While the definition of what makes a film international can be nebulous, for all intents and purposes here, they can be defined as a film not made in America, and therefore doesn’t have the esthetics Americans are used to seeing. This is also referred to as world cinema in film theory. Essentially, the American aesthetic is glamorous or loud, depending on the genre. International films typically have a limited release in theaters and print. Therefore, if an international film does do well in America, it joins a specialized group of movies.
From the Japanese historical film Kagemusha to the Australia’s Mad Max 2, the international films of the 80s are must-sees.