The Best Movies to Watch Without Leaving Bed: 19 Foreign Oscar Favorites

THE BICYCLE THIEF, Vittorio De Sica

De Sica’s 1948 film, which received an Special/Honorary award at the 1948 Academy Awards. Hailed as a cornerstone of italian neorealism and lauded now as one of the greatest films ever made, the film follows a poor father in post-World War II Rome who must search for a stolen bicycle in order to not lose his job.

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LA STRADA, Federico Fellini

Fellini’s Oscar-winning 1957 film, now touted as one of the most influential films ever and the first ever to receive a credited award int he Best Foreign Language category at the Academy Awards. Starring Fellini’s wife and muse Giulietta Masina, the film follows the emotional and physical struggle of a care-free girl who is sold to a traveling entertainer.

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MON ONCLE, Jacques Tati

Innovative french filmmaker Jacques Tati’s 1958 Oscar-winning comedy/ satire, and his first to be released in color. As his second feature, Tati employed his slapstick wit and eye for stunning design to tell the story of Monsieur Hulot and what happens when he visits the home of his brother-in-law and fumbles upon trying to exist in their ultramodern world.

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BLACK ORPHEUS, Marcel Camus

French filmmaker Camus’ 1959 Oscar-winning film based on the Greek legend of Orpheus and Eurydice. Set in twentieth-century Rio de Janeiro during Carnival, the film is also beloved for its incredible soundtrack and dazzling cinematography that managed to beautifully capture the depth and feeling of the film’s exact time and place in the world.

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THE VIRGIN SPRING, Ingmar Bergman

Bergman’s Oscar-winning 1960 Swedish medieval drama adapted from a 13th-century ballad. Starring the iconic Max von Sydow, the black-and-white tale of revenge and faith is about a father seeking justice for the death of his young daughter.

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THROUGH A GLASS DARKLY, Ingmar Bergman

Bergman’s Oscar-winning 1961 chamber drama, and the first of his films to be shot on the Swedish island of Faro. Taking place over a 24-hour period, the film follows the events surround a young woman’s return to the family island after spending time in a mental hospital.

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8 1/2, Federico Fellini

Fellini’s self-reflexive 1963 Oscar-winning fantasy-drama that has since gone on to be one of the most influential and beloved films ever made. Starring an incredible cast of Marcello Mastroianni, Anouk Aimee, Claudia Cardinale, and Barbara Steel, the film explores the troubled psyche and dizzying love life of a creatively depleted director under pressure to make his next film and who thusly retreats back into his own memories.

KNIFE IN THE WATER, Roman Polanski

Polanski’s Oscar-nominated 1963 Polish psychological drama that was also the debut feature for the notorious filmmaker. Simple in nature but brimming with tension and emotion, the film tells the story of a hitchhiker who joins a couple’s weekend yacht trip and results in a beautifully wound study of sexuality and violence.

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THE WOMAN IN THE DUNES, Hiroshi Teshigahara

Teshigahara ‘s 1964 Oscar-nominated Japense drama adapted from Kôbô Abef’s novel of the same title. Telling the story of an entomologist who visits a small beach town for research, the film follows what happens when he is imprisoned by the villagers to help dig sand for commercial use and to keep the village from collapsing. The man is confined in a small hut with a widow and their isolated relationship leads to an intensely erotic connection.

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STOLEN KISSES, Francois Truffaut

Truffaut’s 1968 Oscar-nominated romantic comedy-drama starring Jean-Pierre Leaud, and a continuation of the story of Antoine Doinel, a character previous explored in The 400 Blows and Antoine and Colette. When is film picks up, we follow what happens when Antoine is discharged from the army, is reunited with Christine Darbon, and begins his relationship with her.

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Z, Costa-Gavras

Costa-Gavras’ 1969 Oscar-winning Algerian French language film starring iconic actor Jean-Louis Trintigant. Based on the novel of the same title by by Vassilis Vassilikos, the political thriller is a highly-fictionalized and satirically dark account of the assassination of Greek politician Grigoris Lambrakis in 1963. Z also holds the rare spot of also garnering a nomination for Best Picture.

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MY NIGHT AT MAUD’S, Éric Rohmer

Rohmer’s now classic 1969 Oscar-nominated drama starring Jean-Louis Trintignant, and the third in the renowned French filmmaker’s “Moral Tales” series. The film follows a Catholic engineer whose staunch ethics are challenged upon spending he night with a bold Brunette, in stark contrast to the virginal blonde he’d earlier vowed to marry.

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THE DISCREET CHARM OF THE BOURGEOISIE, Luis Bunuel

Bunuel’s delectable 1972 Oscar-winning surrealist film, written in collaboration with the brilliant Jean-Claude Carriere. Also nominated for Best Original Screenplay, the film is a satire concerning a group of upper-middle class dinner party attendees whose attempts to dine together are continuously thwarted—featuring a cast of Fernando Rey, Stéphane Audran, Delphine Seyrig, and Jean-Pierre Cassel.

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THE LAST METRO, Francois Truffaut

Truffaut’s 1980 Oscar-winning drama starring French cinematic legends Gérard Depardieu and Catherine Deneuve. As one of the director’s most successful productions, the film is a fantastic study starring about members of a theatre company living under German occupation in WWII.

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ALL ABOUT MY MOTHER, Pedro Almodovar

Almodovar’s vibrant and complex 1990 Oscar-winning Spanish drama-comedy. As theatrical and visually-striking as it is rich with poignant issues of AIDS, existentialism, homosexuality, etc., the film follows a woman, who, after the death of her son, returns to Barcelona and becomes deeply involved in the lives of a transsexual prostitute, an aging actress and her drug-addicted lover, and a pregnant young nun with HIV.

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AMORES PEROS, Alejandro González Iñárritu

Iñárritu’s 2000 Oscar-nominated Mexican drama, and the first in the director’s “Trilogy of Death.” As a triptych film, exploring three stories connected by a car accident, the emotionally harrowing film is mediation on cruelty of both humans and animals toward each other, loyalty / disloyalty, and love / youth’s idealism.

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REVANCHE, Götz Spielmann

Götz Spielmann’s impressive 2008 Oscar-nominated Austrian thriller. Engaging and expertly-crafted, the film follows the fated love story between a ex-con in Vienna and a Ukrainian hooker whom he meets at a brothel who become entwined in the aftermath of a bank robbery.

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AMOUR, Michael Haneke

Haneke’s absolutely devastating Oscar-winning 2012 drama starring Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva and Isabelle Huppert. As delicate and subtle as it is heartbreaking, Haneke’s reserved atmosphere is stripped of suspense or sentiment but is complex in emotion to tell the story of an elderly couple who must learn to cope with reality and the looming presence of death when one of them suffers from a paralyzing stroke. Haneke forces his characters to the uttermost limits of the human condition, evoking this same sense of pain in the audience.

THE GREAT BEAUTY, Paolo Sorrentino

Sorrentino’s absurd and exquisite drama that won him the Oscar for Best Foreign Film last year. As ambitious and stunning as it is acutely attune to its emotion, the film examines the dichotomy between the history lingering in Rome’s landscape and psyche and the hollow artifice of modernity’s ephemeral charms through the eyes of an aging writer who has been drifting through his lavish life.

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