Popular French Movies/Films français populairesby 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.
Votes: 37,094 | Gross: $1.48M
20 489 303 tickets sold - funny movie
2. The Intouchables (2011)
R | 112 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama
After he becomes a quadriplegic from a paragliding accident, an aristocrat hires a young man from the projects to be his caregiver.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Votes: 48,353 | Gross: $0.73M
10 345 901 tickets sold
11. Three Men and a Cradle (1985)
PG-13 | 106 min | Comedy
Jacques, Pierre, and Michel are three adult friends who enjoy single life until they find themselves stuck - with a baby.
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.
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.
9 936 391 tickets sold
14. Le Dîner de Cons (1998)
PG-13 | 80 min | Comedy
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
8 649 691 tickets sold
21. Amélie (2001)
R | 122 min | Comedy, Romance
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.
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
The new teacher at a severely administered boys' boarding school works to positively affect the students' lives through music.
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.
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 »
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.
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 »
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.
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.
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 »
8 948 624 tickets sold
30. The Fifth Element (1997)
PG-13 | 126 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 »
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 »
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.
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.
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 »
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.
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.
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.
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 »
6 781 120 tickets sold
46. Fanfan la Tulipe (1952)
Not Rated | 102 min | Adventure, Comedy, Romance