Famous French Movies You Need To Watch

France is known for its diverse and quality cinema. I wrote this list of famous French movies that you should see at least once to discover the French cinematographic richness. If you don’t speak French, don’t worry! You can find these top French movies with subtitles. Ready to discover French culture via your TV?

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Le diner de cons (The dinner game) – 1998

Director: Francis Veber
Pierre organizes a “diner de cons” each week, where everyone must come with a silly person chosen at random. At the end of the meal, the most stupid person is chosen. This movie may seem dumb at first, but the film is actually really hilarious and the writing and screenplay are awesome. If you have never seen a French film, start with this one because it is easy to follow even if you don’t speak French. Adapted from a play, it has more than 9 million cinema entries in France.
Discover it here.

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Kirikou et la sorcière (Kirikou and the Sorceress) – 1998

Director: Michel Ocelot
A typical French cartoon, which all French children have seen. It is set in an African village, starting from the birth of a baby like no other. The graphics are original and colourful and the story is catchy. The little boy is a model of courage and hope. It’s a perfect movie to watch with your family, to share an enriching and inspiring moment.
Watch it here.

Le fabuleux destin d’Amelie Poulain (Amélie) – 2001

Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Story of Amelie and her life in Paris in the Montmartre district. After an unexpected discovery, she decides to make others happy. During her adventures, she is going to meet love. This famous French movie received numerous awards and nominations: 13 at the Cesars and 5 at the Oscars. Let yourself embark on the Parisian adventures of Amelie and enjoy the little things in life again …
Discover here.

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99 Francs – 2007

Director: Jan Kounen
An atypical and satirical film. We follow Octave, an ad designer in a Parisian agency. Life of debauchery, irresponsible and cynical, this film is a satire and insight into the world of advertisement. You have to see this movie which criticizes consumerism based on an original and catchy story. The film will certainly make you think and see things differently.
Find it here.

La vie d’Adèle (Blue Is the Warmest Colour) – 2013

Director: Abdellatif Kechiche
A wonderful love story between Adele and Emma, who, as soon as they meet will grow, find and lose each other while evolving through the trials of life. The movie won the “Palme d’Or” at the 2013 Cannes festival. A love story like no other that you will not forget.
Discover it here.

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La Grande Vadrouille (The Great Stroll) – 1966

Director: Gérard Oury
A legendary and classic film of French cinema. I watched it with my parents who introduced me to French films of their generation and it became one of my favourite films. Louis de Funes and Bourvil are hilarious and extremely talented actors, they’re huge stars in France. We follow them as they try to reach the conflict-free zone during the Second World War. To date, this movie is the third most seen French film in France, after “Welcome to the Sticks” “and” Untouchable”.
Watch it here.

Bienvenue chez les Ch’tis (Welcome to the Sticks) – 2008

Director: Dany Boon
A comedy that marked French cinema. It is the French film with the best result at the national box office. This is the story of Philippe, director of a post agency in the south of France who is transferred to the north of France. He will then discover the differences between these two regions and try to adapt to his new life. This movie will also take you on a journey through the south and north of France, two different but attractive regions. Humour, funny and engaging story, atypical sets, this film will make you have a great time!
Buy it here.

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Asterix et Obelix Mission Cleopatre (Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra) – 2002

Director: Alain Chabat
This is the French movie that I have seen the most times. It is a classic of French cinema and all French people know the hilarious lines. Seriously, the humour in this film is awesome, I think I laugh every 5 minutes. I remember watching it over and over with my little sister. Basically we follow the adventures of Asterix and Obelix (famous characters from a French comic book) in Egypt, where they have to help Numerobis to build a palace for Cleopatra in a short time. The situations are hilarious and the actors are perfect.
Find it here!

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Intouchables (Untouchable) – 2011

Director: Olivier Nakache
Ok, this movie, one of the best I have ever seen !! It is undoubtedly one of the most famous French films of the 2000s. The Americans even wanted to shoot their own version of this film. It is the touching, funny and captivating story of a poor young man who will become the caregiver of a rich man. A unique friendship will form between the two characters. The music, the locations, the humour and the story: everything is perfect in this film.
Don’t miss it.

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L’Arnacoeur (Heartbreaker) – 2010

Director: Pascal Chaumeil
This French film had great success at the box office. It’s an original romantic comedy: the two main characters run a business where they have to break up romantic relationships. But with one of their clients, it will not go as planned …
Here’s the link.

Le premier jour du reste de ta vie (The First Day of the Rest of Your Life) – 2008

Director: Rémi Bezançon
You know these films that mark and resonate with you? This film is one of them for me. I still remember the first time I saw it. I find it super realistic and touching, we get attached to the characters and what they are going through. We are totally immersed in the history of this French family, in particular thanks to the superb execution of the actors.
Find it here.

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Le renard et l’enfant (The Fox & the Child) – 2007

Director: Luc Jacquet
It is the story of a friendship between a little girl and a fox. The landscapes are magnificent and the scenes very moving. Perfect to watch with the family. I cried the first time I watched it so prepare the tissues!
Buy it here.

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Here is my list of famous French movies. As a French woman, I can tell you that all French people have seen these movies at least once! They are all of high quality and will make you laugh, think or cry! Or all three.
If you’re interested in discovering even more famous French movies, check out this great list of Best French Movies of All Time.

Have you seen any French films? Which ones?

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Comments

  1. Kayleigh Zara says:

    I’ve watched quite a few french films but nothing on this lists so I will have to give these a go at some point! Thanks for sharing x

    1. Stephanie says:

      Yes, those movies are amazing and so famous in France! You’ll love them x

  2. Navellia says:

    LOVE IT 😍😍😍. Thank you for this article ☺️. My fav is « La vie d’Adèle » !

    1. Stephanie says:

      Merci!! J’adore “la vie d’Adele” aussi! Film inoubliable 🙂

  3. Faye says:

    French cinema is something that I’ve never really explored before but have always wanted to watch. I often watch Spanish films instead because I know the language. Amelie has been on my ‘to be watched’ list for years but I just haven’t bothered to watch it yet – I’ll have to soon! x

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    1. Stephanie says:

      French cinema is definitely worth looking into 🙂 Hope you’ll love these movies!

  4. Auwww……..I love French movies. I am learning French now. Watching French movie helps me with my French language. I already watched Amelie. I would like to watch The Fox and The Child. Thank you for your recommendations.

    1. Stephanie says:

      I love reading that! Watching movies definitely help with learning a language, that’s how I learned English mostly! Thank you for reading! x

  5. Love, Em says:

    This is a great list of films! I don’t watch a lot of French films but I am adding these to my watch list. Thank you for sharing 🙂

    Em x

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    1. Stephanie says:

      Thank you! Happy you’re adding them to your list 🙂

  6. Chloe says:

    I’ve been interested in the French culture recently and I’ve been on the search for some French movies. These sound really cool and hopefully by watching a few, I may be able to improve my French language a little. I especially like the look of Amelie. Thank you for this post!

    1. Stephanie says:

      That’s amazing to hear! You definitely have a cool list of French movies to watch now! And yes, it will definitely help you with your French 🙂 Good luck x

  7. Kat says:

    Oui! I have seen some of these and they are GREAT choices!
    Will be viewing the ones I haven’t seen yet.
    Merci!

    1. Stephanie says:

      Thank you! 🙂 Awesome, I’m sure you’ll love them x

  8. Chrissy says:

    Thank you for your recommendations! I’ve only seen French silent films, but I’m looking forward to watching all of these!

    1. Stephanie says:

      No problem! I hope you’ll like watching them 🙂

  9. Laura says:

    I havent seen many French movies and am always looking for new stuff to watch so thanks for the recommendations!

    1. Stephanie says:

      You’re welcome! I hope you’ll enjoy them 🙂

  10. Corinne says:

    Heartbreaker – LoL! Even my husband cried from laughing watching this movie and he doesn’t even have any interest in culture!

    1. Stephanie says:

      Haha yes, this movie is so funny! 🙂

  11. Annelyse says:

    I am french and you managed to make me learn about certain movies so thank you !! I’ll add those to my list ^^ Le dîner de cons et la grande vadrouille are real classics in France !

    1. Stephanie says:

      Ahah so glad I did!
      Definitely! Those two are not to be missed 🙂

  12. I’m a fan of intentional movies – usually horror but these are some great suggestions and I really want to see Blue is the Warmest colour. Thank you for the recommendations!

    1. Stephanie says:

      That’s amazing! Blue is the warmest colour is really good and intense.
      You’re welcome x

    2. Lindsey says:

      Thanks for these recommendations! Will add them to my list!

      1. Stephanie says:

        Awesome! You’re welcome 🙂

  13. Annie says:

    I’ve only seen one of these! Can’t wait to find the rest. Thanks!

    1. Stephanie says:

      Which one? 🙂
      You’re welcome x

  14. Anita says:

    I’ve never watched a French film. But I do watch movies w/ subtitles regularly. I’ll let you know how I like your suggestions 🙂

    1. Stephanie says:

      Awesome! I can guarantee you’ll love these movies 😉

  15. Maria says:

    Intouchables is soooo good! And Amelie is definitely way to french jaja <3 Will watch the other ones while in lockdown, thanks for the recommendations 🙂

    1. Stephanie says:

      I agree 😉 Both are amazing movies! No worries, thanks for reading 🙂

  16. Cam says:

    With all of this extra time at home, I’ve been looking for new movies to watch!

    1. Stephanie says:

      Perfect timing then!! 🙂

  17. Alexis says:

    I cannot to try some of these!!

  18. Alexis says:

    **I cannot wait to try some of these

    1. Stephanie says:

      Let me know what you think x

  19. Erika says:

    What an interesting list, I actually saw Emilie a while back and I must say, I enjoyed watching it a lot! I would like to give the Intouchables a try though, the story behind it sounds like something I might enjoy! Thanks for the share!

    1. Stephanie says:

      Thank you! You should definitely try the Intouchables, awesome movie! You’re welcome x

  20. J’en ai regardé pas mal sur cette liste, ouf 😄 sinon il faut absolument que je regarde à nouveau Astérix !

    1. Stephanie says:

      Ahah ça m’étonne pas 😉 Ouais Astérix j’adore!! Tellement marrant 🙂

  21. All of the movies seem to have amazing concepts. I’m learning French but I’ve just started, so are there English subtitles for the movies?

    1. Stephanie says:

      Yes, you can find them all online or buy the DVD and have English subtitles 🙂

  22. Noemi says:

    Yessss a really good selection of french film 🙂 One is missing (from my point of view) : Moulin Rouge ! And thank you for “Bienvenue chez les ch’tis” I come from North of France, I’m very proud to see one of my favorite and local film on this list !

    1. Stephanie says:

      Thank you! 🙂 Moulin Rouge is really good indeed! But I wanted a list of movies made by French people and Moulin Rouge is American.
      You’re welcome, I love “Bienvenue chez les ch’tis”! 😉

  23. Cyrielle says:

    We have a family of foxes living in the property next to our caravan and my daughter loves watching them so I definitely need to watch The fox and the child with her!

    1. Stephanie says:

      Oh, that’s perfect! You’ll love this movie 🙂

  24. I never would have thought to watch French movies! A lot of these sound good! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Stephanie says:

      Now you have 😉 Thanks for reading! x

  25. I stopped watching French Films after I was devastated by Sarah’s Key. Maybe I need to start again x

    1. Stephanie says:

      Oh yeah, that movie is heartbreaking! Watch some French comedies instead 😉

  26. Ahh the untouchables is such an amazing film! I absolutely loved it.

    1. Stephanie says:

      It is 🙂

  27. ah le diner de cons j’ai adoré
    par contre pas du tout bienvenue chez les Chtis
    en tout cas c’est une belle liste pour découvrir la culture Française
    bises

    1. Stephanie says:

      Il y en a pour tous les gouts comme on dit 😉
      Merci! x

  28. Sarah says:

    Hello ! Je valide ta liste mais je n’ai vraiment pas aimé les ch’tis haha je dois regarder la vie d’adèle 🙂

    1. Stephanie says:

      Ahah tout le monde peut pas aimer 🙂
      Oui regarde le, il est poignant!

  29. Il y a quelques films que je n’ai pas vu… mais dans la liste, Astérix est mon incontournable !!!! Je l’adore et ne m’en lasse jamais !!

    1. Stephanie says:

      Moi aussi, il est tellement mythique ce film!! 😀

  30. Laurane says:

    Mince il y en a quand même 3 que je n’ai jamais vu dans ta liste :
    – 99 Francs (j’ai honte, haha)
    – La vie d’Adèle (qu’il faut que je regarde)
    – Et le Renard et l’enfant (que je ne connaissais pas du tout mais qui doit être magnifique en effet !!)

    A rectifier 😉

    1. Stephanie says:

      Ahah t’inquiètes tu as encore le temps de les voir 😉
      Tu m’en diras des nouvelles 🙂

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