21. Life Is Beautiful (1997)
A gentle Jewish-Italian book-keeper named Guido Orefice comes to Arezzo. He will be working here as a waiter at a hotel. Then Guido meets Dora, a beautiful school teacher. He is naturally very funny and charming. They fall in love then he marries her and they have a son. But little did they know their happiness is not going to last. After the German army occupies Italy, their family gets separated and taken to a concentration camp. Then he tries to help his son survive the war. This is one of the best foreign movies on the IMDb Top 250 list.
Director: Roberto Benigni
Producer: Gianluigi Braschi, Elda Ferri
Writer: Roberto Benigni, Vincenzo Cerami
Starring: Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi
22. City of God (2002)
City of God is another great foreign movie on the IMDb Top 250 list. In the 60s, two young men choose different paths in Rio de Janeiro. A budding photographer named Rocket documents violence in his neighborhood. Another man, a drug dealer named Pequeno uses Rocket to capture photos to increase his popularity as a turf war begins with his rival. This is an intense story of a very poor drug-affected neighborhood.
Director: Fernando Meirelles, Kátia Lund
Producer: Andrea Barata Ribeiro, Maurício Andrade Ramos
Writer: Bráulio Mantovani
Starring: Alexandre Rodrigues, Leandro Firmino da Hora, Jonathan Haagensen, Phellipe Haagensen, Douglas Silva, Daniel Zettel, Seu Jorge
23. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Clarice Starling, a bright student at the FBI’s training academy. Jack Crawford put Clarice to interview Dr. Hannibal Lecter. So Clarice interviews Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a brilliant psychiatrist. He is serving life behind bars for murder and cannibalism. Crawford believes that Lecter may have useful information about a case. Starling is an attractive young woman. Jack Crawford put Clarice to interview because Clarice could be the bait to draw him out.
Director: Jonathan Demme
Producer: Kenneth Utt, Edward Saxon, Ron Bozman
Writer: Ted Tally, Thomas Harris
Starring: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Scott Glenn, Ted Levine
24. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
George Bailey is a man having a hard time. Instead of facing problems, he is thinking about ending his life. During Christmas and the angels talking with George, he sees his life flashbacks. However George is preparing to jump from a bridge, he rescues his guardian angel. Then his guardian angel, Clarence shows George that killing himself isn’t gonna solve anything. In fact, Clarence shows him what his town would be like if it hadn’t been there.
Director: Frank Capra
Producer: Frank Capra
Writer: Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, Frank Capra, Philip Van Doren Stern
Starring: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell, Henry Travers, Beulah Bondi, Ward Bond, Frank Faylen, Gloria Grahame
25. Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977)
Darth Vader orders The Imperial Forces to hold Princess Leia hostage. Luke Skywalker and Han Solo, captain of the Millennium Falcon, work together with the companionable droid duo R2-D2 and C-3PO to rescue the beautiful princess. Then they help the Rebel Alliance and restore freedom and justice to the Galaxy.
Director: George Lucas
Producer: Gary Kurtz
Writer: George Lucas
Starring: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher,Peter Cushing, Alec Guinness