Good Foreign Films

A list of good foreign films excluding American and English films.
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1.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)
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A journalist is aided by a young female hacker in his search for the killer of a woman who has been dead for forty years. (152 mins.)
“ Swedish ” - WingedCreature
 
2.
Léon: The Professional (1994)
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Mathilda, a 12-year-old girl, is reluctantly taken in by Léon, a professional assassin, after her family is murdered. Léon and Mathilda form an unusual relationship, as she becomes his protégée and learns the assassin's trade. (110 mins.)
Director: Luc Besson
“ French film in English ” - WingedCreature
 
3.
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, born with a superior olfactory sense, creates the world's finest perfume. His work, however, takes a dark turn as he searches for the ultimate scent. (147 mins.)
Director: Tom Tykwer
“ Germany | France | Spain | USA ” - WingedCreature
 
4.
Spiral (2005 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Follows criminal investigations in Paris from all the different points of view of a criminal investigation. (52 mins.)
“ French ” - WingedCreature
 
5.
In a Savage Land (1999)
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Two anthropologists married to each other go to an island off of Papua New Guinea for field research in pre-World War II. (115 mins.)
Director: Bill Bennett
“ "Australian" - Filmed in Australia and Papua New Guinea ” - WingedCreature
 
6.
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
“ Spanish ” - WingedCreature
 
7.
Heavenly Creatures (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Two girls have an intense fantasy life; their parents, concerned the fantasy is too intense, separate them, and the girls take revenge. (99 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
“ New Zealand - Based on a true story. ” - WingedCreature
 
8.
A Royal Affair (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A young queen, who is married to an insane king, falls secretly in love with her physician - and together they start a revolution that changes a nation forever. (137 mins.)
Director: Nikolaj Arcel
“ Danish, Swedish and Czech co production ” - WingedCreature
 
9.
The White Massai (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A girl, Carola, whose vacation in Kenya takes an interesting turn when she becomes infatuated with a Masai... (131 mins.)
“ A German film about a German woman living in Switzerland who goes to Africa and it changes her life. Filmed in Africa. Very good movie. ” - WingedCreature
 
10.
La Femme Nikita (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Convicted felon Nikita, instead of going to jail, is given a new identity and trained, stylishly, as a top secret spy/assassin. (117 mins.)
Director: Luc Besson
“ French ” - WingedCreature
 
11.
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.)
“ French ” - WingedCreature
 
12.
The Countess (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A 17th century Hungarian countess embarks on a murderous undertaking, with the belief that bathing in the blood of virgins will preserve her beauty. (98 mins.)
Director: Julie Delpy
 
13.
The City of Lost Children (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A scientist in a surrealist society kidnaps children to steal their dreams, hoping that they slow his aging process. (112 mins.)
“ French ” - WingedCreature
 
14.
Like Minds (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A forensic psychologist (Collette) is tasked with determining whether or not a minor should face murder charges for killing his schoolmate. (110 mins.)
Director: Gregory J. Read
“ Australian/UK co-production ” - WingedCreature
 
15.
Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A Mumbai teen reflects on his upbringing in the slums when he is accused of cheating on the Indian Version of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" (120 mins.)
“ British/Indian Film ” - WingedCreature
 
16.
The Monk (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Madrid, in the seventeenth century. Abandoned at the doorstep of a monastery, Ambrosio has been brought up by the Capucin Friars... (101 mins.)
Director: Dominik Moll
“ Spain | France

based on "The Monk: A Romance" a Gothic novel by Matthew Gregory Lewis, published in 1796 ” - WingedCreature
 
17.
Belladonna (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Luke, a GP is about to get married to vivacious Katherine. On the surface everything is perfect, but... (93 mins.)
Director: Annika Glac
“ Australian film about reincarnation ” - WingedCreature
 
18.
Kenny (2006)
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From the biggest festival to the smallest church social, Kenny Smyth delivers porta-loos to them all... (99 mins.)
“ Australian ” - WingedCreature
 
19.
Mad Love (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
The love story who transformed Juana, Queen of Spain, into Juana "The mad". A story of passions, lies and jealousy with a politic fight behind. (115 mins.)
Director: Vicente Aranda
“ Spanish ” - WingedCreature
 
20.
All the Rivers Run (1983 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Orphaned after a shipwreck off the Victorian coast of Australia, the beautiful and spirited Philadelphia... (400 mins.)
“ Australian ” - WingedCreature
 
21.
Sirens (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
When a painting is termed blasphemous, a young minister and his wife visit the artist... and the three sexually playful models living with him. (98 mins.)
Director: John Duigan
“ Australian ” - WingedCreature
 
22.
The Dish (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A remote Australian community, populated by quirky characters, plays a key role in the first Apollo moon landing. (101 mins.)
Director: Rob Sitch
“ Australian ” - WingedCreature
 
23.
The Secret of Roan Inish (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Young Fiona lives with her grandparents in a small fishing village where she takes and active role to unravel the mysterious secrets. (103 mins.)
Director: John Sayles
“ Irish ” - WingedCreature
 
24.
Wilfred (2007 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A depressed man is the only one who can see his girlfriend's dog as a full grown man in a dog suit. (25 mins.)
“ Australian series:

One man, one woman and a bong smoking dog who thinks he's human. Adam can hardly believe his luck when he is invited home by Sarah. But his joy is quickly turned on his head when he meets Wilfred, Sarah's cantankerous canine, who is determined to make him feel as uncomfortable as possible. When Adam and Sarah start a serious, live-in relationship, Wilfred turns up the torment meter in his quest to drive Adam out of the house. ” - WingedCreature
 
25.
The Killing (2007 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Police detective Sarah Lund investigates difficult cases with personal and political consequences. (57 mins.)
“ Danish

Each series is a different story. The first series is ok - a bit slow and drawn out but the second series is really good. I would almost recommend going straight for the second series. ” - WingedCreature
 
26.
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries (2012 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Our female sleuth sashays through the back lanes and jazz clubs of late 1920s Melbourne, fighting injustice with her pearl-handled pistol and her dagger-sharp wit. (60 mins.)
“ Australian ” - WingedCreature
 
27.
Conversations with My Gardener (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A successful artist, weary of Parisian life and on the verge of divorce, returns to the country to live in his childhood house... (109 mins.)
Director: Jean Becker
“ French ” - WingedCreature
 
28.
Into the White (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Norway, WWII: A group of British and German soldiers find themselves stranded in the wilderness after an aircraft battle. Finding shelter in the same cabin, they realize the only way to survive the winter is to place the rules of war aside. (104 mins.)
Director: Petter Næss
“ Country:Norway | Sweden
Language:English | Norwegian | German

I am not a lover of war films but this is not a "fighting" war film. This mostly takes place is a cabin in Norway and is sort of like The Breakfast Club meets a war film. ” - WingedCreature
 
29.
Belle de Jour (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A frigid young housewife decides to spend her midweek afternoons as a prostitute. (100 mins.)
Director: Luis Bunuel
“ French - similar to "Secret Diary of a Call Girl". ” - WingedCreature
 
30.
My Brilliant Career (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Sybylla Melvyn is an independent young woman who soon after arriving to live with her Grandmother Bossier... (100 mins.)
“ Australian ” - WingedCreature
 
31.
Top of the Lake (2013 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Obsessed with the disappearance of an unripe 12-year-old pregnant girl near a freezing lake in New Zealand, a brave female detective will find herself up against small-town secrets and a side of herself that was meticulously kept at bay. (50 mins.)
“ Takes place in New Zealand

A strange and good mini-series.

Top of the Lake was co-produced by BBC Two in the UK, UKTV in Australia/NZ, and Sundance Channel in the United States. ” - WingedCreature
 
32.
Stranded (2006)
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(52 mins.)
Director: Stuart McDonald
“ Australian ” - WingedCreature
 
33.
South Solitary (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Set in 1928, Meredith is a 35 year-old unmarried woman who arrives at a remote lighthouse island with her uncle, the new head keeper. (121 mins.)
Director: Shirley Barrett
“ Australian ” - WingedCreature
 
34.
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
“ French ” - WingedCreature
 
35.
3 Idiots (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Two friends are searching for their long lost companion. They revisit their college days and recall the memories of their friend who inspired them to think differently, even as the rest of the world called them "idiots". (170 mins.)
Director: Rajkumar Hirani
“ Indian ” - WingedCreature
 
36.
Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A gangster sets out to fulfill his father's dream of becoming a doctor. (156 mins.)
Director: Rajkumar Hirani
“ Indian ” - WingedCreature