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We have gathered some of the best foreign movies of all time.

Seven Samurai (1954), Japan
directed by Akira Kurosawa

Set in 16th Century Japan, the story is about the plight of a defenseless farming village that lives in constant fear of marauding bandits. Akira Kurosawa's epic Seven Samurai is cinematic perfection in nearly every aspect, giving the production its much-deserved status as one of the best films ever created.
8 1/2 (1963), Italy
directed by Federico Fellini

An autobiographical film of Fellini, about the trials and tribulations of film making. Marcello Mastroianni plays a famous Italian movie director named Guido Anselmi whose film—and life—is collapsing around him. A film within a film within a film.

Wild Strawberries (1957), Sweden
directed by Ingmar Bergman

An elderly college professor, Isak Borg, sets out in his car to receive an honorary degree--and is forced to face his past, come to terms with his faults, and accept his approaching death.
The Bicycle Thief (1948), Italy
directed by Vittorio De Sica

A classic Italian drama about a poor man struggling to provide for his family. This touching and well-crafted realistic film is essential viewing for foreign film buffs, fans of heartfelt family dramas.
Amelie (2001), France
directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet

The title character Amélie Poulain (Audrey Tautou) is a young woman who glides through the streets of Paris as quietly as a mouse and decides to help other lonely people fix their lives. Perhaps the most charming movie of all time, Amélie is certainly one of the top 10.
Cries and Whispers (1972), Sweden
directed by Ingmar Bergman

Ingmar Bergman's great 1972 film is about the elemental things: death and dying, sex, injury, repression, and the body as a fount of sustenance. While Cries and Whispers only won the Oscar for cinematography, the film did very well for itself in international awards contests.
M (1931), Germany
directed by Fritz Lang

On the cobbled streets of Dusseldorf a killer prowls, snatching kids at random and silencing their voices for eternity. When the police in a German city are unable to catch a child-murderer, other criminals join in the manhunt.
Rashomon (1951), Japan
directed by Akira Kurosawa

Rashomon is a film about the lies people tell to protect their self-image. Centered around an apparent rape and murder by a bandit, Machiko Kyo and Toshiro Mifune turn in magnificent performances as the lady and her savage attacker.
The 400 Blows (1959), France
directed by Francois Truffaut

Perhaps Truffaut's most affecting film, the story features Antoine Doinel (Jean-Pierre Léaud), a boy who turns to petty crime in the face of neglect at home and hard times at a reform school.
Ikiru (1952), Japan
directed by Akira Kurosawa

Considered by some to be Akira Kurosawa’s greatest achievement, Ikiru presents the director at his most compassionate—affirming life through an exploration of a man’s death. Takashi Shimura portrays Kenji Watanabe, an aging bureaucrat with stomach cancer forced to strip the veneer off his existence and find meaning in his final days.