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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
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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Ghost in the Shell is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Foreign Sci Fi Movies, Ranked
Alex Gaginsky added 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) 3 on the list The Best Foreign Sci Fi Movies, Ranked
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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Solaris is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Foreign Sci Fi Movies, Ranked
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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Stalker is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Foreign Sci Fi Movies, Ranked
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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Fantastic Planet is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Foreign Sci Fi Movies, Ranked
Alex Gaginsky added 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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Nausicaä of the Valley of the ... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Foreign Sci Fi Movies, Ranked
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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The City of Lost Children is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Foreign Sci Fi Movies, Ranked
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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Timecrimes is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Foreign Sci Fi Movies, Ranked
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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Battle Royale is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Foreign Sci Fi Movies, Ranked
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 Host is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Foreign Sci Fi Movies, Ranked
Bae Doona, Scott Wilson, Song Kang-Ho
The Host is a 2006 South Korean monster film. The movie concerns a monster taking a man's daughter, and his attempts to rescue her. According to the director, his inspiration came from a local ...more
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Alphaville is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Foreign Sci Fi Movies, Ranked
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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La Jetée is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Foreign Sci Fi Movies, Ranked
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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Dead Man's Letters is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Foreign Sci Fi Movies, Ranked
Alex Gaginsky added 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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The Mystery of the Third Plane... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Foreign Sci Fi Movies, Ranked
Alex Gaginsky added 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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Avalon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Foreign Sci Fi Movies, Ranked
Alex Gaginsky added 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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Time Masters is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Foreign Sci Fi Movies, Ranked
Alex Gaginsky added 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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2046 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Foreign Sci Fi Movies, Ranked
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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Renaissance is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Foreign Sci Fi Movies, Ranked
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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World on a Wire is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Foreign Sci Fi Movies, Ranked
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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Kin-Dza-Dza is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Foreign Sci Fi Movies, Ranked
Alex Gaginsky added 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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Cargo is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Foreign Sci Fi Movies, Ranked
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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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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Delicatessen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Foreign Sci Fi Movies, Ranked
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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Big Man Japan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Foreign Sci Fi Movies, Ranked
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