10 Best French Drama Movies

Thursday, March 10 by Annette Smith

For lovers of French films, here are the ten best French drama movies to date. From romance to mystery, biography to fantasy, these ten films offer a little something for everyone.

  1. “A Heart In Winter.” The best-selling French drama movie is “A Heart In Winter (Un coeur en hiver).” The story centers on a beautiful violinist with two obsessions–her music and her husband’s friend, a violin craftsman. This 1992 romantic drama stars Daniel Auteuil, Emmanuelle Beart, and Andre Dussollier.
  2. “The Chorus.” Another popular French drama is “The Chorus (Les choristes),” a 2004 movie adapted from a 1945 film, “A Cage of Nightingales (La Cage aux Rossignols).” This movie tells the story of a new teacher in a strict boy’s school, who makes a positive impact on the students through music.
  3. “Paris.” “Paris” is a 2008 French romantic drama starring Juliette Binoche, Romain Duris, and Fabrice Luchini. Set principally in Paris, the movie looks at the lives of a diverse group of people living in the “City of Love.”
  4. “La Vie en Rose.” “La Vie en Rose” or “Life In Pink” is a 2007 French drama originally titled “La Mome.” It is a biographical drama about the life of Edith Piaf, a legendary French vocalist. The film features Marion Cottilard, Sylvie Testud, and Pascal Greggory.
  5. “Paris, Je T'Aime.” “Paris, Je T'Aime” or “Paris, I Love You” is a French romantic drama starring Juliette Binoche, Leonor Watling, and Ludivine Sagnier. The 2006 movie examines love and all its entanglements, through the neighborhoods of Paris.
  6. “The Red Balloon.” “The Red Balloon (Le balloon rouge)” is a very popular French movie from 1956. The short film follows a red balloon with a life of its own, as the balloon follows a little boy around the streets of Paris. Pascal Lamorisse, Sabine Lamorisse, and Georges Sellier star in this Oscar-winning film.
  7. “A Very Long Engagement.” “A Very Long Engagement (Un long dimanche de fiancailles)” is popular French drama from 2004. It tells the story of young girl’s search for her fiance, who disappeared from the trenches of the Somme during World War I. The romantic mystery stars Audrey Tautou, Gaspard Ulliel, and Jodie Foster.
  8. “All The Mornings Of The World.” “All The Mornings Of The World (Tous les matins du monde)” is a biographical drama set in 17th century France. This 1991 movie is based on a novel by Pascal Quignard. Starring Jean-Pierre Marielle, Anne Brochet, and Gerard Depardieu in the lead role, the film revisits the life of Marin Marais, a French composer.
  9. “The Grocer’s Son.” “The Grocer’s Son (Le fils de l’epicier)” is a 2007 French drama starring Nicolas Cazale, Clotilde Hesme, and Daniel Duval. Set in Provence, the story follows a young man who leaves his village to start a new life in the city. When his parents can no longer take care of their grocery store, he rediscovers the joy of living in the country of his childhood.
  10. “Joyeux Noel.” Rounding out the best French drama list is “Joyeux Noel,” a 2005 film. Set on a Christmas Eve during World War I, the movie offers a lesson in humanity as soldiers get to know the men on the opposite side of the war. An Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film, this movie stars Diane Kruger, Benno Furmann, and Guillaume Canet.
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