Directory of World Cinema: France

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1. The 400 Blows (1959)

Not Rated | 99 min | Crime, Drama

A young boy, left without attention, delves into a life of petty crime.

Director: François Truffaut | Stars: Jean-Pierre Léaud, Albert Rémy, Claire Maurier, Guy Decomble

Votes: 93,912

2. Amélie (2001)

R | 122 min | Comedy, Romance

69 Metascore

Amélie is an innocent and naive girl in Paris with her own sense of justice. She decides to help those around her and, along the way, discovers love.

Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet | Stars: Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz, Rufus, Lorella Cravotta

Votes: 660,358 | Gross: $33.23M

3. The Beaches of Agnès (2008)

Not Rated | 110 min | Documentary, Biography

86 Metascore

Agnès Varda explores her memories, mostly chronologically, with photographs, film clips, interviews, reenactments, and droll, playful contemporary scenes of her narrating her story.

Director: Agnès Varda | Stars: Agnès Varda, André Lubrano, Blaise Fournier, Vincent Fournier

Votes: 2,712 | Gross: $0.24M

4. The Bear and the Doll (1970)

GP | 90 min | Comedy

Cellist Gaspard is living in a big house in the country with his son and three nieces. He likes being quiet. One day, his modest car bumps into a Rolls-Royce, driven by Felicia, a young, ... See full summary »

Director: Michel Deville | Stars: Brigitte Bardot, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Daniel Ceccaldi, Georges Claisse

Votes: 381

5. Be Seeing You (1968)

Not Rated | 55 min | Documentary

1967, one year before may '68. The strike at the Rhodiaceta textile plant in Besançon sounds like the rehearsal of the rising to come. Indeed for the first time ever, the workers' claims ... See full summary »

Directors: Chris Marker, Mario Marret

Votes: 92

6. Between Eleven and Midnight (1949)

92 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A police detective with a striking resemblance for a murdered criminal impersonates the deceased to identify his murderer.

Director: Henri Decoin | Stars: Louis Jouvet, Madeleine Robinson, Léo Lapara, Monique Mélinand

Votes: 175

7. Black Journey (1926)

70 min | Documentary

This non-fiction feature produced by the Citroen automobile company features a car which makes a trip across the African continent. hich makes a trip across the African continent.

Director: Léon Poirier

8. Blood and Roses (1960)

Not Rated | 74 min | Drama, Horror, Romance

A lonely and bitter young heiress - jealous of her cousin's engagement to another woman - becomes dangerously obsessed with legends surrounding a vampire ancestor, who supposedly murdered the young brides of the man she loved.

Director: Roger Vadim | Stars: Mel Ferrer, Elsa Martinelli, Annette Stroyberg, Alberto Bonucci

Votes: 1,014

9. Blood of the Beasts (1949)

22 min | Documentary, Short

Bucolic scenes from the outskirts of Paris are contrasted with stark footage from slaughterhouses.

Director: Georges Franju | Stars: Georges Hubert, Nicole Ladmiral, Alfred Macquart, Maurice Griselle

Votes: 2,043

10. 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: 7,733 | Gross: $0.55M

11. Brigitte et Brigitte (1966)

75 min | Comedy

A twenty minute documentary about the two smallest French villages. Then, Paris, 1960s. Two girls named Brigitte from the two villages share an apartment and study at the Sorbonne.

Director: Luc Moullet | Stars: Colette Descombes, Françoise Vatel, Claude Melki, Michel Gonzalès

Votes: 149

12. Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001)

R | 142 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

57 Metascore

In 18th century France, the Chevalier de Fronsac and his native American friend Mani are sent by the King to the Gevaudan province to investigate the killings of hundreds by a mysterious beast.

Director: Christophe Gans | Stars: Samuel Le Bihan, Mark Dacascos, Jérémie Renier, Vincent Cassel

Votes: 59,450 | Gross: $11.26M

13. Le Boucher (1970)

GP | 93 min | Drama, Thriller

An unlikely friendship between a dour, working class butcher and a repressed schoolteacher coincides with a grisly series of Ripper-type murders in a provincial French town.

Director: Claude Chabrol | Stars: Stéphane Audran, Jean Yanne, Antonio Passalia, Pascal Ferone

Votes: 7,012

14. The Call (1936)

109 min | Drama

This movie is the story of Sahara missionary Charles De Foucauld whose youth was racy but who finally heard the call of the silence (title)that is to say the call of God .

Director: Léon Poirier | Stars: Jean Yonnel, Pierre de Guingand, Jacqueline Francell, Alice Tissot

Votes: 8

15. Visa de censure n°X (1967)

42 min | Short

Shot in 1967 but not released until 1975, actor Pierre Clémenti's acid-infused experimental whirlwind of color and music featuring a who's who of the French 60s underground.

Director: Pierre Clémenti | Stars: Barbara Girard, Étienne O'Leary, Jean-Marc Momon, Yves Beneyton

Votes: 120

16. Un Chien Andalou (1929)

Not Rated | 16 min | Short, Fantasy, Horror

Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí present 17 minutes of bizarre, surreal imagery.

Director: Luis Buñuel | Stars: Pierre Batcheff, Simone Mareuil, Luis Buñuel, Salvador Dalí

Votes: 42,593

17. Classe de lutte (1969)

Not Rated | 37 min | Documentary, Short

Workers at the Yema Watch Factory in Besançon depict their own labor struggles in this collective production initiated by Chris Marker

Director: Chris Marker

Votes: 39

18. Classe Tous Risques (1960)

Not Rated | 103 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

84 Metascore

Abel Davos is a criminal, hunted in Italy. The police are closing in, so he and his pal Raymond arrange to flee back to France with Abel's wife, Thérèse, and their two young sons. Abel and ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Sautet | Stars: Lino Ventura, Sandra Milo, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Marcel Dalio

Votes: 2,766 | Gross: $0.09M

19. The Faithful Heart (1923)

Not Rated | 87 min | Drama, Romance

Marie wants to escape from her job and also from her lover, Paul, an unemployed drunk. She dreams of going off with Jean, a dockworker. The two men quarrel and fight over Marie on two ... See full summary »

Director: Jean Epstein | Stars: Léon Mathot, Gina Manès, Edmond Van Daële, Claude Benedict

Votes: 995

20. Cop au Vin (1985)

Not Rated | 110 min | Crime, Mystery

When a small town begins losing its citizenry in a series of grisly murders, out-of-town police inspector Jean Lavardin (Jean Poiret) is sent to investigate. Could the killers be a bullied ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Chabrol | Stars: Jean Poiret, Stéphane Audran, Michel Bouquet, Jean Topart

Votes: 1,353

21. Côte d'Azur (2005)

96 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

47 Metascore

For summer vacation, Marc (Melki) and Béatrix (Tedeschi) take their two kids to the seaside house of Marc's youth, where their daughter takes up with a biker and their sons roams the beach with his best friend, who is in love with him. Things get steamier when Béatrix's lover Mathieu shows up, and Marc's old flame appears.

Directors: Olivier Ducastel, Jacques Martineau | Stars: Gilbert Melki, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Sabrina Seyvecou, Romain Torres

Votes: 1,955

22. The Crime of Monsieur Lange (1936)

Not Rated | 77 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

The boss of a publishing company is a womanizer and a jerk, but what would happen if he suddenly disappeared?

Director: Jean Renoir | Stars: René Lefèvre, Florelle, Jules Berry, Marcel Lévesque

Votes: 2,616 | Gross: $0.04M

23. Le Jour Se Leve (1939)

Not Rated | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

After committing a murder, a man locks himself in his apartment and recollects the events that led him to the killing.

Director: Marcel Carné | Stars: Jean Gabin, Jacqueline Laurent, Arletty, Jules Berry

Votes: 6,027 | Gross: $0.03M

24. Devil in the Flesh (1947)

Not Rated | 122 min | Romance, Drama

During World War I, the star-crossed affair of an underage French student with a woman engaged to a soldier.

Director: Claude Autant-Lara | Stars: Micheline Presle, Gérard Philipe, Denise Grey, Jean Debucourt

Votes: 638

25. Carnival of Sinners (1943)

Approved | 80 min | Fantasy, Horror

Roland Brissot bought for a nickel a talisman that gives him love, fame and wealth. The talisman is a cut left hand, and it works perfectly. But of course there is nothing free in this ... See full summary »

Director: Maurice Tourneur | Stars: Pierre Fresnay, Josseline Gaël, Noël Roquevert, Guillaume de Sax

Votes: 1,012

26. Diabolique (1955)

Not Rated | 117 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

The wife and mistress of a loathed school principal hatch a plan to murder him while having the perfect alibi. They carry out the plan...but then his body disappears.

Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot | Stars: Simone Signoret, Véra Clouzot, Paul Meurisse, Charles Vanel

Votes: 57,612

27. Eden Log (2007)

R | 98 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

A man wakes up deep inside a cave. Suffering amnesia, he has no recollection of how he came to be here or of what happened to the man whose body he finds beside him. Tailed by a mysterious ... See full summary »

Director: Franck Vestiel | Stars: Clovis Cornillac, Vimala Pons, Zohar Wexler, Sifan Shao

Votes: 6,273

28. Eldorado (1921)

100 min | Drama

Sibilla is a single mother, working as a gypsy dancer in a lousy cafe in the south of Spain. Unable to keep with the costs of his son's medical bills, she asks for help to Estiria, her ... See full summary »

Director: Marcel L'Herbier | Stars: Ève Francis, Jaque Catelain, Marcelle Pradot, Philippe Hériat

Votes: 334

29. L'espoir (1940)

78 min | Drama, War

1937, during the spanish civil war, at Teruel. The fight of the Republicans (with very poor means but high commitment) against fascist army of General Franco. Can be seen as romanticized ... See full summary »

Directors: André Malraux, Boris Peskine | Stars: Andrés Mejuto, Nicolás Rodríguez, José Sempere, Julio Peña

Votes: 258

30. Eyes Without a Face (1960)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Horror

90 Metascore

A surgeon causes an accident which leaves his daughter disfigured, and goes to extremes to give her a new face.

Director: Georges Franju | Stars: Pierre Brasseur, Alida Valli, Juliette Mayniel, Alexandre Rignault

Votes: 23,308 | Gross: $0.05M

31. Farrebique (1946)

90 min | Documentary

The story of a family of peasants during a whole year,following the circle game of the seasons .

Director: Georges Rouquier

Votes: 188

32. La France est un empire (1939)

90 min | Documentary

A documentary showing the pride France took in its position as an Empire, during the period after the Munich accords when it felt threatened by bullying from Italy and the possibility of war still with Germany.

Directors: Emmanuel Bourcier, Jean d'Agraives, Georges Barrois, Gaston Chelle, Hervé Missir, Raymond Méjat, André Persin | Stars: Jacques Breteuil, Liviu Ciulei, Claude Darget, Henri Garden

Votes: 7

33. A French Gigolo (2008)

104 min | Drama, Romance

A married construction worker leads a double life as a male prostitute serving rich ladies.

Director: Josiane Balasko | Stars: Nathalie Baye, Éric Caravaca, Isabelle Carré, Josiane Balasko

Votes: 1,003

34. Frontier(s) (2007)

Unrated | 108 min | Horror

44 Metascore

A gang of young thieves flee Paris during the violent aftermath of a political election, only to hole up at an Inn run by neo-Nazis.

Director: Xavier Gens | Stars: Karina Testa, Aurélien Wiik, Patrick Ligardes, Samuel Le Bihan

Votes: 23,661

35. Germinal (1993)

R | 160 min | Drama, Romance

In mid-nineteenth-century northern France, a coal mining town's workers are exploited by the mine's owner. One day, they decide to go on strike, and the authorities repress them.

Director: Claude Berri | Stars: Renaud, Gérard Depardieu, Miou-Miou, Jean Carmet

Votes: 4,342 | Gross: $0.38M

36. Le Bonheur (1965)

Not Rated | 79 min | Drama, Romance

François, a young carpenter, lives a happy, uncomplicated life with his wife Thérèse and their two small children. One day he meets Emilie, a clerk in the local post office.

Director: Agnès Varda | Stars: Jean-Claude Drouot, Marie-France Boyer, Marcelle Faure-Bertin, Manon Lanclos

Votes: 4,221

37. Heartbeat (1938)

Passed | 160 min | Comedy

Meeting a movie team on location near his house, a young man saw a lots of encouragment for his dreaming carreer as a movie star in what was only sarcasm from the members of the team. (This... See full summary »

Director: Marcel Pagnol | Stars: Fernandel, Orane Demazis, Fernand Charpin, Léon Belières

Votes: 621

38. High Tension (2003)

R | 91 min | Horror

42 Metascore

Best friends Marie and Alexia decide to spend a quiet weekend at Alexia's parents' secluded farmhouse. But on the night of their arrival, the girls' idyllic getaway turns into an endless night of horror.

Director: Alexandre Aja | Stars: Cécile de France, Maïwenn, Philippe Nahon, Franck Khalfoun

Votes: 63,667 | Gross: $3.68M

39. Hôtel Terminus (1988)

Unrated | 267 min | Documentary, Biography, History

A documentary about Klaus Barbie, the Gestapo chief of Lyon, and his life after the war.

Director: Marcel Ophüls | Stars: Klaus Barbie, Claude Lanzmann, Marcel Ophüls, Johannes Schneider-Merck

Votes: 1,172 | Gross: $0.34M

40. Inside (2007)

R | 82 min | Horror

Four months after the death of her husband, a woman on the brink of motherhood is tormented in her home by a strange woman who wants her unborn baby.

Directors: Alexandre Bustillo, Julien Maury | Stars: Alysson Paradis, Jean-Baptiste Tabourin, Claude Lulé, Dominique Frot

Votes: 34,890

41. The Intruder (2004)

Unrated | 130 min | Drama

85 Metascore

An emotionally cold man leaves the safety of his Alpine home to seek a heart transplant and an estranged son.

Director: Claire Denis | Stars: Michel Subor, Grégoire Colin, Yekaterina Golubeva, Bambou

Votes: 1,593 | Gross: $0.04M

42. L'invitation au voyage (1927)

36 min | Short, Drama

Tired of being ignored by her husband, a young woman heads off to a nautical-themed nightclub, frequented by rowdy sailors. Her attentions is caught by a handsome naval officer.

Director: Germaine Dulac | Stars: Raymond Dubreuil, Emma Gynt, Robert Mirfeuil, Paul Lorbert

Votes: 228

43. Irma Vep (1996)

Not Rated | 99 min | Comedy, Drama

A Chinese movie actress, in France to star in a remake of "Les Vampires", finds petty intrigues and clashing egos on the set.

Director: Olivier Assayas | Stars: Maggie Cheung, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Nathalie Richard, Antoine Basler

Votes: 4,635 | Gross: $0.19M

44. Itto (1934)

Approved | 117 min | Drama

The wife of a French doctor tries to help him win over the peoples of an African colony.

Directors: Jean Benoît-Lévy, Marie Epstein | Stars: Simone Berriau, Moulay Ibrahim, Aisha Fadah, Ben Brick

45. Le joli mai (1963)

Not Rated | 165 min | Documentary

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: 619 | Gross: $0.02M

46. The Last Metro (1980)

PG | 131 min | Drama, Romance, War

In occupied Paris, an actress married to a Jewish theater owner must keep him hidden from the Nazis while doing both of their jobs.

Director: François Truffaut | Stars: Catherine Deneuve, Gérard Depardieu, Jean Poiret, Andréa Ferréol

Votes: 11,271

47. Last Year at Marienbad (1961)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, Mystery

In a strange and isolated chateau, a man becomes acquainted with a woman and insists that they have met before.

Director: Alain Resnais | Stars: Delphine Seyrig, Giorgio Albertazzi, Sacha Pitoëff, Françoise Bertin

Votes: 18,300 | Gross: $0.06M

48. LOL (Laughing Out Loud) ® (2008)

Not Rated | 103 min | Comedy, Romance

When Lola's boyfriend is unfaithful to her on his summer holiday, she dumps him and flirts with his best friend as punishment. But as their class prepares to leave on an excursion to London, the relationship heats up.

Director: Lisa Azuelos | Stars: Sophie Marceau, Christa Théret, Jérémy Kapone, Marion Chabassol

Votes: 7,872