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Favorite Foreign Language Films

The following is a list of my favorite foreign language films, ranked according to preference. It is by no means an authoritative list, as many of you may disagree on certain rankings. Besides, this is simply a compilation of the foreign language films that I have seen thus far, so of course a number of excellent entries are missing. The list will be updated when necessary, and the rankings are subject to change over time.

For more information on each film, click on the titles to go to their IMDB page to learn more about them. Also, be sure to come back each Friday for “Foreign Language Film Fridays” and read a review of one of the following films.

*Last Updated February 8, 2012.

 

 

 

Rank

Film Title

Year

Country

Rating (1-5)

Full Review

1

The Lives of Others

2006

Germany

*****

HERE

2

Oldboy

2003

S. Korea

*****

 

3

A Tale of Two Sisters

2003

S. Korea

*****

 

4

The Secret in Their Eyes

2009

Argentina

*****

 

5

A Separation

2011

Iran

*****

 HERE

           

6

J.S.A. – Joint Security Area

2000

S. Korea

****

 

7

Taegukgi: Brotherhood of War

2004

S. Korea

****

 

8

Tell No One

2006

France

****

 

9

Diving Bell and the Butterfly

2007

France

****

 

10

The Bicycle Thief

1948

Italy

****

 

11

Waltz With Bashir

2008

Israel

****

 

12

Sophie Scholl: The Final Days

2005

Germany

****

 

13

Downfall

2004

Germany

****

 

14

I Saw the Devil

2010

S. Korea

****

HERE

15

Memories of Murder

2003

S. Korea

****

 

16

Let the Right One In

2008

Sweden

****

 

17

Incendies

2010

Canada

****

 

18

The Orphanage

2007

Spain

****

 

19

City of God

2002

Brazil

****

 

20

The Chaser

2008

S. Korea

****

 

21

Biutiful

2010

Mexico

****

 

22

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

2009

Sweden

****

 

23

Hero

2002

China

****

 

24

Pan’s Labyrinth

2006

Mexico

****

 

25

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

2000

China

****

 

26

Sin Nombre

2009

Mexico

****

 

27

Life is Beautiful

1997

France

****

 

28

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

1920

Germany

****

 

29

Metropolis

1927

Germany

****

 

30

Run Lola Run

1998

Germany

****

 
           

31

Timecrimes

2007

Spain

***

 

32

[Sympathy for] Lady Vengeance

2005

S. Korea

***

 

33

In a Better World

2010

Denmark

***

 

34

A Prophet

2009

France

***

 

35

The Seventh Seal

1957

Germany

***

 

36

The White Ribbon

2009

Germany

***

 

37

Battle Royale

2000

Japan

***

 

38

Amélie

2001

France

***

 

39

Osama

2003

Afghanistan

***

 

40

The Host

2006

S. Korea

***

 

41

Italian for Beginners

2000

Denmark

***

 

42

Babette’s Feast

1987

Denmark

***

 

43

The Silent House

2010

Uruguay

***

 

44

Last Tango in Paris

1972

Italy

***

 
           

45

Crossing

2008

S. Korea

**

 

46

Untold Scandal

2003

S. Korea

**

 

 

 

 

 

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