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1. La grande vadrouille (1966)

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: 13,559

2. De Rode Cirkel (1970)

14 | 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: 18,629 | Gross: $0.37M

3. La grosse caisse (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: 111

4. The Brain (1969)

AL | 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: 3,052

5. Les hussards (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: 78

6. Un drôle de paroissien (1963)

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: 457

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: 113

8. La môme (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: 75,828 | Gross: $10.30M

9. Jacquou le croquant (2007)

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: 1,561

10. Les choristes (2004)

MG6 | 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: 51,093 | Gross: $3.64M

11. The Artist (I) (2011)

12 | 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: 213,402 | Gross: $44.67M

12. Café de Flore (2011)

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: 13,380

13. 120 battements par minute (2017)

12 | 143 min | Drama

84 Metascore

Members of the advocacy group ACT UP Paris demand action by the government and pharmaceutical companies to combat the AIDS epidemic in the early 1990s.

Director: Robin Campillo | Stars: Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, Arnaud Valois, Adèle Haenel, Antoine Reinartz

Votes: 9,428 | Gross: $0.13M

14. Polisse (2011)

16 | 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: 12,275 | Gross: $0.17M

15. Gueule d'ange (2018)

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: 337

16. Sauvage (I) (2018)

99 min | Drama

85 Metascore

Leo is 22 and sells his body on the street for a bit of cash. The men come and go, and he stays right here - longing for love. He doesn't know what the future will bring. He hits the road. His heart is pounding.

Director: Camille Vidal-Naquet | Stars: Félix Maritaud, Eric Bernard, Nicolas Dibla, Philippe Ohrel

Votes: 369

17. L'auberge espagnole (2002)

AL | 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: 37,218 | Gross: $3.90M

18. Casse-tête chinois (2013)

12 | 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: 12,026 | Gross: $0.34M

19. Les poupées russes (2005)

12 | 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: 18,173 | Gross: $0.32M

20. Juste la fin du monde (2016)

97 min | Drama

48 Metascore

Louis (Gaspard Ulliel), a terminally ill writer, returns home after a long absence to tell his family that he is dying.

Director: Xavier Dolan | Stars: Gaspard Ulliel, Marion Cotillard, Léa Seydoux, Vincent Cassel

Votes: 16,970

21. L'amant d'un jour (2017)

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: 1,381

22. Ni vu, ni connu (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: 1,185

23. Plaire, aimer et courir vite (2018)

16 | 132 min | Drama, Romance

72 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: 1,053

24. Les amours imaginaires (2010)

6 | 101 min | Drama, Romance

70 Metascore

The story of three close friends who are involved in a love-triangle.

Director: Xavier Dolan | Stars: Xavier Dolan, Monia Chokri, Niels Schneider, Anne Dorval

Votes: 23,584 | Gross: $0.06M

25. 8 femmes (2002)

AL | 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: 26,523 | Gross: $3.08M

26. 5x2 (2004)

12 | 90 min | Drama, Romance

62 Metascore

Five stages in the romance between a woman and a man.

Director: François Ozon | Stars: Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Stéphane Freiss, Françoise Fabian, Michael Lonsdale

Votes: 8,222 | Gross: $0.13M

27. Le gamin au vélo (2011)

12 | 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: 24,130 | Gross: $1.38M

28. J'ai tué ma mère (2009)

6 | 96 min | Drama, Romance

77 Metascore

A semi-autobiographical story about Hubert as a young homosexual at odds with his mother.

Director: Xavier Dolan | Stars: Anne Dorval, Xavier Dolan, François Arnaud, Suzanne Clément

Votes: 23,804

30. Prénom Carmen (1983)

16 | 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: 2,780

31. Une femme est une femme (1961)

16 | 85 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: 12,822 | Gross: $0.10M

32. Alphaville, une étrange aventure de Lemmy Caution (1965)

18 | 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: 19,756 | Gross: $0.05M

33. À bout de souffle (1960)

18 | 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: 62,506 | Gross: $0.34M

34. La chinoise (1967)

18 | 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: 4,846 | Gross: $0.03M

35. Au hasard Balthazar (1966)

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: 14,680 | Gross: $0.04M

36. L'homme fidèle (2018)

75 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

64 Metascore

A couple's relationship becomes complicated when she leaves him for his best friend, and returns after he dies.

Director: Louis Garrel | Stars: Louis Garrel, Laetitia Casta, Lily-Rose Depp, Joseph Engel

Votes: 96

37. Fleuve noir (2018)

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: 550

40. La promesse de l'aube (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: 1,050

42. Mia et le lion blanc (2018)

98 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

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: 13

43. Les dents, pipi et au lit (2018)

105 min | Comedy

Antoine, a bachelor party-goer, gets new roommates: Jeanne and her two children.

Director: Emmanuel Gillibert | Stars: Arnaud Ducret, Louise Bourgoin, Timéo Bolland, Saskia de Melo Dillais

Votes: 293

44. Ernest et Célestine (2012)

6 | 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: 15,449 | Gross: $0.29M



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