Best french comedies/meilleures comédies françaises

by barnabob89 | created - 15 Aug 2012 | updated - 19 Aug 2012 | Public

Not necessarily the most famous, but in my opinion, among the best ones -from those I have seen at least- Pas forcément les plus célèbres, mais à mon avis, parmi les meilleures -de celles que j'ai vues du moins-

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1. 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: 4,897

2. La Grande Vadrouille (1966)

G | 132 min | Comedy, War

8.0
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A RAF Bomber is shot down over Paris by the Germans. Its crew land there by parachute. With the help of some French civilians they try to escape over the demarcation line into the southern ... See full summary »

Director: Gérard Oury | Stars: Bourvil, Louis de Funès, Claudio Brook, Andréa Parisy

Votes: 12,600

3. La cité de la peur (1994)

93 min | Comedy

7.7
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A second-class horror movie has to be shown at Cannes Film Festival, but, before each screening, the projectionist is killed by a mysterious fellow, with hammer and sickle, just as it happens in the film to be shown.

Director: Alain Berbérian | Stars: Chantal Lauby, Alain Chabat, Dominique Farrugia, Gérard Darmon

Votes: 6,515

4. L'aile ou la cuisse (1976)

104 min | Comedy, Family

7.3
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Charles Duchemin, a well-known gourmet and the publisher of a famous restaurant guide, is waging a war against fast-food entrepreneur Tri-Catel to save the French art of cooking. After ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Zidi | Stars: Louis de Funès, Coluche, Ann Zacharias, Julien Guiomar

Votes: 7,815

5. 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: 3,839

6. The Troops of St. Tropez (1964)

90 min | Comedy, Crime

7.2
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The ambitious police officer Cruchot is transferred to St. Tropez. He's struggling with persistent nude swimmers, but even more with his teenage daughter, who's trying to impress her rich ... See full summary »

Director: Jean Girault | Stars: Louis de Funès, Geneviève Grad, Michel Galabru, Daniel Cauchy

Votes: 8,842

7. The Troops in New York (1965)

102 min | Comedy

6.4
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After being chosen to represent France in an international congress, Cruchot and his troops must go to New York, and adapt to its social and cultural aspects.

Director: Jean Girault | Stars: Louis de Funès, Michel Galabru, Christian Marin, Guy Grosso

Votes: 5,342

8. 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: 5,990

9. 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: 6,856

10. 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: 1,391

11. Nous irons tous au paradis (1977)

PG | 110 min | Comedy

7.0
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Director: Yves Robert | Stars: Jean Rochefort, Claude Brasseur, Guy Bedos, Victor Lanoux

Votes: 756

12. French Fried Vacation (1978)

87 min | Comedy, Romance

6.9
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Holidaymakers arriving in a Club Med camp on the Ivory Coast are determined to forget their everyday problems and emotional disappointments. Games, competitions, outings, bathing and sunburn accompany a continual succession of casual affairs.

Director: Patrice Leconte | Stars: Josiane Balasko, Luis Rego, Marie-Anne Chazel, Michel Blanc

Votes: 5,228

13. OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies (2006)

Not Rated | 99 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

7.1
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62 Metascore

Secret agent OSS 117 foils Nazis, beds local beauties, and brings peace to the Middle East.

Director: Michel Hazanavicius | Stars: Jean Dujardin, François Damiens, Khalid Maadour, Youssef Hamid

Votes: 15,093 | Gross: $0.30M

14. OSS 117: Lost in Rio (2009)

Unrated | 101 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

6.9
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58 Metascore

Hubert Bonisseur de la Bath, aka OSS 117, is the French spy considered by his superiors to be the best in the business. The year is 1967 - he's been sent on a mission to Rio de Janeiro, to ... See full summary »

Director: Michel Hazanavicius | Stars: Jean Dujardin, Louise Monot, Rüdiger Vogler, Alex Lutz

Votes: 10,628 | Gross: $0.09M

15. 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: 4,880

16. The Little World of Don Camillo (1952)

107 min | Comedy

7.7
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In a village of the Po valley where the earth is hard and life miserly, the priest and the communist mayor are always fighting to be the head of the community. If in secret, they admired ... See full summary »

Director: Julien Duvivier | Stars: Fernandel, Gino Cervi, Vera Talchi, Franco Interlenghi

Votes: 3,319

17. The Return of Don Camillo (1953)

115 min | Comedy

7.3
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After his battles with the communist mayor Peppone, Don Camillo is sent in exile by his bishop in a remote village. Peppone thought he got the village in his hands. But when the ... See full summary »

Director: Julien Duvivier | Stars: Fernandel, Gino Cervi, Arturo Bragaglia, Édouard Delmont

Votes: 1,871

18. Don Camillo e l'on. Peppone (1955)

97 min | Comedy

7.2
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Bewildered, Don Camillo learns that Peppone intends to stand for parliament. Determined to thwart his ambitions, the good priest, ignoring the recommendations of the Lord, decides to campaign against him.

Director: Carmine Gallone | Stars: Fernandel, Gino Cervi, Claude Sylvain, Leda Gloria

Votes: 1,568

19. The Mad Adventures of 'Rabbi' Jacob (1973)

G | 95 min | Comedy

7.5
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A bigoted Frenchman finds himself forced to impersonate a popular rabbi while on the run from a group of assassins - and the police.

Director: Gérard Oury | Stars: Louis de Funès, Miou-Miou, Suzy Delair, Marcel Dalio

Votes: 9,832

20. 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: 27,147 | Gross: $0.70M

21. 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: 2,545

22. Le boulet (2002)

PG-13 | 107 min | Adventure, Action, Comedy

6.0
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It is the story of two types: Moltes a criminal in prison and Reggio one of the guards. Crazy adventures happen when following a winner ticket to Africa, they competes in a rally and are chased by the Turk, a sworn enemy of Moltes.

Directors: Alain Berbérian, Frédéric Forestier | Stars: Gérard Lanvin, Benoît Poelvoorde, José Garcia, Djimon Hounsou

Votes: 4,175

23. Le petit baigneur (1968)

96 min | Comedy

6.6
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Louis-Philippe Fourchaume, another typical lead-role for French comedy superstar Louis de Funès, is the dictatorial CEO of a French company which designs and produces sail yachts, and fires... See full summary »

Director: Robert Dhéry | Stars: Louis de Funès, Andréa Parisy, Franco Fabrizi, Michèle Alexandre

Votes: 2,858

24. Taxi, roulotte et corrida (1958)

86 min | Comedy

6.1
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A chaotic family go on holiday to Spain and get mixed up with a gang of diamond thieves

Director: André Hunebelle | Stars: Louis de Funès, Raymond Bussières, Annette Poivre, Guy Bertil

Votes: 372

25. Jo (1971)

85 min | Comedy

7.2
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Antoine Brisebard, a famous comedy playwright, is struggling with financial difficulties and is preparing to sell his country villa to an English couple. What no one knows, however, is that... See full summary »

Director: Jean Girault | Stars: Louis de Funès, Claude Gensac, Michel Galabru, Bernard Blier

Votes: 2,151

26. The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe (1972)

PG | 90 min | Comedy, Mystery

7.3
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A hapless orchestra player becomes an unwitting pawn of rival factions within the French secret service after he is chosen as a decoy by being identified as a super secret agent.

Director: Yves Robert | Stars: Pierre Richard, Bernard Blier, Jean Rochefort, Mireille Darc

Votes: 5,808

27. Monsieur Gangster (1963)

105 min | Comedy, Action, Crime

7.9
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Ex-gangster Fernand (Lino Ventura) receives a call from a dying friend, a mob boss nicknamed "The Mexican". The doomed mobster talks Fernand into taking care of some criminal business and ... See full summary »

Director: Georges Lautner | Stars: Lino Ventura, Bernard Blier, Francis Blanche, Claude Rich

Votes: 4,355

28. Four Bags Full (1956)

80 min | Comedy

7.4
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Two men, a painter and a poor guy, have to cross over Paris by night during World War II and to deliver black market meat. As they walk along dark Parisian streets, they encounter various ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Autant-Lara | Stars: Jean Gabin, Bourvil, Louis de Funès, Jeannette Batti

Votes: 2,737 | Gross: $0.02M

29. Fantomas (1964)

G | 100 min | Comedy, Crime, Adventure

7.0
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Criminal mastermind Fantômas, a man of a thousand faces, is unhappy with Fandor, a journalist whose written a fictive interview of him. He kidnaps Fandor, threatens to kill him, but first ... See full summary »

Director: André Hunebelle | Stars: Jean Marais, Louis de Funès, Mylène Demongeot, Jacques Dynam

Votes: 7,154

30. Fantômas se déchaîne (1965)

Not Rated | 94 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

6.9
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When Professor Marchand, a famous scientist, mysteriously disappears, the commissioner, Juve, immediately suspects Fantomas.

Directors: André Hunebelle, Haroun Tazieff | Stars: Jean Marais, Louis de Funès, Mylène Demongeot, Jacques Dynam

Votes: 5,040

31. Inspecteur la Bavure (1980)

100 min | Comedy

6.2
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The clumsy son of a deceased police hero joins the police and his task is to protect a reporter from the most famous gangster of Paris.

Director: Claude Zidi | Stars: Coluche, Gérard Depardieu, Dominique Lavanant, Julien Guiomar

Votes: 1,393

32. The Exchange Student (1967)

84 min | Comedy

6.6
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Charles Bosquier, a role apparently written for French comedy superstar Louis de Funès, is the dictatorial headmaster of a French strict boarding school. No father could be deeper shocked ... See full summary »

Director: Jean Girault | Stars: Louis de Funès, Ferdy Mayne, Martine Kelly, François Leccia

Votes: 2,261

33. Banzaï (1983)

102 min | Adventure, Comedy

5.8
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Director: Claude Zidi | Stars: Coluche, Valérie Mairesse, Didier Kaminka, François Perrot

Votes: 1,154

34. The Cabbage Soup (1981)

98 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

6.5
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2 buddy farmers are visited by aliens who like their domestic cabbage soup.

Director: Jean Girault | Stars: Louis de Funès, Jean Carmet, Jacques Villeret, Claude Gensac

Votes: 5,918

35. La cité de la peur (1994)

93 min | Comedy

7.7
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A second-class horror movie has to be shown at Cannes Film Festival, but, before each screening, the projectionist is killed by a mysterious fellow, with hammer and sickle, just as it happens in the film to be shown.

Director: Alain Berbérian | Stars: Chantal Lauby, Alain Chabat, Dominique Farrugia, Gérard Darmon

Votes: 6,515

36. Les couloirs du temps: Les visiteurs II (1998)

G | 118 min | Comedy, Fantasy

6.0
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Knight Godefroy has to return to our time from 1023 to get back the sacred jewels that Jacquouille has taken to the 20th century.

Director: Jean-Marie Poiré | Stars: Christian Clavier, Jean Reno, Muriel Robin, Marie-Anne Chazel

Votes: 8,463 | Gross: $0.15M

37. Les rois mages (2001)

102 min | Comedy, Fantasy

5.6
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Through a quirk in the space time continuun the three magi (the director Didier Bourdon as Balthazar, Bernard Campan as Melchior, and Pascal Legitimus as Gaspard) find themselves in various... See full synopsis »

Directors: Didier Bourdon, Bernard Campan | Stars: Didier Bourdon, Bernard Campan, Pascal Légitimus, Virginie de Clausade

Votes: 1,763

38. Taxi (I) (1998)

Not Rated | 86 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

6.9
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To work off his tarnished driving record, a hip taxi driver must chauffeur a loser police inspector on the trail of German bank robbers.

Director: Gérard Pirès | Stars: Samy Naceri, Frédéric Diefenthal, Marion Cotillard, Manuela Gourary

Votes: 66,292 | Gross: $0.27M

39. My New Partner (1984)

R | 107 min | Comedy, Crime

7.2
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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. When his partner retires, he must team up ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Zidi | Stars: Philippe Noiret, Thierry Lhermitte, Régine, Grace De Capitani

Votes: 3,336

40. My New Partner II (1990)

107 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

6.1
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The partners are back and are in a tight spot! Francois is going through a moral crisis, and Rene is experiencing the same. But, honesty is not always the best policy. After being suspended... See full summary »

Director: Claude Zidi | Stars: Philippe Noiret, Thierry Lhermitte, Guy Marchand, Jean-Pierre Castaldi

Votes: 1,570

41. Little Indian, Big City (1994)

PG | 90 min | Adventure, Comedy, Romance

5.6
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The Parisian broker Steph only needs the signature from his wife Patricia for their divorce - but she left 13 years ago for living with Amazonas indians. Steph finds her in the village and ... See full summary »

Director: Hervé Palud | Stars: Thierry Lhermitte, Ludwig Briand, Patrick Timsit, Miou-Miou

Votes: 3,408 | Gross: $1.00M

42. The Dinner Game (1998)

PG-13 | 80 min | Comedy

7.7
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73 Metascore

To amuse themselves at a weekly dinner, a few well-heeled folk each bring a dimwit along who is to talk about his pastime. Each member seeks to introduce a champion dumbbell. Pierre, an ... See full summary »

Director: Francis Veber | Stars: Thierry Lhermitte, Jacques Villeret, Francis Huster, Daniel Prévost

Votes: 32,064 | Gross: $4.07M

43. L'enquête corse (2004)

92 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

5.8
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Rémi François is a detective who is hired to find Ange Leoni, a Corsican who apparently has inherited a 2 million euros house.

Director: Alain Berbérian | Stars: Christian Clavier, Jean Reno, Caterina Murino, Didier Flamand

Votes: 3,157

44. Asterix and Obelix vs. Caesar (1999)

Not Rated | 109 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

5.9
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The well-known little village from the Asterix and Obelix-comic books is in trouble: It is the last place not controlled by Rome. When Tax collector Claudius Incorruptus does not get his ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Zidi | Stars: Christian Clavier, Gérard Depardieu, Roberto Benigni, Michel Galabru

Votes: 33,534 | Gross: $1.64M

45. Le schpountz (1938)

Passed | 160 min | Comedy

7.3
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Meeting a movie team on location near his house, a young man saw a lots of encouragment for his dreaming carreer as a movie star in what was only sarcasm from the members of the team. (This... See full summary »

Director: Marcel Pagnol | Stars: Fernandel, Orane Demazis, Fernand Charpin, Léon Belières

Votes: 580

46. The Cow and I (1959)

TV-PG | 118 min | Comedy

7.2
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In 1942, a French prisoner of war in Germany decides to escape to France using a cow held by a lunge as a decoy. He crosses all Germany in this way.

Director: Henri Verneuil | Stars: Fernandel, Pierre-Louis, Ellen Schwiers, Ingeborg Schöner

Votes: 1,118

47. Deux heures moins le quart avant Jésus-Christ (1982)

110 min | Comedy

5.8
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Rahatlocum is a North African Roman colony where Julius Caesar came to spend an expensive holiday. The revolt rumbles among the small people who find a leader in the person of Ben-Hur Marcel.

Director: Jean Yanne | Stars: Coluche, Michel Serrault, Jean Yanne, Françoise Fabian

Votes: 1,208