This is a list of submissions to the 33rd Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film. The Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film was created in 1956 by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to honour non-English-speaking films produced outside the United States. The award is handed out annually, and is accepted by the winning film's director, although it is considered an award for the submitting country as a whole. Countries are invited by the Academy to submit their best films for competition according to strict rules, with only one film being accepted from each country.
For the 33rd Academy Awards, twelve films were submitted in the category Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Brazil submitted a film to the competition for the first time. The titles highlighted were the five nominated films, which came from France, Italy, Mexico, Sweden and Yugoslavia. The eventual winner was Ingmar Bergman's revenge drama The Virgin Spring, which represented Sweden.
|Submitting country||Film title used in nomination||Original title||Language(s)||Director(s)||Result|
|Brazil||Death Commands Brigandage||A Morte Comanda o Cangaço||Brazilian Portuguese||Carlos Coimbra & Walter Guimarães Motta||Not nominated|
|France||La Vérité||French||Henri-Georges Clouzot||Nominated|
|West Germany||Faust||German||Peter Gorski||Not nominated|
|Hong Kong||The Enchanting Shadow||倩女幽魂||Mandarin||Li Han-hsiang||Not nominated|
|India||The Great Moghul||मुग़ल-ए आज़म / مغلِ اعظم||Hindi, Urdu||K. Asif||Not nominated|
|Japan||Late Autumn||秋日和||Japanese||Yasujirō Ozu||Not nominated|
|Spain||At Five O'Clock in the Afternoon||A las cinco de la tarde||Juan Antonio Bardem||Not nominated|
|Sweden||The Virgin Spring||Jungfrukällan||Swedish||Ingmar Bergman||Won Academy Award|
|United Arab Republic||Teenagers||المراهقات||Arabic||Ahmed Diaeddin||Not nominated|
|Yugoslavia||The Ninth Circle||Deveti krug||Serbo-Croatian||France Štiglic||Nominated|