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1. The Battle of Algiers (1966)

Not Rated | 121 min | Drama, War

8.1
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95 Metascore

In the 1950s, fear and violence escalate as the people of Algiers fight for independence from the French government.

Director: Gillo Pontecorvo | Stars: Brahim Hadjadj, Jean Martin, Yacef Saadi, Samia Kerbash

Votes: 48,663 | Gross: $0.06M

2. Indochine (1992)

PG-13 | 159 min | Drama, Romance, War

7.1
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Eliane adopts Camille, whose Vietnamese parents were friends. In 1930, a French navy officer is interested in Eliane (owns 60km2 plantation) and later in Camille. There's an uprising in Vietnam against French colonial power.

Director: Régis Wargnier | Stars: Catherine Deneuve, Vincent Perez, Linh Dan Pham, Jean Yanne

Votes: 8,736 | Gross: $5.73M

3. Wild Reeds (1994)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama

7.4
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80 Metascore

In a village in the Southwest of France, 1962. Maite and Francois are 18 years old. They are friends, not lovers. In Francois's classroom, there are Serge, whose brother has just married to... See full summary »

Director: André Téchiné | Stars: Élodie Bouchez, Gaël Morel, Stéphane Rideau, Frédéric Gorny

Votes: 4,917 | Gross: $0.92M

4. Of Gods and Men (2010)

PG-13 | 122 min | Drama, History

7.2
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86 Metascore

Under threat by fundamentalist terrorists, a group of Trappist monks stationed with an impoverished Algerian community must decide whether to leave or stay.

Director: Xavier Beauvois | Stars: Lambert Wilson, Michael Lonsdale, Olivier Rabourdin, Philippe Laudenbach

Votes: 14,180 | Gross: $3.95M

5. Dilili in Paris (2018)

PG | 95 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

6.7
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In Belle Époque Paris, accompanied by a young scooter deliveryman, little Kanak Dilili investigates mysterious kidnappings of girls. She meets extraordinary men and women who give her clues... See full summary »

Director: Michel Ocelot | Stars: Prunelle Charles-Ambron, Enzo Ratsito, Natalie Dessay, Bruno Paviot

Votes: 447

6. Outside the Law (2010)

R | 138 min | Crime, Drama, War

6.6
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59 Metascore

A drama about the Algerian struggle for independence from France after WWII.

Director: Rachid Bouchareb | Stars: Jamel Debbouze, Roschdy Zem, Sami Bouajila, Chafia Boudraa

Votes: 3,497

7. Rebellion (2011)

136 min | Action, Drama, History

6.9
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Dissidents in a French colony attack a police station and take hostages.

Director: Mathieu Kassovitz | Stars: Mathieu Kassovitz, Iabe Lapacas, Malik Zidi, Alexandre Steiger

Votes: 2,440

8. The Rabbi's Cat (2011)

Not Rated | 100 min | Animation, Comedy, Fantasy

7.2
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74 Metascore

Set in Algeria in the 1920s, a rabbi's cat who learns how to speak after swallowing the family parrot expresses his desire to convert to Judaism.

Directors: Antoine Delesvaux, Joann Sfar | Stars: Mathieu Amalric, Hafsia Herzi, François Damiens, Eric Elmosnino

Votes: 3,009 | Gross: $0.02M

9. Let Joy Reign Supreme (1975)

Not Rated | 114 min | Drama, History, War

7.1
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France, 1719. Four years after Louix XIV's death, Philippe d'Orleans is the regent for the nine-year-old Louis XIV. Philippe is a liberal and a libertine. His right-hand man, Dubois, an ... See full summary »

Director: Bertrand Tavernier | Stars: Philippe Noiret, Jean Rochefort, Jean-Pierre Marielle, Christine Pascal

Votes: 1,236

10. The Unvanquished (1964)

115 min | Drama, Thriller

7.0
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1961. Luxemburger Thomas Vlassenroot deserted the French Foreign Legion during the Algiers Putsch. His lieutenant, Fraser, initiated the desertion for the two of them, Fraser believing he ... See full summary »

Director: Alain Cavalier | Stars: Alain Delon, Lea Massari, Georges Géret, Maurice Garrel

Votes: 593

11. China Gate (1957)

Not Rated | 97 min | Action, Drama, War

6.3
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In 1954, during the French Indochina War, an Eurasian female smuggler and a group of French Foreign Legion mercenaries, infiltrate the enemy territory in order to destroy an arms depot.

Director: Samuel Fuller | Stars: Gene Barry, Angie Dickinson, Nat 'King' Cole, Paul Dubov

Votes: 628

12. Black Shack Alley (1983)

PG | 103 min | Drama, History

7.3
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Martinique, in the early 1930s. Young José and his grandmother live in a small village. Nearly everyone works cutting cane and barely earning a living. The overseer can fine a worker for ... See full summary »

Director: Euzhan Palcy | Stars: Garry Cadenat, Darling Légitimus, Douta Seck, Joby Bernabé

Votes: 790

13. Le joli mai (1963)

Not Rated | 165 min | Documentary

8.0
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Chris Marker and Pierre Lhomme's LE JOLI MAI (The Lovely Month of May) is a portrait of Paris and Parisians during May 1962;the first springtime of peace after the ceasefire with Algeria ... See full summary »

Directors: Chris Marker, Pierre Lhomme | Stars: Chris Marker, Yves Montand, Simone Signoret, Jean-Luc Godard

Votes: 630 | Gross: $0.02M

14. Terror's Advocate (2007)

Unrated | 135 min | Documentary, Biography, History

7.2
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75 Metascore

A documentary on Jacques Vergès, the controversial lawyer and former Free French Forces guerrilla who has defending unpopular figures such as Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie and Holocaust denier Roger Garaudy.

Director: Barbet Schroeder | Stars: Jacques Vergès, Klaus Barbie, Barbet Schroeder, Bassam Abu Sharif

Votes: 1,438 | Gross: $0.04M

15. Isabelle Eberhardt (1991)

Not Rated | 113 min | Biography, Drama, History

5.9
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Story of a young woman journalist who becomes enmeshed in the politics of the annexation of Morrocco from Algeria at the turn of the twentieth century. The focus is on her hardships because... See full summary »

Director: Ian Pringle | Stars: Mathilda May, Tchéky Karyo, Peter O'Toole, Richard Moir

Votes: 78

16. Le bal du gouverneur (1990)

98 min | Drama, Romance

5.7
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A French civil servant throws The Governor's Party when his daughter comes of age regardless of colonial unrest and her parents' stormy marriage.

Director: Marie-France Pisier | Stars: Kristin Scott Thomas, Didier Flamand, Laurent Grévill, Jacques Sereys

Votes: 71

17. Lotfi (2015)

170 min | Action, Biography, Drama

8.6
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The film relates the career of Colonel Lotfi, whose real name is Benali Boudghene, since his beginnings as an activist in Tlemcen where, with his classmates from high school, he posted the ... See full summary »

Director: Ahmed Rachedi | Stars: Youcef Sehairi, Ahmed Rezzak, Hassan Kechache, Boulem Zeblah

Votes: 5

18. La baie d'Alger (2012 TV Movie)

Drama

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The writer Louis Gardel remembers his youth in Algerie.In 1955 Louis is 15 years old and he lives with his grandmother Zoe.Zoe is friend with the president Steiger, leader of the French ... See full summary »

Director: Merzak Allouache | Stars: Catherine Jacob, Solal Forte, Anthony Sonigo, Margaux Chatelier

Votes: 43

19. The Brides of Bourbon Island (2007 TV Movie)

190 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

6.9
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In the seventeenth century , beautiful women of Madagascar are unwillingly sent beyond the seas to distant French colonies and married off to wealthy French colonials.

Director: Euzhan Palcy | Stars: Jean-Yves Berteloot, Sara Martins, Cécile Cassel, Marie Piot

Votes: 21

20. A Captain's Honor (1982)

117 min | War

6.5
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During a televised debate on the Algerian war in the early 1980s, Professor Paulet denounced the methods of Captain Caron, killed in action in 1957. The widow of the captain, Patricia, decided to file a defamation suit.

Director: Pierre Schoendoerffer | Stars: Jacques Perrin, Nicole Garcia, Charles Denner, Georges Wilson

Votes: 212

21. La guerre sans nom (1992)

240 min | Documentary

7.9
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Documentary on the French-Algerian conflict 1954-1962 which was never officially called a "war", including interviews with some of the survivors.

Director: Bertrand Tavernier | Stars: Patrick Rotman, Bertrand Tavernier

Votes: 51

22. Patrouille à l'Est (1971)

115 min | Action, Drama, History

7.3
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A patrol of the National Liberation Army must convoy a French soldier taken prisoner to the Tunisian border.

Director: Amar Laskri | Stars: Hacène Benzerari, Mohamed Hadj Smaïn, Brahim Hadjadj, Mohamed Hamdi

Votes: 47

23. Mostefa Ben Boulaid (2008)

163 min | Action, Biography, Drama

7.7
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The film revolves around the life of the martyr Mustapha Ben Bouleid (1917-1956), who was a member of the Algerian National Movement, who worked with his comrades to explain the idea of the... See full summary »

Director: Ahmed Rachedi | Stars: Djamel Allam, Sami Allem, Fares Ben Hachani, Ahmed Benaissa

Votes: 21

24. Tandra Paparayudu (1986)

Action, Biography, Drama

7.9
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The story of an Indian Freedom fighter who fought the French even before the British could establish their authority in India

Director: Narayana Rao Dasari | Stars: Krishnamraju, Mohan Babu, Pran, Jayasudha

Votes: 86

25. L'empire du milieu du sud (2002)

86 min | Documentary, History, War

7.6
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Directors: Eric Deroo, Jacques Perrin

Votes: 18

26. Vive la France (1974)

84 min | Documentary

5.8
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Director: Michel Audiard | Stars: Michel Audiard, Jacqueline Kennedy, Yves Montand, Philippe Pétain

Votes: 39

27. Arcole ou la terre promise (1981– )

52 min | Adventure, Drama, History

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Stars: François Dyrek, Fabrice Eberhard, François Lalande, Pierre Malet

28. Krim Belkacem (2014)

180 min | Action, Biography, Drama

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the story of the heroic path of Krim Belkacem, one of the leading figures of the Algerian revolution.

Director: Ahmed Rachedi | Stars: Sami Allem, Mustafa Laribi, Ahmed Rezzak, Bahia Rachedi

29. Tes cheveux démêlés cachent une guerre de sept ans (2017)

74 min | Documentary

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Your untangled hair hides a 7 year war. Cross-look of three women engaged alongside the FLN on colonization and the Algerian war of independence. They will know the clandestine, the prison,... See full summary »

Director: Fatima Sissani

30. The Change: History Through Guineans' Eyes (2010)

70 min | Documentary, History, News

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What's happening in Tunisia, Syria, Egypt, Yemen, Algeria, Lybia, Bahrain, Burkina Faso, Cote d'Ivoire? Guinea has experienced these same events in 200, but its story has been hidden, ... See full summary »

Director: Chiara Cavallazzi | Stars: Moussa Dadis Camara, Kaba Saran Daraba, Rabiatou Diallo, Thierno Sow

31. Autour de Brazzaville (1943)

25 min | Documentary, Short

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"The crime of the cease fire was to capitulate as if France had no empire". - Charles de Gaulle.

Director: Germaine Krull | Stars: Richard Francoeur, Charles de Gaulle, Philippe Leclerc de Hauteclocque

32. 70 ans de présence française (1951)

14 min | Documentary, Short

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Director: Philippe Este

33. Dakar, un siècle (1950)

Documentary, Short

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Director: Philippe Este

34. L'amitié noire (1946)

18 min | Documentary, Short

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"Black Friendship" - The commentary recalls that Radio Brazzaville was, from June 18, 1943, the contact of the French settlements and the metropolis, bush stations participate in the organization of the resistance.

Directors: Germaine Krull, François Villiers | Star: Jean Cocteau

35. The Vietnam War (2017)
Episode: Déjà Vu (1858-1961) (2017)

TV-MA | 81 min | Documentary, History, War

8.5
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After nearly a century of French colonial rule, Vietnam emerges independent, but divided.

Directors: Ken Burns, Lynn Novick | Stars: Peter Coyote, Nguyen Thoi Bung, Max Cleland, Le Quan Cong

Votes: 744

36. Docs interdits (2011– )
Episode: La France est Notre Patrie (2015)

Documentary

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Director: Rithy Panh

Votes: 29

37. Au service de la France (2015– )
Episode: Un peu de soleil (2015)

23 min | Comedy

7.6
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When an African state demands independence, Merlaux gets his first big assignment and discovers a passion for politics.

Director: Alexandre Courtès | Stars: Hugo Becker, Wilfred Benaïche, Christophe Kourotchkine, Karim Barras

Votes: 75



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