The Best Foreign Films Of 2019 

Jason Bancroft
Updated May 12, 2020 2.2k votes 726 voters 64.3k views 82 items

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Looking for great 2019 foreign films? Then you are in the right spot. Cinema has a language all its own and some of the best movies of 2019 originated all over the globe. From Europe to Asia to South America and beyond the best foreign language films detail stories of universal humanity. Korean comedies and French love stories are among the most highly anticipated new foreign films being released in 2019.

What movies will you find on this list of the best foreign films of 2019? Hong Sang-soo's Hotel by the River finds the lives of hotel guest intersecting in unexpected ways. Ki Joo-Bong, Kim Min-hee, and Kwon Hae-hyo are featured in the film's cast. The Italian mob is the subject of Matteo Garrone's upcoming film, Dogman. Netflix is also bringing foreign movies to their platform with The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind and Paris is Us.

After receiving rave reviews at Cannes in 2018, Sorry Angel is being released to wider audiences in 2019. Ayka and Extreme Job are also 2019 foreign films to look forward to this year.

Which 2019 foreign language movie do you think deserves the top spot on this list? Give your favorites a vote up and vote down the foreign movies you didn't like.

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Released: 2019

Directed by: Bong Joon-ho

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Released: 2019

Directed by: Matteo Garrone

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Released: 2019

Directed by: Pedro Almodóvar

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Released: 2019

Directed by: Gaspar Noé

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Released: 2019

Directed by: Ritesh Batra

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Released: 2019

Directed by: Benedikt Erlingsson

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Released: 2019

Directed by: Christian Petzold

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Released: 2019

Directed by: Céline Sciamma

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Released: 2019

Directed by: Zhangke Jia

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Released: 2019

Directed by: Nuri Bilge Ceylan

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Released: 2019

Directed by: Hu Bo

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Released: February 13

Directed by: Cristina Gallego, Ciro Guerra

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Released: 2019

Directed by: Alejandro Landes

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Released: 2019

Directed by: Petra Costa

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Released: 2019

Directed by: Wanuri Kahiu

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Released: 2019

Directed by: Chiwetel Ejiofor

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Released: 2019

Directed by: Jérémy Clapin

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Released: 2019

Directed by: Nadav Lapid

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Released: 2019

Directed by: Jason Kim

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Released: 2018

Directed by: Bi Gan

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Released: 2019

Directed by: Mati Diop

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Released: 2019

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Released: 2019

Directed by: Zhang Yimou

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Directed by: Eva Husson

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