10 Best Europe Movies
This list of the ten best Europe movies consists of films from Sweden to Spain and includes internationally acclaimed award-winning movies, many of which are considered some of the greatest films ever made. From influential classics like “The Virgin Spring” and “Metropolis,” to modern favorites like “Amelie” and “Volver,” these films have earned worldwide attention and feature career-defining performances from actors like French actress Audrey Tautou and Italian writer/actor/director Roberto Benigni.
Wings of Desire (1987) A breathtaking film by acclaimed German director Wim Wenders, this film tells the story of an angel who falls in love with a woman and subsequently longs to become human. The film features heartwarming performances by American actor Peter Falk and German actor Bruno Ganz and even led to an American remake: the 1998 film “City of Angels.”
The Bicycle Thief (1948) A groundbreaking film in Italian cinema, “The Bicycle Thief” chronicles a man’s search for his stolen bicycle-- the means by which he makes his living. The film ushered in the neo-realism movement in cinema which used natural light and surroundings, as well as actual everyday people instead of actors. The film is considered one of the ten best Europe movies in Italian cinema and earned an Honorary Academy Award in 1950 for Best Foreign Film.
Life is Beautiful (1997) A cinematic gem from Italian actor/director Roberto Benigni, this movie tells the story of a Jewish man and his efforts to shield his family from the horrors of a Nazi concentration camp during World War II. The film won an Academy Award for Best Foreign Film in 1998, as well as a Best Actor award for Roberto Benigni.
Metropolis (1927) One of the ten best Europe movies in film history, this film is considered to be German director Fritz Lang’s masterpiece. This story of a futuristic dystopia fascinated the Nazi Party and was thought to be a favorite film of Adolf Hitler. Most of the footage had previously been considered lost until 2010 when a nearly complete copy was located in the archives of a museum in Argentina.
Amelie (2001) One of the ten best Europe movies in recent years, this endearing film about a charming waitress who endeavors to change the lives of those around her for the better was nominated for five Academy Awards. The film garnered French actress Audrey Tautou international fame, as well as a number of Best Actress award nominations.
Death at a Funeral (2007) A hilarious comedy set at a British patriarch’s wake, the film is one of Britain’s finest and features stellar performances by English actors Matthew Macfadyen and Rupert Graves, as well as American actor Peter Dinklage. The film has since spawned two remakes, one a Hindi version and the other an American version starring Chris Rock and Tracy Morgan.
Volver (2006) One of the most visually stunning Spanish films in recent years, this film by acclaimed Spanish director Pedro Almodovar earned a number of awards at the Cannes Film Festival. The film, about a ghost traveling to her hometown to help her family, earned an Academy Award nomination for actress Penelope Cruz making her the second Spanish actress ever to be nominated in the category.
The City of Lost Children (1995) A strange and stylish tale by “Amelie” director Jean-Pierre Jeunet, this film tells the story of a scientist who kidnaps children so that he may steal their dreams. A wondrous fantasy set in a dystopian France, the film features an impressive performance by American actor Ron Perlman.
La Dolce Vita (1960) One of the ten best Europe movies ever filmed, “La Dolce Vita” is considered to be one of the greatest art films ever made and the masterpiece of Italian director Federico Fellini. The story of a journalist’s week in Rome won the Golden Palm at the 1960 Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for four Academy Awards.
The Virgin Spring (1950) Arguably one of the ten best Europe movies in cinematic history, this film is among Swedish director Ingmar Bergman’s finest films. The story of rape, murder, and revenge in medieval Sweden won an Academy Award for Best Foreign Film and inspired Wes Craven’s 1972 debut film, “The Last House on the Left.”