New York Film Critics Circle (NYFCC): Best Foreign Language Film, by Year, 1937-present

Updated: Oct 22. 2022

New York Film Critics Circle (NYFCC): Best Foreign Language Film, by Year, Country, and Director.

The NYFCC began recognizing achievements in foreign language cinema two decades before the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) established a separate, competitive category.



1937: Mayerling, France, Anatole Litvak

1938 Grand Illusion La Grande Illusion, France, Jean Renoir

1939 Harvest Regain, France, Marcel Pagnol


1940 Baker’s Wife, La femme du boulanger, France , M. Pagnol

1946 Rome, Open City, Roma città aperta Italy, R. Rossellini

1947 To Live in Peace Vivere in pace, Italy, Luigi Zampa

1948 Paisan Paisà Italy Roberto Rossellini

1949 Bicycle Thieves Ladri di biciclette Italy Vittorio De Sica≠


1950 L’Amore Italy Roberto Rossellini

1951 Miracle in Milan Miracolo a Milano Italy Vittorio De Sica

1952 Forbidden Games Jeux interdits France René Clément≠

1953 Justice Is Done Justice est faite France André Cayatte

1954 Gate of Hell Jigokumon Japan Teinosuke Kinugasa≠

1955 Umberto D. Italy Vittorio De Sica

1956 The Road La Strada Italy Federico Fellini≠

1957 Gervaise France René Clément

1958 My Uncle Mon Oncle France Jacques Tati≠

1959 The 400 Blows Les Quatre Cents Coups France, Truffaut


1960 Hiroshima mon amour France, Resnais

1961 The Sweet Life La Dolce Vita Italy Federico Fellini

1962: No award

1963 8½ Otto e mezzo Italy Federico Fellini≠

1964 That Man from Rio L’homme de Rio France Philippe de Broca

1965 Juliet of the Spirits Giulietta degli spiriti Italy, Fellini

1966 The Shop on Main Street, Czechoslovakia Ján Kadár and Elmar Klos

1967 The War Is Over La guerre est finie, France, Alain Resnais

1968 War and Peace, Soviet Union,Sergei Bondarchuk

1969: No award


1970-1977: No Awards given

1978 Bread and Chocolate Pane e cioccolata Italy, Franco Brusati

1979 The Tree with the Wooden Clogs, France/Italy Ermanno Olmi


1980 Mon oncle d’Amérique France Alain Resnais

1981 Pixote Pixote: A lei do mais fraco Brazil Hector Babenco
1982 Time Stands Still Megáll az idö Hungary Péter Gothár

1983 Fanny and Alexander, Sweden, Ingmar Bergman

1984 A Sunday in the Country Un dimanche à la campagne France Bertrand Tavernier

1985 Ran Japan/France Akira Kurosawa

1986 The Decline of the American Empire Le déclin de l’empire américain Canada Denys Arcand

1987 My Life as a Dog, Sweden Lasse Hallström

1988 Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios Spain Pedro Almodóvar≈

1989 Story of Women Une affaire de femmes France, Chabrol


1990 The Nasty Girl, Germany Michael Verhoeven

1991 Europa Europa, Germany Agnieszka Holland

1992 Raise the Red Lantern, China-Hong Kong-Taiwan, Zhang Yimou

1993 Farewell My Concubine, China/Hong Kong Chen Kaige

1994 Three Colours: Red Trois couleurs: Rouge, France/Poland/Switzerland Krzysztof Kieślowski≈

1995 Wild Reeds Les Roseaux sauvages France André Téchiné

1996 The White Balloon Badkonake sefid Iran Jafar Panahi

1997 Ponette France Jacques Doillon

1998 The Celebration Festen Denmark Thomas Vinterberg

1999 All About My Mother Todo sobre mi madre Spain  Almodóvar


2000 Yi Yi Yī Yī Japan/Taiwan Edward Yang

2001 In the Mood for Love Faa yeung nin wa France/Hong Kong Wong Kar-wai

2002 And Your Mother Too Y Tu Mamá También Mexico, Alfonso Cuarón

2003 City of God Cidade de Deus Brazil Fernando Meirelles

2004 Bad Education La mala educación Spain Pedro Almodóvar

2005 2046 China/Hong Kong Wong Kar-wai

2006 Army of Shadows L’armée des ombres France/Italy Jean-Pierre Melville

2007 The Lives of Others Das Leben der Anderen Germany Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck≠

2008 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days 4 luni, 3 săptămâni şi 2 zile Romania Cristian Mungiu

2009 Summer Hours L’Heure d’été France Olivier Assayas


2010 Carlos France/Germany Olivier Assayas

2011 A Separation Jodaí-e Nadér az Simín Iran Asghar Farhadi≠

2012 Amour Austria/France/Germany Michael Haneke≠

2013 Blue Is the Warmest Colour La Vie d’Adèle – Chapitres 1 & 2 France Abdellatif Kechiche

2014 Ida Poland Paweł Pawlikowski≠

2015 Timbuktu Mauritania Abderrahmane Sissako

2016 Toni Erdmann Germany Maren Ade

2017 BPM (Beats per Minute) France Robin Campillo

2018 Cold War Zimna Wojna Poland Paweł Pawlikowski≈[2]

2019 Parasite Gisaengchung South Korea Bong Joon-ho[3]


2020 Bacurau, Brazil, Kleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles