Top French Movies


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

31. Man Escaped, A ( condamné à mort s'est échappé ou Le vent souffle où il veut, Un )

Year of Release: 1957
Overall Rating: 3.1 out of 4 stars
Language: French
Genre: Drama/Thriller
MPAA Rating: NR
Director: Robert Bresson
Actors: François Leterrier, Charles Le Clainche, Maurice Beerblock, Roland Monod
Plot: Captured by Nazis, a member of the French Resistance is determined to risk everything in order to escape.

32. Beauty and the Beast ( belle et la bête, La - 1946 )

Year of Release: 1946
Overall Rating: 3.0 out of 4 stars
Language: French
Genre: Drama/Fantasy
MPAA Rating: NR
Director: Jean Cocteau
Actors: Jean Marais, Josette Day, Mila Parély, Nane Germon
Plot: The classic tale of an ugly man and a beautiful woman - but which is the beauty and which is the beast.

33. Blue is the Warmest Color ( vie d'Adèle, La )

Year of Release: 2013
Overall Rating: 3.0 out of 4 stars
Language: French
Genre: Drama/Romance
MPAA Rating: NC-17
Director: Abdellatif Kechiche
Actors: Léa Seydoux, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Salim Kechiouche, Jeremie Laheurte
Plot: Explores the relationship between a young lesbian couple from inception all the way through to one possible end.

34. City of Lost Children, The ( Cite des enfants perdus, La )

Year of Release: 1995
Overall Rating: 3.0 out of 4 stars
Language: French
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Marc Caro
Actors: Daniel Emilfork, Ron Perlman, Jean-Claude Dreyfus, Dominique Pinon
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.

35. Jules and Jim ( Jules et Jim )

Year of Release: 1962
Overall Rating: 3.0 out of 4 stars
Language: French
Genre: Drama/Romance
MPAA Rating: NR
Director: François Truffaut
Actors: Jeanne Moreau, Oskar Werner, Henri Serre, Anny Nelsen
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.

36. Au hasard Balthazar

Year of Release: 1970
Overall Rating: 3.0 out of 4 stars
Language: French
Genre: Drama
MPAA Rating: NR
Director: Robert Bresson
Actors: Anne Wiazemsky, François Lafarge, Philippe Asselin, Nathalie Joyaut
Plot: We follow the life of Balthazar, a donkey and his owner - who share a parallel life with his owner - from a loving childhood to being downtrodden and beaten later in life. But Balthazar may still end life well, as a miller believes he is the reincarnation of a saint.

37. Manon of the Spring ( Manon des sources )

Year of Release: 1987
Overall Rating: 3.1 out of 4 stars
Language: French
Genre: Drama/Romance
MPAA Rating: PG
Director: Claude Berri
Actors: Yves Montand, Daniel Auteuil, Emmanuelle Béart, Hippolyte Girardot
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.

38. Army of Shadows ( armée des ombres, L' )

Year of Release: 1969
Overall Rating: 3.0 out of 4 stars
Language: French
Genre: War/Drama
MPAA Rating: NR
Director: Jean-Pierre Melville
Actors: Paul Meurisse, Lino Ventura, Simone Signoret, Jean-Pierre Cassel
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.

39. C.R.A.Z.Y.

Year of Release: 2006
Overall Rating: 3.0 out of 4 stars
Language: French
Genre: Romance/Comedy
MPAA Rating: NR
Director: Jean-Marc Vallée
Actors: Jean-Louis Roux, Danielle Proulx, Michel Côté, Marc-André Grondin
Plot: A boy growing up in Canada has a unique perspective on growing up with 4 brothers and a harsh father.

40. Triplets of Belleville, The ( triplettes de Belleville, Les )

Year of Release: 2003
Overall Rating: 3.0 out of 4 stars
Language: French
Genre: Animation/Adventure
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Director: Sylvain Chomet
Actors: Béatrice Bonifassi, Lina Boudreau, Mari-Lou Gauthier, Charles Linton
Plot: A grandmother raises her lone grandson. In an effort to find something that makes the boy happy, she buys him a bike. With Grandma has his trainer, the boy grows to enter the Tour de France. A sinister mobster kidnaps the boy and it's up to Grandma, the boy's dog, and three over-the-hill singing sisters to rescue him.

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