The Best 1980s International Feature Filmby Dibyayan_Chakravorty | created - 5 months ago | updated - 1 month ago | Public
Which of these 35 top rated non-animated foreign movies (non-English) of the 1980s is your favorite?
After voting, you may discuss the poll here.
- Instant Watch Options
- Movies or TV
- IMDb Rating
- In Theaters
- On TV
- Release Year
1. Cinema Paradiso (1988)
R | 155 min | Drama
A filmmaker recalls his childhood when falling in love with the pictures at the cinema of his home village and forms a deep friendship with the cinema's projectionist.
Votes: 209,209 | Gross: $11.99M
3. Come and See (1985)
Not Rated | 142 min | Drama, War
After finding an old rifle, a young boy joins the Soviet resistance movement against ruthless German forces and experiences the horrors of World War II.
4. Ran (1985)
R | 162 min | Action, Drama
In Medieval Japan, an elderly warlord retires, handing over his empire to his three sons. However, he vastly underestimates how the new-found power will corrupt them and cause them to turn on each other...and him.
Votes: 102,538 | Gross: $3.52M
8. Au Revoir les Enfants (1987)
PG | 104 min | Drama, War
A French boarding school run by priests seems to be a haven from World War II until a new student arrives. He becomes the roommate of top student in his class. Rivals at first, the roommates form a bond and share a secret.
Votes: 28,802 | Gross: $4.54M
9. Kagemusha (1980)
PG | 162 min | Drama, History, War
A petty thief with an utter resemblance to a samurai warlord is hired as the lord's double. When the warlord later dies the thief is forced to take up arms in his place.
10. The Vanishing (1988)
Not Rated | 107 min | Mystery, Thriller
Rex and Saskia, a young couple in love, are on vacation. They stop at a busy service station and Saskia is abducted. After three years and no sign of Saskia, Rex begins receiving letters from the abductor.
11. The Name of the Rose (1986)
R | 130 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
An intellectually nonconformist friar investigates a series of mysterious deaths in an isolated abbey.
Votes: 96,106 | Gross: $7.15M
12. The Marathon Family (1982)
92 min | Comedy, Drama
The Topalovic family has been in the burial business for generations. When the old (150 yrs old) Pantelija dies, five generations of his heirs start to fight for the inheritance.
13. Who's Singin' Over There? (1980)
86 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama
It's April 5, 1941, somewhere in Serbia. A group of people go on a bus to Belgrade, on a journey that will change their lives forever.
14. Nayakan (1987)
Not Rated | 145 min | Crime, Drama
A common man's struggles against a corrupt police force put him on the wrong side of the law. He becomes a don, who is loved and respected by many, but his growing power and influence exact a heavy toll.
15. The Broken Landlord (1985)
101 min | Comedy, Drama
The landowner (Agha) of the Haraptar village marries off his old father with the young and beautiful Kiraz. But on the nuptial night, his father dies and everything starts to go bad for the... See full summary »
16. Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro (1983)
Not Rated | 132 min | Comedy, Drama
Two friends, attempting to start-up their own photo studio, come across shady dealings, corruption and murder, and must fight to bring the guilty to light.
17. A Short Film About Love (1988)
Not Rated | 87 min | Drama, Romance
An innocent virgin spies on his frontal neighbor and falls in love with her, thus starts using tricks on her which he hopes will lead to them meeting.
18. Time of the Gypsies (1988)
R | 142 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
In this luminous tale set in the area around Sarajevo and in Italy, Perhan, an engaging young Romany (gypsy) with telekinetic powers, is seduced by the quick-cash world of petty crime, which threatens to destroy him and those he loves.
Votes: 23,025 | Gross: $0.28M
19. Jean de Florette (1986)
PG | 120 min | Drama
A greedy landowner and his backward nephew conspire to block the only water source for an adjoining property in order to bankrupt the owner and force him to sell.
Votes: 22,722 | Gross: $4.94M
20. Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988)
R | 88 min | Comedy, Drama
A television actress encounters a variety of eccentric characters after embarking on a journey to discover why her lover abruptly left her.
Votes: 32,540 | Gross: $7.18M
21. Possession (1981)
R | 124 min | Drama, Horror
A woman starts exhibiting increasingly disturbing behavior after asking her husband for a divorce. Suspicions of infidelity soon give way to something much more sinister.
Votes: 21,658 | Gross: $1.11M
22. The Gods Must Be Crazy (1980)
PG | 109 min | Comedy
A comic allegory about a traveling Bushman who encounters modern civilization and its stranger aspects, including a clumsy scientist and a band of revolutionaries.
Votes: 49,998 | Gross: $30.03M
23. Kin-dza-dza! (1986)
PG-13 | 135 min | Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi
Two Russians push the wrong button on a strange device and end up on the telepathic planet Pluke with its strange societal norms.
24. Yol (1982)
PG | 114 min | Drama
When five Turkish prisoners are granted one week's home leave, they find to their dismay that they face continued oppression outside of prison from their families, the culture, and the government.
25. A Short Film About Killing (1988)
Not Rated | 84 min | Crime, Drama
The plot couldn't be simpler or its attack on capital punishment (and the act of killing in general) more direct - a senseless, violent, almost botched murder is followed by a cold, ... See full summary »
26. The Sacrifice (1986)
PG | 149 min | Drama
At the dawn of World War III, a man searches for a way to restore peace to the world and finds he must give something in return.
Votes: 21,045 | Gross: $0.30M
28. Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears (1980)
PG | 150 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
This is a life story of three girlfriends from youth to autumn ages. Their dreams and wishes, love, disillusions. Different careers. And big late love.
Votes: 10,464 | Gross: $2.50M
29. Manon of the Spring (1986)
PG | 113 min | Drama
A beautiful but shy shepherdess plots vengeance on the men whose greedy conspiracy to acquire her father's land caused his death years earlier.
Votes: 19,492 | Gross: $3.94M
30. Tampopo (1985)
Not Rated | 114 min | Comedy
A truck driver stops at a small family-run noodle shop and decides to help its fledgling business. The story is intertwined with various vignettes about the relationship of love and food.
Votes: 13,946 | Gross: $0.22M
31. The Seventh Continent (1989)
Not Rated | 104 min | Drama
A European family who plan on escaping to Australia, seem caught up in their daily routine, only troubled by minor incidents. However, behind their apparent calm and repetitive existence, they are actually planning something sinister.
32. The Killer (1989)
R | 111 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A disillusioned assassin accepts one last hit in hopes of using his earnings to restore vision to a singer he accidentally blinded, only to be double-crossed by his boss.
33. Mr. India (1987)
179 min | Action, Comedy, Drama
A poor but big-hearted man takes orphans into his home. After discovering his scientist father's invisibility device, he rises to the occasion and fights to save his children and all of India from the clutches of a megalomaniac.
34. Babette's Feast (1987)
G | 103 min | Drama
During the late 19th century, a strict religious community in a Danish village takes in a French refugee from the Franco-Prussian War as a servant to the late pastor's daughters.
Votes: 16,784 | Gross: $4.40M
35. Diva (1981)
R | 117 min | Thriller
Two tapes, two Parisian mob killers, one corrupt policeman, an opera fan, a teenage thief, and the coolest philosopher ever filmed. All these characters twist their way through an intricate and stylish French language thriller.
Votes: 11,123 | Gross: $0.11M