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20 Recommended Foreign Films From the Last 2 Decades

 We all like it when movies are in our language and we need not bother with subtitles. However, one cannot deny the resurgence of beautiful, captivating and intelligent film making coming from all over the world in recent years. Many of the foreign films that have come out in the last two decades became instant classics, and we'd like to recommend them to you now. For more information, click on the titles and you'll be taken to the IMDB (Internet Movie Data Base) website.
 
 
Foreign Movies
Country: Sweden (2013)
Language:​ Swedish, German, English, Spanish, French, Russian
Genre: Adventure, Comedy
Time: 1:54
R rated
About: This movie is based on the internationally best-selling novel by Jonas Jonasson. Allan Karlsson is a 100-year-old man who decides to escape his boring nursing home and head on to an unexpected adventure.

 

Foreign Movies
Country: India (2009)
Language: Hindi, English
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Time: 2:50
PG-13
About: Two friends are searching for their long lost companion. They revisit their college days and recall the memories of their friend who inspired them to think differently, even as the rest of the world called them "idiots".

 

Foreign Movies
Country: France, Italy (2009)
Language: French, Arabic, Corsican
Genre: Crime, Drama
Time: 2:35
R rated
About: Condemned to six years in prison, Malik El Djebena becomes an assassin and drug trafficker as he initiates himself into the Corsican and then Muslim subcultures.

 

Foreign Movies
Country: Spain, France (2009)
Language: Spanish, Basque, English
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Time: 1:53
NR (Not rated)
About: A young guard gets caught up in a prison rebellion and tries to survive by posing as an inmate.

 

Foreign Movies
Country: Brazil, France, Germany (2002)
Language: Portuguese
Genre: Crime, Drama
Time: 2:10
R rated
About: The different life paths of two boys growing up together in the violent neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro.

 

Foreign Movies
Country: Russia (2018)
Language: Russian
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Thriller
Time: 1:35
NR
About: A young thug is out for revenge on the man who hurt his beloved: his own father, who just so happens to also be a corrupt detective.

 

Foreign Movies
Country: China, Hong Kong (2006)
Language: Japanese, Mandarin, English
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama
Time: 1:44
PG-13
About: The life story of a Chinese Martial Arts Master Huo Yuanjia, who became the most famous fighter in all of China at the turn of the 20th century.

 

Foreign Movies
Country: Italy (2008)
Language: Neapolitan, Italian, Mandarin, French
Genre: Crime, Drama
Time: 2:17
NR
About: "Gomorra" exposes Italy's criminal underbelly by telling five stories of people who get mixed with Camorra, the area's Mafia.

 

Foreign Movies
Country: Norway (2011)
Language: Norwegian, Danish, Russian, English
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Time: 1:36
R rated
About: An executive Headhunter and a part-time thief finds himself on the wrong side of a dangerous foe.

 

Foreign Movies
Country: Hong Kong, China (2004)
Language: German
Genre: Action, Comedy, Fantasy
Time: 1:39
R rated
About: Set in Canton, China in the 1940s, the story revolves around a wannabe gangster who tries to become a member of the notorious "Axe Gang".

 

Foreign Movies
Country: Germany (2006)
Language: Norwegian, Danish, Russian, English
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Time: 2:17
R rated
About: The story of an East German couple whose every intimate moment is being monitored by the Secret Police hoping to learn information that could destroy their lives.

 

Foreign Movies
Country: France (2011)
Language: French, English
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Time: 1:52
R rated
About: The true story of a quadriplegic aristocrat who hires a young street-smart ex-con as his caretaker.

 

Foreign Movies
Country: South Korea, USA (2017)
Language: English, Korean, Spanish
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Time: 2:00
TV-MA
About: A young girl puts everything at risk trying to save a massive animal from a multi-national company.

 

Foreign Movies
Country: South Korea (2003)
Language: Korean
Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery
Time: 2:00
R rated
About: A man held captive for fifteen years without apparent reason is suddenly released and tries to make sense of it all.

 

Foreign Movies
Country: Spain, Mexico (2006)
Language: Spanish
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, War
Time: 1:58
R rated
About: In Spain of 1944, the young stepdaughter of a cruel army officer encounters a Faun that gives her three tasks to complete.

 

Foreign Movies
Country: South Korea (2019) 
Language: Korean, English
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Thriller
Time: 2:12
R rated
About: The Park And Kim Family, one is wealthy, and the other is poor. Be it chance or fate, these two houses are brought together as the Kims sense a golden opportunity.

 

Foreign Movies
Country: Indonesia (2011) 
Language: Indonesian
Genre: Action, Thriller
Time: 1:41
R rated
About: Rama, a new member of a special forces team, becomes trapped with his crew in a building controlled by a vicious drug lord.

 

Foreign Movies
Country: South Korea  (2016) 
Language: Korean, Hawaiian
Genre: Action, Horror, Thriller
Time: 1:58
NR
About: When a zombie virus breaks out in South Korea, a couple of passengers struggle to survive on the train from Seoul to Busan.

 

Foreign Movies
Country: Norway (2010)
Language: Norwegian, English
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Time: 1:43
PG-13
About: Three college students documents every move of a grizzled, unlikely hero - the troll hunter - risking their lives to uncover the secrets of creatures only thought to exist in fairy tales.

 

Foreign Movies
Country: France (2001) 
Language: French, German, Italian
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Time: 2:22
R rated
About: In 18th century France, the Chevalier de Fronsac and his native American friend Mani are sent by the King to investigate the killings of hundreds by a mysterious creature.
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