History of Best Foreign Language Film winners

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1.
Son of Saul (2015)
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In the horror of 1944 Auschwitz, a prisoner forced to burn the corpses of his own people finds moral survival upon trying to salvage from the flames the body of a boy he takes for his son. (107 mins.)
Director: Nemes László
 
2.
Ida (2013)
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Anna, a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland, is on the verge of taking her vows when she discovers a dark family secret dating back to the years of the German occupation. (82 mins.)
“ Should've won:
Should've been nominated: ” - Paul Hamell
 
3.
The Great Beauty (2013)
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Jep Gambardella has seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades, but after his 65th birthday and a shock from the past, Jep looks past the nightclubs and parties to find a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty. (141 mins.)
“ Should've won:
Should've been nominated: ” - Paul Hamell
 
4.
Amour (2012)
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Georges and Anne are an octogenarian couple. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, also a musician, lives in Britain with her family. One day, Anne has a stroke, and the couple's bond of love is severely tested. (127 mins.)
Director: Michael Haneke
“ Should've won: Yes
Should've been nominated: ” - Paul Hamell
 
5.
A Separation (2011)
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A married couple are faced with a difficult decision - to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimer's disease. (123 mins.)
Director: Asghar Farhadi
“ Should've won: Yes
Should've been nominated: The Kid with a Bike ” - Paul Hamell
 
6.
In a Better World (2010)
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The lives of two Danish families cross each other, and an extraordinary but risky friendship comes into bud. But loneliness, frailty and sorrow lie in wait. (119 mins.)
Director: Susanne Bier
“ TO WATCH

Should've won: Yes; or Pan's Labyrinth
Should've been nominated: ” - Paul Hamell
 
7.
The Secret in Their Eyes (2009)
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A retired legal counselor writes a novel hoping to find closure for one of his past unresolved homicide cases and for his unreciprocated love with his superior - both of which still haunt him decades later. (129 mins.)
“ Should've won:
Should've been nominated: ” - Paul Hamell
 
8.
Departures (2008)
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A newly unemployed cellist takes a job preparing the dead for funerals. (130 mins.)
Director: Yôjirô Takita
“ TO WATCH

Should've won: Yes; or Pan's Labyrinth
Should've been nominated: ” - Paul Hamell
 
9.
The Counterfeiters (2007)
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The story of the Operation Bernhard, the largest counterfeiting operation in history, carried out by Germany during WWII. (98 mins.)
“ TO WATCH

Should've won: Yes; or Pan's Labyrinth
Should've been nominated: ” - Paul Hamell
 
10.
The Lives of Others (2006)
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In 1984 East Berlin, an agent of the secret police, conducting surveillance on a writer and his lover, finds himself becoming increasingly absorbed by their lives. (137 mins.)
“ Should've won: Yes; or Pan's Labyrinth
Should've been nominated: ” - Paul Hamell
 
11.
Tsotsi (2005)
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Six days in the violent life of a young Johannesburg gang leader. (94 mins.)
Director: Gavin Hood
“ TO WATCH

Should've won: Yes; or Pan's Labyrinth
Should've been nominated: ” - Paul Hamell
 
12.
The Sea Inside (2004)
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The factual story of Spaniard Ramon Sampedro, who fought a thirty-year campaign in favor of euthanasia and his own right to die. (125 mins.)
“ TO WATCH

Should've won: Yes; or Pan's Labyrinth
Should've been nominated: ” - Paul Hamell
 
13.
The Barbarian Invasions (2003)
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During his final days, a dying man is reunited with old friends, former lovers, his ex-wife, and his estranged son. (99 mins.)
Director: Denys Arcand
“ TO WATCH

Should've won: Yes; or Pan's Labyrinth
Should've been nominated: ” - Paul Hamell
 
14.
Nowhere in Africa (2001)
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A German Jewish refugee family moves to and adjusts to a farm life in 1930s Kenya. (141 mins.)
Director: Caroline Link
“ TO WATCH

Should've won: Yes; or Pan's Labyrinth
Should've been nominated: ” - Paul Hamell
 
15.
No Man's Land (2001)
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Bosnia and Herzegovina during 1993 at the time of the heaviest fighting between the two warring sides. Two soldiers from opposing sides in the conflict, Nino and Ciki, become trapped in no man's land, whilst a third soldier becomes a living booby trap. (98 mins.)
Director: Danis Tanovic
“ TO WATCH

Should've won: Yes; or Pan's Labyrinth
Should've been nominated: ” - Paul Hamell
 
16.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
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A young Chinese warrior steals a sword from a famed swordsman and then escapes into a world of romantic adventure with a mysterious man in the frontier of the nation. (120 mins.)
Director: Ang Lee
“ Should've won: Yes
Should've been nominated: ” - Paul Hamell
 
17.
All About My Mother (1999)
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Young Esteban wants to become a writer and also to discover the identity of his father, carefully concealed by his mother Manuela. (101 mins.)
“ TO WATCH ” - Paul Hamell
 
18.
Life Is Beautiful (1997)
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When an open-minded Jewish librarian and his son become victims of the Holocaust, he uses a perfect mixture of will, humor and imagination to protect his son from the dangers around their camp. (116 mins.)
Director: Roberto Benigni
“ Should've won:
Should've been nominated: ” - Paul Hamell
 
19.
Character (1997)
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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. (122 mins.)
Director: Mike van Diem
“ TO WATCH ” - Paul Hamell
 
20.
Kolya (1996)
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Franta Louka is a concert cellist in Soviet-occupied Czechoslovakia, a confirmed bachelor and a lady's man... (105 mins.)
Director: Jan Sverák
“ TO WATCH ” - Paul Hamell
 
21.
Antonia's Line (1995)
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A Dutch matron establishes and, for several generations, oversees a close-knit, matriarchal community where feminism and liberalism thrive. (102 mins.)
Director: Marleen Gorris
“ TO WATCH ” - Paul Hamell
 
22.
Burnt by the Sun (1994)
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Russia, 1936: revolutionary hero Colonel Kotov is spending an idyllic summer in his village with his... (135 mins.)
“ TO WATCH ” - Paul Hamell
 
23.
Belle Epoque (1992)
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A 1931 Spanish military deserter finds himself on a lonely farm until the farmer's four daughters pay a visit and he falls for all of them. (109 mins.)
Director: Fernando Trueba
“ TO WATCH ” - Paul Hamell
 
24.
Indochine (1992)
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This story is set in 1930, at the time when French colonial rule in Indochina is ending. A widowed French woman who works in the rubber fields... (159 mins.)
Director: Régis Wargnier
“ TO WATCH ” - Paul Hamell
 
25.
Mediterraneo (1991)
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In WW2, an Italian Army unit of misfits occupies an isolated non-strategic Greek island for the duration of the war. (96 mins.)
“ TO WATCH ” - Paul Hamell
 
26.
Journey of Hope (1990)
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The story of a poor Turkish family who try to emigrate illegally to Switzerland. (110 mins.)
Director: Xavier Koller
“ TO WATCH ” - Paul Hamell
 
27.
Cinema Paradiso (1988)
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A filmmaker recalls his childhood, when he fell in love with the movies at his village's theater and formed a deep friendship with the theater's projectionist. (155 mins.)
“ Should've won:
Should've been nominated: ” - Paul Hamell
 
28.
Pelle the Conqueror (1987)
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The end of the 19th century. A boat filled with Swedish emigrants comes to the Danish island of Bornholm... (157 mins.)
Director: Bille August
“ TO WATCH ” - Paul Hamell
 
29.
Babette's Feast (1987)
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During the late 19th century, a strict religious community in a Danish village takes in a French refugee from the Franco-Prussian War as a servant to the late pastor's daughters. (102 mins.)
Director: Gabriel Axel
“ TO WATCH ” - Paul Hamell
 
30.
The Assault (1986)
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In January 1945, during the 2nd world-war, the Dutch resistance kills a collaborator in the street where the 12 year old Anton Steenwijk lives... (155 mins.)
Director: Fons Rademakers
“ TO WATCH ” - Paul Hamell
 
31.
The Official Story (1985)
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After the end of the Dirty War, a high school teacher sets out to find out who the mother of her adopted daughter is. (112 mins.)
Director: Luis Puenzo
“ TO WATCH ” - Paul Hamell
 
32.
Dangerous Moves (1984)
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Two masters of chess duel each other not only in their game but also in their different ideologies.... (110 mins.)
Director: Richard Dembo
“ TO WATCH ” - Paul Hamell
 
33.
Fanny and Alexander (1982)
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Two young Swedish children experience the many comedies and tragedies of their family, the Ekdahls. (188 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
“ TO WATCH ” - Paul Hamell
 
34.
Volver a empezar (1982)
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A Nobel prize winner returns to his natal city looking for his home. (87 mins.)
“ TO WATCH ” - Paul Hamell
 
35.
Mephisto (1981)
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A German stage actor finds unexpected success and mixed blessings in the popularity of his performance... (144 mins.)
Director: István Szabó
“ TO WATCH ” - Paul Hamell
 
36.
Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears (1980)
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This is a life story of three girlfriends from youth to autumn ages. Their dreams and wishes, love, disillusions... (150 mins.)
“ TO WATCH ” - Paul Hamell
 
37.
The Tin Drum (1979)
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In 1924, Oskar Matzerath is born in the Free City of Danzig. At age three, he falls down a flight of stairs and stops growing. In 1939, World War II breaks out. (142 mins.)
“ TO WATCH ” - Paul Hamell
 
38.
Get Out Your Handkerchiefs (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Solange is depressed: she's stopped smiling, she eats little, she says less. She has fainting fits.... (108 mins.)
Director: Bertrand Blier
“ TO WATCH ” - Paul Hamell
 
39.
Madame Rosa (1977)
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Madame Rosa lives in a sixth-floor walkup in the Pigalle; she's a retired prostitute, Jewish and an Auschwitz survivor... (105 mins.)
Director: Moshé Mizrahi
“ TO WATCH ” - Paul Hamell
 
40.
Black and White in Color (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
French colonists in Africa, several months behind in the news, find themselves at war with their German neighbors... (90 mins.)
“ TO WATCH ” - Paul Hamell
 
41.
Dersu Uzala (1975)
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The Russian army sends an explorer on an expedition to the snowy Siberian wilderness where he makes friends with a seasoned local hunter. (142 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosava
“ TO WATCH ” - Paul Hamell
 
42.
Amarcord (1973)
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A series of comedic and nostalgic vignettes set in a 1930s Italian coastal town. (123 mins.)
“ TO WATCH ” - Paul Hamell
 
43.
Day for Night (1973)
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A committed film director struggles to complete his movie while coping with a myriad of crises, personal and professional, among the cast and crew. (115 mins.)
“ TO WATCH ” - Paul Hamell
 
44.
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A surreal, virtually plotless series of dreams centered around six middle-class people and their consistently interrupted attempts to have a meal together. (102 mins.)
Director: Luis Bunuel
“ TO WATCH ” - Paul Hamell
 
45.
The Garden of the Finzi-Continis (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
In the late 1930s, in Ferrara, Italy, the Finzi-Contini are one of the leading families, wealthy, aristocratic... (94 mins.)
“ TO WATCH ” - Paul Hamell
 
46.
Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (1970)
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A chief of detectives, homicide section, kills his mistress and deliberately leaves clues to prove his own responsibility for the crime. (115 mins.)
Director: Elio Petri
“ TO WATCH ” - Paul Hamell
 
47.
Z (1969)
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Following the murder of a prominent leftist, an investigator tries to uncover the truth while government officials attempt to cover up their roles. (127 mins.)
Director: Costa-Gavras
“ TO WATCH ” - Paul Hamell
 
48.
War and Peace (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A Russian Prince experiences battle against Napoleon and a troubled relationship with his father and wife... (427 mins.)
“ TO WATCH ” - Paul Hamell
 
49.
Closely Watched Trains (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
An apprentice train dispatcher at a village station seeks his first sexual encounter and becomes despondent when he is unable to perform. (93 mins.)
Director: Jirí Menzel
“ TO WATCH ” - Paul Hamell
 
50.
A Man and a Woman (1966)
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A man and a woman meet by accident on a Sunday evening at their childrens' boarding school. Slowly they reveal themselves to each other... (102 mins.)
Director: Claude Lelouch
“ TO WATCH ” - Paul Hamell
 
51.
The Shop on Main Street (1965)
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Slovakia during WW2. Tono lives a poor life, but the authorities offer him to take over the Jewish widow Lautman's little shop for sewing material... (128 mins.)
“ TO WATCH ” - Paul Hamell
 
52.
Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (1963)
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Stories about three very different women and the men they attract. (118 mins.)
“ TO WATCH ” - Paul Hamell
 
53.
(1963)
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A harried movie director retreats into his memories and fantasies. (138 mins.)
“ Should've won: Yes
Should've been nominated: ” - Paul Hamell
 
54.
Sundays and Cybele (1962)
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After killing a child when his plane crashes in a Vietnamese village, Pierre suffers from delayed stress and partial amnesia... (110 mins.)
“ TO WATCH ” - Paul Hamell
 
55.
Through a Glass Darkly (1961)
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Recently released from a mental hospital; Karin rejoins her emotionally disconnected family and their island home, only to slip from reality as she begins to believe she is being visited by God. (89 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
“ TO WATCH ” - Paul Hamell
 
56.
The Virgin Spring (1960)
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An innocent yet pampered young virgin and her family's pregnant and jealous servant set out to deliver candles to church, but only one returns from events that transpire in the woods along the way. (89 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
“ TO WATCH ” - Paul Hamell
 
57.
Black Orpheus (1959)
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A retelling of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth, set during the time of the Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro. (100 mins.)
Director: Marcel Camus
“ TO WATCH ” - Paul Hamell
 
58.
Mon Oncle (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Monsieur Hulot visits the technology-driven world of his sister, brother-in-law, and nephew, but he can't quite fit into the surroundings. (117 mins.)
Director: Jacques Tati
“ TO WATCH ” - Paul Hamell
 
59.
The Nights of Cabiria (1957)
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A waifish prostitute wanders the streets of Rome looking for true love but finds only heartbreak. (110 mins.)
“ TO WATCH ” - Paul Hamell
 
60.
La Strada (1954)
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A care-free girl is sold to a traveling entertainer, consequently enduring physical and emotional pain along the way. (108 mins.)
“ Should've won: Yes
Should've been nominated: ” - Paul Hamell
 
61.
Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Depicts the early life of the legendary warrior Musashi Miyamoto; his years as an aspiring warrior, an outlaw and finally a true samurai. (93 mins.)
Director: Hiroshi Inagaki
“ TO WATCH ” - Paul Hamell
 
62.
Gate of Hell (1953)
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A samurai pursues a married lady-in-waiting. (89 mins.)
“ TO WATCH ” - Paul Hamell
 
63.
Forbidden Games (1952)
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A young French girl orphaned in a Nazi air attack is befriended by the son of a poor farmer, and together they try to come to terms with the realities of death. (86 mins.)
Director: René Clément
“ TO WATCH ” - Paul Hamell
 
64.
Rashomon (1950)
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A heinous crime and its aftermath are recalled from differing points of view. (88 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
“ Should've won: Yes
Should've been nominated: ” - Paul Hamell
 
65.
The Walls of Malapaga (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A French fugitive arrives in Genoa, where he becomes entangled with an Italian woman and her daughter. (104 mins.)
Director: René Clément
“ TO WATCH ” - Paul Hamell
 
66.
Bicycle Thieves (1948)
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In post-war Italy, a working-class man's bicycle is stolen. He and his son set out to find it. (89 mins.)
“ Should've won: Yes
Should've been nominated: ” - Paul Hamell
 
67.
Monsieur Vincent (1947)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
St. Vincent de Paul struggles to bring about peace and harmony among the peasant and the nobles in the midst of the Black Death in Europe, carrying on his charitable work in the face of all obstacles. (111 mins.)
Director: Maurice Cloche
“ TO WATCH ” - Paul Hamell
 
68.
Shoeshine (1946)
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Two shoeshine boys in postwar Rome, Italy, save up to buy a horse, but their involvement as dupes in a burglary lands them in juvenile prison where the experience take a devastating toll on their friendship. (93 mins.)
“ TO WATCH ” - Paul Hamell
 
69.
The Salesman (2016)
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While both participating in a production of "Death of a Salesman," a teacher's wife is assaulted in her new home, which leaves him determined to find the perpetrator over his wife's traumatized objections. (124 mins.)
Director: Asghar Farhadi