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: interesting, suspense, realistic, visually appealing, serious and intense. Plot: storytelling, mentor, dialogue, death, runaway, brutality, redemption, vengeance, chase and violence. Genre: Drama, Thriller and Action. Country: France, USA and UK.
Best French Movies
Best French Movies
TOP Movies: Skylines (2020), The Intouchables (2011), The Hills Have Eyes (2006), Now You See Me (2013), Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019), Leon: The Professional (1994), Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), Les Misérables (2019), Casino (1995), The Emperor's New Groove (2000), Hot Fuzz (2007), The Devil Wears Prada (2006), Irreversible (2002), The Purge: Anarchy (2014), Hercules (1997), La Haine (1995), Mulholland Drive (2001), Before Sunset (2004), The Purge (2013), The Wrestler (2008).

List of Best Movies

Skylines (2020)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: UK
Duration: 113 min.
Story: When a virus threatens to turn the now earth-dwelling friendly alien hybrids against humans, Captain Rose Corley must lead a team of elite mercenaries on a mission to the alien world in order to save what's left of humanity.
Style: psychotronic, suspenseful, futuristic, suspense, surprise ending
Plot: survival, mutation, creature, near death experience, alien, spacecraft, danger, brutality, group of friends, save the day, alien encounter, chaos ...
Time: future
Place: london
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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: touching, feel good, uplifting, sincere, inspirational ...
Plot: friendship, unlikely friendships, life philosophy, friends, culture clash, disability, lifestyle change, handicapped, french, loneliness, redemption, human relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: france, paris france
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The Hills Have Eyes (2006)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Based on Wes Craven's 1977 suspenseful cult classic, The Hills Have Eyes is the story of a family road trip that goes terrifyingly awry when the travelers become stranded in a government atomic zone. Miles from nowhere, the Carter family soon ...
Style: brutal, scary, suspenseful, serious, bleak ...
Audience: teens
Plot: slasher, rape, cannibalism, desert, survival, human monster, victim, kidnapping, massacre, danger, fear, escape attempt ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2006
Place: new mexico, usa
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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, perfect crime, cons and scams, outsmarting, mind game, scheme, teamwork, mastermind, illusionist, fbi, deception, magic trick ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: las vegas, new orleans, new york, paris france, usa ...
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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: scenic, touching, disturbing, bleak, suspense ...
Plot: lesbian, lesbian romance, lesbian relationship, lesbian love, painter, lesbianism, lesbian couple, forced marriage, island, female protagonist, painting, love ...
Time: 18th century, 1700s
Place: brittany
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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, serious, touching, tense ...
Plot: hitman, loneliness, mentor, friendship, sniper, dark hero, life philosophy, killings, loner, lone wolves, murder, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, France
Duration: 137 min.
Story: Nearly 10 years have passed since Sarah Connor was targeted for termination by a cyborg from the future. Now her son, John, the future leader of the resistance, is the target for a newer, more deadly terminator. Once again, the resistance has ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, tense, suspense, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: man versus machine, androids and robots, cyborgs, time travel, future dystopia, robot, save the world, post apocalypse, terminator, artificial intelligence, chase, manhunt ...
Time: 90s, future, 20th century, 2020s, year 1997 ...
Place: los angeles, usa, california, united states
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Les Misérables (2019)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 104 min.
Story: With a gun at his belt and a truncheon in his hand, Pento has just joined the Seine-Saint-Denis anti-crime brigade, an inner suburb of Paris. On the same team as Chris and Gwada, two men with occasionally “peculiar” methods, he soon discovers ...
Style: disturbing, realistic, captivating, psychological, ambiguous ending
Plot: police, pursuit, father son relationship, drone, money, police brutality, police officer, juvenile delinquent, ghetto, mob violence, crimes, organized crime ...
Time: contemporary
Place: paris france, france
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Casino (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA, France
Duration: 178 min.
Story: The life of the gambling paradise – Las Vegas – and its dark mafia underbelly.
Style: realistic, rough, clever, stylized, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, casino, organized crime, crime, rise and fall, criminal heroes, greed, crimes, fbi, gangsters, blind ambition, gambling ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 20th century, year 1980, year 1973 ...
Place: las vegas, usa, kansas city, chicago illinois, los angeles ...
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The Emperor's New Groove (2000)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA, France
Duration: 78 min.
Story: Kuzco is a self-centered emperor who summons Pacha from a village and to tell him that his home will be destroyed to make room for Kuzco's new summer home. Kuzco's advisor, Yzma, tries to poison Kuzco and accidentally turns him into a ...
Style: fairy tale, humorous, feel good, semi serious, funny ...
Audience: pre-teens, family outing, kids, preschoolers
Plot: disney, llama, change of heart, emperor, adventure, friendship, partners, rescue, king, treason, anthropomorphic animal, breaking the fourth wall ...
Time: 15th century, ancient history
Place: latin america, south america, peru
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Hot Fuzz (2007)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, France
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Top London cop, PC Nicholas Angel is good. Too good. To stop the rest of his team from looking bad, he is reassigned to the quiet town of Sandford, paired with simple country cop, and everything seems quiet until two actors are found decapitated. ...
Style: humorous, exciting, cult film, absurd, funny ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: police, murder, parody, arrest, new job, serial killer, partner, conspiracy, village, fish out of water, disorder, rivals ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, europe, london
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The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, France
Duration: 109 min.
Story: The Devil Wears Prada is about a young journalist who moves to New York to work in the fashion industry. Her boss however is extremely demanding and cruel and won’t let her succeed if she doesn’t fit into the high class elegant look of their ...
Style: witty, realistic, twists and turns, clever, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick, teens
Plot: fashion, career woman, city life, strong female character, boss and employee, workplace situations, fish out of water, women, employer employee relationship, workplace intrigue, assistant, journalism ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, year 2006
Place: new york, paris france, usa, miami, boston ...
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Irreversible (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Events over the course of one traumatic night in Paris unfold in reverse-chronological order as the beautiful Alex is brutally raped and beaten by a stranger in the underpass. Her boyfriend and ex-lover take matters into their own hands by hiring ...
Style: bleak, rough, surreal, non-linear, disturbing ...
Plot: rape, sexual abuse, sexual perversion, anal rape, violence, sadism, brutality, sexual cruelty, strong sexual content, rape and revenge, party, rape victim ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, paris france, europe
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The Purge: Anarchy (2014)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, France
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Three groups of people are trying to survive Purge Night, when their stories intertwine and are left stranded in The Purge trying to survive the chaos and violence that occurs.
Style: tense, suspense, serious, suspenseful, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: survival horror, masked man, distopia, survival, future dystopia, revenge, violence, graphic violence, apartment, group of strangers, psychopath, murder ...
Time: 21st century, future, 2020s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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Hercules (1997)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Musical, Romance
Country: USA, France
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Bestowed with superhuman strength, a young mortal named Hercules sets out to prove himself a hero in the eyes of his father, the great god Zeus. Along with his friends Pegasus, a flying horse, and Phil, a personal trainer, Hercules is tricked by the ...
Style: humorous, feel good, exciting, touching, semi serious ...
Audience: kids, pre-teens, family outing, girls' night
Plot: mythology, hercules, disney, good versus evil, adventure, heroic mission, monster, superhuman powers, rescue, legends and myths, friendship, fall in love ...
Time: ancient history
Place: greece, ancient greece, europe
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La Haine (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Aimlessly whiling away their days in the concrete environs of their dead-end suburbia, Vinz, Hubert, and Said -- a Jew, African, and an Arab -- give human faces to France's immigrant populations, their bristling resentment at their social ...
Style: bleak, disturbing, rough, captivating, suspense ...
Plot: rebel, youth, drugs, racism, skinhead, police brutality, urban ghetto life, poverty, protest, friendship, rebellion, realism ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: france, paris france, europe
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Mulholland Drive (2001)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 147 min.
Story: After a car wreck on the winding Mulholland Drive renders a woman amnesic, she and a perky Hollywood-hopeful search for clues and answers across Los Angeles in a twisting venture beyond dreams and reality.
Style: psychological, twists and turns, mind bending, surreal, atmospheric ...
Plot: lesbian, mystery, neo noir, hallucination, obsession, hollywood, dreams, surrealism, strong sexual content, lesbianism, alternate reality, cowboy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, hollywood star
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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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: sincere, sentimental, semi serious, contemplative, philosophical ...
Audience: girls' night, date night
Plot: love and romance, reunion, introspection, lovers reunited, lifestyle, romance, lovers, encounter, unfulfilled love, regret, bookstore, marriage ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: paris france, france, warsaw poland, budapest hungary, texas ...
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The Purge (2013)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, France
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Given the country's overcrowded prisons, the U.S. government begins to allow 12-hour periods of time in which all illegal activity is legal. During one of these free-for-alls, a family must protect themselves from a home invasion.
Style: suspenseful, tense, scary, bleak, psychological ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: home invasion, family in danger, society, future dystopia, deadly, self defense, danger, social decay, violence spree, survival, chaos, life is a bitch ...
Time: future, 21st century, near future, 2020s
Place: usa
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The Wrestler (2008)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA, France
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Aging wrestler Randy "The Ram" Robinson is long past his prime but still ready and rarin' to go on the pro-wrestling circuit. After a particularly brutal beating, however, Randy hangs up his tights, pursues a serious relationship with ...
Style: bleak, gloomy, emotional, serious, contemplative ...
Plot: wrestling, loneliness, life is a bitch, wrestler, fame, ambition, aging, stripper, athlete's life, introspection, heart attack, sport ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 80s
Place: new jersey, usa, california
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Incendies (2010)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, War
Country: Canada, France
Duration: 131 min.
Story: A mother's last wishes send twins Jeanne and Simon on a journey to Middle East in search of their tangled roots. Adapted from Wajdi Mouawad's acclaimed play, Incendies tells the powerful and moving tale of two young adults' voyage to ...
Style: psychological, twists and turns, disturbing, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: rape, incest rape, pregnant from rape, incest, twins, torture, massacre, prison, self discovery, family relations, son, uncover truth ...
Time: contemporary, 70s, 20th century, 21st century, year 1970 ...
Place: middle east, lebanon, montreal, montreal quebec, canada
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Taken (2008)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: France, USA, UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: While vacationing with a friend in Paris, an American girl is kidnapped by a gang of human traffickers intent on selling her into forced prostitution. Working against the clock, her ex-spy father must pull out all the stops to save her. But with his ...
Style: suspenseful, exciting, realistic, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: kidnapping, one man army, dark hero, vigilantism, chase, woman in danger, human trafficking, tough heroes, danger, ex cia agent, car chase, child abduction ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: paris france, europe, france
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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: gay cinema, touching, sincere, disturbing, homoerotic ...
Plot: gay, lgbt, gay teenager, gay relationship, first love, summer, teenage boy, gay love, homosexuality, homosexual, gay romance, love ...
Time: 80s, year 1983
Place: italy
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The Wolf's Call (2019)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Thriller set in the milieu of French nuclear submarines.
Style: futuristic, suspenseful, disturbing, atmospheric
Plot: submarine, sonar, sea, army, underwater scene, nuclear missile, french army, danger, investigation, romance, entrapment, bug ...
Time: near future, frogman
Place: france
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The Next Three Days (2010)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA, France
Duration: 133 min.
Story: A married couple's life is turned upside down when the wife is accused of a murder. Lara Brennan is arrested for murdering her boss with whom she had an argument. It seems she was seen leaving the scene of the crime and her fingerprints were on ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, tense, twists and turns ...
Plot: false accusation, life turned upside down, family relations, injustice, confined, danger, daring rescue, crimes, escape, escapades, life is a bitch, chases and races ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, pittsburgh, venezuela, canada, haiti
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Blood Father (2016)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 88 min.
Story: An ex-con reunites with his estranged wayward 16-year old daughter to protect her from drug dealers who are trying to kill her.
Style: harsh, suspense, stylized, tense, road movie ...
Plot: revenge, gunfight, protector, father daughter relationship, ex convict, drug dealer, parent child relationship, redemption, rescue, teenage girl, gangsters, survival ...
Time: 2010s, 80s
Place: california, new mexico, santa monica california, los angeles
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The Emperor of Paris (2018)
Genre: Adventure, Crime, History, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Crime thriller about Francois Vidocq, a real-life ex-convict who became a police detective during Napoleon’s reign.
Style: captivating, atmospheric, based on true events, witty, serious ...
Plot: napoleonic wars, criminal underworld, historical figure, master criminal, criminal gang, prison escape, police, french history, criminal, baroness, prison, chief of police ...
Time: 19th century
Place: paris france, france
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Despicable Me (2010)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Crime, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA, France, Japan
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Villainous Gru lives up to his reputation as a despicable, deplorable and downright unlikable guy when he hatches a plan to steal the moon from the sky. But he has a tough time staying on task after three orphans land in his care.
Style: feel good, humorous, light, not serious, entertaining ...
Audience: kids, pre-teens, family outing, preschoolers, girls' night
Plot: adoption, orphan, disney, imaginary, family, friendship, supervillain, escapades, super villain, chase, villain, lifestyle change ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 1960s, 2010s, 20th century ...
Place: usa, north korea, egypt
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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, serious ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: lust, prostitute, strong sexual content, older man younger woman relationship, female nudity, sex with a minor, first sexual experience, sex scene, first sex, teenage sex, virgin, teenage girl ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, paris france, cote d'azur, tokyo, california
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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, futuristic, rough, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, parkour, martial arts, bomb, violence, undercover cop, fight, betrayal, distopia, bully, ghetto, hand to hand combat ...
Time: future, 2010s, near future, year 2010
Place: paris france, france, europe, hong kong
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