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1.
Nostalgia (1983)
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The Russian poet Andrei Gorchakov, accompanied by guide and translator Eugenia, is traveling through... (125 mins.)
 
2.
Ordet (1955)
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Follows the lives of the Brogen family, as they deal with inner conflict, as well as religious conflict with one and other, and the rest of the town. The various events that unfold throughout the film tests all of their faith and beliefs. (126 mins.)
 
3.
The House Is Black (1963 Documentary)
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Set in a leper colony in the north of Iran, The House is Black juxtaposes "ugliness," of which there is much in the world as stated in the opening scenes, with religion and gratitude. (20 mins.)
 
4.
Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (1965)
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In a Carpathian village, Ivan falls in love with Marichka, the daughter of his father's killer. When tragedy befalls her... (97 mins.)
 
5.
Marketa Lazarová (1967)
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A minor Czech clan falls afoul of the King in medieval times, against the backdrop of Christianity replacing Paganism. (162 mins.)
 
6.
The Leopard (1963)
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The Prince of Salina, a noble aristocrat of impeccable integrity, tries to preserve his family and class amid the tumultuous social upheavals of 1860's Sicily. (187 mins.)
 
7.
Jules and Jim (1962)
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Decades of a love triangle concerning two friends and an impulsive woman. (105 mins.)
 
8.
Alphaville (1965)
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A U.S. secret agent is sent to the distant space city of Alphaville where he must find a missing person and free the city from its tyrannical ruler. (99 mins.)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
 
9.
Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974)
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An almost accidental romance is kindled between a German woman in her mid-sixties and a Moroccan migrant worker around twenty-five years younger. They abruptly decide to marry, appalling everyone around them. (94 mins.)
 
10.
Days of Heaven (1978)
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A hot-tempered farm laborer convinces the woman he loves to marry their rich but dying boss so that they can have a claim to his fortune. (94 mins.)
Director: Terrence Malick
 
11.
In the Mood for Love (2000)
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Two neighbors, a woman and a man, form a strong bond after both suspect extramarital activities of their spouses. However, they agree to keep their bond platonic so as not to commit similar wrongs. (98 mins.)
Director: Kar Wai Wong
 
12.
Dolls (2002)
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Three stories of never-ending love. (114 mins.)
Director: Takeshi Kitano
 
13.
The Bow (2005)
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On a fishing boat at sea, a 60-year old man has been raising a girl since she was a baby. It is agreed that they will get married on her 17th birthday, and she is 16 now. They live a quiet and secluded life, renting the boat to day fishermen and practicing strange divination rites. Their life changes when a teenage student comes aboard... (90 mins.)
Director: Ki-duk Kim
 
14.
The Saragossa Manuscript (1965)
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Upon finding a book that relates his grandfather's story, an officer ventures through Spain meeting a wide array of characters, most of whom have a story of their own to tell. (182 mins.)
Director: Wojciech Has
 
15.
The Color of Pomegranates (1969)
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A super-stylized, surreal biography of Armenian troubadour Sayat Nova, whose life is depicted through non-narrative amalgamations of poetic images. (79 mins.)
 
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Black Girl (1966)
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A black girl from Senegal becomes a servant in France. (65 mins.)
Director: Ousmane Sembene
 
18.
Destiny (1997)
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The story is set in the 12th century in Arab-ruled Spanish province Andalusia, where famed philosopher... (135 mins.)
Director: Youssef Chahine
 
19.
The Red and the White (1967)
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In 1919, Hungarian Communists aid the Bolsheviks' defeat of Czarists, the Whites. Near the Volga, a... (90 mins.)
Director: Miklós Jancsó
 
20.
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972)
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A surreal, virtually plotless series of dreams centered around six middle-class people and their consistently interrupted attempts to have a meal together. (102 mins.)
Director: Luis Bunuel
 
21.
Through a Glass Darkly (1961)
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Recently released from a mental hospital; Karin rejoins her emotionally disconnected family and their island home, only to slip from reality as she begins to believe she is being visited by God. (89 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
 
22.
Ikiru (1952)
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A bureaucrat tries to find a meaning in his life after he discovers he has terminal cancer. (143 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
23.
Tokyo Story (1953)
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An old couple visit their children and grandchildren in the city; but the children have little time for them. (136 mins.)
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
 
24.
Pather Panchali (1955)
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Impoverished priest Harihar Ray, dreaming of a better life for himself and his family, leaves his rural Bengal village in search of work. (125 mins.)
Director: Satyajit Ray
 
25.
I Am Cuba (1964)
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Four vignettes about the lives of the Cuban people set during the pre-revolutionary era. (108 mins.)
 
26.
Diary of a Country Priest (1951)
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A young priest taking over the parish at Ambricourt tries to fulfill his duties even as he fights a mysterious stomach ailment. (115 mins.)
Director: Robert Bresson
 
27.
The Spirit of the Beehive (1973)
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A sensitive seven-year-old girl living in 1940 in a small Spanish village is traumatized after viewing the movie "Frankenstein" and drifts into her own fantasy world. (97 mins.)
Director: Víctor Erice
 
28.
Werckmeister Harmonies (2000)
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An innocent young man witnesses violence breaks out after an isolated village is inflamed by the arrival of a circus and its peculiar attractions, a giant whale and a mysterious man named "The Prince". (145 mins.)
 
29.
Make Way for Tomorrow (1937)
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An elderly couple are forced to separate when they lose their house and none of their five children will take both parents in. (91 mins.)
Director: Leo McCarey
 
30.
Sansho the Bailiff (1954)
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In Medieval Japan a compassionate governor is sent into exile. His wife and children try to join him, but are separated, and the children grow up amid suffering and oppression. (124 mins.)
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
 
31.
Ugetsu (1953)
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A fantastic tale of war, love, family and ambition set in the midst of the Japanese Civil Wars of the sixteenth century. (96 mins.)
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
 
32.
A Man Escaped (1956)
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Captured French Resistance fighter Andre Devigny awaits a certain death sentence for espionage in a stark Nazi prison... (99 mins.)
Director: Robert Bresson
 
33.
Brightness (1987)
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A young man with magical powers journeys to his uncle to request help in fighting his sorcerer father. (105 mins.)
 
34.
The Cow (1969)
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An old villager deeply in love with his cow goes to the capital for a while. While he's there, the cow dies and now the villagers are afraid of his possible reaction to it when he returns. (105 mins.)
Director: Dariush Mehrjui
 
35.
Diamonds of the Night (1964)
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Diamonds in the night is the tense, brutal story of two Jewish boys who escape from a train transporting them from one concentration camp to another... (63 mins.)
Director: Jan Nemec
 
36.
Incendies (2010)
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Twins journey to the Middle East to discover their family history, and fulfill their mother's last wishes. (139 mins.)
 
37.
Nobody Knows (2004)
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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.)
 
38.
Wings of Desire (1987)
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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
 
39.
Wristcutters: A Love Story (2006)
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A film set in a strange afterlife way station that has been reserved for people who have committed suicide. (88 mins.)
Director: Goran Dukic
 
40.
The Seventh Continent (1989)
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A European family who plan on escaping to Australia, seem caught up in their daily routine, only troubled by minor incidents. However, behind their apparent calm and repetitive existence, they are actually planning something sinister. (104 mins.)
Director: Michael Haneke
 
41.
Cleo from 5 to 7 (1962)
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Cleo, a singer and hypochondriac, becomes increasingly worried that she might have cancer while awaiting test results from her doctor. (90 mins.)
Director: Agnès Varda
 
42.
The Rules of the Game (1939)
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A bourgeois life in France at the onset of World War II, as the rich and their poor servants meet up at a French chateau. (110 mins.)
Director: Jean Renoir
 
43.
The Band's Visit (2007)
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A band comprised of members of the Egyptian police force head to Israel to play at the inaugural ceremony of an Arab arts center, only to find themselves lost in the wrong town. (87 mins.)
Director: Eran Kolirin
 
44.
Being There (1979)
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A simple, sheltered gardener becomes an unlikely trusted advisor to a powerful businessman and an insider in Washington politics. (130 mins.)
Director: Hal Ashby
 
45.
Stranger Than Paradise (1984)
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A self-styled New York hipster is paid a surprise visit by his younger cousin from Budapest. From initial... (89 mins.)
Director: Jim Jarmusch
 
46.
The Match Factory Girl (1990)
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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
 
47.
Kes (1969)
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A young, English working-class boy spends his free time caring for and training his pet falcon. (110 mins.)
Director: Kenneth Loach
 
48.
Late Spring (1949)
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Noriko is twenty-seven years old and still living with her widowed father. Everybody tries to talk her into marrying, but Noriko wants to stay at home caring for her father. (108 mins.)
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
 
49.
The Human Condition I: No Greater Love (1959)
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A Japanese pacifist, unable to face the dire consequences of conscientious objection, is transformed by his attempts to compromise with the demands of war-time Japan. (208 mins.)
 
50.
The Idiot (1951)
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A Japanese veteran, driven partially mad from the war, travels to the snowy island of Kameda where he soon enters a love triangle with his best friend and a disgraced woman. (166 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
51.
Hamoun (1990)
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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
 
52.
It's Winter (2006)
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The struggle to survive, for a generation, torn between wanting to leave its country, yet bound by blood to home. (86 mins.)
Director: Rafi Pitts
 
53.
Garage Olimpo (1999)
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In the 70's, eighteen year-old Maria Fabiani lives with her French mother Diane in an old house in Buenos Aires... (98 mins.)
Director: Marco Bechis