1 French Collection

by Ucronia | created - 07 Feb 2014 | updated - 1 week ago | Public

A collection of the Best Contemporary Films I have seen by French Filmakers or set in France sorted out by Director's name and year .

For similar lists, check:

-A Spanish Collection http://www.imdb.com/list/ls059274143/

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2. The Hedgehog (2009)

Unrated | 100 min | Drama

64 Metascore

Paloma is a serious and highly articulate but deeply bored 11-year-old who has decided to kill herself on her 12th birthday. Fascinated by art and philosophy, she questions and documents ... See full summary »

Director: Mona Achache | Stars: Josiane Balasko, Garance Le Guillermic, Togo Igawa, Anne Brochet

Votes: 7,996

3. Midnight in Paris (2011)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

81 Metascore

While on a trip to Paris with his fiancée's family, a nostalgic screenwriter finds himself mysteriously going back to the 1920s everyday at midnight.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Kathy Bates, Kurt Fuller

Votes: 361,002 | Gross: $56.82M

4. Logorama (2009)

R | 16 min | Animation, Short, Action

Police chase an armed criminal in a version of Los Angeles comprised entirely of corporate logos.

Directors: François Alaux, Hervé de Crécy, Ludovic Houplain | Stars: Bob Stephenson, Sherman Augustus, Aja Evans, Joel Michaely

Votes: 5,431

5. The Gilded Cage (2013)

G | 90 min | Comedy, Drama

For thirty years now Maria and José Ribeiro have been living on the ground floor of a Haussmannian building in one of the most exclusive districts of Paris. Everybody loves this nice couple... See full summary »

Director: Ruben Alves | Stars: Rita Blanco, Joaquim de Almeida, Roland Giraud, Chantal Lauby

Votes: 9,262

6. The Blue Room (2014)

R | 76 min | Crime, Romance, Thriller

73 Metascore

In their blue hotel room, a clandestine couple of two married lovers plan an impossible future, as death shutters their already frail tranquillity. Now, the noose tightens more and more around innocents and sinners; but, was there a crime?

Director: Mathieu Amalric | Stars: Mathieu Amalric, Léa Drucker, Stéphanie Cléau, Laurent Poitrenaux

Votes: 2,873 | Gross: $0.23M

7. Marie's Story (2014)

Not Rated | 95 min | Biography, Drama

54 Metascore

Marie Heurtin is born both blind and deaf. Sister Marguerette wins her trust and teaches her how to express herself.

Director: Jean-Pierre Améris | Stars: Isabelle Carré, Ariana Rivoire, Brigitte Catillon, Noémie Churlet

Votes: 1,479 | Gross: $0.01M

8. Romantics Anonymous (2010)

PG-13 | 80 min | Comedy, Romance

69 Metascore

What happens when a man and a woman share a common passion? They fall in love. And this is what happens to Jean-René, the boss of a small chocolate factory, and Angélique, a gifted ... See full summary »

Director: Jean-Pierre Améris | Stars: Benoît Poelvoorde, Isabelle Carré, Lorella Cravotta, Lise Lamétrie

Votes: 9,985

9. Wolf Totem (2015)

PG-13 | 121 min | Adventure, Drama

58 Metascore

During China's Cultural Revolution, a young urban student is sent to live with Mongolian herders, where he adopts a wolf cub.

Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud | Stars: Feng Shao Feng, Shawn Dou, Ankhnyam Ragchaa, Zhusheng Yin

Votes: 5,124 | Gross: $0.21M

10. Two Brothers (2004)

PG | 109 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

63 Metascore

Two tigers are separated as cubs and taken into captivity, only to be reunited years later as enemies by an explorer (Pearce) who inadvertently forces them to fight each other.

Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud | Stars: Guy Pearce, Freddie Highmore, Jean-Claude Dreyfus, Oanh Nguyen

Votes: 13,723 | Gross: $18.95M

11. Enemy at the Gates (2001)

R | 131 min | Drama, History, War

53 Metascore

A Russian and a German sniper play a game of cat-and-mouse during the Battle of Stalingrad.

Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud | Stars: Jude Law, Ed Harris, Joseph Fiennes, Rachel Weisz

Votes: 227,372 | Gross: $51.40M

12. The Lover (1992)

R | 115 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

In 1929 French Indochina, a French teenage girl embarks on a reckless and forbidden romance with a wealthy, older Chinese man, each knowing that knowledge of their affair will bring drastic consequences to each other.

Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud | Stars: Jane March, Tony Ka Fai Leung, Frédérique Meininger, Arnaud Giovaninetti

Votes: 17,720 | Gross: $4.90M

13. The Bear (1988)

PG | 96 min | Adventure, Family, Drama

An orphan bear cub hooks up with an adult male as they try to dodge human hunters.

Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud | Stars: Tchéky Karyo, Bart the Bear, Youk the Bear, Jack Wallace

Votes: 15,412 | Gross: $31.75M

14. The Name of the Rose (1986)

R | 130 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

An intellectually nonconformist friar investigates a series of mysterious deaths in an isolated abbey.

Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud | Stars: Sean Connery, Christian Slater, Helmut Qualtinger, Elya Baskin

Votes: 95,292 | Gross: $7.15M

15. Quest for Fire (1981)

R | 100 min | Adventure, Drama, History

79 Metascore

This story takes place in prehistoric time when three tribesmen search for a new fire source.

Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud | Stars: Everett McGill, Ron Perlman, Nicholas Kadi, Rae Dawn Chong

Votes: 19,332 | Gross: $20.96M

16. 24 Days (2014)

Not Rated | 108 min | Drama, Thriller

59 Metascore

When Ilan Halimi is kidnapped for ransom because he's Jewish and supposedly rich, his family and the police start a race against time to save him from the tortures of the "gang of barbarians".

Director: Alexandre Arcady | Stars: Zabou Breitman, Pascal Elbé, Jacques Gamblin, Sylvie Testud

Votes: 581

17. What the Day Owes the Night (2012)

162 min | Drama, Romance

Algeria, the 1930s. Younes is nine years old when he is put in his uncle's care in Oran. Rebaptized Jonas, he grows up among the Rio Salado youths, with whom he becomes friends. Emilie is ... See full summary »

Director: Alexandre Arcady | Stars: Nora Arnezeder, Fu'ad Aït Aattou, Anne Parillaud, Vincent Perez

Votes: 2,389

18. Personal Shopper (2016)

R | 105 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

77 Metascore

A personal shopper in Paris refuses to leave the city until she makes contact with her twin brother who previously died there. Her life becomes more complicated when a mysterious person contacts her via text message.

Director: Olivier Assayas | Stars: Kristen Stewart, Lars Eidinger, Sigrid Bouaziz, Anders Danielsen Lie

Votes: 31,738 | Gross: $1.31M

19. Clouds of Sils Maria (2014)

R | 124 min | Drama

78 Metascore

A film star comes face-to-face with an uncomfortable reflection of herself while starring in a revival of the play that launched her career.

Director: Olivier Assayas | Stars: Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart, Chloë Grace Moretz, Lars Eidinger

Votes: 25,147 | Gross: $1.81M

20. Rust and Bone (2012)

R | 120 min | Drama, Romance

73 Metascore

Put in charge of his young son, Alain leaves Belgium for Antibes to live with his sister and her husband as a family. Alain's bond with Stephanie, a killer whale trainer, grows deeper after Stephanie suffers a horrible accident.

Director: Jacques Audiard | Stars: Marion Cotillard, Matthias Schoenaerts, Armand Verdure, Céline Sallette

Votes: 59,504 | Gross: $2.06M

21. 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: 88,782 | Gross: $2.08M

22. The Beat That My Heart Skipped (2005)

Not Rated | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Music

75 Metascore

Will Thomas still lead a life of crime and cruelty, just like his thuggish father, or will he pursue his dream of becoming a pianist?

Director: Jacques Audiard | Stars: Romain Duris, Aure Atika, Emmanuelle Devos, Niels Arestrup

Votes: 17,884 | Gross: $1.02M

23. Read My Lips (2001)

R | 115 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

82 Metascore

She is almost deaf and she lip-reads. He is an ex-convict. She wants to help him. He thinks no one can help except himself.

Director: Jacques Audiard | Stars: Vincent Cassel, Emmanuelle Devos, Olivier Gourmet, Olivier Perrier

Votes: 12,655 | Gross: $1.36M

24. French Twist (1995)

R | 104 min | Comedy

After learning of her husband's infidelities, a housewife invites an itinerant lesbian to move in with them. None of their lives will ever be the same again.

Director: Josiane Balasko | Stars: Victoria Abril, Josiane Balasko, Alain Chabat, Ticky Holgado

Votes: 4,339 | Gross: $1.40M

25. Sexual Chronicles of a French Family (2012)

Not Rated | 85 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

34 Metascore

Three generations of a French family open up about their sexual experiences and desires after young Romain is caught masturbating in his biology class.

Directors: Pascal Arnold, Jean-Marc Barr | Stars: Mathias Melloul, Valérie Maës, Stephan Hersoen, Leïla Denio

Votes: 3,591

26. Lovers (1999)

100 min | Drama

A French woman falls in love with a Yugoslavian man, not realizing that he is an illegal immigrant.

Director: Jean-Marc Barr | Stars: Élodie Bouchez, Sergej Trifunovic, Madeleine Barr, Mathias Benguigui

Votes: 637

27. My Life as a Zucchini (2016)

PG-13 | 70 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

85 Metascore

After losing his mother, a young boy is sent to a foster home with other orphans his age where he begins to learn the meaning of trust and true love.

Director: Claude Barras | Stars: Gaspard Schlatter, Sixtine Murat, Paulin Jaccoud, Michel Vuillermoz

Votes: 17,698 | Gross: $0.29M

28. 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: 53,264 | Gross: $3.64M

29. The Guardians (2017)

R | 138 min | Drama, War

81 Metascore

Women are left behind to work a family farm during the Great War.

Director: Xavier Beauvois | Stars: Nathalie Baye, Laura Smet, Iris Bry, Cyril Descours

Votes: 1,375 | Gross: $0.18M

30. My Afternoons with Margueritte (2010)

Not Rated | 82 min | Comedy, Drama

59 Metascore

A semi-literate and lonely odd-job man bonds with a much older and well-read woman.

Director: Jean Becker | Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Gisèle Casadesus, Maurane, Sophie Guillemin

Votes: 6,370

31. Love Me No More (2008)

85 min | Drama, Romance

The back story is a marvelous and gorgeous social commentary on the type of generous actions we could all take - to enrich our often-solitary elder-citizens' lives.

Director: Jean Becker | Stars: Albert Dupontel, Marie-Josée Croze, Pierre Vaneck, Cristiana Réali

Votes: 2,710

32. Élisa (1995)

115 min | Drama

Marie has had a tough childhood ever since her mother Elisa committed suicide. She has spent most of her life in an orphanage and now makes a living as a small time criminal in Paris. Now ... See full summary »

Director: Jean Becker | Stars: Vanessa Paradis, Gérard Depardieu, Clotilde Courau, Sekkou Sall

Votes: 1,827 | Gross: $0.11M

33. Macadam Stories (2015)

Not Rated | 100 min | Comedy, Drama

Improbable encounters bring tenderness, laughter and compassion to a world of urban alienation.

Director: Samuel Benchetrit | Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Gustave Kervern, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Tassadit Mandi

Votes: 2,481

34. Divines (2016)

105 min | Crime, Drama

71 Metascore

A street teenager from a dysfunctional family from a banlieue (HLMs) in Paris comes across a young dancer who turns her life upside down.

Director: Houda Benyamina | Stars: Oulaya Amamra, Déborah Lukumuena, Kevin Mischel, Jisca Kalvanda

Votes: 7,159

35. The Players (2012)

R | 109 min | Comedy

43 Metascore

A series of short films set around the theme of infidelity.

Directors: Emmanuelle Bercot, Fred Cavayé, Alexandre Courtès, Jean Dujardin, Michel Hazanavicius, Jan Kounen, Eric Lartigau, Gilles Lellouche | Stars: Jean Dujardin, Gilles Lellouche, Géraldine Nakache, Priscilla de Laforcade

Votes: 7,464 | Gross: $0.01M

36. Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart (2013)

PG | 94 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

56 Metascore

A 19th-century drama about a man whose heart was replaced with a clock when he was born. The situation dictates that he should avoid feeling strong emotions -- love, most of all -- but he just can't keep his feelings under wraps.

Directors: Stéphane Berla, Mathias Malzieu | Stars: Mathias Malzieu, Olivia Ruiz, Grand Corps Malade, Jean Rochefort

Votes: 5,607

37. The Dreamers (2003)

NC-17 | 115 min | Drama, Romance

62 Metascore

A young American studying in Paris in 1968 strikes up a friendship with a French brother and sister. Set against the background of the '68 Paris student riots.

Director: Bernardo Bertolucci | Stars: Michael Pitt, Louis Garrel, Eva Green, Anna Chancellor

Votes: 102,271 | Gross: $2.53M

38. Terra (2015 TV Movie)

98 min | Documentary

A visually stunning documentary that reflects human's relationship to other species on Earth as humanity becomes more and more isolated from Nature.

Directors: Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Michael Pitiot | Star: Vanessa Paradis

Votes: 1,470

39. Lucy (I) (2014)

R | 89 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

61 Metascore

A woman, accidentally caught in a dark deal, turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic.

Director: Luc Besson | Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Min-sik Choi, Amr Waked

Votes: 408,556 | Gross: $126.66M

40. The Lady (2011)

R | 132 min | Biography, Drama, History

43 Metascore

The story of Aung San Suu Kyi as she becomes the core of Burma's democracy movement, and her relationship with her husband, writer Michael Aris.

Director: Luc Besson | Stars: Michelle Yeoh, David Thewlis, Jonathan Raggett, Jonathan Woodhouse

Votes: 9,801 | Gross: $0.36M

41. The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc (1999)

R | 148 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

54 Metascore

A young girl receives a vision that drives her to rid France of its oppressors.

Director: Luc Besson | Stars: Milla Jovovich, John Malkovich, Rab Affleck, Stéphane Algoud

Votes: 61,629 | Gross: $14.28M

42. The Fifth Element (1997)

PG-13 | 126 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

52 Metascore

In the colorful future, a cab driver unwittingly becomes the central figure in the search for a legendary cosmic weapon to keep Evil and Mr. Zorg at bay.

Director: Luc Besson | Stars: Bruce Willis, Milla Jovovich, Gary Oldman, Ian Holm

Votes: 408,173 | Gross: $63.54M

43. Léon: The Professional (1994)

R | 110 min | Action, Crime, Drama

64 Metascore

Mathilda, a 12-year-old girl, is reluctantly taken in by Léon, a professional assassin, after her family is murdered. Léon and Mathilda form an unusual relationship, as she becomes his protégée and learns the assassin's trade.

Director: Luc Besson | Stars: Jean Reno, Gary Oldman, Natalie Portman, Danny Aiello

Votes: 944,046 | Gross: $19.50M

44. The Big Blue (1988)

PG | 168 min | Adventure, Drama, Sport

35 Metascore

The rivalry between Enzo and Jacques, two childhood friends and now world-renowned free divers, becomes a beautiful and perilous journey into oneself and the unknown.

Director: Luc Besson | Stars: Jean-Marc Barr, Jean Reno, Rosanna Arquette, Paul Shenar

Votes: 45,167 | Gross: $3.50M

45. Journey to Greenland (2016)

98 min | Comedy

Thomas and Thomas are going through a rough patch: they are both thirty-something actors living in Paris. They randomly decide to leave the city and fly away to Kullorsuaq, one of the most ... See full summary »

Director: Sébastien Betbeder | Stars: Thomas Blanchard, Thomas Scimeca, François Chattot, Ole Eliassen

Votes: 841

46. A Happy Event (2011)

R | 107 min | Comedy, Drama

She drove me into a corner, then forced me to go beyond my limits. She made me confront the absolute: love, sacrifice, tenderness, abandonment. She dislocated me, transformed me. Why didn't... See full summary »

Director: Rémi Bezançon | Stars: Louise Bourgoin, Pio Marmaï, Josiane Balasko, Thierry Frémont

Votes: 4,102

47. Tiresia (2003)

Unrated | 115 min | Drama

Tiresia is at the same time woman and man, according to Greek Mythology. Here, Tiresia is a Brazilian transexual living with her brother in the outskirts of Paris. Terranova, an admirer of ... See full summary »

Director: Bertrand Bonello | Stars: Laurent Lucas, Clara Choveaux, Thiago Telès, Célia Catalifo

Votes: 974

48. Welcome to the Sticks (2008)

Not Rated | 106 min | Comedy, Romance