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The Best Foreign Films Of The 2010s Decade

Updated January 2, 2020 1.3k votes 67 voters 1.3k views112 items

List RulesVote up the foreign films you love that were released in the US between 2010-2019.

Fans of global cinema are invited to vote for the best foreign movies of the past decade. The following list compiles notable motion pictures from around the world that were released in the last decade. China, Denmark, Japan, France, Spain, and Germany are just a few of the countries represented. They all have thriving film scenes and turn out plenty of worthy movies each year. We've collected the most acclaimed and popular movies from each nation. Now it's time to see which one rises to the very top. 

Aside from ranking the most memorable titles from other countries, this list will also provide a handy guide for anyone looking to check out foreign films. You'll find dozens of great recommendations, but of course, the ones ranked highest are most worthy of your time. Don't be intimidated by subtitles, because the strength of the storytelling in the top 100 foreign movies of the 2010s will keep you hooked. Multiple genres are represented, as well. Many are dramas, but comedies, horror flicks, and action pictures are also accounted for.

Vote up the top foreign films of the last decade. When you're done, take a chance on one of them that you haven't yet seen. 

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  • Parasite1
    40
    5

    Parasite

    Song Kang-ho, Lee Sun-kyun

    Released2019

    Directed byBong Joon-ho

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 99%

    Parasite is a 2019 South Korean dark comedy thriller film directed by Bong Joon-ho. An... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • A Separation2
    30
    7

    A Separation

    Leila Hatami, Peyman Moaadi

    Released2011

    Directed byAsghar Farhadi

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 99%

    A Separation is a 2011 Iranian drama film directed by Asghar Farhadi. A middle-class couple in... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Your Name3
    24
    1

    Your Name

    Ryunosuke Kamiki, Mone Kamishiraishi

    Released2016

    Directed byMakoto Shinkai

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 97%

    Your Name is a 2016 Japanese animated drama film directed by Makoto Shinkai. A high school... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Shoplifters4
    24
    7

    Shoplifters

    Lily Franky, Sakura Ando

    Released2018

    Directed byHirokazu Kore-eda

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 99%

    Shoplifters is a 2018 Japanese drama film directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda. A poor, shoplifting... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Burning5
    22
    8

    Burning

    Yoo Ah-in, Steven Yeun

    Released2018

    Directed byLee Chang-dong

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 95%

    Burning is a 2018 South Korean mystery drama film directed by Lee Chang-dong, based on the... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Train to Busan6
    20
    5

    Train to Busan

    Gong Yoo, Ma Dong-seok

    Released2016

    Directed byYeon Sang-ho

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%

    Train to Busan is a 2016 South Korean zombie apocalypse action thriller film directed by Yeon... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Roma7
    22
    11

    Roma

    Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira

    Released2018

    Directed byAlfonso Cuaron

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 96%

    Roma is a 2018 Mexican drama film directed by Alfonso Cuarón. The film follows the life of an... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Blue Is the Warmest Colour8
    21
    10

    Blue Is the Warmest Colour

    Léa Seydoux, Adèle Exarchopoulos

    Released2013

    Directed byAbdellatif Kechiche

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 89%

    Blue Is the Warmest Colour is a 2013 French romantic coming-of-age drama film directed by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • I Saw the Devil9
    20
    8

    I Saw the Devil

    Lee Byung-hun, Choi Min-sik

    Released2010

    Directed byKim Jee-woon

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 80%

    I Saw the Devil is a 2010 South Korean psychological thriller horror film directed by Kim... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • The Handmaiden10
    18
    7

    The Handmaiden

    Kim Min-hee, Kim Tae-ri

    Released2016

    Directed byPark Chan-wook

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 95%

    The Handmaiden is a 2016 South Korean erotic psychological thriller film directed by Park... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • The Hunt11
    17
    5

    The Hunt

    Mads Mikkelsen, Alexandra Rapaport

    Released2012

    Directed byThomas Vinterberg

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 92%

    The Hunt is a 2012 Danish drama film directed by Thomas Vinterberg. The story is set in a... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Capernaum12
    15
    4

    Capernaum

    Zain Al Rafeea, Yordanos Shiferaw

    Released2018

    Directed byNadine Labaki

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 90%

    Capernaum is a 2018 Lebanese drama film directed by Nadine Labaki. While serving a five-year... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Cold War13
    20
    10

    Cold War

    Joanna Kulig, Tomasz Kot

    Released2018

    Directed byPawel Pawlikowski

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 92%

    Cold War is a 2018 Polish historical period drama film directed by Paweł Pawlikowski. A... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Ida14
    18
    8

    Ida

    Joanna Kulig, Jerzy Trela

    Released2013

    Directed byPaweł Pawlikowski

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 96%

    Ida is a 2013 Polish drama film directed by Paweł Pawlikowski. Set in Poland in 1962, a novice... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 13 Assassins15
    15
    5

    13 Assassins

    Tsuyoshi Ihara, Kōji Yakusho

    Released2010

    Directed byTakashi Miike

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 95%

    13 Assassins is a 2010 Japanese samurai film directed by Takashi Miike and is a remake of... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Mustang16
    15
    7

    Mustang

    Güneş Şensoy, Doğa Doğuşlu

    Released2015

    Directed byDeniz Gamze Ergüven

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 94%

    Mustang is a 2015 French drama film directed by Deniz Gamze Ergüven. When five orphan girls... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Dogtooth17
    14
    5

    Dogtooth

    Alexander Voulgaris, Christos Stergioglou

    Released2009

    Directed byYorgos Lanthimos

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 92%

    Dogtooth is a 2009 Greek drama film directed by Yorgos Lanthimos. A husband and wife keep... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Incendies18
    11
    2

    Incendies

    Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin, Lubna Azabal

    Released2010

    Directed byDenis Villeneuve

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%

    Incendies is a 2010 Canadian war film directed by Denis Villeneuve. A pair of twins journey to... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • TrollHunter19
    15
    8

    TrollHunter

    Knut Nærum, Otto Jespersen

    Released2010

    Directed byAndré Øvredal

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 81%

    Trollhunter is a 2010 Norwegian found footage and dark fantasy film directed by André Øvredal.... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • The Raid: Redemption20
    15
    8

    The Raid: Redemption

    Iko Uwais, Joe Taslim

    Released2011

    Directed byGareth Evans

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 86%

    The Raid: Redemption is a 2011 Indonesian martial arts action film directed by Gareth Evans. A... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Leviathan21
    14
    7

    Leviathan

    Aleksey Serebryakov, Vladimir Vdovichenkov

    Released2014

    Directed byAndrey Zvyagintsev

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 98%

    Leviathan is a 2014 Russian drama film directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev. In a fictional town in... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • The Great Beauty22
    11
    4

    The Great Beauty

    Sabrina Ferilli, Serena Grandi

    Released2013

    Directed byPaolo Sorrentino

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 91%

    The Great Beauty is a 2013 Italian film directed by Paolo Sorrentino. Jep Gambardella has... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Elle23
    15
    10

    Elle

    Isabelle Huppert, Laurent Lafitte

    Released2016

    Directed byPaul Verhoeven

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 91%

    Elle is a 2016 French psychological thriller directed by Paul Verhoeven and based on the novel... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Holy Motors24
    10
    2

    Holy Motors

    Kylie Minogue, Michel Piccoli

    Released2012

    Directed byLeos Carax

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 91%

    Holy Motors is a 2012 Franco-German fantasy drama film directed by Leos Carax. Dennis Lavant... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • The Act of Killing25

    Rotten Tomatoes score:  95%

    The Act of Killing is a 2012 Indonesian documentary film directed by Joshua Oppenheimer. The... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button