10 Romantic French Movies

Thursday, March 10 by Annette Smith

What do these ten romantic French movies have in common? Love, that’s what! They say French is the language of love, France is the country of love, and Paris is the city of love. So, in what better language to view a romantic movie than French? Here are ten great ones to watch with someone you love.

  1. “A Heart In Winter.” “A Heart In Winter,” originally titled “Un Coeur en Hiver,” is a 1992 romantic drama. Set in contemporary Paris, the story revolves around three people trapped in a love triangle–a lovely violin virtuoso, her husband, and his friend. Emmanuelle Béart, Daniel Auteuil, and André Dussollier star in the film. 
  2. “The Horseman On The Roof.” “The Horseman On The Roof,” originally titled “Le hussard sur le toit,” is a romantic 1995 adventure movie. Set in southern France during a time of war and cholera, the movie tells of a young officer determined to help a young woman find her husband. The award-winning film stars Olivier Martinez, Juliette Binoche, and Pierre Arditi. 
  3. “Girl On The Bridge.” “Girl On The Bridge,” originally titled “La fille sur le pont,” is a 1999 romantic comedy. The French movie focuses on a girl who plans to kill herself by jumping off a bridge, and a knife thrower who needs human target for his show. Vanessa Paradis, Daniel Auteuil, and Frédéric Pfluger star in the film.
  4. “Amelie.” “Amelie” is a 2001 French romantic comedy. The whimsical drama tells of a naïve Parisian girl whose sense of justice leads her to change the lives of the people around her. The film stars Audrey Tautou, Rufus, and Mathieu Kassovitz.
  5. “He Loves Me…He Loves Me Not.” “He Loves Me…He Loves Me Not,” originally titled “À la folie… pas du tout,” is a 2002 romantic thriller. It tells of a young woman who becomes dangerous when her married lover refuses to leave his wife. Audrey Tautou, Samuel Le Bihan, and Isabelle Carré star in this award-winning French movie.
  6. “Avenue Montaigne.” “Avenue Montaigne,” originally titled “Fauteuils d'orchestre,” is a 2006 romantic comedy. It centers on a woman who leaves her small town to start a new life in Paris. While working at a café, she meets different people dealing with various life challenges. The award-winning French movie stars Cécile De France, Valérie Lemercier, and Albert Dupontel.
  7. “I Do.” “I Do,” originally titled “Prête-moi ta main,” is a 2006 romantic comedy about a happily single man in his 40s, and the mother and five sisters determined to find him a wife. Alain Chabat, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and Bernadette Lafont star in this romantic French movie.
  8. “Paris, Je T'Aime.” The 2006 romantic drama “Paris, Je T'Aime” stars an ensemble acting cast of various nationalities. The film looks at the many faces of love through myriad Parisian relationships and neighborhoods. The all-star cast features Juliette Binoche, Leonor Watling, and Ludivine Sagnier.
  9. “Priceless.” “Priceless,” originally titled “Hors de prix,” is a 2006 romantic comedy based on a Truman Capote novella, which inspired the 1961 movie, “Breakfast At Tiffany’s.” It tells of a young gold-digger who pursues an easygoing bartender, believing he is a wealthy man. Audrey Tautou, Gad Elmaleh, and Marie-Christine Adam star in the film.
  10. “Mademoiselle Chambon.” “Mademoiselle Chambon” is a 2009 romantic drama. It tells of a married man who volunteers as a substitute teacher, only to fall in love with his son’s teacher. The French movie stars Vincent Lindon, Sandrine Kiberlain, and Aure Atika.