Ingmar Bergman directing Fanny and Alexander, one of his 16 films on the list.

Ingmar Bergman directing Fanny and Alexander, one of his 16 films on the list.

One more genre after this and that’s Drama.  This list is outside the scope of AFI’s lists, of course, because these are Foreign Language Films.  This is the list in fact I said I would do months and months ago.

Since it takes forever to do the links (that’s why the last few lists have taken so long), I’ve just linked the directors, and only on their highest-ranking film.  I’ll eventually do the 100 Best Directors list, but it won’t be until after the Academy Awards because from the nominations to the awards I’ll be doing a daily post on each Oscar category.100. Bad Education (Pedro Almodovar) – 2004

99. Faust (F.W. Murnau) – 1926

98. Face to Face (Ingmar Bergman) – 1976

97. Les Miserables (Claude Lelouch) – 1995

The Princess and the Warrior

The Princess and the Warrior

96. The Princess and the Warrior (Tom Tykwer) – 2000

95. Nowhere in Africa (Caroline Link) – 2002

94. The Battle of Algiers (Gillo Pontecorvo) – 1966

93. The Last Laugh (F.W. Murnau) – 1924

92. Miss Julie (Alf Sjoberg) – 1951

91. Diabolique (Henri-Georges Clouzet) – 1955

90. Amarcord (Federico Fellini) – 1974

89. Il Postino (Michael Radford) – 1994

88. Raise the Red Lantern (Zhang Yimou) – 1991

87. Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Pedro Almodovar) – 1988

86. Knife in the Water (Roman Polanski) – 1962

85. La Dolce Vita (Federico Fellini) – 1960

84. Wings of Desire (Wim Wenders) – 1987

83. Grave of the Fireflies  (Isao Takahata) – 1988

82. Y Tu Mama Tambien (Alfonso Cuaron) – 2002

81. Persepolis  (Vincent Paronnaud and Marjane Satrapi) – 2007

80. Elevator to the Gallows (Louis Malle) – 1958

79. Mina Tannenbaum (Martine Dugowson) – 1994

78. Saraband (Ingmar Bergman) – 2003

77. Hero (Zhang Yimou) – 2002

76. A Nous La Liberte (Rene Clair) – 1931

75. Gate of Hell (Teinosuke Kinugasa) – 1954

74. 8 Women (Francois Ozon) – 2002

73. The Barbarian Invasions (Denys Arcand) – 2003

72. Three Colors: Blue (Krzysztof Kieslowski) – 1993

71. Yojimbo (Akira Kurosawa) – 1961

Toshiro Mifune as the original man with no name in Yojimbo

Toshiro Mifune as the original man with no name in Yojimbo

70. The Bad Sleep Well (Akira Kurosawa) – 1960

69. Autumn Sonata (Ingmar Bergman) – 1978

68. Ringu (Hideo Nakata) – 1998

67. Army of Shadows (Jean-Pierre Melville) – 1969

66. Shoot the Piano Player (Francois Truffaut) – 1960

65. Kagemusha (Akira Kurosawa) – 1980

64. Manon of the Spring (Claude Berri) – 1987

63. Princess Mononoke (Hayao Miyazaki) – 1997

Princess Mononoke

Princess Mononoke

62. Three Colors: Red (Krzysztof Kieslowski) – 1994

61. Amores Perros (Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu) – 2000

60. The Bridge (Bernhard Wicki) – 1959

59. My Neighbor Totoro (Hiyao Miyazaki) – 1988

58. Downfall (Oliver Hirschbiegel) – 2004

57. House of Flying Daggers (Zhang Yimou) – 2004

56. The Hidden Fortress (Akira Kurosawa) – 1958

55. Ivan the Terrible Part I (Sergei Eisenstein)

54. Solyaris (Andrei Tarkovsky) – 1973

53. Das Boot (Wolfgang Peterson) – 1981

52. Jules and Jim (Francois Truffaut) – 1962

51. Korol Lir (Grigori Kozintsev) – 1971

50. Through a Glass Darkly (Ingmar Bergman) – 1961

49. Nights of Cabiria (Federico Fellini) – 1957

48. All About My Mother (Pedro Almodovar) -1999

47. Winter Light (Ingmar Bergman) – 1963

46. Ivan’s Childhood (Andrei Tarkovsky) – 1962

45. The World of Apu (Satyijat Ray) – 1959

44. Forbidden Games (Rene Clement) – 1952

43. Persona (Ingmar Bergman) – 1966

42. High and Low (Akira Kurosawa) – 1963

41. Harakiri (Masaki Kobayashi) – 1962

40. Europa Europa (Agnieszka Holland) – 1990

39. Belle de Jour (Luis Bunuel) – 1967

38. Stray Dog (Akira Kurosawa) – 1949

37. Au Revoir, Les Enfants (Louis Malle) – 1987

36. Day for Night (Francois Truffaut) – 1973

35. Vampyr (Carl Thedor Dreyer) – 1932

34. The 400 Blows (Francois Truffaut) – 1959

33. Rules of the Game (Jean Renoir) – 1939

32. Z (Constantin Costa-Gavras) – 1969

31. Scenes from a Marriage (Ingmar Bergman) – 1973

30. Aguirre – The Wrath of God (Werner Herzog) – 1973

29. The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (Luis Bunuel) – 1972

28. Talk to Her (Pedro Almodovar) – 2002

27. Nosferatu (F.W. Murnau) – 1922

26. The Cranes are Flying (Mikhail Kalatozov) – 1957

25. City of God (Fernando Merielles) – 2002

24. Pan’s Labyrinth (Guillermo Del Toro) – 2006

23. Amelie (Jean-Pierre Jeunet) – 2001

22. A Very Long Engagement (Jean-Pierre Jeunet) – 2004

21. Spirited Away (Hayao Miyazaki) – 2001

20. Smiles of a Summer Night (Ingmar Bergman) – 1955

the servants ring in the dawn in Smiles of a Summer Night

the servants ring in the dawn in Smiles of a Summer Night

19. The Bicycyle Thief (Vittorio De Sica) – 1949

18. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Robert Wiene) – 1919

17. The Virgin Spring (Ingmar Bergman) – 1960

16. Wild Strawberries (Ingmar Bergman) – 1957

15. Fanny and Alexander (Ingmar Bergman) – 1983

14. The Battleship Potemkin (Sergei Eisenstein) – 1925

13. Throne of Blood (Akira Kurosawa) – 1957

12. Ikiru (Akira Kurosawa) – 1952

11. The Seven Samurai (Akira Kurosawa) – 1954

10. M (Fritz Lang) – 1931

9. Metropolis (Fritz Lang) – 1926

8. Ran (Akira Kurosawa) – 1985

7. La Belle et la Bette (Jean Cocteau) – 1947

6. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Ang Lee) – 2000

5. Cries and Whispers (Ingmar Bergman) – 1972

4. Rashomon (Akira Kurosawa) – 1950

3. The Seventh Seal (Ingmar Bergman) – 1957

Children of Paradise

Children of Paradise

2. Children of Paradise (Marcel Carne) – 1945

1. The Grand Illusion (Jean Renoir) – 1937

DIRECTORS

Ingmar Bergman – 13 films (6 in top 20)

Akira Kurosawa – 11 films (5 in top 20)

4 films

  • Pedro Almodovar (28,48,88,100)
  • Francois Truffaut (34,36,52,66)

3 films

  • Hayao Miyazaki (21,59,63)
  • F.W. Murnau (27,93,99)
  • Federico Fellini (49,85,90)
  • Zhang Yimou (57,77,88)

2 films

  • Fritz Lang (7,9)
  • Jean Renoir (1,33)
  • Jean-Pierre Jeunet (22,23)
  • Luis Bunuel (29,39)
  • Sergei Eisenstein (14,55)
  • Andrei Tarkovsky (46,54)
  • Krzysztof Kieslowski (62,72)
  • Luis Malle (37,80)
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