Special Report

The Most Successful Foreign Films in America

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30. Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988)
> Domestic ticket sales: $16.0 million
> International ticket sales: Not available
> IMDb audience score: 7.5/10 (41,293 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 91% (33 votes)
> Directed by: Pedro Almodóvar

This Spanish adaptation of a French play brought worldwide recognition to director Almodóvar and actor Antonio Banderas. It centers on a TV actress named Pepa (Carmen Maura), who embarks on a life-changing journey after a sudden break-up. As with much of the director’s work, the story puts a darkly comic spin on otherwise dramatic themes.

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29. Under the Same Moon (2008)
> Domestic ticket sales: $16.1 million
> International ticket sales: $13.7 million
> IMDb audience score: 7.2/10 (7,023 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 73% (95 votes)
> Directed by: Patricia Riggen

In this heartfelt drama (in Spanish and English), a young Mexican boy (Eugenio Derbez) illegally crosses the border to find his mother (Kate del Castillo). The feature debut from director Patricia Riggen, it alternates between two separate storylines to depict the modern struggles of undocumented immigrants.

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28. House of Flying Daggers (2004)
> Domestic ticket sales: $16.3 million
> International ticket sales: $120.7 million
> IMDb audience score: 7.5/10 (111,891 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 87% (171 votes)
> Directed by: Yimou Zhang

Chinese director Yimou Zhang followed the smash hit “Hero” with this historical action drama, set during the waning days of the Tang Dynasty. It tells the story of an imprisoned rebel fighter (Ziyi Zhang), who lures two men into a dangerous escape plan.

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27. Eat Drink Man Woman (1994)
> Domestic ticket sales: $16.4 million
> International ticket sales: Not available
> IMDb audience score: 7.8/10 (20,924 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 88% (50 votes)
> Directed by: Ang Lee

Ang Lee’s acclaimed dramedy explores multi-generational themes through the tale of a semi-retired chef (Sihung Lung) and his three unmarried daughters. The family convenes every Sunday for a dinner feast, where they discuss their romantic struggles and other topics. It makes up part of the director’s “Father Knows Best” trilogy.

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26. The Protector (2006)
> Domestic ticket sales: $16.8 million
> International ticket sales: $21.1 million
> IMDb audience score: 7.0/10 (37,381 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 53% (90 votes)
> Directed by: Prachya Pinkaew

A young man (Tony Jaa) journeys to Australia to retrieve his stolen elephant in this Thai martial arts action flick. Threadbare plotting and elaborate fight sequences ensue. It reunited Jaa with “Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior” director Prachya Pinkaew and was internationally distributed under various names.

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