French movies - excluded the bad onesby guisreis | created - 12 Sep 2013 | updated - 2 hours ago | Public
This is deffinitely not a very academic list, as I did not like very much the films from directors such as Godard, Chabrol and Rohmer I have watched. There are many old short movies in this list as French film makers have been important pioneers.
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1. 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: 683,980 | Gross: $33.23M
2. Little Nicholas (2009)
Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Family
Nicholas has every reason to keep things in life unchanged; however, when he accidentally overhears mum and dad talking about a new baby brother, his world will turn upside down. Will they abandon him to make room for the little stranger?
3. Two Days, One Night (2014)
PG-13 | 95 min | Drama
Liège, Belgium. Sandra is a factory worker who discovers that her workmates have opted for a EUR1,000 bonus in exchange for her dismissal. She has only a weekend to convince her colleagues to give up their bonuses in order to keep her job.
Votes: 43,554 | Gross: $1.44M
4. The Fat and the Lean Wrestling Match (1901)
Not Rated | 2 min | Short, Comedy
Right in front of our very eyes, two attractive and feminine women metamorphose into two professional wrestlers who begin a no-holds-barred wrestling match.
Absolutely brilliant, the very best of genius Méliès. Watch it here: https://youtu.be/S6GtYNEdYfQ
5. The Illusionist (2010)
PG | 80 min | Animation, Drama, Family
A French illusionist finds himself out of work and travels to Scotland, where he meets a young woman. Their ensuing adventure changes both their lives forever.
Votes: 32,861 | Gross: $2.23M
7. 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: 727,310 | Gross: $13.18M
12. 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: 33,324 | Gross: $3.77M
13. Persepolis (2007)
PG-13 | 96 min | Animation, Biography, Drama
A precocious and outspoken Iranian girl grows up during the Islamic Revolution.
Votes: 86,130 | Gross: $4.45M
15. Blame it on Fidel (2006)
Unrated | 99 min | Drama, History
A 9-year-old girl weathers big changes in her household as her parents become radical political activists in 1970-71 Paris.
Votes: 4,860 | Gross: $0.17M
16. My Enemy's Enemy (2007)
PG-13 | 87 min | Documentary, Biography, History
A look at the history of one-time Gestapo commander Klaus Barbie, infamously known as "The Butcher of Lyon." This documentary's main focus will be on Barbie's post-war activities, in which ... See full summary »
A French-British documentary.
18. Che: Part One (2008)
Not Rated | 134 min | Biography, Drama, History
In 1956, Ernesto 'Che' Guevara and a band of Castro-led Cuban exiles mobilize an army to topple the regime of dictator Fulgencio Batista.
Votes: 43,431 | Gross: $1.73M
Although spoken in Spanish and English, this is a production from France/Spain/USA.
19. 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: 225,314 | Gross: $44.67M
20. March of the Penguins (2005)
G | 80 min | Documentary, Family
In the Antarctic, every March since the beginning of time, the quest begins to find the perfect mate and start a family.
Votes: 54,909 | Gross: $77.44M
21. Hotel Chevalier (2007)
R | 13 min | Short, Drama, Romance
A prologue of one heart-breaking history of love and the prologue of the travel told in The Darjeeling Limited (2007).
A USA/France production.
22. He Loves Me... He Loves Me Not (2002)
PG-13 | 92 min | Romance, Thriller
A young woman who is in love with a married doctor becomes dangerous when her attempts to persuade him to leave his wife are unsuccessful. However, when things are seen from his point of view, the real situation becomes clear.
Votes: 18,109 | Gross: $1.01M
23. The Ax (2005)
Not Rated | 117 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
A chemist (Garcia) loses his job to outsourcing. Two years later and still jobless, he hits on a solution: to genuinely eliminate his competition.
27. 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: 133,154 | Gross: $2.20M
28. Nocturama (2016)
130 min | Drama, Thriller
Some young folks, tired of the society they're living in, plan a bomb attack over Paris before taking shelter for a night in a shopping center.
Votes: 4,082 | Gross: $0.03M
29. Danton (1983)
PG | 136 min | Biography, Drama, History
In 1793, as the Terror begins in France, Georges Danton, a champion-of-the-people, returns to clash against Maximilien Robespierre and his extremist party.
30. Mortal Transfer (2001)
122 min | Comedy, Thriller, Crime
Michel, a psycho-analyst, falls asleep while listening to his patient Olga, a kleptomaniac and a sexual pervert, tell him how she likes her husband beating her. When he wakes up, he finds ... See full summary »
31. State of Siege (1972)
Not Rated | 120 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Using the interrogation of a US counterinsurgency agent as a backdrop, the film explores the consequences of the struggle between Uruguay's government and the leftist Tupamaro guerrillas.
Votes: 4,245 | Gross: $0.39M
33. 8 Women (2002)
R | 111 min | Comedy, Crime, Musical
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!
Votes: 28,347 | Gross: $3.08M
36. Destino (2003)
PG | 7 min | Animation, Short
The story of Chronos and his ill-fated love for a mortal woman named Dahlia, as she dances through surreal scenery inspired by Dalí's paintings.
A France/USA production
37. 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: 11,465 | Gross: $1.01M
38. Rumba (2008)
77 min | Comedy
Teachers in a rural school, happy couple Fiona and Dom have a common passion: Latin Dancing. One night, after a glorious dance competition, they have a car accident and see their lives turn... See full summary »
39. Maman(s) (2015)
20 min | Short, Drama, Family
The 8-year-old Aida lives in an apartment in the Parisian suburb. The daily life of Aida and the whole family is overwhelmed when her father comes back from Senegal, their country of origin... See full summary »
40. Year of the Jellyfish (1984)
Not Rated | 110 min | Drama
Chris, a sexy teenager who appears mostly bare-breasted on the French Riviera, has a crush on Romain, her mother's lover. In reaction to her inability to attract his attention, she experiments with other risque affairs.
Amazingly underrated and strangely unknown film. Very sexy, psychological, strong.
42. The Night of the Plastic Bags (2018)
18 min | Animation, Short, Horror
Agathe, 39, has but one obsession: to have a child. She finds her ex, Marc-Antoine, a DJ, mixing techno in Marseille. As she tries to talk him into getting back together, plastic bags come to life and attack the city.
43. Let's Rob the Bank (1964)
88 min | Comedy, Crime
A grouchy shopkeeper made an unsuccessful financial investment, and now he is on the verge of bankruptcy. In order to avenge oneself he engages his own family into a plan to rob a next door bank.
44. Return of the Hero (2018)
90 min | Comedy, History
1809, France. Captain Neuville is called to the front, leaving his future bride heartbroken. Her sister decides to write letters on his behalf to cheer her up. But it all goes south when Neuville reappears.
Votes: 2,991 | Gross: $0.04M
45. Indochine (1992)
PG-13 | 159 min | Drama, Romance, War