2018 Movies

The Best Foreign Films of 2018  

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List Rules Only foreign films released in the US in 2018.

If you're a film buff, check out the best foreign films of 2018. Featuring critically acclaimed French films, Chinese blockbusters, and Oscar-nominated foreign language films, this list of new foreign movies includes some of the best 2018 indie films. What are the must-watch foreign movies of 2018? 

With a strong female lead and a gripping story, French movie Revenge received rave reviews since its TIFF premiere. Other good 2018 foreign movies are Israeli drama Foxtrot, Russian film Loveless, and British drama Lean on Pete

Vote up the best 2018 foreign movies, and add your favorites if they're missing from the list.

For more foreign films, check out The Best Foreign Films of 2019 lis.

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Sota Fukushi, Hana Sugisaki, Ryo Yoshizawa

Rotten Tomatoes score: 80%

Bleach is a 2018 Japanese film directed by Shinsuke Sato, based on the manga by Tite Kubo. High school student Ichigo Kurosaki (Sota Fukushi) uses his newly discovered supernatural powers to ...more
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Roma Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira, Marco Graf

Rotten Tomatoes score: 99%

Roma is a 2018 Mexican drama film directed by Alfonso Cuarón. The film follows the life of an indigenous live-in maid for a wealthy family named Cleodegaria "Cleo" ...more
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Lily Franky, Sakura Ando, Mayu Matsuoka

Rotten Tomatoes score: 100%

Shoplifters is a 2018 Japanese drama film directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda. A poor, shoplifting family adopts a homeless girl after noticing signs of abuse, integrating her into the family by ...more
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Zain Al Rafeea, Yordanos Shiferaw, Boluwatife Treasure Bankole
Capernaum is a 2018 Lebanese drama film directed by Nadine Labaki. While serving a five-year sentence for stabbing someone, a 12-year-old boy from the slums of Beirut named Zain El Hajj (Zain Al ...more
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Yoo Ah-in, Steven Yeun, Jeon Jong-seo

Rotten Tomatoes score: 92%

Burning is a 2018 South Korean mystery drama film directed by Lee Chang-dong, based on the short story "Barn Burning" by Haruki Murakami. A part-time worker (Yoo Ah-in) hoping to spend ...more
Cold War is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Foreign Films of 2018
Joanna Kulig, Tomasz Kot, Agata Kulesza
Cold War is a 2018 Polish historical period drama film directed by Paweł Pawlikowski. A passionate love story between two people (Joanna Kulig and Tomasz Kot) of different backgrounds and ...more
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Jakob Cedergren, Jessica Dinnage, Johan Olsen

Rotten Tomatoes score: 98%

The Guilty is a 2018 Danish thriller film directed by Gustav Möller. A police officer (Jakob Cedergren) assigned alarm dispatch duty enters a race against time when he answers an emergency ...more
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Steve Buscemi, Simon Russell Beale, Paddy Considine

Rotten Tomatoes score: 96%

The Death of Stalin is a 2017 political satire film directed by Armando Iannucci, based on the French graphic novel La mort de Staline. In the days following Stalin's collapse, his core team of ...more
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Rotten Tomatoes score 98%

The Cakemaker is a 2017 Israeli-German drama film directed by Ofir Raul Grazier. A young baker who is having an affair with a married man gets to know his wife after a sudden death.
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Eva Melander, Jorgen Thorsson, Ann Petrén
Border is a 2018 Swedish fantasy film directed by Ali Abbasi. A customs officer who can smell fear develops an unusual attraction to a strange traveler while aiding a police investigation which ...more
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Lior Ashkenazi, Sarah Adler, Yonatan Shiray

Rotten Tomatoes score: 96%

Foxtrot is a 2017 Israeli drama film directed by Samuel Maoz. The film portrays the grief and confusion experienced by affluent Tel Aviv couple learn that their son, a soldier, has died in the ...more
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The Party Timothy Spall, Kristin Scott Thomas, Patricia Clarkson

Rotten Tomatoes score 80%

The Party is a 2017 British black comedy film directed by Sally Potter. Janet (Kristin Scott Thomas) hosts a party to celebrate her new promotion, but once the guests arrive it becomes clear ...more
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Never Look Away Tom Schilling, Sebastian Koch, Paula Beer
Never Look Away is a 2018 German drama film directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, inspired by the life of Gerhard Richter. In post-war East Germany, an art student (Tom Schilling) falls ...more
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Charlie Plummer, Chloë Sevigny, Travis Fimmel

Rotten Tomatoes score: 91%

Lean on Pete is a 2017 British drama film directed by Andrew Haigh, based on the novel by Willy Vlautin. A teenager (Charlie Plummer) gets a summer job working for a horse trainer and befriends ...more
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Daniela Vega, Francisco Reyes, Luis Gnecco

Rotten Tomatoes score: 94%

A Fantastic Woman is a 2017 Chilean drama film directed by Sebastián Lelio. Marina (Daniela Vega), a transgender waitress who moonlights as a nightclub singer, is bowled over by the death ...more
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Rotten Tomatoes Score 97%

I Am Not a Witch is a 2017 internationally co-produced drama film directed by Rungano Nyoni. In Zambia, an eight-year-old girl (Maggie Mulubwa) is sent to a witches' camp after a banal incident ...more
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Maryana Spivak, Aleksey Rozin, Matvey Novikov

Rotten Tomatoes score: 94%

Loveless is a 2017 Russian drama film directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev. When their only young child goes missing, his two separated parents who are living apart are brought together to attempt to ...more
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Matilda Lutz, Kevin Janssens, Vincent Colombe

Rotten Tomatoes score: 92%

Revenge is a 2017 French revenge horror film directed by Coralie Fargeat. After being assaulted by three married men and left for dead, a young woman (Matilda Lutz) returns with revenge on her

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Joe Cole, Vithaya Pansringarm, Panya Yimmumphai

Rotten Tomatoes score: 91%

A Prayer Before Dawn is a 2017 British-French drama film directed by Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire. The true story of an English boxer (Joe Cole) incarcerated in one of Thailand's most notorious ...more
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Hugo Weaving, James Frecheville, Jim Broadbent

Rotten Tomatoes score: 74%

Black 47 is a 2018 drama directed by Lance Daly, based on the Irish short film An Ranger. During the Great Famine in Ireland, an Irish Ranger (James Frecheville) who has been fighting for the ...more
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Moka Kamishiraishi, Haru Kuroki, Gen Hoshino
Mirai is a 2018 Japanese animated film directed by Mamoru Hosoda. Kun, a spoiled 4-year-old boy, comes across a magical garden where he meets his future sister Mirai who is now a young woman and ...more
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Rotten Tomatoes score 100%

Summer 1993 is a 2017 Catalan-language Spanish drama film directed by Carla Simón. After her parents die of AIDS, a six-year-old orphaned girl goes to live with her uncle and his family.
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Mary and the Witch's Flower Ruby Barnhill, Kate Winslet, Jim Broadbent

Rotten Tomatoes score: 87%

Mary and the Witch's Flower is a 2017 Japanese anime fantasy film directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi, based on The Little Broomstick by Mary Stewart. A young girl encounters a strange flower that ...more
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Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor, Ranveer Singh

Rotten Tomatoes score: 71%

Padmaavat is a 2018 Indian epic period drama film directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, loosely based on the poem by Malik Muhammad Jayasi. Set in medieval Rajasthan, Queen Padmavati is married to ...more
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Stratton Dominic Cooper, Gemma Chan, Austin Stowell

Rotten Tomatoes score: 0%

Stratton is a 2017 British action thriller film directed by Simon West, based on the novel series by Duncan Falconer. A British Special Boat Service operator (Dominic Cooper) tracks down an ...more