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The Best Foreign Films Of The 2010s Decade 

Jason Bancroft
Updated January 2, 2020 858 votes 45 voters 112 items

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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Parasite is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Foreign Films Of The 2010s Decade
Song Kang-ho, Lee Sun-kyun, Cho Yeo-jeong

Released: 2019

Directed by: Bong Joon-ho

Rotten Tomatoes score: 99%

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 ...more
2
Your Name is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Foreign Films Of The 2010s Decade
Ryunosuke Kamiki, Mone Kamishiraishi, Masami Nagasawa

Released: 2016

Directed by: Makoto Shinkai

Rotten Tomatoes score: 97%

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 ...more
3
Roma is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Foreign Films Of The 2010s Decade
Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira

Released: 2018

Directed by: Alfonso Cuaron

Rotten Tomatoes score: 96%

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" ...more
4
A Separation is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Foreign Films Of The 2010s Decade
Leila Hatami, Peyman Moaadi, Shahab Hosseini

Released: 2011

Directed by: Asghar Farhadi

Rotten Tomatoes score: 99%

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
5
Train to Busan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Foreign Films Of The 2010s Decade
Gong Yoo, Ma Dong-seok, Jung Yu-mi

Released: 2016

Directed by: Yeon Sang-ho

Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%

Train to Busan is a 2016 South Korean zombie apocalypse action thriller film directed by Yeon Sang-ho. The film takes place in a train to Busan, as a zombie apocalypse suddenly becomes apparent ...more
6
Blue Is the Warmest Colo... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Foreign Films Of The 2010s Decade
Léa Seydoux, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Alma Jodorowsky

Released: 2013

Directed by: Abdellatif Kechiche

Rotten Tomatoes score: 89%

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 ...more
7
Shoplifters is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Foreign Films Of The 2010s Decade
Lily Franky, Sakura Ando, Mayu Matsuoka

Released: 2018

Directed by: Hirokazu Kore-eda

Rotten Tomatoes score: 99%

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 ...more
8
Cold War is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Foreign Films Of The 2010s Decade
Joanna Kulig, Tomasz Kot, Agata Kulesza

Released: 2018

Directed by: Pawel Pawlikowski

Rotten Tomatoes score: 92%

Cold War is a 2018 Polish historical period drama film directed by Paweł Pawlikowski. A passionate love story between two people (Joanna Kulig and Tomasz Kot) of different backgrounds and ...more
9
Burning is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Foreign Films Of The 2010s Decade
Yoo Ah-in, Steven Yeun, Jeon Jong-seo

Released: 2018

Directed by: Lee Chang-dong

Rotten Tomatoes score: 95%

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 (Yoo Ah-in) hoping to spend ...more
10
13 Assassins is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Foreign Films Of The 2010s Decade
Tsuyoshi Ihara, Kōji Yakusho, Goro Inagaki

Released: 2010

Directed by: Takashi Miike

Rotten Tomatoes score: 95%

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 ...more
11
Capernaum is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Foreign Films Of The 2010s Decade
Zain Al Rafeea, Yordanos Shiferaw, Boluwatife Treasure Bankole

Released: 2018

Directed by: Nadine Labaki

Rotten Tomatoes score: 90%

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
12
TrollHunter is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Foreign Films Of The 2010s Decade
Knut Nærum, Otto Jespersen, Robert Stoltenberg

Released: 2010

Directed by: André Øvredal

Rotten Tomatoes score: 81%

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 ...more
13
The Great Beauty is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Foreign Films Of The 2010s Decade
Sabrina Ferilli, Serena Grandi, Carlo Verdone

Released: 2013

Directed by: Paolo Sorrentino

Rotten Tomatoes score: 91%

The Great Beauty is a 2013 Italian film directed by Paolo Sorrentino. Jep Gambardella has seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades, but after his 65th birthday and a ...more
14
Revenge is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Foreign Films Of The 2010s Decade
Matilda Lutz, Kevin Janssens, Vincent Colombe

Released: 2018

Directed by: Coralie Fargeat

Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%

Revenge is a 2017 French revenge horror film directed by Coralie Fargeat. After being assaulted by three married men and left for dead, a young woman (Matilda Lutz) returns with revenge on her
15
Dogtooth is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Foreign Films Of The 2010s Decade
Alexander Voulgaris, Christos Stergioglou, Michele Valley

Released: 2009

Directed by: Yorgos Lanthimos

Rotten Tomatoes score: 92%

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 ...more
16
A Fantastic Woman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Foreign Films Of The 2010s Decade
Daniela Vega, Francisco Reyes, Luis Gnecco

Released: 2017

Directed by: Sebastián Lelio

Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%

A Fantastic Woman is a 2017 Chilean drama film directed by Sebastián Lelio. Marina (Daniela Vega), a transgender waitress who moonlights as a nightclub singer, is bowled over by the death ...more
17
I Saw the Devil is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Foreign Films Of The 2010s Decade
Lee Byung-hun, Choi Min-sik, Cheon Ho-Jin

Released: 2010

Directed by: Kim Jee-woon

Rotten Tomatoes score: 80%

I Saw the Devil is a 2010 South Korean psychological thriller/horror film directed by Kim Ji-woon. The film follows NIS agent Kim Soo-hyun (Byung-hun), who embarks on a quest of revenge, ...more
18
The Raid: Redemption is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Foreign Films Of The 2010s Decade
Iko Uwais, Joe Taslim, Victoria

Released: 2011

Directed by: Gareth Evans

Rotten Tomatoes score: 86%

The Raid: Redemption is a 2011 Indonesian martial arts action film directed by Gareth Evans. A SWAT team becomes trapped in a tenement run by a ruthless mobster and his army of killers and
19
Leviathan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Foreign Films Of The 2010s Decade
Aleksey Serebryakov, Vladimir Vdovichenkov, Roman Madyanov

Released: 2014

Directed by: Andrey Zvyagintsev

Rotten Tomatoes score: 98%

Leviathan is a 2014 Russian drama film directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev. In a fictional town in Russia, a small family fends off the Mayor's attempts to buy their land, despite the increasingly ...more
20
Elle is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Foreign Films Of The 2010s Decade
Isabelle Huppert, Laurent Lafitte, Anne Consigny

Released: 2016

Directed by: Paul Verhoeven

Rotten Tomatoes score: 91%

Elle is a 2016 French psychological thriller directed by Paul Verhoeven and based on the novel Oh... by Philippe Djian. A businesswoman, Michèle Leblanc (Isabelle Huppert), is raped in ...more
21
The Handmaiden is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Foreign Films Of The 2010s Decade
Kim Min-hee, Kim Tae-ri, Ha Jung-woo

Directed by: Park Chan-wook

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
22
Mustang is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Foreign Films Of The 2010s Decade
Güneş Şensoy, Doğa Doğuşlu, Elit İşcan

Released: 2015

Directed by: Deniz Gamze Ergüven

Rotten Tomatoes score: 94%

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 ...more
23
Ida is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Foreign Films Of The 2010s Decade
Joanna Kulig, Jerzy Trela, Agata Kulesza

Released: 2013

Directed by: Paweł Pawlikowski

Rotten Tomatoes score: 96%

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
24
The Man from Nowhere is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Foreign Films Of The 2010s Decade
Won Bin, Kim Sae-ron, Young-chang Song

Released: 2010

Directed by: Lee Jung-beom

Rotten Tomatoes score: 100%

The Man from Nowhere is a 2010 South Korean action thriller film directed by Lee Jeong-beom. When a young girl (Kim Sae-ron) is kidnapped, a mysterious man (Won Bin) embarks on a bloody rampage ...more
25
The Illusionist is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Foreign Films Of The 2010s Decade
Tom Urie, Raymond Mearns, Paul Bandey

Released: 2010

Directed by: Sylvain Chomet

Rotten Tomatoes score: 73%

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 ...more