10 Best French Teen Movies

Saturday, March 12 by Annette Smith

Searching for the 10 best French teen movies? Something appropriate for a classroom of teenagers? Look no further! For the high school French student or teacher, these ten movies are just the ticket. But a word of caution. Many French movies contain brief scenes of nudity, sexuality, or foul language. If you’re planning to view these in a school setting, plan to preview them at home.

  1. “Mr. Hulot’s Holiday.” “Mr. Hulot’s Holiday,“ originally titled “Les vacances de Monsieur Hulot,” is a 1953 French comedy. It follows the misadventures of a good-natured Frenchman on holiday at a beachside resort. The film stars Jacques Tati, Nathalie Pascaud, and Micheline Rolla.
  2. “The Red Balloon.” “The Red Balloon,” originally titled “Le ballon rouge,” is a French short film suitable for children and teens. This award-winning 1956 movie follows the adventures of a young boy and a red balloon that follows him around the streets of Paris. Directed by Albert Lamorisse, the film stars his children, Pascal and Sabine. 
  3. “Shoot The Piano Player.” “Shoot The Piano Player,” originally titled “Tirez sur le pianiste,” is a 1960 French thriller. Loosely based on a David Goodis novel, the story focuses on a washed-out pianist in a Parisian bar. The film stars Charles Asnavour, Marie Dubois, and Nicole Berger.
  4. “King Of Hearts.” “King Of Hearts,” originally titled “Le roi de coeur,” is a war drama set in a small French town near the end of the first World War. Left to their own devices after the locals flee, a group of lunatics escape an asylum and take ove the town. The 1966 film stars Alan Bates, Geneviève Bujold, and Pierre Brasseur.
  5. “The Tall Blond Man With One Black Shoe.” “The Tall Blond Man With One Black Shoe,” originally titled “Le grand blond avec une chaussure noire,” is a comical French mystery movie. It tells the story of an orchestra player who becomes a pawn in the French secret service. Pierre Richard, Bernard Blier, and Jean Rochefort star in this 1972 film.
  6. “The Return Of The Tall Blond Man With One Black Shoe.” “The Return Of The Tall Blond Man With One Black Shoe,” originally titled “Le retour du grand blond,” is the 1974 sequel to the French comedy, “The Tall Blond Man With One Black Shoe.” Pierre Richard, Jean Rochefort, and Jean Carmet star in the film.
  7. “Small Change.” “Small Change,” originally titled “L'argent de poche,” is a 1976 French comedy about young children in Thiers, France. Most of the  kids are not professional actors, and the movie’s dialogue may have been improvised. Acting credits include Georges Desmouceaux, Philippe Goldmann, and Nicole Félix.
  8. “Cyrano de Bergerac.” “Cyrano de Bergerac” is an historical drama based on a 19th century play by Edmond Rostand. In this 1990 French comedy, a romantic poet and soldier, self-conscious of his large nose, pursues his “friendly cousin.” Gérard Depardieu, Anne Brochet, and Vincent Perez star in the film.
  9. “May Fools.” “May Fools,” originally titled “Milou en mai,” is a 1990 French comedy about the French protest of 1968 and its impact on a small French village. The film stars Miou-Miou, Michel Piccoli, and Michel Duchaussoy.
  10. “The Visitors.” “The Visitors,“ originally titled “Les visiteurs,” is a funny 1993 fantasy drama. In this French comedy, a nobleman and his squire are transported to contemporary France by a senile sorcerer. The film stars Christian Clavier, Jean Reno, and Valérie Lemercier.
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