Oscar Winners for Best Foreign Film (2000-2011)

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Taiwan)

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was Taiwanese director Ang Lee's soulful epic action masterpiece that propelled him into the big leagues in Hollywood. Not just the best foreign film, it was probably the best picture of the year and, undoubtedly among the best career performances by Chow Yun Fat and Michelle Yeoh.

No Man's Land (Bosnia & Herzegovina)

Non Man's Land is a smart and bittersweet comedy about a Serbian soldier (Rene Bitorajac) and a  Bosnian soldier (Branko Djuric) who find themselves stuck in a no-man's land between the two enemy lines during the 1993 Bosnian conflict. A simple storyline belies the scale and depth of director Danis Tanovic's vision, that is incredibly profound, yet with great humor and irony.

Based on the best selling autobiographical novel by Stefanie Zweig, only five years old when her family fled from the German town of Silesia in 1937, Nowhere in Africa tells the story of her childhood and her family, as they struggle to adapt, and settle down to a life in Kenya, Africa. The interesting and moving tale is brought to life by the acclaimed German Director Caroline Link, who had previously brought us the stunningly brilliant Oscar nominated drama Beyond Silence (1996). (Read Review)

At first glance, an Oscar winner for Best Foreign picture about an middle-aged man dying of cancer, might lead you to expect a deeply sensitive tale about family relations, raw emotions and loads of melodrama. The Barbarian Invasions (Les Invasions Barbares) is not that movie, not quite. The movie is rather a celebration of life, cherishing fond memories, rekindling relationships and not losing yourself in the face of an imminent and impending death. (Read Review)

The Sea Inside (Spain)

The Sea Inside is a starring brilliant movie about the real life struggle of Ramon Sampedro, a man who campaigned for euthanasia for 30 years, and eventually his own right to die. If anything, you have it to watch it for Javier Bardem's tour-de-force performance in this one.

Tsotsi (South Africa)

Based on a play by Athol Fugard, Tsotsi was the surprise winner of the 2005 Academy Award. It is a simple yet profound movie about a young South African gangster, in a brilliant performance by  Presley Chweneyagae as Tsotsi (thug), whose brutal outlook towards life is transformed by the helplessness of a baby.

The Lives of Others (Germany)

In Germany, The Lives of Others set a record with 11 nominations in the Deutscher Filmpreis awards, winning 7 of them including Best Film, Director, Actor, Supporting Actor and Screenplay. For many critics, 'The Lives of others' was the greatest German Movie of the decade.  (Read Review)

The Counterfeiters  is an intriguing thriller and a subtle-yet-detailed and interesting character study of individuals caught in desperate situations. Though it's merits for winning an Oscar was a hotly debatable topic, it nevertheless is one of the finest movies based on WWII to have come out in recent years. . (Read Review)

Okuribito (Departures) is a brilliant movie in every sense of the word. The director beautifully captures the different aspects of Japanese culture, the hardships, strength of relationships, and above all the beauty of life and death with death not being an 'end' but 'just the beginning of a new journey'.  (Read Review)

The Secret in Their Eyes (Argentina)

The Secrets in their Eyes set itself apart from other commercial mystery thrillers, helped largely by fine performances by an extremely talented cast and brilliant direction. This is a staggering piece of film-making that strives in it's restrained approach and succeeds as a classic adult thriller.(Read Review)

In a Better World (Hævnen) is Susanne Bier's brilliant Oscar Winning follow up to the 2006 Oscar nominated film After the Wedding. The movie is a brilliant tale of conflicting moral choices, retribution, reconciliation and forgiveness in contrasting universes of a Sudanese refugee camp and a peaceful town in Denmark. (Read Review)

Who will join the list for Best Foreign Film of 2011 ? - Here are Cine-International's top picks.