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ForeignFilms.com Top 100 Foreign Films

I've found a couple of good lists of foreign language films that don't concentrate on a particular nationality. The ForeignFilms.com website has a Top 100 Foreign Films list that covers a wide timespan all the way up to 2001. It also covers a lot of countries, including Taiwan, Brazil, Mexico, India and Yugoslavia.

For a very different take on the greatest foreign language films, here's another from Movieline.

The List

# Title Year Director IMDb English Title Country
1 Shichinin no samurai 1954 Akira Kurosawa IMDb Seven Samurai Japan
2 1963 Federico Fellini IMDb Italy
3 Rashomon 1951 Akira Kurosawa IMDb Rashomon Japan
4 Smultronstället 1957 Ingmar Bergman IMDb Wild Strawberries Sweden
5 Det sjunde insiglet 1956 Ingmar Bergman IMDb The Seventh Seal Sweden
6 Ladri di biciclette 1948 Vittorio De Sica IMDb The Bicycle Thief Italy
7 Viskningar och rop 1972 Ingmar Bergman IMDb Cries and Whispers Sweden
8 M 1931 Fritz Lang IMDb M Germany
9 Ran 1985 Akira Kurosawa IMDb Ran Japan
10 Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain 2001 Jean-Pierre Jeunet IMDb Amelie France
11 Ikiru 1952 Akira Kurosawa IMDb To Live Japan
12 Persona 1966 Ingmar Bergman IMDb Persona Sweden
13 City of God 2002 Fernando Meirelles & Kátia Lund IMDb City of God Brazil
14 Les quatre cents coups 1959 Francois Truffaut IMDb The 400 Blows France
15 La dolce vita 1960 Federico Fellini IMDb La Dolce Vita Italy
16 Stalker 1979 Andrei Tarkovsky IMDb Stalker USSR
17 Raise the Red Lantern 1991 Zhang Yimou IMDb Raise the Red Lantern China
18 Andrey Rublyov 1966 Andrei Tarkovsky IMDb Andrei Rublev USSR
19 Yojimbo 1961 Akira Kurosawa IMDb Yojimbo Japan
20 Kumonoso-jo 1957 Akira Kurosawa IMDb Throne of Blood Japan
21 La grande illusion 1937 Jean Renoir IMDb Grand Illusion France
22 La strada 1954 Federico Fellini IMDb The Road Italy
23 El ángel exterminador 1962 Luis Buñuel IMDb The Exterminating Angel Mexico
24 Zerkalo 1975 Andrei Tarkovsky IMDb The Mirror USSR
25 Les enfants du paradis 1945 Marcel Carné IMDb Children of Paradise France
26 Aguirres, der Zorn Gottes 1972 Werner Herzog IMDb Aguirre, the Wrath of God West Germany
27 Los olvidados 1950 Luis Buñuel IMDb The Young and the Damned Mexico
28 Umberto D 1952 Vittorio De Sica IMDb Umberto D Italy
29 Fa yeung nin wa 2000 Wong Kar Wai IMDb In the Mood for Love China
30 Metropolis 1927 Fritz Lang IMDb Metropolis Germany
31 Fanny och Alexander 1982 Ingmar Bergman IMDb Fanny and Alexander Sweden
32 La belle et la bête 1946 Jean Cocteau IMDb Beauty and the Beast France
33 Le notti di Cabiria 1957 Federico Fellini IMDb Nights of Cabiria Italy
34 La règle du jeu 1939 Jean Renoir IMDb Rules of the Game France
35 Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi 2001 Hayao Miyazaki IMDb Spirited Away Japan
36 Nostalghia 1983 Andrei Tarkovsky IMDb Nostalgia USSR
37 Tystnaden 1963 Ingmar Bergman IMDb The Silence Sweden
38 Tokyo monogatari 1953 Yasujiro Ozu IMDb Tokyo Story Japan
39 Le charme discret de la bourgeoisie 1972 Luis Buñuel IMDb The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie France
40 Solyaris 1972 Andrei Tarkovsky IMDb Solaris USSR
41 Nattvardsgästerna 1963 Ingmar Bergman IMDb Winter Light Sweden
42 Viridiana 1961 Luis Buñuel IMDb Viridiana Mexico
43 À bout de Souffle 1959 Jean-Luc Godard IMDb Breathless France
44 Vivre sa vie 1962 Jean-Luc Godard IMDb My Life to Live France
45 Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens 1922 F W Murnau IMDb Nosferatu Germany
46 Pather Panchali 1955 Satyajit Ray IMDb Pather Panchali India
47 Roma città aperta 1945 Roberto Rossellini IMDb Rome, Open City Italy
48 Cet obscur objet du désir 1977 Luis Buñuel IMDb That Obscure Object of Desire Spain
49 Så i en spegel 1961 Ingmar Bergman IMDb Through a Glass Darkly Sweden
50 L'âge d'or 1930 Luis Buñuel IMDb The Golden Age France
51 Un Chien Andalou 1928 Luis Buñuel IMDb An Andalusian Dog France
52 Ugetsu monogatari 1953 Kenji Mizoguchi IMDb Ugetsu Japan
53 Le salaire de la peur 1953 Henri-Georges Clouzot IMDb The Wages of Fear France
54 Nuovo Cinema Paradiso 1988 Giuseppe Tornatore IMDb Cinema Paradiso Italy
55 Todo sobre mi madre 1999 Pedro Almodóvar IMDb All About My Mother Spain
56 Sansho dayu 1954 Kenji Mizoguchi IMDb Sansho the Bailiff Japan
57 Das Kabinett des Dr Caligari 1919 Robert Wiene IMDb The Cabinet of Dr Caligari Germany
58 Amarcord 1973 Federico Fellini IMDb Amarcord Italy
59 Fucking Åmål 1998 Lukas Moodysson IMDb Show Me Love Sweden
60 L'avventura 1960 Michelangelo Antonioni IMDb The Adventure Italy
61 Bronenosets Potemkin 1925 Sergei Eisenstein IMDb Battleship Potemkin USSR
62 Sommarnattens leende 1955 Ingmar Bergman IMDb Smiles of a Summer Night Sweden
63 La notte 1961 Michelangelo Antonioni IMDb The Night Italy
64 Hable con ella 2001 Pedro Almodóvar IMDb Talk to Her Spain
65 Das Boot 1981 Wolfgang Petersen IMDb The Boat West Germany
66 Kakushi-toride no san-akunin 1958 Akira Kurosawa IMDb The Hidden Fortress Japan
67 Il gattopardo 1963 Luchino Visconti IMDb The Leopard Italy
68 Bacheha-Ye aseman 1997 Majid Majidi IMDb Children of Heaven Iran
69 Chung Hing sam lam 1994 Wong Kar Wai IMDb Chungking Express Hong Kong
70 Mononoke-hime 1997 Hayao Miyazaki IMDb Princess Mononoke Japan
71 Huo zhe 1994 Zhang Yimou IMDb To Live China
72 Au revoir les enfants 1987 Louis Malle IMDb Goodbye Children France
73 Ivanovo detstvo 1962 Andrei Tarkovsky IMDb Ivan's Childhood USSR
74 Le mépris 1963 Jean-Luc Godard IMDb Contempt France
75 Amores perros 2000 Alejandro González Iñárritu IMDb Life's a Bitch Mexico
76 Central do Brasil 1998 Walter Salles IMDb Central Station Brazil
77 Underground 1995 Emir Kusturica IMDb Underground Yugoslavia
78 Fitzcarraldo 1982 Werner Herzog IMDb Fitzcarraldo Germany
79 Ying xiong 2002 Zhang Yimou IMDb Hero China
80 Lola rennt 1998 Tom Tykwer IMDb Run Lola Run Germany
81 Tirez sur le pianiste 1960 François Truffaut IMDb Shoot the Piano Player France
82 Sanjuro 1962 Akira Kurosawa IMDb Sanjuro Japan
83 Belle de jour 1967 Luis Buñuel IMDb Belle de Jour France
84 Aleksandr Nevskiy 1938 Sergei Eisenstein IMDb Alexander Nevsky USSR
85 Pierrot le fou 1965 Jean-Luc Godard IMDb Crazy Pete France
86 Dip huet seung hung 1989 John Woo IMDb The Killer Hong Kong
87 Wo hu cang long 2000 Ang Lee IMDb Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon China
88 Hiroshima mon amour 1959 Alain Resnais IMDb Hiroshima Mon Amour France
89 Jean de Florette 1986 Claude Berri IMDb Jean de Florette France
90 Jules et Jim 1961 Francois Truffaut IMDb Jules and Jim France
91 Los amantes del Círculo Polar 1998 Julio Medem IMDb Lovers of the Arctic Circle Spain
92 Tengoku to jigoku 1963 Akira Kurosawa IMDb High and Low Japan
93 Les diaboliques 1955 Henri-Georges Clouzot IMDb Diabolique France
94 Kagemusha 1980 Akira Kurosawa IMDb Kagemusha Japan
95 Jungfrukällan 1959 Ingmar Bergman IMDb The Virgin Spring Sweden
96 Mujeres al borde de un ataque de "nervios" 1988 Pedro Almodovar IMDb Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown Spain
97 La vita è bella 1998 Roberto Benigni IMDb Life is Beautiful Italy
98 Manon des sources 1986 Claude Berri IMDb Manon of the Spring France
99 Les roseaux sauvages 1994 André Téchiné IMDb Wild Reeds France
100 No Man's Land 2001 Danis Tanovic IMDb No Man's Land Bosnia and Herzegovina


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