Best French Film 1940-1949

Seven best French films by year (1940-1949)
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1.
Beating Heart (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
(97 mins.)
Director: Henri Decoin
 
2.
The Phantom Wagon (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
(93 mins.)
Director: Julien Duvivier
“ Release in France: 1940 ” - guillaume836076
 
3.
Nightclub Hostess (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The young Suzy is a nightclub hostess in a cabaret in which Frehel is the star. Because one night she... (95 mins.)
Director: Albert Valentin
“ Release in France: 1940 ” - guillaume836076
 
4.
The Well-Digger's Daughter (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A rural maiden's two suitors go off to war, leaving her pregnant. (170 mins.)
Director: Marcel Pagnol
“ Best French Film of the year 1940 ” - guillaume836076
 
5.
Threats (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
(95 mins.)
 
6.
Four Flights to Love (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Before World War I in Paris, a budding artist, Pierre Leblanc, falls in love and marries Janine, a dressmaker's assistant... (103 mins.)
Director: Abel Gance
 
7.
There's No Tomorrow (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
After an unhappy marriage, a woman of the world is forced to become a dancer in a cabaret in order to raise her young son. (82 mins.)
Director: Max Ophüls
 
8.
L'enfer des anges (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
(96 mins.)
Director: Christian-Jaque
 
9.
Portrait of Innocence (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
(90 mins.)
Director: Louis Daquin
 
10.
Her First Affair (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Micheline Chevassu is a young, naive woman living in an orphanage. Through classified ads, she has a date with an unknown man... (105 mins.)
Director: Henri Decoin
 
11.
Stormy Waters (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Andre Laurent, the captain of a tugboat, married Yvonne ten years ago. She has a heart disease but does not want to tell him... (91 mins.)
Director: Jean Grémillon
 
12.
The Story of the Fox (1930)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
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... (65 mins.)
“ Release in France: 1941
Best French Film of the year 1941 ” - guillaume836076
 
13.
Blind Venus (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
(140 mins.)
Director: Abel Gance
 
14.
Volpone (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Volpone, an elderly Venetian, connives with his money-crazed servant to convince his greedy friends that he is dying... (94 mins.)
 
15.
The Murderer Lives at Number 21 (1942)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Inspector Wens moves into a Paris boarding house to catch a serial killer. (84 mins.)
 
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17.
Strangers in the House (1942)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
(95 mins.)
Director: Henri Decoin
 
18.
Fantastic Night (1942)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Denis is distracted: he's studying all day for philosophy exams and working all night at the flower market; plus... (103 mins.)
 
19.
Pontcarral, colonel d'empire (1942)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
(125 mins.)
Director: Jean Delannoy
 
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21.
Les Visiteurs du Soir (1942)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
At the end of the 15th century, two minstrels Gilles and Dominique come from nowhere into the castle of Baron Hugues... (120 mins.)
Director: Marcel Carné
“ Best French Film of the year 1942 ” - guillaume836076
 
22.
Angels of Sin (1943)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Rich young Anne-Marie thinks she has found her vocation when she joins a Dominican convent as a novice... (90 mins.)
Director: Robert Bresson
 
23.
The Count of Monte Cristo (1943)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Edmond Dantes is falsely accused by those jealous of his good fortune, and is sentenced to spend the rest of his life in the notorious island prison... (90 mins.)
Director: Robert Vernay
 
24.
Le Corbeau: The Raven (1943)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
French village doctor becomes target of poison-pen letters sent to village leaders, accusing him of affairs and practicing abortion. (92 mins.)
“ Best French Film of the year 1943 ” - guillaume836076
 
25.
Love Story (1943)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
In Paris in 1887, Irène works as a governess to Douce, the grand-daughter of the dowager Countess de Bonafé... (104 mins.)
 
26.
It Happened at the Inn (1943)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
In a french lost village an old woman is killed and her savings stolen. Several members of her family, all called:"Goupi-...", are suspected. (104 mins.)
Director: Jacques Becker
 
27.
Lumière d'été (1943)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A shimmering glass hotel at the top of a remote Provençal mountain provides the setting for a tragicomic tapestry about an obsessive love pentangle... (112 mins.)
Director: Jean Grémillon
 
28.
Carnival of Sinners (1943)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Roland Brissot bought for a nickel a talisman that gives him love, fame and wealth. The talisman is a cut left hand... (78 mins.)
 
29.
The Woman Who Dared (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The wife of a mechanic and former fighter pilot falls in love with the idea of flying herself. This soon becomes an obsession and she undertakes a lofty feat: the longest solo flight ever made by a woman. (105 mins.)
Director: Jean Grémillon
“ Best French Film of the year 1944 ” - guillaume836076
 
30.
Florence est folle (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
(101 mins.)
Director: Georges Lacombe
 
31.
La Malibran (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
(95 mins.)
Director: Sacha Guitry
 
32.
Les petites du quai aux fleurs (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
(92 mins.)
Director: Marc Allégret
 
33.
Premier de cordée (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
(106 mins.)
Director: Louis Daquin
 
34.
La Rabouilleuse (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(100 mins.)
Director: Fernand Rivers
 
35.
La vie de plaisir (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Albert Maulette, the owner of 'La Vie de Plaisir', a very busy nightclub owner, has fallen in love with Hélène de Lormel... (85 mins.)
Director: Albert Valentin
 
36.
Angel and Sinner (1945)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Ten people fleeing Rouen invaded by the Prussians, Rousset nicknamed ball of tallow among them, give to a Prussian to save other passengers who still despise. However, on later nobody could underestimate her being how brave . (103 mins.)
Director: Christian-Jaque
 
37.
A Cage of Nightingales (1945)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
In France, in 1930, a supervisor of a boarding school for young offenders seeks to awaken the music by forming a choir, despite the skepticism of his boarding school director. (89 mins.)
Director: Jean Dréville
 
38.
Les dames du Bois de Boulogne (1945)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A society lady engineers a marriage between her lover and a cabaret dancer who is essentially a prostitute. (86 mins.)
Director: Robert Bresson
 
39.
Children of Paradise (1945)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
The theatrical life of a beautiful courtesan and the four men who love her. (190 mins.)
Director: Marcel Carné
“ Best French Film of the year 1945 ” - guillaume836076
 
40.
Paris Frills (1945)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Philippe Clarence, a famous Parisian dressmaker, seduces his friend's fiancee. But, for the 1st time in his life, this is for real. The film is also a sharp picture of the fashion world. (111 mins.)
Director: Jacques Becker
 
41.
Twilight (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
(99 mins.)
Director: Marc Allégret
 
42.
Sortilèges (1945)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The story begins with the murder of a horse trader, which sets free a black stallion that roams through the snow and the village terrifying the people as it gallops. (100 mins.)
Director: Christian-Jaque
 
43.
The Battle of the Rails (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
This movie is a story about French railroad workers who were part of organized resistance during the German WW2 occupation. (85 mins.)
Director: René Clément
 
44.
Beauty and the Beast (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A beautiful young woman takes her father's place as the prisoner of a mysterious beast, who wishes to marry her. (96 mins.)
Director: Jean Cocteau
“ Best French Film of the year 1946 ” - guillaume836076
 
45.
Devil's Daughter (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
(105 mins.)
Director: Henri Decoin
 
46.
Back Streets of Paris (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Madame Rose runs a seedy hotel in a suburb of Paris. Strong-minded but without the least moral scruple... (100 mins.)
 
47.
Gates of the Night (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
It's Paris in the winter after its liberation. A tramp, pretending to be Destiny, predicts that Jean Diego will fall in love with a beautiful girl... (120 mins.)
Director: Marcel Carné
 
48.
Pastoral Symphony (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A minister falls in love with a blind young woman he sheltered, but so does his son. (110 mins.)
Director: Jean Delannoy
 
49.
Un revenant (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A ballet producer returns to his native town and schemes to avenge himself on the family who tried to murder him 20 years before. (100 mins.)
Director: Christian-Jaque
 
50.
Antoine and Antoinette (1947)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Working class couple Antoine and Antoinette dream of a better life. In the midst of constantly fending off the unwanted attention of men... (78 mins.)
Director: Jacques Becker
 
51.
Devil in the Flesh (1947)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
During World War I, the star-crossed affair of an underage French student with a woman engaged to a soldier. (110 mins.)
“ Best French Film of the year 1947 ” - guillaume836076
 
52.
Farrebique (1946 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
(90 mins.)
 
53.
Monsieur Vincent (1947)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
St. Vincent de Paul struggles to bring about peace and harmony among the peasant and the nobles in the midst of the Black Death in Europe, carrying on his charitable work in the face of all obstacles. (111 mins.)
Director: Maurice Cloche
 
54.
Panic (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
In the suburbs of Paris, an old maid has just been murdered. Every body talks about that, except the misanthrope Mr Hire... (91 mins.)
Director: Julien Duvivier
 
55.
Quai des Orfèvres (1947)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Jenny Lamour wants to succeed in music hall. Her husband and accompanist is Maurice Martineau, a nice but jealous guy... (106 mins.)
Director: H. G. Clouzot
 
56.
Le silence est d'or (1947)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
1910 : A friend leaves his daughter, Lucette, with Emile a French film producer. Emile falls in love with her... (100 mins.)
Director: René Clair
 
57.
Kampen om tungtvannet (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A factual reconstruction of the sabotage events which took place to prevent Hitler's Germany in getting the heavy water needed to make an atomic bomb during WW2. (98 mins.)
 
58.
La Chartreuse de Parme (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Fabrice del Dongo, a young archbishop, gives his all to romance rather than to the Church, creating complications for everyone around... (170 mins.)
Director: Christian-Jaque
 
59.
La dame d'onze heures (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Stanislas Oscar Seminario, aka SOS, is a young explorer, just back from Africa, visiting old friends: the Pescara's... (97 mins.)
Director: Jean-Devaivre
 
60.
Dédée d'Anvers (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Dedee is a prostitute, working in Monsieur Rene's night club on Antwerp's harbour. The porter is Marco... (86 mins.)
Director: Yves Allégret
 
61.
The Last Vacation (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A schoolboy remembers his last holiday in the big house of his family in the country, before it was sold. (95 mins.)
Director: Roger Leenhardt
 
62.
Paris 1900 (1947 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Documentary limning the life of Paris and its citizens during "La Belle Epoque," the years between 1900 and 1914... (82 mins.)
Director: Nicole Védrès
“ Release in France: 1948
Best French Film of the year 1948 ” - guillaume836076
 
63.
The Loves of Colette (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
(96 mins.)
Director: Jean Faurez
 
64.
Les amants de Vérone (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Angelo, a glass-blower from Murano, and Georgia Maglia, the pretty daughter of a fallen fascist magistrate... (105 mins.)
Director: André Cayatte
 
65.
The Walls of Malapaga (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A French fugitive arrives in Genoa, where he becomes entangled with an Italian woman and her daughter. (104 mins.)
Director: René Clément
 
66.
Manon (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
An adaptation of Abbe Prevost's classic French novel 'Manon Lescaut', updated to post-World War II France... (100 mins.)
 
67.
Occupe-toi d'Amélie..! (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Once a lowly chambermaid, Amelie Pochet now revels as the pampered mistress of a military man named Etienne. (92 mins.)
 
68.
Rendezvous in July (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Hopes and love and ambitions and friendship in a group of young jazz-loving Parisians. (112 mins.)
Director: Jacques Becker
 
69.
Le Silence de la Mer (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
1941 in a small town in Nazi occupied France. Against the will of its elderly male and his adult niece residents... (88 mins.)
 
70.
“ Best French Film of the year 1949 ” - guillaume836076