2019

The Best Foreign Films Of 2019  

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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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Song Kang-ho, Lee Sun-kyun, Cho Yeo-jeong
Parasite is a 2019 South Korean dark comedy thriller film directed by Bong Joon-ho. Kim Ki-taek (Song Kang-ho), an unemployed driver, lives with his wife Choong Sook (Jang Hye-jin) and two ...more
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Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Sanya Malhotra, Farrukh Jaffar
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, ...more
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Ugo Chiti, Damiano D'Innocenzo, Fabio D'Innocenzo
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 ...more
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Climax Sofia Boutella, Kiddy Smile, Roman Guillermic
Climax is a 2018 French musical psychological horror film written, co-edited and directed by Gaspar Noé. In the mid-1990s, a group of French dancers gather at an abandoned school for a ...more
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Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir, Davíð Þór Jónsson, Magnús Trygvason
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 ...more
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Franz Rogowski, Paula Beer, Godehard Giese
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 ...more
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Zhao Tao, Liao Fan, Yi'nan Diao
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.
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Samantha Mugatsia, Sheila Munyiva, Neville Misati
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 ...more
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Aydin Doğu Demirkol, Murat Cemcir, Bennu Yıldırımlar
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 ...more
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First Love Masataka Kubota, Nao Ōmori, Shōta Sometani
First Love (a.k.a. Hatsukoi) is a 2019 British-Japanese drama film directed by Takashi Miike. A young boxer, Leo (Masataka Kubota) and a call girl, Monica (Sakurako Konishi) meet one night in ...more
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Antonio Banderas, Asier Etxeandia, Leonardo Sbaraglia
Pain and Glory (a.k.a. Dolor y gloria) is a 2019 Spanish drama film directed by Pedro Almodóvar. A film director past his prime, Salvador Mallo (Antonio Banderas) reflects on the ...more
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Park Seo-joon, Ahn Sung-ki, Woo Do-hwan
The Divine Fury is a 2019 South Korean action horror film written and directed by Jason Kim. A martial arts champion gains divine powers to fight with a powerful evil force.
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Peng Yuchang, Zhang Yu, Wang Yuwen
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 ...more
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Extra Ordinary Maeve Higgins, Barry Ward, Will Forte
Extra Ordinary is a 2019 Irish horror comedy film directed by Mike Ahern and Edna Loughman. Rose Dooley (Maeve Higgins) is a sweet and lonely driving instructor in rural Ireland who has ...more
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Euphoria Alicia Vikander, Eva Green, Charlotte Rampling
Euphoria is a 2017 Swedish-British-German drama film (2019 US theatrical release) written and directed by Lisa Langseth. Ines (Alicia Vikander) and Emilie (Eva Green) are sisters in conflict ...more
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Sasha Luss, Helen Mirren, Luke Evans
Anna is a 2019 English-language French crime thriller film written and directed by Luc Besson. Beneath Anna Poliatova's (Sasha Luss) striking beauty lies a secret that will unleash her indelible ...more
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Chiwetel Ejiofor, Noma Dumezweni, Joseph Marcell
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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Carmina Martínez, Natalia Reyes, José Acosta
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 ...more
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Golshifteh Farahani, Emmanuelle Bercot, Zübeyde Bulut
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.
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Toni Servillo, Elena Sofia Ricci, Riccardo Scamarcio
Loro is a 2018 Italian biographical drama film directed by Paolo Sorrentino. Sergio Morra (Riccardo Scamarcio) is a young businessman from Taranto who manages small-scale trafficking of young ...more
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Noémie Schmidt, Grégoire Isvarine, Marie Mottet
Paris Is Us is a 2019 French drama feature film directed by Elisabeth Vogler. After surviving a plane crash, Anna moves further away from reality and the present as she is taken in the vertigo ...more
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Demian Hernández, Antar Machado, Magdalena Tótoro
Too Late to Die Young (a.k.a. Tarde para morir joven) is a 2018 Chilean film directed by Dominga Sotomayor Castillo. A coming of age story set in the summer of 1990 in an isolated Chilean ...more
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Bill Wyman, Suzanne Accosta, Tony Chapman
The Quiet One is a 2019 British documentary film directed by Oliver Murray. The documentary offers a behind the scenes look at the life and career of Bill Wyman, former founding member of the ...more
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Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, Barry Ward, Martin McCann
Maze is a 2017 (US Release 2019) Irish adventure drama film written and directed by Stephen Burke, based on the IRA Maze prison escape. Inspired by the true events of the infamous 1983 prison ...more
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Max Zhang, Dave Bautista, Liu Yan
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 ...more