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 byRoma (2018)

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 recent winner 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 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 United Kingdom, with seven films honored. The most honoured countries after 1987 are Spain and France.

Eligibility criteria

Like the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language 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 Foreign Language 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


  • The winner in each year is shown with a blue background.
  • † – indicates the winner of the Academy Award.
  • ‡ – indicates a Golden Globe Award nominee that was nominated for an Academy Award
  • § – indicates a Golden Globe Award-winning film that was not nominated for an Academy Award in this category.

Best Foreign Film – English Language

Awards for Foreign Language Films

1965-1972: Best Foreign Film – Foreign Language
1973-1985: Best Foreign Film
1986–present: Best Foreign Language Film


  • The winner in each year is shown with a blue background.
  • † – indicates the winner of the Academy Award.
  • ‡ – indicates a Golden Globe Award nominee that was nominated for an Academy Award
  • § – indicates a Golden Globe Award-winning film that was not nominated for an Academy Award in this category.


Year English title Original title Director Country
Best Foreign Film – Foreign Language
1965Juliet of the Spirits §Giulietta degli spiritiFederico FelliniItaly
Always Further OnTarahumara, cada vez más lejosLuis AlcorizaMexico
Circle of LoveLa rondeRoger VadimFrance
Red Beard赤ひげ / AkahigeAkira KurosawaJapan
The Umbrellas of CherbourgLes parapluies de CherbourgJacques DemyFrance
1966A Man and a WomanUn homme et une femmeClaude LelouchFrance
The Birds, the Bees and the ItaliansSignore & signoriPietro GermiItaly
HamletГамлетGrigori KozintsevUSSR
Impossible on SaturdayPas question le samediAlex JofféFrance
Loves of a BlondeLásky jedné plavovláskyMiloš FormanCzechoslovakia
1967Live for LifeVivre pour vivreClaude LelouchFrance
L'immoralePietro GermiItaly
Closely Watched TrainsOstře sledované vlakyJiří MenzelCzechoslovakia
Elvira MadiganBo WiderbergSweden
The StrangerLo stranieroLuchino ViscontiItaly
1968War and PeaceВойна и мирSergei BondarchukUSSR
The Bride Wore BlackLa mariée était en noirFrançois TruffautFrance
I Even Met Happy GypsiesSkupljaci perjaAleksandar PetrovićYugoslavia
ShameSkammenIngmar BergmanSweden
Stolen KissesBaisers volésFrançois TruffautFrance
Ådalen 31Ådalen '31Bo WiderbergSweden
Blaumilch CanalTe'alat BlaumilchEphraim KishonIsrael
Girls in the SunKoritsia ston ilioVasilis GeorgiadisGreece
SatyriconFellini - SatyriconFederico FelliniItaly


Year English title Original title Director Country
1970Rider on the Rain §Le Passager de la PluieRené ClémentFrance
BorsalinoJacques DerayItaly
The ConfessionL'aveuCosta-GavrasFrance
The Customer of the Off SeasonOre'ach B'Onah MetahMoshé MizrahiFrance/Israel
Investigation of a Citizen Above SuspicionIndagine su un cittadino al di sopra di ogni sospettoElio PetriItaly
1971The PolicemanHaShoter Azulai השוטר אזולאיEphraim KishonIsrael
Claire's KneeLe genou de ClaireÉric RohmerFrance
The ConformistIl conformistaBernardo BertolucciItaly
TchaikovskyChaykovskiyIgor TalankinUSSR
To Die of LoveMourir d'aimerAndré CayatteFrance
1972The Emigrants §UtvandrarnaJan TroellSweden
The New Land §Nybyggarna
Cries and WhispersViskningar och ropIngmar BergmanSweden
The Discreet Charm of the BourgeoisieLe charme discret de la bourgeoisieLuis BuñuelFrance
MirageEspejismoArmando Robles GodoyPeru
RomaFederico FelliniItaly
Best Foreign Film
1973The PedestrianDer FußgängerMaximilian SchellWest Germany
Alfredo, AlfredoPietro GermiItaly
Day for NightLa nuit américaineFrançois TruffautFrance
KazablanMenahem GolanIsrael
State of SiegeÉtat de siègeCosta-GavrasFrance
1974Scenes from a Marriage §Scener ur ett äktenskapIngmar BergmanSweden
The Mad Adventures of Rabbi JacobLes aventures de Rabbi JacobGérard OuryFrance
The Apprenticeship of Duddy KravitzTed KotcheffCanada
AmarcordFederico FelliniItaly
Lacombe, LucienLouis MalleFrance
1975Lies My Father Told Me §Ján KadárCanada
And Now My LoveToute une vieClaude LelouchFrance
HeddaTrevor NunnUK
The Magic FluteTrollflöjtenIngmar BergmanSweden
Special SectionSection spécialeCosta-GavrasFrance
1976Face to Face §Ansikte mot ansikteIngmar BergmanSweden
Cousin CousineJean-Charles TacchellaFrance
Pocket MoneyL'argent de pocheFrançois TruffautFrance
Seven BeautiesPasqualino SettebellezzeLina WertmüllerItaly
The Slipper and the Rose: The Story of CinderellaBryan ForbesUK
1977A Special Day §Una giornata particolareEttore ScolaItaly
An Elephant Can Be Extremely DeceptiveUn éléphant ça trompe énormémentYves RobertFrance
Madame RosaLa vie devant soiMoshé MizrahiFrance
That Obscure Object of DesireCet obscur objet du désirLuis BuñuelFrance
Raise RavensCría cuervosCarlos SauraSpain
1978Autumn Sonata §HöstsonatenIngmar BergmanSweden
Death on the NileJohn GuillerminEngland
Dona Flor and Her Two HusbandsDona Flor e seus dois maridosBruno BarretoBrazil
A Dream of PassionKravgi gynaikonJules DassinGreece
Get Out Your HandkerchiefsPréparez vos mouchoirsBertrand BlierFrance
Going All the WayEskimo LimonBoaz DavidsonIsrael
1979Birds of a Feather §La cage aux follesÉdouard MolinaroFrance / Italy
The Marriage of Maria BraunDie Ehe der Maria BraunRainer Werner FassbinderWest Germany
The EuropeansJames IvoryUK
Till Marriage Do Us PartMio Dio come sono caduta in basso!Luigi ComenciniItaly
Soldier of OrangeSoldaat van OranjePaul VerhoevenNetherlands


Year English title Original title Director Country
1980Tess §Roman PolanskiUK
Breaker MorantBruce BeresfordAustralia
The Last MetroLe dernier métroFrançois TruffautFrance
My Brilliant CareerGillian ArmstrongAustralia
Shadow Warrior影武者 / KagemushaAkira KurosawaJapan
Special TreatmentPoseban tretmanGoran PaskaljevićYugoslavia
1981Chariots of Fire §Hugh HudsonUK
Atlantic CityLouis MalleCanada
The BoatDas BootWolfgang PetersenWest Germany
GallipoliPeter WeirAustralia
Pixote: The Law of the WeakestPixote: A lei do mais fracoHéctor BabencoBrazil
1982Gandhi §Richard AttenboroughUK / India
FitzcarraldoWerner HerzogWest Germany
The Man from Snowy RiverGeorge T. MillerAustralia
Quest for FireLa guerre du feuJean-Jacques AnnaudCanada
La traviataFranco ZeffirelliItaly
The WayYolYılmaz GüneySwitzerland
1983Fanny and AlexanderFanny och AlexanderIngmar BergmanSweden
CarmenCarlos SauraSpain
The DresserPeter YatesUK
Educating RitaLewis GilbertUK
The Grey FoxPhillip BorsosCanada
1984A Passage to India §David LeanUK
CarmenFrancesco RosiFrance
Dangerous MovesLa diagonale du fouRichard DemboSwitzerland
Paris, TexasWim WendersFrance
A Sunday in the CountryUn dimanche à la campagneBertrand TavernierFrance
1985The Official StoryLa historia oficialLuis PuenzoArgentina
Colonel RedlOberst RedlIstván SzabóHungary
Ran乱 / RanAkira KurosawaJapan
When Father Was Away on BusinessOtac na sluzbenom putuEmir KusturicaYugoslavia
A Year of the Quiet SunRok spokojnego sloncaKrzysztof ZanussiPoland
Best Foreign Language Film
1986The AssaultDe aanslagFons RademakersNetherlands
Betty Blue37°2 le matinJean-Jacques BeineixFrance
Ginger and FredGinger e FredFederico FelliniItaly
OtelloFranco ZeffirelliItaly
Three Men and a Cradle3 hommes et un couffinColine SerreauFrance
1987My Life as a Dog §Mitt liv som hundLasse HallströmSweden
Dark EyesOci ciornieNikita MikhalkovItaly
Goodbye, ChildrenAu revoir, les enfantsLouis MalleFrance
Jean de FloretteClaude BerriFrance
RepentanceMonaniebaTengiz AbuladzeUSSR
1988Pelle the ConquerorPelle erobrerenBille AugustDenmark
Babette's FeastBabettes gæstebudGabriel AxelDenmark
HanussenIstván SzabóWest Germany
Salaam Bombay!Mira NairIndia
Women on the Verge of a Nervous BreakdownMujeres al borde de un ataque de nerviosPedro AlmodóvarSpain
1989Cinema ParadisoNuovo cinema ParadisoGiuseppe TornatoreItaly
Camille ClaudelBruno NuyttenFrance
Jesus of MontrealJésus de MontréalDenys ArcandCanada
My Uncle's LegacyŽivot sa stricemKrsto PapićYugoslavia
Story of WomenUne affaire de femmesClaude ChabrolFrance


Year English title Original title Director Country
1990Cyrano de BergeracJean-Paul RappeneauFrance
Dreams夢 / YumeAkira KurosawaJapan/USA
The Nasty GirlDas Schreckliche MädchenMichael VerhoevenGermany
Requiem for DominicRequiem für DominikRobert DornhelmAustria
Taxi BluesTaksi-BlyuzPavel LunginUSSR
1991Europa Europa §Hitlerjunge SalomonAgnieszka HollandGermany
The Double Life of VéroniqueLa double vie de VéroniqueKrzysztof KieślowskiFrance
High HeelsTacones lejanosPedro AlmodóvarSpain
Madame BovaryClaude ChabrolFrance
NikitaLa Femme NikitaLuc BessonFrance
Lost in SiberiaZateryannyy v SibiriAlexander MittaUSSR
1992IndochineRégis WargnierFrance
All the Mornings of the WorldTous les matins du mondeAlain CorneauFrance
Close to EdenUrgaNikita MikhalkovRussia
Like Water for ChocolateComo agua para chocolateAlfonso ArauMexico
Schtonk!Helmut DietlGermany
1993Farewell My Concubine霸王別姬 / Ba wang bie jiChen KaigeHong Kong
Flight of the InnocentLa corsa dell'innocenteCarlo CarleiItaly
JusticeJustizHans W. GeißendörferGermany
Three Colors: BlueTrois couleurs: BleuKrzysztof KieślowskiFrance
The Wedding Banquet喜宴 / Xi yanAng LeeTaiwan
1994FarinelliGérard CorbiauBelgium
Eat Drink Man Woman飲食男女 / Yin shi nan nuAng LeeTaiwan
To Live活著 / Huo zheZhang YimouChina
Queen MargotLa reine MargotPatrice ChéreauFrance
Three Colors: RedTrois couleurs: RougeKrzysztof KieślowskiSwitzerland
1995Les Misérables §Claude LelouchFrance
Brother of SleepSchlafes BruderJoseph VilsmaierGermany
French TwistGazon mauditJosiane BalaskoFrance
Like Two CrocodilesCome due coccodrilliGiacomo CampiottiItaly
Shanghai Triad搖啊搖,搖到外婆橋 / Yao a yao, yao dao wai po qiaoZhang YimouChina
1996KolyaKoljaJan SvěrákCzech Republic
The Eighth DayLe huitième jourJaco Van DormaelBelgium
Luna e l'altraMaurizio NichettiItaly
Prisoner of the MountainsКавказский пленник / Kavkazskiy plennikSergei BodrovRussia
RidiculePatrice LeconteFrance
1997My Life in Pink §Ma vie en roseAlain BerlinerBelgium
ArtemisiaAgnès MerletFrance
The Best ManIl testimone dello sposoPupi AvatiItaly
LeaIvan FílaGermany
The ThiefVorPavel ChukhrayRussia
1998Central StationCentral do BrasilWalter SallesBrazil
The CelebrationFestenThomas VinterbergDenmark
Men with GunsHombres armadosJohn SaylesUSA
The Polish BrideDe Poolse bruidKarim TraïdiaNetherlands
TangoTango, no me dejes nuncaCarlos SauraArgentina
1999All About My MotherTodo sobre mi madrePedro AlmodóvarSpain
Aimée & JaguarMax FärberböckGermany
East-WestEst-OuestRégis WargnierFrance
Girl on the BridgeLa fille sur le pontPatrice LeconteFrance
The Red ViolinLe violon rougeFrançois GirardCanada


Year English title Original title Director Country
2000Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon臥虎藏龍 / Wo hu cang longAng LeeTaiwan
Love's a BitchAmores perrosAlejandro González IñárrituMexico
MalènaGiuseppe TornatoreItaly
One Hundred StepsI cento passiMarco Tullio GiordanaItaly
The Widow of Saint-PierreLa veuve de Saint-PierrePatrice LeconteFrance
2001No Man's LandNičija zemljaDanis TanovićBosnia and Herzegovina
AmélieLe fabuleux destin d'Amélie PoulainJean-Pierre JeunetFrance
And Your Mother TooY tu mamá tambiénAlfonso CuarónMexico
Behind the SunAbril despedaçadoWalter SallesBrazil
Monsoon WeddingMira NairIndia
2002Talk to Her §Hable con ellaPedro AlmodóvarSpain
City of GodCidade de DeusFernando MeirellesBrazil
Balzac and the Little Chinese SeamstressBalzac et la petite tailleuse chinoiseDai SijieFrance
The Crime of Father AmaroEl crimen del padre AmaroCarlos CarreraMexico
Hero英雄 / Ying xiongZhang YimouChina
Nowhere in AfricaNirgendwo in AfrikaCaroline LinkGermany
2003Osama §أسامةSiddiq BarmakAfghanistan
The Barbarian InvasionsLes invasions barbaresDenys ArcandCanada
Good Bye, Lenin!Wolfgang BeckerGermany
Monsieur IbrahimMonsieur Ibrahim et les fleurs du CoranFrançois DupeyronFrance
The ReturnВозвращение / VozvrashcheniyeAndrey ZvyagintsevRussia
2004The Sea InsideMar adentroAlejandro AmenábarSpain
The Motorcycle DiariesDiários de MotocicletaWalter SallesArgentina
The ChorusLes choristesChristophe BarratierFrance
House of Flying Daggers十面埋伏 / Shi mian mai fuZhang YimouChina
A Very Long EngagementUn long dimanche de fiançaillesJean-Pierre JeunetFrance
2005Paradise Nowالجنّة الآن / Al Jannah al-AanHany Abu-AssadPalestine
Kung Fu Hustle功夫 / Kung fuStephen ChowChina
Merry ChristmasJoyeux NoëlChristian CarionFrance
The Promise無極 / Wu jiChen KaigeChina
TsotsiGavin HoodSouth Africa
2006Letters from Iwo Jima §硫黄島からの手紙 / Iōjima Kara no TegamiClint EastwoodJapan / USA
ApocalyptoMel GibsonUSA
The Lives of OthersDas Leben der AnderenFlorian Henckel von DonnersmarckGermany
Pan's LabyrinthEl laberinto del faunoGuillermo del ToroMexico
To ReturnVolverPedro AlmodóvarSpain
2007The Diving Bell and the Butterfly §Le scaphandre et le papillonJulian SchnabelFrance / USA
4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days4 luni, 3 săptămâni şi 2 zileCristian MungiuRomania
The Kite RunnerMarc ForsterUSA
Lust, Caution色, 戒 / Se, jieAng LeeTaiwan
PersepolisVincent Paronnaud and
Marjane Satrapi
2008Waltz with Bashirואלס עם באשיר / Vals Im BashirAri FolmanIsrael
The Baader Meinhof ComplexDer Baader Meinhof KomplexUli EdelGermany
Everlasting MomentsMaria Larssons eviga ögonblickJan TroellDenmark/Sweden
GomorrahGomorraMatteo GarroneItaly
I've Loved You So LongIl y a longtemps que je t'aimePhilippe ClaudelFrance
2009The White RibbonDas weiße BandMichael HanekeGermany
Baarìa – La porta del ventoGiuseppe TornatoreItaly
Broken EmbracesLos abrazos rotosPedro AlmodóvarSpain
The MaidLa NanaSebastián SilvaChile
A ProphetUn prophèteJacques AudiardFrance


Year English title Original title Director Country
2010In a Better WorldHævnenSusanne BierDenmark
BiutifulAlejandro González IñárrituMexico/Spain
The ConcertLe ConcertRadu MihăileanuFrance
The EdgeКрай / KrayAlexei UchitelRussia
I Am LoveIo Sono L'amoreLuca GuadagninoItaly
2011A Separationجدایی نادر از سیمین / Jodái-e Náder az SiminAsghar FarhadiIran
In the Land of Blood and HoneyAngelina JolieUSA
The Flowers of War金陵十三钗 / Jin ling shi san chaiZhang YimouChina
The Kid with a BikeLe Gamin au véloJean-Pierre & Luc DardenneBelgium
The Skin I Live InLa piel que habitoPedro AlmodóvarSpain
2012AmourMichael HanekeAustria
A Royal AffairEn kongelig affæreNikolaj ArcelDenmark
The IntouchablesIntouchablesOlivier Nakache & Éric ToledanoFrance
Rust and BoneDe rouille et d'osJacques AudiardFrance
Kon-TikiJoachim Rønning & Espen SandbergNorway/UK/Denmark
2013The Great BeautyLa grande bellezzaPaolo SorrentinoItaly
Blue Is the Warmest ColourLa Vie d'Adèle – Chapitres 1 & 2Abdellatif KechicheFrance
The HuntJagtenThomas VinterbergDenmark
The PastLe PasséAsghar FarhadiIran
The Wind Rises風立ちぬ / Kaze TachinuHayao MiyazakiJapan
2014LeviathanЛевиафан / LeviafanAndrey ZvyagintsevRussia
IdaIdaPaweł PawlikowskiPoland/Denmark
TangerinesMandariinid / მანდარინებიZaza UrushadzeEstonia
Force MajeureTuristRuben ÖstlundSweden
Gett: The Trial of Viviane AmsalemGett: Le procès de Viviane Amsalem /
גט - המשפט של ויויאן אמסלם
Ronit ElkabetzIsrael
2015Son of SaulSaul fiaLászló NemesHungary
The Brand New TestamentLe Tout Nouveau TestamentJaco Van DormaelBelgium/France/Luxembourg
The ClubEl ClubPablo LarraínChile
The FencerMiekkailija / VehklejaKlaus HäröFinland/Germany/Estonia
MustangDeniz Gamze ErgüvenFrance/Turkey
2016Elle §Paul VerhoevenFrance [4]
DivinesHouda BenyaminaFrance
NerudaPablo LarraínChile
The SalesmanForushande / فروشندهAsghar FarhadiIran/France
Toni ErdmannMaren AdeGermany
2017In the Fade §Aus dem NichtsFatih AkinGermany / France
A Fantastic WomanUna Mujer FantásticaSebastián LelioChile
First They Killed My FatherAngelina JolieCambodia
LovelessНелюбовьAndrey ZvyagintsevRussia
The SquareRuben ÖstlundSweden/Germany/France
2018RomaAlfonso CuarónMexico [5]
CapernaumCapharnaüm / کفرناحومNadine LabakiLebanon
GirlLukas DhontBelgium
Never Look AwayWerk ohne AutorFlorian Henckel von DonnersmarckGermany
Shoplifters万引き家族 / Manbiki KazokuHirokazu Kore-edaJapan
2019The Farewell別告訴她 / Bié Gàosù TāLulu WangUSA
Les MisérablesLadj LyFrance
Pain and GloryDolor y gloriaPedro AlmodóvarSpain
ParasiteGisaengchungBong Joon-hoSouth Korea
Portrait of a Lady on FirePortrait de la jeune fille en feuCéline SciammaFrance

See also


  1. "Best Foreign Language Film". goldenglobes. Archived from the original on 2009-12-15. Retrieved 2010-10-19.
  2. 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. 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
  5. 'Roma' Wins Golden Globe For Best Foreign Language Film|IndieWire
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