The BBC’s 100 Greatest Foreign Language Films

The Bbcs 100 Greatest Foreign Language Films

Every year in the later Summer or Fall, a major British magazine or outlet publishes one of those greatest of all time lists that stir some big debate about movies.

In 2016 The BBC did their 100 Greatest Films of the 21st Century poll with 177 film critics from around the world weighing in on the list which had David Lynch’s “Mulholland Drive” at Number One. They followed that up with last year’s 100 Greatest Comedies list which enlisted 253 film critics from around the world who ultimately deemed Billy Wilder’s “Some Like It Hot” as the best comedy ever made.

This year they polled 209 critics (45% of which were women) representing 43 countries for their newest list – the 100 Greatest Foreign-Language Films of all time. None of these films are made in English and they run the gamut from the 1920s to this decade, with Akira Kurosawa’s topping the vote as the greatest non-English language film ever made.

Several directors popped up numerous times in the list with Wong Kar-wai, Abbas Kiarostami and Jean-Luc Godard making it three times; Akira Kurosawa, Andrei Tarkovsky and Federico Fellini had four films in there each; and both Ingmar Bergman and Luis Bunuel had the most mentions with five each. Here’s a look at the list in full:

1. “Seven Samurai” (Akira Kurosawa, 1954)
2. “Bicycle Thieves” (Vittorio de Sica, 1948)
3. “Tokyo Story” (Yasujiro Ozu, 1953)
4. “Rashomon” (Akira Kurosawa, 1950)
5. “The Rules of the Game” (Jean Renoir, 1939)
6. “Persona” (Ingmar Bergman, 1966)
7. “8 1/2” (Federico Fellini, 1963)
8. “The 400 Blows” (Francois Truffaut, 1959)
9. “In the Mood for Love” (Wong Kar-wai, 2000)
10. “La Dolce Vita” (Federico Fellini, 1960)
11. “Breathless” (Jean-Luc Godard, 1960)
12. “Farewell My Concubine” (Chen Kaige, 1993)
13. “M” (Fritz Lang, 1931)
14. “Jeanne Dielman, 23 Commerce…” (Chantal Akerman, 1975)
15. “Pather Panchali” (Satyajit Ray, 1955)
16. “Metropolis” (Fritz Lang, 1927)
17. “Aguirre, the Wrath of God” (Werner Herzog, 1972)
18. “A City of Sadness” (Hou Hsiao-hsien, 1989)
19. “The Battle of Algiers” (Gillo Pontecorvo, 1966)
20. “The Mirror” (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1974)
21. “A Separation” (Asghar Farhadi, 2011)
22. “Pan’s Labyrinth” (Guillermo del Toro, 2006)
23. “The Passion of Joan of Arc” (Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1928)
24. “Battleship Potemkin” (Sergei M Eisenstein, 1925)
25. “Yi Yi” (Edward Yang, 2000)
26. “Cinema Paradiso” (Giuseppe Tornatore, 1988)
27. “The Spirit of the Beehive” (Victor Erice, 1973)
28. “Fanny and Alexander” (Ingmar Bergman, 1982)
29. “Oldboy” (Park Chan-wook, 2003)
30. “The Seventh Seal” (Ingmar Bergman, 1957)
31. “The Lives of Others” (Florian H. von Donnersmarck, 2006)
32. “All About My Mother” (Pedro Almodovar, 1999)
33. “Playtime” (Jacques Tati, 1967)
34. “Wings of Desire” (Wim Wenders, 1987)
35. “The Leopard” (Luchino Visconti, 1963)
36. “La Grande Illusion” (Jean Renoir, 1937)
37. “Spirited Away” (Hayao Miyazaki, 2001)
38. “A Brighter Summer Day” (Edward Yang, 1991)
39. ” Close-Up” (Abbas Kiarostami, 1990)
40. “Andrei Rublev” (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1966)
41. “To Live” (Zhang Yimou, 1994)
42. “City of God” (Fernando Meirelles, Kátia Lund, 2002)
43. “Beau Travail” (Claire Denis, 1999)
44. “Cleo from 5 to 7” (Agnès Varda, 1962)
45. “L’Avventura” (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1960)
46. “Children of Paradise” (Marcel Carné, 1945)
47. “4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days” (Cristian Mungiu, 2007)
48. “Viridiana” (Luis Bunuel, 1961)
49. “Stalker” (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1979)
50. “L’Atalante” (Jean Vigo, 1934)
51. “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg” (Jacques Demy, 1964)
52. “Au Hasard Balthazar” (Robert Bresson, 1966)
53. “Late Spring” (Yasujiro Ozu, 1949)
54. “Eat Drink Man Woman” (Ang Lee, 1994)
55. “Jules and Jim” (Francois Truffaut, 1962)
56. “Chungking Express” (Wong Kar-wai, 1994)
57. “Solaris” (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1972)
58. “The Earrings of Madame de…” (Max Ophüls, 1953)
59. “Come and See” (Elem Klimov, 1985)
60. “Contempt” (Jean-Luc Godard, 1963)
61. “Sansho the Bailiff” (Kenji Mizoguchi, 1954)
62. “Touki Bouki” (Djibril Diop Mambéty, 1973)
63. “Spring in a Small Town” (Fei Mu, 1948)
64. “Three Colours: Blue” (Krzysztof Kieślowski, 1993)
65. “Ordet” (Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1955)
66. “Ali: Fear Eats the Soul” (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1973)
67. “The Exterminating Angel” (Luis Bunuel, 1962)
68. “Ugetsu” (Kenji Mizoguchi, 1953)
69. “Amour” (Michael Haneke, 2012)
70. “L’Eclisse” (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1962)
71. “Happy Together” (Wong Kar-wai, 1997)
72. “Ikiru” (Akira Kurosawa, 1952)
73. “Man with a Movie Camera” (Dziga Vertov, 1929)
74. “Pierrot Le Fou” (Jean-Luc Godard, 1965)
75. “Belle de Jour” (Luis Bunuel, 1967)
76. “Y Tu Mamá También” (Alfonso Cuaron, 2001)
77. “The Conformist” (Bernardo Bertolucci, 1970)
78. “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” (Ang Lee, 2000)
79. “Ran” (Akira Kurosawa, 1985)
80. “The Young and the Damned” (Luis Bunuel, 1950)
81. “Celine and Julie go Boating” (Jacques Rivette, 1974)
82. “Amélie” (Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 2001)
83. “La Strada” (Federico Fellini, 1954)
84. “The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie” (Luis Bunuel, 1972)
85. “Umberto D” (Vittorio de Sica, 1952)
86. “La Jetée” (Chris Marker, 1962)
87. “The Nights of Cabiria” (Federico Fellini, 1957)
88. “The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum” (Kenji Mizoguchi, 1939)
89. “Wild Strawberries” (Ingmar Bergman, 1957)
90. “Hiroshima Mon Amour” (Alain Resnais, 1959)
91. “Rififi” (Jules Dassin, 1955)
92. “Scenes from a Marriage” (Ingmar Bergman, 1973)
93. “Raise the Red Lantern” (Zhang Yimou, 1991)
94. “Where Is the Friend’s Home?” (Abbas Kiarostami, 1987)
95. “Floating Clouds” (Mikio Naruse, 1955)
96. “Shoah” (Claude Lanzmann, 1985)
97. “Taste of Cherry” (Abbas Kiarostami, 1997)
98. “In the Heat of the Sun” (Jiang Wen, 1994)
99. “Ashes and Diamonds” (Andrzej Wajda, 1958)
100. “Landscape in the Mist” (Theo Angelopoulos, 1988)

Source: The BBC