10 Best French Romantic Movies

Thursday, March 17 by Elizabeth Nelson

If you want a film that will make you feel mushy inside, check out one of these 10 best French romantic movies. The best French romantic movies range from comedies to dramas to musicals. Grab a bowl of popcorn and a box of tissues and settle in for a romantic movie night.

  1. "Amelie." Shy French waitress Amelie decides to do good deeds to make those around her happy, all while ignoring her own needs. She finally finds love with another dreamer. This 2001 French romantic movie was nominated for five Oscars and won four Cesars, the French Oscar.
  2. "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg." Genevieve loves Guy, who is called away to fight in Alergia. Under pressure from her mother, Genevieve agrees to marry the rich Roland, even though she is pregnant with Guy's baby. When Guy returns from the war, he is heartbroken. This French romantic musical movie was nominated for five Oscars.
  3. "Boyfriends and Girlfriends."  This 1987 film from French director Eric Rohmer was nominated for two Cesar awards. A girl, Blanche, falls for her friend's boyfriend, Alexandre.
  4. "Jules and Jim." In this French romantic movie from Francois Truffaut, Jules and Jim both fall for the same woman, Catherine. Catherine marries Jules but years later realizes she also loves Jim. The movie was nominated for two BAFTA awards.
  5. "A Woman is a Woman." In this 1961 film from Jean Luc Godard, a woman, Angela, decides she would like a baby. When her boyfriend resists the idea, she tries to get pregnant with his friend, Alfred, only to realize that she really loves her boyfriend. Godard won the Special Prize at the 1961 Berlin Film Festival for the movie.
  6. "The Story of Adele H." Another romantic movie from Francois Truffaut, "The Story of Adele H." tells the tale of the daughter of Victor Hugo and her obsessive love for a French lieutenant.  The film is based on diary entries written by Adele.
  7. "Beauty and the Beast." Jean Cocteau's version of the classic story is both beautiful and moving. Cocteau won the Prix Louis Delluc award for it in 1946, a French award given to the best film of the year.
  8. "Cyrano de Begerac." While there have been several film versions of the story of Cyrano, a man with a long nose, and his love for Roxanne, the 1950 French version remains the best and the most to-the-point. Jose Ferrar won the Best Actor Oscar for his role as Cyrano.
  9. "Children of Paradise." This 1945 film tells the story of a mime who loves an actress, Claire Reine. Three other men also love Claire while another actress, Nathalie. The love triangle is further complicated when Claire is accused of a crime and must leave the mime. The screenplay was nominated for an Oscar in 1947.
  10. "Lola." The prequel to "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg" finds Roland in love with Lola, a cabaret dancer he knew when he was younger. Lola has a child with another man, who has abandoned her. The director, Jacques Demy won a special award in 2001 from the New York Film Critics Circle for "Lola."
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