To really get into foreign cinema, you need to know about the top 10 Asian movies of all time. Asia is one of the biggest exporters of great films onto the international market, which is why you should really learn about the following amazing Asian movies. The following are some of the very best Asian movies of all time, so you might want to grab some popcorn and a soda—you're going to be here a while.

  1. "Akira." Even if you're not so much into animation, you cannot deny that this anime work of art is one of the best Asian movies of all time. Japanese street thugs battle with each other and a corrupt government in a post-apocalyptic world filled with psychic powers, juiced-up bikes, and plenty of bad-ass attitudes.

  2. "My Sassy Girl." If you need to impress your girlfriend, you might want to sit her down for this Korean flick. It tells the bittersweet story of a girl who's not afraid to speak her mind or do whatever she wants, and the hapless guy who made the mistake of dating her. Despite being a romantic comedy, it's actually quite good and happens to be one of the most successful films in the history of Korean cinema.

  3. "Sick Nurses." One of the freakiest movies on this list also happens to be one of the best Asian movies of all time. This Thai thriller tells the tale of a group of nurses in a hospital who get their just desserts for helping a doctor smuggle organs for profit. If you love the "Saw" films, don't pass this one up!

  4. "Spirited Away." If you love anime, you really need to watch something by auteur Hayao Miyazaki. In this opus, Chihiro and her parents stumble into a mysterious spirit world, where the young girl needs to work in a bath house for the gods in order to make up for her elders' faux-pas. It's equal parts mystifying and heart-warming!

  5. "Chungking Express." The mind-product of master movie maker Wong Kar-wai, this is easily one of the best Asian movies of all time. It shows the city of Hong Kong as a neon-colored playground, rife with its own problems and overflowing with human emotion. The movie is hilarious and heartbreaking at the same time, and definitely worth a watch.

  6. "Seven Samurai." When you have the inspiration for "The Magnificent Seven," one of the greatest Spaghetti-Western movies of all time, you know you're in for some good cinema. Seven samurai, lost without a master, take it upon themselves to avenge their disgraced lord's name with anyone and everyone responsible.

  7. "Oldboy." One of the most controversial Asian movies of all time, this Korean film is great for those who love darker movies. A Korean man is abducted and locked away for years by anonymous captors, only to be released with only one thing on his mind: revenge.

  8. "Hero." Easily one of the most visually-stunning Asian films of all time, this is a real ensemble cast for those who love seeing all of their favorite stars. Two kingdoms are at war with each other in this kung-fu-inspired fairy tale of love, loss and betrayal.

  9. "Battle Royale." This commentary on the Japanese education system is as controversial as it is violent. A group on high school sophomores ar taken to a remote island where they are forced to take part in a kill-or-be-killed game of survival.

  10. "Ichi The Killer." If you're looking for a disturbing Japanese film that's also one of the best Asian movies of all time, look no further than this selection. The story of a man who becomes a twisted killing machine from traumatic experiences in his teenage years is sure to please a few select audiences.