i m also a beginner for foreignfilms and i m sure when u dive deep enough into those films iu will find more than u can find in most of USA-made films ( i m not an anti-american but we can not deny that most of american film killed the sipirit of real cinema)...
but you should start to "digest" foreing masterpieces slowly in order to comprehend them completely: and that is why u should kick-off with "light" and contemprary exapmles of foreignfilms:
Delicattesen ( if u liked Amelie u will most probably like this too )
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon ( while u r not so away form super productions and exciting theathreal experiences this masterpiece of action flick will be good for u: later see Seven Samurai)
Leon ( a Hollwod-like director Luc Besson's good film to see)...
i m now trying to digest these movies before i jump into "dated" but still popular foreing flicks... :)