French Cinema

A list of all the films I have seen that were in French, not necessarily from France tho. As always, recommendations are welcome.
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1.
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
 
2.
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.)
 
3.
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
 
4.
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.)
 
5.
All the Boys Are Called Patrick (1959 Short Film)
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Two French college girls each meet a boy named Patrick and quickly realize that it is less a coincidence then they think. (21 mins.)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
 
6.
A Story of Water (1961 Short Film)
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A young woman is going to Paris by bus, but when she steps out of her house she discovers that her garden and the whole village is flooded with water... (18 mins.)
 
7.
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
 
8.
The Battle of Algiers (1966)
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In the 1950s, fear and violence escalate as the people of Algiers fight for independence from the French government. (121 mins.)
 
9.
The Story of O (1975)
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The beautiful O is taken by her boyfriend, Rene, to a bizarre retreat, where she is trained in bondage and sexual perversion... (97 mins.)
Director: Just Jaeckin
 
10.
Subway (1985)
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Fred is living in the Paris Metro system. He is blackmailing Helena, whose safe he has robbed. Fred... (104 mins.)
Director: Luc Besson
 
11.
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.)
 
12.
The Big Blue (1988)
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The rivalry between Enzo and Jacques, two childhood friends and now world-renowned free divers, becomes a beautiful and perilous journey into oneself and the unknown. (168 mins.)
Director: Luc Besson
 
13.
Gisèle Kérozène (1990 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
In a modernistic city, three odd fellows seem to worship a small bird-like statue when a fourth bizarre person steals it... (5 mins.)
Director: Jan Kounen
 
14.
Le batteur du boléro (1992 Short Film)
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Probably no one in the public listening to the orchestra's rendition of Ravel's Bolero notices him but the drummer is a regular hero... (8 mins.)
Director: Patrice Leconte
 
15.
La Haine (1995)
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24 hours in the lives of three young men in the French suburbs the day after a violent riot. (98 mins.)
 
16.
The Apartment (1996)
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Max is on his way to Tokyo. He lives in Paris and likes to flirt but has decided to get married. By chance... (116 mins.)
Director: Gilles Mimouni
 
17.
Taxi (1998)
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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. (86 mins.)
Director: Gérard Pirès
 
18.
Taxi 2 (2000)
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Police inspector Emilien and his taxi-driver pal Daniel are back, this time on the tail of a group of Japanese yakuza. (88 mins.)
 
19.
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.)
 
20.
L'auberge espagnole (2002)
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A strait-laced French student moves into an apartment in Barcelona with a cast of six other characters from all over Europe. Together, they speak the international language of love and friendship. (122 mins.)
 
21.
Wasabi (2001)
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Hubert is a French policeman with very sharp methods. After being forced to take 2 months off by his boss... (94 mins.)
 
22.
The Nest (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Laborie is a high-flying officer in the French special forces. Her mission is to escort Abedin Nexhep... (107 mins.)
 
23.
Love Me If You Dare (2003)
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A love story between two psychopaths that turns into a dare-or-not-dare game. (93 mins.)
Director: Yann Samuell
 
24.
Taxi 3 (2003)
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Out to stop a new gang disguised as Santa Claus, Emilien and Daniel must also handle major changes in their personal relationships. (84 mins.)
 
25.
Irreversible (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Events over the course of one traumatic night in Paris unfold in reverse-chronological order as the beautiful Alex is brutally raped and beaten by a stranger in the underpass. (97 mins.)
Director: Gaspar Noé
 
26.
The Man Without a Head (2003 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Phelps, a solitary man who lives in a big industrial city by the sea, is very happy tonight. He is getting ready for a ball... (18 mins.)
 
27.
District B13 (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Set in the ghettos of Paris in 2010, an undercover cop and ex-thug try to infiltrate a gang in order to defuse a neutron bomb. (84 mins.)
Director: Pierre Morel
 
28.
La moustache (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Marc is sitting in his bath one morning and asks his wife, "how would you feel if I shaved off my mustache?" She doesn't think it's a great idea... (87 mins.)
 
29.
Caché (2005)
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A married couple is terrorized by a series of surveillance videotapes left on their front porch. (117 mins.)
Director: Michael Haneke
 
30.
Joyeux Noel (2005)
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In December 1914, an unofficial Christmas truce on the Western Front allows soldiers from opposing sides of the First World War to gain insight into each other's way of life. (116 mins.)
 
31.
Russian Dolls (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Five years after their summer together in Barcelona, Xavier, William, Wendy, Martine and Isabelle reunite. (125 mins.)
 
32.
OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Secret agent OSS 117 foils Nazis, beds local beauties, and brings peace to the Middle East. (99 mins.)
 
33.
Them (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Lucas and Clementine live peacefully in their isolated country house, but one night they wake up to strange noise... they're not alone... and a group of hooded assailants begin to terrorize them throughout the night. (77 mins.)
 
34.
Taxi 4 (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Unlucky, clumsy, charming Marseile PD detective Émilien Coutant-Kerbalec must assist worse-than-Clouseau... (91 mins.)
 
35.
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
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
 
36.
Tell No One (2006)
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Police find two bodies at an old murder scene and evidence to suggest the first victim's husband is a murderer. The husband receives clues suggesting his deceased wife is actually alive and begins to investigate. (131 mins.)
Director: Guillaume Canet
 
37.
Anything for Her (2008)
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With no legal means left to him, a high school teacher devises a daring plan to rescue his wrongfully imprisoned wife from jail. (96 mins.)
Director: Fred Cavayé
 
38.
High Lane (2009)
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A group of friends on vacation decide to venture onto a trail high up in the mountains that has been closed for repairs... (90 mins.)
Director: Abel Ferry
 
39.
OSS 117: Lost in Rio (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Hubert Bonisseur de la Bath, aka OSS 117, is the French spy considered by his superiors to be the best in the business... (101 mins.)
 
40.
Don't Look Back (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A psychodrama about a photographer whose pictures tell a different story to that of her perception. (111 mins.)
Director: Marina de Van
 
41.
District 13: Ultimatum (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Damien and Leito return to District 13 on a mission to bring peace to the troubled sector that is controlled by five different gang bosses, before the city's secret services take drastic measures to solve the problem. (101 mins.)
 
42.
Q (2011)
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In a social context deteriorated by a countrywide economic crisis, the life of several people will be turned upside down after they meet Cecile, a character who symbolizes desire. (103 mins.)
Director: Laurent Bouhnik
 
43.
The Intouchables (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
After he becomes a quadriplegic from a paragliding accident, an aristocrat hires a young man from the projects to be his caregiver. (112 mins.)
 
44.
Le Chef (2012)
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A veteran chef faces off against his restaurant group's new CEO, who wants to the establishment to lose a star from its rating in order to bring in a younger chef who specializes in molecular gastronomy. (84 mins.)
Director: Daniel Cohen
 
45.
Michel Vaillant (2003)
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Fearless racer Michel Vaillant attempts to win "24 Hours of Le Mans", the famous highly challenging and prestigious annual endurance race that lasts one whole day. (103 mins.)
 
46.
JCVD (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Jean-Claude Van Damme gets involved in a bank robbery with hostages situation and reflects about his life during it. (97 mins.)
 
47.
Jet Lag (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A worn-out businessman and a beautician on the run collide in a Paris airport. Love arrives, all its hurdles be damned. (91 mins.)
 
48.
Yamakasi (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Gravity or Police, these guys don't believe in any law. Idolised by the youth of Paris as much as they're hated by the police... (90 mins.)
 
49.
The Hairdresser's Husband (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
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
 
50.
The Heir Apparent: Largo Winch (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
After a powerful billionaire is murdered, his secret adoptive son must race to prove his legitimacy, find his father's killers and stop them from taking over his financial empire. (108 mins.)
Director: Jérôme Salle
 
51.
Manon of the Spring (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
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
 
52.
Jean de Florette (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
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
 
53.
Paris (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Pierre, a professional dancer, suffers from a serious heart disease. While he is waiting for a transplant which may (or may not) save his life... (130 mins.)
 
54.
2 Days in Paris (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Marion and Jack try to rekindle their relationship with a visit to Paris, home of Marion's parents -- and several of her ex-boyfriends. (96 mins.)
Director: Julie Delpy
 
55.
Priceless (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Through a set of wacky circumstances, a young gold digger mistakenly woos a mild-mannered bartender thinking he's a wealthy suitor. (106 mins.)
 
56.
My Best Friend (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Catherine, refuses to believe that her business partner, the unlikeable François, has a best friend, so she challenges him to set up an introduction. Scrambling to find someone willing to pose as his best pal, François enlists the services of a charming taxi driver to play the part. (94 mins.)
Director: Patrice Leconte
 
57.
Chinese Puzzle (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A 40-year-old father's life is complicated when the mother of his two children moves to New York. Since he can't bear them growing up far away from him, he decides to move there as well. (117 mins.)
 
58.
8 Women (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
One murdered man, eight women, each seeming to be more eager than the others to know the truth. Gimme, gimme, gimme some clues to make up my mind. And eventually enter the truth. Oh, thou cruel woman! (111 mins.)
Director: François Ozon
 
59.
Mood Indigo (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Wealthy, inventive bachelor Colin endeavors to find a cure for his lover Chloe after she's diagnosed with an unusual illness caused by a flower growing in her lungs. (131 mins.)
Director: Michel Gondry
 
60.
He Loves Me... He Loves Me Not (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
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. (92 mins.)
 
61.
Möbius (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
An FSB officer falls in love with his agent, an American woman, who works as a trader in a Russian bank. (103 mins.)
Director: Eric Rochant
 
62.
Summer Hours (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Two brothers and a sister witness the disappearance of their childhood memories when they must relinquish the family belongings to ensure their deceased mother's succession. (103 mins.)
Director: Olivier Assayas
 
63.
My Afternoons with Margueritte (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A semi-literate and lonely odd-job man bonds with a much older and well-read woman. (82 mins.)
Director: Jean Becker
 
64.
Je ne suis pas là pour être aimé (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The fifty years old Jean-Claude has a boring life, working in a notary office of his own and as court official evicting tenants or seizing properties... (93 mins.)
 
65.
Heartbreaker (2010)
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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. (105 mins.)
Director: Pascal Chaumeil
 
66.
Delicatessen (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Post-apocalyptic surrealist black comedy about the landlord of an apartment building who occasionally prepares a delicacy for his odd tenants. (99 mins.)
 
67.
Mesrine Part 1: Killer Instinct (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The story of french gangster Jacques Mesrine, before he was called Public Enemy N°1. (113 mins.)
 
68.
The Science of Sleep (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A man entranced by his dreams and imagination is love-struck with a French woman and feels he can show her his world. (105 mins.)
Director: Michel Gondry
 
69.
The Chorus (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The new teacher at a severely administered boys' boarding school works to positively affect the students' lives through music. (97 mins.)
 
70.
What's in a Name? (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Vincent is about to become a father. At a meeting with childhood friends he announces the name for his future son. The scandalous name ignites a discussion which surfaces unpleasant matters from the past of the group. (109 mins.)
 
71.
The Vanishing (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Rex and Saskia, a young couple in love, are on vacation. They stop at a busy service station and Saskia is abducted. After three years and no sign of Saskia, Rex begins receiving letters from the abductor. (107 mins.)
Director: George Sluizer
 
72.
Secret Agents (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
Moles threaten to foil a team of secret agents' plan. (109 mins.)
 
73.
Let it Rain (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Agnes Jaoui plays a local political candidate Agathe Villanova, who returns to her childhood home in... (110 mins.)
Director: Agnès Jaoui
 
74.
Thérèse (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
An unhappily married woman struggles to break free from social pressures. (110 mins.)
Director: Claude Miller
 
75.
Breathless (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
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
 
76.
Martyrs (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A young woman's quest for revenge against the people who kidnapped and tormented her as a child leads her and a friend, who is also a victim of child abuse, on a terrifying journey into a living hell of depravity. (99 mins.)
Director: Pascal Laugier
 
77.
Chrysalis (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
In the near future Paris, a cop is searching for his wife's killer. The trail leads him to a high tech medical clinic where everything is not what it seems. (94 mins.)
Director: Julien Leclercq
 
78.
Le parfum d'Yvonne (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
How the life of Victor Chmara toppled during the course of a single day during the summer of 1958 ? (89 mins.)
Director: Patrice Leconte
 
79.
Lily Sometimes (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Clara is happily married to a promising lawyer and lives in Paris. After the sudden death of her mother, Clara has to assume responsibility for her younger sister Lily, whose extreme sensitivity makes her vulnerable. (103 mins.)
 
80.
Farewell (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
The French intelligence service alerts the U.S. about a Soviet spy operation during the height of the Cold War, which sets off an unfortunate chain of events. (113 mins.)
 
81.
American Translation (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
A sexually ambiguous Frenchman tours his native countryside with his naive American lover in pursuit of the ultimate thrill... (109 mins.)
 
82.
Le Dernier Combat (The Last Battle) (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
In the post-apocalyptic future, only a few humans are left. No one is able to speak; the film contains no dialogue... (92 mins.)
Director: Luc Besson
 
83.
Dante 01 (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
Deep space, at the edge of the galaxy. The future. A new prisoner arrives on top security prison ship and psychiatric research unit Dante 01... (82 mins.)
Director: Marc Caro
 
84.
Coco Before Chanel (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
The story of Coco Chanel's rise from obscure beginnings to the heights of the fashion world. (105 mins.)
Director: Anne Fontaine
 
85.
Breathe (2014)
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Charlie is an average French suburban teenager, but when she becomes fast friends with Sarah, the rebellious new girl at school, she discovers there's nothing average about how she feels. (91 mins.)
 
86.
The Page Turner (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
The girl Mélanie Prouvost is the beloved daughter of the butchers Mrs. Prouvost and Mr. Prouvost. She... (85 mins.)
Director: Denis Dercourt
 
87.
Turning Tide (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
It tells the story of Yann Kermadec whose dreams suddenly come true when he has to replace the DCNS... (101 mins.)
 
88.
Three Colors: Blue (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A woman struggles to find a way to live her life after the death of her husband and child. (98 mins.)
 
89.
Three Colors: White (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Second of a trilogy of films dealing with contemporary French society shows a Polish immigrant who wants to get even with his former wife. (91 mins.)
 
90.
Three Colors: Red (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Final entry in a trilogy of films dealing with contemporary French society concerns a model who discovers her neighbour is keen on invading people's privacy. (99 mins.)