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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.

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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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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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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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Jacques Perrin, Philippe Noiret, Leopoldo Trieste
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
Blue Is the Warmest Colo... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Foreign Romance Movies, Ranked
Léa Seydoux, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Alma Jodorowsky
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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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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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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Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva
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
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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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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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
Suite Française ... is listed (or ranked) 12 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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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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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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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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Guillaume Canet, Gilles Lellouche, Gérard Watkins
Love Me If You Dare is a 2003 French film directed by Yann Samuell.
Y Tu Mamá Tambi&e... is listed (or ranked) 17 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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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.
The Artist is listed (or ranked) 19 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
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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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.
Good bye, Lenin! is listed (or ranked) 22 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
Love is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Foreign Romance Movies, Ranked
rockpenkid added Karl Glusman, Klara Kristin, Aomi Muyock
Love is a 2015 French 3D erotic romantic drama film written and directed by Gaspar Noé. The film marked Noe's fourth directorial venture after a gap of five years. The film revolves ...more
Jules and Jim is listed (or ranked) 24 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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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