Cahiers du Cinema's Twenty Years of French Cinema: the Best French Films since the Liberation

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1. Pickpocket (1959)

Not Rated | 76 min | Crime, Drama

Michel is released from jail after serving a sentence for thievery. His mother dies and he resorts to pickpocketing as a means of survival.

Director: Robert Bresson | Stars: Martin LaSalle, Marika Green, Jean Pélégri, Dolly Scal

Votes: 15,841

2. Lola Montès (1955)

Not Rated | 116 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

The film tells the tragic story of Lola Montès, a great adventurer who becomes the main attraction of a circus after being the lover of various important European men.

Director: Max Ophüls | Stars: Martine Carol, Peter Ustinov, Anton Walbrook, Henri Guisol

Votes: 4,138 | Gross: $0.11M

3. The Golden Coach (1952)

Not Rated | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, History

In Peru in the eighteenth century. Camilla, the star of a theater company, hesitates between three men. The Viceroy gives her his magnificent golden coach. A young Spanish officer suggests ... See full summary »

Director: Jean Renoir | Stars: Anna Magnani, Odoardo Spadaro, Nada Fiorelli, Dante

Votes: 2,116

4. Testament of Orpheus (1960)

Not Rated | 79 min | Biography

The Poet looks back over his life and work, recalling his inspirations and obsessions.

Director: Jean Cocteau | Stars: Jean Cocteau, Françoise Arnoul, Claudine Auger, Charles Aznavour

Votes: 2,231

5. Experiment in Evil (1959 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 95 min | Drama, Horror

Mr. Joly, doctor Cordelier's lawyer, is amazed to discover that his client and friend leaves his possessions to a stranger, Opale, a sadistic criminal. He needs this man to prove that people's behavior can be adjusted at will...

Director: Jean Renoir | Stars: Jean-Louis Barrault, Teddy Bilis, Sylviane Margollé, Jean Bertho

Votes: 852

6. Les Carabiniers (1963)

80 min | Comedy, Drama, War

During a war in an imaginary country, unscrupulous soldiers recruit poor farmers with promises of an easy and happy life. Two of these farmers write to their wives of their exploits.

Director: Jean-Luc Godard | Stars: Patrice Moullet, Marino Masé, Geneviève Galéa, Catherine Ribeiro

Votes: 2,535

7. Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Romance

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.

Director: Alain Resnais | Stars: Emmanuelle Riva, Eiji Okada, Stella Dassas, Pierre Barbaud

Votes: 23,041 | Gross: $0.09M

8. Le Plaisir (1952)

Not Rated | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Three separate stories about the same thing: pleasure.

Director: Max Ophüls | Stars: Jean Gabin, Danielle Darrieux, Simone Simon, Claude Dauphin

Votes: 3,470

9. Muriel, or the Time of Return (1963)

Not Rated | 115 min | Drama

In the seaside town of Boulogne, no one seems to be able to cope with their past, least of all Hélène, an antique furniture saleswoman, her stepson Bernard, and her former lover Alphonse.

Director: Alain Resnais | Stars: Delphine Seyrig, Jean-Pierre Kérien, Nita Klein, Jean-Baptiste Thiérrée

Votes: 2,293

10. Adieu Philippine (1962)

106 min | Drama

Michel is a young technician in the fledgling TV industry and is due for military service in two months at the time of the Algerian War. Juliette and Liliane are inseparable best friends, ... See full summary »

Director: Jacques Rozier | Stars: Jean-Claude Aimini, Daniel Descamps, Stefania Sabatini, Yveline Céry

Votes: 530

11. Breathless (1960)

Not Rated | 90 min | Crime, Drama

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.

Director: Jean-Luc Godard | Stars: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean Seberg, Daniel Boulanger, Henri-Jacques Huet

Votes: 60,649 | Gross: $0.34M

12. La pyramide humaine (1961)

90 min | Drama

The arrival of Nadine, a new student, in the Abidjan Lyceum is the starting point for a discussion about interratial relationships.

Director: Jean Rouch | Stars: Nadine Ballot, Denise, Elola, Jean-Claude

Votes: 200

13. Elena and Her Men (1956)

Not Rated | 98 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Polish countess Elena falls in love to a Frensh radical party's candidate, a general, in pre world war I Paris, but another officer pines for her.

Director: Jean Renoir | Stars: Ingrid Bergman, Jean Marais, Mel Ferrer, Jean Richard

Votes: 1,352

14. Les Bonnes Femmes (1960)

100 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

Four Parisian women navigate the world of romance and daily life looking to fulfill their dreams but often find real-life to be inescapable.

Director: Claude Chabrol | Stars: Bernadette Lafont, Clotilde Joano, Stéphane Audran, Lucile Saint-Simon

Votes: 2,037 | Gross: $0.01M

15. Casque d'Or (1952)

Not Rated | 94 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

In an open-air dance hall, the members of Leca's gang are relaxing with their ladies. One of them, Marie, aka "Casque d'Or" (Golden Helmet) meets Manda, a carpenter. Her man Roland belongs ... See full summary »

Director: Jacques Becker | Stars: Simone Signoret, Serge Reggiani, Claude Dauphin, Raymond Bussières

Votes: 4,008

16. La Poison (1951)

Not Rated | 85 min | Comedy, Crime

Through a series of circumstances and plot twists an enterprising man manages to get away with murdering his wife, even though he cheerfully admits his guilt in court.

Director: Sacha Guitry | Stars: Michel Simon, Jean Debucourt, Jacques Varennes, Jeanne Fusier-Gir

Votes: 784

17. Lola (1961)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Romance

73 Metascore

A bored young man meets with his former girlfriend, now a cabaret dancer and single mother, and soon finds himself falling back in love with her.

Director: Jacques Demy | Stars: Anouk Aimée, Marc Michel, Jacques Harden, Alan Scott

Votes: 3,900

18. The Trial of Joan of Arc (1962)

65 min | Drama, History

A reconstruction of the trial of Joan of Arc (based entirely on the transcripts of the real-life trial), concerning Joan's imprisonment, interrogation and final execution at the hands of ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Bresson | Stars: Florence Delay, Jean-Claude Fourneau, Roger Honorat, Marc Jacquier

Votes: 3,464

19. A Woman Is a Woman (1961)

Not Rated | 84 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

71 Metascore

A French striptease artist is desperate to become a mother. When her reluctant boyfriend suggests that his best friend impregnate her, feelings become complicated when she accepts.

Director: Jean-Luc Godard | Stars: Anna Karina, Jean-Claude Brialy, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Henri Attal

Votes: 12,354 | Gross: $0.10M

20. Le Petit Soldat (1963)

Not Rated | 88 min | War, Drama

97 Metascore

During the Algerian War, a man and woman from opposing sides fall in love with one another.

Director: Jean-Luc Godard | Stars: Anna Karina, Michel Subor, Henri-Jacques Huet, Paul Beauvais

Votes: 4,719 | Gross: $0.02M

21. Orpheus (1950)

Not Rated | 95 min | Fantasy, Drama, Romance

A poet in love with Death follows his unhappy wife into the underworld.

Director: Jean Cocteau | Stars: Jean Marais, François Périer, María Casares, Marie Déa

Votes: 8,534

22. Contempt (1963)

Not Rated | 102 min | Drama

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.

Director: Jean-Luc Godard | Stars: Brigitte Bardot, Jack Palance, Michel Piccoli, Giorgia Moll

Votes: 23,259 | Gross: $0.04M

23. The Elusive Corporal (1962)

TV-PG | 90 min | Comedy, Drama

An upper-class corporal from Paris is captured by the Germans when they invade France in 1940. Assisted and accompanied by characters as diverse as a morose dairy farmer, a waiter, a myopic... See full summary »

Director: Jean Renoir | Stars: Jean-Pierre Cassel, Claude Brasseur, O.E. Hasse, Claude Rich

Votes: 610

24. La vie d'un honnête homme (1953)

85 min | Comedy, Drama

A mean bourgeois meets up with his twin brother again .

Director: Sacha Guitry | Stars: Michel Simon, Marguerite Pierry, Laurence Badie, François Guérin

Votes: 130

25. Children of Paradise (1945)

Not Rated | 189 min | Drama, Romance

The theatrical life of a beautiful courtesan and the four men who love her.

Director: Marcel Carné | Stars: Arletty, Jean-Louis Barrault, Pierre Brasseur, Pierre Renoir

Votes: 16,013

26. Les godelureaux (1961)

99 min | Drama

Roland, an idler living on the Left Bank in Paris, is determined to inflict a terrible revenge on his friend Arthur, after the latter subjected him to a harmless joke. He engages the ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Chabrol | Stars: Jean-Claude Brialy, Bernadette Lafont, Jean Tissier, Sacha Briquet

Votes: 205

27. Jules and Jim (1962)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama, Romance

Decades of a love triangle concerning two friends and an impulsive woman.

Director: François Truffaut | Stars: Jeanne Moreau, Oskar Werner, Henri Serre, Vanna Urbino

Votes: 31,571

28. Paris Belongs to Us (1961)

Not Rated | 120 min | Mystery

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, an expatriate American escaping ... See full summary »

Director: Jacques Rivette | Stars: Betty Schneider, Giani Esposito, Françoise Prévost, Daniel Crohem

Votes: 1,620

29. My Life to Live (1962)

Not Rated | 85 min | Drama

Twelve episodic tales in the life of a Parisian woman and her slow descent into prostitution.

Director: Jean-Luc Godard | Stars: Anna Karina, Sady Rebbot, André S. Labarthe, Guylaine Schlumberger

Votes: 21,903

30. Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne (1945)

Not Rated | 86 min | Drama, Romance

A society lady engineers a marriage between her lover and a cabaret dancer who is essentially a prostitute.

Director: Robert Bresson | Stars: Paul Bernard, María Casares, Elina Labourdette, Lucienne Bogaert

Votes: 3,206

31. Moi, un noir (1958)

Not Rated | 70 min | Drama

"I, a Negro" depicts young Nigerien immigrants who left their country to find work in the Ivory Coast, in the Treichville quarter of Abidjan, the capital. These immigrants live in squalor ... See full summary »

Director: Jean Rouch | Stars: Oumarou Ganda, Gambi, Petit Touré, Alassane Maiga

Votes: 593

32. Band of Outsiders (1964)

Not Rated | 95 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

88 Metascore

Two crooks with a fondness for old Hollywood B-movies convince a languages student to help them commit a robbery.

Director: Jean-Luc Godard | Stars: Anna Karina, Claude Brasseur, Danièle Girard, Louisa Colpeyn

Votes: 18,955 | Gross: $0.04M

33. Le signe du lion (1962)

103 min | Drama

A French-American in Paris lives by sponging off his working friends, and throws a party using borrowed money when his rich American aunt dies, believing firmly in his horoscope.

Director: Éric Rohmer | Stars: Jess Hahn, Michèle Girardon, Van Doude, Paul Bisciglia

Votes: 1,398

34. Diary of a Country Priest (1951)

Approved | 95 min | Drama

A young priest taking over the parish at Ambricourt tries to fulfill his duties even as he fights a mysterious stomach ailment.

Director: Robert Bresson | Stars: Claude Laydu, Nicole Ladmiral, Jean Riveyre, Adrien Borel

Votes: 7,798

35. Les Enfants Terribles (1950)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama

In a snowball fight between schoolboys the handsome Dargelos hits the chest of Paul, who drops unconscious to the ground. Paul has a deep affection for Dargelos, and later denies that there... See full summary »

Director: Jean-Pierre Melville | Stars: Nicole Stéphane, Edouard Dermithe, Renée Cosima, Jacques Bernard

Votes: 3,116

36. The 400 Blows (1959)

Not Rated | 99 min | Crime, Drama

A young boy, left without attention, delves into a life of petty crime.

Director: François Truffaut | Stars: Jean-Pierre Léaud, Albert Rémy, Claire Maurier, Guy Decomble

Votes: 86,440

37. Shoot the Piano Player (1960)

Not Rated | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Charlie Kohler is a piano player in a bar. The waitress Lena is in love with him. One of Charlie's brother, Chico, a crook, takes refuge in the bar because he is chased by two gangsters, ... See full summary »

Director: François Truffaut | Stars: Charles Aznavour, Marie Dubois, Nicole Berger, Michèle Mercier

Votes: 14,618

38. The Last Vacation (1948)

95 min | Drama, Romance

A schoolboy remembers his last holiday in the big house of his family in the country, before it was sold.

Director: Roger Leenhardt | Stars: Odile Versois, Michel François, Jean Lara, Renée Devillers

Votes: 131

39. Night and Fog (1956)

Not Rated | 32 min | Documentary, Short, History

The history of Nazi Germany's death camps of the Final Solution and the hellish world of dehumanization and death contained inside.

Director: Alain Resnais | Stars: Michel Bouquet, Reinhard Heydrich, Heinrich Himmler, Adolf Hitler

Votes: 14,737

40. Le déjeuner sur l'herbe (1959)

91 min | Comedy, Romance

Etienne Alexis, a candidate for president of the new Europe, is a scientist promoting artificial insemination for social betterment and therapy to eliminate passion. His wealthy household (... See full summary »

Director: Jean Renoir | Stars: Paul Meurisse, Charles Blavette, André Brunot, Régine Blaess

Votes: 709