Time Out New York's Top 50 Foreign Films of All Time

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"There’s no need to fear subtitles when so much of what Hollywood has come to love (pop-cultural patter, epic swordplay, urban ennui, etc.) has its original source in a distant land. But where to begin? Let us be your (extremely opinionated) guides. Our only ground rules for this foreign-language list: no silent films (sorry, Metropolis), and no movies from Britain, Australia or other English-speaking countries. We’re bound to have forgotten a raft of classics—how could we not, with a whole globe to choose from?"

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    M - Eine Stadt sucht einen Mörder

    1931 — a.k.a. M, in 34 top lists Check
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    La règle du jeu

    1939 — a.k.a. The Rules of the Game, in 24 top lists Check
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    L'avventura

    1960 — a.k.a. L'Avventura, in 22 top lists Check
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    Sanshô dayû

    1954 — a.k.a. Sansho the Bailiff, in 19 top lists Check
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    À bout de souffle

    1960 — a.k.a. Breathless, in 27 top lists Check
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    1963, in 31 top lists Check
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    Au hasard Balthazar

    1966 — a.k.a. Au Hasard Balthazar, in 16 top lists Check
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    Persona

    1966, in 25 top lists Check
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    La dolce vita

    1960 — a.k.a. La Dolce Vita, in 19 top lists Check
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    Angst essen Seele auf

    1974 — a.k.a. Ali: Fear Eats the Soul, in 13 top lists Check
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    Rashômon

    1950 — a.k.a. Rashomon, in 32 top lists Check
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    Le charme discret de la bourgeoisie

    1972 — a.k.a. The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, in 20 top lists Check
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    Tôkyô monogatari

    1953 — a.k.a. Tokyo Story, in 25 top lists Check
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    Céline et Julie vont en bateau: Phantom Ladies...

    1974 — a.k.a. Celine and Julie Go Boating, in 9 top lists Check
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    Playtime

    1967, in 19 top lists Check
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    Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes

    1972 — a.k.a. Aguirre, the Wrath of God, in 19 top lists Check
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    Il conformista

    1970 — a.k.a. The Conformist, in 17 top lists Check
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    Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du commerce, 1080...

    1975 — a.k.a. Jeanne Dielman, 23 Commerce Quay, 1080 Brussels, in 10 top lists Check
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    Les parapluies de Cherbourg

    1964 — a.k.a. The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, in 16 top lists Check
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    Madame de...

    1953 — a.k.a. The Earrings of Madame de..., in 12 top lists Check
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    Roma città aperta

    1945 — a.k.a. Rome, Open City, in 23 top lists Check
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    La grande illusion

    1937 — a.k.a. The Grand Illusion, in 28 top lists Check
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    La battaglia di Algeri

    1966 — a.k.a. The Battle of Algiers, in 26 top lists Check
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    Die bitteren Tränen der Petra von Kant

    1972 — a.k.a. The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant, in 7 top lists Check
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    Faa yeung nin wa

    2000 — a.k.a. In the Mood for Love, in 27 top lists Check
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    Hiroshima mon amour

    1959 — a.k.a. Hiroshima, My Love, in 16 top lists Check
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    Shichinin no samurai

    1954 — a.k.a. Seven Samurai, in 33 top lists Check
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    Andrey Rublev

    1966 — a.k.a. Andrei Rublev, in 28 top lists Check
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    Viridiana

    1961, in 23 top lists Check
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    Vredens dag

    1943 — a.k.a. Day of Wrath, in 14 top lists Check
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    Pierrot le fou

    1965 — a.k.a. Pierrot le Fou, in 15 top lists Check
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    Pather Panchali

    1955, in 21 top lists Check
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    Les quatre cents coups

    1959 — a.k.a. The 400 Blows, in 25 top lists Check
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    Det sjunde inseglet

    1957 — a.k.a. The Seventh Seal, in 24 top lists Check
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    La jetée

    1962 — a.k.a. La Jetée, in 18 top lists Check
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    Yôjinbô

    1961 — a.k.a. Yojimbo, in 18 top lists Check
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    Nema-ye Nazdik

    1990 — a.k.a. Close-Up, in 19 top lists Check
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    Ma nuit chez Maud

    1969 — a.k.a. My Night at Maud's, in 13 top lists Check
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    Xia nü

    1971 — a.k.a. A Touch of Zen, in 14 top lists Check
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    Shoah

    1985, in 17 top lists Check
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    Smultronstället

    1957 — a.k.a. Wild Strawberries, in 22 top lists Check
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    Yi yi

    2000 — a.k.a. Yi Yi, in 18 top lists Check
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    El espíritu de la colmena

    1973 — a.k.a. The Spirit of the Beehive, in 20 top lists Check
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    Onna ga kaidan wo agaru toki

    1960 — a.k.a. When a Woman Ascends the Stairs, in 6 top lists Check
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    Russkiy kovcheg

    2002 — a.k.a. Russian Ark, in 8 top lists Check
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    Dekalog

    1989, in 12 top lists Check
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    Hai shang hua

    1998 — a.k.a. Flowers of Shanghai, in 6 top lists Check
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    Kangwon-do ui him

    1998 — a.k.a. The Power of Kangwon Province, in 3 top lists Check
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    Moartea domnului Lãzãrescu

    2005 — a.k.a. The Death of Mr. Lazarescu, in 9 top lists Check
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    Dip huet seung hung

    1989 — a.k.a. The Killer, in 13 top lists Check
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