César Award for Best Foreign Film

This is the list of winners and nominees of the César Award for Best Foreign Film (French: César du meilleur film étranger).

César Award for Best Foreign Film
Presented byAcadémie des Arts et Techniques du Cinéma
First awarded1976
Currently held byThe Father (2022)

Winners and nomineesEdit


Year Winner and nominees Original title Country Director
Scent of a Woman Profumo di donna   Italy Dino Risi
Aguirre, the Wrath of God Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes   West Germany Werner Herzog
The Magic Flute Trollflöjten   Sweden Ingmar Bergman
Nashville   United States Robert Altman
We All Loved Each Other So Much C'eravamo tanto amati   Italy Ettore Scola
Barry Lyndon   United Kingdom/
  United States
Stanley Kubrick
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest   United States Miloš Forman
Raise Ravens Cría cuervos   Spain Carlos Saura
A Special Day Una giornata particolare   Italy Ettore Scola
The American Friend Der amerikanische Freund   West Germany Wim Wenders
Annie Hall   United States Woody Allen
Bread and Chocolate Pane e cioccolata   Italy Franco Brusati
The Tree of Wooden Clogs L'albero degli zoccoli   Italy Ermanno Olmi
Autumn Sonata Höstsonaten   Sweden Ingmar Bergman
Julia   United States Fred Zinnemann
A Wedding   United States Robert Altman


Year Winner and nominees Original title Country Director
Manhattan   United States Woody Allen
Apocalypse Now   United States Francis Ford Coppola
Hair   United States Miloš Forman
The Tin Drum Die Blechtrommel   West Germany Volker Schlöndorff
Shadow Warrior 影武者 / Kagemusha   Japan Akira Kurosawa
Fame   United States Alan Parker
Kramer vs. Kramer   United States Robert Benton
The Rose   United States Mark Rydell
The Elephant Man   United Kingdom/
  United States
David Lynch
The Circle of Deceit Die Fälschung   West Germany Volker Schlöndorff
Raiders of the Lost Ark   United States Steven Spielberg
Man of Iron Człowiek z żelaza   Poland Andrzej Wajda
Victor/Victoria   United Kingdom/
  United States
Blake Edwards
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial   United States Steven Spielberg
The French Lieutenant's Woman   United Kingdom Karel Reisz
The Way Yol   Turkey Serif Gören and Yilmaz Güney
Fanny and Alexander Fanny och Alexander   Sweden Ingmar Bergman
Carmen   Spain Carlos Saura
The Gods Must Be Crazy   South Africa Jamie Uys
Tootsie   United States Sydney Pollack
Amadeus   United States Miloš Forman
Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes   United Kingdom/
  United States
Hugh Hudson
Maria's Lovers   United States Andrei Konchalovsky
Paris, Texas   West Germany Wim Wenders
The Purple Rose of Cairo   United States Woody Allen
Desperately Seeking Susan   United States Susan Seidelman
The Killing Fields   United Kingdom Roland Joffé
Ran   Japan Akira Kurosawa
Year of the Dragon   United States Michael Cimino
The Name of the Rose Il nome della rosa   Italy/
  West Germany
Jean-Jacques Annaud
After Hours   United States Martin Scorsese
Hannah and Her Sisters   United States Woody Allen
The Mission   United Kingdom Roland Joffé
Out of Africa   United States Sydney Pollack
The Last Emperor   United Kingdom/
Bernardo Bertolucci
Dark Eyes Oci ciornie   Italy/
  Soviet Union
Nikita Mikhalkov
Intervista   Italy Federico Fellini
The Untouchables   United States Brian De Palma
Wings of Desire Der Himmel über Berlin   West Germany Wim Wenders
Bagdad Cafe Out of Rosenheim   West Germany Percy Adlon
Bird   United States Clint Eastwood
Salaam Bombay! सलाम बॉम्बे   India Mira Nair
Who Framed Roger Rabbit   United States Robert Zemeckis


Year Winner and nominees Original title Country Director
Dangerous Liaisons   United States Stephen Frears
Cinema Paradiso Nuovo cinema Paradiso   Italy Giuseppe Tornatore
Rain Man   United States Barry Levinson
Sex, Lies, and Videotape   United States Steven Soderbergh
Time of the Gypsies Дом за вешање / Dom za vešanje   SFR Yugoslavia Emir Kusturica
Dead Poets Society   United States Peter Weir
Goodfellas   United States Martin Scorsese
Pretty Woman   United States Garry Marshall
Taxi Blues Такси-блюз / Taksi-Blyuz   Soviet Union Pavel Lungin
Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! ¡Átame!   Spain Pedro Almodóvar
Toto the Hero Toto le héros   Belgium/
Jaco van Dormael
Alice   United States Woody Allen
Close to Eden У́рга — территория любви   Soviet Union Nikita Mikhalkov
Dances with Wolves   United States Kevin Costner
The Silence of the Lambs   United States Jonathan Demme
Thelma & Louise   United States Ridley Scott
High Heels Tacones lejanos   Spain Pedro Almodóvar
Howards End   United Kingdom James Ivory
Husbands and Wives   United States Woody Allen
The Lover L'amant   France/
  United Kingdom
Jean-Jacques Annaud
The Player   United States Robert Altman
The Piano   New Zealand/
Jane Campion
Farewell My Concubine 霸王別姬 / Ba wang bie ji   China/
  Hong Kong
Chen Kaige
Manhattan Murder Mystery   United States Woody Allen
Raining Stones   United Kingdom Ken Loach
The Snapper   Ireland/
  United Kingdom
Stephen Frears
Four Weddings and a Funeral   United Kingdom Mike Newell
Dear Diary Caro diario   Italy Nanni Moretti
Pulp Fiction   United States Quentin Tarantino
Schindler's List   United States Steven Spielberg
Short Cuts   United States Robert Altman
Land and Freedom   United Kingdom Ken Loach
The Bridges of Madison County   United States Clint Eastwood
Smoke   United States Paul Auster and Wayne Wang
Underground Подземље / Podzemlje   FR Yugoslavia Emir Kusturica
The Usual Suspects   United States Bryan Singer
Breaking the Waves   Denmark/
  United Kingdom
Lars von Trier
Fargo   United States Joel Coen
The Promise La promesse   Belgium Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
Secrets & Lies   United Kingdom Mike Leigh
The Postman Il postino   Italy Michael Radford
Brassed Off   United Kingdom Mark Herman
The English Patient   United States/
  United Kingdom
Anthony Minghella
Everyone Says I Love You   United States Woody Allen
Hana-bi はなび   Japan Takeshi Kitano
The Full Monty   United Kingdom Peter Cattaneo
Life Is Beautiful La vita è bella   Italy Roberto Benigni
The Celebration Festen   Denmark Thomas Vinterberg
Central Station Central do Brasil   Brazil Walter Salles
Saving Private Ryan   United States Steven Spielberg
Titanic   United States James Cameron


Year Winner and nominees Original title Country Director
All About My Mother Todo sobre mi madre   Spain Pedro Almodóvar
Being John Malkovich   United States Spike Jonze
Eyes Wide Shut   United States/
  United Kingdom
Stanley Kubrick
Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai   United States Jim Jarmusch
The Thin Red Line   United States Terrence Malick
In the Mood for Love 花樣年華 / Fa yeung nin wa   Hong Kong Kar Wai Wong
American Beauty   United States Sam Mendes
Billy Elliot   United Kingdom Stephen Daldry
Dancer in the Dark   Denmark Lars von Trier
Yi Yi Yī Yī   Taiwan Edward Yang
Mulholland Drive   United States David Lynch
The Man Who Wasn't There   United States Joel Coen
Moulin Rouge!   Australia Baz Luhrmann
The Son's Room La stanza del figlio   Italy Nanni Moretti
Traffic   United States Steven Soderbergh
Bowling for Columbine   United States Michael Moore
Minority Report   United States Steven Spielberg
Ocean's Eleven   United States Steven Soderbergh
Painted Fire 취화선 / Chi-hwa-seon   South Korea Kwon-taek Im
Spirited Away 千と千尋の神隠し / Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi   Japan Hayao Miyazaki
Mystic River   United States Clint Eastwood
Elephant   United States Gus Van Sant
Gangs of New York   United States Martin Scorsese
The Hours   United States/
  United Kingdom
Stephen Daldry
The Return Возвращение / Vozvrashcheniye   Russia Andrei Zvyagintsev
Lost in Translation   United States Sofia Coppola
21 Grams   United States Alejandro González Iñárritu
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind   United States Michel Gondry
Fahrenheit 9/11   United States Michael Moore
The Motorcycle Diaries Diarios de motocicleta   Argentina/
Walter Salles
Million Dollar Baby   United States Clint Eastwood
A History of Violence   United States David Cronenberg
Match Point   United Kingdom/
  United States
Woody Allen
The Sea Inside Mar adentro   Spain Alejandro Amenábar
Walk on Water ללכת על המים / Lalekhet Al HaMayim   Israel Eytan Fox
Little Miss Sunshine   United States Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris
Babel   United States/
Alejandro González Iñárritu
Brokeback Mountain   United States Ang Lee
The Queen   United Kingdom Stephen Frears
Volver   Spain Pedro Almodóvar
The Lives of Others Das Leben der Anderen   Germany Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days 4 luni, 3 săptămâni şi 2 zile   Romania Cristian Mungiu
Eastern Promises   United Kingdom/
David Cronenberg
The Edge of Heaven Auf der anderen Seite   Germany/
Fatih Akin
We Own the Night   United States James Gray
Waltz with Bashir ואלס עם באשיר / Vals Im Bashir   Israel Ari Folman
Eldorado   Belgium/
Bouli Lanners
Gomorrah Gomorra   Italy Matteo Garrone
Into the Wild   United States Sean Penn
Lorna's Silence Le silence de Lorna   Belgium Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
There Will Be Blood   United States Paul Thomas Anderson
Two Lovers   United States James Gray


Year Winner and nominees Original title Country Director
Gran Torino   United States Clint Eastwood
Avatar   United States James Cameron
Milk   United States Gus Van Sant
I Killed My Mother J'ai tué ma mère   Canada Xavier Dolan
A Town Called Panic   Belgium/
Stepahne Aubier and Vincent Patar
The White Ribbon Das weiße Band, Eine deutsche Kindergeschichte   Germany/
Michael Haneke
Slumdog Millionaire   United Kingdom Danny Boyle
The Social Network   United States David Fincher
Bright Star   United Kingdom/
Jane Campion
Heartbeats Les amours imaginaires   Canada Xavier Dolan
Illegal Illégal   Belgium/
Olivier Masset-Depasse
Inception   United States/
  United Kingdom
Christopher Nolan
Invictus   United States
  South Africa
Clint Eastwood
The Secret in Their Eyes El secreto de sus ojos   Argentina Juan José Campanella
A Separation جدایی نادر از سیمین / Jodaí-e Nadér az Simín   Iran Asghar Farhadi
Black Swan   United States Darren Aronofsky
Drive   United States Nicolas Winding Refn
Incendies   Canada Denis Villeneuve
Melancholia   Denmark Lars von Trier
The Kid with a Bike Le gamin au vélo   Belgium Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
The King's Speech   United Kingdom/
Tom Hooper
Argo   United States Ben Affleck
Bullhead Rundskop   Belgium Michaël R. Roskam
Laurence Anyways   Canada Xavier Dolan
Oslo, August 31st Oslo, 31. august   Norway Joachim Trier
The Angels' Share   United Kingdom Ken Loach
A Royal Affair En kongelig affære   Denmark Nikolaj Arcel
Our Children À perdre la raison   Belgium/
Joachim Lafosse
The Broken Circle Breakdown   Belgium Felix Van Groeningen
Blue Jasmine   United States Woody Allen
Blancanieves   Spain Pablo Berger
Dead Man Talking   Belgium/
Patrick Ridremont
Django Unchained   United States Quentin Tarantino
Gravity   United States/
  United Kingdom
Alfonso Cuarón
The Great Beauty La grande bellezza   Italy Paolo Sorrentino
Mommy   Canada Xavier Dolan
Boyhood   United States Richard Linklater
12 Years A Slave   United States/
  United Kingdom
Steve McQueen
Two Days, One Night Deux jours, une nuit   Belgium/
Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
Winter Sleep Kış Uykusu   Turkey Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Ida   Poland Pawel Pawlikowski
The Grand Budapest Hotel   United States Wes Anderson
Birdman   United States Alejandro González Iñárritu
Son of Saul Saul fia   Hungary László Nemes
I'm Dead but I Have Friends Je suis mort mais j'ai des amis   Belgium/
Guillaume Malandrin and Stéphane Malandrin
Mia Madre   Italy Nanni Moretti
Taxi تاکسی / Taxi   Iran Jafar Panahi
The Brand New Testament Le Tout Nouveau Testament   Belgium/
Jaco Van Dormael
Youth Youth - La giovinezza   Italy/
  United Kingdom
Paolo Sorrentino
I, Daniel Blake   United Kingdom Ken Loach
Aquarius   Brazil Kleber Mendonça Filho
Graduation Bacalaureat   Romania Cristian Mungiu
The Unknown Girl La Fille inconnue   Belgium/
Luc Dardenne and Jean-Pierre Dardenne
It's Only the End of the World Juste la fin du monde   Canada/
Xavier Dolan
Manchester by the Sea   United States Kenneth Lonergan
Toni Erdmann   Germany/
Maren Ade
Loveless Нелюбовь / Nelyubov   Russia Andrey Zvyagintsev
The Nile Hilton Incident حادث النيل هيلتون / Hadith Alnayl Ilitun   Sweden/
Tarik Saleh
Dunkirk   United Kingdom/
  United States
Christopher Nolan
La La Land   United States Damien Chazelle
The Square   Sweden Ruben Östlund
A Wedding Noces   Belgium
Stephan Streker
Shoplifters 万引き家族 / Manbiki Kazoku   Japan Hirokazu Kore-eda
Girl   Belgium Lukas Dhont
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri   United States/
  United Kingdom
Martin McDonagh
Cold War Zimna wojna   Poland/
Paweł Pawlikowski
Our Struggles Nos batailles   Belgium/
Guillaume Senez
Capernaum کفرناحوم / Kafarnāḥūm   Lebanon Nadine Labaki
Hannah   Italy/
Andrea Pallaoro


Year Winner and nominees Original title Country Director
Parasite 기생충 / Gisaengchung   South Korea Bong Joon-ho
Pain and Glory Dolor y gloria   Spain Pedro Almodóvar
Young Ahmed Le Jeune Ahmed   Belgium Luc Dardenne
Jean-Pierre Dardenne
Joker   United States Todd Phillips
Lola   Belgium
Laurent Micheli
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood   United States Quentin Tarantino
The Traitor Il traditore   Italy Marco Bellocchio
Another Round Druk   Denmark Thomas Vinterberg
1917   United Kingdom/
  United States
Sam Mendes
Corpus Christi Boże Ciało   Poland/
Jan Komasa
Dark Waters   United States Todd Haynes
The August Virgin La virgen de agosto   Spain Jonás Trueba
The Father   United Kingdom Florian Zeller
Compartment No. 6 Hytti nro 6   Finland/
Juho Kuosmanen
Drive My Car ドライブ・マイ・カー / Doraibu mai kā   Japan Ryusuke Hamaguchi
First Cow   United States Kelly Reichardt
Just 6.5 متری شیش و نیم / Metri Shesh-o Nim   Iran Saeed Roustayi
Parallel Mothers Madres paralelas   Spain Pedro Almodóvar
The Worst Person in the World Verdens verste menneske   Norway Joachim Trier

Awards by nationEdit

Country Number of
winning films
Number of
nominated films
  United States of America 16 85
  United Kingdom 7 20
  Italy 6 12
  Belgium 2 17
  Germany[nb 1] 2 9
  Spain 2 9
  Denmark 2 4
  Japan 2 4
  Canada 1 5
  Sweden 1 4
  Hong Kong 1 2
  Iran 1 2
  Australia 1 1
  Israel 1 1
  Russia 1 1
  South Korea 1 2
  New Zealand 1 1
  Poland 0 4
  Argentina 0 2
  Brazil 0 2
  Romania 0 2
  Turkey 0 2
  Norway 0 2
  Union of Soviet Socialist Republics[nb 2] 0 2
  Yugoslavia 0 2
  China 0 1
  France[nb 3] 0 1
  Hungary 0 1
  India 0 1
  Ireland 0 1
  Lebanon 0 1
  South Africa 0 1
  Taiwan 0 1
  Finland 0 1


  1. ^ Includes films of West Germany.
  2. ^ The Soviet Union received its two nominations for a Russian-language film and a Mongolian-language film before it was formally dissolved on December 26, 1991.
  3. ^ Films which contains non-French dialogue.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Berenice Bejo, Lea Seydoux, Roman Polanski Among France's Cesar Awards Nominees". The Hollywood Reporter. Prometheus Global Media. 2014-01-31. Archived from the original on 2014-03-27. Retrieved 2014-07-29.

External linksEdit

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