Best French Film 1930-1939

Seven best French films by year (1930-1939)
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1.
Accused, Stand Up! (1930)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
No mercy for a woman who has been living in sin for six years. (110 mins.)
“ Director: Maurice Tourneur ” - guillaume836076
 
2.
L'Age d'Or (1930)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
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. (60 mins.)
Director: Luis Buñuel
“ Director: Luis Bunuel ” - guillaume836076
 
3.
Au bonheur des dames (1930)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Denise, an orphaned girl, moves to Paris where she hopes to find work at her uncle's store. But the glamorous department store 'Aux Bonheur des Dames' across the street crunches all the little businesses around. She finds a position there. (85 mins.)
Director: Julien Duvivier
“ Director: Julien Duvivier ” - guillaume836076
 
4.
“ French Version
Director: Wilhelm Thiele ” - guillaume836076
 
5.
Beauty Prize (1930)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Lucienne, typist and gorgeous bathing beauty, decides to enter the 'Miss Europe' pageant sponsored by the French newspaper she works for... (93 mins.)
Director: A. Genina
“ Director: Augusto Genina ” - guillaume836076
 
6.
Under the Roofs of Paris (1930)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Albert is smitten for Pola but ends up wrongly committed in jail, in the meantime her affections are sort after by his friend, and on his release both love and friendship must be tested. (96 mins.)
Director: René Clair
“ Director: René Clair
Best French Film of the year 1930 ” - guillaume836076
 
7.
Tarakanova (1930)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Emperess Catherine II wants to get rid of Princess Elisabeth Tarakanova who is to replace her on the throne of Russia...
Director: Raymond Bernard
“ Director: Raymond Bernard ” - guillaume836076
 
8.
À Nous la Liberté (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Seeking better life, two convicts escape from prison. (104 mins.)
Director: René Clair
“ Director: René Clair ” - guillaume836076
 
9.
La Chienne (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A woman and her pimp exploit a painter for money. (91 mins.)
Director: Jean Renoir
“ Director: Jean Renoir ” - guillaume836076
 
10.
David Golder (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
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. (86 mins.)
Director: Julien Duvivier
“ Director: Julien Duvivier ” - guillaume836076
 
11.
Faubourg Montmartre (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Two sisters struggle to stay on the straight and narrow. (115 mins.)
Director: Raymond Bernard
“ Director: Raymond Bernard ” - guillaume836076
 
12.
Marius (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Marius is faced with a choice whether to fulfill his passion by sailing the seas or stay and marry the woman he loves. (130 mins.)
Director: Alexandre Korda
“ Director: Alexander Korda ” - guillaume836076
 
13.
“ Director: Marcel L'herbier
Release in France: 1931 ” - guillaume836076
 
14.
L'opéra de quat'sous (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
The Gangster Macheath secretly marries the daughter of beggar king Peachum. When Peachum finds out, he instructs the police chief Brown to arrest and hang Macheath. If not, all the beggars of Soho will disturb the upcoming coronation. (104 mins.)
Director: G.W. Pabst
“ French Version
Director: Georg Wilhelm Pabst
Best French Film of the year 1931 ” - guillaume836076
 
15.
Wooden Crosses (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
World War 1 begins and a young man enlists to fight for his country. (115 mins.)
Director: Raymond Bernard
“ Director: Raymond Bernard
Best French Film of the year 1932 ” - guillaume836076
 
16.
Les frères Karamazoff (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(85 mins.)
Director: Fédor Ozep
“ Director: Fedor Ozep
Release in France: 1932 ” - guillaume836076
 
17.
Night at the Crossroads (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A gang of thieves utilizes a cross-road garage as the hideaway. During their last caper, the gang has accidentally murdered a jewel thief, and the heat is on. (75 mins.)
Director: Jean Renoir
“ Director: Jean Renoir ” - guillaume836076
 
18.
The Red Head (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A red-haired boy is his mother's punching bag ; only his father's presence is a great comfort to him,but this weak man is under the shrew's thumb.His pain is so great he feels suicidal. (91 mins.)
Director: Julien Duvivier
“ Director: Julien Duvivier ” - guillaume836076
 
19.
Comradeship (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Plea against war and for friendship between peoples, through the story of French miners rescued by German colleagues after a firedamp explosion. (93 mins.)
“ French Version
Director: Georg Wilhelm Pabst
Release in France: 1932 ” - guillaume836076
 
20.
One Hour with You (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
An unhappily married couple try to come between a happy one. (80 mins.)
Director: Ernst Lubitsch
“ French Version
Director: Ernst Lubitsch ” - guillaume836076
 
21.
Vampyr (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A drifter obsessed with the supernatural stumbles upon an inn where a severely ill adolescent girl is slowly becoming a vampire. (83 mins.)
Director: Carl Th. Dreyer
“ Director: Carl Theodor Dreyer ” - guillaume836076
 
22.
Song of the Streets (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A gang of poverty-ridden juvenile delinquents progress from petty theft to hard crime, but a kindly judge manages to set most of them on the right path after they are finally apprehended. (81 mins.)
Director: Victor Trivas
“ Director: Victor Trivas ” - guillaume836076
 
23.
The Two Orphans (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
(102 mins.)
“ Director: Maurice Tourneur ” - guillaume836076
 
24.
Don Quichotte (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
The French version of G.W.Pabst's monumental three-language (English, French and German - separate versions each) filming of Cervantes' classic novel... (73 mins.)
“ Director: Georg Wilhelm Pabst ” - guillaume836076
 
25.
“ Director: Abel Gance ” - guillaume836076
 
26.
Children of Montmartre (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
When her father files bankruptcy and then dies, Rose's fiancé jilts her; she takes a job as a maid in a Montmartre kindergarten with 150 poor children... (83 mins.)
“ Director: Jean-Benoît Lévy
Best French Film of the year 1933 ” - guillaume836076
 
27.
July 14 (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Jean is a young cab driver. Anna, a flower-girl neighbour, is in love with him. But he is still thinking to Pola... (86 mins.)
Director: René Clair
“ Director: René Clair ” - guillaume836076
 
28.
The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A new crime wave grips the city and all clues seem to lead to the nefarious Dr. Mabuse, even though he has been imprisoned in a mental asylum for nearly a decade. (122 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
“ French Version
Director: Fritz Lang ” - guillaume836076
 
29.
Angele (1934)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A young and naive peasant girl in Provence, who has been seduced and abandoned, moves to Marseilles and becomes a street-walker after having her baby. (145 mins.)
Director: Marcel Pagnol
“ Director: Marcel Pagnol ” - guillaume836076
 
30.
L'Atalante (1934)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Newly married couple Juliette and a ship captain Jean struggle through marriage as they travel on the L'atalante along with the captain's first mate Le père Jules and a cabin boy. (89 mins.)
Director: Jean Vigo
“ Director: Jean Vigo ” - guillaume836076
 
31.
Le grand jeu (1934)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Pierre (Pierre Richard-Willm), a young lawyer, has enormous debts due to his mistress Florence (Marie Bell)... (120 mins.)
Director: Jacques Feyder
“ Director: Jacques Feyder ” - guillaume836076
 
32.
Ladies Lake (1934)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A handsome but penniless young man takes a summer job as a swimming instructor in a picturesque Alpine lake resort... (106 mins.)
Director: Marc Allégret
“ Director: Marc Allégret ” - guillaume836076
 
33.
Les Misérables (1934)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
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. (281 mins.)
Director: Raymond Bernard
“ Director: Raymond Bernard
Best French Film of the year 1934 ” - guillaume836076
 
34.
The Kidnapping (1934)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Hans has killed the dog of Firmin, a shepherd. Wild with rage, Firmin kidnaps Elsi, Hans' fiancée and locks her up at his home... (83 mins.)
“ Original Title: Rapt
Director: Dimitri Kirsanoff ” - guillaume836076
 
35.
Love Story (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
(82 mins.)
Director: Max Ophüls
“ Original Title: Libelei
French Version
Director: Max Ophüls
Release in France: 1934 ” - guillaume836076
 
36.
La bandera (1935)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Pierre Gilieth has committed a murder in Paris. He flees to Barcelona, where he runs out of money. So he joins the Spanish Foreign Legion... (96 mins.)
Director: Julien Duvivier
“ Director: Julien Duvivier ” - guillaume836076
 
37.
Crime and Punishment (1935)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
(107 mins.)
Director: Pierre Chenal
“ Director: Pierre Chenal ” - guillaume836076
 
38.
Divine (1935)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A country girl starts to work as a chorus girl in Paris and then finds true love with a good-looking milkman. (82 mins.)
Director: Max Ophüls
“ Director: Max Ophüls ” - guillaume836076
 
39.
Carnival in Flanders (1935)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Tells the story of the Spanish invasion of Flanders (110 mins.)
Director: Jacques Feyder
“ Director: Jacques Feyder
Best French Film of the year 1935 ” - guillaume836076
 
40.
Whirlpool (1935)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
The happiness of a newly-married couple, Henry and Jeannie Saint Clair, is shattered when the husband is made a paralytic in an automobile accident... (75 mins.)
“ Director: Edmond T. Gréville ” - guillaume836076
 
41.
Toni (1935)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
In the 1920s, the Provence is a magnet for immigrants seeking work in the quarries or in agriculture... (81 mins.)
Director: Jean Renoir
“ Director: Jean Renoir ” - guillaume836076
 
42.
The Merry Widow (1934)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The small kingdom of Marshovia has a little problem. The main tax-payer, the wealthy widow Sonia (who pays 52% of the taxes) has left for Paris... (99 mins.)
Director: Ernst Lubitsch
“ French Version
Director: Ernst Lubitsch
Release in France: 1935 ” - guillaume836076
 
43.
The Lower Depths (1936)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A charismatic thief makes friends with a bankrupt baron who comes to live in the thief's slum. Meanwhile the thief seeks the love of a young woman, who is held emotionally captive by her slumlord family. (95 mins.)
Director: Jean Renoir
“ Director: Jean Renoir ” - guillaume836076
 
44.
They Were Five (1936)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Those five are unemployed penniless workers. Together they win 100,000 Francs with the national lottery... (101 mins.)
Director: Julien Duvivier
“ Director: Julien Duvivier
Best French Film of the year 1936 ” - guillaume836076
 
45.
César (1936)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Honoré Panisse is dying, cheerfully, with friends, wife, and son at his side. He confesses to the priest... (168 mins.)
Director: Marcel Pagnol
“ Director: Marcel Pagnol ” - guillaume836076
 
46.
Mayerling (1936)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Rudolf, Crown Prince of Austria, is fettered on all sides. He's bored; his father, the emperor, is domineering;... (96 mins.)
Director: Anatole Litvak
“ Director: Anatole Litvak ” - guillaume836076
 
47.
“ Director: Jacques de Baroncelli ” - guillaume836076
 
48.
The Story of a Cheat (1936)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A charming scoundrel reflects on his exploits, from childhood through to manhood. (81 mins.)
Director: Sacha Guitry
“ Director: Sacha Guitry ” - guillaume836076
 
49.
Samson (1936)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Jacques Brachart is a parvenu in the finance, the boss of the African Coppers. The D'Andeline are noble but pennyless... (90 mins.)
“ Director: Maurice Tourneur ” - guillaume836076
 
50.
La Grande Illusion (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
During the First World War, two French soldiers are captured and imprisoned in a German P.O.W. camp. Several escape attempts follow until they are sent to a seemingly impenetrable fortress which seems impossible to escape from. (113 mins.)
Director: Jean Renoir
“ Director: Jean Renoir
Best French Film of the year 1937 ” - guillaume836076
 
51.
Lady Killer (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Lucien Bourrache, a good looking non-commissioned officer at the Spahis, is used to charm many women... (94 mins.)
Director: Jean Grémillon
“ Director: Jean Grémillon ” - guillaume836076
 
52.
Feu Mathias Pascal (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Mathias Pascal, saddled with a stupid wife and a nagging mother-in-law, leaves home and is extremely lucky at several gambling resorts... (92 mins.)
Director: Pierre Chenal
“ Director: Pierre Chenal ” - guillaume836076
 
53.
The Pearls of the Crown (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Three narrators (French writer Jean Martin, an English royal equerry, and a papal chamberlain) tell the story of seven matched pearls... (118 mins.)
Director: Sacha Guitry
“ Director: Sacha Guitry and Christian-Jaque ” - guillaume836076
 
54.
Harvest (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
(127 mins.)
Director: Marcel Pagnol
“ Director: Marcel Pagnol
Release: 1937 in France ” - guillaume836076
 
55.
Dance Program (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Christine, newly widowed and consumed by the memory of a ball she attended age 16, decides to track down the men she danced with that night and discover their fates. (144 mins.)
Director: Julien Duvivier
“ Director: Julien Duvivier ” - guillaume836076
 
56.
The Life and Loves of Beethoven (1936)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Lyrical biography of the classical composer, depicted as a romantical hero, an accursed artist. (135 mins.)
Director: Abel Gance
“ Director: Abel Gance
Release in France: 1937 ” - guillaume836076
 
57.
La Bête Humaine (1938)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
In this classic adaptation of Emile Zola's novel, a tortured train engineer falls in love with a troubled married woman who has helped her husband commit a murder. (100 mins.)
Director: Jean Renoir
“ Director: Jean Renoir ” - guillaume836076
 
58.
Boys' School (1938)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
In a college, three friends form a secret society. Their objective - going to America. A night, after one of their secret meetings... (98 mins.)
Director: Christian-Jaque
“ Director: Christian-Jaque ” - guillaume836076
 
59.
L'étrange Monsieur Victor (1938)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A merchant from Toulon (Raimu) of honorable appearance is in fact a receiver for a band of criminals... (103 mins.)
Director: Jean Grémillon
“ Director: Jean Grémillon ” - guillaume836076
 
60.
The Baker's Wife (1938)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
In this little Provencal village, a new baker, Aimable, settles down. His wife Aurelie is beautiful and much younger than he... (133 mins.)
Director: Marcel Pagnol
“ Director: Marcel Pagnol ” - guillaume836076
 
61.
Hotel du Nord (1938)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A young couple, Renee and Pierre, take one night a room at the Hotel du Nord, in Paris, near the canal Saint-Martin... (95 mins.)
Director: Marcel Carné
“ Director: Marcel Carné
Best French Film of the year 1938 ” - guillaume836076
 
62.
I Accuse (1938)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
After serving in the trenches of World War I, Jean Diaz recoils with such horror that he renounces love... (104 mins.)
Director: Abel Gance
“ Director: Abel Gance ” - guillaume836076
 
63.
She Returned at Dawn (1938)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Married to Karl Ammer, the station master of Thaya, a Hungarian quiet village, Anita is a pretty young peasant who feels deeply bored... (94 mins.)
Director: Henri Decoin
“ Director: Henri Decoin
Release in France: 1938 ” - guillaume836076
 
64.
Le dernier tournant (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Frank, a hobo, ends up in a garage-truck stop in the middle of nowhere. Nick Marino, its naive owner... (90 mins.)
Director: Pierre Chenal
“ Director: Pierre Chenal ” - guillaume836076
 
65.
La fin du jour (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Aged penniless actors are living in a old people's home. They always talk about their past glory or failures... (99 mins.)
Director: Julien Duvivier
“ Director: Julien Duvivier
Best French Film of the year 1939 ” - guillaume836076
 
66.
Nine Bachelors (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Fast-thinking Guitry contrives a scheme to earn easy money from rich women with expiring visas by marrying... (125 mins.)
Director: Sacha Guitry
“ Director: Sacha Guitry ” - guillaume836076
 
67.
Le Jour se Leve (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
After committing a murder, a man locks himself in his apartment and recollects the events that led him to the killing. (93 mins.)
Director: Marcel Carné
“ Director: Marcel Carné ” - guillaume836076
 
68.
The Mayor's Dilemma (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
At the biginning of World War I in a village in the country of La Marne, two families are against the marriage of their children... (105 mins.)
Director: Raymond Bernard
“ Director: Raymond Bernard ” - guillaume836076
 
69.
Personal Column (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
After one of her fellow taxi dancers is murdered by an unknown man who she met through a personal column advert, Adrienne Charpentier is recruited by the police to answer a series of similar adverts to try to track down the killer. (111 mins.)
Director: Robert Siodmak
“ Director: Robert Siodmak ” - guillaume836076
 
70.
The Rules of the Game (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
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. (110 mins.)
Director: Jean Renoir
“ Director: Jean Renoir ” - guillaume836076