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1. The Day of the Jackal (1973)

PG | 143 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.8
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80 Metascore

A professional assassin codenamed "Jackal" plots to kill Charles de Gaulle, the President of France.

Director: Fred Zinnemann | Stars: Edward Fox, Terence Alexander, Michel Auclair, Alan Badel

Votes: 35,077 | Gross: $16.06M

2. Napoleon (1927)

240 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.1
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A film about the French general's youth and early military career.

Director: Abel Gance | Stars: Albert Dieudonné, Vladimir Roudenko, Edmond Van Daële, Alexandre Koubitzky

Votes: 6,383

3. OSS 117: Lost in Rio (2009)

Not Rated | 101 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

6.9
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58 Metascore

Another mission of world-known French secret agent leads him to exotic Brazil.

Director: Michel Hazanavicius | Stars: Jean Dujardin, Louise Monot, Rüdiger Vogler, Alex Lutz

Votes: 12,029 | Gross: $0.09M

4. The French Minister (2013)

Not Rated | 113 min | Comedy

6.3
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65 Metascore

Alexandre Taillard de Vorms is tall and impressive, a man with style, attractive to women. He also happens to be the Minister of Foreign Affairs for the land of enlightenment: France. With ... See full summary »

Director: Bertrand Tavernier | Stars: Thierry Lhermitte, Raphaël Personnaz, Niels Arestrup, Bruno Raffaelli

Votes: 3,020 | Gross: $0.00M

5. Death of a Corrupt Man (1977)

Not Rated | 123 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.9
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One early morning deputy Philippe Dubaye wakes up his old friend Xavier Maréchal with disturbing news: he has just killed Serrano, a racketeer with extant political connections. Serrano ... See full summary »

Director: Georges Lautner | Stars: Alain Delon, Ornella Muti, Stéphane Audran, Mireille Darc

Votes: 1,599

6. Une femme française (1995)

100 min | Drama, Romance

6.3
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Wed just as war breaks out, Jeanne hardly gets to know her military husband, Louis, before the debacle of 1940. While waiting for his return from a POW camp, Jeanne journeys through ... See full summary »

Director: Régis Wargnier | Stars: Emmanuelle Béart, Daniel Auteuil, Gabriel Barylli, Jean-Claude Brialy

Votes: 1,129 | Gross: $0.17M

7. Special Section (1975)

PG | 110 min | Drama, History, Thriller

7.8
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In occupied France during the WWII, a German officer is murdered. The collaborationist Vichy government decides to pin the murder on six petty criminals. Loyal judges are called in to convict them as quickly as possible.

Director: Costa-Gavras | Stars: Louis Seigner, Roland Bertin, Michael Lonsdale, Ivo Garrani

Votes: 934

8. Elena and Her Men (1956)

Not Rated | 98 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.3
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Polish countess Elena falls in love to a French radical party's candidate, a general, in pre-World War I Paris, but another officer pines for her.

Director: Jean Renoir | Stars: Ingrid Bergman, Jean Marais, Mel Ferrer, Jean Richard

Votes: 1,526

9. Outside the Law (2010)

R | 138 min | Crime, Drama, War

6.6
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59 Metascore

A drama about the Algerian struggle for independence from France after WWII.

Director: Rachid Bouchareb | Stars: Jamel Debbouze, Roschdy Zem, Sami Bouajila, Chafia Boudraa

Votes: 3,488

10. The Sorrow and the Pity (1969)

PG | 251 min | Documentary, History, War

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An in-depth exploration of the various reactions by the French people to the Vichy government's acceptance of Nazi invasion.

Director: Marcel Ophüls | Stars: Georges Bidault, Matthäus Bleibinger, Charles Braun, Maurice Buckmaster

Votes: 3,308

11. Stavisky... (1974)

PG | 120 min | Biography, Drama

6.6
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Irrestisible charm and talent help Serge Alexandre alias Stavisky, small-time swindler, to make friends with even the most influential members of the French industrial and political elite ... See full summary »

Director: Alain Resnais | Stars: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Charles Boyer, François Périer, Anny Duperey

Votes: 1,559 | Gross: $0.01M

12. The Minister (2011)

115 min | Comedy, Drama

6.7
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Transport Minister Bertrand Saint-Jean is awoken in the middle of the night by his head of staff. A bus has gone off the road into a gully. He has no choice but to go to the scene of the ... See full summary »

Director: Pierre Schoeller | Stars: Olivier Gourmet, Michel Blanc, Zabou Breitman, Laurent Stocker

Votes: 2,403

13. This Is Our Land (2017)

PG | 117 min | Drama

6.4
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61 Metascore

An engaged but apolitical nurse gets involved in a far-right political party. Based on numerous recent events in France, it becomes about how Front National operates and how it is perceived by the French.

Director: Lucas Belvaux | Stars: Émilie Dequenne, André Dussollier, Guillaume Gouix, Catherine Jacob

Votes: 839 | Gross: $0.01M

14. Le grand jeu (I) (2015)

99 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

5.5
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Ostensible puppet master is an affable white-haired gentleman named Joseph Paskin casually approaches the sullen Pierre Blum outside a French casino. Joseph pretends not to recognize the 40... See full summary »

Director: Nicolas Pariser | Stars: Melvil Poupaud, André Dussollier, Clémence Poésy, Sophie Cattani

Votes: 285

15. Napoleon (1955)

190 min | Biography, Drama, War

6.2
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From 1769 to 1821, Napoléon Bonaparte's life, loves and exceptional destiny but as seen through the eyes of Talleyrand, the cynic and ironic politician, who once was the Emperor of France's Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Director: Sacha Guitry | Stars: Jean-Pierre Aumont, Jeanne Boitel, Pierre Brasseur, Gianna Maria Canale

Votes: 436

16. Terror's Advocate (2007)

Unrated | 135 min | Documentary, Biography, History

7.2
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75 Metascore

A documentary on Jacques Vergès, the controversial lawyer and former Free French Forces guerrilla who has defending unpopular figures such as Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie and Holocaust denier Roger Garaudy.

Director: Barbet Schroeder | Stars: Jacques Vergès, Klaus Barbie, Barbet Schroeder, Bassam Abu Sharif

Votes: 1,434 | Gross: $0.04M

17. Let Joy Reign Supreme (1975)

Not Rated | 114 min | Drama, History, War

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France, 1719. Four years after Louix XIV's death, Philippe d'Orleans is the regent for the nine-year-old Louis XIV. Philippe is a liberal and a libertine. His right-hand man, Dubois, an ... See full summary »

Director: Bertrand Tavernier | Stars: Philippe Noiret, Jean Rochefort, Jean-Pierre Marielle, Christine Pascal

Votes: 1,230

18. The Conquest (2011)

Not Rated | 105 min | Biography

6.2
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62 Metascore

A look at French president Nicolas Sarkozy's rise to power.

Director: Xavier Durringer | Stars: Denis Podalydès, Florence Pernel, Bernard Le Coq, Michèle Moretti

Votes: 1,535 | Gross: $0.07M

19. Les Guignols de l'info (1988– )

8 min | Animation, Comedy

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Stars: Yves Lecoq, Nicolas Canteloup, Daniel Herzog, Sandrine Alexi

Votes: 299

20. L'affaire Dreyfus (1995 TV Movie)

200 min | Biography, Drama

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In 1894, the French Army discovered the existence of a traitor Alsatian and Jewish, the French officer Alfred Dreyfus makes an ideal culprit. For lack of evidence, the War Ministry creates ... See full summary »

Director: Yves Boisset | Stars: Thierry Frémont, Gérard Desarthe, Pierre Arditi, Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu

Votes: 84

21. The President (1961)

110 min | Thriller

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At 73, France's ex-president, Emile Beaufort, faces declining health, but he still plays a vigorous role behind the scenes as a philosopher and, potentially, as a power broker. In ... See full summary »

Director: Henri Verneuil | Stars: Jean Gabin, Bernard Blier, Renée Faure, Henri Crémieux

Votes: 655

22. J'veux du soleil (2019)

76 min | Documentary

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Documentary devoted to Yellow Vests.

Directors: Gilles Perret, François Ruffin | Stars: Jean-Michel Aphatie, Christophe Barbier, Yves Calvi, Christophe Castaner

Votes: 72

23. Pater (2011)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama

6.1
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Vincent Lindon and Alain Cavalier are pals. Like father and son. They sip port in bars dreaming of a film they might make. Together. Then just once in a while, they don suit and tie. Play ... See full summary »

Director: Alain Cavalier | Stars: Vincent Lindon, Alain Cavalier, Bernard Bureau, Jonathan Duong

Votes: 436

24. Coluche: l'histoire d'un mec (2008)

100 min | Biography, Drama, History

5.6
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October 1980. Michel Colucci, better known as Coluche, is the French people's favorite comedian. He performs every night to a packed house at the Théâtre du Gymnase. One day, always ... See full summary »

Director: Antoine de Caunes | Stars: François-Xavier Demaison, Léa Drucker, Olivier Gourmet, Laurent Bateau

Votes: 625

25. Des lendemains qui chantent (I) (2014)

94 min | Comedy

5.8
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During 80s and 90s,Noemie is unable to choose between Olivier and Léon who came to Paris to make a fortune for themselves.

Director: Nicolas Castro | Stars: Pio Marmaï, Laetitia Casta, Ramzy Bedia, Gaspard Proust

Votes: 298

26. Un homme est mort (2018)

66 min | Animation, Drama

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In post-world war 2 France, the reconstruction effort leads to over exploitation of the working class. Labor unions demand better working conditions and decent salaries. During a ... See full summary »

Director: Olivier Cossu

Votes: 65

27. 20 heures le journal (1981– )

40 min | News

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Stars: Laurent Delahousse, David Pujadas, Julian Bugier, Claude Sérillon

Votes: 37

28. De Gaulle (2006– )

210 min | Biography, History

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Stars: Bernard Farcy, Danièle Lebrun, David Ryall, Grégoire Oestermann

Votes: 119

29. Terror! Robespierre and the French Revolution (2009 TV Movie)

Drama

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In 1794, French revolutionary Maximilien Robespierre produced the world's first defense of "state terror" - claiming that the road to virtue lay through political violence. This film ... See full summary »

Director: Carl Hindmarch | Stars: Stephen Hogan, Vasile Albinet, David Andress, Martin Hancock

Votes: 45

30. La case du siècle (2010– )

Documentary

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Stars: Georgette Elgey, Ahmed Ben Bella, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, Nezzar Khaled

Votes: 7

31. The Last Mitterrand (2005)

116 min | Biography, Drama

7.1
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A young journalist (Lespert) helps the French President compile his memoirs.

Director: Robert Guédiguian | Stars: Michel Bouquet, Jalil Lespert, Philippe Fretun, Anne Cantineau

Votes: 950

32. Les 4 vérités (1987– )

Talk-Show

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Stars: Jean-François Copé, François Hollande, Roland Sicard, Pierre Moscovici

33. La guerre sans nom (1992)

240 min | Documentary

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Documentary on the French-Algerian conflict 1954-1962 which was never officially called a "war", including interviews with some of the survivors.

Director: Bertrand Tavernier | Stars: Patrick Rotman, Bertrand Tavernier

Votes: 51

34. Is There a Frenchman in the House? (1982)

106 min | Comedy, Crime

5.8
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Horace Tumelat,a powerful politician was raised by his uncle Eusèbe.He has to find a letter written by his uncle who committed suicide.

Director: Jean-Pierre Mocky | Stars: Victor Lanoux, Jacques Dutronc, Jacqueline Maillan, Michel Galabru

Votes: 154

35. L'école du pouvoir (2009 TV Movie)

125 min | Drama

7.6
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A retelling in two parts, from 1977 to 1986, of the education and the rise to power of a group of young graduates of the prestigious ENA school.

Director: Raoul Peck | Stars: Robinson Stévenin, Élodie Navarre, Céline Sallette, Thibault Vinçon

Votes: 149

36. Hiver 54, l'abbé Pierre (1989)

102 min | Biography, Drama

6.1
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France experienced one of the most chilling winters in 1954.It was during that harsh weather that a catholic priest L'Abbé Pierre wrote an open letter to minister of housing to provide shelter to numerous homeless people.

Director: Denis Amar | Stars: Lambert Wilson, Claudia Cardinale, Robert Hirsch, Antoine Vitez

Votes: 208

37. Paris 1919: Un traité pour la paix (2009 TV Movie)

90 min | Documentary, Drama, History

7.5
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A film about the Paris Peace Conference that negotiated the end of World War I with the Versailles Treaty.

Director: Paul Cowan | Stars: R.H. Thomson, David Lowe, Paul Bandey, Yan Brian

Votes: 118

38. Emmanuel Macron: les coulisses d'une victoire (2017 TV Movie)

91 min | Documentary

6.9
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Objective footage witnessing the sudden political ascent of Emmanuel Macron, who survived a bruising campaign to become the youngest president in French history.

Director: Yann L'Hénoret | Stars: Emmanuel Macron, Pierre Arditi, François Bayrou, Stéphane Bern

Votes: 429

39. 1974, une partie de campagne (1974)

90 min | Documentary

6.9
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This documentary closely follows the French 1974 Presidential campaign of Valéry Giscard d'Estaing (who then became President).

Director: Raymond Depardon | Stars: Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, Charles Aznavour, Jacques Chirac, Philippe Clay

Votes: 150

40. The Days That Made History (2009– )

90 min | History

7.4
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Stars: Arnaud Bedouët, Antoine Gouy, Michel Vuillermoz, Chiara De Luca

Votes: 29

41. Pétain (1993)

132 min | Drama, History

6.5
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During second world war,Philippe Pétain gets absolute powers.The war ends with the arrival of allied forces by Petainism has not been put on trial.

Director: Jean Marboeuf | Stars: Jacques Dufilho, Jean Yanne, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Jean-Claude Dreyfus

Votes: 93

42. The Other Side of Suez (2004 TV Movie)

59 min | Documentary, History

8.3
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A British documentary focusing on the Suez Crisis of 1956.

Stars: Ben Miles, Mohamed Auda, Talaat Badrawi, Mordechai Bar-On

Votes: 17

43. Chateaubriand (2010 TV Movie)

102 min | Biography

6.0
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The film is based on real events in the life of the famous French writer and politician François-René de Chateaubriand.

Director: Pierre Aknine | Stars: Frédéric Diefenthal, Armelle Deutsch, Annelise Hesme, Aurélia Petit

Votes: 36

44. The Rainbow Warrior (2006 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, History

6.7
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July 10, 1985. The Rainbow Warrior, a ship belonging to Greenpeace is docked in the port of Auckland, New Zealand when it sinks after an explosion. The incident claims the life of Fernando ... See full summary »

Director: Pierre Boutron | Stars: Niels Arestrup, Julie Gayet, Pascal Elbé, Grégori Derangère

Votes: 42

45. Les gens du Monde (2014)

82 min | Documentary

6.2
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Director: Yves Jeuland | Stars: Didier Pourquery, Abel Mestre, Thomas Wieder, Raphaëlle Bacqué

Votes: 45

46. 7 sur 7 (1981–1997)

55 min | News

4.9
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Stars: Anne Sinclair, Jean-Louis Burgat, Eric Gilbert, Jean Lanzi

Votes: 16

47. Who Is Bernard Tapie? (2001)

PG | 56 min | Documentary

5.8
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This documentary tells two stories simultaneously: it's a profile of Bernard Tapie, a wealthy man who rises and falls spectacularly in French society and may be on the rise again; and, it's... See full summary »

Director: Marina Zenovich | Stars: Claude Lelouch, Marina Zenovich, Bernard Tapie, Anne-Laure Plante

Votes: 56

48. Dans la peau de Jacques Chirac (2006)

90 min | Documentary, Comedy

6.6
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Directors: Michel Royer, Karl Zéro | Stars: Didier Gustin, Edouard Balladur, François Baroin, Raymond Barre

Votes: 293

49. Farewell De Gaulle, Farewell (2009 TV Movie)

95 min | History

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May 1968. Charles de Gaulle is 77. His great career is behind him. Obsessed by France's prestige, he's looking with distance to the student demonstrations. An intimate portrait of the General through the tale of 68'events.

Director: Laurent Herbiet | Stars: Pierre Vernier, Didier Bezace, Frédéric Pierrot, Catherine Arditi

Votes: 47

50. Mai 68 (1974)

190 min | Documentary

7.2
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Directors: Jérôme Kanapa, Gudie Lawaetz | Stars: Maurice Clavel, Daniel Cohn-Bendit, Christian Fouchet, Alain Geismar

Votes: 5



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