mjf314's favorite French movies

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1. The Mother and the Whore (1973)

210 min | Drama, Romance

8.2
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In Paris, the pedantic Alexandre lives with his mate Marie in her apartment, an open relationship. Alexandre, who is idle and chauvinist, spends his days reading, drinking and shagging ... See full summary »

Director: Jean Eustache | Stars: Bernadette Lafont, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Françoise Lebrun, Isabelle Weingarten

Votes: 3,955

2. La Jetée (1962)

Not Rated | 28 min | Short, Drama, Romance

8.3
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The story of a man forced to explore his memories in the wake of World War III's devastation, told through still images.

Director: Chris Marker | Stars: Étienne Becker, Jean Négroni, Hélène Chatelain, Davos Hanich

Votes: 23,676

3. La belle et la bête (1946)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

8.0
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92 Metascore

A beautiful young woman takes her father's place as the prisoner of a mysterious beast, who wishes to marry her.

Directors: Jean Cocteau, René Clément | Stars: Jean Marais, Josette Day, Mila Parély, Nane Germon

Votes: 20,678 | Gross: $0.30M

4. 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: 3,784

5. The King and the Mockingbird (1980)

Not Rated | 83 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

8.0
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87 Metascore

A chimney sweep and a shepherdess seek to escape from the clutches of a tyrannical king.

Director: Paul Grimault | Stars: Jean Martin, Pascal Mazzotti, Raymond Bussières, Agnès Viala

Votes: 3,595 | Gross: $0.03M

6. 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: 79,631

7. L'hypothèse du tableau volé (1978)

66 min | Drama, Mystery

7.6
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Two narrators, one seen and one unseen, discuss possible connections between a series of paintings. The on-screen narrator walks through three-dimensional reproductions of each painting, ... See full summary »

Director: Raoul Ruiz | Stars: Jean Rougeul, Chantal Paley, Jean Raynaud, Daniel Grimm

Votes: 755

8. The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)

Not Rated | 114 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.2
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In 1431, Jeanne d'Arc is placed on trial on charges of heresy. The ecclesiastical jurists attempt to force Jeanne to recant her claims of holy visions.

Director: Carl Theodor Dreyer | Stars: Maria Falconetti, Eugene Silvain, André Berley, Maurice Schutz

Votes: 31,231 | Gross: $0.02M

9. 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: 4,210

10. Pauline à la plage (1983)

R | 94 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.5
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Marion is about to divorce from her husband and takes her 15-year-old niece Pauline on a vacation to Granville. She meets an old love...

Director: Éric Rohmer | Stars: Amanda Langlet, Arielle Dombasle, Pascal Greggory, Féodor Atkine

Votes: 4,894

11. Pierrot le Fou (1965)

Not Rated | 110 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

7.7
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Pierrot escapes his boring society and travels from Paris to the Mediterranean Sea with Marianne, a girl chased by hit-men from Algeria. They lead an unorthodox life, always on the run.

Director: Jean-Luc Godard | Stars: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Anna Karina, Graziella Galvani, Aicha Abadir

Votes: 22,260

12. 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: 11,817 | Gross: $0.10M

13. Sans Soleil (1983)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary, Drama

8.1
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A woman narrates the contemplative writings of a seasoned world traveler, focusing on contemporary Japan.

Director: Chris Marker | Stars: Florence Delay, Arielle Dombasle, Riyoko Ikeda, Charlotte Kerr

Votes: 7,575 | Gross: $0.03M

14. Ernest & Celestine (2012)

PG | 80 min | Animation, Comedy, Crime

7.9
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86 Metascore

The story of an unlikely friendship between a bear, Ernest, and a young mouse named Celestine.

Directors: Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar, Benjamin Renner | Stars: Forest Whitaker, Lambert Wilson, Pauline Brunner, Mackenzie Foy

Votes: 14,117 | Gross: $0.29M

15. Tous les garçons et les filles de leur âge... (1993– )
Episode: US Go Home (1994)

58 min

8.0
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In the sixties, in a suburb near Paris, Martine wants to lose her virginity.

Director: Claire Denis | Stars: Alice Houri, Jessica Tharaud, Grégoire Colin, Martine Gautier

Votes: 340

16. 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: 16,605

17. A Monster in Paris (2011)

PG | 90 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

6.7
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A 3D-animated movie set in Paris in the year 1910 and centered on a monster who lives in a garden and his love for a beautiful, young singer.

Director: Bibo Bergeron | Stars: Matthieu Chedid, Vanessa Paradis, Gad Elmaleh, François Cluzet

Votes: 17,107

18. Elevator to the Gallows (1958)

Not Rated | 91 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.0
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94 Metascore

A self-assured businessman murders his employer, the husband of his mistress, which unintentionally provokes an ill-fated chain of events.

Director: Louis Malle | Stars: Jeanne Moreau, Maurice Ronet, Georges Poujouly, Yori Bertin

Votes: 15,932 | Gross: $0.11M

19. Claire's Knee (1970)

GP | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.8
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On holiday, a conflicted man lusts after beautiful stepsisters despite his betrothal to a diplomat's daughter.

Director: Éric Rohmer | Stars: Jean-Claude Brialy, Aurora Cornu, Béatrice Romand, Laurence de Monaghan

Votes: 6,578

20. Le Corbeau (1943)

Not Rated | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.8
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French village doctor becomes target of poison-pen letters sent to village leaders, accusing him of affairs and practicing abortion.

Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot | Stars: Pierre Fresnay, Ginette Leclerc, Micheline Francey, Héléna Manson

Votes: 7,028

21. Children of Paradise (1945)

Not Rated | 189 min | Drama, Romance

8.3
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The theatrical life of a beautiful courtesan and the four men who love her.

Director: Marcel Carné | Stars: Arletty, Jean-Louis Barrault, Pierre Brasseur, Pierre Renoir

Votes: 15,585

22. Orpheus (1950)

Not Rated | 95 min | Fantasy, Drama, Romance

8.1
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A poet in love with Death follows his unhappy wife into the underworld.

Director: Jean Cocteau | Stars: Jean Marais, François Périer, María Casares, Marie Déa

Votes: 8,220

23. Blue Is the Warmest Color (2013)

NC-17 | 180 min | Drama, Romance

7.8
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88 Metascore

Adèle's life is changed when she meets Emma, a young woman with blue hair, who will allow her to discover desire and to assert herself as a woman and as an adult. In front of others, Adèle grows, seeks herself, loses herself, and ultimately finds herself through love and loss.

Director: Abdellatif Kechiche | Stars: Léa Seydoux, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Salim Kechiouche, Aurélien Recoing

Votes: 109,226 | Gross: $2.20M

24. Le passé (2013)

PG-13 | 130 min | Drama, Mystery

7.8
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85 Metascore

An Iranian man deserts his French wife and her two children to return to his homeland. Meanwhile, his wife starts up a new relationship, a reality her husband confronts upon his wife's request for a divorce.

Director: Asghar Farhadi | Stars: Bérénice Bejo, Tahar Rahim, Ali Mosaffa, Pauline Burlet

Votes: 37,582 | Gross: $1.33M

25. L'illusionniste (2010)

PG | 80 min | Animation, Drama

7.5
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82 Metascore

A French illusionist finds himself out of work and travels to Scotland, where he meets a young woman. Their ensuing adventure changes both their lives forever.

Director: Sylvain Chomet | Stars: Jean-Claude Donda, Eilidh Rankin, Duncan MacNeil, Raymond Mearns

Votes: 30,198 | Gross: $2.23M

26. 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: 594,197 | Gross: $33.23M

27. Alphaville (1965)

Not Rated | 99 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

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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.

Director: Jean-Luc Godard | Stars: Eddie Constantine, Anna Karina, Akim Tamiroff, Valérie Boisgel

Votes: 18,511 | Gross: $0.05M

28. A Summer's Tale (1996)

G | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.7
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91 Metascore

A shy maths graduate takes a holiday in Dinard before starting his first job. He hopes his sort-of girlfriend will join him, but soon strikes up a friendship with another girl working in ... See full summary »

Director: Éric Rohmer | Stars: Melvil Poupaud, Amanda Langlet, Gwenaëlle Simon, Aurelia Nolin

Votes: 4,645 | Gross: $0.20M

29. Le tableau (2011)

Not Rated | 76 min | Animation, Fantasy

7.4
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70 Metascore

Three characters of different social classes escape their unfinished painting in search of the Painter, hoping he will complete it.

Director: Jean-François Laguionie | Stars: Jean Barney, Chloé Berthier, JB Blanc, Steve Blum

Votes: 3,014 | Gross: $0.01M

30. 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

31. Un homme qui dort (1974)

77 min | Drama

8.2
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A 25-year-old male student in Paris becomes indifferent to the world around him, and subsequently feels a strong sense of alienation and hopelessness.

Director: Bernard Queysanne | Stars: Jacques Spiesser, Ludmila Mikaël

Votes: 1,785

32. Le Trou (1960)

Not Rated | 132 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.5
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In prison four long-sentence inmates planning an elaborate escape cautiously induct a new inmate to join in their scheme which leads to distrust and uncertainty.

Director: Jacques Becker | Stars: André Bervil, Jean Keraudy, Michel Constantin, Philippe Leroy

Votes: 10,990 | Gross: $0.03M

33. Belle de Jour (1967)

R | 100 min | Drama

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A frigid young housewife decides to spend her midweek afternoons as a prostitute.

Director: Luis Buñuel | Stars: Catherine Deneuve, Jean Sorel, Michel Piccoli, Geneviève Page

Votes: 32,418

34. The Story of the Fox (1930)

65 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

8.0
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In the kingdom of animals, Master Fox is used to trick and fool everyone. So the King, the Lion, receives more and more complaints about him. He orders that Master Fox is arrested and ... See full summary »

Directors: Irene Starewicz, Wladyslaw Starewicz | Stars: Claude Dauphin, Romain Bouquet, Sylvain Itkine, Léon Larive

Votes: 830

35. My Life to Live (1962)

Not Rated | 85 min | Drama

8.1
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Twelve episodic tales in the life of a Parisian woman and her slow descent into prostitution.

Director: Jean-Luc Godard | Stars: Anna Karina, Sady Rebbot, André S. Labarthe, Guylaine Schlumberger

Votes: 20,857