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The Best Foreign Movies Streaming on Hulu

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Although American cinema can be visually and intellectually stimulating, it certainly has it's drawbacks. We are, after all, the country responsible for shooting and filming Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2. These foreign films, however, will transport you away from trashy, American cinema, and allow you to look at life from the perspective of someone from another country. 
 

Frederico Fellini, Ingmar Bergman, Roberto Rosselini, and Pedro Almodóvar are some of the greatest foreign film directors in the entire world. On this list of the best foreign movies streaming on Hulu, you'll find two of Fellini's best features: 8 ½ and Juliet of the Spirits. These films, like all of Fellini's movies, are actually about Fellini himself. Also on this list is Bergman’s masterpiece Persona, starring Liv Ullman and Bibi Andersson. Two Rossellini films also made the cut: Open City, and Stromboli, which starred his wife, Ingrid Bergman. Almadovar’s controversial Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! was so racy and explicit that it actually helped spurn the MPAA rating NC-17 form films involving gratuitous nudity. 

Vote up the best foreign movies streaming on Hulu below, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 

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    4 Lovers
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    Border
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    Border

    Eva Melander, Jorgen Thorsson

    Released2018

    Directed byAli Abbasi

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    Fairy Tail the Movie: Phoenix Priestess
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    Released2012

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    Ninja Scroll
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    Ninja Scroll

    Jōji Nakata, Daisuke Gōri

    Released1993

    Directed byYoshiaki Kawajiri

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    Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds
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    Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds

    Ha Jung-woo, Cha Tae-hyun

    Directed byKim Yong-hwa

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    Grave of the Fireflies
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    Grave of the Fireflies

    Yoshiko Shinohara, Akemi Yamaguchi

    Released1988

    Directed byIsao Takahata

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    Sword Art Online Extra Edition
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    Sword Art Online Extra Edition

    Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, Haruka Tomatsu

    Released2013

    Directed byTomohiko Ito, Alex Von David

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    Loving Vincent
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    Loving Vincent

    Robert Gulaczyk, Douglas Booth

    Released2017

    Directed byDorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman

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    The Housemaid
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    The Housemaid

    Seo Woo, Lee Jung-jae

    Released2010

    Directed byIm Sang-soo

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    The 12th Man
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    The 12th Man

    Jodi Lyn O'Keefe

    Released2006

    Directed byChris Koch

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    We Need to Talk About Kevin
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    We Need to Talk About Kevin

    Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly

    Released2011

    Directed byLynne Ramsay

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    Tetsuo: The Bullet Man
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    Tetsuo: The Bullet Man

    Shinya Tsukamoto, Tomorowo Taguchi

    Released2009

    Directed byShinya Tsukamoto

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    Parasite
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    Parasite

    Song Kang-ho, Lee Sun-kyun

    Released2019

    Directed byBong Joon-ho

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    Mother
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    Mother

    Kim Hye-ja, Won Bin

    Released2009

    Directed byBong Joon-ho

    Mother is a 2009 South Korean drama mystery film directed by Bong Joon-ho. When her disabled... more on Wikipedia
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    Jiro Dreams Of Sushi
    Jiro Dreams Of Sushi is a a 2011 documentary film directed by David Gelb. "An appetizing... more on Wikipedia
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    Hunt for the Wilderpeople
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    Hunt for the Wilderpeople

    Sam Neill, Rhys Darby

    Released2016

    Directed byTaika Waititi

    Hunt for the Wilderpeople is a 2016 New Zealand adventure comedy-drama film written and... more on Wikipedia
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    Blade of the Immortal
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    Blade of the Immortal

    Takuya Kimura

    Directed byTakashi Miike

    Blade of the Immortal is a 2017 samurai film directed by Takashi Miike. Cursed with...
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    The Square
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    The Square

    Claes Bang, Elisabeth Moss
    The Square is a 2017 Swedish satirical drama film directed by Ruben Östlund. Art museum... more on Wikipedia
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    Borg vs McEnroe
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    Borg vs McEnroe

    Sverrir Gudnason, Shia LaBeouf

    Released2017

    Directed byJanus Metz Pedersen

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    Racer and the Jailbird
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    Racer and the Jailbird

    Matthias Schoenaerts, Adèle Exarchopoulos

    Released2018

    Directed byMichaël R. Roskam

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    The Villainess
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    The Villainess

    Kim Ok-bin, Shin Ha-kyun

    Released2017

    Directed byJung Byung-gil

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    A Taxi Driver
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    A Taxi Driver

    Song Kang-ho, Thomas Kretschmann

    Released2017

    Directed byJang Hoon

    A Taxi Driver is a 2017 South Korean historical action drama film directed by Jang Hoon. A... more on Wikipedia
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    Non-Fiction
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    Non-Fiction

    Guillaume Canet, Juliette Binoche

    Released2019

    Directed byOlivier Assayas

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    Monos
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    Monos

    Julianne Nicholson, Moisés Arias

    Released2019

    Directed byAlejandro Landes

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    Loro
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    Loro

    Toni Servillo, Elena Sofia Ricci

    Released2018

    Directed byPaolo Sorrentino

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