Best European Film of the Year by European Film Awards

"The European Film Awards are presented annually since 1988 by the European Film Academy to recognize excellence in European cinematic achievements. The awards are given in over ten categories of which the most important is the Film of the year. They are restricted to European cinema and European producers, directors, and actors."

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All winners of the 'Best European Film of the Year' from 1988 through 2021.

Last Updated: May 3rd, 2022

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  1. Limited to ~50 years or less (-50)
  2. Yearly award (-25)

Films (34)

1. Another Round

Directed by Thomas Vinterberg | Rated Not Rated | 117 min | 2020

Four friends, all high school teachers, test a theory that they will improve their lives by maintaining a constant level of alcohol in their blood.

2. Quo Vadis, Aida?

Directed by Jasmila Zbanic | Rated Approved | 101 min | 2020

Aida is a translator for the UN in the small town of Srebrenica. When the Serbian army takes over the town, her family is among the thousands of citizens looking for shelter in the UN camp.

3. Cold War

Directed by Pawel Pawlikowski | Rated N/A | 88 min | 2018

A passionate love story between two people of different backgrounds and temperaments, who are fatefully mismatched and yet condemned to each other. Set against the background of the Cold ...

4. The Favourite

Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos | Rated R | 119 min | 2018

In early 18th century England, a frail Queen Anne occupies the throne and her close friend, Lady Sarah, governs the country in her stead. When a new servant, Abigail, arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah.

5. The Square

Directed by Ruben Östlund | Rated R | 151 min | 2017

A prestigious Stockholm museum's chief art curator finds himself in times of both professional and personal crisis as he attempts to set up a controversial new exhibit.

6. Toni Erdmann

Directed by Maren Ade | Rated R | 162 min | 2016

A practical joking father tries to reconnect with his hard working daughter by creating an outrageous alter ego and posing as her CEO's life coach.

7. Youth

Directed by Paolo Sorrentino | Rated R | 124 min | 2015

A retired orchestra conductor is on holiday with his daughter and his film director best friend in the Alps when he receives an invitation from Queen Elizabeth II to perform for Prince Philip's birthday.

8. The Great Beauty

Directed by Paolo Sorrentino | 141 min | 2013

Jep Gambardella has seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades, but after his 65th birthday and a shock from the past, Jep looks past the nightclubs and parties to find a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty.

9. Ida

Directed by Pawel Pawlikowski | Rated PG-13 | 82 min | 2013

Anna, a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland, is on the verge of taking her vows when she discovers a dark family secret dating back to the years of the German occupation.

10. Amour

Directed by Michael Haneke | Rated PG-13 | 127 min | 2012

Georges and Anne are an octogenarian couple. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, also a musician, lives in Britain with her family. One day, Anne has a stroke, and the couple's bond of love is severely tested.

11. Melancholia

Directed by Lars von Trier | Rated R | 130 min | 2011

Two sisters find their already strained relationship challenged as a mysterious new planet threatens to collide with Earth.

12. The Ghost Writer

Directed by Roman Polanski | Rated PG-13 | 128 min | 2010

A ghostwriter hired to complete the memoirs of a former British prime minister uncovers secrets that put his own life in jeopardy.

13. The White Ribbon

Directed by Michael Haneke | Rated R | 144 min | 2009

Strange events happen in a small village in the north of Germany during the years before World War I, which seem to be ritual punishment. Who is responsible?

14. Gomorrah

Directed by Matteo Garrone | 137 min | 2008

An inside look at Italy's modern crime families.

15. 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days

Directed by Cristian Mungiu | 113 min | 2007

A woman assists her friend in arranging an illegal abortion in 1980s Romania.

16. The Lives of Others

Directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck | Rated R | 137 min | 2006

In 1984 East Berlin, an agent of the secret police, conducting surveillance on a writer and his lover, finds himself becoming increasingly absorbed by their lives.

17. Hidden (Caché)

Directed by Michael Haneke | Rated R | 117 min | 2005

A married couple is terrorized by a series of surveillance videotapes left on their front porch.

18. Head-On

Directed by Fatih Akin | Rated R | 121 min | 2004

In 'Gegen die Wand' Cahit, a 40-something male from Mersin in Turkey has removed everything Turkish from his life. He has become an alcoholic drug addict and at the start of the movie wants...

19. Good Bye Lenin!

Directed by Wolfgang Becker | Rated R | 121 min | 2003

In 1990, to protect his fragile mother from a fatal shock after a long coma, a young man must keep her from learning that her beloved nation of East Germany as she knew it has disappeared.

20. Talk to Her

Directed by Pedro Almodóvar | Rated R | 112 min | 2002

Two men share an odd friendship while they care for two women who are both in deep comas.

21. Amélie

Directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet | Rated R | 122 min | 2001

Amélie is an innocent and naive girl in Paris with her own sense of justice. She decides to help those around her and, along the way, discovers love.

22. Dancer in the Dark

Directed by Lars von Trier | Rated R | 140 min | 2000

An east European girl goes to America with her young son, expecting it to be like a Hollywood film.

23. All About My Mother

Directed by Pedro Almodóvar | Rated R | 101 min | 1999

Young Esteban wants to become a writer and also to discover the identity of his father, carefully concealed by his mother Manuela.

24. The Full Monty

Directed by Peter Cattaneo | Rated R | 91 min | 1997

Six unemployed steel workers form a male striptease act. The women cheer them on to go for "the full monty" - total nudity.

25. Life Is Beautiful

Directed by Roberto Benigni | Rated PG-13 | 116 min | 1997

When an open-minded Jewish librarian and his son become victims of the Holocaust, he uses a perfect mixture of will, humor and imagination to protect his son from the dangers around their camp.

26. Breaking the Waves

Directed by Lars von Trier | Rated R | 159 min | 1996

Oilman Jan is paralyzed in an accident. His wife, who prayed for his return, feels guilty; even more, when Jan urges her to have sex with another.

27. Land and Freedom

Directed by Ken Loach | 109 min | 1995

Spring 1936, a young unemployed communist, David, leaves his hometown Liverpool to join the fight against fascism in Spain. He joins an international group of Militia-men and women, the ...

28. Lamerica

Directed by Gianni Amelio | Rated N/A | 116 min | 1994

Two Italian racketeers come to Albania just after the fall of the communists to set up a fictive firm and pocket the grants. They need a stooge. They choose an old one in a jail : Spiro. ...

29. The Stolen Children

Directed by Gianni Amelio | Rated N/A | 114 min | 1992

Antonio, a policeman (carabiniere), has an order to take two children (Rosetta and her brother Luciano) from Milan to Sicily to an orphanage. Their mother has been arrested for forcing ...

30. Riff-Raff

Directed by Ken Loach | 95 min | 1991

The story of Stevie, a construction worker, and his girlfriend, an unemployed pop singer, serves to show the living conditions of the British poor class

31. Close to Eden

Directed by Nikita Mikhalkov | Rated PG | 119 min | 1991

The shepherd Gombo lives with his wife, three children and grandmother in a tent on the Mongolian steppe. They are pleased with their rustic conditions, until a Russian truck driver, ...

32. Open Doors

Directed by Gianni Amelio | Rated R | 108 min | 1990

Tommaso Scalia is a man who commits three murders: he killed his superior who sacked him, he kills the man who replaced him, and he kills his own wife. He wants a quick trial and an early ...

33. A Short Film About Killing

Directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski | 84 min | 1988

The plot couldn't be simpler or its attack on capital punishment (and the act of killing in general) more direct - a senseless, violent, almost botched murder is followed by a cold, ...

34. Landscape in the Mist

Directed by Theodoros Angelopoulos | Rated N/A | 127 min | 1988

Road movie about two children (Voula and Alexandre) searching for their father who is supposed to live in Germany. Their obsession for this father figure will take them to the boundaries ...