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The Best Foreign Christmas Movies

We already know how the McCallisters, the Griswolds, the Browns and Van Pelts are spending their holidays. But how has Christmas been celebrated abroad? We present this list of Fresh international movies – with at least 10 reviews each – all featuring Christmas themes, with offerings from France (Joyeux Noel), Romania (Tuesday, After Christmas), Sweden (Fanny & Alexander), Japan (Tokyo Godfathers), Finland (Rare Exports), and Hong Kong (2046). Read on to see the best international Christmas movies from around the world, all ranked by Tomatometer!

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#11
#11
Adjusted Score: 71661%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: After confessing a love affair to his wife (Mirela Oprisor), a man (Mimi Branescu) has to make a choice between... [More]
Directed By: Radu Muntean

#10

Merry Christmas (2005)
74%

#10
Adjusted Score: 77920%
Critics Consensus: The poignant humanity on display in Joyeux Noel makes its sentimentality forgivable.
Synopsis: During World War I, soldiers (Benno Fürmann, Guillaume Canet, Daniel Brühl) from opposing sides put down their weapons and celebrate... [More]
Directed By: Christian Carion

#9

8 Women (2002)
79%

#9
Adjusted Score: 82873%
Critics Consensus: Featuring some of the best French actresses working today, 8 Women is frothy, delirious, over-the-top fun.
Synopsis: After her husband's murder, a woman (Catherine Deneuve), her daughter, two maids and other family members must determine who the... [More]
Directed By: François Ozon

#8

Inside (2007)
85%

#8
Adjusted Score: 46735%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A scissor-wielding psychopath (Béatrice Dalle) terrorizes a pregnant widow (Alysson Paradis) on Christmas Eve.... [More]

#7

2046 (2004)
86%

#7
Adjusted Score: 90183%
Critics Consensus: Director Wong Kar-Wai has created in 2046 another visually stunning, atmospheric, and melancholy movie about unrequited love and loneliness.
Synopsis: In 1960s Hong Kong, a writer (Tony Leung Chiu Wai) has affairs with three women over the years in a... [More]
Directed By: Kar Wai Wong

#6

A Christmas Tale (2008)
86%

#6
Adjusted Score: 90305%
Critics Consensus: A sharp black comedy about a chaotic family holiday gathering, A Christmas Tale is always involving, thanks to an impressive ensemble cast.
Synopsis: Illness, grief and complicated relationships darken a family's yuletide reunion.... [More]
Directed By: Arnaud Desplechin

#5

Tokyo Godfathers (2003)
91%

#5
Adjusted Score: 91849%
Critics Consensus: Beautiful and substantive, Tokyo Godfathers adds a moving -- and somewhat unconventional -- entry to the animated Christmas canon.
Synopsis: After finding a baby in a trash bin, three homeless people (Yoshiaki Umegaki, Aya Okamoto) set out to find her... [More]
Directed By: Satoshi Kon

#4
Adjusted Score: 92236%
Critics Consensus: Rare Exports is an unexpectedly delightful crossbreed of deadpan comedy and Christmas horror.
Synopsis: As a holiday approaches, members of a science expedition accidentally release a malevolent Santa Claus from his Arctic prison.... [More]
Directed By: Jalmari Helander

#3
#3
Adjusted Score: 92113%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Tensions escalate as a man (Daniel Auteuil) and his sister (Catherine Deneuve) quarrel over caring for their dying mother (Marthe... [More]

#2
#2
Adjusted Score: 97636%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A dark beauty (Françoise Fabian) tempts a priggish Frenchman (Jean-Louis Trintignant) betrothed to a virtuous blonde.... [More]
Directed By: Eric Rohmer

#1
#1
Adjusted Score: 103917%
Critics Consensus: Ingmar Bergman conveys the sweep of childhood with a fastidious attention to detail and sumptuous insight into human frailty in Fanny & Alexander, a masterwork that crystalizes many of the directors' preoccupations into a familial epic.
Synopsis: A rabbi's (Erland Josephson) magic saves Swedish children (Pernilla Allwin, Bertil Guve) with a cruel stepfather in 1907 Stockholm.... [More]
Directed By: Ingmar Bergman

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