10 Best French Sci-Fi Movies

Thursday, March 10 by Annette Smith

Does a list of ten best French sci-fi movies surprise you? While the French film industry is known for great comedy, romance, and historical drama, France has produced some great science fiction films, too. Here are the best French sci-fi movies of the past five decades.

  1. “The 10th Victim.” “The 10th Victim,” originally titled “La decima vittima,” is a 1965 French-Italian movie based on a Robert Sheckley story. The sci-fi thriller centers on a club where human hunts are organized, where the members are both hunters and prey. Marcello Mastroianni, Ursula Andress, and Elsa Martinelli star in this action-packed movie.
  2. “Barbarella.” “Barbarella” is a well-known science-fiction film based on the French “Barbarella” comics by Jean-Claude Forest. This adventure movie features a very sexual woman charged with finding and stopping the evil doctor, Durand-Durand. Jane Fonda stars in the 1968 film, which co-stars John Phillip Law and Anita Pallenberg.
  3. “Je t'aime, je t’aime.” “Je t'aime, je t’aime” is another sci-fi movie from 1968. The story follows a man selected for a time travel experiment that malfunctions. Claude Rich, Olga Georges-Picot, and Anouk Ferjac star in this French film. 
  4. “Fantastic Planet.” “Fantastic Planet,” originally titled “La planète sauvage,” is an animated science fiction film based on a Stefan Wul novel. A joint project of France and Czechoslovakia, this award-winning 1973 movie tells of a faraway world called Ygam. Jennifer Drake, Eric Baugin, and Jean Topart lend their voice talents to the film.
  5. “Death Watch.” “Death Watch,” originally titled “La mort en direct,” is a 1980 French sci-fi movie. Based on a David G. Compton novel, it tells the story of a man hired to film a documentary of a terminally ill woman for a TV series called “Death Watch.” The movie stars Romy Schneider, Harvey Keitel, and Harry Dean Stanton.
  6. “The Last Battle.” “The Last Battle,” originally titled “Le Dernier Combat,” is a 1983 science-fiction drama set in the post-apocalyptic future. A unknown incident renders the world mute, and the movie contains no dialogue. This cult classic, filmed in black-and-white, stars Jean Reno, Pierre Jolivet, and Jean Bouise.
  7. “The Price Of Danger.” “The Price Of Danger,” originally titled “Le Prix du Danger,” is a French-Yugoslav sci-fi drama. It tells of a future society where citizens fight to the death for television appearances and cash rewards. Gérard Lanvin, Michel Piccoli, and Marie-France Pisier star in this futuristic action thriller from 1983.
  8. “Gandahar.” “Gandahar,” also known as “Light Years,” is an animated sci-fi movie based on a Jean-Pierre Andrevon novel. Set 1,000 years in the future, the story tells of an evil force that threatens the citizens of an idyllic paradise. The 1988 French film features an ensemble cast, including Glenn Close, Christopher Plummer, and Pierre-Marie Escourrou.
  9. “Chrysalis.” “Chrysalis” is a 2007 science-fiction thriller. The crime drama is set in near-future France, where a cop stumbles upon a bizarre high-tech medical clinic while searching for his wife’s killer. Albert Dupontel, Marie Guillard, and Marthe Keller star in the film.
  10. “Happy End.” “Happy End,” originally titled “Les derniers jours du monde,” is a 2009 French sci-fi movie. The apocalyptic story tells of a man who travels across Europe during the end of the world. The film stars Mathieu Amalric, Catherine Frot, and Karin Viard.
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