Top 50 Non-English Films since 2000

List of foreign films that I rated 8 or above.
I couldn't leave out 7 movies to make it 50.
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1.
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
“ Fatih Akin may overuse coincidence, but it looks more natural than artificial. The Edge of Heaven has a clear message: Forgive! ” - inincubus
 
2.
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.)
“ I like this movie because it proves that plot-driven and character-driven aren't mutually exclusive. ” - inincubus
 
3.
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.)
“ Simply beautiful and compelling. ” - inincubus
 
4.
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.)
“ I'm one of the few film lovers that do not like Tarantino's movies. I think City of God is way cooler than any of Tarantino's. ” - inincubus
 
5.
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.)
“ Full of love!! I fell in love with everything about the film: the characters, ambiance, colors, sounds, story,, etc., ” - inincubus
 
6.
Tulpan (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
On the steppes of Kazakhstan, Asa lives in a yurt with his sister Samal, her husband Ondas, and their three children... (100 mins.)
 
7.
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
“ Original ” - inincubus
 
8.
Bad Education (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
An examination on the effect of Franco-era religious schooling and sexual abuse on the lives of two longtime friends. (106 mins.)
“ Many will disagree with me but this is one of the best Pedro Almodovar's movies. ” - inincubus
 
9.
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.)
“ The female protagonist is hot! :) ” - inincubus
 
10.
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
 
11.
Na-moo-eobs-neun san (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
In Seoul, Korea, two sisters must look after each other when their mother leaves them to search for their estranged father. (89 mins.)
Director: So-yong Kim
“ One of the very very few Korean realism films. Very cute ” - inincubus
 
12.
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.)
“ Russia's Post-Tarkovsky? ” - inincubus
 
13.
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.)
“ Great example of semi-big budget film outside of Hollywood ” - inincubus
 
14.
Russian Ark (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A 19th century French aristocrat, notorious for his scathing memoirs about life in Russia, travels through the Russian State Hermitage Museum and encounters historical figures from the last 200+ years. (99 mins.)
“ Pure Art. shot in 1 continuous shot. You'll enjoy the film if you simply allow yourself to relax and enjoy the art. ” - inincubus
 
15.
Tell No One (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
After eight long years since his beloved wife's hideous murder, unexpectedly, an accidental discovery of two bodies near a Doctor's estate will stir things again in a long-forgotten buried case that nothing is as it appears. (131 mins.)
Director: Guillaume Canet
 
16.
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
“ Everything will have meanings when you're miserable. ” - inincubus
 
17.
Gomorrah (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
An inside look at Italy's modern crime families. (137 mins.)
Director: Matteo Garrone
 
18.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A young Chinese warrior steals a sword from a famed swordsman and then escapes into a world of romantic adventure with a mysterious man in the frontier of the nation. (120 mins.)
Director: Ang Lee
 
19.
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
 
20.
The Lives of Others (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
In 1984 East Berlin, an agent of the secret police, conducting surveillance on a writer and his lover, finds himself becoming increasingly absorbed by their lives. (137 mins.)
 
21.
The Maid (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A drama centered on a maid trying to hold on to her position after having served a family for 23 years. (95 mins.)
“ great performance ” - inincubus
 
22.
The Illusionist (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A French illusionist finds himself out of work and travels to Scotland, where he meets a young woman. Their ensuing adventure changes both their lives forever. (80 mins.)
Director: Sylvain Chomet
 
23.
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
 
24.
The Triplets of Belleville (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
When her grandson is kidnapped during the Tour de France, Madame Souza and her beloved pooch Bruno team up with the Belleville Sisters--an aged song-and-dance team from the days of Fred Astaire--to rescue him. (78 mins.)
Director: Sylvain Chomet
 
25.
Persepolis (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A precocious and outspoken Iranian girl grows up during the Islamic Revolution. (96 mins.)
 
26.
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
 
27.
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. (155 mins.)
Director: Jacques Audiard
 
28.
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
 
29.
Cell 211 (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The story of two men on different sides of a prison riot -- the inmate leading the rebellion and the young guard trapped in the revolt, who poses as a prisoner in a desperate attempt to survive the ordeal. (113 mins.)
Director: Daniel Monzón
 
30.
Head-On (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
With the intention to break free from the strict familial restrictions, a suicidal young woman sets up a marriage of convenience with a forty-year-old addict, an act that will lead to an outburst of envious love. (121 mins.)
Director: Fatih Akin
 
31.
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.)
 
32.
Breathless (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A bitter loan shark strikes a friendship with a troubled schoolgirl as he faces his own troubled past with his abusive father. (130 mins.)
Director: Ik-joon Yang
“ one of the few Korean neo-realism films. ” - inincubus
 
33.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A journalist is aided by a young female hacker in his search for the killer of a woman who has dead for forty years. (152 mins.)
 
34.
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. (99 mins.)
Director: Yimou Zhang
 
35.
I've Loved You So Long (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A woman struggles to interact with her family and find her place in society after spending fifteen years in prison. (117 mins.)
 
36.
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
 
37.
The Edukators (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Three activists cobble together a kidnapping plot after they encounter a businessman in his home. (127 mins.)
 
38.
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
 
39.
Adam's Apples (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A neo-nazi sentenced to community service at a church clashes with the blindly devotional priest. (94 mins.)
 
40.
35 Shots of Rum (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
The relationship between a father and daughter is complicated by the arrival of a handsome young man. (100 mins.)
Director: Claire Denis
 
41.
Tsotsi (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Six days in the violent life of a young Johannesburg gang leader. (94 mins.)
Director: Gavin Hood
 
42.
Machuca (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Two boys observe a political coup in their native Chile. (116 mins.)
Director: Andrés Wood
 
43.
Lebanon (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
During the First Lebanon War in 1982, a lone tank and a paratroopers platoon are dispatched to search a hostile town. (93 mins.)
Director: Samuel Maoz
 
44.
The Barbarian Invasions (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
During his final days, a dying man is reunited with old friends, former lovers, his ex-wife, and his estranged son. (99 mins.)
Director: Denys Arcand
 
45.
In July (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Can Daniel follow the sun from Hamburg to the Bosporus by Friday to meet his love? (99 mins.)
Director: Fatih Akin
 
46.
Sin Nombre (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A Honduran young girl and a Mexican gangster are united in a journey across the American border. (96 mins.)
“ Some people dream to escape to the US just to not die. ” - inincubus
 
47.
Ben X (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
As an alternative to getting bullied at school, an autistic teenager retreats into the world of online role-playing games. (93 mins.)
Director: Nic Balthazar
 
48.
A Christmas Tale (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
The troubled Vuillard family is no stranger to illness, grief, and banishment, but when their matriarch requires a bone-marrow transplant, the estranged clan reunites just in time for Christmas. (150 mins.)
“ very Wes Anderson-Like ” - inincubus
 
49.
Munyurangabo (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
From opposing ethnicities, Ngabo and Sangwa are tested when old-timers warn, "Hutus and Tutsis should... (97 mins.)
Director: Lee Isaac Chung
 
50.
The Milk of Sorrow (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Fausta is suffering from a rare disease called the Milk of Sorrow, which is transmitted through the... (95 mins.)
Director: Claudia Llosa
 
51.
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The true story of Elle editor Jean-Dominique Bauby who suffers a stroke and has to live with an almost totally paralyzed body; only his left eye isn't paralyzed. (112 mins.)
Director: Julian Schnabel
 
52.
The Baader Meinhof Complex (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A look at Germany's terrorist group, The Red Army Faction (RAF), which organized bombings, robberies, kidnappings and assassinations in the late 1960s and '70s. (150 mins.)
Director: Uli Edel
 
53.
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.)
 
54.
Gangster's Paradise: Jerusalema (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A young hoodlum's rise from a small-time criminal to a powerful crime entrepreneur during the turbulent years before and after the fall of apartheid. (119 mins.)
Director: Ralph Ziman
 
55.
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.)
“ stunning portrait of history's most cruel man. ” - inincubus
 
56.
Offside (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Struggle of Women in a country that excludes them from entering the stadiums. (93 mins.)
Director: Jafar Panahi
“ Did you know that in Iran, All Women Are Banned From Men's Sporting Events. Some women football fans dress themselves as men to watch a big football game. ” - inincubus
 
57.
The Island (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Somewhere in Northern Russia in a small Russian Orthodox monastery lives an unusual man whose bizarre conduct confuses his fellow monks, while others who visit the island believe that the man has the power to heal, exorcise demons and foretell the future. (112 mins.)
Director: Pavel Lungin
“ A film that purifies your soul, regardless of whatever religion you have. ” - inincubus