Best French Film 1980-1989

Seven best French films by year (1980-1989)
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1.
Atlantic City (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
In a corrupt city, a small-time gangster and the estranged wife of a pot dealer find themselves thrown together in an escapade of love, money, drugs, and danger. (104 mins.)
Director: Louis Malle
 
2.
The Last Metro (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
In occupied Paris, an actress married to a Jewish theater owner must keep him hidden from the Nazis while doing both of their jobs. (131 mins.)
“ Best French Film of the year 1980 ” - guillaume836076
 
3.
Loulou (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Maurice Pialat's portrait of contemporary France mocks prosperity as a substitute for social and sexual revolution... (110 mins.)
Director: Maurice Pialat
 
4.
Mon oncle d'Amérique (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The intersecting stories of three people who face difficult choices in life-changing situations are used to illustrate the theories espoused by Henri Laborit about human behavior and the relationship between the self and society. (125 mins.)
Director: Alain Resnais
 
5.
The King and the Mockingbird (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A chimney sweep and a shepherdess seek to escape from the clutches of a tyrannical king. (83 mins.)
Director: Paul Grimault
 
6.
Every Man for Himself (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
An examination of sexual relationships, in which three protagonists interact in different combinations. (87 mins.)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
 
7.
A Bad Son (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Bruno is released from prison. He looks for a job and tries to start a new life. His first stop is at his father's apartment. (110 mins.)
Director: Claude Sautet
 
8.
Beau Pere (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
After her mother dies, fourteen-year-old Marion falls in love with her stepfather, Remy. (123 mins.)
Director: Bertrand Blier
 
9.
Coup de torchon (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
1938, in a French african colony. Lucien Cordier is the cop of this village, populated with blacks and a few whites (usually racialist and lustful)... (128 mins.)
 
10.
Diva (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Two tapes, two Parisian mob killers, one corrupt policeman, an opera fan, a teenage thief, and the coolest philosopher ever filmed. All these characters twist their way through an intricate and stylish French language thriller. (117 mins.)
 
11.
The Woman Next Door (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Two ex-lovers wind up living next door to each other with their respective spouses. Forbidden passions ensue. (106 mins.)
 
12.
Garde à vue (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A police inspector, suspecting an attorney of two child sex murders, has him held for a questioning session that goes on for hours. (86 mins.)
Director: Claude Miller
 
13.
Quest for Fire (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
This story takes place in prehistoric time when three tribesmen search for a new fire source. (100 mins.)
“ Best French Film of the year 1981 ” - guillaume836076
 
14.
Bolero (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Trough fabulous Music this movie tracks three generations of musicians and dancers from Russia, Germany... (184 mins.)
Director: Claude Lelouch
 
15.
La balance (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Nicole is a Parisian streetwalker and Dede is her racketeer boyfriend, on the outs with his mob bosses because of a dispute over Nicole... (103 mins.)
Director: Bob Swaim
 
16.
A Good Marriage (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Sabine vows to give up married lovers, and is determined to find a good husband. Her best friend Clarisse introduces her to her cousin Edmond... (97 mins.)
Director: Éric Rohmer
 
17.
Les Misérables (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The story of Jean Valjean, a Frenchman convicted of minor crimes, who is hounded for years by an unforgiving and unrelenting police inspector, Javert. (220 mins.)
Director: Robert Hossein
 
18.
Godard's Passion (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
On a movie set, in a factory, and at a hotel, Godard explores the nature of work, love and film making... (88 mins.)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
 
19.
Le père Noël est une ordure (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
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. (88 mins.)
 
20.
The Return of Martin Guerre (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
In medieval France, some villagers challenge a man's claim of identity when he (as he says) returns home from some time in the army. (122 mins.)
Director: Daniel Vigne
 
21.
Une Chambre en Ville (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A film musical in which every line is sung. The frame is about workers during a strike. They also prepare and perform a demonstration... (90 mins.)
Director: Jacques Demy
“ Best French Film of the year 1982 ” - guillaume836076
 
22.
À nos amours (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Suzanne is sixteen and is having sex with many boys, just for fun, but did not manage to really love one of them... (95 mins.)
Director: Maurice Pialat
 
23.
Le Bal (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The 50 year story of a ballroom in France, from the 1920s. The people who go there is always the same... (112 mins.)
Director: Ettore Scola
“ Best French Film of the year 1983 ” - guillaume836076
 
24.
Entre Nous (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
In 1942 in occupied France, a Jewish refugee marries a soldier to escape deportation to Germany. Meanwhile... (110 mins.)
Director: Diane Kurys
 
25.
Danton (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Action opens in November of 1793, with Danton returning to Paris from his country retreat upon learning that the Committee for Public Safety... (136 mins.)
Director: Andrzej Wajda
 
26.
One Deadly Summer (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
In spring 1976, a 19-year-old beauty, her German-born mother, and her crippled father move to the town of a firefighter nicknamed Pin-Pon... (133 mins.)
Director: Jean Becker
 
27.
So Long, Stooge (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Lambert, a burned-out case, works the night shift at a gas station, rarely speaking, living alone, drinking... (100 mins.)
Director: Claude Berri
 
28.
Confidentially Yours (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Claude Massoulier is murdered while hunting at the same place than Julien Vercel, an estate agent that... (110 mins.)
 
29.
Love Unto Death (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Elisabeth and Simon have been deeply in love for two months when Simon momentarily dies, but comes back to life... (92 mins.)
Director: Alain Resnais
 
30.
Love on the Ground (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A play within a play within a play within a play. Actors perform a play in a house, an audience member invites them to work in his own home improvising a play around his own life. The line between fiction and reality blur. (125 mins.)
Director: Jacques Rivette
 
31.
Carmen (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A film version of the famous Bizet opera, where a soldier (Don Jose) falls in love with a beautiful factory worker (Carmen)... (152 mins.)
Director: Francesco Rosi
 
32.
Notre histoire (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A desperate alcoholic reaches a turning-point in his life when he meets a strange woman in a railway carriage: they make love, but then she leaves. Chasing after the girl, he clings to her as if she were his final chance. (110 mins.)
Director: Bertrand Blier
 
33.
Full Moon in Paris (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Louise, a young woman, who recently finished her studies in arts, is working as a interior decorator trainee... (100 mins.)
Director: Éric Rohmer
 
34.
My New Partner (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Rene is a "ripou", a rotten cop who makes ends meet by accepting bribes, presents and free drinks from the people he should be putting in jail... (107 mins.)
Director: Claude Zidi
“ Best French Film of the year 1984 ” - guillaume836076
 
35.
A Sunday in the Country (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
In France, before WWI. As every Sunday, an old painter living in the country is visited by his son Gonzague... (90 mins.)
 
36.
An Impudent Girl (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Charlotte (Gainsbourg) is being raised without a mother. She is only 13 but ready to be an adult. She meets an older boy and begins a relationship while teaching a young friend about life and learning the ropes herself. (96 mins.)
Director: Claude Miller
 
37.
Peril (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A magnate and his younger wife hire David to teach guitar to their teenage daughter. The wife quickly seduces David... (101 mins.)
Director: Michel Deville
 
38.
Police (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A moody, jaded police detective, while investigating a drug ring, falls for a mysterious woman and is drawn into a shady and dangerous scheme. (113 mins.)
Director: Maurice Pialat
 
39.
Vagabond (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A young woman's body is found frozen in a ditch. Through flashbacks and interviews, we see the events that led to her inevitable death. (105 mins.)
Director: Agnès Varda
 
40.
Subway (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Fred is living in the Paris Metro system. He is blackmailing Helena, whose safe he has robbed. Fred... (104 mins.)
Director: Luc Besson
 
41.
Tea in the Harem (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
In a depressing concrete Parisian suburb in the seventies two friends are keeping boredom at bay with loitering and petty crime. (110 mins.)
Director: Mehdi Charef
 
42.
“ Best French Film of the year 1985 ” - guillaume836076
 
43.
'Round Midnight (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
In 'Round Midnight, real-life jazz legend Dexter Gordon brilliantly portrays the fictional tenor sax player Dale Turner... (133 mins.)
 
44.
Jean de Florette (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A greedy landowner and his backward nephew conspire to block the only water source for an adjoining property in order to bankrupt the owner and force him to sell. (120 mins.)
Director: Claude Berri
“ nominated with Manon des Sources ” - guillaume836076
 
45.
Manon of the Spring (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A beautiful but shy shepherdess plots vengeance on the men whose greedy conspiracy to acquire her father's land caused his death years earlier. (113 mins.)
Director: Claude Berri
“ nominated with Jean de Florette ” - guillaume836076
 
46.
Mauvais Sang (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Marc (Michel Piccoli) recruits Alex (Denis Lavant), son of his former, now dead colleague. Alex is a... (116 mins.)
Director: Leos Carax
 
47.
Mélo (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
In Paris in the 1920s, a concert violinist meets and falls in love with a stylish young flapper who's the wife of an old friend... (112 mins.)
Director: Alain Resnais
 
48.
Ménage (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A bisexual petty criminal named Bob encounters a married couple arguing in a bar. Bob breaks up the... (84 mins.)
Director: Bertrand Blier
 
49.
Thérèse (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The life of little St. Therese of Lisieux, depicted in minimalist vignettes. Therese and her sisters are all nuns in a Carmelite convent... (94 mins.)
Director: Alain Cavalier
“ Best French Film of the year 1986 ” - guillaume836076
 
50.
Betty Blue (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A lackadaisical handyman and aspiring novelist tries to support his younger girlfriend as she slowly succumbs to madness. (120 mins.)
 
51.
Boyfriends and Girlfriends (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
In Paris outskirts Blanche, a young clerk, befriends Lea, a girl livelier than she is. Lea is going... (103 mins.)
Director: Éric Rohmer
 
52.
Au Revoir Les Enfants (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A French boarding school run by priests seems to be a haven from World War II until a new student arrives. He becomes the roommate of top student in his class. Rivals at first, the roommates form a bond and share a secret. (104 mins.)
Director: Louis Malle
“ Best French Film of the year 1987 ” - guillaume836076
 
53.
The Grand Highway (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Louis, a nine-year-old boy from Paris, spends his summer vacation in a small town in Brittany. His mother... (104 mins.)
 
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55.
Beatrice (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Somewhere in France during the Middle Ages. Béatrice is impatient to see her father return from English captivity... (131 mins.)
 
56.
Under the Sun of Satan (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Dossignan is a zealous rural priest. The dean Menou-Segrais tries to keep him reasonable. But Dossignan will be tempted by Satan, then will try to save the soul of Mouchette, a young girl who killed one of her lovers. (97 mins.)
Director: Maurice Pialat
 
57.
Tandem (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Michel Mortez is going to and fro France to compere a radio game he created 25 years ago. He is famous among the average Frenchmen... (86 mins.)
Director: Patrice Leconte
 
58.
Camille Claudel (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Biography of Camille Claudel. Sister of writer Paul Claudel, her enthusiasm impresses already-famous sculptor Auguste Rodin... (175 mins.)
Director: Bruno Nuytten
“ Best French Film of the year 1988 ” - guillaume836076
 
59.
The Big Blue (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The rivalry between Enzo and Jacques, two childhood friends and now world-renowned free divers, becomes a beautiful and perilous journey into oneself and the unknown. (168 mins.)
Director: Luc Besson
 
60.
La lectrice (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A multi-faceted film based on Raymond Jean's novel "La Lectrice". Constance (Miou-Miou) reads the novel aloud in bed to her lover... (99 mins.)
Director: Michel Deville
 
61.
The Bear (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
An orphan bear cub hooks up with an adult male as they try to dodge human hunters. (96 mins.)
 
62.
The Little Thief (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
In a small town in post-World-War-II France, an unhappy sixteen-year-old (Janine Castang) tries to escape... (109 mins.)
Director: Claude Miller
 
63.
Story of Women (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Marie Latour, a woman of limited schooling, raises two children in a ratty flat during World War II in occupied France... (108 mins.)
Director: Claude Chabrol
 
64.
Life Is a Long Quiet River (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Two babies are switched at birth. When the mistake is discovered 12 years later, it leads to complications in the lives of both families... (90 mins.)
 
65.
Monsieur Hire (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A recluse is accused of murdering a young woman simply because his neighbors think he is strange. (81 mins.)
Director: Patrice Leconte
 
66.
Noce blanche (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A teacher of philosophy encounters a complicated pupil; a seventeen year old girl who possesses quite a cynical view of the world... (92 mins.)
 
67.
Nocturne indien (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
(110 mins.)
Director: Alain Corneau
 
68.
Too Beautiful for You (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A car dealer, well-to-do and with a beautiful wife, finds himself attracted to his rather plain new temporary secretary... (91 mins.)
Director: Bertrand Blier
“ Best French Film of the year 1989 ” - guillaume836076
 
69.
Love Without Pity (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
25 years old Hippo doesn't have a job, doesn't study either but lives from the money his younger brother... (84 mins.)
Director: Eric Rochant
 
70.
Valmont (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Set in Baroque France, a scheming widow and her lover make a bet regarding the corruption of a recently married woman... (137 mins.)
Director: Milos Forman
 
71.
Life and Nothing But (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Intense character study of men and women driven by an overpowering obsession with the past. (135 mins.)