Best French Actor in a Leading Role 1990-1999

The seven best performances by year (1990-1999), French and foreign players playing in films produced mainly in France.
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1.
“ 1990 Lacenaire de Francis Girod ” - guillaume836076
 
2.
“ 1990 Le Petit criminel de Jacques Doillon ” - guillaume836076
 
3.
Gérard Depardieu
Actor, Life of Pi
Gérard Depardieu was born in Châteauroux, Indre, France, to Anne Jeanne Josèphe (Marillier) and René Maxime Lionel Depardieu, who was a metal worker and fireman. Young delinquent and wanderer in the past, Depardieu started his acting career at the small traveling theatre "Cafe de la Gare", along with Patrick Dewaere and Miou-Miou...
“ 1990 Cyrano de Bergerac de Jean-Paul Rappeneau
Best French Actor 1990 ” - guillaume836076
 
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“ 1990 La Discrète de Christian Vincent ” - guillaume836076
 
5.
Michel Piccoli
Born in a musician's family, he spent the first fifteen years of his career appearing both on stage and on screen, mostly in supporting roles. His breakthrough came after Jean-Luc Godard's Contempt and about 100 films, ranging from art-house movies to commercial mainstream, followed. He won the...
“ 1990 Milou en Mai de Louis Malle ” - guillaume836076
 
6.
Jean Rochefort
Actor, Ridicule
French character star Jean Rochefort expressed an interest in acting early in life. Born in 1930, he trained at the Paris Conservatoire but had to halt his studies due to military service. Relocating to Paris, he developed a minor name for himself in cabaret and stage plays. He also worked with the Grenier-Hussenot company at this time and acted in TV drama...
“ 1990 La Mari de la coiffeuse de Patrice Leconte ” - guillaume836076
 
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Michel Serrault
Actor, Diabolique
As accomplished and versatile the well-loved French actor Michel Serrault proved to be over the course of five decades, American audiences still remember this actor for one role only - that of the neurotic, outrageously flamboyant drag performer Albin (aka Zaza) in the side-splitting French gay farce La Cage aux Folles...
“ 1990 Docteur Pétiot de Christian de Chalonge ” - guillaume836076
 
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“ 1991 Une époque formidable de Gérard Jugnot ” - guillaume836076
 
9.
Jacques Dutronc
Soundtrack, Moonrise Kingdom
Regardless of being called 'a dilettante of music', Jacques Dutronc became a very popular French singer and composer since the mid-60s. In the early 70s he began his screen career collaborating with such directors as Jean-Luc Godard, Andrzej Zulawski, Claude Lelouch and Maurice Pialat. For his unusual portrayal of Vincent van Gogh in Maurice Pialat's Van Gogh he was awarded Cesar in 1992...
“ 1991 Van Gogh de Maurice Pialat
Best French Actor 1991 ” - guillaume836076
 
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“ 1991 Hors la vie de Maroun Bagdadi ” - guillaume836076
 
11.
“ 1991 Une époque formidable de Gérard Jugnot ” - guillaume836076
 
12.
“ 1991 Les Amants du Pont-Neuf de Léos Carax ” - guillaume836076
 
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“ 1991 Tous les matins du monde d'Alain Corneau ” - guillaume836076
 
14.
Michel Piccoli
Born in a musician's family, he spent the first fifteen years of his career appearing both on stage and on screen, mostly in supporting roles. His breakthrough came after Jean-Luc Godard's Contempt and about 100 films, ranging from art-house movies to commercial mainstream, followed. He won the...
“ 1991 La Belle noiseuse de Jacques Rivette ” - guillaume836076
 
15.
“ 1992 Un cœur en hiver de Claude Sautet ” - guillaume836076
 
16.
“ 1992 Le Petit Prince a dit... de Christine Pascal ” - guillaume836076
 
17.
“ 1992 L.627 de Bertrand Tavernier ” - guillaume836076
 
18.
“ 1992 Le Souper d'Edouard Molinaro ” - guillaume836076
 
19.
“ 1992 La Crise de Coline Serreau ” - guillaume836076
 
20.
“ 1992 IP5, l'île aux pachydermes de Jean-Jacques Beineix ” - guillaume836076
 
21.
“ 1992 Le Souper d'Edouard Molinaro
Best French Actor 1992 ” - guillaume836076
 
22.
“ 1993 Smoking/No smoking d'Alain Resnais
Best French Actor 1993 ” - guillaume836076
 
23.
“ 1993 Ma saison préférée d'André Téchiné ” - guillaume836076
 
24.
“ 1993 Cuisine et dépendances de Philippe Muyl ” - guillaume836076
 
25.
“ 1993 Le Nombril du monde d'Ariel Zeitoun ” - guillaume836076
 
26.
“ 1993 Les Visiteurs de Jean-Marie Poiré ” - guillaume836076
 
27.
“ 1993 Pétain de Jean Marboeuf ” - guillaume836076
 
28.
Jean Reno
Jean Reno was born Juan Moreno y Herrera-Jiménez in Casablanca, Morocco, to Spanish parents (from Andalucía) who moved to North Africa to seek work. His father was a linotypist. Reno settled in France at 17. He began studying drama and has credits in French television and theater as well as films. His first two marriages both ended in divorce...
“ 1993 Les Visiteurs de Jean-Marie Poiré ” - guillaume836076
 
29.
“ 1994 Les Patriotes d'Eric Rochant ” - guillaume836076
 
30.
“ 1994 La Séparation de Christian Vincent ” - guillaume836076
 
31.
“ 1994 L'enfer de Claude Chabrol ” - guillaume836076
 
32.
Gérard Depardieu
Actor, Life of Pi
Gérard Depardieu was born in Châteauroux, Indre, France, to Anne Jeanne Josèphe (Marillier) and René Maxime Lionel Depardieu, who was a metal worker and fireman. Young delinquent and wanderer in the past, Depardieu started his acting career at the small traveling theatre "Cafe de la Gare", along with Patrick Dewaere and Miou-Miou...
“ 1994 Le Colonel Chabert d'Yves Angelo ” - guillaume836076
 
33.
“ 1994 Le Fils préféré de Nicole Garcia
Best French Actor 1994 ” - guillaume836076
 
34.
Jean Reno
Jean Reno was born Juan Moreno y Herrera-Jiménez in Casablanca, Morocco, to Spanish parents (from Andalucía) who moved to North Africa to seek work. His father was a linotypist. Reno settled in France at 17. He began studying drama and has credits in French television and theater as well as films. His first two marriages both ended in divorce...
“ 1994 Léon de Luc Besson ” - guillaume836076
 
35.
Jean-Louis Trintignant
Actor, Amour
Born 1930 in Piolenc in south France as son of a wealthy industrialist. Studied law in Aix-en-Provence. Started theatrical acting in 1950, but was regarded untalented at first, until Roger Vadim discovered him for the movies. When the press stalked him 1956 because of rumors of an affair with Brigitte Bardot his partner in ...And God Created Woman...
“ 1994 Trois couleurs: Rouge de Krzysztof Kieslowski ” - guillaume836076
 
36.
Jean-Paul Belmondo
Actor, Breathless
The son of the renowned French sculptor Paul Belmondo, he studied at Conservatoire National Superieur d'Art Dramatique (CNSAD); after the minor stage performances he made his screen debut in À pied, à cheval et en voiture but the episodes with his participation were cut before release. However, the breakthrough role in Jean-Luc Godard's Breathless made him one of the key figures in the French New Wave...
“ 1995 Les Misérables de Claude Lelouch ” - guillaume836076
 
37.
Vincent Cassel
Actor, Black Swan
Blue-eyed Vincent Cassel was born in Paris to a leading actor father, Jean-Pierre Cassel, and a journalist mother, Sabine Litique. Often labeled as a tough guy because of his roles, eclectic choices and talent have made of him a star of European cinema. First in La Haine, the young actor, actually coming from upper classes...
“ 1995 La Haine de Mathieu Kassovitz ” - guillaume836076
 
38.
“ 1995 Gazon maudit de Josiane Balasko ” - guillaume836076
 
39.
“ 1995 Les Apprentis de Pierre Salvadori ” - guillaume836076
 
40.
Gérard Depardieu
Actor, Life of Pi
Gérard Depardieu was born in Châteauroux, Indre, France, to Anne Jeanne Josèphe (Marillier) and René Maxime Lionel Depardieu, who was a metal worker and fireman. Young delinquent and wanderer in the past, Depardieu started his acting career at the small traveling theatre "Cafe de la Gare", along with Patrick Dewaere and Miou-Miou...
“ 1995 Le Garçu de Maurice Pialat ” - guillaume836076
 
41.
Michel Serrault
Actor, Diabolique
As accomplished and versatile the well-loved French actor Michel Serrault proved to be over the course of five decades, American audiences still remember this actor for one role only - that of the neurotic, outrageously flamboyant drag performer Albin (aka Zaza) in the side-splitting French gay farce La Cage aux Folles...
“ 1995 Nelly et Monsieur Arnaud de Claude Sautet
Best French Actor 1995 ” - guillaume836076
 
42.
Jean-Louis Trintignant
Actor, Amour
Born 1930 in Piolenc in south France as son of a wealthy industrialist. Studied law in Aix-en-Provence. Started theatrical acting in 1950, but was regarded untalented at first, until Roger Vadim discovered him for the movies. When the press stalked him 1956 because of rumors of an affair with Brigitte Bardot his partner in ...And God Created Woman...
“ 1995 Fiesta de Pierre Boutron ” - guillaume836076
 
43.
“ 1996 Le Huitième jour de Jaco Van Dormael ” - guillaume836076
 
44.
“ 1996 Un air de famille de Cédric Klapisch ” - guillaume836076
 
45.
Charles Berling
Charles Berling was born on the 30th of April 1958, in Saint-Mandé in Val de Marne, France. His father was a doctor in Toulon and his mother was an English teacher. At the age of 15, he began theater at school with his brother. His interest in acting grew thanks to his love in literature for authors such as Baudelaire and Céline...
“ 1996 Ridicule de Patrice Leconte ” - guillaume836076
 
46.
“ 1996 Un héros très discret de Jacques Audiard ” - guillaume836076
 
47.
“ 1996 Beaumarchais, l'insolent d'Edouard Molinaro ” - guillaume836076
 
48.
“ 1996 Pédale douce de Gabriel Aghion ” - guillaume836076
 
49.
“ 1996 Capitaine Conan de Bertrand Tavernier
Best French Actor 1996 ” - guillaume836076
 
50.
“ 1997 Le Bossu de Philippe de Broca ” - guillaume836076
 
51.
Charles Berling
Charles Berling was born on the 30th of April 1958, in Saint-Mandé in Val de Marne, France. His father was a doctor in Toulon and his mother was an English teacher. At the age of 15, he began theater at school with his brother. His interest in acting grew thanks to his love in literature for authors such as Baudelaire and Céline...
“ 1997 Nettoyage à sec d'Anne Fontaine ” - guillaume836076
 
52.
“ 1997 L'autre côté de la mer de Dominique Cabrera ” - guillaume836076
 
53.
“ 1997 Didier d'Alain Chabat ” - guillaume836076
 
54.
“ 1997 On connaît la chanson d'Alain Resnais
Best French Actor 1997 ” - guillaume836076
 
55.
“ 1997 Fred de Pierre Jolivet ” - guillaume836076
 
56.
“ 1997 Le Cousin d'Alain Corneau ” - guillaume836076
 
57.
Charles Berling
Charles Berling was born on the 30th of April 1958, in Saint-Mandé in Val de Marne, France. His father was a doctor in Toulon and his mother was an English teacher. At the age of 15, he began theater at school with his brother. His interest in acting grew thanks to his love in literature for authors such as Baudelaire and Céline...
“ 1998 L'ennui de Cédric Kahn ” - guillaume836076
 
58.
“ 1998 L'homme est une femme comme les autres de Jean-Jacques Zilbermann ” - guillaume836076
 
59.
“ 1998 Le Poulpe de Guillaume Nicloux ” - guillaume836076
 
60.
“ 1998 Ceux qui m'aiment prendront le train de Patrice Chéreau ” - guillaume836076
 
61.
“ 1998 Dieu seul me voit de Bruno Podalydès ” - guillaume836076
 
62.
“ 1998 Lautrec de Roger Planchon ” - guillaume836076
 
63.
“ 1998 Le Dîner de cons de Francis Veber
Best French Actor 1998 ” - guillaume836076
 
64.
“ 1999 La Fille sur le pont de Patrice Leconte
Best French Actor 1999 ” - guillaume836076
 
65.
“ 1999 Kennedy et moi de Sam Karmann ” - guillaume836076
 
66.
“ 1999 La Maladie de Sachs de Michel Deville ” - guillaume836076
 
67.
“ 1999 Les Enfants du marais de Jean Becker ” - guillaume836076
 
68.
“ 1999 Ma petite entreprise de Pierre Jolivet ” - guillaume836076
 
69.
“ 1999 Les Convoyeurs attendent de Benoît Mariage ” - guillaume836076
 
70.
“ 1999 ça commence aujourd'hui de Bertrand Tavernier ” - guillaume836076