Favourite French Movies

List of my favourite french films, rated 9 and 8... mostly from last 20 years. Not in excact order (except first coming the 9 point stuff...) - I dare to recommend all of these.
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1.
The Dinner Game (1998)
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To amuse themselves at a weekly dinner, a few well-heeled folk each bring a dimwit along who is to talk about his pastime... (80 mins.)
Director: Francis Veber
 
2.
La Cérémonie (1995)
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The upper-class owner of a gallery, Catherine Lelievre, hires the efficient and quiet maid Sophie to... (112 mins.)
Director: Claude Chabrol
 
3.
Holy Motors (2012)
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From dawn to dusk, a few hours in the shadowy life of a mystic man named Monsieur Oscar. (115 mins.)
Director: Leos Carax
 
4.
Micmacs (2009)
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A man and his friends come up with an intricate and original plan to destroy two big weapons manufacturers. (105 mins.)
 
5.
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.)
 
6.
The Adversary (2002)
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When a man murders his wife, children and parents, the ensuing investigation reveals that he's been living a lie for almost 20 years. (129 mins.)
Director: Nicole Garcia
 
7.
Lily Sometimes (2010)
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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.)
 
8.
The Science of Sleep (2006)
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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
 
9.
Séraphine (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Based on the life of French painter Séraphine de Senlis. (125 mins.)
Director: Martin Provost
 
10.
The First Day of the Rest of Your Life (2008)
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Five key days in a family's life. (114 mins.)
Director: Rémi Bezançon
 
11.
Home (2008)
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Life for an isolated rural family is upended when a major highway next to their property, constructed 10 years before but apparently abandoned, is finally opened. (98 mins.)
Director: Ursula Meier
 
12.
Tomorrow We Move (2004)
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(110 mins.)
Director: Chantal Akerman
 
13.
Love Me No More (2008)
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Antoine Méliot is around 40 years old and has everything he needs to be happy: a beautiful wife, two adorable children... (85 mins.)
Director: Jean Becker
 
14.
The Children of the Marshland (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A chronicle of a group of friends in rural France in 1918. Garris and Riton live in the marshlands along the banks of the Loire river... (115 mins.)
Director: Jean Becker
 
15.
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
 
16.
Fresh Bait (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Three adolescents, a girl who serves as the priming and two boys, kill two men cold blooded who were... (115 mins.)
 
17.
Of Gods and Men (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
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
 
18.
Aurore (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
After the sudden death of her mother, Aurore Gagnon is abused by her disturbed step-mother as her town remains in the silence followed by her death. Based on a true story. (115 mins.)
Director: Luc Dionne
 
19.
In the Beginning (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
France, present day. A professional conman passes himself off as the boss of a construction site building a highway extension... (130 mins.)
Director: Xavier Giannoli
 
20.
Amélie (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
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.)
 
21.
Little Nicholas (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Nicolas has a happy existence, parents who love him, a great group of friends with whom he has great fun... (91 mins.)
Director: Laurent Tirard
 
22.
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.)
 
23.
Mesrine Part 1: Killer Instinct (2008)
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The story of french gangster Jacques Mesrine, before he was called Public Enemy N°1. (113 mins.)
 
24.
Mesrine Part 2: Public Enemy #1 (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The story of notorious French gangster Jacques Mesrine. (133 mins.)
 
25.
99 francs (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The life of Octave Parango, a flamboyant ad designer, filled with success, satire, misery and love. (100 mins.)
Director: Jan Kounen
 
26.
Polisse (2011)
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A journalist covering police assigned to a juvenile division enters an affair with one of her subjects. (127 mins.)
Director: Maïwenn
 
27.
A Crime in Paradise (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
In the 1980 French countryside, farmer Jojo and his ill-tempered wife Lulu hate each other, though their respective interests speak against divorce... (89 mins.)
Director: Jean Becker
 
28.
Café de Flore (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A love story between a man and woman. And between a mother and her son. A mystical and fantastical odyssey on love. (120 mins.)
 
29.
Un singe sur le dos (2009 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Francis is a successful car sales assistant, however recently outdone by other employees. His excessive... (101 mins.)
Director: Jacques Maillot
 
30.
The Snows of Kilimanjaro (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A union pensioner and his wife are robbed, but find that merely getting the assailants brought to justice is not enough for their consciences. (107 mins.)
 
31.
Boudu (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
Light-hearted, social comedy about the house guest from Hell. A modern remake of Renoir's classic film about a vagabond saved from drowning. (104 mins.)
Director: Gérard Jugnot
 
32.
Another Woman's Life (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A young woman falls in love, then wakes up a decade later as the mother of a young boy who is also in the middle of a divorce. (97 mins.)
Director: Sylvie Testud
 
33.
The Hedgehog (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Paloma is a serious and highly articulate but deeply bored 11-year-old who has decided to kill herself on her 12th birthday... (100 mins.)
Director: Mona Achache
 
34.
Love Crime (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Ruthless executive Christine brings on Isabelle as her assistant, and she takes delight in toying with the young woman's innocence... (106 mins.)
Director: Alain Corneau
 
35.
Romantics Anonymous (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
What happens when a man and a woman share a common passion? They fall in love. And this is what happens to Jean-René... (80 mins.)
 
36.
The Well-Digger's Daughter (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
In 1930s southern France, a father is torn between his sense of honor and his deep love for his daughter when she gets in trouble with the wealthy son of a shopkeeper. (107 mins.)
Director: Daniel Auteuil
 
37.
Madame Bovary (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
In nineteenth-century France, the romantic daughter of a country squire (Emma Rouault) marries a dull country doctor (Charles Bovary)... (143 mins.)
Director: Claude Chabrol
 
38.
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
 
39.
Mammuth (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A retiree battles to obtain his rightfully due pension. (92 mins.)
 
40.
Farewell, Home Sweet Home (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Nicholas is the eldest son of a wealthy suburban family, whose businesswoman mother makes deals from... (118 mins.)
Director: Otar Iosseliani
 
41.
Le père Noël est une ordure (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
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. (88 mins.)
 
42.
Guilty (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A family man battles to prove his innocence after being accused of a heinous crime. (102 mins.)
Director: Vincent Garenq
 
43.
Lemming (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
The wife of a young engineer's boss dies. (129 mins.)
Director: Dominik Moll
 
44.
Germinal (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
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
 
45.
With a Friend Like Harry... (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Harry knew Michel in high school; they meet again by accident, Harry inserts himself in Michel's life... and things take a sinister turn. (117 mins.)
Director: Dominik Moll
 
46.
Hell (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Three sisters share a connection to a violent incident from their childhood reunite to for the chance to come to terms with their past. (102 mins.)
Director: Danis Tanovic
 
47.
It's Not Me, I Swear! (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Léon is ten years old, has lots of problems and an overly fertile imagination. Of course, there is mom and dad who are always fighting... (110 mins.)
 
48.
Family Resemblances (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
An upper middle-class French family celebrates a birthday in a restaurant. In one evening and during one meal... (110 mins.)
 
49.
Eden Is West (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A drama centered around the illegal immigrants living in the EU. (110 mins.)
Director: Costa-Gavras
 
50.
The Monk (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Madrid, in the seventeenth century. Abandoned at the doorstep of a monastery, Ambrosio has been brought up by the Capucin Friars... (101 mins.)
Director: Dominik Moll
 
51.
A Great Little Business (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
(90 mins.)
Director: Eric Veniard
 
53.
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.)
 
54.
Versailles (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A young mother Nina and her son Enzo find themselves sleeping on the streets on the street of Paris... (102 mins.)
 
55.
Blame It on Mum (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
(100 mins.)
 
56.
Janis and John (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Insurance salesman tries to get money from his hippie cousin by fulfilling his dream: Arraigning for John Lennon and Janis Joplin's "second coming". (105 mins.)
 
57.
Pardonnez-moi (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Expectant wife who opens a nasty barrel of worms by filming a documentary about her dysfunctional family. (88 mins.)
Director: Maïwenn
 
58.
Life Is a Bed of Roses (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Three intertwined tales. On the eve of the First World War, Count Forbek starts to build a fantastic castle in the Ardennes forest... (110 mins.)
Director: Alain Resnais
 
59.
Chicken with Plums (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Since his beloved violin was broken, Nasser Ali Khan, one of the most renowned musicians of his day, has lost all taste for life. Finding no instrument worthy of replacing it, he decides to confine himself to bed to await death. (93 mins.)
 
60.
Tell No One (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
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
 
61.
Feathers in My Head (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
This is the story about a family who looses their child. This is something very hard, but the mother (Blanche) won't realize this... (106 mins.)
 
62.
I've Loved You So Long (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A woman struggles to interact with her family and find her place in society after spending fifteen years in prison. (117 mins.)
 
63.
À Tout de Suite (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A girl from bourgeoisie discovers the pleasures of banditism, following her lover in his lifestyle. (95 mins.)
Director: Benoît Jacquot
 
64.
Kings & Queen (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Parallel storylines tell the current state of affairs for two ex-lovers: Nora's a single mother who comes to care for her terminally ill father; holed in up in mental ward, Ismael, a brilliant musician, plots his escape. (150 mins.)
 
65.
Poetical Refugee (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
(130 mins.)
 
66.
The Adopted (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Lisa and her adopted sister Marine are inseparable. With Lisa's mother, Millie, they've forged a deep bond and offer security to Lisa's son... (100 mins.)
 
67.
La tête de maman (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Lulu is 15 years old, living in an idealized French countryside with her parents. Her mother has been... (95 mins.)
Director: Carine Tardieu
 
68.
Just Like Brothers (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Since Charlie is no longer there, the lives of Boris, Elie, and Maxime have been torn apart. These three men... (104 mins.)
Director: Hugo Gélin
 
69.
On Air (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A well known radio talk show host lives as a recluse during the day, until she found her real mother. (89 mins.)
Director: Pierre Pinaud
 
70.
Our Day Will Come (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
The outcast red-haired teenager Rémy is bulled at school and lives with his estranged mother and sister in France... (90 mins.)
Director: Romain Gavras
 
71.
The Big Picture (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Paul Exben is a success story - partner in one of Paris's most exclusive law firms, big salary, big house... (114 mins.)
Director: Eric Lartigau
 
72.
Kill Me Please (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Black comedy about a doctor who opens an assisted suicide clinic (95 mins.)
Director: Olias Barco
 
73.
The Apartment (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
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
 
74.
The Secret Adventures of Gustave Klopp (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Gus (played by Guillaume Canet) suffers from narcolepsy. He falls asleep all the time and has dreams about supermen from comics (Van Damme would play one of these supermen, a short & secret appearance). (105 mins.)
 
75.
Red Lights (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Antoine and Helene drive to South France to return their kids from a holiday camp. The traffic is dense... (105 mins.)
Director: Cédric Kahn
 
76.
Stand-by (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
(125 mins.)
Director: Roch Stéphanik
 
77.
Park Benches (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
We follow the everyday lives of Parisians living in the wealthy suburb of Versailles. (110 mins.)
 
78.
Chaos (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A bourgeois couple, modern yet conventional. One night by accident, a young prostitute barges into their lives... (109 mins.)
Director: Coline Serreau
 
79.
La Vie en Rose (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The life story of singer Édith Piaf. (140 mins.)
Director: Olivier Dahan
 
80.
On War (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
After a freak accident, Burt finds himself locked in a coffin overnight. After surviving the ordeal... (130 mins.)