Foreign Cinema: A Beginner's Guide

**Foreign meaning films not in English. This is solely due to the fact that other English speaking countries are much more accessible when it comes to films.**

The list is currently at collation stage, and will be later refined when suggestions stop coming in.

As someone who has recently gotten back into foreign cinema thanks to Filmstruck, I wanted to make a community list for beginner suggestions; what foreign films would you suggest people watch to get into the subtitle filled world?

Given how vast "foreign" is, you can vote for up to 10 films that you think are suitable for a beginner's guide. Not necessarily the “best” (though I imagine they will fill the list), but more so the…

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  • Amélie

    1

  • Pan's Labyrinth

    2

  • City of God

    3

  • Oldboy

    4

  • In the Mood for Love

    5

  • Chungking Express

    6

  • The Handmaiden

    7

  • Seven Samurai

    8

  • Cinema Paradiso

    9

  • Persona

    10

  • Spirited Away

    11

  • Breathless

    12

  • La Haine

    13

  • Mommy

    14

  • Rashomon

    15

  • 8½

    16

  • The 400 Blows

    17

  • The Intouchables

    18

  • Ran

    19

  • The Seventh Seal

    20

  • Y Tu Mamá También

    21

  • All About My Mother

    22

  • Bad Genius

    23

  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

    24

  • Harakiri

    25

  • Hero

    26

  • The Hunt

    27

  • La Dolce Vita

    28

  • Le Samouraï

    29

  • Let the Right One In

    30

  • Life Is Beautiful

    31

  • Metropolis

    32

  • The Raid

    33

  • Suspiria

    34

  • Three Colors: Red

    35

  • Wild Strawberries

    36

  • Wild Tales

    37

  • 13 Assassins

    38

  • 3 Idiots

    39

  • Amores Perros

    40

  • Amour

    41

  • The Battle of Algiers

    42

  • Battle Royale

    43

  • Belle de Jour

    44

  • Bicycle Thieves

    45

  • The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

    46

  • Central Station

    47

  • Cléo from 5 to 7

    48

  • The Conformist

    49

  • Departures

    50

  • Fallen Angels

    51

  • Fanny & Alexander

    52

  • Fitzcarraldo

    53

  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    54

  • Grand Illusion

    55

  • The Great Beauty

    56

  • Hard Boiled

    57

  • High and Low

    58

  • House

    59

  • Ivan's Childhood

    60

  • Kiki's Delivery Service

    61

  • The Leopard

    62

  • Love Exposure

    63

  • A Man Escaped

    64

  • Memories of Murder

    65

  • My Neighbor Totoro

    66

  • Ordet

    67

  • The Postman

    68

  • Princess Mononoke

    69

  • Raise the Red Lantern

    70

  • [REC]

    71

  • Run Lola Run

    72

  • A Separation

    73

  • Shutter

    74

  • Taste of Cherry

    75

  • Thelma

    76

  • Tokyo Story

    77

  • The Virgin Spring

    78

  • The Wages of Fear

    79

  • Yi Yi

    80

  • The 10th Victim

    81

  • Aguirre: The Wrath of God

    82

  • Alps

    83

  • Akira

    84

  • The Angel

    85

  • Aparajito

    86

  • Aquarius

    87

  • Audition

    88

  • Autumn Sonata

    89

  • Bad Education

    90

  • Bay of Angels

    91

  • Beauty and the Beast

    92

  • Biutiful

    93

  • Blue Is the Warmest Color

    94

  • The Bothersome Man

    95

  • Burning

    96

  • The Celebration

    97

  • Children of Heaven

    98

  • The Color of Pomegranates

    99

  • Come and See

    100