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5 Best Foreign-Language Movies to Watch If You Liked ‘Minari’

From Spanish tearjerkers to Japanese crime-dramas, there’s stories beyond subtitles

Rolling Stone India May 24, 2021

Park So Dam and Choi Woo Shik in 'Parasite.' Photo: Neon

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Recently acclaimed drama hit Minari — written and Directed by Lee Isaac Chung – bagged six Academy Award nominations, including Best Director and Best Original Screenplay, and won the award for Best Supporting Actress, making a huge splash in the world of cinema. We bring you the top five foreign-language films to watch if you liked watching Minari. So turn those subtitles on and brace yourself for a multicultural experience.


Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite is one of the greatest films of the decade. Sweeping four leading awards at the 92nd Academy Awards in 2020 and a Palm d’Or, among many others, it takes you on an emotional ride as a destitute family masterfully welcomes itself into the world of the rich until things go horribly wrong. The South Korean thriller and comedy is the perfect combination of sardonic humor, high-adrenaline thrill, and an exceptionally well-crafted plot.

Watch on Amazon Prime Video.


The Japanese crime-drama is about the journey of a dysfunctional non-biological family in Tokyo that makes a living out of shoplifting. Exploring trauma, poverty, discrimination and love, Shoplifters is the struggle of a group of outcasts taking life one day at a time. Director Hirokazu Kore-eda’s beautifully humble yet mysteriously layered masterpiece unearths complex characters and family relations, juggling between surviving the hustle of Tokyo and escaping the radar of the law.

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Watch on Amazon Prime Video.


Roma is a Mexican drama directed by Alfonso Cuarón as a semi-autobiography paying tribute to the people who helped raise him. Shot completely in black and white, the Spanish-language movie – instead of tracking his coming-of-age – looks at the world beyond, through his adolescent eyes. Every frame of Cuarón’s Roma is a visual treat. It is a meditative watch as he explores people’s lives outside the family space in Mexico City in the 1970s.

Watch on Netflix.


Released in 2001, Amelie is a heart-warming French romantic comedy. Amelie, the protagonist, will sweep you off of your feet with her whimsical charm as she takes to the streets of Paris to “change the world.” A shy but mysterious girl – played by Audrey Tautou – meets an eccentric plotline to make this happy-go-lucky watch.


This French Palm d’Or winner from 2012 is a sensitive juggle between love, life, and death as it unflinchingly captures the intensity of old age through an elderly couple living their last days. Director Michael Haneke’s romance/drama makes you confront uncomfortable yet important questions delicately and leaves you utterly heartbroken yet mesmerized in the end.

Watch on Amazon Prime Video.

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