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ANOTHER TOP 10 FOREIGN THRILLERS THAT I THINK EVERYONE SHOULD SEE


I have put together a list of ANOTHER TOP 10 FOREIGN THRILLERS that I think everyone should see. I hope there is a few movies in here that you ain’t heard of.

1: PARADISE NOW

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I know a lot of people would read what this movie is about and not give it the time of day. I couldn’t recommend a film like this high enough, it’s should be viewed by absolutely everyone.

The story of two best friends who grew up together. They get selected to carry out suicide bomb attacks. This film is a seriously intense and gut-wrenching piece of cinema and a film that is done from such a different point of view.

Showing every aspect of the main characters, their friends, family, and the close relationship between the two and the constant fear of “are we doing the right thing, or is this all lies?”.

The two best friends are sucked into this world of lies and betrayal, and they are both heading in a direction that there is no turning back from. Sad, moving, intense, intelligent, tragic, and one brilliant film.

This movie will open your eyes and change your view on a subject or fear, that we feed with our own ignorance.

The film ran into serious trouble during shooting. Including one of the crew being kidnapped, a bomb attack on the set. The director said, ” if I could go back in time, I wouldn’t do it again”. HOLLYWOOD DON’T KNOW HOW LUCKY THEY HAVE IT.


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2: ROMANZO CRIMINALE

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The story of a group of childhood friends who grew up in “Rome”, eventually becoming well-respected figures in organised crime. This film has all the right ingredients, beautiful woman, the guns, the drugs, the drug-induced paranoia, the money, the fame, the power.

The look and feel of the film are absolutely brilliant, it looks and feels like you are in Rome in the 70’s. Everything from the clothes, the buildings, the cars, right down to the lens on the director’s camera.

A film that reminded me (just the look) of Spielberg’s, Munich.

A brilliant, stylish. and really well made Italian mafia film.

There are two versions of this film available. I would highly recommend the cut version as the extended cut is over 3 hrs long and can get slow in some bits.


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3: HIDDEN

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When a family start receiving strange videotapes to their home. The tapes show someone filming the outside of their home. The wife thinks nothing of it but the husband immediately suspects something more sinister at hand, and his fears are confirmed when they receive another tape.

This time the tapes shows someone filming the inside of their home. The husband sets out to find who is behind the videos but also finds out that he must confront a past that he had long forgotten about.

A fantastic cast of some of France’s finest actors and written and directed by the wonderful Michael Haneke – who gave us films like Funny Games, Amour, The Piano Teacher, and The White Ribbon.

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4: GOMORRAH

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Italian cinema at its best, based on the best-selling novel of the same name. “Gomorrah” is a unique type of mafia film. It focusses on 5 different characters, and each one has a vital role in how the story is played out. Set in a huge run down, crumbling housing estate and using rundown apartment blocks as their empire.

Based on a true story, It can be a little slow at times but without a doubt, this is mafia film unlike the rest you have seen. It’s has received worldwide acclaim since its release, and there hasn’t been another film that has come close to its genius.

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5: THE YELLOW SEA

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I was a big fan of South Korean classic, The Chaser. I consider that to be one of the best serial killer movies about. It was dark, bleak, violent, and really depressing but in a really good way.

Soooo when I heard of The Yellow Sea ( same guys behind The Chaser), I knew it would be one hell of a film.

The very first scene in this movie sets the mood for the next couple of hours, You know within 2 minutes that it has the same genius feel as other Korean masterpieces such as Oldboy, The Chaser,  I Saw The Devil and Memories of Murder.

The story follows a cab driver who is from a border town called “Yanji”. He has a $60.000 debt and hasn’t seen or heard from his wife in over 6 months. All he knows is that she has been smuggled across the border to live illegally and try and earn a living.

Our main character is offered a job by a crime boss he is in debt to – he must get smuggled across “The Yellow Sea”  and murder one man without asking any questions. He must cut off his thumb, bring the thumb back with him as proof that the job has been completed.


This film is soaked in history, the smuggling scenes are absolutely fantastic and very authentic. Although its only about 10 minutes of the film you understand the lengths that these poor fuckers are willing to go to just so they can make an honest buck and feed their families.

So, as you can imagine once things get going in this film, things get out of control really fast. Well written and eerily shot story. It’s so fast-paced that even Liam Neeson couldn’t keep up.

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6: THE SILENCE

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A slow-burning suspenseful serial killer flick from Germany. The film is about an old cop who is forced out of retirement when police discover a missing girl’s bike at the exact same spot as an old rape and murder case that happened 23-years ago.

This film got great reviews. I only had the pleasure of viewing it about 6 months ago.


It has been compared to the hit Danish tv show The Killing. So, if you like your thrillers with great character development and storytelling then I advise you to check it out. It won’t disappoint you.

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7: CELL 211

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A gritty prison drama from Spain. It follows a casually dressed prison guard that shows up a day early for a tour of his new workplace.

During the tour, a riot breaks out. He gets separated from the other guards leaving him to fend for himself.  His only option is to blend in with the other inmates and pretend to be a prisoner.

The rest of the film is very intense. All the way through there seems very little hope for the main character. It ain’t long before the new prison guard starts to realise that he may not be any different than some of the animals he is locked up with.

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8: EL INFIERNO

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The film starts off with Benny getting deported back to Mexico from the United States. The border cop says something like ” welcome to Mexico, don’t ever fucking come back”. From that moment on, Benny is thrown back into the world of violence, drugs, guns which he tried to leave 20 years ago.

After being mugged several times at gunpoint; Benny is desperate and sees no other choice but to hook up with old friends. He needs to earn money and get his brothers wife and his nephew across the border and back into the United States.

I don’t think this film would work any wonders for the Mexican tourist industry. It really does make Mexico look like a really bad place, hence the name El Infierno (Hell). But in saying that, this film is remarkable, brilliantly acted, extremely violent, and sad.

Although it has all the violence, and murder, it is drenched in depressing and shocking realism. They still somehow manage to keep you laughing and entertained right to the end.

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9: KING OF THE HILL

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An impressive low budget Spanish thriller about a man driving through a rural wooded/mountain area somewhere in Spain. Suddenly a sniper opens fire on him. When he exits his car, he is shot in the leg.


A few seconds later he realises that whoever is shooting at him has released a pack of hounds.

Not long after, his car breaks down so he makes a run for the woods. That’s the story set up. A great cat and mouse type thriller with a very interesting ending.

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10: TATTOO

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Two cops must work together to try and catch a serial killer. This killer is collecting tattooed human skin. When a finger is found in the stomach of one of the victims. The two cops are thrown into much darker and sinister world.

A really good serial killer film although it can drag a bit. There hasn’t been a lot out since its release in 2002 that can even be compared to it.

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  3. I saw all of your picks and wholeheartedly agree. A few more that I recommend: The Man From Nowhere, King of Devil’s Island, Troubled Water, The Stool Pigeon, The Raid, Memories of Murder and A Bittersweet Life.

    1. I’ve got The Berlin File to watch soon. Have t see Cold Eyes, so I’ll add that to my list. I Saw The Devil is one of my all time faves. I’m sure it’s on my site somewhere.

      Cheers for stopping by 😉