Best of France

French movies I've seen and loved.
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1.
A Trip to the Moon (1902 Short Film)
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A group of astronomers go on an expedition to the Moon. (13 mins.)
 
2.
Napoleon (1927)
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A film about the French Field Marshal's youth and early military career. (240 mins.)
Director: Abel Gance
 
3.
The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)
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A chronicle of the trial of Jeanne d'Arc on charges of heresy, and the efforts of her ecclesiastical jurists to force Jeanne to recant her claims of holy visions. (110 mins.)
Director: Carl Th. Dreyer
 
4.
Un Chien Andalou (1929 Short Film)
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Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí present seventeen minutes of bizarre, surreal imagery. (16 mins.)
Director: Louis Bunuel
 
5.
L'Age d'Or (1930)
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A surrealist tale of a man and a woman passionately in love with one another, but their attempts to consummate that passion are constantly thwarted by their families, the Church, and bourgeois society. (60 mins.)
Director: Luis Buñuel
 
6.
À Nous la Liberté (1931)
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A famous left-wing satirical comedy about two ex-convicts, one of whom escaped jail and then worked his way up from salesman to factory owner... (104 mins.)
Director: René Clair
 
7.
The Blood of a Poet (1932)
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A young artist draws a face at a canvas on his easel. Suddenly the mouth on the drawing comes into life and starts talking... (55 mins.)
Director: Jean Cocteau
 
8.
Zero for Conduct (1933 Short Film)
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In a repressive boarding school with rigid rules of behavior, four boys decide to rebel against the direction on a celebration day. (44 mins.)
Director: Jean Vigo
 
9.
L'Atalante (1934)
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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. (89 mins.)
Director: Jean Vigo
 
10.
La Grande Illusion (1937)
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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. (114 mins.)
Director: Jean Renoir
 
11.
The Rules of the Game (1939)
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A bourgeois life in France at the onset of World War II, as the rich and their poor servants meet up at a French chateau. (110 mins.)
Director: Jean Renoir
 
12.
Children of Paradise (1945)
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The theatrical life of a beautiful courtesan and the four men who love her. (190 mins.)
Director: Marcel Carné
 
13.
Beauty and the Beast (1946)
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A beautiful young woman takes her father's place as the prisoner of a mysterious beast, who wishes to marry her. (96 mins.)
Director: Jean Cocteau
 
14.
La Ronde (1950)
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An all-knowing interlocutor guides us through a series of affairs in Vienna, 1900. A soldier meets an eager young lady of the evening... (97 mins.)
Director: Max Ophüls
 
15.
Diary of a Country Priest (1951)
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A young priest taking over the parish at Ambricourt tries to fulfill his duties even as he fights a mysterious stomach ailment. (115 mins.)
Director: Robert Bresson
 
16.
Monsieur Hulot's Holiday (1953)
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Monsieur Hulot comes to a beachside hotel for a vacation, where he accidentally (but good-naturedly) causes havoc. (114 mins.)
Director: Jacques Tati
 
17.
The Earrings of Madame de... (1953)
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In the Paris of the late 19th century, Louise, wife of a general, sells the earrings her husband gave... (105 mins.)
Director: Max Ophüls
 
18.
The Wages of Fear (1953)
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In a decrepit South American village, men are hired to transport an urgent nitroglycerine shipment without the equipment that would make it safe. (131 mins.)
 
19.
Night and Fog (1955 Documentary)
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The history of Nazi Germany's death camps of the Final Solution and the hellish world of dehumanization and death contained inside. (32 mins.)
Director: Alain Resnais
 
20.
Rififi (1955)
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Four men plan a technically perfect crime, but the human element intervenes... (122 mins.)
Director: Jules Dassin
 
21.
Lola Montès (1955)
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The film tells the tragic story of Lola Montès, a great adventurer who becomes the main attraction of... (116 mins.)
Director: Max Ophuls
 
22.
Diabolique (1955)
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The wife of a cruel headmaster and his mistress conspire to kill him, but after the murder is committed, his body disappears, and strange events begin to plague the two women. (116 mins.)
Director: H.G. Clouzot
 
23.
Bob le Flambeur (1956)
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Bob, an old gangster and gambler is almost broke, so he decides in spite of the warnings of a friend... (98 mins.)
Director: Melville
 
24.
The Red Balloon (1956 Short Film)
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A red balloon with a life of its own follows a little boy around the streets of Paris. (34 mins.)
 
25.
Mon Oncle (1958)
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Monsieur Hulot visits the technology-driven world of his sister, brother-in-law, and nephew, but he can't quite fit into the surroundings. (117 mins.)
Director: Jacques Tati
 
26.
The 400 Blows (1959)
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Moving story of a young boy who, left without attention, delves into a life of petty crime. (99 mins.)
 
27.
Black Orpheus (1959)
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A retelling of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth, set during the time of the Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro. (100 mins.)
Director: Marcel Camus
 
28.
Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959)
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A French actress filming an anti-war film in Hiroshima has an affair with a married Japanese architect as they share their differing perspectives on war. (90 mins.)
Director: Alain Resnais
 
29.
Breathless (1960)
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A small-time thief steals a car and impulsively murders a motorcycle policeman. Wanted by the authorities, he reunites with a hip American journalism student and attempts to persuade her to run away with him to Italy. (90 mins.)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
 
30.
Jules and Jim (1962)
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Decades of a love triangle concerning two friends and an impulsive woman. (105 mins.)
 
31.
Shoot the Piano Player (1960)
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Charlie Kohler is a piano player in a bar. The waitress Lena is in love with him. One of Charlie's brother... (92 mins.)
 
32.
My Life to Live (1962)
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Twelve episodic tales in the life of a Parisian woman and her slow descent into prostitution. (80 mins.)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
 
33.
La Jetée (1962 Short Film)
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Time travel, still images, a past, present and future and the aftermath of World War III. The tale of a man... (28 mins.)
Director: Chris Marker
 
34.
Contempt (1963)
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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. (103 mins.)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
 
35.
Les Carabiniers (1963)
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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. (75 mins.)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
 
36.
Le Petit Soldat (1963)
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During the Algerian war for independence from France, a young Frenchman living in Geneva who belongs... (88 mins.)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
 
37.
Band of Outsiders (1964)
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Two crooks with a fondness for old Hollywood B-movies convince a languages student to help them commit a robbery. (95 mins.)
 
38.
That Man from Rio (1964)
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A young man comes to the rescue of his girlfriend abducted by thieves and brought to Rio. An extravagant adventure ensues. (112 mins.)
 
39.
Diary of a Chambermaid (1964)
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Celestine, the chambermaid, has new job on the country. The Monteils, who she works for are a group of strange people... (101 mins.)
Director: Luis Buñuel
 
40.
Alphaville (1965)
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A U.S. secret agent is sent to the distant space city of Alphaville where he must find a missing person and free the city from its tyrannical ruler. (99 mins.)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
 
41.
King of Hearts (1966)
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During the latter part of World War I, Private Charles Plumpick is chosen to go into the French town... (102 mins.)
 
42.
Belle de Jour (1967)
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A frigid young housewife decides to spend her midweek afternoons as a prostitute. (101 mins.)
Director: Luis Bunuel
 
43.
Playtime (1967)
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Monsieur Hulot curiously wanders around a high-tech Paris, paralleling a trip with a group of American tourists. Meanwhile, a nightclub/restaurant prepares its opening night, but it's still under construction. (115 mins.)
Director: Jacques Tati
 
44.
The Army of Shadows (1969)
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An account of underground resistance fighters in Nazi-occupied France. (145 mins.)
 
45.
The Wild Child (1970)
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In a French forest in 1798, a child is found who cannot walk, speak, read or write. A doctor becomes interested in the child and patiently attempts to civilize him. (83 mins.)
 
46.
Trafic (1971)
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Mr. Hulot drives a recreational vehicle from Paris to Amsterdam in his usual comical, disastrous style. (96 mins.)
Director: Jacques Tati
 
47.
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972)
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A surreal, virtually plotless series of dreams centered around six middle-class people and their consistently interrupted attempts to have a meal together. (102 mins.)
Director: Luis Bunuel
 
48.
Cousin cousine (1975)
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Two distant cousins meet at a wedding banquet for an elderly couple. Over time, a close friendship develops between them, but their spouses begin to think that they are more than just friends. (95 mins.)
 
49.
Small Change (1976)
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In the town of Thiers, summer of 1976, teachers and parents give their children skills, love, and attention... (104 mins.)
 
50.
The Man Who Loved Women (1977)
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Bertrand Morane's burial is attended by all the women the forty-year-old engineer loved. We then flash back to Bertrand's life and love affairs... (120 mins.)
 
51.
La Cage aux Folles (1978)
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Two gay men living in St. Tropez have their lives turned upside down when the son of one of the men announces he is getting married... (103 mins.)
 
52.
Diva (1981)
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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. (117 mins.)
 
53.
The Return of Martin Guerre (1982)
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In medieval France, some villagers challenge a man's claim of identity when he (as he says) returns home from some time in the army. (122 mins.)
Director: Daniel Vigne
 
54.
First Name: Carmen (1983)
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Carmen is a member of a terrorist gang who falls in love with a young police officer guarding a bank that she and her cohorts try to rob... (85 mins.)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
 
55.
Entre Nous (1983)
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In 1942 in occupied France, a Jewish refugee marries a soldier to escape deportation to Germany. Meanwhile... (110 mins.)
Director: Diane Kurys
 
56.
Vagabond (1985)
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A young woman's body is found frozen in a ditch. Through flashbacks and interviews, we see the events that led to her inevitable death. (105 mins.)
Director: Agnès Varda
 
57.
Betty Blue (1986)
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Zorg is a handyman working at in France, maintaining and looking after the bungalows. He lives a quiet and peaceful life... (120 mins.)
 
58.
Jean de Florette (1986)
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A greedy landowner and his backward nephew conspire to block the only water source for an adjoining property in order to bankrupt the owner and force him to sell. (120 mins.)
Director: Claude Berri
 
59.
Manon of the Spring (1986)
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A beautiful but shy shepherdess plots vengeance on the men whose greedy conspiracy to acquire her father's land caused his death years earlier. (113 mins.)
Director: Claude Berri
 
60.
Au Revoir Les Enfants (1987)
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A French boarding school run by priests seems to be a haven from World War II until a new student arrives. He becomes the roommate of top student in his class. Rivals at first, the roommates form a bond and share a secret. (104 mins.)
Director: Louis Malle
 
61.
May Fools (1990)
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Like Vanya, in Malle's last film, Milou never left the family estate. His mother dies during the May 1968 student uprising in Paris... (107 mins.)
Director: Louis Malle
 
62.
The Hairdresser's Husband (1990)
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Twelve-year-old Antoine falls profoundly in love with a voluptuous but suicidal hairdresser, a formative experience he never forgets... (82 mins.)
Director: Patrice Leconte
 
63.
La Femme Nikita (1990)
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Convicted felon Nikita, instead of going to jail, is given a new identity and trained, stylishly, as a top secret spy/assassin. (117 mins.)
Director: Luc Besson
 
64.
The City of Lost Children (1995)
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A scientist in a surrealist society kidnaps children to steal their dreams, hoping that they slow his aging process. (112 mins.)
 
65.
Microcosmos (1996 Documentary)
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A documentary on insect life in meadows and ponds. (80 mins.)
 
66.
When the Cat's Away (1996)
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Chloe, a young woman, is going on holidays. She entrusts her beloved cat to Madame Renée's care. But... (91 mins.)
 
67.
Ma Vie en Rose (1997)
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Ludovic is a transgender girl who is coming out. She talks of marrying her neighbor's son and can not understand why everyone is so surprised about it... (88 mins.)
Director: Alain Berliner
 
68.
The Dreamlife of Angels (1998)
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In Lille, two penniless young women with few prospects become friends. Isa moves in with Marie, who's... (113 mins.)
Director: Erick Zonca
 
69.
Rosetta (1999)
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Young and impulsive Rosetta lives with her alcoholic mother and, moved by despair, she will do anything to maintain a job. (95 mins.)
 
70.
The Widow of Saint-Pierre (2000)
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In a small French colony, a drunken man kills someone. While a guillotine is being shipped in, he changes, becoming a good and popular man. (112 mins.)
Director: Patrice Leconte
 
71.
Va Savoir (Who Knows?) (2001)
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Quick-witted, well-read cultured types revolve around each other in a delightful potpourri of theatre, romanticism and theft. (154 mins.)
Director: Jacques Rivette
 
72.
Fat Girl (2001)
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Two sisters confront their sexual attitudes and experiences while on a family holiday. (83 mins.)
 
73.
Amélie (2001)
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Amélie is an innocent and naive girl in Paris with her own sense of justice. She decides to help those around her and, along the way, discovers love. (122 mins.)
 
74.
Time Out (2001)
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An unemployed man finds his life sinking more and more into trouble as he hides his situation from his family and friends. (134 mins.)
Director: Laurent Cantet
 
75.
Winged Migration (2001 Documentary)
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Documentary on the migratory patterns of birds, shot over the course of three years on all seven continents. (98 mins.)
 
76.
To Be and to Have (2002 Documentary)
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A documentary portrait of a one-room school in rural France, where the students (ranging in age from 4 to 11) are educated by a single dedicated teacher. (104 mins.)
 
77.
Swimming Pool (2003)
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A British mystery author visits her publisher's home in the South of France, where her interaction with his unusual daughter sets off some touchy dynamics. (102 mins.)
Director: François Ozon
 
78.
The Triplets of Belleville (2003)
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When her grandson is kidnapped during the Tour de France, Madame Souza and her beloved pooch Bruno team up with the Belleville Sisters--an aged song-and-dance team from the days of Fred Astaire--to rescue him. (78 mins.)
Director: Sylvain Chomet
 
79.
The Beat That My Heart Skipped (2005)
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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? (108 mins.)
Director: Jacques Audiard
 
80.
Private Fears in Public Places (2006)
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In Paris, six people all look for love, despite typically having their romantic aspirations dashed at every turn. (120 mins.)
Director: Alain Resnais
 
81.
Tell No One (2006)
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Police find two bodies at an old murder scene and evidence to suggest the scene's first victim's husband is a murderer. Coincidentally, the husband receives clues suggesting his deceased wife is actually alive and begins to investigate. (131 mins.)
Director: Guillaume Canet
 
82.
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)
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The true story of Elle editor Jean-Dominique Bauby who suffers a stroke and has to live with an almost totally paralyzed body; only his left eye isn't paralyzed. (112 mins.)
Director: Julian Schnabel
 
83.
Flight of the Red Balloon (2007)
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A little boy and his baby-sitter inhabit the same imaginary world: through their adventures they are followed by a strange red balloon. (115 mins.)
Director: Hsiao-Hsien Hou
 
84.
One Day You'll Understand (2008)
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A man endeavors to collect memories of his grandparents who died in a concentration camp during the Holocaust. (90 mins.)
Director: Amos Gitai
 
85.
Of Gods and Men (2010)
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Under threat by fundamentalist terrorists, a group of Trappist monks stationed with an impoverished Algerian community must decide whether to leave or stay. (122 mins.)
Director: Xavier Beauvois