Popular French Movies/Films français populaires

by thatone54 | created - 21 Aug 2014 | updated - 02 Feb 2015 | Public

TOP 500 films by performance + other interesting stuff, not necessarily the best movies ever made but some are classics of French cinema, others are just hilarious, and most definitely left a mark in the french collective unconscious because of their actors, characters and/or dialogues. French produced very good comedies and period films. One observation is that people used to go a lot to the movies in the 50s...

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1. 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: 37,094 | Gross: $1.48M

20 489 303 tickets sold - funny movie

2. 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: 693,682 | Gross: $13.18M

19 440 920 tickets sold #9 of All-Time German Box-Office (#1 French movie) with 9.140.334 tickets sold Lumières 2012 : Best actor Omar Sy Césars 2012 : Best actor Omar Sy NAACPs 2013 : Best Foreign Film BAFTAs and Golden Globes 2012: Nomination best foreign film - heard a lot about the movie prior watching it and I was expected something better but it's a good movie.

3. La Grande Vadrouille (1966)

G | 132 min | Adventure, Comedy, War

Several ordinary Frenchmen, helping British pilots avoid Nazi captivity, go on epic voyage through the occupied country to the Swiss border.

Director: Gérard Oury | Stars: Bourvil, Louis de Funès, Claudio Brook, Andréa Parisy

Votes: 14,407

17 267 607 tickets sold

4. Asterix and Obelix Meet Cleopatra (2002)

PG | 107 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

Astérix and Obélix go to Egypt to help architect Numérobis who is building a palace for Cleopatra.

Director: Alain Chabat | Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Christian Clavier, Jamel Debbouze, Monica Bellucci

Votes: 45,559 | Gross: $3.12M

14 559 509 tickets sold #29 of all time French movie gross in US/Canada with 4 106 927 $ Césars 2003: Best costumes

5. 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: 29,925 | Gross: $0.70M

13 782 991 tickets sold Césars 1994: Best Actress in Supporting Role (Valérie Lemercier) - cult movie

6. The Little World of Don Camillo (1952)

107 min | Comedy

A determined priest and a Communist mayor develop a grudging friendship in spite of their official rivalry.

Director: Julien Duvivier | Stars: Fernandel, Gino Cervi, Vera Talchi, Franco Interlenghi

Votes: 3,683

12 791 168 tickets sold - classic. a must see. I love it

7. Serial (Bad) Weddings (2014)

97 min | Comedy

A Catholic French couple sees their life upside down when their four daughters get married to men of different religion and origins.

Director: Philippe de Chauveron | Stars: Christian Clavier, Chantal Lauby, Ary Abittan, Medi Sadoun

Votes: 35,337

12 237 274 tickets sold - funny movie

8. The Sucker (1965)

111 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

Criminals have chosen an ordinary man to carry drugs and jewels in his car across the border. The problem is that this man turned out too much ordinary.

Director: Gérard Oury | Stars: Bourvil, Louis de Funès, Venantino Venantini, Henri Génès

Votes: 5,630

11 739 783 tickets sold

9. French Fried Vacation 3: Friends Forever (2006)

97 min | Comedy

Movie about friends who reunite after 20 years and a lot of things have changed.

Director: Patrice Leconte | Stars: Josiane Balasko, Michel Blanc, Marie-Anne Chazel, Christian Clavier

Votes: 2,895

10 355 928 tickets sold

10. Taxi 2 (2000)

Not Rated | 88 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

Police inspector Emilien and his taxi-driver pal Daniel are back, this time on the tail of a group of Japanese yakuza.

Director: Gérard Krawczyk | Stars: Samy Naceri, Frédéric Diefenthal, Emma Wiklund, Marion Cotillard

Votes: 48,353 | Gross: $0.73M

10 345 901 tickets sold

11. Three Men and a Cradle (1985)

PG-13 | 106 min | Comedy

44 Metascore

Jacques, Pierre, and Michel are three adult friends who enjoy single life until they find themselves stuck - with a baby.

Director: Coline Serreau | Stars: Roland Giraud, Michel Boujenah, André Dussollier, Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu

Votes: 3,117 | Gross: $2.05M

10 251 465 tickets sold - classic

12. Les Misérables (1958)

210 min | Drama

Jean Valjean, convicted of a minor crime, spends the rest of his life being pursued by a cruel and unrelenting policeman, Javert.

Director: Jean-Paul Le Chanois | Stars: Jean Gabin, Bernard Blier, René Fleur, Julienne Paroli

Votes: 1,244

9 940 533 tickets sold

13. War of the Buttons (1962)

90 min | Comedy, Family

The school boys of two villages in France are fighting. Their trophy are the buttons they will snatch from the enemy. This fight will bring those kids to everlasting friendship...eventually.

Director: Yves Robert | Stars: Jacques Dufilho, Yvette Etiévant, Michel Galabru, Michèle Méritz

Votes: 2,215

9 936 391 tickets sold

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: 34,906 | Gross: $4.07M

9 247 001 tickets sold - classic must see movie adapted from a play. really funny.

15. 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: 45,309 | Gross: $3.50M

9 194 343 tickets sold

16. 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: 15,458 | Gross: $31.75M

9 136 266 tickets sold #14 of all time French movie gross in US/Canada with 29 564 471 $

17. Asterix and Obelix vs. Caesar (1999)

Not Rated | 109 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

Inhabitants of the last unconquered village in Gaul (ancient France) use a magical potion to hold their independence from Roman invaders.

Director: Claude Zidi | Stars: Christian Clavier, Gérard Depardieu, Roberto Benigni, Michel Galabru

Votes: 36,910 | Gross: $1.64M

8 948 624 tickets sold

18. Emmanuelle (1974)

Unrated | 95 min | Drama

The wife of a French diplomat in Bangkok, Emmanuelle embarks on a voyage of sexual discovery.

Director: Just Jaeckin | Stars: Sylvia Kristel, Alain Cuny, Marika Green, Daniel Sarky

Votes: 8,723 | Gross: $8.72M

8 893 996 tickets sold

19. The Cow and I (1959)

TV-PG | 118 min | Comedy

In 1942, a French prisoner of war in Germany decides to escape to France using a cow held by a lunge as a decoy. He crosses all Germany in this way.

Director: Henri Verneuil | Stars: Fernandel, Pierre-Louis, Ellen Schwiers, Ingeborg Schöner

Votes: 1,219

8 844 199 tickets sold

20. They Are Not Angels (1947)

123 min | Drama, War

« They are not Angels » is a French film directed by Alexandre Esway, released in 1947, based on the book by Joseph Kessel who had stayed in the paratroopers camp of Free France, England.

Director: Alexander Esway | Stars: Pierre Blanchar, René Lefèvre, Janine Crispin, Jean Wall

Votes: 27

8 649 691 tickets sold

21. 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: 662,687 | Gross: $33.23M

8 636 041 tickets sold #11 of all time French movie gross in US/Canada with 33 225 499 $ - very good movie

22. 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: 53,433 | Gross: $3.64M

8 636 016 tickets sold - I don't understand why it worked so much. I didn't like it that much

23. Nothing to Declare (2010)

Not Rated | 108 min | Comedy

A Belge-Francophobe customs officer is forced to team up with a Frenchman during the elimination of the Franco-Belge borders in the 90s.

Director: Dany Boon | Stars: Benoît Poelvoorde, Dany Boon, Christel Pedrinelli, Karin Viard

Votes: 12,296 | Gross: $0.18M

8 150 825 tickets sold

24. Violetas imperiales (1952)

94 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

Violeta, an Andalusian gypsy, foretells a lady she will become empress. The lady is Eugenia de Montijo, and when she marries emperor Luis Napoleón of France she takes the young girl with ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Pottier | Stars: Luis Mariano, Carmen Sevilla, Simone Valère, Marie Sabouret

Votes: 87

8 125 766 tickets sold

25. The Visitors II: The Corridors of Time (1998)

G | 118 min | Comedy, Fantasy

Knight Godefroy has to return to our time from 1023 to get back the sacred jewels that Jacquouille has taken to the 20th century.

Director: Jean-Marie Poiré | Stars: Christian Clavier, Jean Reno, Muriel Robin, Marie-Anne Chazel

Votes: 9,878 | Gross: $0.15M

8 043 129 tickets sold - not as good as first installment

26. Little Indian, Big City (1994)

PG | 90 min | Adventure, Comedy, Romance

The Parisian broker Steph only needs the signature from his wife Patricia for their divorce - but she left 13 years ago for living with Amazonas indians. Steph finds her in the village and ... See full summary »

Director: Hervé Palud | Stars: Thierry Lhermitte, Ludwig Briand, Patrick Timsit, Miou-Miou

Votes: 3,884 | Gross: $1.00M

7 870 802 tickets sold - funny movie

27. Would I Lie to You? 2 (2001)

105 min | Comedy

Eddie, Dov, and Yvan are back, still working in Paris' Sentier textile district, This time they're confronting the high-stakes world of large distribution after striking a deal with Eurodiscount, a European hypermarket chain.

Director: Thomas Gilou | Stars: Richard Anconina, José Garcia, Bruno Solo, Gilbert Melki

Votes: 3,073

7 826 393 tickets sold

28. The Troops of St. Tropez (1964)

90 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

Gendarme Ludovic Cruchot is re-assigned to the French Riviera seaside resort town of Saint-Tropez where petty criminals and his own daughter give him a hard time.

Director: Jean Girault | Stars: Louis de Funès, Geneviève Grad, Michel Galabru, Daniel Cauchy

Votes: 10,092

7 809 334 tickets sold

29. The Count of Monte Cristo (1954)

183 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

Edmond Dantes is falsely accused by those jealous of his good fortune, and is sentenced to spend the rest of his life in the notorious island prison, Chateau d'If. While imprisoned, he ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Vernay | Stars: Jean Marais, Lia Amanda, Daniel Ivernel, Folco Lulli

Votes: 707

8 948 624 tickets sold

30. 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: 409,441 | Gross: $63.54M

7 727 697 tickets sold #5 of all time French movie gross US/Canada with 63 820 180 $ - classic - I really liked it.

31. The Five Crazy Boys (1971)

95 min | Comedy, Adventure, War

Five friends, a zany group of cut-ups, are trying to set up a pop group. But they are soon drafted into military service - and will make a hell of their sergeant's life.

Director: Claude Zidi | Stars: Jean-Guy Fechner, Gérard Filipelli, Luis Rego, Gérard Rinaldi

Votes: 483

7 460 911 tickets sold - classic, very frenchy humor.

32. The Return of Don Camillo (1953)

115 min | Comedy

Energetic priest Don Camillo returns to the town of Brescello for more political and personal duels with Communist mayor Peppone.

Director: Julien Duvivier | Stars: Fernandel, Gino Cervi, Arturo Bragaglia, Édouard Delmont

Votes: 2,104

7 425 550 tickets sold - funny. the Don Camillo series is a must see

33. The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacob (1973)

G | 95 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

A bigoted Frenchman finds himself forced to impersonate a popular rabbi while on the run from a group of assassins - and the police.

Director: Gérard Oury | Stars: Louis de Funès, Miou-Miou, Suzy Delair, Marcel Dalio

Votes: 11,005

7 295 727 tickets sold - classic! some scenes are just hilarious.

34. Jean de Florette (1986)

PG | 120 min | Drama

A greedy landowner and his backward nephew conspire to block the only water source for an adjoining property in order to bankrupt the owner and force him to sell.

Director: Claude Berri | Stars: Yves Montand, Gérard Depardieu, Daniel Auteuil, Elisabeth Depardieu

Votes: 22,611 | Gross: $4.94M

7 223 657 tickets sold - classic. adapted from Marcel Pagnol's novel. Read the book and saw the movie. It's a very good adaptation.

35. La Chevre (1981)

91 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

A daughter of a millionaire, distinguish by incredible bad luck, goes missing. The idea how to find her is either insane or brilliant - to send after her an equally unlucky person.

Director: Francis Veber | Stars: Pierre Richard, Gérard Depardieu, Pedro Armendáriz Jr., Corynne Charbit

Votes: 7,228

7 079 674 tickets sold

36. Monsieur Vincent (1947)

Not Rated | 111 min | Biography, Drama, History

St. Vincent de Paul struggles to bring about peace and harmony among the peasant and the nobles in the midst of the Black Death in Europe, carrying on his charitable work in the face of all obstacles.

Director: Maurice Cloche | Stars: Pierre Fresnay, Aimé Clariond, Jean Debucourt, Lise Delamare

Votes: 640

7 055 290 tickets sold Oscars 1949 - Best Foreign Film Golden Globes 1950 : Nomination Best International Film BAFTAs 1949 : Nomination Best Foreign Film

37. Jour de Fête (1949)

Not Rated | 70 min | Comedy

Once a year the fair comes for one day to the little town 'Sainte-Severe-sur-Indre'. All inhabitants are scoffing at Francois, the postman, what he seems not to recognize. The rising of the... See full summary »

Director: Jacques Tati | Stars: Jacques Tati, Guy Decomble, Paul Frankeur, Santa Relli

Votes: 6,895

7 027 487 tickets sold

38. The Exchange Student (1967)

84 min | Adventure, Comedy

Charles Bosquier, a role apparently written for French comedy superstar Louis de Funès, is the dictatorial headmaster of a French strict boarding school. No father could be deeper shocked ... See full summary »

Director: Jean Girault | Stars: Louis de Funès, Ferdy Mayne, Martine Kelly, François Leccia

Votes: 2,620

6 986 917 tickets sold

39. Royal Affairs in Versailles (1954)

152 min | Comedy, Drama, History

The history of the palace of Versailles from it's founding to the present.

Director: Sacha Guitry | Stars: Michel Auclair, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Jean-Louis Barrault, Jeanne Boitel

Votes: 384

6 986 788 tickets sold

40. The Wages of Fear (1953)

Not Rated | 131 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

In a decrepit South American village, four men are hired to transport an urgent nitroglycerine shipment without the equipment that would make it safe.

Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot | Stars: Yves Montand, Charles Vanel, Peter van Eyck, Folco Lulli

Votes: 49,333

6 944 306 tickets sold Palme d'Or 1953

41. 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: 5,593

6 897 098 tickets sold - funny movie

42. Michael Strogoff (1956)

111 min | Adventure, History, War

In 19th century Russia, a Tartar rebellion led by Feofar Khan separates Russia from Siberia where the Tsar's brother and his troops are making a last stand. The Tsar entrusts Captain Michel Strogoff to deliver a vital message to them.

Director: Carmine Gallone | Stars: Curd Jürgens, Geneviève Page, Jacques Dacqmine, Sylva Koscina

Votes: 342

6 868 854 tickets sold

43. The Troops get Married (1968)

92 min | Adventure, Comedy, Romance

The gendarme Cruchot meets the widow Josepha. They quickly fall in love but Cruchot's daughter doesn't like Josepha and is determined to prevent the wedding by all means necessary.

Director: Jean Girault | Stars: Louis de Funès, Jean Lefebvre, Geneviève Grad, Christian Marin

Votes: 6,392

6 828 626 tickets sold

44. Asterix at the Olympic Games (2008)

Not Rated | 116 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

Astérix and Obélix compete at the Olympics in order to help their friend Lovesix marry Princess Irina. Brutus also tries to win the game with his own team and get rid of his father Julius Caesar.

Directors: Frédéric Forestier, Thomas Langmann | Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Clovis Cornillac, Benoît Poelvoorde, Alain Delon

Votes: 25,574 | Gross: $1.00M

6 817 803 tickets sold

45. Special Mission (1946)

183 min | Drama, Thriller

The exploits of Chief Police Inspector Chabrier, first before the invasion of France in May 1940 as he fights against spies preparing the coming the Germans, particularly Emmy de Welder, ... See full summary »

Director: Maurice de Canonge | Stars: Jany Holt, Pierre Renoir, Jean Davy, Odette Barencey

Votes: 6

6 781 120 tickets sold

46. Fanfan la Tulipe (1952)

Not Rated | 102 min | Adventure, Comedy, Romance