Top 201 French Films

by Gloede_The_Saint | created - 13 Apr 2011 | updated - 02 Jul 2015 | Public

Sorry about all the Godards. He's my favorite director of all time. The list excludes Orson Welles' french productions, as well as JLG's King Lear which was produced by the US.

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1. Children of Paradise (1945)

Not Rated | 189 min | Drama, Romance

8.3
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The theatrical life of a beautiful courtesan and the four men who love her.

Director: Marcel Carné | Stars: Arletty, Jean-Louis Barrault, Pierre Brasseur, Pierre Renoir

Votes: 15,767

2. Last Year at Marienbad (1961)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, Mystery

7.9
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In a strange and isolated chateau, a man becomes acquainted with a woman and insists that they have met before.

Director: Alain Resnais | Stars: Delphine Seyrig, Giorgio Albertazzi, Sacha Pitoëff, Françoise Bertin

Votes: 16,285 | Gross: $0.14M

3. Contempt (1963)

Not Rated | 102 min | Drama

7.7
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Screenwriter Paul Javal's marriage to his wife Camille disintegrates during movie production as she spends time with the producer. Layered conflicts between art and business ensue.

Director: Jean-Luc Godard | Stars: Brigitte Bardot, Jack Palance, Michel Piccoli, Giorgia Moll

Votes: 22,733 | Gross: $0.04M

4. Pierrot le Fou (1965)

Not Rated | 110 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

7.7
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Pierrot escapes his boring society and travels from Paris to the Mediterranean Sea with Marianne, a girl chased by hit-men from Algeria. They lead an unorthodox life, always on the run.

Director: Jean-Luc Godard | Stars: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Anna Karina, Graziella Galvani, Aicha Abadir

Votes: 22,677

5. Eden and After (1970)

Unrated | 93 min | Drama

6.8
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A group of French students are drawn into the psychological and sexual games of a mysterious Dutchman. Once they sample his "fear powder" the students experience a series of hallucinations.

Director: Alain Robbe-Grillet | Stars: Catherine Jourdan, Pierre Zimmer, Richard Leduc, Lorraine Rainer

Votes: 769

6. Hélas pour moi (1993)

95 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

6.4
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Romance about Simon Donnadieu and his decision to leave his ever-loving wife Rachel.

Director: Jean-Luc Godard | Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Laurence Masliah, Bernard Verley, Aude Amiot

Votes: 870

7. The Piano Teacher (2001)

R | 131 min | Drama

7.5
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79 Metascore

A young man romantically pursues his masochistic piano teacher.

Director: Michael Haneke | Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Annie Girardot, Benoît Magimel, Susanne Lothar

Votes: 45,049 | Gross: $1.90M

8. Je t'aime, je t'aime (1968)

91 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

7.3
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Recovering from an attempted suicide, a man is selected to participate in a time travel experiment that has only been tested on mice. A malfunction in the experiment causes the man to ... See full summary »

Director: Alain Resnais | Stars: Claude Rich, Olga Georges-Picot, Anouk Ferjac, Alain MacMoy

Votes: 1,861 | Gross: $0.06M

9. Le fantôme de la liberté (1974)

R | 104 min | Comedy

8.0
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This surrealist film consists of a series of only vaguely related episodes, most famously the dinner party scene in which people sit on lavatories round a dinner table, occasionally ... See full summary »

Director: Luis Buñuel | Stars: Jean-Claude Brialy, Adolfo Celi, Michel Piccoli, Monica Vitti

Votes: 11,568 | Gross: $0.01M

10. La belle captive (1983)

90 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

6.6
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Walter is told by his boss, Sara, to deliver an urgent letter to Henri de Corinthe. On the way he finds a beautiful woman he had been eying in a nightclub, lying in the road, bound up. He ... See full summary »

Director: Alain Robbe-Grillet | Stars: Daniel Mesguich, Cyrielle Clair, Daniel Emilfork, François Chaumette

Votes: 732

11. Alphaville (1965)

Not Rated | 99 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

7.2
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A U.S. secret agent is sent to the distant space city of Alphaville where he must find a missing person and free the city from its tyrannical ruler.

Director: Jean-Luc Godard | Stars: Eddie Constantine, Anna Karina, Akim Tamiroff, Valérie Boisgel

Votes: 18,781 | Gross: $0.05M

12. First Name: Carmen (1983)

R | 85 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

6.6
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Carmen is a member of a terrorist gang who falls in love with a young police officer guarding a bank that she and her cohorts try to rob. She leads him on while dragging the two of them ... See full summary »

Director: Jean-Luc Godard | Stars: Maruschka Detmers, Jacques Bonnaffé, Myriem Roussel, Christophe Odent

Votes: 2,635

13. Belle de Jour (1967)

R | 100 min | Drama

7.8
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A frigid young housewife decides to spend her midweek afternoons as a prostitute.

Director: Luis Buñuel | Stars: Catherine Deneuve, Jean Sorel, Michel Piccoli, Geneviève Page

Votes: 32,920

14. Le Samouraï (1967)

GP | 101 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.1
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After Professional hitman Jef Costello is seen by witnesses his efforts to provide himself an alibi drive him further into a corner.

Director: Jean-Pierre Melville | Stars: Alain Delon, François Périer, Nathalie Delon, Cathy Rosier

Votes: 35,931 | Gross: $0.04M

15. Diary of a Country Priest (1951)

Approved | 95 min | Drama

8.0
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A young priest taking over the parish at Ambricourt tries to fulfill his duties even as he fights a mysterious stomach ailment.

Director: Robert Bresson | Stars: Claude Laydu, Nicole Ladmiral, Jean Riveyre, Adrien Borel

Votes: 7,603

16. Army of Shadows (1969)

Not Rated | 145 min | Drama, War

8.2
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99 Metascore

An account of underground resistance fighters in Nazi-occupied France.

Director: Jean-Pierre Melville | Stars: Lino Ventura, Paul Meurisse, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Simone Signoret

Votes: 16,541 | Gross: $0.74M

17. Amélie (2001)

R | 122 min | Comedy, Romance

8.3
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69 Metascore

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.

Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet | Stars: Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz, Rufus, Lorella Cravotta

Votes: 603,253 | Gross: $33.23M

18. Irma Vep (1996)

Not Rated | 99 min | Comedy, Drama

7.0
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A Chinese movie actress, in France to star in a remake of "Les Vampires", finds petty intrigues and clashing egos on the set.

Director: Olivier Assayas | Stars: Maggie Cheung, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Nathalie Richard, Antoine Basler

Votes: 4,153 | Gross: $0.19M

19. Les Enfants Terribles (1950)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama

7.2
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In a snowball fight between schoolboys the handsome Dargelos hits the chest of Paul, who drops unconscious to the ground. Paul has a deep affection for Dargelos, and later denies that there... See full summary »

Director: Jean-Pierre Melville | Stars: Nicole Stéphane, Edouard Dermithe, Renée Cosima, Jacques Bernard

Votes: 3,066

20. Z (1969)

PG | 127 min | Crime, Drama, History

8.2
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Following the murder of a prominent leftist, an investigator tries to uncover the truth while government officials attempt to cover up their roles.

Director: Costa-Gavras | Stars: Yves Montand, Irene Papas, Jean-Louis Trintignant, François Périer

Votes: 19,826 | Gross: $0.08M

21. Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Romance

8.0
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A French actress filming an anti-war film in Hiroshima has an affair with a married Japanese architect as they share their differing perspectives on war.

Director: Alain Resnais | Stars: Emmanuelle Riva, Eiji Okada, Stella Dassas, Pierre Barbaud

Votes: 22,489 | Gross: $0.09M

22. Détective (1985)

Unrated | 95 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

6.1
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In a palace of Paris. Two detectives are investigating a two-year-old murder. Emile and Francoise Chenal are putting pressure on Jim Fox Warner, a boxing manager, who owes them a huge ... See full summary »

Director: Jean-Luc Godard | Stars: Laurent Terzieff, Aurelle Doazan, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Nathalie Baye

Votes: 1,314

23. The Artist (I) (2011)

PG-13 | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.9
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89 Metascore

A silent movie star meets a young dancer, but the arrival of talking pictures sends their careers in opposite directions.

Director: Michel Hazanavicius | Stars: Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, John Goodman, James Cromwell

Votes: 206,914 | Gross: $44.67M

24. Pépé le Moko (1937)

Not Rated | 94 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

7.7
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98 Metascore

A wanted gangster is both king and prisoner of the Casbah. He is protected from arrest by his friends, but is torn by his desire for freedom outside. A visiting Parisian beauty may just tempt his fate.

Director: Julien Duvivier | Stars: Jean Gabin, Gabriel Gabrio, Saturnin Fabre, Fernand Charpin

Votes: 5,178 | Gross: $0.15M

25. Band of Outsiders (1964)

Not Rated | 95 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.8
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88 Metascore

Two crooks with a fondness for old Hollywood B-movies convince a languages student to help them commit a robbery.

Director: Jean-Luc Godard | Stars: Anna Karina, Claude Brasseur, Danièle Girard, Louisa Colpeyn

Votes: 18,550 | Gross: $0.04M

26. The Story of the Fox (1930)

65 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

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In the kingdom of animals, Master Fox is used to trick and fool everyone. So the King, the Lion, receives more and more complaints about him. He orders that Master Fox is arrested and ... See full summary »

Directors: Irene Starewicz, Wladyslaw Starewicz | Stars: Claude Dauphin, Romain Bouquet, Sylvain Itkine, Léon Larive

Votes: 844

27. A Woman Is a Woman (1961)

Not Rated | 84 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.6
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71 Metascore

A French striptease artist is desperate to become a mother. When her reluctant boyfriend suggests his best friend to impregnate her, feelings become complicated when she accepts.

Director: Jean-Luc Godard | Stars: Anna Karina, Jean-Claude Brialy, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Henri Attal

Votes: 12,036 | Gross: $0.10M

28. La Cérémonie (1995)

Not Rated | 112 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.6
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A new-hired maid for a rich countryside family befriends a post-office clerk, who encourages her to rebel against her employers.

Director: Claude Chabrol | Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Sandrine Bonnaire, Jacqueline Bisset, Jean-Pierre Cassel

Votes: 7,906 | Gross: $0.08M

29. Get Out Your Handkerchiefs (1978)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.9
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A worried husband finds a lover for his depressed wife, but she falls in love with a bullied thirteen-year-old math prodigy and wants to have the boy's baby.

Director: Bertrand Blier | Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Carole Laure, Patrick Dewaere, Michel Serrault

Votes: 2,877

30. Weekend (1967)

Not Rated | 105 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

7.3
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A surreal tale of a married couple going on a road trip to visit the wife's parents with the intention of killing them for the inheritance.

Director: Jean-Luc Godard | Stars: Mireille Darc, Jean Yanne, Jean-Pierre Kalfon, Karl Marx

Votes: 11,068

31. Holy Motors (2012)

Not Rated | 115 min | Drama, Fantasy

7.1
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84 Metascore

From dawn to dusk, a few hours in the shadowy life of a mystic man named Monsieur Oscar.

Director: Leos Carax | Stars: Denis Lavant, Edith Scob, Eva Mendes, Kylie Minogue

Votes: 34,045

32. Buffet froid (1979)

Not Rated | 89 min | Comedy, Crime

7.7
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Black comedy about solitude and the dehumanization of the modern world, through the adventures of three men. First introduced is Alphonse Tram, an unemployed young man. His only neighbour ... See full summary »

Director: Bertrand Blier | Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Bernard Blier, Jean Carmet, Denise Gence

Votes: 3,905

33. Jean de Florette (1986)

PG | 120 min | Drama

8.1
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A greedy landowner and his backward nephew conspire to block the only water source for an adjoining property in order to bankrupt the owner and force him to sell.

Director: Claude Berri | Stars: Yves Montand, Gérard Depardieu, Daniel Auteuil, Elisabeth Depardieu

Votes: 21,294 | Gross: $4.94M

34. The Rules of the Game (1939)

Not Rated | 110 min | Comedy, Drama

8.1
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A bourgeois life in France at the onset of World War II, as the rich and their poor servants meet up at a French chateau.

Director: Jean Renoir | Stars: Marcel Dalio, Nora Gregor, Paulette Dubost, Mila Parély

Votes: 22,708

35. Beauty and the Beast (1946)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

8.0
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92 Metascore

A beautiful young woman takes her father's place as the prisoner of a mysterious beast, who wishes to marry her.

Directors: Jean Cocteau, René Clément | Stars: Jean Marais, Josette Day, Mila Parély, Nane Germon

Votes: 20,887 | Gross: $0.30M

36. Le Petit Soldat (1963)

Not Rated | 88 min | War, Drama

7.4
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97 Metascore

During the Algerian War, a man and woman from opposing sides fall in love with one another.

Director: Jean-Luc Godard | Stars: Anna Karina, Michel Subor, Henri-Jacques Huet, Paul Beauvais

Votes: 4,617 | Gross: $0.02M

37. That Obscure Object of Desire (1977)

R | 103 min | Comedy, Drama

8.0
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84 Metascore

Recounted in flashback are the romantic perils of Mathieu, a middle-aged French sophisticate as he falls for his nineteen year-old former chambermaid Conchita.

Director: Luis Buñuel | Stars: Fernando Rey, Carole Bouquet, Ángela Molina, Julien Bertheau

Votes: 16,713 | Gross: $0.06M

38. The Wages of Fear (1953)

Not Rated | 131 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

8.2
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In a decrepit South American village, four men are hired to transport an urgent nitroglycerine shipment without the equipment that would make it safe.

Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot | Stars: Yves Montand, Charles Vanel, Peter van Eyck, Folco Lulli

Votes: 41,072

39. À Nous la Liberté (1931)

Approved | 97 min | Comedy, Musical

7.6
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Seeking better life, two convicts escape from prison.

Director: René Clair | Stars: Raymond Cordy, Henri Marchand, Rolla France, Paul Ollivier

Votes: 3,409

40. Rien que les heures (1926)

45 min | Documentary

7.2
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The life of a great city (Paris) from dawn until dusk, including the beautiful and the ragged, the rich and the poor, with little or no comment (intertitles) from the director, Cavalcanti (whose first film this was).

Director: Alberto Cavalcanti | Stars: Blanche Bernis, Nina Chousvalowa, Philippe Hériat, Clifford McLaglen

Votes: 358

41. La Haine (1995)

Not Rated | 98 min | Crime, Drama

8.1
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24 hours in the lives of three young men in the French suburbs the day after a violent riot.

Director: Mathieu Kassovitz | Stars: Vincent Cassel, Hubert Koundé, Saïd Taghmaoui, Abdel Ahmed Ghili

Votes: 119,180 | Gross: $0.31M

42. Au Hasard Balthazar (1966)

Not Rated | 95 min | Drama

7.9
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100 Metascore

The story of a mistreated donkey and the people around him. A study on saintliness and a sister piece to Bresson's Mouchette.

Director: Robert Bresson | Stars: Anne Wiazemsky, Walter Green, François Lafarge, Jean-Claude Guilbert

Votes: 13,646 | Gross: $0.04M

43. The Man from Acapulco (1973)

95 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

7.3
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Francois Merlin is an espionnage-book writer. He likes to mix every-day character he can met in his book. In his book, he is Bob Saint Clar, his neighbour Christine appears as Tatiana and ... See full summary »

Director: Philippe de Broca | Stars: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jacqueline Bisset, Vittorio Caprioli, Hans Meyer

Votes: 3,555

44. The Two of Us (1967)

Not Rated | 86 min | Comedy, Drama

7.8
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In Nazi-occupied France, a Jewish child is sent away from his family and conceals his religious affiliation from the anti-Semitic elderly man that takes care of him.

Director: Claude Berri | Stars: Michel Simon, Roger Carel, Paul Préboist, Luce Fabiole

Votes: 1,508 | Gross: $0.05M

45. Un homme qui dort (1974)

77 min | Drama

8.2
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A 25-year-old male student in Paris becomes indifferent to the world around him, and subsequently feels a strong sense of alienation and hopelessness.

Director: Bernard Queysanne | Stars: Jacques Spiesser, Ludmila Mikaël

Votes: 1,867

46. Mon oncle d'Amérique (1980)

PG | 125 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.9
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The intersecting stories of three people who face difficult choices in life-changing situations are used to illustrate the theories espoused by Henri Laborit about human behavior and the relationship between the self and society.

Director: Alain Resnais | Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Nicole Garcia, Roger Pierre, Nelly Borgeaud

Votes: 3,827

47. Le clair de terre (1970)

98 min | Comedy, Drama

7.1
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Pierre Brumeu, a twenty-year-old young man, leads a drab life in Paris with his father, a man he does not understand very well, and his friends Michel and Sophie. Father and son live in the... See full summary »

Director: Guy Gilles | Stars: Edwige Feuillère, Annie Girardot, Patrick Jouané, Elina Labourdette

Votes: 81

48. My Life to Live (1962)

Not Rated | 85 min | Drama

8.1
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Twelve episodic tales in the life of a Parisian woman and her slow descent into prostitution.

Director: Jean-Luc Godard | Stars: Anna Karina, Sady Rebbot, André S. Labarthe, Guylaine Schlumberger

Votes: 21,295

49. The Milky Way (1969)

M | 105 min | Comedy, Drama

7.7
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Two drifters go on a pilgrimage from France to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Along the way, they hitchhike, beg for food, and face the Christian dogmas and heresies from different Ages.

Director: Luis Buñuel | Stars: Paul Frankeur, Laurent Terzieff, Alain Cuny, Edith Scob

Votes: 5,487

50. Le Trou (1960)

Not Rated | 132 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.5
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In prison four long-sentence inmates planning an elaborate escape cautiously induct a new inmate to join in their scheme which leads to distrust and uncertainty.

Director: Jacques Becker | Stars: André Bervil, Jean Keraudy, Michel Constantin, Philippe Leroy

Votes: 11,222 | Gross: $0.03M

51. Lola Montès (1955)

Not Rated | 116 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

7.4
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The film tells the tragic story of Lola Montès, a great adventurer who becomes the main attraction of a circus after being the lover of various important European men.

Director: Max Ophüls | Stars: Martine Carol, Peter Ustinov, Anton Walbrook, Henri Guisol

Votes: 4,038 | Gross: $0.11M

52. Le passé (2013)

PG-13 | 130 min | Drama, Mystery

7.8
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85 Metascore

An Iranian man deserts his French wife and her two children to return to his homeland. Meanwhile, his wife starts up a new relationship, a reality her husband confronts upon his wife's request for a divorce.

Director: Asghar Farhadi | Stars: Bérénice Bejo, Tahar Rahim, Ali Mosaffa, Pauline Burlet

Votes: 38,118 | Gross: $1.33M

53. Day for Night (1973)

PG | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

8.1
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A committed film director struggles to complete his movie while coping with a myriad of crises, personal and professional, among the cast and crew.

Director: François Truffaut | Stars: Jacqueline Bisset, Jean-Pierre Léaud, François Truffaut, Valentina Cortese

Votes: 16,351 | Gross: $0.02M

54. Daddy Nostalgia (1990)

PG | 105 min | Drama

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The setting is the Riviera in autumn. A retired English businessman has just been through heart surgery but it has, apparently, done little to relieve his constant pain or improve his ... See full summary »

Director: Bertrand Tavernier | Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Jane Birkin, Odette Laure, Emmanuelle Bataille

Votes: 554 | Gross: $1.11M

55. Love Me If You Dare (2003)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.7
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45 Metascore

As adults, best friends Julien and Sophie continue the odd game they started as children -- a fearless competition to outdo one another with daring and outrageous stunts. While they often act out to relieve one another's pain, their game might be a way to avoid the fact that they are truly meant for one another.

Director: Yann Samuell | Stars: Guillaume Canet, Marion Cotillard, Thibault Verhaeghe, Joséphine Lebas-Joly

Votes: 60,642 | Gross: $0.55M

56. La Chinoise (1967)

Not Rated | 95 min | Comedy, Drama

7.3
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A small group of French students are studying Mao, trying to find out their position in the world and how to change the world to a Maoistic community using terrorism.

Director: Jean-Luc Godard | Stars: Anne Wiazemsky, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Juliet Berto, Michel Semeniako

Votes: 4,363 | Gross: $0.03M

57. Three Colors: Red (1994)

R | 99 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

8.1
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100 Metascore

A model discovers her neighbor is keen on invading people's privacy.

Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski | Stars: Irène Jacob, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Frédérique Feder, Jean-Pierre Lorit

Votes: 71,231 | Gross: $4.04M

58. Zazie dans le Métro (1960)

Not Rated | 93 min | Comedy, Fantasy

7.1
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This merry farce depicts a satirical view of the French society: Ten-year-old Zazie has to stay two days with her relatives in Paris, so that her mother can spend some time with her lover. ... See full summary »

Director: Louis Malle | Stars: Catherine Demongeot, Philippe Noiret, Hubert Deschamps, Carla Marlier

Votes: 4,347

59. David Golder (1931)

86 min | Drama

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David is a poor but ambitious Polish Jew who reinvents himself as a powerful New York business magnate. After gaining wealth, he relocates to Paris, only to have his selfish and demanding wife squander his fortune.

Director: Julien Duvivier | Stars: Harry Baur, Paule Andral, Jackie Monnier, Jean Bradin

Votes: 140

60. Diary of a Chambermaid (1964)

Not Rated | 97 min | Crime, Drama

7.6
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Celestine, the chambermaid, has new job on the country. The Monteils, who she works for are a group of strange people. The wife is frigid, her husband is always hunting (both animals and ... See full summary »

Director: Luis Buñuel | Stars: Jeanne Moreau, Georges Géret, Michel Piccoli, Daniel Ivernel

Votes: 6,884 | Gross: $0.02M

61. Diabolique (1955)

Not Rated | 117 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

8.1
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The wife and mistress of a cruel headmaster conspire to kill him; after the murder is committed, his corpse disappears, and strange events begin to plague the two women.

Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot | Stars: Simone Signoret, Véra Clouzot, Paul Meurisse, Charles Vanel

Votes: 48,681

62. L'argent (1928)

195 min | Drama, Romance

7.9
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The business tycoon Nicolas Saccard is nearly ruined by his rival Gunderman, when he tries to raise capital for his company. To push up the price of his stock, Saccard plans a publicity ... See full summary »

Director: Marcel L'Herbier | Stars: Brigitte Helm, Marie Glory, Yvette Guilbert, Pierre Alcover

Votes: 693

63. Judex (1963)

Not Rated | 98 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.3
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Favraux, an unscrupulous banker, receives a threatening note, signed by "Judex", demanding that he pay back the people he has swindled. He refuses, and apparently dies after a midnight ... See full summary »

Director: Georges Franju | Stars: Channing Pollock, Francine Bergé, Edith Scob, Théo Sarapo

Votes: 1,756

64. Shoot the Piano Player (1960)

Not Rated | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.6
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Charlie Kohler is a piano player in a bar. The waitress Lena is in love with him. One of Charlie's brother, Chico, a crook, takes refuge in the bar because he is chased by two gangsters, ... See full summary »

Director: François Truffaut | Stars: Charles Aznavour, Marie Dubois, Nicole Berger, Michèle Mercier

Votes: 14,337

65. Chronicle of a Summer (1961)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary

7.6
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Real-life individuals discuss topics on society, happiness in the working class among others and with those testimonies the filmmakers create fictional moments based on their interviews. ... See full summary »

Directors: Edgar Morin, Jean Rouch | Stars: Angelo, Nadine Ballot, Régis Debray, Jacques

Votes: 1,896

66. L'éternel retour (1943)

107 min | Drama, Romance

7.3
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This is a retelling of Tristan and Isolde, set in 1940s France. The script was written by Jean Cocteau.

Director: Jean Delannoy | Stars: Madeleine Sologne, Jean Marais, Jean Murat, Junie Astor

Votes: 426

67. Le diable au coeur (1928)

120 min | Drama

7.2
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Ludivine Bucaille stupidly wishes that Leherg and his son Delphin both die at sea. Amazingly, Leherg actually is lost at sea but his son somehow survives. His mother subsequently dies of ... See full summary »

Director: Marcel L'Herbier | Stars: Betty Balfour, Jaque Catelain, Roger Karl, André Nox

Votes: 41

68. Les Biches (1968)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama

7.2
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Architect Paul Thomas insinuates himself into the relationship of two bisexual women living in a St. Tropez villa with tragic consequences.

Director: Claude Chabrol | Stars: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Jacqueline Sassard, Stéphane Audran, Nane Germon

Votes: 2,587

69. Bizarre, Bizarre (1937)

84 min | Comedy

7.6
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In Victorian London, a Crime Novelist and his Wife fake their disappearance in order to hide from an uptight Anglican Bishop who is leading a campaign against the "evils" of crime fiction.

Director: Marcel Carné | Stars: Louis Jouvet, Françoise Rosay, Michel Simon, Jean-Pierre Aumont

Votes: 1,389

70. Les Misérables (1934)

Not Rated | 281 min | Drama

8.1
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The lives of numerous people over the course of 20 years in 19th century France, weaved together by the story of an ex-convict named Jean Valjean on the run from an obsessive police inspector, who pursues him for only a minor offense.

Director: Raymond Bernard | Stars: Harry Baur, Charles Vanel, Paul Azaïs, Max Dearly

Votes: 1,244

71. La gueule ouverte (1974)

TV-14 | 82 min | Drama

7.5
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Monique is dying. Around her gather her unfaithful husband, her son, who is like his father, and her daughter-in-law. We observe them playing with life as she dies.

Director: Maurice Pialat | Stars: Nathalie Baye, Hubert Deschamps, Philippe Léotard, Monique Mélinand

Votes: 648

72. Thieves (1996)

R | 117 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

7.0
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In the middle of the night, someone brings Ivan's body home to his wife and his sad-faced, jug-eared son. Through flashbacks, the film discloses the relationships among Ivan and his brother... See full summary »

Director: André Téchiné | Stars: Catherine Deneuve, Daniel Auteuil, Laurence Côte, Benoît Magimel

Votes: 1,700 | Gross: $0.94M

73. Delicatessen (1991)

R | 99 min | Comedy, Crime

7.7
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66 Metascore

Post-apocalyptic surrealist black comedy about the landlord of an apartment building who occasionally prepares a delicacy for his odd tenants.

Directors: Marc Caro, Jean-Pierre Jeunet | Stars: Marie-Laure Dougnac, Dominique Pinon, Pascal Benezech, Jean-Claude Dreyfus

Votes: 71,647 | Gross: $1.79M

74. 2 ou 3 choses que je sais d'elle (1967)

Not Rated | 87 min | Comedy, Drama

7.0
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A day in the life of a Parisian housewife/prostitute, interspersed with musings on the Vietnam War and other contemporary issues.

Director: Jean-Luc Godard | Stars: Marina Vlady, Anny Duperey, Roger Montsoret, Raoul Lévy

Votes: 5,304 | Gross: $0.10M

75. Au Revoir les Enfants (1987)

PG | 104 min | Drama, War

8.0
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A French boarding school run by priests seems to be a haven from World War II until a new student arrives. He becomes the roommate of top student in his class. Rivals at first, the roommates form a bond and share a secret.

Director: Louis Malle | Stars: Gaspard Manesse, Raphael Fejtö, Francine Racette, Stanislas Carré de Malberg

Votes: 26,518 | Gross: $4.54M

76. La coquille et le clergyman (1928)

28 min | Short

7.0
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Obsessed with a general's woman, a clergyman has strange visions of death and lust, struggling against his own eroticism.

Director: Germaine Dulac | Stars: Alex Allin, Genica Athanasiou, Lucien Bataille

Votes: 1,378

77. Wild Reeds (1994)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama

7.5
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80 Metascore

In a village in the Southwest of France, 1962. Maite and Francois are 18 years old. They are friends, not lovers. In Francois's classroom, there are Serge, whose brother has just married to... See full summary »

Director: André Téchiné | Stars: Élodie Bouchez, Gaël Morel, Stéphane Rideau, Frédéric Gorny

Votes: 4,490 | Gross: $0.92M

78. The Earrings of Madame De... (1953)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama, Romance

8.0
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The diamond earrings of a French aristocrat, a wedding gift from her husband, cause a series of conflicts as they change hands repeatedly.

Director: Max Ophüls | Stars: Charles Boyer, Danielle Darrieux, Vittorio De Sica, Jean Debucourt

Votes: 7,205

79. Les glaneurs et la glaneuse (2000)

Not Rated | 82 min | Documentary

7.7
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83 Metascore

An intimate, picaresque inquiry into French life as lived by the country's poor and its provident, as well as by the film's own director, Agnes Varda. The aesthetic, political and moral ... See full summary »

Director: Agnès Varda | Stars: François Wertheimer, Agnès Varda, Bodan Litnanski

Votes: 4,332 | Gross: $0.15M

80. Marius (1931)

Not Rated | 130 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.9
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Marius is faced with a choice whether to fulfill his passion by sailing the seas or stay and marry the woman he loves.

Director: Alexander Korda | Stars: Raimu, Pierre Fresnay, Fernand Charpin, Alida Rouffe

Votes: 1,611

81. State of Siege (1972)

Not Rated | 120 min | Drama, Thriller

7.9
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In Uruguay in the early 1970s, an official of the US Agency for International Development (a group used as a front for training foreign police in counterinsurgency methods) is kidnapped by ... See full summary »

Director: Costa-Gavras | Stars: Yves Montand, Renato Salvatori, O.E. Hasse, Jacques Weber

Votes: 3,311

82. Le petit amour (1988)

R | 80 min | Drama, Romance

6.9
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Mary-Jane asks, "Do all women fall in love with a boy, or just those without sons?" She's divorced with two daughters, Lucy and Loulou. Lucy has a party where Mary-Jane notices Julien, 14, ... See full summary »

Director: Agnès Varda | Stars: Jane Birkin, Mathieu Demy, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Lou Doillon

Votes: 645

83. Amer (2009)

Not Rated | 90 min | Horror, Thriller

6.3
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72 Metascore

As a young girl Ana was a rebellious child. She was also tormented by images of death and a shadowy, ominous figure in black. Now an adult, she is once again tormented by shadowy, other-worldly forms.

Directors: Hélène Cattet, Bruno Forzani | Stars: Cassandra Forêt, Charlotte Eugène Guibeaud, Marie Bos, Biancamaria D'Amato

Votes: 4,772

84. Amour (2012)

PG-13 | 127 min | Drama, Romance

7.9
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94 Metascore

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.

Director: Michael Haneke | Stars: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva, Isabelle Huppert, Alexandre Tharaud

Votes: 79,280 | Gross: $6.74M

85. Thérèse (1986)

94 min | Drama

7.5
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The life of little St. Therese of Lisieux, depicted in minimalist vignettes. Therese and her sisters are all nuns in a Carmelite convent. Her devotion to Jesus and her concept of "the ... See full summary »

Director: Alain Cavalier | Stars: Catherine Mouchet, Hélène Alexandridis, Aurore Prieto, Clémence Massart-Weit

Votes: 705

86. L'immortelle (1963)

M | 101 min | Drama

7.4
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A sad man meets a beautiful, secretive woman who may or may not be involved in some conspiracy ring dealing in kidnapped women used as prostitutes. After several days of their sadly ... See full summary »

Director: Alain Robbe-Grillet | Stars: Françoise Brion, Jacques Doniol-Valcroze, Guido Celano, Ayfer Feray

Votes: 743

87. Perceval le Gallois (1978)

Not Rated | 140 min | Drama, Music, Romance

7.2
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The exploits of Sir Perceval, a legendary exemplar of knightly chivalry and one of the champions of King Arthur's Round Table.

Director: Éric Rohmer | Stars: Fabrice Luchini, André Dussollier, Solange Boulanger, Catherine Schroeder

Votes: 906

88. Missing Husbands (1921)

Not Rated | 136 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Mystery

6.9
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Two men, lost in the desert, meet Queen Antinea, ruler of Atlantis.

Director: Jacques Feyder | Stars: Jean Angelo, Stacia Napierkowska, Georges Melchior, Marie-Louise Iribe

Votes: 257

89. Scene of the Crime (1986)

90 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

6.9
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In the woods, a 13-year-old boy is grabbed by an escaped convict and told to bring money later that day. The boy does as he's told, only to be attacked by the convict's partner. A murder ... See full summary »

Director: André Téchiné | Stars: Nicolas Giraudi, Catherine Deneuve, Danielle Darrieux, Wadeck Stanczak

Votes: 575 | Gross: $0.16M

90. Port of Shadows (1938)

Approved | 91 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

7.7
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A military deserter finds love and trouble (and a small dog) in a smoky French port city.

Director: Marcel Carné | Stars: Jean Gabin, Michel Simon, Michèle Morgan, Pierre Brasseur

Votes: 6,848 | Gross: $0.03M

91. Story of Women (1988)

108 min | Drama, Romance

7.6
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Marie Latour, a woman of limited schooling, raises two children in a ratty flat during World War II in occupied France. In 1941, her husband Paul returns from German captivity, too weak to ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Chabrol | Stars: Isabelle Huppert, François Cluzet, Marie Trintignant, Nils Tavernier

Votes: 3,199 | Gross: $0.44M

92. Orpheus (1950)

Not Rated | 95 min | Fantasy, Drama, Romance

8.0
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A poet in love with Death follows his unhappy wife into the underworld.

Director: Jean Cocteau | Stars: Jean Marais, François Périer, María Casares, Marie Déa

Votes: 8,354

93. Successive Slidings of Pleasure (1974)

105 min | Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

6.4
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A young woman is questioned by the police and the judges, suspected of being a modern witch. The girl who shared her apartment has been found dead, and a pair of scissors impaled through ... See full summary »

Director: Alain Robbe-Grillet | Stars: Anicée Alvina, Olga Georges-Picot, Michael Lonsdale, Jean Martin

Votes: 622

94. Le vent d'est (1970)

Not Rated | 95 min | Drama

6.5
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Directors: Groupe Dziga Vertov, Jean-Luc Godard, Jean-Pierre Gorin, Gérard Martin | Stars: Gian Maria Volontè, Anne Wiazemsky, Cristiana Tullio-Altan, Allen Midgette

Votes: 294

95. Elevator to the Gallows (1958)

Not Rated | 91 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.0
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94 Metascore

A self-assured businessman murders his employer, the husband of his mistress, which unintentionally provokes an ill-fated chain of events.

Director: Louis Malle | Stars: Jeanne Moreau, Maurice Ronet, Georges Poujouly, Yori Bertin

Votes: 16,308 | Gross: $0.11M

96. Ménage (1986)

84 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.0
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A bisexual petty criminal named Bob encounters a married couple arguing in a bar. Bob breaks up the fight and proceeds to seduce first the wife and then the husband. Then Bob teaches the ... See full summary »

Director: Bertrand Blier | Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Michel Blanc, Miou-Miou, Michel Creton

Votes: 2,081 | Gross: $0.93M

97. Les innocents (1987)

96 min | Drama

6.4
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The lines between love, sex, and politics become hopelessly blurred in this French drama. Jeanne finds herself torn between the two men a French and a North African in a romantic and sexual... See full synopsis »

Director: André Téchiné | Stars: Sandrine Bonnaire, Jean-Claude Brialy, Simon de La Brosse, Abdellatif Kechiche

Votes: 196

98. L'Age d'Or (1930)

63 min | Comedy, Drama

7.5
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A surrealist tale of a man and a woman passionately in love with one another, but their attempts to consummate that passion are constantly thwarted by their families, the Church, and bourgeois society.

Director: Luis Buñuel | Stars: Gaston Modot, Lya Lys, Caridad de Laberdesque, Max Ernst

Votes: 10,570 | Gross: $0.03M

99. Time of the Wolf (2003)

R | 114 min | Drama

6.6
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71 Metascore

When Anna and her family arrive at their holiday home, they find it occupied by strangers. This confrontation is just the beginning of a painful learning process.

Director: Michael Haneke | Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Anaïs Demoustier, Béatrice Dalle, Patrice Chéreau

Votes: 8,269 | Gross: $0.06M

100. Tous les garçons et les filles de leur âge... (1993– )
Episode: US Go Home (1994)

58 min

8.0
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In the sixties, in a suburb near Paris, Martine wants to lose her virginity.

Director: Claire Denis | Stars: Alice Houri, Jessica Tharaud, Grégoire Colin, Martine Gautier

Votes: 350