Believe it or not, but most of the films you watch on the big screen aren’t the complete brainchild of the American filmmaker who crafted them. There are always tendrils of inspiration linking back to classic and unheard of influences, and more often than not, entire foreign films providing the backbone for the U.S. production. Sometimes the American remakes bring new ideas to the surface; sometimes they rip out all artistry for a bland money-making venture; and sometimes they even act as an intriguing twin sibling to the original film.
Here are 8 great foreign films that you must watch, regardless of the quality of their American successors. Yes, they have subtitles, but if you give them a chance, you might just find yourself becoming a budding new foreign film fiend.