8 Top Foreign Language Thriller Movies, 2021

In a jiffy, we are already in the middle of the year 2022. For movie lovers, there has been no dearth of vernacular and foreign language thriller movies. Before being too late, a sneak peek back at the top foreign language thriller movies from 2021 is worthwhile. Assuming Hollywood movies are well analyzed by movie lovers, in this post we will look at top foreign language thriller movies.

Movie: Black Box

Language: French

Duration: 2h 07m

Cast: Pierre Niney, Lou de Laâge, André Dussollier

Director: Yann Gozlan

Skilled and gifted black box analyst Mathieu works with BEA and has just had a rough time with his senior officer Pollock. In a while, BEA receives the message of an Atrian 800 gone down with 300 passengers and crew crashing in the Alps. Experts swing into action to analyze the cause and retrieve the answers from Black Box. Strangely, Mathieu is sidelined from the investigating team. After the mysterious disappearance of Pollock, Mathieu is asked to lead the investigation. He becomes obsessed with his job as usual. With the task in hand and the leads he generates, does he intuitively go a little far this time? Mark it as one of the top foreign language thriller movies on your list.

Movie: Photocopier

Language: Indonesian

Duration: 2h 07m

Cast: Shenina Cinnamon, Dea Panendra, Giulio Parengkuan

Director: Wregas Bhanuteja

Sur is a computer science student who is interested in developing websites. She teams with a theater group in her college that performs stage shows. As part of their successful stage show, a party is arranged in which Sur gets drunk and blacks out. Photos of her from the event go viral and she is ousted from her home and loses her scholarship to study. She seeks the help of her friend who is a photocopier at the same campus she studies. She must prove her innocence, but it is not easy. In the process of bringing out the truth to everyone, she stumbles upon something huge.

Movie: Midnight

Language: Korean

Duration: 1h 40m

Cast: Wi Ha-Joon, Park Hoon, Ki-joo Jin, Hae-yeon Kil

Director: Oh-Seung Kwon

Seo-Jung is excited about going on a blind date; she also wants to stay out until midnight. However, her brother has a strict NO, yet she ventures out. Elsewhere deaf and dumb duo of Kyung-mi and her mother are on their way back home from work. It is going to be a long night for the ladies. A serial killer on the prowl attacks Seo-Jung but is distracted by Kyung-mi and her mother. Now the killer has multiple targets but Seo-Jung's brother worried about her comes looking for her. Even with the police on the scene, the killer's identity remains hidden, and targets are fatally poised! It is one of the top foreign language thriller movies to watch.

Movie: The Guardian

Language: Vietnamese

Duration: 2h 05m

Cast: Amee, Samuel An, Trúc Anh

Director: Victor Vu

Can a doll decide the owner's fate? Little Ly is cute, but she has never been blessed to bestow fortune upon aspiring singer Ly. Ly is a backup singer to a pop singer who commits suicide despite her successful career. Ly wants to be a successful singer too. Like magic, everything begins to work out in her favor. In the process, does she deviate from her path to reach her goal? A good message at the end of the movie to take home with.

Movie: Hostage: Missing Celebrity

Language: Korean

Duration: 1h 31m

Cast: Jung-min Hwang, Lee Ho-jung, Jae-Bum Kim

Director: Pil Gam-Sung

A group of criminals has kidnaped Hwang Jeong-min, a popular actor in the country. By the time he realizes they are not random YouTubers, he is in bad shape. A girl whose abduction is reported is tied up with Jeong-min. If the hefty ransom demanded by them is not paid, they both are due to be executed. The police are frantically chasing after them after their identities have been captured on CCTV. While the menacing captors go berserk, Jeong-min and the girl must look for loopholes to escape.

Movie: The Innocents

Language: Norwegian

Duration: 1h 53m

Cast: Rakel Lenora Fløttum, Alva Brynsmo Ramstad, Sam Ashraf, Mina Yasmin

Director: Eskil Vogt

Ben, Aisha, and siblings Ida and Anna live in the adjacent buildings. While their parents are busy and working, the children find leisure in the playgrounds and nearby bushes. Before too late, unlike other kids in the area, these four discover they have hidden superpowers. Strangely, despite being kids, they are viciously driven to use their powers. A grim sheen is overshadowing the innocents of these kids. Even before they realize it, they engage in lethal activities.

Movie: Below Zero

Language: Spanish

Duration: 1h 53m

Cast: Javier Gutiérrez, Karra Elejalde, Luis Callejo, Miquel Gelabert, Patrick Criado

Director: Lluís Quílez

A gruesome opening scene can be offsetting. Officer Martin is assigned the task of driving a prisoner transport truck with inmates. Another officer, Montesino is accompanying him in the truck and there is a pilot vehicle right in front of them. A while later, as the night darkens, and the fog thickens, in the woods their pilot vehicle is attacked. And later Montesino is shot as well and the truck is captured by the assailant, Miguel. Martin oblivious to what is happening around should stay alive and keep the surviving prisoners safe. Miguel's vicious attack and the opening scene are connected, and he has his justifiable reason which Martin approves of later.

Movie: Sorjonen: Muraalimurhat

Language: Finnish

Duration: 1h 46m

Cast: Ville Virtanen, Anu Sinisalo, Sampo Sarkola

Director: Juuso Syrjä

A bloody mural painting with serial killer Lasse Maasalo's face and the text “Let's make the world a better place” is just the beginning. Only a genius like Officer Kari Sorjonen albeit unstable and disheveled in a hospital can solve the case. Among others, Katia is presumed to be on the killer's list which is based on an opinion poll online. Sorjonen is determined to hunt down the killer and is joined by his daughter Janina. Maasalo although in prison is deemed to carry out the killings. Is Sorjonen's detective prowess a match to Maasalo's malicious aura?

Do you have any foreign language thriller movie suggestions?



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9 thoughts on “8 Top Foreign Language Thriller Movies, 2021

  • June 1, 2022 at 7:50 am

    Appreciate the effort you have put in curating this list. Noted the movie ‘Midnight’. Well written!

  • June 1, 2022 at 2:33 pm

    I will have to show my husband this post, I am not really into thriller movies that is more his area. There are some great looking films though

  • June 1, 2022 at 7:38 pm

    I don’t know any of these movies, I love foreign movies. You gave me a lot to watch this weekend, thank you so much…

  • June 1, 2022 at 8:15 pm

    I’ve been into foreign films quite a bit lately so this is a perfect list of suggestions for me to check out! I love thrillers too so right up my alley. Thank you for sharing 😀

  • June 1, 2022 at 11:52 pm

    I have actually been watching more thrillers recently. That’s handy as I needed to find a few more.

  • June 2, 2022 at 2:13 am

    I wouldn’t mind seeing The Innocents. I think everyone has thought of having superpowers as a kid. 🙂

  • June 2, 2022 at 9:09 am

    I like to watch thriller movies. I’ll check on these foreign flick recommendations of yours.

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