Swell.French.Movies

by Deleauvive | created - 18 Aug 2012 | updated - 1 month ago | Public

A saucerful (well, half full) of French movies I thoroughly enjoyed watching...

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1. Vatel (2000)

PG-13 | 103 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

44 Metascore

Vatel is in charge of the reception to the king Louis XIV. With the prince's political ambitions at stake, its essential to please him. But when he falls in love with the king's lover, passion and duty seem to contradict each other.

Director: Roland Joffé | Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Uma Thurman, Tim Roth, Julian Glover

Votes: 7,115 | Gross: $0.05M

2. 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: 5,459

Rated NC-17, male chauvinism all over but gorgeous picture

3. Night Wind (1999)

95 min | Drama

Hélène is unhappy with her marriage but finds some comfort and relief with Paul, a young art student. They reflect on their differences of age, backgrounds and also what truly connects them... See full summary »

Director: Philippe Garrel | Stars: Catherine Deneuve, Daniel Duval, Xavier Beauvois, Jacques Lassalle

Votes: 551

4. Subway (1985)

R | 104 min | Thriller

On improvising a burglary at a shady tycoon's home, Fred takes refuge in the hip and surreal universe of the Paris Metro and encounters its assorted denizens, the tycoon's henchmen and his disenchanted young wife.

Director: Luc Besson | Stars: Christopher Lambert, Isabelle Adjani, Richard Bohringer, Michel Galabru

Votes: 13,343 | Gross: $0.39M

5. 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. An unusual relationship forms as she becomes his protégée and learns the assassin's trade.

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

Votes: 966,620 | Gross: $19.50M

Rated R (should be PG-13, more likely)

6. Santa Claus Is a Stinker (1982)

88 min | Comedy

Two neurotics, working for a suicide hotline on the night of Christmas Eve, get caught up in a catastrophe when a pregnant woman, her abusive boyfriend, and a transvestite visit their office.

Director: Jean-Marie Poiré | Stars: Anémone, Josiane Balasko, Marie-Anne Chazel, Christian Clavier

Votes: 7,944

7. Asterix and Cleopatra (1968)

72 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Popular animated hero Asterix and his faithful sidekick Obelix travel to ancient Egypt to help Cleopatra build a new summer home. Cleopatra and Julius Caesar have made a bet, with Caesar ... See full summary »

Directors: René Goscinny, Albert Uderzo | Stars: Roger Carel, Jacques Morel, Micheline Dax, Jacques Balutin

Votes: 10,952

8. Delicatessen (1991)

R | 99 min | Comedy, Crime

66 Metascore

Post-apocalyptic surrealist black comedy about the landlord of an apartment building who occasionally prepares a delicacy for his odd tenants.

Directors: Marc Caro, Jean-Pierre Jeunet | Stars: Marie-Laure Dougnac, Dominique Pinon, Pascal Benezech, Jean-Claude Dreyfus

Votes: 76,799 | Gross: $1.79M

Some violence, male chauvinism

10. 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: 230,881 | Gross: $51.40M

11. Black for Remembrance (1995)

92 min | Thriller

Seventeen years after the disappearance of the little Garance, her parents are harassed and intimidated by a mysterious voice that mimics that of their lost little girl.

Director: Jean-Pierre Mocky | Stars: Jane Birkin, Sabine Azéma, Jean-François Stévenin, Benoît Régent

Votes: 136

12. Le Furet (2003)

88 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

From his locksmith's shop, a simple guy dreams of becoming a crime boss, at the wheel of his Cadillac surrounded by blonde bimbos. He starts small, assassinating petty criminals. Gaining ... See full summary »

Director: Jean-Pierre Mocky | Stars: Jacques Villeret, Michel Serrault, Robin Renucci, Michael Lonsdale

Votes: 146

13. A Crime in Paradise (2001)

89 min | Comedy

In the 1980 French countryside, farmer Jojo and his ill-tempered wife Lulu hate each other, though their respective interests speak against divorce. The only thing that keeps the oppressed ... See full summary »

Director: Jean Becker | Stars: Jacques Villeret, Josiane Balasko, André Dussollier, Suzanne Flon

Votes: 1,669

14. The Professional (1981)

Not Rated | 108 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Victim of a plot which has resulted in his imprisonment in a Central African jail for two years, a French secret agent arrives in Paris to settle accounts.

Director: Georges Lautner | Stars: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean Desailly, Cyrielle Clair, Marie-Christine Descouard

Votes: 12,080

15. Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001)

R | 142 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

57 Metascore

In 18th century France, the Chevalier de Fronsac and his native American friend Mani are sent by the King to the Gevaudan province to investigate the killings of hundreds by a mysterious beast.

Director: Christophe Gans | Stars: Samuel Le Bihan, Mark Dacascos, Jérémie Renier, Vincent Cassel

Votes: 60,197 | Gross: $11.26M

16. 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: 5,730

17. The Toy (1976)

PG | 95 min | Comedy, Drama

A poor journalist finds himself as a toy of a boss' son. Making friends with a naughty child, he tries to save him from the cruel power of his father.

Director: Francis Veber | Stars: Pierre Richard, Michel Bouquet, Fabrice Greco, Jacques François

Votes: 4,322

18. 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: 7,396

19. The Visitors (1993)

R | 107 min | Comedy, Fantasy

A medieval knight and his servant ask 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: 30,366 | Gross: $0.70M

20. Bunker paradise (2005)

109 min | Drama

A cab driver is torn between disgust and contempt towards a small clique of rich, decadent, misanthropic friends and his secret wish to be one of them, when he drives their dying friend to their doorstep one night.

Director: Stefan Liberski | Stars: Jean-Paul Rouve, François Vincentelli, Audrey Marnay, Bouli Lanners

Votes: 185

21. Farinelli (1994)

R | 111 min | Biography, Drama, Music

Farinelli is the artistic name of Carlo Broschi, a young singer in Handel's time. He was castrated in his childhood in order to preserve his voice. During his life he becomes a very famous ... See full summary »

Director: Gérard Corbiau | Stars: Stefano Dionisi, Enrico Lo Verso, Elsa Zylberstein, Caroline Cellier

Votes: 6,036 | Gross: $2.12M

Rated R

22. Marcel Proust's Time Regained (1999)

169 min | Drama, Romance, War

72 Metascore

A lush, elegant epic taking us on a time-swirling trip down the infinitely complex labyrinth that is Marcel Proust's memory lane.

Director: Raoul Ruiz | Stars: Catherine Deneuve, Emmanuelle Béart, Vincent Perez, John Malkovich

Votes: 2,130 | Gross: $0.46M

23. Mina Tannenbaum (1994)

128 min | Drama

The film tells the story of two girls who are of totally different character. They know each other since their childhood and were friends until they became teenagers. But growing up and ... See full summary »

Director: Martine Dugowson | Stars: Romane Bohringer, Elsa Zylberstein, Florence Thomassin, Jean-Philippe Écoffey

Votes: 890 | Gross: $0.10M

24. The Restaurant (1966)

Not Rated | 85 min | Action, Comedy

Top-notch french restaurant owner Monsieur Septime is involved into crime when one of his famous guests disappears.

Director: Jacques Besnard | Stars: Louis de Funès, Bernard Blier, Maria-Rosa Rodriguez, Venantino Venantini

Votes: 4,649

25. Taxi 3 (2003)

Not Rated | 84 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

Out to stop a new gang disguised as Santa Claus, Emilien and Daniel must also handle major changes in their personal relationships.

Director: Gérard Krawczyk | Stars: Samy Naceri, Frédéric Diefenthal, Bernard Farcy, Bai Ling

Votes: 38,523 | Gross: $0.50M

27. Fahrenheit 451 (1966)

Not Rated | 112 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

In an oppressive future, a fireman whose duty is to destroy all books begins to question his task.

Director: François Truffaut | Stars: Oskar Werner, Julie Christie, Cyril Cusack, Anton Diffring

Votes: 39,282

28. Savage Nights (1992)

126 min | Biography, Drama

Jean is young, gay, and promiscuous. Only after he meets one or two women, including Laura does he come to realize his bisexuality. Jean has to overcome a personal crisis (he is ... See full summary »

Director: Cyril Collard | Stars: Cyril Collard, Romane Bohringer, Carlos López, Corine Blue

Votes: 2,083 | Gross: $0.66M

A few softcore scenes

29. Le parfum d'Yvonne (1994)

89 min | Drama, Romance

How the life of Victor Chmara toppled during the course of a single day during the summer of 1958 ?

Director: Patrice Leconte | Stars: Jean-Pierre Marielle, Hippolyte Girardot, Sandra Extercatte, Richard Bohringer

Votes: 971

Diffused nudity. Thin plot but utterly evocative if you're in the right mood.

30. No Smoking (1993)

298 min | Comedy, Drama

In Yorkshire, Toby Teasdale is the alcoholic director of a school and married with two children with Celia Teasdale that is very unhappy. They have a maid, Sylvie Bell, and a guardian and ... See full summary »

Director: Alain Resnais | Stars: Sabine Azéma, Pierre Arditi, Peter Hudson

Votes: 1,600 | Gross: $0.06M

Smoking is the better one

31. 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: 46,238 | Gross: $3.12M

32. French Fried Vacation 2 (1979)

Not Rated | 90 min | Comedy

Eight tourists who met in a holiday camp on the Ivory Coast are reunited for a skiing holiday.

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

Votes: 6,986

33. Inspector Maigret (1958)

119 min | Crime, Drama

A serial killer is targeting women in the seedy district of Montmartre.

Director: Jean Delannoy | Stars: Jean Gabin, Annie Girardot, Olivier Hussenot, Jeanne Boitel

Votes: 1,345 | Gross: $0.01M

34. Tout ça... pour ça! (1993)

120 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance

Marie, a young lawyer, leaves with her husband Fabrice and a couple of friends, Francis and Alessandra. They are engaged in a dangerous sentimental game together, from which their relations will not come out unseemly.

Director: Claude Lelouch | Stars: Marie-Sophie L., Francis Huster, Fabrice Luchini, Alessandra Martines

Votes: 689

35. Le Samouraï (1967)

GP | 101 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

After professional hitman Jef Costello is seen by witnesses his efforts to provide himself an alibi drive him further into a corner.

Director: Jean-Pierre Melville | Stars: Alain Delon, François Périer, Nathalie Delon, Cathy Rosier

Votes: 41,115 | Gross: $0.04M

36. Le grand pardon (1982)

130 min | Drama

With the help of his binoculars, commissioner Duche monitors from his car the reception at the villa of Raymond Bettoun, the head of the clan of Jewish Pied-Noir.

Director: Alexandre Arcady | Stars: Roger Hanin, Clio Goldsmith, Bernard Giraudeau, Richard Berry

Votes: 531

Some violence

37. Les Carabiniers (1963)

80 min | Comedy, Drama, War

During a war in an imaginary country, unscrupulous soldiers recruit poor farmers with promises of an easy and happy life. Two of these farmers write to their wives of their exploits.

Director: Jean-Luc Godard | Stars: Patrice Moullet, Marino Masé, Geneviève Galéa, Catherine Ribeiro

Votes: 2,703

38. 2 or 3 Things I Know About Her (1967)

Not Rated | 87 min | Comedy, Drama

A day in the life of a Parisian housewife/prostitute, interspersed with musings on the Vietnam War and other contemporary issues.

Director: Jean-Luc Godard | Stars: Marina Vlady, Anny Duperey, Roger Montsoret, Raoul Lévy

Votes: 6,025 | Gross: $0.10M

39. Time Masters (1982)

78 min | Animation, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Piel, a 7 or 8 year old boy, is alone on the desert planet Perdide, only survivor of an attack by giant hornets. Calling for help, Piel's father's friend Jaffar keeps contact with the kid ... See full summary »

Director: René Laloux | Stars: Jean Valmont, Michel Elias, Frédéric Legros, Yves-Marie Maurin

Votes: 4,779

Great old school anime. Deeply moving and masterfully crafted.

40. 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: 5,760

41. Story of Women (1988)

108 min | Drama, Romance

Marie Latour, a woman of limited schooling, raises two children in a ratty flat during World War II in occupied France. In 1941, her husband Paul returns from German captivity, too weak to ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Chabrol | Stars: Isabelle Huppert, François Cluzet, Marie Trintignant, Nils Tavernier

Votes: 3,599 | Gross: $0.44M

42. Le fils préféré (1994)

100 min | Drama

Nicole Garcia's film shows a family through an adult man's figure, and his weekdays. The main character is one of the sons of an old and ill man who is in hospital nowadays. The father has ... See full summary »

Director: Nicole Garcia | Stars: Gérard Lanvin, Bernard Giraudeau, Jean-Marc Barr, Roberto Herlitzka

Votes: 306

43. Diva (1981)

R | 117 min | Thriller

Two tapes, two Parisian mob killers, one corrupt policeman, an opera fan, a teenage thief, and the coolest philosopher ever filmed all twist their way through an intricate and stylish French-language thriller.

Director: Jean-Jacques Beineix | Stars: Wilhelmenia Fernandez, Frédéric Andréi, Richard Bohringer, Thuy An Luu

Votes: 11,198 | Gross: $0.11M

44. Contempt (1963)

Not Rated | 102 min | Drama, Romance

Screenwriter Paul Javal's marriage to his wife Camille disintegrates during movie production as she spends time with the producer. Layered conflicts between art and business ensue.

Director: Jean-Luc Godard | Stars: Brigitte Bardot, Jack Palance, Michel Piccoli, Giorgia Moll

Votes: 25,926 | Gross: $0.04M