French Directors

Milestone Movies of French directors
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1.
The Bride Wore Black (1968)
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Julie Kohler is prevented from suicide by her mother. She leaves the town. She will track down, charm and kill five men who do not know her. What is her goal? What is her purpose? (107 mins.)
 
2.
Fahrenheit 451 (1966)
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In an oppressive future, a fireman whose duty is to destroy all books begins to question his task. (112 mins.)
 
3.
Jules and Jim (1962)
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Decades of a love triangle concerning two friends and an impulsive woman. (105 mins.)
 
4.
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.)
 
5.
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.)
 
6.
Bed & Board (1970)
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Some time after "Baisers Volés", Antoine Doinel (Jean-Pierre Léaud) and Christine Darbon (Claude Jade) are married and Antoine works dying flowers... (100 mins.)
 
7.
Day for Night (1973)
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A committed film director struggles to complete his movie while coping with a myriad of crises, personal and professional, among the cast and crew. (115 mins.)
 
8.
The Story of Adele H (1975)
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Adèle Hugo's unrequited love for a lieutenant. (96 mins.)
 
9.
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
 
10.
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
 
11.
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
 
12.
Pierrot le Fou (1965)
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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. (110 mins.)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
 
13.
Le Beau Serge (1958)
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Francois comes back to his home village in France after more than a decade. He notices that the village hasn't changed much... (98 mins.)
Director: Claude Chabrol
 
14.
Leda (1959)
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A wealthy wine grower has trouble with his wife, his children, his best friend, and his mistress across the way, who is murdered. (110 mins.)
Director: Claude Chabrol
 
15.
Les Bonnes Femmes (1960)
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Four Parisian women navigate the world of romance and daily life looking to fulfill their dreams but often find real-life to be inescapable. (100 mins.)
Director: Claude Chabrol
 
16.
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.)
 
17.
Weekend (1967)
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A supposedly idyllic week-end trip to the countryside turns into a never-ending nightmare of traffic jams... (105 mins.)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
 
18.
Cleo from 5 to 7 (1962)
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Cleo, a singer and hypochondriac, becomes increasingly worried that she might have cancer while awaiting test results from her doctor. (90 mins.)
Director: Agnès Varda
 
19.
The Mother and the Whore (1973)
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In Paris, the pedantic Alexandre lives with his mate Marie in her apartment, an open relationship. Alexandre... (217 mins.)
Director: Jean Eustache
 
20.
Paris Belongs to Us (1961)
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Anne Goupil is a literature student in Paris in 1957. Her elder brother, Pierre, takes her to a friend's party where the guests include Philip Kaufman... (141 mins.)
Director: Jacques Rivette
 
21.
Last Year at Marienbad (1961)
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In a strange chateau, a man insists to a woman that they have met before. (94 mins.)
Director: Alain Resnais
 
22.
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
 
23.
Les tricheurs (1958)
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Bob Letellier, a good looking rich kid who studies science, makes the acquaintance of Alain, a cynical and immoral young man. The latter introduces him to the existentialist circles of Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Bob is invited to a party and becomes Clo's lover, a rich heiress. (120 mins.)
Director: Marcel Carné
 
24.
Stavisky... (1974)
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Irrestisible charm and talent helps Serge Alexandre alias Stavisky, small-time swindler, to make friends... (120 mins.)
Director: Alain Resnais
 
25.
Elevator to the Gallows (1958)
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A self-assured business man murders his employer, the husband of his mistress, which unintentionally provokes an ill-fated chain of events. (91 mins.)
Director: Louis Malle
 
26.
Lettere di una novizia (1960)
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A young novice is about to take her vows upon entering a convent when her recent past comes back to haunt her. (82 mins.)
 
27.
Léon Morin, Priest (1961)
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Set during occupied France, a faithless woman finds herself falling in love with a young priest. (130 mins.)
 
28.
Le Doulos (1962)
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Burglar Maurice Faugel has just finished his sentence. He murders Gilbert Vanovre, a receiver, and steals the loot of a break-in... (108 mins.)
 
29.
The Army of Shadows (1969)
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An account of underground resistance fighters in Nazi-occupied France. (145 mins.)
 
30.
Le Cercle Rouge (1970)
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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. (140 mins.)
 
31.
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
 
32.
A Man Named Rocca (1961)
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(1961) Jean Paul Belmondo, Christine Kaufman. In this fine thriller, JP's friend ends up in prison. JP then tracks down the man responsible. (102 mins.)
Director: Jean Becker
 
33.
Élisa (1995)
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Marie has had a tough childhood ever since her mother Elisa committed suicide. She has spent most of... (115 mins.)
Director: Jean Becker
 
34.
The Big Feast (1973)
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A group of men hire some prostitutes and go to a villa in the countryside. There, they engage in group sex and resolve to eat themselves to death. (130 mins.)
Director: Marco Ferreri
 
35.
Going Places (1974)
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Two whimsical, aimless thugs harass and assault women, steal, murder, and alternately charm, fight, or sprint their way out of trouble... (150 mins.)
Director: Bertrand Blier
 
36.
Get Out Your Handkerchiefs (1978)
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Solange is depressed: she's stopped smiling, she eats little, she says less. She has fainting fits.... (108 mins.)
Director: Bertrand Blier
 
37.
How Much Do You Love Me? (2005)
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In Paris, after winning the lottery, the clerk François goes to a bar in Pigalle and offers one hundred... (95 mins.)
Director: Bertrand Blier
 
38.
Maîtresse (1975)
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A common thief (Depardieu) breaks into the house of a professional dominatrix (Ogier), and begins to help her "train" her clients... (112 mins.)
 
39.
Male Hunt (1964)
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Antoine is about to get married to Gisèle. His friend Julien, a confirmed bachelor, tries desperately to talk him out of it, citing his own painful experiences. (100 mins.)
 
40.
Hunter Will Get You (1976)
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L'Alpagueur is a free-lance spy from the French secret agency. He's put on the investigation about L'epervier... (110 mins.)
Director: Philippe Labro
 
41.
The Loner (1987)
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A cop is looking for the killer of his friend. (100 mins.)
Director: Jacques Deray
 
42.
Le marginal (1983)
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The story is about Commissioner Jordan who arrives in Marseille to combat drug trafficking activities in his own unique way. (100 mins.)
Director: Jacques Deray
 
43.
The Vultures (1984)
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In 1943 in Tunisia, a unit of the French Foreign Legion fights the Germans over possession of a bank treasure in gold bars. (95 mins.)
Director: Henri Verneuil
 
44.
Body of My Enemy (1976)
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Francois always despised the textile barons who ruled his local town. But he fell in love with the family heiress Gilberte. Ten years ago, he would have married her. Now only hatred holds them together. Francois is accused of murder. A hooker and a football star lie slaughtered. He thinks he has been framed by the mob. Going underground, he finds that the trail leads all the way to the top - to Gilberte's family. He needs friends. And friends are hard to come by in his town. (116 mins.)
Director: Henri Verneuil
 
45.
Peur sur la ville (1975)
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Commissaire Letellier and Inspector Moissac are tracking Minos, a serial killer whose victims are women. (125 mins.)
Director: Henri Verneuil
 
46.
A Monkey in Winter (1962)
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Albert is an inn owner who vowed never to drink again if he and his wife survived the war. They did... (105 mins.)
Director: Henri Verneuil
 
47.
Flic ou voyou (1979)
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Commissaire Stanislas Borowitz is going undercover as gangster Antonio Cerutti in order to expose corrupted policemen. (107 mins.)
Director: Georges Lautner
 
48.
The Professional (1981)
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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. (108 mins.)
Director: Georges Lautner
 
49.
Le guignolo (1980)
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Alexandre Dupré is a con artist, accidentally involved in a hunt for microfilm, containing a valuable invention of a recently murdered French scientist. (90 mins.)
Director: Georges Lautner
 
50.
Happy Easter (1984)
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Industrial tycoon Stéphane Margelle is an incorrigible lady's man. Caught by his wife Sophie in company of a charming young lady... (98 mins.)
Director: Georges Lautner
 
51.
Incorrigible (1975)
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Victor Vautier is incorrigible: he's in constant motion, working several cons at once, using different names and changing disguises... (100 mins.)
 
52.
The Man from Acapulco (1973)
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Francois Merlin is an espionnage-book writer. He likes to mix every-day character he can met in his book... (95 mins.)
 
53.
Cartouche (1962)
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In the 18th century, Louis de Bourguignon is working with the Malichot's gang, but their ways are too 'unethical' for him... (114 mins.)
 
54.
Ace of Aces (1982)
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In 1936, a French boxer on his way to the Berlin Olympic Games befriends a local Jewish boy and decides to save him from the Nazis. (100 mins.)
Director: Gérard Oury
 
55.
The Fugitives (1986)
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Coming out from jail, Lucas has decided to change his life and behave like a good citizen. But when... (95 mins.)
Director: Francis Veber
 
56.
The ComDads (1983)
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Unable to find her runaway son, a woman deceives two of her ex-lovers from her youth, a mild-mannered teacher and a tough journalist... (92 mins.)
Director: Francis Veber
 
57.
La Chevre (1981)
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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... (95 mins.)
Director: Francis Veber
 
58.
Ruby & Quentin (2003)
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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... (85 mins.)
Director: Francis Veber
 
59.
Cyrano de Bergerac (1990)
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Embarrassed by his large nose, a romantic poet/soldier romances his cousin by proxy. (137 mins.)
 
60.
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
 
61.
Germinal (1993)
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In mid-nineteenth-century northern France, a coal mining town's workers are exploited by the mine's owner. One day, they decide to go on strike, and the authorities repress them. (160 mins.)
Director: Claude Berri
 
62.
Les Misérables (2000 Mini-Series)
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The scene is set during the French Restoration at the beginning of the 19th century. Jean Valjean, a... (90 mins.)
 
63.
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
 
64.
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
 
65.
Jour de Fete (1949)
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Once a year the fair comes for one day to the little town 'Sainte-Severe-sur-Indre'. All inhabitants are scoffing at Francois... (70 mins.)
Director: Jacques Tati
 
66.
The Last Metro (1980)
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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. (131 mins.)
 
67.
The Woman Next Door (1981)
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Two ex-lovers wind up living next door to each other with their respective spouses. Forbidden passions ensue. (106 mins.)
 
68.
The Green Room (1978)
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A French little town, at the end of the twenties. Julien Davenne is a journalist whose wife Julie died a decade ago... (94 mins.)
 
69.
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