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  • Matthew Gist

    Anyone who thinks Hero is a better movie than Seven Samurai is an idiot; in fact, Hero isn't an even remotely decent film. It was more or less a CGI extravaganza designed for Western palates that carries the despicable message that totalitarianism and killing on a massive scale is justified so long as it unites people under one ruler. If you want to see a genuinely good film by director Zhang Yimou, then you need to see To Live (1994) and, while you're at it, check out his 1991 film, Raise the Red Lantern (2001). Hero is trash. I also have to agree wholeheartedly with someone who asked where Oldboy (2003) is. There can be no proper top ten films list that does not acknowledge the cinematic brilliance of Park Chan-wook's greatest masterpiece.

  • Wally

    Where…is..THE SEVENTH SEAL!?

    • John Fisher

      Didn’t see your post there. Completely agree, such a great film.

    • Film Ninja

      Agree. Persona, Seventh Seal, Wild Strawberries and Fanny & Alexander are all top 10 caliber!

  • John Fisher

    How about the 7th Seal?

  • Curse of the Golden Flower. An absolutely beautiful film.

  • Peter Boucher

    I have 3 to mention that are not this list : 1). “Au Revoir Les Enfants”, directed by Louis Malle (French) ; 2) “Battleship Potemkin”, directed by Sergei Einstein (Russian), 3). The Bicycle Thief, directed by Vittorio Da Saca (Italian). Honorable Mention : “Man Bites Dog”, directed by Benoit Poelvoorde (French)

  • Interesting. Can never imagine Hero at #1 and the omitttance of Bergman’s classics, OldBoy etc..etc. Guess you’lll never find agreement on such a list.

    I’ve been copiling Top 10 lists across nations @

  • Peter Boucher

    Well, it is a foreign movie (British), but how about “A Clockwork Orange” directed by Stanley Kubrick

    • Film Ninja

      Come on… that’s not really a foreign language now is it?

  • Rirah

    I am looking for a nice foreign movie and I see City of God mentioned pretty often. I guess I will give it a try, thanks!

  • Film Ninja

    I can’t imagine how anyone would call themselves a “cinephile” if they ignore all foreign language films. Anyway here are a few of my own favorites you could put on this type of list (along with many other solid titles suggested by others):

    The Leopard
    Nights of Cabiria
    Rules of the Game
    Battle Royale
    A Prophet
    Spirit of the Beehive
    Army of Shadows
    Battle of Algiers

  • Mr. Stinky

    Good list; great comments. How about ‘Eat Drink Man Woman’ and ‘Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown’?

  • Toby

    No Das Boot? Better than anything else on this list!