Discover the 10 best foreign films in history

Discover the 10 best foreign films in history

Cinema is about a universal language. Despite being widely acclaimed, the United States is not the only country to produce quality cinematographic works. Check here the 10 best “foreign” films (or non-American ”) of history.

The 10 best foreign films

1. (1988) – Italy

This exciting work by Giuseppe Tornatore is one of the greatest declarations of love for cinema. Directed by Giuseppe Tornatore, it tells the story of Toto (played by Salvatore Cascio, Marco Leonardi and Jacques Perrin) who, during his life, developed a friendship with the projectionist Alfredo (Philippe Noiret), while falling in love with cinema.

won the Oscar for ‘Best Foreign Film’ in 1990, in addition to a BAFTA and a Golden Globe in the same category.

2. (2019) – South Korea

Directed by Bong Joon-Ho, he threw the party at the 2020 Oscars. Nominated for a total of six Oscars, he won four of them, being the first foreign film to win in the category of ‘Best Film’. In addition, he won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.

chronicles the mission of the Ki-taek (Song Kang-Ho) family to infiltrate the luxurious life of a wealthy family.

3. (1954) – Japan

narrates the adventure of seven warriors, who aim to defend a Japanese village from an attack by 40 bandits. Together, the samurai teach the villagers to fend for themselves.

The film, directed by the great Akira Kurosawa, won the Silver Lion at the 1954 Venice Film Festival.

4. (2002) – Brazil

Based on a book of the same name by Paulo Lins, this film tells the story of the favela of Cidade de Deus, since the 1970s. In this trajectory, two residents, Buscapé (Alexandre Rodrigues) and Zé Pequeno (Leandro Firmino) follow different paths.

Fernando Meirelles’ work was nominated for four Oscars in 2004, but did not win any awards at night.

5. (1957) – Sweden

Directed by Ingmar Bergman, it chronicles the return of knight Antonius Block (Max von Sydow) from the crusades. Finding his country devastated by the Black Death, he disputes his life in a game of chess with Death itself (Bengt Ekerot).

The film won the Special Jury Prize at the 1957 Cannes Film Festival.

6. (1927) – Germany

Although silent, this film has a lot to talk about. This science fiction narrates a dystopian future, in which the city of Metropolis, divided between the poor and the rich, has its system put to the test after the emergence of a love story.

It is directed by Fritz Lang.

7. (1963) – Italy

Winner of the Oscar for ‘Best Foreign Film’ in 1964, Federico Fellini’s work narrates the difficulties experienced by director Guido Anselmi (played by Marcelo Mastroianni) in distinguishing the real from the imaginary, while preparing to write his next film.

8. (1939) – France

The work, directed by Jean Renoir, chronicles the encounter between rich and poor in a mansion in France.

9. (1966) – Russia

This film by Andrei Tarkovski is a biography of Andrei Rublev, a famous Russian painter.

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10. (2006) – Spain

Directed by Guillermo Del Toro, it takes place in 1944. When Mercedes (Maribel Verdú) becomes ill, she and her daughter Ofélia (Ivana Baquero) move to the post of her new husband, an army officer. While exploring a maze, Ofelia finds a creature, who imposes three tasks for the girl to find immortality.

The film won three Oscars at the 2007 ceremony.