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Top French Movies of All Time

The Best French Movies are calculated by overall French movie ratings. The Top French Movies List is compiled daily.

 

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Breathless ( À Bout de souffle ) (1961)
Breathless ( À Bout de souffle ) (1961) 3.07/4 Add to movie list

Language: French
Genre: Crime/Drama
MPAA rating: NR
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
Actors: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean Seberg, Daniel Boulanger
Plot: Traditional cinematic form is cast aside to brilliant effect in his inaugural entry of the French New Wave, an homage to the gangster and crime films of 1930s/40s Hollywood.

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Persepolis (2007)
Persepolis (2007) 3.05/4 Add to movie list

Language: French
Genre: Animation/Biography
MPAA rating: PG-13
Director: Vincent Paronnaud
Actors: Catherine Deneuve, Chiara Mastroianni, Danielle Darrieux
Plot: An animation story told of an young Iranian girl growing up just after the Islamic Revolution.

13.

Godson, The ( Samouraï, Le ) (1967)
Godson, The ( Samouraï, Le ) (1967) 3.14/4 Add to movie list

Language: French
Genre: Thriller/Crime
MPAA rating: PG
Director: Jean-Pierre Melville
Actors: François Périer, Alain Delon, Nathalie Delon
Plot: An expert hitman, living a meticulously planned existence, finds himself in a web of intrigue after he is witnessed leaving his latest assignment.

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Incendies (2011)
Incendies (2011) 3.17/4 Add to movie list

Language: French
Genre: Drama
MPAA rating: R
Director: Denis Villeneuve
Actors: Lubna Azabal, Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin, Maxim Gaudette
Plot: Based on the play by Wajdi Mouawad, a mother's dying wish sends twins Jeanne and Simon to the Middle East to uncover their roots - where the find answers that span the depths of hatred, war and overcoming it all for love.

15.

Red Circle, The ( cercle rouge, Le ) (1970)
Red Circle, The ( cercle rouge, Le ) (1970) 3.17/4 Add to movie list

Language: French
Genre: Crime/Drama
MPAA rating: NR
Director: Jean-Pierre Melville
Actors: Alain Delon, Bourvil, Gian Maria Volontè
Plot: An aristocratic just-paroled thief, an escaped murderer and an alcoholic ex-police sharpshooter form an unlikely trio bent on pulling off a daring jewel heist. Standing in their way is a vengeful mob boss, a persistent police superintendent. In this world, no on is innocent.

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Passion of Joan of Arc, The ( passion de Jeanne d'Arc, La ) (1929)
Passion of Joan of Arc, The ( passion de Jeanne d'Arc, La ) (1929) 3.11/4 Add to movie list

Language: French
Genre: Drama/Historical
MPAA rating: NR
Director: Carl Theodor Dreyer
Actors: Maria Falconetti, Eugene Silvain, André Berley
Plot: Silent French film about the trial and execution of St. Joan of Arc.

17.

Hate ( haine, La ) (1995)
Hate ( haine, La ) (1995) 3.13/4 Add to movie list

Language: French
Genre: Crime/Drama
MPAA rating: R
Director: Mathieu Kassovitz
Actors: Vincent Cassel, Saïd Taghmaoui, Hubert Koundé
Plot: Follows the lives of three men in 24-hour span in the French suburban "ghetto": Vinz, a Jew, Saïd, an Arab, and Hubert, a black boxer - a night of riots leaves Vinz's friend, Abdel in the hospital following a beating by police officers. Vinz finds a gun and vows to kill a cop if Abdel dies from his injuries.

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Diving Bell and the Butterfly, The ( Scaphandre et le papillon, Le ) (2007)
Diving Bell and the Butterfly, The ( Scaphandre et le papillon, Le ) (2007) 3.04/4 Add to movie list

Language: French
Genre: Biography/Drama
MPAA rating: PG-13
Director: Julian Schnabel
Actors: Max von Sydow, Marie-Josée Croze, Mathieu Amalric
Plot: The Biography an editor who is paralyzed in virtually 100% of the body.

19.

Au revoir les enfants (1987)
Au revoir les enfants (1987) 3.10/4 Add to movie list

Language: French
Genre: Drama
MPAA rating: PG
Director: Louis Malle
Actors: Gaspard Manesse, Raphael Fejtö, Francine Racette
Plot: A boarding school in Nazi-occupied France seems to be immune to the horrors of WWII - but a new student, who becomes rivals, then friends, with the top student hides a secret that will challenge this peace.

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Beauty of the Day ( Belle de jour ) (1968)
Beauty of the Day ( Belle de jour ) (1968) 3.08/4 Add to movie list

Language: French
Genre: Drama
MPAA rating: R
Director: Luis Buñuel
Actors: Catherine Deneuve, Jean Sorel, Michel Piccoli
Plot: A young housewife who cannot connect intimately with her doctor husband indulges in fantasies and eventually starts working her afternoons as a prostitute.

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