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The Best Foreign Sci Fi Movies, Ranked

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List RulesOnly 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
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    Metropolis

    Brigitte Helm, Gustav Fröhlich

    Released1927

    Directed byFritz Lang

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    Stalker
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    Stalker

    Alexander Kaidanovsky, Anatoly Solonitsyn

    Released1979

    Directed byAndrei Tarkovsky

    Stalker is a 1979 art film directed by Andrei Tarkovsky, with its screenplay written by Boris... more on Wikipedia
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    Solaris
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    Solaris

    Anatoly Solonitsyn, Natalya Bondarchuk

    Released1972

    Directed byAndrei Tarkovsky

    Solaris is a 1972 Russian science fiction art film adaptation of Polish author Stanisław Lem's... more on Wikipedia

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    Ghost in the Shell
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    Ghost in the Shell

    Maaya Sakamoto, Akio Ōtsuka

    Released1995

    Directed byMamoru Oshii

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    Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
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    Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

    Jōji Yanami, Yoshiko Sakakibara

    Released1984

    Directed byHayao Miyazaki

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    Timecrimes
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    Timecrimes

    Karra Elejalde, Nacho Vigalondo

    Released2007

    Directed byNacho Vigalondo

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  • 7
    Fantastic Planet
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    Fantastic Planet

    Hubert de Lapparent, Jean Topart

    Released1973

    Directed byRené Laloux

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    The City of Lost Children
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    The City of Lost Children

    Ron Perlman, Jean-Louis Trintignant

    Released1995

    Directed byMarc Caro, Jean-Pierre Jeunet

    The City of Lost Children is a 1995 French-German-Spanish science fantasy drama film directed... more on Wikipedia

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    Akira
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    Akira

    Takeshi Kusao, Mami Koyama

    Released1988

    Directed byKatsuhiro Otomo

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    Avalon
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    Avalon

    Małgorzata Foremniak, Władysław Kowalski

    Released2001

    Directed byMamoru Oshii

    Avalon, also known as Gate to Avalon, is a 2001 Japanese-Polish science fiction drama film... more on Wikipedia

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    Cargo
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    Cargo

    Yangzom Brauen, Claude-Oliver Rudolph

    Released2009

    Directed byRalph Etter, Ivan Engler

    Cargo is a 2009 science fiction film, the first from Swiss production and the first major... more on Wikipedia
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    The Host
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    The Host

    Bae Doona, Scott Wilson

    Released2006

    Directed byBong Joon-ho

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    Big Man Japan
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    Big Man Japan

    Ryunosuke Kamiki, UA

    Released2007

    Directed byHitoshi Matsumoto

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    Battle Royale
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    Battle Royale

    Beat Kitano, Chiaki Kuriyama

    Released2000

    Directed byKinji Fukasaku

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    La Jetée
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    La Jetée

    William Klein, Etienne Becker

    Released1962

    Directed byChris Marker

    La Jetée, is a 1962 French science fiction featurette by Chris Marker. Constructed almost... more on Wikipedia
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    Alphaville
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    Alphaville

    Anna Karina, Jean Piere Leaud

    Released1965

    Directed byJean-Luc Godard

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    Let the Right One In
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    Let the Right One In

    Lina Leandersson, Tom Ljungman

    Released2008

    Directed byTomas Alfredson

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    Delicatessen
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    Delicatessen

    Dominique Pinon, Karin Viard

    Released1991

    Directed byMarc Caro, Jean-Pierre Jeunet

    Delicatessen is a 1991 French film, directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro, starring... more on Wikipedia
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    2046
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    2046

    Zhang Ziyi, Gong Li

    Released2004

    Directed byWong Kar-wai

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    White Chamber
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    White Chamber

    Shauna Macdonald, Oded Fehr

    Released2019

    Directed byPaul Raschid

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  • 21
    Time Masters
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    Time Masters

    Alain Cuny, Yves Brainville

    Released1982

    Directed byRené Laloux, Tibor Hernádi

    Les Maîtres du temps is a 1982 Franco-Hungarian animated science fiction feature film directed... more on Wikipedia

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    Test pilota Pirxa
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    Test pilota Pirxa

    Alexander Kaidanovsky, Vladimir Ivashov

    Released1978

    Directed byMarek Piestrak

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    World on a Wire
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    World on a Wire

    Ulli Lommel, Kurt Raab

    Released1973

    Directed byRainer Werner Fassbinder

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    Project Ithaca
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    Project Ithaca

    James Gallanders, Deragh Campbell

    Released2019

    Directed byNicholas Humphries

    Project Ithaca is a 2019 Canadian science fiction film directed by Nicholas Humphries. A group... more on Wikipedia
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    Renaissance
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    Renaissance

    Daniel Craig, Ian Holm

    Released2006

    Directed byChristian Volckman

    Renaissance is a 2006 French black-and-white animated science fiction film by French director... more on Wikipedia