8 Fantastic Foreign Films ...

The Best Foreign Films are like the best native films: they speak to you.

No matter what language you hear, if the story is good, if it inspires you, horrifies you, or makes you laugh, then it's a good movie.

The best foreign films do that just like any other film – but sometimes they're sharper, wittier, more evocative, or more haunting simply because you naturally end up paying more attention to the acting, the gestures, the scenery, the subtle nuances.

Here's a list of some of the best foreign films I've ever seen – and maybe you'll like them, too!

1. The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

Weird thing: I only saw this movie because Johnny Weir actually recommended to me during the shortest but most awesome meet-and-greet conversation in history. I watched it because I was uber-obsessed at the time (I mean, more so than I am now), but the French film, starring the gorgeous Catherine Deneuve, soon became one of the best foreign films I've ever seen. I didn't read anything about it before watching it, so imagine my surprise when I discovered the entire movie is done in song. No, it's not quite a musical, it's … well, you'll just have to watch for yourself.

The Seventh Seal