Top French Movies


The Top French Movies List is calculated by overall movie ratings and members' "Top French List". Lists are calculated daily.

1. Amélie ( Fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain, Le )

Year of Release: 2001
Overall Rating: 3.1 out of 4 stars
Language: French
Genre: Comedy/Romance
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Actors: Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz, Rufus, Lorella Cravotta
Plot: A Paris woman, in search of helping others finds love in mysterious ways.

2. 400 Blows, The ( quatre cents coups, Les )

Year of Release: 1959
Overall Rating: 3.2 out of 4 stars
Language: French
Genre: Drama
MPAA Rating: PG
Director: François Truffaut
Actors: Jean-Pierre Léaud, Claire Maurier, Guy Decomble, Albert Rémy
Plot: A young boy is stuck in a world where no one understands him. He runs away from his hard life and commits to the life of a petty thief.

3. The Intouchables

Year of Release: 2012
Overall Rating: 3.2 out of 4 stars
Language: French
Genre: Comedy/Drama
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano
Actors: François Cluzet, Omar Sy, Anne Le Ny, Audrey Fleurot
Plot: True story of a friendship of the most unlikely sort: a quadriplegic aristocrat and a young man from the projects.

4. Love ( Amour )

Year of Release: 2012
Overall Rating: 3.2 out of 4 stars
Language: French
Genre: Drama
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Director: Michael Haneke
Actors: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva, Isabelle Huppert, Alexandre Tharaud
Plot: Anne and Georges are a wonderful, loving couple in their 80s. They have to rely on each other as their one daughter lives abroad with her own family. When Anne suffers a stroke that leaves her partially paralyzed, it will test their bond of love like no other event before.

5. Wages of Fear, The ( salaire de la peur, Le )

Year of Release: 1953
Overall Rating: 3.2 out of 4 stars
Language: French
Genre: Thriller/Adventure
MPAA Rating: NR
Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot
Actors: Yves Montand, Charles Vanel, Peter van Eyck, Jo Dest
Plot: In need of Nitroglycerin a group of brave men try to transport it without the proper safety equipment.

6. Three Colors: Red ( Trois couleurs: Rouge )

Year of Release: 1994
Overall Rating: 3.1 out of 4 stars
Language: French
Genre: Drama
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski
Actors: Irène Jacob, Samuel Le Bihan, Frédérique Feder, Jean-Louis Trintignant
Plot: To complete the trilogy, this one deals with French society and it's impact on it's people.

7. My Life as a Zucchini ( Ma vie de Courgette )

Year of Release: 2016
Overall Rating: 3.3 out of 4 stars
Language: French
Genre: Animation/Family
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Director: Claude Barras
Actors: Gaspard Schlatter, Sixtine Murat, Paulin Jaccoud, Michel Vuillermoz
Plot: After accidentally killing his alcoholic mother, a nine year old, blue haired boy named Courgette gets sent to an orphanage by a policeman named Raymond, Courgette then finds out from a boy named Simon that the kids in this home have gone through similar tragedies to him including drug addict parents, suicides, etc. Eventually the arrival of a girl named Camille sparks a love interest for Courgette and drama between Camille and her aunt.

8. Three Colors: Blue ( Trois couleurs: Bleu )

Year of Release: 1993
Overall Rating: 3.1 out of 4 stars
Language: French
Genre: Drama
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski
Actors: Juliette Binoche, Benoît Régent, Florence Pernel, Charlotte Véry
Plot: The first in Krzysztof Kieslowski trilogy, Blue deals with the French concept of "Liberty" as a female composer deals with the grief of losing her husband and daughter in a car accident by withdrawing from the world, but finds the world is not going to withdraw from her.

9. Breathless ( À Bout de souffle )

Year of Release: 1961
Overall Rating: 3.1 out of 4 stars
Language: French
Genre: Crime/Drama
MPAA Rating: NR
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
Actors: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean Seberg, Daniel Boulanger, Jean-Pierre Melville
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.

10. Persepolis

Year of Release: 2007
Overall Rating: 3.0 out of 4 stars
Language: French
Genre: Animation/Biography
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Director: Vincent Paronnaud
Actors: Catherine Deneuve, Chiara Mastroianni, Danielle Darrieux, Simon Abkarian
Plot: An animation story told of an young Iranian girl growing up just after the Islamic Revolution.

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