Top 201 French Filmsby 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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2. Last Year at Marienbad (1961)
Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, Mystery
In a strange and isolated chateau, a man becomes acquainted with a woman and insists that they have met before.
Votes: 16,285 | Gross: $0.14M
3. Contempt (1963)
Not Rated | 102 min | Drama
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.
Votes: 22,733 | Gross: $0.04M
4. Pierrot le Fou (1965)
Not Rated | 110 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
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.
5. Eden and After (1970)
Unrated | 93 min | Drama
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.
8. Je t'aime, je t'aime (1968)
91 min | Drama, Sci-Fi
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 »
Votes: 1,861 | Gross: $0.06M
9. Le fantôme de la liberté (1974)
R | 104 min | Comedy
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 »
Votes: 11,568 | Gross: $0.01M
10. La belle captive (1983)
90 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
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 »
11. Alphaville (1965)
Not Rated | 99 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
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.
Votes: 18,781 | Gross: $0.05M
12. First Name: Carmen (1983)
R | 85 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
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 »
14. Le Samouraï (1967)
GP | 101 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
After Professional hitman Jef Costello is seen by witnesses his efforts to provide himself an alibi drive him further into a corner.
Votes: 35,931 | Gross: $0.04M
17. Amélie (2001)
R | 122 min | Comedy, Romance
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.
Votes: 603,253 | Gross: $33.23M
18. Irma Vep (1996)
Not Rated | 99 min | Comedy, Drama
A Chinese movie actress, in France to star in a remake of "Les Vampires", finds petty intrigues and clashing egos on the set.
Votes: 4,153 | Gross: $0.19M
19. Les Enfants Terribles (1950)
Not Rated | 105 min | Drama
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 »
20. Z (1969)
PG | 127 min | Crime, Drama, History
Following the murder of a prominent leftist, an investigator tries to uncover the truth while government officials attempt to cover up their roles.
Votes: 19,826 | Gross: $0.08M
21. Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959)
Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Romance
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.
Votes: 22,489 | Gross: $0.09M
22. Détective (1985)
Unrated | 95 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
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 »
23. The Artist (I) (2011)
PG-13 | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A silent movie star meets a young dancer, but the arrival of talking pictures sends their careers in opposite directions.
Votes: 206,914 | Gross: $44.67M
24. Pépé le Moko (1937)
Not Rated | 94 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
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.
Votes: 5,178 | Gross: $0.15M
25. Band of Outsiders (1964)
Not Rated | 95 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
Two crooks with a fondness for old Hollywood B-movies convince a languages student to help them commit a robbery.
Votes: 18,550 | Gross: $0.04M
26. The Story of the Fox (1930)
65 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
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 »
27. A Woman Is a Woman (1961)
Not Rated | 84 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
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.
Votes: 12,036 | Gross: $0.10M
28. La Cérémonie (1995)
Not Rated | 112 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
A new-hired maid for a rich countryside family befriends a post-office clerk, who encourages her to rebel against her employers.
Votes: 7,906 | Gross: $0.08M
29. Get Out Your Handkerchiefs (1978)
R | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
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.
30. Weekend (1967)
Not Rated | 105 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama
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.
32. Buffet froid (1979)
Not Rated | 89 min | Comedy, Crime
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 »
33. Jean de Florette (1986)
PG | 120 min | Drama
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.
Votes: 21,294 | Gross: $4.94M
35. Beauty and the Beast (1946)
Not Rated | 93 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance
A beautiful young woman takes her father's place as the prisoner of a mysterious beast, who wishes to marry her.
Votes: 20,887 | Gross: $0.30M
37. That Obscure Object of Desire (1977)
R | 103 min | Comedy, Drama
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.
Votes: 16,713 | Gross: $0.06M
38. The Wages of Fear (1953)
Not Rated | 131 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller
In a decrepit South American village, four men are hired to transport an urgent nitroglycerine shipment without the equipment that would make it safe.
40. Rien que les heures (1926)
45 min | Documentary
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).
42. Au Hasard Balthazar (1966)
Not Rated | 95 min | Drama
The story of a mistreated donkey and the people around him. A study on saintliness and a sister piece to Bresson's Mouchette.
Votes: 13,646 | Gross: $0.04M
43. The Man from Acapulco (1973)
95 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy
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 »
44. The Two of Us (1967)
Not Rated | 86 min | Comedy, Drama
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.
Votes: 1,508 | Gross: $0.05M
46. Mon oncle d'Amérique (1980)
PG | 125 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
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.
47. Le clair de terre (1970)
98 min | Comedy, Drama
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 »
49. The Milky Way (1969)
M | 105 min | Comedy, Drama
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.
50. Le Trou (1960)
Not Rated | 132 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
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.
Votes: 11,222 | Gross: $0.03M
51. Lola Montès (1955)
Not Rated | 116 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
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.
Votes: 4,038 | Gross: $0.11M
52. Le passé (2013)
PG-13 | 130 min | Drama, Mystery
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.
Votes: 38,118 | Gross: $1.33M
53. Day for Night (1973)
PG | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A committed film director struggles to complete his movie while coping with a myriad of crises, personal and professional, among the cast and crew.
Votes: 16,351 | Gross: $0.02M
54. Daddy Nostalgia (1990)
PG | 105 min | Drama
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 »
Votes: 554 | Gross: $1.11M
55. Love Me If You Dare (2003)
R | 93 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
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.
Votes: 60,642 | Gross: $0.55M
56. La Chinoise (1967)
Not Rated | 95 min | Comedy, Drama
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.
Votes: 4,363 | Gross: $0.03M
58. Zazie dans le Métro (1960)
Not Rated | 93 min | Comedy, Fantasy
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 »
59. David Golder (1931)
86 min | Drama
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.
60. Diary of a Chambermaid (1964)
Not Rated | 97 min | Crime, Drama
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 »
Votes: 6,884 | Gross: $0.02M
61. Diabolique (1955)
Not Rated | 117 min | Crime, Drama, Horror
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.
62. L'argent (1928)
195 min | Drama, Romance
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 »
63. Judex (1963)
Not Rated | 98 min | Action, Crime, Drama
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 »
64. Shoot the Piano Player (1960)
Not Rated | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
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 »
65. Chronicle of a Summer (1961)
Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary
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 »
67. Le diable au coeur (1928)
120 min | Drama
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 »
68. Les Biches (1968)
Not Rated | 100 min | Drama
Architect Paul Thomas insinuates himself into the relationship of two bisexual women living in a St. Tropez villa with tragic consequences.
69. Bizarre, Bizarre (1937)
84 min | Comedy
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.
70. Les Misérables (1934)
Not Rated | 281 min | Drama
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.
71. La gueule ouverte (1974)
TV-14 | 82 min | Drama
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.
72. Thieves (1996)
R | 117 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
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 »
Votes: 1,700 | Gross: $0.94M
73. Delicatessen (1991)
R | 99 min | Comedy, Crime
Post-apocalyptic surrealist black comedy about the landlord of an apartment building who occasionally prepares a delicacy for his odd tenants.
Votes: 71,647 | Gross: $1.79M
74. 2 ou 3 choses que je sais d'elle (1967)
Not Rated | 87 min | Comedy, Drama
A day in the life of a Parisian housewife/prostitute, interspersed with musings on the Vietnam War and other contemporary issues.
Votes: 5,304 | Gross: $0.10M
75. Au Revoir les Enfants (1987)
PG | 104 min | Drama, War
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.
Votes: 26,518 | Gross: $4.54M
77. Wild Reeds (1994)
Not Rated | 110 min | Drama
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 »
Votes: 4,490 | Gross: $0.92M
78. The Earrings of Madame De... (1953)
Not Rated | 105 min | Drama, Romance
The diamond earrings of a French aristocrat, a wedding gift from her husband, cause a series of conflicts as they change hands repeatedly.
79. Les glaneurs et la glaneuse (2000)
Not Rated | 82 min | Documentary
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 »
Votes: 4,332 | Gross: $0.15M
81. State of Siege (1972)
Not Rated | 120 min | Drama, Thriller
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 »
82. Le petit amour (1988)
R | 80 min | Drama, Romance
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 »
83. Amer (2009)
Not Rated | 90 min | Horror, Thriller
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.
84. Amour (2012)
PG-13 | 127 min | Drama, Romance
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.
Votes: 79,280 | Gross: $6.74M
85. Thérèse (1986)
94 min | Drama
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 »
86. L'immortelle (1963)
M | 101 min | Drama
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 »
87. Perceval le Gallois (1978)
Not Rated | 140 min | Drama, Music, Romance
The exploits of Sir Perceval, a legendary exemplar of knightly chivalry and one of the champions of King Arthur's Round Table.
89. Scene of the Crime (1986)
90 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
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 »
Votes: 575 | Gross: $0.16M
91. Story of Women (1988)
108 min | Drama, Romance
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 »
Votes: 3,199 | Gross: $0.44M
93. Successive Slidings of Pleasure (1974)
105 min | Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
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 »
95. Elevator to the Gallows (1958)
Not Rated | 91 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A self-assured businessman murders his employer, the husband of his mistress, which unintentionally provokes an ill-fated chain of events.
Votes: 16,308 | Gross: $0.11M
96. Ménage (1986)
84 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
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 »
Votes: 2,081 | Gross: $0.93M
97. Les innocents (1987)
96 min | Drama
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 »
98. L'Age d'Or (1930)
63 min | Comedy, Drama
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.
Votes: 10,570 | Gross: $0.03M
99. Time of the Wolf (2003)
R | 114 min | Drama
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.
Votes: 8,269 | Gross: $0.06M