Swell.French.Moviesby Deleauvive | created - 18 Aug 2012 | updated - 2 weeks ago | Public
A saucerful (well, half full) of French movies I thoroughly enjoyed watching...
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1. Vatel (2000)
PG-13 | 103 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
Vatel is in charge of the reception to the king Louis XIV. With the prince's political ambitions at stake, its essential to please him. But when he falls in love with the king's lover, passion and duty seem to contradict each other.
Votes: 6,661 | Gross: $0.05M
2. The Story of O (1975)
NC-17 | 97 min | Drama
The beautiful O is taken by her boyfriend, Rene, to a bizarre retreat, where she is trained in bondage and sexual perversion. Rene discharges a personal debt by transferring possession of O... See full summary »
Rated NC-17, male chauvinism all over but gorgeous picture
3. Le vent de la nuit (1999)
95 min | Drama
Hélène is unhappy with her marriage but finds some comfort and relief with Paul, a young art student. They reflect on their differences of age, backgrounds and also what truly connects them... See full summary »
4. Subway (1985)
R | 104 min | Thriller
Fred is living in the Paris Metro system. He is blackmailing Helena, whose safe he has robbed. Fred has various 'friends' all living in this surreal setting. The Roller is a rollerskating ... See full summary »
Votes: 12,042 | Gross: $0.39M
5. Léon: The Professional (1994)
R | 110 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
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.
Votes: 819,288 | Gross: $19.50M
Rated R (should be PG-13, more likely)
6. Le père Noël est une ordure (1982)
88 min | Comedy
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.
7. Astérix et Cléopâtre (1968)
72 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Popular animated hero Asterix and his faithful sidekick Obelix travel to ancient Egypt to help Cleopatra build a new summer home. Cleopatra and Julius Caesar have made a bet, with Caesar ... See full summary »
8. Delicatessen (1991)
R | 99 min | Comedy, Crime
Post-apocalyptic surrealist black comedy about the landlord of an apartment building who occasionally prepares a delicacy for his odd tenants.
Votes: 70,923 | Gross: $1.79M
9. HS - hors service (2001)
95 min | Comedy, Crime
Some violence, male chauvinism
12. Le furet (2003)
88 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
From his locksmith's shop, a simple guy dreams of becoming a crime boss, at the wheel of his Cadillac surrounded by blonde bimbos. He starts small, assassinating petty criminals. Gaining ... See full summary »
13. Un crime au paradis (2001)
89 min | Comedy
In the 1980 French countryside, farmer Jojo and his ill-tempered wife Lulu hate each other, though their respective interests speak against divorce. The only thing that keeps the oppressed ... See full summary »
14. The Professional (1981)
R | 108 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Victim of a plot which has resulted in his imprisonment in a Central African jail for two years, a French secret agent arrives in Paris to settle accounts.
15. Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001)
R | 142 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
In 18th century France, the Chevalier de Fronsac and his native American friend Mani are sent by the King to the Gevaudan province to investigate the killings of hundreds by a mysterious beast.
Votes: 55,488 | Gross: $11.26M
16. Les trois frères (1995)
105 min | Comedy
Three half-brothers are reunited at their mother's funeral. After being told of their inheritance they quickly spend the money, only to find out that they will not receive it after all. The... See full summary »
17. The Toy (1976)
PG | 95 min | Comedy
When François, a journalist, is touring a big store for an article, he is chosen by the son of the owner, Rambal-Cochet, as his new toy. All afraid of the despotic industrialist who is also... See full summary »
18. La chèvre (1981)
91 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime
When the accident-prone daughter of a French businessman disappears in Mexico and the detective sent down to find her returns empty-handed, the businessman's company psychologist comes up ... See full summary »
19. Les visiteurs (1993)
R | 107 min | Comedy, Fantasy
A medieval nobleman and his squire are accidentally transported to contemporary times by a senile sorcerer. He enlists the aid of his descendent to try to find a way to return home, all the... See full summary »
Votes: 27,156 | Gross: $0.70M
20. Bunker paradise (2005)
109 min | Drama
A cab driver is torn between disgust and contempt towards a small clique of rich, decadent, misanthropic friends and his secret wish to be one of them, when he drives their dying friend to their doorstep one night.
21. Farinelli (1994)
R | 111 min | Biography, Drama, Music
Farinelli, is the artistic name of Carlo Broschi, a young singer in Handel's time. He was castrated in his childhood in order to preserve his voice. During his life he becomes to be a very ... See full summary »
Votes: 5,472 | Gross: $2.12M
22. Marcel Proust's Time Regained (1999)
169 min | Drama, Romance, War
A lush, elegant epic taking us on a time-swirling trip down the infinitely complex labyrinth that is Marcel Proust's memory lane.
Votes: 1,970 | Gross: $0.46M
23. Mina Tannenbaum (1994)
128 min | Drama
The film tells the story of two girls who are of totally different character. They know each other since their childhood and were friends until they became teenagers. But growing up and ... See full summary »
Votes: 858 | Gross: $0.10M
25. Taxi 3 (2003)
Not Rated | 84 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
Out to stop a new gang disguised as Santa Claus, Emilien and Daniel must also handle major changes in their personal relationships.
Votes: 34,201 | Gross: $0.50M
28. Les nuits fauves (1992)
126 min | Biography, Drama
Jean is young, gay, and promiscuous. Only after he meets one or two women, including Laura does he come to realize his bisexuality. Jean has to overcome a personal crisis (he is ... See full summary »
Votes: 1,937 | Gross: $0.66M
A few softcore scenes
29. Le parfum d'Yvonne (1994)
89 min | Drama, Romance
How the life of Victor Chmara toppled during the course of a single day during the summer of 1958 ?
Diffused nudity. Thin plot but utterly evocative if you're in the right mood.
30. Smoking/No Smoking (1993)
298 min | Comedy
In Yorkshire, Toby Teasdale is the alcoholic director of a school and married with two children with Celia Teasdale that is very unhappy. They have a maid, Sylvie Bell, and a guardian and ... See full summary »
Votes: 1,478 | Gross: $0.06M
Smoking is the better one
31. Asterix and Obelix Meet Cleopatra (2002)
PG | 107 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family
Astérix and Obélix go to Egypt to help architect Numérobis who is building a palace for Cleopatra.
Votes: 41,109 | Gross: $3.12M
35. Le Samouraï (1967)
GP | 101 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
After Professional hitman Jef Costello is seen by witnesses his efforts to provide himself an alibi drive him further into a corner.
Votes: 35,396 | Gross: $0.04M
36. Le grand pardon (1982)
130 min | Drama
With the help of his binoculars, commissioner Duche monitors from his car the reception at the villa of Raymond Bettoun, the head of the clan of Jewish Pied-Noir.
37. Les Carabiniers (1963)
80 min | Comedy, Drama, War
During a war in an imaginary country, unscrupulous soldiers recruit poor farmers with promises of an easy and happy life. Two of these farmers write to their wives of their exploits.
38. 2 ou 3 choses que je sais d'elle (1967)
Not Rated | 87 min | Comedy, Drama
A day in the life of a Parisian housewife/prostitute, interspersed with musings on the Vietnam War and other contemporary issues.
Votes: 5,236 | Gross: $0.10M
39. Les maîtres du temps (1982)
78 min | Animation, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Piel, a 7 or 8 year old boy, is alone on the desert planet Perdide, only survivor of an attack by giant hornets. Calling for help, Piel's father's friend Jaffar keeps contact with the kid ... See full summary »
Great old school anime. Deeply moving and masterfully crafted.
40. The Sucker (1965)
111 min | Comedy, Crime
In this Franco-Italian gangster parody, a shop keeper on his way to an Italian holiday suffers a crash which totals his car. The culprit can only compensate his ruined trip by driving an ... See full summary »
41. Story of Women (1988)
108 min | Drama, Romance
Marie Latour, a woman of limited schooling, raises two children in a ratty flat during World War II in occupied France. In 1941, her husband Paul returns from German captivity, too weak to ... See full summary »
Votes: 3,154 | Gross: $0.44M
42. Le fils préféré (1994)
100 min | Drama
Nicole Garcia's film shows a family through an adult man's figure, and his weekdays. The main character is one of the sons of an old and ill man who is in hospital nowadays. The father has ... See full summary »
43. Diva (1981)
R | 117 min | Thriller
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.
Votes: 10,050 | Gross: $0.11M
44. Contempt (1963)
Not Rated | 102 min | Drama
Screenwriter Paul Javal's marriage to his wife Camille disintegrates during movie production as she spends time with the producer. Layered conflicts between art and business ensue.
Votes: 22,373 | Gross: $0.04M
45. The Wages of Fear (1953)
Not Rated | 131 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller
In a decrepit South American village, four men are hired to transport an urgent nitroglycerine shipment without the equipment that would make it safe.
46. Thieves (1996)
R | 117 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
In the middle of the night, someone brings Ivan's body home to his wife and his sad-faced, jug-eared son. Through flashbacks, the film discloses the relationships among Ivan and his brother... See full summary »
Votes: 1,684 | Gross: $0.94M
Some nudity and violence (mutilation). The romance between Marie and Juliette deserved a bit more work. This said, an engrossing and poignant French thriller.
47. La boîte noire (2005)
90 min | Mystery, Thriller
Images flash through Arthur's brain, voices buzz in his mind, uttering disjointed words and sentences. Arthur Seligman seems to have had an accident but did he run over a little boy or not?... See full summary »
49. Grégoire Moulin contre l'humanité (2001)
90 min | Comedy, Romance
Grégoire Moulin, a shy accountant, sets up a blind date with a dance teacher at a bar. What he needed to do was just to cross the road. But it didn't happen to be as easy as it seems ... See full summary »
50. Mon Oncle (1958)
Not Rated | 117 min | Comedy
Monsieur Hulot visits the technology-driven world of his sister, brother-in-law, and nephew, but he can't quite fit into the surroundings.
51. Aaltra (2004)
Not Rated | 92 min | Comedy, Drama
In this pitch black comedy the rivalry between two neighbors escalates into an all out war. Through a maintenance error on a tractor they both end up, paralyzed, in a wheelchair. It seems ... See full summary »
54. Le Jour se Leve (1939)
Not Rated | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
After committing a murder, a man locks himself in his apartment and recollects the events that led him to the killing.
Votes: 5,251 | Gross: $0.03M
55. Dance of the Vampires (1967)
Approved | 91 min | Comedy, Horror
A noted professor and his dim-witted apprentice fall prey to their inquiring vampires, while on the trail of the ominous damsel in distress.
56. Le train (1973)
95 min | Drama, War
Two people, a Frenchman Julien Maroyeur and a Jewish German woman (Anna Kupfer) met on a train while escaping the German army entering France.
57. La femme défendue (1997)
100 min | Drama, Romance
This movie is foremost distinguished by the use of a subjective camera, and nearly 100 % of the time consists of close-up of Isabelle Carré's face. She is capable of changing her facial ... See full summary »
58. Seven Years in Tibet (1997)
PG-13 | 136 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama
True story of Heinrich Harrer, an Austrian mountain climber who became friends with the Dalai Lama at the time of China's takeover of Tibet.
Votes: 104,905 | Gross: $37.96M
59. Diabolique (1955)
Not Rated | 117 min | Crime, Drama, Horror
The wife and mistress of a cruel headmaster conspire to kill him; after the murder is committed, his corpse disappears, and strange events begin to plague the two women.
60. Now We've Seen It All! (1976)
R | 100 min | Comedy
An advertising photographer (Francois) has agreed to sell the poetic script of one of his friends to a porn-maker without his knowledge. But Christine, Francois' fiance, doesn't want him to... See full summary »
61. Les liaisons dangereuses (1959)
106 min | Drama, Romance
Juliette Merteuil and Valmont is a sophisticated couple, always looking for fun and excitement. Both have sexual affairs with others and share their experiences with one another. But there ... See full summary »
62. The Great Spy Chase (1964)
84 min | Comedy, Action, Thriller
A cold-war spy parody. After the death of an armaments manufacturer, an international group of spies is drawn into a high-stakes battle of wits to obtain the valuable military patents which... See full summary »
63. Toto le héros (1991)
PG-13 | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Thomas and Alfred were born around the same time; a fire in the nursery had nurses scrambling to save the newborns. Because he felt that he deserved Alfred's good fortune at being born into... See full summary »
Votes: 4,596 | Gross: $1.23M
64. Les misérables (1934)
281 min | Drama
The lives of numerous people over the course of 20 years in 19th century France, weaved together by the story of an ex-convict named Jean Valjean on the run from an obsessive police inspector, who pursues him for only a minor offense.
65. Les sous-doués (1980)
92 min | Comedy
Baptiste 'Bebel' Lavalle and his classmates in Versailles' private high-school Louis XIV enjoy their carefree life enough to deliberately fail the exams, a national record of zero ... See full summary »
66. Die Marquise von O... (1976)
PG | 102 min | Drama, History
A German Marquise has to deal with a pregnancy she cannot explain and an infatuated Russian Count.
Votes: 1,747 | Gross: $0.00M
Not an erotic movie, despite the title.
69. The Grand Highway (1987)
R | 104 min | Drama
Louis, a nine-year-old boy from Paris, spends his summer vacation in a small town in Brittany. His mother Claire has lodged him with her girlfriend Marcelle and her husband Pelo while she's... See full summary »
Votes: 1,223 | Gross: $0.76M
70. Le Cercle Rouge (1970)
Not Rated | 140 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
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.
Votes: 17,137 | Gross: $0.37M
71. The Last Metro (1980)
PG | 131 min | Drama, Romance, War
In occupied Paris, an actress married to a Jewish theater owner must keep him hidden from the Nazis while doing both of their jobs.
72. Mon oncle d'Amérique (1980)
PG | 125 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
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.
73. La Grande Illusion (1937)
Unrated | 113 min | Drama, War
During the First World War, two French soldiers are captured and imprisoned in a German P.O.W. camp. Several escape attempts follow until they are sent to a seemingly impenetrable fortress which seems impossible to escape from.
Votes: 29,009 | Gross: $0.17M
74. Carnival of Sinners (1943)
Approved | 80 min | Fantasy, Horror
Roland Brissot bought for a nickel a talisman that gives him love, fame and wealth. The talisman is a cut left hand, and it works perfectly. But of course there is nothing free in this ... See full summary »
75. Un Coeur en Hiver (1992)
105 min | Drama, Romance
Beautiful violin virtuoso Camille has two obsessions: the music of Ravel, and a friend of her husband's who crafts violins. But his heart seems to be as cold as her playing is passionate.
Votes: 7,729 | Gross: $1.67M
76. A Woman Is a Woman (1961)
Not Rated | 84 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
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.
Votes: 11,829 | Gross: $0.10M
77. Les amants réguliers (2005)
183 min | Drama, Romance
1968 and 1969 in Paris: during and after the student and trade union revolt. François is 20, a poet, dodging military service. He takes to the barricades, but won't throw a Molotov cocktail... See full summary »
80. Quai des Orfèvres (1947)
Not Rated | 106 min | Crime, Drama
Jenny Lamour wants to succeed in music hall. Her husband and accompanist is Maurice Martineau, a nice but jealous man. When he knew Jenny is making eyes at Brignon, an old businessman, in ... See full summary »
Votes: 3,812 | Gross: $0.15M
81. Le petit prince a dit (1992)
115 min | Drama
A divorced Swiss couple must come to terms with their daughter's life-threatening illness. He, a scientist, snatches his daughter from the examining table at the clinic and takes her away ... See full summary »
Don't watch this if you recently lost someone you loved
82. Un dimanche à la campagne (1984)
G | 90 min | Drama
An elderly painter whose son visits with his family on the weekends, is also surprised by a visit from his still-single daughter.
Votes: 1,778 | Gross: $2.41M
84. Dance Program (1937)
144 min | Drama
Christine, newly widowed and consumed by the memory of a ball she attended age 16, decides to track down the men she danced with that night and discover their fates.
85. The Count of Monte Cristo (1954)
183 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance
Edmond Dantes is falsely accused by those jealous of his good fortune, and is sentenced to spend the rest of his life in the notorious island prison, Chateau d'If. While imprisoned, he ... See full summary »
86. L'adversaire (2002)
129 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
When a man murders his wife, children and parents, the ensuing investigation reveals that he's been living a lie for almost 20 years.
Splendid but depressing movie with Daniel Auteuil.
87. Tchao pantin (1983)
100 min | Drama
Lambert, a burned-out case, works the night shift at a gas station, rarely speaking, living alone, drinking. Bensoussan, raised in foster homes, now a small-time pusher for a bar owner ... See full summary »
88. La vérité si je mens! (1997)
100 min | Comedy, Romance
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.
The one I preferred.
89. La belle noiseuse (1991)
Unrated | 238 min | Drama
The former famous painter Frenhofer revisits an abandoned project using the girlfriend of a young visiting artist. Questions about truth, life, and artistic limits are explored.
Votes: 5,190 | Gross: $0.41M
90. Choses secrètes (2002)
Unrated | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Two young women find themselves struggling to survive in Paris, street-wise Nathalie, a stripper, and naïve Sandrine, a barmaid. Together, they discover that sex can be used to their ... See full summary »
Votes: 3,953 | Gross: $0.10M
A few (judiciously introduced) softcore scenes.
91. Coup de torchon (1981)
Not Rated | 128 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
A worn-out, ineffective police chief humiliated by everyone around him decides one day to improve his life, by any means.
92. Le septième juré (1962)
90 min | Crime, Drama
In a moment of madness a respectable pharmacist kills a young woman who is sun-bathing by a lake. Unable to take in what he has done, he flees from the scene of the crime and behaves as if nothing has happened.
93. The Lover (1992)
R | 115 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
In 1929 French Indochina, a French teenage girl embarks on a reckless and forbidden romance with a wealthy, older Chinese man, each knowing that knowledge of their affair will bring drastic consequences to each other.
Votes: 16,275 | Gross: $4.90M
rated NC-17 (should be R IMHO). Depressing but flamboyant movie about the end of an era. The narrative voice-over is a bit annoying though. Don't watch this if you have stiff moral standards.
94. Crying Freeman (1995)
102 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
A lethal assassin for a secret Chinese organisation, who sheds tears of regret each time he kills, is seen swiftly and mercilessly executing three Yakuza gangsters by a beautiful artist. ... See full summary »
This one grows on you. I wasn't too impressed with our romantic ninja in briefs (he quietly enters his victim / temptress room in this outfit) the first time, then I decided to give Crying Freeman another chance. I don't regret I did!
95. Les yeux sans visage (1960)
Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Horror
A surgeon causes an accident which leaves his daughter disfigured, and goes to extremes to give her a new face.
Votes: 19,594 | Gross: $0.05M
97. Pardon Mon Affaire (1976)
PG | 105 min | Comedy
Quatre amis, Etienne, Daniel, Simon et Bouly ont du mal à grandir et, la quarantaine révolue, continuent de se jouer des tours. Etienne, qui est toujours resté fidèle à sa femme, tombe ... See full summary »
98. La fille sur le pont (1999)
R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
One night, a fading entertainer intervenes when a woman contemplates suicide, beginning a strange, unpredictable relationship.
Votes: 11,682 | Gross: $1.71M
99. Buffet froid (1979)
Not Rated | 89 min | Comedy, Crime
Black comedy about solitude and the dehumanization of the modern world, through the adventures of three men. First introduced is Alphonse Tram, an unemployed young man. His only neighbour ... See full summary »
100. The Names of Love (2010)
R | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A young, extroverted left-wing activist who sleeps with her political opponents to convert them to her cause is successful until she meets her match.
Votes: 6,755 | Gross: $0.51M