500>400

by emeiserloh | created - 28 Jul 2017 | updated - 5 days ago | Public

I was surprised to discover how many checked films of mine (25-30%) have fewer than 400 checks, and how many of those are part of my personal dvd collection (roughly 35%) which is just over 300 at this time. I am also surprised at how many have been made in the last 20 years, when access to films has become so much easier. The vast majority on my list are films that were made in a language other than English, and various directors (like Carlos Saura) appear multiple times. For those averse to subtitles or "foreign sensibilities" I have included some English language films, though most of them are documentaries, or older movies. I might also list or rate these films a little differently on a different day, especially those films from 41-100 (I have moved quite a few of them up to +/-40 while preparing this).

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1. Cabeza de Vaca (1990)

R | 111 min | Adventure, Drama, History

A handful of survivors from a disastrous 1528 Spanish expedition to Florida journey across the coast until they reach Mexico.

Director: Nicolás Echevarría | Stars: Juan Diego, Daniel Giménez Cacho, Roberto Sosa, Carlos Castañón

Votes: 1,002 | Gross: $0.79M

2. Days and Nights in the Forest (1970)

115 min | Drama

A group of Calcutta city slickers, including the well-off Asim (Soumitra Chatterjee), the meek Sanjoy (Subhendu Chatterjee) and the brutish Hari (Samit Bhanja), head out for a weekend in the wilderness.

Director: Satyajit Ray | Stars: Sharmila Tagore, Kaberi Bose, Simi Garewal, Soumitra Chatterjee

Votes: 2,008

3. At the First Breath of Wind (2002)

85 min | Drama

Using few words and gorgeous imagery, this is a poetic painting of a family, each in their own space on an August afternoon.

Director: Franco Piavoli | Stars: Primo Gaburri, Mariella Fabbris, Ida Carnevali, Alessandra Agosti

Votes: 207

4. The Perfect Circle (1997)

110 min | Drama, War

An alcoholic Bosnian poet sends his wife and daughter away from Sarajevo so they can avoid the troubles there. However, he is soon descended upon by a pair of orphaned brothers. The ... See full summary »

Director: Ademir Kenovic | Stars: Mustafa Nadarevic, Almedin Leleta, Almir Podgorica, Josip Pejakovic

Votes: 1,810

5. The White Meadows (2009)

92 min | Drama

Rahmat has been asked to meet the inhabitants of these islands to collect their tears. Although for years people have been giving their tears to Rahmat, no one knows exactly what he has been doing with them.

Director: Mohammad Rasoulof | Stars: Hassan Pourshirazi, Younes Ghazali, Mohammad Rabbani, Mohammad Shirvani

Votes: 471

6. Siberiade (1979)

206 min | Drama, History, Romance

The story about a very small god-forgotten village in Siberia reflects the history of Russia from the beginning of the century till early 80s. Three generations try to find the land of ... See full summary »

Director: Andrey Konchalovskiy | Stars: Nikita Mikhalkov, Vitali Solomin, Sergey Shakurov, Natalya Andreychenko

Votes: 1,735

7. To the Left of the Father (2001)

Not Rated | 163 min | Drama

Brazilian baroque. The young son that ran from his dominant family, descends into decadence and then returns to the nest. With melodramatic themes of tyrannical fathers, incest, fierce ... See full summary »

Director: Luiz Fernando Carvalho | Stars: Selton Mello, Simone Spoladore, Raul Cortez, Juliana Carneiro da Cunha

Votes: 1,558

8. My Joy (2010)

Not Rated | 127 min | Adventure, Drama

78 Metascore

The story about a few days in the life of truck driver Georgi seems to be a never-ending nightmare, a spiral of violence and abuses of power. A man goes to work and on his way he is sucked ... See full summary »

Director: Sergey Loznitsa | Stars: Viktor Nemets, Vladimir Golovin, Aleksey Vertkov, Dmitriy Gotsdiner

Votes: 2,041 | Gross: $0.01M

9. Zhou Yu de huo che (2002)

PG-13 | 97 min | Drama, Romance

49 Metascore

Zhou Yu, a ceramic decorative artist, travels twice a week from her home town of San Ming to Chongyang to visit her boyfriend, Chen Qing, a government worker and budding poet. The two met ... See full summary »

Director: Zhou Sun | Stars: Li Gong, Tony Ka Fai Leung, Honglei Sun, Zhixiong Li

Votes: 1,406 | Gross: $0.14M

10. Night Across the Street (2012)

Not Rated | 110 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

76 Metascore

A drama centered on an office worker on the verge of retirement who begins to relive both real and imagined memories.

Director: Raoul Ruiz | Stars: Christian Vadim, Sergio Hernández, Santiago Figueroa, Valentina Vargas

Votes: 412

11. Frozen (2007)

109 min | Drama

This is a touching and somber journey of Lasya, who lives with her father Karma and younger brother Chomo in a remote village in the Himalayas. Pristine snow capped mountains surround their... See full synopsis »

Director: Shivajee Chandrabhushan | Stars: Danny Denzongpa, Gauri, Aungchuk, Shakeel Khan

Votes: 186

12. Lamerica (1994)

116 min | Drama

Two Italian racketeers come to Albania just after the fall of the communists to set up a fictive firm and pocket the grants. They need a stooge. They choose an old one in a jail : Spiro. ... See full summary »

Director: Gianni Amelio | Stars: Enrico Lo Verso, Michele Placido, Piro Milkani, Carmelo Di Mazzarelli

Votes: 1,945 | Gross: $0.44M

13. Keyhole (2011)

R | 94 min | Drama, Thriller

63 Metascore

Gangster and deadbeat dad, Ulysses Pick, embarks on an unusual journey through his home.

Director: Guy Maddin | Stars: Jason Patric, Isabella Rossellini, Udo Kier, Brooke Palsson

Votes: 1,305 | Gross: $0.02M

14. Li'l Quinquin (2014)

Not Rated | 206 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

79 Metascore

A murder mystery that opens with the discovery of human body parts stuffed inside a cow on the outskirts of a small channel town in northern France.

Stars: Alane Delhaye, Lucy Caron, Bernard Pruvost, Philippe Jore

Votes: 2,275

15. The War Is Over (1966)

121 min | Drama, War

Diego is one of the chiefs of the spanish Communist Party. He is travelling back to Paris (where he lives) from a mission in Madrid. He is arrested at the border for an identity check but ... See full summary »

Director: Alain Resnais | Stars: Yves Montand, Ingrid Thulin, Geneviève Bujold, Jean Dasté

Votes: 1,772

16. Jonah Who Will Be 25 in the Year 2000 (1976)

116 min | Drama

The European equivalent of "The Return of the Secaucus 7," this Swiss film looks at the lives of several men and women in their 30s as they confront the slim gains of the "revolutionary" ... See full summary »

Director: Alain Tanner | Stars: Myriam Boyer, Jean-Luc Bideau, Miou-Miou, Jacques Denis

Votes: 944

17. Waiting for Happiness (2002)

90 min | Drama, Music

The story of two people who cross paths in Nouhadhibou.

Director: Abderrahmane Sissako | Stars: Khatra Ould Abder Kader, Maata Ould Mohamed Abeid, Mohamed Mahmoud Ould Mohamed, Fatimetou Mint Ahmeda

Votes: 851 | Gross: $0.00M

18. Why Has Bodhi-Dharma Left for the East? (1989)

Not Rated | 137 min | Drama

About three monks in a remote monastery; an aging master, a small orphan and a young man who left his city life to seek Enlightenment.

Director: Yong-Kyun Bae | Stars: Yi Pan-Yong, Sin Won-Sop, Hae-Jin Huang, Su-Myong Ko

Votes: 1,147

19. The Wind Journeys (2009)

Not Rated | 117 min | Drama, Music

A musician travels a great distance to return an instrument to his elderly teacher.

Director: Ciro Guerra | Stars: Marciano Martínez, Yull Núñez, Agustin Nieves, Jose Luis Torres

Votes: 2,001

20. Home from Home: Chronicle of a Vision (2013)

Not Rated | 231 min | Drama, History

70 Metascore

Jakob longs for a new life for himself and his troubled family in Brazil.

Director: Edgar Reitz | Stars: Jan Dieter Schneider, Antonia Bill, Maximilian Scheidt, Marita Breuer

Votes: 1,216

21. The Time That Remains (2009)

Not Rated | 109 min | Drama, History

74 Metascore

An examination of the creation of the state of Israel in 1948 through to the present day.

Director: Elia Suleiman | Stars: Menashe Noy, Elia Suleiman, Baher Agbariya, Saleh Bakri

Votes: 2,043 | Gross: $0.02M

22. Enlightenment Guaranteed (1999)

109 min | Drama, Comedy

68 Metascore

Two very different brothers get together for a temporary stay in a Japanese zen monastry. The trip from Germany to Japan brings up some unexpected quests they have to manage. Soon both ... See full summary »

Director: Doris Dörrie | Stars: Uwe Ochsenknecht, Gustav-Peter Wöhler, Petra Zieser, Ulrike Kriener

Votes: 1,230

23. The Dark Side of the Heart (1992)

R | 127 min | Comedy, Romance, Drama

Oliveiro is a young poet living in Buenos Aires where sometimes he has to sell his ideas to an advertising agency to make a living or exchange his poems for a steak. In Montevideo, he meets... See full summary »

Director: Eliseo Subiela | Stars: Darío Grandinetti, Sandra Ballesteros, Nacha Guevara, André Mélançon

Votes: 3,170

24. Delta (2008)

92 min | Drama

61 Metascore

A young man, Mihail returns to his village on the Danube delta after many years. It is a labyrinth of waterways, small islands and over-grown vegetation, where the villagers are cut off ... See full summary »

Director: Kornél Mundruczó | Stars: Félix Lajkó, Orsolya Tóth, Lili Monori, Sándor Gáspár

Votes: 1,461

25. Distant Thunder (1973)

Not Rated | 101 min | Drama

As food shortages reach catastrophic proportions, Gangacharan attempts to preserve his privileged situation, while his generous wife, Ananga, conversely tries to help and support the community.

Director: Satyajit Ray | Stars: Soumitra Chatterjee, Bobita, Sandhya Roy, Chitra Banerjee

Votes: 1,076

26. In the Fog (2012)

Not Rated | 127 min | Drama, History, War

78 Metascore

Western frontiers of the USSR, 1942. The region is under German occupation. A man is wrongly accused of collaboration. Desperate to save his dignity, he faces impossible moral choice.

Director: Sergey Loznitsa | Stars: Vladimir Svirskiy, Vladislav Abashin, Sergey Kolesov, Nikita Peremotov

Votes: 2,715 | Gross: $0.01M

27. My Twentieth Century (1989)

104 min | Comedy, Drama

Separated identical twins ride an Orient Express unaware of each other: a feminist anarchist and a hedonistic courtesan, living under the powder-keg Austro-Hungarian Monarchy. Separate ... See full summary »

Director: Ildikó Enyedi | Stars: Dorota Segda, Oleg Yankovskiy, Paulus Manker, Péter Andorai

Votes: 1,109 | Gross: $0.68M

28. Travelers and Magicians (2003)

Not Rated | 108 min | Adventure, Drama

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, Gup Kado Duba, Dasho Kado, Sonam Lhamo

Votes: 1,999 | Gross: $0.51M

29. I Served the King of England (2006)

R | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

72 Metascore

A look at the glamorous life at an old-world Prague hotel.

Director: Jirí Menzel | Stars: Ivan Barnev, Oldrich Kaiser, Julia Jentsch, Marián Labuda

Votes: 7,022 | Gross: $0.62M

30. Friday Night (2002)

Unrated | 90 min | Drama, Romance

69 Metascore

Having packed up her possessions to move in with her lover, Laure is more unsettled than she appears. Needing to get out and have a change of scenery, she jumps in her car to go to have ... See full summary »

Director: Claire Denis | Stars: Valérie Lemercier, Vincent Lindon, Hélène de Saint-Père, Hélène Fillières

Votes: 1,746 | Gross: $0.16M

31. Longing (2006)

88 min | Drama, Romance

62 Metascore

A metalworker and volunteer firefighter, who is content with his marriage to his childhood sweetheart, sees his life turn upside down when he falls in love with an attractive waitress from a nearby town.

Director: Valeska Grisebach | Stars: Andreas Müller, Ilka Welz, Anett Dornbusch, Erika Lemke

Votes: 517

32. Vengo (2000)

90 min | Musical, Drama

64 Metascore

Caco is a proud, handsome man, head of a family, and very powerful in the local community. Yet he has been torn to pieces by the death of his beloved daughter. He constantly visits her ... See full summary »

Director: Tony Gatlif | Stars: Antonio Canales, Orestes Villasan Rodríguez, Antonio Dechent, Bobote

Votes: 2,525 | Gross: $0.12M

33. Vazante (2017)

116 min | Adventure, Drama

68 Metascore

Brazil 1821. A rich cattle herder finds out that his wife dies in labor. Forced to live in the property with numerous African slaves, he marries his wife's niece. But he returns to droving, leaving his wife behind alone with the slaves.

Director: Daniela Thomas | Stars: Adriano Carvalho, Luana Nastas, Sandra Corveloni, Juliana Carneiro da Cunha

Votes: 433 | Gross: $0.02M

34. The Pearl Button (2015)

Not Rated | 82 min | Documentary

80 Metascore

Delving into the nearly-religious significance of water, this profound rumination on memory and loss bridges the gap between its mystical origins, Pinochet's coup d'état, and the secret of a mother-of-pearl button at the bottom of the sea.

Director: Patricio Guzmán | Stars: Martín Calderón, Cristina, Patricio Guzmán, Ema Malig

Votes: 2,022

35. In the White City (1983)

108 min | Drama

A Swiss sailor jumps ship in Lisbon, tired of the noisy engine room, the ship "a floating factory of crazy people." He rents a room and does little. He writes letters to his lover, ... See full summary »

Director: Alain Tanner | Stars: Bruno Ganz, Teresa Madruga, Julia Vonderlinn, José Carvalho

Votes: 881

36. Betrayal (1983)

R | 95 min | Drama, Thriller

Pinter's semi-autobiographical play examining the surprise attraction, shy first steps, gradual flowering, and treasonous deception of a woman's extramarital affair with her husband's best ... See full summary »

Director: David Hugh Jones | Stars: Jeremy Irons, Ben Kingsley, Patricia Hodge, Avril Elgar

Votes: 1,375

37. Beautiful People (1999)

R | 107 min | Comedy, Drama, War

79 Metascore

In London, during October 1993, England is playing Holland in the preliminaries of the World Cup. The Bosnian War is at its height, and refugees from the ex-Yugoslavia are arriving. ... See full summary »

Director: Jasmin Dizdar | Stars: Thomas Goodridge, Faruk Pruti, Tony Peters, Dado Jehan

Votes: 2,319 | Gross: $0.26M

38. As I Lay Dying (2013)

R | 110 min | Drama

50 Metascore

Based on the classic novel by William Faulkner, first published in 1930, "As I Lay Dying" is the story of the death of Addie Bundren and her family's quest to honor her last wish to be buried in the nearby town of Jefferson.

Director: James Franco | Stars: James Franco, Tim Blake Nelson, Jim Parrack, Ahna O'Reilly

Votes: 3,612 | Gross: $0.02M

39. Respiro (2002)

PG-13 | 90 min | Drama

65 Metascore

On an impoverished Italian island, a free-spirited woman is accused of madness by townspeople fed up with her antics.

Director: Emanuele Crialese | Stars: Valeria Golino, Vincenzo Amato, Francesco Casisa, Veronica D'Agostino

Votes: 4,342 | Gross: $1.07M

40. Kaos (1984)

R | 187 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Five stories by Luigi Pirandello set in turn-of-the-century Italy.

Directors: Paolo Taviani, Vittorio Taviani | Stars: Margarita Lozano, Orazio Torrisi, Carlo Cartier, Biagio Barone

Votes: 2,309 | Gross: $0.33M

41. The Violin (2005)

Not Rated | 98 min | Drama, Music

In an unnamed Latin American country that closely resembles Mexico, the government fights a rural insurgency with torture, assault, rape, and murder. Soldiers descend on a town, cutting off... See full summary »

Director: Francisco Vargas | Stars: Ángel Tavira, Gerardo Taracena, Dagoberto Gama, Mario Garibaldi

Votes: 2,206 | Gross: $0.07M

42. Intimate Strangers (2004)

R | 104 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

71 Metascore

A Frenchwoman tells her marital troubles to a man she mistakes for a psychiatrist, and soon they form an unusual relationship.

Director: Patrice Leconte | Stars: Sandrine Bonnaire, Fabrice Luchini, Michel Duchaussoy, Anne Brochet

Votes: 4,578 | Gross: $2.11M

43. The Vertical Ray of the Sun (2000)

PG-13 | 112 min | Drama

72 Metascore

With the brilliant Vietnamese summer as a setting Vertical Ray of the Sun is beautiful from beginning to end. The plot centres around three sisters, two of whom are happily married (or so ... See full summary »

Director: Anh Hung Tran | Stars: Nu Yên-Khê Tran, Nhu Quynh Nguyen, Khanh Le, Quang Hai Ngo

Votes: 3,400 | Gross: $0.46M

44. Carnage (2002)

Unrated | 130 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

71 Metascore

After a bull dies in an arena, its remains are transported throughout Belgium, France, and Spain, where various characters cross its path.

Director: Delphine Gleize | Stars: Chiara Mastroianni, Ángela Molina, Raphaëlle Molinier, Jacques Gamblin

Votes: 668 | Gross: $2.55M

45. Arabian Nights: Volume 1 - The Restless One (2015)

Not Rated | 125 min | Drama

80 Metascore

Some of the chapters from Arabian Nights are adapted to a modern Portugal in this epic.

Director: Miguel Gomes | Stars: Crista Alfaiate, Miguel Gomes, Maria Rueff, Bruno Bravo

Votes: 1,876 | Gross: $0.01M

46. À Tout de Suite (2004)

Unrated | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

63 Metascore

A girl from bourgeoisie discovers the pleasures of banditism, following her lover in his lifestyle.

Director: Benoît Jacquot | Stars: Isild Le Besco, Ouassini Embarek, Nicolas Duvauchelle, Laurence Cordier

Votes: 922 | Gross: $0.25M

47. Last Images of the Shipwreck (1989)

R | 131 min | Drama

Roberto is an insurance salesman who dreams of writing his own novel. When he meets Estela, a young woman about to commit suicide, it serves him as material to make this work.

Director: Eliseo Subiela | Stars: Lorenzo Quinteros, Noemí Frenkel, Hugo Soto, Pablo Brichta

Votes: 282