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The Best Foreign Films Of The 2010s Decade  

Jason Bancroft
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List Rules Vote 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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Miss Bala is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Foreign Films Of The 2010s Decade
James Russo, Stephanie Sigman, Noé Hernández

Rotten Tomatoes score: 87%

Miss Bala is a 2011 Mexican action drama film directed by Gerardo Naranjo. In Mexico, a lawless country, Laura, a young aspiring beauty queen finds her dream turned against her when she ...more
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Holy Motors is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Foreign Films Of The 2010s Decade
Kylie Minogue, Michel Piccoli, Denis Lavant

Rotten Tomatoes score: 91%

Holy Motors is a 2012 Franco-German fantasy drama film directed by Leos Carax. Dennis Lavant stars as a man whose job is to perform various roles in the same way an actor would, only he doesn't ...more
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Goodbye First Love is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Foreign Films Of The 2010s Decade
Özay Fecht, Sebastian Urzendowsky, Gregoire Akcelrod

Rotten Tomatoes score: 83%

Goodbye First Love is a 2011 Franco-German film directed by Mia Hansen-Løve. 15 year old Camille (Lola Créton) falls in love with Sullivan (Sebastian Urzendowsky), who is 19, and ...more
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Embrace of the Serpent ... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Foreign Films Of The 2010s Decade

Rotten Tomatoes score: 96%

Embrace of the Serpent is a 2015 Columbian adventure drama film directed by Ciro Guerra. The film tells two stories thirty years apart, both featuring Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and last ...more
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Ip Man 2 is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Foreign Films Of The 2010s Decade
Donnie Yen, Sammo Hung, Darren Shahlavi

Rotten Tomatoes score: 96%

Ip Man 2 is a 2010 Hong Kong biographical martial arts film directed by Wilson Yip, based on the life of Wing Chun grandmaster Ip Man and a sequel to Ip Man (2008). Continuing after the events ...more
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The Hunt is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Foreign Films Of The 2010s Decade
Mads Mikkelsen, Alexandra Rapaport, Thomas Bo Larsen

Rotten Tomatoes score: 92%

The Hunt is a 2012 Danish drama film directed by Thomas Vinterberg. The story is set in a small Danish village around Christmas, and follows a man (Mads Mikkelsen) who becomes the target of mass ...more
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Loveless is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Foreign Films Of The 2010s Decade
Maryana Spivak, Aleksey Rozin, Matvey Novikov

Rotten Tomatoes score: 94%

Loveless is a 2017 Russian drama film directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev. When their only young child goes missing, his two separated parents who are living apart are brought together to attempt to ...more
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Tigers Are Not Afraid is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Foreign Films Of The 2010s Decade
Paola Lara, Juan Ramón López, Hanssel Casillas

Rotten Tomatoes score: 97%

Tigers Are Not Afraid is a 2019 Mexican fantasy horror film directed by Issa López. Five children attempt to survive the violence of the cartels and the ghosts that are left in its wake.
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Force Majeure is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Foreign Films Of The 2010s Decade
Kristofer Hivju, Johannes Kuhnke, Clara Wettergren

Rotten Tomatoes score: 94%

Force Majeure is a 2014 Swedish comedy-drama film directed by Ruben Östlund. It follows the marital tension experienced by Thomas and his wife, Ebba, after he has abandoned her and her ...more
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The Handmaiden is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Foreign Films Of The 2010s Decade
Kim Min-hee, Kim Tae-ri, Ha Jung-woo

Rotten Tomatoes score: 95%

The Handmaiden is a 2016 South Korean erotic psychological thriller film directed by Park Chan-wook. A woman (Kim Tae-ri) is hired as a handmaiden to a Japanese heiress (Kim Min-hee), but ...more
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Foxtrot is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Foreign Films Of The 2010s Decade
Lior Ashkenazi, Sarah Adler, Yonatan Shiray

Rotten Tomatoes score: 94%

Foxtrot is a 2017 Israeli drama film directed by Samuel Maoz. The film portrays the grief and confusion experienced by affluent Tel Aviv couple learn that their son, a soldier, has died in the ...more
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Shin Godzilla is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Foreign Films Of The 2010s Decade
Hiroki Hasegawa, Yutaka Takenouchi, Satomi Ishihara

Rotten Tomatoes score: 86%

Shin Godzilla is a 2016 Japanese science fiction kaiju film directed by Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi and is the 31st film in the Godzilla franchise. A giant reptilian monster theorized to ...more
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Amour is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Foreign Films Of The 2010s Decade
Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva

Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%

Amour is a 2012 French-language drama film directed by Michael Haneke. The narrative focuses on an elderly couple, Anne and Georges, who are retired music teachers with a daughter who lives ...more
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White God is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Foreign Films Of The 2010s Decade
Péter Gothár, János Derzsi, Lili Monori

Rotten Tomatoes score: 88%

White God is a 2014 Hungarian drama film directed by Kornél Mundruczó. The story is told from the perspective of mixed-breed dog Hagen, who must face the cruelty of humanity after ...more
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Tuesday, After Christmas... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Foreign Films Of The 2010s Decade
Dragoș Bucur, Victor Rebengiuc, Maria Popistasu

Rotten Tomatoes score: 74%

Tuesday, After Christmas is a is a 2010 Romanian drama film directed by Radu Muntean. A man who has been married for ten years and has a beloved daughter must make a choice between his wife and ...more
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Tabu is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Foreign Films Of The 2010s Decade
Ana Moreira, Carlotto Cotta, Manuel Mesquita

Rotten Tomatoes score: 88%

Tabu is a 2012 Portuguese romance drama film directed by Miguel Gomes. A restless retired woman teams up with her deceased neighbor's maid to seek out a man who has a secret connection to her ...more
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Raw is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Foreign Films Of The 2010s Decade
Garance Marillier, Ella Rumpf, Laurent Lucas

Rotten Tomatoes score: 92%

Raw is a 2016 French-Belgian horror film directed by Julia Ducournau. When a young vegetarian named Justine (Garance Marillier) undergoes a carnivorous hazing ritual at vet school, an unbidden ...more
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Neighbouring Sounds is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Foreign Films Of The 2010s Decade
Irandhir Santos, Gustavo Jahn, Maeve Jinkings

Rotten Tomatoes score: 92%

Neighboring Sounds is a 2012 Brazilian drama film directed by Kleber Mendonça Filho. The lives of the residents of an apartment building grow anxious and fearful when security guards are ...more
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A Girl Walks Home Alone ... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Foreign Films Of The 2010s Decade
Marshall Manesh, Mozhan Marnò, Dominic Rains

Rotten Tomatoes score: 96%

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night is a 2014 American vampire western film directed by Ana Lily Amirpour. Arash (Arash Marandi) is caring for his addict father and being harrassed by a drug dealer ...more
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Land of Mine is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Foreign Films Of The 2010s Decade

Rotten Tomatoes score: 91%

Land of Mine (a.k.a. Under sandet) is a 2015 Danish-German historical drama war film directed by Martin Zandvliet. After the end of World War II, a group of young German prisoners are handed ...more
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The Wind Rises is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Foreign Films Of The 2010s Decade
Emily Blunt, Martin Short, John Krasinski

Rotten Tomatoes score: 88%

The Wind Rises is a 2013 Japanese animated historical drama film directed by Hayao Miyazaki and based on the life of Jiro Horikoshi. The film follows the life and romance of Jiro Horikoshi, the ...more
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Uncle Boonmee Who Can Re... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Foreign Films Of The 2010s Decade
Wallapa Mongkolprasert, Tongsit Rachasin, Sakda Kaewbuadee

Rotten Tomatoes score: 89%

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives is a Thai art drama film directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul. Suffering from acute kidney failure, Uncle Boonmee has chosen to spend his final days ...more
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Certified Copy is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Foreign Films Of The 2010s Decade
Juliette Binoche, Jean-Claude Carrière, Angelo Barbagallo

Rotten Tomatoes score:  89%

Certified Copy is a 2010 Iranian art film directed by Abbas Kiarostami. The film is set in Tuscany, and focuses on a British writer and a French antiques dealer, whose relationship undergoes an ...more
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Son of Saul is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Foreign Films Of The 2010s Decade
Géza Röhrig, Levente Molnár, Urs Rechn

Rotten Tomatoes score: 96%

Son of Saul is a 2015 Hungarian drama film directed by László Nemes. It is set in the Auschwitz concentration camp during World War II, and follows a day-and-a-half in the life of ...more
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The Square is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Foreign Films Of The 2010s Decade
Claes Bang, Elisabeth Moss, Dominic West

Rotten Tomatoes score: 85%

The Square is a 2017 Swedish satirical drama film directed by Ruben Östlund. Art museum curator Christian (Claes Bang) prepares to show a new installation piece, but ends up creating