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10 Best Movies That Won The Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film

10 best movies which won Oscar Award for Best Foreign Language Film category. This movies will help you to build a clear perspective of world cinema other than Hollywood.


Bicycle Thieves (1948)

Directed by Vittorio De Sica
With Lamberto Maggiorani, Enzo Staiola, Lianella Carell, Gino Saltamerenda

A man and his son search for a stolen bicycle vital for his job.

Rashomon (1950)

Directed by Akira Kurosawa
With Toshirô Mifune, Machiko Kyô, Masayuki Mori, Takashi Shimura

A heinous crime and its aftermath are recalled from differing points of view.

Cinema Paradiso (1988)

Directed by Giuseppe Tornatore
With Philippe Noiret, Enzo Cannavale, Antonella Attili, Isa Danieli

A filmmaker recalls his childhood, when he fell in love with the movies at his village's theater and formed a deep friendship with the theater's projectionist.

Fanny and Alexander (1982)

Directed by Ingmar Bergman
With Bertil Guve, Pernilla Allwin, Kristina Adolphson, Börje Ahlstedt

Two young Swedish children experience the many comedies and tragedies of their family, the Ekdahls.

La Strada (1954)

Directed by Federico Fellini
With Anthony Quinn, Giulietta Masina, Richard Basehart, Aldo Silvani

A care-free girl is sold to a traveling entertainer, consequently enduring physical and emotional pain along the way.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

Directed by Ang Lee
With Yun-Fat Chow, Michelle Yeoh, Ziyi Zhang, Chen Chang

Two warriors in pursuit of a stolen sword and a notorious fugitive are led to an impetuous, physically skilled, adolescent nobleman's daughter, who is at a crossroads in her life.

Black Orpheus (1959)

Directed by Marcel Camus
With Breno Mello, Marpessa Dawn, Lourdes de Oliveira, Léa Garcia

A retelling of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth, set during the time of the Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro.

Closely Watched Trains (1966)

Directed by Jirí Menzel
With Václav Neckár, Josef Somr, Vlastimil Brodský, Vladimír Valenta

An apprentice train dispatcher at a village station seeks his first sexual encounter and becomes despondent when he is unable to perform.

A Separation (2011)

Directed by Asghar Farhadi
With Peyman Moaadi, Leila Hatami, Sareh Bayat, Shahab Hosseini

A married couple are faced with a difficult decision - to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimer's disease.

The Lives of Others (2006)

Directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
With Ulrich Mühe, Martina Gedeck, Sebastian Koch, Ulrich Tukur

In 1984 East Berlin, an agent of the secret police, conducting surveillance on a writer and his lover, finds himself becoming increasingly absorbed by their lives.