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 and most famous foreign films, including everything from Life Is Beautiful to City of God to Let the Right One In.
What foreign 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 foreign language 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.
Directed by: Akira Kurosawa
Directed by: Vittorio De Sica
Directed by: Luis Buñuel
Directed by: Louis Malle
Directed by: Wolfgang Petersen
Directed by: Federico Fellini
Directed by: Zhang Yimou
Directed by: Bernardo Bertolucci
Directed by: Cy Endfield
Directed by: Neill Blomkamp
Directed by: Niels Arden Oplev
Directed by: George Sluizer
Directed by: Roman Polanski
Directed by: Guillermo del Toro
Directed by: Ingmar Bergman
Directed by: Giuseppe Tornatore
Directed by: Volker Schlöndorff
Directed by: Dmitri Vasilyev, Sergei Eisenstein
Directed by: Jean-Luc Godard
Directed by: Takashi Miike