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1. The Dreamers (2003)

NC-17 | 115 min | Drama, Romance

7.2
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62 Metascore

A young American studying in Paris in 1968 strikes up a friendship with a French brother and sister. Set against the background of the '68 Paris student riots.

Director: Bernardo Bertolucci | Stars: Michael Pitt, Louis Garrel, Eva Green, Anna Chancellor

Votes: 102,754 | Gross: $2.53M

2. Breathless (1960)

Not Rated | 90 min | Crime, Drama

7.9
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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: 66,080 | Gross: $0.34M

3. The 400 Blows (1959)

Not Rated | 99 min | Crime, Drama

8.1
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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: 94,442

4. Cleo from 5 to 7 (1962)

Not Rated | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

7.9
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Cleo, a singer and hypochondriac, becomes increasingly worried that she might have cancer while awaiting test results from her doctor.

Director: Agnès Varda | Stars: Corinne Marchand, Antoine Bourseiller, Dominique Davray, Dorothée Blanck

Votes: 13,084

5. Pierrot le Fou (1965)

Not Rated | 110 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

7.6
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Pierrot escapes his boring society and travels from Paris to the Mediterranean Sea with Marianne, a girl chased by hit-men from Algeria. They lead an unorthodox life, always on the run.

Director: Jean-Luc Godard | Stars: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Anna Karina, Graziella Galvani, Aicha Abadir

Votes: 25,788

6. The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964)

Not Rated | 91 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

7.8
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86 Metascore

A young woman separated from her lover by war faces a life-altering decision.

Director: Jacques Demy | Stars: Catherine Deneuve, Nino Castelnuovo, Anne Vernon, Marc Michel

Votes: 21,067 | Gross: $0.02M

7. Jules and Jim (1962)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama, Romance

7.8
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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: 34,055

8. Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Romance

7.9
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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: 25,427 | Gross: $0.09M

9. Vivre Sa Vie (1962)

Not Rated | 85 min | Drama

8.0
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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: 24,119

10. Day for Night (1973)

PG | 116 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

8.0
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A committed film director struggles to complete his movie while coping with a myriad of crises, personal and professional, among the cast and crew.

Director: François Truffaut | Stars: Jacqueline Bisset, Jean-Pierre Léaud, François Truffaut, Valentina Cortese

Votes: 18,271 | Gross: $0.02M

11. Masculin Féminin (1966)

Not Rated | 103 min | Drama, Romance

7.6
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92 Metascore

A romance between young Parisians, shown through a series of vignettes.

Director: Jean-Luc Godard | Stars: Jean-Pierre Léaud, Chantal Goya, Marlène Jobert, Michel Debord

Votes: 11,326 | Gross: $0.20M

12. Elevator to the Gallows (1958)

Not Rated | 91 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.0
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94 Metascore

A self-assured businessman murders his employer, the husband of his mistress, which unintentionally provokes an ill-fated chain of events.

Director: Louis Malle | Stars: Jeanne Moreau, Maurice Ronet, Georges Poujouly, Yori Bertin

Votes: 18,742 | Gross: $0.11M

13. Last Year at Marienbad (1961)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, Mystery

7.8
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In a strange and isolated chateau, a man becomes acquainted with a woman and insists that they have met before.

Director: Alain Resnais | Stars: Delphine Seyrig, Giorgio Albertazzi, Sacha Pitoëff, Françoise Bertin

Votes: 18,408 | Gross: $0.06M

14. La Jetée (1962)

Not Rated | 28 min | Short, Drama, Romance

8.3
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The story of a man forced to explore his memories in the wake of World War III's devastation, told through still images.

Director: Chris Marker | Stars: Étienne Becker, Jean Négroni, Hélène Chatelain, Davos Hanich

Votes: 26,968

15. Alphaville (1965)

Not Rated | 99 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

7.2
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A U.S. secret agent is sent to the distant space city of Alphaville where he must find a missing person and free the city from its tyrannical ruler.

Director: Jean-Luc Godard | Stars: Eddie Constantine, Anna Karina, Akim Tamiroff, Valérie Boisgel

Votes: 20,791 | Gross: $0.05M

16. Godard Mon Amour (2017)

R | 107 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

6.6
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55 Metascore

In 1967, during the making of "La Chinoise," film director Jean-Luc Godard falls in love with 19-year-old actress Anne Wiazemsky and marries her.

Director: Michel Hazanavicius | Stars: Louis Garrel, Stacy Martin, Bérénice Bejo, Micha Lescot

Votes: 3,767 | Gross: $0.08M

17. Weekend (1967)

Not Rated | 105 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

7.2
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A surreal tale of a married couple going on a road trip to visit the wife's parents with the intention of killing them for the inheritance.

Director: Jean-Luc Godard | Stars: Mireille Darc, Jean Yanne, Jean-Pierre Kalfon, Karl Marx

Votes: 12,177

18. Band of Outsiders (1964)

Not Rated | 95 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.8
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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: 20,518 | Gross: $0.04M

19. La Collectionneuse (1967)

Not Rated | 89 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.6
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A womanizing art dealer and a painter find the serenity of their Riviera vacation disturbed by a third guest, a vivacious bohemian woman known for her long list of male conquests.

Director: Éric Rohmer | Stars: Patrick Bauchau, Haydée Politoff, Daniel Pommereulle, Alain Jouffroy

Votes: 5,411

20. My Night at Maud's (1969)

GP | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

8.0
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The rigid principles of a devout Catholic man are challenged during a one-night stay with Maud, a divorced woman with an outsize personality.

Director: Éric Rohmer | Stars: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Françoise Fabian, Marie-Christine Barrault, Antoine Vitez

Votes: 9,256

21. A Woman Is a Woman (1961)

Not Rated | 84 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.5
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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: 13,617 | Gross: $0.10M

22. The Fire Within (1963)

Not Rated | 108 min | Drama

8.0
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Alain Leroy is having a course of treatment in a private hospital because of his problem with alcohol. Although he is constantly distressed, he leaves the hospital and tries to meet good ... See full summary »

Director: Louis Malle | Stars: Maurice Ronet, Léna Skerla, Yvonne Clech, Hubert Deschamps

Votes: 7,218

23. La Chinoise (1967)

Not Rated | 95 min | Comedy, Drama

7.2
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A small group of French students are studying Mao, trying to find out their position in the world and how to change the world to a Maoistic community using terrorism.

Director: Jean-Luc Godard | Stars: Anne Wiazemsky, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Juliet Berto, Michel Semeniako

Votes: 5,276 | Gross: $0.04M

24. Shoot the Piano Player (1960)

Not Rated | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.5
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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: 15,759

25. Stolen Kisses (1968)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.7
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After being discharged from the army, Antoine Doinel centers a screwball comedy where he applies for different jobs and tries to make sense of his relationships with women.

Director: François Truffaut | Stars: Jean-Pierre Léaud, Claude Jade, Delphine Seyrig, Michael Lonsdale

Votes: 10,564

26. Small Change (1976)

PG | 104 min | Comedy, Drama

7.7
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In the town of Thiers, summer of 1976, teachers and parents give their children skills, love, and attention. A teacher has his first child, a single mother hopes to meet Mr. Right, another ... See full summary »

Director: François Truffaut | Stars: Georges Desmouceaux, Philippe Goldmann, Nicole Félix, Chantal Mercier

Votes: 4,869 | Gross: $0.04M

27. The Mother and the Whore (1973)

210 min | Drama, Romance

8.0
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The chauvinist Alexandre balances relationships with several women, including the maternal Marie and the sexually liberated Veronika, in the post-1968 intellectual scene of Paris.

Director: Jean Eustache | Stars: Bernadette Lafont, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Françoise Lebrun, Isabelle Weingarten

Votes: 4,508

28. Claire's Knee (1970)

GP | 105 min | Drama, Romance

7.7
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On lakeside summer holiday, a conflicted older man is dared to have a flirt with two beautiful teenage stepsisters despite his betrothal to a diplomat's daughter and the fact that the girls have boyfriends.

Director: Éric Rohmer | Stars: Jean-Claude Brialy, Aurora Cornu, Béatrice Romand, Laurence de Monaghan

Votes: 7,683

29. Chloe in the Afternoon (1972)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.7
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Though he has an adoring wife, a bourgeois man is still tempted to pursue other women.

Director: Éric Rohmer | Stars: Bernard Verley, Zouzou, Françoise Verley, Daniel Ceccaldi

Votes: 5,638

30. Bed & Board (1970)

GP | 100 min | Comedy, Drama

7.5
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Antoine Doinel works dying flowers in the courtyard outside his apartment. He is married to Christine, who is pregnant. He has an affair with a Japanese woman, jeopardising his marriage.

Director: François Truffaut | Stars: Jean-Pierre Léaud, Claude Jade, Hiroko Berghauer, Barbara Laage

Votes: 7,054

31. Lola (1961)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Romance

7.6
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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: 4,442

32. Une Femme Mariée (1964)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama

7.3
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A superifical woman finds conflict choosing between her abusive husband and her vain lover.

Director: Jean-Luc Godard | Stars: Bernard Noël, Macha Méril, Philippe Leroy, Christophe Bourseiller

Votes: 2,722

33. Le Petit Soldat (1963)

Not Rated | 88 min | War, Drama

7.3
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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: 5,371 | Gross: $0.02M

34. Les Cousins (1959)

Not Rated | 112 min | Drama

7.3
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A pair of cousins share a flat, but animosity begins to build between the two when a woman gets involved.

Director: Claude Chabrol | Stars: Gérard Blain, Jean-Claude Brialy, Juliette Mayniel, Guy Decomble

Votes: 2,289

35. The Soft Skin (1964)

Not Rated | 113 min | Drama, Romance

7.5
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78 Metascore

Pierre Lachenay is a well-known publisher and lecturer, married with Franca and father of Sabine, around 10. He meets an air hostess, Nicole. They start a love affair, which Pierre is hiding, but he cannot stand staying away from her.

Director: François Truffaut | Stars: Jean Desailly, Françoise Dorléac, Nelly Benedetti, Daniel Ceccaldi

Votes: 6,156

36. The Beaches of Agnès (2008)

Not Rated | 110 min | Documentary, Biography

8.0
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86 Metascore

Agnès Varda explores her memories, mostly chronologically, with photographs, film clips, interviews, reenactments, and droll, playful contemporary scenes of her narrating her story.

Director: Agnès Varda | Stars: Agnès Varda, André Lubrano, Blaise Fournier, Vincent Fournier

Votes: 2,751 | Gross: $0.24M

37. Le Beau Serge (1958)

Not Rated | 98 min | Drama

7.2
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After long absence, a man returns to his hometown only to find his best friend has become an alcoholic.

Director: Claude Chabrol | Stars: Gérard Blain, Jean-Claude Brialy, Michèle Méritz, Bernadette Lafont

Votes: 2,671

38. La Pointe Courte (1955)

Not Rated | 86 min | Drama

7.1
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There are two parts to this film: sequences of life in the fishing village of La Pointe Courte (a government inspector's visit, the death of a child) alternate with others following a ... See full summary »

Director: Agnès Varda | Stars: Philippe Noiret, Silvia Monfort, Marcel Jouet, Albert Lubrano

Votes: 2,120

39. Zazie dans le Métro (1960)

Not Rated | 93 min | Comedy, Fantasy

7.0
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With her mother away for the weekend, a brash and precocious ten-year-old country-girl sets out to explore Paris during a Métro strike, under her uncle's not-so-watchful eye. Can a little girl cause so much chaos in the heart of the city?

Director: Louis Malle | Stars: Catherine Demongeot, Philippe Noiret, Hubert Deschamps, Carla Marlier

Votes: 4,870

40. Love on the Run (1979)

PG | 94 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.1
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Antoine Doinel is now more than thirty. He divorces from Christine. He is a proofreader, and is in love with Sabine, a record seller. Colette, his teenager love, is now a lawyer. She buys ... See full summary »

Director: François Truffaut | Stars: Jean-Pierre Léaud, Claude Jade, Marie-France Pisier, Dani

Votes: 5,285

41. Tout Va Bien (1972)

Not Rated | 95 min | Drama

6.6
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Godard examines the structure of movies, relationships and revolutions through the life of a couple in Paris.

Directors: Jean-Luc Godard, Jean-Pierre Gorin | Stars: Yves Montand, Jane Fonda, Vittorio Caprioli, Elizabeth Chauvin

Votes: 2,862

42. Regular Lovers (2005)

183 min | Drama, Romance

6.9
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76 Metascore

1968 and 1969 in Paris: during and after the student and trade union revolt. François is 20, a poet, dodging military service. He takes to the barricades, but won't throw a Molotov cocktail... See full summary »

Director: Philippe Garrel | Stars: Louis Garrel, Clotilde Hesme, Julien Lucas, Eric Rulliat

Votes: 2,545

43. Made in U.S.A (1966)

Not Rated | 90 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

6.4
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In the near future, leftist writer Paula goes from Paris to the French town of Atlantic-Cité when she learns of the death of a former colleague and lover, Richard P. Is she there to ... See full summary »

Director: Jean-Luc Godard | Stars: Anna Karina, László Szabó, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Marianne Faithfull

Votes: 3,294 | Gross: $0.08M

44. Les Bonnes Femmes (1960)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

7.4
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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: 2,184 | Gross: $0.01M

45. Paris Belongs to Us (1961)

Not Rated | 120 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

6.8
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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: 1,790

46. The Seven Deadly Sins (1962)

113 min | Comedy

6.3
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Seven directors each dramatize one of the seven deadly sins in a short film. In "Anger," a domestic argument over a fly in the Sunday soup escalates into nuclear war. In "Sloth," a movie ... See full summary »

Directors: Philippe de Broca, Claude Chabrol, Jacques Demy, Sylvain Dhomme, Jean-Luc Godard, Édouard Molinaro, Roger Vadim, Max Douy | Stars: Marie-José Nat, Dominique Paturel, Danièle Barraud, Jean-Pierre Cassel

Votes: 399

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

Not Rated | 115 min | Drama

7.3
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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: 2,486

48. Love at Twenty (1962)

110 min | Drama, Romance

7.3
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"Love at Twenty" unites five directors from around the world to present their different perspectives on what love really is at the age of 20. The episodes are united with the score of ... See full summary »

Directors: Shintarô Ishihara, Marcel Ophüls, Renzo Rossellini, François Truffaut, Andrzej Wajda | Stars: Jean-Pierre Léaud, Marie-France Pisier, Patrick Auffay, Rosy Varte

Votes: 1,837

49. Les Carabiniers (1963)

80 min | Comedy, Drama, War

6.9
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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: 2,672

50. Antoine and Colette (1962)

32 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

7.6
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Antoine Doinel is 17, lives in a hotel and works in a factory making records; he loves music. He falls in love with a woman he meets at a concert. She sees him as a friend, but her parents love him.

Director: François Truffaut | Stars: Jean-Pierre Léaud, Marie-France Pisier, Patrick Auffay, Jean-François Adam

Votes: 3,178



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