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.

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

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



Year English title Original title Country Director
Best Foreign Film Foreign Language
1965 Juliet of the Spirits Giulietta degli spiriti Italy Italy Federico Fellini
Always Further OnTarahumara, cada vez más lejos Mexico Luis Alcoriza
Circle of LoveLa ronde France Roger Vadim
Red Beard 赤ひげ / Akahige Japan Akira Kurosawa
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg Les parapluies de Cherbourg France Jacques Demy
1966 A Man and a Woman Un homme et une femmeFrance FranceClaude Lelouch
The Birds, the Bees and the ItaliansSignore & signori Italy Pietro Germi
Hamlet Гамлет USSR Grigori Kozintsev
Impossible on SaturdayPas question le samedi France Alex Joffé
Loves of a Blonde Lásky jedné plavovlásky CzechoslovakiaMiloš Forman
1967 Live for Life Vivre pour vivreFrance FranceClaude Lelouch
Climax L'immorale France Pietro Germi
Closely Watched Trains Ostře sledované vlaky Czechoslovakia Jiří Menzel
Elvira Madigan Sweden Bo Widerberg
The Stranger Lo straniero France Luchino Visconti
1968 War and Peace Voyna i mirUSSR Soviet UnionSergei Bondarchuk
The Bride Wore BlackLa mariée était en noir FranceFrançois Truffaut
I Even Met Happy GypsiesSkupljaci perja YugoslaviaAleksandar Petrović
Shame Skammen SwedenIngmar Bergman
Stolen KissesBaisers volés FranceFrançois Truffaut
1969 Z Algeria AlgeriaCosta-Gavras
Ådalen 31 Ådalen '31 Sweden Bo Widerberg
Blaumilch Canal Te'alat Blaumilch Israel Ephraim Kishon
Girls in the Sun Koritsia ston ilio Greece Vasilis Georgiadis
Satyricon Fellini - Satyricon Italy Federico Fellini


Year English title Original title Country Director
1970 Rider on the Rain Le Passager de la PluieFrance France René Clément
Borsalino Italy Jacques Deray
The ConfessionL'aveu France Costa-Gavras
The Customer of the Off Season Ore'ach B'Onah Metah France/Israel Moshé Mizrahi
Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion Indagine su un cittadino al di sopra di ogni sospetto Italy Elio Petri
1971 The Policeman HaShoter Azulai השוטר אזולאיIsrael Israel Ephraim Kishon
Claire's Knee Le genou de Claire France Éric Rohmer
The Conformist Il conformista Italy Bernardo Bertolucci
Tchaikovsky Chaykovskiy USSR Igor Talankin
To Die of Love Mourir d'aimerFrance André Cayatte
1972 The Emigrants Utvandrarna Sweden Sweden Jan Troell
The New LandNybyggarna Sweden SwedenJan Troell
Cries and WhispersViskningar och ropSweden Ingmar Bergman
The Discreet Charm of the BourgeoisieLe charme discret de la bourgeoisieFrance Luis Buñuel
MirageEspejismoPeru Armando Robles Godoy
RomaItaly Federico Fellini
Best Foreign Film
1973 The Pedestrian Der FußgängerWest Germany West Germany Maximilian Schell
Alfredo, Alfredo Italy Pietro Germi
Day for NightLa nuit américaine France François Truffaut
Kazablan Israel Menahem Golan
State of SiegeÉtat de siège France Costa-Gavras
1974 Scenes from a Marriage Scener ur ett äktenskap Sweden Sweden Ingmar Bergman
The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacob Les aventures de Rabbi Jacob France Gérard Oury
The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz Canada Ted Kotcheff
Amarcord Amarcord Italy Federico Fellini
Lacombe, Lucien France Louis Malle
1975 Lies My Father Told Me Canada Canada Ján Kadár
And Now My Love Toute une vie France Claude Lelouch
Hedda UK Trevor Nunn
The Magic FluteTrollflöjten Sweden Ingmar Bergman
Special SectionSection spéciale France Costa-Gavras
1976 Face to Face Ansikte mot ansikte Sweden Sweden Ingmar Bergman
Cousin Cousine France Jean-Charles Tacchella
Pocket MoneyL'argent de poche France François Truffaut
Seven BeautiesPasqualino Settebellezze Italy Lina Wertmüller
The Slipper and the Rose: The Story of Cinderella UK Bryan Forbes
1977 A Special Day Una giornata particolare Italy Italy Ettore Scola
An Elephant Can Be Extremely DeceptiveUn éléphant ça trompe énormémentFrance Yves Robert
Madame Rosa La vie devant soiFrance Moshé Mizrahi
That Obscure Object of DesireCet obscur objet du désirFrance Luis Buñuel
Raise RavensCría cuervosSpain Carlos Saura
1978 Autumn Sonata Höstsonaten Sweden Sweden Ingmar Bergman
Death on the NileEngland John Guillermin
Dona Flor and Her Two HusbandsDona Flor e seus dois maridos Brazil Bruno Barreto
A Dream of PassionKravgi gynaikon Greece Jules Dassin
Get Out Your Handkerchiefs Préparez vos mouchoirs France Bertrand Blier
Going All the WayEskimo LimonIsraelBoaz Davidson
1979 Birds of a Feather La cage aux folles France/Italy France Italy Édouard Molinaro
The Marriage of Maria Braun Die Ehe der Maria Braun West Germany Rainer Werner Fassbinder
The Europeans UK James Ivory
Mio Dio come sono caduta in basso! Italy Luigi Comencini
Soldier of Orange Soldaat van Oranje Netherlands Paul Verhoeven


Year English title Original title Country Director
1980 Tess UK United Kingdom Roman Polanski
'Breaker' Morant Australia Bruce Beresford
The Last Metro Le dernier métro France François Truffaut
My Brilliant Career Australia Gillian Armstrong
Shadow Warrior 影武者 / Kagemusha Japan Akira Kurosawa
Special Treatment Poseban tretman Yugoslavia Goran Paskaljević
1981 Chariots of Fire UK United Kingdom Hugh Hudson
Atlantic City Canada Louis Malle
The Boat Das Boot West Germany Wolfgang Petersen
Gallipoli Australia Peter Weir
Pixote: The Law of the Weakest Pixote: A lei do mais fraco Brazil Héctor Babenco
1982 Gandhi UK/India United Kingdom India Richard Attenborough
Fitzcarraldo West Germany Werner Herzog
The Man from Snowy River Australia George T. Miller
Quest for Fire La guerre du feu Canada Jean-Jacques Annaud
La traviata Italy Franco Zeffirelli
The Way Yol Switzerland Yılmaz Güney
1983 Fanny and Alexander Fanny och Alexander Sweden SwedenIngmar Bergman
Carmen Spain Carlos Saura
The Dresser UK Peter Yates
Educating Rita UK Lewis Gilbert
The Grey Fox Canada Phillip Borsos
1984 A Passage to India UK United Kingdom David Lean
Carmen France Francesco Rosi
Dangerous MovesLa diagonale du fou Switzerland Richard Dembo
Paris, Texas France Wim Wenders
A Sunday in the Country Un dimanche à la campagne France Bertrand Tavernier
1985 The Official StoryLa historia oficial Argentina Argentina Luis Puenzo
Colonel Redl Oberst Redl Hungary István Szabó
Ran 乱 / Ran Japan Akira Kurosawa
When Father Was Away on BusinessOtac na sluzbenom putu Yugoslavia Emir Kusturica
A Year of the Quiet SunRok spokojnego slonca Poland Krzysztof Zanussi
Best Foreign Language Film
1986 The AssaultDe aanslag Netherlands Netherlands Fons Rademakers
Betty Blue 37°2 le matin France Jean-Jacques Beineix
Ginger and Fred Ginger e Fred Italy Federico Fellini
Otello Italy Franco Zeffirelli
Three Men and a Cradle 3 hommes et un couffin France Coline Serreau
1987 My Life as a DogMitt liv som hund Sweden SwedenLasse Hallström
Dark EyesOci ciornie Italy Nikita Mikhalkov
Goodbye, ChildrenAu revoir, les enfants France Louis Malle
Jean de Florette France Claude Berri
Repentance Monanieba USSR Tengiz Abuladze
1988 Pelle the ConquerorPelle erobreren Denmark DenmarkBille August
Babette's Feast Babettes gæstebud Denmark Gabriel Axel
HanussenWest Germany István Szabó
Salaam Bombay! India Mira Nair
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios Spain Pedro Almodóvar
1989 Cinema ParadisoNuovo cinema Paradiso Italy ItalyGiuseppe Tornatore
Camille Claudel France Bruno Nuytten
Jesus of Montreal Jésus de Montréal Canada Denys Arcand
My Uncle's Legacy Život sa stricem Yugoslavia Krsto Papić
Story of Women Une affaire de femmes France Claude Chabrol


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


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


Year English title Original title Country Director
2010 In a Better World Hævnen Denmark DenmarkSusanne Bier
Biutiful Mexico/Spain Alejandro González Iñárritu
The Concert Le Concert France Radu Mihăileanu
The Edge Край / Kray Russia Alexei Uchitel
I Am Love Io Sono L’amore Italy Luca Guadagnino
2011 A Separation '''''جدایی نادر از سیمین / Jodái-e Náder az Simin Iran Iran Asghar Farhadi
In the Land of Blood and Honey USA Angelina Jolie
The Flowers of War金陵十三钗 / Jin ling shi san chai China Zhang Yimou
The Kid with a Bike Le Gamin au vélo Belgium Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
The Skin I Live In La piel que habito Spain Pedro Almodóvar
2012 Amour Austria Austria Michael Haneke
A Royal Affair En kongelig affære Denmark Nikolaj Arcel
The Intouchables Intouchables France Olivier Nakache & Éric Toledano
Rust and Bone De rouille et d'os France Jacques Audiard
Kon-Tiki Norway/UK/Denmark Joachim Rønning & Espen Sandberg
2013 The Great Beauty La grande bellezza Italy Italy Paolo Sorrentino
Blue Is the Warmest Colour La Vie d'Adèle – Chapitres 1 & 2 France Abdellatif Kechiche
The Hunt Jagten Denmark Thomas Vinterberg
The Past Le Passé Iran Asghar Farhadi
The Wind Rises 風立ちぬ / Kaze Tachinu Japan Hayao Miyazaki
2014 Leviathan Левиафан / Leviafan Russia Russia Andrey Zvyagintsev
Ida Ida Poland/Denmark Paweł Pawlikowski
Tangerines Mandariinid / მანდარინები Estonia Zaza Urushadze
Force Majeure Turist Sweden Ruben Östlund
Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem Gett: Le procès de Viviane Amsalem /
גט - המשפט של ויויאן אמסלם
Israel Ronit Elkabetz
2015 Son of Saul Saul fia Hungary Hungary László Nemes
The Brand New Testament Le Tout Nouveau Testament Belgium/France/Luxembourg Jaco Van Dormael
The Club El Club Chile Pablo Larraín
The Fencer Miekkailija / Vehkleja Finland/Germany/Estonia Klaus Härö
Mustang France Deniz Gamze Ergüven

See also


  1. "Best Foreign Language Film". goldenglobes. Retrieved 2010-10-19.
  2. 1 2 3 Hollywood Foreign Press Association. "Golden Globe Award Consideration: Best Foreign Language Film Submission" (PDF). Retrieved February 29, 2012.
  3. 1 2 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".
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