Foreign Language Films I Have Seenby Mimbulus_mimbletonia | created - 14 Sep 2013 | updated - 28 Mar 2020 | Public
Here I will simply list all the foreign language films I've seen, good, bad, and ugly. By foreign language I mean any film where the main language NOT English, or even if it's half and half. I will not list any Indian-language films here (Hindi, Punjabi, Telugu etc) because I have a separate list for that! World cinema is amazing because they have so much flavour and beauty that a lot of English films cannot create. I definitely recommend some, if not all of these films to you! You may see a pattern in the films I choose to watch. Listed in no particular order.
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1. Lemon Tree (2008)
Not Rated | 106 min | Drama, War
The story of a Palestinian widow who must defend her lemontree field when a new Israeli Defense Minister moves next to her and threatens to have her lemon grove torn down.
Votes: 6,324 | Gross: $0.57M
Beautifully told and Hiam Abbass is a fantastic actress (I have seen her in quite a few films now!).
3. Divine Intervention (2002)
Not Rated | 92 min | Drama, Romance, War
Separated by a checkpoint, Palestinian lovers from Jerusalem and Ramallah arrange clandestine meetings.
Votes: 3,416 | Gross: $0.39M
This unique Israeli/Palestinian film is unreal.
4. Caramel (2007)
PG | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A romantic comedy centered on the daily lives of five Lebanese women living in Beirut.
Votes: 13,063 | Gross: $1.06M
Favourite, gorgeous. The Middle Eastern version of Sex and the City!
6. Saved (2009 TV Movie)
89 min | Drama
The advocate for a young Iranian refugee held in detention. Amir Ali claims to be an Iranian student persecuted by the government but the Department of Immigration dispute his identity. ... See full summary »
Mostly in English but included due to the themes explored (immigration, asylum, love between Australian woman and Iranian man).
7. Peppermint (1999)
105 min | Comedy, Drama, Family
An old classmate's invitation paves the way for a trip down memory lane, as an aerospace engineer still has the taste of love's first kiss in his mouth. But, thirty years since their passion-ridden embrace, so does his dear first cousin.
8. Randka w ciemno (2010)
95 min | Comedy, Romance
My first Polish film and hopefully not the last! Great romantic comedy drama.
10. In July (2000)
99 min | Adventure, Comedy, Romance
A young, insecure teacher embarks on a journey through Europe to Turkey, where he wants to see a woman again whom he believes to be his fate.
One of my favourites, I adored this film and I've watched it several times now :3
11. Spirited Away (2001)
PG | 125 min | Animation, Adventure, Family
During her family's move to the suburbs, a sullen 10-year-old girl wanders into a world ruled by gods, witches, and spirits, and where humans are changed into beasts.
Votes: 663,725 | Gross: $10.06M
Definitely watch this in the Japanese language with English subs - much better experience!
13. Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)
G | 103 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama
A young witch, on her mandatory year of independent life, finds fitting into a new community difficult while she supports herself by running an air courier service.
14. The Secret World of Arrietty (2010)
G | 94 min | Animation, Adventure, Family
The Clock family are four-inch-tall people who live anonymously in another family's residence, borrowing simple items to make their home. Life changes for the Clocks when their teenage daughter, Arrietty, is discovered.
Votes: 82,518 | Gross: $19.20M
15. Amreeka (2009)
PG-13 | 96 min | Drama
A drama centered on the trials and tribulations of a proud Palestinian Christian immigrant single mother and her teenage son in small town Indiana.
Votes: 3,434 | Gross: $0.62M
I must admit, I was disappointed in this film. I bought it for Hiam Abbass, but I've only watched it once. This is one of those cases where buying a DVD on a whim can burn you!! But hey, at least I supported the film I guess... :)
16. The Visitor (I) (2007)
PG-13 | 104 min | Drama
A college professor travels to New York City to attend a conference and finds a young couple living in his apartment.
Votes: 41,699 | Gross: $9.42M
This film probably has more English in it, but I included it because of its themes as well. Another amazing film!
17. Red Satin (2002)
100 min | Drama, Musical, Romance
After the death of her husband, Lilia's life revolves solely around her teenage daughter, Salma. Whilst looking for Salma late one night, Lilia stumbles upon a belly dance cabaret and ... See full summary »
Votes: 821 | Gross: $0.23M
Hiam, you are stunning! This was a great little Tunisian film.
18. Persepolis (2007)
PG-13 | 96 min | Animation, Biography, Drama
A precocious and outspoken Iranian girl grows up during the Islamic Revolution.
Votes: 89,419 | Gross: $4.45M
19. Strangers (II) (2007)
Not Rated | 80 min | Drama, Romance
Six days in the lives of an Israeli living in a kibbutz and a Palestinian living in Paris, which starts with an accidental meeting in the Berlin Subway during the World cup finals, will change them completely.
Real and poignant, a must watch.
20. Amélie (2001)
R | 122 min | Comedy, Romance
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.
Votes: 710,094 | Gross: $33.23M
If you're new to foreign language cinema, I recommend this as a starting point. You can't go wrong!
21. A Very Long Engagement (2004)
R | 133 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance
Tells the story of a young woman's relentless search for her fiancé, who has disappeared from the trenches of the Somme during World War One.
Votes: 71,238 | Gross: $6.17M
22. Baran (2001)
PG | 94 min | Drama, Romance
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.
Votes: 7,927 | Gross: $0.13M
The ending... I cried! (not telling if they were happy or sad tears though ;))
23. Hilde (2009)
137 min | Biography, Drama, Music
A biography of Hildegard Knef, one of Germany's biggest post-war stars.
STUNNING. Dan Stevens was rather amazing in it too (he speaks German! HOT!) haha...
24. Bliss (2007)
105 min | Drama
When an unmarried teenage girl is believed by her family to have given up her virginity, she is ordered to be killed out of shame. But before her relative is able to complete the task, the two encounter a college professor.
Votes: 7,465 | Gross: $0.04M
25. Y Tu Mamá También (2001)
R | 106 min | Drama
In Mexico, two teenage boys and an attractive older woman embark on a road trip and learn a thing or two about life, friendship, sex, and each other.
Votes: 116,782 | Gross: $13.62M
Better known as 'Y tu mama tambien'. Very interesting film with a surprise twist.
26. The Science of Sleep (2006)
R | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
A man entranced by his dreams and imagination is love-struck with a French woman and feels he can show her his world.
Votes: 67,827 | Gross: $4.66M
The French are just plain weird!
27. Only God Knows (2006)
115 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance
On a lark in Tijuana, a carefree Brazilian art student crosses paths with a brooding Mexican journalist, sparking a cascade of events across both Mexico and Brazil. As Dolores and Damián discover an intimate love and a mysterious spiritual heritage, they struggle with ever more costly choices.
Also called 'Sólo Dios Sabe'. First half good, second half quite strange.
28. Love Songs (2007)
Unrated | 91 min | Drama, Musical, Romance
Ismael and Julie enter a playful yet emotionally laced threesome with Alice. When tragedy strikes, these young Parisians are forced to deal with the fragility of life and love.
Votes: 9,165 | Gross: $0.10M
29. The Grocer's Son (2007)
Not Rated | 96 min | Drama
Antoine moves home to help his mom drive the mobile grocery, when his dad's hospitalized. He brings Claire along, hoping she'll become more than a friend. He drives around Provence's countryside, selling mainly to old people.
Votes: 2,393 | Gross: $0.28M
Eye candy 8D Film was a little slow, but I liked the realisticness of the setting, themes and characters.
30. The Kite Runner (2007)
PG-13 | 128 min | Drama
After spending years in California, Amir returns to his homeland in Afghanistan to help his old friend Hassan, whose son is in trouble.
Votes: 77,652 | Gross: $15.80M
Loved the book, and by extension loved the film despite some changes.
31. The Syrian Bride (2004)
97 min | Comedy, Drama
In Majdal Shams, the largest Druze village in Golan Heights on the Israeli-Syrian border, the Druze bride Mona is engaged to get married with Tallel, a television comedian that works in the... See full summary »
Votes: 3,262 | Gross: $0.38M
The Golan Heights - what a fascinating situation... rather sad though, too. Great film!
32. The Kite (2003)
Not Rated | 80 min | Drama
A young 15 year old girl, Lamia, lives in a southern Lebanese village on the border with Israel. She is given in marriage to her cousin on the other side of the border. As Lamia crosses the... See full summary »
The imagery in this film was gorgeous.
33. Samson and Delilah (2009)
Not Rated | 101 min | Drama, Romance
A glue-sniffing boy and his girlfriend escape the government-controlled no-hope Aboriginal community they live in and go to the city, Alice Springs, looking for a better life.
This is an Australian film but I've included it because it has a significant portion spoken in Aboriginal languages.
35. The Great Journey (2004)
Not Rated | 108 min | Drama, Romance
Reda, a young French-Moroccan guy and his old father drive from the south of France to Mecca in order for the father to do his pilgrimage. At first distant, they gradually learn to know each other.
One way to describe this film? A journey.
36. Forbidden Lie$ (2007)
Not Rated | 104 min | Documentary, Drama
A dramatized documentary investigating accusations that "Forbidden Love" author Norma Khouri made up her biographical tale of a Muslim friend who was killed for dating a Christian.
Included for themes explored.
37. Shades of Ray (2008)
Not Rated | 86 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Ray's half Pakistani and half white. When his parents' marriage dissolves, Ray's perspective of Ms. Right falls deeply into question.
Again, included for themes explored despite most of film being spoken in English.
38. Arranged (2007)
Not Rated | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
ARRANGED centers on the friendship between an Orthodox Jewish woman and a Muslim woman who meet as first-year teachers at a public school in Brooklyn. Over the course of the year they learn... See full summary »
Votes: 2,839 | Gross: $0.02M
I adored this movie! Both lead actresses were so natural.
39. Adam's Wall (2008)
Adam, a Jewish teenager and Yasmine, a young Lebanese girl, fall in love. Their relationship is overshadowed by the ongoing feud between their families, but also by the raging conflict in ... See full summary »
40. La petite Jérusalem (2005)
Not Rated | 96 min | Drama
A beautiful Jewish young woman still living with her orthodox family in a Parisian suburb, falls in love with a Muslim co-worker.
Votes: 835 | Gross: $0.05M
41. My Only Ü (2008)
TV-PG | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Winona, a sassy and spunky girl is just diagnosed with lupus, Bong, a guy who secretly loves her, will do everything for her to live to the fullest before she expires.
My first Korean film! It was cute :)
42. Machuca (2004)
Not Rated | 121 min | Biography, Drama, History
Two 12-year-old Chilean children from different social classes become friends in 1973. They both discover each other's world as political tensions in their country increase.
43. Ajami (2009)
Not Rated | 124 min | Crime, Drama
Ajami is the religiously mixed community of Muslims and Christians in Tel Aviv. These are five stories about the everyday life in Ajami.
Votes: 5,996 | Gross: $0.62M
44. I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK (2006)
Not Rated | 107 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A girl who thinks she is a combat cyborg checks into a mental hospital, where she encounters other psychotics. Eventually, she falls for a man who thinks he can steal people's souls.
SO WEIRD! I can't remember if I liked it or not!
45. Lucky Miles (2007)
Not Rated | 105 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama