Don’t fear subtitles. They’re your friends. Some of cinema’s best sex scenes, feminist films and thriller movies come from foreign films. These classics also deliver—in the best of cases—a universe of nuance that you can only get from opening your eyes and ears to a world beyond your borders. Nervous about the journey? Pshaw—we’re here to help. Two caveats: We haven’t included any silent films (sorry, Metropolis) and the movies had to be in a language that wasn’t English, so you won’t find any British or Australian picks. Apart from that, it’s time to get packing: Here are the 50 best foreign films of all time.
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