500 Films : A Tribute (Part II)

The concluding but ever-changing list. Some of the films may not be of the highest artistic value but they are my personal favorite e.g. Babe or Last Days etc, so could not ignore them. Discussions and different opinions will be appreciated and valued.
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1.
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
“ Père Jean though a small character in this film, left huge impression on me. I spent my childhood in a residential missionary school and the boarding life in the film feels very familiar.

Alternate Title: Goodbye Children
Countries involved: France, Germany
Language: French, German
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96% ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
2.
Wings of Desire (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
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
“ A moody dreamlike film about the immortal angels' colorless eternal existence. The shift from black and white to color in a film has never been more appropriate. And off course who can forget the genuinely touching dedication by Wenders, in the end titles "Dedicated to all the former angels, but especially to Yasujiro, François and Andrei."

Original Title: Der Himmel Uber Berlin
Countries involved: West Germany, France
Language: German, English, French, Italian.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98% ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
3.
Babette's Feast (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
In a remote 19th-century Danish village, two sisters lead a rigid life centered around their father... (102 mins.)
Director: Gabriel Axel
“ "An artist is never poor". Just this line alone is enough for "Babette's Feast" to be one of my personal favorite.

Original title: Babettes Gaestebud
Countries involved: Denmark
Language: Danish, Swedish, French
Rotten Tomatoes: 93% ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
4.
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.)
“ An open love letter to cinema by Giuseppe Tornatore on behalf of all the film lovers of the world. The final montage is the greatest romantic screen moment of the history of cinema. A huge personal favorite.

Original Title: Nuovo Cinema Paradiso
Countries involved: Italy
Language: Italian, English
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89% ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
5.
Alice (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A surrealistic revision of Alice in Wonderland. (86 mins.)
Director: Jan Svankmajer
“ A surrealist adaptation of "Alice in Wonderland" its another masterpiece by Svankmajer.

Original Title: Neco z Alenky
Countries involved: Czechoslovakia, Switzerland, West Germany, U.K.
Language: Czech
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100% ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
6.
Salaam Bombay! (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The boy Krishna is abandoned by his mother at the Apollo Circus and she tells him that he can only return... (113 mins.)
Director: Mira Nair
“ No other film has ever portrayed Bombay (now Mumbai) with such harrowing realism and yet with so much tenderness. Mira Nair's debut is a milestone in Indian film history which also won her a Camera D'or. Its a shame that twenty years later Danny Boyle thought of painting that picture again, but without the realism and finesse and a lot of commercial greed to please the western audiences' outsider eyes. Mr. Boyle can take a lesson from "Salaam Bombay".

Countries involved: India, France, U.K.
Language: Hindi
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92% ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
7.
Landscape in the Mist (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Road movie about two children (Voula and Alexandre) searching for their father who is supposed to live in Germany... (127 mins.)
“ Makes me want to see more of Angelopoulos though haven't managed to do that yet.

Original Title: Topio Stin Omichli
Countries involved: Greece
Language: Greek
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75% ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
8.
Ariel (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The movie tells the story of Taisto Kasurinen, a finnish coal miner whose father has just committed... (73 mins.)
Director: Aki Kaurismäki
“ A gritty portrait of the marginals and a trademark poker faced comedy, this is the first Kaurismaki film I saw and I got hooked immediately.

Countries involved: Finland
Language: Finnish
Rotten Tomatoes Score: No Score Yet ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
9.
Akira (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A secret military project endangers Neo-Tokyo when it turns a biker gang member into a rampaging psychic psychopath that only two teenagers and a group of psychics can stop. (124 mins.)
Director: Katsuhiro Otomo
“ A true pioneer of the Japanese anime films, "Akira" also played an important role of introducing the Manga art form to a larger audience (and readers) outside Japan.

Countries involved: Japan
Language: Japanese
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88% ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
10.
Time of the Gypsies (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
In this luminous tale set in the area around Sarajevo and in Italy, Perhan, an engaging young Romany (gypsy) with telekinetic powers, is seduced by the quick-cash world of petty crime, which threatens to destroy him and those he loves. (142 mins.)
Director: Emir Kusturica
“ It is a rare film about the marginalized Romany people though not free from the cliches about them. Even after spending more than five hundred years they are still considered outsiders, is it only because of their inability to assimilate and blend into the mainstream?

Original Title: Dom Za Vesanje
Countries involved: Yugoslavia, Italy, United Kingdom
Language: Romani, Serbian
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100% ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
11.
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Pepas's lover, Iván, leaves her and she tries to contact him to find out why he's left. In her search for Iván... (88 mins.)
“ The solid saturated color scheme and the absurd farcical style of comedy is absolutely fascinating, even more so Carmen Maura's performance and that stunning face of Rossy de Palma, straight out of a Picasso painting.

Original Title: Mujeres al Borde de un Ataque de Nervios
Countries involved: Spain
Language: Spanish
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88% ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
12.
The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The life of Jesus Christ, his journey through life as he faces the struggles all humans do, and his final temptation on the cross. (164 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ I think the controversy regarding this film (and also the book) is totally uncalled for as I felt that Kazantzaki's work(I loved the book) was deeply religious and Scorsese adapted the book wonderfully.

Countries involved: U.S.
Language: English
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83% ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
13.
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
“ An unusual suspense movie with a choking end.

Original Title: Spoorloose
Countries involved: The Netherlands
Language: Dutch
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100% ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
14.
Dekalog (1989 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.1/10 X  
Ten television drama films, each one based on one of the Ten Commandments. (572 mins.)
“ A revelation.

Original Title: Dekalog
Countries involved: Poland
Language: Polish
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100% ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
15.
My Left Foot (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Christy Brown, born with cerebral palsy, learns to paint and write with his only controllable limb - his left foot. (103 mins.)
Director: Jim Sheridan
“ Overwhelming, uplifting, inspirational.

Countries involved: Ireland, England
Language: English
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100% ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
16.
Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A sexually repressed woman's husband is having an affair with her sister. The arrival of a visitor with a rather unusual fetish changes everything. (100 mins.)
“ Harsh yet absorbing independent debut effort by Soderbergh. Superb.

Countries involved: U.S.
Language: English
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97% ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
17.
Leningrad Cowboys Go America (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Siberian rock band Leningrad Cowboys go to the USA in pursuit of fame. (78 mins.)
Director: Aki Kaurismäki
“ Coolest hairstyle ever....hahaha!!!!

Countries involved: Finland, Sweden
Language: English
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100% ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
18.
Goodfellas (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
Henry Hill and his friends work their way up through the mob hierarchy. (146 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ One of the best American films, arguably the best by Scorsese got snubbed at the Oscars (barring Pesci). Hmmm... makes me think

Countries involved: U.S.
Language: English
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97% ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
19.
Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
An unbalanced but alluring former mental patient takes a porn star prisoner in the hopes of convincing her to marry him. (101 mins.)
“ Absurd, funny, engrossing. I discovered Almodovar with this film and my love for his films only grew from that time.

Original Title: Atame!
Countries involved: Spain
Language: Spanish
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 74% ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
20.
The Match Factory Girl (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Iris has a dead-end job in a match-factory, lives with her dour and forbidding parents, and her social life is a disaster... (68 mins.)
Director: Aki Kaurismäki
“ Last film of Kaurismaki's "Underdog Trilogy" is also one of the bleakest. Outinen is the real asset of this film.

Original Title: Tulitikkutehtaan Tytto
Countries involved: Finland, Sweden
Language: Finnish
Rotten Tomatoes Score: No Score Yet ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
21.
Hamoun (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Hamoon's wife is leaving him. He is also unsuccessfully trying to finish his Ph.D. thesis. He is forced to reexamine his life... (120 mins.)
Director: Dariush Mehrjui
“ A slice of life where a man is unable to handle midlife crisis and divorce situation, with a touch of Fellini like dream sequence. Voted in Iran as the best Iranian film ever made in 1997.

Countries involved: Iran
Language: Farsi
Rotten Tomatoes Score: No Score Yet ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
22.
Close-Up (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
The true story of Hussein Sabzian that impersonated the director Mohsen Makhmalbaf to convince a family they would star in his so-called new film. (98 mins.)
“ If one has to enjoy what cinema is all about "Close-Up" gives it to us in abundance. Its not as simple as it looks. Visuals and dialogs are planned so well that they need to be seen with utmost care at every point.

Original Title: Nema-ye Nazdik
Countries involved: Iran
Language: Farsi
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86% ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
23.
La Femme Nikita (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Convicted felon Nikita, instead of going to jail, is given a new identity and trained, stylishly, as a top secret spy/assassin. (117 mins.)
Director: Luc Besson
“ Not a big Besson fan but this one is a kick-ass.

Alternate Title: Nikita
Countries involved: France, Italy
Language: France
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87% ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
24.
Barton Fink (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A renowned New York playwright is enticed to California to write for the movies and discovers the hellish truth of Hollywood. (116 mins.)
Director: Joel Coen
“ Countries involved: U.S.
Language: English
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90% ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
25.
Europa (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Just after W.W.II, an American takes a railway job in Germany, but finds his position politically sensitive with various people trying to use him. (112 mins.)
Director: Lars von Trier
“ Stunning, surrealistic, beautiful visual experiment from the visionary.

Original Title: Zentropa
Countries involved: Denmark, France, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland
Language: English, German
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85% ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
26.
Raise the Red Lantern (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A young woman becomes the fourth wife of a wealthy lord, and must learn to live with the strict rules and tensions within the household. (125 mins.)
Director: Yimou Zhang
“ Beyond the obviously breathtaking visual nature of this film, there is a heart breaking story of deceit and rivalry. At the end its clear that no one wins here, its the defeat of womanhood. Unnerving.

Original Title: Dà Hóng Dēnglóng Gāogāo Guà
Countries involved: China, Hong Kong, Taiwan
Language: Mandarin
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96% ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
27.
Delicatessen (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Post-apocalyptic surrealist black comedy about the landlord of an apartment building who occasionally prepares a delicacy for his odd tenants. (99 mins.)
“ Dark, funny, bleak, fantastic take on the post apocalyptic Paris. Love that wash out color scheme by Darius Khondji, achieved by developing color film stock as black and white.

Countries involved: France
Language: French
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88% ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
28.
La belle noiseuse (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The former famous painter Frenhofer revisits an abandoned project using the girlfriend of a young visiting artist. Questions about truth, life, and artistic limits are explored. (238 mins.)
Director: Jacques Rivette
“ In order to fully appreciate "Guernica" or any great masterpiece of art one needs to spend a long time with it. "La Belle Noiseuse" commands the same kind of commitment from the viewer. And the payoff is sublime.

Countries involved: France, Switzerland
Language: French, English
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100% ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
29.
Slacker (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A day in the life of Austin, Texas as the camera roams from place to place and provides a brief look at the overeducated, the social misfits, the outcasts and the oddballs. (97 mins.)
“ Indie film making with outstanding originality. Madonna's pap smear! Phenomenal.

Countries involved: U.S.
Language: Englsih
Rotten Tomatoes: 83% ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
30.
The Stranger (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A well-off family is paid an unexpected, and rather unwanted, visit by a man claiming to be the woman's long-lost uncle... (120 mins.)
Director: Satyajit Ray
“ After the last shot was completed Ray said, "I dont have anything left to say". Ray's concluding film is his most personal, where he speaks directly to the audience about art and civilization. For a native speaker of the language, nothing gets better than this.

Original Title: Agontuk
Countries involved: India
Language: Bengali
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100% ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
31.
The Double Life of Veronique (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Two parallel stories about two identical women; one living in Poland, the other in France. They don't know each other, but their lives are nevertheless profoundly connected. (98 mins.)
“ A spiritual contemplation.

Original Title: Podwójne życie Weroniki
Countries involved: Poland
Language: French, Polish
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85% ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
32.
Naked Lunch (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
After developing an addiction to the substance he uses to kill bugs, an exterminator accidentally murders his wife and becomes involved in a secret government plot being orchestrated by giant bugs in a port town in North Africa. (115 mins.)
“ Exterminate all rational thought." That's right; "Naked Lunch" is dark, strange, irrational, nightmarish with a "unique reality principle" of its own. Cronenberg's masterpiece. Difficult to watch though with high disgust factor.

Countries involved: Canada, U.K., Japan
Language: English
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 68% ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
33.
Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
An examination of the machinations behind the scenes at a real estate office. (100 mins.)
Director: James Foley
“ Totally bowled over by the incredible writing, sharp dialog, the cynical but truthful depiction of ugly greedy corporates and the helpless foot-soldiers and unforgettable performances by the stellar cast. Superb in a word! And all this without a single female character in the entire film. Who says one needs a beautiful face to make a great film? Bravo!!!

Countries involved:U.S.
Language: English
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98% ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
34.
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
After a simple jewelry heist goes terribly wrong, the surviving criminals begin to suspect that one of them is a police informant. (99 mins.)
“ Hailed as the greatest independent film of all time by "Empire" magazine, "Reservoir Dogs" is the heist movie without ever showing the actual heist. Violent, bloody and funny as hell. The high point is obviously Tarantino himself motor-mouthing the "Like A Virgin" opening monologue.

Countries involved: U.S.
Language: English
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96% ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
35.
Unforgiven (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Retired Old West gunslinger William Munny reluctantly takes on one last job, with the help of his old partner and a young man. (131 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
“ Eastwood's homage to the genre that made him. This western is for everyone.

Countries involved: U.S.
Language: English
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96% ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
36.
Man Bites Dog (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A film crew follows a ruthless thief and heartless killer as he goes about his daily routine. But complications set in when the film crew lose their objectivity and begin lending a hand. (95 mins.)
“ Completely misunderstood by many, this film was intended to be a mind numbing satire. A heady mix of style and violence.

Original Title: C'est Arrivé Près De Chez Vous
Countries involved: Belgium
Language: French
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86% ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
37.
Like Water for Chocolate (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
In a forgotten Mexico Tita and Pedro fall in love, but are forbidden to marry. Mama Elena sees Tita's role as her caretaker for life... (105 mins.)
Director: Alfonso Arau
“ Magic realism at its best. When I was reading "One Hundred Years Of Solitude" by Garcia Marquez I discovered the usage of metaphors and magic realism in South American literature. This film was an adaptation and brilliantly translated literal magic realism visually in a neat cinematic language. Incidentally Robert Rodriguez was on the set while the filming was on.

Original Title: Como Para Agua Chocolate
Countries involved: Mexico
Language: Spanish, English
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90% ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
38.
El Mariachi (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A traveling mariachi is mistaken for a murderous criminal and must hide from a gang bent on killing him. (81 mins.)
“ This film is on the list purely because of my huge appreciation for Robert Rodriguez and his self belief.

Countries involved: Mexico, U.S.
Language: Spanish
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92% ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
39.
Farewell My Concubine (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The story of two men, who met as apprentices in the Peking Opera, and stayed friends for over 50 years. (171 mins.)
Director: Kaige Chen
“ A lavish epic with a political backdrop where events run parallel to Opera play. One needs to be patient however, its almost three hours long.

Original Title: Bawang Bie Ji
Countries involved: China
Language: Mandarine
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88% ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
40.
Groundhog Day (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A weatherman finds himself inexplicably living the same day over and over again. (101 mins.)
Director: Harold Ramis
“ A loopy story which will get you tangled and tickled. Murray's deadpan humor is funny as hell.

Countries involved: U.S.
Language: English
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96% ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
41.
Short Cuts (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The day-to-day lives of a number of suburban Los Angeles residents. (188 mins.)
Director: Robert Altman
“ "Short Cuts" is a dense and complex film with subplots dealing with dysfunctional characters and families in interconnected stories. Altman's study on modern america.

Countries involved: U.S.
Language: English
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94% ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
42.
The Piano (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A mute woman is sent to 1850s New Zealand along with her young daughter and prized piano for an arranged marriage to a wealthy landowner, but is soon lusted after by a local worker on the plantation. (121 mins.)
Director: Jane Campion
“ Brilliant. Sad that Campion's later films could not recreate this magic

Countries involved: New Zealand, Australia, France
Language: English, Maori
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89% ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
43.
Schindler's List (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
In German-occupied Poland during World War II, Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazi Germans. (195 mins.)
“ Spielberg pours out his heart and blood in "Schindler's List". The fear, the despair, the suffering, one can almost feel them. Even though it is no "Night And Fog", Spielberg manages to create a compassionate tone and an uplifting hope out of the bleak reality. If a film like this does not make people more tolerant towards fellow humans of other race and religion, then what will?

Countries involved: U.S.
Language: English, Hebrew, German, Polish, French
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97% ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
44.
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.)
“ Kieslowski's genius reaches its peak in this film. Its mystical hypnotic film making with so many layers. Juliette Binoche outdid herself.

Original Title: Trois Couleurs: Bleu
Countries involved: France, Poland, Switzerland
Language: French
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100% ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
45.
The Scent of Green Papaya (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A little girl, Mui, went to a house as a new servant. The mother still mourns the death of her daughter... (104 mins.)
Director: Tran Anh Hung
“ A visual treat from Vietnam with very less dialog.

Original Title: Mui Du Du Xahn
Countries involved: Vietnam, France
Language: Vietnamese
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100% ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
46.
Pulp Fiction (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
The lives of two mob hit men, a boxer, a gangster's wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption. (154 mins.)
“ Pulp Fiction is the reinvention of cinema. Bizarre plot, detailed subplots, fragmented non linear narration, eccentric characters, outrageous humor, wisecrack dialogs (and monologues), fantastic use of music, flamboyant acting and a superb assured direction, it is one of the tallest milestone of modern American cinema. A wicked masterpiece.

Countries involved: U.S.
Language: English
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94% ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
47.
Three Colors: White (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
After his wife divorces him, a Polish immigrant plots to get even with her. (91 mins.)
“ Though considered as the weakest of the trilogy its a brilliant black comedy which is surprisingly funny and painfully sad at the same time.

Original Title: Trois couleurs: Blanc
Countries involved: Poland, France, Switzerland
Language: French, Polish
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90% ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
48.
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
“ This stylistic experiment is mostly a cerebral film.

Original Title: Chongqing Senlin
Countries involved: Hong Kong
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin, English
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96% ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
49.
Through the Olive Trees (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The movie focuses on one of the events in Zendegi Edame Darad (1992), and explores the relationship between the movie director... (103 mins.)
“ Easily my favourite Kiarostami. The final sequence is a mark of virtuoso filmmaking.

Original Title: Zire Darakhatan Zeyton
Countries involved: Iran
Language: Farsi
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80% ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
50.
Il Postino: The Postman (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Simple Italian postman learns to love poetry while delivering mail to a famous poet; he uses this to woo local beauty Beatrice. (108 mins.)
Director: Michael Radford
“ I vaguely knew about Pablo Neruda before watching this film but I never read his poetry.The discussions in "Il Postino" between Neruda and the postman about poetry and metaphors, that inspired me to discover the beautiful poetry of Neruda ("Tonight I can write the saddest lines", my personal favorite). Thats what a film should do to a viewer, bring in changes in an individual's taste and outlook for an overall betterment. The sad demise of Troisi due to his artistic commitment(Massimo Troisi postponed his heart surgery to finish the film and died on the next day after the shooting was ended) certainly adds a solemn quality to the film where the postman also gets killed due to his political belief.

Countries involved: Italy
Language: Italian
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92% ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
51.
The Kingdom (1994 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
The Kingdom is the most technologically advanced hospital in Denmark, a gleaming bastion of medical science... (286 mins.)
“ Eerie and claustrophobic, but no cheap tricks here. Superb character development and Danish coldness is the flavor. Unsettling.

Original Title: Riget
Countries involved: Denmark
Language: Danish, Sweden
Rotten Tomatoes Score: No Score Yet ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
52.
Muriel's Wedding (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Muriel finds life in Porpoise Spit, Australia dull and spends her days alone in her room listening to Abba music and dreaming of her wedding day... (106 mins.)
Director: P.J. Hogan
“ A melancholy story with serious issues disguised as a seemingly light comedy.

Countries involved: Australia, France
Language: English
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91% ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
53.
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.3/10 X  
Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency. (142 mins.)
Director: Frank Darabont
“ Each time I went to Shawshank, it sent me with an inspirational high and a spiritual upliftment, invariably, without an exception. It never sent me empty handed.

Countries involved: U.S.
Language: English
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88% ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
54.
Hoop Dreams (1994 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A film following the lives of two inner-city Chicago boys who struggle to become college basketball players on the road to going professional. (170 mins.)
Director: Steve James
“ An epic of a documentary with a brilliant editing. Its so vivid and real that I felt I was living their lives.

Countries involved: U.S.
Language: English
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98% ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
55.
Satantango (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Plotting on a payment they are about to receive, residents of a collapsing collective farm see their plans turn into desolation when they discover that Irimiás, a former co-worker who they thought was dead, is coming back to the village. (450 mins.)
Director: Béla Tarr
“ A cult classic, the longest film I have watched.

Countries involved: Hungary, Germany, Switzerland
Language: Hungarian
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100% ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
56.
Heavenly Creatures (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Two girls have an intense fantasy life; their parents, concerned the fantasy is too intense, separate them, and the girls take revenge. (99 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
“ Dazzlingly imaginative film-making.

Countries involved: New Zealand
Language: English
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95% ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
57.
Babe (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Babe, a pig raised by sheepdogs, learns to herd sheep with a little help from Farmer Hoggett. (91 mins.)
Director: Chris Noonan
“ Heart warming. A gallant film from down under.


Countries involved: Australia, New Zealand
Language: English
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98% ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
58.
Midaq Alley (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Based on the Nobel Prize Winner's novel, the Egyptian Naguib Mahfouz. The story, translated from El Cairo to Mexico City's downtown... (140 mins.)
Director: Jorge Fons
“ A film I have seen a long long time ago on TV but it stayed with me. The non linear narration was so new to me that the form itself took over the content. I was thoroughly impressed by it and this is how I discovered the beautiful tradition of Mexican cinema.


Original Title: El Callejon De Los Milagros
Countries involved: Mexico
Language: Spanish
Rotten Tomatoes: No Score Yet ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
59.
Dead Man (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
On the run after murdering a man, accountant William Blake encounters a strange North American man named Nobody who prepares him for his journey into the spiritual world. (121 mins.)
Director: Jim Jarmusch
“ What starts as an awkward light comedy slowly transforms itself into a profoundly spiritual introspection about life and death and ancient traditions. Jim Jarmusch at the top of his game the monochromatic landscape scenes and Neil Young's soundtrack are a big bonus.

Countries involved: U.S.
Language: English
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71% ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
60.
Dead Man Walking (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A nun, while comforting a convicted killer on death row, empathizes with both the killer and his victim's families. (122 mins.)
Director: Tim Robbins
“ With two power-house performances like these a film cant go wrong...

Countries involved: U.S.
Language: English
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94% ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
61.
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.)
“ This dark social study about fear, hatred, violence and racial tension is a pinnacle of low budget ultra modern urban cinema. A completely new portrait of France and its people from a new and fresh point of view.

Countries involved: France
Language: French
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100% ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
62.
The White Balloon (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Several people try to take advantage of a little girl's innocence to hustle money her mom gave to her to buy a goldfish with. (85 mins.)
Director: Jafar Panahi
“ Another marvel from Iran.

Original Title: Badkonake Sefid
Countries involved: Iran
Language: Farsi
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80% ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
63.
Before Sunrise (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A young man and woman meet on a train in Europe, and wind up spending one evening together in Vienna. Unfortunately, both know that this will probably be their only night together. (101 mins.)
“ This film can make me fall in love over and over again, every time I watch it. A true classic.

Countries involved: U.S., Austria, Switzerland
Language: English, German, French
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100% ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
64.
Cyclo (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A young man who struggles through life by earning some money with his bicycle-taxi in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh city) gets contact to a group of criminals... (123 mins.)
Director: Tran Anh Hung
“ Countries involved: Vietnam, France, Hong Kong
Language: Vietnamese
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 73% ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
65.
A Moment of Innocence (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A semi-autobiographical account of Makmahlbaf's experience as a teenager when, as a 17-year-old, he stabbed a policeman at a protest rally. Two decades later, he tracks down the policeman he injured in an attempt to make amends. (78 mins.)
“ "A Moment of Innocence" concludes with arguably the greatest freeze frame sine "The 400 Blows". This film is a proof of Makhmalbaf's unbelievable command over the cinematic medium. One of the greatest romantic films.

Original Title: Nun va Goldoon
Countries involved: Iran, France
Language: Farsi
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100% ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
66.
Fargo (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Jerry Lundegaard's inept crime falls apart due to his and his henchmen's bungling and the persistent police work of the quite pregnant Marge Gunderson. (98 mins.)
Director: Joel Coen
“ A wonderful character driven film like all of Coen Brothers films; Frances McDormand is phenomenal.

Countries involved: U.S.
Language: English
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94% ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
67.
Big Night (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A failing Italian restaurant run by two brothers gambles on one special night to try to save the business. (109 mins.)
“ A friend recommended this little known film and I didnt give much thought about it. I was wrong. It was a hearty sumptous feast and a delightful triumph.

Countries involved: U.S.
Language: English
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96% ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
68.
Shine (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Pianist David Helfgott, driven by his father and teachers, has a breakdown. Years later he returns to the piano, to popular if not critical acclaim. (105 mins.)
Director: Scott Hicks
“ An inspiring film from Australia. What a committed actor, Geoffrey Rush.

Countries involved: Australia
Language: English
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91% ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
69.
Secrets & Lies (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A successful black woman discovers that her birth mother is a underprivileged white woman, but the woman denies it. As emotions run high, everyone's secrets are exposed. (136 mins.)
Director: Mike Leigh
“ British family drama does not get better than this.

Countries involved: France, United Kingdom
Language: English
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94% ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
70.
Trainspotting (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Renton, deeply immersed in the Edinburgh drug scene, tries to clean up and get out, despite the allure of the drugs and influence of friends. (94 mins.)
Director: Danny Boyle
“ A landmark film by a genuinely gifted filmmaker before he chose to go all out commercial and sell-out his authenticity.

Countries involved: United Kingdom
Language: English
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89% ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
71.
Drifting Clouds (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The recession hits a couple in Helsinki. (96 mins.)
Director: Aki Kaurismäki
“ A bitter-sweet film with an uplifting ending, "Drifting Clouds" is Kaurismaki's most positive film and it is certainly my favorite. Kaurismaki paints his characters with lots of affection and tenderness. Kati Outinen is fabulous as usual.

Original Title: Kauas Pilvet Karkaavat
Countries involved: Finland
Language: Finnish
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100% ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
72.
Kolya (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Franta Louka is a concert cellist in Soviet-occupied Czechoslovakia, a confirmed bachelor and a lady's man... (105 mins.)
Director: Jan Sverák
“ A sweet little magical film from the Czech Republic....tender and bittersweet.

Original Title: Kolja
Countries involved: Czech Republic
Language: Czech, Slovak, Russian
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95% ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
73.
Thesis (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
While doing a thesis about violence, Ángela finds a snuff video where a girl is tortured until death. Soon she discovers that the girl was a former student in her faculty... (125 mins.)
“ "Tesis" announced the arrival of a promising director, a promise that Amenabar kept through his following works.

Alternate Title: Thesis
Countries involved: Spain
Language: Spanish
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71% ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
74.
The Father (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Mehrollah is a 14-year-old boy who is forced to find a job to support his family after his father dies. He travels to the southern parts of Iran, looking for work. Upon his return to his hometown, he notices certain changes in his family. (96 mins.)
Director: Majid Majidi
“ The difficulty of a teenage boy to accept his mother's second husband, the struggle of a man to integrate his stepson, and the mother's dilemma, this close but gentle observation of a film has all the best ingredients of a classic Majidi film. The desert scenes are almost unbearable to watch.

Alternate Title: Father
Countries involved: Iran
Language: Farsi
Rotten Tomatoes Score: No Reviews Yet ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
75.
Breaking the Waves (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Oilman Jan is paralyzed in an accident. His wife, who prayed for his return, feels guilty; even more, when Jan urges her to have sex with another. (159 mins.)
Director: Lars Von Trier
“ Ignore the cover picture. I assure you it will be an intense cinematic experience.

Countries involved: Spain, Denmark, Sweden, France, Netherlands, Norway, Iceland
Language:English
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86% ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
76.
Lost Highway (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
After a bizarre encounter at a party, a jazz saxophonist is framed for the murder of his wife and sent to prison, where he inexplicably morphs into a young mechanic and begins leading a new life. (134 mins.)
Director: David Lynch
“ Lost Highway will remain as one of the most important films of my life. The three films that changed the role of cinema in my life (from an area of interest to the choice of academic/professional training) are "Lost Highway" along with "Stalker" and "Meshes Of The Afternoon".

Countries involved: France, U.S.
Language: English
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 58% ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
77.
Happy Together (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Yiu-Fai and Po-Wing arrive in Argentina from Hong Kong and take to the road for a holiday. Something is wrong and their relationship goes adrift... (96 mins.)
Director: Kar Wai Wong
“ The sensitive subject is handled with so much ease and comfort that not even once the audience will feel they are watching a different kind of on-screen relationship.

Original Title: Chun Gwong Cha Sit
Countries involved: Hong Kong
Language: Mandarin, Cantonese, Spanish
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 77% ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
78.
Taste of Cherry (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
An Iranian man drives his truck in search of someone who will quietly bury him under a cherry tree after he commits suicide. (95 mins.)
“ Abbas Kiarostami is more of an acquired taste but if you get it you will be addicted to his films. I love the way Kiarostami distorts and questions the medium of cinema itself.

Original Title: Ta'm e Guilass
Countries involved: Iran, France
Language: Farsi
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83% ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
79.
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
“ Original Title: Mononoke Hime
Countries involved: Japan
Language: Japanese
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93% ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
80.
Children of Heaven (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
After a boy loses his sister's pair of shoes, he goes on a series of adventures in order to find them. When he can't, he tries a new way to "win" a new pair. (89 mins.)
Director: Majid Majidi
“ Nothing short of a miracle of a film. My mom's a huge fan.

Original Title: Bacheha Ye Aseman
Countries involved: Iran
Language: Farsi
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 84% ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
81.
L.A. Confidential (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
As corruption grows in 1950s LA, three policemen - one strait-laced, one brutal, and one sleazy - investigate a series of murders with their own brand of justice. (138 mins.)
Director: Curtis Hanson
“ I have read the book by James Elroy and its one of the greatest crime novel of american literature. The film is almost as good. However I recommend the book too.

Countries involved:U.S.
Language: English
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 99% ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
82.
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.)
“ Alejandro Amenabar will always keep you guessing....and this is probably his most imaginative and intelligent work.

Original Title: Abre Los Ojos
Countries involved: Spain, France, Italy
Language: Spanish
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 84% ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
83.
Funny Games (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Two violent young men take a mother, father, and son hostage in their vacation cabin and force them to play sadistic "games" with one another for their own amusement. (108 mins.)
Director: Michael Haneke
“ Very very difficult to watch, vintage Haneke. If you chose to watch this film watch the original version.

Countries involved: Austria
Language: German, French, Italian
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 63% ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
84.
Life Is Beautiful (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
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
“ Hated by many for being too schmaltzy and sticky sweet, I just cant get myself dislike this film. Maybe the whole thing just makes me weak and prevents me to pass a better judgement, but honestly I cant care less. I just love this film, even if its a bad film. Cant be a hypocrite :-)

Original Title: La Vitta e Bella
Countries involved: Italy
Language: Italian, German, English
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80% ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
85.
The Eel (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A businessman kills his adulterous wife and is sent to prison. After the release, he opens a barbershop and meets new people, talking almost to no one except an eel he befriended while in prison. (117 mins.)
Director: Shôhei Imamura
“ Dreamy surreal touches takes this film into a different level of sensitivity.

Original Title: Unagi
Countries involved: Japan
Language: Japanese
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 76% ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
86.
Character (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Jacob Katadreuffe lives mute with his mother, has no contact with his father who only works against him and wants to become a lawyer, at all costs. (122 mins.)
Director: Mike van Diem
“ Original Title: Karakter
Countries involved: Netherlands, Belgium
Language: Dutch, English, German, French
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92% ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
87.
The Sweet Hereafter (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A bus crash in a small town brings a lawyer to the town to defend the families, but he discovers that everything is not what it seems. (112 mins.)
Director: Atom Egoyan
“ Countries involved: Canada
Language: English
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100% ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
88.
The River (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
In Taiwan, Xiao-kang, a young man in his early 20s, lives with his parents in near silence. He is plagued by severe neck pain... (115 mins.)
Director: Ming-liang Tsai
“ Unpleasant and painful its a difficult watch, but a brilliant film nevertheless.

Original Title: he Liu
Countries involved: Taiwan
Language: Mandarin
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 70% ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
89.
Gummo (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Lonely residents of a tornado-stricken Ohio town wander the deserted landscape trying to fulfill their boring, nihilistic lives. (89 mins.)
Director: Harmony Korine
“ Quoting from Wikipedia "Gummo" is about drug abuse, violence, homicide, vandalism, mental illness, poverty, profanity, homosexuality, transsexuality, homophobia, sexual abuse, sexism, suicide, grief, prostitution, animal cruelty, euthanasia and racism. Rarely have I seen such brutal honesty and such guts in an American film. Korine proves once again that American cinema is much more than Hollywood and its alive and kicking.

Countries involved: U.S.
Language: English
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 34% ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
90.
The Celebration (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
At Helge's 60th birthday party, some unpleasant family truths are revealed. (105 mins.)
“ Undoubtedly the best Dogme 95, one of the truly disturbing film.

Original Title: Festen
Countries involved: Denmark, Sweden
Language: Danish, German, English
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92% ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
91.
The Idiots (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The group of people gather at the house in Copenhagen suburb to break all the limitations and to bring out the "inner idiot" in themselves. (117 mins.)
“ Dogme 2 was somewhat of a mild disappointment after Festen but its featured in this list solely because of its makers courage.

Original Title: Idioterne
Countries involved: Denmark
Language: Danish
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 70% ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
92.
Buffalo '66 (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
After being released from prison, Billy is set to visit his parents with his wife, who he does not actually have. This provokes Billy to act out, as he kidnaps a girl and forces her to act as his wife for the visit. (110 mins.)
Director: Vincent Gallo
“ I really cant tell why I am such a great fan of this strange little film, but certainly I haven't seen anything like it yet.

Countries involved: U.S.
Language: English
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 78% ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
93.
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
“ I owed a film ticket to a close friend who did not speak (and still does not) English or any other international language. The only language he knew was Hindi. So as a joke I took him to Lola Rent without letting him know its a German film with English subs. Needless to say he was pissed to the core as he had no clue what was happening as he could not follow the subs. By the time the second run began he realised something is wrong...and then he started screaming in the crowded theater "Hey, these a**holes are cheating us of our money man, they are running the same movie again!!!".....honestly its true.... we still laugh about it.

Original Title: Lola Rent
Countries involved: Germany
Language: German, English, Japanese
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92% ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
94.
I Stand Alone (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A horse meat butcher's life and mind begins to breakdown as he lashes out against various factions of society while attempting to reconnect with his estranged daughter. (93 mins.)
Director: Gaspar Noé
“ A gritty story told mostly in monologues "Seul Contre Tous" is the rage of Gasper Noe. It is a punch in the nose for anything mainstream where human beings are just cocks and holes. Get butchered!!

Original Title: Seul Contre Tous
Countries involved: France
Language: French
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85% ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
95.
Leila (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Leila and Reza meet in a kind of celebration and fall for each other. Having discovered their love,... (102 mins.)
Director: Dariush Mehrjui
“ A humane tragedy between two tormented individuals this film is also about the clash between tradition and religious emotions and the modern way of life. Leila Hatami is one of the most beautiful women of the screen.

Countries involved: Iran
Language: Farsi
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100% ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
96.
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A botched card game in London triggers four friends, thugs, weed-growers, hard gangsters, loan sharks and debt collectors to collide with each other in a series of unexpected events, all for the sake of weed, cash and two antique shotguns. (107 mins.)
Director: Guy Ritchie
“ The funniest dark comedy, its a laugh riot. I feel Guy Ritchie's work is very underrated.

Countries involved: United Kingdom
Language: English
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 73% ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
97.
Pi (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A paranoid mathematician searches for a key number that will unlock the universal patterns found in nature. (84 mins.)
“ Astonishing debut, arrestingly dark and surreal. Wonderful low-budget techniques used to created hallucinatory effects.

Countries involved: U.S.
Language: English, Hebrew
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86% ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
98.
Happiness (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The lives of several individuals intertwine as they go about their lives in their own unique ways, engaging in acts society as a whole might find disturbing in a desperate search for human connection. (134 mins.)
Director: Todd Solondz
“ A very bold and unusual film by Todd Solondz.

Countries involved:U.S.
Language: English, Russian
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 84% ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
99.
Ringu (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Ruthlessly murdered by her father, the ghost of a seer's daughter kills all those seven days after they watch the strange contents of a mysterious video tape, unless the viewer finds the escape clause. (96 mins.)
Director: Hideo Nakata
“ Hideo Nakata created a new language for the horror genre with Ring which has been copied but never bettered. One of the few films that can be really frightening.

Original Title: Ringu
Countries involved: Japan
Language: Japanese
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97% ” - Renegade_Blaze
 
100.
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
“ On this list only because of Fernanda Montenegro. Otherwise not a big Walter Salles fan.

Original Title: Central do Brasil
Countries involved: Brazil, France
Language: Portuguese
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94% ” - Renegade_Blaze