Foreign Films The Best Foreign Romance Movies, Ranked  

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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.

Do you have a favorite foreign romance movie? Give the best movies a thumbs up and add anything you feel is missing. 

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Zhang Ziyi, Michelle Yeoh, Chow Yun-Fat 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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Audrey Tautou, Spencer Tracy, Joan Bennett Amélie is a 2001 romantic comedy film directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Written by Jeunet with Guillaume Laurant, the film is a whimsical depiction of contemporary Parisian life, set in ...more

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Blue Is the Warmest Colour is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Foreign Romance Movies, Ranked
Léa Seydoux, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Alma Jodorowsky Blue Is the Warmest Colour, also known as Adèle: Chapters 1 & 2, is a 2013 French romantic coming-of-age drama film written, produced, and directed by Abdellatif Kechiche and starring ...more

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Zhang Ziyi, Andy Lau, Takeshi Kaneshiro 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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Nico, Anita Ekberg, Marcello Mastroianni 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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Anupam Kher, Joan Chen, Tony Leung Chiu Wai 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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Tilda Swinton, Marisa Berenson, Waris Ahluwalia I Am Love is a 2009 Italian film directed by Luca Guadagnino set around 2000 in Milan. The film follows an haute bourgeoisie family through changing times and fortunes, and its disruption by the ...more

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Giulietta Masina, François Périer, Aldo Silvani 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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Lena Endre, Krister Henriksson, Björn Kjellman With Every Heartbeat, also released as Kiss Me, is a 2011 Swedish drama film directed by Alexandra Therese Keining. The film won the "Breakthrough Award" at the 2011 AFI Festival.

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Waleed Zuaiter, Tarik Kopty, Samer Bisharat 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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Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva Amour is a 2012 French-language drama film written and directed by the Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke, starring Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva and Isabelle Huppert. The narrative ...more

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Maria Grazia Cucinotta, Philippe Noiret, Massimo Troisi Il Postino: The Postman is a 1994 Italian film directed by Michael Radford. The film was originally released in the US as The Postman, a straight translation of the Italian title. However, since ...more

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Claudia Cardinale, Burt Lancaster, Alain Delon The Leopard is a 1963 Italian film by director Luchino Visconti, based on Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa's novel of the same name.

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The Artist is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Foreign Romance Movies, Ranked
John Goodman, Malcolm McDowell, James Cromwell The Artist is a 2011 French romantic comedy-drama in the style of a black-and-white silent film. It was written, directed, and co-edited by Michel Hazanavicius, produced by Thomas Langmann and ...more

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Joanna Kulig, Tomasz Kot, Agata Kulesza Cold War is a 2018 Polish drama film directed by Paweł Pawlikowski. A passionate love story between two people of different backgrounds and temperaments, who are fatefully mismatched, set ...more

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Shah Rukh Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Hema Malini 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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Brigitte Bardot, John Wayne, Charlie Chaplin 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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Jodie Foster, Marion Cotillard, Audrey Tautou A Very Long Engagement is a 2004 French romantic film, co-written and directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and starring Audrey Tautou. It is a fictional tale about a young woman's desperate search for ...more

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The Dreamers is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Foreign Romance Movies, Ranked
Eva Green, Michael Pitt, Jean Piere Leaud The Dreamers is a 2003 romantic drama film directed by Bernardo Bertolucci. The screenplay is by Gilbert Adair, based on his own novel The Holy Innocents. An international co-production by ...more

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The Lover is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Foreign Romance Movies, Ranked
Jeanne Moreau, Jane March, Lisa Faulkner 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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Jules and Jim is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Foreign Romance Movies, Ranked
Jeanne Moreau, Oskar Werner, Michel Subor Jules and Jim is a 1962 French film directed by François Truffaut. Set around the time of World War I, it describes a tragic love triangle involving French Bohemian Jim, his shy Austrian ...more

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Guillaume Canet, Gilles Lellouche, Gérard Watkins Love Me If You Dare is a 2003 French film directed by Yann Samuell.

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Talk to Her is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Foreign Romance Movies, Ranked
Paz Vega, Geraldine Chaplin, Elena Anaya Talk to Her is a 2002 Spanish drama written and directed by Pedro Almodóvar, and starring Javier Cámara, Darío Grandinetti, Leonor Watling, Geraldine Chaplin, and Rosario ...more

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Bruno Ganz, Giuseppe Battiston, Felice Andreasi Bread and Tulips or Pane e tulipani is a 2000 romance comedy film directed by Italian Director Silvio Soldini, and starring Licia Maglietta and Bruno Ganz. The film was an official selection at ...more

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Puzzled Love is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Foreign Romance Movies, Ranked

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Good bye, Lenin! is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Foreign Romance Movies, Ranked
Daniel Brühl, Chulpan Khamatova, Florian Lukas 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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Marcello Mastroianni, Stefania Sandrelli, Leopoldo Trieste Divorce Italian Style is a 1961 Italian comedy film directed by Pietro Germi. The screenplay was written by Ennio De Concini, Pietro Germi, Alfredo Giannetti, and Agenore Incrocci; based on the ...more

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Jackie Coogan, Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Filippo Timi Vincere is a film that is based on the life of the first wife of Benito Mussolini. It stars Giovanna Mezzogiorno as Ida Dalser and Filippo Timi as Benito Mussolini. It was filmed under the ...more

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It Started in Naples is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Foreign Romance Movies, Ranked
Sophia Loren, Clark Gable, Vittorio De Sica It Started in Naples is an American romantic comedy film made by Paramount Pictures and released in August 1960. It was directed by Melville Shavelson and produced by Jack Rose from a screenplay ...more

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Catherine Deneuve, Marc Michel, Nino Castelnuovo The Umbrellas of Cherbourg is a 1964 French musical film directed by Jacques Demy, starring Catherine Deneuve and Nino Castelnuovo. The music was written by Michel Legrand. The film dialogue is ...more

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Suite Française is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Foreign Romance Movies, Ranked
Michelle Williams, Margot Robbie, Kristin Scott Thomas 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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Richard Harris, Julia Ormond, Robert Hardy The Barber of Siberia is a 1998 Russian film that re-united the Academy Award-winning team of director Nikita Mikhalkov and Michel Seydoux. It was screened out of competition at the 1999 Cannes ...more

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Y Tu Mamá También is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Foreign Romance Movies, Ranked
Gael García Bernal, Diego Luna, Maribel Verdú 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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Open Your Eyes is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Foreign Romance Movies, Ranked
Penélope Cruz, Eduardo Noriega, Najwa Nimri Abre los Ojos is a 1997 Spanish film co-written, co-scored and directed by Alejandro Amenábar and co-written by Mateo Gil. It stars Eduardo Noriega, Penélope Cruz, Fele ...more

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Adriano Giannini, Toni Servillo, Giovanni Vettorazzo The Consequences of Love is a 2004 Italian psychological thriller film directed by Paolo Sorrentino. It tells the story of a lonely and secretive Italian businessman living in a Swiss hotel. The ...more

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Marco Leonardi, Yareli Arizmendi, Mario Vazquez Like Water for Chocolate is a 1992 film in the style of magical realism based on the popular novel, published in 1989 by first-time Mexican novelist Laura Esquivel. It earned all 11 Ariel awards ...more