My Own Best International Films

going back to 1947, the first year the Academy started handing it out. under each entry is also listed the other nominees, one per country allowed. there were difficult omissions almost every year but if one particularly pained me to do i couldn't help but mention it.

always a work in progress

Most Wins: Japan (17), France (16), Sweden (6), Italy (6), Russia (3), Taiwan (3), Spain (3), Germany (2), Poland (2), Iran (2), China (2), South Korea (2), Denmark (1), Argentina (1), Belgium (1), Hong Kong (1), Portugal (1), Greece (1), Burkina Faso (1), Canada (1), Indonesia (1)

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  • Pain and Glory

    1

  • An Elephant Sitting Still

    2

  • Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda

    3

  • The Handmaiden

    4

  • Dheepan

    5

  • The Raid 2

    6

  • The Great Beauty

    7

  • Holy Motors

    8

  • A Separation

    9

  • Certified Copy

    10

  • A Prophet

    11

  • Martyrs

    12

  • The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

    13

  • Pan's Labyrinth

    14

  • Caché

    15

  • Moolaadé

    16

  • Oldboy

    17

  • Hero

    18

  • Spirited Away

    19

  • Yi Yi

    20

  • All About My Mother

    21

  • Eternity and a Day

    22

  • Princess Mononoke

    23

  • La Promesse

    24

  • August in the Water

    25

  • Three Colors: Red

    26

  • Moving

    27

  • Rebels of the Neon God

    28

  • A Brighter Summer Day

    29

  • Close-Up

    30

  • Dekalog

    31

  • Grave of the Fireflies

    32

  • Blind Chance

    33

  • Hovering Over the Water

    34

  • Come and See

    35

  • The 8 Diagram Pole Fighter

    36

  • Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence

    37

  • Toute une nuit

    38

  • Das Boot

    39

  • Kagemusha

    40

  • Stalker

    41

  • Autumn Sonata

    42

  • The American Friend

    43

  • One Way or Another

    44

  • Dersu Uzala

    45

  • Scenes from a Marriage

    46

  • Love and Anarchy

    47

  • Cries and Whispers

    48

  • Two English Girls

    49

  • Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion

    50

  • The Color of Pomegranates

    51

  • The Hour of the Furnaces

    52

  • Le Samouraï

    53

  • Au Hasard Balthazar

    54

  • Le Bonheur

    55

  • Pale Flower

    56

  • High and Low

    57

  • Jules and Jim

    58

  • Through a Glass Darkly

    59

  • Breathless

    60

  • Hiroshima Mon Amour

    61

  • The Magician

    62

  • The Seventh Seal

    63

  • A Man Escaped

    64

  • Ordet

    65

  • Seven Samurai

    66

  • Tokyo Story

    67

  • Ikiru

    68

  • Miracle in Milan

    69

  • Rashomon

    70

  • Late Spring

    71

  • Bicycle Thieves

    72

  • Snow Trail

    73