Great French Comedies

by analiacroci | created - 07 Sep 2013 | updated - 29 Oct 2017 | Public

French comedy films I enjoy to watch and recommend. Many of them had their remakes in the Amercian movie industry, still the French movies are better.

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1. Le placard (2001)

R | 84 min | Comedy

72 Metascore

A man spreads the rumor of his fake homosexuality with the aid of his neighbor, to prevent his imminent firing at his work.

Director: Francis Veber | Stars: Daniel Auteuil, Gérard Depardieu, Thierry Lhermitte, Michèle Laroque

Votes: 15,555 | Gross: $6.67M

2. La Cage aux Folles (1978)

R | 97 min | Comedy

Two gay men living in St. Tropez have their lives turned upside down when the son of one of the men announces he is getting married. They try to conceal their lifestyle and their ownership ... See full summary »

Director: Édouard Molinaro | Stars: Ugo Tognazzi, Michel Serrault, Claire Maurier, Rémi Laurent

Votes: 8,794 | Gross: $20.42M

3. The Umbrella Coup (1980)

98 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

A womanizer balances his wife, mistress, and love interest.

Director: Gérard Oury | Stars: Pierre Richard, Valérie Mairesse, Christine Murillo, Gordon Mitchell

Votes: 1,912

4. Le Dîner de Cons (1998)

PG-13 | 80 min | Comedy

73 Metascore

A rich publisher meets a stupid but very kind person. Publisher planned to laugh at him, but it so happened that this person was the only one who stay with him when publisher's life began to crumble.

Director: Francis Veber | Stars: Thierry Lhermitte, Jacques Villeret, Francis Huster, Daniel Prévost

Votes: 34,160 | Gross: $4.07M

5. The Restaurant (1966)

Not Rated | 85 min | Action, Comedy

Top-notch french restaurant owner Monsieur Septime is involved into crime when one of his famous guests disappears.

Director: Jacques Besnard | Stars: Louis de Funès, Bernard Blier, Maria-Rosa Rodriguez, Venantino Venantini

Votes: 4,351

6. Rien à déclarer (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: 11,937 | Gross: $0.18M

7. The Valet (2006)

PG-13 | 85 min | Comedy, Drama

68 Metascore

A porter and a top-model have to pretend to be a couple in order to salvage a CEO's marriage.

Director: Francis Veber | Stars: Gad Elmaleh, Alice Taglioni, Daniel Auteuil, Kristin Scott Thomas

Votes: 9,163 | Gross: $2.27M

8. L'amour, c'est mieux à deux (2010)

100 min | Comedy, Romance

Michel dreams of a perfect meeting with the woman of his dreams, entirely due to chance, as his parents and grandparents experienced. Vincent, Michel's contrast, is completely different. He... See full summary »

Directors: Dominique Farrugia, Arnaud Lemort | Stars: Clovis Cornillac, Virginie Efira, Manu Payet, Annelise Hesme

Votes: 1,368

9. Mon meilleur ami (I) (2006)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy

65 Metascore

Catherine, refuses to believe that her business partner, the unlikeable François, has a best friend, so she challenges him to set up an introduction. Scrambling to find someone willing to pose as his best pal, François enlists the services of a charming taxi driver to play the part.

Director: Patrice Leconte | Stars: Daniel Auteuil, Dany Boon, Julie Gayet, Julie Durand

Votes: 5,853 | Gross: $1.42M

10. The Fugitives (1986)

95 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Jean is taken hostage at a bank by a foolish bank robber. As Jean left prison an hour earlier, the police assume he's the robber. Everything goes comically wrong. The robber's little daughter joins the fugitives.

Director: Francis Veber | Stars: Pierre Richard, Gérard Depardieu, Jean Carmet, Maurice Barrier

Votes: 5,277

11. Mon pire cauchemar (2011)

Not Rated | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

52 Metascore

Agathe lives with her husband and son in a posh apartment in front of the Jardin du Luxembourg. Patrick lives with his son in the back of a van. She is the head of an important contemporary... See full summary »

Director: Anne Fontaine | Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Benoît Poelvoorde, André Dussollier, Virginie Efira

Votes: 2,511 | Gross: $0.02M

12. La chèvre (1981)

91 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

A daughter of a millionaire, distinguish by incredible bad luck, goes missing. The idea how to find her is either insane or brilliant - to send after her an equally unlucky person.

Director: Francis Veber | Stars: Pierre Richard, Gérard Depardieu, Pedro Armendáriz Jr., Corynne Charbit

Votes: 6,960

13. The ComDads (1983)

PG | 92 min | Comedy, Crime

The woman, whose troubled son has left a home, informs two different men from her past that each of them is a real father. Too different men.

Director: Francis Veber | Stars: Pierre Richard, Gérard Depardieu, Anny Duperey, Michel Aumont

Votes: 4,648

14. Three Men and a Cradle (1985)

PG-13 | 106 min | Comedy

44 Metascore

Jacques, Pierre, and Michel are three adult friends who enjoy single life until they find themselves stuck - with a baby.

Director: Coline Serreau | Stars: Roland Giraud, Michel Boujenah, André Dussollier, Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu

Votes: 3,060 | Gross: $2.05M

15. Les femmes du 6e étage (2010)

Not Rated | 102 min | Comedy

52 Metascore

In 1960s Paris, a conservative couple's lives are turned upside down by two Spanish maids.

Director: Philippe Le Guay | Stars: Fabrice Luchini, Sandrine Kiberlain, Natalia Verbeke, Carmen Maura

Votes: 9,088 | Gross: $0.72M

16. L'emmerdeur (1973)

PG | 85 min | Comedy

Ralf Milan, a hitman, arrives in Montpellier to kill an important witness. He checks in a hotel without knowing that his neighbour has become neurotic after his wife left him.

Director: Édouard Molinaro | Stars: Lino Ventura, Jacques Brel, Caroline Cellier, Jean-Pierre Darras

Votes: 2,516

17. Après Vous (2003)

R | 110 min | Comedy, Romance

53 Metascore

Antoine (Auteuil) saves Louis (Garcia) from hanging himself, though in his attempt to get Louis back on his feet, Antoine gets caught in a romantic triangle.

Director: Pierre Salvadori | Stars: Daniel Auteuil, José Garcia, Sandrine Kiberlain, Marilyne Canto

Votes: 2,892 | Gross: $0.83M

18. I'm Shy, But I'll Heal (1978)

PG | 88 min | Comedy

Pierre is a hotel cashier in Vichy, so shy that he answers an ad from the Psychology Institute and can't say no to the salesman, Aldo; he spends 6,000 francs on tapes, books, and a punching... See full summary »

Director: Pierre Richard | Stars: Pierre Richard, Aldo Maccione, Jacques François, Mimi Coutelier

Votes: 1,172

19. Potiche (2010)

R | 103 min | Comedy

68 Metascore

When her husband is taken hostage by his striking employees, a trophy wife (Deneuve) takes the reins of the family business and proves to be a remarkably effective leader. Business and ... See full summary »

Director: François Ozon | Stars: Catherine Deneuve, Gérard Depardieu, Fabrice Luchini, Karin Viard

Votes: 9,468 | Gross: $1.62M

20. 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: 644,617 | Gross: $33.23M

21. Paris-Manhattan (2012)

Not Rated | 77 min | Comedy, Romance

36 Metascore

Alice, a Woody Allen-obsessed pharmacist and hopeless romantic, meets a charming man named Victor but has trouble committing to him.

Director: Sophie Lellouche | Stars: Alice Taglioni, Patrick Bruel, Marine Delterme, Michel Aumont

Votes: 3,411

22. Le Chef (2012)

PG-13 | 84 min | Comedy

43 Metascore

A veteran chef faces off against his restaurant group's new CEO, who wants to the establishment to lose a star from its rating in order to bring in a younger chef who specializes in molecular gastronomy.

Director: Daniel Cohen | Stars: Jean Reno, Michaël Youn, Raphaëlle Agogué, Julien Boisselier

Votes: 14,926 | Gross: $0.34M

23. Ruby & Quentin (2003)

Not Rated | 85 min | Comedy, Crime

One prisoner tell to another that he hid a very large amount of money before the arrest. Together they manage to escape, but this is where their adventures are just beginning.

Director: Francis Veber | Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Jean Reno, Richard Berry, André Dussollier

Votes: 24,840

24. The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe (1972)

PG | 90 min | Comedy, Mystery

A hapless orchestra player becomes an unwitting pawn of rival factions within the French secret service after he is chosen as a decoy by being identified as a super secret agent.

Director: Yves Robert | Stars: Pierre Richard, Bernard Blier, Jean Rochefort, Mireille Darc

Votes: 6,394

25. L'invité (2007)

86 min | Comedy

Unemployed for three years, Gerard has landed a job in Indonesia. To start off on the right foot with his "team leader", Gerard invites him to dinner. Considering his wife's lack of ... See full summary »

Director: Laurent Bouhnik | Stars: Daniel Auteuil, Valérie Lemercier, Thierry Lhermitte, Hippolyte Girardot

Votes: 759

26. The Artist (I) (2011)

PG-13 | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

89 Metascore

An egomaniacal film star develops a relationship with a young dancer against the backdrop of Hollywood's silent era.

Director: Michel Hazanavicius | Stars: Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, John Goodman, James Cromwell

Votes: 215,952 | Gross: $44.67M

27. La délicatesse (2011)

PG-13 | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

53 Metascore

A French woman mourning over the death of her husband three years prior is courted by a Swedish co-worker.

Directors: David Foenkinos, Stéphane Foenkinos | Stars: Audrey Tautou, François Damiens, Bruno Todeschini, Mélanie Bernier

Votes: 11,807

28. The Intouchables (2011)

R | 112 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

57 Metascore

After he becomes a quadriplegic from a paragliding accident, an aristocrat hires a young man from the projects to be his caregiver.

Directors: Olivier Nakache, Éric Toledano | Stars: François Cluzet, Omar Sy, Anne Le Ny, Audrey Fleurot

Votes: 664,096 | Gross: $13.18M

29. Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis (2008)

Not Rated | 106 min | Comedy, Romance

A French public servant from Provence is banished to the far North. Strongly prejudiced against this cold and inhospitable place, he leaves his family behind to relocate temporarily there, with the firm intent to quickly come back.

Director: Dany Boon | Stars: Kad Merad, Dany Boon, Zoé Félix, Lorenzo Ausilia-Foret

Votes: 36,218 | Gross: $1.48M

30. Le code a changé (2009)

Not Rated | 100 min | Comedy, Drama

59 Metascore

So called friends at a dinner party end up acting like a dysfunctional family.

Director: Danièle Thompson | Stars: Karin Viard, Dany Boon, Marina Foïs, Patrick Bruel

Votes: 1,675 | Gross: $0.04M

31. L'auberge espagnole (2002)

R | 122 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

65 Metascore

A strait-laced French student moves into an apartment in Barcelona with a cast of six other characters from all over Europe. Together, they speak the international language of love and friendship.

Director: Cédric Klapisch | Stars: Romain Duris, Judith Godrèche, Kelly Reilly, Audrey Tautou

Votes: 37,483 | Gross: $3.90M

32. The Italian (2010)

Not Rated | 102 min | Comedy, Drama

Life smiles at Dino Fabrizzi,a cool forty-two-year old Italian. Not only is he the most successful salesman at The Maserati dealership in Nice but he has had a steady (and hot) relationship... See full summary »

Director: Olivier Baroux | Stars: Kad Merad, Valérie Benguigui, Roland Giraud, Philippe Lefebvre

Votes: 1,352

33. Un bonheur n'arrive jamais seul (2012)

110 min | Comedy, Romance

Sacha Keller is only interested in one night stands with 20-somethings and has a phobia of children. That is until he meets Charlotte, the divorced mother-of-three and ex-wife of one his employer's powerful clients.

Director: James Huth | Stars: Gad Elmaleh, Sophie Marceau, Maurice Barthélémy, François Berléand

Votes: 4,501

34. Ensemble, c'est trop (2010)

96 min | Comedy

Newly wed couple, Clementine and Sebastien, are forced to welcome Sebastien's mother into their flat.

Director: Léa Fazer | Stars: Nathalie Baye, Pierre Arditi, Jocelyn Quivrin, Aïssa Maïga

Votes: 341

36. Divorces! (2009)

100 min | Comedy, Drama

Two happily-married and successful divorce attorneys finally reach a disagreement: their own divorce.

Director: Valérie Guignabodet | Stars: François-Xavier Demaison, Pascale Arbillot, Mathias Mlekuz, Brigitte Catillon

Votes: 173

37. 7 ans de mariage (2003)

97 min | Comedy

A sexually frustrated husband learns to be careful what he asks for. His sex life virtually non-existent after only seven years of marriage, Alain and Audrey rarely find time for bedroom ... See full summary »

Director: Didier Bourdon | Stars: Catherine Frot, Didier Bourdon, Jacques Weber, Yan Duffas

Votes: 1,034

38. 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: 70,939 | Gross: $0.27M

39. Hold-Up (1985)

114 min | Comedy, Crime

Dressed as a clown, the clever rascal Grimm holds up the most secure bank of Montreal and takes 30 hostages. While confusing and ridiculing the police with his strange behavior, he calmly ... See full summary »

Director: Alexandre Arcady | Stars: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Kim Cattrall, Guy Marchand, Jean-Pierre Marielle

Votes: 2,045

40. De vrais mensonges (2010)

105 min | Comedy, Romance

A hairdresser forwards a passionate love letter to her mother.

Director: Pierre Salvadori | Stars: Audrey Tautou, Nathalie Baye, Sami Bouajila, Stéphanie Lagarde

Votes: 6,587

41. My New Partner (1984)

R | 107 min | Comedy, Crime

Rene is a "ripou", a rotten cop who makes ends meet by accepting bribes, presents and free drinks from the people he should be putting in jail. When his partner retires, he must team up ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Zidi | Stars: Philippe Noiret, Thierry Lhermitte, Régine, Grâce de Capitani

Votes: 3,588

42. Je préfère qu'on reste amis (2005)

Not Rated | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

One is too shy to start a relationship, other too unsettled to stay in one. Will their friendship help them to find the right woman for both?

Directors: Olivier Nakache, Éric Toledano | Stars: Jean-Paul Rouve, Gérard Depardieu, Annie Girardot, Lionel Abelanski

Votes: 875

43. L'aile ou la cuisse (1976)

104 min | Comedy, Family

Charles Duchemin, a well-known gourmet and the publisher of a famous restaurant guide, is waging a war against fast-food entrepreneur Tri-Catel to save the French art of cooking. After ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Zidi | Stars: Louis de Funès, Coluche, Ann Zacharias, Julien Guiomar

Votes: 8,576

44. The Troops of St. Tropez (1964)

90 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

Gendarme Ludovic Cruchot is re-assigned to the French Riviera seaside resort town of Saint-Tropez where petty criminals and his own daughter give him a hard time.

Director: Jean Girault | Stars: Louis de Funès, Geneviève Grad, Michel Galabru, Daniel Cauchy

Votes: 9,704

45. The Exchange Student (1967)

84 min | Adventure, Comedy

Charles Bosquier, a role apparently written for French comedy superstar Louis de Funès, is the dictatorial headmaster of a French strict boarding school. No father could be deeper shocked ... See full summary »

Director: Jean Girault | Stars: Louis de Funès, Ferdy Mayne, Martine Kelly, François Leccia

Votes: 2,512

46. Les aventures de Rabbi Jacob (1973)

G | 95 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

A bigoted Frenchman finds himself forced to impersonate a popular rabbi while on the run from a group of assassins - and the police.

Director: Gérard Oury | Stars: Louis de Funès, Miou-Miou, Suzy Delair, Marcel Dalio

Votes: 10,670

47. The Sucker (1965)

111 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

Criminals have chosen an ordinary man to carry drugs and jewels in his car across the border. The problem is that this man turned out too much ordinary.

Director: Gérard Oury | Stars: Bourvil, Louis de Funès, Venantino Venantini, Henri Génès

Votes: 5,414

48. La Grande Vadrouille (1966)

G | 132 min | Adventure, Comedy, War

Several ordinary Frenchmen, helping British pilots avoid Nazi captivity, goes on an epic voyage through the occupied country to the Swiss border.

Director: Gérard Oury | Stars: Bourvil, Louis de Funès, Claudio Brook, Andréa Parisy

Votes: 13,880