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10 Must-see French movies of the millenium

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1. Amour (2012)

PG-13 | 127 min | Drama, Romance

94 Metascore

Georges and Anne are an octogenarian couple. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, also a musician, lives in Britain with her family. One day, Anne has a stroke, and the couple's bond of love is severely tested.

Director: Michael Haneke | Stars: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva, Isabelle Huppert, Alexandre Tharaud

Votes: 85,922 | Gross: $6.74M

2. A Prophet (2009)

R | 155 min | Crime, Drama

90 Metascore

A young Arab man is sent to a French prison.

Director: Jacques Audiard | Stars: Tahar Rahim, Niels Arestrup, Adel Bencherif, Reda Kateb

Votes: 88,765 | Gross: $2.08M

3. Welcome to the Sticks (2008)

Not Rated | 106 min | Comedy, Romance

A French public servant from Provence is banished to the far North. Strongly prejudiced against this cold and inhospitable place, he leaves his family behind to relocate temporarily there, with the firm intent to quickly come back.

Director: Dany Boon | Stars: Kad Merad, Dany Boon, Zoé Félix, Lorenzo Ausilia-Foret

Votes: 37,005 | Gross: $1.48M

4. Polisse (2011)

Not Rated | 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: 12,626 | Gross: $0.17M

5. The Chorus (2004)

PG-13 | 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: 53,246 | Gross: $3.64M

6. Martyrs (2008)

R | 99 min | Horror

A young woman's quest for revenge against the people who kidnapped and tormented her as a child leads her and a friend, who is also a victim of child abuse, on a terrifying journey into a living hell of depravity.

Director: Pascal Laugier | Stars: Morjana Alaoui, Mylène Jampanoï, Catherine Bégin, Robert Toupin

Votes: 75,779

7. The Intouchables (2011)

R | 112 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

57 Metascore

After he becomes a quadriplegic from a paragliding accident, an aristocrat hires a young man from the projects to be his caregiver.

Directors: Olivier Nakache, Éric Toledano | Stars: François Cluzet, Omar Sy, Anne Le Ny, Audrey Fleurot

Votes: 689,782 | Gross: $13.18M

8. To Be and to Have (2002)

Not Rated | 104 min | Documentary, Family

87 Metascore

A documentary portrait of a one-room school in rural France, where the students (ranging in age from 4 to 11) are educated by a single dedicated teacher.

Director: Nicolas Philibert | Stars: Georges Lopez, Alizé, Axel Thouvenin, Guillaume

Votes: 7,269 | Gross: $0.78M

9. The Class (2008)

PG-13 | 128 min | Drama

92 Metascore

Teacher and novelist François Bégaudeau plays a version of himself as he negotiates a year with his racially mixed students from a tough Parisian neighborhood.

Director: Laurent Cantet | Stars: François Bégaudeau, Agame Malembo-Emene, Angélica Sancio, Arthur Fogel

Votes: 32,536 | Gross: $3.77M

10. Mesrine Part 1: Killer Instinct (2008)

R | 113 min | Action, Biography, Crime

71 Metascore

The story of french gangster Jacques Mesrine, before he was called Public Enemy N°1.

Director: Jean-François Richet | Stars: Vincent Cassel, Cécile de France, Gérard Depardieu, Gilles Lellouche

Votes: 30,449 | Gross: $0.55M

11. Mesrine Part 2: Public Enemy #1 (2008)

R | 133 min | Action, Biography, Crime

72 Metascore

The story of notorious French gangster Jacques Mesrine.

Director: Jean-François Richet | Stars: Vincent Cassel, Ludivine Sagnier, Mathieu Amalric, Samuel Le Bihan

Votes: 26,948 | Gross: $0.28M

12. Haute Cuisine (2012)

PG-13 | 95 min | Biography, Comedy

61 Metascore

The story of Danièle Delpeuch and how she was appointed as the private chef for François Mitterrand.

Director: Christian Vincent | Stars: Catherine Frot, Arthur Dupont, Jean d'Ormesson, Hippolyte Girardot

Votes: 5,538 | Gross: $0.21M

13. Cyrano de Bergerac (1990)

PG | 137 min | Comedy, Drama, History

79 Metascore

Embarrassed by his large nose, a romantic poet/soldier romances his cousin by proxy.

Director: Jean-Paul Rappeneau | Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Anne Brochet, Vincent Perez, Jacques Weber

Votes: 20,987 | Gross: $15.14M

14. Le Dîner de Cons (1998)

PG-13 | 80 min | Comedy

73 Metascore

A rich publisher meets a stupid but very kind person. Publisher planned to laugh at him, but it so happened that this person was the only one who stay with him when publisher's life began to crumble.

Director: Francis Veber | Stars: Thierry Lhermitte, Jacques Villeret, Francis Huster, Daniel Prévost

Votes: 34,796 | Gross: $4.07M

15. Babysitting (I) (2014)

85 min | Comedy

What was supposed to be a quiet night of babysitting a boy, turns into a complete chaos after a few babysitter's friends arrive.

Directors: Nicolas Benamou, Philippe Lacheau | Stars: Philippe Lacheau, Alice David, Vincent Desagnat, Tarek Boudali

Votes: 8,142

16. Babysitting 2 (2015)

93 min | Comedy

Franck and his girlfriend Sonya, plus some of their friends go on holiday in Brasil. Franck, his friends, two girls and Sonya's grandmother leave to visit a cave, but everything goes wrong and their crazy adventures begin.

Directors: Nicolas Benamou, Philippe Lacheau | Stars: Philippe Lacheau, Alice David, Vincent Desagnat, Tarek Boudali

Votes: 4,453

17. Le père Noël est une ordure (1982)

88 min | Comedy

Two neurotics, working for a suicide hotline on the night of Christmas Eve, get caught up in a catastrophe when a pregnant woman, her abusive boyfriend, and a transvestite visit their office.

Director: Jean-Marie Poiré | Stars: Anémone, Josiane Balasko, Marie-Anne Chazel, Christian Clavier

Votes: 7,731

18. Les Profs (2013)

88 min | Comedy

The worst teachers are recruited to save the worst school in France from shutting down.

Director: Pierre-François Martin-Laval | Stars: Christian Clavier, Isabelle Nanty, Pierre-François Martin-Laval, Kev Adams

Votes: 2,924

19. Case départ (2011)

94 min | Comedy

Two black brothers send back to slavery time

Directors: Lionel Steketee, Fabrice Eboué, Thomas N'Gijol | Stars: Fabrice Eboué, Thomas N'Gijol, Stéfi Celma, Eriq Ebouaney

Votes: 2,242

20. Lolo (2015)

Not Rated | 99 min | Comedy

50 Metascore

Violette, a 40-year old workaholic with a career in the fashion industry falls for a provincial computer geek, Jean-Rene, while on a spa retreat with her best friend.

Director: Julie Delpy | Stars: Julie Delpy, Dany Boon, Vincent Lacoste, Karin Viard

Votes: 3,346 | Gross: $0.02M

21. Inch'Allah dimanche (2001)

Not Rated | 98 min | Biography, Drama

The story of an immigrant woman struggling against old world traditions. Zouina leaves her homeland with her three children to join her husband in France, where he's been living for the ... See full summary »

Director: Yamina Benguigui | Stars: Fejria Deliba, Rabia Mokeddem, Amina Annabi, Anass Behri

Votes: 506

22. Iznogoud (2005)

95 min | Comedy

A corrupt Vazeer (Minister) tries to get rid of the Caliph and gets away with every conspiracy until..

Director: Patrick Braoudé | Stars: Michaël Youn, Arno Chevrier, Jacques Villeret, Fred Jaspart

Votes: 1,646

23. The Visitors (1993)

R | 107 min | Comedy, Fantasy

A medieval knight and his servant are asking a familiar wizard to move them back in time to prevent father-in-law's accidentally killing. Instead, they fly away to the 20th century.

Director: Jean-Marie Poiré | Stars: Christian Clavier, Jean Reno, Valérie Lemercier, Marie-Anne Chazel

Votes: 29,809 | Gross: $0.70M

24. Ruby & Quentin (2003)

Not Rated | 85 min | Comedy, Crime

One prisoner tell to another that he hid a very large amount of money before the arrest. Together they manage to escape, but this is where their adventures are just beginning.

Director: Francis Veber | Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Jean Reno, Richard Berry, André Dussollier

Votes: 25,340

25. Le jaguar (1996)

Not Rated | 100 min | Adventure, Comedy

Two Frenchmen must go to South America to save the local shaman's soul from the evil forces.

Director: Francis Veber | Stars: Jean Reno, Patrick Bruel, Danny Trejo, Patricia Velasquez

Votes: 3,639

26. The Fugitives (1986)

95 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Jean is taken hostage at a bank by a foolish bank robber. As Jean left prison an hour earlier, the police assume he's the robber. Everything goes comically wrong. The robber's little daughter joins the fugitives.

Director: Francis Veber | Stars: Pierre Richard, Gérard Depardieu, Jean Carmet, Maurice Barrier

Votes: 5,447

27. The Three Brothers (1995)

105 min | Comedy

Three half-brothers are reunited at their mother's funeral. After being told of their inheritance they quickly spend the money, only to find out that they will not receive it after all. The... See full summary »

Directors: Didier Bourdon, Bernard Campan | Stars: Didier Bourdon, Bernard Campan, Pascal Légitimus, Antoine du Merle

Votes: 5,562

28. Le pari (1997)

100 min | Comedy

Deux beaux-frères, Didier et Bernard se lancent un défi: chacun ne doit pas fumer pendant quatorze jours. Ce pari, qui se prolongera ultimement sur beaucoup plus longtemps, bouleversera ... See full summary »

Directors: Didier Bourdon, Bernard Campan | Stars: Didier Bourdon, Bernard Campan, Isabelle Ferron, Isabel Otero

Votes: 3,168

29. La vérité si je mens! (1997)

100 min | Comedy, Romance

The sentimental and comedic adventures of Eddie, a non-Jew trying to pass as Jewish though totally ignorant of Jewish traditions, as he works in a Jewish community.

Director: Thomas Gilou | Stars: Richard Anconina, Richard Bohringer, Amira Casar, Vincent Elbaz

Votes: 3,676

30. Do Not Disturb (2014)

79 min | Comedy

Having just unearthed a precious vinyl record, a middle-aged dentist needs one hour of peace to enjoy the rare album; however, his distraught wife; his activist son, and a maladroit plumber have other plans. Will he ever listen to it?

Director: Patrice Leconte | Stars: Christian Clavier, Carole Bouquet, Valérie Bonneton, Rossy de Palma

Votes: 2,020

31. Le missionnaire (2009)

91 min | Comedy

A recently released convict goes to a small village to lay low for a while. His contact is the local priest. Unfortunately, the priest suddenly dies and the villagers all think that the con is their new village priest.

Director: Roger Delattre | Stars: Jean-Marie Bigard, David Strajmayster, Thiam Aïssatou, Jean Dell

Votes: 1,333

32. The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec (2010)

PG | 107 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

An adventure set in the early part of the 20th century and focused on a popular novelist and her dealings with would-be suitors, the cops, monsters, and other distractions.

Director: Luc Besson | Stars: Louise Bourgoin, Mathieu Amalric, Gilles Lellouche, Jean-Paul Rouve

Votes: 18,730

33. Bernie (1996)

87 min | Comedy

Bernie, a 30 years old orphan, decides to leave his orphanage and find his parents. After an investigation, he meets Marion, a young heroin addict and falls in love with her. He believes ... See full summary »

Director: Albert Dupontel | Stars: Claude Perron, Albert Dupontel, Roland Blanche, Hélène Vincent

Votes: 3,180

34. De père en flic 2 (2017)

117 min | Comedy

A few years after they infiltrated a therapy program for fathers and sons, Marc Laroche is having some issues with his girlfriend Alice and Jacques is experiencing intense denial towards the fact that he is growing older.

Director: Émile Gaudreault | Stars: Michel Côté, Louis-José Houde, Karine Vanasse, Patrice Robitaille

Votes: 653

35. 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: 7,873

36. Maman (2012)

88 min | Comedy, Drama

Alice and Sandrine were abandoned 20 years ago by their mother. Now that she's coming back in Paris, they'll get their revenge.

Director: Alexandra Leclère | Stars: Josiane Balasko, Mathilde Seigner, Marina Foïs, Serge Hazanavicius

Votes: 236

38. Dumped (2018)

95 min | Comedy

Two hard heads sisters bring their mother on vacation to help her recover from being dumped.

Director: Eloïse Lang | Stars: Miou-Miou, Camille Cottin, Camille Chamoux, Johan Heldenbergh

Votes: 621



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