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The Best Foreign Romance Movies, Ranked 

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Updated October 9, 2019 668 votes 218 voters 18.5k views 39 items

List Rules Only romance films in language other than English. No British movies.

Many foreign films have romantic themes and this list contains information on the best foreign romance movies, ranked from best to worst by user votes. The best foreign romance movies come from a variety of countries. Some foreign romantic movies are set in Italy while other good foreign language love stories take place in France. Many of the best foreign romance films feature award-winning actors.

What films will you find on this top foreign romance movies list? Amélie is a romantic comedy that tells the story of a young French waitress who secretly improves the lives of her family and friends. Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita is known to be one of the best romance movies in the world. Other good films featured on this top foreign romance movies list include Life Is Beautiful, Il Postino, and Nights of Cabiria.

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Audrey Tautou, Spencer Tracy, Joan Bennett

Released: 2001

Directed by: Jean-Pierre Jeunet

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Zhang Ziyi, Michelle Yeoh, Chow Yun-Fat

Released: 2000

Directed by: Ang Lee

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is a 2000 wuxia film. An American-Chinese-Hong Kong-Taiwanese co-production, the film was directed by Ang Lee and featured an international cast of Han actors, ...more

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Blue Is the Warmest Colo... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Foreign Romance Movies, Ranked
Léa Seydoux, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Alma Jodorowsky

Released: 2013

Directed by: Abdellatif Kechiche

Blue Is the Warmest Colour is a 2013 French romantic coming-of-age drama film directed by Abdellatif Kechiche, based on the graphic novel by Julie Maroh. French teenager Adèle ...more

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Jacques Perrin, Philippe Noiret, Leopoldo Trieste

Released: 1988

Directed by: Giuseppe Tornatore

Nuovo Cinema Paradiso, internationally released as Cinema Paradiso, is a 1988 Italian drama film written and directed by Giuseppe Tornatore. The film stars Jacques Perrin, Philippe Noiret, ...more

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Zhang Ziyi, Andy Lau, Takeshi Kaneshiro

Released: 2004

Directed by: Zhang Yimou

House of Flying Daggers is a 2004 wuxia film directed by Zhang Yimou and starring Andy Lau, Zhang Ziyi and Takeshi Kaneshiro. Unlike other wuxia films, it is more of a love story than a straight ...more

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Anupam Kher, Joan Chen, Tony Leung Chiu Wai

Released: 2007

Directed by: Ang Lee

Lust, Caution is a 2007 espionage erotic thriller film directed by Ang Lee, based on the novella of the same name published in 1979 by Chinese author Eileen Chang. The story is mostly set in ...more
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Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva

Released: 2012

Directed by: Michael Haneke

Amour is a 2012 French-language drama film directed by Michael Haneke. The narrative focuses on an elderly couple, Anne and Georges, who are retired music teachers with a daughter who lives ...more

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Shah Rukh Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Hema Malini

Released: 2004

Directed by: Yash Chopra

Veer-Zaara is a 2004 Indian romantic drama film directed by Yash Chopra under the Yash Raj Films banner. The film stars Shah Rukh Khan and Preity Zinta in the leading roles, with Rani Mukerji, ...more

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Joanna Kulig, Tomasz Kot, Agata Kulesza

Released: 2018

Directed by: Pawel Pawlikowski

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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Nico, Anita Ekberg, Marcello Mastroianni

Released: 1960

Directed by: Federico Fellini

La Dolce Vita is a 1960 Italian comedy-drama film written and directed by Federico Fellini. The film follows Marcello Rubini, a journalist writing for gossip magazines, over seven days and ...more

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Y Tu Mamá Tambi&e... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Foreign Romance Movies, Ranked
Gael García Bernal, Diego Luna, Maribel Verdú

Released: 2001

Directed by: Alfonso Cuarón

Y Tu Mamá También is a 2001 Mexican drama film directed by Alfonso Cuarón and co-written by Cuarón and his brother Carlos. The film tells a coming-of-age story about ...more

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Giulietta Masina, François Périer, Aldo Silvani

Released: 1957

Directed by: Federico Fellini

Nights of Cabiria is a 1957 Italian drama film directed by Federico Fellini and starring Giulietta Masina, François Périer, and Amedeo Nazzari. Based on a story by Fellini, the ...more
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Suite Française ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Foreign Romance Movies, Ranked
Michelle Williams, Margot Robbie, Kristin Scott Thomas

Released: 2014

Directed by: Saul Dibb

Suite Française is a 2015 romantic World War II drama film directed by Saul Dibb and co-written with Matt Charman. It is based on Irène Némirovsky's 2004 novel of the same ...more

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Maria Grazia Cucinotta, Philippe Noiret, Massimo Troisi

Released: 1994

Directed by: Michael Radford

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Waleed Zuaiter, Tarik Kopty, Samer Bisharat

Released: 2013

Directed by: Hany Abu-Assad

Omar is a 2013 Palestinian drama film directed by Hany Abu-Assad. It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival where it won the Jury Prize. It was shown at ...more
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Tilda Swinton, Marisa Berenson, Waris Ahluwalia

Released: 2009

Directed by: Luca Guadagnino

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Guillaume Canet, Gilles Lellouche, Gérard Watkins

Released: 2003

Directed by: Yann Samuell

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Kal Ho Naa Ho is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Foreign Romance Movies, Ranked
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Released: 2003

Directed by: Nikhil Advani, Ron Reid Jr.

Kal Ho Naa Ho, abbreviated as KHNH, is a 2003 Indian romantic comedy-drama film, directed by debutante director Nikhil Advani. The film was written by Niranjan Iyengar and Karan Johar and ...more

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The Lover is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Foreign Romance Movies, Ranked
Jeanne Moreau, Jane March, Lisa Faulkner

Released: 1992

Directed by: Jean-Jacques Annaud

The Lover is a 1992 drama film produced by Claude Berri and directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud. Based on the semi-autobiographical 1984 novel by Marguerite Duras, the film details the illicit ...more
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Ash Is Purest White is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Foreign Romance Movies, Ranked
Zhao Tao, Liao Fan, Yi'nan Diao

Released: 2019

Directed by: Zhangke Jia

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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End of the Century is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Foreign Romance Movies, Ranked
Juan Barberini, Ramon Pujol, Mía Maestro

Released: 2019

Directed by: Lucio Castro

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Claudia Cardinale, Burt Lancaster, Alain Delon

Released: 1963

Directed by: Luchino Visconti

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Lena Endre, Krister Henriksson, Björn Kjellman

Released: 2011

Directed by: Alexandra-Therese Keining

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Daniel Brühl, Chulpan Khamatova, Florian Lukas

Released: 2003

Directed by: Wolfgang Becker

Good Bye, Lenin! is a 2003 German tragicomedy film. Directed by Wolfgang Becker, the cast includes Daniel Brühl, Katrin Saß, Chulpan Khamatova, and Maria Simon. Most scenes were shot ...more

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Adriano Giannini, Toni Servillo, Giovanni Vettorazzo

Released: 2004

Directed by: Paolo Sorrentino

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