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1. Versailles (2015– )

TV-MA | 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: Stuart Bowman, George Blagden, Alexander Vlahos, Evan Williams

Votes: 6,947

2. Marie Antoinette (2006)

PG-13 | 123 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.4
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65 Metascore

The retelling of France's iconic but ill-fated queen, Marie Antoinette. From her betrothal and marriage to Louis XVI at 15 to her reign as queen at 19 and to the end of her reign as queen, and ultimately the fall of Versailles.

Director: Sofia Coppola | Stars: Kirsten Dunst, Jason Schwartzman, Rip Torn, Judy Davis

Votes: 86,669 | Gross: $15.96M

3. The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc (1999)

R | 148 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

6.4
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54 Metascore

A young girl receives a vision that drives her to rid France of its oppressors.

Director: Luc Besson | Stars: Milla Jovovich, John Malkovich, Rab Affleck, Stéphane Algoud

Votes: 58,796 | Gross: $14.28M

4. The Battle of Algiers (1966)

Not Rated | 121 min | 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: 42,896 | Gross: $0.06M

5. Queen Margot (1994)

R | 159 min | Biography, Drama, History

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: 14,481 | Gross: $2.02M

6. The Death of Louis XIV (2016)

115 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.8
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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: 1,000 | Gross: $0.04M

7. 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: 5,043

8. La princesse de Montpensier (2010)

Not Rated | 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: 3,045 | Gross: $0.34M

9. Napoleon (1927)

240 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.5
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A film about the French general's youth and early military career.

Director: Abel Gance | Stars: Albert Dieudonné, Vladimir Roudenko, Edmond Van Daële, Alexandre Koubitzky

Votes: 5,818

10. 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: 977

11. Francofonia (2015)

88 min | Documentary, Drama, History

6.6
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71 Metascore

A history of the Louvre during the Nazi occupation and a meditation on the meaning and timelessness of art.

Director: Aleksandr Sokurov | Stars: Louis-Do de Lencquesaing, Benjamin Utzerath, Vincent Nemeth, Johanna Korthals Altes

Votes: 1,989 | Gross: $0.30M

12. La Rafle (2010)

Not Rated | 115 min | Drama, History, War

7.0
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49 Metascore

A faithful retelling of the 1942 "Vel' d'Hiv Roundup" and the events surrounding it.

Director: Rose Bosch | Stars: Jean Reno, Mélanie Laurent, Gad Elmaleh, Raphaëlle Agogué

Votes: 7,146

13. 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: 2,233

14. The Sorrow and the Pity (1969)

PG | 251 min | Documentary, History, War

8.3
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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: 2,982

15. Joan of Arc (1948)

Unrated | 145 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.5
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The abbreviated life of the 15th Century French heroine.

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

Votes: 2,210

16. 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: 3,106

17. The Battle of Austerlitz (1960)

122 min | Drama, History, War

6.3
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Another of Napoleon's adventures in this epic reconstruction of the battle of Austerlitz, where he had the greatest victory of his career, over the Russians.

Director: Abel Gance | Stars: Pierre Mondy, Martine Carol, Claudia Cardinale, Leslie Caron

Votes: 436

18. 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: 2,460 | Gross: $0.36M

19. 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: 3,177

20. 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: 1,069

21. La révolution française (1989)

360 min | Drama, History, Thriller

7.6
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When Louis XVI summoned the Etats-Generaux he unleashes a revolution that would change his country and cost his life. This is the story of one of the crucial points in the history of France, and Europe, divided into two parts.

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

Votes: 971

22. Le roi danse (2000)

115 min | Drama, History, Music

6.8
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Corbiau repeats the Farinelli formula, artistic rivalry and social private drama expressed in dazzling, sometimes excessively lavish baroque scenery, music and costume, but this time in its... See full summary »

Director: Gérard Corbiau | Stars: Benoît Magimel, Boris Terral, Tchéky Karyo, Colette Emmanuelle

Votes: 1,757

23. Diane (1956)

Approved | 110 min | Drama, History, Romance

6.2
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In the sixteenth century, a noblewoman has a love affair with the French King.

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

Votes: 322

24. L'ennemi intime (2007)

Not Rated | 111 min | Drama, History, War

6.9
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61 Metascore

A drama following a French platoon during Algeria's war of independence.

Director: Florent-Emilio Siri | Stars: Benoît Magimel, Albert Dupontel, Aurélien Recoing, Marc Barbé

Votes: 2,953

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: 480

26. La Marseillaise (1938)

Not Rated | 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: Pierre Renoir, Lise Delamare, Louis Jouvet, Léon Larive

Votes: 831

27. 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: 879

28. 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: 1,646

29. 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: 382

30. 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: 241

31. 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: 1,141 | Gross: $0.03M

32. La marquise des ombres (2010 TV Movie)

180 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

5.7
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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: 32

33. Royal Affairs in Versailles (1954)

152 min | Comedy, Drama, History

6.9
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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: 342

34. Les brigades du Tigre (2006)

Not Rated | 125 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

6.0
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The film, set in 1912, is about the exploits of France's first motorized police brigade.

Director: Jérôme Cornuau | Stars: Clovis Cornillac, Diane Kruger, Edouard Baer, Olivier Gourmet

Votes: 1,345

35. La bande à Bonnot (1968)

110 min | Crime, Drama, History

6.5
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The story of a notorious French criminal gang of the 1910s.

Director: Philippe Fourastié | Stars: Jacques Brel, Bruno Cremer, Annie Girardot, Jean-Pierre Kalfon

Votes: 150

36. 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: 1,013

37. 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: 149

38. 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: 215

39. Tajemství velikeho vypravece (1972)

101 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

6.9
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Director: Karel Kachyna | Stars: Martin Stepánek, Petr Stepánek, Otakar Brousek, Jana Hlavácová

Votes: 12

40. 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: 39

41. 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: 188

42. 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: 240

43. 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: 245

44. 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: 109

45. Remontons les Champs-Élysées (1938)

100 min | Comedy, Drama

7.0
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Let Guitry take you down cause he's going to...Elysées Fields .

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

Votes: 94

46. 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: 108

47. 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: 131

48. Madame Sans-Gêne (1941)

100 min | Comedy, Drama, History

6.9
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The ordeals of a crude washerwoman in the chic court of Napoleon the First;La Maréchale Lefèvre ,a former launderer who followed the emperor in many of his campaigns is the laughing stock ... See full summary »

Director: Roger Richebé | Stars: Arletty, Aimé Clariond, Maurice Escande, Henri Nassiet

Votes: 35

49. 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: 38

50. 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: 48