The following 14 films, all from different countries, were submitted for the 36th Academy Awards in the category Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. The titles highlighted in blue and yellow were the five nominated films, which came from Greece, Italy, Japan, Poland and Spain.
Italy won the award for Federico Fellini's film 8½.
Poland and the USSR submitted films to the competition for the first time. Pakistan didn't submit a film again until 2013 with Zinda Bhaag being submitted.
|Submitting country||Film title used in nomination||Language(s)||Original title||Director(s)||Result|
|France||Le Feu Follet||French||Le Feu Follet||Louis Malle||Not Nominated|
|Greece||The Red Lanterns||Greek||Τα κόκκινα φανάρια||Vasilis Georgiadis||Nominated|
|Hong Kong||The Love Eterne||Mandarin||梁山伯与祝英台||Li Han-hsiang||Not Nominated|
|India||Metropolis||Bengali||মহানগর||Satyajit Ray||Not Nominated|
|Italy||8½||Italian||81/2||Federico Fellini||Won Academy Award|
|Japan||Twin Sisters of Kyoto||Japanese||古都||Noboru Nakamura||Nominated|
|Mexico||The Paper Man||Spanish||El hombre de papel||Ismael Rodríguez||Not Nominated|
|Netherlands||Like Two Drops of Water||Dutch||Als twee druppels water||Fons Rademakers||Not Nominated|
|Pakistan||The Veil||Urdu||Ghunghat||Khurshid Anwar||Not Nominated|
|Poland||Knife in the Water||Polish||Nóz w wodzie||Roman Polanski||Nominated|
|Soviet Union||My Name Is Ivan||Russian||Иваново детство||Andrei Tarkovsky||Not Nominated|
|Spain||Los Tarantos||Spanish||Los Tarantos||Francisco Rovira Beleta||Nominated|
|Sweden||The Silence||Swedish||Tystnaden||Ingmar Bergman||Not Nominated|
|Yugoslavia||Kozara||Serbo-Croatian||Козара||Veljko Bulajić||Not Nominated|