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1. Le secret (2000)

Not Rated | 107 min | Drama, Romance

Marie is a seemingly happy woman, married to François for twelve years, and with a two-year-old child, Paul. However, there is disagreement within the family, since François is keen to have... See full summary »

Director: Virginie Wagon | Stars: Anne Coesens, Michel Bompoil, Tony Todd, Quentin Rossi

Votes: 640

2. Every Man for Himself (1980)

Not Rated | 87 min | Drama

An examination of sexual relationships, in which three protagonists interact in different combinations.

Director: Jean-Luc Godard | Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Jacques Dutronc, Nathalie Baye, Roland Amstutz

Votes: 2,858

3. Wild Side (2004)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama, Romance

52 Metascore

A transgender woman who survives prostituting herself in Paris, returns - with her two male lovers in tow - to her family home in the countryside to look after her dying mother.

Director: Sébastien Lifshitz | Stars: Stéphanie Michelini, Yasmine Belmadi, Edouard Nikitine, Josiane Stoléru

Votes: 965 | Gross: $0.02M

4. Sade (2000)

100 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

63 Metascore

A man prepares himself to be transferred to a detention center and rest home where he will relive one more time the highlights of his youth.

Director: Benoît Jacquot | Stars: Daniel Auteuil, Marianne Denicourt, Jeanne Balibar, Grégoire Colin

Votes: 1,627 | Gross: $0.03M

5. Beau Pere (1981)

123 min | Comedy, Drama

After her mother dies, fourteen-year-old Marion falls in love with her stepfather, Remy.

Director: Bertrand Blier | Stars: Patrick Dewaere, Ariel Besse, Maurice Ronet, Geneviève Mnich

Votes: 2,422

6. Read My Lips (2001)

R | 115 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

82 Metascore

She is almost deaf and he 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: 13,020 | Gross: $1.36M

7. 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: 90,400 | Gross: $2.08M

8. My Man (1996)

Unrated | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

In Lyon, where many are unemployed, Marie is a prostitute who loves her work: she's thoughtful and exuberant toward clients old and young, slim or flabby. One night, a homeless man sleeps ... See full summary »

Director: Bertrand Blier | Stars: Anouk Grinberg, Gérard Lanvin, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Olivier Martinez

Votes: 1,243

9. Ménage (1986)

84 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

A bisexual petty criminal named Bob encounters a married couple arguing in a bar. Bob breaks up the fight and proceeds to seduce first the wife and then the husband. Then Bob teaches the ... See full summary »

Director: Bertrand Blier | Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Michel Blanc, Miou-Miou, Michel Creton

Votes: 2,428 | Gross: $0.93M

10. A Few Days of Respite (2010)

79 min | Drama

The meeting between two clandestine homosexuals and Iranian and a single woman

Director: Amor Hakkar | Stars: Marina Vlady, Amor Hakkar, Samir Guesmi, Shimon Ben Lulu

Votes: 38

11. 36 fillette (1988)

88 min | Romance, Drama

A night in the life of a young woman who wishes to learn and experience more of life. The men she meets have as much to learn from her as they can offer her, or more.

Director: Catherine Breillat | Stars: Delphine Zentout, Etienne Chicot, Olivier Parnière, Jean-Pierre Léaud

Votes: 1,041 | Gross: $0.41M

12. The Story of O (1975)

NC-17 | 97 min | Drama

Photographer O's lover takes her to a Château, where she is, like other women there, naked, humiliated by whipping, sexual abuse by men etc. When O leaves, her lover gives her to his much older step-brother.

Director: Just Jaeckin | Stars: Corinne Cléry, Udo Kier, Anthony Steel, Jean Gaven

Votes: 5,502

13. Four Lovers (2010)

Unrated | 103 min | Romance

39 Metascore

What are adult love affairs ? Two couples meet and fall in love, lose sight of each other in the confusion and end up pulling through.

Director: Antony Cordier | Stars: Marina Foïs, Élodie Bouchez, Roschdy Zem, Nicolas Duvauchelle

Votes: 1,475

14. The Girl from Monaco (2008)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Drama

52 Metascore

Bertrand Beauvois, a well-known attorney, is in Monte Carlo to defend a businessman's mother who murdered a gigolo with ties to gangsters. The businessman provides a bodyguard, Christophe, ... See full summary »

Director: Anne Fontaine | Stars: Fabrice Luchini, Roschdy Zem, Stéphane Audran, Gilles Cohen

Votes: 1,918 | Gross: $0.60M

16. Ballroom (2003)

Unrated | 94 min | Drama, Mystery

René and his lover Patric live in an old ballroom on the coast in Northern France. When Patric goes away for work, René begins to obsess on a picture of two brothers in dresses that hangs ... See full summary »

Directors: Patrick-Mario Bernard, Xavier Brillat, Pierre Trividic | Stars: Patrick-Mario Bernard, Pierre Trividic, Jean-Yves Jouannais, Peter Bonke

Votes: 135

18. Private Lessons (2008)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama

An aspiring tennis player is taken under the wing of an established player as his family life falls apart.

Director: Joachim Lafosse | Stars: Jonas Bloquet, Jonathan Zaccaï, Claire Bodson, Yannick Renier

Votes: 860

20. ...à la campagne (1995)

108 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Living a peaceful life in a house in the country surrounded by his friends is a lifestyle Benoît has opted for on mature reflection. One day, Lila, a young woman, arrives in Brionne, the ... See full summary »

Director: Manuel Poirier | Stars: Benoît Régent, Judith Henry, Sergi López, Jean-Jacques Vanier

Votes: 75

22. Café de Flore (2011)

Not Rated | 120 min | Drama, Romance

53 Metascore

A love story between a man and woman. And between a mother and her son. A mystical and fantastical odyssey on love.

Director: Jean-Marc Vallée | Stars: Vanessa Paradis, Kevin Parent, Hélène Florent, Evelyne Brochu

Votes: 14,275

23. L'Humanité (1999)

Not Rated | 141 min | Drama, Mystery

77 Metascore

When an 11-year-old girl is brutally raped and murdered in a quiet French village, a police detective who has forgotten how to feel emotions--because of the death of his own family in some kind of accident--investigates the crime, which turns out to ask more questions than it answers.

Director: Bruno Dumont | Stars: Emmanuel Schotté, Séverine Caneele, Philippe Tullier, Ghislain Ghesquère

Votes: 3,768 | Gross: $0.11M

24. Transfixed (2001)

105 min | Drama

34 Metascore

Bo is a transexual prostitute in Brussels who left home after being abused by her father. She's now in an abusive relationship with a neighbor and suspected by the police in a series of ... See full summary »

Director: Francis Girod | Stars: Richard Bohringer, Robinson Stévenin, Stéphane Metzger, William Nadylam

Votes: 335 | Gross: $0.01M

25. Certified Copy (2010)

Not Rated | 106 min | Drama, Romance

82 Metascore

In Tuscany to promote his latest book, a middle-aged British writer meets a French woman who leads him to the village of Lucignano. While there, a chance question reveals something deeper.

Director: Abbas Kiarostami | Stars: Juliette Binoche, William Shimell, Jean-Claude Carrière, Agathe Natanson

Votes: 19,640 | Gross: $1.34M

26. Ma Vie en Rose (1997)

R | 88 min | Drama

Ludovic is an innocent seven-year-old child who provokes horror in his community when he dresses in girls clothes and insists he's a girl.

Director: Alain Berliner | Stars: Georges Du Fresne, Michèle Laroque, Jean-Philippe Écoffey, Hélène Vincent

Votes: 8,214 | Gross: $2.28M

27. Olivier, Olivier (1992)

R | 110 min | Drama

A nine-year-old boy disappears without a trace. Six years later, he reappears in Paris but there are doubts about his real identity.

Director: Agnieszka Holland | Stars: Brigitte Roüan, François Cluzet, Jean-François Stévenin, Frédéric Quiring

Votes: 1,603 | Gross: $1.26M

28. The Triplets of Belleville (2003)

PG-13 | 80 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

91 Metascore

When her grandson is kidnapped during the Tour de France, Madame Souza and her beloved pooch Bruno team up with the Belleville Sisters--an aged song-and-dance team from the days of Fred Astaire--to rescue him.

Director: Sylvain Chomet | Stars: Michèle Caucheteux, Jean-Claude Donda, Michel Robin, Monica Viegas

Votes: 49,244 | Gross: $7.00M

29. A Better Life (2011)

110 min | Drama

Yann (Guillaume Canet) and Nadia (Leïla Bekhti) fall in love. Nadia has acquired a crumbling building in a Paris suburb and the couple decide to renovate it to launch a restaurant. But ... See full summary »

Director: Cédric Kahn | Stars: Guillaume Canet, Leïla Bekhti, Slimane Khettabi, Abraham Belaga

Votes: 1,602

30. Tous les garçons et les filles de leur âge... (1993– )

61 min | Drama

French filmmakers were given the opportunity in this Tv series to portray an episode about the coming of age of young people during one of the past few decades, accompanied by music of that period.

Stars: Jackie Berroyer, Élodie Bouchez, Nabil El Bouhairi, Alice Houri

Votes: 65

31. Marie-Line (2000)

100 min | Drama

Marie-Line works as a chief cleaner, at night, in a mall. She leads a team of 3-5 women, most of them being illegal aliens. Marie-Line is a hard woman with a golden heart, and she's in love... See full summary »

Director: Mehdi Charef | Stars: Muriel Robin, Fejria Deliba, Valérie Stroh, Yan Epstein

Votes: 192

32. La sentinelle (1992)

139 min | Thriller

Mathias, whose dead father was a diplomat in Germany, decides to study the forensic medicine in Paris. In the train, he has some troubles with the border police, and is insulted and ... See full summary »

Director: Arnaud Desplechin | Stars: Emmanuel Salinger, Thibault de Montalembert, Jean-Louis Richard, Valérie Dréville

Votes: 699 | Gross: $0.01M

33. My Sex Life... or How I Got Into an Argument (1996)

178 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

76 Metascore

Paul Dedalus is at a crossroads in his life. He has to make several decisions; should he complete his doctorate, does he want to become a full professor, does he really love his ... See full summary »

Director: Arnaud Desplechin | Stars: Mathieu Amalric, Emmanuelle Devos, Emmanuel Salinger, Marianne Denicourt

Votes: 1,288

34. What's in a Name? (2012)

PG | 109 min | Comedy, Drama

66 Metascore

Vincent is about to become a father. At a meeting with childhood friends he announces the name for his future son. The scandalous name ignites a discussion which surfaces unpleasant matters from the past of the group.

Directors: Alexandre de La Patellière, Matthieu Delaporte | Stars: Patrick Bruel, Valérie Benguigui, Charles Berling, Guillaume de Tonquédec

Votes: 14,467

35. The Salesman (2011)

107 min | Drama

Marcel Lévesque, a quick-witted car salesman nearing retirement, lives to sell. He has been salesman of the month for the last sixteen years at the dealership where he has spent his career,... See full summary »

Director: Sébastien Pilote | Stars: Gilbert Sicotte, Nathalie Cavezzali, Jeremy Tessier, Jean-François Boudreau

Votes: 571

36. Private Fears In Public Places (Coeurs) (2006)

120 min | Drama, Romance

77 Metascore

In Paris, six people all look for love, despite typically having their romantic aspirations dashed at every turn.

Director: Alain Resnais | Stars: Sabine Azéma, Isabelle Carré, Laura Morante, Pierre Arditi

Votes: 3,737 | Gross: $0.13M

37. Omar Killed Me (2011)

85 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

In the summer of 1991 an elderly woman Ghislaine Marchal is found murdered in the basement of her home with the message "Omar M'a Tuer" (Omar has kill me) written beside in her own blood. ... See full summary »

Director: Roschdy Zem | Stars: Sami Bouajila, Denis Podalydès, Maurice Bénichou, Salomé Stévenin

Votes: 1,297

38. Perfect Love (1996)

Unrated | 110 min | Drama, Romance

Anatomy of a murder. Christophe has murdered Frédérique, his lover. He's in his 20s, an entrepreneur who likes to pick up chicks with his misogynist friend Philippe; she's in her 30s, a ... See full summary »

Director: Catherine Breillat | Stars: Isabelle Renauld, Francis Renaud, Laura Saglio, Alain Soral

Votes: 441

39. The Life of Jesus (1997)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Romance

74 Metascore

A social movie about current life in the north of France. Freddy and his friends are all unemployed. They pass away time by wandering around on their motorcycles and by directing their ... See full summary »

Director: Bruno Dumont | Stars: David Douche, Marjorie Cottreel, Kader Chaatouf, Sébastien Delbaere

Votes: 2,459

40. 17 fois Cécile Cassard (2002)

105 min | Drama

A portrait of a woman, composed of 17 moments from her life.

Director: Christophe Honoré | Stars: Béatrice Dalle, Romain Duris, Jeanne Balibar, Ange Ruzé

Votes: 447

41. A Housekeeper (2002)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

68 Metascore

After his wife leaves him for another man, Jacques hires a housekeeper, Laura, to keep his Paris apartment in order. As he starts increasing her hours and spending more time with her on her... See full summary »

Director: Claude Berri | Stars: Jean-Pierre Bacri, Émilie Dequenne, Brigitte Catillon, Jacques Frantz

Votes: 1,566 | Gross: $0.46M

42. Viens chez moi, j'habite chez une copine (1981)

85 min | Comedy

Guy is fired from is job, and asks to stay with his friend and his girlfriend in their apartment. The longer he stays, the more disaster he creates.

Director: Patrice Leconte | Stars: Michel Blanc, Bernard Giraudeau, Thérèse Liotard, Anémone

Votes: 1,148

43. You Are So Beautiful (2005)

97 min | Comedy, Romance

When farmer Aymé Pigrenet loses his wife, he is not exactly overwhelmed by sorrow, rather by the sheer amount of work that suddenly falls on his shoulders. In quest of a new spouse, he goes to Romania where he meets Elena.

Director: Isabelle Mergault | Stars: Michel Blanc, Medeea Marinescu, Wladimir Yordanoff, Benoît Turjman

Votes: 2,793

44. 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: 1,859 | Gross: $0.11M

45. Not Here to Be Loved (2005)

93 min | Drama, Romance

The (love) life of a man fed up with his work and life routine changes when he enlists into a tango dancing course.

Director: Stéphane Brizé | Stars: Patrick Chesnais, Anne Consigny, Georges Wilson, Lionel Abelanski

Votes: 1,499

46. I Can't Sleep (1994)

Unrated | 110 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

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