Best French Film 1950-1959

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Seven best French films by year (1950-1959)

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1. Beauty and the Devil (1950)

Approved | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

7.5
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The Faust story retold, with an aged alchemist accepting the gift of renewed youth from the devilish Mephistopheles.

Director: René Clair | Stars: Michel Simon, Gérard Philipe, Nicole Besnard, Simone Valère

Votes: 1,090

2. 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: 3,040

3. Dieu a besoin des hommes (1950)

100 min | Drama

7.5
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The island of Sein,in the nineteenth century,in Brittany.A crude population lives here,on these windy shores ,estranged from the rest of the world.

Director: Jean Delannoy | Stars: Pierre Fresnay, Madeleine Robinson, Daniel Gélin, Andrée Clément

Votes: 37

4. Justice Is Done (1950)

95 min | Drama

7.2
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Known as "Justice Is Done" in 1953 when it was first shown in the USA, it opens with a short briefing in English on the French jury system and then reverts to French with English subtitles.... See full summary »

Director: André Cayatte | Stars: Michel Auclair, Antoine Balpêtré, Raymond Bussières, Jacques Castelot

Votes: 130

Best French Film of the year 1950

5. Manèges (1950)

91 min | Drama

7.2
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After having spent all his money to fullfill the smallest wish of his wife Dora, Robert is still madly in love with her. Now, she is at agony, and her mother comes. She will reveal to ... See full summary »

Director: Yves Allégret | Stars: Bernard Blier, Simone Signoret, Jacques Baumer, Mona Dol

Votes: 177

6. 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: 8,286

7. La ronde (1950)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama, Romance

7.7
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Vignettes revolving around a circle of interconnected love.

Director: Max Ophüls | Stars: Anton Walbrook, Simone Signoret, Serge Reggiani, Simone Simon

Votes: 4,036

8. The Red Inn (1951)

Not Rated | 98 min | Comedy, Crime

7.4
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A group of travelers, including a monk, stay in a lonely inn in the mountains. The host confesses the monk his habit of serving a soporific soup to the guests, to rob their possessions and ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Autant-Lara | Stars: Fernandel, Françoise Rosay, Marie-Claire Olivia, Jean-Roger Caussimon

Votes: 969

9. Savage Triangle (1951)

112 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.1
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A prostitute takes back her child, a boy who does not even know how to play.

Director: Jean Delannoy | Stars: Madeleine Robinson, Frank Villard, Nicolas Amato, Henri Arius

Votes: 73

10. 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: 7,539

Best French Film of the year 1951

11. Knock (1951)

98 min | Comedy

7.4
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Saint-Maurice, an ordinary peaceful village, lived healthily so much so that the local doctor's practice was scant. But that was before Dr. Parpalaid retired and was replaced by a charlatan... See full summary »

Director: Guy Lefranc | Stars: Louis Jouvet, Jean Brochard, Pierre Renoir, Pierre Bertin

Votes: 383

12. The Pit of Loneliness (1951)

88 min | Drama

7.4
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Olivia, an English teenager, arrives at a finishing school in France. The majority of the pupils in the school are divided into two camps: those that are devoted to the headmistress, Mlle ... See full summary »

Director: Jacqueline Audry | Stars: Edwige Feuillère, Simone Simon, Marie-Claire Olivia, Yvonne de Bray

Votes: 83

13. La Poison (1951)

Not Rated | 85 min | Comedy, Crime

7.7
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Through a series of circumstances and plot twists an enterprising man manages to get away with murdering his wife, even though he cheerfully admits his guilt in court.

Director: Sacha Guitry | Stars: Michel Simon, Jean Debucourt, Jacques Varennes, Jeanne Fusier-Gir

Votes: 713

14. Under the Paris Sky (1951)

114 min | Drama

7.2
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Fates of multiple otherwise disconnected characters intertwine miraculously under the sky of Paris. And it all happens in one day.

Director: Julien Duvivier | Stars: Brigitte Auber, Jean Brochard, René Blancard, Paul Frankeur

Votes: 156

15. Beauties of the Night (1952)

Approved | 87 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Music

7.1
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A young composer has vivid dreams of the past that reflect, yet conflict with his waking life.

Director: René Clair | Stars: Gérard Philipe, Martine Carol, Gina Lollobrigida, Magali Vendeuil

Votes: 461

16. Casque d'Or (1952)

Not Rated | 94 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

7.8
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In an open-air dance hall, the members of Leca's gang are relaxing with their ladies. One of them, Marie, aka "Casque d'Or" (Golden Helmet) meets Manda, a carpenter. Her man Roland belongs ... See full summary »

Director: Jacques Becker | Stars: Simone Signoret, Serge Reggiani, Claude Dauphin, Raymond Bussières

Votes: 3,896

17. Fan-Fan the Tulip (1952)

Not Rated | 102 min | Adventure, Comedy, Romance

7.3
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69 Metascore

Swashbuckling adventures of young army recruit Fanfan la Tulipe during the reign of King Louis XV in 18th century France.

Director: Christian-Jaque | Stars: Gérard Philipe, Gina Lollobrigida, Marcel Herrand, Olivier Hussenot

Votes: 2,147

18. Holiday for Henrietta (1952)

118 min | Comedy

7.3
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After the rejection of their latest - and preposterous - scenario, two script writers get back to basics to prepare a new movie. The new scenario centers on Henriette, a pretty, lively ... See full summary »

Director: Julien Duvivier | Stars: Dany Robin, Michel Auclair, Hildegard Knef, Louis Seigner

Votes: 163

19. Forbidden Games (1952)

Not Rated | 86 min | Drama, War

8.0
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A young French girl orphaned in a Nazi air attack is befriended by the son of a poor farmer, and together they try to come to terms with the realities of death.

Director: René Clément | Stars: Georges Poujouly, Brigitte Fossey, Amédée, Laurence Badie

Votes: 9,257 | Gross: $0.01M

Best French Film of the year 1952

20. Nous sommes tous des assassins (1952)

115 min | Drama

7.3
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Rene is not a bright guy. He was taught to kill by the Resistance. But the WW2 is over and he keeps on killing. He is condemned to death. In jail, expecting the presidential pardon, he mets... See full summary »

Director: André Cayatte | Stars: Marcel Mouloudji, Raymond Pellegrin, Antoine Balpêtré, Julien Verdier

Votes: 222

21. Le Plaisir (1952)

Not Rated | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.9
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Three separate stories about the same thing: pleasure.

Director: Max Ophüls | Stars: Jean Gabin, Danielle Darrieux, Simone Simon, Claude Dauphin

Votes: 3,336

22. The Golden Coach (1952)

Approved | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, History

7.3
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In Peru in the eighteenth century. Camilla, the star of a theater company, hesitates between three men. The Viceroy gives her his magnificent golden coach. A young Spanish officer suggests ... See full summary »

Director: Jean Renoir | Stars: Anna Magnani, Odoardo Spadaro, Nada Fiorelli, Dante

Votes: 2,049

Release in France: 1953

23. 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: 7,133

24. Manon des sources (1952)

200 min | Drama

7.4
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To revenge her father's death, Manon blocks the source from which the village gets water.

Director: Marcel Pagnol | Stars: Edmond Ardisson, Henri Arius, Charles Blavette, Jean-Marie Bon

Votes: 247

Release in France: 1953

25. The Proud and the Beautiful (1953)

103 min | Drama, Romance

7.4
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Life in a small Mexican village where joy and misery, hope and pain, passion and guilt, love and decay, life and death are mixed in the peasants life and two French citizens who end up stranded in there, during a typhoid epidemic.

Directors: Yves Allégret, Rafael E. Portas | Stars: Michèle Morgan, Gérard Philipe, Víctor Manuel Mendoza, Carlos López Moctezuma

Votes: 640

26. 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: 40,670

Best French Film of the year 1953

27. The Adultress (1953)

Not Rated | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

7.4
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A truckdriver kills the husband of the woman he loves, and becomes the object of blackmail.

Director: Marcel Carné | Stars: Simone Signoret, Raf Vallone, Jacques Duby, Maria Pia Casilio

Votes: 932

28. Monsieur Hulot's Holiday (1953)

Not Rated | 83 min | Comedy

7.6
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Monsieur Hulot comes to a beachside hotel for a vacation, where he accidentally (but good-naturedly) causes havoc.

Director: Jacques Tati | Stars: Jacques Tati, Nathalie Pascaud, Micheline Rolla, Valentine Camax

Votes: 13,879

29. Before the Deluge (1954)

138 min | Crime, Drama

7.4
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Self-centered parents of the 50's targeted by drama in which teenagers panicking after burglary supposed to finance the run from the Third World War.

Director: André Cayatte | Stars: Antoine Balpêtré, Paul Bisciglia, Bernard Blier, Jacques Castelot

Votes: 85

30. The Game of Love (1954)

106 min | Drama

6.8
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Based on the novel by Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette. Friends since infancy, Philippe and Vinea have always regarded themselves as brother and sister. But as adolescence segues into puberty, the two youngsters fall in love.

Director: Claude Autant-Lara | Stars: Edwige Feuillère, Nicole Berger, Pierre-Michel Beck, Robert Berri

Votes: 143

31. Letters from My Windmill (1954)

160 min | Comedy, Drama

7.2
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Add a Plot

Director: Marcel Pagnol | Stars: Antonin Fabre, Rellys, Fernand Sardou, Robert Vattier

Votes: 80

32. Lovers, Happy Lovers! (1954)

Approved | 100 min | Comedy, Drama

7.0
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From the Louis Hemon novel "M. Ripois and His Nemesis" about Andre Ripois, a philanderer in pursuit of love and riches from Paris to London. Andre is breaking up with his wife, Catherine, ... See full summary »

Director: René Clément | Stars: Gérard Philipe, Valerie Hobson, Joan Greenwood, Margaret Johnston

Votes: 243

Best French Film of the year 1954

33. Rouge et noir (1954)

113 min | Drama, Romance

6.8
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It's no holds barred for Julian in pursuit of upward mobility. Although expected to channel career aspirations into the Church of the post- Napoleonic era, his intensely romantic liaisons ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Autant-Lara | Stars: Gérard Philipe, Danielle Darrieux, Antonella Lualdi, Jean Mercure

Votes: 453

34. Royal Affairs in Versailles (1954)

152 min | Comedy, Drama, History

6.9
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The history of the palace of Versailles from it's founding to the present.

Director: Sacha Guitry | Stars: Michel Auclair, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Jean-Louis Barrault, Jeanne Boitel

Votes: 346

35. Touchez Pas au Grisbi (1954)

Not Rated | 83 min | Crime, Drama

7.9
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85 Metascore

An aging, world-weary gangster is double-crossed and forced out of retirement when his best friend is kidnapped and their stash of eight stolen gold bars demanded as ransom.

Director: Jacques Becker | Stars: Jean Gabin, René Dary, Dora Doll, Vittorio Sanipoli

Votes: 5,314 | Gross: $0.13M

36. 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: 48,265

Best French Film of the year 1955

37. Rififi (1955)

Not Rated | 118 min | Crime, Thriller

8.2
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97 Metascore

Four men plan a technically perfect crime, but the human element intervenes...

Director: Jules Dassin | Stars: Jean Servais, Carl Möhner, Robert Manuel, Janine Darcey

Votes: 20,888 | Gross: $0.06M

38. French Cancan (1955)

Not Rated | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

7.5
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This comedy drama from Jean Renoir chronicles the revival of Paris' most notorious dance as it tells the story of a theater producer who turns a humble washerwoman into a star at the Moulin Rouge.

Director: Jean Renoir | Stars: Jean Gabin, Françoise Arnoul, María Félix, Anna Amendola

Votes: 3,020

Release in France: 1955

39. The Grand Maneuver (1955)

106 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.9
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A French lieutenant makes a bet that he can seduce any woman in town in the two weeks before his regiment leaves for maneuvers, but his chosen target (a Parisian divorcée) isn't like other girls he's known.

Director: René Clair | Stars: Michèle Morgan, Gérard Philipe, Jean Desailly, Pierre Dux

Votes: 736

40. 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: 4,014 | Gross: $0.11M

41. Les mauvaises rencontres (1955)

84 min | Drama

7.0
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Through her answers to police inspector Corbin's questions, investigating Dr Danieli's suicide, Catherine Racan draws her self-portrait. The ambitious young journalist indeed tells how she ... See full summary »

Director: Alexandre Astruc | Stars: Jean-Claude Pascal, Anouk Aimée, Gaby Sylvia, Philippe Lemaire

Votes: 119

42. Razzia (1955)

105 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.1
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Henri, the Man from Nantes, comes back to his country after a successful stay in the United States, where he was working for Liski, the drug dealer. With the fame of being a tough guy ... See full summary »

Director: Henri Decoin | Stars: Jean Gabin, Marcel Dalio, Lino Ventura, Albert Rémy

Votes: 763

43. Bob le Flambeur (1956)

PG | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.8
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80 Metascore

After losing big, an aging gambler decides to assemble a team to rob a casino.

Director: Jean-Pierre Melville | Stars: Roger Duchesne, Isabelle Corey, Daniel Cauchy, Guy Decomble

Votes: 8,357 | Gross: $0.01M

44. Des gens sans importance (1956)

101 min | Drama

7.2
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Mid-aged married truck driver falls in love with a young waitress he meets while making a break on a long trip. They try to make it work, but she can't get a decent job or place to stay in ... See full summary »

Director: Henri Verneuil | Stars: Jean Gabin, Françoise Arnoul, Pierre Mondy, Yvette Etiévant

Votes: 306

45. Gervaise (1956)

116 min | Drama

7.5
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Gervaise Macquart, a young lame laundress, is left by her lover Auguste Lantier with two boys... She manages to make it, and a few years later she marries Coupeau, a roofer. After working ... See full summary »

Director: René Clément | Stars: Maria Schell, François Périer, Jany Holt, Mathilde Casadesus

Votes: 903

46. Le monde du silence (1956)

86 min | Documentary

7.2
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This pioneering nature documentary investigates aquatic habitats in various locations around the world. It doesn't shy away from the brutality present in the natural world, but it also ... See full summary »

Directors: Jacques-Yves Cousteau, Louis Malle | Stars: Frédéric Dumas, Albert Falco, Jacques-Yves Cousteau, François Saout

Votes: 1,096

47. Four Bags Full (1956)

80 min | Comedy

7.4
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Two men, a painter and a poor guy, have to cross over Paris by night during World War II and to deliver black market meat. As they walk along dark Parisian streets, they encounter various ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Autant-Lara | Stars: Jean Gabin, Bourvil, Louis de Funès, Jeannette Batti

Votes: 2,757 | Gross: $0.02M

Best French Film or the year 1956

48. A Man Escaped (1956)

Not Rated | 101 min | Drama, Thriller, War

8.2
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A captured French Resistance fighter during WWII engineers a daunting escape from prison.

Director: Robert Bresson | Stars: François Leterrier, Charles Le Clainche, Maurice Beerblock, Roland Monod

Votes: 13,993

49. Deadlier Than the Male (1956)

113 min | Drama, Thriller

7.5
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André Chatelin is a restaurant owner in Les Halles in Paris. One morning, a girl named Catherine asks to see him. She happens to be the daughter of his estranged wife, Gabrielle, that André... See full summary »

Director: Julien Duvivier | Stars: Jean Gabin, Danièle Delorme, Robert Arnoux, Liliane Bert

Votes: 862

50. Bitter Victory (1957)

Approved | 82 min | Drama, War

6.9
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A commander receives a citation for an attack on Rommel's headquarters, which is actually undeserved as the commander is unfit for his job. On top of that, unbeknownst to him, his wife is having an affair with one of his officers.

Director: Nicholas Ray | Stars: Richard Burton, Curd Jürgens, Ruth Roman, Raymond Pellegrin

Votes: 1,439

51. Lovers and Thieves (1957)

85 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.1
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A man becomes the lover of his former persecutor's wife.

Director: Sacha Guitry | Stars: Jean Poiret, Michel Serrault, Magali Noël, Clément Duhour

Votes: 225

52. He Who Must Die (1957)

Not Rated | 122 min | Drama

7.6
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Greece, in the 1920's, is occupied by the Turks. The country is in turmoil with entire villages uprooted. The site of the movie is a Greek village that conducts a passion play each year. ... See full summary »

Director: Jules Dassin | Stars: Jean Servais, Carl Möhner, Grégoire Aslan, Gert Fröbe

Votes: 526

53. Les espions (1957)

Not Rated | 125 min | Drama, Mystery

7.0
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A psychiatrist, desperate for money to keep his faltering practice running, makes a deal with a spy to hide a mysterious person in his clinic in return for a million francs. As soon as the ... See full summary »

Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot | Stars: Curd Jürgens, Peter Ustinov, O.E. Hasse, Sam Jaffe

Votes: 645

54. The Gates of Paris (1957)

106 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

7.3
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An old bum becomes infatuated with a pretty young girl who gets entangled with a young gangster.

Director: René Clair | Stars: Pierre Brasseur, Georges Brassens, Henri Vidal, Dany Carrel

Votes: 408

Best French Film of the year 1957

55. Lovers of Paris (1957)

115 min | Drama

7.0
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Young, handsome, dashing but cynical, Octave Mouret arrives in Paris, determined to conquer the belles of the capital. His first attempts are not too successful though as he is rebuffed by ... See full summary »

Director: Julien Duvivier | Stars: Gérard Philipe, Dany Carrel, Jacques Duby, Anouk Aimée

Votes: 264

56. The Crucible (1957)

145 min | Drama, History

7.3
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Salem, 1692. Industrious farmer, John Proctor, has twice made love to 17-year-old Abigail, a youth he and his wife have taken in. (His wife Elisabeth has rebuffed him for seven months; she ... See full summary »

Director: Raymond Rouleau | Stars: Simone Signoret, Yves Montand, Jean Debucourt, Alfred Adam

Votes: 252

57. 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: 16,069 | Gross: $0.11M

58. The Possessors (1958)

92 min | Drama

7.1
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Noël Schoudler is the head of a wealthy and powerful family in France. He manages his financial and commercial concerns with an iron grip, leaving little room for his son François to prove himself.

Director: Denys de La Patellière | Stars: Jean Gabin, Annie Ducaux, Jean Desailly, Françoise Christophe

Votes: 315

59. Inspector Maigret (1958)

119 min | Crime, Drama

7.3
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A serial killer is targeting women in the seedy district of Montmartre.

Director: Jean Delannoy | Stars: Jean Gabin, Annie Girardot, Olivier Hussenot, Jeanne Boitel

Votes: 1,086 | Gross: $0.01M

60. Les misérables (1958)

210 min | Drama

7.6
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Jean Valjean, convicted of a minor crime, spends the rest of his life being pursued by a cruel and unrelenting policeman, Javert.

Director: Jean-Paul Le Chanois | Stars: Jean Gabin, Bernard Blier, René Fleur, Julienne Paroli

Votes: 1,096

61. Mon Oncle (1958)

Not Rated | 117 min | Comedy

7.9
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Monsieur Hulot visits the technology-driven world of his sister, brother-in-law, and nephew, but he can't quite fit into the surroundings.

Director: Jacques Tati | Stars: Jacques Tati, Jean-Pierre Zola, Adrienne Servantie, Lucien Frégis

Votes: 15,150

Best French Film of the year 1958

62. Les tricheurs (1958)

Not Rated | 120 min | Drama

7.2
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Bob Letellier, a good looking rich kid who studies science, makes the acquaintance of Alain, a cynical and immoral young man. The latter introduces him to the existentialist circles of Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Bob is invited to a party and becomes Clo's lover, a rich heiress.

Director: Marcel Carné | Stars: Pascale Petit, Andréa Parisy, Jacques Charrier, Laurent Terzieff

Votes: 443

63. End of Desire (1958)

86 min | Drama

6.6
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Normandy, second half of the nineteenth century. Jeanne Dandieu lives in a manor house with her parents and their servant Rosalie. She gets to know Julien, a handsome man, whom she soon ... See full summary »

Director: Alexandre Astruc | Stars: Maria Schell, Christian Marquand, Pascale Petit, Louis Arbessier

Votes: 186

64. Les Cousins (1959)

Not Rated | 112 min | Drama

7.4
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A pair of cousins share a flat, but animosity begins to build between the two when a woman gets involved.

Director: Claude Chabrol | Stars: Gérard Blain, Jean-Claude Brialy, Juliette Mayniel, Guy Decomble

Votes: 1,976

65. 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: 22,292 | Gross: $0.09M

66. Les liaisons dangereuses (1959)

106 min | Drama, Romance

6.9
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Juliette Merteuil and Valmont is a sophisticated couple, always looking for fun and excitement. Both have sexual affairs with others and share their experiences with one another. But there ... See full summary »

Director: Roger Vadim | Stars: Jeanne Moreau, Gérard Philipe, Annette Stroyberg, Madeleine Lambert

Votes: 999

67. Marie-Octobre (1959)

90 min | Drama, Mystery

7.4
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Fifteen years after WWII, a group of ex-resistance fighters are brought together by Marie-Octobre, so that the former members of the network can finally relive one fateful night and find out who betrayed their murdered leader, Castille.

Director: Julien Duvivier | Stars: Danielle Darrieux, Bernard Blier, Robert Dalban, Paul Frankeur

Votes: 700

68. The 400 Blows (1959)

Not Rated | 99 min | Crime, Drama

8.1
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Moving story of a young boy who, left without attention, delves into a life of petty crime.

Director: François Truffaut | Stars: Jean-Pierre Léaud, Albert Rémy, Claire Maurier, Guy Decomble

Votes: 80,300

Best French Film of the year 1959

69. The Cow and I (1959)

TV-PG | 118 min | Comedy

7.2
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In 1942, a French prisoner of war in Germany decides to escape to France using a cow held by a lunge as a decoy. He crosses all Germany in this way.

Director: Henri Verneuil | Stars: Fernandel, Pierre-Louis, Ellen Schwiers, Ingeborg Schöner

Votes: 1,127

70. La verte moisson (1959)

95 min | Drama, War

7.6
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In 1943, a group of high school students decide to take action against the Nazi occupying forces. Showing courage and imagination, they manage to blow up the Kommandantur and to release ... See full summary »

Director: François Villiers | Stars: Pierre Dux, Dany Saval, Jacques Perrin, Francis Lemonnier

Votes: 43