Best French Film (1970-1979)

Seven best French films by year (1970-1979)
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1.
The Confession (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Anton Ludvik, aka Gerard, is vice-minister of Foreign Affairs of Czechoslovakia. He realizes he is watched and followed... (139 mins.)
Director: Costa-Gavras
 
2.
Le Boucher (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
An unlikely friendship between a dour, working class butcher and a repressed schoolteacher coincides with a grisly series of Ripper-type murders in a provincial French town. (93 mins.)
Director: Claude Chabrol
 
3.
Le Cercle Rouge (1970)
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After leaving prison, master thief Corey crosses paths with a notorious escapee and an alcoholic former policeman. The trio proceed to plot an elaborate heist. (140 mins.)
 
4.
The Things of Life (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A highway engineer is involved in a car crash, after which, near death, he remembers his life leading up to the accident. (89 mins.)
Director: Claude Sautet
“ Best French Film of the year 1970 ” - guillaume836076
 
5.
The Wild Child (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
In a French forest in 1798, a child is found who cannot walk, speak, read or write. A doctor becomes interested in the child and patiently attempts to civilize him. (83 mins.)
 
6.
Claire's Knee (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
On holiday, a conflicted man lusts after beautiful stepsisters despite his betrothal to a diplomat's daughter. (105 mins.)
Director: Éric Rohmer
 
7.
The Crook (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Story about an incurable thief, his success and his failures. (120 mins.)
Director: Claude Lelouch
 
8.
Le chat (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Courbevoie (France), 1971. Julien Bouin, a former typographist, and his wife Clemence, who used to perform in a circus... (86 mins.)
 
9.
Two English Girls (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
At the beginning of the 20th century, Claude Roc, a young middle-class Frenchman meets in Paris Ann Brown... (130 mins.)
 
10.
Delusions of Grandeur (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Don Salluste, a petty tyrant in his own home and minister of the King of Spain, falls from grace. Wanting revenge... (108 mins.)
Director: Gérard Oury
 
11.
Max and the Junkmen (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Max is a Paris detective, aloof, independently wealthy, and frustrated by gangs of robbers whom he cannot catch... (112 mins.)
Director: Claude Sautet
 
12.
Raphaël ou le débauché (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
1830, somewhere in France. Aurore is a young, beautiful and virtuous widow. She meets Raphael, a man of leisure... (100 mins.)
Director: Michel Deville
 
13.
Appointment in Bray (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
In 1917, the First World War is raging. Julien is from Luxemburg, so instead of having to go to war he studies piano in Paris... (90 mins.)
Director: André Delvaux
 
14.
Murmur of the Heart (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
In the end of the first Indochina War, an open-minded teenage boy finds himself between the urge to discover love and the ever-present, dominating affection of his mother. (118 mins.)
Director: Louis Malle
“ Best French Film of the year 1971 ” - guillaume836076
 
15.
Chloe in the Afternoon (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Though he has an adoring wife, a bourgeois man is still tempted to pursue other women. (97 mins.)
Director: Éric Rohmer
 
16.
To Be Twenty in the Aures (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
How to become a killing machine in Algeria when, at the start, you are a Pacifist Breton. Let Lieutenant... (100 mins.)
Director: René Vautier
 
17.
César and Rosalie (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Rosalie is amicably divorced, dividing her time between her mother's house, with her siblings and small daughter... (110 mins.)
Director: Claude Sautet
 
18.
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A surreal, virtually plotless series of dreams centered around six middle-class people and their consistently interrupted attempts to have a meal together. (102 mins.)
Director: Luis Bunuel
“ Best French Film of the year 1972 ” - guillaume836076
 
19.
The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A hapless orchestra player becomes an unwitting pawn of rival factions within the French secret service after he is chosen as a decoy by being identified as a super secret agent. (90 mins.)
Director: Yves Robert
 
20.
We Won't Grow Old Together (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Jean has been married to Francoise for years, but his relationship with his wife has been all but over for a long time... (110 mins.)
Director: Maurice Pialat
 
21.
Four Nights of a Dreamer (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The 'dreamer' is Jacques, a young painter, who by chance runs into Marthe as she's contemplating suicide on the Pont-Neuf in Paris... (87 mins.)
Director: Robert Bresson
“ Release in France: 1972 ” - guillaume836076
 
22.
The Mad Adventures of 'Rabbi' Jacob (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A bigoted Frenchman finds himself forced to impersonate a popular rabbi while on the run from a group of assassins - and the police. (100 mins.)
Director: Gérard Oury
 
23.
Happy New Year (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Released from prison apparently under a New Year amnesty, a criminal tries to pick up the threads of... (90 mins.)
Director: Claude Lelouch
 
24.
State of Siege (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
In Uruguay in the early 1970s, an official of the US Agency for International Development (a group used... (120 mins.)
Director: Costa-Gavras
“ Release in France: 1973 ” - guillaume836076
 
25.
The Big Feast (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A group of men hire some prostitutes and go to a villa in the countryside. There, they engage in group sex and resolve to eat themselves to death. (130 mins.)
Director: Marco Ferreri
 
26.
The Mother and the Whore (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
In Paris, the pedantic Alexandre lives with his mate Marie in her apartment, an open relationship. Alexandre... (217 mins.)
Director: Jean Eustache
 
27.
Day for Night (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A committed film director struggles to complete his movie while coping with a myriad of crises, personal and professional, among the cast and crew. (115 mins.)
“ Best French Film of the year 1973 ” - guillaume836076
 
28.
Fantastic Planet (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
This futuristic story takes place on a faraway planet where blue giants rule, and oppressed humanoids rebel against the machine-like leaders. (72 mins.)
Director: René Laloux
 
29.
Celine and Julie Go Boating (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A mysteriously linked pair of young women find their daily lives preempted by a strange boudoir melodrama... (193 mins.)
Director: Jacques Rivette
 
30.
The Phantom of Liberty (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
This surrealist film consists of a series of only vaguely related episodes, most famously the dinner... (104 mins.)
Director: Luis Buñuel
 
31.
Lacombe, Lucien (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A small town in the south-west of France, summer of 1944. Having failed to join the resistance, the 18 year old Lucien Lacombe... (138 mins.)
Director: Louis Malle
“ Best French Film of the year 1974 ” - guillaume836076
 
32.
Le mouton enragé (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A cynical tragicomedy focusing on the different ways of love in the times of the sexual revolution. Nicholas Mallet... (105 mins.)
Director: Michel Deville
 
33.
And Now My Love (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The movie follows the lives of a woman and a man starting from several generations earlier. The story spans a whole century and several continents. (150 mins.)
Director: Claude Lelouch
 
34.
Going Places (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Two whimsical, aimless thugs harass and assault women, steal, murder, and alternately charm, fight, or sprint their way out of trouble... (150 mins.)
Director: Bertrand Blier
 
35.
Vincent, François, Paul and the Others (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Three friends face mid-life crises. Paul is a writer who's blocked. François has lost his ideals and... (118 mins.)
Director: Claude Sautet
 
36.
Cousin cousine (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Two distant cousins meet at a wedding banquet for an elderly couple. Over time, a close friendship develops between them, but their spouses begin to think that they are more than just friends. (95 mins.)
 
37.
The Common Man (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
As every summer, Georges Lajoie, his wife Ginette and grown-up son Léon go on holiday to Loulou's campsite... (100 mins.)
Director: Yves Boisset
 
38.
The Story of Adele H (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Adèle Hugo's unrequited love for a lieutenant. (96 mins.)
 
39.
That Most Important Thing: Love (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Servais Mont, a photographer, meets Nadine Chevalier who earns her money starring in cheap soft-core movies... (109 mins.)
 
40.
Let Joy Reign Supreme (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
France, 1719. Louis 14th died four years ago, Philippe d'Orleans is the regent. He is a liberal and a libertine... (114 mins.)
 
41.
Special Section (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
In occupied France during the WWII, a German officer is murdered. The collaborationist Vichy government decides to pin the murder on six petty criminals. Loyal judges are called in to convict them as quickly as possible. (118 mins.)
Director: Costa-Gavras
 
42.
The Old Gun (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
In Montauban in 1944, Julien Dandieu in a surgeon in the local hospital. Frightened by the German army entering Montauban... (103 mins.)
Director: Robert Enrico
“ Best French Film of the year 1975 ” - guillaume836076
 
43.
Small Change (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
In the town of Thiers, summer of 1976, teachers and parents give their children skills, love, and attention... (104 mins.)
 
44.
Barocco (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
The story of a girl in love with a boxer. They plan to go abroad after making a lot of money by participating... (110 mins.)
 
45.
The Toy (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
When François, a journalist, is touring a big store for an article, he is chosen by the son of the owner... (95 mins.)
Director: Francis Veber
 
46.
The Judge and the Assassin (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
An unstable former French Sergeant commits many atrocities. A judge considers how this case could benefit or damage his career. (128 mins.)
 
47.
The Tenant (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A bureaucrat rents a Paris apartment where he finds himself drawn into a rabbit hole of dangerous paranoia. (126 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
 
48.
The Best Way to Walk (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
In a vacation camp somewhere in the French country, 1960. Marc et Philippe are two of the counsellors... (82 mins.)
Director: Claude Miller
 
49.
Mr. Klein (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Paris, 1942. Robert Klein cannot find any fault with the state of affairs in German-occupied France... (123 mins.)
Director: Joseph Losey
“ Best French Film of the year 1976 ” - guillaume836076
 
50.
That Obscure Object of Desire (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Recounted in flashback are the romantic perils of Mathieu, a middle-aged French sophisticate as he falls for his nineteen year-old former chambermaid Conchita. (102 mins.)
Director: Luis Bunuel
 
51.
Le Crabe-Tambour (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A dying French naval frigate captain tries to make a last rendezvous in the winter storm-tossed seas off the Grand Banks... (120 mins.)
 
52.
The Lacemaker (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Beatrice is a very reserved and quiet young woman. Her friend Marylene is left by her lover and brings... (107 mins.)
Director: Claude Goretta
 
53.
The Man Who Loved Women (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Bertrand Morane's burial is attended by all the women the forty-year-old engineer loved. We then flash back to Bertrand's life and love affairs... (120 mins.)
 
54.
Pardon Mon Affaire, Too! (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
(110 mins.)
Director: Yves Robert
 
55.
Providence (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Clive Langham (Sir John Gielgud) spends one tormenting night in his bed suffering from health problems and thinking up a story based on his relatives... (110 mins.)
Director: Alain Resnais
“ Best French Film of the year 1977 ” - guillaume836076
 
56.
Madame Rosa (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Madame Rosa lives in a sixth-floor walkup in the Pigalle; she's a retired prostitute, Jewish and an Auschwitz survivor... (105 mins.)
Director: Moshé Mizrahi
 
57.
Other People's Money (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Bank executive Rainier allows his firm to deliver adventurous investor Chevalier d'Aven a huge loan... (105 mins.)
“ Best French Film of the year 1978 ” - guillaume836076
 
58.
La Cage aux Folles (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Two gay men living in St. Tropez have their lives turned upside down when the son of one of the men announces he is getting married... (103 mins.)
 
59.
Dossier 51 (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
An unnamed French intelligence service spies on and analyzes a French diplomat code name '51' to identify a method to control him. (108 mins.)
Director: Michel Deville
 
60.
Molière (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Who was Moliere? He is known everywhere as one of the world's greatest playwrights. But who was he? Born Jean-Baptiste Poquelin in 1622... (260 mins.)
 
61.
Get Out Your Handkerchiefs (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Solange is depressed: she's stopped smiling, she eats little, she says less. She has fainting fits.... (108 mins.)
Director: Bertrand Blier
 
62.
A Simple Story (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A simple story about simple people. A 38 old divorced woman (Marie), who now has a lover (Serge) but decides to leave him... (107 mins.)
Director: Claude Sautet
 
63.
Violette (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
In an interwar France struggling with profound social and political change, 18-year-old Violette Noziere rebels against the constraints of her claustrophobic, working-class (and possibly incestuous) family, with troubling consequences. (124 mins.)
Director: Claude Chabrol
 
64.
Buffet Froid (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Black comedy about solitude and the dehumanization of the modern world, through the adventures of three men... (89 mins.)
Director: Bertrand Blier
 
65.
Don Giovanni (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Screen adapatation of Mozart's greatest opera. Don Giovanni, the infamous womanizer, makes one conquest... (176 mins.)
Director: Joseph Losey
 
66.
The Hussy (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Misfit François kidnaps young Mado and takes her to live with him in the attic of his parents' home. A strange relationship evolves till the police comes upon them. (90 mins.)
Director: Jacques Doillon
 
67.
I as in Icarus (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
After the recently re-elected President of a fictitious state has been assassinated, one of the members... (120 mins.)
Director: Henri Verneuil
 
68.
Perceval (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The exploits of Sir Perceval, a legendary exemplar of knightly chivalry and one of the champions of King Arthur's Round Table. (140 mins.)
Director: Éric Rohmer
“ Release in France: 1979 ” - guillaume836076
 
69.
Série noire (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Franck Poupart is a slightly neurotic door-to-door salesman in a sinister part of Paris' suburbs. He meets Mona... (111 mins.)
Director: Alain Corneau
 
70.
Tess (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A strong-willed young peasant girl becomes the affection of two men. (186 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
“ Best French Film of the year 1979 ” - guillaume836076