10. Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (1970)
> Starring: Gian Maria Volonté, Florinda Bolkan, Gianni Santuccio, Orazio Orlando
> Director: Elio Petri
> IMDb user rating: 8.0/10 (11,133 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 94% (1,696 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 100% (15 votes)
A police inspector (Volonté) kills his mistress and then manipulates the investigation in this Italian crime satire. Time Out critic David Fear called it a “paranoid police procedural” and a “perverse parable about the corrupting elements of power” in his five-star review. It won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
9. The Twilight Samurai (2002)
> Starring: Hiroyuki Sanada, Rie Miyazawa, Nenji Kobayashi, Ren Ôsugi
> Director: Yôji Yamada
> IMDb user rating: 8.1/10 (23,696 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 94% (10,745 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 99% (70 votes)
This historical drama takes a non-traditional approach to the samurai sub-genre by examining the domestic life of its protagonist. It takes place during the final days of the feudal era and presents a low-ranking warrior with family issues and a budding romance. At the Japan Academy Film Prize (essentially the country’s Oscars), it won a record-breaking 12 awards.
8. It’s Such a Beautiful Day (2012)
> Starring: Don Hertzfeldt, Sara Cushman
> Director: Don Hertzfeldt
> IMDb user rating: 8.2/10 (13,344 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 92% (1,451 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 100% (32 votes)
The debut feature from animator Don Hertzfeldt combines three award-winning short films into a collective story. Delivered in a boldly experimental style, it chronicles the psychological breakdown of a young man named Bill. Hertzfeldt spent years bringing the project to life and captured everything in-camera on a vintage 35mm animation stand from the 1940s.
7. A Man Escaped (1956)
> Starring: François Leterrier, Charles Le Clainche, Maurice Beerblock, Roland Monod
> Director: Robert Bresson
> IMDb user rating: 8.3/10 (21,559 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 93% (5,665 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 100% (38 votes)
Minimalist master Robert Bresson drew from the memoir of a WWII French Resistance fighter when creating this gripping drama. Shot in the same prison where the actual event took place, it follows a POW (Francois Leterrier) as he plots to break out.
6. The World of Apu (1959)
> Starring: Soumitra Chatterjee, Sharmila Tagore, Alok Chakravarty, Swapan Mukherjee
> Director: Satyajit Ray
> IMDb user rating: 8.5/10 (14,312 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 95% (3,907 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 96% (27 votes)
Apurba Roy is a 23-year-old adult with a meager income and artistic ambitions in the final installment of Satyajit Ray’s Apu Trilogy. “Humanist film-making at its best,” wrote critic Alan Morrison for Empire Magazine.
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