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1. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)

PG-13 | 112 min | Biography, Drama

92 Metascore

The true story of Elle editor Jean-Dominique Bauby who suffers a stroke and has to live with an almost totally paralyzed body; only his left eye isn't paralyzed.

Director: Julian Schnabel | Stars: Mathieu Amalric, Emmanuelle Seigner, Marie-Josée Croze, Anne Consigny

Votes: 99,994 | Gross: $5.99M

2. The Illusionist (2010)

PG | 80 min | Animation, Drama

82 Metascore

A French illusionist finds himself out of work and travels to Scotland, where he meets a young woman. Their ensuing adventure changes both their lives forever.

Director: Sylvain Chomet | Stars: Jean-Claude Donda, Eilidh Rankin, Duncan MacNeil, Raymond Mearns

Votes: 32,370 | Gross: $2.23M

3. The Artist (I) (2011)

PG-13 | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

89 Metascore

An egomaniacal film star develops a relationship with a young dancer against the backdrop of Hollywood's silent era.

Director: Michel Hazanavicius | Stars: Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, John Goodman, James Cromwell

Votes: 221,400 | Gross: $44.67M

4. Zazie dans le Métro (1960)

Not Rated | 93 min | Comedy, Fantasy

With her mother away for the weekend, a brash and precocious ten-year-old country-girl sets out to explore Paris during a Métro strike, under her uncle's not-so-watchful eye. Can a little girl cause so much chaos in the heart of the city?

Director: Louis Malle | Stars: Catherine Demongeot, Philippe Noiret, Hubert Deschamps, Carla Marlier

Votes: 4,957

5. Children of Paradise (1945)

Not Rated | 189 min | Drama, Romance

The theatrical life of a beautiful courtesan and the four men who love her.

Director: Marcel Carné | Stars: Arletty, Jean-Louis Barrault, Pierre Brasseur, Pierre Renoir

Votes: 17,226

6. A Cage of Nightingales (1945)

89 min | Drama, Music

In France, in 1930, a supervisor of a boarding school for young offenders seeks to awaken the music by forming a choir, despite the skepticism of his boarding school director.

Director: Jean Dréville | Stars: Noël-Noël, Micheline Francey, René Génin, René Blancard

Votes: 165

7. La Haine (1995)

Not Rated | 98 min | Crime, Drama

24 hours in the lives of three young men in the French suburbs the day after a violent riot.

Director: Mathieu Kassovitz | Stars: Vincent Cassel, Hubert Koundé, Saïd Taghmaoui, Abdel Ahmed Ghili

Votes: 136,682 | Gross: $0.31M

8. The Sheep Has Five Legs (1954)

104 min | Comedy

A small town seeking publicity tries to bring together the quintuplet grandsons of the town's oldest inhabitant. The old man and all five grandsons are played by the great Fernandel.

Director: Henri Verneuil | Stars: Fernandel, Françoise Arnoul, Andrex, Michel Ardan

Votes: 478

9. The Proud and the Beautiful (1953)

103 min | Drama, Romance

Life in a small Mexican village where joy and misery, hope and pain, passion and guilt, love and decay, life and death are mixed in the peasants life and two French citizens who end up stranded in there, during a typhoid epidemic.

Directors: Yves Allégret, Rafael E. Portas | Stars: Michèle Morgan, Gérard Philipe, Víctor Manuel Mendoza, Carlos López Moctezuma

Votes: 728

10. 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: 96,191

11. Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Romance

A French actress filming an anti-war film in Hiroshima has an affair with a married Japanese architect as they share their differing perspectives on war.

Director: Alain Resnais | Stars: Emmanuelle Riva, Eiji Okada, Stella Dassas, Pierre Barbaud

Votes: 25,890 | Gross: $0.09M

12. Never on Sunday (1960)

Not Rated | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

An American scholar in Greece sets about improving the prostitute with whom he is infatuated.

Director: Jules Dassin | Stars: Melina Mercouri, Jules Dassin, Giorgos Foundas, Titos Vandis

Votes: 4,814

13. 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: 18,791 | Gross: $0.06M

14. Sundays and Cybèle (1962)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama

After killing a child when his plane crashes in a Vietnamese village, Pierre suffers from delayed stress and partial amnesia. Returning to France, he lives like a vegetable until he meets a... See full summary »

Director: Serge Bourguignon | Stars: Hardy Krüger, Nicole Courcel, Patricia Gozzi, Daniel Ivernel

Votes: 2,798

15. That Man from Rio (1964)

Not Rated | 112 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

A young man comes to the rescue of his girlfriend abducted by thieves and brought to Rio. An extravagant adventure ensues.

Director: Philippe de Broca | Stars: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Françoise Dorléac, Jean Servais, Roger Dumas

Votes: 4,105 | Gross: $0.04M

16. The War Is Over (1966)

121 min | Drama, War

Diego is one of the chiefs of the spanish Communist Party. He is travelling back to Paris (where he lives) from a mission in Madrid. He is arrested at the border for an identity check but ... See full summary »

Director: Alain Resnais | Stars: Yves Montand, Ingrid Thulin, Geneviève Bujold, Jean Dasté

Votes: 1,809

17. Z (1969)

M/PG | 127 min | Crime, Drama, History

Following the murder of a prominent leftist, an investigator tries to uncover the truth while government officials attempt to cover up their roles.

Director: Costa-Gavras | Stars: Yves Montand, Irene Papas, Jean-Louis Trintignant, François Périer

Votes: 22,105 | Gross: $0.08M

18. My Night at Maud's (1969)

GP | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

The rigid principles of a devout Catholic man are challenged during a one-night stay with Maud, a divorced woman with an outsize personality.

Director: Éric Rohmer | Stars: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Françoise Fabian, Marie-Christine Barrault, Antoine Vitez

Votes: 9,441

19. Murmur of the Heart (1971)

R | 118 min | Comedy, Drama

As France is nearing the end of the first Indochina War, an open-minded teenage boy finds himself torn between a rebellious urge to discover love, and the ever-present, almost dominating affection of his beloved mother.

Director: Louis Malle | Stars: Lea Massari, Benoît Ferreux, Daniel Gélin, Michael Lonsdale

Votes: 8,076

20. And Now My Love (1974)

PG | 150 min | Drama, Romance

The movie follows the lives of a woman and a man starting from several generations earlier. The story spans a whole century and several continents.

Director: Claude Lelouch | Stars: Marthe Keller, André Dussollier, Charles Denner, Carla Gravina

Votes: 621

21. Cousin cousine (1975)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Romance

Two distant cousins meet at a wedding banquet for an elderly couple. Over time, a close friendship develops between them, but their spouses begin to think that they are more than just friends.

Director: Jean-Charles Tacchella | Stars: Marie-Christine Barrault, Victor Lanoux, Marie-France Pisier, Guy Marchand

Votes: 1,368 | Gross: $8.70M

22. My American Uncle (1980)

PG | 125 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

The intersecting stories of three people who face difficult choices in life-changing situations are used to illustrate the theories espoused by Henri Laborit about human behavior and the relationship between the self and society.

Director: Alain Resnais | Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Nicole Garcia, Roger Pierre, Nelly Borgeaud

Votes: 4,279

23. Au Revoir les Enfants (1987)

PG | 104 min | Drama, War

A French boarding school run by priests seems to be a haven from World War II until a new student arrives. He becomes the roommate of the top student in his class. Rivals at first, the roommates form a bond and share a secret.

Director: Louis Malle | Stars: Gaspard Manesse, Raphael Fejtö, Francine Racette, Stanislas Carré de Malberg

Votes: 29,021 | Gross: $4.54M

24. Three Colors: Red (1994)

R | 99 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

100 Metascore

A model discovers a retired judge is keen on invading people's privacy.

Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski | Stars: Irène Jacob, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Frédérique Feder, Jean-Pierre Lorit

Votes: 83,264 | Gross: $4.04M

25. Themroc (1973)

100 min | Comedy

Made without proper language, just gibberish and grunts, this is an absurdist comedy about a man who rejects every facet of normal bourgeois life and turns his apartment into a virtual cave.

Director: Claude Faraldo | Stars: Michel Piccoli, Béatrice Romand, Marilù Tolo, Francesca Romana Coluzzi

Votes: 1,316

26. The Nada Gang (1974)

110 min | Thriller

A group of anarchist leftist called "Nada" and led by the terrorist Buenaventura Diaz abducts the American ambassador Richard Poindexter in a brothel in Paris and brings him to a farm in ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Chabrol | Stars: Fabio Testi, Maurice Garrel, Lou Castel, Mariangela Melato

Votes: 921

27. Duelle (1976)

Not Rated | 121 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

The Queen of the Night battles the Queen of the Sun over a magical diamond that will allow the winner to remain on Earth, specifically in modern day Paris.

Director: Jacques Rivette | Stars: Juliet Berto, Bulle Ogier, Jean Babilée, Hermine Karagheuz

Votes: 1,097

28. The Castaways of Turtle Island (1976)

140 min | Comedy

Jean-Arthur has been working as a clerk in a travel agency. One day, he, along with his colleague comes to a brilliant idea: what if I offer tourists real extreme recreation? So the group ... See full summary »

Director: Jacques Rozier | Stars: Pierre Richard, Jacques Villeret, Maurice Risch, René Gros

Votes: 171

29. 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: 8,822 | Gross: $8.72M

30. Pépé le Moko (1937)

Not Rated | 94 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

98 Metascore

A wanted gangster is both king and prisoner of the Casbah. He is protected from arrest by his friends, but is torn by his desire for freedom outside. A visiting Parisian beauty may just tempt his fate.

Director: Julien Duvivier | Stars: Jean Gabin, Gabriel Gabrio, Saturnin Fabre, Fernand Charpin

Votes: 5,902 | Gross: $0.15M

31. They Were Five (1936)

101 min | Drama

Those five are unemployed penniless workers. Together they win 100,000 Francs with the national lottery. Instead of sharing the money, they buy a ruin and build an open-air cafe. But ... See full summary »

Director: Julien Duvivier | Stars: Jean Gabin, Charles Vanel, Raymond Aimos, Viviane Romance

Votes: 963

32. The Lower Depths (1936)

Not Rated | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

A charismatic thief makes friends with a bankrupt baron who comes to live in the thief's slum. Meanwhile the thief seeks the love of a young woman, who is held emotionally captive by her slumlord family.

Director: Jean Renoir | Stars: Jean Gabin, Suzy Prim, Louis Jouvet, Jany Holt

Votes: 2,779

33. Confidentially Yours (1983)

PG | 110 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

Claude Massoulier is murdered while hunting at the same place than Julien Vercel, an estate agent that knew him and whose fingerprints are found on Massoulier's car. As the police discovers... See full summary »

Director: François Truffaut | Stars: Fanny Ardant, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Jean-Pierre Kalfon, Philippe Laudenbach

Votes: 5,175

34. La horse (1970)

90 min | Crime, Thriller

Near the Baie de la Seine swamps, opposite the Port of Le Havre, Auguste Maroilleur, an elderly farmer, exploits 400 hectares of crop land with the help of his family, over which he rules ... See full summary »

Director: Pierre Granier-Deferre | Stars: Jean Gabin, Danièle Ajoret, Michel Barbey, Christian Barbier

Votes: 571

35. The Sicilian Clan (1969)

GP | 122 min | Crime, Drama

A young, ambitious mobster plans an elaborate diamond heist while seducing the daughter of a ruthless mob patriarch as a determined police commissioner closes in on all of them.

Director: Henri Verneuil | Stars: Jean Gabin, Alain Delon, Lino Ventura, Irina Demick

Votes: 6,544 | Gross: $3.00M

36. That Tender Age (1964)

95 min | Comedy

Two students, Antoine, the son of a Southern pedal boat renter, and Marie, the daughter of a Paris railway executive, have got engaged in secret. They are now willing to clarify the ... See full summary »

Director: Gilles Grangier | Stars: Jean Gabin, Fernandel, Marie Dubois, Paulette Dubost

Votes: 186

37. The Verdict (1974)

R | 95 min | Drama

A French judge try to acquit a man who is accused of murdering his lover.

Director: André Cayatte | Stars: Sophia Loren, Jean Gabin, Julien Bertheau, Muriel Catalá

Votes: 304

38. Two Men in Town (1973)

Not Rated | 100 min | Crime, Drama

A former bank robber is released after 10 years in prison. He gets help from a social-worker, but gets harassed by an old cop from his past.

Director: José Giovanni | Stars: Alain Delon, Jean Gabin, Mimsy Farmer, Victor Lanoux

Votes: 3,491

39. The Dominici Affair (1973)

Not Rated | 105 min | Crime, Drama, History

This film explores the ins and outs of the Dominici Affair that made the headlines back in 1952. As a result of the case, a family man named Gaston Dominici was sentenced to death for the ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Bernard-Aubert | Stars: Jean Gabin, Victor Lanoux, Henri Vilbert, Gérard Depardieu

Votes: 510

40. Maigret voit rouge (1963)

87 min | Crime, Drama

Division Commissioner Jules Maigret and his team hunt a ring of American racketeers sent to Paris to silence an embarrassing witness

Director: Gilles Grangier | Stars: Jean Gabin, Françoise Fabian, Roland Armontel, Paul Frankeur

Votes: 381

41. Maigret and the St. Fiacre Case (1959)

101 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Inspector Maigret is traveling to the French countryside to visit his friend, the duchess of Saint-Fiacre. She has received a letter recently stating that she will die soon. A few days ... See full summary »

Director: Jean Delannoy | Stars: Jean Gabin, Michel Auclair, Valentine Tessier, Jacques Morel

Votes: 1,002

42. 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: 1,271

43. The Night Affair (1958)

93 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

A vice inspector for the Paris police takes special interest in the plight of drug-addicted Lucky whom he considers to be more victim than criminal.

Director: Gilles Grangier | Stars: Jean Gabin, Danielle Darrieux, Nadja Tiller, Paul Frankeur

Votes: 532

44. Love Is My Profession (1958)

105 min | Drama, Crime, Romance

Married French lawyer Andre defends succesfully the case of Yvette, who committed a robbery. He falls in love with her, but she isn't true to him.

Director: Claude Autant-Lara | Stars: Jean Gabin, Brigitte Bardot, Edwige Feuillère, Nicole Berger

Votes: 1,122

45. French Cancan (1955)