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Great Foreign Movies

Updated on February 1, 2017

Best Foreign Movies

By: Dan and Yollie Bunag

For us, foreign or international movies are interesting once we weed through the multitued of mediocre ones. One way to learn about a foreign country and see places outside the United States or North America is to watch foreign movies. You can see their struggles, history, culture, landmarks, geography and get a different perspective. This is a list of some of our favorite foreign movies. In our opinion, these foreign movies are worth watching due to quality production, interesting story lines/plot , and visual appeal. Hope you like them, too.

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The Last Emperor

Bernardo Bertolucci's The Last Emperor won nine Academy Awards, unexpectedly sweeping every category in which it was nominated quite a feat for a challenging, multi-layered epic directed by an Italian and starring an international cast. Yet the power and scope of the film was, and remains, undeniable the life of Emperor Pu Yi, who took the throne at age three, in 1908, before witnessing decades of cultural and political upheaval, within and without the walls of the Forbidden City. Recreating Ching-dynasty China with astonishing detail and unparalleled craftsmanship by cinematographer Vittorio Storaro and production designer Ferdinando Scarfiotti, The Last Emperor is also an intimate character study of one man reconciling personal responsibility and political legacy.

The Professional

An orphaned girl takes shelter with a neighbor she knows slightly. Leon is a professional hit man who never had a reason to care about anybody but Natalie has no one else. They form a makeshift father-daughter bond that changes both of their lives.

Life Is Beautiful

An inspired motion picture masterpiece, Life is Beautiful was nominated for 7 Academy Awards(R) and won three Oscars, including an Oscar for Best Actor Robert Benigni. In this extraordinary tale, Guido (Benigni), a charming but bumbling waiter who is gifted with a colorful imagination and an irresistible sense of humor, has won the heart of the woman he loves and created a beautiful life for his young family. But then, that life is threatened by World War II and Guido must rely on those very same strengths to save his beloved wife and son from an unthinkable fate! Recognized an honored with an overwhelming level of critical acclaim, this truly exceptional, utterly unique achievement will lift your spirits and capture your heart!

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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

An epic set against the breathtaking landscapes of ancient China, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, combines the exhilarating martial arts choreography by Yuen Wo-Pind (The Matrix) with the sensitivity and classical storytelling of an Ang Lee film. The result is something truly unexpected: romantic, emotionally powerful entertainment.


Nominated for five Academy Awards including Best Original Screenplay, this magical comedy earned overwhelming acclaim nationwide! A painfully shy waitress working at a tiny Paris Cafe, Amelie makes a surprising discovery and sees her life drastically changed for the better! From then on, Amelie dedicates herself to helping others find happiness, in the most delightfully unexpected way! But will she have the courage to do for herself what she has done for others?

House of Flying Daggers

Mel is an exotic beautiful blind dancer associated with a dangerous revolutionary gang known as the House of Flying Daggers. Captured by officers of the decadent Tang dynasty, Mel finds herself both threatened and attracted to the most unusual circumstances.

Memoirs of a Geisha

A Cinderella story set in a mysterious and exotic world, this stunning romantic epic shows how a house servant blossoms, against all odds, to become the most captivating geisha of her day.

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Curse of the Golden Flower

The ill-fated romance between an imperial bodyguard and a prince takes the lovers on a dangerous journey where royal family secrets are revealed.

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Black Book

In the darkest days of World War II, Jewish fugitives attempt to escape occupied Holland, only to face a Nazi ambush. Rachel Stein (Carice van Houten) alone survives the attack and joins the Dutch Resistance to avenge her family. She soon confronts the ultimate test: she must infiltrate German headquarters by tempting Captain Ludwig Mÿntze (Sebastian Koch). In the heat of passion, he uncovers her duplicity...but keeps her secret. Then Rachel's espionage reveals that a murderous traitor lurks within Resistance ranks. Unable to fully trust anyone, Rachel navigates a minefield of deception and becomes an enemy to both sides. Epic, passionate, breathtaking, Black Book relates an untold story of World War II where the distinctions between good and evil become blurred by the complexities of human nature.

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The Lives of Others

This critically-acclaimed, Oscar®-winning film (Best Foreign Language Film, 2006) is the erotic, emotionally-charged experience Lisa Schwarzbaum (Entertainment Weekly) calls "a nail-biter of a thriller!" Before the collapse of the Berlin Wall, East Germany's population was closely monitored by the State Secret Police (Stasi). Only a few citizens above suspicion, like renowned pro-Socialist playwright Georg Dreyman, were permitted to lead private lives. But when a corrupt government official falls for Georg's stunning actress-girlfriend, Christa, an ambitious Stasi policeman is ordered to bug the writer's apartment to gain incriminating evidence against the rival.

Jodhaa Akbar

Jodhaa Akbar is a sixteenth century love story about a marriage of alliance that gave birth to true love between a great Mughal emperor, Jalaluddin Akbar, and a Rajput princess, Jodhaa. Political success knew no bounds for Emperor Akbar (Hrithik Roshan). After having secured the Hindu Kush, he furthered his realm by conquest until his empire extended from Afghanistan to the Bay of Bengal, and from the Himalayas to the Godavari River. Through a shrewd blend of diplomacy, intimidation and brute force , Akbar won the allegiance of the Rajputs. This allegiance was not universal. Maharana Pratap and many other Rajputs always considered Akbar as a foreign invader. Maharana Pratap also banned inter marriages between Rajputs who had given their daughters to the Mughals and the ones who did not. But little did Akbar know that when he married Jodhaa (Aishwarya Rai Bachchan), a fiery Rajput princess, in order to further strengthen his relations with the Rajputs, he would in turn be embarking upon a new journey, the journey of true love. The daughter of King Bharmal of Amer, Jodhaa resented being reduced to a mere political pawn in this marriage of alliance, and Akbar's biggest challenge now did not merely lie in winning battles, but in winning the love of Jodhaa, a love hidden deep below resentment and extreme prejudice. Jodhaa-Akbar is their untold love story.

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      eightieschild 5 years ago

      Have seen all, but two of these, so will have to check those out when I get a chance.

      Feel free to check out my own foreign language movie lens, and let me know what you think. :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Very nice movie selections. Thanks for sharing. :)

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      JohnCurio 8 years ago

      If you guys are into Indian stuff, you can catch tons of Indian TV films online on sites like