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

  • #60. Leviathan (2014)

    - Director: Andrey Zvyagintsev
    - Stacker score: 88
    - Metascore: 92
    - IMDb user rating: 7.6
    - Runtime: 140 min

    This bleak and brooding drama takes place in a coastal town near the Barents Sea, where local politics simmer with an underbelly of corruption. Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev infuses his film with poetics of the ordinary which includes whale bones on a beach and blighted properties. “Leviathan” follows one family’s attempt to save their home as they tangle with the local courts amid a bureaucratic nightmare.

  • #59. Tristana (1970)

    - Director: Luis Buñuel
    - Stacker score: 88
    - Metascore: 93
    - IMDb user rating: 7.5
    - Runtime: 99 min

    “Tristana” is an exploration of the power dynamics between the titular young woman (Catherine Deneuve) and the stifling, much older man she’s sent to live with who eventually becomes her husband. Luis Buñuel’s sleek takedown of patriarchy uses a more reserved surrealist style and takes place in Toledo, Spain, around the early 1930s. French movie star Deneuve’s lines were dubbed in Spanish.

  • #58. Das Boot (1981)

    - Director: Wolfgang Petersen
    - Stacker score: 88
    - Metascore: 86
    - IMDb user rating: 8.3
    - Runtime: 149 min

    This influential submarine thriller captures the claustrophobic isolation of German World War II soldiers who endure harrowing combat missions and mishaps as they try to make it to port by Christmas. The film’s success launched German filmmaker Wolfgang Peterson as a major director of Hollywood action movies, including the ocean-set thrillers “The Perfect Storm” and “Poseidon.”

  • #57. Nobody Knows (2004)

    - Director: Hirokazu Koreeda
    - Stacker score: 88
    - Metascore: 88
    - IMDb user rating: 8.1
    - Runtime: 141 min

    Hirokazu Koreeda’s somber drama is based on a true story and stars nonprofessional child actors as it explores the plight of four abandoned children living in a Tokyo apartment. After their mother leaves, the kids have to fend for themselves and evade the landlord in this affecting and emotional film that focuses on the quiet moments of their harrowing plight.

  • #56. Winter Sleep (2014)

    - Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan
    - Stacker score: 88
    - Metascore: 88
    - IMDb user rating: 8.1
    - Runtime: 196 min

    Nuri Bilge Ceylan sets his long, dark story (adapted from works by Anton Chekov) in Turkey’s Cappadocia mountains during the onset of winter. The setting provides a thematic chill as drama plays out between a wealthy hotel-owning landlord and a tenant who lashes out after he falls behind on rent.

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  • #55. The Tale of The Princess Kaguya (2013)

    - Director: Isao Takahata
    - Stacker score: 88
    - Metascore: 89
    - IMDb user rating: 8.0
    - Runtime: 137 min

    Dazzling hand-drawn animation combines the minimalism of watercolor illustrations with soaring movement to give this adaptation of a Japanese folktale a captivating magic. A young princess with otherworldly origins experiences earthly adventures both commonplace and epic before she is called back to a prior home. Isao Takahata’s enchanting tale features a devastating and beautiful farewell.

  • #54. Still Walking (2008)

    - Director: Hirokazu Koreeda
    - Stacker score: 88
    - Metascore: 89
    - IMDb user rating: 8.0
    - Runtime: 115 min

    Hirokazu Koreeda’s elegiac, wistful family drama pulls audiences into a Japanese household still contending with a death 12 years later. Koreeda is known for his immersion in the everyday details of the worlds his characters inhabit. Here, the remaining adult children return to the home of their elderly parents to mark the anniversary of the death of their oldest brother, who drowned trying to save another boy who, now grown, also comes to visit.

  • #53. A Prophet (2009)

    - Director: Jacques Audiard
    - Stacker score: 88
    - Metascore: 90
    - IMDb user rating: 7.9
    - Runtime: 155 min

    This co-production between France and Italy takes the familiar prison drama and its intrigue to new heights. A young French Algerian, Malik (Tahar Rahim), who can neither read nor write, gets a five-year sentence and finds himself embroiled between rival convict factions. Malik is soon pulled into the Corsican mob in charge and rises in their ranks.

  • #52. The Triplets of Belleville (2003)

    - Director: Sylvain Chomet
    - Stacker score: 88
    - Metascore: 91
    - IMDb user rating: 7.8
    - Runtime: 80 min

    This jazz-fueled animated film features a charming visual style and an original score by Benoît Charest, who was nominated along with French writer-director Sylvain Chomet for an Academy Award for Best Original Song, “Belleville Rendez-vous.” The story follows a grandmother who joins up with the famed jazz-singing triplets on an odyssey to find her grandson, who’s been kidnapped while competing in the Tour de France.

  • #51. Masculin Féminin (1966)

    - Director: Jean-Luc Godard
    - Stacker score: 88
    - Metascore: 93
    - IMDb user rating: 7.6
    - Runtime: 103 min

    “Masculin Féminin” continues French New Wave director Jean-Luc Godard’s early experiments with film style through innovative uses of sound, documentary-like cinematography, and nonlinear narration. Using an experimental film-essay format, this satirical exploration of Paris youth culture follows the romance between a pop singer and a brooding romantic who are, as an intertitle suggests, “the children of Marx and Coca-Cola.”

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