Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film

The Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film is one of the awards presented at the Golden Globes, an American film awards ceremony.

Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film
Awarded forBest Motion Picture in a Foreign Language
LocationUnited States
Presented byHollywood Foreign Press Association
Currently held byParasite (2019)

Until 1986, it was known as the Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Film, meaning that any non-American film could be honoured. In 1987, it was changed to Best Foreign Language Film, so that non-American English-language films are now considered for the Best Motion Picture awards. Additionally, this change makes American films primarily in another language eligible for this award, including winners like Letters from Iwo Jima and nominees Apocalypto, The Kite Runner, and In the Land of Blood and Honey.

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 (known before 2020 as Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film}. American films have never been eligible for this award, and even non-U.S. films had to have principal dialogue in a native (non-English) language of the submitting country until 2006.

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. The most honoured countries after 1987 are Spain and France.

Eligibility criteriaEdit

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]

The two presenting organizations also differ slightly in their eligibility practices with respect to other awards. All foreign-language films, even those not submitted or not eligible for the Best International Feature Film Oscar, are eligible for all other Academy Awards as long as they are released in Los Angeles County, California during the award year.[3] The HFPA, however, specifically makes foreign-language films ineligible for its two Best Picture Awards for live-action films (Best Drama and Best Musical or Comedy).[2]

Best Foreign-Language Foreign FilmEdit


  • The winner in each year is shown with a blue background.

Best Foreign Film – English LanguageEdit

Awards for Foreign Language FilmsEdit

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 / Akahige 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 USSR
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 USSR  
The Bride Wore Black La mariée était en noir François Truffaut France
I Even Met Happy Gypsies Skupljaci 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 Koritsia ston ilio Vasilis Georgiadis Greece
Satyricon 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 Ore'ach B'Onah Metah 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 HaShoter Azulai השוטר אזולאי Ephraim Kishon Israel  
Claire's Knee Le genou de Claire Éric Rohmer France
The Conformist Il conformista Bernardo Bertolucci Italy
Tchaikovsky Chaykovskiy Igor Talankin USSR
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 UK
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 France
Seven Beauties Pasqualino Settebellezze Lina Wertmüller Italy
The Slipper and the Rose: The Story of Cinderella Bryan Forbes UK
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 France
That Obscure Object of Desire Cet obscur objet du désir Luis Buñuel France
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 Kravgi gynaikon 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 UK
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  
Breaker Morant Bruce Beresford  
The Last Metro Le dernier métro François Truffaut  
My Brilliant Career Gillian Armstrong  
Shadow Warrior 影武者 / Kagemusha Akira Kurosawa  
Special Treatment Poseban tretman Goran Paskaljević  
1981 Chariots of Fire Hugh Hudson  
Atlantic City Louis Malle  
The Boat Das Boot Wolfgang Petersen  
Gallipoli Peter Weir  
Pixote: The Law of the Weakest Pixote: A lei do mais fraco Héctor Babenco  
1982 Gandhi Richard Attenborough  
Fitzcarraldo Werner Herzog  
The Man from Snowy River George T. Miller  
Quest for Fire La guerre du feu Jean-Jacques Annaud  
La traviata Franco Zeffirelli  
The Way Yol Yılmaz Güney  
1983 Fanny and Alexander Fanny och Alexander Ingmar Bergman  
Carmen Carlos Saura  
The Dresser Peter Yates  
Educating Rita Lewis Gilbert  
The Grey Fox Phillip Borsos  
1984 A Passage to India David Lean  
Carmen Francesco Rosi  
Dangerous Moves La diagonale du fou Richard Dembo  
Paris, Texas Wim Wenders  
A Sunday in the Country Un dimanche à la campagne Bertrand Tavernier  
1985 The Official Story La historia oficial Luis Puenzo  
Colonel Redl Oberst Redl István Szabó  
Ran 乱 / Ran Akira Kurosawa  
When Father Was Away on Business Otac na sluzbenom putu Emir Kusturica  
A Year of the Quiet Sun Rok spokojnego słońca Krzysztof Zanussi  
Best Foreign Language Film
1986 The Assault De aanslag Fons Rademakers  
Betty Blue 37°2 le matin Jean-Jacques Beineix  
Ginger and Fred Ginger e Fred Federico Fellini  
Otello Franco Zeffirelli  
Three Men and a Cradle 3 hommes et un couffin Coline Serreau  
1987 My Life as a Dog Mitt liv som hund Lasse Hallström  
Dark Eyes Oci ciornie Nikita Mikhalkov  
Goodbye, Children Au revoir, les enfants Louis Malle  
Jean de Florette Claude Berri  
Repentance Monanieba Tengiz Abuladze  
1988 Pelle the Conqueror Pelle erobreren Bille August  
Babette's Feast Babettes gæstebud Gabriel Axel  
Hanussen István Szabó  
Salaam Bombay! Mira Nair  
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios Pedro Almodóvar  
1989 Cinema Paradiso Nuovo cinema Paradiso Giuseppe Tornatore  
Camille Claudel Bruno Nuytten  
Jesus of Montreal Jésus de Montréal Denys Arcand  
My Uncle's Legacy Život sa stricem Krsto Papić  
Story of Women Une affaire de femmes Claude Chabrol  


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


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


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

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Best Foreign Language Film". goldenglobes. Archived from the original on 2009-12-15. Retrieved 2010-10-19.
  2. ^ a b c 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. ^ a b 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; Dry, Jude (January 7, 2019). "Alfonso Cuarón's 'Roma' Wins Golden Globe For Best Foreign Language Film".