If you are bored with watching movies of only your language or you just want to explore the world film industries, you can choose to watch any or all of these movies. These are the highest-rated foreign-language movies on IMDb. Although it doesn’t mean that the highest rated movies are the best in the world. But it’s a good way to start your foreign-language movie journey. Besides these movies has earned praises, nominations, awards from all over the world. So they definitely won’t give you a headache. So, here are the 10 Highly Rated Foreign Language Movies on IMDb.
1. The Chaos Class (1975)- 9.4/10
The 1975 Turkish comedy film, directed by Ertem Eğilmez is the highest-rated non-English movie on IMDb. The film series includes five movies- “The Chaos Class Failed The Class” (1975), “The Chaos Class Is Waking Up” (1976), “The Chaos Class Is On Vacation” (1977), “The Chaos Class is fretting over” (1978) and “The Chaos Class: Bye Bye” (1981). The movies were so successful that later three more sequels were made. The Chaos Class is based on a novel by Rıfat Ilgaz and it was about the adventures of a private school class students who are challenged by the arrival of a new headmaster. The movie series is considered to be classic comedies and if you like Turkish movies, this one worth a watch.
2. The Mountain II (2016)- 9/10
Another Turkish movie, The Mountain II (2016) or Dağ II is considered to be one of the best Turkish movies. The movie follows the events of its prequel The Mountain. The story is about Bekir and Oguz, unlikely best friends and their rescue mission in the most barbarous area of modern-day Iraq. They along with their team is on a mission to rescue Ceyda, a journalist abducted by the terrorist group.
3. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)- 8.8/10
The Italian action movie, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is considered to be one of the most brutal and brilliant movies especially praised for its sweeping widescreen cinematography. It was the final instalment of the Dollars Trilogy. The movie has gained a reputation as one of the greatest and most influential Western movies. The story revolves around three gunslingers competing to find a fortune in a buried cache of Confederate gold and their journey among the violent chaos of the American Civil War.
4. Harakiri (1962)- 8.7/10
The Japanese movie, Harakiri is a period-drama taking place during the Edo period and the rule of the Tokugawa shogunate. The movie is directed by Masaki Kobayashi and it tells the story of Hanshirō Tsugumo, a warrior without a lord. An elder ronin samurai arrives at a feudal lord’s home and requests an honourable place to commit suicide but when he learns about a younger samurai who came before him, things get messy. The movie received the Special Jury Award at 1963 Cannes Film Festival.
5. Pather Panchali (1955)- 8.6/10
Satyajit Ray is among the most celebrated directors of all time. His movies are known to be among the best Indian movies ever made. The Apu Trilogy is no exception. The first instalment Pather Panchali (1955) which is the highest-rated among the three is about Apu, his sister Durga and his other family members who live in a village.
The family is struggling to make ends meet but Apu and Durga and their innocence won’t make you sad until Durga dies. Aparajito, the second instalment, follows Apu’s University education and conflicts with his mother. And the final installment Apur Sansar follows Apu’s turbulent adult life struggling through arrange marriage and fatherhood. All three films are realistic, emotional and hit you right at your heart. Pather Panchali won 13 International awards.
6. Life Is Beautiful (1997)- 8.6/10
If you are a movie nerd, then chances are you’ve heard or watched this movie already. Life Is Beautiful is a 1997 Italian comedy-drama film that is considered one of the classic movies. Directed by Roberto Benigni who also stars in the film, Life Is Beautiful is about a Jewish father and his family living in a hostile environment. The father uses his fertile imagination to shield his son from the horrors of internment in a Nazi concentration camp. The movie won the Grand Prix at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival, nine David di Donatello Awards, and three Academy Awards.
7. City of God (2002)- 8.6/10
The Brazilian drama-crime movie, City of God is among the most highly-rated foreign movies on IMDb. The movie follows the journey of two boys growing up in a shady neighbourhood of Rio de Janeiro and the organised crimes that take place there. Co-directed by Fernando Meirelles and Kátia Lund, the story was adapted by Paulo Lins’s novel of the same name and the plot is also loosely based on real events. The movie earned worldwide recognition following several nominations and wins. The city of God picked up an award from the British Academy Film Awards and won an award in Best Foreign Independent Film at the British Independent Film Awards.
8. Seven Samurai (1954)- 8.6/10
Another Japanese movie. Seven Samurai is directed by Akira Kurosawa. The movie revolves around A veteran samurai and his team of six samurais protecting a village from a team of cruel bandits. The story of the epic samurai drama film takes place in 1586 during the Sengoku period of Japanese history. Considered one of the most influential films in the history of cinema, Seven Samurai always stays at the top of the greatest movies of history.
9. The Best of Youth (2003)- 8.5/10
The 2003 Italian movie The Best of Youth is about two brothers navigating their way into adulthood, marriage and middle age, during the upheavals in Italy. The movie is set in the 1960s and ’70s when Italy was rocked by the social and political upheavals. Directed by Marco Tullio Giordana, the film was originally planned as a four-part mini-series. It picked up the Un Certain Regard at the 56th Cannes Film Festival.
10. Cinema Paradiso (1988)- 8.5/10
The 1988 Italian drama film Cinema Paradiso written and directed by Giuseppe Tornatore will make you fall in love with it. The movie got the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 62nd Academy Awards. The simple yet heart touching movie is about a six-year-old boy living in a few years after World War II and his love for cinema.