The Best Foreign Thriller Movies, Ranked

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If you love a good adrenaline rush, check out some of these superb foreign thriller movies to get your heart rate pumping. Thriller films are always enticing, with that mix of action, adventure, and larger-than-life characters.

Foreign thriller films add an extra layer of excitement as they simultaneously offer you the opportunity to broaden your horizon and learn more about other cultures. From new foreign action movies to long-beloved classics, you'll find films to satiate your craving for action and adventure in the list below. 

What are some great foreign language action films? Tom Tykwer's 1998 German film Run Lola Run follows the title character as she tries to save her boyfriend's life. The film is set in three parts each, with a small variance that changes the plot immensely. The Swedish adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is also a great foreign thriller. The Hunt - a 2012 Danish film - is a slow-burner, full of psychological suspense. Other good foreign thrillers include Oldboy, The Lives of Others, and I Saw the Devil.

Do you have a favorite foreign thriller? Give the best movies a thumbs up, and please add any good films we may have missed.

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  • The Invisible Guest
    Mario Casas, Ana Wagener, Jose Coronado
    • Released: 2016
    • Directed by: Oriol Paulo
  • REC
    Manuela Velasco, Javier Botet, Ana Isabel Velásquez
    • Released: 2007
    • Directed by: Paco Plaza, Jaume Balagueró
  • Oldboy
    Choi Min-sik, Yoo Ji-tae, Kang Hye-jung
    • Released: 2003
    • Directed by: Park Chan-wook
  • Parasite
    Song Kang-ho, Jo Yeo-jeong, Park So-dam
    • Released: 2019
    • Directed by: Bong Joon-ho
  • The Nightingale
    Aisling Franciosi, Sam Claflin, Baykali Ganambarr
    • Released: 2018
    • Directed by: Jennifer Kent
  • The Body
    Belén Rueda, José Coronado, Pere Brasó
    • Released: 2012
    • Directed by: Oriol Paulo
  • Train to Busan
    Gong Yoo, Ma Dong-seok, Jung Yu-mi
    • Released: 2016
    • Directed by: Yeon Sang-ho
  • The Guilty
    Jakob Cedergren, Jessica Dinnage, Johan Olsen
    • Released: 2018
    • Directed by: Gustav Möller
  • I Saw The Devil
    Lee Byung-hun, Choi Min-sik, Jeon Gook-hwan
    • Released: 2010
    • Directed by: Kim Jee-woon
  • The Secret In Their Eyes
    Ricardo Darín, Mariano Argento, Soledad Villamil
    • Released: 2009
    • Directed by: Juan José Campanella
  • The Chaser
    Kim Yoon-seok, Ha Jung-woo, Seo Young-hee
    • Released: 2008
    • Directed by: Na Hong-jin
  • The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
    Noomi Rapace, Marika Lagercrantz, Lena Endre
    • Released: 2009
    • Directed by: Niels Arden Oplev
  • Headhunters
    Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Aksel Hennie, Baard Owe
    • Released: 2011
    • Directed by: Morten Tyldum
  • Lady Vengeance
    Lee Young-ae, Song Kang-Ho, Choi Min-sik
    • Released: 2005
    • Directed by: Park Chan-wook
  • Memories of Murder
    Song Kang-ho, Kim Sang-kyung, Kim Roi-ha
    • Released: 2003
    • Directed by: Bong Joon-ho
  • The Lives Of Others
    Ulrich Tukur, Ulrich Mühe, Martina Gedeck
    • Released: 2006
    • Directed by: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
  • The Hidden Face
    Clara Lago, Alexandra Stewart, Martina García
    • Released: 2011
    • Directed by: Andrés Baiz
  • Tell No One
    Kristin Scott Thomas, Harlan Coben, Guillaume Canet
    • Released: 2006
    • Directed by: Guillaume Canet
  • The Man From Nowhere
    Won Bin, Kim Sae-ron, Young-chang Song
    • Released: 2010
    • Directed by: Lee Jung-beom
  • The Handmaiden
    Kim Min-hee, Kim Tae-ri, Ha Jung-woo
    • Released: 2016
    • Directed by: Park Chan-wook
  • Confessions
    Takako Matsu, Masaki Okada, Ai Hashimoto
    • Released: 2010
    • Directed by: Tetsuya Nakashima
  • Nine Queens
    Ricardo Darín, Oscar Nunez, Alejandro Awada
    • Released: 2002
    • Directed by: Fabián Bielinsky
  • Wild Tales
    Ricardo Darín, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Érica Rivas
    • Released: 2014
    • Directed by: Damián Szifron
  • The Skin I Live In
    Antonio Banderas, Blanca Suárez, Elena Anaya
    • Released: 2011
    • Directed by: Pedro Almodóvar
  • The Hunt
    Mads Mikkelsen, Alexandra Rapaport, Thomas Bo Larsen
    • Released: 2012
    • Directed by: Thomas Vinterberg