Jean Renoir was a fine director in his own right.

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Before French cinema underwent radical changes in the 1950s, there was a fine talent by the name of Jean Renoir. Here is a list of some of his films throughout the years.

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1. La Grande Illusion (1937)

Not Rated | 113 min | Drama, War

During WWI, two French soldiers are captured and imprisoned in a German P.O.W. camp. Several escape attempts follow until they are eventually sent to a seemingly inescapable fortress.

Director: Jean Renoir | Stars: Jean Gabin, Dita Parlo, Pierre Fresnay, Erich von Stroheim

Votes: 31,716 | Gross: $0.17M

2. Backbiters (1924)

84 min | Drama

About the conflict between social classes through the life of the unhappy Catherine Ferrand, an orphan girl, who is a victim of the jealousy of women and the greed of men.

Directors: Albert Dieudonné, Jean Renoir | Stars: Catherine Hessling, Albert Dieudonné, Eugénie Nau, Pierre Lestringuez

Votes: 118

3. Whirlpool of Fate (1925)

TV-PG | 71 min | Drama, Romance

After her father's death and her uncle having drunk all the inheritance, Virginia is left alone. She is accepted by a family of bohemians but a quarrel between the bohemians and the ... See full summary »

Director: Jean Renoir | Stars: Catherine Hessling, Charlotte Clasis, Pierre Champagne, Maurice Touzé

Votes: 511

4. Nana (1926)

Not Rated | 150 min | Drama, Romance

When the vivacious and beautiful Nana bombs at the Théâtre des Variétés, she embarks on the life of a courtesan, using her allure and charisma to entice and pleasure men.

Director: Jean Renoir | Stars: Catherine Hessling, Pierre Lestringuez, Jacqueline Forzane, Werner Krauss

Votes: 650

5. Marquitta (1927)

70 min | Drama

Street singer Marquitta is Prince Vlasco's mistress. He overlooks her humble origins until an expensive jewelry disappears and she gets blamed. He throws her out. Some time later, Vlasco ... See full summary »

Director: Jean Renoir | Stars: Jean Angelo, Marie-Louise Iribe, Henri Debain, Félix d'Aps

Votes: 14

8. Le bled (1929)

104 min | Adventure

A young French woman who inherits her uncle's property in Algeria finds herself schemed against by her envious cousins, and romanced by a handsome but previously irresponsible young man who works for his uncle on a neighbouring farm.

Director: Jean Renoir | Stars: Alexandre Arquillière, Jackie Monnier, Enrique Rivero, Diana Hart

Votes: 73

9. La Chienne (1931)

Not Rated | 95 min | Crime, Drama

A woman and her pimp exploit a painter for money.

Director: Jean Renoir | Stars: Michel Simon, Janie Marèse, Georges Flamant, Roger Gaillard

Votes: 3,377

10. Night at the Crossroads (1932)

75 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A gang of thieves utilizes a cross-road garage as the hideaway. During their last caper, the gang has accidentally murdered a jewel thief, and the heat is on.

Director: Jean Renoir | Stars: Pierre Renoir, Georges Térof, Winna Winifried, Georges Koudria

Votes: 599

11. Boudu Saved from Drowning (1932)

Not Rated | 85 min | Comedy

A bookseller saves a tramp from drowning and shelters him, but the tramp's odd behavior starts to wear everyone down.

Director: Jean Renoir | Stars: Michel Simon, Marcelle Hainia, Sévérine Lerczinska, Jean Gehret

Votes: 4,815

12. Chotard and Company (1933)

83 min

François Chotard , wholesale grocer , gives his daughter in marriage to Julien Collinet , a writer who prefers dreaming to working - a situation conducive to quarrels between the son and ... See full summary »

Director: Jean Renoir | Stars: Jeanne Boitel, Fernand Charpin, Georges Pomiès, Jane Loury

Votes: 84

13. Madame Bovary (1934)

101 min | Drama

Soon after the death of his first wife (whose dowry was inadequate), Charles Bovary, a country doctor in Normandy, marries Emma Rouault, who is well-endowed in every sense. In her new home,... See full summary »

Director: Jean Renoir | Stars: Max Dearly, Valentine Tessier, Pierre Renoir, Robert Le Vigan

Votes: 327

14. Toni (1935)

84 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

In the 1920s, the Provence is a magnet for immigrants seeking work in the quarries or in agriculture. Many mingle with locals and settle down permanently - like Toni, an Italian who has ... See full summary »

Director: Jean Renoir | Stars: Charles Blavette, Celia Montalván, Jenny Hélia, Édouard Delmont

Votes: 1,363

15. The Crime of Monsieur Lange (1936)

Not Rated | 77 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

The boss of a publishing company is a womanizer and a jerk, but what would happen if he suddenly disappeared?

Director: Jean Renoir | Stars: René Lefèvre, Florelle, Jules Berry, Marcel Lévesque

Votes: 2,734 | Gross: $0.04M

16. The Lower Depths (1936)

Not Rated | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

A charismatic thief makes friends with a bankrupt baron who comes to live in the thief's slum. Meanwhile the thief seeks the love of a young woman, who is held emotionally captive by her slumlord family.

Director: Jean Renoir | Stars: Jean Gabin, Suzy Prim, Louis Jouvet, Jany Holt

Votes: 2,763

17. La Marseillaise (1938)

Not Rated | 130 min | Drama, History, Music

A news-reel like movie about early part of the French Revolution, shown from the eyes of individual people, citizens of Marseille, counts in German exile and, of course the king Louis XVI, ... See full summary »

Director: Jean Renoir | Stars: Pierre Renoir, Lise Delamare, Louis Jouvet, Léon Larive

Votes: 952

18. La Bête Humaine (1938)

Not Rated | 100 min | Crime, Drama

In this classic adaptation of Emile Zola's novel, a tortured train engineer falls in love with a troubled married woman who has helped her husband commit a murder.

Director: Jean Renoir | Stars: Jean Gabin, Julien Carette, Simone Simon, Fernand Ledoux

Votes: 6,307

19. The Rules of the Game (1939)

Not Rated | 110 min | Comedy, Drama

A bourgeois life in France at the onset of World War II, as the rich and their poor servants meet up at a French chateau.

Director: Jean Renoir | Stars: Marcel Dalio, Nora Gregor, Paulette Dubost, Mila Parély

Votes: 24,873

20. Swamp Water (1941)

Approved | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Attempting to find his lost dog in a vast Georgia swamp, Ben Ragan stumbles upon wanted murderer Tom Keefer who convinces Ben he was framed for the murder by the real killer.

Directors: Jean Renoir, Irving Pichel | Stars: Walter Brennan, Walter Huston, Anne Baxter, Dana Andrews

Votes: 1,419

21. This Land Is Mine (1943)

Approved | 103 min | Drama, War

A mild-mannered school-teacher in a Nazi-occupied town during W.W.II finds himself being torn between collaboration and resistance.

Director: Jean Renoir | Stars: Charles Laughton, Maureen O'Hara, George Sanders, Walter Slezak

Votes: 2,576

22. The Southerner (1945)

Approved | 92 min | Drama

The life of the poor Tucker family, that worked as cotton pluggers and decided to get their own ground, but nature is against them.

Director: Jean Renoir | Stars: Zachary Scott, Betty Field, J. Carrol Naish, Beulah Bondi

Votes: 2,608

23. The Diary of a Chambermaid (1946)

Approved | 86 min | Drama, Romance

Celestine, the chamber-maid, has a new job in the country, at the Lanlaires. She has decided to use her beauty to seduce a wealthy man, but Mr. Lanlaire is not a right choice: the house is ... See full summary »

Director: Jean Renoir | Stars: Paulette Goddard, Burgess Meredith, Hurd Hatfield, Francis Lederer

Votes: 1,109

24. The Woman on the Beach (1947)

Approved | 71 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Romance

A Coast Guardsman suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress becomes involved with a beautiful and enigmatic seductress married to a blind painter.

Director: Jean Renoir | Stars: Joan Bennett, Robert Ryan, Charles Bickford, Nan Leslie

Votes: 1,785

25. The River (1951)

Not Rated | 99 min | Drama, Romance

Three adolescent girls growing up in Bengal, India, learn their lessons in life after falling for an older American soldier.

Director: Jean Renoir | Stars: Patricia Walters, Nora Swinburne, Esmond Knight, Arthur Shields

Votes: 5,206

26. The Golden Coach (1952)

Not Rated | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, History

Three men of varying social standing - a viceroy, a bullfighter, and a soldier - vie for the affections of an actress in 18th-century Peru.

Director: Jean Renoir | Stars: Anna Magnani, Odoardo Spadaro, Nada Fiorelli, Dante

Votes: 2,384

27. French Cancan (1955)

Not Rated | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

This comedy drama from Jean Renoir chronicles the revival of Paris' most notorious dance as it tells the story of a theater producer who turns a humble washerwoman into a star at the Moulin Rouge.

Director: Jean Renoir | Stars: Jean Gabin, Françoise Arnoul, María Félix, Anna Amendola

Votes: 3,436

28. Elena and Her Men (1956)

Not Rated | 98 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Polish countess Elena falls in love to a French radical party's candidate, a general, in pre-World War I Paris, but another officer pines for her.

Director: Jean Renoir | Stars: Ingrid Bergman, Jean Marais, Mel Ferrer, Jean Richard

Votes: 1,536

29. Picnic on the Grass (1959)

91 min | Comedy, Romance

Etienne Alexis, a candidate for president of the new Europe, is a scientist promoting artificial insemination for social betterment and therapy to eliminate passion. His wealthy household (... See full summary »

Director: Jean Renoir | Stars: Paul Meurisse, Charles Blavette, André Brunot, Régine Blaess

Votes: 850

30. The Elusive Corporal (1962)

TV-PG | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, War

An upper-class corporal from Paris is captured by the Germans when they invade France in 1940. Assisted and accompanied by characters as diverse as a morose dairy farmer, a waiter, a myopic... See full summary »

Director: Jean Renoir | Stars: Jean-Pierre Cassel, Claude Brasseur, O.E. Hasse, Claude Rich

Votes: 672

31. Charleston Parade (1927)

17 min | Short, Sci-Fi

Shot in three days, this surreal, erotic silent short shows a native white girl teaching a futuristic African airman the Charleston dance.

Director: Jean Renoir | Stars: Catherine Hessling, Johnny Hudgins, Pierre Braunberger, André Cerf

Votes: 588

32. The Little Match Girl (1928)

40 min | Short, Drama, Fantasy

An impoverished girl tries to sell matches on NYE. Shivering with cold and unable to sell her wares, she sits in a sheltered nook. Striking a match to keep warm, she sees things in the flame.

Directors: Jean Renoir, Jean Tédesco | Stars: Catherine Hessling, Eric Barclay, Jean Storm, Manuel Raaby

Votes: 1,069

34. A Day in the Country (1946)

Not Rated | 40 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

The family of a Parisian shop-owner spends a day in the country. The daughter falls in love with a man at the inn, where they spend the day.

Director: Jean Renoir | Stars: Sylvia Bataille, Jane Marken, Georges D'Arnoux, André Gabriello

Votes: 5,270

35. Experiment in Evil (1959 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 95 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

Mr. Joly, doctor Cordelier's lawyer, is amazed to discover that his client and friend leaves his possessions to a stranger, Opale, a sadistic criminal. He needs this man to prove that people's behavior can be adjusted at will...

Director: Jean Renoir | Stars: Jean-Louis Barrault, Teddy Bilis, Sylviane Margollé, Jean Bertho

Votes: 901

36. The Little Theatre of Jean Renoir (1970 TV Movie)

100 min | Drama

Made for television, this film consists of four parts: Part One, "The Last Christmas Dinner," is about the relationship between an old man and an old woman, both homeless. Part Two, "The ... See full summary »

Director: Jean Renoir | Stars: Nino Formicola, Milly, Roger Trapp, Robert Lombard

Votes: 194



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