Foreign Language Films I Have Seen

by Mimbulus_mimbletonia | created - 14 Sep 2013 | updated - 4 weeks ago | 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. Etz Limon (2008)

Not Rated | 106 min | Drama, War

74 Metascore

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.

Director: Eran Riklis | Stars: Hiam Abbass, Rona Lipaz-Michael, Ali Suliman, Doron Tavory

Votes: 5,878 | Gross: $0.57M

Beautifully told and Hiam Abbass is a fantastic actress (I have seen her in quite a few films now!).

2. Paradise Now (2005)

PG-13 | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

71 Metascore

Two childhood friends are recruited for a suicide bombing in Tel Aviv.

Director: Hany Abu-Assad | Stars: Kais Nashif, Ali Suliman, Lubna Azabal, Hamza Abu-Aiaash

Votes: 21,106 | Gross: $1.45M

3. Divine Intervention (2002)

Not Rated | 92 min | Drama, Romance, War

74 Metascore

Separated by a checkpoint, Palestinian lovers from Jerusalem and Ramallah arrange clandestine meetings.

Director: Elia Suleiman | Stars: Elia Suleiman, Manal Khader, George Ibrahim, Amer Daher

Votes: 3,073 | Gross: $0.39M

This unique Israeli/Palestinian film is unreal.

4. Caramel (2007)

PG | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

70 Metascore

A romantic comedy centered on the daily lives of five Lebanese women living in Beirut.

Director: Nadine Labaki | Stars: Nadine Labaki, Joanna Moukarzel, Gisèle Aouad, Yasmine Al Massri

Votes: 11,132 | Gross: $1.06M

Favourite, gorgeous. The Middle Eastern version of Sex and the City!

5. Et maintenant on va où? (2011)

PG-13 | 110 min | Comedy, Drama

60 Metascore

A group of Lebanese women try to ease religious tensions between Christians and Muslims in their village.

Director: Nadine Labaki | Stars: Claude Baz Moussawbaa, Nadine Labaki, Yvonne Maalouf, Layla Hakim

Votes: 9,666 | Gross: $0.53M

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 »

Director: Tony Ayres | Stars: Claudia Karvan, Andy Rodoreda, Osamah Sami, Elise McCredie

Votes: 89

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

Stefanos is a man at his 40's who has inherited a fortune from his mother's aunt. One day Manolis, his schoolmate, calls him and invites him to a party featuring an old friends' reunion. ... See full summary »

Director: Costas Kapakas | Stars: Georges Corraface, Ageliki Spiliopoulou, Anny Loulou, Alexandros Mylonas

Votes: 744

My first Polish film and hopefully not the last! Great romantic comedy drama.

9. Ringu (1998)

Not Rated | 96 min | Horror, Mystery

A reporter and her ex-husband investigate a cursed video tape that is rumored to kill the viewer seven days after watching it.

Director: Hideo Nakata | Stars: Nanako Matsushima, Miki Nakatani, Yûko Takeuchi, Hitomi Satô

Votes: 56,985

10. In July (2000)

99 min | Adventure, Comedy, Romance

71 Metascore

Can Daniel follow the sun from Hamburg to the Bosporus by Friday to meet his love?

Director: Fatih Akin | Stars: Moritz Bleibtreu, Christiane Paul, Mehmet Kurtulus, Idil Üner

Votes: 18,970

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

96 Metascore

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.

Directors: Hayao Miyazaki, Kirk Wise | Stars: Daveigh Chase, Suzanne Pleshette, Miyu Irino, Rumi Hiiragi

Votes: 529,932 | Gross: $10.06M

Definitely watch this in the Japanese language with English subs - much better experience!

12. Porco Rosso (1992)

PG | 94 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

83 Metascore

In 1930s Italy, a veteran World War I pilot is cursed to look like an anthropomorphic pig.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Shûichirô Moriyama, Tokiko Katô, Bunshi Katsura Vi, Tsunehiko Kamijô

Votes: 58,864

13. Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)

G | 103 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

83 Metascore

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.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Kirsten Dunst, Minami Takayama, Rei Sakuma, Kappei Yamaguchi

Votes: 94,657

14. The Secret World of Arrietty (2010)

G | 94 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

80 Metascore

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.

Director: Hiromasa Yonebayashi | Stars: Bridgit Mendler, Amy Poehler, Will Arnett, Moises Arias

Votes: 65,446 | Gross: $19.20M

15. Amreeka (2009)

PG-13 | 96 min | Drama

73 Metascore

A drama centered on the trials and tribulations of a proud Palestinian Christian immigrant single mother and her teenage son in small town Indiana.

Director: Cherien Dabis | Stars: Nisreen Faour, Melkar Muallem, Hiam Abbass, Alia Shawkat

Votes: 3,262 | 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

79 Metascore

A college professor travels to New York City to attend a conference and finds a young couple living in his apartment.

Director: Tom McCarthy | Stars: Richard Jenkins, Haaz Sleiman, Danai Gurira, Hiam Abbass

Votes: 39,761 | 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. Satin rouge (2002)

100 min | Musical, Drama

73 Metascore

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 »

Director: Raja Amari | Stars: Hiam Abbass, Hend El Fahem, Maher Kamoun, Monia Hichri

Votes: 778 | Gross: $0.23M

Hiam, you are stunning! This was a great little Tunisian film.

18. Persepolis (2007)

PG-13 | 96 min | Animation, Biography, Drama

90 Metascore

A precocious and outspoken Iranian girl grows up during the Islamic Revolution.

Directors: Vincent Paronnaud, Marjane Satrapi | Stars: Chiara Mastroianni, Catherine Deneuve, Gena Rowlands, Danielle Darrieux

Votes: 79,881 | Gross: $4.44M

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.

Directors: Guy Nattiv, Erez Tadmor | Stars: Liron Levo, Lubna Azabal, Abdallah El Akal, Birol Ünel

Votes: 395

Real and poignant, a must watch.

20. 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: 631,185 | 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

76 Metascore

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.

Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet | Stars: Audrey Tautou, Gaspard Ulliel, Jodie Foster, Dominique Pinon

Votes: 67,298 | Gross: $6.17M

22. Baran (2001)

PG | 94 min | Drama, Romance

79 Metascore

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.

Director: Majid Majidi | Stars: Hossein Abedini, Zahra Bahrami, Mohammad Amir Naji, Hossein Mahjoub

Votes: 7,091 | 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.

Director: Kai Wessel | Stars: Heike Makatsch, Dan Stevens, Monica Bleibtreu, Hanns Zischler

Votes: 673

STUNNING. Dan Stevens was rather amazing in it too (he speaks German! HOT!) haha...

24. Mutluluk (2007)

105 min | Drama

71 Metascore

Condemned to death to salvage her family's honor, a young rape victim escapes to a seaside town with the man tasked with her execution.

Director: Abdullah Oguz | Stars: Talat Bulut, Özgü Namal, Murat Han, Mustafa Avkiran

Votes: 7,027 | Gross: $0.04M

25. Y Tu Mamá También (2001)

R | 106 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

88 Metascore

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.

Director: Alfonso Cuarón | Stars: Maribel Verdú, Gael García Bernal, Daniel Giménez Cacho, Ana López Mercado

Votes: 103,025 | 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

70 Metascore

A man entranced by his dreams and imagination is love-struck with a French woman and feels he can show her his world.

Director: Michel Gondry | Stars: Gael García Bernal, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Miou-Miou, Alain Chabat

Votes: 65,097 | Gross: $4.66M

The French are just plain weird!

27. Sólo Dios sabe (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.

Director: Carlos Bolado | Stars: Diego Luna, Alice Braga, Damián Alcázar, Maria Alves

Votes: 773

Also called 'Sólo Dios Sabe'. First half good, second half quite strange.

28. Love Songs (2007)

Unrated | 91 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

70 Metascore

A musical interpretation of three lovers living in Paris.

Director: Christophe Honoré | Stars: Ludivine Sagnier, Louis Garrel, Clotilde Hesme, Chiara Mastroianni

Votes: 8,239 | Gross: $0.10M

29. The Grocer's Son (2007)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama

Antoine Sforza, a thirty-year-old young man, left his village ten years before in order to start a new life in the big city, but now that his father, a traveling grocer, is in hospital ... See full summary »

Director: Eric Guirado | Stars: Nicolas Cazalé, Clotilde Hesme, Daniel Duval, Jeanne Goupil

Votes: 2,305 | 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

61 Metascore

After spending years in California, Amir returns to his homeland in Afghanistan to help his old friend Hassan, whose son is in trouble.

Director: Marc Forster | Stars: Khalid Abdalla, Ahmad Khan Mahmoodzada, Atossa Leoni, Shaun Toub

Votes: 73,399 | Gross: $15.80M

Loved the book, and by extension loved the film despite some changes.

31. The Syrian Bride (2004)

97 min | Comedy, Drama

70 Metascore

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 »

Director: Eran Riklis | Stars: Hiam Abbass, Makram Khoury, Clara Khoury, Ashraf Barhom

Votes: 3,057 | 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 »

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

Votes: 580

The imagery in this film was gorgeous.

33. Samson and Delilah (2009)

Not Rated | 101 min | Drama, Romance

75 Metascore

Samson and Delilah's world is small- an isolated community in the Central Australian desert. When tragedy strikes they turn their backs on home and embark on a journey of survival. Lost, ... See full summary »

Director: Warwick Thornton | Stars: Rowan McNamara, Marissa Gibson, Mitjili Napanangka Gibson, Scott Thornton

Votes: 2,970

This is an Australian film but I've included it because it has a significant portion spoken in Aboriginal languages.

34. Falafel (2006)

83 min | Drama

Everything bad that can happen on the way to a party happens to young Tou on this nighttime trip though Beirut.

Director: Michel Kammoun | Stars: Elie Mitri, Gabrielle Bou Rached, Issam Bou Khaled, Michel Hourani

Votes: 162

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.

Director: Ismaël Ferroukhi | Stars: Nicolas Cazalé, Mohamed Majd, Jacky Nercessian, Ghina Ognianova

Votes: 2,135

One way to describe this film? A journey.

36. Forbidden Lie$ (2007)

Not Rated | 104 min | Documentary, Drama

85 Metascore

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.

Director: Anna Broinowski | Stars: Norma Khouri, Malcolm Knox, Rana Husseini, Caroline Overington

Votes: 554

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.

Director: Jaffar Mahmood | Stars: Zachary Levi, Fran Kranz, Sarah Shahi, Bonnie Somerville

Votes: 1,254

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 »

Directors: Diane Crespo, Stefan C. Schaefer | Stars: Zoe Lister-Jones, Francis Benhamou, Mimi Lieber, John Rothman

Votes: 2,583 | Gross: $0.02M

I adored this movie! Both lead actresses were so natural.

39. Adam's Wall (2008)

Drama

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 »

Director: Michael MacKenzie | Stars: Jesse Aaron Dwyre, Flavia Bechara, Paul Ahmarani, Maxim Roy

Votes: 88

40. La petite Jérusalem (2005)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama

63 Metascore

A beautiful Jewish young woman still living with her orthodox family in a Parisian suburb, falls in love with a Muslim co-worker.

Director: Karin Albou | Stars: Fanny Valette, Elsa Zylberstein, Bruno Todeschini, Hédi Tillette de Clermont-Tonerre

Votes: 795 | Gross: $0.05M

41. My Only Ü (2008)

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.

Director: Cathy Garcia-Molina | Stars: Vhong Navarro, Toni Gonzaga, John Lloyd Cruz, Janus del Prado

Votes: 109

My first Korean film! It was cute :)

42. Machuca (2004)

Not Rated | 121 min | Biography, Drama, History

76 Metascore

Two boys observe a political coup in their native Chile.

Director: Andrés Wood | Stars: Matías Quer, Ariel Mateluna, Manuela Martelli, Aline Küppenheim

Votes: 10,011

43. Ajami (2009)

Not Rated | 124 min | Crime, Drama

82 Metascore

Ajami is the religiously mixed community of Muslims and Christians in Tel Aviv. These are five stories about the everyday life in Ajami.

Directors: Scandar Copti, Yaron Shani | Stars: Fouad Habash, Nisrin Siksik, Elias Saba, Youssef Sahwani

Votes: 5,581 | Gross: $0.62M

44. I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK (2006)

Not Rated | 105 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.

Director: Chan-wook Park | Stars: Soo-jung Lim, Rain, Seong-hun Cheon, Hee-jin Choi

Votes: 20,708

SO WEIRD! I can't remember if I liked it or not!

45. Lucky Miles (2007)

Not Rated | 105 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

Three mismatched blokes are stranded in the Australian desert.

Director: Michael James Rowland | Stars: Kenneth Moraleda, Rodney Afif, Sri Sacdpraseuth, Don Hany

Votes: 706

Only included for themes explored :)

46. 5 Centimeters Per Second (2007)

TV-PG | 63 min | Animation, Drama, Romance

Told in three interconnected segments, we follow a young man named Takaki through his life as cruel winters, cold technology, and finally, adult obligations and responsibility converge to test the delicate petals of love.

Director: Makoto Shinkai | Stars: Kenji Mizuhashi, Yoshimi Kondou, Satomi Hanamura, Ayaka Onoue

Votes: 40,964

Bittersweet.

47. Downfall (2004)

R | 156 min | Biography, Drama, History

82 Metascore

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.

Director: Oliver Hirschbiegel | Stars: Bruno Ganz, Alexandra Maria Lara, Ulrich Matthes, Juliane Köhler

Votes: 294,582 | Gross: $5.51M

Brilliant!

48. Une bouteille à la mer (2010)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama

58 Metascore

Tal is 17 years old. Naim is 20. She's Israeli. He's Palestinian. She lives in Jerusalem. He lives in Gaza. They were born in a land of scorched earth, where fathers bury their children. ... See full summary »

Director: Thierry Binisti | Stars: Agathe Bonitzer, Mahmud Shalaby, Hiam Abbass, Riff Cohen

Votes: 967 | Gross: $0.00M

I LOVED this film, it was poignant and really made you think about both sides of the Israeli and Palestinian conflict. Both sides were evenly represented, which is quite difficult to do.

49. Omar (2013)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

75 Metascore

A young Palestinian freedom fighter agrees to work as an informant after he's tricked into an admission of guilt by association in the wake of an Israeli soldier's killing.

Director: Hany Abu-Assad | Stars: Adam Bakri, Leem Lubany, Eyad Hourani, Samer Bisharat

Votes: 11,712 | Gross: $0.36M

Fantastic Palestinian film, great acting, great story.

50. Katmandú, un espejo en el cielo (2011)

104 min | Drama, Romance

6.3