French Films (& TV series) for the Brits

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1. The Clink of Ice (2010)

87 min | Comedy, Drama

6.2
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An alcoholic writer is visited by an incarnation of his cancer.

Director: Bertrand Blier | Stars: Jean Dujardin, Albert Dupontel, Anne Alvaro, Myriam Boyer

Votes: 1,889

2. Le convoyeur (2004)

95 min | Drama, Thriller, Action

6.7
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In France, the disturbed and mysterious Alexandre Demarre is hired as security guard for the Vigilante armored truck company earning 1,200 euros per month and lodges in a hotel nearby the ... See full summary »

Director: Nicolas Boukhrief | Stars: Albert Dupontel, Jean Dujardin, François Berléand, Claude Perron

Votes: 2,526

3. 99 francs (2007)

100 min | Comedy, Drama

7.3
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The life of Octave Parango, a flamboyant ad designer, filled with success, satire, misery and love.

Director: Jan Kounen | Stars: Jean Dujardin, Jocelyn Quivrin, Patrick Mille, Vahina Giocante

Votes: 16,588

4. Les petits mouchoirs (2010)

Not Rated | 154 min | Comedy, Drama

7.1
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50 Metascore

A near-fatal accident leaves one friend in the hospital while the rest go on their annual vacation. But their secrets and personal grief threaten to drive them apart.

Director: Guillaume Canet | Stars: François Cluzet, Marion Cotillard, Benoît Magimel, Jean Dujardin

Votes: 20,365 | Gross: $0.21M

5. Un balcon sur la mer (2010)

95 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

6.2
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Happily married with a daughter, Marc is a successful real estate agent in Aix-en-Provence. One day, he has an appointment with a woman to view a traditional country house. A few hours ... See full summary »

Director: Nicole Garcia | Stars: Jean Dujardin, Marie-Josée Croze, Toni Servillo, Sandrine Kiberlain

Votes: 1,085

6. OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies (2006)

Not Rated | 99 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

7.1
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62 Metascore

Secret agent OSS 117 foils Nazis, beds local beauties, and brings peace to the Middle East.

Director: Michel Hazanavicius | Stars: Jean Dujardin, François Damiens, Khalid Maadour, Youssef Hamid

Votes: 15,087 | Gross: $0.30M

7. OSS 117: Lost in Rio (2009)

Unrated | 101 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

6.9
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58 Metascore

Hubert Bonisseur de la Bath, aka OSS 117, is the French spy considered by his superiors to be the best in the business. The year is 1967 - he's been sent on a mission to Rio de Janeiro, to ... See full summary »

Director: Michel Hazanavicius | Stars: Jean Dujardin, Louise Monot, Rüdiger Vogler, Alex Lutz

Votes: 10,620 | Gross: $0.09M

8. Contre-enquête (2007)

Not Rated | 85 min | Crime, Romance

6.6
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A cop investigates whether the man convicted of murdering his daughter is really guilty.

Director: Franck Mancuso | Stars: Jean Dujardin, Laurent Lucas, Agnès Blanchot, Aurélien Recoing

Votes: 2,498

9. La Haine (1995)

Not Rated | 98 min | Crime, Drama

8.1
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24 hours in the lives of three young men in the French suburbs the day after a violent riot.

Director: Mathieu Kassovitz | Stars: Vincent Cassel, Hubert Koundé, Saïd Taghmaoui, Abdel Ahmed Ghili

Votes: 117,109 | Gross: $0.31M

10. A Prophet (2009)

R | 155 min | Crime, Drama

7.9
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90 Metascore

A young Arab man is sent to a French prison.

Director: Jacques Audiard | Stars: Tahar Rahim, Niels Arestrup, Adel Bencherif, Reda Kateb

Votes: 83,795 | Gross: $2.08M

11. Des hommes et des dieux (2010)

PG-13 | 122 min | Drama, History

7.2
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86 Metascore

Under threat by fundamentalist terrorists, a group of Trappist monks stationed with an impoverished Algerian community must decide whether to leave or stay.

Director: Xavier Beauvois | Stars: Lambert Wilson, Michael Lonsdale, Olivier Rabourdin, Philippe Laudenbach

Votes: 13,298 | Gross: $3.95M

12. Amen. (2002)

Unrated | 132 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.3
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57 Metascore

During WWII SS officer Kurt Gerstein tries to inform Pope Pius XII about Jews being sent to extermination camps. Young Jesuit priest Riccardo Fontana helps him in the difficult mission to inform the world.

Director: Costa-Gavras | Stars: Ulrich Tukur, Mathieu Kassovitz, Ulrich Mühe, Michel Duchaussoy

Votes: 11,911 | Gross: $0.27M

13. Polisse (2011)

Not Rated | 127 min | Crime, Drama

7.3
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74 Metascore

A journalist covering police assigned to a juvenile division enters an affair with one of her subjects.

Director: Maïwenn | Stars: Karin Viard, Joey Starr, Marina Foïs, Nicolas Duvauchelle

Votes: 11,682 | Gross: $0.17M

14. Tête de turc (2010)

87 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.0
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Several lives are changed after a teenager from a rough suburb throws a Molotov cocktail on a car, sending the doctor who was in it in a coma.

Director: Pascal Elbé | Stars: Roschdy Zem, Pascal Elbé, Ronit Elkabetz, Samir Makhlouf

Votes: 379

15. Le serpent (2006)

119 min | Thriller

6.5
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Fashion photographer Vincent Mandel, in the midst of a difficult divorce, is suddenly being accused of rape and extorted. What does his former classmate Joseph Plender want from him?

Director: Eric Barbier | Stars: Yvan Attal, Clovis Cornillac, Pierre Richard, Simon Abkarian

Votes: 2,293

16. La Femme Nikita (1990)

R | 117 min | Action, Thriller

7.4
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56 Metascore

Convicted felon Nikita, instead of going to jail, is given a new identity and trained, stylishly, as a top secret spy/assassin.

Director: Luc Besson | Stars: Anne Parillaud, Marc Duret, Patrick Fontana, Alain Lathière

Votes: 59,084 | Gross: $5.02M

17. Léon: The Professional (1994)

R | 110 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.6
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64 Metascore

Mathilda, a 12-year-old girl, is reluctantly taken in by Léon, a professional assassin, after her family is murdered. Léon and Mathilda form an unusual relationship, as she becomes his protégée and learns the assassin's trade.

Director: Luc Besson | Stars: Jean Reno, Gary Oldman, Natalie Portman, Danny Aiello

Votes: 818,184 | Gross: $19.50M

18. L'auberge espagnole (2002)

R | 122 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.3
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65 Metascore

A strait-laced French student moves into an apartment in Barcelona with a cast of six other characters from all over Europe. Together, they speak the international language of love and friendship.

Director: Cédric Klapisch | Stars: Romain Duris, Judith Godrèche, Kelly Reilly, Audrey Tautou

Votes: 36,163 | Gross: $3.90M

19. Le péril jeune (1994)

101 min | Comedy, Drama

7.3
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Ten years after their Upper Sixth, Bruno, Momo, Leon and Alain meet together in the waiting room of a maternity hospital. The father of the awaited baby is Tomasi, their best friend at that... See full summary »

Director: Cédric Klapisch | Stars: Romain Duris, Vincent Elbaz, Nicolas Koretzky, Julien Lambroschini

Votes: 2,378

20. La vérité si je mens! (1997)

100 min | Comedy, Romance

6.3
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The sentimental and comedic adventures of Eddie, a non-Jew trying to pass as Jewish though totally ignorant of Jewish traditions, as he works in a Jewish community.

Director: Thomas Gilou | Stars: Richard Anconina, Richard Bohringer, Amira Casar, Vincent Elbaz

Votes: 3,213

21. Kaamelott (2004– )

Comedy, Adventure, Fantasy

8.8
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In this off beat account of King Arthur's quest for the Grail, virtually every journey, battle or adventure is stopped dead in its tracks by the knights of the round table's most worldly ... See full summary »

Stars: Alexandre Astier, Lionnel Astier, Franck Pitiot, Jean-Christophe Hembert

Votes: 2,305

22. Monsieur Gangster (1963)

105 min | Comedy, Action, Crime

7.9
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Ex-gangster Fernand (Lino Ventura) receives a call from a dying friend, a mob boss nicknamed "The Mexican". The doomed mobster talks Fernand into taking care of some criminal business and ... See full summary »

Director: Georges Lautner | Stars: Lino Ventura, Bernard Blier, Francis Blanche, Claude Rich

Votes: 4,355

23. Le père Noël est une ordure (1982)

88 min | Comedy

7.7
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Two neurotics, working for a suicide hotline on the night of Christmas Eve, get caught up in a catastrophe when a pregnant woman, her abusive boyfriend, and a transvestite visit their office.

Director: Jean-Marie Poiré | Stars: Anémone, Josiane Balasko, Marie-Anne Chazel, Christian Clavier

Votes: 6,851

24. French Fried Vacation (1978)

87 min | Comedy, Romance

6.9
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Holidaymakers arriving in a Club Med camp on the Ivory Coast are determined to forget their everyday problems and emotional disappointments. Games, competitions, outings, bathing and sunburn accompany a continual succession of casual affairs.

Director: Patrice Leconte | Stars: Josiane Balasko, Luis Rego, Marie-Anne Chazel, Michel Blanc

Votes: 5,224

25. Les bronzés font du ski (1979)

Not Rated | 90 min | Comedy

7.5
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Eight tourists who met in a holiday camp on the Ivory Coast are reunited for a skiing holiday.

Director: Patrice Leconte | Stars: Josiane Balasko, Michel Blanc, Marie-Anne Chazel, Christian Clavier

Votes: 5,985

26. L'illusionniste (2010)

PG | 80 min | Animation, Drama

7.5
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82 Metascore

A French illusionist finds himself out of work and travels to Scotland, where he meets a young woman. Their ensuing adventure changes both their lives forever.

Director: Sylvain Chomet | Stars: Jean-Claude Donda, Eilidh Rankin, Duncan MacNeil, Raymond Mearns

Votes: 30,195 | Gross: $2.23M

27. Podium (2004)

95 min | Comedy, Music

6.4
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Bernand Fréderic is a mediocre bank executive, married, with a son. He used to have another profession: look-a-like of French star Claude François. Now, with the Imitators Gala Night coming... See full summary »

Director: Yann Moix | Stars: Benoît Poelvoorde, Jean-Paul Rouve, Julie Depardieu, Marie Guillard

Votes: 3,284

28. Mic Macs à Tire-Larigot (2009)

R | 105 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

7.2
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62 Metascore

A man and his friends come up with an intricate and original plan to destroy two big weapons manufacturers.

Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet | Stars: Dany Boon, André Dussollier, Nicolas Marié, Yolande Moreau

Votes: 26,219 | Gross: $1.26M

29. Enter the Void (2009)

Not Rated | 161 min | Drama, Fantasy

7.3
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69 Metascore

A French drug dealer living in Tokyo is betrayed by his best friend and killed in a drug deal. His soul, observing the repercussions of his death, seeks resurrection.

Director: Gaspar Noé | Stars: Nathaniel Brown, Paz de la Huerta, Cyril Roy, Olly Alexander

Votes: 52,822 | Gross: $0.34M

30. La journée de la jupe (2008)

Not Rated | 87 min | Drama

7.0
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Skirt Day is a fascinating psychological study, a socio-critical investigation - and Isabelle Adhani's first film in five years

Director: Jean-Paul Lilienfeld | Stars: Isabelle Adjani, Denis Podalydès, Yann Collette, Nathalie Besançon

Votes: 2,015

31. The Class (2008)

PG-13 | 128 min | Drama

7.5
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92 Metascore

Teacher and novelist François Bégaudeau plays a version of himself as he negotiates a year with his racially mixed students from a tough Parisian neighborhood.

Director: Laurent Cantet | Stars: François Bégaudeau, Agame Malembo-Emene, Angélica Sancio, Arthur Fogel

Votes: 30,979 | Gross: $3.77M

32. C.R.A.Z.Y. (2005)

Not Rated | 127 min | Comedy, Drama

8.0
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81 Metascore

A young French-Canadian, growing up in the 1960s and 1970s, struggles to reconcile his emerging homosexuality with his father's conservative values and his own Catholic beliefs.

Director: Jean-Marc Vallée | Stars: Michel Côté, Marc-André Grondin, Danielle Proulx, Émile Vallée

Votes: 28,930

33. Le premier jour du reste de ta vie (2008)

114 min | Drama

7.6
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Five key days in a family's life.

Director: Rémi Bezançon | Stars: Jacques Gamblin, Zabou Breitman, Déborah François, Marc-André Grondin

Votes: 7,992

34. Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2010)

G | 90 min | Documentary, History

7.4
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86 Metascore

Werner Herzog gains exclusive access to film inside the Chauvet caves of Southern France and captures the oldest known pictorial creations of humanity.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Werner Herzog, Jean Clottes, Julien Monney, Jean-Michel Geneste

Votes: 12,895 | Gross: $5.23M

35. L'ennemi intime (2007)

Not Rated | 111 min | Drama, History, War

6.9
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61 Metascore

A drama following a French platoon during Algeria's war of independence.

Director: Florent-Emilio Siri | Stars: Benoît Magimel, Albert Dupontel, Aurélien Recoing, Marc Barbé

Votes: 2,953

36. The Intouchables (2011)

R | 112 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

8.6
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57 Metascore

After he becomes a quadriplegic from a paragliding accident, an aristocrat hires a young man from the projects to be his caregiver.

Directors: Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano | Stars: François Cluzet, Omar Sy, Anne Le Ny, Audrey Fleurot

Votes: 589,459 | Gross: $13.18M

37. L'immortel (2010)

Not Rated | 117 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

6.7
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A retired mobster goes on a revenge spree after being left for dead with 22 bullets in his body by his former childhood friend.

Director: Richard Berry | Stars: Jean Reno, Kad Merad, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Marina Foïs

Votes: 27,946

38. Welcome (I) (2009)

110 min | Drama

7.6
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61 Metascore

Bilal is 17 years old, a Kurdish boy from Iraq. He sets off on an adventure-filled journey across Europe. He wants to get to England to see his love who lives there. Bilal finally reaches ... See full summary »

Director: Philippe Lioret | Stars: Vincent Lindon, Firat Ayverdi, Audrey Dana, Derya Ayverdi

Votes: 6,392 | Gross: $0.01M

39. 36th Precinct (2004)

Not Rated | 111 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.2
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In the underbelly of the Parisian criminal world, the Police are frustrated by a gang committing a series of violent robberies. Leo Vrinks and Denis Klein are two cops seeking promotion, ... See full summary »

Director: Olivier Marchal | Stars: Daniel Auteuil, Gérard Depardieu, André Dussollier, Valeria Golino

Votes: 14,702

40. The Last Deadly Mission (2008)

Not Rated | 125 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.7
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A washed-up Marseilles cop (Auteuil) earns a chance at redemption by protecting a woman from the man who killed her parents as he is about to be released from prison.

Director: Olivier Marchal | Stars: Daniel Auteuil, Olivia Bonamy, Catherine Marchal, Francis Renaud

Votes: 5,103

41. Le coeur des hommes (2003)

Not Rated | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.5
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The life of four best friends in Paris: Antoine (a gym school teacher), Jeff (director of a monthly journal), Alex (Jeff's associate in the monthly journal and a Don Juan) and Manu (owner ... See full summary »

Director: Marc Esposito | Stars: Bernard Campan, Gérard Darmon, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Marc Lavoine

Votes: 1,529

42. JCVD (2008)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.2
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64 Metascore

Jean-Claude Van Damme gets involved in a bank robbery with hostages situation and reflects about his life during it.

Director: Mabrouk El Mechri | Stars: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Valérie Bodson, Hervé Sogne, Rock Chen

Votes: 34,767 | Gross: $0.47M

43. Tournée (2010)

111 min | Comedy, Drama

6.6
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Joachim, a former Parisian television producer had left everything behind - his children, friends, enemies, lovers and regrets - to start a new life in America. He comes back with a team of... See full summary »

Director: Mathieu Amalric | Stars: Miranda Colclasure, Suzanne Ramsey, Dirty Martini, Julie Atlas Muz

Votes: 2,249

44. Read My Lips (2001)

R | 115 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

7.4
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82 Metascore

She is almost deaf and she lip-reads. He is an ex-convict. She wants to help him. He thinks no one can help except himself.

Director: Jacques Audiard | Stars: Vincent Cassel, Emmanuelle Devos, Olivier Gourmet, Olivier Perrier

Votes: 11,845 | Gross: $1.36M

45. The Apartment (1996)

R | 116 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

7.5
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A recently engaged man sees a former lover and becomes obsessed with meeting her again.

Director: Gilles Mimouni | Stars: Romane Bohringer, Vincent Cassel, Jean-Philippe Écoffey, Monica Bellucci

Votes: 12,172

46. Bernie (1996)

87 min | Comedy

7.3
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Bernie, a 30 years old orphan, decides to leave his orphanage and find his parents. After an investigation, he meets Marion, a young heroin addict and falls in love with her. He believes ... See full summary »

Director: Albert Dupontel | Stars: Claude Perron, Albert Dupontel, Roland Blanche, Hélène Vincent

Votes: 2,888

47. Man Bites Dog (1992)

NC-17 | 95 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.6
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A film crew follows a ruthless thief and heartless killer as he goes about his daily routine. But complications set in when the film crew lose their objectivity and begin lending a hand.

Directors: Rémy Belvaux, André Bonzel, Benoît Poelvoorde | Stars: Benoît Poelvoorde, Jacqueline Poelvoorde-Pappaert, Nelly Pappaert, Hector Pappaert

Votes: 30,858 | Gross: $0.21M

48. Braquo (2009– )

Not Rated | 52 min | Crime, Thriller

8.1
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Four police officers of the SDPJ Hauts-de-Seine, Eddie Caplan, Walter Morlighem, Theo Wachevski and Roxane Delgado have their lives turned upside down when their colleague, Max, committed ... See full summary »

Stars: Jean-Hugues Anglade, Joseph Malerba, Karole Rocher, Geoffroy Thiébaut

Votes: 2,844

49. Fresh Bait (1995)

115 min | Crime, Drama

6.9
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Three teenagers plan to steal the nessecary funds to open their dream shop in the US, but things get messy.

Director: Bertrand Tavernier | Stars: Marie Gillain, Olivier Sitruk, Bruno Putzulu, Richard Berry

Votes: 1,633 | Gross: $0.04M