! 9 stars.


I felt it was better to rate them individually instead of placing them in categories. The rating will be 1-10 but since this is a Must-See only list I won't go below 7.
10 stars -★★★★★★★★★★ - Truly love it!
9 stars - ★★★★★★★★★☆ - Amazing!
8 stars - ★★★★★★★★☆☆ - Great!
7 stars - ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ - Good, but still a Must-See!
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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 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
“ Oldboy (Oldeuboi) is very special for me, it was my introduction to the Asian movie scene. After that I've never looked back, I simply love these kind of dark, original, brutal revenge-movies. The plot is very interesting at least. For me it's Chan-Wook Parks best one, a masterpiece. This is the second movie of Park's 'Vengeance-Trilogy'.

Rating:
★★★★★★★★★★ ” - Jonathanbsn
 
2.
The Return (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
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.)
“ The Return (Vozvrashchenie) is probably one of the most beautiful movies I've seen so far, both story wise and it's cinematography. About two brothers and their adventure when their absent father reappears after 12 years. For me the child actors are truly amazing. A Definite Must-See!

Rating:
★★★★★★★★★★ ” - Jonathanbsn
 
3.
Memories of Murder (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
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
“ Memories of Murder (Salinui chueok) is the very thrilling movie about the real hunt for Korea's first known serial killer. It keeps you on your toes through out the movie but also got some funny moments. One of the best in its genre!

Rating:
★★★★★★★★★★ ” - Jonathanbsn
 
4.
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
“ (Byôsoku 5 senchimêtoru) Is my favorite anime movie. This movie is pure art, the animation & visual effects are the best I've seen ever. The plot is simple, but that's not a negative thing. Love between people in a realistic story told in three chapters. You WILL enjoy this one.

Rating:
★★★★★★★★★★ ” - Jonathanbsn
 
5.
La Haine (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
24 hours in the lives of three young men in the French suburbs the day after a violent riot. (98 mins.)
“ My number one french movie and one of my favorite movies of all time. La Haine is shot in black and white and it works perfectly with the style of director Kassovitz, which I just love. A unique experience for the watcher, this movie must be seen!

"Heard about the guy who fell off a skyscraper? On his way down past each floor, he kept saying to reassure himself: So far so good... so far so good... so far so good. How you fall doesn't matter. It's how you land!"

Rating:
★★★★★★★★★★ ” - Jonathanbsn
 
6.
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
“ Ki-Duk Kim is such an amazing director. This is my personal favorite of his works. 3-Iron (Bin-Jip) is about a man who breaks into strangers home while they are away. While living in their home he repays them by doing their laundry, doing small repairs and cleaning. This is a very unique movie. Amazing on top of that, I always love refreshing movies like this one.

Rating:
★★★★★★★★★★ ” - Jonathanbsn
 
7.
City of God (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
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.)
“ Brazil's finest, City Of God (Cidade de Deus), is one of my favorite movies ever. Taking place in the slums of Rio de Janiero, where we follow a young man called 'Rocket'. Unlike the rest of the people, Rocket wants to make something of his life, other than becoming a gang member. Trying to survive and eventually escape this brutal and violent place is not easy though. Fernando Meirelles have done an excellent job directing this movie, it's what takes this movie to such heights. An instant classic.

Rating:
★★★★★★★★★★ ” - Jonathanbsn
 
8.
Waltz with Bashir (2008 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An Israeli film director interviews fellow veterans of the 1982 invasion of Lebanon to reconstruct his own memories of his term of service in that conflict. (90 mins.)
Director: Ari Folman
“ Easily one of the best animated movies ever, the style of the hand drawn animation itself is superb! The best thing about it, is how it's played out though, as an animated anti-war documentary and how war effects both countries and persons. The director did a fantastic job making this movie. Great and unique experience.

Rating:
★★★★★★★★★★ ” - Jonathanbsn
 
9.
All About Lily Chou-Chou (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The problematic lives of teenager students for whom the singer Lily Chou-Chou's dreamy music is the only way to escape an alienating, violent and insensitive society. (146 mins.)
Director: Shunji Iwai
“ Or Riri Shushu no subete as it's called in Japan. Is with 'The Return' one of the most beautiful movies out there (for me). Shunji Iwai has produced a dark, depressing yet amazing movie about a group of high school kids that turns to crime and bullying and their obsession with a pop singer named Lily Chou-Chou. It's gonna take your breath away!

Rating:
★★★★★★★★★★ ” - Jonathanbsn
 
10.
A Prophet (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A young Arab man is sent to a French prison where he becomes a mafia kingpin. (155 mins.)
Director: Jacques Audiard
“ A Prophet(Un prophète), the best prison movie I've seen. newcomer Tahar Rahim playing Malik El Djebena is a real pleasure to watch in this movie. About a young Arab man working his way up the food chain in a french prison.

Rating:
★★★★★★★★★★ ” - Jonathanbsn
 
11.
Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
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
“ The first movie in Chan-Wook Park's Vengeange-Trilogy, Second best of the three in my opinion, but still a very good movie. Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance (Boksuneun naui geot) gives you excitement, pain, revenge and of course sympathy.

Rating:
★★★★★★★★★☆ ” - Jonathanbsn
 
12.
The Class (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An average guy of an Estonian high-school decides to defend his bullied classmate. This starts war between him and the informal leader of the class. As teenagers' honour is a touchy thing, everything ends in bloodshed. (99 mins.)
Director: Ilmar Raag
“ (Klass) is probably the only Estonian movie I've seen. But it's really, really good though. About the pain of being bullied and where it can take you. One day Kaspar decides to step up and defend his bullied classmate Joosep. That doesn't work out so well and everything starts to go out of control. It's a very tragic movie, you will definitely be touched by this one and it will probably leave you unsettled after.

Rating:
★★★★★★★★★☆ ” - Jonathanbsn
 
13.
Lilya 4-Ever (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Sixteen-year-old Lilja and her only friend, the young boy Volodja, live in Estonia, fantasizing about a better life. One day, Lilja falls in love with Andrej, who is going to Sweden, and invites Lilja to come along and start a new life. (109 mins.)
Director: Lukas Moodysson
“ This is probably one of the most depressing movies I've ever seen. The movie is about a young girl whose mother doesn't seem to care about her, leaving her to fend for herself in a rough & poor environment while going to USA with her new boyfriend. Later on, she meets a young man, Andrei, who seduces her and invites her to come to Sweden, where an appartment and a job is waiting. Everything seems great, but the dark truth lies awaiting. Such a good and sad movie. And it's terrible that these things actually happens in the real world. It really does put things in perspective.

Rating:
★★★★★★★★★☆ ” - Jonathanbsn
 
14.
Irreversible (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Events over the course of one traumatic night in Paris unfold in reverse-chronological order as the beautiful Alex is brutally raped and beaten by a stranger in the underpass. (97 mins.)
Director: Gaspar Noé
“ This is definitely not an easy movie to watch. Told in reverse chronological order it starts off with a brutal murder. As we are getting further in the story we get to see what exactly went wrong, so wrong that it could make a person commit such a horrible act. Be prepared for some very(!) graphic scenes. It will push your boundaries for sure.

Rating:
★★★★★★★★★☆ ” - Jonathanbsn
 
15.
Still Walking (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Still Walking is a family drama about grown children visiting their elderly parents, which unfolds over one summer day... (115 mins.)
“ Rating: ★★★★★★★★★★ ” - Jonathanbsn
 
16.
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
“ Rating: ★★★★★★★★★★ ” - Jonathanbsn
 
17.
Talk to Her (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Two men share an odd friendship while they care for two women who are both in deep comas. (112 mins.)
“ Rating: ★★★★★★★★★★ ” - Jonathanbsn
 
18.
Open Your Eyes (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
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.)
“ Rating: ★★★★★★★★★☆ ” - Jonathanbsn
 
19.
Amores Perros (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
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.)
“ Rating: ★★★★★★★★★★ ” - Jonathanbsn
 
20.
The Chaser (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A cash-strapped pimp and former police detective draws upon the skills of his old job to track down his missing stable of prostitutes. (125 mins.)
Director: Hong-jin Na
“ Rating: ★★★★★★★★★☆ ” - Jonathanbsn
 
21.
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. (128 mins.)
Director: Joon Ho Bong
“ Rating: ★★★★★★★★★☆ ” - Jonathanbsn
 
22.
Lady Vengeance (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
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
“ Rating: ★★★★★★★★★☆ ” - Jonathanbsn
 
23.
Thirst (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Through a failed medical experiment, a priest is stricken with vampirism and is forced to abandon his ascetic ways. (133 mins.)
Director: Chan-wook Park
“ Rating: ★★★★★★★★★☆ ” - Jonathanbsn
 
24.
The Kid with a Bike (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Abandoned by his father, a young boy is left in a state-run youth farm. In a random act of kindness, the town hair-dresser agrees to foster him on week-ends. (87 mins.)
“ Rating: ★★★★★★★★★☆ ” - Jonathanbsn
 
25.
4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A woman assists her friend in arranging an illegal abortion in 1980s Romania. (113 mins.)
Director: Cristian Mungiu
“ Rating: ★★★★★★★★★☆ ” - Jonathanbsn
 
26.
Le Samouraï (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
After killing a night-club owner, professional hitman Jef Costello is seen by witnesses. His efforts to provide himself with an alibi fail and more and more he gets driven into a corner. (105 mins.)
“ Rating: ★★★★★★★★★☆ ” - Jonathanbsn
 
27.
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. (139 mins.)
“ Rating: ★★★★★★★★★☆ ” - Jonathanbsn
 
28.
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 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
“ Rating: ★★★★★★★★★☆ ” - Jonathanbsn
 
29.
In the Mood for Love (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Two neighbors, a woman and a man, form a strong bond after both suspect extramarital activities of their spouses. However, they agree to keep their bond platonic so as not to commit similar wrongs. (98 mins.)
Director: Kar Wai Wong
“ Rating: ★★★★★★★★★☆ ” - Jonathanbsn
 
30.
The Best of Youth (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
An Italian epic that follows the lives of two brothers, from the 1960s to the 2000s. (383 mins.)
“ Rating: ★★★★★★★★★☆ ” - Jonathanbsn
 
31.
Three Colors: Red (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Final entry in a trilogy of films dealing with contemporary French society concerns a model who discovers her neighbour is keen on invading people's privacy. (99 mins.)
“ Rating: ★★★★★★★★★★ ” - Jonathanbsn
 
32.
Three Colors: Blue (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A woman struggles to find a way to live her life after the death of her husband and child. (98 mins.)
“ Rating: ★★★★★★★★★☆ ” - Jonathanbsn
 
33.
The Conformist (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A weak-willed Italian man becomes a fascist flunky who goes abroad to arrange the assassination of his old teacher, now a political dissident. (111 mins.)
“ Rating: ★★★★★★★★★☆ ” - Jonathanbsn
 
34.
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.)
“ Rating: ★★★★★★★★★☆ ” - Jonathanbsn
 
35.
Days of Being Wild (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Set in 1960, the film centres on the young, boyishly handsome Yuddy, who learns from the drunken ex-prostitute... (94 mins.)
Director: Kar Wai Wong
“ Rating: ★★★★★★★★★☆ ” - Jonathanbsn
 
36.
Revanche (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Ex-con Alex plans to flee to the South with his girl after a robbery. But something terrible happens and revenge seems inevitable. (121 mins.)
Director: Götz Spielmann
“ Rating: ★★★★★★★★★☆ ” - Jonathanbsn
 
37.
Caché (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A married couple is terrorized by a series of surveillance videotapes left on their front porch. (117 mins.)
Director: Michael Haneke
“ Rating: ★★★★★★★★★☆ ” - Jonathanbsn
 
38.
The Son (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A joinery instructor at a rehab center refuses to take a new teen as his apprentice, but then begins to follow the boy through the hallways and streets. (99 mins.)
“ Rating: ★★★★★★★★★☆ ” - Jonathanbsn
 
39.
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.)
“ Rating: ★★★★★★★★★★ ” - Jonathanbsn
 
40.
Nobody Knows (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
In a small Tokyo apartment, twelve-year-old Akira must care for his younger siblings after their mother leaves them and shows no sign of returning. (141 mins.)
“ Rating: ★★★★★★★★★☆ ” - Jonathanbsn
 
41.
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
“ Rating: ★★★★★★★★★★ ” - Jonathanbsn
 
42.
The Class (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Teacher and novelist François Bégaudeau plays a version of himself as he negotiates a year with his racially mixed students from a tough Parisian neighborhood. (128 mins.)
Director: Laurent Cantet
“ Rating: ★★★★★★★★★☆ ” - Jonathanbsn
 
43.
Turtles Can Fly (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Near the Iraqi-Turkish border on the eve of an American invasion, refugee children like 13-year-old Kak (Ebrahim), gauge and await their fate. (98 mins.)
Director: Bahman Ghobadi
“ Rating: ★★★★★★★★★☆ ” - Jonathanbsn
 
44.
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
“ Rating: ★★★★★★★★★☆ ” - Jonathanbsn
 
45.
Castaway on the Moon (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A failed suicide attempt leads a heartbroken man to live a life in the wilderness. (116 mins.)
Director: Hae-jun Lee
“ Rating: ★★★★★★★★★☆ ” - Jonathanbsn
 
46.
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
“ Rating: ★★★★★★★★★☆ ” - Jonathanbsn
 
47.
The Twilight Samurai (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A 19th-century samurai tries to protect a battered wife. (129 mins.)
Director: Yôji Yamada
“ Rating: ★★★★★★★★★☆ ” - Jonathanbsn
 
48.
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
“ Rating: ★★★★★★★★★☆ ” - Jonathanbsn
 
49.
Spirited Away (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
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
“ Rating: ★★★★★★★★★★ ” - Jonathanbsn
 
50.
After Life (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
After death, people have just one week to choose only a memory to keep for eternity. (118 mins.)
“ Rating: ★★★★★★★★★☆ ” - Jonathanbsn
 
51.
Read My Lips (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
She is almost deaf and she lip-reads. He is an ex-convict. She wants to help him. He thinks no one can help except himself. (115 mins.)
Director: Jacques Audiard
“ Rating: ★★★★★★★★★☆ ” - Jonathanbsn
 
52.
The Vanishing (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Rex and Saskia, a young couple in love, are on vacation. They stop at a busy service station and Saskia is abducted. After three years and no sign of Saskia, Rex begins receiving letters from the abductor. (107 mins.)
Director: George Sluizer
“ Rating: ★★★★★★★★★☆ ” - Jonathanbsn
 
53.
Time (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
To save her relationship, a woman puts herself through extensive plastic surgery. (97 mins.)
Director: Ki-duk Kim
“ Rating: ★★★★★★★★☆☆ ” - Jonathanbsn
 
54.
Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A drama about the fate of brothers forced to fight in the Korean War. (140 mins.)
Director: Je-gyu Kang
“ Rating: ★★★★★★★★★☆ ” - Jonathanbsn
 
55.
The Secret World of Arrietty (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The Clock family are four-inch-tall people who live anonymously in another family's residence, borrowing simple items to make their home. Life changes for the Clocks when their daughter, Arrietty, is discovered. (94 mins.)
“ Rating: ★★★★★★★★☆☆ ” - Jonathanbsn
 
56.
Elite Squad: The Enemy Within (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
After a prison riot, former-Captain Nascimento, now a high ranking security officer in Rio de Janeiro, is swept into a bloody political dispute that involves government officials and paramilitary groups. (115 mins.)
Director: José Padilha
“ Rating: ★★★★★★★★☆☆ ” - Jonathanbsn
 
57.
The Apartment (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Max is on his way to Tokyo. He lives in Paris and likes to flirt but has decided to get married. By chance... (116 mins.)
Director: Gilles Mimouni
“ Rating: ★★★★★★★★☆☆ ” - Jonathanbsn
 
58.
Chungking Express (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Two melancholy Hong Kong policemen fall in love: one with a mysterious female underworld figure, the other with a beautiful and ethereal server at a late-night restaurant he frequents. (102 mins.)
Director: Kar Wai Wong
“ Rating: ★★★★★★★★☆☆ ” - Jonathanbsn
 
59.
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
“ Rating: ★★★★★★★★☆☆ ” - Jonathanbsn
 
60.
I Saw the Devil (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A secret agent exacts revenge on a serial killer through a series of captures and releases. (141 mins.)
Director: Kim Jee-woon
“ Rating: ★★★★★★★★☆☆ ” - Jonathanbsn
 
61.
Distant Lights (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
This movie reflects on the situation around the border between Poland and Germany. The fate of many... (105 mins.)
“ Rating: ★★★★★★★★☆☆ ” - Jonathanbsn
 
62.
A Bittersweet Life (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Things go wrong for a high ranking mobster when he doesn't proceed by his boss's orders. (120 mins.)
Director: Kim Jee-woon
“ Rating: ★★★★★★★★☆☆ ” - Jonathanbsn
 
63.
13 Assassins (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A group of assassins come together for a suicide mission to kill an evil lord. (141 mins.)
Director: Takashi Miike
“ Rating: ★★★★★★★★☆☆ ” - Jonathanbsn
 
64.
Elite Squad (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
1997, Captain Nascimento has to find a substitute for his occupation while trying to take down drug dealers and criminals before the Pope comes to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (115 mins.)
Director: José Padilha
“ Rating: ★★★★★★★★☆☆ ” - Jonathanbsn
 
65.
The Experiment (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
For two weeks, 20 male participants are hired to play prisoners and guards in a prison. The "prisoners" have to follow seemingly mild rules, and the "guards" are told to retain order without using physical violence. (120 mins.)
“ Rating: ★★★★★★★★☆☆ ” - Jonathanbsn
 
66.
Samaritan Girl (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Jae-Young is an amateur prostitute who sleeps with men while her best friend Yeo-Jin "manages" her, fixing dates... (95 mins.)
Director: Ki-duk Kim
“ Rating: ★★★★★★★★☆☆ ” - Jonathanbsn
 
67.
Crying Fist (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Tae Sik, a troubled middle aged man and Sang Hwan, a troubled youth will meet in the ring with their respective mission. To change their life. (134 mins.)
Director: Seung-wan Ryoo
“ Rating: ★★★★★★★★☆☆ ” - Jonathanbsn
 
68.
The Breath (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Story of 40-man Turkish task force who must defend a relay station. (128 mins.)
Director: Levent Semerci
“ Rating: ★★★★★★★★☆☆ ” - Jonathanbsn
 
69.
Mesrine Part 2: Public Enemy #1 (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The story of notorious French gangster Jacques Mesrine. (133 mins.)
“ Rating: ★★★★★★★★☆☆ ” - Jonathanbsn
 
70.
The Trap (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
"THE TRAP" is a modern film noir reflecting the true face of Serbian (Eastern European) 'society in transition.' It's a story that could happen to you... (106 mins.)
Director: Srdan Golubovic
“ Rating: ★★★★★★★★☆☆ ” - Jonathanbsn
 
71.
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.)
“ Rating: ★★★★★★★★☆☆ ” - Jonathanbsn
 
72.
Welcome to Dongmakgol (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Soldiers from both sides of the Korean divide live among villagers who know nothing of the war. (133 mins.)
Director: Kwang-Hyun Park
“ Rating: ★★★★★★★★☆☆ ” - Jonathanbsn
 
73.
Three Colors: White (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Second of a trilogy of films dealing with contemporary French society shows a Polish immigrant who wants to get even with his former wife. (91 mins.)
“ Rating: ★★★★★★★★☆☆ ” - Jonathanbsn
 
74.
Infernal Affairs (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
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
“ Rating: ★★★★★★★★☆☆ ” - Jonathanbsn
 
75.
12 (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Twelve jurors must decide the fate of a Chechen adolescent charged with murdering his stepfather. (159 mins.)
“ Rating: ★★★★★★★★☆☆ ” - Jonathanbsn
 
76.
Oasis (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Jong-du, a young man just out of prison for manslaughter, is a social misfit: fidgety, snuffling, laughing inappropriately... (133 mins.)
Director: Chang-dong Lee
“ Rating: ★★★★★★★★☆☆ ” - Jonathanbsn
 
77.
The Ax (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A chemist (Garcia) loses his job to outsourcing. Two years later and still jobless, he hits on a solution: to genuinely eliminate his competition. (117 mins.)
Director: Costa-Gavras
“ Rating: ★★★★★★★★☆☆ ” - Jonathanbsn
 
78.
Run Lola Run (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
After a botched money delivery, Lola has 20 minutes to come up with 100,000 Deutschmarks. (81 mins.)
Director: Tom Tykwer
“ Rating: ★★★★★★★★☆☆ ” - Jonathanbsn
 
79.
No Man's Land (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Bosnia and Herzegovina during 1993 at the time of the heaviest fighting between the two warring sides. Two soldiers from opposing sides in the conflict, Nino and Ciki, become trapped in no man's land, whilst a third soldier becomes a living booby trap. (98 mins.)
Director: Danis Tanovic
“ Rating: ★★★★★★★★☆☆ ” - Jonathanbsn
 
80.
Au Revoir Les Enfants (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A French boarding school run by priests seems to be a haven from World War II until a new student arrives. He becomes the roommate of top student in his class. Rivals at first, the roommates form a bond and share a secret. (104 mins.)
Director: Louis Malle
“ Rating: ★★★★★★★★☆☆ ” - Jonathanbsn
 
81.
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
“ Rating: ★★★★★★★★☆☆ ” - Jonathanbsn
 
82.
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
“ Rating: ★★★★★★★★☆☆ ” - Jonathanbsn
 
83.
Mesrine Part 1: Killer Instinct (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The story of french gangster Jacques Mesrine, before he was called Public Enemy N°1. (113 mins.)
“ Rating: ★★★★★★★★☆☆ ” - Jonathanbsn
 
84.
Devils on the Doorstep (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
During the Japanese occupation of China, two prisoners are dumped in a peasant's home in a small town... (139 mins.)
Director: Wen Jiang
“ Rating: ★★★★★★★★☆☆ ” - Jonathanbsn
 
85.
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
“ Rating: ★★★★★★★★☆☆ ” - Jonathanbsn
 
86.
City of Life and Death (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
In 1937, Japan occupied Nanjing, the Chinese capital. There was a battle and subsequent atrocities against the inhabitants, especially those who took refuge in the International Security Zone. (132 mins.)
Director: Chuan Lu
“ Rating: ★★★★★★★★☆☆ ” - Jonathanbsn
 
87.
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
“ Rating: ★★★★★★★★☆☆ ” - Jonathanbsn
 
88.
The Place Promised in Our Early Days (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
In an alternate postwar timeline, Japan is divided into the Union-controlled North and the US-controlled South. (91 mins.)
Director: Makoto Shinkai
“ Rating: ★★★★★★★★☆☆ ” - Jonathanbsn
 
89.
Peppermint Candy (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Consists of five phases of a man's life about why he committed suicide in the end. (129 mins.)
Director: Chang-dong Lee
“ Rating: ★★★★★★★★☆☆ ” - Jonathanbsn
 
90.
The Beat That My Heart Skipped (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Will Thomas still lead a life of crime and cruelty, just like his thuggish father, or will he pursue his dream of becoming a pianist? (108 mins.)
Director: Jacques Audiard
“ Rating: ★★★★★★★★☆☆ ” - Jonathanbsn
 
91.
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
“ Rating: ★★★★★★★★☆☆ ” - Jonathanbsn
 
92.
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
“ Rating: ★★★★★★★★☆☆ ” - Jonathanbsn
 
93.
Princess Mononoke (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
On a journey to find the cure for a Tatarigami's curse, Ashitaka finds himself in the middle of a war between the forest gods and Tatara, a mining colony. In this quest he also meets San, the Mononoke Hime. (134 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
“ Rating: ★★★★★★★★☆☆ ” - Jonathanbsn
 
94.
Don't Worry, I'm Fine (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
(92 mins.)
Director: Philippe Lioret
“ Rating: ★★★★★★★★☆☆ ” - Jonathanbsn
 
95.
Welcome (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Bilal is 17 years old, a Kurdish boy from Iraq. He sets off on an adventure-filled journey across Europe... (110 mins.)
Director: Philippe Lioret
“ Rating: ★★★★★★★★☆☆ ” - Jonathanbsn
 
96.
California Dreamin' (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A railway chief delays a NATO train transporting military equipment during the war in Kosovo in 1999. (155 mins.)
“ Rating: ★★★★★★★★☆☆ ” - Jonathanbsn
 
97.
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.)
“ Rating: ★★★★★★★★☆☆ ” - Jonathanbsn
 
98.
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
“ Rating: ★★★★★★★★☆☆ ” - Jonathanbsn
 
99.
Audition (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A widower takes an offer to screen girls at a special audition, arranged for him by a friend to find him a new wife. The one he fancies is not who she appears to be after all. (115 mins.)
Director: Takashi Miike
“ Rating: ★★★★★★★★☆☆ ” - Jonathanbsn
 
100.
Ponyo (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A five year-old boy develops a relationship with Ponyo, a goldfish princess who longs to become a human after falling in love with him. (101 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
“ Rating: ★★★★★★★★☆☆ ” - Jonathanbsn