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1. Versailles (2015– )

52 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.9
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In 1667, 28-year-old all-powerful king of France, Louis XIV, decides to build the greatest palace in the world - Versailles. But drained budget, affairs and political intrigues complicate things.

Stars: George Blagden, Alexander Vlahos, Tygh Runyan, Stuart Bowman

Votes: 5,947

2. The Death of Louis XIV (2016)

115 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.0
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76 Metascore

Upon returning from a hunting expedition, King Louis XIV feels a sharp pain in his leg. He begins to die, surrounded by loyal followers in the royal chambers.

Director: Albert Serra | Stars: Jean-Pierre Léaud, Patrick d'Assumçao, Marc Susini, Bernard Belin

Votes: 730 | Gross: $0.04M

3. The Battle of Algiers (1966)

Not Rated | 121 min | Documentary, Drama, War

8.1
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95 Metascore

In the 1950s, fear and violence escalate as the people of Algiers fight for independence from the French government.

Director: Gillo Pontecorvo | Stars: Brahim Hadjadj, Jean Martin, Yacef Saadi, Tommaso Neri

Votes: 41,449 | Gross: $0.06M

4. Queen Margot (1994)

R | 159 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.5
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Young Queen Margot finds herself trapped in an arranged marriage amidst a religious war between Catholics and Protestants. She hopes to escape with a new lover, but finds herself imprisoned by her powerful and ruthless family.

Director: Patrice Chéreau | Stars: Isabelle Adjani, Daniel Auteuil, Jean-Hugues Anglade, Vincent Perez

Votes: 14,251 | Gross: $2.02M

5. Joan of Arc (1948)

Unrated | 145 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.5
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In the Fifteenth Century, France is a defeated and ruined nation after the One Hundred Years War against England. The fourteen years old farm girl Joan of Arc claims to hear voices from ... See full summary »

Director: Victor Fleming | Stars: Ingrid Bergman, José Ferrer, Francis L. Sullivan, J. Carrol Naish

Votes: 2,158

6. La princesse de Montpensier (2010)

139 min | Action, Drama, History

6.5
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78 Metascore

Bertrand Tavernier is in top form with this gripping, superbly mounted drama set against the savage Catholic/Protestant wars that ripped France apart in the 16th century. Based on a novella... See full summary »

Director: Bertrand Tavernier | Stars: Mélanie Thierry, Lambert Wilson, Gaspard Ulliel, Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet

Votes: 2,969 | Gross: $0.34M

7. L'assaut (2010)

R | 91 min | Action, History, Thriller

6.1
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55 Metascore

Based on a true story, a SWAT team is tasked with storming a high-jacked Air France plane to save its passengers.

Director: Julien Leclercq | Stars: Vincent Elbaz, Grégori Derangère, Mélanie Bernier, Philippe Bas

Votes: 3,037

8. Night Terrors (1993)

R | 98 min | Horror

3.3
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A young girl travels to Cairo to visit her father, and becomes unwillingly involved with a bizarre sadomasochistic cult led by the charismatic Paul Chevalier, who is a descendant of the ... See full summary »

Director: Tobe Hooper | Stars: Robert Englund, Zoe Trilling, Alona Kimhi, Juliano Mer-Khamis

Votes: 933

9. La révolution française (1989)

360 min | Drama, History, Thriller

7.6
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A history of the French Revolution from the decision of the king to convene the Etats-Generaux in 1789 in order to deal with France's debt problem. The first part of the movie tells the ... See full summary »

Directors: Robert Enrico, Richard T. Heffron | Stars: Klaus Maria Brandauer, Jane Seymour, François Cluzet, Jean-François Balmer

Votes: 939

10. L'ordre et la morale (2011)

136 min | Action, Drama, History

7.0
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Dissidents in a French colony attack a police station and take hostages.

Director: Mathieu Kassovitz | Stars: Mathieu Kassovitz, Iabe Lapacas, Malik Zidi, Alexandre Steiger

Votes: 2,180

11. Danton (1983)

PG | 136 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.6
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Action opens in November of 1793, with Danton returning to Paris from his country retreat upon learning that the Committee for Public Safety, under Robespierre's incitement, has begun a ... See full summary »

Director: Andrzej Wajda | Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Wojciech Pszoniak, Anne Alvaro, Roland Blanche

Votes: 4,892

12. Hors la loi (2010)

Unrated | 138 min | Crime, Drama, War

6.6
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59 Metascore

A drama about the Algerian struggle for independence from France after WWII.

Director: Rachid Bouchareb | Stars: Jamel Debbouze, Roschdy Zem, Sami Bouajila, Chafia Boudraa

Votes: 3,116

13. Henri 4 (2010)

155 min | Biography, Drama, War

6.0
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A wide-ranging, energetic period piece tracing the rise of the Protestant Henry of Navarre as he goes from battlefield warrior to France's beloved King Henri IV. Director Jo Baier's epic is... See full summary »

Director: Jo Baier | Stars: Julien Boisselier, Joachim Król, Andreas Schmidt, Roger Casamajor

Votes: 1,055

14. The Sorrow and the Pity (1969)

PG | 251 min | Documentary, History, War

8.4
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From 1940 to 1944, France's Vichy government collaborated with Nazi Germany. Marcel Ophüls mixes archival footage with 1969 interviews of a German officer and of collaborators and ... See full summary »

Director: Marcel Ophüls | Stars: Georges Bidault, Matthäus Bleibinger, Charles Braun, Maurice Buckmaster

Votes: 2,907

15. Diane (1956)

Approved | 110 min | Drama, History, Romance

6.2
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In the 16th century, a noblewoman has a love affair with the French king.

Director: David Miller | Stars: Lana Turner, Pedro Armendáriz, Roger Moore, Marisa Pavan

Votes: 302

16. Nostradamus (1994)

R | 119 min | Biography, Drama

5.8
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Recounts the life and loves of the physician, astrologer, and famed prognosticator; his encounters with medieval science and the Inquisition; and his early struggles with his visions of the... See full summary »

Director: Roger Christian | Stars: Tchéky Karyo, F. Murray Abraham, Rutger Hauer, Amanda Plummer

Votes: 2,430 | Gross: $0.36M

17. Versailles, le rêve d'un roi (2008 TV Movie)

180 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

7.3
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Docudrama about the life of Louis XIV nicknamed "the Sun King", the King of France who ran a glamorous court, expanded the borders of France, loved woman and parties and built an incredible palace for himself - the Versailles.

Director: Thierry Binisti | Stars: Vinciane Millereau, Samuel Theis, Jérôme Pouly, Antoine Coesens

Votes: 236

18. La Marseillaise (1938)

130 min | Drama, History, Music

7.2
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A news-reel like movie about early part of the French Revolution, shown from the eyes of individual people, citizens of Marseille, counts in German exile and, of course the king Louis XVI, ... See full summary »

Director: Jean Renoir | Stars: Lise Delamare, Louis Jouvet, Pierre Renoir, Léon Larive

Votes: 803

19. La nuit de Varennes (1982)

R | 150 min | Drama, History

7.4
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In June of 1791, a group of passengers in a stagecoach find themselves caught up in the events of the French Revolution, when they find themselves in the city of Varennes when ... See full summary »

Director: Ettore Scola | Stars: Jean-Louis Barrault, Marcello Mastroianni, Hanna Schygulla, Harvey Keitel

Votes: 1,602

20. Naughty Marietta (1935)

G | 105 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

7.0
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In order to avoid a prearranged marriage, a rebellious French princess sheds her identity and escapes to colonial New Orleans, where she finds an unlikely true love.

Directors: Robert Z. Leonard, W.S. Van Dyke | Stars: Jeanette MacDonald, Nelson Eddy, Frank Morgan, Elsa Lanchester

Votes: 860

21. Napoléon (1955)

190 min | Biography, Drama, War

6.2
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From 1769 to 1821, Napoléon Bonaparte's life, loves and exceptional destiny but as seen through the eyes of Talleyrand, the cynic and ironic politician, who once was the Emperor of France's Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Director: Sacha Guitry | Stars: Jean-Pierre Aumont, Jeanne Boitel, Pierre Brasseur, Gianna Maria Canale

Votes: 372

22. The Rise of Louis XIV (1966 TV Movie)

G | 90 min | Biography, History

7.3
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1661: Cardinal Mazarin dies. In the power vacuum, the young Louis asserts his intention to govern as well as rule. Mazarin's fiscal advisor, Colbert, warns against Fouquet, the Surintendant... See full summary »

Director: Roberto Rossellini | Stars: Jean-Marie Patte, Raymond Jourdan, César Silvagni, Katharina Renn

Votes: 984

23. Safe Conduct (2002)

170 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.0
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82 Metascore

In occupied France, German-run Continental Films calls the shots in the movie business. Assistant director and Resistance activist Jean Devaivre works for Continental, where he can get "in ... See full summary »

Director: Bertrand Tavernier | Stars: Jacques Gamblin, Denis Podalydès, Charlotte Kady, Marie Desgranges

Votes: 1,124 | Gross: $0.03M

24. Royal Affairs in Versailles (1954)

152 min | Comedy, Drama, History

7.0
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The history of the palace of Versailles from it's founding to the present.

Director: Sacha Guitry | Stars: Michel Auclair, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Jean-Louis Barrault, Jeanne Boitel

Votes: 331

25. Captain Blood (1960)

111 min | Action, Adventure

6.3
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The young King Louis XIII is dominated by his mother Marie de Medici and her favorite Concino Concini . Francois de Capestang, a faithful knight falls for the daughter of the Duke of Angouleme that conspires against the Crown by his side.

Director: André Hunebelle | Stars: Jean Marais, Bourvil, Elsa Martinelli, Pierrette Bruno

Votes: 457

26. Louis XV, le soleil noir (2009 TV Movie)

90 min | History

6.6
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Director: Thierry Binisti | Stars: Vinciane Millereau, Stanley Weber, François Berland, Féodor Atkine

Votes: 146

27. Louis, enfant roi (1993)

160 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.6
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The title of this major French costume drama means "Louis, child-king", and indeed it's a fascinating fresco about the formative years of the young king Louis XIV, before he became the ... See full summary »

Director: Roger Planchon | Stars: Carmen Maura, Maxime Mansion, Paolo Graziosi, Jocelyn Quivrin

Votes: 213

28. La marquise des ombres (2010 TV Movie)

180 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

5.8
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Marie Madeleine Dreux, Marquise of Brinvilliers, was executed in 1676 for poisoning. Manipulated by her lover and having kept the aftereffects of her childhood, she does not hesitate to ... See full summary »

Director: Edouard Niermans | Stars: Anne Parillaud, Nicolas Bouchaud, Olivier Perrier, Eric Ruf

Votes: 30

29. Terror! Robespierre and the French Revolution (2009 TV Movie)

Drama

8.0
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In 1794, French revolutionary Maximilien Robespierre produced the world's first defense of "state terror" - claiming that the road to virtue lay through political violence. This film ... See full summary »

Director: Carl Hindmarch | Stars: Stephen Hogan, Vasile Albinet, David Andress, Martin Hancock

Votes: 38

30. L'allée du roi (1996– )

Drama, History

7.9
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Drama centering around the life at the court of Louis XIV and the role of the Marquise de Maintenon.

Stars: Dominique Blanc, Didier Sandre, Valentine Varela, Raphaëline Goupilleau

Votes: 243

31. Le diable boiteux (1948)

125 min | History

7.2
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Director: Sacha Guitry | Stars: Sacha Guitry, Lana Marconi, Émile Drain, Henry Laverne

Votes: 179

32. The Good and the Bad (1976)

120 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

6.9
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Director: Claude Lelouch | Stars: Marlène Jobert, Jacques Dutronc, Brigitte Fossey, Bruno Cremer

Votes: 235

33. L'affaire Dreyfus (1899)

13 min | Short, Biography, Drama

5.9
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Dramatized re-enactments of the events of the Dreyfus-affair from 1894 to 1899.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 341

34. Si Paris nous était conté (1956)

130 min | Comedy, Drama, History

6.5
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A witty journey through the history of Paris told to a group of students by Sacha Guitry, from its foundation at the time of Caesar to 1955. Among others you will meet King Charles VII ... See full summary »

Director: Sacha Guitry | Stars: Françoise Arnoul, Jeanne Boitel, Gilbert Bokanowski, Julien Carette

Votes: 184

35. Jean de La Fontaine - Le défi (2007)

100 min | Biography, History

4.9
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Biography of the French poet Jean de la Fontaine, who lived in the times of Louis XIV.

Director: Daniel Vigne | Stars: Lorànt Deutsch, Philippe Torreton, Sara Forestier, Jean-Claude Dreyfus

Votes: 107

36. Paris 1919: Un traité pour la paix (2009 TV Movie)

90 min | Documentary, Drama, History

7.5
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A film about the Paris Peace Conference that negotiated the end of World War I with the Versailles Treaty.

Director: Paul Cowan | Stars: David Lowe, Paul Bandey, Yan Brian, Jean-Gabriel Nordmann

Votes: 103

37. Richelieu, la pourpre et le sang (2014 TV Movie)

100 min | Drama, History

6.5
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In the Kingdom of France from 1640 is the old with his body ailing Cardinal Richelieu, powerful man under Louis XIII, faced with the machinations of his tipped designated successor, the Marquis de Cinq-Mars.

Director: Henri Helman | Stars: Jacques Perrin, Pierre Boulanger, Stéphan Guérin-Tillié, Hélène Seuzaret

Votes: 46

38. Les filles au Moyen Âge (2015)

88 min | Comedy

6.8
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Director: Hubert Viel | Stars: Chann Aglat, Léana Doucet, Malonn Lévana, Camille Loubens

Votes: 37

39. Les camisards (1972)

100 min | Drama, History

6.4
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Director: René Allio | Stars: Rufus, Jacques Debary, Gérard Desarthe, Philippe Clévenot

Votes: 61

40. 1974, une partie de campagne (1974)

90 min | Documentary

7.0
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This documentary closely follows the French 1974 Presidential campaign of Valéry Giscard d'Estaing (who then became President).

Director: Raymond Depardon | Stars: Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, Charles Aznavour, Jacques Chirac, Philippe Clay

Votes: 129

41. Nostradamus (2006 TV Movie)

90 min | Drama, Horror

6.3
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The trials and horrific visions that made the most famous mystic of all time.

Director: Bryn Higgins | Stars: Jasper Britton, Greg Costello, Julie Cox, Oliver Dimsdale

Votes: 75

42. Ce jour là, tout a changé (2009– )

90 min | History

7.4
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Stars: Arnaud Bedouët, Antoine Gouy, Michel Vuillermoz, Chiara De Luca

Votes: 25

43. Derrida's Elsewhere (1999)

68 min | Documentary

8.3
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An exploration of the life and ideas of Jacques Derrida (1930-2004), arguably the most important philosopher of the 20th Century.

Director: Safaa Fathy | Stars: Jean-Luc Nancy, Jacques Derrida

Votes: 50

44. Chateaubriand (2010 TV Movie)

102 min | Biography

5.9
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The film is based on real events in the life of the famous French writer and politician François-René de Chateaubriand.

Director: Pierre Aknine | Stars: Frédéric Diefenthal, Armelle Deutsch, Annelise Hesme, Aurélia Petit

Votes: 32

45. Remontons les Champs-Élysées (1938)

100 min | Comedy, Drama

7.0
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Director: Sacha Guitry | Stars: Sacha Guitry, Lucien Baroux, Jean Périer, Roger Bourdin

Votes: 92

46. Mlle. Desiree (1942)

95 min | Comedy, Drama, History

6.5
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Director: Sacha Guitry | Stars: Sacha Guitry, Gaby Morlay, Jacques Varennes, Jean Hervé

Votes: 74

47. Liselotte von der Pfalz (1935)

Drama, History

8.8
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The story of the German princess Liselotte and her arranged marriage to the French duke Philippe of Orleans.

Director: Carl Froelich | Stars: Renate Müller, Eugen Klöpfer, Maria Krahn, Maly Delschaft

Votes: 5

48. Nancy Drew: Treasure in the Royal Tower (2001 Video Game)

E | Adventure, Mystery

8.8
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Teen detective Nancy Drew is snowed-in at Wickford Castle and investigates clues left in the castle's tower by Marie Antoinette.

Director: Max Holechek | Stars: Lani Minella, Thomas Stewart, Justin Barrett, Tara V. Smith

Votes: 55

49. Francis the First (1937)

Approved | 90 min | Comedy

6.6
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Honorin (Fernandel) is the simple and naive stage manager of a traveling theatre troupe, whose one ambition is to once play the role of the cavalier in the opera "Francis I, or the Loves of... See full summary »

Director: Christian-Jaque | Stars: Fernandel, Mona Goya, Alexandre Rignault, Henri Bosc

Votes: 179

50. Vive la France (1974)

84 min | Documentary

5.8
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Director: Michel Audiard | Stars: Michel Audiard, Jacqueline Kennedy, Yves Montand, Philippe Pétain

Votes: 30