JT's Top Foreign Movies

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1.
Intouchables (2011)
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After he becomes a quadriplegic from a paragliding accident, an aristocrat hires a young man from the projects to be his caregiver. (112 mins.)
 
2.
Un prophète (2009)
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A young Arab man is sent to a French prison. (155 mins.)
Director: Jacques Audiard
 
3.
Ne le dis à personne (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
After eight long years since his beloved wife's hideous murder, unexpectedly, an accidental discovery of two bodies near a Doctor's estate will stir things again in a long-forgotten buried case that nothing is as it appears. (131 mins.)
Director: Guillaume Canet
 
4.
Rapt (2009)
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A rich industrialist is brutally kidnapped. While he physically and mentally degenerates in imprisonment, the kidnappers, police and the board of the company of which he is director negotiate about the ransom of 50 million euro. (125 mins.)
Director: Lucas Belvaux
 
5.
Hodejegerne (2011)
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An accomplished headhunter risks everything to obtain a valuable painting owned by a former mercenary. (96 mins.)
Director: Morten Tyldum
 
6.
À bout portant (2010)
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Samuel, a male nurse, saves the life of a thief whose henchmen take Samuel's wife hostage and force him to spring their boss. (81 mins.)
Director: Fred Cavayé
 
7.
La haine (1995)
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24 hours in the lives of three young men in the French suburbs the day after a violent riot. (98 mins.)
 
8.
Nuovo Cinema Paradiso (1988)
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A filmmaker recalls his childhood when falling in love with the pictures at the cinema of his home village and forms a deep friendship with the cinema's projectionist. (155 mins.)
 
9.
Des hommes et des dieux (2010)
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Under threat by fundamentalist terrorists, a group of Trappist monks stationed with an impoverished Algerian community must decide whether to leave or stay. (122 mins.)
Director: Xavier Beauvois
 
10.
La vita è bella (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
When an open-minded Jewish librarian and his son become victims of the Holocaust, he uses a perfect mixture of will, humor and imagination to protect his son from the dangers around their camp. (116 mins.)
Director: Roberto Benigni
 
11.
Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Amélie is an innocent and naive girl in Paris with her own sense of justice. She decides to help those around her and, along the way, discovers love. (122 mins.)
 
12.
Das Leben der Anderen (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
In 1984 East Berlin, an agent of the secret police, conducting surveillance on a writer and his lover, finds himself becoming increasingly absorbed by their lives. (137 mins.)
 
13.
Le scaphandre et le papillon (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The true story of Elle editor Jean-Dominique Bauby who suffers a stroke and has to live with an almost totally paralyzed body; only his left eye isn't paralyzed. (112 mins.)
Director: Julian Schnabel
 
14.
El secreto de sus ojos (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A retired legal counselor writes a novel hoping to find closure for one of his past unresolved homicide cases and for his unreciprocated love with his superior - both of which still haunt him decades later. (129 mins.)
 
15.
L'instinct de mort (2008)
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The story of french gangster Jacques Mesrine, before he was called Public Enemy N°1. (113 mins.)
 
16.
L'ennemi public n°1 (2008)
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The story of notorious French gangster Jacques Mesrine. (133 mins.)
 
17.
Die Fälscher (2007)
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The story of the Operation Bernhard, the largest counterfeiting operation in history, carried out by Germany during WWII. (98 mins.)
 
18.
The Kite Runner (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
After spending years in California, Amir returns to his homeland in Afghanistan to help his old friend Hassan, whose son is in trouble. (128 mins.)
Director: Marc Forster
 
19.
36 Quai des Orfèvres (2004)
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In the underbelly of the Parisian criminal world, the Police are frustrated by a gang committing a series of violent robberies... (111 mins.)
Director: Olivier Marchal
 
20.
MR 73 (2008)
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A washed-up Marseilles cop (Auteuil) earns a chance at redemption by protecting a woman from the man who killed her parents as he is about to be released from prison. (125 mins.)
Director: Olivier Marchal
 
21.
Nuit blanche (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A cop with a connection to the criminal underworld finds his secret life exposed when he and his partner are caught stealing cocaine from a powerful drug dealer, a move that puts his son's life in jeopardy. (103 mins.)
 
22.
Va, vis et deviens (2005)
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A Christian boy escapes to Israel from famine-stricken Ethiopia by pretending to be Jewish. (140 mins.)
Director: Radu Mihaileanu
 
23.
Le grand bleu (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The rivalry between Enzo and Jacques, two childhood friends and now world-renowned free divers, becomes a beautiful and perilous journey into oneself and the unknown. (168 mins.)
Director: Luc Besson
 
24.
Indigènes (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
During WWII, four North African men enlist in the French army to liberate that country from Nazi oppression, and to fight French discrimination. (128 mins.)
 
25.
Les rivières pourpres (2000)
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A murder detective must follow the footsteps of a brutal killer within the secrets of a classist college. (106 mins.)
 
26.
Nikita (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Convicted felon Nikita, instead of going to jail, is given a new identity and trained, stylishly, as a top secret spy/assassin. (117 mins.)
Director: Luc Besson
 
27.
Contre-enquête (2007)
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A cop investigates whether the man convicted of murdering his daughter is really guilty. (85 mins.)
Director: Franck Mancuso
 
28.
Tsotsi (2005)
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Six days in the violent life of a young Johannesburg gang leader. (94 mins.)
Director: Gavin Hood
 
29.
Delicatessen (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Post-apocalyptic surrealist black comedy about the landlord of an apartment building who occasionally prepares a delicacy for his odd tenants. (99 mins.)
 
30.
Hors la loi (2010)
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A drama about the Algerian struggle for independence from France after WWII. (138 mins.)
 
31.
Le dîner de cons (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
To amuse themselves at a weekly dinner, a few well-heeled folk each bring a dimwit along who is to talk about his pastime... (80 mins.)
Director: Francis Veber
 
32.
Les hommes libres (2011)
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In Paris during WWII, an Algerian immigrant is inspired to join the resistance by his unexpected friendship with a Jewish man. (99 mins.)
 
33.
Jûsan-nin no shikaku (2010)
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A group of assassins come together for a suicide mission to kill an evil lord. (141 mins.)
Director: Takashi Miike