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The Best Foreign Films of 2018

Updated July 14, 2020 2.5k votes 433 voters 17.9k 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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  • Bleach1
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    Bleach

    Sota Fukushi, Hana Sugisaki

    Released2018

    Directed byShinsuke Sato

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 80%

    Bleach is a 2018 Japanese film directed by Shinsuke Sato, based on the manga by Tite Kubo.... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Cold War2
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    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
  • Lean on Pete3
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    Lean on Pete

    Charlie Plummer, Chloë Sevigny

    Released2017

    Directed byAndrew Haigh

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 91%

    Lean on Pete is a 2017 British drama film directed by Andrew Haigh, based on the novel by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Shoplifters4
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    Shoplifters

    Lily Franky, Sakura Ando

    Released2018

    Directed byHirokazu Kore-eda

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 100%

    Shoplifters is a 2018 Japanese drama film directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda. A poor, shoplifting... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Roma5
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    Roma

    Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira

    Released2018

    Directed byAlfonso Cuarón

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 99%

    Roma is a 2018 Mexican drama film directed by Alfonso Cuarón. The film follows the life of an... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Sweet Country6
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    Sweet Country

    Sam Neill, Bryan Brown

    Released2018

    Directed byWarwick Thornton

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 95%

    Sweet Country is a 2017 Australian western film directed by Warwick Thornton. When an aged... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    #140 of 142 The Best Western Movies on Amazon Prime#12 of 16 The Greatest Westerns That Don't Take Place In The Old West

  • Burning7
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    Burning

    Yoo Ah-in, Steven Yeun

    Released2018

    Directed byLee Chang-dong

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 92%

    Burning is a 2018 South Korean mystery drama film directed by Lee Chang-dong, based on the... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • The Night Comes for Us8
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    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
  • The Guilty9
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    The Guilty

    Jakob Cedergren, Jessica Dinnage

    Released2018

    Directed byGustav Möller

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 98%

    The Guilty is a 2018 Danish thriller film directed by Gustav Möller. A police officer (Jakob... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Stratton10
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    Stratton

    Dominic Cooper, Gemma Chan

    Released2017

    Directed bySimon West

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 0%

    Stratton is a 2017 British action thriller film directed by Simon West, based on the novel... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Loveless11
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    Loveless

    Maryana Spivak, Aleksey Rozin

    Released2017

    Directed byAndrey Zvyagintsev

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 94%

    Loveless is a 2017 Russian drama film directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev. When their only young... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    #162 of 170 The Most Utterly Depressing Movies Ever Made#142 of 172 The Best Movies Of 2018

  • Revenge12
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    Revenge

    Matilda Lutz, Kevin Janssens

    Released2018

    Directed byCoralie Fargeat

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 92%

    Revenge is a 2017 French revenge horror film directed by Coralie Fargeat. After being... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Mirai13
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    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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    #274 of 575 The Best Animated Films Ever#179 of 206 The Best Adventure Movies

  • Mary and the Witch's Flower14
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    Mary and the Witch's Flower

    Ruby Barnhill, Kate Winslet

    Released2017

    Directed byHiromasa Yonebayashi

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 87%

    Mary and the Witch's Flower is a 2017 Japanese anime fantasy film directed by Hiromasa... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • I Am Not a Witch15

    Rotten Tomatoes Score 97%

    I Am Not a Witch is a 2017 internationally co-produced drama film directed by Rungano Nyoni.... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • The Cakemaker16

    Rotten Tomatoes score 98%

    The Cakemaker is a 2017 Israeli-German drama film directed by Ofir Raul Grazier. A young baker... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • A Prayer Before Dawn17
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    A Prayer Before Dawn

    Joe Cole, Vithaya Pansringarm

    Released2018

    Directed byJean-Stéphane Sauvaire

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 91%

    A Prayer Before Dawn is a 2017 British-French drama film directed by Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire.... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • The Quake18
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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
  • Capernaum19
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    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
  • Black 4720
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    Black 47

    Hugo Weaving, James Frecheville

    Released2018

    Directed byLance Daly

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 74%

    Black 47 is a 2018 drama directed by Lance Daly, based on the Irish short film An Ranger.... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Dark River21
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    Dark River

    Ruth Wilson, Mark Stanley

    Released2017

    Directed byClio Barnard

    Rotten Tomatoes score 79%

    Dark River is a 2017 British drama film directed by Clio Barnard, loosely based on the novel... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Early Man22
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    Early Man

    Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston

    Released2018

    Directed byNick Park

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 82%

    Early Man is a 2018 British stop-motion animated adventure comedy film directed by Nick Park.... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • The Leisure Seeker23
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    The Leisure Seeker

    Donald Sutherland, Helen Mirren

    Released2017

    Directed byPaolo Virzì

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 36%

    The Leisure Seeker is a 2017 Italian-French road movie directed by Paolo Virzì, based on the... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Journey's End24
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    Journey's End

    Sam Claflin, Asa Butterfield

    Released2018

    Directed bySaul Dibb

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 92%

    Journey's End is a 2017 British war film directed by Saul Dibb, based on the 1928 play of the... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • The Party25
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    The Party

    Timothy Spall, Kristin Scott Thomas

    Released2017

    Directed bySally Potter

    Rotten Tomatoes score 80%

    The Party is a 2017 British black comedy film directed by Sally Potter. Janet (Kristin Scott... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button