César Award for Best Foreign Film

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

Winners and nominees[edit]

1970s[edit]

Year Winner and nominees Original title Country Director
1975
(1st)
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
1976
(2nd)
We All Loved Each Other So Much C'eravamo tanto amati  Italy Ettore Scola
Barry Lyndon  Great Britain Stanley Kubrick
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest  United States Miloš Forman
Raise Ravens Cría cuervos  Spain Carlos Saura
1977
(3rd)
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
1978
(4th)
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
1979
(5th)
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

1980s[edit]

Year Winner and nominees Original title Country Director
1980
(6th)
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
1981
(7th)
The Elephant Man  Great Britain David Lynch
The Circle of Deceit Die Fälschung  West Germany Volker Schlöndorff
Raiders of the Lost Ark  United States Steven Spielberg
1982
(8th)
Victor Victoria  Great Britain Blake Edwards
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial  United States Steven Spielberg
The French Lieutenant's Woman  Great Britain Karel Reisz
The Way Yol  Turkey Serif Gören and Yilmaz Güney
1983
(9th)
Fanny and Alexander Fanny och Alexander  Sweden Ingmar Bergman
Carmen  Spain Carlos Saura
The Gods Must Be Crazy  Botswana Jamie Uys
Tootsie  United States Sydney Pollack
1984
(10th)
Amadeus  United States Miloš Forman
Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes  Great Britain Hugh Hudson
Maria's Lovers  United States Andrei Konchalovsky
Paris, Texas  West Germany Wim Wenders
1985
(11th)
The Purple Rose of Cairo  United States Woody Allen
Desperately Seeking Susan  United States Susan Seidelman
The Killing Fields  Great Britain Roland Joffé
Ran  Japan Akira Kurosawa
Year of the Dragon  United States Michael Cimino
1986
(12th)
The Name of the Rose Der Name der Rose  West Germany Jean-Jacques Annaud
After Hours  United States Martin Scorsese
Hannah and Her Sisters  United States Woody Allen
The Mission  Great Britain Roland Joffé
Out of Africa  United States Sydney Pollack
1987
(13th)
The Last Emperor  Italy/
 Great Britain
Bernardo Bertolucci
Dark Eyes Oci ciornie  Italy Nikita Mikhalkov
Intervista  Italy Federico Fellini
The Untouchables  United States Brian De Palma
Wings of Desire Der Himmel über Berlin  West Germany Wim Wenders
1988
(14th)
Bagdad Café 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
1989
(15th)
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

1990s[edit]

Year Winner and nominees Original title Country Director
1990
(16th)
Dead Poets Society  United States Peter Weir
Goodfellas  United States Martin Scorsese
Pretty Woman  United States Garry Marshall
Taxi Blues Taksi-Blyuz  Soviet Union Pavel Lungin
Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! ¡Átame!  Spain Pedro Almodóvar
1991
(17th)
Toto the Hero Toto le héros  Belgium Jaco van Dormael
Alice  United States Woody Allen
Close to Eden Urga  CIS Nikita Mikhalkov
Dances with Wolves  United States Kevin Costner
The Silence of the Lambs  United States Jonathan Demme
Thelma & Louise  United States Ridley Scott
1992
(18th)
High Heels Tacones lejanos  Spain Pedro Almodóvar
Howards End  Great Britain James Ivory
Husbands and Wives  United States Woody Allen
The Lover L'amant  France/
 Great Britain
Jean-Jacques Annaud
The Player  United States Robert Altman
1993
(19th)
The Piano  Australia Jane Campion
Farewell My Concubine 霸王別姬 / Ba wang bie ji  Hong Kong Chen Kaige
Manhattan Murder Mystery  United States Woody Allen
Raining Stones  Great Britain Ken Loach
The Snapper  Great Britain Stephen Frears
1994
(20th)
Four Weddings and a Funeral  Great Britain 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
1995
(21st)
Land and Freedom  Great Britain Ken Loach
The Bridges of Madison County  United States Clint Eastwood
Smoke  United States Paul Auster and Wayne Wang
Underground  FR Yugoslavia Emir Kusturica
The Usual Suspects  United States Bryan Singer
1996
(22nd)
Breaking the Waves  Denmark Lars von Trier
Fargo  United States Joel Coen
The Promise La promesse  Belgium Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
Secrets & Lies  Great Britain Mike Leigh
1997
(23rd)
Brassed Off  Great Britain Mark Herman
The English Patient  Great Britain/
 United States
Anthony Minghella
Everyone Says I Love You  United States Woody Allen
Fireworks はなび / Hana-bi  Japan Takeshi Kitano
The Full Monty  Great Britain Peter Cattaneo
1998
(24th)
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
1999
(25th)
All About My Mother Todo sobre mi madre  Spain Pedro Almodóvar
Being John Malkovich  United States Spike Jonze
Eyes Wide Shut  Great Britain/
 United States
Stanley Kubrick
Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai  United States Jim Jarmusch
The Thin Red Line  United States Terrence Malick

2000s[edit]

Year Winner and nominees Original title Country Director
2000
(26th)
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  Great Britain Stephen Daldry
Dancer in the Dark  Denmark Lars von Trier
Yi yi: A One and a Two Yi yi  Taiwan Edward Yang
2001
(27th)
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
2002
(28th)
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
2003
(29th)
Mystic River  United States Clint Eastwood
Elephant  United States Gus Van Sant
Gangs of New York  United States Martin Scorsese
The Hours  United States Stephen Daldry
The Return Возвращение / Vozvrashcheniye  Russia Andrei Zvyagintsev
2004
(30th)
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  United States/
 Great Britain
Walter Salles
2005
(31st)
Million Dollar Baby  United States Clint Eastwood
A History of Violence  United States David Cronenberg
Match Point  Great Britain Woody Allen
The Sea Inside Mar adentro  Spain Alejandro Amenábar
Walk on Water ללכת על המים / Lalekhet Al HaMayim  Israel Eytan Fox
2006
(32nd)
Little Miss Sunshine  United States Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris
Babel  United States/
 Mexico
Alejandro González Iñárritu
Brokeback Mountain  United States Ang Lee
The Queen  Great Britain Stephen Frears
To Return Volver  Spain Pedro Almodóvar
2007
(33rd)
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  Great Britain/ Canada David Cronenberg
The Edge of Heaven Auf der anderen Seite  Germany/
 Turkey
Fatih Akin
We Own the Night  United States James Gray
2008
(34th)
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
2009
(35th)
Gran Torino  United States Clint Eastwood
Avatar  United States James Cameron
Milk  United States Gus Van Sant
J'ai tué ma mère  Canada Xavier Dolan
A Town Called Panic  Belgium Stepahne Aubier and Vincent Patar
The White Ribbon  Germany Michael Haneke
Slumdog Millionaire  Great Britain Danny Boyle

2010s[edit]

Year Winner and nominees Original title Country Director
2010
(36th)
The Social Network  United States David Fincher
Bright Star  Great Britain/
 Australia
Jane Campion
Heartbeats Les amours imaginaires  Canada Xavier Dolan
Illegal Illégal  Belgium Olivier Masset-Depasse
Inception  United States Christopher Nolan
Invictus  United States Clint Eastwood
The Secret in Their Eyes El secreto de sus ojos  Argentina Juan José Campanella
2011
(37th)
A Separation  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  Great Britain Tom Hooper
2012
(38th)
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  Great Britain Ken Loach
A Royal Affair En kongelig affære  Denmark Nikolaj Arcel
Our Children À perdre la raison  Belgium Joachim Lafosse
2013
(39th)
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  Great Britain/
 United States
Alfonso Cuarón
The Great Beauty La grande bellezza  Italy Paolo Sorrentino

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