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The Best Foreign Films Of 2019

Updated March 3, 2021 3.5k votes 793 voters 68.5k 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
    Parasite is a 2019 South Korean dark comedy thriller film directed by Bong Joon-ho. An...  more

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    Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    Noémie Merlant, Adèle Haenel
    Portrait of a Lady on Fire (a.k.a. Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) is a 2019 French...  more
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    Pain and Glory

    Antonio Banderas, Asier Etxeandia
    Pain and Glory is a 2019 Spanish drama film directed by Pedro Almodóvar. A film director past...  more
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    Dogman

    Ugo Chiti, Damiano D'Innocenzo
    Dogman is a 2018 Italian drama film directed by Matteo Garrone. A well-liked dog groomer and...  more
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    Climax

    Sofia Boutella, Kiddy Smile
    Climax is a 2018 French musical psychological horror film directed by Gaspar Noé. In the...  more
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    The Wild Pear Tree

    Aydin Doğu Demirkol, Murat Cemcir
    The Wild Pear Tree is a 2018 Turkish drama film directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan. A passionate...  more
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    Transit

    Franz Rogowski, Paula Beer
    Transit is a 2018 German drama film written and directed by Christian Petzold, based on the...  more
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    Woman at War

    Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir, Davíð Þór Jónsson
    Woman at War is a 2018 internationally co-produced comedy-drama thriller film written,...  more
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    An Elephant Sitting Still

    Peng Yuchang, Zhang Yu
    An Elephant Sitting Still is a 2018 Chinese film written, directed and edited by Hu Bo, based...  more
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    Photograph

    Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Sanya Malhotra
    Photograph is a 2019 Indian-American coming-of-age romantic drama film directed by Ritesh. A...  more
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    Ash Is Purest White

    Zhao Tao, Liao Fan
    Ash Is Purest White is a 2018 Chinese drama film directed by Jia Zhangke. A story of violent...  more
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    Birds of Passage

    Carmina Martínez, Natalia Reyes
    Birds of Passage is a 2018 Colombian crime film directed by Ciro Guerra and Cristina Gallego....  more
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    The Edge of Democracy

    Dilma Rousseff, Michel Temer
    The Edge of Democracy (a.k.a. Democracia em Vertigem) is a 2019 Brazilian documentary film...  more
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    I Lost My Body

    Hakim Faris, Victoire Du Bois
    I Lost My Body is a 2019 French animated film directed by Jérémy Clapin, based on the novel...  more
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    The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

    Chiwetel Ejiofor, Noma Dumezweni
    The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is a 2019 British drama film directed by and starring Chiwetel...  more
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    Monos

    Julianne Nicholson, Moisés Arias
    Monos is a 2019 drama film directed by Alejandro Landes. In a remote mountaintop setting...  more
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    Synonyms

    Tom Mercier, Quentin Dolmaire
    Synonyms (a.k.a. Synonymes) is a 2019 French-Israeli drama film directed by Nadav Lapid. A...  more
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    Rafiki

    Samantha Mugatsia, Sheila Munyiva
    Rafiki is a 2018 Kenyan drama film directed by Wanuri Kahiu. Kena (Samantha Mugatsia) and Ziki...  more
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    Master Z: The Ip Man Legacy

    Max Zhang, Dave Bautista
    Master Z: The Ip Man Legacy is a 2018 Chinese martial arts film directed by Yuen Woo-ping....  more
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    Long Day's Journey into Night is a 2018 drama film directed by Bi Gan. Luo Hongwu (Huang Jue)...  more
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    Mission of Honor

    Iwan Rheon, Milo Gibson
    Mission of Honor (a.k.a Hurricane) is a 2019 British and Polish drama film directed by David...  more
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    By the Grace of God

    Melvil Poupaud, Denis Ménochet
    By the Grace of God is a 2019 French-Belgian drama film directed by François Ozon. When...  more
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    Atlantics

    Abdou Balde, Aminata Kane
    Atlantics (a.k.a. Atlantique) is a 2019 internationally co-produced supernatural romantic...  more
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    Girls of the Sun

    Golshifteh Farahani, Emmanuelle Bercot
    Girls of the Sun is a 2018 French drama film directed by Eva Husson. A Kurdish female...  more
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    The Sky Is Pink

    Zaira Wasim, Priyanka Chopra
    The Sky Is Pink is a 2019 Indian Hindi-language biographical film directed by Shonali Bose. A...  more