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

  • #50. The Wild Child (1970)

    - Director: François Truffaut
    - Stacker score: 88
    - Metascore: 94
    - IMDb user rating: 7.5
    - Runtime: 83 min

    François Truffaut’s haunting debut “The 400 Blows” inaugurated the French New Wave film movement with its chronicle of a young juvenile delinquent. Truffaut returns to the emotionally harrowing experiences of youth and adolescence in “The Wild Child,” which explores the Tarzan-like history of a young boy found in the woods in 1798 who is then gradually socialized into French society.

  • #49. Le Petit Soldat (1963)

    - Director: Jean-Luc Godard
    - Stacker score: 88
    - Metascore: 97
    - IMDb user rating: 7.2
    - Runtime: 88 min

    French New Wave actress Anna Karina made her film debut in Jean-Luc Godard’s second film, which continues the auteur’s rebellious aesthetic that thwarts conventions of traditional French cinema. “Le Petit Soldat” concerns covert conflicts between the Algerian Liberation Front and the French government. The film was initially banned in France due to what were viewed as controversial depictions of French authorities using torture.

  • #48. Wild Strawberries (1957)

    - Director: Ingmar Bergman
    - Stacker score: 89
    - Metascore: 88
    - IMDb user rating: 8.2
    - Runtime: 91 min

    At the end of his life, a curmudgeonly professor takes a road trip to receive a late-career honor and on the way takes a nostalgic journey through his past. Considered a masterpiece of Swedish cinema, the film features dream revelries exploring the psychology of the human condition and uses memory as a key entrypoint.

  • #47. Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (1970)

    - Director: Elio Petri
    - Stacker score: 89
    - Metascore: 89
    - IMDb user rating: 8.1
    - Runtime: 115 min

    Elio Petri’s critically acclaimed Italian police thriller is both a how-to on getting away with murder and a scathing critique of institutional corruption. After a detective kills his mistress, he’s put in charge of the case in this taut, stylish drama that investigates a crime as well as Italy’s systems of power.

  • #46. Persepolis (2007)

    - Directors: Vincent Paronnaud, Marjane Satrapi
    - Stacker score: 89
    - Metascore: 90
    - IMDb user rating: 8.0
    - Runtime: 96 min

    A co-production of France and Iran, “Persepolis” adapts the hit graphic novel of the same name by Marjane Satrapi, who also co-directed this animated film. Satrapi’s autobiographical story follows her riveting experience growing up during the Iranian revolution. The animated style resembles a living comic book rendered in stark but dramatic black-and-white images.

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  • #45. L'Argent (1983)

    - Director: Robert Bresson
    - Stacker score: 89
    - Metascore: 95
    - IMDb user rating: 7.5
    - Runtime: 85 min

    French auteur Robert Bresson was 80 years old when he directed this spare, contemplative drama, based on a Leo Tolstoy novella, that examines the soul of criminality. The film follows a random but harrowing series of events in which an otherwise average family man gets pulled into a crime, is convicted, and then proceeds further down what seems an inevitably dark path.

  • #44. Gangs of Wasseypur (2012)

    - Director: Anurag Kashyap
    - Stacker score: 89
    - Metascore: 89
    - IMDb user rating: 8.2
    - Runtime: 321 min

    Released in two parts due to its over-five-hour running time, this popular, innovative spectacle of Indian cinema offers a revision of the gangster genre that references both classic and contemporary movies in its kinetic, colorful style. Exuberant long takes, vibrant action scenes, and ultra-violence accompany this mafia revenge tale set across 70 years.

  • #43. Solaris (1972)

    - Director: Andrei Tarkovsky
    - Stacker score: 89
    - Metascore: 90
    - IMDb user rating: 8.1
    - Runtime: 167 min

    Andrei Tarkovsky’s science fiction art film set on a space station is considered a masterpiece of Russian cinema. A psychologist travels to a space station to investigate strange occurrences and soon finds himself caught up in the weirdness. His long-dead wife shows up, along with other baffling occurrences, in this contemplative drama that uses the isolation and mysteries of space to consider human experience, the nature of reality and perception, and memory.

  • #42. Le Cercle Rouge (1970)

    - Director: Jean-Pierre Melville
    - Stacker score: 89
    - Metascore: 91
    - IMDb user rating: 8.0
    - Runtime: 140 min

    French auteur Jean-Pierre Melville is known for his stylish, gripping crime films that explore and expose the dark pessimism of the gangster universe. His influential films depict the ultra-cool panache of lawless men like those in “Le Cercle Rouge,” a quintessential heist film that keeps audiences rooting for bad guys to get away with the impossible.

  • #41. Beauty and the Beast (1946)

    - Directors: Jean Cocteau, René Clément (uncredited)
    - Stacker score: 89
    - Metascore: 92
    - IMDb user rating: 7.9
    - Runtime: 93 min

    This French adaptation of the well-known fairy tale offers an enchanting and visually sumptuous production design. Black-and-white cinematography takes on a surrealist edge in this technically masterful story about a woman imprisoned by a monstrous beast who then falls in love with her. The film is known for its stirring, poignant romance and depth that goes well beyond a child’s story.

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