Top French Movies


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

11. 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.

12. Diving Bell and the Butterfly, The ( Scaphandre et le papillon, Le )

Year of Release: 2007
Overall Rating: 3.0 out of 4 stars
Language: French
Genre: Biography/Drama
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Director: Julian Schnabel
Actors: Max von Sydow, Marie-Josée Croze, Mathieu Amalric, Jean-Pierre Cassel
Plot: The Biography an editor who is paralyzed in virtually 100% of the body.

13. Hate ( haine, La )

Year of Release: 1995
Overall Rating: 3.1 out of 4 stars
Language: French
Genre: Crime/Drama
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Mathieu Kassovitz
Actors: Vincent Cassel, Saïd Taghmaoui, Hubert Koundé, Abdel Ahmed Ghili
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.

14. Mommy

Year of Release: 2014
Overall Rating: 3.3 out of 4 stars
Language: French
Genre: Drama
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Xavier Dolan
Actors: Anne Dorval, Antoine-Olivier Pilon, Suzanne Clément, Alexandre Goyette
Plot: A single mom's drama about raising her son, who's behavior deteriorates into violence, due to a mild mental illness.

15. Au revoir les enfants

Year of Release: 1987
Overall Rating: 3.1 out of 4 stars
Language: French
Genre: Drama
MPAA Rating: PG
Director: Louis Malle
Actors: Gaspard Manesse, Raphael Fejtö, Francine Racette, Stanislas Carré de Malberg
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.

16. Past, The ( passé, Le )

Year of Release: 2013
Overall Rating: 3.2 out of 4 stars
Language: French
Genre: Drama/Mystery
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Director: Asghar Farhadi
Actors: Bérénice Bejo, Tahar Rahim, Ali Mosaffa, Pauline Burlet
Plot: An Iranian man abandons his French wife and two children in order to return home. He doesn't realize the consequences of his actions until his wife starts a new relationship... and requests a divorce.

17. Prophet, A ( prophète, Un )

Year of Release: 2010
Overall Rating: 3.1 out of 4 stars
Language: French
Genre: Crime/Drama
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Jacques Audiard
Actors: Tahar Rahim, Niels Arestrup, Adel Bencherif, Hichem Yacoubi
Plot: A young Muslim man, incarcerated for attacking police officers, unwillingly becomes part of a dangerous game of racial and prison politics.

18. Godson, The ( Samouraï, Le )

Year of Release: 1967
Overall Rating: 3.1 out of 4 stars
Language: French
Genre: Thriller/Crime
MPAA Rating: PG
Director: Jean-Pierre Melville
Actors: François Périer, Alain Delon, Nathalie Delon, Michel Boisrond
Plot: An expert hitman, living a meticulously planned existence, finds himself in a web of intrigue after he is witnessed leaving his latest assignment.

19. Incendies

Year of Release: 2011
Overall Rating: 3.1 out of 4 stars
Language: French
Genre: Drama
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Denis Villeneuve
Actors: Lubna Azabal, Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin, Maxim Gaudette, Rémy Girard
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.

20. Beauty of the Day ( Belle de jour )

Year of Release: 1968
Overall Rating: 3.1 out of 4 stars
Language: French
Genre: Drama
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Luis Buñuel
Actors: Catherine Deneuve, Jean Sorel, Michel Piccoli, Geneviève Page
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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