6 Must-See Foreign Films (That Will Make You Forget You Need Subtitles)


1. Like Father, Like Son (2013)

Two very different families discover that their sons were switched at birth. Will the parents choose their biological son or the son they raised?

Why you’ll love it:
The film is sprinkled with subtleties and beautiful cinematography. It’s a quiet film in that the implications of each action are intentional. There are many moments which capture the heartbreak and most importantly, the irreplaceable feeling of being a parent and feeling like a family.



2. The Lunchbox (2013)

A middle-class housewife begins an unexpected friendship when the lunchbox she packs for her husband is mistakenly delivered to a stranger.

Why you’ll love it:
You’ll love the contrast between the humor and loneliness found in this film. The little confessions that are exchanged between absolute strangers remind us that people are capable of admitting the truth to those we’ve never met. The film is mixed with the striking shots of India’s middle class life.



3. Eat, Drink, Man, Woman (1994)

A film centered around the large and traditional meals that a widowed father cooks for his daughters. All the while, they must learn to navigate through relationships, pregnancy, tradition and family. 

Why you’ll love it:
You won’t get over the visually stunning shots of food. The film is so sensual, it can even use the crackling of fish to juxtapose sex. Food is a common theme throughout the film, but audiences uncover a much deeper story behind it all.





4. 3 Idiots (2009)

Two friends embark on a journey of finding their friend through bets, wedding crashing, and the line between curiosity and conformity.
Why you’ll love it:
You can’t help but fall in love with the musical numbers. This film certainly inspires audiences to craft their own individuality. There are comical moments, a love story and an emphasis on friendship, but the real feat is way the film feels like a lifetime tipped on its belly to show you the vulnerable parts.



5. In the Mood for Love (2000)

A married secretary strikes a cordial friendship with her neighbor, a married newspaper editor.
Why you’ll love it:
This is a period drama that paints itself melancholy, and twists in delight through social status and surprises. The film follows the lives of two lonely individuals both trying to cope with their circumstances.



6. Oldboy (2003)

A man is released from a prison cell with no recollection of what has happened, and embarks on the mission to find out why he was locked up and where his family is.
Why you’ll love it:
You’ll love the film’s eccentricity. The beginning was difficult to follow, but that made the ending all the more cathartic. The storyline transcends plot and takes you into an experience, and the crazy begins to feel less crazy.