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1. La Grande Vadrouille (1966)

G | 132 min | Adventure, Comedy, War

Several ordinary Frenchmen, helping British pilots avoid Nazi captivity, goes on an epic voyage through the occupied country to the Swiss border.

Director: Gérard Oury | Stars: Bourvil, Louis de Funès, Claudio Brook, Andréa Parisy

Votes: 14,347

2. Le Cercle Rouge (1970)

Not Rated | 140 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

91 Metascore

After leaving prison, master thief Corey crosses paths with a notorious escapee and an alcoholic former policeman. The trio proceed to plot an elaborate heist.

Director: Jean-Pierre Melville | Stars: Alain Delon, Bourvil, Gian Maria Volontè, Yves Montand

Votes: 19,526 | Gross: $0.37M

3. The Big Swag (1965)

105 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller

Louis Bourdin, a modest ticket puncher on the Paris metro, is so enamoured of crime fiction that he decides to write his own novel, expecting that one day he will be as famous as Auguste Le... See full summary »

Director: Alex Joffé | Stars: Bourvil, Paul Meurisse, Françoise Deldick, Daniel Ceccaldi

Votes: 120

4. The Brain (1969)

G | 115 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

When NATO transfers some of its funds from Paris to Brussels by train, a criminal mastermind posing as a British colonel plans to steal it but two petty French thieves also have the same intent.

Director: Gérard Oury | Stars: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Bourvil, David Niven, Eli Wallach

Votes: 3,191

5. The Hussars (1955)

102 min | Comedy

This satire on militarism is set during the period when the revolutionary French, under their new leader Napoleon.,marched into Italy, and deals with the relationship between the troops and the local Italians.

Director: Alex Joffé | Stars: Bernard Blier, Giovanna Ralli, Bourvil, Georges Wilson

Votes: 79

6. Heaven Sent (1963)

Not Rated | 92 min | Comedy

Bad financial conditions compel an aristocratic family named Lachesnaye to do strange work.

Director: Jean-Pierre Mocky | Stars: Bourvil, Francis Blanche, Jean Poiret, Jean Yonnel

Votes: 476

7. La troisième partie du monde (2008)

105 min | Fantasy, Mystery, Romance

Love draws a woman into unknown dimensions in this drama from France. Emma (Clemence Poesy) is a real estate salesperson who is visiting an airport when she meets Francois (Gaspard Ulliel),... See full summary »

Director: Eric Forestier | Stars: Clémence Poésy, Gaspard Ulliel, Eric Ruf, Maya Sansa

Votes: 114

8. La Vie en Rose (2007)

PG-13 | 140 min | Biography, Drama, Music

66 Metascore

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.

Director: Olivier Dahan | Stars: Marion Cotillard, Sylvie Testud, Pascal Greggory, Emmanuelle Seigner

Votes: 78,188 | Gross: $10.30M

9. Jacquou le croquant (2007)

Not Rated | 140 min | Adventure, Drama

Jacquou is a determined and attractive young man who transforms his vow of vengeance into a struggle against injustice.

Director: Laurent Boutonnat | Stars: Gaspard Ulliel, Léo Legrand, Marie-Josée Croze, Albert Dupontel

Votes: 1,588

10. The Chorus (2004)

PG-13 | 97 min | Drama, Music

56 Metascore

The new teacher at a severely administered boys' boarding school works to positively affect the students' lives through music.

Director: Christophe Barratier | Stars: Gérard Jugnot, François Berléand, Jean-Baptiste Maunier, Kad Merad

Votes: 53,246 | Gross: $3.64M

11. The Artist (I) (2011)

PG-13 | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

89 Metascore

An egomaniacal film star develops a relationship with a young dancer against the backdrop of Hollywood's silent era.

Director: Michel Hazanavicius | Stars: Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, John Goodman, James Cromwell

Votes: 218,785 | Gross: $44.67M

12. Café de Flore (2011)

Not Rated | 120 min | Drama, Romance

53 Metascore

A love story between a man and woman. And between a mother and her son. A mystical and fantastical odyssey on love.

Director: Jean-Marc Vallée | Stars: Vanessa Paradis, Kevin Parent, Hélène Florent, Evelyne Brochu

Votes: 13,895

13. Polisse (2011)

Not Rated | 127 min | Crime, Drama

74 Metascore

A journalist covering police assigned to a juvenile division enters an affair with one of her subjects.

Director: Maïwenn | Stars: Karin Viard, Joey Starr, Marina Foïs, Nicolas Duvauchelle

Votes: 12,626 | Gross: $0.17M

14. Angel Face (2018)

Not Rated | 108 min | Drama

37 Metascore

One day, Marlene suddenly chooses to abandon her daughter for a man she has just met during yet another night of excess. Elli must confront her mother's demons to get her back.

Director: Vanessa Filho | Stars: Marion Cotillard, Ayline Aksoy-Etaix, Alban Lenoir, Amélie Daure

Votes: 643

15. L'auberge espagnole (2002)

R | 122 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

65 Metascore

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.

Director: Cédric Klapisch | Stars: Romain Duris, Judith Godrèche, Kelly Reilly, Audrey Tautou

Votes: 37,895 | Gross: $3.90M

16. Chinese Puzzle (2013)

R | 117 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

64 Metascore

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.

Director: Cédric Klapisch | Stars: Romain Duris, Audrey Tautou, Cécile de France, Kelly Reilly

Votes: 12,481 | Gross: $0.34M

17. Russian Dolls (2005)

Not Rated | 125 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

67 Metascore

Five years after their summer together in Barcelona, Xavier, William, Wendy, Martine and Isabelle reunite.

Director: Cédric Klapisch | Stars: Romain Duris, Kelly Reilly, Audrey Tautou, Cécile de France

Votes: 18,589 | Gross: $0.32M

18. Lover for a Day (2017)

Not Rated | 76 min | Drama

69 Metascore

A young woman returns home after the breakdown of a relationship to discover her father is dating a woman her age.

Director: Philippe Garrel | Stars: Éric Caravaca, Esther Garrel, Louise Chevillotte, Paul Toucang

Votes: 1,558

19. Neither Seen Nor Recognized (1958)

95 min | Comedy

In a small French village, everything would be quiet if the local wildlife cop was not being ridiculed by a smart poacher.

Director: Yves Robert | Stars: Louis de Funès, Noëlle Adam, Frédéric Duvallès, Claude Rich

Votes: 1,270

20. Sorry Angel (2018)

Not Rated | 132 min | Drama, Romance

73 Metascore

Jacques is an older writer from Paris. Arthur is a young student in Rennes. They instantly fall in love. But they'll have to face rejection and sickness to keep it that way.

Director: Christophe Honoré | Stars: Vincent Lacoste, Pierre Deladonchamps, Denis Podalydès, Adèle Wismes

Votes: 1,982 | Gross: $0.03M

21. 8 Women (2002)

R | 111 min | Comedy, Crime, Musical

64 Metascore

One murdered man, eight women, each seeming to be eager than the others to know the truth. Gimme, gimme, gimme some clues to make up my mind. And eventually enter the truth. Oh, thou cruel woman!

Director: François Ozon | Stars: Fanny Ardant, Emmanuelle Béart, Danielle Darrieux, Catherine Deneuve

Votes: 27,304 | Gross: $3.08M

22. The Kid with a Bike (2011)

PG-13 | 87 min | Drama

87 Metascore

Abandoned by his father, a young boy is left in a state-run youth farm. In a random act of kindness, the town hair-dresser agrees to foster him on week-ends.

Directors: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne | Stars: Thomas Doret, Cécile de France, Jérémie Renier, Fabrizio Rongione

Votes: 24,835 | Gross: $1.38M

24. First Name: Carmen (1983)

R | 85 min | Crime, Drama, Music

A woman involved with a terrorist group becomes dangerously close to the police officer guarding the bank they plan to rob.

Director: Jean-Luc Godard | Stars: Maruschka Detmers, Jacques Bonnaffé, Myriem Roussel, Christophe Odent

Votes: 3,052

25. A Woman Is a Woman (1961)

Not Rated | 84 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

71 Metascore

A French striptease artist is desperate to become a mother. When her reluctant boyfriend suggests that his best friend impregnate her, feelings become complicated when she accepts.

Director: Jean-Luc Godard | Stars: Anna Karina, Jean-Claude Brialy, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Henri Attal

Votes: 13,534 | Gross: $0.10M

26. Alphaville (1965)

Not Rated | 99 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

A U.S. secret agent is sent to the distant space city of Alphaville where he must find a missing person and free the city from its tyrannical ruler.

Director: Jean-Luc Godard | Stars: Eddie Constantine, Anna Karina, Akim Tamiroff, Valérie Boisgel

Votes: 20,684 | Gross: $0.05M

27. Breathless (1960)

Not Rated | 90 min | Crime, Drama

A small-time thief steals a car and impulsively murders a motorcycle policeman. Wanted by the authorities, he reunites with a hip American journalism student and attempts to persuade her to run away with him to Italy.

Director: Jean-Luc Godard | Stars: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean Seberg, Daniel Boulanger, Henri-Jacques Huet

Votes: 65,675 | Gross: $0.34M

28. La Chinoise (1967)

Not Rated | 95 min | Comedy, Drama

A small group of French students are studying Mao, trying to find out their position in the world and how to change the world to a Maoistic community using terrorism.

Director: Jean-Luc Godard | Stars: Anne Wiazemsky, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Juliet Berto, Michel Semeniako

Votes: 5,240 | Gross: $0.04M

29. Balthazar (1966)

Not Rated | 95 min | Drama

100 Metascore

The story of a mistreated donkey and the people around him. A study on saintliness and a sister piece to Bresson's Mouchette.

Director: Robert Bresson | Stars: Anne Wiazemsky, Walter Green, François Lafarge, Jean-Claude Guilbert

Votes: 15,606 | Gross: $0.04M

30. Black Tide (2018)

Not Rated | 113 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The disappearance of a boy sends an alcoholic cop on the track of a suspicious teacher while falling for the grieving mother.

Director: Erick Zonca | Stars: Vincent Cassel, Romain Duris, Sandrine Kiberlain, Élodie Bouchez

Votes: 1,896

31. One Nation, One King (2018)

121 min | Drama, History

The intertwining fates of the historical figures, the men and the women of the 1789 French revolution, as they meet at the newly established Assemblée Nationale.

Director: Pierre Schoeller | Stars: Gaspard Ulliel, Adèle Haenel, Olivier Gourmet, Louis Garrel

Votes: 681

32. I Feel Good (2018)

103 min | Comedy, Drama

Jacques, a clueless opportunist is obsessed with finding the project that will make him rich; he decides that the only answer lies in offering cut-price quickie cosmetic surgery.

Directors: Benoît Delépine, Gustave Kervern | Stars: Jean Dujardin, Yolande Moreau, Joseph Dahan, Jean-Benoît Ugeux

Votes: 724

33. Promise at Dawn (2017)

131 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

From his childhood in Poland to his adolescence in Nice to his years as a student in Paris and his tough training as a pilot during World War II, this tragi-comedy tells the romantic story ... See full summary »

Director: Eric Barbier | Stars: Pierre Niney, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Didier Bourdon, Jean-Pierre Darroussin

Votes: 1,789

34. Sink or Swim (2018)

122 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

A depressed man joins a synchronized swimming team made up of middle aged men.

Director: Gilles Lellouche | Stars: Mathieu Amalric, Guillaume Canet, Benoît Poelvoorde, Jean-Hugues Anglade

Votes: 5,401

35. Mia and the White Lion (2018)

PG | 98 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

52 Metascore

A young girl from London moves to Africa with her parents where she befriends a lion cub.

Director: Gilles de Maistre | Stars: Daniah De Villiers, Mélanie Laurent, Langley Kirkwood, Ryan Mac Lennan

Votes: 2,102 | Gross: $0.40M

36. Ernest & Celestine (2012)

PG | 80 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

86 Metascore

The story of an unlikely friendship between a bear, Ernest, and a young mouse named Celestine.

Directors: Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar, Benjamin Renner | Stars: Forest Whitaker, Lambert Wilson, Pauline Brunner, Mackenzie Foy

Votes: 16,272 | Gross: $0.29M

37. My Life as a Zucchini (2016)

PG-13 | 70 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

85 Metascore

After losing his mother, a young boy is sent to a foster home with other orphans his age where he begins to learn the meaning of trust and true love.

Director: Claude Barras | Stars: Gaspard Schlatter, Sixtine Murat, Paulin Jaccoud, Michel Vuillermoz

Votes: 17,680 | Gross: $0.29M

38. The Best Years of a Life (2019)

90 min | Drama

An old man is having memories of a former lover who is still alive. Images of their affair showing them young combine with dreams and poetry

Director: Claude Lelouch | Stars: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Anouk Aimée, Souad Amidou, Antoine Sire

Votes: 101

39. Matthias & Maxime (2019)

119 min | Drama

60 Metascore

A drama focusing on a group of friends in their late 20s.

Director: Xavier Dolan | Stars: Harris Dickinson, Xavier Dolan, Anne Dorval, Alexandre Bourgeois

Votes: 283

40. Double Lover (2017)

Not Rated | 107 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

70 Metascore

Chloé, a fragile young woman, falls in love with her psychoanalyst, Paul. A few months later she moves in with him, but soon discovers that her lover is concealing a part of his identity.

Director: François Ozon | Stars: Marine Vacth, Jérémie Renier, Jacqueline Bisset, Myriam Boyer

Votes: 8,530 | Gross: $0.17M

41. Swimming Pool (2003)

R | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

70 Metascore

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.

Director: François Ozon | Stars: Charlotte Rampling, Charles Dance, Ludivine Sagnier, Jean-Marie Lamour

Votes: 39,825 | Gross: $10.11M

42. War of the Buttons (2011)

Not Rated | 109 min | Adventure, Family

In the countryside of France, two groups of boys from the rural villages of Longeverne and Velran are in constant war against each other. Their war is a tradition that passes from father to... See full summary »

Director: Yann Samuell | Stars: Eric Elmosnino, Mathilde Seigner, Fred Testot, Alain Chabat

Votes: 1,595

43. War of the Buttons (1962)

90 min | Comedy, Family

The school boys of two villages in France are fighting. Their trophy are the buttons they will snatch from the enemy. This fight will bring those kids to everlasting friendship...eventually.

Director: Yves Robert | Stars: Jacques Dufilho, Yvette Etiévant, Michel Galabru, Michèle Méritz

Votes: 2,205

44. April and the Extraordinary World (2015)

PG | 105 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

85 Metascore

It's 1941 but France is trapped in the nineteenth century, governed by steam and Napoleon V, where scientists vanish mysteriously. Avril (Marion Cotillard), a teenage girl, goes in search of her missing scientist parents.

Directors: Christian Desmares, Franck Ekinci | Stars: Marion Cotillard, Marc-André Grondin, Philippe Katerine, Jean Rochefort

Votes: 5,633 | Gross: $0.29M



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