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From 'Metropolis' to 'Parasite': 100 best international movies of all time

  • #90. Poetry (2010)

    - Director: Lee Chang-dong
    - Stacker score: 86
    - Metascore: 87
    - IMDb user rating: 7.8
    - Runtime: 139 min

    Director Le Chang-dong cast Yoon Jeong-hee, a major South Korean movie star of the 1970s and ‘80s, to play Mija, the 66 year-old grandmother with early-stage Alzheimer’s at the center of his wistful, tragic film. The drama revolves around the death of a young girl who has been raped by several boys, including Mija’s grandson.

  • #89. Blue Is the Warmest Colour (2013)

    - Director: Abdellatif Kechiche
    - Stacker score: 86
    - Metascore: 88
    - IMDb user rating: 7.7
    - Runtime: 180 min

    Adapted from a graphic novel, “Blue is the Warmest Colour” explores the relationship between two French teenagers, a shy high schooler and an art student with blue hair. The film won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, though it was surrounded by controversy during its release. Lead actresses Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos reported on grueling and abusive set conditions, and director Abdellatif Kechiche was criticized for objectifying female bodies and sexuality.

  • #88. The Blue Angel (1930)

    - Director: Josef von Sternberg
    - Stacker score: 86
    - Metascore: 88
    - IMDb user rating: 7.7
    - Runtime: 104 min

    Marlene Dietrich rose to stardom as the domineering nightclub singer who cajoles a staid professor into being her stage-act clown. Director Josef von Sternberg steeps the proceedings with the style that characterizes early German Expressionist cinema. Shadows and severe angles give a foreboding tension to the theme of untamed sexuality wreaking havoc.

  • #87. Band of Outsiders (1964)

    - Director: Jean-Luc Godard
    - Stacker score: 86
    - Metascore: 88
    - IMDb user rating: 7.7
    - Runtime: 95 min

    Lead actress Anna Karina was married to director Jean-Luc Godard during production of this iconic film of the French New Wave style. Godard is famous for an irreverence toward conventional film style and for depicting characters who are listless but ultra-cool. “Band of Outsiders” follows a team of criminals who embark on a hapless robbery.

  • #86. Deep Red (1975)

    - Director: Dario Argento
    - Stacker score: 86
    - Metascore: 89
    - IMDb user rating: 7.6
    - Runtime: 127 min

    This influential Italian horror film uses stylized gore and pulpy setups to achieve its darkly brutal humor. Known for shock violence, director Dario Argento infuses the story of a barbaric serial killer with technical bravado that elevates the usual slasher plot to art-cinema glory. Murder scenes are especially chilling and graphic.

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  • #85. Burning (2018)

    - Director: Lee Chang-dong
    - Stacker score: 86
    - Metascore: 90
    - IMDb user rating: 7.5
    - Runtime: 148 min

    “Burning” stars Yoo Ah-in and Jeon Jong-seo, along with Steven Yeun (Glenn on the television series “The Walking Dead”) as a trio of disaffected young people in Paju, South Korea, who become increasingly obsessed with each other. When one of them disappears, the mystery and pace become increasingly sinister and brooding. Director Lee Chang-dong uses an elegant, atmospheric film style that seems somber and banal before erupting in unexpected detours.

  • #84. Ida (2013)

    - Director: Pawel Pawlikowski
    - Stacker score: 86
    - Metascore: 91
    - IMDb user rating: 7.4
    - Runtime: 82 min

    Polish director Pawel Pawlikowski, who left Poland in his teens, discovered in adulthood that his grandmother was killed at Auschwitz. His acclaimed film “Ida,” set in the 1960s, follows a similar narrative in its focus on a young woman, about to become a nun, who learns that her parents were Jewish and were murdered during the Nazi occupation.

  • #83. Beau travail (1999)

    - Director: Claire Denis
    - Stacker score: 86
    - Metascore: 91
    - IMDb user rating: 7.4
    - Runtime: 92 min

    French auteur Claire Denis, who grew up in colonial Africa, is known for defying film conventions in her lyrical, enigmatic explorations of colonialism and the people caught within it. “Beau Travail,” loosely based on Herman Melville’s “Billy Budd,” offers an intimate, poetic look at military life for young men desperate to win the favor of their commander, as one jealous man plots to ruin the stature of another.

  • #82. In the Mood for Love (2000)

    - Director: Wong Kar-wai
    - Stacker score: 86
    - Metascore: 85
    - IMDb user rating: 8.1
    - Runtime: 98 min

    Wong Kar-wai’s elegiac, gorgeously rendered romance is a masterpiece of love and longing. A man and a woman who live in the same apartment complex discover that their spouses are having an affair and then fall for one another. Set in 1960s Hong Kong, costumes and set details evoke the beauty of the era while also expressing lurking emotions beneath lush surface color.

  • #81. Turtles Can Fly (2004)

    - Director: Bahman Ghobadi
    - Stacker score: 86
    - Metascore: 85
    - IMDb user rating: 8.1
    - Runtime: 98 min

    “Turtles Can Fly” takes place in a Kurdish refugee camp on the border of Iraq and Turkey just before the American invasion of 2003. Writer-director Bahman Ghobadi uses a stark, realistic style to immerse the audience in the lives of the camp’s children, a cast of nonprofessional actors who lend the film an immediacy as it depicts the ravaged anguish of life near minefields.

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