My Top Non-English Speaking Movies

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1.
Y Tu Mamá También (2001)
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In Mexico, two teenage boys and an attractive older woman embark on a road trip and learn a thing or two about life, friendship, sex, and each other. (106 mins.)
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
 
2.
Bad Education (2004)
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An examination on the effect of Franco-era religious schooling and sexual abuse on the lives of two longtime friends. (106 mins.)
 
3.
Volver (2006)
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After her death, a mother returns to her home town in order to fix the situations she couldn't resolve during her life. (121 mins.)
 
4.
Talk to Her (2002)
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Two men share an odd friendship while they care for two women who are both in deep comas. (112 mins.)
 
5.
La Vie en Rose (2007)
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Biopic of the iconic French singer Édith Piaf. Raised by her grandmother in a brothel, she was discovered while singing on a street corner at the age of 19. Despite her success, Piaf's life was filled with tragedy. (140 mins.)
Director: Olivier Dahan
 
6.
Nico and Dani (2000)
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A Spanish coming of age story focusing on the antics of two 17 year olds, who have a posh beach house almost all to themselves one summer. This is also a summer of sexual awakenings. (91 mins.)
Director: Cesc Gay
 
7.
Castaway on the Moon (2009)
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A failed suicide attempt leads a heartbroken man to live a life in the wilderness. (116 mins.)
Director: Hae-jun Lee
 
8.
For 80 Days (2010)
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Where is the thin line that separates friendship from desire? After more than 50 years without seeing each other, two 70 years old women dare crossing the line. (104 mins.)
 
9.
Show Me Love (1998)
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Two teenage girls in small-town Sweden. Elin is beautiful, popular, and bored with life. Agnes is friendless, sad, and secretly in love with Elin. (89 mins.)
Director: Lukas Moodysson
 
10.
Lilya 4-Ever (2002)
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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
 
11.
The Idiots (1998)
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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.)
 
12.
The Celebration (1998)
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At Helge's 60th birthday party, some unpleasant family truths are revealed. (105 mins.)
 
13.
Elling (2001)
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When his mother, who has sheltered him his entire 40 years, dies, Elling, a sensitive, would-be poet... (89 mins.)
Director: Petter Næss
 
14.
Jalla! Jalla! (2000)
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Roro, a foreign worker in Swedish parks, loves his girlfriend but is about to marry another girl to prevent her from being sent back to Lebanon... (88 mins.)
Director: Josef Fares
 
15.
You, the Living (2007)
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You, the Living is a film about humankind, its greatness and its baseness, joy and sorrow, its self-confidence and anxiety, its desire to love and be loved. (95 mins.)
Director: Roy Andersson
 
16.
Together (2000)
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It is the 70s and a group of very different individuals live together as a community. One of the members sister... (106 mins.)
Director: Lukas Moodysson
 
17.
Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
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In the falangist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world. (118 mins.)
 
18.
A Soap (2006)
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A tragicomedy focused on the relationship between the owner of a beauty clinic and a transgender woman. (104 mins.)
 
19.
Downfall (2004)
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Traudl Junge, the final secretary for Adolf Hitler, tells of the Nazi dictator's final days in his Berlin bunker at the end of WWII. (156 mins.)
 
20.
The Lives of Others (2006)
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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.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
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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
 
22.
House of Flying Daggers (2004)
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A romantic police captain breaks a beautiful member of a rebel group out of prison to help her rejoin her fellows, but things are not what they seem. (119 mins.)
Director: Yimou Zhang
 
23.
Sophie Scholl: The Final Days (2005)
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A dramatization of the final days of Sophie Scholl, one of the most famous members of the German World War II anti-Nazi resistance movement, The White Rose. (120 mins.)
Director: Marc Rothemund
 
24.
Amélie (2001)
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Amélie is an innocent and naive girl in Paris with her own sense of justice. She decides to help those around her and, along the way, discovers love. (122 mins.)
 
25.
The Class (2008)
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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
 
26.
Life Is Beautiful (1997)
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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
 
27.
The Pinchcliffe Grand Prix (1975)
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Reodor Felgen decides that he will enter a car race to defeat his former friend who has stolen his plans for a car. (88 mins.)
Director: Ivo Caprino
 
28.
C.R.A.Z.Y. (2005)
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A young French-Canadian, growing up in the 1960s and 1970s, struggles to reconcile his emerging homosexuality with his father's conservative values and his own Catholic beliefs. (127 mins.)
 
29.
The Man Who Loved Yngve (2008)
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A teenage boy loses his footing when he finds himself drawn to the new boy in class. (90 mins.)
 
30.
Hawaii, Oslo (2004)
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Hawaii, Oslo is the story of a handful of people who cross each other's path without necessarily knowing each other... (125 mins.)
Director: Erik Poppe
 
31.
The Orphanage (2007)
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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
 
32.
A Brand New Life (2009)
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Inspired by her childhood, French-Korean filmmaker Ounie Lecomte recounts the emotional journey of a little girl abandoned by her father in an orphanage. (92 mins.)
Director: Ounie Lecomte
 
33.
Involuntary (2008)
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In several unrelated stories, the consequences of putting ones foot down - or failing to do so - are explored. (98 mins.)
Director: Ruben Östlund
 
34.
Say That You Love Me (2006)
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Fatou is desperate for love and affection, so she and her friend put out half naked pictures on the net, and meet older boys. The boys know how to take advantage of that, and then it goes awfully wrong. (87 mins.)
Director: Daniel Fridell
 
35.
Triple Dare (2006)
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Three teenage girls create their own rite of passage into adulthood, forcing one another to face sexual challenges and cross many boundaries. (92 mins.)
 
36.
Love Me If You Dare (2003)
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As adults, best friends Julien and Sophie continue the odd game they started as children -- a fearless competition to outdo one another with daring and outrageous stunts. While they often act out to relieve one another's pain, their game might be a way to avoid the fact that they are truly meant for one another. (93 mins.)
Director: Yann Samuell
 
37.
Maria Full of Grace (2004)
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A pregnant Colombian teenager becomes a drug mule to make some desperately needed money for her family. (101 mins.)
Director: Joshua Marston
 
38.
I'm Not Scared (2003)
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A young boy accidentally discovers a deep hole in the ground, where another boy is kept prisoner. (108 mins.)
 
39.
Ringu (1998)
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A reporter and her ex-husband investigate a cursed video tape that is rumored to kill the viewer seven days after watching it. (96 mins.)
Director: Hideo Nakata
 
40.
Oslo, August 31st (2011)
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One day in the life of Anders, a young recovering drug addict, who takes a brief leave from his treatment center to interview for a job and catch up with old friends in Oslo. (95 mins.)
Director: Joachim Trier
 
41.
The Wave (2008)
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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
 
42.
The Housemaid (2010)
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A man's affair with his family's housemaid leads to dark consequences. (106 mins.)
Director: Sang-soo Im
 
43.
Sons of Norway (2011)
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It's not easy to rebel when your dad wants to join the party... One day (in 1979), Magnus and his son... (87 mins.)
Director: Jens Lien
 
44.
The Intouchables (2011)
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After he becomes a quadriplegic from a paragliding accident, an aristocrat hires a young man from the projects to be his caregiver. (112 mins.)
 
45.
Eat Sleep Die (2012)
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A young Eastern European immigrant, working in Sweden, is faced with a painful choice when she's laid off from her factory in the name of efficiencies. (104 mins.)
 
46.
No (2012)
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An ad executive comes up with a campaign to defeat Augusto Pinochet in Chile's 1988 referendum. (118 mins.)
Director: Pablo Larraín
 
47.
The Hunt (2012)
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A teacher lives a lonely life, all the while struggling over his son's custody. His life slowly gets better as he finds love and receives good news from his son, but his new luck is about to be brutally shattered by an innocent little lie. (115 mins.)
 
48.
The Experiment (2001)
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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.)
 
49.
Mommy (2014)
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A widowed single mother, raising her violent son alone, finds new hope when a mysterious neighbor inserts herself into their household. (139 mins.)
Director: Xavier Dolan