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The Best Foreign Films Of 2019

Updated May 12, 2020 3.2k votes 740 voters 66.5k views82 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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    Parasite
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    Parasite

    Song Kang-ho, Lee Sun-kyun

    Released2019

    Directed byBong Joon-ho

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    Pain and Glory
    81
    31

    Pain and Glory

    Antonio Banderas, Asier Etxeandia

    Released2019

    Directed byPedro Almodóvar

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  • 3
    Dogman
    109
    60

    Dogman

    Ugo Chiti, Damiano D'Innocenzo

    Released2019

    Directed byMatteo Garrone

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    Portrait of a Lady on Fire
    50
    10

    Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    Noémie Merlant, Adèle Haenel

    Released2019

    Directed byCéline Sciamma

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  • 5
    Climax
    106
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    Climax

    Sofia Boutella, Kiddy Smile

    Released2019

    Directed byGaspar Noé

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  • 6
    The Wild Pear Tree
    45
    14

    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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 7
    Transit
    70
    39

    Transit

    Franz Rogowski, Paula Beer

    Released2019

    Directed byChristian Petzold

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  • 8
    Woman at War
    74
    43

    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,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 9
    Photograph
    83
    52

    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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 10
    An Elephant Sitting Still
    48
    21

    An Elephant Sitting Still

    Peng Yuchang, Zhang Yu

    Released2019

    Directed byHu Bo

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  • 11
    Ash Is Purest White
    56
    31

    Ash Is Purest White

    Zhao Tao, Liao Fan

    Released2019

    Directed byZhangke Jia

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  • 12
    Birds of Passage
    48
    26

    Birds of Passage

    Carmina Martínez, Natalia Reyes

    ReleasedFebruary 13

    Directed byCristina Gallego, Ciro Guerra

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  • 13
    Maze
    46
    30

    Maze

    Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, Barry Ward

    Released2019

    Directed byStephen Burke

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  • 14
    Monos
    25
    12

    Monos

    Julianne Nicholson, Moisés Arias

    Released2019

    Directed byAlejandro Landes

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    The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
    26
    13

    The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

    Chiwetel Ejiofor, Noma Dumezweni

    Released2019

    Directed byChiwetel Ejiofor

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    The Edge of Democracy
    28
    16

    The Edge of Democracy

    Dilma Rousseff, Michel Temer

    Released2019

    Directed byPetra Costa

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  • 17
    I Lost My Body
    21
    8

    I Lost My Body

    Hakim Faris, Victoire Du Bois

    Released2019

    Directed byJérémy Clapin

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  • 18
    Rafiki
    30
    20

    Rafiki

    Samantha Mugatsia, Sheila Munyiva

    Released2019

    Directed byWanuri Kahiu

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    Synonyms
    20
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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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Long Day's Journey into Night
    16
    10

    Released2018

    Directed byBi Gan

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    The Divine Fury
    19
    18

    The Divine Fury

    Park Seo-joon, Ahn Sung-ki

    Released2019

    Directed byJason Kim

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  • 22
    Atlantics
    10
    5

    Atlantics

    Abdou Balde, Aminata Kane

    Released2019

    Directed byMati Diop

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    By the Grace of God
    11
    8

    By the Grace of God

    Melvil Poupaud, Denis Ménochet

    Released2019

    Directed byFrançois Ozon

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  • 24
    Shadow
    16
    16

    Shadow

    Deng Chao, Sun Li

    Released2019

    Directed byZhang Yimou

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    The Aspern Papers
    13
    12

    The Aspern Papers

    Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Joely Richardson

    Released2019

    Directed byJulien Landais

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