foreign movies that i think everybody should watch

these are some of the foreign movies that i watched and loved (no particular order and probably lot of asian and french cinema plus i'll be updating as i watch more foreign movies)
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1.
The Chorus (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The new teacher at a severely administered boys' boarding school works to positively affect the students' lives through music. (97 mins.)
“ hilarious yet heartwarming ” - jalalcool89
 
2.
As It Is in Heaven (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A successful international conductor suddenly interrupts his career and returns alone to his childhood village in Norrland... (133 mins.)
Director: Kay Pollak
“ so great and different plus great soundtrack ” - jalalcool89
 
3.
Monsieur Lazhar (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
At a Montréal public grade school, an Algerian immigrant is hired to replace a popular teacher who committed suicide in her classroom. While helping his students deal with their grief, his own recent loss is revealed. (94 mins.)
“ about a teacher in a different culture :amazing story ” - jalalcool89
 
4.
My Sassy Girl (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Based on a series of true stories posted by Ho-sik Kim on the Internet describing his relationship with his girlfriend... (123 mins.)
Director: Jae-young Kwak
“ a really funny romance and great characters ” - jalalcool89
 
5.
The Classic (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Shy Ji-hae's friend is having problems expressing her feelings to the boy she loves, so she asks Ji-hae to write e-mails to him in her name... (127 mins.)
Director: Jae-young Kwak
“ same director of my sassy girl and just as amazing a movie ” - jalalcool89
 
6.
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
“ oscar winner and for a reason :about a dying man and the last days with family and friends ” - jalalcool89
 
7.
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
“ another french masterpiece about the tense interaction between teacher and students in a French multiracial high school ” - jalalcool89
 
8.
The Intouchables (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
After he becomes a quadriplegic from a paragliding accident, an aristocrat hires a young man from the projects to be his caregiver. (112 mins.)
“ really funny with great story and amazing performances definitely deserves a place in my all-time favorite list ” - jalalcool89
 
9.
Love Me If You Dare (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A love story between two psychopaths that turns into a dare-or-not-dare game. (93 mins.)
Director: Yann Samuell
“ a different kind of romance :it's a love it or hate it flick ” - jalalcool89
 
10.
The Man from Nowhere (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A quiet pawnshop keeper with a violent past takes on a drug-and-organ trafficking ring in hope of saving the child who is his only friend. (119 mins.)
Director: Jeong-beom Lee
“ imagine a twist on man on fire but done better with some powerful emotional moments ” - jalalcool89
 
11.
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
“ great crime movie from korea ” - jalalcool89
 
12.
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.)
“ awsome comedy movie from france with the amazing Audrey Tautou(from amelie) ” - jalalcool89
 
13.
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.)
“ most known french movie probably and that's for a reason ” - jalalcool89
 
14.
The Raid: Redemption (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A S.W.A.T. team becomes trapped in a tenement run by a ruthless mobster and his army of killers and thugs. (101 mins.)
“ amazing action movie and probably better than most hollywood action flicks lately ” - jalalcool89
 
15.
The Guard (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
An unorthodox Irish policeman with a confrontational personality is partnered with an up-tight F.B.I. agent to investigate an international drug-smuggling ring. (96 mins.)
“ amazing comedy crime mixture with great performance from Brendan Gleeson ” - jalalcool89
 
16.
In Bruges (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Guilt-stricken after a job gone wrong, hitman Ray and his partner await orders from their ruthless boss in Bruges, Belgium, the last place in the world Ray wants to be. (107 mins.)
Director: Martin McDonagh
“ another crime comedy and this time it's farell that surprises ” - jalalcool89
 
17.
Once (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A modern-day musical about a busker and an immigrant and their eventful week in Dublin, as they write, rehearse and record songs that tell their love story. (85 mins.)
Director: John Carney
“ with an amazing soundtrack and a great story this one deserves the highest ranks ” - jalalcool89
 
18.
The Flowers of War (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A Westerner finds refuge with a group of women in a church during Japan's rape of Nanking in 1937. Posing as a priest, he attempts to lead the women to safety. (146 mins.)
Director: Yimou Zhang
“ don't let the presence of bale fool you this is a chinese movie and a great one at that ” - jalalcool89
 
19.
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
“ defenitly a must ” - jalalcool89
 
20.
A Separation (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A married couple are faced with a difficult decision - to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimer's disease. (123 mins.)
Director: Asghar Farhadi
“ one of the best drama movies in the last decade ” - jalalcool89
 
21.
Swades (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A successful Indian scientist returns to an Indian village to take his nanny to America with him and in the process rediscovers his roots. (210 mins.)
“ a bit long but so are most hindi movies with amazing performance from srk and a great story ” - jalalcool89
 
22.
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
“ amazing movie for jet li ” - jalalcool89
 
23.
Shaolin Soccer (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A young Shaolin follower reunites with his discouraged brothers to form a soccer team using their martial art skills to their advantage. (113 mins.)
Director: Stephen Chow
“ amazing movie by Stephen Chow and probably a classic ” - jalalcool89
 
24.
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
“ another nice movie by stephen chow ” - jalalcool89
 
25.
Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
The people of a small village in Victorian India stake their future on a game of cricket against their ruthless British rulers. (224 mins.)
“ another great movie from india ” - jalalcool89
 
26.
Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
When the head of a statue sacred to a village is stolen, a young martial artist goes to the big city and finds himself taking on the underworld to retrieve it. (108 mins.)
Director: Prachya Pinkaew
“ a great action movie ” - jalalcool89
 
27.
Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Naina, an introverted, perpetually depressed girl's life changes when she meets Aman. But Aman has a secret of his own which changes their lives forever. Embroiled in all this is Rohit, Naina's best friend who conceals his love for her. (186 mins.)
Director: Nikhil Advani
“ what a movie a great romantic movie with an amazing performance by the lead ” - jalalcool89
 
28.
L'enfant (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Bruno and Sonia, a young couple living off her benefit and the thefts committed by his gang, have a new source of money: their newborn son. (95 mins.)
“ a movie from Belgium from the Dardenne brothers about young couple and their newborn ” - jalalcool89
 
29.
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. (84 mins.)
“ another movie from the Dardenne brothers about an 11 year old kid and his relentless quest towards acceptance by his father and everybody else ” - jalalcool89
 
30.
Heartbreaker (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Alex and his sister run a business designed to break up relationships. They are hired by a rich man to break up the wedding of his daughter. The only problem is that they only have one week to do so. (105 mins.)
Director: Pascal Chaumeil
“ if ur into comedy romances this is one of the best :the way hollywood forgot how to make ” - jalalcool89
 
31.
Ruby & Quentin (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
After hiding his loot and getting thrown in jail, Ruby, a brooding outlaw encounters Quentin, a dim-witted and garrulous giant who befriends him... (85 mins.)
Director: Francis Veber
“ nice comedy from france with great performance from both Gérard Dépardieu and Jean Reno ” - jalalcool89
 
32.
Love in a Puff (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Since 2007, the Hong Kong health authorities have implemented an anti-smoking law that bans people from smoking in all indoor areas... (104 mins.)
Director: Ho-Cheung Pang
“ another well done romantic comedy from china (if u watch it be sure to watch the sequel by the same writer) ” - jalalcool89
 
33.
Devdas (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
After his wealthy family prohibits him from marrying the woman he is in love with, Devdas Mukherjee's life spirals further and further out of control as he takes up alcohol and a life of vice to numb the pain. (185 mins.)
“ a bafta nominee and a cult classic in india (if u wanna know what a tragedy is ,then Devdas is best example ” - jalalcool89
 
34.
Cyborg Girl (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Jiro is a lonely university student. One day he meets a beautiful and interesting woman who turns out to be a Cyborg lacking manners and emotions. (115 mins.)
Director: Jae-young Kwak
“ a movie by the same writer of my sassy girl with a si-fi twist but still a great movie ” - jalalcool89
 
35.
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
“ an almost silent film yet so wonderfull ” - jalalcool89
 
36.
House of Flying Daggers (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
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
“ an amazing adventure ” - jalalcool89
 
37.
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
“ action movie yet heartfelt (be sure if u watch it to see the sequel) ” - jalalcool89
 
38.
Fearless (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A biography of Chinese Martial Arts Master Huo Yuanjia, who is the founder and spiritual guru of the Jin Wu Sports Federation. (104 mins.)
Director: Ronny Yu
“ one of the best martial arts movies of this generation., with a Stunning Performance from jet li ” - jalalcool89
 
39.
The Protector (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A young fighter named Kham must go to Australia to retrieve his stolen elephant. With the help of a Thai-born Australian detective, Kham must take on all comers, including a gang led by an evil woman and her two deadly bodyguards. (111 mins.)
Director: Prachya Pinkaew
“ tony jaa search for his elephan : a different kind of action flick but great nonetheless ” - jalalcool89
 
40.
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
“ is on everybody's list and for a reason ” - jalalcool89
 
41.
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
“ an oscar winner and a musical on top wich makes the recipe of success ” - jalalcool89
 
42.
A Moment to Remember (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A Korean love story about a young couple's enduring love, which is tested when 27 year old Sun-jin is diagnosed with a rare form of Alzheimer's disease. (117 mins.)
Director: John H. Lee
“ a tear jerker that u can't help but fall for ” - jalalcool89
 
43.
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
“ in one word it's beautifull ” - jalalcool89
 
44.
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.)
“ heartbreaking ” - jalalcool89