Language barrier movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant language barrier movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, touching, humorous, semi serious, emotional and sincere films and TV shows about / with language barrier, culture clash, storytelling, romance, death, dialogue, friendship, catastrophe, society and mentor plots mostly in Drama, Comedy and Romance genres shot in USA, France, Germany and other countries.
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language barrier movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as language barrier: Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (2014), Lilting (2014), Walkabout (1971), Lost in Translation (2003), Arrival (2016), Lion (2016), Babel (2006), Western (2017), English Vinglish (2012), Almanya: Welcome to Germany (2011).

List of language barrier movies

Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: In the massive city of Tokyo, Kumiko, a twenty-nine year old, lives in utter solitude. She works a dreadful, dead-end job under an awful boss, is intimidated by her well-off peers, and nagged incessantly by her overbearing mother who is exasperated ...
Style: depressing, surreal, melancholic, emotional, atmospheric ...
Plot: language barrier, treasure, treasure hunt, rabbit, mental illness, character study, female protagonist, survival, alone in the world, self discovery, obsession, wilderness ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, minnesota, tokyo, north dakota, usa
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Lilting (2014)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A young man of Chinese-Cambodian descent dies, leaving behind his isolated mother and his lover of four years. Though the two don't share a language, they grow close through their grief.
Style: realistic, bleak, serious, touching, emotional ...
Plot: gay, grief, gay relationship, language barrier, mother love, gay love, homosexual, mourning, lgbt, retirement home, translator, cultural difference ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, london
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Walkabout (1971)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: UK, Australia
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Under the pretense of having a picnic, a geologist takes his teenage daughter and 6-year-old son into the Australian outback and attempts to shoot them. When he fails, he turns the gun on himself, and the two city-bred children must contend with ...
Style: thought provoking, atmospheric, meditative, touching, road movie ...
Audience: kids, teen drama
Plot: desert, coming of age, survival, suicide, culture clash, wilderness, rite of passage, teenage girl, brother sister relationship, language barrier, australian outback, tribe ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: australia, sydney australia, adelaide south australia
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Lost in Translation (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Two lost souls visiting Tokyo -- the young, neglected wife of a photographer and a washed-up movie star shooting a TV commercial -- find an odd solace and pensive freedom to be real in each other's company, away from their lives in America.
Style: melancholic, atmospheric, touching, depressing, cerebral ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: loneliness, age difference, midlife crisis, older man younger woman relationship, friendship, unlikely friendships, adultery, fish out of water, culture clash, unlikely couple, actor, character study ...
Time: 2000s, 21st century, contemporary
Place: tokyo, japan, asia, yale university, kyoto japan
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Arrival (2016)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Taking place after alien crafts land around the world, an expert linguist is recruited by the military to determine whether they come in peace or are a threat.
Style: intellectual, philosophical, psychological, enigmatic, twist ending ...
Plot: alien, first contact, alien contact, linguist, scientist, ufo, alien race, alien creature, spacecraft, extraterrestrial, science, time ...
Time: future, 2010s
Place: montana, china, russia, venezuela, massachusetts ...
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Lion (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Australia, UK, USA, India
Duration: 118 min.
Story: A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia; 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family.
Style: emotional, touching, sentimental, motivational, dramatic ...
Audience: family outing, chick flick
Plot: adoption, poverty, survival, childhood, loneliness, brother brother relationship, destiny, missing child, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, mother son reunion, courage, adopted son ...
Time: 2010s, 80s, year 1986, year 2012, year 2008 ...
Place: india, australia, tasmania, kolkata, melbourne australia
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Babel (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Mexico, France
Duration: 143 min.
Story: Tragedy strikes a married couple on vacation in the Moroccan desert, touching off an interlocking story involving four different families.
Style: emotional, thought provoking, bleak, sincere, atmospheric ...
Plot: multiple storylines, desert, tragic event, depression, guilt, parenthood, redemption, suicide, nanny, language barrier, cultural difference, deaf girl ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, morocco, tokyo, mexico, africa ...
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Western (2017)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, Bulgaria, Austria
Duration: 121 min.
Story: A group of German construction workers set out for a foreign construction site in the Bulgarian province. The strange country awakens adventure feelings among the men. At the same time, they are confronted with their prejudices and mistrust. For two ...
Style: captivating, psychological, disturbing, art house
Plot: language barrier, poverty, fight, countryside, migration, construction worker, village, water shortage, cultural difference, racial prejudice, social problems, culture clash ...
Place: eastern europe, bulgaria
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English Vinglish (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
Country: India
Duration: 134 min.
Story: ENGLISH VINGLISH is the story of a woman who does not know English and is made to feel insecure by her family and society at large. Circumstances make her determined to overcome this insecurity, master the language, and teach the world a lesson on ...
Style: feel good, semi serious, humorous, touching, motivational ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: self fulfillment, self esteem, language learning, housewife, family life, unsupportive spouse, self discovery, teachers and students, language barrier, fish out of water, humiliation, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: manhattan new york city, new york, usa
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Almanya: Welcome to Germany (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 101 min.
Story: After living 45 years in Germany, the Turkish Hüseyin Yilmaz, seventy, announces to his family that he has bought a house in Turkey and they should return to make the necessary reforms. The idea is unwelcome and causes very heated discussions. In ...
Style: realistic, humorous, captivating, sincere, semi serious ...
Plot: family relations, travel, language barrier, family life, society, culture clash, social differences, parents and children, immigrants, family gatherings, family reunited, migration ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: germany, turkey, europe
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The Last Samurai (2003)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: USA, New Zealand, Japan
Duration: 154 min.
Story: Nathan Algren is an American hired to instruct the Japanese army in the ways of modern warfare, which finds him learning to respect the samurai and the honorable principles that rule them. Pressed to destroy the samurai's way of life in the ...
Style: epic, captivating, exciting, serious, intense ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: samurai, war, warrior, pride and honor, human spirit, courage, self discovery, battles, sword fight, katana, loyalty, friendship ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1870s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, pacific ocean, san francisco
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The Ramen Girl (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 102 min.
Story: An American woman is stranded in Tokyo after breaking up with her boyfriend. Searching for direction in life, she trains to be a râmen chef under a tyrannical Japanese master.
Style: inspirational, touching, semi serious, humorous, romantic ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, date night
Plot: cooking, interracial romance, culture clash, romance, american abroad, mentor, restaurant, food, cooking and food, language barrier, teenager, unlikely friendships ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, tokyo, new jersey, asia
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Morris from America (2016)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: The romantic and coming-of-age misadventures of a 13-year-old American living in Germany.
Style: sincere, romantic, light, humorous, exciting ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, teenager, teenage girl, rap, culture clash, language barrier, tutor, teenage boy, puberty, american abroad, marijuana, boy girl relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: germany
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The Perfect Stranger (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 92 min.
Story: The mysterious arrival of a foreigner to a small village in a Mediterranean island, awake the sudden interest from a diverse group of residents, who will appear unexpectedly in the stranger's life, believing that he's going to reopen an ...
Style: semi serious, realistic, humorous, sincere, light
Plot: village, social relations, language barrier, family relations, redemption, village life, young man, fatherhood, stranger, liberation, irishman, gays and lesbians ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: spain, ireland
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Black Rain (1989)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Two New York cops get involved in a gang war between members of the Yakuza, the Japanese Mafia. They arrest one of their killers and are ordered to escort him back to Japan. In Japan, however, he manages to escape. As they try to track him down, ...
Style: suspense, exciting, neo noir, tense, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: organized crime, yakuza, gangsters, culture clash, police, gang war, police investigation, fish out of water, gunfight, chase, crimes, motorcycle ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: japan, new york, osaka japan, asia, los angeles ...
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How to Murder Your Wife (1965)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Stanley Ford leads an idyllic bachelor life. He is a nationally syndicated cartoonist whose Bash Brannigan series provides him with a luxury townhouse and a full-time valet, Charles. When he wakes up the morning after the night before - he had ...
Style: surprise ending, sexy, humorous, witty, clever ...
Audience: date night, chick flick
Plot: farce, butler, language barrier, lust, uxoricide, misogyny, misogynist, breaking the fourth wall, sexism, sexist, murder trial, bachelor ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: new jersey, new york
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Victoria (2015)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: Germany
Duration: 138 min.
Story: A young Spanish woman who has newly moved to Berlin finds her flirtation with a local guy turn potentially deadly as their night out with his friends reveals a dangerous secret.
Style: suspenseful, tense, realistic, atmospheric, meditative ...
Plot: bank robbery, heist, running from police, crimes, gangsters, drug use, male nudity, crime gone awry, bullet wound, death of friend, theft, heist gone wrong ...
Time: 2010s, 21st century, contemporary
Place: germany, berlin germany, spain
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The Fifth Element (1997)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: France, UK
Duration: 126 min.
Story: In 2257, a taxi driver is unintentionally given the task of saving a young girl who is part of the key that will ensure the survival of humanity.
Style: futuristic, breathtaking, exciting, cerebral, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: alien, good versus evil, space and aliens, space travel, cyberpunk, love, end of the world, save the world, heroic mission, adventure, future dystopia, dystopic future ...
Time: future, 1910s, 23rd century, 90s
Place: egypt, usa, brooklyn new york city, new york
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Down by Law (1986)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA, West Germany
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A disc jockey, a pimp and an Italian tourist escape from jail in New Orleans.
Style: atmospheric, humorous, road movie, meditative, harsh ...
Plot: prison, prison escape, friendship, swamp, pimp, fight, crimes, escape, gangsters, character study, crime gone awry, partners ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new orleans, louisiana, usa
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Love Actually (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, France, USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Follows seemingly unrelated people as their lives begin to intertwine while they fall in – and out – of love. Affections languish and develop as Christmas draws near.
Style: feel good, romantic, sentimental, touching, sweet ...
Audience: chick flick, date night, girls' night, teens, kids
Plot: christmas, love and romance, love, holiday, marriage, love story, relationships, couple relations, first love, looking for love, infidelity, fall in love ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: london, england, europe, marseille, milwaukee wisconsin ...
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Fatima (2015)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: France, Canada
Duration: 79 min.
Story: Fatima, a Moroccan-born woman who now lives in France with her two teenage daughters, with whom she is barely able to communicate.
Style: touching, sincere, realistic, captivating
Plot: racism, studying, mother daughter relationship, separated parents, female protagonist, working class, cleaning lady, maid, language barrier, single mother, teenager, school ...
Time: 2010s
Place: france
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Chinese Take-Away (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Argentina, Spain
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A comedy that chronicles a chance encounter between Robert and a Chinese named Jun who wanders lost through the city of Buenos Aires in search of his uncle after being assaulted by a taxi driver and his henchmen.
Style: semi serious, humorous, touching, realistic, social
Plot: collector, friendship, chinese, communication problem, odd couple, society, immigrants, language barrier, cow, loner, falklands war, friends ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: argentina, latin america
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A Polar Year (2018)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A Danish teacher takes a job in Greenland and tries to overcome the animosity of the tight-knit locals through a series of errors that help him embrace the snow-covered life.
Style: semi documentary, sincere, sweet, light, visually appealing ...
Plot: dog sled, blizzard, polar bear, isolation, grandfather grandson relationship, grandmother grandson relationship, language barrier, seal the animal, funeral, remote village, elementary school, hunting ...
Time: 2010s, contemporary, 21st century
Place: greenland, denmark
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I'll Come Running (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Denmark, USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A young Danish man traveling through Texas hooks up with an Austin girl, and even though they're not planning to see each other again, tragic circumstances lead her to his doorstep in Denmark.
Style: serious, realistic, touching, sincere, gloomy
Plot: destiny, culture clash, life turned upside down, couples, romance, love and romance, sexual relations, cultural difference, interracial romance, family relations, language barrier, party ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: texas, denmark, usa, europe, scandinavia
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Raja (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Morocco
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Raja is a nineteen year old orphan literally and figuratively scarred by life. Fred is an emotionally bankrupt westerner living amid his plush gardens and palm trees. Set against the backdrop of contemporary Marrakech, Raja is a cross-cultural drama ...
Style: realistic, serious, emotional, sincere
Plot: age difference, unlikely couple, opposites attract, social differences, fall in love, couples, orphan, love and romance, romance, youth, society, obsession ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: morocco, africa
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Journey Through China (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Liliane, a provincial nurse in her peaceful fifties, must cope with the accidental death of her son in China. She decides to fly there in order to repatriate the body. This mourning journey will soon turn out to be a trip of discovery of her son ...
Style: serious, realistic, touching, sentimental
Plot: self discovery, estrangement, hopes, uncover truth, bittersweet, dealing with death, death in the family, journey, estranged son, language barrier, mother, death of son ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: china, asia
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Lost in Siberia (2012)
Genre: Comedy
Country: Germany, Russia
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Matthias Bleuel, a logistician of a german mail order company is send to Kemorovo in Siberia to teach some russian subsidiary company the german work flow system. But soon this land changes him and everything for him.
Style: realistic, humorous, captivating, unusual plot structure, contemplative
Plot: culture clash, workplace situations, power relations, workplace, unlikely couple, fall in love, musician, translator, language barrier, male nudity, nudity (full frontal - brief), shaman ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: siberia, russia
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Shanghai Kiss (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA, China, Hong Kong
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Liam Liu unwittingly gets involved with a high school girl. He suddenly has to go to China after learning from his father that he has inherited his grandmother's home in Shanghai. He's not very appreciative of his Chinese roots and at ...
Style: realistic, humorous, feel good, inter cultural, sexy ...
Plot: inheritance, self discovery, culture clash, love and romance, introspection, teenage life, society, language barrier, high school, underage girl, teenage girl, voyeurism ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: china, los angeles, asia, usa, shanghai
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French for Beginners (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: Germany, France
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The story of Henrik, who takes part in a student exchange program with France. The only reason for this journey is to conquer the heart of his dream girl. Wild Partys, exciting trips, a crazy host family and of course his trouble with the French ...
Style: feel good, semi serious, sentimental, humorous, realistic ...
Plot: teenage love, love and romance, fish out of water, teenage life, misfit, friends, lifestyle, summer vacation, language barrier, comedy of errors, escapades, teenager ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, europe, germany, paris france
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Longwave (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, History
Country: Switzerland, France, Portugal
Duration: 85 min.
Story: It is April 1974 and Julie Dujonc-Renens, young feminist journalist and the cunning Joseph-Marie Cauvin, leading reporter for the Swiss radio, have been sent to Portugal to investigate Switzerland’s aid to poor countries. Sparks fly during the bus ...
Style: semi serious, captivating, witty, humorous, feminist film ...
Plot: revolution, feminism, rebellion, society, on the road, language barrier, memory loss, swiss, scoop, womanizer, radio dj, countryside ...
Time: year 1974, 70s, 20th century
Place: portugal, europe, sweden, france, lisbon portugal ...
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