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Top 10 Foreign Films

Love World Cinema? Check out which foreign films HTF has chosen for our Top 10 here!


In light of Cannes Film Festival, Hit The Floor have decided to compile a list of what we believe are the Top 10 Foreign Language/ Foreign films of all time. But before all you film buffs get your He-Man panties in a twist, we are fully aware that there have been so many decent foreign films over the years but alas, we could only pick 10! We’re sure we would be able to very easily compile a list of the top million but who would want to read that?? So, take a look below at our suggested top 10 foreign films and let us know what you think!

The Motorcycle Diaries

10. The Motorcycle Diaries (2004) – Walter Salles

Based on true accounts by the real Che Guevara whilst travelling around Latin America on a motorcyle; young Ernesto goes on a massive trip to self discovery and finally finds his calling in life.

What Makes It ‘Top’:– A tale about one of the most controversial revolutionists of Latin America. This film gives the audience an insight into the humanity of Che Guevara.


9. The Good, The Bad, The Weird (2008) – Jee-Woon Kim

Tells the tale of two outlaws and a bounty hunter in Manchuria. The film follows the trio’s fight to obtain an elusive treasure map, whilst being hunted down by the Japanese government and Chinese criminals.

What Makes It ‘Top’:– An endearing Korean western with just enough silliness to make The Hangover look like a serious documentary on Stag Dos Gone Wild!


8. Amelie (2001) – Jean-Pierre Jeunet 

A quirky and lighthearted film about a young innocent woman who lives in a small cosy apartment in Paris. Amelie makes it her mission to help everyone around her and along the way discovers what it means to be loved.

What Makes It ‘Top’:- The iconic and beautiful location shots of Paris and Audrey Tautou‘s innocent aura makes this film extremely cute and a must see.


7. Metropolis (1927) – Fritz Lang

A science fiction adaptation of Shakespeare‘s Romeo and Juliet (sort of!) A futuristic city is divided between the working class and the rich bourgeois who rule them. When the city’s mastermind falls in love with a working class prophet, it is predicted that a saviour will come and save the working class from this slavery.

What Makes It ‘Top’:- Silent cinema’s most expensive and extravagant film. The riot scene is extremely mesmerising and embodies the legacy of Lang.

City of god

6. City Of God (2002) – Fernando Meirelles

Focusing on the drug culture in Rio de Janeiro, two young boys are trying to make something of themselves but get sucked into the criminal goings-on in order to survive.

What Makes It ‘Top’:- No Hollywood film will allow a long scene showing hundreds of kids getting massacred. Shocking but ultimately very well dealt with.

The Skin I Live In

5. The Skin I Live In (2011) – Pedro Almodovar

A plastic surgeon, damaged by his past, creates a new type of skin that can withstand anything. This skin is tested on a mysterious young woman who is kept captive in his mansion. But why is the there?

What Makes It ‘Top’:- A far cry from his normal heroic protagonists, Antonio Banderas plays an obsessive homosocial character who is ruthless as he is romantic. With a massive twist, The Skin I Live In is not one to be missed.

battle royale

4. Battle Royale (2000) – Kinji Fukasaku

You know The Hunger Games? Well, it looks like author Suzanne Collins had to get her inspiration from somewhere and it seems to be Fukasaku‘s Battle Royale. Under the revolutionary “Battle Royale” act, the Japanese government kidnap a class of students and force them to fight to the death.

What Makes It ‘Top’:- The fact that one of the best selling teen books and film franchises is based on this narrative means it has got to be good right?


3. Oldboy (2003) – Chan-wook Park

An incredible mysterious drama, which finds Oh Dae-Su who is randomly released after being imprisoned for 15 years. Dae-Su has just 5 days to find out who is captor is. This leads to some horrible truths.

What Makes It ‘Top’:- Well if it’s not a man eating a live octopus, or the single-shot corridor fight scene, then the ending twist will blow your brains out.


2. Nosferatu (1922) – F. W. Murnau

Back when vampires were not your overly romantic, sparkling teenagers; but your cold-blooded killers. Nosferatu, based on Bram Stoker’s Dracula, sees Count Orlok as he expresses an infatuation with a real estate agents wife.

What Makes It Good:- Silent, terrifying and the iconic use of chiaroscuro lighting makes Nosferatu a perfect blend of old school horror.

And Number 1 is…..

pans labyrinth

1. Pans Labyrinth (2006) – Guillermo del Toro

Probably THE most watched sub-titled film! Set during the Spanish civil war, young Ofelia is forced to stay with her sadistic army leader stepfather. Wanting to escape the horrors of war; Ofelia seeps into a fantasy world. But, not even fantastical lands can escape the reality of death.

What Makes It Good:- Brilliantly acted, perfectly toned and unlike any other fantasy we have seen; Pans Labyrinth is beautifully devastating. Featuring that iconic hand-eyed monster, which will still be the most terrifying villain to date!

Films that were so close yet so far!:

Bicycle Thieves, [REC.}, Troll Hunter, La Haine, L’illusionniste, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Amores Perros, Delicatessen, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Das Boot, Let The Right One In, El Mariachi, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

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