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.
Directed by: Andrei TarkovskySolaris 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
Directed by: Fritz LangMetropolis 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
Directed by: Andrei TarkovskyStalker 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 of... more
Directed by: Mamoru OshiiGhost 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
Directed by: Hayao MiyazakiNausicaä 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. Isao... more
Directed by: Marc Caro, Jean-Pierre JeunetThe 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 repeated his... more
Directed by: Nacho VigalondoTimecrimes 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 events... more
Directed by: Katsuhiro OtomoAkira 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 Taro... more
Directed by: Bong Joon-hoThe 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
Directed by: René LalouxFantastic 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 Jiří Trnka Studio.... more
Directed by: Kinji FukasakuBattle 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 his... more
Directed by: Hitoshi MatsumotoBig 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 film... more
Directed by: Tomas AlfredsonLet the Right One In is a 2008 Swedish romantic horror film directed by Tomas Alfredson. A 12-year-old boy (Kåre Hedebrant) develops a friendship with a vampire child (Lina Leandersson) in... more
Directed by: André ØvredalTrollhunter is a 2010 Norwegian found footage and dark fantasy film directed by André Øvredal. A group of students investigates a series of strange bear killings and follows a mysterious hunter, only... more
Directed by: Marek PiestrakInquest 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 Pirx the... more
how could this not be on the list? many on this list are more fantasy than sci-fi...
Directed by: Roman Abelevich KachanovThe 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 Moscow.... more
Directed by: Ralph Etter, Ivan EnglerCargo is a 2009 science fiction film, the first from Swiss production and the first major feature film by Ivan Engler.... more
GA-GA: Glory to the HeroesZofia Saretok
Directed by: Piotr SzulkinGA-GA: Glory to the Heroes is a 1986 horror science fiction film written and directed by Piotr Szulkin....
Directed by: Paul RaschidWhite Chamber is a 2018 British science fiction film directed by Paul Raschid. In the near future, civil war rages on in the United Kingdom where a woman wakes up in a white cell where she is... more
Directed by: Konstantin LopushanskyDead 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.... more
Directed by: Mamoru OshiiAvalon, 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 player... more
Directed by: Jean-Luc GodardAlphaville: 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 Vernon and... more
Project IthacaJames Gallanders, Deragh Campbell
Directed by: Nicholas HumphriesProject Ithaca is a 2019 Canadian science fiction film directed by Nicholas Humphries. A group of strangers awaken on an alien spacecraft and must work together to find a way home.... more
Directed by: Chris MarkerLa 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. It is 28 mins... more