Special Report

Best Foreign Films of All Time

Source: Courtesy of Kingsley-International Pictures

25. Viridiana (1961)
> IMDb user rating: 8.1/10 (24,000 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 96% (27 reviews)
> Directed by: Luis Buñuel
> Language: Spanish

Loosely based on a novel, this controversial dramedy sends a young nun on a reluctant visit to her widowed uncle. From this encounter comes a tale of relentless seduction, as the nun’s purity and faith is put to the test. Once deemed “blasphemous” by the Vatican, the film has survived attempted bans and censorships alike.

Source: Courtesy of Arlan Productions

24. The Earrings of Madame de (1953)
> IMDb user rating: 8.0/10 (9,600 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 97% (35 reviews)
> Directed by: Max Ophüls
> Language: French

This Oscar-nominated drama follows a pair of earrings as they go from one person to the next, telling a story of love and despair in the process. Masterfully executed, it features stellar performances from the three lead stars – Charles Boyer, Danielle Darrieux, and Italian director Vittorio De Sica.

Source: Courtesy of Embassy Pictures

23. 8½ (1963)
> IMDb user rating: 8.0/10 (114,000 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 98% (54 reviews)
> Directed by: Federico Fellini
> Language: Italian

Fellini’s masterpiece juxtaposes semi-autobiographical elements with the occasional surrealist excursion, trailing a troubled filmmaker (Marcello Mastroianni) on his latest project. It was inspired by the director’s own bout of writer’s block, which makes for a recurring motif.

Source: Courtesy of Orion Classics

22. Wings of Desire (1987)
> IMDb user rating: 8.0/10 (69,000 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 98% (56 reviews)
> Directed by: Wim Wenders
> Language: German

An angel named Damiel (Bruno Ganz) hovers over the city of Berlin in this fantasy drama from Wim Wenders. Weary of his isolation, Damiel becomes mortal and forges a romantic human connection. The film was remade in America as “City of Angels,” starring Meg Ryan and Nicolas Cage.

Source: Courtesy of United Motion Pictures Organization

21. Les Diaboliques (1955)
> IMDb user rating: 8.1/10 (64,000 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 96% (50 reviews)
> Directed by: Henri-Georges Clouzot
> Language: French

Directed by France’s answer to Hitchcock, this gripping thriller puts a sadistic headmaster in the vengeful crosshairs of his two lovers. A twisty murder plot builds toward one final shocking reveal. It was remade in 1996 as “Diabolique” with Sharon Stone and Kathy Bates.

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