Best French Film 1950-1959

Seven best French films by year (1950-1959)
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1.
Beauty and the Devil (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The Faust story retold, with an aged alchemist accepting the gift of renewed youth from the devilish Mephistopheles. (96 mins.)
Director: René Clair
 
2.
Les Enfants Terribles (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
In a snowball fight between schoolboys the handsome Dargelos hits the chest of Paul, who drops unconscious to the ground... (105 mins.)
 
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Justice Is Done (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Known as "Justice Is Done" in 1953 when it was first shown in the USA, it opens with a short briefing... (105 mins.)
Director: André Cayatte
“ Best French Film of the year 1950 ” - guillaume836076
 
5.
Manèges (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
After having spent all his money to fullfill the smallest wish of his wife Dora, Robert is still madly in love with her... (91 mins.)
Director: Yves Allégret
 
6.
Orpheus (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A poet in love with Death follows his unhappy wife into the underworld. (95 mins.)
Director: Jean Cocteau
 
7.
La Ronde (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
An all-knowing interlocutor guides us through a series of affairs in Vienna, 1900. A soldier meets an eager young lady of the evening... (97 mins.)
Director: Max Ophüls
 
8.
The Red Inn (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A group of travelers, including a monk, stay in a lonely inn in the mountains. The host confesses the... (98 mins.)
 
9.
Savage Triangle (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
(112 mins.)
Director: Jean Delannoy
 
10.
Diary of a Country Priest (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A young priest taking over the parish at Ambricourt tries to fulfill his duties even as he fights a mysterious stomach ailment. (115 mins.)
Director: Robert Bresson
“ Best French Film of the year 1951 ” - guillaume836076
 
11.
Dr. Knock (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Saint-Maurice, an ordinary peaceful village, lived healthily so much so that the local doctor's practice was scant... (98 mins.)
Director: Guy Lefranc
 
12.
The Pit of Loneliness (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Olivia, an English teenager, arrives at a finishing school in France. The majority of the pupils in... (95 mins.)
 
13.
La Poison (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
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. (85 mins.)
Director: Sacha Guitry
 
14.
Under the Paris Sky (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
(114 mins.)
Director: Julien Duvivier
 
15.
Beauties of the Night (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A young composer has vivid dreams of the past that reflect, yet conflict with his waking life. (87 mins.)
Director: René Clair
 
16.
Casque d'Or (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
In an open-air dance hall, the members of Leca's gang are relaxing with their ladies. One of them, Marie... (96 mins.)
Director: Jacques Becker
 
17.
Fan-Fan the Tulip (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Swashbuckling adventures of young army recruit Fanfan la Tulipe during the reign of King Louis XV in 18th century France. (102 mins.)
Director: Christian-Jaque
 
18.
Holiday for Henrietta (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
After the rejection of their latest - and preposterous - scenario, two script writers get back to basics to prepare a new movie... (118 mins.)
Director: Julien Duvivier
 
19.
Forbidden Games (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
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. (86 mins.)
Director: René Clément
“ Best French Film of the year 1952 ” - guillaume836076
 
20.
Nous sommes tous des assassins (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Rene is not a bright guy. He was taught to kill by the Resistance. But the WW2 is over and he keeps on killing... (115 mins.)
Director: André Cayatte
 
21.
Le Plaisir (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Three stories about the pleasure. The first one is about a man hiding his age behind a mask to keep going to balls and fancying women... (97 mins.)
Director: Max Ophüls
 
22.
The Golden Coach (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
In Peru in the eighteenth century. Camilla, the star of a theater company, hesitates between three men... (103 mins.)
Director: Jean Renoir
“ Release in France: 1953 ” - guillaume836076
 
23.
The Earrings of Madame de... (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
In the Paris of the late 19th century, Louise, wife of a general, sells the earrings her husband gave... (105 mins.)
Director: Max Ophüls
 
24.
Manon of the Spring (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
This is a sequel to Jean de Florette. The daughter gets even. (200 mins.)
Director: Marcel Pagnol
“ Release in France: 1953 ” - guillaume836076
 
25.
The Proud and the Beautiful (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The first to die in an epidemic of meningitis in Vera Cruz is a French tourist. His wife Nellie, detached and indifferent... (103 mins.)
 
26.
The Wages of Fear (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
In a decrepit South American village, men are hired to transport an urgent nitroglycerine shipment without the equipment that would make it safe. (131 mins.)
“ Best French Film of the year 1953 ” - guillaume836076
 
27.
The Adultress (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A truckdriver kills the husband of the woman he loves, and becomes the object of blackmail. (102 mins.)
Director: Marcel Carné
 
28.
Monsieur Hulot's Holiday (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Monsieur Hulot comes to a beachside hotel for a vacation, where he accidentally (but good-naturedly) causes havoc. (114 mins.)
Director: Jacques Tati
 
29.
Before the Deluge (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
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. (138 mins.)
Director: André Cayatte
 
30.
The Game of Love (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
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. (106 mins.)
 
31.
Letters from My Windmill (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
(160 mins.)
Director: Marcel Pagnol
 
32.
Lovers, Happy Lovers! (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
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... (100 mins.)
Director: René Clément
“ Best French Film of the year 1954 ” - guillaume836076
 
33.
Rouge et noir (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
It's no holds barred for Julian in pursuit of upward mobility. Although expected to channel career aspirations... (113 mins.)
 
34.
Royal Affairs in Versailles (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The history of the palace of Versailles from it's founding to the present. (165 mins.)
Director: Sacha Guitry
 
35.
Touchez Pas au Grisbi (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
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. (94 mins.)
Director: Jacques Becker
 
36.
Diabolique (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The wife of a cruel headmaster and his mistress conspire to kill him, but after the murder is committed, his body disappears, and strange events begin to plague the two women. (116 mins.)
Director: H.G. Clouzot
“ Best French Film of the year 1955 ” - guillaume836076
 
37.
Rififi (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Four men plan a technically perfect crime, but the human element intervenes... (122 mins.)
Director: Jules Dassin
 
38.
French Cancan (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
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. (102 mins.)
Director: Jean Renoir
“ Release in France: 1955 ” - guillaume836076
 
39.
The Grand Maneuver (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
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. (106 mins.)
Director: René Clair
 
40.
Lola Montès (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The film tells the tragic story of Lola Montès, a great adventurer who becomes the main attraction of... (116 mins.)
Director: Max Ophuls
 
41.
Bad Liaisons (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Through her answers to police inspector Corbin's questions, investigating Dr Danieli's suicide, Catherine Racan draws her self-portrait... (84 mins.)
 
42.
Razzia (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Henri, the Man from Nantes, comes back to his country after a successful stay in the United States, where he was working for Liski... (105 mins.)
Director: Henri Decoin
 
43.
Bob le Flambeur (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Bob, an old gangster and gambler is almost broke, so he decides in spite of the warnings of a friend... (98 mins.)
Director: Melville
 
44.
People of No Importance (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
(101 mins.)
Director: Henri Verneuil
 
45.
Gervaise (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Gervaise Macquart, a young lame laundress, is left by her lover Auguste Lantier with two boys... She manages to make it... (112 mins.)
Director: René Clément
 
46.
The Silent World (1956 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
This pioneering nature documentary investigates aquatic habitats in various locations around the world... (86 mins.)
 
47.
Four Bags Full (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
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... (80 mins.)
“ Best French Film or the year 1956 ” - guillaume836076
 
48.
A Man Escaped (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Captured French Resistance fighter Andre Devigny awaits a certain death sentence for espionage in a stark Nazi prison... (99 mins.)
Director: Robert Bresson
 
49.
Deadlier Than the Male (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
André Chatelin is a restaurant owner in Les Halles in Paris. One morning, a girl named Catherine asks to see him... (113 mins.)
Director: Julien Duvivier
 
50.
Bitter Victory (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
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. (102 mins.)
Director: Nicholas Ray
 
51.
Lovers and Thieves (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
(85 mins.)
Director: Sacha Guitry
 
52.
He Who Must Die (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Greece, in the 1920's, is occupied by the Turks. The country is in turmoil with entire villages uprooted... (122 mins.)
Director: Jules Dassin
 
53.
Les espions (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A psychiatrist, desperate for money to keep his faltering practice running, makes a deal with a spy... (125 mins.)
Director: H.G. Clouzot
 
54.
The Gates of Paris (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
An old bum becomes infatuated with a pretty young girl who gets entangled with a young gangster. (95 mins.)
Director: René Clair
“ Best French Film of the year 1957 ” - guillaume836076
 
55.
Lovers of Paris (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Young, handsome, dashing but cynical, Octave Mouret arrives in Paris, determined to conquer the belles of the capital... (115 mins.)
Director: Julien Duvivier
 
56.
The Crucible (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Salem, 1692. Industrious farmer, John Proctor, has twice made love to 17-year-old Abigail, a youth he and his wife have taken in... (145 mins.)
Director: Raymond Rouleau
 
57.
Elevator to the Gallows (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A self-assured business man murders his employer, the husband of his mistress, which unintentionally provokes an ill-fated chain of events. (91 mins.)
Director: Louis Malle
 
58.
The Possessors (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
(92 mins.)
 
59.
Inspector Maigret (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A serial killer is targeting women in the seedy district of Montmartre. (119 mins.)
Director: Jean Delannoy
 
60.
Les Misérables (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Jean Valjean, convicted of a minor crime, spends the rest of his life being pursued by a cruel and unrelenting policeman, Javert. (210 mins.)
 
61.
Mon Oncle (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Monsieur Hulot visits the technology-driven world of his sister, brother-in-law, and nephew, but he can't quite fit into the surroundings. (117 mins.)
Director: Jacques Tati
“ Best French Film of the year 1958 ” - guillaume836076
 
62.
Les tricheurs (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
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. (120 mins.)
Director: Marcel Carné
 
63.
End of Desire (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Normandy, second half of the nineteenth century. Jeanne Dandieu lives in a manor house with her parents and their servant Rosalie... (86 mins.)
 
64.
Les Cousins (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Charles is a young provincial coming up to Paris to study law. He shares his cousin Paul's flat. Paul is a kind of decadent boy... (112 mins.)
Director: Claude Chabrol
 
65.
Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
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. (90 mins.)
Director: Alain Resnais
 
66.
Les liaisons dangereuses (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Juliette Merteuil and Valmont is a sophisticated couple, always looking for fun and excitement. Both... (106 mins.)
Director: Roger Vadim
 
67.
Marie-Octobre (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
(90 mins.)
Director: Julien Duvivier
 
68.
The 400 Blows (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Moving story of a young boy who, left without attention, delves into a life of petty crime. (99 mins.)
“ Best French Film of the year 1959 ” - guillaume836076
 
69.
The Cow and I (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
In 1942, a French prisonner of war in Germany decide to escape to France using a cow hold by a lunge as a decoy. He cross all Germany in this way. (118 mins.)
Director: Henri Verneuil
 
70.
Green Harvest (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
In 1943, a group of high school students decide to take action against the Nazi occupying forces. Showing courage and imagination... (95 mins.)