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The Best Foreign Films Of The 2010s Decade

Updated January 2, 2020 981 votes 65 voters 1.2k 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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  • 1
    Parasite is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Foreign Films Of The 2010s Decade
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    Parasite

    Song Kang-ho, Lee Sun-kyun

    Released2019

    Directed byBong Joon-ho

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 99%

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    A Separation is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Foreign Films Of The 2010s Decade
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    A Separation

    Leila Hatami, Peyman Moaadi

    Released2011

    Directed byAsghar Farhadi

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 99%

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  • 3
    Your Name is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Foreign Films Of The 2010s Decade
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    Your Name

    Ryunosuke Kamiki, Mone Kamishiraishi

    Released2016

    Directed byMakoto Shinkai

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 97%

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  • 4
    Shoplifters is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Foreign Films Of The 2010s Decade
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    Shoplifters

    Lily Franky, Sakura Ando

    Released2018

    Directed byHirokazu Kore-eda

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 99%

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  • 5
    Train to Busan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Foreign Films Of The 2010s Decade
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    Train to Busan

    Gong Yoo, Ma Dong-seok

    Released2016

    Directed byYeon Sang-ho

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%

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  • 6
    Roma is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Foreign Films Of The 2010s Decade
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    Roma

    Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira

    Released2018

    Directed byAlfonso Cuaron

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 96%

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  • 7
    Blue Is the Warmest Colour is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Foreign Films Of The 2010s Decade
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    Blue Is the Warmest Colour

    Léa Seydoux, Adèle Exarchopoulos

    Released2013

    Directed byAbdellatif Kechiche

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 89%

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  • 8
    I Saw the Devil is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Foreign Films Of The 2010s Decade
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    I Saw the Devil

    Lee Byung-hun, Choi Min-sik

    Released2010

    Directed byKim Jee-woon

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 80%

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  • 9
    Burning is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Foreign Films Of The 2010s Decade
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    Burning

    Yoo Ah-in, Steven Yeun

    Released2018

    Directed byLee Chang-dong

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 95%

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  • 10
    13 Assassins is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Foreign Films Of The 2010s Decade
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    13 Assassins

    Tsuyoshi Ihara, Kōji Yakusho

    Released2010

    Directed byTakashi Miike

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 95%

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  • 11
    The Hunt is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Foreign Films Of The 2010s Decade
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    The Hunt

    Mads Mikkelsen, Alexandra Rapaport

    Released2012

    Directed byThomas Vinterberg

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 92%

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  • 12
    Cold War is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Foreign Films Of The 2010s Decade
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    Cold War

    Joanna Kulig, Tomasz Kot

    Released2018

    Directed byPawel Pawlikowski

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 92%

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  • 13
    Capernaum is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Foreign Films Of The 2010s Decade
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    Capernaum

    Zain Al Rafeea, Yordanos Shiferaw

    Released2018

    Directed byNadine Labaki

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 90%

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  • 14
    Ida is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Foreign Films Of The 2010s Decade
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    Ida

    Joanna Kulig, Jerzy Trela

    Released2013

    Directed byPaweł Pawlikowski

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 96%

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  • 15
    The Handmaiden is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Foreign Films Of The 2010s Decade
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    The Handmaiden

    Kim Min-hee, Kim Tae-ri

    Released2016

    Directed byPark Chan-wook

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 95%

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  • 16
    Mustang is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Foreign Films Of The 2010s Decade
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    Mustang

    Güneş Şensoy, Doğa Doğuşlu

    Released2015

    Directed byDeniz Gamze Ergüven

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 94%

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  • 17
    TrollHunter is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Foreign Films Of The 2010s Decade
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    TrollHunter

    Knut Nærum, Otto Jespersen

    Released2010

    Directed byAndré Øvredal

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 81%

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  • 18
    The Raid: Redemption is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Foreign Films Of The 2010s Decade
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    The Raid: Redemption

    Iko Uwais, Joe Taslim

    Released2011

    Directed byGareth Evans

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 86%

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  • 19
    Dogtooth is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Foreign Films Of The 2010s Decade
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    Dogtooth

    Alexander Voulgaris, Christos Stergioglou

    Released2009

    Directed byYorgos Lanthimos

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 92%

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  • 20
    Incendies is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Foreign Films Of The 2010s Decade
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    Incendies

    Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin, Lubna Azabal

    Released2010

    Directed byDenis Villeneuve

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%

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  • 21
    Leviathan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Foreign Films Of The 2010s Decade
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    Leviathan

    Aleksey Serebryakov, Vladimir Vdovichenkov

    Released2014

    Directed byAndrey Zvyagintsev

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 98%

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  • 22
    Ip Man 2 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Foreign Films Of The 2010s Decade
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    Ip Man 2

    Donnie Yen, Sammo Hung

    Released2010

    Directed byWilson Yip

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 96%

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  • 23
    Elle is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Foreign Films Of The 2010s Decade
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    Elle

    Isabelle Huppert, Laurent Lafitte

    Released2016

    Directed byPaul Verhoeven

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 91%

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  • 24
    The Great Beauty is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Foreign Films Of The 2010s Decade
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    The Great Beauty

    Sabrina Ferilli, Serena Grandi

    Released2013

    Directed byPaolo Sorrentino

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 91%

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  • 25
    Holy Motors is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Foreign Films Of The 2010s Decade
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    Holy Motors

    Kylie Minogue, Michel Piccoli

    Released2012

    Directed byLeos Carax

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 91%

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