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The Best Foreign Films Of 2019

Updated March 3, 2021 3.6k votes 778 voters 67.8k 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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    Song Kang-ho, Lee Sun-kyun

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    Ugo Chiti, Damiano D'Innocenzo

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    Noémie Merlant, Adèle Haenel

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    Directed byGaspar Noé

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    Aydin Doğu Demirkol, Murat Cemcir

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    Franz Rogowski, Paula Beer

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    Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir, Davíð Þór Jónsson

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    Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Sanya Malhotra

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    Peng Yuchang, Zhang Yu

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    Carmina Martínez, Natalia Reyes

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    Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, Barry Ward

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    Dilma Rousseff, Michel Temer

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    Hakim Faris, Victoire Du Bois

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    Chiwetel Ejiofor, Noma Dumezweni

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    Julianne Nicholson, Moisés Arias

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