Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film
Awarded forBest Motion Picture in a Foreign Language
LocationUnited States
Presented byHollywood Foreign Press Association
Currently held byAnatomy of a Fall (2023)

The Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film is a Golden Globe Award presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association to reward theatrically-released feature film not in the English language.

It was first introduced at the 7th Golden Globe Awards for the 1949 film year as Best Foreign-Language Foreign Film, and would return to be awarded yearly from the 1957 film year onwards; from 1948 to 1972, it existed alongside the Best English-Language Foreign Film category, which was intented for English-language films made outside the United States. The two categories were fused into Best Foreign Language Film in 1973, now rewarding any non-American films regardless of language; this was reversed in 1986 when it was renamed to Best Foreign Language Film, although this last change also made American films in non-English language eligible, such as winners Letters from Iwo Jima and Minari.

The award was originally an equivalent to the pre-existent Best English-Language Foreign Film, for English-language film made outside the United States. Following

Note that since the 1987 change in the criteria for this award, its eligibility criteria have been considerably broader than those for the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film; films are notably not submitted by their country, and there is not limit of one-eligible film per country as in the Academy Awards. Before 1974, the award was given only infrequently, and with several films being jointly honoured per year.[1]

The most honored country in this category is the United Kingdom, with seven films honored, followed by Spain and France.

Eligibility criteria

Like the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film, this award does not require that an eligible film be released in the United States. The official rules for the award state that submitted films must be at least 70 minutes in length and have at least 51% of their dialogue in a language other than English, and that they be "first released in their country of origin during the 14-months period from November 1 to December 31, prior to the Awards". Films that were not released in their country of origin due to censorship qualify with a one-week release in the U.S. during the specified period.[2]

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), presenter of the Golden Globes, also does not limit the number of submitted films from a given country.[2] This differs from the practice of the Academy Awards' presenter, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), which limits each country to one submission per year.[3]

Best Foreign-Language Foreign Film


Best Foreign Film – English Language

See also: Golden Globe Award for Best English-Language Foreign Film

Winners and nominations

1965-1972: Best Foreign Film – Foreign Language
1973-1985: Best Foreign Film
1986–present: Best Foreign Language Film


Year English title Original title Director Country
Best Foreign Film – Foreign Language
1965 Juliet of the Spirits Giulietta degli spiriti Federico Fellini Italy
Always Further On Tarahumara, cada vez más lejos Luis Alcoriza Mexico
Circle of Love La ronde Roger Vadim France
Red Beard 赤ひげ Akira Kurosawa Japan
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg Les parapluies de Cherbourg Jacques Demy France
1966 A Man and a Woman Un homme et une femme Claude Lelouch France
The Birds, the Bees and the Italians Signore & signori Pietro Germi Italy
Hamlet Гамлет Grigori Kozintsev Soviet Union
Impossible on Saturday Pas question le samedi Alex Joffé France
Loves of a Blonde Lásky jedné plavovlásky Miloš Forman Czechoslovakia
1967 Live for Life Vivre pour vivre Claude Lelouch France
L'immorale Pietro Germi Italy
Closely Watched Trains Ostře sledované vlaky Jiří Menzel Czechoslovakia
Elvira Madigan Bo Widerberg Sweden
The Stranger Lo straniero Luchino Visconti Italy
1968 War and Peace Война и мир Sergei Bondarchuk Soviet Union
The Bride Wore Black La mariée était en noir François Truffaut France
I Even Met Happy Gypsies Skupljači perja Aleksandar Petrović Yugoslavia
Shame Skammen Ingmar Bergman Sweden
Stolen Kisses Baisers volés François Truffaut France
1969 Z Costa-Gavras Algeria
Ådalen 31 Ådalen '31 Bo Widerberg Sweden
Blaumilch Canal Te'alat Blaumilch Ephraim Kishon Israel
Girls in the Sun Κορίτσια στον Ήλιο Vasilis Georgiadis Greece
Fellini Satyricon Federico Fellini Italy


Year English title Original title Director Country
1970 Rider on the Rain Le Passager de la Pluie René Clément France
Borsalino Jacques Deray Italy
The Confession L'aveu Costa-Gavras France
The Customer of the Off Season אורח בעונה מתה Moshé Mizrahi France, Israel
Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion Indagine su un cittadino al di sopra di ogni sospetto Elio Petri Italy
1971 The Policeman השוטר אזולאי Ephraim Kishon Israel
Claire's Knee Le genou de Claire Éric Rohmer France
The Conformist Il conformista Bernardo Bertolucci Italy
Tchaikovsky Чайковский Igor Talankin Soviet Union
To Die of Love Mourir d'aimer André Cayatte France
1972 The Emigrants Utvandrarna Jan Troell Sweden
The New Land Nybyggarna
Cries and Whispers Viskningar och rop Ingmar Bergman Sweden
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie Le charme discret de la bourgeoisie Luis Buñuel France
Mirage Espejismo Armando Robles Godoy Peru
Roma Federico Fellini Italy
Best Foreign Film
1973 The Pedestrian Der Fußgänger Maximilian Schell West Germany
Alfredo, Alfredo Pietro Germi Italy
Day for Night La nuit américaine François Truffaut France
Kazablan Menahem Golan Israel
State of Siege État de siège Costa-Gavras France
1974 Scenes from a Marriage Scener ur ett äktenskap Ingmar Bergman Sweden
The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacob Les aventures de Rabbi Jacob Gérard Oury France
The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz Ted Kotcheff Canada
Amarcord Federico Fellini Italy
Lacombe, Lucien Louis Malle France
1975 Lies My Father Told Me Ján Kadár Canada
And Now My Love Toute une vie Claude Lelouch France
Hedda Trevor Nunn United Kingdom
The Magic Flute Trollflöjten Ingmar Bergman Sweden
Special Section Section spéciale Costa-Gavras France
1976 Face to Face Ansikte mot ansikte Ingmar Bergman Sweden
Cousin Cousine Jean-Charles Tacchella France
Pocket Money L'argent de poche François Truffaut
Seven Beauties Pasqualino Settebellezze Lina Wertmüller Italy
The Slipper and the Rose: The Story of Cinderella Bryan Forbes United Kingdom
1977 A Special Day Una giornata particolare Ettore Scola Italy
An Elephant Can Be Extremely Deceptive Un éléphant ça trompe énormément Yves Robert France
Madame Rosa La vie devant soi Moshé Mizrahi
That Obscure Object of Desire Cet obscur objet du désir Luis Buñuel
Raise Ravens Cría cuervos Carlos Saura Spain
1978 Autumn Sonata Höstsonaten Ingmar Bergman Sweden
Death on the Nile John Guillermin England
Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands Dona Flor e seus dois maridos Bruno Barreto Brazil
A Dream of Passion Κραυγή Γυναικών Jules Dassin Greece
Get Out Your Handkerchiefs Préparez vos mouchoirs Bertrand Blier France
Going All the Way Eskimo Limon Boaz Davidson Israel
1979 Birds of a Feather La cage aux folles Édouard Molinaro France, Italy
The Marriage of Maria Braun Die Ehe der Maria Braun Rainer Werner Fassbinder West Germany
The Europeans James Ivory United Kingdom
Till Marriage Do Us Part Mio Dio come sono caduta in basso! Luigi Comencini Italy
Soldier of Orange Soldaat van Oranje Paul Verhoeven Netherlands


Year English title Original title Director Country
1980 Tess Roman Polanski United Kingdom
Breaker Morant Bruce Beresford Australia
The Last Metro Le dernier métro François Truffaut France
My Brilliant Career Gillian Armstrong Australia
Shadow Warrior 影武者 Akira Kurosawa Japan
Special Treatment Poseban tretman Goran Paskaljević Yugoslavia
1981 Chariots of Fire Hugh Hudson United Kingdom
Atlantic City Louis Malle Canada
The Boat Das Boot Wolfgang Petersen West Germany
Gallipoli Peter Weir Australia
Pixote: The Law of the Weakest Pixote: A lei do mais fraco Héctor Babenco Brazil
1982 Gandhi Richard Attenborough India
Fitzcarraldo Werner Herzog West Germany
The Man from Snowy River George T. Miller Australia
Quest for Fire La guerre du feu Jean-Jacques Annaud Canada
La traviata Franco Zeffirelli Italy
The Way Yol Yılmaz Güney Switzerland
1983 Fanny and Alexander Fanny och Alexander Ingmar Bergman Sweden
Carmen Carlos Saura Spain
The Dresser Peter Yates United Kingdom
Educating Rita Lewis Gilbert
The Grey Fox Phillip Borsos Canada
1984 A Passage to India David Lean United Kingdom
Carmen Francesco Rosi France
Dangerous Moves La diagonale du fou Richard Dembo Switzerland
Paris, Texas Wim Wenders France, Germany
A Sunday in the Country Un dimanche à la campagne Bertrand Tavernier France
1985 The Official Story La historia oficial Luis Puenzo Argentina
Colonel Redl Oberst Redl István Szabó Hungary
Ran Akira Kurosawa Japan
When Father Was Away on Business Otac na sluzbenom putu Emir Kusturica Yugoslavia
A Year of the Quiet Sun Rok spokojnego słońca Krzysztof Zanussi Poland
Best Foreign Language Film
1986 The Assault De aanslag Fons Rademakers Netherlands
Betty Blue 37°2 le matin Jean-Jacques Beineix France
Ginger and Fred Ginger e Fred Federico Fellini Italy
Three Men and a Cradle 3 hommes et un couffin Coline Serreau France
1987 My Life as a Dog Mitt liv som hund Lasse Hallström Sweden
Dark Eyes Oci ciornie Nikita Mikhalkov Italy
Goodbye, Children Au revoir, les enfants Louis Malle France
Jean de Florette Claude Berri
Repentance მონანიება Tengiz Abuladze Soviet Union
1988 Pelle the Conqueror Pelle erobreren Bille August Denmark
Babette's Feast Babettes gæstebud Gabriel Axel Denmark
Hanussen István Szabó Hungary
Salaam Bombay! Mira Nair India
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios Pedro Almodóvar Spain
1989 Cinema Paradiso Nuovo cinema Paradiso Giuseppe Tornatore Italy
Camille Claudel Bruno Nuytten France
Jesus of Montreal Jésus de Montréal Denys Arcand Canada
My Uncle's Legacy Život sa stricem Krsto Papić Yugoslavia
Story of Women Une affaire de femmes Claude Chabrol France


Year English title Original title Director Country
1990 Cyrano de Bergerac Jean-Paul Rappeneau France
Dreams Akira Kurosawa Japan
The Nasty Girl Das schreckliche Mädchen Michael Verhoeven West Germany
Requiem for Dominic Requiem für Dominik Robert Dornhelm Austria
Taxi Blues Такси-блюз Pavel Lungin Soviet Union
1991 Europa Europa Agnieszka Holland Germany
The Double Life of Véronique La double vie de Véronique Krzysztof Kieślowski France
High Heels Tacones lejanos Pedro Almodóvar Spain
Madame Bovary Claude Chabrol France
La Femme Nikita Nikita Luc Besson
Lost in Siberia Zateryannyy v Sibiri Alexander Mitta Soviet Union
1992 Indochine Régis Wargnier France
All the Mornings of the World Tous les matins du monde Alain Corneau France
Close to Eden Urga Nikita Mikhalkov Russia
Like Water for Chocolate Como agua para chocolate Alfonso Arau Mexico
Schtonk! Helmut Dietl Germany
1993 Farewell My Concubine 霸王別姬 Chen Kaige Hong Kong
Flight of the Innocent La corsa dell'innocente Carlo Carlei Italy
Justice Justiz Hans W. Geißendörfer Germany
Three Colors: Blue Trois couleurs: Bleu Krzysztof Kieślowski France
The Wedding Banquet 喜宴 Ang Lee Taiwan
1994 Farinelli Gérard Corbiau Belgium
Eat Drink Man Woman 飲食男女 Ang Lee Taiwan
To Live 活著 Zhang Yimou China
Queen Margot La reine Margot Patrice Chéreau France
Three Colors: Red Trois couleurs: Rouge Krzysztof Kieślowski Switzerland
1995 Les Misérables Claude Lelouch France
Brother of Sleep Schlafes Bruder Joseph Vilsmaier Germany
French Twist Gazon maudit Josiane Balasko France
Like Two Crocodiles Come due coccodrilli Giacomo Campiotti Italy
Shanghai Triad 搖啊搖,搖到外婆橋 Zhang Yimou China
1996 Kolya Kolja Jan Svěrák Czech Republic
The Eighth Day Le huitième jour Jaco Van Dormael Belgium
Luna e l'altra Maurizio Nichetti Italy
Prisoner of the Mountains Кавказский пленник / Kavkazskiy plennik Sergei Bodrov Russia
Ridicule Patrice Leconte France
1997 My Life in Pink Ma vie en rose Alain Berliner Belgium
Artemisia Agnès Merlet France
The Best Man Il testimone dello sposo Pupi Avati Italy
Lea Ivan Fíla Germany
The Thief Вор Pavel Chukhray Russia
1998 Central Station Central do Brasil Walter Salles Brazil
The Celebration Festen Thomas Vinterberg Denmark
Men with Guns John Sayles United States
The Polish Bride De Poolse bruid Karim Traïdia Netherlands
Tango Tango, no me dejes nunca Carlos Saura Argentina
1999 All About My Mother Todo sobre mi madre Pedro Almodóvar Spain
Aimée & Jaguar Max Färberböck Germany
East/West Est-Ouest Régis Wargnier France
Girl on the Bridge La fille sur le pont Patrice Leconte
The Red Violin Le violon rouge François Girard Canada


Year English title Original title Director Country
2000 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 臥虎藏龍 Ang Lee Taiwan
Amores perros Alejandro González Iñárritu Mexico
Malèna Giuseppe Tornatore Italy
One Hundred Steps I cento passi Marco Tullio Giordana
The Widow of Saint-Pierre La veuve de Saint-Pierre Patrice Leconte France
2001 No Man's Land Danis Tanović Bosnia and Herzegovina
Amélie Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain Jean-Pierre Jeunet France
Behind the Sun Abril despedaçado Walter Salles Brazil
Monsoon Wedding Mira Nair India
Y tu mamá también Alfonso Cuarón Mexico
2002 Talk to Her Hable con ella Pedro Almodóvar Spain
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress Balzac et la petite tailleuse chinoise Dai Sijie France
City of God Cidade de Deus Fernando Meirelles Brazil
The Crime of Father Amaro El crimen del padre Amaro Carlos Carrera Mexico
Hero 英雄 Zhang Yimou China
Nowhere in Africa Nirgendwo in Afrika Caroline Link Germany
2003 Osama أسامة Siddiq Barmak Afghanistan
The Barbarian Invasions Les invasions barbares Denys Arcand Canada
Good Bye, Lenin! Wolfgang Becker Germany
Monsieur Ibrahim Monsieur Ibrahim et les fleurs du Coran François Dupeyron France
The Return Возвращение Andrey Zvyagintsev Russia
2004 The Sea Inside Mar adentro Alejandro Amenábar Spain
The Chorus Les choristes Christophe Barratier France
House of Flying Daggers 十面埋伏 Zhang Yimou China
The Motorcycle Diaries Diários de Motocicleta Walter Salles Argentina, Brazil
A Very Long Engagement Un long dimanche de fiançailles Jean-Pierre Jeunet France
2005 Paradise Now الجنّة الآن Hany Abu-Assad Palestine
Kung Fu Hustle 功夫 / Kung fu Stephen Chow China
Merry Christmas Joyeux Noël Christian Carion France
The Promise 無極 Chen Kaige China
Tsotsi Gavin Hood South Africa
2006 Letters from Iwo Jima Clint Eastwood United States
Apocalypto Mel Gibson United States
The Lives of Others Das Leben der Anderen Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck Germany
Pan's Labyrinth El laberinto del fauno Guillermo del Toro Mexico
Volver Pedro Almodóvar Spain
2007 The Diving Bell and the Butterfly Le scaphandre et le papillon Julian Schnabel France, United States
4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days 4 luni, 3 săptămâni şi 2 zile Cristian Mungiu Romania
The Kite Runner Marc Forster United States
Lust, Caution 色, 戒 Ang Lee Taiwan
Persepolis Vincent Paronnaud and
Marjane Satrapi
2008 Waltz with Bashir ואלס עם באשיר Ari Folman Israel
The Baader Meinhof Complex Der Baader Meinhof Komplex Uli Edel Germany
Everlasting Moments Maria Larssons eviga ögonblick Jan Troell Sweden, Denmark
Gomorrah Gomorra Matteo Garrone Italy
I've Loved You So Long Il y a longtemps que je t'aime Philippe Claudel France
2009 The White Ribbon Das weiße Band Michael Haneke Germany
Baarìa Giuseppe Tornatore Italy
Broken Embraces Los abrazos rotos Pedro Almodóvar Spain
The Maid La Nana Sebastián Silva Chile
A Prophet Un prophète Jacques Audiard France


Year English title Original title Director Country
2010 In a Better World Hævnen Susanne Bier Denmark
Biutiful Alejandro González Iñárritu Spain, Mexico
The Concert Le Concert Radu Mihăileanu France
The Edge Край Alexei Uchitel Russia
I Am Love Io Sono L'amore Luca Guadagnino Italy
2011 A Separation جدایی نادر از سیمین Asghar Farhadi Iran
In the Land of Blood and Honey Angelina Jolie United States
The Flowers of War 金陵十三钗 Zhang Yimou China
The Kid with a Bike Le Gamin au vélo Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne Belgium
The Skin I Live In La piel que habito Pedro Almodóvar Spain
2012 Amour Michael Haneke Austria
A Royal Affair En kongelig affære Nikolaj Arcel Denmark
The Intouchables Intouchables Éric Toledano and Olivier Nakache France
Rust and Bone De rouille et d'os Jacques Audiard
Kon-Tiki Joachim Rønning & Espen Sandberg Norway, United Kingdom, Denmark
2013 The Great Beauty La grande bellezza Paolo Sorrentino Italy
Blue Is the Warmest Colour La Vie d'Adèle – Chapitres 1 & 2 Abdellatif Kechiche France
The Hunt Jagten Thomas Vinterberg Denmark
The Past Le Passé Asghar Farhadi Iran
The Wind Rises 風立ちぬ Hayao Miyazaki Japan
2014 Leviathan Левиафан Andrey Zvyagintsev Russia
Ida Paweł Pawlikowski Poland
Tangerines მანდარინები Zaza Urushadze Estonia
Force Majeure Turist Ruben Östlund Sweden
Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem גט - המשפט של ויויאן אמסלם Ronit Elkabetz Israel
2015 Son of Saul Saul fia László Nemes Hungary
The Brand New Testament Le Tout Nouveau Testament Jaco Van Dormael Belgium, Francem Luxembourg
The Club El Club Pablo Larraín Chile
The Fencer Miekkailija / Vehkleja Klaus Härö Finland, Estonia
Mustang Deniz Gamze Ergüven France
2016 Elle Paul Verhoeven France[4]
Divines Houda Benyamina France
Neruda Pablo Larraín Chile
The Salesman فروشنده Asghar Farhadi Iran
Toni Erdmann Maren Ade Germany
2017 In the Fade Aus dem Nichts Fatih Akin Germany
A Fantastic Woman Una Mujer Fantástica Sebastián Lelio Chile
First They Killed My Father Angelina Jolie Cambodia
Loveless Нелюбовь Andrey Zvyagintsev Russia
The Square Ruben Östlund Sweden
2018 Roma Alfonso Cuarón Mexico[5]
Capernaum کفرناحوم Nadine Labaki Lebanon
Girl Lukas Dhont Belgium
Never Look Away Werk ohne Autor Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck Germany
Shoplifters 万引き家族 Hirokazu Kore-eda Japan
2019 Parasite 기생충 Bong Joon-ho South Korea
The Farewell Lulu Wang United States
Les Misérables Ladj Ly France
Pain and Glory Dolor y gloria Pedro Almodóvar Spain
Portrait of a Lady on Fire Portrait de la jeune fille en feu Céline Sciamma France


Year English title Original title Director Country
2020 Minari Lee Isaac Chung United States
Another Round Druk Thomas Vinterberg Denmark
La Llorona Jayro Bustamante Guatemala
The Life Ahead La vita davanti a sé Edoardo Ponti Italy
Two of Us Deux Filippo Meneghetti France
2021 Drive My Car ドライブ・マイ・カー Ryusuke Hamaguchi Japan
Compartment No. 6 Hytti nro 6 Juho Kuosmanen Germany, Finland, Russia
The Hand of God È stata la mano di Dio Paolo Sorrentino Italy
A Hero قهرمان Asghar Farhadi France, Iran
Parallel Mothers Madres paralelas Pedro Almodóvar Spain
2022 Argentina, 1985 Santiago Mitre Argentina
All Quiet on the Western Front Im Westen nichts Neues Edward Berger Germany
Close Lukas Dhont Belgium
Decision to Leave 헤어질 결심 Park Chan-wook South Korea
RRR S. S. Rajamouli India
2023 Anatomy of a Fall Anatomie d'une chute Justine Triet France
Fallen Leaves Kuolleet lehdet Aki Kaurismäki Finland
Io capitano Matteo Garrone Italy
Past Lives Celine Song United States
Society of the Snow La sociedad de la nieve J. A. Bayona Spain
The Zone of Interest Jonathan Glazer United Kingdom, Poland

Multiple winners

Nine directors have won the award multiple times.

Wins Director
6 Sweden Ingmar Bergman
3 Italy Vittorio De Sica
France Claude Lelouch
2 Spain Pedro Almodóvar
Greece Michael Cacoyannis
Austria Michael Haneke
Germany Kurt Hoffmann
Japan Keisuke Kinoshita
Sweden Jan Troell

See also


  1. ^ "Best Foreign Language Film". goldenglobes. Archived from the original on 2009-12-15. Retrieved 2010-10-19.
  2. ^ a b Hollywood Foreign Press Association. "Golden Globe Award Consideration: Best Foreign Language Film Submission" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on October 21, 2011. Retrieved February 29, 2012.
  3. ^ Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. "84th Annual Academy Awards of Merit: Rules" (PDF). Retrieved February 29, 2012. See especially Rule 14, "Special Rules for the Foreign Language Film Award".
  4. ^ "Golden Globes 2017: Complete list of winners". Los Angeles Times. December 12, 2016.
  5. ^ Dry, Jude (January 7, 2019). "Alfonso Cuarón's 'Roma' Wins Golden Globe For Best Foreign Language Film".