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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

Released: 1927

Directed by: Fritz Lang

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
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Maaya Sakamoto, Akio Ōtsuka, Kōichi Yamadera

Released: 1995

Directed by: Mamoru Oshii

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

Released: 1988

Directed by: Katsuhiro Otomo

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

Released: 1972

Directed by: Andrei Tarkovsky

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

Released: 1979

Directed by: Andrei Tarkovsky

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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Nausicaä of the Val... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Foreign Sci Fi Movies, Ranked
Jōji Yanami, Yoshiko Sakakibara, Ichirō Nagai

Released: 1984

Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki

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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Timecrimes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Foreign Sci Fi Movies, Ranked
Karra Elejalde, Nacho Vigalondo, Barbara Goenaga

Released: 2007

Directed by: Nacho Vigalondo

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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Fantastic Planet is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Foreign Sci Fi Movies, Ranked
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Hubert de Lapparent, Jean Topart, Yves Barsacq

Released: 1973

Directed by: René Laloux

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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The City of Lost Childre... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Foreign Sci Fi Movies, Ranked
Ron Perlman, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Dominique Pinon

Released: 1995

Directed by: Marc Caro, Jean-Pierre Jeunet

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) 10 on the list The Best Foreign Sci Fi Movies, Ranked
Beat Kitano, Chiaki Kuriyama, Kou Shibasaki

Released: 2000

Directed by: Kinji Fukasaku

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

Released: 2006

Directed by: Bong Joon-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

Released: 1965

Directed by: Jean-Luc Godard

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

Released: 1962

Directed by: Chris Marker

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
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Rolan Bykov, Iosif Ryklin

Released: 1987

Directed by: Konstantin Lopushansky

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... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Foreign Sci Fi Movies, Ranked
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Vasily Livanov, Vladimir Druzhnikov, Rina Zelyonaya

Directed by: Roman Abelevich Kachanov

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
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Małgorzata Foremniak, Władysław Kowalski, Bartłomiej Świderski

Released: 2001

Directed by: Mamoru Oshii

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
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Alain Cuny, Yves Brainville, Sady Rebbot

Released: 1982

Directed by: René Laloux, Tibor Hernádi

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

Released: 2004

Directed by: Wong Kar-wai

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

Released: 2006

Directed by: Christian Volckman

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

Released: 1973

Directed by: Rainer Werner Fassbinder

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
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Yevgeny Leonov, Yury Yakovlev, Stanislav Lyubshin

Released: 1986

Directed by: Georgiy Daneliya

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

Released: 2009

Directed by: Ralph Etter, Ivan Engler

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

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Let the Right One In is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Foreign Sci Fi Movies, Ranked
Lina Leandersson, Tom Ljungman, Philip Hersh

Released: 2008

Directed by: Tomas Alfredson

Let 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

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Delicatessen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Foreign Sci Fi Movies, Ranked
Dominique Pinon, Karin Viard, Ticky Holgado

Released: 1991

Directed by: Marc Caro, Jean-Pierre Jeunet

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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