National Board of Review Award for Best Foreign Language Film

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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
1936 Carnival in Flanders
1937 The Eternal Mask
1938 Grand Illusion
1939 Port of Shadows


Year Winner Country Director(s)
1940 The Baker's Wife France
1941 Pepe le Moko France


Year Winner Country Director(s)
1950 The Titan
1951 Rashomon Japan Akira Kurosawa
1952 The Sound Barrier UK David Lean
1953 A Queen is Crowned UK
1954 Romeo and Juliet UK- Italy Renato Castellani
1955 The Prisoner
1956 The Silent World France Cousteau & Louis Malle
1957 The Word (Ordet) Denmark Dreyer
1958 Pather Panchali India Satyajit Ray
1959 Wild Strawberries (Smultronstället) Ingmar Bergman


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


Year Winner Country Director(s)
1970 The Wild Child (L'enfant sauvage) François Truffaut
1971 Claire's Knee (Le genou de Claire) Eric Rohmer
1972 The Sorrow and the Pity (Le chagrin et la pitié) Marcel Ophüls
1973 Cries and Whispers (Viskningar och rop) Ingmar Bergman
1974 I Remember (Amarcord) Federico Fellini
1975 The Story of Adele H. (L'histoire d'Adèle H.) François Truffaut
1976 The Marquise of O (Die Marquise von O...) Eric Rohmer
1977 That Obscure Object of Desire (Cet obscur objet du désir) Luis Buñuel
1978 Autumn Sonata (Höstsonaten) Ingmar Bergman
1979 Birds of a Feather (La cage aux folles) 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) Nikita Mikhalkov
1982 Mephisto István Szabó
1983 Fanny and Alexander (Fanny och Alexander) Ingmar Bergman
1984 A Sunday in the Country (Un dimanche à la campagne) Bertrand Tavernier
1985 Ran Akira Kurosawa
1986 Otello Franco Zeffirelli
1987 Jean de Florette Claude Berri
Manon of the Spring (Manon des sources) Claude Berri
1988 Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown Pedro Almodóvar
1989 Story of Women (Une affaire de femmes) Claude Chabrol


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


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


Year Winner Country Director(s)
2010 Of Gods and Men (Des hommes et des dieux) France Xavier Beauvois
2011 A Separation (جدایی نادر از سیمین) Iran Asghar Farhadi
2012 Amour Austria Michael Haneke
2013 The Past France-Iran Asghar Farhadi
2014 Wild Tales Argentina-Spanish Damián Szifron
2015 Son of Saul Hungary László Nemes
2016 The Salesman Iran Asghar Farhadi