Best French Movies

This page is updated regularly. Subscribe, so you don't miss new recommendations. The list of "Best French Movies" contains films with the following parameters. Style: visually appealing, realistic, intense, interesting, touching and talky. Plot: storytelling, mentor, runaway, destiny, catastrophe, dialogue, beautiful scenery, culture clash, life philosophy and justice. Genre: Drama, Thriller and Comedy. Country: France, USA and UK.
Best French Movies
Best French Movies
TOP Movies: Young & Beautiful (2013), Amelie (2001), The Intouchables (2011), Serial (Bad) Weddings (2014), District B13 (2004), The Lives of Others (2006), School of Life (2017), The Transporter (2002), Leon: The Professional (1994), Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019), Welcome to the Sticks (2008), Philomena (2013), The Fifth Element (1997), District 13: Ultimatum (2009), Ridicule (1996), The Prey (2011), The Purge: Election Year (2016), The Father (2020), Hugo (2011), Life of Pi (2012).

List of Best Movies

Young & Beautiful (2013)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Isabelle, a 17-year-old student, loses her virginity during a quick holiday romance. When she returns home, she begins a secret life as a prostitute for a year.
Style: erotic, sexual, atmospheric, psychological, sexy ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: lust, prostitute, strong sexual content, teenage girl, sex with a minor, female nudity, underage sex, older man younger woman relationship, teenage sex, teenage prostitution, sexual exploration, sex scene ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, paris france, cote d'azur, tokyo, california
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 8.3
 743K
Amelie (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: France, Germany
Duration: 122 min.
Story: At a tiny Parisian café, the adorable yet painfully shy Amélie (Audrey Tautou) accidentally discovers a gift for helping others. Soon Amelie is spending her days as a matchmaker, guardian angel, and all-around do-gooder. But when she bumps into a ...
Style: touching, stylized, feel good, inspirational, sentimental ...
Audience: date night
Plot: loneliness, existentialism, fall in love, looking for love, life philosophy, surrealism, optimism, social relations, love, lifestyle change, weirdo, daydreamer ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1974, 20th century, 90s ...
Place: paris france, france, europe, montmartre paris, quebec
Is relevant ?
The Intouchables (2011)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A true story of two men who should never have met – a quadriplegic aristocrat who was injured in a paragliding accident and a young man from the projects.
Style: feel good, uplifting, touching, inspirational, sincere ...
Plot: friendship, life philosophy, unlikely friendships, french, disability, lifestyle change, caregiver, starting over, friends, culture clash, friendship between men, handicapped ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: france, paris france
Is relevant ?
Serial (Bad) Weddings (2014)
Genre: Comedy
Country: France
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A catholic French couple sees their life upside down when their four daughters get married to men of different religion and origins.
Style: humorous, funny, light, semi serious, entertaining ...
Audience: family outing, chick flick
Plot: interracial relations, racism, wedding, family relations, racist, marriage, parents and children, couples, verbal byplay, family in crisis, couple relations, family tradition ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, paris france, africa
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 7.1
 70K
District B13 (2004)
Genre: Action, Crime, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Set in the ghettos of Paris in 2010, an undercover cop and ex-thug try to infiltrate a gang in order to defuse a neutron bomb.
Style: exciting, serious, suspenseful, futuristic, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, parkour, bomb, martial arts, ghetto, bully, race against time, tough guy, undercover cop, fight, betrayal, fistfight ...
Time: future, near future, 2010s, year 2010
Place: france, paris france, europe, hong kong
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The Lives of Others (2006)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Germany, France
Duration: 137 min.
Story: A tragic love story set in East Berlin with the backdrop of an undercover Stasi controlled culture. Stasi captain Wieler is ordered to follow author Dreyman and plunges deeper and deeper into his life until he reaches the threshold of doubting the ...
Style: gloomy, sexual, tense, sincere, bleak ...
Plot: surveillance, cold war, stasi, spy, iron curtain, interrogation, communism, blackmail, german, espionage, politics, moral dilemma ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 90s, year 1984
Place: germany, east germany, berlin germany, europe, german democratic republic ...
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School of Life (2017)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
Country: France
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Paris 1930. Paul has only ever had one and the same horizon: the high walls of the orphanage, an austere building in the Parisian working class suburbs. Entrusted to a joyful country woman, Célestine, and her husband, Borel, the rather stiff ...
Style: scenic, touching, sweet, atmospheric, nature documentary ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: poacher, nature, orphan, forest, adult child friendship, understanding, animals, hound dog, animal human communication, foster home, mystery, foster child ...
Time: 1930s
Is relevant ?
 6.8
 299K
The Transporter (2002)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Former Special Forces officer, Frank Martin will deliver anything to anyone for the right price, and his no-questions-asked policy puts him in high demand. But when he realizes his latest cargo is alive, it sets in motion a dangerous chain of ...
Style: serious, exciting, stylized, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: lone hero, chase, tough guy, one man army, car chase, ex military, tough heroes, fight scenes, one against many, escapades, car, smuggling ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: france, europe, french riviera, nice france, south of france ...
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Leon: The Professional (1994)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Leon, the top hit man in New York, has earned a rep as an effective "cleaner". But when his next-door neighbors are wiped out by a loose-cannon DEA agent, he becomes the unwilling custodian of 12-year-old Mathilda. Before long, ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, neo noir, serious, touching ...
Plot: hitman, mentor, loneliness, life philosophy, sniper, friendship, loner, killings, dark hero, lone wolves, murder, protector ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 122 min.
Story: On an isolated island in Brittany at the end of the 18th century, an artist is commissioned to paint a young woman's wedding portrait.
Style: touching, scenic, disturbing, romantic, bleak ...
Plot: lesbian, lesbian romance, lesbian relationship, lesbian love, lesbian couple, lesbian attraction, painter, lesbianism, lesbian sex, lgbt, forced marriage, island ...
Time: 18th century
Place: brittany
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Welcome to the Sticks (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Although living a comfortable life in Salon-de-Provence, a charming town in the South of France, Julie has been feeling depressed for a while. To please her, Philippe Abrams, a post office administrator, her husband, tries to obtain a transfer to a ...
Style: humorous, witty, funny, realistic, inspirational ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: french, village life, friendship, culture clash, fish out of water, postman, foe turned friend, social satire, happy ending, social relations, family, small town ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: france, provence, europe, south of france, flanders ...
Is relevant ?
 7.6
 99K
Philomena (2013)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, USA, France
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A woman searches for her adult son, who was taken away from her decades ago when she was forced to live in a convent.
Style: touching, emotional, realistic, captivating, heartbreaking ...
Plot: journalist, nun, adoption, golden years, forgiveness, secret, loss of son, religious intolerance, convent, self discovery, church, hidden truth ...
Time: 50s, 21st century, contemporary, 20th century, year 1952 ...
Place: ireland, washington d.c., england, usa, oxford university
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The Fifth Element (1997)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: France, UK
Duration: 126 min.
Story: In 2257, a taxi driver is unintentionally given the task of saving a young girl who is part of the key that will ensure the survival of humanity.
Style: futuristic, exciting, breathtaking, cerebral, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: space travel, alien, good versus evil, space and aliens, future dystopia, save the world, end of the world, heroic mission, spacecraft, dystopic future, adventure, love ...
Time: future, 90s, 1910s, 23rd century
Place: egypt, new york, usa, brooklyn new york city
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District 13: Ultimatum (2009)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Damien and Leito return to District 13 on a mission to bring peace to the troubled sector that is controlled by five different gang bosses, before the city's secret services take drastic measures to solve the problem.
Style: exciting, suspenseful, tense, captivating, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: chase, fistfight, fighting the system, martial arts, gang, parkour, gang war, fight, corruption, undercover cop, prison, drug dealing ...
Time: future, 2010s
Place: france, europe, paris france, hong kong
Is relevant ?
 7.3
 8K
Ridicule (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, History, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 102 min.
Story: To get royal backing on a needed drainage project, a poor French lord must learn to play the delicate games of wit at court at Versailles.
Style: witty, talky, humorous, semi serious, stylized ...
Plot: royal court, duel, intrigue, nudity (full frontal - brief), swamp, manipulation, society, ambition, court, rabbit, sign language, painter ...
Time: 18th century, 1780s
Place: versailles, france, england, paris france
Is relevant ?
 6.6
 6K
The Prey (2011)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A robber escapes from prison with a single objective in mind: to track down his former cellmate, a serial killer who intends to pin his crimes on him. A cop is sent after the robber who, despite his best efforts, soon becomes Public Enemy Number ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: manhunt, serial killer, prison, on the run, life is a bitch, crimes, protagonist as suspect, false accusation, hidden identity, track down, dishonesty, family life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: france, europe
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The Purge: Election Year (2016)
Genre: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Two years after choosing not to kill the man who killed his son, former police sergeant Leo Barnes has become head of security for Senator Charlene Roan, the front runner in the next Presidential election due to her vow to eliminate the Purge. On ...
Style: brutal, suspense, intense, bloody, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens
Plot: distopia, class differences, gunfight, fighting the system, survival, murder, violence, politics, death, social decay, rebellion, election ...
Time: near future
Place: washington d.c., florida
Is relevant ?
 8.3
 134K
The Father (2020)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: UK, France, USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A man refuses all assistance from his daughter as he ages and, as he tries to make sense of his changing circumstances, he begins to doubt his loved ones, his own mind and even the fabric of his reality.
Style: sad, emotional, compassionate, touching, sentimental ...
Plot: alzheimer's disease, caregiver, father daughter relationship, elderly, memory loss, dementia, elderly man, old man, alone in the world, terminal illness, doubts and hesitations, dreams ...
Time: year 1937
Place: london
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 7.5
 319K
Hugo (2011)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: USA, UK, France
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Orphaned and alone except for an uncle, Hugo Cabret lives in the walls of a train station in 1930s Paris. Hugo's job is to oil and maintain the station's clocks, but to him, his more important task is to protect a broken automaton and ...
Style: touching, visually appealing, sentimental, captivating, light ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: orphan, steampunk, magical, adventure, filmmaking, friendship, street kid, kids in trouble, child's point of view, hopes, destiny, robot ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, year 1931, post world war one, 1920s
Place: paris france, france, europe
Is relevant ?
 7.9
 616K
Life of Pi (2012)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA, Taiwan, UK, Canada
Duration: 127 min.
Story: The story of an Indian boy named Pi, a zookeeper's son who finds himself in the company of a hyena, zebra, orangutan, and a Bengal tiger after a shipwreck sets them adrift in the Pacific Ocean.
Style: philosophical, captivating, motivational, scenic, melancholic ...
Plot: survival, journey, hopes, stranded, beautiful scenery, life, teenage boy, adventure, ocean, lost at sea, human nature, human animal relationship ...
Time: 70s
Place: india, pacific ocean, toronto ontario canada, paris france, montreal ...
Is relevant ?
 7.8
 631K
Dunkirk (2017)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: UK, Netherlands, France, USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: The story of the miraculous evacuation of Allied soldiers from Belgium, Britain, Canada and France, who were cut off and surrounded by the German army from the beaches and harbour of Dunkirk between May 26th and June 4th 1940 during World War II.
Style: dramatic, atmospheric, epic, suspense, realistic ...
Plot: world war two, wartime, rescue mission, warship, evacuation, british history, war, survival, british army, nazi occupied france, battlefield, bravery ...
Time: 1940s, year 1940, 20th century
Place: europe, dunkirk, france, united kingdom, english channel ...
Is relevant ?
 8.5
 804K
The Pianist (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, War
Country: France, Poland, Germany, UK
Duration: 150 min.
Story: The true story of pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman's experiences in Warsaw during the Nazi occupation. When the Jews of the city find themselves forced into a ghetto, Szpilman finds work playing in a café; and when his family is deported in 1942, he ...
Style: bleak, suspense, emotional, heartbreaking, harsh ...
Plot: survival, holocaust, world war two, pianist, nazi, against humanity, genocide, nazi occupation, jewish, ghetto, anti semitism, starvation ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 1930s, year 1944, year 1939 ...
Place: poland, germany, europe, warsaw poland, central europe
Is relevant ?
 8.0
 153K
JFK (1991)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA, France
Duration: 189 min.
Story: New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison discovers there's more to the Kennedy assassination than the official story.
Style: thought provoking, serious, captivating, disturbing, tense ...
Plot: political conspiracy, kennedy assassination, president, cia, investigation, district attorney, assassination, gay slur, fighting the system, political corruption, evidence, government ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1963
Place: new orleans, texas, dallas texas, vietnam, cuba ...
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Now You See Me (2013)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, France
Duration: 115 min.
Story: An FBI agent and an Interpol detective track a team of illusionists who pull off bank heists during their performances and reward their audiences with the money.
Style: surprise ending, clever, entertaining, breathtaking, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, outsmarting, mind game, perfect crime, cons and scams, teamwork, scheme, mastermind, illusionist, magic trick, fbi, con artists ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: new orleans, las vegas, new york, paris france, usa ...
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The Descent: Part 2 (2009)
Genre: Adventure, Horror, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Distraught, confused, and half-wild with fear, Sarah Carter emerges alone from the Appalachian cave system where she encountered unspeakable terrors. Unable to plausibly explain to the authorities what happened - or why she's covered in her ...
Style: tense, atmospheric, suspenseful, scary, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cave, sole survivor, claustrophobia, deadly creature, supernatural, missing person, survival, survival horror, rescue, expedition, monster, rescue team ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: north carolina, usa, new jersey
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Call Me by Your Name (2017)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Italy, France, USA, Brazil
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Elio Perlman is spending the summer with his family at their vacation home in Lombardy, Italy. When his father hires a handsome doctoral student, the curious 17-year-old finds himself developing a growing attraction to the young man.
Style: sincere, touching, homoerotic, disturbing, lgbt cinema ...
Plot: gay, summer, lgbt, gay relationship, gay teenager, gay love, first love, sexual tension, teenage boy, homosexuality, homosexual, love ...
Time: 80s, year 1983
Place: italy
Is relevant ?
 8.1
 257K
Before Sunset (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, France
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Nine years ago two strangers met by chance and spent a night in Vienna that ended before sunrise. They are about to meet for the first time since. Now they have one afternoon to find out if they belong together.
Style: philosophical, sincere, semi serious, sentimental, emotional ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: love and romance, lovers reunited, romance, writers, lifestyle, introspection, road not taken, unfulfilled love, lovers, encounter, couple relations, regret ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: paris france, france, new york, warsaw poland, india ...
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Memoirs of a Geisha (2005)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France, Japan, USA
Duration: 145 min.
Story: A sweeping romantic epic set in Japan in the years before World War II, a penniless Japanese child is torn from her family to work as a maid in a geisha house.
Style: captivating, dramatic, sentimental, stylized, serious ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: geisha, women, brothel, rivalry, japanese culture, mentor, older man younger woman relationship, love story, love and romance, loss of virginity, loss of sister, unfulfilled love ...
Time: 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 20th century
Place: japan, asia, kyoto japan, tokyo
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Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Family, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: 'Toon star Roger is worried that his wife Jessica is playing pattycake with someone else, so the studio hires detective Eddie Valiant to snoop on her. But the stakes are quickly raised when Marvin Acme is found dead and Roger is the prime ...
Style: neo noir, sexy, feel good, humorous, entertaining ...
Audience: pre-teens, teens, date night, family outing, kids
Plot: private detective, rabbit, falsely accused, femme fatale, cartoon rabbit, parallel world, investigation, frame up, goofy hero, partners, odd couple, imagination ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 80s, year 1947, post world war two
Place: usa, los angeles, california, america
Is relevant ?
 6.9
 42K
Suffragette (2015)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: UK, France
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Based on true events about the foot soldiers of the early feminist movement who were forced underground to evade the State.
Style: captivating, factual, inspirational, bleak, visually appealing ...
Plot: fighting the system, women, feminism, feminist, rebellion, rebelliousness, gender, politics, adoption, prejudice, working class, idealism ...
Time: 1910s, 19th century, 20th century, year 1912, edwardian era
Place: england, london, europe, united kingdom, israel ...
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