Swell.French.Movies

by Deleauvive | created - 18 Aug 2012 | updated - 2 weeks ago | Public

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1. Vatel (2000)

PG-13 | 103 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

6.6
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44 Metascore

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.

Director: Roland Joffé | Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Uma Thurman, Tim Roth, Julian Glover

Votes: 6,661 | Gross: $0.05M

2. The Story of O (1975)

NC-17 | 97 min | Drama

5.4
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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 »

Director: Just Jaeckin | Stars: Corinne Cléry, Udo Kier, Anthony Steel, Jean Gaven

Votes: 4,895

Rated NC-17, male chauvinism all over but gorgeous picture

3. Le vent de la nuit (1999)

95 min | Drama

6.5
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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 »

Director: Philippe Garrel | Stars: Catherine Deneuve, Daniel Duval, Xavier Beauvois, Jacques Lassalle

Votes: 504

4. Subway (1985)

R | 104 min | Thriller

6.6
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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 »

Director: Luc Besson | Stars: Christopher Lambert, Isabelle Adjani, Richard Bohringer, Michel Galabru

Votes: 12,042 | Gross: $0.39M

5. 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: 819,288 | Gross: $19.50M

Rated R (should be PG-13, more likely)

6. 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: 6,861

7. Astérix et Cléopâtre (1968)

72 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.2
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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 »

Directors: René Goscinny, Albert Uderzo | Stars: Roger Carel, Jacques Morel, Micheline Dax, Jacques Balutin

Votes: 9,197

8. Delicatessen (1991)

R | 99 min | Comedy, Crime

7.7
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66 Metascore

Post-apocalyptic surrealist black comedy about the landlord of an apartment building who occasionally prepares a delicacy for his odd tenants.

Directors: Marc Caro, Jean-Pierre Jeunet | Stars: Marie-Laure Dougnac, Dominique Pinon, Pascal Benezech, Jean-Claude Dreyfus

Votes: 70,923 | Gross: $1.79M

9. HS - hors service (2001)

95 min | Comedy, Crime

4.6
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Director: Jean-Paul Lilienfeld | Stars: Dieudonné, Lambert Wilson, François Berléand, Lorànt Deutsch

Votes: 161

Some violence, male chauvinism

10. Enemy at the Gates (2001)

R | 131 min | Drama, History, War

7.6
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53 Metascore

A Russian and a German sniper play a game of cat-and-mouse during the Battle of Stalingrad.

Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud | Stars: Jude Law, Ed Harris, Joseph Fiennes, Rachel Weisz

Votes: 207,996 | Gross: $51.40M

11. Noir comme le souvenir (1995)

92 min | Thriller

6.4
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Director: Jean-Pierre Mocky | Stars: Jane Birkin, Sabine Azéma, Jean-François Stévenin, Benoît Régent

Votes: 113

12. Le furet (2003)

88 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

4.6
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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 »

Director: Jean-Pierre Mocky | Stars: Jacques Villeret, Michel Serrault, Robin Renucci, Michael Lonsdale

Votes: 133

13. Un crime au paradis (2001)

89 min | Comedy

6.5
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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. The only thing that keeps the oppressed ... See full summary »

Director: Jean Becker | Stars: Jacques Villeret, Josiane Balasko, André Dussollier, Suzanne Flon

Votes: 1,546

14. The Professional (1981)

R | 108 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.7
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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.

Director: Georges Lautner | Stars: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean Desailly, Cyrielle Clair, Marie-Christine Descouard

Votes: 10,476

15. Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001)

R | 142 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.1
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57 Metascore

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.

Director: Christophe Gans | Stars: Samuel Le Bihan, Mark Dacascos, Jérémie Renier, Vincent Cassel

Votes: 55,488 | Gross: $11.26M

16. Les trois frères (1995)

105 min | Comedy

7.2
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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 »

Directors: Didier Bourdon, Bernard Campan | Stars: Didier Bourdon, Bernard Campan, Pascal Légitimus, Antoine du Merle

Votes: 4,900

17. The Toy (1976)

PG | 95 min | Comedy

7.5
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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 »

Director: Francis Veber | Stars: Pierre Richard, Michel Bouquet, Fabrice Greco, Jacques François

Votes: 3,598

18. La chèvre (1981)

91 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

7.4
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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 »

Director: Francis Veber | Stars: Pierre Richard, Gérard Depardieu, Pedro Armendáriz Jr., Corynne Charbit

Votes: 6,313

19. Les visiteurs (1993)

R | 107 min | Comedy, Fantasy

7.0
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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 »

Director: Jean-Marie Poiré | Stars: Christian Clavier, Jean Reno, Valérie Lemercier, Marie-Anne Chazel

Votes: 27,156 | Gross: $0.70M

20. Bunker paradise (2005)

109 min | Drama

5.9
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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.

Director: Stefan Liberski | Stars: Jean-Paul Rouve, François Vincentelli, Audrey Marnay, Bouli Lanners

Votes: 177

21. Farinelli (1994)

R | 111 min | Biography, Drama, Music

6.9
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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 »

Director: Gérard Corbiau | Stars: Stefano Dionisi, Enrico Lo Verso, Elsa Zylberstein, Jeroen Krabbé

Votes: 5,472 | Gross: $2.12M

Rated R

22. Marcel Proust's Time Regained (1999)

169 min | Drama, Romance, War

6.8
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72 Metascore

A lush, elegant epic taking us on a time-swirling trip down the infinitely complex labyrinth that is Marcel Proust's memory lane.

Director: Raoul Ruiz | Stars: Catherine Deneuve, Emmanuelle Béart, Vincent Perez, John Malkovich

Votes: 1,970 | Gross: $0.46M

23. Mina Tannenbaum (1994)

128 min | Drama

7.4
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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 »

Director: Martine Dugowson | Stars: Romane Bohringer, Elsa Zylberstein, Florence Thomassin, Jean-Philippe Écoffey

Votes: 858 | Gross: $0.10M

24. The Restaurant (1966)

Not Rated | 85 min | Action, Comedy

6.8
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Top-notch french restaurant owner Monsieur Septime is involved into crime when one of his famous guests disappears.

Director: Jacques Besnard | Stars: Louis de Funès, Bernard Blier, Maria-Rosa Rodriguez, Venantino Venantini

Votes: 3,840

25. Taxi 3 (2003)

Not Rated | 84 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

5.8
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Out to stop a new gang disguised as Santa Claus, Emilien and Daniel must also handle major changes in their personal relationships.

Director: Gérard Krawczyk | Stars: Samy Naceri, Frédéric Diefenthal, Bernard Farcy, Bai Ling

Votes: 34,201 | Gross: $0.50M

26. Emmenez-moi (2005)

98 min | Comedy, Drama

6.3
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Director: Edmond Bensimon | Stars: Gérard Darmon, Zinedine Soualem, Lucien Jean-Baptiste, Damien Jouillerot

Votes: 70

27. Fahrenheit 451 (1966)

Unrated | 112 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

7.3
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In an oppressive future, a fireman whose duty is to destroy all books begins to question his task.

Director: François Truffaut | Stars: Oskar Werner, Julie Christie, Cyril Cusack, Anton Diffring

Votes: 35,584

28. Les nuits fauves (1992)

126 min | Biography, Drama

7.1
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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 »

Director: Cyril Collard | Stars: Cyril Collard, Romane Bohringer, Carlos López, Corine Blue

Votes: 1,937 | Gross: $0.66M

A few softcore scenes

29. Le parfum d'Yvonne (1994)

89 min | Drama, Romance

6.6
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How the life of Victor Chmara toppled during the course of a single day during the summer of 1958 ?

Director: Patrice Leconte | Stars: Jean-Pierre Marielle, Hippolyte Girardot, Sandra Extercatte, Richard Bohringer

Votes: 905

Diffused nudity. Thin plot but utterly evocative if you're in the right mood.

30. Smoking/No Smoking (1993)

298 min | Comedy

7.6
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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 »

Director: Alain Resnais | Stars: Sabine Azéma, Pierre Arditi, Peter Hudson

Votes: 1,478 | Gross: $0.06M

Smoking is the better one

31. Asterix and Obelix Meet Cleopatra (2002)

PG | 107 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

6.6
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Astérix and Obélix go to Egypt to help architect Numérobis who is building a palace for Cleopatra.

Director: Alain Chabat | Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Christian Clavier, Jamel Debbouze, Monica Bellucci

Votes: 41,109 | Gross: $3.12M

32. 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: 5,992

33. Inspector Maigret (1958)

119 min | Crime, Drama

7.3
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A serial killer is targeting women in the seedy district of Montmartre.

Director: Jean Delannoy | Stars: Jean Gabin, Annie Girardot, Olivier Hussenot, Jeanne Boitel

Votes: 1,058 | Gross: $0.01M

34. Tout ça... pour ça! (1993)

120 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance

6.1
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Director: Claude Lelouch | Stars: Marie-Sophie L., Francis Huster, Fabrice Luchini, Alessandra Martines

Votes: 652

35. Le Samouraï (1967)

GP | 101 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.1
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After Professional hitman Jef Costello is seen by witnesses his efforts to provide himself an alibi drive him further into a corner.

Director: Jean-Pierre Melville | Stars: Alain Delon, François Périer, Nathalie Delon, Cathy Rosier

Votes: 35,396 | Gross: $0.04M

36. Le grand pardon (1982)

130 min | Drama

5.7
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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.

Director: Alexandre Arcady | Stars: Roger Hanin, Clio Goldsmith, Bernard Giraudeau, Richard Berry

Votes: 488

Some violence

37. Les Carabiniers (1963)

80 min | Comedy, Drama, War

7.1
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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.

Director: Jean-Luc Godard | Stars: Patrice Moullet, Marino Masé, Geneviève Galéa, Catherine Ribeiro

Votes: 2,486

38. 2 ou 3 choses que je sais d'elle (1967)

Not Rated | 87 min | Comedy, Drama

7.0
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A day in the life of a Parisian housewife/prostitute, interspersed with musings on the Vietnam War and other contemporary issues.

Director: Jean-Luc Godard | Stars: Marina Vlady, Anny Duperey, Roger Montsoret, Raoul Lévy

Votes: 5,236 | Gross: $0.10M

39. Les maîtres du temps (1982)

78 min | Animation, Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.5
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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 »

Director: René Laloux | Stars: Jean Valmont, Michel Elias, Frédéric Legros, Yves-Marie Maurin

Votes: 4,211

Great old school anime. Deeply moving and masterfully crafted.

40. The Sucker (1965)

111 min | Comedy, Crime

7.5
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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 »

Director: Gérard Oury | Stars: Bourvil, Louis de Funès, Venantino Venantini, Henri Génès

Votes: 4,883

41. Story of Women (1988)

108 min | Drama, Romance

7.6
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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 »

Director: Claude Chabrol | Stars: Isabelle Huppert, François Cluzet, Marie Trintignant, Nils Tavernier

Votes: 3,154 | Gross: $0.44M

42. Le fils préféré (1994)

100 min | Drama

6.6
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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 »

Director: Nicole Garcia | Stars: Gérard Lanvin, Bernard Giraudeau, Jean-Marc Barr, Roberto Herlitzka

Votes: 290

43. Diva (1981)

R | 117 min | Thriller

7.3
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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.

Director: Jean-Jacques Beineix | Stars: Wilhelmenia Fernandez, Frédéric Andréi, Richard Bohringer, Thuy An Luu

Votes: 10,050 | Gross: $0.11M

44. Contempt (1963)

Not Rated | 102 min | Drama

7.7
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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.

Director: Jean-Luc Godard | Stars: Brigitte Bardot, Jack Palance, Michel Piccoli, Giorgia Moll

Votes: 22,373 | Gross: $0.04M

45. The Wages of Fear (1953)

Not Rated | 131 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

8.2
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In a decrepit South American village, four men are hired to transport an urgent nitroglycerine shipment without the equipment that would make it safe.

Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot | Stars: Yves Montand, Charles Vanel, Peter van Eyck, Folco Lulli

Votes: 40,320

46. Thieves (1996)

R | 117 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

7.0
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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 »

Director: André Téchiné | Stars: Catherine Deneuve, Daniel Auteuil, Laurence Côte, Benoît Magimel

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

5.9
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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 »

Director: Richard Berry | Stars: José Garcia, Marion Cotillard, Michel Duchaussoy, Bernard Le Coq

Votes: 1,490

48. Le palanquin des larmes (1988)

113 min | Drama

7.1
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The story of three generations of a family in Shanghai against the backdrop of tumultuous times.

Director: Jacques Dorfmann | Stars: Jie Chen, Zongying Huang, Wen Jiang, Gao Junxia

Votes: 61

49. Grégoire Moulin contre l'humanité (2001)

90 min | Comedy, Romance

6.9
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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 »

Director: Artus de Penguern | Stars: Artus de Penguern, Pascale Arbillot, Élisabeth Vitali, Antoine Duléry

Votes: 1,245

50. Mon Oncle (1958)

Not Rated | 117 min | Comedy

7.9
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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.

Director: Jacques Tati | Stars: Jacques Tati, Jean-Pierre Zola, Adrienne Servantie, Lucien Frégis

Votes: 15,048

51. Aaltra (2004)

Not Rated | 92 min | Comedy, Drama

7.1
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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 »

Directors: Benoît Delépine, Gustave Kervern | Stars: Benoît Delépine, Gustave Kervern, Michel de Gavre, Gérard Condejean

Votes: 2,489

52. Le séminaire Caméra Café (2009)

95 min | Comedy

4.3
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Employees of the Geugène Electro Stim company and their manager come to Paris for a corporate seminar.

Director: Charles Nemes | Stars: Bruno Solo, Yvan Le Bolloc'h, Armelle, Alain Bouzigues

Votes: 256

53. Le Plaisir (1952)

Not Rated | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.9
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Three separate stories about the same thing: pleasure.

Director: Max Ophüls | Stars: Jean Gabin, Danielle Darrieux, Simone Simon, Claude Dauphin

Votes: 3,303

54. Le Jour se Leve (1939)

Not Rated | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

7.8
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After committing a murder, a man locks himself in his apartment and recollects the events that led him to the killing.

Director: Marcel Carné | Stars: Jean Gabin, Jacqueline Laurent, Arletty, Jules Berry

Votes: 5,251 | Gross: $0.03M

55. Dance of the Vampires (1967)

Approved | 91 min | Comedy, Horror

7.3
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A noted professor and his dim-witted apprentice fall prey to their inquiring vampires, while on the trail of the ominous damsel in distress.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Jack MacGowran, Roman Polanski, Alfie Bass, Jessie Robins

Votes: 24,948

56. Le train (1973)

95 min | Drama, War

7.0
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Two people, a Frenchman Julien Maroyeur and a Jewish German woman (Anna Kupfer) met on a train while escaping the German army entering France.

Director: Pierre Granier-Deferre | Stars: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Romy Schneider, Maurice Biraud, Paul Amiot

Votes: 824

57. La femme défendue (1997)

100 min | Drama, Romance

7.3
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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 »

Director: Philippe Harel | Stars: Isabelle Carré, Philippe Harel, Nathalie Conio, Sophie Niedergang

Votes: 570

58. Seven Years in Tibet (1997)

PG-13 | 136 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

7.0
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55 Metascore

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.

Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud | Stars: Brad Pitt, David Thewlis, BD Wong, Mako

Votes: 104,905 | Gross: $37.96M

59. Diabolique (1955)

Not Rated | 117 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

8.1
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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.

Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot | Stars: Simone Signoret, Véra Clouzot, Paul Meurisse, Charles Vanel

Votes: 47,887

60. Now We've Seen It All! (1976)

R | 100 min | Comedy

6.3
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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 »

Director: Georges Lautner | Stars: Pierre Richard, Miou-Miou, Jean-Pierre Marielle, Renée Saint-Cyr

Votes: 418

61. Les liaisons dangereuses (1959)

106 min | Drama, Romance

6.9
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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 »

Director: Roger Vadim | Stars: Jeanne Moreau, Gérard Philipe, Annette Stroyberg, Madeleine Lambert

Votes: 989

62. The Great Spy Chase (1964)

84 min | Comedy, Action, Thriller

7.0
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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 »

Director: Georges Lautner | Stars: Lino Ventura, Francis Blanche, Bernard Blier, Mireille Darc

Votes: 1,336

63. Toto le héros (1991)

PG-13 | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

7.7
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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 »

Director: Jaco Van Dormael | Stars: Michel Bouquet, Mireille Perrier, Jo De Backer, Thomas Godet

Votes: 4,596 | Gross: $1.23M

64. Les misérables (1934)

281 min | Drama

8.1
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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.

Director: Raymond Bernard | Stars: Harry Baur, Charles Vanel, Paul Azaïs, Max Dearly

Votes: 1,232

65. Les sous-doués (1980)

92 min | Comedy

6.5
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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 »

Director: Claude Zidi | Stars: Michel Galabru, Maria Pacôme, Daniel Auteuil, Philippe Taccini

Votes: 2,548

66. Die Marquise von O... (1976)

PG | 102 min | Drama, History

7.3
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85 Metascore

A German Marquise has to deal with a pregnancy she cannot explain and an infatuated Russian Count.

Director: Éric Rohmer | Stars: Edith Clever, Bruno Ganz, Edda Seippel, Peter Lühr

Votes: 1,747 | Gross: $0.00M

Not an erotic movie, despite the title.

67. The Things of Life (1970)

GP | 89 min | Drama, Romance

7.8
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A highway engineer is involved in a car crash, after which, near death, he remembers his life leading up to the accident.

Director: Claude Sautet | Stars: Michel Piccoli, Romy Schneider, Gérard Lartigau, Jean Bouise

Votes: 2,974

68. Oscar (1967)

G | 85 min | Comedy

7.6
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Neurotic businessman must find the right man for his pregnant daughter. In fact, it is little bit complicated.

Director: Édouard Molinaro | Stars: Louis de Funès, Claude Rich, Mario David, Germaine Delbat

Votes: 4,666

69. The Grand Highway (1987)

R | 104 min | Drama

7.5
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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 »

Director: Jean-Loup Hubert | Stars: Anémone, Richard Bohringer, Antoine Hubert, Vanessa Guedj

Votes: 1,223 | Gross: $0.76M

70. Le Cercle Rouge (1970)

Not Rated | 140 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.1
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91 Metascore

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.

Director: Jean-Pierre Melville | Stars: Alain Delon, Bourvil, Gian Maria Volontè, Yves Montand

Votes: 17,137 | Gross: $0.37M

71. The Last Metro (1980)

PG | 131 min | Drama, Romance, War

7.4
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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.

Director: François Truffaut | Stars: Catherine Deneuve, Gérard Depardieu, Jean Poiret, Andréa Ferréol

Votes: 10,080

72. Mon oncle d'Amérique (1980)

PG | 125 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.9
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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.

Director: Alain Resnais | Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Nicole Garcia, Roger Pierre, Nelly Borgeaud

Votes: 3,788

73. La Grande Illusion (1937)

Unrated | 113 min | Drama, War

8.1
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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.

Director: Jean Renoir | Stars: Jean Gabin, Dita Parlo, Pierre Fresnay, Erich von Stroheim

Votes: 29,009 | Gross: $0.17M

74. Carnival of Sinners (1943)

Approved | 80 min | Fantasy, Horror

7.6
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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 »

Director: Maurice Tourneur | Stars: Pierre Fresnay, Josseline Gaël, Noël Roquevert, Guillaume de Sax

Votes: 848

75. Un Coeur en Hiver (1992)

105 min | Drama, Romance

7.7
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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. But his heart seems to be as cold as her playing is passionate.

Director: Claude Sautet | Stars: Daniel Auteuil, Emmanuelle Béart, André Dussollier, Elizabeth Bourgine

Votes: 7,729 | Gross: $1.67M

76. A Woman Is a Woman (1961)

Not Rated | 84 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.6
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71 Metascore

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.

Director: Jean-Luc Godard | Stars: Anna Karina, Jean-Claude Brialy, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Henri Attal

Votes: 11,829 | Gross: $0.10M

77. Les amants réguliers (2005)

183 min | Drama, Romance

7.1
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76 Metascore

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 »

Director: Philippe Garrel | Stars: Louis Garrel, Clotilde Hesme, Julien Lucas, Eric Rulliat

Votes: 2,348

78. Fantastic Planet (1973)

PG | 72 min | Animation, Sci-Fi

7.8
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On a faraway planet where blue giants rule, oppressed humanoids rebel against their machine-like leaders.

Director: René Laloux | Stars: Barry Bostwick, Jennifer Drake, Eric Baugin, Jean Topart

Votes: 16,629

79. Kirikou and the Sorceress (1998)

71 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

7.6
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In a troubled African village, an unusual baby is born.

Directors: Michel Ocelot, Raymond Burlet | Stars: Doudou Gueye Thiaw, Maimouna N'Diaye, Awa Sene Sarr, Robert Liensol

Votes: 6,740

80. Quai des Orfèvres (1947)

Not Rated | 106 min | Crime, Drama

7.7
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89 Metascore

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 »

Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot | Stars: Louis Jouvet, Simone Renant, Bernard Blier, Suzy Delair

Votes: 3,812 | Gross: $0.15M

81. Le petit prince a dit (1992)

115 min | Drama

7.2
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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 »

Director: Christine Pascal | Stars: Richard Berry, Anémone, Marie Kleiber, Lucie Phan

Votes: 272

Don't watch this if you recently lost someone you loved

82. Un dimanche à la campagne (1984)

G | 90 min | Drama

7.9
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An elderly painter whose son visits with his family on the weekends, is also surprised by a visit from his still-single daughter.

Director: Bertrand Tavernier | Stars: Louis Ducreux, Michel Aumont, Sabine Azéma, Geneviève Mnich

Votes: 1,778 | Gross: $2.41M

83. Marius (1931)

Not Rated | 130 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.9
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Marius is faced with a choice whether to fulfill his passion by sailing the seas or stay and marry the woman he loves.

Director: Alexander Korda | Stars: Raimu, Pierre Fresnay, Fernand Charpin, Alida Rouffe

Votes: 1,587

84. Dance Program (1937)

144 min | Drama

7.5
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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.

Director: Julien Duvivier | Stars: Marie Bell, Françoise Rosay, Louis Jouvet, Harry Baur

Votes: 398

85. The Count of Monte Cristo (1954)

183 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

7.2
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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 »

Director: Robert Vernay | Stars: Jean Marais, Lia Amanda, Daniel Ivernel, Folco Lulli

Votes: 599

86. L'adversaire (2002)

129 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.9
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When a man murders his wife, children and parents, the ensuing investigation reveals that he's been living a lie for almost 20 years.

Director: Nicole Garcia | Stars: Daniel Auteuil, Géraldine Pailhas, François Cluzet, Emmanuelle Devos

Votes: 2,620

Splendid but depressing movie with Daniel Auteuil.

87. Tchao pantin (1983)

100 min | Drama

7.4
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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 »

Director: Claude Berri | Stars: Coluche, Richard Anconina, Agnès Soral, Mahmoud Zemmouri

Votes: 2,009

88. 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: 3,215

The one I preferred.

89. La belle noiseuse (1991)

Unrated | 238 min | Drama

7.8
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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.

Director: Jacques Rivette | Stars: Michel Piccoli, Jane Birkin, Emmanuelle Béart, Marianne Denicourt

Votes: 5,190 | Gross: $0.41M

Some nudity.

90. Choses secrètes (2002)

Unrated | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

6.1
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55 Metascore

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 »

Director: Jean-Claude Brisseau | Stars: Coralie Revel, Sabrina Seyvecou, Roger Miremont, Fabrice Deville

Votes: 3,953 | Gross: $0.10M

A few (judiciously introduced) softcore scenes.

91. Coup de torchon (1981)

Not Rated | 128 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.7
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A worn-out, ineffective police chief humiliated by everyone around him decides one day to improve his life, by any means.

Director: Bertrand Tavernier | Stars: Philippe Noiret, Isabelle Huppert, Stéphane Audran, Jean-Pierre Marielle

Votes: 3,985

92. Le septième juré (1962)

90 min | Crime, Drama

7.4
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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.

Director: Georges Lautner | Stars: Bernard Blier, Maurice Biraud, Francis Blanche, Danièle Delorme

Votes: 559

93. The Lover (1992)

R | 115 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

6.9
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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.

Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud | Stars: Jane March, Tony Ka Fai Leung, Frédérique Meininger, Arnaud Giovaninetti

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

6.5
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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 »

Director: Christophe Gans | Stars: Julie Condra, Kevan Ohtsji, Mark Dacascos, Debbie Podowski

Votes: 10,058

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

7.8
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90 Metascore

A surgeon causes an accident which leaves his daughter disfigured, and goes to extremes to give her a new face.

Director: Georges Franju | Stars: Pierre Brasseur, Alida Valli, Juliette Mayniel, Alexandre Rignault

Votes: 19,594 | Gross: $0.05M

96. Cyrano de Bergerac (1990)

PG | 137 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

7.6
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Embarrassed by his large nose, a romantic poet/soldier romances his cousin by proxy.

Director: Jean-Paul Rappeneau | Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Anne Brochet, Vincent Perez, Jacques Weber

Votes: 19,407 | Gross: $15.14M

97. Pardon Mon Affaire (1976)

PG | 105 min | Comedy

7.1
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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 »

Director: Yves Robert | Stars: Jean Rochefort, Claude Brasseur, Guy Bedos, Victor Lanoux

Votes: 1,392

98. La fille sur le pont (1999)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.6
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75 Metascore

One night, a fading entertainer intervenes when a woman contemplates suicide, beginning a strange, unpredictable relationship.

Director: Patrice Leconte | Stars: Vanessa Paradis, Daniel Auteuil, Frédéric Pfluger, Demetre Georgalas

Votes: 11,682 | Gross: $1.71M

99. Buffet froid (1979)

Not Rated | 89 min | Comedy, Crime

7.7
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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 »

Director: Bertrand Blier | Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Bernard Blier, Jean Carmet, Denise Gence

Votes: 3,847

100. The Names of Love (2010)

R | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.2
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62 Metascore

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.

Director: Michel Leclerc | Stars: Sara Forestier, Jacques Gamblin, Zinedine Soualem, Carole Franck

Votes: 6,755 | Gross: $0.51M

Rated R