Best Foreign Language Film Winners I've Seen (in release order)

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1.
Shoeshine (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Two shoeshine boys in postwar Rome, Italy, save up to buy a horse, but their involvement as dupes in a burglary lands them in juvenile prison where the experience take a devastating toll on their friendship. (93 mins.)
 
2.
Bicycle Thieves (1948)
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In post-war Italy, a working-class man's bicycle is stolen. He and his son set out to find it. (89 mins.)
 
3.
Rashomon (1950)
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A heinous crime and its aftermath are recalled from differing points of view. (88 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
4.
La Strada (1954)
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A care-free girl is sold to a traveling entertainer, consequently enduring physical and emotional pain along the way. (108 mins.)
 
5.
The Nights of Cabiria (1957)
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A waifish prostitute wanders the streets of Rome looking for true love but finds only heartbreak. (110 mins.)
 
6.
Mon Oncle (1958)
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Monsieur Hulot visits the technology-driven world of his sister, brother-in-law, and nephew, but he can't quite fit into the surroundings. (117 mins.)
Director: Jacques Tati
 
7.
The Virgin Spring (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
An innocent yet pampered young virgin and her family's pregnant and jealous servant set out to deliver candles to church, but only one returns from events that transpire in the woods along the way. (89 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
 
8.
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
 
9.
(1963)
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A harried movie director retreats into his memories and fantasies. (138 mins.)
 
10.
Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (1963)
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Stories about three very different women and the men they attract. (118 mins.)
 
11.
A Man and a Woman (1966)
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A man and a woman meet by accident on a Sunday evening at their childrens' boarding school. Slowly they reveal themselves to each other... (102 mins.)
Director: Claude Lelouch
 
12.
Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A chief of detectives, homicide section, kills his mistress and deliberately leaves clues to prove his own responsibility for the crime. (115 mins.)
Director: Elio Petri
 
13.
The Garden of the Finzi-Continis (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
In the late 1930s, in Ferrara, Italy, the Finzi-Contini are one of the leading families, wealthy, aristocratic... (94 mins.)
 
14.
Day for Night (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A committed film director struggles to complete his movie while coping with a myriad of crises, personal and professional, among the cast and crew. (115 mins.)
 
15.
Amarcord (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A series of comedic and nostalgic vignettes set in a 1930s Italian coastal town. (123 mins.)
 
16.
Dersu Uzala (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
The Russian army sends an explorer on an expedition to the snowy Siberian wilderness where he makes friends with a seasoned local hunter. (142 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosava
 
17.
Fanny and Alexander (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Two young Swedish children experience the many comedies and tragedies of their family, the Ekdahls. (188 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
 
18.
Babette's Feast (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
During the late 19th century, a strict religious community in a Danish village takes in a French refugee from the Franco-Prussian War as a servant to the late pastor's daughters. (102 mins.)
Director: Gabriel Axel
 
19.
Pelle the Conqueror (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The end of the 19th century. A boat filled with Swedish emigrants comes to the Danish island of Bornholm... (157 mins.)
Director: Bille August
 
20.
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.)
 
21.
Mediterraneo (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
In WW2, an Italian Army unit of misfits occupies an isolated non-strategic Greek island for the duration of the war. (96 mins.)
 
22.
Indochine (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
This story is set in 1930, at the time when French colonial rule in Indochina is ending. A widowed French woman who works in the rubber fields... (159 mins.)
Director: Régis Wargnier
 
23.
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
 
24.
All About My Mother (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Young Esteban wants to become a writer and also to discover the identity of his father, carefully concealed by his mother Manuela. (101 mins.)
 
25.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A young Chinese warrior steals a sword from a famed swordsman and then escapes into a world of romantic adventure with a mysterious man in the frontier of the nation. (120 mins.)
Director: Ang Lee
 
26.
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.)
 
27.
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
 
28.
The Secret in Their Eyes (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
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.)
 
29.
In a Better World (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The lives of two Danish families cross each other, and an extraordinary but risky friendship comes into bud. But loneliness, frailty and sorrow lie in wait. (119 mins.)
Director: Susanne Bier
 
30.
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
 
31.
Amour (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Georges and Anne are an octogenarian couple. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, also a musician, lives in Britain with her family. One day, Anne has a stroke, and the couple's bond of love is severely tested. (127 mins.)
Director: Michael Haneke
 
32.
The Great Beauty (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Jep Gambardella has seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades, but after his 65th birthday and a shock from the past, Jep looks past the nightclubs and parties to find a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty. (141 mins.)
 
33.
Ida (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Anna, a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland, is on the verge of taking her vows when she discovers a dark family secret dating back to the years of the German occupation. (82 mins.)
 
34.
Son of Saul (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
In the horror of 1944 Auschwitz, a prisoner forced to burn the corpses of his own people finds moral survival upon trying to salvage from the flames the body of a boy he takes for his son. (107 mins.)
Director: Nemes László