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RESULTS: TOH! Best Foreign Films of All Time - The Italians Win with 'Bicycle Thief' & '8½'

by Anne Thompson & Sophia Savage
July 31, 2012 1:28 PM
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As of 10am Tuesday, here are the winners of our TOH! Best Foreign Films of All Time Parts One (pre-1960) and Two (post-1960). Disagree? Go ahead and continue voting for your favorites. Below are the top five in each category. France is a clear winner, with four titles across the list of ten, and two winners for the late great Francois Truffaut! However Italy took #1 in both categories (trailers below). Viva Italia!

Top Five, Pre-1960

"The Bicycle Thief" (1948; Italy) Vittorio De Sica  9.77%

"The 400 Blows" (1959; France) Francois Truffaut  9.65%

"Seven Samurai" (1954; Japan) Akira Kurosawa  8.95%

"M" (1931; Germany) Fritz Lang  8.72%

"The Rules of the Game" (1939; France) Jean Renoir  8.49%

"The Bicycle Thief"

Top Five, Post-1960

"8½" (1963; Italy/France) Federico Fellini  9.68%

"Breathless" (1960; France) Jean-Luc Godard  8.74%

"In the Mood for Love" (2000; Hong Kong/France) Wong Kar Wai  8.74%

"Jules and Jim" (1962; France) François Truffaut  8.65%

"Aguirre: The Wrath of God" (1972; Germany) Werner Herzog  7.42%

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More: Poll, Classics, Foreign, Directors


  • Marisa Torre | July 31, 2012 6:25 PMReply

    PRE 1960: Four Days in Naples
    post 1960: Seven Beauties, and the original Swept Away

  • Anne Thompson | July 31, 2012 4:07 PMReply

    Yes, it's foreign language films.

  • No | July 31, 2012 2:47 PMReply

    I would mostly agree with the pre-1960 list, but would have a problem with the post-1960 list. Were British films excluded because of the English language?

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