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

  • #70. The Wild Pear Tree (2018)

    - Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan
    - Stacker score: 87
    - Metascore: 86
    - IMDb user rating: 8.1
    - Runtime: 188 min

    The much-praised Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan is known for long, visually stunning meditations on the human condition. “The Wild Pear Tree” follows a college graduate who returns to his hometown of Çanakkale and contends with his family and history as he tries to find an audience for his “meta-fiction” novel. Ceylan creates a compelling drama about the ways youthful arrogance shifts into acceptance.

  • #69. About Elly (2009)

    - Director: Asghar Farhadi
    - Stacker score: 87
    - Metascore: 87
    - IMDb user rating: 8.0
    - Runtime: 119 min

    A group of married friends with young children spend a weekend on the shores of the Caspian Sea, bringing along the single Elly (Taraneh Alidoosti) to set her up with a divorcee. These plans go awry after an accident where Elly disappears and an unexpected guest shows up. Director Asghar Farhadi also wrote this tense social drama about middle-class Iranians bound up in moral quandaries.

  • #68. Only Yesterday (1991)

    - Director: Isao Takahata
    - Stacker score: 87
    - Metascore: 90
    - IMDb user rating: 7.7
    - Runtime: 118 min

    “Only Yesterday” was a box-office hit in Japan, popular due to its innovative use of animation to tell a tender, poignant story about an adult woman who confronts memories of the child she used to be. She takes a train from Tokyo to the countryside in northern Japan, and through a series of affecting flashbacks recalls the truth of who she is in this soulful meditation on memory’s strong effect on the present.

  • #67. Eyes Without a Face (1960)

    - Director: Georges Franju
    - Stacker score: 87
    - Metascore: 90
    - IMDb user rating: 7.7
    - Runtime: 90 min

    Georges Franju’s grisly, stylish horror film influenced countless movies since its 1960 premiere in France. It follows a doctor who is determined to restore his daughter’s face after she is disfigured in an accident. Chilling visuals include the daughter’s eerie, mannequin-like mask and a prolonged face-removal operation.

  • #66. Gett (2014)

    - Directors: Ronit Elkabetz, Shlomi Elkabetz
    - Stacker score: 87
    - Metascore: 90
    - IMDb user rating: 7.7
    - Runtime: 115 min

    Ronit Elkabetz (who also stars in the lead role) co-directed “Gett,” a co-production of Israel, Germany, and France, with her brother Shlomi Elkabetz. The acclaimed drama, which examines a woman caught in a patriarchal system, is the third film in a series about her fraught marriage. Set in Israel, the story follows a woman who seeks divorce from a cruel husband but must contend with rabbinical law, which favors the will of men.

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  • #65. A Summer's Tale (1996)

    - Director: Éric Rohmer
    - Stacker score: 87
    - Metascore: 91
    - IMDb user rating: 7.6
    - Runtime: 113 min

    Éric Rohmer wrote and directed this third chapter in his themed quartet of films, “Tales of the Four Seasons.” This summer entry takes place in a French resort town, where a young man meanders through his vacation waiting for his girlfriend to arrive and becomes loosely involved with two other women. Rohmer’s style captures an aimless and ambiguous tone toward romance and love.

  • #64. The Class (2008)

    - Director: Laurent Cantet
    - Stacker score: 87
    - Metascore: 92
    - IMDb user rating: 7.5
    - Runtime: 128 min

    “The Class” won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, garnering critical acclaim for its vibrant, realistic depiction of the relationship between a teacher and his students over a year. The film was cast with actual students from the Paris school where it’s set, in a neighborhood with a multiracial population.

  • #63. Toni Erdmann (2016)

    - Director: Maren Ade
    - Stacker score: 87
    - Metascore: 93
    - IMDb user rating: 7.4
    - Runtime: 162 min

    “Toni Erdmann” immerses the audience in the complicated relationship between a father and his adult daughter in this wry drama that matches heart with humor. Sandra Hüller plays Ines, an executive based in Bucharest whose prankster father shows up in disguise and disrupts her staid, corporate life. At first she’s put off, but she slowly warms to his presence in this German-Austrian drama directed by Maren Ade.

  • #62. My Neighbor Totoro (1988)

    - Director: Hayao Miyazaki
    - Stacker score: 88
    - Metascore: 86
    - IMDb user rating: 8.2
    - Runtime: 86 min

    Considered one of the greatest animated films of all time, “My Neighbor Totoro” takes place in the Japanese countryside during the late 1950s, following two young sisters who intermingle with fantastical spirits they meet in their home and the nearby woods. The enchanting, visionary film by Hayao Miyazaki captures the wonders and difficulties of childhood through an encounter with the forest king, Totoro, who resembles an adorable, enormous plush toy.

  • #61. After Life (1998)

    - Director: Hirokazu Koreeda
    - Stacker score: 88
    - Metascore: 91
    - IMDb user rating: 7.7
    - Runtime: 119 min

    Japanese auteur Hirokazu Koreeda’s sublime, mystical film centers on the afterlife, exploring the experiences of 22 newly arrived people who are asked to choose their most precious memory so it can be filmed before they move into the next realm. The film is a meditation on both the power of memory and the cinematic possibilities for capturing its essence.

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