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The Best Foreign Films Of The 2010s Decade

Updated April 16, 2021 2.0k votes 108 voters 1.7k 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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    Parasite

    Song Kang-ho, Lee Sun-kyun

    Released2019

    Directed byBong Joon-ho

    Parasite is a 2019 South Korean dark comedy thriller film directed by Bong Joon-ho. An unemployed driver (Song Kang-ho) and his out-of-work family takes peculiar interest in the wealthy and glamorous...  more
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    13

    Burning

    Yoo Ah-in, Steven Yeun

    Released2018

    Directed byLee Chang-dong

    Burning is a 2018 South Korean mystery drama film directed by Lee Chang-dong, based on the short story "Barn Burning" by Haruki Murakami. A part-time worker hoping to spend more time with a childhood...  more
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    A Separation

    Leila Hatami, Peyman Moaadi

    Released2011

    Directed byAsghar Farhadi

    A Separation is a 2011 Iranian drama film directed by Asghar Farhadi. A middle-class couple in Iran are attempting to divorce while dealing with the conflicts that arise when the husband hires a...  more
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    22
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    Your Name

    Ryunosuke Kamiki, Mone Kamishiraishi

    Released2016

    Directed byMakoto Shinkai

    Your Name is a 2016 Japanese animated drama film directed by Makoto Shinkai. A high school girl in rural Japan and a high school boy in Tokyo experience a strange phenomenon: they occasionally swap...  more
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    Mustang

    Güneş Şensoy, Doğa Doğuşlu

    Released2015

    Directed byDeniz Gamze Ergüven

    Mustang is a 2015 French drama film directed by Deniz Gamze Ergüven. When five orphan girls are seen innocently playing with boys on a beach, their scandalized conservative guardians confine them to...  more
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    Shoplifters

    Lily Franky, Sakura Ando

    Released2018

    Directed byHirokazu Kore-eda

    Shoplifters is a 2018 Japanese drama film directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda. A poor, shoplifting family adopts a homeless girl after noticing signs of abuse, integrating her into the family by teaching...  more
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    Train to Busan

    Gong Yoo, Ma Dong-seok

    Released2016

    Directed byYeon Sang-ho

    Train to Busan is a 2016 South Korean zombie apocalypse action thriller film directed by Yeon Sang-ho. A man, his estranged daughter and other passengers become trapped on a speeding train during a...  more
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    21
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    Blue Is the Warmest Colour

    Léa Seydoux, Adèle Exarchopoulos

    Released2013

    Directed byAbdellatif Kechiche

    Blue Is the Warmest Colour is a 2013 French romantic coming-of-age drama film directed by Abdellatif Kechiche, based on the graphic novel by Julie Maroh. French teenager Adèle (Adèle Exarchopoulos)...  more
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    The Hunt

    Mads Mikkelsen, Alexandra Rapaport

    Released2012

    Directed byThomas Vinterberg

    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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    Roma

    Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira

    Released2018

    Directed byAlfonso Cuaron

    Roma is a 2018 Mexican drama film directed by Alfonso Cuarón. The film follows the life of an indigenous live-in maid for a wealthy family named Cleodegaria "Cleo" Gutiérrez (Yalitza Aparicio), and...  more
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    I Saw the Devil

    Lee Byung-hun, Choi Min-sik

    Released2010

    Directed byKim Jee-woon

    I Saw the Devil is a 2010 South Korean psychological thriller horror film directed by Kim Jee-woon. A secret agent exacts revenge on a serial killer through a series of captures and releases....  more
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    21
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    The Handmaiden

    Kim Min-hee, Kim Tae-ri

    Released2016

    Directed byPark Chan-wook

    The Handmaiden is a 2016 South Korean erotic psychological thriller film directed by Park Chan-wook. A woman is hired as a handmaiden to a Japanese heiress, but secretly she is involved in a plot to...  more
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    TrollHunter

    Knut Nærum, Otto Jespersen

    Released2010

    Directed byAndré Øvredal

    Trollhunter is a 2010 Norwegian found footage and dark fantasy film directed by André Øvredal. A group of students investigates a series of strange bear killings and follows a mysterious hunter, only...  more
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    Capernaum

    Zain Al Rafeea, Yordanos Shiferaw

    Released2018

    Directed byNadine Labaki

    Capernaum is a 2018 Lebanese drama film directed by Nadine Labaki. While serving a five-year sentence for stabbing someone, a 12-year-old boy from the slums of Beirut named Zain El Hajj (Zain Al...  more
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    The Illusionist

    Tom Urie, Raymond Mearns

    Released2010

    Directed bySylvain Chomet

    The Illusionist is a 2010 French-Scottish animated comedy-drama film directed by Sylvain Chomet and based on a 1956 script written by French mime Jacques Tati. The plot revolves around a struggling...  more
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    Son of Saul

    Géza Röhrig, Levente Molnár

    Released2015

    Directed byLászló Nemes

    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 Saul Ausländer...  more
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    Ida

    Joanna Kulig, Jerzy Trela

    Released2013

    Directed byPaweł Pawlikowski

    Ida is a 2013 Polish drama film directed by Paweł Pawlikowski. Set in Poland in 1962, a novice nun about to take her vows must first spend time with her much less conservative aunt, and in the...  more
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    Embrace of the Serpent

    Nilbio Torres, Jan Bijvoet

    Released2015

    Directed byCiro Guerra

    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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    13 Assassins

    Tsuyoshi Ihara, Kōji Yakusho

    Released2010

    Directed byTakashi Miike

    13 Assassins is a 2010 Japanese samurai film directed by Takashi Miike and is a remake of the1963 Eiichi Kudo film. Toward the end of the Edo period, A group of thirteen assassins—comprising twelve...  more
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    Incendies

    Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin, Lubna Azabal

    Released2010

    Directed byDenis Villeneuve

    Incendies is a 2010 Canadian war film directed by Denis Villeneuve. A pair of twins journey to the Middle East amid a bloody civil war to discover their family history and fulfill their mother's last...  more
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    Foxtrot

    Lior Ashkenazi, Sarah Adler

    Released2017

    Directed bySamuel Maoz

    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 line...  more
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    Miss Bala

    James Russo, Stephanie Sigman

    Released2011

    Directed byGerardo Naranjo

    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 unwillingly...  more
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    Dogtooth

    Alexander Voulgaris, Christos Stergioglou

    Released2009

    Directed byYorgos Lanthimos

    Dogtooth is a 2009 Greek drama film directed by Yorgos Lanthimos. A husband and wife keep their children ignorant of the world outside their property well into adulthood, causing those children to...  more
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    The Act of Killing is a 2012 Indonesian documentary film directed by Joshua Oppenheimer. The filmmakers challenge former Indonesian death-squad leaders to reenact their mass-killings in whichever...  more
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    Shin Godzilla

    Hiroki Hasegawa, Yutaka Takenouchi

    Released2016

    Directed byHideaki Anno, Shinji Higuchi

    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 have...  more
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