10 Funny French Movies

Thursday, March 10 by Annette Smith

While French may be the language of love, these ten funny French movies prove it’s the language of laughter, too. The following films are some of the most popular comedies ever produced in France. If you’re ready for some side-splitting comedy, check out these French brands.

  1. “Play Time.” “Play Time” is a 1967 French comedy featuring the lovable Mr. Hulot. The Frenchman gets lost in modern architecture and ends up on the streets of Paris with a group of American tourists. Jacques Tati, Barbara Dennek, and Rita Maiden star in this very funny film.
  2. “Traffic.” “Traffic” or “Trafic” is another French comedy featuring the incomparable Mr. Hulot. In this 1971 film, Hulot takes a road trip from Paris to Amsterdam in his usual, hilarious style. Jacques Tati stars in this film, which also features Marcel Fraval and Honoré Bostel.
  3. “Birds Of A Feather.” “Birds Of A Feather,“ originally titled “La cage aux folles,” is a 1978 French comedy about two gay men in St. Tropez. Hollywood remade the movie as “The Birdcage” in 1996. Ugo Tognazzi, Michel Serrault, and Claire Maurier star in the original French film.
  4. “French Postcards.” “French Postcards” is a 1979 French movie. The comedy-drama focuses on a group of American exchange students who visit Paris to study the French language and culture. This funny film stars Miles Chapin, Blanche Baker, and David Marshall Grant.
  5. “Cyrano de Bergerac.” “Cyrano de Bergerac” is a comic 1990 historical drama based on a 19th century play by Edmond Rostand. A romantic poet and soldier, self-conscious of his large nose, pursues his “friendly cousin.” Gérard Depardieu, Anne Brochet, and Vincent Perez star in this funny French movie.
  6. “The Visitors.” “The Visitors,” originally titled “Les visiteurs,” is a 1993 fantasy drama. The French comedy features a nobleman and his squire, who are transported to contemporary France by a senile sorcerer. The film stars Christian Clavier, Jean Reno, and Valérie Lemercier. 
  7. “The Closet.” “The Closet,” originally titled “Le placard,” is a 2001 French comedy film. A man pretends to be a homosexual in order to save his job. Daniel Auteuil, Thierry Lhermitte, and Gérard Depardieu star in the film.
  8. “Yes, But…” “Yes, But…,”originally titled “Oui, Mais…,” is a 2001 French family drama. The comedy revolves around a teenage girl and the warm, funny psychotherapist hired to analyze her relationships. The film stars Émilie Dequenne, Gérard Jugnot, and Alix de Konopka.
  9. “The Valet.” “The Valet,” originally titled “La doublure,” is a 2006 French comedy. A porter and a model pretend to be a couple in order to save a businessman’s marriage. The film stars Gad Elmaleh, Alice Taglioni, and Daniel Auteuil.
  10. “Molière.” “Molière” is a funny 2007 historical drama about a famous French playwright and actor. Set in mid-1600s France, part of the movie focuses on Molière's early life, a period relativel unknown to scholars. This fictionalized biographical film stars Romain Duris, Fabrice Luchini, and Laura Morante.