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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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This Man Must Die ( Que la bête meure ) (1970)
This Man Must Die ( Que la bête meure ) (1970) 3.13/4 Add to movie list

Language: French
Genre: Drama/Crime
MPAA rating: NR
Director: Claude Chabrol
Actors: Michel Duchaussoy, Caroline Cellier, Jean Yanne
Plot: A single father will stop at nothing to avenge the hit and run death of his daughter. When he learns an actress was in the car - he poses as a screenwriter to get close to her - willing to kill her if she was the driver. But as he get more and more involved with her life, his empathy causes him to change his outlook.

82.

Boy Meets Girl (1985)
Boy Meets Girl (1985) 3.13/4 Add to movie list

Language: French
Genre: Drama
MPAA rating: NR
Director: Leos Carax
Actors: Denis Lavant, Mireille Perrier, Carroll Brooks
Plot: Two broken individuals find comfort in each other: an aspiring filmmaker who has just lost her lover and a suicidal woman who has just ended a failed romance herself. Directorial feature debut of Leon Carax.

83.

Twelve Tasks of Asterix, The ( douze travaux d'Astérix, Les ) (1976)
Twelve Tasks of Asterix, The ( douze travaux d'Astérix, Les ) (1976) 3.00/4 Add to movie list

Language: French
Genre: Adventure/Animation
MPAA rating: NR
Director: René Goscinny, Henri Gruel, Albert Uderzo, Pierre Watrin
Actors: Roger Carel, Jacques Morel, Pierre Tornade
Plot: The great Ceasare realizes he will never be able to take the Gaul's village, led by Asterix and his friends, through force - but he comes up with a novel plan - he sets 12 tasks for them to complete. Should they succeed, the Roman empire in all its glory will be theirs - should they fail, they will submit to him.

84.

Shoot the Piano Player ( Tirez sur le pianiste ) (1960)
Shoot the Piano Player ( Tirez sur le pianiste ) (1960) 2.93/4 Add to movie list

Language: French
Genre: Drama/Thriller
MPAA rating: NR
Director: François Truffaut
Actors: Charles Aznavour, Marie Dubois, Nicole Berger
Plot: A nightclub pianist is drawn into the sights of gangsters when he helps out a friend and small time hood, leading to tragic consequences.

85.

Diary of a Chambermaid ( Journal d'une femme de chambre, Le ) (1964)
Diary of a Chambermaid ( Journal d'une femme de chambre, Le ) (1964) 2.97/4 Add to movie list

Language: French
Genre: Drama
MPAA rating: NR
Director: Luis Buñuel
Actors: Jeanne Moreau, Georges Géret, Daniel Ivernel
Plot: A chambermaid in a house full of somewhat cold eccentrics decides to quit after the patriarch dies. But the murder of a little girl changes her mind. Believing the chief farmhand to be guilty of the crime, the chambermaid stays on to prove his guilt.

86.



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Elevator to the Gallows ( Ascenseur pour l'échafaud ) (1961)
Elevator to the Gallows ( Ascenseur pour l'échafaud ) (1961) 2.94/4 Add to movie list

Language: French
Genre: Crime/Drama
MPAA rating: NR
Director: Louis Malle
Actors: Jeanne Moreau, Maurice Ronet, Georges Poujouly
Plot: Julien and his lover Florence - plan to murder her husband - Julien's boss and a powerful man, by staging it as a suicide. Yet one critical error sends Julien to retrieve a key piece of evidence leading to a chain of events that spells doom.

87.

In My Skin ( Dans ma peau ) (2003)
In My Skin ( Dans ma peau ) (2003) 3.14/4 Add to movie list

Language: French
Genre: Drama/Horror
MPAA rating: NR
Director: Marina de Van
Actors: Marina de Van, Laurent Lucas, Léa Drucker
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88.

State of Siege ( État de siège ) (1973)
State of Siege ( État de siège ) (1973) 3.14/4 Add to movie list

Language: French
Genre: Drama/Thriller
MPAA rating: NR
Director: Costa-Gavras
Actors: Yves Montand, Renato Salvatori, O.E. Hasse
Plot: Uruguay in the early 70s - the government fights a group of leftist Tupamaro guerrillas. Against this backdrop an American agent working for a group that is a front for counterinsurgency is kidnapped by the guerrillas and interrogated.

89.

Moolaadé (2004)
Moolaadé (2004) 3.14/4 Add to movie list

Language: French
Genre: Drama
MPAA rating: NR
Director: Ousmane Sembene
Actors: Fatoumata Coulibaly, Maimouna Hélène Diarra, Salimata Traoré
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90.



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Dheepan (2016)
Dheepan (2016) 3.14/4 Add to movie list

Language: French
Genre: Crime/Drama
MPAA rating: R
Director: Jacques Audiard
Actors: Jesuthasan Antonythasan, Kalieaswari Srinivasan, Claudine Vinasithamby
Plot: A former Tamil warrior in Sri Lanka finds himself having to make an exit after coming out on the wrong side of a civil war. Finding a woman and child, he picks them up along the way, hoping this new "family" will lead to a better chance at asylum. They find themselves in Paris, struggling to find a life and home but even after finally settling into some sense of normalcy, violence still finds them and the man finds the warrior still inside will have to come out to protect those he has come to love.

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