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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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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

32.

Manon of the Spring ( Manon des sources ) (1987)
Manon of the Spring ( Manon des sources ) (1987) 3.10/4 Add to movie list

Language: French
Genre: Drama/Romance
MPAA rating: PG
Director: Claude Berri
Actors: Yves Montand, Daniel Auteuil, Emmanuelle Béart
Plot: Sequel to Jean de Florette - Manon, now a beautiful, grown woman seeks revenge against those responsible for the death of her father years before.

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Two Days, One Night ( Deux jours, une nuit ) (2014)
Two Days, One Night ( Deux jours, une nuit ) (2014) 3.13/4 Add to movie list

Language: French
Genre: Drama
MPAA rating: PG-13
Director: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne
Actors: Marion Cotillard, Fabrizio Rongione, Pili Groyne
Plot: A young, Belgian mother finds out about a plot at her workplace: her co-workers are willing to sack her in order to receive a significant pay increase. Now she has only the weekend to somehow convince the majority to keep her on and give up the extra money.

34.

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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Army of Shadows ( armée des ombres, L'  ) (1969)
Army of Shadows ( armée des ombres, L' ) (1969) 3.04/4 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.

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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.

37.

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.

38.

Jules and Jim ( Jules et Jim ) (1962)
Jules and Jim ( Jules et Jim ) (1962) 3.01/4 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.

39.

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.

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Blue is the Warmest Color ( vie d'Adèle, La ) (2013)
Blue is the Warmest Color ( vie d'Adèle, La ) (2013) 3.05/4 Add to movie list

Language: French
Genre: Drama/Romance
MPAA rating: NC-17
Director: Abdellatif Kechiche
Actors: Léa Seydoux, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Salim Kechiouche
Plot: Explores the relationship between a young lesbian couple from inception all the way through to one possible end.

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