BAFTA Best Film Foreign Language Nominees (prior to the introduction of the Foreign Film Award in 1983)

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1.
Monsieur Vincent (1947)
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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
 
2.
Paisan (1946)
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Six vignettes follow the Allied invasion from July 1943 to winter 1944, from Sicily north to Venice... (125 mins.)
 
3.
4 passi fra le nuvole (1942)
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A family man travelling for work, Paolo Bianchi, meets on a train a lonely girl, Maria. He sees her... (95 mins.)
 
4.
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.)
 
5.
The Berliner (1948)
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After he has luckily survived the war, Otto tries to build up his new life in the remains of Berlin. (89 mins.)
Director: R.A. Stemmle
 
6.
Ostatni etap (1948)
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Martha Weiss, a Jew, is sent to Auschwitz concentration camp with her family. On the first day of their arrival Martha is... (105 mins.)
 
7.
Beauty and the Beast (1946)
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A beautiful young woman takes her father's place as the prisoner of a mysterious beast, who wishes to marry her. (96 mins.)
Director: Jean Cocteau
 
8.
Orpheus (1950)
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A poet in love with Death follows his unhappy wife into the underworld. (95 mins.)
Director: Jean Cocteau
 
9.
La Ronde (1950)
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An all-knowing interlocutor guides us through a series of affairs in Vienna, 1900. A soldier meets an eager young lady of the evening... (93 mins.)
Director: Max Ophüls
 
10.
Domenica d'agosto (1950)
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E' domenica a Roma e chi può va a Ostia, al mare. Un gruppo di ragazzi in bicicletta; una famiglia numerosa... (88 mins.)
Director: Luciano Emmer
 
11.
Miss Julie (1951)
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Late 19th century. The young miss Julie lives in a mansion with her father. She has recently broken... (90 mins.)
Director: Alf Sjöberg
 
12.
Edward and Caroline (1951)
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Edouard is a pianist, married with Caroline. This evening, they are invited to Claude's. Claude is the snobbish uncle of Caroline... (88 mins.)
Director: Jacques Becker
 
13.
The Boy Kumasenu (1952)
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(60 mins.)
Director: Sean Graham
 
14.
Casque d'Or (1952)
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In an open-air dance hall, the members of Leca's gang are relaxing with their ladies. One of them, Marie... (96 mins.)
Director: Jacques Becker
 
15.
Miracle in Milan (1951)
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An old woman finds a baby among the cauliflowers in her garden. She takes care of the orphan, and calls him Totò... (100 mins.)
 
16.
The Young and the Damned (1950)
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A group of juvenile delinquents live a violent and crime-filled life in the festering slums of Mexico City... (85 mins.)
Director: Luis Buñuel
 
17.
Rashomon (1950)
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A heinous crime and its aftermath are recalled from differing points of view. (88 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
18.
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
 
19.
Two Cents Worth of Hope (1952)
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(110 mins.)
 
20.
The Medium (1951)
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Madame Flora is terrified when she perceives a supernatural presence during one of her fraudulent séances... (84 mins.)
 
21.
Nous sommes tous des assassins (1952)
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Rene is not a bright guy. He was taught to kill by the Resistance. But the WW2 is over and he keeps on killing... (115 mins.)
Director: André Cayatte
 
22.
The Return of Don Camillo (1953)
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After his battles with the communist mayor Peppone, Don Camillo is sent in exile by his bishop in a remote village... (115 mins.)
Director: Julien Duvivier
 
23.
The Wages of Fear (1953)
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In a decrepit South American village, four men are hired to transport an urgent nitroglycerine shipment without the equipment that would make it safe. (131 mins.)
 
24.
Gate of Hell (1953)
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A samurai pursues a married lady-in-waiting. (86 mins.)
 
25.
Bread, Love and Dreams (1953)
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When a veteran marshal is sent to a small town, he quickly falls for two women: a midwife and an earthy young woman nicknamed "Frisky". (93 mins.)
Director: Luigi Comencini
 
26.
Robinson Crusoe (1954)
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The classic story of Robinson Crusoe, a man who is dragged to a desert island after a shipwreck (90 mins.)
Director: Luis Bunuel
 
27.
Seven Samurai (1954)
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A poor village under attack by bandits recruits seven unemployed samurai to help them defend themselves. (207 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
28.
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.)
 
29.
Gervaise (1956)
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Gervaise Macquart, a young lame laundress, is left by her lover Auguste Lantier with two boys... She manages to make it... (112 mins.)
Director: René Clément
 
30.
The Woman in the Painting (1955)
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Mario and the new kid Franco gradually become the best of friends, but their friendship is tested when one of them wins a competition. (100 mins.)
Director: Franco Rossi
 
31.
The Unfrocked One (1954)
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(107 mins.)
Director: Léo Joannon
 
32.
The Grasshopper (1955)
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Osip Ivanovich Dymov, the titular counselor and the doctor of thirty one years, serves in two hospitals at the same time: intern and anatomist... (91 mins.)
Director: Samson Samsonov
 
33.
Cien (1956)
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A man has been found dead after having been hurled from a train. As security agents, police and a medical examiner piece together his identity... (98 mins.)
 
34.
Smiles of a Summer Night (1955)
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It's late nineteenth century Sweden. Middle aged lawyer Fredrik Egerman and his nineteen year old current... (108 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
 
35.
He Who Must Die (1957)
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Greece, in the 1920's, is occupied by the Turks. The country is in turmoil with entire villages uprooted... (122 mins.)
Director: Jules Dassin
 
36.
Pather Panchali (1955)
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Impoverished priest Harihar Ray, dreaming of a better life for himself and his family, leaves his rural Bengal village in search of work. (125 mins.)
Director: Satyajit Ray
 
37.
The Gates of Paris (1957)
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An old bum becomes infatuated with a pretty young girl who gets entangled with a young gangster. (95 mins.)
Director: René Clair
 
38.
A Man Escaped (1956)
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A French Resistance fighter named François Leterrier attempts to escape a Nazi occupied prison while he awaits a death sentence. (99 mins.)
Director: Robert Bresson
 
39.
Aparajito (1956)
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Following his father's death, a boy leaves home to study in Calcutta, while his mother must face a life alone. (110 mins.)
Director: Satyajit Ray
 
40.
The Cranes Are Flying (1957)
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Veronica plans a rendezvous with her lover, Boris, at the bank of river, only for him to be drafted into World War II shortly thereafter. (97 mins.)
 
41.
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.)
 
42.
Wild Strawberries (1957)
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After living a life marked by coldness, an aging professor is forced to confront the emptiness of his existence. (91 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
 
43.
The Magician (1958)
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When 'Vogler's Magnetic Health Theater' comes to town, there's bound to be a spectacle. Reading reports... (100 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
 
44.
Inspector Maigret (1958)
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A serial killer is targeting women in the seedy district of Montmartre. (119 mins.)
Director: Jean Delannoy
 
45.
Ashes and Diamonds (1958)
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During the German occupation noble, bourgeois and worker's partisan groups lived in peace with another. On the first day of freedom they start to fight each other. In these fights is weaved a most tender love story. (103 mins.)
Director: Andrzej Wajda
 
46.
L'Avventura (1960)
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A woman disappears during a Mediterranean boating trip. During the search, her lover and her best friend become attracted to each other. (143 mins.)
 
47.
La Dolce Vita (1960)
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A series of stories following a week in the life of a philandering paparazzo journalist living in Rome. (174 mins.)
 
48.
Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A French actress filming an anti-war film in Hiroshima has an affair with a married Japanese architect as they share their differing perspectives on war. (90 mins.)
Director: Alain Resnais
 
49.
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
 
50.
Never on Sunday (1960)
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An American scholar in Greece sets about improving the prostitute with whom he is infatuated. (91 mins.)
Director: Jules Dassin
 
51.
The 400 Blows (1959)
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Moving story of a young boy who, left without attention, delves into a life of petty crime. (99 mins.)
 
52.
Testament of Orpheus (1960)
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The Poet looks back over his life and work, recalling his inspirations and obsessions. (77 mins.)
Director: Jean Cocteau
 
53.
Ballad of a Soldier (1959)
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Young Russian soldier Alyosha earns a medal, but asks to visit his mother instead. His journey recounts various kinds of love during wartime. (88 mins.)
 
54.
The World of Apu (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
This final installment in Satyajit Ray's Apu Trilogy follows Apu's life as an orphaned adult aspiring to be a writer. (105 mins.)
Director: Satyajit Ray
 
55.
Rocco and His Brothers (1960)
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Having recently been uprooted to Milan, Rocco and his four brothers each look for a new way in life when a prostitute comes between Rocco and his brother Simone. (177 mins.)
 
56.
Le Trou (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
In prison four long-sentence inmates planning an elaborate escape cautiously induct a new inmate to join in their scheme which leads to distrust and uncertainty. (132 mins.)
Director: Jacques Becker
 
57.
Last Year at Marienbad (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
In a strange and isolated chateau, a man becomes acquainted with a woman and insists that they have met before. (94 mins.)
Director: Alain Resnais
 
58.
The Elusive Corporal (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
An upper-class corporal from Paris is captured by the Germans when they invade France in 1940. Assisted... (90 mins.)
Director: Jean Renoir
 
59.
The Lady with the Dog (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
In the Nineteenth Century, at the seaside resort of Yalta, the upper class Dimitri Gurov from Moscow meets Anna Sergeyovna walking with her little dog... (83 mins.)
Director: Iosif Kheifits
 
60.
The Naked Island (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A family of four are the sole inhabitants of a small island, where they struggle each day to irrigate their crops. (94 mins.)
Director: Kaneto Shindô
 
61.
Jules and Jim (1962)
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Decades of a love triangle concerning two friends and an impulsive woman. (105 mins.)
 
62.
Lola (1961)
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A bored young man meets with his former girlfriend, now a cabaret dancer and single mother, and soon finds himself falling back in love with her. (90 mins.)
Director: Jacques Demy
 
63.
Phaedra (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The powerful Greek shipowner and constructor Thanos proposes to marry Phaedra during the baptism of a ship with her name... (115 mins.)
Director: Jules Dassin
 
64.
Through a Glass Darkly (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
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
 
65.
Thou Shalt Not Kill (1961)
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At the end of World War II, a French pacifist is arrested for refusing to fight. In prison, he befriends a German priest arrested for murder of a French Resistance fighter. They discuss morality, obedience, and religion. (148 mins.)
 
66.
The Long Absence (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Thérèse Langlois, who runs a small café in the suburbs of Paris, lives alone, awaiting her long lost husband... (94 mins.)
Director: Henri Colpi
 
67.
(1963)
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A harried movie director retreats into his memories and fantasies. (138 mins.)
 
68.
Divorce Italian Style (1961)
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A married Sicilian baron falls in love with his cousin and vows to wed her, but with divorce illegal he must concoct a crime of passion to do away with his wife. (105 mins.)
Director: Pietro Germi
 
69.
Knife in the Water (1962)
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On their way to a sailing trip, an aging husband and wife invite along an emphatic young hitchhiker out of sheer patronization. (94 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
 
70.
The Four Days of Naples (1962)
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The film shows the history of the Neapolitan popular revolt against the invading Germans, during the second world war... (116 mins.)
Director: Nanni Loy
 
71.
Hamlet (1964)
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Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, returns home to find his father murdered by Claudius, Hamlet's uncle. Claudius usurps the throne of Denmark, and marries Hamlet's recently widowed mother. Hamlet is tormented, haunted, and increasingly unstable. (140 mins.)
 
72.
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
 
73.
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
 
74.
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
 
75.
Death in Venice (1971)
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In this adaptation of the Thomas Mann novel, avant-garde composer Gustave Aschenbach (loosely based... (130 mins.)
 
76.
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.)
 
77.
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
 
78.
Lacombe, Lucien (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A small town in the south-west of France, summer of 1944. Having failed to join the resistance, the 18 year old Lucien Lacombe... (138 mins.)
Director: Louis Malle
 
79.
Kagemusha (1980)
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A petty thief with an utter resemblance to a samurai warlord is hired as the lord's double. When the warlord later dies the thief is forced to take up arms in his place. (180 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa