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The Best Foreign Romance Movies, Ranked

Updated October 9, 2019 888 votes 224 voters 19.7k views39 items

List RulesOnly 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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    Amélie is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Foreign Romance Movies, Ranked
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    Amélie

    Audrey Tautou, Spencer Tracy

    Released2001

    Directed byJean-Pierre Jeunet

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    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Foreign Romance Movies, Ranked
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    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

    Zhang Ziyi, Michelle Yeoh

    Released2000

    Directed byAng Lee

    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is a 2000 wuxia film. An American-Chinese-Hong Kong-Taiwanese... more on Wikipedia

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    Cinema Paradiso is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Foreign Romance Movies, Ranked
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    Cinema Paradiso

    Jacques Perrin, Philippe Noiret

    Released1988

    Directed byGiuseppe Tornatore

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    House of Flying Daggers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Foreign Romance Movies, Ranked
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    House of Flying Daggers

    Zhang Ziyi, Andy Lau

    Released2004

    Directed byZhang Yimou

    House of Flying Daggers is a 2004 wuxia film directed by Zhang Yimou and starring Andy Lau,... more on Wikipedia
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    Blue Is the Warmest Colour is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Foreign Romance Movies, Ranked
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    Blue Is the Warmest Colour

    Léa Seydoux, Adèle Exarchopoulos

    Released2013

    Directed byAbdellatif Kechiche

    Blue Is the Warmest Colour is a 2013 French romantic coming-of-age drama film directed by... more on Wikipedia

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    Veer-Zaara is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Foreign Romance Movies, Ranked
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    Veer-Zaara

    Shah Rukh Khan, Amitabh Bachchan

    Released2004

    Directed byYash Chopra

    Veer-Zaara is a 2004 Indian romantic drama film directed by Yash Chopra under the Yash Raj... more on Wikipedia
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    Kiss Me is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Foreign Romance Movies, Ranked
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    Kiss Me

    Lena Endre, Krister Henriksson

    Released2011

    Directed byAlexandra-Therese Keining

    With Every Heartbeat, also released as Kiss Me, is a 2011 Swedish drama film directed by... more on Wikipedia
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    Cold War is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Foreign Romance Movies, Ranked
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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 Wikipedia
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    Lust, Caution is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Foreign Romance Movies, Ranked
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    Lust, Caution

    Anupam Kher, Joan Chen

    Released2007

    Directed byAng Lee

    Lust, Caution is a 2007 espionage erotic thriller film directed by Ang Lee, based on the... more on Wikipedia
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    Amour is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Foreign Romance Movies, Ranked
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    Amour

    Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Louis Trintignant

    Released2012

    Directed byMichael Haneke

    Amour is a 2012 French-language drama film directed by Michael Haneke. The narrative focuses... more on Wikipedia

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    La Dolce Vita is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Foreign Romance Movies, Ranked
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    La Dolce Vita

    Nico, Anita Ekberg

    Released1960

    Directed byFederico Fellini

    La Dolce Vita is a 1960 Italian comedy-drama film written and directed by Federico Fellini.... more on Wikipedia

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    Kal Ho Naa Ho is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Foreign Romance Movies, Ranked
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    Kal Ho Naa Ho

    Shah Rukh Khan, Preity Zinta

    Released2003

    Directed byNikhil Advani, Ron Reid Jr.

    Kal Ho Naa Ho, abbreviated as KHNH, is a 2003 Indian romantic comedy-drama film, directed by... more on Wikipedia
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    A Very Long Engagement is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Foreign Romance Movies, Ranked
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    A Very Long Engagement

    Jodie Foster, Marion Cotillard

    Released2004

    Directed byJean-Pierre Jeunet

    A Very Long Engagement is a 2004 French romantic film, co-written and directed by Jean-Pierre... more on Wikipedia
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    Suite Française is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Foreign Romance Movies, Ranked
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    Suite Française

    Michelle Williams, Margot Robbie

    Released2014

    Directed bySaul Dibb

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    I Am Love is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Foreign Romance Movies, Ranked
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    I Am Love

    Tilda Swinton, Marisa Berenson

    Released2009

    Directed byLuca Guadagnino

    I Am Love is a 2009 Italian film directed by Luca Guadagnino set around 2000 in Milan. The... more on Wikipedia
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    Omar is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Foreign Romance Movies, Ranked
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    Omar

    Waleed Zuaiter, Tarik Kopty

    Released2013

    Directed byHany Abu-Assad

    Omar is a 2013 Palestinian drama film directed by Hany Abu-Assad. It was screened in the Un... more on Wikipedia
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    Il Postino: The Postman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Foreign Romance Movies, Ranked
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    Il Postino: The Postman

    Maria Grazia Cucinotta, Philippe Noiret

    Released1994

    Directed byMichael Radford

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    Love Me If You Dare is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Foreign Romance Movies, Ranked
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    Love Me If You Dare

    Guillaume Canet, Gilles Lellouche

    Released2003

    Directed byYann Samuell

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    The Leopard is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Foreign Romance Movies, Ranked
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    The Leopard

    Claudia Cardinale, Burt Lancaster

    Released1963

    Directed byLuchino Visconti

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    End of the Century is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Foreign Romance Movies, Ranked
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    End of the Century

    Juan Barberini, Ramon Pujol

    Released2019

    Directed byLucio Castro

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    Good bye, Lenin! is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Foreign Romance Movies, Ranked
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    Good bye, Lenin!

    Daniel Brühl, Chulpan Khamatova

    Released2003

    Directed byWolfgang Becker

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    Ash Is Purest White is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Foreign Romance Movies, Ranked
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    Ash Is Purest White

    Zhao Tao, Liao Fan

    Released2019

    Directed byZhangke Jia

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    Love is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Foreign Romance Movies, Ranked
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    Love

    Karl Glusman, Klara Kristin
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    The Consequences of Love is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Foreign Romance Movies, Ranked
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    The Consequences of Love

    Adriano Giannini, Toni Servillo

    Released2004

    Directed byPaolo Sorrentino

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    The Umbrellas of Cherbourg is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Foreign Romance Movies, Ranked
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    The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

    Catherine Deneuve, Marc Michel

    Released1964

    Directed byJacques Demy

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