Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film

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Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film
Awarded forBest Motion Picture in a Foreign Language
LocationUnited States
Presented byHollywood Foreign Press Association
Currently held byDrive My Car (2021)

The Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film is a Golden Globe Award presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

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 Minari as well as nominees such as 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 criteria[edit]

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 Film[edit]


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

Best Foreign Film – English Language[edit]

Awards for Foreign Language Films[edit]

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 Skupljači 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
Fellini 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 UK
Breaker Morant Bruce Beresford Australia
The Last Metro Le dernier métro François Truffaut France
My Brilliant Career Gillian Armstrong Australia
Shadow Warrior 影武者 / Kagemusha Akira Kurosawa Japan
Special Treatment Poseban tretman Goran Paskaljević Yugoslavia
1981 Chariots of Fire Hugh Hudson UK
Atlantic City Louis Malle Canada
The Boat Das Boot Wolfgang Petersen West Germany
Gallipoli Peter Weir Australia
Pixote: The Law of the Weakest Pixote: A lei do mais fraco Héctor Babenco Brazil
1982 Gandhi Richard Attenborough India
Fitzcarraldo Werner Herzog West Germany
The Man from Snowy River George T. Miller Australia
Quest for Fire La guerre du feu Jean-Jacques Annaud Canada
La traviata Franco Zeffirelli Italy
The Way Yol Yılmaz Güney Switzerland
1983 Fanny and Alexander Fanny och Alexander Ingmar Bergman Sweden
Carmen Carlos Saura Spain
The Dresser Peter Yates UK
Educating Rita Lewis Gilbert UK
The Grey Fox Phillip Borsos Canada
1984 A Passage to India David Lean UK
Carmen Francesco Rosi France
Dangerous Moves La diagonale du fou Richard Dembo Switzerland
Paris, Texas Wim Wenders France / Germany
A Sunday in the Country Un dimanche à la campagne Bertrand Tavernier France
1985 The Official Story La historia oficial Luis Puenzo Argentina
Colonel Redl Oberst Redl István Szabó Hungary
Ran 乱 / Ran Akira Kurosawa Japan
When Father Was Away on Business Otac na sluzbenom putu Emir Kusturica Yugoslavia
A Year of the Quiet Sun Rok spokojnego słońca Krzysztof Zanussi Poland
Best Foreign Language Film
1986 The Assault De aanslag Fons Rademakers Netherlands
Betty Blue 37°2 le matin Jean-Jacques Beineix France
Ginger and Fred Ginger e Fred Federico Fellini Italy
Otello Franco Zeffirelli Italy
Three Men and a Cradle 3 hommes et un couffin Coline Serreau France
1987 My Life as a Dog Mitt liv som hund Lasse Hallström Sweden
Dark Eyes Oci ciornie Nikita Mikhalkov Italy
Goodbye, Children Au revoir, les enfants Louis Malle France
Jean de Florette Claude Berri France
Repentance Monanieba Tengiz Abuladze USSR
1988 Pelle the Conqueror Pelle erobreren Bille August Denmark
Babette's Feast Babettes gæstebud Gabriel Axel Denmark
Hanussen István Szabó Hungary
Salaam Bombay! Mira Nair India
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios Pedro Almodóvar Spain
1989 Cinema Paradiso Nuovo cinema Paradiso Giuseppe Tornatore Italy
Camille Claudel Bruno Nuytten France
Jesus of Montreal Jésus de Montréal Denys Arcand Canada
My Uncle's Legacy Život sa stricem Krsto Papić Yugoslavia
Story of Women Une affaire de femmes Claude Chabrol France


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


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


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


Year English title Original title Director Country
2020 Minari Lee Isaac Chung United States
Another Round Druk Thomas Vinterberg Denmark
La Llorona Jayro Bustamante Guatemala
The Life Ahead La vita davanti a sé Edoardo Ponti Italy
Two of Us Deux Filippo Meneghetti France
2021 Drive My Car ドライブ・マイ・カー / Doraibu mai kā Ryusuke Hamaguchi Japan
Compartment No. 6 Hytti nro 6 Juho Kuosmanen Germany, Finland, Russia
The Hand of God È stata la mano di Dio Paolo Sorrentino Italy
A Hero Ghahreman Asghar Farhadi France, Iran
Parallel Mothers Madres Paralelas Pedro Almodóvar Spain

See also[edit]


  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 (January 7, 2019). "Alfonso Cuarón's 'Roma' Wins Golden Globe For Best Foreign Language Film".