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Foreign Movies That Broke The Box Office

Movies in languages other than English have often found success at the box office in their home countries, but some have also made waves in the United States. While Hollywood blockbusters typically dominate the global market, subtitles haven’t always hindered international films from achieving success in America.

In the mid-20th century, arthouse legends like Ingmar Bergman and Federico Fellini garnered acclaim from U.S. audiences. However, as multiplexes favouring larger-scale spectacles gained traction, distribution and marketing challenges for smaller, niche foreign films have become more pronounced.

Here are foreign movies that broke the box office.

‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’ (2000)
‘Life is Beautiful’ (1998)
‘Parasite’ (2019)
‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ (2006)
‘Amélie’ (2001)
‘Instructions Not Included’ (2013)
‘The Postman’ (1995)
‘Fearless’ (2006)
‘Run Lola Run’ (1999)
‘Like Water for Chocolate’ (1993)
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