10 Most Popular French Movies

Monday, December 27 by Shawn Lealos

The most popular French movies of all time have influenced filmmakers all over the globe. During the ‘60s and ‘70s, France invented the New Wave style of filmmaking and then transformed in the ‘80s into the popular cinema du look. Both styles were groundbreaking and presented the world with some of the best films ever made.

  1. “Amelie” – Jean-Pierre Jeunet created one of the most popular French movies of all time in 2001 in this story of a young girl in Paris who only wants to make everyone else happy. The movie tells of the joy of spreading good will as well as the importance of making yourself happy at the same time.
  2. “Le samourai” – This gangster film is one of the most popular French movies ever made. The movie is directed by Jean-Pierre Melville, one of the men Quentin Tarantino credits as an influence. The movie tells the story of a hit man betrayed who sets out to find the person responsible.
  3. “The Fire Within” – Directed by Louis Malle, this movie about a man sinking into depression is one of the most popular French movies ever made. Alain is a recovering alcoholic and, upon release from the private hospital, sets out to connect with friends from his past to determine if he wants to finally end his life.
  4. “Breathless” – Jean-Luc Godard directs his feature debut film, one of cinema’s greatest films and one of the most popular French movies of all time. The movie follows a man who kills a police officer and attempts to convince his girlfriend to go on the run with him in one of cinema’s first French New Wave films.
  5. “The 400 Blows” – Francois Truffaut helped perfect the French New Wave style of filmmaking in one of the most popular French movies ever made. The movie was the first in a series of five films about a man named Antoine Doinel but the original, with him as a young boy, remains his masterpiece.
  6. “Beauty and The Beast” – Jean Cocteau adapted the classic fairy tale into a poetic work of art, one of the most popular French movies ever created. While there have been many adaptations of the fairy tale, this French version remains of the greatest fairy tale movies ever created.
  7. “Jules et Jim” – Based on the novel by Henru-Pierre Roche, Francois Truffaut directed this 1962 film, which remains one of the most popular French movies of all time. The movie, set during World War I, surrounding two friends and the woman of their dreams before, during and after the Great War.
  8. “Diva” – Directed by Jean-Jacques Beineix, “Diva” moved away from the French New Wave realistic filmmaking style and presented a more fun, colorful Hollywood feel to French films. The movie, one of the most popular French movies, presents a postal carrier who accidentally ends up with a tape that both police and gangsters want to get their hands on.
  9. “The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie” – Luis Bunuel directs this 1972 Academy Award winning film, one of the most popular French movies ever made. The film shows a group of upper class individuals attempting to enjoy dinner despite being disrupted by bizarre events.
  10. “Le Deuxieme Souffle”- Jean-Pierre Melville directs this gangster movie, one of the most popular French movies of all time. The movie follows a gangster who escapes from prison and plans one last heist to retire from crime. The movie is known for the actual caper itself, lasting over 20-minutes of screen time.

Beauty and The Beast – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0038348/

Jules et Jim – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0055032/

Diva – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0082269/

The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0068361/

Le Deuxieme Souffle – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0060305/

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