Film The Greatest Movies in World Cinema History  

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Hollywood may be the epicenter of the movie business, but many of the best films released each year hail from all over the world. The top world cinema movies feature classic stories of love, loss, and overcoming adversity. This is a list of the greatest famous foreign movies, including everything from Life Is Beautiful to City of God to Let the Right One In.

What films will you find on this list of the best movies in other languages? Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon combines mind-bending effects, beautiful cinematography, and dynamic story-telling in an entertaining, Oscar-winning package. Ang Lee directed the all-star cast, which included Chow Yun-fat, Michelle Yeoh, and Zhang Aiyi. Jules and Jim is another fantastic non-English movie beloved by world cinema fans. The 2011 French film The Artist emulated the style of classic silent films, much to the delight of modern audiences. Other good movies featured on this list include Battle Royale, Princess Mononoke, and My Neighbor Totoro.

Do you have a favorite foreign film? Give the best movies a thumbs up to move them to the top of the list, and please add any great features that are missing.

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Bicycle Thieves is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Movies in World Cinema History
Bicycle Thieves Enzo Staiola, Lianella Carell, Lamberto Maggiorani Bicycle Thieves, is a 1948 film directed by Vittorio De Sica. The film follows the story of a poor father searching post-World War II Rome for his stolen bicycle, without which he will lose the ...more

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Seven Samurai is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Movies in World Cinema History
Seven Samurai Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Eijirō Tōno Seven Samurai is a 1954 Japanese Jidaigeki adventure film co-written, edited, and directed by Akira Kurosawa. The film takes place in 1587 during the Warring States Period of Japan. It follows ...more

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La Dolce Vita is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Movies in World Cinema History
La Dolce Vita Nico, Anita Ekberg, Marcello Mastroianni La Dolce Vita is a 1960 Italian comedy-drama film written and directed by Federico Fellini. The film follows Marcello Rubini, a journalist writing for gossip magazines, over seven days and ...more

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8½ is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Movies in World Cinema History
Claudia Cardinale, Marcello Mastroianni, Barbara Steele 8½ is a 1963 Italian comedy-drama film directed by Federico Fellini. Co-scripted by Fellini, Tullio Pinelli, Ennio Flaiano, and Brunello Rondi, it stars Marcello Mastroianni as Guido ...more

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The Lives of Others is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Movies in World Cinema History
The Lives Of Others Ulrich Tukur, Ulrich Mühe, Martina Gedeck The Lives of Others is a 2006 German drama film, marking the feature film debut of filmmaker Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, about the monitoring of East Berlin by agents of the Stasi, the ...more

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City of God is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Movies in World Cinema History
City Of God Alice Braga, Seu Jorge, Matheus Nachtergaele City of God is a 2002 Brazilian crime drama film directed by Fernando Meirelles and co-directed by Kátia Lund, released in its home country in 2002 and worldwide in 2003. The story was ...more

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The Seventh Seal is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Movies in World Cinema History
The Seventh Seal Max von Sydow, Bibi Andersson, Gunnar Björnstrand The Seventh Seal is a 1957 Swedish drama-fantasy film written and directed by Ingmar Bergman. Set in Denmark during the Black Death, it tells of the journey of a medieval knight and a game of ...more

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In the Mood for Love is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Movies in World Cinema History
In The Mood For Love Maggie Cheung, Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Roy Cheung In the Mood for Love is a 2000 Hong Kong film directed by Wong Kar-wai, starring Maggie Cheung and Tony Leung. The film premiered on 20 May 2000, at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival, where it was ...more

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Metropolis is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Movies in World Cinema History
Metropolis Brigitte Helm, Gustav Fröhlich, Theodor Loos Metropolis is a 1927 German expressionist epic science fiction drama film directed by Fritz Lang. The film was written by Lang and his wife Thea von Harbou, and starred Brigitte Helm, Gustav ...more

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Cinema Paradiso is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Movies in World Cinema History
Cinema Paradiso Brigitte Bardot, John Wayne, Charlie Chaplin Nuovo Cinema Paradiso, internationally released as Cinema Paradiso, is a 1988 Italian drama film written and directed by Giuseppe Tornatore. The film stars Jacques Perrin, Philippe Noiret, ...more

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Wings of Desire is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Movies in World Cinema History
Wings Of Desire Peter Falk, Bruno Ganz, Solveig Dommartin Wings of Desire is a 1987 Franco-German romantic fantasy film directed by Wim Wenders. The film is about invisible, immortal angels who populate Berlin and listen to the thoughts of the human ...more

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Rashomon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Movies in World Cinema History
Rashomon Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Machiko Kyō Rashomon is a 1950 Japanese period drama film directed by Akira Kurosawa, working in close collaboration with cinematographer Kazuo Miyagawa. It stars Toshiro Mifune, Machiko Kyō, Masayuki Mori ...more

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Nosferatu is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Movies in World Cinema History
Nosferatu Max Schreck, John Gottowt, Alexander Granach Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens is a 1922 German Expressionist horror film, directed by F. W. Murnau, starring Max Schreck as the vampire Count Orlok. The film, shot in 1921 and released ...more

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La Haine is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Movies in World Cinema History
La Haine Vincent Cassel, Saïd Taghmaoui, Benoît Magimel La Haine is a 1995 French black-and-white drama/suspense film written, co-edited, and directed by Mathieu Kassovitz. It is commonly released under its French title in the English-speaking world, ...more

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Life Is Beautiful is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Movies in World Cinema History
Life Is Beautiful Roberto Benigni, Horst Buchholz, Richard Sammel Life Is Beautiful is a 1997 Italian tragicomedy comedy-drama film directed by and starring Roberto Benigni. Benigni plays Guido Orefice, a Jewish Italian book shop owner, who must employ his ...more

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Run Lola Run is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Movies in World Cinema History
Run Lola Run Franka Potente, Armin Rohde, Moritz Bleibtreu Run Lola Run is a 1998 German thriller film written and directed by Tom Tykwer and starring Franka Potente as Lola and Moritz Bleibtreu as Manni. The story follows a woman who needs to obtain ...more

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My Neighbor Totoro is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Movies in World Cinema History
My Neighbor Totoro Noriko Hidaka, Ikue Ōtani, Sumi Shimamoto My Neighbor Totoro is a 1988 Japanese animated fantasy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki and produced by Studio Ghibli. The film – which stars the voice actors Noriko Hidaka, Chika ...more

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Le Samouraï is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Movies in World Cinema History
Le Samouraï Alain Delon, François Périer, Cathy Rosier Le Samouraï is a 1967 French-Italian crime film directed by French filmmaker Jean-Pierre Melville, starring Alain Delon as Jef Costello.

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Apu trilogy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Movies in World Cinema History
Apu trilogy The Apu Trilogy comprises three Bengali films directed by Satyajit Ray: Pather Panchali, Aparajito and Apur Sansar. They are based on two Bengali novels written by Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay: ...more

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Stalker is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Movies in World Cinema History
Stalker Alexander Kaidanovsky, Anatoly Solonitsyn, Alisa Freindlich Stalker is a 1979 art film directed by Andrei Tarkovsky, with its screenplay written by Boris and Arkady Strugatsky. Loosely based on the novel The Roadside Picnic, the film features a mixture ...more

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The Battle of Algiers is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Movies in World Cinema History
The Battle of Algiers Jean Martin, Saadi Yacef, Gene Wesson The Battle of Algiers is a 1966 war film based on occurrences during the Algerian War against the French government in North Africa, the most prominent being the titular Battle of Algiers. An ...more

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Battleship Potemkin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Movies in World Cinema History
Battleship Potemkin Sergei Eisenstein, Grigori Aleksandrov, Aleksandr Antonov Battleship Potemkin, sometimes rendered as Battleship Potyomkin, is a 1925 silent film directed by Sergei Eisenstein and produced by Mosfilm. It presents a dramatized version of the mutiny that ...more

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All About My Mother is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Movies in World Cinema History
All About My Mother Penélope Cruz, Fernando Fernan Gomez, Antonia San Juan All About My Mother is a 1999 Spanish comedy-drama film written and directed by Pedro Almodóvar. The film deals with complex issues such as AIDS, homosexuality, transsexualism, faith, and ...more

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Oldboy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Movies in World Cinema History
Oldboy Min-sik Choi, Ji-tae Yu, Hye-jeong Kang

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Let the Right One In is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Movies in World Cinema History
Let The Right One In Lina Leandersson, Tom Ljungman, Philip Hersh Let the Right One In is a 2008 film directed by Tomas Alfredson.

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Persepolis is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Movies in World Cinema History
Persepolis Sean Penn, Catherine Deneuve, Iggy Pop Persepolis is a 2007 French-Iranian-American animated film based on Marjane Satrapi's autobiographical graphic novel of the same name. The film was written and directed by Satrapi with Vincent ...more

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The Spirit of the Beehive is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Movies in World Cinema History
The Spirit Of The Beehive Fernando Fernan Gomez, Ana Torrent, Laly Soldevila The Spirit of the Beehive is a 1973 Spanish drama film directed by Víctor Erice. The film was Erice's debut and is considered a masterpiece of Spanish cinema. The film focuses on the ...more

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Three Colors is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Movies in World Cinema History
Three Colors Juliette Binoche, Zbigniew Zamachowski, Julie Delpy The Three Colors trilogy is the collective title of three films directed by Krzysztof Kieślowski, two made in French and one primarily in Polish: Three Colors: Blue, Three Colors: White, and ...more

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The Conformist is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Movies in World Cinema History
The Conformist Jean-Louis Trintignant, Stefania Sandrelli, Dominique Sanda The Conformist is a 1970 political drama directed by Bernardo Bertolucci. The screenplay was written by Bertolucci based on the 1951 novel The Conformist by Alberto Moravia. The film features ...more

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Amélie is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Movies in World Cinema History
Amélie Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz, Rufus

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Tokyo Story is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Movies in World Cinema History
Tokyo Story Setsuko Hara, Chishū Ryū, Kyōko Kagawa Tokyo Story is a 1953 Japanese film directed by Yasujirō Ozu. It tells the story of an aging couple who travel to Tokyo to visit their grown children. The film contrasts the behavior of their ...more

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Gangs of Wasseypur - Part 1 is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Movies in World Cinema History
Gangs of Wasseypur - Part 1 Manoj Bajpai, Reemma Sen, 리마 센 Gangs of Wasseypur – Part 1 is a 2012 Indian crime film co-written, produced and directed by Anurag Kashyap. Centered on the coal mafia of Dhanbad, Jharkhand, and the underlying power struggles, ...more

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Grave of the Fireflies is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Movies in World Cinema History
Grave Of The Fireflies Yoshiko Shinohara, Akemi Yamaguchi, Ayano Shiraishi Grave of the Fireflies is a 1988 Japanese animated drama film written and directed by Isao Takahata and animated by Studio Ghibli. It is based on the 1967 semi-autobiographical novel Grave of ...more

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Rififi is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Movies in World Cinema History
Rififi Jules Dassin, Robert Hossein, Carl Möhner Rififi is a 1955 French crime film adaptation of Auguste Le Breton's novel of the same name. Directed by American filmmaker Jules Dassin, the film stars Jean Servais as the aging gangster Tony ...more

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Orpheus is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Movies in World Cinema History
Orpheus Jean Marais, François Périer, María Casares Orpheus is a 1950 French film directed by Jean Cocteau and starring Jean Marais. This film is the central part of Cocteau's Orphic Trilogy, which consists of The Blood of a Poet, Orpheus and ...more

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The Secret in Their Eyes is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Movies in World Cinema History
The Secret In Their Eyes Ricardo Darín, Mariano Argento, Soledad Villamil The Secret in Their Eyes is a 2009 Argentine crime thriller film directed, produced and edited by Juan José Campanella and written by Eduardo Sacheri and Campanella, based on Sacheri's ...more

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Solaris is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Movies in World Cinema History
Solaris Anatoly Solonitsyn, Natalya Bondarchuk, Jüri Järvet Solaris is a 1972 Russian science fiction art film adaptation of Polish author Stanisław Lem's novel Solaris. The film was co-written and directed by Andrei Tarkovsky. The film is a meditative ...more

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Children of Heaven is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Movies in World Cinema History
Children Of Heaven Reza Naji, Christopher Maleki, Amir Farrokh Hashemian Children of Heaven is a 1997 Iranian family drama film written and directed by Majid Majidi. It deals with a brother and sister and their adventures over a lost pair of shoes. It was nominated ...more

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The 400 Blows is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Movies in World Cinema History
The 400 Blows Jeanne Moreau, Jean Piere Leaud, Jean-Claude Brialy The 400 Blows is a 1959 French drama film, the debut by director François Truffaut; it stars Jean-Pierre Léaud, Albert Rémy, and Claire Maurier. One of the defining films of ...more

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Come and See is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Movies in World Cinema History
Come and See Aleksei Kravchenko, Liubomiras Lauciavicius, Vladas Bagdonas Come and See is a 1985 Soviet war drama film directed by Elem Klimov about and occurring during the Nazi German occupation of the Byelorussian SSR. Aleksei Kravchenko and Olga Mironova star as ...more

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Delicatessen is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Movies in World Cinema History
Delicatessen Dominique Pinon, Karin Viard, Ticky Holgado Delicatessen is a 1991 French film, directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro, starring Dominique Pinon and Karin Viard. It is set in an apartment building in a post-apocalyptic France of an ...more

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Battle Royale is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Movies in World Cinema History
Battle Royale Beat Kitano, Chiaki Kuriyama, Kou Shibasaki Battle Royale is a 2000 Japanese action thriller film adapted from the 1999 novel of the same name by Koushun Takami. It is the final film directed by Kinji Fukasaku, the screenplay written by ...more

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The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Movies in World Cinema History
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari Conrad Veidt, Lil Dagover, Hans Heinrich von Twardowski The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is a 1920 German silent horror film, directed by Robert Wiene and written by Hans Janowitz and Carl Mayer. Considered the quintessential work of German Expressionist ...more

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Rome, Open City is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Movies in World Cinema History
Rome, Open City Anna Magnani, Aldo Fabrizi, Marcello Pagliero Rome, Open City is a 1945 Italian drama film directed by Roberto Rossellini. In its English subtitled release it was named, Open City. The picture features Aldo Fabrizi, Anna Magnani and ...more

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Good bye, Lenin! is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Movies in World Cinema History
Good Bye, Lenin! Daniel Brühl, Chulpan Khamatova, Florian Lukas Good Bye, Lenin! is a 2003 German tragicomedy film. Directed by Wolfgang Becker, the cast includes Daniel Brühl, Katrin Saß, Chulpan Khamatova, and Maria Simon. Most scenes were shot ...more

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Princess Mononoke is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Movies in World Cinema History
Princess Mononoke Claire Danes, Gillian Anderson, Jada Pinkett Smith Princess Mononoke is a 1997 anime epic action historical fantasy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki. It was animated by Studio Ghibli and produced by Toshio Suzuki. The film stars the ...more

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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Movies in World Cinema History
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Zhang Ziyi, Michelle Yeoh, Chow Yun-Fat Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is a 2000 wuxia film. An American-Chinese-Hong Kong-Taiwanese co-production, the film was directed by Ang Lee and featured an international cast of Han actors, ...more

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Ghost in the Shell is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Movies in World Cinema History
Ghost In The Shell Maaya Sakamoto, Akio Ōtsuka, Kōichi Yamadera Ghost in the Shell is a 1995 anime science fiction film based on manga of the same title by Masamune Shirow. The film was written by Kazunori Itō, directed by Mamoru Oshii, animated by ...more

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Farewell My Concubine is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Movies in World Cinema History
Farewell My Concubine Gong Li, Leslie Cheung, Ge You Farewell My Concubine, a 1993 Chinese drama film directed by Chen Kaige, is one of the central works of the Fifth Generation movement that brought Chinese film directors to world attention. ...more

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Blow Up is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Movies in World Cinema History