Total Nerd The Best Foreign Sci Fi Movies, Ranked  

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List Rules Only science fiction films in language other than English. Vote up the best films.

If you're a sci-fi fan looking to broaden your cultural horizon, check out some of these foreign sci-fi movies. Sci-fi is a genre that creates alternative universes full of possibilities not viable in our present society. Not only can good foreign science fiction present you with an alternative reality, it can also reveal the customs and cultures of other countries and regions. From new foreign science fiction to well established classics, browse this list below to find some solid sci-fi films to dazzle your imagination. 


What foreign language sci-fi movies are worth your time? The 1927 German classic Metropolis is one of the first-ever full-length sci-fi film, set in a dystopian future where the ruling class thrives while the poor class suffers. Let the Right One In is another engaging foreign sci-fi movie. The Norwegian movie Trollhunter makes creative use out of the “found footage” style of film-making. Other good projects featured here include Battle Royale, The City of Lost Children, and The Host.

Which foreign sci-fi movie is the best? Help us decide by giving your favorites a thumbs up and adding any great films we may have missed. 

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Metropolis is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Foreign Sci Fi Movies, Ranked
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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Nausicaä of the Valley of the ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Foreign Sci Fi Movies, Ranked
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind Jōji Yanami, Yoshiko Sakakibara, Ichirō Nagai Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind is a 1984 Japanese animated post-apocalyptic fantasy adventure film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki, based on his own 1982 manga of the same name. ...more

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Ghost in the Shell is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Foreign Sci Fi Movies, Ranked
Alex Gaginsky added 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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Akira is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Foreign Sci Fi Movies, Ranked
Akira Takeshi Kusao, Mami Koyama, Tesshō Genda Akira is a 1988 Japanese animated cyberpunk action film directed by Katsuhiro Otomo, written by Otomo and Izo Hashimoto, and featuring the voices of Mitsuo Iwata, Nozomu Sasaki, Mami Koyama, and ...more

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The City of Lost Children is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Foreign Sci Fi Movies, Ranked
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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Battle Royale is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Foreign Sci Fi Movies, Ranked
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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Solaris is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Foreign Sci Fi Movies, Ranked
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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The Mystery of the Third Plane... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Foreign Sci Fi Movies, Ranked
Alex Gaginsky added The Mystery of the Third Planet Vasily Livanov, Vladimir Druzhnikov, Rina Zelyonaya The Mystery of the Third Planet, aka The Secret of the Third Planet is a 1981 Soviet traditionally animated feature film directed by Roman Kachanov and produced by the Soyuzmultfilm studio in ...more

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Fantastic Planet is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Foreign Sci Fi Movies, Ranked
Alex Gaginsky added Fantastic Planet Hubert de Lapparent, Jean Topart, Yves Barsacq Fantastic Planet is a 1973 cutout stop motion science fiction allegorical film directed by René Laloux, production designed by Roland Topor, written by both of them and animated at ...more

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Stalker is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Foreign Sci Fi Movies, Ranked
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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Time Masters is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Foreign Sci Fi Movies, Ranked
Alex Gaginsky added Time Masters Alain Cuny, Yves Brainville, Sady Rebbot Les Maîtres du temps is a 1982 Franco-Hungarian animated science fiction feature film directed by René Laloux and designed by Mœbius. It is based on the 1958 science fiction novel ...more

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Dead Man's Letters is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Foreign Sci Fi Movies, Ranked
Alex Gaginsky added Dead Man's letters Rolan Bykov, Iosif Ryklin Dead Man's Letters, also known as Letters from a Dead Man, is a 1986 Soviet science fiction film directed by Konstantin Lopushansky and produced by Lenfilm studios.

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Timecrimes is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Foreign Sci Fi Movies, Ranked
Timecrimes Karra Elejalde, Nacho Vigalondo, Barbara Goenaga Timecrimes is a 2007 Spanish science-fiction thriller film directed by Nacho Vigalondo. A man accidentally gets into a time machine and travels back in time nearly an hour, starting a series f ...more

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Avalon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Foreign Sci Fi Movies, Ranked
Alex Gaginsky added Avalon Małgorzata Foremniak, Władysław Kowalski, Bartłomiej Świderski Avalon, also known as Gate to Avalon, is a 2001 Japanese-Polish science fiction drama film directed by Mamoru Oshii and written by Kazunori Itō. The film stars Małgorzata Foremniak as Ash, a ...more

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Kin-Dza-Dza is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Foreign Sci Fi Movies, Ranked
Alex Gaginsky added Kin-Dza-Dza Yevgeny Leonov, Yury Yakovlev, Stanislav Lyubshin Kin-dza-dza! is a 1986 Soviet sci-fi dystopian black comedy cult film released by the Mosfilm studio and directed by Georgiy Daneliya, with a story by Georgiy Daneliya and Revaz Gabriadze. The ...more

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Renaissance is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Foreign Sci Fi Movies, Ranked
Renaissance Daniel Craig, Ian Holm, Catherine McCormack Renaissance is a 2006 French black-and-white animated science fiction film by French director Christian Volckman. It was co-produced in France, United Kingdom and Luxembourg and released on 15 ...more

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Alphaville is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Foreign Sci Fi Movies, Ranked
Alphaville Anna Karina, Jean Piere Leaud, Akim Tamiroff Alphaville: une étrange aventure de Lemmy Caution is a 1965 black-and-white French science fiction film noir directed by Jean-Luc Godard. It stars Eddie Constantine, Anna Karina, Howard ...more

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World on a Wire is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Foreign Sci Fi Movies, Ranked
World on a Wire Ulli Lommel, Kurt Raab, Ivan Desny World on a Wire, is a 1973 science fiction film directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Shot in 16 mm, it was made for German television and originally aired in 1973, as a two-part miniseries. ...more

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La Jetée is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Foreign Sci Fi Movies, Ranked
La Jetée William Klein, Etienne Becker, Jean Négroni La Jetée, is a 1962 French science fiction featurette by Chris Marker. Constructed almost entirely from still photos, it tells the story of a post-nuclear war experiment in time travel. ...more

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2046 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Foreign Sci Fi Movies, Ranked
2046 Zhang Ziyi, Gong Li, Maggie Cheung 2046 is a 2004 Hong Kong-Chinese film written and directed by Wong Kar-wai. It is a loose sequel to the 1991 Hong Kong film Days of Being Wild and the 2000 Hong Kong film In the Mood for Love. ...more

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Cargo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Foreign Sci Fi Movies, Ranked
Cargo Yangzom Brauen, Claude-Oliver Rudolph, Gilles Tschudi Cargo is a 2009 science fiction film, the first from Swiss production and the first major feature film by Ivan Engler.

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The Host is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Foreign Sci Fi Movies, Ranked
The Host Bae Doona, Scott Wilson, Song Kang-Ho The Host is a 2006 South Korean monster film, directed by Bong Joon-ho and starring Song Kang-ho, Byun Hee-bong, Park Hae-il, Bae Doona and Go Ah-sung. The movie concerns a monster kidnapping a ...more

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Ikare XB1 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Foreign Sci Fi Movies, Ranked
Priscilla Crush added Ikare XB1

how could this not be on the list? many on this list are more fantasy than sci-fi...

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Test pilota Pirxa is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Foreign Sci Fi Movies, Ranked
Alex Gaginsky added Test pilota Pirxa Alexander Kaidanovsky, Vladimir Ivashov, Józef Fryzlewicz Inquest of Pilot Pirx is a joint Polish//Estonian/Ukrainian 1978 film directed by Marek Piestrak based on the story The Inquest by Stanisław Lem from his short story collection More Tales of ...more

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GA-GA: Glory to the Heroes is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Foreign Sci Fi Movies, Ranked
Alex Gaginsky added GA-GA: Glory to the Heroes Zofia Saretok GA-GA: Glory to the Heroes is a 1986 horror science fiction film written and directed by Piotr Szulkin.

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Big Man Japan is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Foreign Sci Fi Movies, Ranked
Big Man Japan Ryunosuke Kamiki, UA, Itsuji Itao Big Man Japan is a 2007 Japanese film written and directed by and starring Hitoshi Matsumoto. It was well received by critics in the U.S., after many months of showings at various festivals and ...more

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The Clone Returns Home is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Foreign Sci Fi Movies, Ranked
The Clone Returns Home Kyusaku Shimada, Hiromi Nagasaku, Mitsuhiro Oikawa "In the tradition of Solaris and other deeply philosophical science-fiction works, The Clone Returns Home is art cinema at its best. Kohei, a young astronaut, agrees to participate in an ...more

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Extraterrestrial is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Foreign Sci Fi Movies, Ranked
Extraterrestrial Michelle Jenner, Julián Villagrán, Carlos Areces Extraterrestrial is a 2011 Spanish science-fiction romantic comedy. Directed by Nacho Vigalondo, it stars Michelle Jenner, Julian Villagran and Carlos Areces. It was filmed in Cantabria, in ...more

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Delicatessen is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Foreign Sci Fi Movies, Ranked
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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TrollHunter is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Foreign Sci Fi Movies, Ranked
TrollHunter Knut Nærum, Otto Jespersen, Robert Stoltenberg Trollhunter is a 2010 Norwegian dark fantasy film, made in the form of a "found footage" mockumentary. It is written and directed by André Øvredal, and features a mixed ...more

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The Skin I Live In is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Foreign Sci Fi Movies, Ranked
The Skin I Live In Antonio Banderas, Blanca Suárez, Elena Anaya The Skin I Live In is a 2011 Spanish psychological thriller film written and directed by Pedro Almodóvar, starring Antonio Banderas, Elena Anaya, Marisa Paredes, Jan Cornet, and Roberto ...more

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Let the Right One In is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Foreign Sci Fi Movies, Ranked
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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Godzilla is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Foreign Sci Fi Movies, Ranked
Godzilla Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, Juliette Binoche Godzilla is a 2014 American science fiction monster film directed by Gareth Edwards. It is a reboot of the Godzilla film franchise and retells the origins of Godzilla in contemporary times as a ...more

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On the Silver Globe is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Foreign Sci Fi Movies, Ranked
On the Silver Globe Krystyna Janda, Andrzej Seweryn, Leszek Długosz On the Silver Globe is a Polish film premiered in 1988, directed by Andrzej Żuławski and adapted from a novel by Jerzy Żuławski.

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Tale of Tales is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Foreign Sci Fi Movies, Ranked
Tale of Tales Alexander Kalyagin Tale of Tales is a 1979 Soviet/Russian animated film directed by Yuriy Norshteyn and produced by the Soyuzmultfilm studio in Moscow. It has won numerous awards, has been acclaimed by critics and ...more

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Enthiran is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Foreign Sci Fi Movies, Ranked
Enthiran Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Rajinikanth, Kalabhavan Mani Enthiran is a 2010 Indian Tamil science fiction film co-written by S. Shankar and Sujatha Rangarajan and directed by Shankar. It stars Rajinikanth and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in the leads with ...more

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Big Bad Wolves is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Foreign Sci Fi Movies, Ranked
Big Bad Wolves Lior Ashkenazi, Kais Nashif, Dvir Benedek Big Bad Wolves is a 2013 Israeli black comedy horror-thriller film written and directed by Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado. It was the official selection of Tribeca Film Festival.