Updated: BAFTA Awards for Best Foreign Film (1982-2017)

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) recognizes the best in world cinema by awarding the Best Foreign Film since 1982. Here in GlobalPolyglots.com, we wish to share with the whole world the magnificent movies that The BAFTA has set as a benchmark of excellence to celebrate the beauty of languages. As they say, sit back and enjoy. Immerse in the language, immerse in the culture. Click the movie posters and watch the trailer. Rent it or buy it out, the choice is yours. Check-out is powered by Amazon. Celebrate the finest and the best in International Cinema! Enjoy the movies.

The Handmaiden (2017)

Korean, Japanese

Son of Saul (2016)

Hungarian, French, Russian, German, Yiddish, Greek, Hebrew, Polish, Czech, Slovak

Wild Tales (2015)


Ida (2014)

French, Polish, Latin

The Great Beauty (2013)

Italian, Japanese, Spanish, Chinese

Amour (2012)


The Skin I Live In (2011)


The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2010)


A Prophet (2009)

French, Arabic, Corsican

I’ve Loved You So Long (2008)


The Lives of Others (2007)


Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)


The Beat That My Heart Skipped (2005)


The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)

Spanish, Quechua

In This World (2003)

Persian, Pashtu, Italian, English

Talk to Her (2002)


Amores perros (2001)


Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)


All About My Mother (1999)

Spanish, Catalan, English

Central Station (1998)


The Apartment (1997)


Ridicule (1996)


Il Postino: The Postman (1995)

Italian, Spanish

To Live (1994)


Farewell My Concubine (1993)


Raise the Red Lantern (1992)


The Nasty Girl (1991)


Cinema Paradiso (1990)

Italian, English, Portuguese, Sicilian

Life and Nothing But (1989)


Babette’s Feast (1988)

Danish, Swedish, French

The Sacrifice (1987)

Swedish, English, French

Ran (1986)


Colonel Redl (1985)

German, Hungarian

Carmen (1984)


Danton (1983)


Christ Stopped at Eboli (1982)

BAFTA Picture by Stuart Chalmers - https://www.flickr.com/photos/gertcha/port.

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16 Replies to “Updated: BAFTA Awards for Best Foreign Film (1982-2017)”

    1. Hi Vishal, that’s great =) You must love foreign films too =) My all time favorite is Cinema Paradiso… I’ve watched two versions of it, the original release and the latest one with the Director’s cut… same movie, same ending… but with the Director’s cut additional scenes, the meaning totally changed =) I also love Talk To Her, Amores Perros and Babette’s Feast =) Oh, and of course, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon =)

  1. I love the list that you’ve put together! I often wonder which titles I could choose for quality and engaging viewing – now I know where to turn! Thanks for the article!

    1. Thank you Tammy for dropping by =) I am glad you find it helpful. It is an honor to have helped a fellow movie lover like you =) Thanks again =)

  2. You have given my partner and I so much choices! Which is your all- time favorite on this list? 2 films on your list are two of my most favorite films ever, but so many I have never seen before, so would love to add them to my film list. Thanks loads for this!

    1. hi Manika-Nia, thank you for dropping by. It is an honor sharing all of these =) My all time favorite is Cinema Paradiso. So far, no one has topped it yet, hehehe,,, but really, the story, the music, the visuals, everything in it is fantastic =) Runner-ups in my BAFTA list would be Talk to Her, Amores Perros, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon and Pan’s Labyrinth =) Thank you again for visiting. Hope you can visit my article on the Academy Award winners and The Cannes’ Palme D’Or winners, you will find gems in it too =)

  3. You seem to be a big fan of foreign movies. =) I’ve watched a couple of the movies on this list. It’s nice to watch them every now and then; it’s a refreshing change. Now you’ve added a few more to my list of movies to check out; thanks!

    1. Hi Krystle, thanks for dropping by =) I love movies in general, but I absolutely adore new genres, new cultures, and new languages, hence my appreciation of foreign films =) Thanks again =)

  4. I have to be honest I didn’t really know about BAFTA and that its like the equivalent of the English’s Oscar’s. I’m glad there are places where foreign films are appreciated. Even though I would like to see more nominations and the exposure of more movies. There are many gems out there and only a few get nominated and exposed.

    1. hi Dira, thanks again for dropping by. Yeah, BAFTA is like the Oscars but from the British viewpoint. I agree with you that there are a lot of equally majestic movies that are out there waiting to be nominated. It is just we tend to be commercial and artist-centered consumers, that’s why we tend to watch movies only with “seemingly” commercial value. What we actually miss are brilliant movies without well-known actors but very good direction, cinematography, and screenplay. Thanks again.

  5. Oh man, this gives me such an awesome list of movies to see when I’m wondering what to watch and mindlessly browsing netflix. Of course, I’ve seen many of these, but there are also several I’ve wanted to see and then promptly forgot about! Thanks for the great collection 🙂

    1. Hi Penelope, thanks for visiting =) I am glad you like the list =) These movies are such a gem both artistically, and as a way to be immersed in the beauty of their languages =)

  6. Now, this is an awesome list to expand my movie horizons. I’ll admit, I’ve only watched a few international titles so far, but I’m definitely adding these to my list.

    Besides, I’ve got a sneaking suspicion that this will be a welcome break from all the Hollywood stuff I’ve been powering through lately.

    1. Hi JT, thanks for visiting =) Yeah, I totally agree! With all the Hollywood movies, it’s a great break to see what the world cinema has to offer. Thanks and hope you enjoyed the list =)

  7. Thank you for listing all up for us to easily to pick up to watch. I have watched a few of them, but there are so many more I can catch up and watch! It is perfect for rainy weekends 😉

    1. Hi Sugarbarbs, I am glad you liked it. and yeah, this is a great getaway experience at the comfort of our homes =) Hope you enjoy the new titles =) Super thanks =)

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