Getting into foreign-language films can be intimidating. Some of them require specific cultural knowledge to follow, while others find their stories lost in translation. However, there are a ton of non-English language films out there that are amazing works of cinema, and the stereotype of everything outside of what Hollywood produces only being “artsy” is far from true.

The films below were all produced outside of the United States and initially voiced in a language other than English. There are dubs available for a few of them, but you can easily watch them in their original language with subtitles and follow the plot with no problem.

 

Akira (1988)