Special Report

Best Foreign Films of All Time

Source: Courtesy of Altura Films International

30. Floating Weeds (1959)
> IMDb user rating: 8.0/10 (7,700 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 96% (23 reviews)
> Directed by: Yasujirō Ozu
> Language: Japanese

Upon his arrival in a small coastal town, a theater troupe leader reunites with his former lover and estranged son. “The sheer beauty of Ozu’s exquisite (and typically eccentric) compositions and the expressive use of sound tell all you need to know about the characters, their emotions and relationships,” wrote critic Geoff Andrew for Time Out.

Source: Courtesy of Artkino Pictures

29. Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (1964)
> IMDb user rating: 8.0/10 (6,700 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 100% (19 reviews)
> Directed by: Sergei Paradjanov
> Language: Ukrainian

This magical realist drama puts a homegrown twist on “Romeo and Juliet” and remains an absolute milestone in the history of Ukranian cinema. Awash with kinetic camerawork, it centers on the romance between two people on opposite sides of a blood feud.

Source: Courtesy of Lopert Pictures Corporation

28. Persona (1966)
> IMDb user rating: 8.1/10 (112,000 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 91% (54 reviews)
> Directed by: Ingmar Bergman
> Language: Swedish

A series of haunting visuals sets the stage for this nightmarish drama, in which two women (Bibi Andersson and Liv Ullmann) undergo a bizarre psychological convergence. One of Bergman’s most complicated works, it consistently blurs the line between fantasy and reality. Cinephiles are still trying to decipher its many hidden meanings to this day.

Source: Courtesy of Astor Pictures Corporation

27. Rocco and His Brothers (1960)
> IMDb user rating: 8.2/10 (18,000 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 89% (28 reviews)
> Directed by: Luchino Visconti
> Language: Italian

Acclaimed director Luchino Visconti tells the story of a mother and her five sons, who move from rural southern Italy to the big city of Milan. When two of the brothers fall for the same girl, it threatens to tear the entire family apart.

Source: Courtesy of Paramount Pictures

26. The Conformist (1970)
> IMDb user rating: 8.0/10 (29,000 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 98% (56 reviews)
> Directed by: Bernardo Bertolucci
> Language: Italian

A newlywed man (Jean-Louis Trintignant) turned political assassin is tasked with killing his former professor in this complex historical drama. Lush visuals interweave with anti-fascist and nationalist themes to create a cinematic tapestry that’s quite unlike any other.

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