10 Best French Movie Quotes: Sassy and Evil at the Same Time

Tuesday, September 13 by Georgina Spiggott

There are 10 Best French Movie Quotes that make us toss our jaunty berets into the air and scream "Oui!"  These quotes range from the humorous to the introspective.  Who says the French don't love us and vice versa?  Here are the 10 best quotes from French films.

"These are hard times for dreamers. – "Amelie" - The dark eyed waitress lives in a world of her own and we love watching every minute of it in this quote from the famous French film.   Yes, times are hard for dreamers.  Sigh.

"I have an idea. Would you like to be called "Belle de Jour"?""Belle de Jour"  - A well known Madam gives the lovely Catherine Deneuve a new moniker in this French classic.  Apparently she is to be called Belle de Jour because she only "comes in the afternoon".  We're not quite sure what to make of that, but we still love this movie.

"You're better suited for making love than for making war. "  – "The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie"  – Baby, don't you know it.  Making with the love in this quote from one of the most popular French movies of all time. 

 "To commit suicide in the Seine, one doesn't need to undress."  – "Diabolique" Leave it to the French to make anything sound sexy.  Ignore the Sharon Stone remake and go straight to the original 1955 version of this lovely French film.

"Nobody is entirely evil: it's that circumstances that make them evil, or they don't know they are doing evil." – "Delicatessen" Louison, played by the well-known actor Dominique Pinon, waxes poetic in one of the best French movie quotes.  And the cannibals in this movie may not be evil.  Just misunderstood.  And hungry.

"There are two things that are infinite: femininity and means to take advantage of it. " – "La Femme Nikita".  Sexy spy Nikita gets some great advice in this quote from the 1990 film.  James Bond, eat your heart out.

"Now I have only one thing left to do: nothing. I don't want any belongings, any memories. No friends, no love. Those are all traps." – "Blue" Famous French actress Juliette Binoche analyzes life, the universe and everything in "Blue", part of Kieslowski's  "Red", "White" and "Blue" trilogy.   Required watching for any fans of French cinema.

"Death is.. whimsical… today. "  – "The Professional"  A 13-year old Natalie Portman got her start in this 1994 French movie about a assassin training a young girl in the art of death.  An amazing quote from an amazing film.

"I understood long ago that men of the Church are for the most part mere actors, who endlessly repeat the same lines, with more or les conviction."   – " "Molière"  -   A modern French film that manages to be both funny and poetic at the same time.   A lovely quote from a lovely movie.

"Never had a tender/cruel friend? It's the most delicious relation. Caress. Slap. Caress. Slap. It's good for the circulation."  – "Yes… But…"  Psychiatrist Moenner gives the most unorthodox advice in this quote from the 2001 French film.  But we'd sure like to follow it.  

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