69 French Favouritesby christian94 | created - 12 Feb 2013 | updated - 1 month ago | Public
Finest French Films
# (rating) 1-7 (10/10) 8-30 (9/10) 31-69 (8/10) 70+ (highly rated but not seen)
6 Best Directors Louis Malle Claude Chabrol Cédric Klapisch Jaques Rivette François Ozon Gaspar Noé
6 Great Directors Laurent Cantet Jacques Audiard Olivier Assayas Henri-Georges Clouzot Olivier Nakache & Éric Toledano Radu Mihaileanu (Roumania / France)
9 Excellent Directors Agnès Varda Alain Resnais Éric Rohmer François Truffaut Jacques Tati Jean Cocteau Jean-Pierre Melville Jean Renoir Robert Bresson
And no I am unfortunately not a big fan of famed Jean-Luc Godard
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1. Who Knows? (2001)
PG-13 | 154 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
Quick-witted, well-read cultured types revolve around each other in a delightful potpourri of theatre, romanticism and theft.
Votes: 2,344 | Gross: $0.91M
2. A Prophet (2009)
R | 155 min | Crime, Drama
A young Algerian man is sent to a French prison.
Votes: 95,060 | Gross: $2.08M
3. Polina, danser sa vie (2016)
108 min | Drama
A young girl studies classical ballet. As a young woman she turns to modern dance and choreography.
Votes: 1,667 | Gross: $0.17M
5. Paris (I) (2008)
R | 130 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A ex-dancer has a heart problem and even with a transplant, he may still only have a few months to live. Time's spent looking at people/life in Paris from his balcony. His single mom sister moves in with her 3 kids to look after him.
Votes: 11,899 | Gross: $1.01M
6. Le Dîner de Cons (1998)
PG-13 | 80 min | Comedy
A few friends have a weekly fools' dinner, where each brings a fool along. Pierre finds a champion fool for next dinner. Surprise.
Votes: 38,123 | Gross: $4.07M
7. In the House (2012)
R | 105 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
A high school French teacher is drawn into a precocious student's increasingly transgressive story about his relationship with a friend's family.
Votes: 30,687 | Gross: $0.35M
8. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)
PG-13 | 112 min | Biography, Drama
The true story of Elle editor Jean-Dominique Bauby who suffers a stroke and has to live with an almost totally paralyzed body; only his left eye isn't paralyzed.
Votes: 104,380 | Gross: $5.99M
9. The Beautiful Troublemaker (1991)
Unrated | 238 min | Drama
The former famous painter Frenhofer revisits an abandoned project using the girlfriend of a young visiting artist. Questions about truth, life, and artistic limits are explored.
Votes: 7,462 | Gross: $0.41M
10. Blue Is the Warmest Colour (2013)
NC-17 | 180 min | Drama, Romance
Adèle's life is changed when she meets Emma, a young woman with blue hair, who will allow her to discover desire and to assert herself as a woman and as an adult. In front of others, Adèle grows, seeks herself, loses herself, and ultimately finds herself through love and loss.
Votes: 141,871 | Gross: $2.20M
11. Amélie (2001)
R | 122 min | Comedy, Romance
Amélie is an innocent and naive girl in Paris with her own sense of justice. She decides to help those around her and, along the way, discovers love.
Votes: 715,713 | Gross: $33.23M
12. The Intouchables (2011)
R | 112 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama
After he becomes a quadriplegic from a paragliding accident, an aristocrat hires a young man from the projects to be his caregiver.
Votes: 782,190 | Gross: $13.18M
Olivier Nakache & Éric Toledano
13. Samba (2014)
R | 118 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Senegalese Samba has worked 10 years in France. He's arrested and befriends the woman helping him with legal matters as volunteer after a burnout at work. He's released after being told to leave France. Chemistry?
Votes: 15,425 | Gross: $0.15M
Olivier Nakache & Éric Toledano
15. Elevator to the Gallows (1958)
Not Rated | 91 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A self-assured businessman murders his employer, the husband of his mistress, which unintentionally provokes an ill-fated chain of events.
Votes: 23,080 | Gross: $0.11M
16. The Fire Within (1963)
Not Rated | 108 min | Drama
Depressed Alain Leroy leaves the clinic where he was detoxified. He meets friends, acquaintances and women, trying to find a reason to continue living. Will this help him?
17. The Artist (I) (2011)
PG-13 | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
An egomaniacal film star develops a relationship with a young dancer against the backdrop of Hollywood's silent era.
Votes: 233,644 | Gross: $44.67M
19. The Class (2008)
PG-13 | 128 min | Drama
Teacher and novelist François Bégaudeau plays a version of himself as he negotiates a year with his racially mixed students from a tough Parisian neighborhood.
Votes: 34,323 | Gross: $3.77M
20. Time Out (2001)
PG-13 | 134 min | Drama
An unemployed man finds his life sinking more and more into trouble as he hides his situation from his family and friends.
Votes: 4,670 | Gross: $0.45M
21. Summer Hours (2008)
Not Rated | 103 min | Drama, Family
Two brothers and a sister witness the disappearance of their childhood memories when they must relinquish the family belongings to ensure their deceased mother's succession.
Votes: 7,282 | Gross: $1.64M
22. Live and Become (2005)
Unrated | 140 min | Drama
A Christian boy escapes to Israel from famine-stricken Ethiopia by pretending to be Jewish.
23. Les Bonnes Femmes (1960)
Not Rated | 100 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance
Four Parisian women navigate the world of romance and daily life looking to fulfill their dreams but often find real-life to be inescapable.
Votes: 2,539 | Gross: $0.01M
24. Torment (1994)
Not Rated | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Paul, an irritable and stressed-out hotel manager, begins to gradually develop paranoid delusions about his wife's infidelity. As he succumbs to green-eyed jealousy, his life starts to ... See full summary »
Votes: 4,484 | Gross: $0.19M
25. Just Before Nightfall (1971)
PG | 100 min | Crime, Drama
Charles Masson, an advertising executive, is having an affair with Laura, the wife of his best friend, the architect François Tellier. Charles strangles Laura when one of their S&M games ... See full summary »
26. Love (II) (2015)
TV-MA | 135 min | Drama, Romance
Murphy is an American living in Paris who enters a highly sexually and emotionally charged relationship with Electra. Unaware of the effect it will have on their relationship, they invite their pretty neighbor into their bed.
27. I Stand Alone (1998)
Not Rated | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A horse meat butcher's life and mind begins to breakdown as he lashes out against various factions of society while attempting to reconnect with his estranged daughter.
Votes: 21,635 | Gross: $0.05M
28. The Spanish Apartment (2002)
R | 122 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A strait-laced French student moves into an apartment in Barcelona with a cast of six other characters from all over Europe. Together, they speak the international language of love and friendship.
Votes: 39,922 | Gross: $3.90M
29. Chinese Puzzle (2013)
R | 117 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A 40-year-old father's life is complicated when the mother of his two children moves to New York. Since he can't bear them growing up far away from him, he decides to move there as well.
Votes: 13,776 | Gross: $0.34M
30. Tell No One (2006)
Not Rated | 131 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
An accidental discovery near a doctor's estate stirs up some painful memories eight years after his wife's hideous murder, and now, things are bound to take a turn for the unexpected. Does the good doctor know more than he's letting on?
Votes: 52,000 | Gross: $6.18M
31. Russian Dolls (2005)
Not Rated | 125 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Five years after their summer together in Barcelona, Xavier, William, Wendy, Martine and Isabelle reunite.
Votes: 19,812 | Gross: $0.32M
32. Irreversible (2002)
Not Rated | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Events over the course of one traumatic night in Paris unfold in reverse-chronological order as the beautiful Alex is brutally raped and beaten by a stranger in the underpass.
Votes: 123,857 | Gross: $0.75M
33. Le Trou (1960)
Not Rated | 131 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Distrust and uncertainty arise when four long-term inmates cautiously induct a new prisoner into their elaborate prison-break scheme.
Votes: 16,131 | Gross: $0.03M
34. Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959)
Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Romance
A French actress filming an anti-war film in Hiroshima has an affair with a married Japanese architect as they share their differing perspectives on war.
Votes: 29,337 | Gross: $0.09M
35. The Concert (2009)
PG-13 | 119 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
Thirty years ago Bolshoi Orchestra conductor Andreï Filipov was fired for hiring Jewish musicians. Now a lowly janitor, an opportunity arises to gather his old musicians to go and pose as the official Buolshoi orchestra in Paris.
Votes: 17,597 | Gross: $0.66M
37. I've Loved You So Long (2008)
PG-13 | 117 min | Drama
A woman struggles to interact with her family and find her place in society after spending fifteen years in prison.
Votes: 19,908 | Gross: $3.17M
38. Five Times Two (2004)
R | 90 min | Drama, Romance
Five stages in the romance between a woman and a man.
Votes: 9,083 | Gross: $0.13M
39. Swimming Pool (2003)
R | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
A British mystery author visits her publisher's home in the South of France, where her interaction with his unusual daughter sets off some touchy dynamics.
Votes: 43,231 | Gross: $10.11M
40. La Vie En Rose (2007)
PG-13 | 140 min | Biography, Drama, Music
Biopic of the iconic French singer Édith Piaf. Raised by her grandmother in a brothel, she was discovered while singing on a street corner at the age of 19. Despite her success, Piaf's life was filled with tragedy.
Votes: 83,870 | Gross: $10.30M
44. Love Me No More (2008)
85 min | Drama, Romance
The back story is a marvelous and gorgeous social commentary on the type of generous actions we could all take - to enrich our often-solitary elder-citizens' lives.
45. Cyrano de Bergerac (1990)
PG | 137 min | Comedy, Drama, History