The 45 best french movies

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1. 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: 16,981

2. Les Visiteurs du Soir (1942)

Not Rated | 115 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

In medieval France, the Devil intervenes when one of his two envoys, sent to seduce and deceive mortals, falls instead for a victim.

Director: Marcel Carné | Stars: Arletty, Marie Déa, Fernand Ledoux, Alain Cuny

Votes: 1,746

3. The Wages of Fear (1953)

Not Rated | 131 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

In a decrepit South American village, four men are hired to transport an urgent nitroglycerine shipment without the equipment that would make it safe.

Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot | Stars: Yves Montand, Charles Vanel, Peter van Eyck, Folco Lulli

Votes: 49,149

4. Martyrs (2008)

R | 99 min | Horror

A young woman's quest for revenge against the people who kidnapped and tormented her as a child leads her and a friend, who is also a victim of child abuse, on a terrifying journey into a living hell of depravity.

Director: Pascal Laugier | Stars: Morjana Alaoui, Mylène Jampanoï, Catherine Bégin, Robert Toupin

Votes: 75,868

5. Any Number Can Win (1963)

118 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

Charles (Jean Gabin), a sixtyish career criminal fresh out of jail, rejects his wife's plan for a quiet life of bourgeois respectability. He enlists a former cellmate, Francis (Alain Delon)... See full summary »

Director: Henri Verneuil | Stars: Jean Gabin, Alain Delon, Claude Cerval, Viviane Romance

Votes: 2,535 | Gross: $1.00M

6. The Night Caller (1975)

R | 91 min | Action, Thriller, Drama

Commissaire Letellier and Inspector Moissac are tracking Minos, a serial killer whose victims are women.

Director: Henri Verneuil | Stars: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Charles Denner, Adalberto Maria Merli, Rosy Varte

Votes: 2,703

7. Heartbeat (1938)

Passed | 160 min | Comedy

Meeting a movie team on location near his house, a young man saw a lots of encouragment for his dreaming carreer as a movie star in what was only sarcasm from the members of the team. (This... See full summary »

Director: Marcel Pagnol | Stars: Fernandel, Orane Demazis, Fernand Charpin, Léon Belières

Votes: 621

8. Beauty and the Beast (1946)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

92 Metascore

A beautiful young woman takes her father's place as the prisoner of a mysterious beast, who wishes to marry her.

Directors: Jean Cocteau, René Clément | Stars: Jean Marais, Josette Day, Mila Parély, Nane Germon

Votes: 22,607 | Gross: $0.30M

9. Diabolique (1955)

Not Rated | 117 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

The wife and mistress of a loathed school principal hatch a plan to murder him while having the perfect alibi. They carry out the plan...but then his body disappears.

Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot | Stars: Simone Signoret, Véra Clouzot, Paul Meurisse, Charles Vanel

Votes: 57,658

10. Fantomas (1964)

Not Rated | 100 min | Comedy, Crime, Adventure

Criminal mastermind Fantômas, a man of a thousand faces, is unhappy with Fandor, a journalist who's written a fictive interview of him. He kidnaps Fandor, threatens to kill him, but first ... See full summary »

Director: André Hunebelle | Stars: Jean Marais, Louis de Funès, Mylène Demongeot, Jacques Dynam

Votes: 8,168

11. The Cabbage Soup (1981)

98 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

2 buddy farmers are visited by aliens who like their domestic cabbage soup.

Director: Jean Girault | Stars: Louis de Funès, Jean Carmet, Jacques Villeret, Claude Gensac

Votes: 6,792

12. 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: 5,610

13. Série noire (1979)

Not Rated | 111 min | Crime, Drama

Franck Poupart is a slightly neurotic door-to-door salesman in a sinister part of Paris' suburbs. He meets Mona, a teenager, who's been made a prostitute by her own aunt. Franck would like ... See full summary »

Director: Alain Corneau | Stars: Patrick Dewaere, Myriam Boyer, Marie Trintignant, Bernard Blier

Votes: 2,274

14. La Chevre (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: 7,199

15. 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: 5,450

16. Le père Noël est une ordure (1982)

88 min | Comedy

Two neurotics, working for a suicide hotline on the night of Christmas Eve, get caught up in a catastrophe when a pregnant woman, her abusive boyfriend, and a transvestite visit their office.

Director: Jean-Marie Poiré | Stars: Anémone, Josiane Balasko, Marie-Anne Chazel, Christian Clavier

Votes: 7,737

17. The Visitors (1993)

R | 107 min | Comedy, Fantasy

A medieval knight and his servant are asking a familiar wizard to move them back in time to prevent father-in-law's accidentally killing. Instead, they fly away to the 20th century.

Director: Jean-Marie Poiré | Stars: Christian Clavier, Jean Reno, Valérie Lemercier, Marie-Anne Chazel

Votes: 29,829 | Gross: $0.70M

18. Papy fait de la résistance (1983)

102 min | Comedy, Music, War

Bourdelle, a family of musicians, refuse to play for Germans during the war. They would like to liberate France using all possible means.

Director: Jean-Marie Poiré | Stars: Christian Clavier, Michel Galabru, Roland Giraud, Gérard Jugnot

Votes: 2,479

19. 36th Precinct (2004)

Not Rated | 111 min | Action, Crime, Drama

2 cops are promised by the retiring chief of the Paris police that the one, getting the violent gang robbing armored trucks, will get his job. The 2 will do whatever it takes to get the promotion, even if it means breaking the law.

Director: Olivier Marchal | Stars: Daniel Auteuil, Gérard Depardieu, André Dussollier, Valeria Golino

Votes: 15,609

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: 26,966 | 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: 30,476 | Gross: $0.55M

22. A Prophet (2009)

R | 155 min | Crime, Drama

90 Metascore

A young Arab man is sent to a French prison.

Director: Jacques Audiard | Stars: Tahar Rahim, Niels Arestrup, Adel Bencherif, Reda Kateb

Votes: 88,817 | Gross: $2.08M

23. Assassin(s) (1997)

128 min | Drama, Crime

Old professional killer Wagner seeks someone to teach what he knows as long as he is already dying, and he chooses Max, young and passionless thief to be his successor.

Director: Mathieu Kassovitz | Stars: Michel Serrault, Mathieu Kassovitz, Mehdi Benoufa, Robert Gendreu

Votes: 1,845

24. 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: 133,991 | Gross: $0.31M

25. Le repas des fauves (1964)

99 min | Drama, War

Also known in English as "Champagne for Savages". Set in World War Two occupied France. Several people gather at a house to celebrate a woman's birthday. Some German soldiers are killed ... See full summary »

Director: Christian-Jaque | Stars: Francis Blanche, Boy Gobert, Antonella Lualdi, Adolfo Marsillach

Votes: 131

26. The Eighth Day (1996)

118 min | Comedy, Drama

An unusual and wonderful friendship develops between a busy but unhappy salesman and a resident of a mental asylum.

Director: Jaco Van Dormael | Stars: Daniel Auteuil, Pascal Duquenne, Miou-Miou, Henri Garcin

Votes: 8,492 | Gross: $0.33M

27. The Three Brothers (1995)

105 min | Comedy

Three half-brothers are reunited at their mother's funeral. After being told of their inheritance they quickly spend the money, only to find out that they will not receive it after all. The... See full summary »

Directors: Didier Bourdon, Bernard Campan | Stars: Didier Bourdon, Bernard Campan, Pascal Légitimus, Antoine du Merle

Votes: 5,567

28. The Professional (1981)

Not Rated | 108 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Victim of a plot which has resulted in his imprisonment in a Central African jail for two years, a French secret agent arrives in Paris to settle accounts.

Director: Georges Lautner | Stars: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean Desailly, Cyrielle Clair, Marie-Christine Descouard

Votes: 11,861

29. 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: 14,355

30. The Sicilian Clan (1969)

GP | 122 min | Crime, Drama

A young, ambitious mobster plans an elaborate diamond heist while seducing the daughter of a ruthless mob patriarch as a determined police commissioner closes in on all of them.

Director: Henri Verneuil | Stars: Jean Gabin, Alain Delon, Lino Ventura, Irina Demick

Votes: 6,366 | Gross: $3.00M

31. Le Corbeau (1943)

Not Rated | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

French village doctor becomes target of poison-pen letters sent to village leaders, accusing him of affairs and practicing abortion.

Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot | Stars: Pierre Fresnay, Ginette Leclerc, Micheline Francey, Héléna Manson

Votes: 8,000 | Gross: $0.03M

32. The King and the Mockingbird (1952)

Not Rated | 83 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

87 Metascore

A chimney sweep and a shepherdess seek to escape from the clutches of a tyrannical king.

Director: Paul Grimault | Stars: Jean Martin, Pascal Mazzotti, Raymond Bussières, Agnès Viala

Votes: 3,981 | Gross: $0.03M

33. Don't Die Too Hard! (2001)

92 min | Comedy

Eric and Ramzy are working as window washers at the Montparnasse skyscraper in Paris. Thinking that he has a date set up with beautiful executive Marie-Joelle (who in reality hates his guts... See full summary »

Director: Charles Nemes | Stars: Eric Judor, Ramzy Bedia, Marina Foïs, Serge Riaboukine

Votes: 4,236

34. The Mad Adventures of 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: 10,972

35. The Little World of Don Camillo (1952)

107 min | Comedy

A determined priest and a Communist mayor develop a grudging friendship in spite of their official rivalry.

Director: Julien Duvivier | Stars: Fernandel, Gino Cervi, Vera Talchi, Franco Interlenghi

Votes: 3,672

36. Les Misérables (1958)

210 min | Drama

Jean Valjean, convicted of a minor crime, spends the rest of his life being pursued by a cruel and unrelenting policeman, Javert.

Director: Jean-Paul Le Chanois | Stars: Jean Gabin, Bernard Blier, René Fleur, Julienne Paroli

Votes: 1,236

37. La totale! (1991)

102 min | Adventure, Comedy

To his family, François Voisin is nothing more than a humdrum civil servant. In truth, for the past twenty years he has been working as a crack secret agent. All goes well until François ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Zidi | Stars: Thierry Lhermitte, Miou-Miou, Eddy Mitchell, Michel Boujenah

Votes: 1,376

38. La vérité si je mens! (1997)

100 min | Comedy, Romance

The sentimental and comedic adventures of Eddie, a non-Jew trying to pass as Jewish though totally ignorant of Jewish traditions, as he works in a Jewish community.

Director: Thomas Gilou | Stars: Richard Anconina, Richard Bohringer, Amira Casar, Vincent Elbaz

Votes: 3,680

39. Dog Day (1984)

101 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A fugitive on the run from the law and carrying several million dollars hides out in the house of a farm family. The tables turn when the family turns out to be even more criminally ... See full summary »

Director: Yves Boisset | Stars: Lee Marvin, Miou-Miou, Jean Carmet, Victor Lanoux

Votes: 723

40. My Father's Glory (1990)

G | 105 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

A young boy's life in turn-of-the-century France. Marcel, witnesses the success of his teacher father, as well as the success of his arrogant Uncle Jules. Marcel and family spend their ... See full summary »

Director: Yves Robert | Stars: Philippe Caubère, Nathalie Roussel, Didier Pain, Thérèse Liotard

Votes: 5,625 | Gross: $1.71M

41. My Mother's Castle (1990)

PG | 98 min | Adventure, Biography, Comedy

Every holiday Marcel and his family go to their cottage in the Provence (France). He likes the hills in this region. Before they arrive at the cottage they have to walk about 5 miles. With ... See full summary »

Director: Yves Robert | Stars: Julien Ciamaca, Philippe Caubère, Nathalie Roussel, Didier Pain

Votes: 4,472 | Gross: $1.48M

42. The Umbrella Coup (1980)

PG | 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: 2,014

43. So Long, Stooge (1983)

100 min | Crime, Drama

Lambert, a burned-out case, works the night shift at a gas station, rarely speaking, living alone, drinking. Bensoussan, raised in foster homes, now a small-time pusher for a bar owner ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Berri | Stars: Coluche, Richard Anconina, Agnès Soral, Mahmoud Zemmouri

Votes: 2,238

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: 10,057



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