Great Unforgettable Non-English-Speaking Movies

between 1980 until 2012
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1.
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
 
2.
The Secret in Their Eyes (2009)
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A retired legal counselor writes a novel hoping to find closure for one of his past unresolved homicide cases and for his unreciprocated love with his superior - both of which still haunt him decades later. (129 mins.)
 
3.
Everybody's Fine (1990)
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Matteo Scuro is a retired Sicilian bureaucrat (responsible mainly for the writing of birth certificates) and a father of five children... (118 mins.)
 
4.
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.)
 
5.
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.)
 
6.
After the Wedding (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A manager of an orphanage in India is sent to Copenhagen, Denmark, where he discovers a life-altering family secret. (120 mins.)
Director: Susanne Bier
 
7.
The Lives of Others (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
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.)
 
8.
The Wave (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
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
 
9.
The Official Story (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
After the end of the Dirty War, a high school teacher sets out to find out who the mother of her adopted daughter is. (112 mins.)
Director: Luis Puenzo
 
10.
Himalaya (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
An aging chief's last stand, lessons for the new, and the education of a young chief-to-be played against harsh Nature in Nepal's Dolpo... (108 mins.)
 
11.
Malèna (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Amidst the war climate, a teenage boy discovering himself becomes love-stricken by Malèna, a sensual woman living in a small, narrow-minded Italian town. (109 mins.)
 
12.
Kolya (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Franta Louka is a concert cellist in Soviet-occupied Czechoslovakia, a confirmed bachelor and a lady's man... (105 mins.)
Director: Jan Sverák
 
13.
Divided We Fall (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
In Nazi occupied Czechoslovakia, a childless couple agree to hide a Jewish friend at great personal risk of discovery and execution. (120 mins.)
Director: Jan Hrebejk
 
14.
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
 
15.
A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A family is haunted by the tragedies of deaths within the family. (115 mins.)
Director: Kim Jee-woon
 
16.
The Memory of a Killer (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Vincke and Verstuyft are the best detectives of the Antwerp police department. They are confronted with the murder on a leading executive and put all their effort to catch the murderer. (123 mins.)
Director: Erik Van Looy
 
17.
Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
This is a life story of three girlfriends from youth to autumn ages. Their dreams and wishes, love, disillusions... (150 mins.)
 
18.
The Willow Tree (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Youssef, a blind university professor, is suddenly diagnosed with a fatal disease and must undergo treatment in France. Back home, will he find the life he had before? (96 mins.)
Director: Majid Majidi
 
19.
Children of Heaven (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 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
 
20.
The Eighth Day (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
An unusual and wonderful friendship develops between a busy but unhappy salesman and a resident of a mental asylum. (118 mins.)
 
21.
Baran (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
In a building site in present-day Tehran, Lateef, a 17-year-old Turkish worker is irresistibly drawn to Rahmat, a young Afghan worker. The revelation of Rahmat's secret changes both their lives. (94 mins.)
Director: Majid Majidi
 
22.
The Tunnel (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Based on a true story a group of East Berliners escaping to the West. Harry Melchior was a champion... (150 mins.)
 
23.
The Sea Inside (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The factual story of Spaniard Ramon Sampedro, who fought a thirty-year campaign in favor of euthanasia and his own right to die. (125 mins.)
 
24.
In the Mood for Love (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
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
 
25.
Under the Sun (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Olof lives alone on a farm after the death of his mother. Unable to read and write, he is dependent on his younger friend, Erik. Olof advertises for a housekeeper, and Ellen arrives. During summer Olof's heart and Erik's desires develops. (130 mins.)
Director: Colin Nutley
 
26.
Downfall (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
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.)
 
27.
Zelary (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A nurse and her surgeon-lover are part of a resistance movement in 1940s Czechoslovakia. When they are discovered... (150 mins.)
Director: Ondrej Trojan
 
28.
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
 
29.
Talk to Her (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Two men share an odd friendship while they care for two women who are both in deep comas. (112 mins.)
 
30.
Nowhere in Africa (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A German Jewish refugee family moves to and adjusts to a farm life in 1930s Kenya. (141 mins.)
Director: Caroline Link
 
31.
The Unknown Woman (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Haunted by a horrible past, a Ukrainian young woman calculatedly insinuates herself into the life of a rich Italian family. (118 mins.)
 
32.
A Pure Formality (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Onoff is a famous writer who hasn't published any new books for quite some time and has become a recluse... (108 mins.)
 
33.
The Star Maker (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A photographer and the types of people he encounters. (113 mins.)
 
34.
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 in 1206. (126 mins.)
Director: Sergey Bodrov
 
35.
Breaking the Waves (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Oilman Jan is paralyzed in an accident. His wife, who prayed for his return, feels guilty; even more, when Jan urges her to have sex with another. (159 mins.)
Director: Lars Von Trier