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The Best Foreign Films Of 2021

Updated October 21, 2021 914 votes 172 voters 14k views158 items

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These good 2021 foreign films should be on your watch list. Keep an eye out for the new Korean film The 8th Night which is available to anyone with a Netflix subscription. If The 8th Night isn't your bag, you might want to check out Dear Comradesand The Dig which are a historical dramas. Horror fans won't want to miss Son. Whatever your genre preferences, there is a 2021 foreign movie on this list that you'll want to see. But which one should make it to the top of the list? You get to help decide with your votes.

Vote up your favorite foreign films from this year so other fans know what to watch next. You can also vote down foreign films of 2021 that you thought missed the mark. Be sure to check back for new and upcoming foreign films as they are released and added to this list.

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  • 1
    Andi Matichak, Emile Hirsch

    Directed byIvan Kavanagh

    Son is a 2021 Irish horror thriller film directed by Ivan Kavanagh. When a young boy falls ill to a mysterious illness, his mother must decide how far she will go to protect him from terrifying...  more
  • 2
    Priyanka Chopra, Rajkummar Rao

    Directed byRamin Bahrani

    The White Tiger is a 2021 Netflix original crime drama film directed by Ramin Bahrani, based on Aravind Adiga's 2008 novel of the same name. A poor Indian driver uses his wit and cunning to break...  more

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  • 3
    Lily James, Ralph Fiennes

    Directed bySimon Stone

    The Dig is a 2020 British biographical drama film directed by Simon Stone, based on the novel of the same name by John Preston. In 1938, an archeologist begins a historically significant excavation...  more
  • 4
    Clare Dunne, Harriet Walter

    Directed byPhyllida Lloyd

    Herself is a 2020 British drama film directed by Phyllida Lloyd. After the housing system refuses to give her a new home, a single mother decides to build her own while the help of a friendly...  more
  • 5
    Jasna Djuricic, Izudin Bajrovic

    Directed byJasmila Žbanić

    Quo Vadis, Aida? is a 2020 Bosnian war drama film directed by Jasmila Žbanić. When the Serbian army takes over the small town of Srebrenica, a translator for the UN and her family are among the...  more
  • 6
    Yahya Mahayni, Dea Liane

    Directed byKaouther Ben Hania

    The Man Who Sold His Skin is a 2020 Tunisian drama film directed by Kaouther Ben Hania. A Syrian refugee in Lebanon chooses to become a canvas for a famous tattoo artist which in time he will come to...  more
  • 7
    Barbara Sukowa, Martine Chevallier

    Directed byFilippo Meneghetti

    Two of Us (aka Deux) is a 2020 French drama film directed by Filippo Meneghetti. Two pensioners with a deep hidden passionate love for each other are put to the test when they are suddenly unable to...  more
  • 8
    Mads Mikkelsen, Nikolaj Lie Kaas

    Directed byAnders Thomas Jensen

    Riders of Justice is a 2020 Danish black comedy-drama film directed by Anders Thomas Jensen. Mathilde (Andrea Heick Gadeberg) loses her mother in a train accident and her father, Markus (Mads...  more
  • 9
    Shahab Hosseini, Michael Graham

    Directed byKourosh Ahari

    The Night is a 2021 Iranian psychological horror thriller film directed by Kourosh Ahari. An Iranian couple living in the US become trapped inside a hotel when insidious events force them to face the...  more
  • 10
    Welket Bunguê, Jella Haase

    Directed byBurhan Qurbani

    Berlin Alexanderplatz is a 2020 German-Dutch drama film directed by Burhan Qurbani, an adaptation of Alfred Döblin's influential 1929 novel. A 30-year-old refugee Francis, the sole survivor of a boat...  more
  • 11
    Colin Firth, Stanley Tucci

    Directed byHarry Macqueen

    Supernova is a 2020 British drama film directed by Harry Macqueen. Sam (Colin Firth) and Tusker (Stanley Tucci) have been partners for 20 years and decide to travel across Europe reuniting with...  more
  • 12
    Ben O'Toole, Meg Fraser

    Directed byAlister Grierson

    Bloody Hell is a 2021 Australian action horror mystery film directed by Alister Grierson. A man with a mysterious past flees the country to escape his own personal hell, only to arrive somewhere...  more
  • 13
    Shinobu Terajima, Etsushi Toyokawa

    Directed byGoro Miyazaki

    Earwig and the Witch (aka Āya to Majo) is a Japanese animated fantasy film produced by Studio Ghibli and directed by Gorō Miyazaki, based on the book by Diana Wynne Jones. An orphan girl is adopted...  more
  • 14
    Yuliya Vysotskaya, Vladislav Komarov

    Directed byAndrei Konchalovsky

    Dear Comrades! (aka Dorogie tovarishchi!) is a 2020 Russian historical drama film directed by Andrei Konchalovsky. In 1962, workers from a small industrial town go on strike when the communist...  more
  • 15
    Noémie Merlant, Emmanuelle Bercot

    Directed byZoé Wittock

    Jumbo is a 2021 French fantasy drama film directed by Zoé Wittock. A shy young woman who works as a night guard at an amusement park develops strange romantic feelings for the new lighthouse...  more
  • 16
    Monica Dolan, Earl Cave

    Directed bySimon Bird

    Days of the Bagnold Summer is a 2020 British comedy film directed by Simon Bird, based on the 2012 novel by Joff Winterhart. A teenager spends his summer listening to heavy metal music and trying to...  more
  • 17
    Niamh Algar, Michael Smiley

    Directed byPrano Bailey-Bond

    Censor is a 2021 British horror film directed by Prano Bailey-Bond. A British film censor links a disturbing horror movie to her sister's mysterious disappearance....  more

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  • 18
    Dan Stevens, Isla Fisher

    Directed byEdward Hall

    Blithe Spirit is a 2020 British fantasy romantic comedy film directed by Edward Hall, based upon the 1941 play by Noël Coward. A spiritualist medium holds a seance for a writer suffering from...  more
  • 19
    Bakary Koné, Steve Tientcheu

    Directed byPhilippe Lacôte

    Night of the Kings (aka La Nuit des rois) is a 2020 Ivorian fantasy drama film directed by Philippe Lacôte. A new arrival to an Ivory Coast prison is unaware that his storytelling skills will...  more
  • 20
    Olivia Cooke, Ben Hardy

    Directed byBarnaby Thompson

    Pixie is a 2021 British black comedy crime thriller film directed by Barnaby Thompson. To avenge her mother's death, a young woman masterminds a heist but must flee across Ireland from gangsters,...  more
  • 21
    Engin Günaydin, Haluk Bilginer

    Directed byDurul Taylan

    Stuck Apart (aka Azizler) is a 2021 Turkish drama film directed by Durul Taylan. A man in the midst of an existential crisis longing for his youth, has his life upending when his sister and her...  more
  • 22
    Noée Abita, Jérémie Renier

    Directed byCharlène Favier

    Slalom is a 2020 French sports drama film directed by Charlène Favier. Under the guidance of a strict ex champion, a promising 15 year old girl trains as a professional skiing star enduring physical...  more
  • 23
    Julia Ormond, Emma Draper

    Directed byJake Mahaffy

    Reunion is a 2021 New Zealand horror thriller film directed by Jake Mahaffy. A pregnant woman returns to her recently-deceased grandparents' old family home to spend time with her estranged mother,...  more
  • 24
    Joe Anderson, Sean Pertwee

    Directed byNeil Marshall

    The Reckoning is a 2021 British horror adventure film directed by Neil Marshall. A young widow haunted by the recent suicide of her husband is falsely accused of being a witch by her Landlord after...  more
  • 25
    Álvaro Cervantes, Luis Zahera

    Directed byDani de la Orden

    Crazy About Her (aka Loco por ella) is a 2021 Spanish romantic dark comedy film directed by Dani de la Orden. After spending a magical night together, a man discovers the only way to see his new...  more