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The Best Foreign Films of 2018

Updated July 14, 2020 2.5k votes 432 voters 17.8k views36 items

List RulesOnly 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 top foreign movies of 2020 lis.

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    Bleach
    179
    18

    Bleach

    Sota Fukushi, Hana Sugisaki

    Released2018

    Directed byShinsuke Sato

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 80%

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  • 2
    Cold War
    70
    36

    Cold War

    Joanna Kulig, Tomasz Kot

    Released2018

    Directed byPawel Pawlikowski

    Cold War is a 2018 Polish historical period drama film directed by Paweł Pawlikowski. A... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 3
    Lean on Pete
    44
    25

    Lean on Pete

    Charlie Plummer, Chloë Sevigny

    Released2017

    Directed byAndrew Haigh

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 91%

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  • 4
    Shoplifters
    48
    40

    Shoplifters

    Lily Franky, Sakura Ando

    Released2018

    Directed byHirokazu Kore-eda

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 100%

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    Roma
    80
    84

    Roma

    Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira

    Released2018

    Directed byAlfonso Cuarón

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 99%

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  • 6
    Sweet Country
    29
    24

    Sweet Country

    Sam Neill, Bryan Brown

    Released2018

    Directed byWarwick Thornton

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 95%

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    Burning
    39
    37

    Burning

    Yoo Ah-in, Steven Yeun

    Released2018

    Directed byLee Chang-dong

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 92%

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  • 8
    The Night Comes for Us
    20
    14

    The Night Comes for Us

    Iko Uwais, Joe Taslim

    Released2018

    Directed byTimo Tjahjanto

    The Night Comes for Us is a 2018 action thriller film directed by Timo Tjahjanto. A former... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 9
    The Guilty
    31
    29

    The Guilty

    Jakob Cedergren, Jessica Dinnage

    Released2018

    Directed byGustav Möller

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 98%

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  • 10
    Stratton
    15
    11

    Stratton

    Dominic Cooper, Gemma Chan

    Released2017

    Directed bySimon West

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 0%

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    Loveless
    30
    33

    Loveless

    Maryana Spivak, Aleksey Rozin

    Released2017

    Directed byAndrey Zvyagintsev

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 94%

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    Revenge
    37
    48

    Revenge

    Matilda Lutz, Kevin Janssens

    Released2018

    Directed byCoralie Fargeat

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 92%

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  • 13
    Mirai
    31
    40

    Mirai

    Moka Kamishiraishi, Haru Kuroki

    Released2018

    Directed byMamoru Hosoda

    Mirai is a 2018 Japanese animated film directed by Mamoru Hosoda. Kun, a spoiled 4-year-old... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    #282 of 572 The Best Animated Films Ever#60 of 65 The Best Adventure Movies for Kids

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    Mary and the Witch's Flower
    49
    67

    Mary and the Witch's Flower

    Ruby Barnhill, Kate Winslet

    Released2017

    Directed byHiromasa Yonebayashi

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 87%

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  • 15
    I Am Not a Witch

    Rotten Tomatoes Score 97%

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  • 16
    The Cakemaker

    Rotten Tomatoes score 98%

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  • 17
    A Prayer Before Dawn
    12
    16

    A Prayer Before Dawn

    Joe Cole, Vithaya Pansringarm

    Released2018

    Directed byJean-Stéphane Sauvaire

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 91%

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  • 18
    The Quake
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    The Quake

    Kristoffer Joner, Ane Dahl Torp

    Released2018

    Directed byJohn Andreas Andersen

    The Quake (Norwegian: Skjelvet) is a 2018 Norwegian disaster film directed by John Andreas... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 19
    Capernaum
    35
    53

    Capernaum

    Zain Al Rafeea, Yordanos Shiferaw

    Released2018

    Directed byNadine Labaki

    Capernaum is a 2018 Lebanese drama film directed by Nadine Labaki. While serving a five-year... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 20
    Black 47
    10
    17

    Black 47

    Hugo Weaving, James Frecheville

    Released2018

    Directed byLance Daly

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 74%

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  • 21
    Dark River
    9
    16

    Dark River

    Ruth Wilson, Mark Stanley

    Released2017

    Directed byClio Barnard

    Rotten Tomatoes score 79%

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  • 22
    Early Man
    29
    47

    Early Man

    Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston

    Released2018

    Directed byNick Park

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 82%

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  • 23
    The Leisure Seeker
    19
    31

    The Leisure Seeker

    Donald Sutherland, Helen Mirren

    Released2017

    Directed byPaolo Virzì

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 36%

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  • 24
    Journey's End
    12
    21

    Journey's End

    Sam Claflin, Asa Butterfield

    Released2018

    Directed bySaul Dibb

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 92%

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  • 25
    The Party
    13
    24

    The Party

    Timothy Spall, Kristin Scott Thomas

    Released2017

    Directed bySally Potter

    Rotten Tomatoes score 80%

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