Great Foreign Films of the Last Three Decades

An on-going list of foreign-language films that I have enjoyed from the last three decades.
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1.
The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The dramatization of a motorcycle road trip Che Guevara went on in his youth that showed him his life's calling. (126 mins.)
Director: Walter Salles
“ (Spanish, Argentina) ” - mrenel
 
2.
Amélie (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Amélie is an innocent and naive girl in Paris with her own sense of justice. She decides to help those around her and, along the way, discovers love. (122 mins.)
“ (France) ” - mrenel
 
3.
Y Tu Mamá También (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
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
“ (Spanish, Mexico) ” - mrenel
 
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.)
“ (Portuguese, Brazil) ” - mrenel
 
5.
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.)
“ (Spanish, Mexico/Spain) ” - mrenel
 
6.
Good Bye Lenin! (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
In 1990, to protect his fragile mother from a fatal shock after a long coma, a young man must keep her from learning that her beloved nation of East Germany as she knew it has disappeared. (121 mins.)
Director: Wolfgang Becker
“ (Germany) ” - mrenel
 
7.
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 in his search for a woman who has been missing -- or dead -- for forty years by a young female hacker. (152 mins.)
“ (Sweden) ” - mrenel
 
8.
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
“ (French/Arabic/Corsican, France/Italy) ” - mrenel
 
9.
Antonia's Line (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A Dutch matron establishes and, for several generations, oversees a close-knit, matriarchal community where feminism and liberalism thrive. (102 mins.)
Director: Marleen Gorris
“ (Dutch, Netherlands) ” - mrenel
 
10.
Maria Full of Grace (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A pregnant Colombian teenager becomes a drug mule to make some desperately needed money for her family. (101 mins.)
Director: Joshua Marston
“ (Spanish, Colombia/U.S.) ” - mrenel
 
11.
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
“ (France/Belgium/Canada/U.K.) ” - mrenel
 
12.
Volver (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
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.)
“ (Spain) ” - mrenel
 
13.
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
“ (Italy) ” - mrenel
 
14.
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.)
“ (Spanish, Mexico/U.S.) ” - mrenel
 
15.
The Last Kiss (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Carlo's life is thrown into a tailspin when his longtime girlfriend Giulia announces she's pregnant... (115 mins.)
“ (Italy) ” - mrenel
 
16.
La Vie en Rose (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The life story of singer Édith Piaf. (140 mins.)
Director: Olivier Dahan
“ (France) ” - mrenel
 
17.
The Crime of Father Amaro (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Politics and sexual passions threaten to corrupt a young, newly-ordained priest in a small Mexican town. (118 mins.)
Director: Carlos Carrera
“ (Spanish, Mexico/Spain/Argentina) ” - mrenel
 
18.
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
“ (France) ” - mrenel
 
19.
Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The story recounts the early life of Genghis Khan who was a slave before going on to conquer half the world including Russia in 1206. (126 mins.)
Director: Sergey Bodrov
“ (Mongolian, Mongolia/Germany/Russia/Kazakhstan) ” - mrenel
 
20.
The Dinner Game (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
To amuse themselves at a weekly dinner, a few well-heeled folk each bring a dimwit along who is to talk about his pastime... (80 mins.)
Director: Francis Veber
“ (France) ” - mrenel
 
21.
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.)
“ (Italy) ” - mrenel
 
22.
Coco Before Chanel (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
The story of Coco Chanel's rise from obscure beginnings to the heights of the fashion world. (105 mins.)
Director: Anne Fontaine
“ (France) ” - mrenel
 
23.
Children of Heaven (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 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
“ (Farsi, Iran) ” - mrenel
 
24.
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
“ (Mandarin, China/Hong Kong) ” - mrenel
 
25.
Ladrón que roba a ladrón (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Two former thieves reunite to rob the biggest thief they know -- Moctesuma Valdez, a TV infomercial guru who's made millions selling worthless health products to poor Latino immigrants. When none of their affiliates want to go undercover as day laborers to pull off the heist, the two men turn to the real thing for help. (98 mins.)
Director: Joe Menendez
“ (Spanish) ” - mrenel
 
26.
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
“ (Italy) ” - mrenel
 
27.
A Very Long Engagement (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Tells the story of a young woman's relentless search for her fiancé, who has disappeared from the trenches of the Somme during World War One. (133 mins.)
“ (France) ” - mrenel
 
28.
Joyeux Noel (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
In December 1914, an unofficial Christmas truce on the Western Front allows soldiers from opposing sides of the First World War to gain insight into each other's way of life. (116 mins.)
“ (French, France/Germany/U.K./Belgium/Romania) ” - mrenel
 
29.
Secuestro express (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Young couple Carla (Maestro) and Martin (Leroux) are abducted by three men and spend a terrifying night in Caracas as they wait for Carla's father (Blades) to hand over the ransom. (90 mins.)
“ (Spanish, Venezuela) ” - mrenel
 
30.
Biutiful (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
This is the story of Uxbal, a man living in this world, but able to see his death, which guides his every move. (148 mins.)
“ (Spanish, Mexico/Spain) ” - mrenel
 
31.
Priceless (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Through a set of wacky circumstances, a young gold digger mistakenly woos a mild-mannered bartender thinking he's a wealthy suitor. (106 mins.)
“ (France) ” - mrenel
 
32.
The Princess of Montpensier (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Bertrand Tavernier is in top form with this gripping, superbly mounted drama set against the savage... (139 mins.)
“ (France) ” - mrenel
 
33.
Rudo y Cursi (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Two siblings rival each other inside the world of professional soccer. (106 mins.)
Director: Carlos Cuarón
“ (Spanish, Mexico) ” - mrenel
 
34.
The Stoning of Soraya M. (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A drama set in 1986 Iran and centered on a man, Sahebjam, whose car breaks down in a remote village and enters into a conversation with Zahra... (114 mins.)
Director: Cyrus Nowrasteh
“ (Farsi, Iran) ” - mrenel
 
35.
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
“ (Spanish, Mexico) ” - mrenel