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A List of Fantastic Foreign Films

Updated on December 9, 2015

I am a fervent movie viewer and I enjoy watching almost all types of movies but my favourite kind is foreign romantic period films. Most Foreign films are not in English so unless you know that language you need to turn on the English subtitle option. Below, I have listed a number of very well structured foreign films which are not only confined to the romantic genre. If you are an ardent foreign movie fanatic like me, you should already know that the language is no barrier here. If a movie is good, after watching it you would not even be able to recall whether it was in English or not as you get so engrossed with the good storyline and cinematography that it stops mattering.

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Mad LoveQueen MargotLa belle Noiseuse Malena, Monica Bellucci IrreversibleThe Unbearable lightness of beingL'Appartement
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Mad Love
Queen Margot
Queen Margot
La belle Noiseuse
La belle Noiseuse
Malena, Monica Bellucci
Malena, Monica Bellucci
The Unbearable lightness of being
The Unbearable lightness of being

Mad love (Juana la Loca) (2001)

Director: Vicente Aranda

Language: Spanish

Genre: Drama; History; Romance

Lead Actor: Pilar Lopez de Ayala

Queen margot (1994)

Director:Patrice Chereau

Language: French; Italian

Genre: Drama; History; Romance

Lead actor: Isabelle Adjani; Vincent Perez

In the mood for love (2000)

Director: Kar Wai Wong

Language: Cantonese; Shanghaines; French

Genre: Drama; Romance

Lead Actor: Maggie Cheung; Tony Leung Chiu Wai

La belle Noiseuse (1991)

Director: Jacques Rivette

Language: French; English

Genre: Drama; Art

Lead Actor: Emmanuelle Béart; Michel Piccoli

Malena (2000)

Director: Gieseppe Tornatore

Language: Italian; Sicilian; English; Latin

Genre: Comedy; Drama; War; Romance

Lead actor: Monica Bellucci; Giuseppe Sulfaro

La belle Noiseuse Trailer

Malena Movie Trailer


Director: Gaspar Noe

Language: French; Spanish; Italian; English

Genre: Crime; Drama; Mystery

Lead actor: Monica Bellucci; Vincent Cassel

The unbearable lightness of being

Director: Philip Kaufman

Language: English

Genre: Drama; Romance

Lead Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis; Juliette Binoche; Lina Olin


Director: Gilles Mimouni

Language: French; English; Japanese

Genre: Romance; Drama; Mystery

Lead Actor: Monica Bellucci; Vincent Cassel; Romane Bohringer

Pan's Labyrinth
Pan's Labyrinth

Dangerous beauty (1998)

Director: Marshall Herskovitz

Language: English

Genre: Drama; Historical Romance

Lead Actor: Catherine McCormack; Rufus Sewell;

Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)

Director: Guillermo del Toro

Language: Spanish

Genre: Fantasy; Drama; Mystery

Lead Actor: Ivana Baquero; Sergi López

Volver (2006)

Director: Pedro Almodóvar

Language: Spanish

Genre: Comedy; Crime; Drama

Lead Actor: Penélope Cruz

Dangerous Beauty


Lolita (1997) – based on Vladimir Nabokov’s novel

Director: Adrian Lyne

Language: English

Genre: Drama; Romance

Lead Actor: Jeremy Irons; Melanie Griffith; Dominique Swain

Perfume (2006)

Director: Tom Tykwer

Language: English

Genre: Drama; Thriller; Crime

Lead Actor: Ben Whishaw

Stealing beauty (1996)

Director: Bernardo Bertolucci

Language: Englsih; French; Spanish; Italian; German

Genre: Romance; Drama

Lead Actor: Jeremy Irons; Liv Tyler

Which foreign movies do you prefer?

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      3 years ago

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      K Kiss 

      7 years ago from Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

      Dear Ivona, thanks for commenting. Queem Margot is one of my favourite movies and let me confess something, it has very much to do with the Beautiful and gorgeous Isabelle Adjani!

      I have already watched Dangerous liaison.

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      Ivona Poyntz 

      7 years ago from UK

      What a great list: I've seen Queen Margot and loved it. Have you considered 'dangerous liaisons'?

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      K Kiss 

      7 years ago from Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

      Thank you Michael Rudnick for stopping by at my hub. I am glad that you are glad :). Bertolucci is one of my favourite directors so how could I not add him in my list. I will definitely read your hub L a Dolce Pussycat. Sounds interesting already. Cheers

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      Michael Rudnick 

      7 years ago

      I am glad that you included Almodovar and Bertolucci in your list.

      Recently, I posted a comparative essay regarding Federico Fellini and Russ Meyer which might be of interest to you. It is titled "La Dolce Pussycat".

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      K Kiss 

      7 years ago from Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

      I will definitely remember to watch 2046 too. Thanks for informing me Reilly :D

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      Germaine Reilly 

      7 years ago

      In the mood for love is one of my fav romantic films too. I just saw 2046 recently and for me it was even better, visually stunning, brutally sad and the same haunting score. Kar-Wai Wong is a genius.

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      K Kiss 

      7 years ago from Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

      you are most welcome...and if you are a fan of Period films then keep a look out cause I'll be writing one hub on Period films soon ... Cheers!

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      Yena Williams 

      7 years ago from California

      Thanks for the list, I'm gonna bookmark and try and work my way through!

    • K Kiss profile imageAUTHOR

      K Kiss 

      8 years ago from Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

      In the mood for love is a beautiful's visually very pleasing :D

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      Priscilla Chan 

      8 years ago from Normal, Illinois

      In the mood for love! Definitely I will look into that. I speak Cantonese so it is not foreign to me, LOL. Thanks.

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      K Kiss 

      9 years ago from Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

      oh that's great to know that you and I share similar taste in movies Miss Goody-Goody. I am totally crazy about foreign films...and this list is not conclusive...i have a lot of other favourite foreign films on my mind.

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      Miss Goody-Goody 

      9 years ago

      great hub Kiss! i am movie crazy too. i love most of the movies you posted here.we seem to have kinda same taste:)


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