MHMR: Top Four Foreign Language Films

Typically there would be a Battle Royale in this spot, but I haven’t gotten to that yet. To hold you over, here are the four best Foreign Language films I’ve reviewed thus far. In case you’re wondering the sample size, I’ve reviewed 14 foreign language films, while there have also been multiple others that were split between English and a foreign language. Without further ado, here are the top four that I think you should check out at some point.

First, why did I choose four instead of five, which is more common for these types of lists? Simple. I couldn’t decide on the fifth best film. Between My Fuhrer, Prisoner of the Mountains, Suicide Room (Poland) and others, I couldn’t make a decision that would cut most of them out. Instead, I was able to clearly discern which four films were better, in my mind, than the rest.

*For full reviews click the titles.

4. Ben X

Language: Dutch

Year of Release: 2007

A boy with Asperger’s is brutally bullied for his perceived “abnormalities” and struggles with how to properly react to life outside his virtual reality video game. Get past the opening of the film and you’re guaranteed a harrowing look into the life of a social outcast.

3. The Wave

Language: German

Year of Release: 2008

In an effort to explain autocracy to his students, a high school teacher performs an experiment creating an autocratic group to portray the stunning ease with which an authority figure can gain control of the masses. Historical implications aside, the scenes in the classroom are excellent with regards to the mob mentality focus of the film.

2. Sin Nombre

Language: Spanish

Year of Release: 2009

Overlapping stories of a girl immigrating to the United States and a boy escaping his gang life. Solid acting, excellent storytelling and a gritty, realistic portrayal separate Sin Nombre from the others.


1. The Intouchables

Language: French

Year of Release: 2011

Hilarious, uplifting, heart-warming. The friendship alone between Omar Sy and Francois Cluzet would push this to the top of the list. Combine that with the important social commentary (from the slums does not define the person) and more personal commentary (treating handicapped individuals like equals), and The Intouchables easily makes itself my favorite Foreign Language film so far.

There we have it, the top four Foreign Language films from the MH Movie Reviews vault. The thing I am most proud of for this list was the fact that no language repeated! I have now watched films for this site in Danish, Swedish, Dutch, German, Spanish, Russian, Brazilian Portuguese, Polish and I definitely plan on adding more to that list.

If there are other foreign language films that you feel I need to see, add them in the comments or the suggestions tab at the top!

    • Dlh
    • August 26th, 2012

    It would interesting to compare Oscar-winning foreign language films over the last few years

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