My Favourite French Movies

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1. La Haine (1995)

Not Rated | 98 min | Crime, Drama

24 hours in the lives of three young men in the French suburbs the day after a violent riot.

Director: Mathieu Kassovitz | Stars: Vincent Cassel, Hubert Koundé, Saïd Taghmaoui, Abdel Ahmed Ghili

Votes: 137,266 | Gross: $0.31M

2. A Prophet (2009)

R | 155 min | Crime, Drama

90 Metascore

A young Arab man is sent to a French prison.

Director: Jacques Audiard | Stars: Tahar Rahim, Niels Arestrup, Adel Bencherif, Reda Kateb

Votes: 89,885 | Gross: $2.08M

3. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)

PG-13 | 112 min | Biography, Drama

92 Metascore

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.

Director: Julian Schnabel | Stars: Mathieu Amalric, Emmanuelle Seigner, Marie-Josée Croze, Anne Consigny

Votes: 100,199 | Gross: $5.99M

4. The Intouchables (2011)

R | 112 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

57 Metascore

After he becomes a quadriplegic from a paragliding accident, an aristocrat hires a young man from the projects to be his caregiver.

Directors: Olivier Nakache, Éric Toledano | Stars: François Cluzet, Omar Sy, Anne Le Ny, Audrey Fleurot

Votes: 710,054 | Gross: $13.18M

5. Amélie (2001)

R | 122 min | Comedy, Romance

69 Metascore

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.

Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet | Stars: Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz, Rufus, Lorella Cravotta

Votes: 672,936 | Gross: $33.23M

6. Tell No One (2006)

Not Rated | 131 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

82 Metascore

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?

Director: Guillaume Canet | Stars: François Cluzet, Marie-Josée Croze, André Dussollier, Kristin Scott Thomas

Votes: 47,903 | Gross: $6.18M

7. Love Me If You Dare (2003)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

45 Metascore

As adults, best friends Julien and Sophie continue the odd game they started as children -- a fearless competition to outdo one another with daring and outrageous stunts. While they often act out to relieve one another's pain, their game might be a way to avoid the fact that they are truly meant for one another.

Director: Yann Samuell | Stars: Guillaume Canet, Marion Cotillard, Thibault Verhaeghe, Joséphine Lebas-Joly

Votes: 65,006 | Gross: $0.55M

8. Rust and Bone (2012)

R | 120 min | Drama, Romance

73 Metascore

Put in charge of his young son, Alain leaves Belgium for Antibes to live with his sister and her husband as a family. Alain's bond with Stephanie, a killer whale trainer, grows deeper after Stephanie suffers a horrible accident.

Director: Jacques Audiard | Stars: Marion Cotillard, Matthias Schoenaerts, Armand Verdure, Céline Sallette

Votes: 60,641 | Gross: $2.06M

9. The Crimson Rivers (2000)

R | 106 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

49 Metascore

A murder detective must follow the footsteps of a brutal killer within the secrets of a classist college.

Director: Mathieu Kassovitz | Stars: Jean Reno, Vincent Cassel, Nadia Farès, Dominique Sanda

Votes: 55,780 | Gross: $0.63M

10. Mesrine Part 1: Killer Instinct (2008)

R | 113 min | Action, Biography, Crime

71 Metascore

The story of french gangster Jacques Mesrine, before he was called Public Enemy N°1.

Director: Jean-François Richet | Stars: Vincent Cassel, Cécile de France, Gérard Depardieu, Gilles Lellouche

Votes: 30,888 | Gross: $0.55M

11. Mesrine Part 2: Public Enemy #1 (2008)

R | 133 min | Action, Biography, Crime

72 Metascore

The story of notorious French gangster Jacques Mesrine.

Director: Jean-François Richet | Stars: Vincent Cassel, Ludivine Sagnier, Mathieu Amalric, Samuel Le Bihan

Votes: 27,347 | Gross: $0.28M

12. Irreversible (2002)

Not Rated | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

51 Metascore

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.

Director: Gaspar Noé | Stars: Monica Bellucci, Vincent Cassel, Albert Dupontel, Jo Prestia

Votes: 111,852 | Gross: $0.75M

13. Tomboy (2011)

Not Rated | 82 min | Drama

74 Metascore

A family moves into a new neighborhood, and a 10-year-old named Laure deliberately presents as a boy named Mikhael to the neighborhood children.

Director: Céline Sciamma | Stars: Zoé Héran, Malonn Lévana, Jeanne Disson, Sophie Cattani

Votes: 16,225 | Gross: $0.13M

14. The Class (2008)

PG-13 | 128 min | Drama

92 Metascore

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.

Director: Laurent Cantet | Stars: François Bégaudeau, Agame Malembo-Emene, Angélica Sancio, Arthur Fogel

Votes: 32,903 | Gross: $3.77M

15. Don't Worry, I'm Fine (2006)

92 min | Drama

Lili returns from holidays and learns that her twin brother left the house after a violent argument with their father.

Director: Philippe Lioret | Stars: Mélanie Laurent, Kad Merad, Isabelle Renauld, Julien Boisselier

Votes: 9,572

16. I've Loved You So Long (2008)

PG-13 | 117 min | Drama

79 Metascore

A woman struggles to interact with her family and find her place in society after spending fifteen years in prison.

Director: Philippe Claudel | Stars: Kristin Scott Thomas, Elsa Zylberstein, Serge Hazanavicius, Laurent Grévill

Votes: 19,301 | Gross: $3.17M

17. Little White Lies (2010)

Not Rated | 154 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

50 Metascore

A near-fatal accident leaves one friend in the hospital while the rest go on their annual vacation. But their secrets and personal grief threaten to drive them apart.

Director: Guillaume Canet | Stars: François Cluzet, Marion Cotillard, Benoît Magimel, Jean Dujardin

Votes: 22,677 | Gross: $0.21M

18. Monsieur Ibrahim (2003)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Drama

69 Metascore

In Paris, a Turkish shop owner befriends a Jewish boy in his mid-teens.

Director: François Dupeyron | Stars: Omar Sharif, Pierre Boulanger, Gilbert Melki, Isabelle Renauld

Votes: 10,495 | Gross: $2.82M

19. Ruby & Quentin (2003)

Not Rated | 85 min | Comedy, Crime

One prisoner tells to another that he hid a very large amount of money before the arrest. Together they manage to escape, but this is where their adventures are just beginning.

Director: Francis Veber | Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Jean Reno, Richard Berry, André Dussollier

Votes: 25,776

20. Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001)

R | 142 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

57 Metascore

In 18th century France, the Chevalier de Fronsac and his native American friend Mani are sent by the King to the Gevaudan province to investigate the killings of hundreds by a mysterious beast.

Director: Christophe Gans | Stars: Samuel Le Bihan, Mark Dacascos, Jérémie Renier, Vincent Cassel

Votes: 60,396 | Gross: $11.26M

21. Micmacs (2009)

R | 105 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

62 Metascore

A man and his friends come up with an intricate and original plan to destroy two big weapons manufacturers.

Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet | Stars: Dany Boon, André Dussollier, Nicolas Marié, Yolande Moreau

Votes: 27,981 | Gross: $1.26M

22. La Femme Nikita (1990)

R | 117 min | Action, Thriller

56 Metascore

Convicted felon Nikita, instead of going to jail, is given a new identity and trained, stylishly, as a top secret spy/assassin.

Director: Luc Besson | Stars: Anne Parillaud, Marc Duret, Patrick Fontana, Alain Lathière

Votes: 64,704 | Gross: $5.02M

23. Heartbreaker (2010)

Not Rated | 105 min | Comedy, Romance

59 Metascore

Alex and his sister run a business designed to break up relationships. They are hired by a rich man to break up the wedding of his daughter. The only problem is that they only have one week to do so.

Director: Pascal Chaumeil | Stars: Romain Duris, Vanessa Paradis, Julie Ferrier, François Damiens

Votes: 24,536 | Gross: $0.50M

24. Amour (2012)

PG-13 | 127 min | Drama, Romance

94 Metascore

Georges and Anne are an octogenarian couple. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, also a musician, lives in Britain with her family. One day, Anne has a stroke, and the couple's bond of love is severely tested.

Director: Michael Haneke | Stars: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva, Isabelle Huppert, Alexandre Tharaud

Votes: 87,956 | Gross: $6.74M

25. The Valet (2006)

PG-13 | 85 min | Comedy, Drama

68 Metascore

A porter and a top-model have to pretend to be a couple in order to salvage a CEO's marriage.

Director: Francis Veber | Stars: Gad Elmaleh, Alice Taglioni, Daniel Auteuil, Kristin Scott Thomas

Votes: 9,459 | Gross: $2.27M

26. Priceless (2006)

PG-13 | 106 min | Comedy, Romance

72 Metascore

Through a set of wacky circumstances, a young gold digger mistakenly woos a mild-mannered bartender, thinking he's a wealthy suitor.

Director: Pierre Salvadori | Stars: Audrey Tautou, Gad Elmaleh, Marie-Christine Adam, Vernon Dobtcheff

Votes: 29,705 | Gross: $1.50M

27. In the House (2012)

R | 105 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

72 Metascore

A high school French teacher is drawn into a precocious student's increasingly transgressive story about his relationship with a friend's family.

Director: François Ozon | Stars: Fabrice Luchini, Vincent Schmitt, Ernst Umhauer, Kristin Scott Thomas

Votes: 28,107 | Gross: $0.35M

28. 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, JoeyStarr, Marina Foïs, Nicolas Duvauchelle

Votes: 12,845 | Gross: $0.17M

29. The Past (2013)

PG-13 | 130 min | Drama, Mystery

85 Metascore

An Iranian man deserts his French wife and her two children to return to his homeland. Meanwhile, his wife starts up a new relationship, a reality her husband confronts upon his wife's request for a divorce.

Director: Asghar Farhadi | Stars: Bérénice Bejo, Tahar Rahim, Ali Mosaffa, Pauline Burlet

Votes: 42,480 | Gross: $1.33M

30. Blue Is the Warmest Colour (2013)

NC-17 | 180 min | Drama, Romance

88 Metascore

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.

Director: Abdellatif Kechiche | Stars: Léa Seydoux, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Salim Kechiouche, Aurélien Recoing

Votes: 129,928 | Gross: $2.20M

31. 22 Bullets (2010)

Not Rated | 117 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A retired mobster goes on a revenge spree after being left for dead with 22 bullets in his body by his former childhood friend.

Director: Richard Berry | Stars: Jean Reno, Kad Merad, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Marina Foïs

Votes: 31,215

32. Le Chef (2012)

PG-13 | 84 min | Comedy, Drama

43 Metascore

A veteran chef faces off against his restaurant group's new CEO, who wants to the establishment to lose a star from its rating in order to bring in a younger chef who specializes in molecular gastronomy.

Director: Daniel Cohen | Stars: Jean Reno, Michaël Youn, Raphaëlle Agogué, Julien Boisselier

Votes: 15,551 | Gross: $0.34M

33. A Very Long Engagement (2004)

R | 133 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

76 Metascore

Tells the story of a young woman's relentless search for her fiancé, who has disappeared from the trenches of the Somme during World War One.

Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet | Stars: Audrey Tautou, Gaspard Ulliel, Jodie Foster, Dominique Pinon

Votes: 69,180 | Gross: $6.17M

34. Welcome to the Sticks (2008)

Not Rated | 106 min | Comedy, Romance

A French public servant from Provence is banished to the far North. Strongly prejudiced against this cold and inhospitable place, he leaves his family behind to relocate temporarily there, with the firm intent to quickly come back.

Director: Dany Boon | Stars: Kad Merad, Dany Boon, Zoé Félix, Lorenzo Ausilia-Foret

Votes: 37,665 | Gross: $1.48M

35. Young & Beautiful (2013)

Not Rated | 95 min | Drama, Romance

63 Metascore

After losing her virginity, Isabelle takes up a secret life as a call girl, meeting her clients for hotel-room trysts. Throughout, she remains curiously aloof, showing little interest in the encounters themselves or the money she makes.

Director: François Ozon | Stars: Marine Vacth, Géraldine Pailhas, Frédéric Pierrot, Fantin Ravat

Votes: 30,217 | Gross: $0.05M

36. 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: 12,728 | Gross: $0.34M

37. Serial (Bad) Weddings (2014)

97 min | Comedy

A Catholic French couple sees their life upside down when their four daughters get married to men of different religion and origins.

Director: Philippe de Chauveron | Stars: Christian Clavier, Chantal Lauby, Ary Abittan, Medi Sadoun

Votes: 36,471



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