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The Best Foreign Romance Movies, Ranked

Updated November 16, 2020 844 votes 241 voters 21.4k views46 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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  • Amélie1
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    Amélie

    Audrey Tautou, Spencer Tracy

    Released2001

    Directed byJean-Pierre Jeunet

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  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon2
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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

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  • Cinema Paradiso3
    26
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    Cinema Paradiso

    Jacques Perrin, Philippe Noiret

    Released1988

    Directed byGiuseppe Tornatore

    Nuovo Cinema Paradiso, internationally released as Cinema Paradiso, is a 1988 Italian drama...  more

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  • House of Flying Daggers4
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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

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  • Blue Is the Warmest Colour5
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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

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  • Lust, Caution6
    20
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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
  • Veer-Zaara7
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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
  • Cold War8
    12
    5

    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
  • Y Tu Mamá También9
    16
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    Y Tu Mamá También

    Gael García Bernal, Diego Luna

    Released2002

    Directed byAlfonso Cuarón

    Y Tu Mamá También is a 2002 Mexican drama film directed by Alfonso Cuarón and co-written by...  more

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  • Amour10
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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

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  • Kal Ho Naa Ho11
    8
    2

    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

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  • Love12
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    Love

    Karl Glusman, Klara Kristin
    Love is a 2015 French 3D erotic romantic drama film written and directed by Gaspar Noé. The...  more
  • I Am Love13
    11
    9

    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
  • Il Postino: The Postman14
    8
    5

    Il Postino: The Postman

    Maria Grazia Cucinotta, Philippe Noiret

    Released1994

    Directed byMichael Radford

    Il Postino: The Postman is a 1994 Italian film directed by Michael Radford. The film was...  more

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  • La Dolce Vita15
    13
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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

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  • Kiss Me16
    10
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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
  • A Very Long Engagement17
    9
    9

    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
  • The Lover18
    9
    10

    The Lover

    Jeanne Moreau, Jane March

    Released1992

    Directed byJean-Jacques Annaud

    The Lover is a 1992 drama film produced by Claude Berri and directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud....  more
  • Love Me If You Dare19
    12
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    Love Me If You Dare

    Guillaume Canet, Gilles Lellouche

    Released2003

    Directed byYann Samuell

    Love Me If You Dare is a 2003 French film directed by Yann Samuell....  more

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  • Good bye, Lenin!20
    8
    8

    Good bye, Lenin!

    Daniel Brühl, Chulpan Khamatova

    Released2003

    Directed byWolfgang Becker

    Good Bye, Lenin! is a 2003 German tragicomedy film. Directed by Wolfgang Becker, the cast...  more
  • The Artist21
    8
    8

    The Artist

    John Goodman, Malcolm McDowell

    Released2011

    Directed byMichel Hazanavicius

    The Artist is a 2011 French romantic comedy-drama in the style of a black-and-white silent...  more

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  • Jules and Jim22
    5
    5

    Jules and Jim

    Jeanne Moreau, Oskar Werner

    Released1962

    Directed byFrançois Truffaut

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  • Let the Right One In23
    2
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    Let the Right One In

    Lina Leandersson, Tom Ljungman

    Released2008

    Directed byTomas Alfredson

    Let the Right One In is a 2008 Swedish romantic horror film directed by Tomas Alfredson. A...  more

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  • The Secret in Their Eyes24
    2
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    The Secret in Their Eyes

    Ricardo Darín, Mariano Argento

    Released2009

    Directed byJuan José Campanella

    The Secret in Their Eyes is a 2009 Argentine crime thriller film directed, produced and edited...  more
  • Omar25
    7
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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