First rate French movie list

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1. Nothing to Declare (2010)

Not Rated | 108 min | Comedy

A Belge-Francophobe customs officer is forced to team up with a Frenchman during the elimination of the Franco-Belge borders in the 90s.

Director: Dany Boon | Stars: Benoît Poelvoorde, Dany Boon, Christel Pedrinelli, Karin Viard

Votes: 12,256 | Gross: $0.18M

2. Dead Weight (2002)

PG-13 | 107 min | Adventure, Action, Comedy

It is the story of two types: Moltes a criminal in prison and Reggio one of the guards. Crazy adventures happen when following a winner ticket to Africa, they competes in a rally and are chased by the Turk, a sworn enemy of Moltes.

Directors: Alain Berbérian, Frédéric Forestier | Stars: Gérard Lanvin, Benoît Poelvoorde, José Garcia, Djimon Hounsou

Votes: 4,507

3. Podium (2004)

95 min | Comedy, Music

Bernand Fréderic is a mediocre bank executive, married, with a son. He used to have another profession: look-a-like of French star Claude François. Now, with the Imitators Gala Night coming... See full summary »

Director: Yann Moix | Stars: Benoît Poelvoorde, Jean-Paul Rouve, Julie Depardieu, Marie Guillard

Votes: 3,618

4. Ghislain Lambert's Bicycle (2001)

Not Rated | 119 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

In the 70s, there was Merckx and there were the others. Ghislain Lambert was one of the others. This is his story, a quite simple one. The story of a modest Belgian bike racer. His greatest ambition in life? To become a champion. His greatest tragedy? Not having the legs his heart deserves.

Director: Philippe Harel | Stars: Benoît Poelvoorde, José Garcia, Daniel Ceccaldi, Sacha Bourdo

Votes: 2,005

5. Little Nicholas (2009)

Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Family

Nicholas has every reason to keep things in life unchanged; however, when he accidentally overhears mum and dad talking about a new baby brother, his world will turn upside down. Will they abandon him to make room for the little stranger?

Director: Laurent Tirard | Stars: Maxime Godart, Vincent Claude, Charles Vaillant, Victor Carles

Votes: 11,427

6. OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies (2006)

Not Rated | 99 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

62 Metascore

Secret agent OSS 117 foils Nazis, beds local beauties, and brings peace to the Middle East.

Director: Michel Hazanavicius | Stars: Jean Dujardin, François Damiens, Khalid Maadour, Youssef Hamid

Votes: 16,874 | Gross: $0.30M

7. OSS 117: Lost in Rio (2009)

Not Rated | 101 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

58 Metascore

Another mission of world-known French secret agent leads him to exotic Brazil.

Director: Michel Hazanavicius | Stars: Jean Dujardin, Louise Monot, Rüdiger Vogler, Alex Lutz

Votes: 11,901 | Gross: $0.09M

8. Micmacs (2009)

R | 105 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

62 Metascore

A man and his friends come up with an intricate and original plan to destroy two big weapons manufacturers.

Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet | Stars: Dany Boon, André Dussollier, Nicolas Marié, Yolande Moreau

Votes: 27,705 | Gross: $1.26M

9. Amélie (2001)

R | 122 min | Comedy, Romance

69 Metascore

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.

Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet | Stars: Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz, Rufus, Lorella Cravotta

Votes: 660,201 | Gross: $33.23M

10. Crime Spree (2003)

R | 105 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

A French gang of thieves flies over to Chicago for a one time job. However, things seem to get out of hand soon.

Director: Brad Mirman | Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Harvey Keitel, Johnny Hallyday, Renaud

Votes: 5,141

11. Vidocq (2001)

R | 98 min | Action, Crime, Fantasy

Paris, 1830: Vidocq is killed by a mirror masked man. A thief turned investigator, he was working on a case of men hit by lightning, burning up. A beautiful woman was involved. After Vidocq's death, his biographer tries to solve the case.

Director: Pitof | Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Guillaume Canet, Inés Sastre, André Dussollier

Votes: 20,252

Not a comedy, but a good one anyway.

12. Janis and John (2003)

105 min | Comedy

Insurance salesman tries to get money from his hippie cousin by fulfilling his dream: Arraigning for John Lennon and Janis Joplin's "second coming".

Director: Samuel Benchetrit | Stars: François Cluzet, Sergi López, Marie Trintignant, Christopher Lambert

Votes: 800

13. Adventures of Arsene Lupin (2004)

Not Rated | 125 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

As the daring thief Arsène Lupin (Duris) ransacks the homes of wealthy Parisians, the police, with a secret weapon in their arsenal, attempt to ferret him out.

Director: Jean-Paul Salomé | Stars: Romain Duris, Kristin Scott Thomas, Pascal Greggory, Eva Green

Votes: 6,395

Not a comedy, but a good one anyway.

14. Wasabi (2001)

R | 94 min | Action, Drama, Comedy

53 Metascore

A French cop gets 2 months leave for getting results too violently. His Japanese girlfriend, who vanished 19 years ago, has died and he flies Paris to Tokyo for her funeral and will full of surprises. The Yakuza meets his brutal ways.

Director: Gérard Krawczyk | Stars: Jean Reno, Ryôko Hirosue, Michel Muller, Carole Bouquet

Votes: 35,001 | Gross: $0.08M

15. Asterix and Obelix Meet Cleopatra (2002)

PG | 107 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

Astérix and Obélix go to Egypt to help architect Numérobis who is building a palace for Cleopatra.

Director: Alain Chabat | Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Christian Clavier, Jamel Debbouze, Monica Bellucci

Votes: 45,392 | Gross: $3.12M

16. Asterix at the Olympic Games (2008)

Not Rated | 116 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

Astérix and Obélix compete at the Olympics in order to help their friend Lovesix marry Princess Irina. Brutus also tries to win the game with his own team and get rid of his father Julius Caesar.

Directors: Frédéric Forestier, Thomas Langmann | Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Clovis Cornillac, Benoît Poelvoorde, Alain Delon

Votes: 25,479 | Gross: $1.00M

17. La Haine (1995)

Not Rated | 98 min | Crime, Drama

24 hours in the lives of three young men in the French suburbs the day after a violent riot.

Director: Mathieu Kassovitz | Stars: Vincent Cassel, Hubert Koundé, Saïd Taghmaoui, Abdel Ahmed Ghili

Votes: 133,813 | Gross: $0.31M

Not a comedy, but a very good one anyway.

Debut: Vincent Cassel (Joan of Arc, Le pacte des loups, Ocean's Twelve, L'ennemi public n°1, Black Swan,..), Hubert Koundé and Saïd Taghmaoui (Three Kings, Crime Spree, Vantage Point, Traitor, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra,..)

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

R | 148 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

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: 61,611 | Gross: $14.28M

19. Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001)

R | 142 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

57 Metascore

In 18th century France, the Chevalier de Fronsac and his native American friend Mani are sent by the King to the Gevaudan province to investigate the killings of hundreds by a mysterious beast.

Director: Christophe Gans | Stars: Samuel Le Bihan, Mark Dacascos, Jérémie Renier, Vincent Cassel

Votes: 59,438 | Gross: $11.26M

20. Mesrine Part 2: Public Enemy #1 (2008)

R | 133 min | Action, Biography, Crime

72 Metascore

The story of notorious French gangster Jacques Mesrine.

Director: Jean-François Richet | Stars: Vincent Cassel, Ludivine Sagnier, Mathieu Amalric, Samuel Le Bihan

Votes: 26,947 | Gross: $0.28M

21. Mesrine Part 1: Killer Instinct (2008)

R | 113 min | Action, Biography, Crime

71 Metascore

The story of french gangster Jacques Mesrine, before he was called Public Enemy N°1.

Director: Jean-François Richet | Stars: Vincent Cassel, Cécile de France, Gérard Depardieu, Gilles Lellouche

Votes: 30,446 | Gross: $0.55M

22. Dikkenek (2006)

84 min | Comedy

A womaniser, the titular big mouth, helps his introvert best friend find true love.

Director: Olivier Van Hoofstadt | Stars: Marion Cotillard, Dominique Pinon, Jean-Luc Couchard, Jérémie Renier

Votes: 4,034

23. Taxi (I) (1998)

Not Rated | 86 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

To work off his tarnished driving record, a hip taxi driver must chauffeur a loser police inspector on the trail of German bank robbers.

Director: Gérard Pirès | Stars: Samy Naceri, Frédéric Diefenthal, Marion Cotillard, Manuela Gourary

Votes: 72,325 | Gross: $0.27M

24. Taxi 2 (2000)

Not Rated | 88 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

Police inspector Emilien and his taxi-driver pal Daniel are back, this time on the tail of a group of Japanese yakuza.

Director: Gérard Krawczyk | Stars: Samy Naceri, Frédéric Diefenthal, Emma Wiklund, Marion Cotillard

Votes: 48,210 | Gross: $0.73M

25. Taxi 3 (2003)

Not Rated | 84 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

Out to stop a new gang disguised as Santa Claus, Emilien and Daniel must also handle major changes in their personal relationships.

Director: Gérard Krawczyk | Stars: Samy Naceri, Frédéric Diefenthal, Bernard Farcy, Bai Ling

Votes: 37,917 | Gross: $0.50M

26. Taxi 4 (2007)

Not Rated | 91 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

Daniel, the driver of a very special taxi in Marseille, gets a famous soccer player to the stadium in time and later helps his clumsy police friend Émilien catch the dangerous Belgian after he escaped on Émilien's guard.

Director: Gérard Krawczyk | Stars: Samy Naceri, Frédéric Diefenthal, Bernard Farcy, Emma Wiklund

Votes: 25,074

27. The Concert (2009)

PG-13 | 119 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

60 Metascore

Thirty years ago, Andrei Simoniovich Filipov, the renowned conductor of the Bolshoi orchestra, was fired for hiring Jewish musicians. Now a mere cleaning man at the Bolshoi, he learns by ... See full summary »

Director: Radu Mihaileanu | Stars: Aleksey Guskov, Mélanie Laurent, Dmitriy Nazarov, François Berléand

Votes: 16,728 | Gross: $0.66M

28. Léon: The Professional (1994)

R | 110 min | Action, Crime, Drama

64 Metascore

Mathilda, a 12-year-old girl, is reluctantly taken in by Léon, a professional assassin, after her family is murdered. Léon and Mathilda form an unusual relationship, as she becomes his protégée and learns the assassin's trade.

Director: Luc Besson | Stars: Jean Reno, Gary Oldman, Natalie Portman, Danny Aiello

Votes: 943,536 | Gross: $19.50M

29. The Brand New Testament (2015)

Not Rated | 114 min | Comedy, Fantasy

70 Metascore

Did you know that God is alive and lives in Brussels with his daughter?

Director: Jaco Van Dormael | Stars: Pili Groyne, Benoît Poelvoorde, Catherine Deneuve, François Damiens

Votes: 26,337 | Gross: $0.09M

30. Coco Before Chanel (2009)

PG-13 | 105 min | Biography, Drama

65 Metascore

The story of Coco Chanel's rise from obscure beginnings to the heights of the fashion world.

Director: Anne Fontaine | Stars: Audrey Tautou, Benoît Poelvoorde, Alessandro Nivola, Marie Gillain

Votes: 37,040 | Gross: $6.11M



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