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The Best Foreign Films Of 2019

Updated March 3, 2021 3.6k votes 797 voters 68.8k views83 items

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UPDATED: Check out the top foreign films of 2020!

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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    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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    Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    Noémie Merlant, Adèle Haenel

    Released2019

    Directed byCéline Sciamma

    Portrait of a Lady on Fire (a.k.a. Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) is a 2019 French historical drama film directed by Céline Sciamma. A young female portrait painter (Noémie Merlant) disguises...  more
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    Pain and Glory

    Antonio Banderas, Asier Etxeandia

    Released2019

    Directed byPedro Almodóvar

    Pain and Glory is a 2019 Spanish drama film directed by Pedro Almodóvar. A film director past his prime, Salvador Mallo (Antonio Banderas) reflects on the decisions he's made throughout his life as...  more
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    Dogman

    Ugo Chiti, Damiano D'Innocenzo

    Released2019

    Directed byMatteo Garrone

    Dogman is a 2018 Italian drama film directed by Matteo Garrone. A well-liked dog groomer and small-time cocaine dealer (Marcello Fonte) attempts to keep his life together while dealing with a violent...  more
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    Climax

    Sofia Boutella, Kiddy Smile

    Released2019

    Directed byGaspar Noé

    Climax is a 2018 French musical psychological horror film directed by Gaspar Noé. In the mid-1990s, a group of French dancers gather at an abandoned school for a late-night rehearsal when they begin...  more
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    Transit

    Franz Rogowski, Paula Beer

    Released2019

    Directed byChristian Petzold

    Transit is a 2018 German drama film written and directed by Christian Petzold, based on the novel by Anna Seghers. A man (Franz Rogowski) flees France after the Nazi invasion and assumes the identity...  more
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    An Elephant Sitting Still

    Peng Yuchang, Zhang Yu

    Released2019

    Directed byHu Bo

    An Elephant Sitting Still is a 2018 Chinese film written, directed and edited by Hu Bo, based on a story from his 2017 novel Huge Crack. On one suspenseful day from dawn to dusk, in the Chinese city...  more
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    The Wild Pear Tree

    Aydin Doğu Demirkol, Murat Cemcir

    Released2019

    Directed byNuri Bilge Ceylan

    The Wild Pear Tree is a 2018 Turkish drama film directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan. A passionate young writer, Sinan Karasu (Aydın Doğu Demirkol), returns to his home village and attempts to raise the...  more
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    Photograph

    Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Sanya Malhotra

    Released2019

    Directed byRitesh Batra

    Photograph is a 2019 Indian-American coming-of-age romantic drama film directed by Ritesh. A struggling street photographer Rafi (Nawazuddin Siddiqui), based in Mumbai, convinces a stranger, Miloni...  more
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    Woman at War

    Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir, Davíð Þór Jónsson

    Released2019

    Directed byBenedikt Erlingsson

    Woman at War is a 2018 internationally co-produced comedy-drama thriller film written, produced and directed by Benedikt Erlingsson. A choir conductor, Halla (Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir), repeatedly...  more
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    Ash Is Purest White

    Zhao Tao, Liao Fan

    Released2019

    Directed byZhangke Jia

    Ash Is Purest White is a 2018 Chinese drama film directed by Jia Zhangke. A story of violent love within a time frame spanning from 2001 to 2017....  more
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    Birds of Passage

    Carmina Martínez, Natalia Reyes

    ReleasedFebruary 13

    Directed byCristina Gallego, Ciro Guerra

    Birds of Passage is a 2018 Colombian crime film directed by Ciro Guerra and Cristina Gallego. In the late '60s and '70s, a Wayuu family rises and falls during the early days of illegal drug trading...  more
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    I Lost My Body

    Hakim Faris, Victoire Du Bois

    Released2019

    Directed byJérémy Clapin

    I Lost My Body is a 2019 French animated film directed by Jérémy Clapin, based on the novel Happy Hand by Guillaume Laurant. A severed hand escapes from a Parisian laboratory and travels across the...  more
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    The Edge of Democracy

    Dilma Rousseff, Michel Temer

    Released2019

    Directed byPetra Costa

    The Edge of Democracy (a.k.a. Democracia em Vertigem) is a 2019 Brazilian documentary film directed by Petra Costa. Both a documentary and a memoir, The Edge of Democracy documents the unraveling of...  more
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    Monos

    Julianne Nicholson, Moisés Arias

    Released2019

    Directed byAlejandro Landes

    Monos is a 2019 drama film directed by Alejandro Landes. In a remote mountaintop setting somewhere in Latin America, a rebel group of teenage commandos bearing noms de guerre like Rambo (Sofia...  more
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    The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

    Chiwetel Ejiofor, Noma Dumezweni

    Released2019

    Directed byChiwetel Ejiofor

    The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is a 2019 British drama film directed by and starring Chiwetel Ejiofor. A boy in Malawi helps his village by building a wind turbine after reading about them in a...  more
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    Synonyms

    Tom Mercier, Quentin Dolmaire

    Released2019

    Directed byNadav Lapid

    Synonyms (a.k.a. Synonymes) is a 2019 French-Israeli drama film directed by Nadav Lapid. A young Israeli man, Yoav (Tom Mercier) travels to Paris in an effort to flee his nationality and despite...  more
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    Rafiki

    Samantha Mugatsia, Sheila Munyiva

    Released2019

    Directed byWanuri Kahiu

    Rafiki is a 2018 Kenyan drama film directed by Wanuri Kahiu. Kena (Samantha Mugatsia) and Ziki (Sheila Munyiva) are the daughters of two political rivals who fall in love amidst family and political...  more
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    Master Z: The Ip Man Legacy

    Max Zhang, Dave Bautista

    Released2019

    Directed byYuen Woo-ping

    Master Z: The Ip Man Legacy is a 2018 Chinese martial arts film directed by Yuen Woo-ping. After being defeated by Ip Man, Cheung Tin Chi (Max Zhang) lives a depressed life and stays low profile,...  more
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    Released2018

    Directed byBi Gan

    Long Day's Journey into Night is a 2018 drama film directed by Bi Gan. Luo Hongwu (Huang Jue) returns to the hometown from which he fled many years before for his father's funeral and searches for...  more
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    Mission of Honor

    Iwan Rheon, Milo Gibson

    Released2019

    Directed byDavid Blair

    Mission of Honor (a.k.a Hurricane) is a 2019 British and Polish drama film directed by David Blair. A group of brave pilots who fight in the skies over England in WW2, not just to keep Great Britain...  more
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    By the Grace of God

    Melvil Poupaud, Denis Ménochet

    Released2019

    Directed byFrançois Ozon

    By the Grace of God is a 2019 French-Belgian drama film directed by François Ozon. When church-goer Alexandre (Melvil Poupaud), discovers that Father Preynat, the priest who abused him as a boy, is...  more
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    Atlantics

    Abdou Balde, Aminata Kane

    Released2019

    Directed byMati Diop

    Atlantics (a.k.a. Atlantique) is a 2019 internationally co-produced supernatural romantic drama film directed by Mati Diop. A futuristic-looking tower is about to be officially opened in the suburb...  more
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    Girls of the Sun

    Golshifteh Farahani, Emmanuelle Bercot

    Released2019

    Directed byEva Husson

    Girls of the Sun is a 2018 French drama film directed by Eva Husson. A Kurdish female battalion prepares to take back their town from extremists....  more
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    The Sky Is Pink

    Zaira Wasim, Priyanka Chopra

    Released2019

    Directed byShonali Bose

    The Sky Is Pink is a 2019 Indian Hindi-language biographical film directed by Shonali Bose. A couple's 25-year-long romance is recounted by their teenage daughter as she is diagnosed with Pulmonary...  more