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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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Cinema Paradiso is listed (or ranked) 1 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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Life Is Beautiful is listed (or ranked) 2 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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Nosferatu is listed (or ranked) 3 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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The Seventh Seal is listed (or ranked) 4 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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Haxan: Witchcraft Through the ... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Movies in World Cinema History
Haxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages William S. Burroughs, Benjamin Christensen, Elith Pio This silent docu-horror masterpiece is a study of how superstition and the misunderstanding of diseases and mental illness led to the hysteria of witch-hunts.

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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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Metropolis is listed (or ranked) 7 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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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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Oldboy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Movies in World Cinema History
Oldboy Min-sik Choi, Ji-tae Yu, Hye-jeong Kang

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Tokyo Story is listed (or ranked) 10 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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The Lives of Others is listed (or ranked) 11 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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Grave of the Fireflies is listed (or ranked) 12 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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Amélie is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Movies in World Cinema History
Amélie Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz, Rufus

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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is listed (or ranked) 14 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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All About My Mother is listed (or ranked) 15 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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The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is listed (or ranked) 16 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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Let the Right One In is listed (or ranked) 17 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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My Neighbor Totoro is listed (or ranked) 18 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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Princess Mononoke is listed (or ranked) 19 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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Wings of Desire is listed (or ranked) 20 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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La Dolce Vita is listed (or ranked) 21 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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The City of Lost Children is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Movies in World Cinema History
The City Of Lost Children Ron Perlman, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Dominique Pinon The City of Lost Children is a 1995 French-German-Spanish science fantasy drama film directed by Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunet and starring Ron Perlman, who does not speak French, and ...more

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8½ is listed (or ranked) 23 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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Blue Is the Warmest Colour is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Movies in World Cinema History
Blue Is The Warmest Colour Léa Seydoux, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Alma Jodorowsky Blue Is the Warmest Colour, also known as Adèle: Chapters 1 & 2, is a 2013 French romantic coming-of-age drama film written, produced, and directed by Abdellatif Kechiche and starring ...more

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Breathless is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Movies in World Cinema History
Breathless Jean Seberg, Jean-Luc Godard, Jean-Paul Belmondo Breathless is a 1960 French film written and directed by Jean-Luc Godard about a wandering criminal and his American girlfriend. It was Godard's first feature-length work and represented ...more

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Rashomon is listed (or ranked) 26 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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La Haine is listed (or ranked) 27 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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Stalker is listed (or ranked) 28 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) 29 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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Gangs of Wasseypur - Part 1 is listed (or ranked) 30 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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Wild Strawberries is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Movies in World Cinema History
Wild Strawberries Max von Sydow, Bibi Andersson, Ingrid Thulin Wild Strawberries is a 1957 Swedish film written and directed by Ingmar Bergman about an old man recalling his past. The original Swedish title is Smultronstället, which literally means ...more

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The Passion of Joan of Arc is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Movies in World Cinema History
The Passion of Joan of Arc Antonin Artaud, Michel Simon, Renée Jeanne Falconetti The Passion of Joan of Arc is a 1928 silent French film based on the actual record of the trial of Joan of Arc. The film was directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer and stars Renée Jeanne ...more

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Le Samouraï is listed (or ranked) 33 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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Battle Royale is listed (or ranked) 34 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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Trainspotting is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Movies in World Cinema History
Trainspotting Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle, Jonny Lee Miller Trainspotting is a 1996 British crime comedy drama film directed by Danny Boyle, and starring Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, Kevin McKidd, Robert Carlyle, and Kelly Macdonald. ...more

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Delicatessen is listed (or ranked) 36 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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Ghost in the Shell is listed (or ranked) 37 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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Battleship Potemkin is listed (or ranked) 38 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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The Killer is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Movies in World Cinema History
The Killer Chow Yun-Fat, Kenneth Tsang, Danny Lee The Killer is a 1989 Hong Kong action film written and directed by John Woo, and starring Chow Yun-fat, Danny Lee and Sally Yeh. Chow plays the assassin Ah Jong, who accidentally damages the ...more

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Z is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Movies in World Cinema History
Z Jean-Louis Trintignant, Yves Montand, Jacques Perrin Z is a 1969 Algerian French language political thriller directed by Costa-Gavras, with a screenplay by Gavras and Jorge Semprún, based on the 1966 novel of the same name by Vassilis ...more

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The Secret in Their Eyes is listed (or ranked) 41 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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Three Colors is listed (or ranked) 42 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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L'Avventura is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Movies in World Cinema History

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Apu trilogy is listed (or ranked) 44 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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Come and See is listed (or ranked) 45 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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Y Tu Mamá También is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Movies in World Cinema History
Y Tu Mamá También Gael García Bernal, Diego Luna, Maribel Verdú Y Tu Mamá También is a 2001 Mexican drama film directed by Alfonso Cuarón and co-written by Cuarón and his brother Carlos. The film tells a coming-of-age story about ...more

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Rules of the Game is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Movies in World Cinema History
Rules of the Game Charlie Bewley, Jack Gordon, Jack Doolan

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The Conformist is listed (or ranked) 48 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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The Spirit of the Beehive is listed (or ranked) 49 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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Dragon Gate Inn is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Movies in World Cinema History
Dragon Gate Inn Feng Hsu, Miao Tien, Chien Tsao Dragon Gate Inn, also known as Dragon Inn, is a 1967 Taiwanese wuxia film directed by King Hu. The film was remade in 1992, as New Dragon Gate Inn, and again in 2011 as The Flying Swords of ...more