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1. Pather Panchali (1955)

Not Rated | 125 min | Drama

Impoverished priest Harihar Ray, dreaming of a better life for himself and his family, leaves his rural Bengal village in search of work.

Director: Satyajit Ray | Stars: Kanu Bannerjee, Karuna Bannerjee, Subir Banerjee, Chunibala Devi

Votes: 17,494 | Gross: $0.54M

Language: Bengali

Satyajit Ray classic

2. Keulraesik (2003)

127 min | Drama, Romance

A college student finds a diary detailing a long-ago love triangle involving her mother, her future father, and his best friend.

Director: Jae-young Kwak | Stars: Ye-jin Son, In-sung Jo, Seung-woo Cho, Ki-woo Lee

Votes: 6,678

Country: South Korea Language: Korean

3. Taste of Cherry (1997)

Not Rated | 95 min | Drama

An Iranian man drives his truck in search of someone who will quietly bury him under a cherry tree after he commits suicide.

Director: Abbas Kiarostami | Stars: Homayoun Ershadi, Abdolrahman Bagheri, Afshin Khorshid Bakhtiari, Safar Ali Moradi

Votes: 17,638 | Gross: $0.31M

Country: Iran Language: Persian

4. Seven Samurai (1954)

Not Rated | 207 min | Adventure, Drama

98 Metascore

A poor village under attack by bandits recruits seven unemployed samurai to help them defend themselves.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Keiko Tsushima, Yukiko Shimazaki

Votes: 266,692 | Gross: $0.27M

Country: Japan Language: Japanese

5. Babam ve Oglum (2005)

108 min | Drama

The family of a left-wing journalist is torn apart after a military coup in 1980's Turkey.

Director: Çagan Irmak | Stars: Çetin Tekindor, Fikret Kuskan, Hümeyra, Ege Tanman

Votes: 59,101

Country: Turkey Language: Turkish

6. Amélie (2001)

R | 122 min | Comedy, Romance

69 Metascore

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.

Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet | Stars: Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz, Rufus, Lorella Cravotta

Votes: 618,322 | Gross: $33.23M

Country: France Language: French

7. Matir moina (2002)

95 min | Drama, History

75 Metascore

A family must come to grips with its culture, its faith, and the brutal political changes entering its small-town world.

Director: Tareque Masud | Stars: Nurul Islam Bablu, Russell Farazi, Jayanto Chattopadhyay, Rokeya Prachy

Votes: 3,354

Country: Bangladesh Language: Bengali

8. Half Moon (2006)

107 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

72 Metascore

Mamo, an old and legendary Kurdish musician living in Iran, plans to give one final concert in Iraqi Kurdistan. After seven months of trying to get a permit and rounding up his ten sons, he... See full summary »

Director: Bahman Ghobadi | Stars: Ismail Ghaffari, Allah-Morad Rashtian, Farzin Sabooni, Kambiz Arshi

Votes: 2,184 | Gross: $0.00M

Country: Iran | Iraq Language: Kurdish

9. Run Lola Run (1998)

R | 80 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

77 Metascore

After a botched money delivery, Lola has 20 minutes to come up with 100,000 Deutschmarks.

Director: Tom Tykwer | Stars: Franka Potente, Moritz Bleibtreu, Herbert Knaup, Nina Petri

Votes: 173,648 | Gross: $7.27M

Country: Germany Language:German

10. Bicycle Thieves (1948)

Not Rated | 89 min | Drama

In post-war Italy, a working-class man's bicycle is stolen. He and his son set out to find it.

Director: Vittorio De Sica | Stars: Lamberto Maggiorani, Enzo Staiola, Lianella Carell, Elena Altieri

Votes: 117,101 | Gross: $0.33M

Country: Italy Language: Italian

11. Wild Strawberries (1957)

Not Rated | 91 min | Drama, Romance

After living a life marked by coldness, an aging professor is forced to confront the emptiness of his existence.

Director: Ingmar Bergman | Stars: Victor Sjöström, Bibi Andersson, Ingrid Thulin, Gunnar Björnstrand

Votes: 77,862

Country: Sweden Language: Swedish

12. The Godfather (1972)

R | 175 min | Crime, Drama

100 Metascore

The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Diane Keaton

Votes: 1,344,956 | Gross: $134.97M

Country: USA Language: English

13. Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan (2007)

R | 126 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

74 Metascore

The story recounts the early life of Genghis Khan who was a slave before going on to conquer half the world in 1206.

Director: Sergei Bodrov | Stars: Tadanobu Asano, Amadu Mamadakov, Khulan Chuluun, Honglei Sun

Votes: 40,841 | Gross: $5.70M

Language: Mongolian

14. City of God (2002)

R | 130 min | Crime, Drama

79 Metascore

Two boys growing up in a violent neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro take different paths: one becomes a photographer, the other a drug dealer.

Directors: Fernando Meirelles, Kátia Lund | Stars: Alexandre Rodrigues, Leandro Firmino, Matheus Nachtergaele, Phellipe Haagensen

Votes: 609,583 | Gross: $7.56M

Country: Brazil Language: Portuguese

15. Apocalypto (2006)

R | 139 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

68 Metascore

As the Mayan kingdom faces its decline, a young man is taken on a perilous journey to a world ruled by fear and oppression.

Director: Mel Gibson | Stars: Gerardo Taracena, Raoul Max Trujillo, Dalia Hernández, Rudy Youngblood

Votes: 260,507 | Gross: $50.87M

Language: Maya

16. Mùa len trâu (2004)

102 min | Drama

72 Metascore

Set along the southern coast of Vietnam during the French occupation in the 1940s, water is everywhere, giving life and bringing decay and rot. Kim is 15; his father and step-mother have ... See full summary »

Director: Minh Nguyen-Vo | Stars: The Lu Le, Thi Kieu Trinh Nguyen, Huu Thanh Nguyen, Zan Sram Kra

Votes: 447

Country: Vietnam Language: Vietnamese

17. Kundun (1997)

PG-13 | 134 min | Biography, Drama, History

74 Metascore

From childhood to adulthood, Tibet's fourteenth Dalai Lama deals with Chinese oppression and other problems.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Tenzin Thuthob Tsarong, Gyurme Tethong, Tulku Jamyang Kunga Tenzin, Tenzin Yeshi Paichang

Votes: 23,436 | Gross: $5.53M

Language: Tibetan

18. Beautiful Boxer (2004)

Unrated | 118 min | Action, Biography, Drama

66 Metascore

Bio-pic of transgender Muay Thai boxer Parinya Charoenphol who pursued the sport to pay for her sex change operation.

Director: Ekachai Uekrongtham | Stars: Asanee Suwan, Sorapong Chatree, Orn-Anong Panyawong, Nukkid Boonthong

Votes: 2,951 | Gross: $0.00M

Country: Thailand Language: Thai

19. Karov La Bayit (2005)

Not Rated | 98 min | Drama

64 Metascore

Rebellious and outgoing Smadar can't stand types like Mirit. Mirit, introverted and frightened, keeps away from the likes of Smadar. But the two are thrown together as they are assigned to ... See full summary »

Directors: Vardit Bilu, Dalia Hager | Stars: Smadar Sayar, Naama Schendar, Danny Geva, Katia Zinbris

Votes: 877 | Gross: $0.02M

Country: Israel Language: Hebrew

20. The Kite (2003)

Not Rated | 80 min | Drama

A young 15 year old girl, Lamia, lives in a southern Lebanese village on the border with Israel. She is given in marriage to her cousin on the other side of the border. As Lamia crosses the... See full summary »

Director: Randa Chahal Sabag | Stars: Flavia Bechara, Maher Bsaibes, Randa Asmar, Renée Dick

Votes: 569

Country: Lebanon Language: Arabic

21. Ali Zaoua: Prince of the Streets (2000)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Crime

55 Metascore

A group of children living on the street leave their gang, prompting retribution from the gang's leader. After one of the children dies, the rest try to come up with the resources to give their friend a proper burial.

Director: Nabil Ayouch | Stars: Mounïm Kbab, Mustapha Hansali, Hicham Moussoune, Abdelhak Zhayra

Votes: 2,267

Country: Morocco Language: Arabic

22. Travelers and Magicians (2003)

Not Rated | 108 min | Drama, Adventure

71 Metascore

The two men embark on parallel, if separate, journeys. Their yearning is a common one--for a better and different life. Dondup, delayed by the timeless pace of his village, is forced to ... See full summary »

Director: Khyentse Norbu | Stars: Tshewang Dendup, Sonam Lhamo, Lhakpa Dorji, Deki Yangzom

Votes: 1,922 | Gross: $0.51M

Country: Bhutan Language: Dzongkha

23. Belle Epoque (1992)

R | 109 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A 1931 Spanish military deserter finds himself on a lonely farm until the farmer's four daughters pay a visit and he falls for all of them.

Director: Fernando Trueba | Stars: Fernando Fernán Gómez, Jorge Sanz, Penélope Cruz, Miriam Díaz-Aroca

Votes: 8,462 | Gross: $5.97M

Country: Spain Language: Spanish

24. Ordet (1955)

Not Rated | 126 min | Drama, Fantasy

Follows the lives of the Borgen family, as they deal with inner conflict, as well as religious conflict with each other, and the rest of the town.

Director: Carl Theodor Dreyer | Stars: Henrik Malberg, Emil Hass Christensen, Preben Lerdorff Rye, Hanne Aagesen

Votes: 11,433

Country: Denmark Language: Danish

25. Closely Watched Trains (1966)

Not Rated | 93 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

An apprentice train dispatcher at a village station seeks his first sexual encounter and becomes despondent when he is unable to perform.

Director: Jirí Menzel | Stars: Václav Neckár, Josef Somr, Vlastimil Brodský, Vladimír Valenta

Votes: 9,598

Country: Czechoslovakia Language: Czech

26. Waltz with Bashir (2008)

R | 90 min | Animation, Biography, Drama

91 Metascore

An Israeli film director interviews fellow veterans of the 1982 invasion of Lebanon to reconstruct his own memories of his term of service in that conflict.

Director: Ari Folman | Stars: Ari Folman, Ron Ben-Yishai, Ronny Dayag, Ori Sivan

Votes: 50,566 | Gross: $2.28M

Country: Israel | Philistine Language: Hebrew | Arabic

27. Nae yeojachingureul sogae habnida (2004)

123 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

The heart-warming romance story between Kyungjin and Myungwoo. Even though he has passed away, he will be always with Kyungwoo forever.

Director: Jae-young Kwak | Stars: Ji-hyun Jun, Hyuk Jang, Su-ro Kim, Ki-woo Lee

Votes: 6,062

Country: South Korea Language: Korean

28. A Moment to Remember (2004)

117 min | Drama, Romance

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.

Director: John H. Lee | Stars: Woo-sung Jung, Ye-jin Son, Jong-hak Baek, Sun-jin Lee

Votes: 18,473

Country: South Korea Language: Korean

29. My Sassy Girl (2001)

Not Rated | 123 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Based on a series of true stories posted by Ho-sik Kim on the Internet describing his relationship with his girlfriend. These were later transformed into a best-selling book and the movie ... See full summary »

Director: Jae-young Kwak | Stars: Tae-Hyun Cha, Ji-hyun Jun, In-mun Kim, Wok-suk Song

Votes: 40,736

Country: South Korea Language: Korean

30. Oldeuboi (2003)

R | 120 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

74 Metascore

After being kidnapped and imprisoned for fifteen years, Oh Dae-Su is released, only to find that he must find his captor in five days.

Director: Chan-wook Park | Stars: Min-sik Choi, Ji-tae Yu, Hye-jeong Kang, Dae-han Ji

Votes: 428,124 | Gross: $0.71M

Country: South Korea Language: Korean

31. Derakhte Golabi (1998)

95 min | Drama, Romance

Esteemed writer Mahmoud suffers from writers block. While trying to work at the family estate, concerns about an unproductive pear tree trigger in him memories of his childhood love for beautiful tomboy "M".

Director: Dariush Mehrjui | Stars: Homayoun Ershadi, Golshifteh Farahani, Mohammad Reza Shaban-Noori, Nematollah Gorji

Votes: 1,031

Country: Iran Language: Persian

32. Children of Heaven (1997)

PG | 89 min | Drama, Family

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.

Director: Majid Majidi | Stars: Mohammad Amir Naji, Amir Farrokh Hashemian, Bahare Seddiqi, Nafise Jafar-Mohammadi

Votes: 45,476 | Gross: $0.93M

Country: Iran Language: Persian

33. Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006)

R | 147 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy

56 Metascore

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.

Director: Tom Tykwer | Stars: Ben Whishaw, Dustin Hoffman, Alan Rickman, Francesc Albiol

Votes: 210,130 | Gross: $2.22M

Language: English

34. The Warrior (2001)

R | 158 min | Action, Drama, History

1375. Nine Koryo warriors, envoys exiled by Imperial China, battle to protect a Chinese Ming Princess from Mongolian troops.

Director: Sung-su Kim | Stars: Woo-sung Jung, Sung-Ki Ahn, Jin-mo Ju, Ziyi Zhang

Votes: 10,312

Country: South Korea | China Language: Mandarin | Korean

35. Deiji (2006)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama, Romance

About a tragic love triangle story involving young painter Hye-young, Interpol detective Jeong Woo, and professional hitman Park Yi.

Director: Wai-Keung Lau | Stars: Ji-hyun Jun, Woo-sung Jung, Sung-Jae Lee, Sara Bernardo Aires

Votes: 5,174

Country: South Korea Language: Korean

36. Leila (1997)

Not Rated | 102 min | Drama, Family, Romance

Leila and Reza meet in a kind of celebration and fall for each other. Having discovered their love, they get married soon only to find out the infertility of Leila. That's when Reza's ... See full summary »

Director: Dariush Mehrjui | Stars: Leila Hatami, Ali Mosaffa, Jamileh Sheikhi, Mohamad Reza Sharifinia

Votes: 2,918 | Gross: $0.05M

Country: Iran Language: Persian

37. Istgah-Matrouk (2002)

Not Rated | 88 min | Drama

75 Metascore

On a pilgrimage to Mashad from Tehran, a couple's transportation breaks down, far from any major town. The husband, a photographer, seeks help at a nearby village and encounters a teacher ... See full summary »

Director: Alireza Raisian | Stars: Leila Hatami, Nezam Manouchehri, Mehran Rajabi, Mahmood Pakniat

Votes: 525 | Gross: $0.02M

Country: Iran Language: Persian

38. Rashômon (1950)

Not Rated | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A heinous crime and its aftermath are recalled from differing points of view.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Machiko Kyô, Masayuki Mori, Takashi Shimura

Votes: 124,829

Country: Japan Language: Japanese

39. Maraton (2005)

117 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

An autistic boy discovers he has a talent for running and with the help of the mother participates in a major marathon.

Director: Yoon-chul Chung | Stars: Seung-woo Cho, Mi-suk Kim, Gi-yeong Lee, Sung-Hyun Baek

Votes: 1,965

Country: South Korea Language: Korean

40. Kanchenjungha (1962)

102 min | Drama

An upper-class Bengali family is on vacation in Darjeeling, a popular hill station and resort near Kanchenjungha.

Director: Satyajit Ray | Stars: Chhabi Biswas, Karuna Bannerjee, Pahadi Sanyal, Anil Chatterjee

Votes: 756

Language: Bengali

41. Ran (1985)

R | 162 min | Action, Drama

96 Metascore

In Medieval Japan, an elderly warlord retires, handing over his empire to his three sons. However, he vastly underestimates how the new-found power will corrupt them and cause them to turn on each other...and him.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Akira Terao, Jinpachi Nezu, Daisuke Ryû

Votes: 93,625 | Gross: $3.52M

Country: Japan Language: Japanese

42. Throne of Blood (1957)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama

A war-hardened general, egged on by his ambitious wife, works to fulfill a prophecy that he would become lord of Spider's Web Castle.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Minoru Chiaki, Isuzu Yamada, Takashi Shimura

Votes: 37,485

Country: Japan Language: Japanese

43. The Hidden Fortress (1958)

Not Rated | 126 min | Adventure, Drama

Lured by gold, two greedy peasants escort a man and woman across enemy lines. However, they do not realize that their companions are actually a princess and her general.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Misa Uehara, Minoru Chiaki, Kamatari Fujiwara

Votes: 28,014

Country: Japan Language: Japanese

44. Yojimbo (1961)

Not Rated | 110 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

A crafty ronin comes to a town divided by two criminal gangs and decides to play them against each other to free the town.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Eijirô Tôno, Tatsuya Nakadai, Yôko Tsukasa

Votes: 90,552

Country: Japan Language: Japanese

45. Samurai Banners (1969)

165 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Feudal Japan, 1543 to 1562. Kansuke Yamamoto is a samurai who dreams of a country united, peaceful from sea to sea. He enters the service of Takeda, the lord of Kai domain. He convinces ... See full summary »

Director: Hiroshi Inagaki | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Yoshiko Sakuma, Kinnosuke Nakamura, Yûjirô Ishihara

Votes: 550

Country: Japan Language: Japanese

46. Red Beard (1965)

Not Rated | 185 min | Drama

In 19th century Japan, a rough tempered yet charitable town doctor trains a young intern.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Yûzô Kayama, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Reiko Dan

Votes: 13,454

Country: Japan Language: Japanese

47. High and Low (1963)

Not Rated | 143 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

An executive of a shoe company becomes a victim of extortion when his chauffeur's son is kidnapped and held for ransom.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Yutaka Sada, Tatsuya Nakadai, Kyôko Kagawa

Votes: 21,998

Country: Japan Language: Japanese

48. The Quiet Duel (1949)

95 min | Drama

7.5