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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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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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Prophet, A ( prophète, Un ) (2010)
Prophet, A ( prophète, Un ) (2010) 3.04/4 Add to movie list

Language: French
Genre: Crime/Drama
MPAA rating: R
Director: Jacques Audiard
Actors: Tahar Rahim, Niels Arestrup, Adel Bencherif
Plot: A young Muslim man, incarcerated for attacking police officers, unwillingly becomes part of a dangerous game of racial and prison politics.

24.

trou, Le (1964)
trou, Le (1964) 3.21/4 Add to movie list

Language: French
Genre: Crime/Drama
MPAA rating: NR
Director: Jacques Becker
Actors: Marc Michel, Jean Keraudy, Philippe Leroy
Plot: A group of four prisoners have been planning an elaborate escape when a young detainee is transferred in while another cell block is repaired. The men must decide whether this fresh face can be trusted with their carefully-constructed plan.

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That Obscure Object of Desire ( Cet obscur objet du désir ) (1977)
That Obscure Object of Desire ( Cet obscur objet du désir ) (1977) 3.10/4 Add to movie list

Language: French
Genre: Drama
MPAA rating: R
Director: Luis Buñuel
Actors: Fernando Rey, Carole Bouquet, Ángela Molina
Plot: An aging man finds himself in love with an infuriating but captivating younger woman, played interchangeably by two actresses, one a cool, icy Frenchwoman, the other a fiery Spaniard.

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Jean de Florette (1987)
Jean de Florette (1987) 3.09/4 Add to movie list

Language: French
Genre: Drama
MPAA rating: PG
Director: Claude Berri
Actors: Yves Montand, Gérard Depardieu, Daniel Auteuil
Plot: An old man and his own living relative have been coveting the property next door for its pristine spring water - perfect for watering their flowers. When the owner dies, however, the new owner moves in. Blocking the spring - they hope to drive the family away, but the new owner will not give up even as his health fails and family despairs from having to haul water from wells.

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Of Gods and Men ( hommes et des dieux, Des ) (2011)
Of Gods and Men ( hommes et des dieux, Des ) (2011) 3.18/4 Add to movie list

Language: French
Genre: Drama
MPAA rating: R
Director: Xavier Beauvois
Actors: Lambert Wilson, Michael Lonsdale, Olivier Rabourdin
Plot: The threat of terrorism in a small Algerian community forces of group of Trappist monks to make the tough decision to stay and help the people, and possibly sacrifice their lives, or leave and survive but risk their faith.

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Grand Illusion ( grande illusion, La ) (1938)
Grand Illusion ( grande illusion, La ) (1938) 3.05/4 Add to movie list

Language: French
Genre: Drama/War
MPAA rating: NR
Director: Jean Renoir
Actors: Jean Gabin, Dita Parlo, Pierre Fresnay
Plot: Two French soldiers, and aristocrat and a mechanic, find themselves in the same German POW camp. They meet a variety of prisoners, including Rosenthal, son of a wealthy banker, but are separated before they can escape. The duo are sent to a fortress, said to be impenetrable, where they meet back up with Rosenthal. While one of them befriends the aristocratic operator of their prison, the other two continue to plan an impossible escape.

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Illusionist, The ( illusionniste, L' ) (2010)
Illusionist, The ( illusionniste, L' ) (2010) 3.06/4 Add to movie list

Language: French
Genre: Animation
MPAA rating: PG
Director: Sylvain Chomet
Actors: Jean-Claude Donda, Edith Rankin, Jil Aigrot
Plot: A French illusionist realizes he is part of a dying art as his travels lead to more and more obscure and fringe performances. Finding himself in Scotland, he meets a young woman, and fan, who will change life.

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Z (1969)
Z (1969) 3.07/4 Add to movie list

Language: French
Genre: Drama/Historical
MPAA rating: NR
Director: Costa-Gavras
Actors: Yves Montand, Irene Papas, Jean-Louis Trintignant
Plot: Costa-Gavras chronicles the overthrow of the democratic government in Greece. When a liberal politician is murdered in an attack during a peace demonstration, the right wing established figures in the military and the police try and hide not only their parts in it, but try to cover up the murder as well. The magistrate must act as a detective in order to go through the cover up. While historically accurate, it is told as a combination mystery and thriller

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