Movies to Watch Mostly Non-American

by gekalfat | created - 11 Sep 2016 | updated - 3 weeks ago | Public

A List of Movies to Watch which are mostly Non-Hollywood

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1. 2046 (2004)

R | 129 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

78 Metascore

Several women enter a science fiction author's life over the course of a few years, after the author has lost the woman he considers his one true love.

Director: Kar-Wai Wong | Stars: Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Ziyi Zhang, Faye Wong, Li Gong

Votes: 47,204 | Gross: $0.26M

2. A Touch of Sin (2013)

Not Rated | 130 min | Action, Drama

76 Metascore

Four independent stories set in modern China about random acts of violence.

Director: Zhangke Jia | Stars: Wu Jiang, Baoqiang Wang, Tao Zhao, Lanshan Luo

Votes: 9,154 | Gross: $0.09M

3. Stalker (1979)

Not Rated | 162 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

A guide leads two men through an area known as the Zone to find a room that grants wishes.

Director: Andrei Tarkovsky | Stars: Alisa Freyndlikh, Aleksandr Kaydanovskiy, Anatoliy Solonitsyn, Nikolay Grinko

Votes: 98,982 | Gross: $0.23M

4. Castaway on the Moon (2009)

PG-13 | 116 min | Drama, Romance

A failed suicide attempt leads a heartbroken man to live a life in the wilderness.

Director: Hae-jun Lee | Stars: Jae-yeong Jeong, Ryeowon Jung, Yeong-seo Park, Mi-kyeong Yang

Votes: 14,408 | Gross: $3.73M

5. A Prophet (2009)

R | 155 min | Crime, Drama

90 Metascore

A young Arab man is sent to a French prison.

Director: Jacques Audiard | Stars: Tahar Rahim, Niels Arestrup, Adel Bencherif, Reda Kateb

Votes: 88,397 | Gross: $2.08M

6. I Wish (2011)

PG | 128 min | Drama

80 Metascore

Twelve-year-old Koichi, who has been separated from his brother Ryunosuke due to his parents' divorce, hears a rumor that the new bullet trains will precipitate a wish-granting miracle when they pass each other at top speed.

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda | Stars: Kôki Maeda, Ohshirô Maeda, Masami Nagasawa, Kirin Kiki

Votes: 5,303 | Gross: $0.15M

7. Like Father, Like Son (2013)

Not Rated | 121 min | Drama

73 Metascore

Ryota is a successful workaholic businessman. When he learns that his biological son was switched with another boy after birth, he faces the difficult decision to choose his true son or the boy he and his wife have raised as their own.

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda | Stars: Masaharu Fukuyama, Machiko Ono, Yôko Maki, Lily Franky

Votes: 18,361 | Gross: $0.28M

8. Embrace of the Serpent (2015)

Not Rated | 125 min | Adventure, Drama

82 Metascore

The story of the relationship between Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and last survivor of his people, and two scientists who work together over the course of forty years to search the Amazon for a sacred healing plant.

Director: Ciro Guerra | Stars: Nilbio Torres, Jan Bijvoet, Antonio Bolivar, Brionne Davis

Votes: 17,583 | Gross: $1.33M

9. Departures (2008)

PG-13 | 130 min | Drama, Music

68 Metascore

A newly unemployed cellist takes a job preparing the dead for funerals.

Director: Yôjirô Takita | Stars: Masahiro Motoki, Ryôko Hirosue, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Kazuko Yoshiyuki

Votes: 45,056 | Gross: $1.50M

10. Mountains May Depart (2015)

Not Rated | 126 min | Drama, Romance

79 Metascore

The life of Tao, and those close to her, is explored in three different time periods: 1999, 2014, and 2025.

Director: Zhangke Jia | Stars: Tao Zhao, Yi Zhang, Jing Dong Liang, Zijian Dong

Votes: 4,357 | Gross: $0.08M

11. Airlift (2016)

Not Rated | 130 min | Drama, History

When Iraq invades Kuwait in August, 1990, a callous Indian businessman becomes the spokesperson for more than 170,000 stranded countrymen.

Director: Raja Menon | Stars: Akshay Kumar, Nimrat Kaur, Kumud Mishra, Prakash Belawadi

Votes: 48,676

12. My Sassy Girl (2001)

Not Rated | 123 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A young man sees a drunk, cute woman standing too close to the tracks at a metro station in Seoul and pulls her back. She ends up getting him into trouble repeatedly after that, starting on the train.

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

Votes: 42,535

13. War Witch (2012)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, War

84 Metascore

Somewhere in Sub-Saharan Africa, Komona, a 14-year-old girl, tells her unborn child growing inside her the story of her life since she has been at war. Everything started when she was abducted by the rebel army at the age of 12.

Director: Kim Nguyen | Stars: Rachel Mwanza, Alain Lino Mic Eli Bastien, Serge Kanyinda, Ralph Prosper

Votes: 6,687 | Gross: $0.07M

14. The Officer's Ward (2001)

135 min | Drama, Romance, War

The first days of WWI. Adrien, a young and handsome lieutenant, is wounded by a piece of shrapnel. He will spend the entire wartime at the Val-de-Grâce Hospital, in Paris. Five long years, ... See full summary »

Director: François Dupeyron | Stars: Éric Caravaca, Denis Podalydès, Grégori Derangère, Sabine Azéma

Votes: 1,489

15. A Werewolf Boy (2012)

Not Rated | 122 min | Fantasy, Romance

Summoned by an unexpected phone call, an elderly woman visits the country cottage she lived in as a child. Memories of an orphan boy she knew 47 years ago come flooding back to her.

Director: Sung-hee Jo | Stars: Joong-Ki Song, Bo-Young Park, Yeong-ran Lee, Young-nam Jang

Votes: 5,741 | Gross: $0.34M

16. Quest for Fire (1981)

R | 100 min | Adventure, Drama, History

79 Metascore

This story takes place in prehistoric time when three tribesmen search for a new fire source.

Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud | Stars: Everett McGill, Ron Perlman, Nicholas Kadi, Rae Dawn Chong

Votes: 19,197 | Gross: $20.96M

17. My Father's Glory (1990)

G | 105 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

A young boy's life in turn-of-the-century France. Marcel, witnesses the success of his teacher father, as well as the success of his arrogant Uncle Jules. Marcel and family spend their ... See full summary »

Director: Yves Robert | Stars: Philippe Caubère, Nathalie Roussel, Didier Pain, Thérèse Liotard

Votes: 5,590 | Gross: $1.71M

18. The Lover (1992)

R | 115 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

In 1929 French Indochina, a French teenage girl embarks on a reckless and forbidden romance with a wealthy, older Chinese man, each knowing that knowledge of their affair will bring drastic consequences to each other.

Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud | Stars: Jane March, Tony Ka Fai Leung, Frédérique Meininger, Arnaud Giovaninetti

Votes: 17,607 | Gross: $4.90M

19. My Mother's Castle (1990)

PG | 98 min | Adventure, Biography, Comedy

Every holiday Marcel and his family go to their cottage in the Provence (France). He likes the hills in this region. Before they arrive at the cottage they have to walk about 5 miles. With ... See full summary »

Director: Yves Robert | Stars: Julien Ciamaca, Philippe Caubère, Nathalie Roussel, Didier Pain

Votes: 4,443 | Gross: $1.48M

20. The Children of Huang Shi (2008)

R | 125 min | Drama, War

49 Metascore

About young British journalist, George Hogg, who with the assistance of a courageous Australian nurse, saves a group of orphaned children during the Japanese occupation of China in 1937.

Director: Roger Spottiswoode | Stars: Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Radha Mitchell, Yun-Fat Chow, Michelle Yeoh

Votes: 8,977 | Gross: $1.03M

21. Belle du Seigneur (2012)

104 min | Drama, Romance

English-language adaptation of Albert Cohen's epic Swiss tale of a tortured love affair between a high-ranking Jewish official and the protestant wife of one of his employees.

Director: Glenio Bonder | Stars: Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Natalia Vodianova, Ed Stoppard, Marianne Faithfull

Votes: 1,131

22. The Solitude of Prime Numbers (2010)

118 min | Drama

Non-linearly follows two kids, rejected by their peers, who become friends. They separate later in life and dedicate to their careers. Still, they feel as if something is missing.

Director: Saverio Costanzo | Stars: Alba Rohrwacher, Luca Marinelli, Arianna Nastro, Vittorio Lomartire

Votes: 3,096

23. The Promise (2005)

PG-13 | 121 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

53 Metascore

Empowered by the love of a slave (Jang), a royal concubine (Cheung) is given the chance to make an extraordinary decision.

Director: Kaige Chen | Stars: Cecilia Cheung, Dong-Gun Jang, Hiroyuki Sanada, Nicholas Tse

Votes: 8,723 | Gross: $8.19M

24. Me and You (2012)

103 min | Drama

57 Metascore

An introverted teenager tells his parents he is going on a ski trip, but instead spends his time alone in a basement.

Director: Bernardo Bertolucci | Stars: Tea Falco, Jacopo Olmo Antinori, Sonia Bergamasco, Veronica Lazar

Votes: 4,984

25. To Live (1994)

Not Rated | 133 min | Drama, War

After Fugui and Jiazhen lose their personal fortunes, they raise a family and survive difficult cultural changes during 1940s to 1970s China.

Director: Yimou Zhang | Stars: You Ge, Li Gong, Ben Niu, Wu Jiang

Votes: 14,332 | Gross: $2.33M

26. Farewell My Concubine (1993)

R | 171 min | Drama, Music, Romance

The story of two men, who met as apprentices in the Peking Opera, and stayed friends for over 50 years.

Director: Kaige Chen | Stars: Leslie Cheung, Fengyi Zhang, Li Gong, Qi Lü

Votes: 22,347 | Gross: $5.22M

27. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress (2002)

110 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

65 Metascore

Two youths sent for a Maoist "re-education" in the mountains fall in love with the village tailor's granddaughter.

Director: Sijie Dai | Stars: Xun Zhou, Kun Chen, Ye Liu, Shuangbao Wang

Votes: 4,118 | Gross: $0.67M

28. The Lunchbox (2013)

PG | 104 min | Drama, Romance

76 Metascore

A mistaken delivery in Mumbai's famously efficient lunchbox delivery system connects a young housewife to an older man in the dusk of his life as they build a fantasy world together through notes in the lunchbox.

Director: Ritesh Batra | Stars: Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Lillete Dubey

Votes: 42,919 | Gross: $4.23M

29. Wadjda (2012)

PG | 98 min | Comedy, Drama

81 Metascore

An enterprising Saudi girl signs on for her school's Koran recitation competition as a way to raise the remaining funds she needs in order to buy the green bicycle that has captured her interest.

Director: Haifaa Al-Mansour | Stars: Waad Mohammed, Reem Abdullah, Abdullrahman Al Gohani, Ahd

Votes: 16,564 | Gross: $1.35M

30. Silk (2007)

R | 107 min | Drama, Romance

39 Metascore

The story of a married silkworm merchant-turned-smuggler in 19th century France traveling to Japan for his town's supply of silkworms after a disease wipes out their African supply. During his stay in Japan, he becomes obsessed with the concubine of a local baron.

Director: François Girard | Stars: Michael Pitt, Keira Knightley, Kôji Yakusho, Sei Ashina

Votes: 10,495 | Gross: $1.10M

31. Female Agents (2008)

TV-MA | 117 min | Drama, War

London, 1944: SOE's section for French ops parachute 4 women into France, plus a woman there, to free an English geologist and kill SS colonel Heindrich.

Director: Jean-Paul Salomé | Stars: Sophie Marceau, Julie Depardieu, Moritz Bleibtreu, Marie Gillain

Votes: 6,466

32. The Concert (2009)

PG-13 | 119 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

60 Metascore

Thirty years ago, Andrei Simoniovich Filipov, the renowned conductor of the Bolshoi orchestra, was fired for hiring Jewish musicians. Now a mere cleaning man at the Bolshoi, he learns by ... See full summary »

Director: Radu Mihaileanu | Stars: Aleksey Guskov, Mélanie Laurent, Dmitriy Nazarov, François Berléand

Votes: 16,668 | Gross: $0.66M

33. When Pigs Have Wings (2011)

98 min | Comedy

After a tempest, fishermen do not find only fish in their nets. That is what happens to Jafaar, a poor fisherman who lives poorly in Gaza. And what he hauls in is really upsetting : imagine... See full summary »

Director: Sylvain Estibal | Stars: Sasson Gabai, Baya Belal, Myriam Tekaïa, Gassan Abbas

Votes: 2,841

34. 13 Roses (2007)

100 min | Drama

True story of thirteen totally normal young women that suffered harsh questioning and were put in prison under made up charges of helping the rebellion against Franco back in the 1940's. ... See full summary »

Director: Emilio Martínez Lázaro | Stars: Pilar López de Ayala, Verónica Sánchez, Gabriella Pession, Marta Etura

Votes: 1,628

35. The Leopard (1963)

PG | 186 min | Drama, History

100 Metascore

The Prince of Salina, a noble aristocrat of impeccable integrity, tries to preserve his family and class amid the tumultuous social upheavals of 1860's Sicily.

Director: Luchino Visconti | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Alain Delon, Claudia Cardinale, Paolo Stoppa

Votes: 20,342

36. The Conquest (2011)

Not Rated | 105 min | Biography

62 Metascore

A look at French president Nicolas Sarkozy's rise to power.

Director: Xavier Durringer | Stars: Denis Podalydès, Florence Pernel, Bernard Le Coq, Michèle Moretti

Votes: 1,519 | Gross: $0.07M

37. Suicide Room (2011)

Not Rated | 110 min | Animation, Drama, Thriller

After suffering extreme humiliation at school, Dominik holes himself up in his room and begins spending all his time in a virtual reality chat room.

Director: Jan Komasa | Stars: Jakub Gierszal, Roma Gasiorowska, Agata Kulesza, Krzysztof Pieczynski

Votes: 8,312

38. 8 Women (2002)

R | 111 min | Comedy, Crime, Musical

64 Metascore

One murdered man, eight women, each seeming to be eager than the others to know the truth. Gimme, gimme, gimme some clues to make up my mind. And eventually enter the truth. Oh, thou cruel woman!

Director: François Ozon | Stars: Fanny Ardant, Emmanuelle Béart, Danielle Darrieux, Catherine Deneuve

Votes: 27,140 | Gross: $3.08M

39. Mysteries of Lisbon (2010)

Not Rated | 272 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

82 Metascore

Follows a jealous countess, a wealthy businessman, and a young orphaned boy across Portugal, France, Italy and Brazil where they connect with a variety of mysterious individuals.

Director: Raoul Ruiz | Stars: Adriano Luz, Maria João Bastos, Ricardo Pereira, Clotilde Hesme

Votes: 2,943 | Gross: $0.11M

40. Le Cercle Rouge (1970)

Not Rated | 140 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

91 Metascore

After leaving prison, master thief Corey crosses paths with a notorious escapee and an alcoholic former policeman. The trio proceed to plot an elaborate heist.

Director: Jean-Pierre Melville | Stars: Alain Delon, Bourvil, Gian Maria Volontè, Yves Montand

Votes: 19,343 | Gross: $0.37M