A fantastic story about a Chinese family living during Mao era communism. The movie begins with the communist revolution and progresses through Mao's "Great Leap Forward". A variety of sub-plots exist, but the main story of the family struggling towards a utopian society through Marx's supposed communist evolution is what makes this movie great. On a side note, the director of this movie was, due to his unflattering portrayal of communism, banned from making movies in China for two years after this film was released.
City of God:
This movie is a true story about a group of teenagers that live in the violent slums of Rio de Janeiro. This movie has a great story which involves organized crime and the brutality of the Brazilian city's slums. The cinematography is also great; it has quirkiness not unlike Pulp Fiction. I'd go into more detail, but this last line is never read; though I do keep changing it for fun.