Favourite French Films

by theadoraify | created - 16 Aug 2012 | updated - 31 Aug 2012 | Public

All-time favourite french language films!

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1. Amélie (2001)

R | 122 min | Comedy, Romance

8.3
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69 Metascore

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.

Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet | Stars: Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz, Rufus, Lorella Cravotta

Votes: 594,484 | Gross: $33.23M

2. Paris, je t'aime (2006)

R | 120 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.3
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66 Metascore

Through the neighborhoods of Paris, love is veiled, revealed, imitated, sucked dry, reinvented and awakened.

Directors: Olivier Assayas, Frédéric Auburtin, Emmanuel Benbihy, Gurinder Chadha, Sylvain Chomet, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, Isabel Coixet, Wes Craven, Alfonso Cuarón, Gérard Depardieu, Christopher Doyle, Richard LaGravenese, Vincenzo Natali, Alexander Payne, Bruno Podalydès, Walter Salles, Oliver Schmitz, Nobuhiro Suwa, Daniela Thomas, Tom Tykwer, Gus Van Sant | Stars: Juliette Binoche, Leonor Watling, Ludivine Sagnier, Fanny Ardant

Votes: 65,646 | Gross: $4.86M

3. Read My Lips (2001)

R | 115 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

7.4
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82 Metascore

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.

Director: Jacques Audiard | Stars: Vincent Cassel, Emmanuelle Devos, Olivier Gourmet, Olivier Perrier

Votes: 11,851 | Gross: $1.36M

4. Love Me If You Dare (2003)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.7
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45 Metascore

As adults, best friends Julien and Sophie continue the odd game they started as children -- a fearless competition to outdo one another with daring and outrageous stunts. While they often act out to relieve one another's pain, their game might be a way to avoid the fact that they are truly meant for one another.

Director: Yann Samuell | Stars: Guillaume Canet, Marion Cotillard, Thibault Verhaeghe, Joséphine Lebas-Joly

Votes: 59,975 | Gross: $0.55M

5. La princesse de Montpensier (2010)

Not Rated | 139 min | Action, Drama, History

6.5
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78 Metascore

Bertrand Tavernier is in top form with this gripping, superbly mounted drama set against the savage Catholic/Protestant wars that ripped France apart in the 16th century. Based on a novella... See full summary »

Director: Bertrand Tavernier | Stars: Mélanie Thierry, Lambert Wilson, Gaspard Ulliel, Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet

Votes: 3,048 | Gross: $0.34M

6. Happenstance (2000)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.9
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59 Metascore

How, thanks to what's known as the "Butterfly theory" (a random series of unlinked events), can a young woman and a young man meet ?

Director: Laurent Firode | Stars: Audrey Tautou, Faudel, Eric Savin, Nathalie Besançon

Votes: 3,643 | Gross: $0.13M

7. Priceless (2006)

PG-13 | 106 min | Comedy, Romance

7.0
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72 Metascore

Through a set of wacky circumstances, a young gold digger mistakenly woos a mild-mannered bartender thinking he's a wealthy suitor.

Director: Pierre Salvadori | Stars: Audrey Tautou, Gad Elmaleh, Marie-Christine Adam, Vernon Dobtcheff

Votes: 27,619 | Gross: $1.50M

8. À la folie... pas du tout (2002)

PG-13 | 92 min | Romance, Thriller

7.2
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63 Metascore

A young woman who is in love with a married doctor becomes dangerous when her attempts to persuade him to leave his wife are unsuccessful. However, when things are seen from his point of view, the real situation becomes clear.

Director: Laetitia Colombani | Stars: Audrey Tautou, Samuel Le Bihan, Isabelle Carré, Sophie Guillemin

Votes: 17,063 | Gross: $1.01M

9. L'arnacoeur (2010)

Not Rated | 105 min | Comedy, Romance

6.8
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59 Metascore

Alex and his sister run a business designed to break up relationships. They are hired by a rich man to break up the wedding of his daughter. The only problem is that they only have one week to do so.

Director: Pascal Chaumeil | Stars: Romain Duris, Vanessa Paradis, Julie Ferrier, François Damiens

Votes: 22,650 | Gross: $0.50M

10. Les beaux gosses (2009)

Not Rated | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.4
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A coming-of-age tale about an adolescent boy and his efforts to fit in amongst a varied cast of characters.

Director: Riad Sattouf | Stars: Vincent Lacoste, Anthony Sonigo, Alice Tremolière, Julie Scheibling

Votes: 2,955

11. Ma vie en l'air (2005)

103 min | Comedy, Romance

6.9
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Will the fear of flying rob a man of his second chance for love?

Director: Rémi Bezançon | Stars: Vincent Elbaz, Marion Cotillard, Gilles Lellouche, Elsa Kikoïne

Votes: 2,022

12. Un amour de jeunesse (2011)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama, Romance

6.6
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80 Metascore

A chronicle of the romance between Camille and Sullivan, which begins during their adolescence and picks up after Sullivan's 8-year absence from exploring the world.

Director: Mia Hansen-Løve | Stars: Lola Créton, Sebastian Urzendowsky, Magne-Håvard Brekke, Valérie Bonneton

Votes: 3,976 | Gross: $0.06M

13. Ruby & Quentin (2003)

Not Rated | 85 min | Comedy, Crime

7.2
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After hiding his loot and getting thrown in jail, Ruby, a brooding outlaw encounters Quentin, a dim-witted and garrulous giant who befriends him. After Quentin botches a solo escape attempt... See full summary »

Director: Francis Veber | Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Jean Reno, Richard Berry, André Dussollier

Votes: 23,367

14. Les géants (2011)

84 min | Adventure, Drama

6.7
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Brothers Seth and Zak, fifteen and thirteen & 3/4 years old, are spending the summer in their deceased grandfather's house, waiting in vain for their mother, who is otherwise busy, and ... See full summary »

Director: Bouli Lanners | Stars: Zacharie Chasseriaud, Martin Nissen, Paul Bartel, Karim Leklou

Votes: 1,574

15. The Beat That My Heart Skipped (2005)

Unrated | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Music

7.3
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75 Metascore

Will Thomas still lead a life of crime and cruelty, just like his thuggish father, or will he pursue his dream of becoming a pianist?

Director: Jacques Audiard | Stars: Romain Duris, Aure Atika, Emmanuelle Devos, Niels Arestrup

Votes: 16,722 | Gross: $1.02M

16. Mic Macs à Tire-Larigot (2009)

R | 105 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

7.2
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62 Metascore

A man and his friends come up with an intricate and original plan to destroy two big weapons manufacturers.

Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet | Stars: Dany Boon, André Dussollier, Nicolas Marié, Yolande Moreau

Votes: 26,226 | Gross: $1.26M

17. A Very Long Engagement (2004)

R | 133 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

7.7
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76 Metascore

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.

Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet | Stars: Audrey Tautou, Gaspard Ulliel, Jodie Foster, Dominique Pinon

Votes: 65,707 | Gross: $6.17M

18. 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: 70,914 | Gross: $1.79M

19. Les menteurs (1999)

13 min | Short

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Director: Laurent Firode | Stars: Gérard Azam, Yann Beldom, Denise Boulet, Franck Bussi

20. The 400 Blows (1959)

Not Rated | 99 min | Crime, Drama

8.1
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Moving story of a young boy who, left without attention, delves into a life of petty crime.

Director: François Truffaut | Stars: Jean-Pierre Léaud, Albert Rémy, Claire Maurier, Guy Decomble

Votes: 79,674

21. Band of Outsiders (1964)

Not Rated | 95 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.8
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88 Metascore

Two crooks with a fondness for old Hollywood B-movies convince a languages student to help them commit a robbery.

Director: Jean-Luc Godard | Stars: Anna Karina, Claude Brasseur, Danièle Girard, Louisa Colpeyn

Votes: 18,293 | Gross: $0.04M

22. 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: 15,043

23. L'Atalante (1934)

Not Rated | 89 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.9
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Newly married couple Juliette and a ship captain Jean struggle through marriage as they travel on the L'atalante along with the captain's first mate Le père Jules and a cabin boy.

Director: Jean Vigo | Stars: Dita Parlo, Jean Dasté, Michel Simon, Gilles Margaritis

Votes: 11,588

24. 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: 29,006 | Gross: $0.17M