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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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Children of Paradise ( enfants du paradis, Les ) (1946)
Children of Paradise ( enfants du paradis, Les ) (1946) 3.07/4 Add to movie list

Language: French
Genre: Drama/Romance
MPAA rating: NR
Director: Marcel Carné
Actors: Arletty, Jean-Louis Barrault, Pierre Brasseur
Plot: Follows the loves in the life of mime Baptiste and Claire Reine - who calls herself Garance - while Garance only has love for Baptiste, she is pursued by three other men. Things are complicated by the simple Nathalie, who also loves Baptiste. Love and love lost - a classic story presented in an imaginative way that deftly blends theater, literature, music and design.

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City of Lost Children, The ( Cite des enfants perdus, La ) (1995)
City of Lost Children, The ( Cite des enfants perdus, La ) (1995) 2.99/4 Add to movie list

Language: French
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
MPAA rating: R
Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Marc Caro
Actors: Daniel Emilfork, Ron Perlman, Jean-Claude Dreyfus
Plot: Set in a fictional world in the future, a scientist thinks that if he can steel the dreams of young children he can prevent himself from aging. He tries kidnapping children as they try to figure out a way to escape or not be kidnapped.

33.

Beauty and the Beast ( belle et la bête, La - 1946 ) (1946)
Beauty and the Beast ( belle et la bête, La - 1946 ) (1946) 3.00/4 Add to movie list

Language: French
Genre: Drama/Fantasy
MPAA rating: NR
Director: Jean Cocteau
Actors: Jean Marais, Josette Day, Mila Parély
Plot: The classic tale of an ugly man and a beautiful woman - but which is the beauty and which is the beast.

34.

Man Escaped, A ( condamné à mort s'est échappé ou Le vent souffle où il veut, Un ) (1957)
Man Escaped, A ( condamné à mort s'est échappé ou Le vent souffle où il veut, Un ) (1957) 3.08/4 Add to movie list

Language: French
Genre: Drama/Thriller
MPAA rating: NR
Director: Robert Bresson
Actors: François Leterrier, Charles Le Clainche, Maurice Beerblock
Plot: Captured by Nazis, a member of the French Resistance is determined to risk everything in order to escape.

35.

Jules and Jim ( Jules et Jim ) (1962)
Jules and Jim ( Jules et Jim ) (1962) 3.00/4 Add to movie list

Language: French
Genre: Drama/Romance
MPAA rating: NR
Director: François Truffaut
Actors: Jeanne Moreau, Oskar Werner, Henri Serre
Plot: The tragicomic story of two best friends in love with the same enigmatic woman plays out over the years from the early 1900s to post-WWI.

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Day for Night ( nuit américaine, La ) (1973)
Day for Night ( nuit américaine, La ) (1973) 3.05/4 Add to movie list

Language: French
Genre: Drama/Comedy
MPAA rating: PG
Director: François Truffaut
Actors: Jacqueline Bisset, Valentina Cortese, Dani
Plot: Truffaut's seriocomic, strangely documentarian, and always affectionate look at the trials and travails of filmmaking.

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Pierrot le fou (1969)
Pierrot le fou (1969) 3.06/4 Add to movie list

Language: French
Genre: Drama/Crime
MPAA rating: NR
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
Actors: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Anna Karina, Graziella Galvani
Plot: A disaffected Parisian and his lover travel across the French countryside, on the lam from some criminals who are after her in this breezy, brightly colored crime caper from Godard.

38.

Martyrs (2008)
Martyrs (2008) 3.00/4 Add to movie list

Language: French
Genre: Drama/Horror
MPAA rating: NR
Director: Pascal Laugier
Actors: Morjana Alaoui, Mylène Jampanoï, Catherine Bégin
Plot: Years after escaping from a regime of brutal torture, a young woman tracks down her captors and exacts her revenge. However, this is just the beginning of an ordeal that will lead to the truth behind her captivity and plumb the depths of horror.

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Army of Shadows ( armée des ombres, L'  ) (1969)
Army of Shadows ( armée des ombres, L' ) (1969) 3.02/4 Add to movie list

Language: French
Genre: War/Drama
MPAA rating: NR
Director: Jean-Pierre Melville
Actors: Paul Meurisse, Lino Ventura, Simone Signoret
Plot: A leader of the French resistance is betrayed and captured. After surviving his tormentors and escaping, he returns to Marseilles to find and execute the traitor.

40.

Holy Motors (2012)
Holy Motors (2012) 3.07/4 Add to movie list

Language: French
Genre: Drama
MPAA rating: NR
Director: Leos Carax
Actors: Denis Lavant, Edith Scob, Eva Mendes
Plot: A man is driven through the streets of Paris where he takes on various roles: a family man, a wealthy industrialist, a murderer, a victim, a pauper - as he interacts with the people around him in this surreal odyssey.

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