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1.
What's in a Name? (2012)
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Vincent is about to become a father. At a meeting with childhood friends he announces the name for his future son. The scandalous name ignites a discussion which surfaces unpleasant matters from the past of the group. (109 mins.)
 
2.
Potiche (2010)
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When her husband is taken hostage by his striking employees, a trophy wife (Deneuve) takes the reins... (103 mins.)
Director: François Ozon
 
3.
Paris (2008)
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Pierre, a professional dancer, suffers from a serious heart disease. While he is waiting for a transplant which may (or may not) save his life... (130 mins.)
 
4.
Delicatessen (1991)
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Post-apocalyptic surrealist black comedy about the landlord of an apartment building who occasionally prepares a delicacy for his odd tenants. (99 mins.)
 
5.
La Vie en Rose (2007)
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Biopic of the iconic French singer Édith Piaf. Raised by her grandmother in a brothel, she was discovered while singing on a street corner at the age of 19. Despite her success, Piaf's life was filled with tragedy. (140 mins.)
Director: Olivier Dahan
 
6.
The 400 Blows (1959)
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Moving story of a young boy who, left without attention, delves into a life of petty crime. (99 mins.)
 
7.
Cyrano de Bergerac (1990)
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Embarrassed by his large nose, a romantic poet/soldier romances his cousin by proxy. (137 mins.)
 
8.
Girl on the Bridge (1999)
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It's night on a Paris bridge. A girl leans over Seine River with tears in her eyes and a violent yearning to drown her sorrows... (90 mins.)
Director: Patrice Leconte
 
9.
The Women on the 6th Floor (2010)
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In 1960s Paris, a conservative couple's lives are turned upside down by two Spanish maids. (102 mins.)
 
10.
La Grande Vadrouille (1966)
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A RAF Bomber is shot down over Paris by the Germans. Its crew (Terry Thomas as a flight captain) land there by parachute... (132 mins.)
Director: Gérard Oury
 
11.
The Artist (2011)
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A silent movie star meets a young dancer, but the arrival of talking pictures sends their careers in opposite directions. (100 mins.)
 
12.
Amélie (2001)
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Amélie is an innocent and naive girl in Paris with her own sense of justice. She decides to help those around her and, along the way, discovers love. (122 mins.)
 
13.
Man on the Train (2002)
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A teacher and a gangster meet by chance in a small town pharmacy. As a friendship of sorts develops between these opposite personalities... (90 mins.)
Director: Patrice Leconte
 
14.
Playtime (1967)
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Monsieur Hulot curiously wanders around a high-tech Paris, paralleling a trip with a group of American tourists. Meanwhile, a nightclub/restaurant prepares its opening night, but it's still under construction. (115 mins.)
Director: Jacques Tati
 
15.
Mon Oncle (1958)
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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
 
16.
Oscar (1967)
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Neurotic businessman must find the right man for his pregnant daughter. In fact, it is little bit complicated. (85 mins.)
 
17.
Little Nicholas (2009)
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Nicolas has a happy existence, parents who love him, a great group of friends with whom he has great fun... (91 mins.)
Director: Laurent Tirard
 
18.
The Dinner Game (1998)
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To amuse themselves at a weekly dinner, a few well-heeled folk each bring a dimwit along who is to talk about his pastime... (80 mins.)
Director: Francis Veber
 
19.
The Illusionist (2010)
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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. (80 mins.)
Director: Sylvain Chomet
 
20.
Monsieur Batignole (2002)
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In 1942, in an occupied Paris, the apolitical grocer Edmond Batignole lives with his wife and daughter... (100 mins.)
Director: Gérard Jugnot
 
21.
Tanguy (2001)
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Tanguy is 28 years old and still living with his parents. They think it's time he moves out. He doesn't, so they hatch a plan... (108 mins.)
 
22.
The Last Metro (1980)
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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.)
 
23.
The Taste of Others (2000)
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Three men, three women, opposites, possibilities, and tastes. Castella owns a industrial steel barrel... (112 mins.)
Director: Agnès Jaoui
 
24.
Ridicule (1996)
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To get royal backing on a needed drainage project, a poor French lord must learn to play the delicate games of wit at court at Versailles. (102 mins.)
Director: Patrice Leconte
 
25.
Angel-A (2005)
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A beautiful woman helps an inept scam artist get his game together. (91 mins.)
Director: Luc Besson
 
26.
Michel Petrucciani (2011 Documentary)
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A documentary on the late French jazz pianist. (102 mins.)
Director: Michael Radford
 
27.
A Crime in Paradise (2001)
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In the 1980 French countryside, farmer Jojo and his ill-tempered wife Lulu hate each other, though their respective interests speak against divorce... (89 mins.)
Director: Jean Becker
 
28.
Mademoiselle (2001)
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Claire is a young woman who leads a somewhat formatted life. Pierre is an improviser, but not an actor. Brief encounter, brief romance, doomed or not, who can say? When things like that happen, you act on the spur of the moment. (85 mins.)
Director: Philippe Lioret
 
29.
Summer Things (2002)
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Two couple of friends, one very rich the other almost homeless, decides to go on Holiday. Julie, a single mother... (103 mins.)
Director: Michel Blanc
 
30.
Small Change (1976)
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In the town of Thiers, summer of 1976, teachers and parents give their children skills, love, and attention... (104 mins.)
 
31.
Séraphine (2008)
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Based on the life of French painter Séraphine de Senlis. (125 mins.)
Director: Martin Provost
 
32.
Micmacs (2009)
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A man and his friends come up with an intricate and original plan to destroy two big weapons manufacturers. (105 mins.)
 
33.
A Very Long Engagement (2004)
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Tells the story of a young woman's relentless search for her fiancé, who has disappeared from the trenches of the Somme during World War One. (133 mins.)
 
34.
Au Revoir Les Enfants (1987)
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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
 
35.
Un Coeur en Hiver (1992)
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Beautiful violin virtuoso Camille has two obsessions: the music of Ravel, and a friend of her husband's who crafts violins... (105 mins.)
Director: Claude Sautet
 
36.
The Horseman on the Roof (1995)
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In a time of war and disease, a young officer gallantly tries to help a young woman find her husband. (135 mins.)
 
37.
Jour de Fete (1949)
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Once a year the fair comes for one day to the little town 'Sainte-Severe-sur-Indre'. All inhabitants are scoffing at Francois... (70 mins.)
Director: Jacques Tati
 
38.
L'auberge espagnole (2002)
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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. (122 mins.)
 
39.
The Man Who Loved Women (1977)
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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.)
 
40.
Jules and Jim (1962)
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Decades of a love triangle concerning two friends and an impulsive woman. (105 mins.)
 
41.
Nelly & Monsieur Arnaud (1995)
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When Nelly, a woman being just divorced, meets by chance M. Arnaud, a mature salesman just retired,... (106 mins.)
Director: Claude Sautet
 
42.
Mammuth (2010)
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A retiree battles to obtain his rightfully due pension. (92 mins.)
 
43.
Children of Paradise (1945)
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The theatrical life of a beautiful courtesan and the four men who love her. (189 mins.)
Director: Marcel Carné
 
44.
Rust and Bone (2012)
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Put in charge of his young son, Alain leaves Belgium for Antibes to live with his sister and her husband as a family. Alain's bond with Stephanie, a killer whale trainer, grows deeper after Stephanie suffers a horrible accident. (120 mins.)
Director: Jacques Audiard
 
45.
Killing Zoe (1993)
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Zed has only just arrived in the beautiful Paris and already he's up to no good. Having just slept with a call girl... (96 mins.)
Director: Roger Avary
 
46.
Sade (2000)
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A man prepares himself to be transferred to a detention center and rest home where he will relive one more time the highlights of his youth. (100 mins.)
Director: Benoît Jacquot
 
47.
My Best Friend (2006)
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Catherine, refuses to believe that her business partner, the unlikeable François, has a best friend, so she challenges him to set up an introduction. Scrambling to find someone willing to pose as his best pal, François enlists the services of a charming taxi driver to play the part. (94 mins.)
Director: Patrice Leconte
 
48.
8 Women (2002)
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One murdered man, eight women, each seeming to be more eager than the others to know the truth. Gimme, gimme, gimme some clues to make up my mind. And eventually enter the truth. Oh, thou cruel woman! (111 mins.)
Director: François Ozon
 
49.
Merci pour le Chocolat (2000)
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In Lausanne, the aspirant pianist Jeanne Pollet has lunch with her mother Louise Pollet, her boyfriend Axel and his mother... (101 mins.)
Director: Claude Chabrol
 
50.
Army of Crime (2009)
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The poet Missak Manouchian leads a mixed bag of youngsters and immigrants in a clandestine battle against the Nazi occupation... (139 mins.)
 
51.
Autumn Tale (1998)
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Magali, 45, is a wine producer in the south of France. She's a widow, and her best friend, Isabelle... (112 mins.)
Director: Éric Rohmer
 
52.
The Tattoo (1968)
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An art dealer wants to buy a Modigliani, which is tattooed on the back of an old soldier. (90 mins.)
 
53.
The Kid with a Bike (2011)
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Abandoned by his father, a young boy is left in a state-run youth farm. In a random act of kindness, the town hair-dresser agrees to foster him on week-ends. (84 mins.)
 
54.
The Piano Teacher (2001)
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A young man romantically pursues his masochistic piano teacher. (131 mins.)
Director: Michael Haneke
 
55.
Fahrenheit 451 (1966)
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In an oppressive future, a fireman whose duty is to destroy all books begins to question his task. (112 mins.)
 
56.
Monsieur Hulot's Holiday (1953)
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Monsieur Hulot comes to a beachside hotel for a vacation, where he accidentally (but good-naturedly) causes havoc. (114 mins.)
Director: Jacques Tati
 
57.
Persepolis (2007)
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A precocious and outspoken Iranian girl grows up during the Islamic Revolution. (96 mins.)
 
58.
Léon: The Professional (1994)
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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. (110 mins.)
Director: Luc Besson
 
59.
A Prophet (2009)
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A young Arab man is sent to a French prison. (155 mins.)
Director: Jacques Audiard
 
60.
A Woman Is a Woman (1961)
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A French striptease artist is desperate to become a mother. When her reluctant boyfriend suggests his best friend to impregnate her, feelings become complicated when she accepts. (85 mins.)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
 
61.
Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959)
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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
 
62.
Day for Night (1973)
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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.)
 
63.
Night and Fog (1956 Documentary)
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The history of Nazi Germany's death camps of the Final Solution and the hellish world of dehumanization and death contained inside. (32 mins.)
Director: Alain Resnais
 
64.
The Triplets of Belleville (2003)
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When her grandson is kidnapped during the Tour de France, Madame Souza and her beloved pooch Bruno team up with the Belleville Sisters--an aged song-and-dance team from the days of Fred Astaire--to rescue him. (78 mins.)
Director: Sylvain Chomet
 
65.
The Lovers on the Bridge (1991)
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Alex, who's homeless and addicted to alcohol, and Michèle, who's losing her sight, form a relationship while sleeping rough on Paris's Pont-Neuf bridge. (125 mins.)
Director: Leos Carax
 
66.
The City of Lost Children (1995)
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A scientist in a surrealist society kidnaps children to steal their dreams, hoping that they slow his aging process. (112 mins.)
 
67.
Read My Lips (2001)
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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. (115 mins.)
Director: Jacques Audiard
 
68.
Human Resources (1999)
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The 35-hour work week has all of France in its thrall. This film turns it into a feature about economic and familial politics... (100 mins.)
Director: Laurent Cantet
 
69.
Amour (2012)
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Georges and Anne are an octogenarian couple. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, also a musician, lives in Britain with her family. One day, Anne has a stroke, and the couple's bond of love is severely tested. (127 mins.)
Director: Michael Haneke