National Board of Review Award for Best Foreign Language Film

The National Board of Review Award for Best Foreign Language Film is one of the annual awards given (since 1934) by the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures.[1]



Year Winner Country Director(s)
1934 Man of Aran Ireland Robert J. Flaherty
1936 Carnival in Flanders France Jacques Feyder
1937 The Eternal Mask Austria/Switzerland Werner Hochbaum
1938 Grand Illusion France Jean Renoir
1939 Port of Shadows France Marcel Carné


Year Winner Country Director(s)
1940 La Femme du Boulanger (The Baker's Wife) France Marcel Pagnol
1941 Pepe le Moko France Julien Duvivier


Year Winner Country Director(s)
1950 The Titan West Germany Robert J. Flaherty, Richard Lyford, and Curt Oertel
1951 Rashomon Japan Akira Kurosawa
1952 The Sound Barrier UK David Lean
1953 A Queen is Crowned UK Christopher Fry
1954 Romeo and Juliet UK- Italy Renato Castellani
1955 The Prisoner UK Peter Glenville
1956 The Silent World France Jacques Cousteau & Louis Malle
1957 The Word (Ordet) Denmark Carl Theodor Dreyer
1958 Pather Panchali India Satyajit Ray
1959 Wild Strawberries (Smultronstället) Sweden Ingmar Bergman


Year Winner Country Director(s)
1960 The World of Apu (Apur Sansar) India Satyajit Ray
1961 The Bridge (Die Brücke) West Germany Bernhard Wicki
1962 Sundays and Cybele (Les dimanches de Ville d'Avray) France Serge Bourguignon
1963 Italy Federico Fellini
1964 World Without Sun (Le monde sans soleil) France Jacques-Yves Cousteau
1965 Juliet of the Spirits (Giulietta degli spiriti) Italy Federico Fellini
1966 The Sleeping Car Murders (Compartiment tueurs) France Costa-Gavras
1967 Elvira Madigan Sweden Bo Widerberg
1968 War and Peace (Voyna i mir) Soviet Union Sergei Bondarchuk
1969 Shame (Skammen) Sweden Ingmar Bergman


Year Winner Country Director(s)
1970 The Wild Child (L'enfant sauvage) France François Truffaut
1971 Claire's Knee (Le genou de Claire) France Eric Rohmer
1972 The Sorrow and the Pity (Le chagrin et la pitié) France Marcel Ophüls
1973 Cries and Whispers (Viskningar och rop) Sweden Ingmar Bergman
1974 I Remember (Amarcord) Italy Federico Fellini
1975 The Story of Adele H. (L'histoire d'Adèle H.) France François Truffaut
1976 The Marquise of O (Die Marquise von O...) West Germany Eric Rohmer
1977 That Obscure Object of Desire (Cet obscur objet du désir) France Luis Buñuel
1978 Autumn Sonata (Höstsonaten) Sweden Ingmar Bergman
1979 Birds of a Feather (La cage aux Folles) France Edouard Molinaro


Year Winner Country Director(s)
1980 The Tin Drum (Die Blechtrommel) West Germany Volker Schlöndorff
1981 Oblomov (Neskolko dney iz zhizni I.I. Oblomova) Soviet Union Nikita Mikhalkov
1982 Mephisto West Germany István Szabó
1983 Fanny and Alexander (Fanny och Alexander) Sweden Ingmar Bergman
1984 A Sunday in the Country (Un dimanche à la campagne) France Bertrand Tavernier
1985 Ran Japan Akira Kurosawa
1986 Otello Italy Franco Zeffirelli
1987 Jean de Florette France Claude Berri
Manon of the Spring (Manon des sources) France Claude Berri
1988 Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown Spain Pedro Almodóvar
1989 Story of Women (Une affaire de femmes) France Claude Chabrol


Year Winner Country Director(s)
1990 Cyrano de Bergerac France Jean-Paul Rappeneau
1991 Europa Europe (Europa Europa) France/Germany/Poland Agnieszka Holland
1992 Indochine France Régis Wargnier
1993 Farewell My Concubine (Ba wang bie ji) China/Hong Kong Chen Kaige
1994 Eat Drink Man Woman (Yin shi nan nu) Taiwan/USA Ang Lee
1995 Shanghai Triad (Yao a yao yao dao waipo qiao) China/France Zhang Yimou
1996 Ridicule France Patrice Leconte
1997 Shall We Dance? (Shall we dansu?) Japan Masayuki Suo
1998 Central Station (Central do Brasil) Brazil Walter Salles
1999 All About My Mother (Todo sobre mi madre) Spain Pedro Almodóvar


Year Winner Country Director(s)
2000 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Wo hu cang long) Taiwan/China/USA/Hong Kong Ang Lee
2001 Love's a Bitch (Amores perros) Mexico Alejandro González Iñárritu
2002 Talk to Her (Hable con ella) Spain Pedro Almodóvar
2003 The Barbarian Invasions (Les invasions barbares) Canada/France Denys Arcand
2004 The Sea Inside (Mar adentro) Spain Alejandro Amenábar
2005 Paradise Now Palestine Authority Hany Abu-Assad
2006 To Return (Volver) Spain Pedro Almodóvar
2007 The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (Le scaphandre et le papillon) France/USA Julian Schnabel
2008 Mongol Kazakhstan Sergei Bodrov
2009 A Prophet (Un prophète) France Jacques Audiard


Year Winner Country Director(s)
2010 Of Gods and Men France Xavier Beauvois
2011 A Separation Iran Asghar Farhadi
2012 Amour Austria Michael Haneke
2013 The Past France/Iran Asghar Farhadi
2014 Wild Tales Argentina/Spain Damián Szifron
2015 Son of Saul Hungary László Nemes
2016 The Salesman Iran Asghar Farhadi
2017 Foxtrot Israel Samuel Maoz
2018 Cold War Poland Paweł Pawlikowski[2]
2019 Parasite South Korea Bong Joon-ho[3]


Year Winner Country Director(s)
2020 La Llorona[4] Guatemala Jayro Bustamante
2021 A Hero[5] lran Asghar Farhadi
2022 Close Belgium Lukas Dhont

Multiple winnersEdit


  1. ^ "Best Foreign Language Film Archives – National Board of Review". National Board of Review. Retrieved February 2, 2015.
  2. ^ National Board of Review Names 'Green Book' Best Film of 2018 - Variety
  3. ^ National Board of Review 2019 Winners|IndieWire
  4. ^ 2021 National Board of Review Winners and Analysis - Variety
  5. ^ National Board of Review Winners 2021:|IndieWire