Best Foreign Language Film - Oscar Winning Best Foreign Films

A Complete List of Best Foreign Film at the Academy Awards

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Director Yojiro Takita with crew accept the Best Foreign Language Film award for 'Departures.'.



2008 Nominated Films for Best Foreign Language Film

2008 Departures
Directed by Yojiro Takita, Japan
Departures follows Daigo Kobayashi (Masahiro Motoki), a devoted cellist in an orchestra that has just been dissolved and who is suddenly left without a job.

2007 The counterfeiters
Directed by Stefan Ruzowitsky, Austria
- Based on a real life counterfeiting plant was set up with prisoners in the concentration camp in Sachsenhausen.

2006 The lives of others
Directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, Germany
- Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck takes a hard look at East Germany, before the fall of the Berlin Wall, where a mind-boggling one in fifty citizens spied on the rest.

2005 Tsotsi
Directed by Gavin Hood, South Africa
- Six days in the violent life of a young Johannesburg gang leader.

2004 The Sea Inside
Directed by Alejandro Amenábar, Spain
- The real-life story of Spaniard Ramon Sampedro, who fought a 30 year campaign in favor of euthanasia and his own right to die.

2003 The barbarian invasions
Directed by Denys Arcand, Canada
- During his final days, a dying man is reunited with old friends, former lovers, his ex-wife, and his estranged son.

2002 Nowhere in Africa
Directed by Caroline Link, Germany
- A German Jewish refugee family moves to and adjusts to a farm life in 1930's Kenya.

2001 No man's land
Directed by Danis Tanovic, Bosnia & Herzegovina
- Two soldiers from opposing sides in the conflict become trapped in no man's land during the Bosnia/Herzegovina conflict in 1993.

2000 Crouching tiger, Hidden dragon
Directed by Ang Lee, Taiwan
- Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is a Wuxia picture, a Chinese genre involving magic warriors, flying monks, and noble swordsmen. Starring Michelle Yeoh, Chow Yun-Fat and Zhang Ziyi.

1999  All About my Mother
Directed by Pedro Almodovar, Spain
- Young Esteban wants to become a writer and also to discover the identity of his father, carefully concealed by the mother Manuela in Almodovar's masterful melodrama.

1998 Life is Beautiful
Directed by Roberto Benigni, Italy
- A Jewish man has a wonderful romance with the help of his humor but must use that same quality to protect his son in a Nazi death camp.

1997 Character
Directed by Mike van Diem, The Netherlands
- Jacob Katadreuffe lives mute with his mother, has no contact with his father who only works against him and wants to become a lawyer, at all costs.

1996 Kolya
Directed by Jan Sverák, Czech Republic
- The perfect grouch meets his match in a five-year-old boy named Kolya in this heart-warming drama.

1995 Antonia's Line
Directed by Marleen Gorris, The Netherlands
- A Dutch matron establishes and, for several generations, oversees a close-knit, matriarchal community where feminism and liberalism thrive.

1994 Burnt By The Sun
Directed by Nikita Mikhalkov, Russia
- A moving and poignant story set against the corrupt politics of the Stalinist era.

1993 Belle Epoque
Directed by Fernando Trueba, Spain
- In 1931, a young soldier (Fernando) deserts from the army and falls into a country farm, where he is welcomed by the owner (Manolo) due to his political ideas.

1992 Indochine
Directed by Régis Wargnier, France
- Set in 1930 in French Indochina against a backdrop of political tension between the French and Vietnamese.

Catherine Deneuve and Vincent Perez star.

1991 Mediterraneo
Directed by Gabriele Salvatores, Italy
- On a magical Greek island , a soldier discovers that it is better to make love instead of war.

1990 Journey of Hope
Directed by Xavier Koller, Switzerland
- The story of a Turkish poor family who tries to emigrate illegally to Switzerland.


1989 Cinema Paradiso
Directed by Giuseppe Tornatore, Italy

1988 Pelle the Conqueror
Directed by Bille August, Denmark

1987 Babette's Feast
Directed by Gabriel Axel, Denmark

1986 The Assault
Directed by Fons Rademakers, The Netherlands

1985 The Official Story
Directed by Luis Puenzo, Argentinia

1984 Dangerous Moves
Directed by Richard Dembo, Switzerland

1983 Fanny & Alexander
Directed by Ingmar Bergman, Sweden

1982 Volver a Empezar (To Begin Again)
Directed by José Luis Garci, Spain

1981 Mephisto
Directed by István Szabó, Hungary

1980 Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears
Directed by Vladimir Menshov, USSR


1979 The Tin Drum
Directed by Volker Schlöndorff, Federal Republic of Germany

1978 Get Out Your Handkerchiefs
Directed by Bertrand Blier, France

1977 Madame Rosa
Directed by Moshé Mizrahi, France

1976 Black and White in Color
Directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud, Ivory Coast

1975 Dersu Uzala
Directed by Akira Kurosawa, USSR

1974 Amarcord
Directed by Federico Fellini, Italy

1973 Day for Night
Directed by Francois Truffaut, France

1972 The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie
Directed by Luis Buñuel, France

1971 The Garden of the Finzi Continis
Directed by Vittorio De Sica, Italy

1970 Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion
Directed by Lee Kresel and Elio Petri, Italy


1969 Z
Directed by Costa-Gavras, Algeria

1968 War and Peace
Directed by Sergei Bondarchuk, USSR

1967 Closely Watched Trains
Directed by Jirí Menzel, Czechoslovakia

1966 A Man and a Woman
Directed by Claude Lelouch, France

1965 The Shop on Main Street
Directed by Ján Kadár and Elmar Klos, Czechoslovakia

1964 Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
Directed by Vittorio De Sica, Italy

1963 8 1/2
Directed by Federico Fellini, Italy

1962 Sundays and Cybele
Directed by Serge Bourguignon, France

1961 Through a Glass Darkly
Directed by Ingmar Bergman, Sweden

1960 The Virgin Spring
Directed by Ingmar Bergman, Sweden


1959 Black Orpheus
Directed by Marcel Camus, Brazil

1958 My Uncle
Directed by Jacques Tati, France

1957 The Nights of Cabiria
Directed by Federico Fellini, Italy

1956 La Strada
Directed by Federico Fellini, Italy

1955 Samurai, The Legend of Musashi
Directed by Hiroshi Inagaki, Japan

1954 Gate of Hell
Directed by Teinosuke Kinugasa, Japan

1953 N/A
1952 Forbidden Games
Directed by René Clément, France

1951 Rashomon
Directed by Akira Kurosawa, Japan

1950 The Walls of Malapaga
Directed by René Clément, France/Italy

1949 The Bicycle Thief
Directed by Vittorio De Sica, Italy

1948 Monsieur Vincent
Directed by Maurice Cloche, France

1947 Shoe Shine
Directed by Vittorio De Sica, Italy