Good French Movies From the 60s

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1. 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: 66,634 | Gross: $0.34M

2. Adieu Philippine (1962)

106 min | Drama

Michel is a young technician in the fledgling TV industry and is due for military service in two months at the time of the Algerian War. Juliette and Liliane are inseparable best friends, ... See full summary »

Director: Jacques Rozier | Stars: Jean-Claude Aimini, Daniel Descamps, Stefania Sabatini, Yveline Céry

Votes: 598

3. Army of Shadows (1969)

Not Rated | 145 min | Drama, War

99 Metascore

An account of underground resistance fighters in Nazi-occupied France.

Director: Jean-Pierre Melville | Stars: Lino Ventura, Paul Meurisse, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Simone Signoret

Votes: 18,545 | Gross: $0.74M

4. Bay of Angels (1963)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Romance

76 Metascore

Jean is a clerk in a bank. His colleague Caron is a gambler and gives him the virus. In the casinos, Jean meets Jackie. Their love affair will follow their luck at the roulette.

Director: Jacques Demy | Stars: Jeanne Moreau, Claude Mann, Paul Guers, Henri Nassiet

Votes: 2,486 | Gross: $0.09M

5. Belle de Jour (1967)

R | 100 min | Drama

A frigid young housewife decides to spend her midweek afternoons as a prostitute.

Director: Luis Buñuel | Stars: Catherine Deneuve, Jean Sorel, Michel Piccoli, Geneviève Page

Votes: 36,868 | Gross: $0.03M

6. The Diary of an Innocent Boy (1968)

X | 103 min | Comedy, Romance

Young innocent aristocrat Benjamin comes to live with his Countess aunt. Her lover teaches him the techniques of seduction and sends him to test them, first on the maids, then on the upper class Anne and finally on the countess herself.

Director: Michel Deville | Stars: Michèle Morgan, Michel Piccoli, Pierre Clémenti, Catherine Deneuve

Votes: 488

7. Please, Not Now! (1961)

85 min | Comedy

Sophie, a flighty young model, learns that her boyfriend is planning to leave her for another woman. Sophie resolves to either win him back or assassinate her rival. A handsome doctor (who ... See full summary »

Director: Roger Vadim | Stars: Brigitte Bardot, Joséphine James, Mireille Darc, Edith Zetline

Votes: 300

8. Heartbeat (1968)

R | 103 min | Drama, Romance

Lucile, 25, is the beautiful mistress of Charles, a rich, good-hearted businessman. Being a kept woman suits her as she refuses to work. She is grateful to Charles for that but she does not... See full summary »

Director: Alain Cavalier | Stars: Catherine Deneuve, Michel Piccoli, Roger Van Hool, Amidou

Votes: 655

9. Le combat dans l'île (1962)

PG-13 | 104 min | Drama, Thriller

The son of a French industrialist, Clément is a right wing extremist who belongs to a secret militant right wing organization that uses whatever means necessary, including violence, to ... See full summary »

Director: Alain Cavalier | Stars: Romy Schneider, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Henri Serre, Diane Lepvrier

Votes: 520 | Gross: $0.05M

10. Compartiment tueurs (1965)

95 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Six people travel in a railroad sleeping car from Marseilles to Paris. Upon their arrival, a woman is found dead in one of the berths. The police investigate the other five passengers, ... See full summary »

Director: Costa-Gavras | Stars: Catherine Allégret, Jacques Perrin, Simone Signoret, Michel Piccoli

Votes: 1,292

11. Sundays and Cybèle (1962)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama

After killing a child when his plane crashes in a Vietnamese village, Pierre suffers from delayed stress and partial amnesia. Returning to France, he lives like a vegetable until he meets a... See full summary »

Director: Serge Bourguignon | Stars: Hardy Krüger, Nicole Courcel, Patricia Gozzi, Daniel Ivernel

Votes: 2,620

12. The Unfaithful Wife (1969)

R | 98 min | Drama, Thriller

A man begins to believe his wife is cheating on him.

Director: Claude Chabrol | Stars: Stéphane Audran, Michel Bouquet, Maurice Ronet, Michel Duchaussoy

Votes: 3,569

13. The Fire Within (1963)

Not Rated | 108 min | Drama

Alain Leroy is having a course of treatment in a private hospital because of his problem with alcohol. Although he is constantly distressed, he leaves the hospital and tries to meet good ... See full summary »

Director: Louis Malle | Stars: Maurice Ronet, Léna Skerla, Yvonne Clech, Hubert Deschamps

Votes: 7,276

14. Fortunate (1960)

121 min | Comedy, Drama, War

During WW2, a posh bourgeois woman ,Juliette,is forced to live under the same room as a crude simple-minded yet kind man.

Director: Alex Joffé | Stars: Bourvil, Michèle Morgan, Teddy Bilis, Rosy Varte

Votes: 223

15. 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: 2,227

16. The Day and the Hour (1963)

110 min | Action, Drama, Romance

It's the spring of 1944 and Therese is in a hurry to get back to Paris. The trains aren't running from the village where she has gone to visit her father's grave and to fill two suitcases ... See full summary »

Director: René Clément | Stars: Simone Signoret, Stuart Whitman, Geneviève Page, Michel Piccoli

Votes: 216

17. Diary of a Chambermaid (1964)

Not Rated | 97 min | Crime, Drama

A sophisticated and self-assured woman from Paris joins a middle-class rural estate as a maid and causes quite a stir among the variously uptight, perverse and violent inhabitants.

Director: Luis Buñuel | Stars: Jeanne Moreau, Georges Géret, Michel Piccoli, Daniel Ivernel

Votes: 7,625 | Gross: $0.02M

18. Jules and Jim (1962)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama, Romance

Decades of a love triangle concerning two friends and an impulsive woman.

Director: François Truffaut | Stars: Jeanne Moreau, Oskar Werner, Henri Serre, Vanna Urbino

Votes: 34,271

19. Bluebeard (1963)

115 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

Follows a family-man who meets women through lonely hearts ads.

Director: Claude Chabrol | Stars: Michèle Morgan, Danielle Darrieux, Hildegard Knef, Juliette Mayniel

Votes: 756

20. The Lions Are Loose (1961)

95 min | Comedy

Bored with her life, Albertine (Claudia Cardinale) drops her husband and takes the first train to Paris, to start fresh.

Director: Henri Verneuil | Stars: Jean-Claude Brialy, Claudia Cardinale, Danielle Darrieux, Michèle Morgan

Votes: 137

21. The Bride Wore Black (1968)

Unrated | 107 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Julie Kohler is prevented from suicide by her mother. She leaves the town. She will track down, charm and kill five men who do not know her. What is her goal? What is her purpose?

Director: François Truffaut | Stars: Jeanne Moreau, Jean-Claude Brialy, Michel Bouquet, Charles Denner

Votes: 7,785 | Gross: $0.55M

22. Les mauvais coups (1961)

98 min | Drama

Milan is an ex Formula One driver and now he lives with his wife Roberte in a small country town. But Milan is not satisfied, so Roberte encourages a love-story between Milan and Helene, a ... See full summary »

Director: François Leterrier | Stars: Simone Signoret, Reginald Kernan, Alexandra Stewart, Marcello Pagliero

Votes: 57

23. The End of Belle (1961)

91 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Stéphane Blanchon, who teaches at the International College, lives a quiet comfortable life in Geneva. He is married to Christine, a cold, dry-hearted woman, and his sentimental life is ... See full summary »

Director: Édouard Molinaro | Stars: Jean Desailly, Alexandra Stewart, Monique Mélinand, Yvette Etiévant

Votes: 89

24. The Soft Skin (1964)

Not Rated | 113 min | Drama, Romance

78 Metascore

Pierre Lachenay is a well-known publisher and lecturer, married with Franca and father of Sabine, around 10. He meets an air hostess, Nicole. They start a love affair, which Pierre is hiding, but he cannot stand staying away from her.

Director: François Truffaut | Stars: Jean Desailly, Françoise Dorléac, Nelly Benedetti, Daniel Ceccaldi

Votes: 6,200

26. The Swimming Pool (1969)

GP | 122 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

Lovers Marianne and Jean-Paul spend their vacation in a villa on the French Riviera near St-Tropez. Marianne invites her former lover, Harry, and his teenage daughter to stay. Tension rises between them, especially when Jean-Paul seduces Penelope.

Director: Jacques Deray | Stars: Alain Delon, Romy Schneider, Maurice Ronet, Jane Birkin

Votes: 6,812 | Gross: $0.03M

27. Purple Noon (1960)

PG-13 | 118 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Tom Ripley is a talented mimic, moocher, forger and all-around criminal improviser; but there's more to Tom Ripley than even he can guess.

Director: René Clément | Stars: Alain Delon, Maurice Ronet, Marie Laforêt, Erno Crisa

Votes: 12,415 | Gross: $0.62M

28. Shadows of Adultery (1961)

95 min | Drama

Anna, twenty-seven, married to building contractor Eric, refuses to live in his wake. Craving independence, she can exist through the art gallery she runs, but isn't this occupation a mere ... See full summary »

Director: Alexandre Astruc | Stars: Annie Girardot, Daniel Gélin, Christian Marquand, Anne Caprile

Votes: 69

29. This Man Must Die (1969)

GP | 110 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A man asserts himself within the life of an actress he believes is somehow responsible for his son's death.

Director: Claude Chabrol | Stars: Michel Duchaussoy, Caroline Cellier, Jean Yanne, Anouk Ferjac

Votes: 3,775

30. Love on a Pillow (1962)

Not Rated | 102 min | Romance, Drama

A young girl rescues a man from a suicide attempt. He turns out to be a sociopath, who begins to take over her life, abusing her both verbally and emotionally, yet she can't seem to tear herself away from him.

Director: Roger Vadim | Stars: Brigitte Bardot, Robert Hossein, Jean-Marc Bory, Michel Serrault

Votes: 447

31. Repulsion (1965)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

91 Metascore

A sex-repulsed woman who disapproves of her sister's boyfriend sinks into depression and has horrific visions of rape and violence.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Catherine Deneuve, Ian Hendry, John Fraser, Yvonne Furneaux

Votes: 45,113

32. Risky Business (1967)

105 min | Drama

Jean Doucet is a popular schoolmaster teaching in a small town in Normandy. At least he was... Until the day one of his pupils, Catherine Roussel, a garage owner's daughter, accuses him of ... See full summary »

Director: André Cayatte | Stars: Jacques Brel, Emmanuelle Riva, René Dary, Nadine Alari

Votes: 424

33. Three Rooms in Manhattan (1965)

110 min | Drama

When his wife leaves him, a young French actor, François Combe, moves to New York to work for a television company. One evening, he meets an attractive young woman, Kay Larsi, in a bar.

Director: Marcel Carné | Stars: Annie Girardot, Maurice Ronet, O.E. Hasse, Roland Lesaffre

Votes: 352

34. A Gentle Creature (1969)

88 min | Drama, Romance

A young woman kills herself, leaving no explanation to her grief-stricken pawnbroker husband. We learn in flashback about how they met, married, and how she failed to adapt her lifestyle to... See full summary »

Director: Robert Bresson | Stars: Dominique Sanda, Guy Frangin, Jeanne Lobre, Claude Ollier

Votes: 2,094

35. A Man and a Woman (1966)

Unrated | 102 min | Drama, Romance

A widow and a widower find their relationship developing into love, but their past tragedies prove hard to overcome, causing them to proceed with utmost delicacy.

Director: Claude Lelouch | Stars: Anouk Aimée, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Pierre Barouh, Valérie Lagrange

Votes: 8,783

36. La Vérité (1960)

Not Rated | 127 min | Drama

A liberated small-town girl and the family's black sheep moves to Paris with her sister, only to find herself standing trial for the shocking murder of her young lover. Was his killing premeditated or was this a crime of passion?

Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot | Stars: Brigitte Bardot, Paul Meurisse, Charles Vanel, Sami Frey

Votes: 2,509

37. The Two of Us (1967)

Not Rated | 86 min | Comedy, Drama

In Nazi-occupied France, a Jewish child is sent away from his family and conceals his religious affiliation from the anti-Semitic elderly man that takes care of him.

Director: Claude Berri | Stars: Michel Simon, Roger Carel, Paul Préboist, Luce Fabiole

Votes: 1,791 | Gross: $0.05M

38. La vieille dame indigne (1965)

94 min | Comedy, Drama

The shameless old lady ate the bread of life till its last crumbs .

Director: René Allio | Stars: Sylvie, Malka Ribowska, Etienne Bierry, Victor Lanoux

Votes: 239

39. Viva Maria! (1965)

Not Rated | 119 min | Adventure, Comedy, Romance

Somewhere in Central America in 1907: Maria II is the daughter of an Irish terrorist. After her father's death, she meets Maria I, a singer in a circus. She decides to stay with the circus,... See full summary »

Director: Louis Malle | Stars: Brigitte Bardot, Jeanne Moreau, George Hamilton, Paulette Dubost

Votes: 3,055

40. Live for Life (1967)

Approved | 130 min | Drama

Robert Colomb, a famous TV newscaster, is married to Catherine, but is continually unfaithful. He is about to replace his current mistress, Mireille, with Jacqueline when he meets, and ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Lelouch | Stars: Yves Montand, Candice Bergen, Annie Girardot, Irène Tunc

Votes: 459

41. La voleuse (1966)

88 min | Drama

Much to the detriment of his foster dad a middle class woman tries to reclaim her six years old boy she abandoned at birth.

Director: Jean Chapot | Stars: Romy Schneider, Michel Piccoli, Hans Christian Blech, Sonja Schwarz

Votes: 98

42. Zazie dans le Métro (1960)

Not Rated | 93 min | Comedy, Fantasy

With her mother away for the weekend, a brash and precocious ten-year-old country-girl sets out to explore Paris during a Métro strike, under her uncle's not-so-watchful eye. Can a little girl cause so much chaos in the heart of the city?

Director: Louis Malle | Stars: Catherine Demongeot, Philippe Noiret, Hubert Deschamps, Carla Marlier

Votes: 4,901



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