10 Good French Movies

Sunday, November 28 by Jessica Mousseau

If you have ever watched a foreign film, especially a French one, you may wonder if there are 10 good French movies that actually have a plot that can be understood. You may be surprised to know that there are, and some of them may actually be recognizable because they were made into American movies.

  1. "Amelie" This movie enjoyed quite a bit of popularity in America. It is reminiscent on the American movie “Pay it Forward,” but without the sad ending, which earns it a spot on the good French movies list.
  2. "Apres vous" If you have ever dreamed of changing someone’s life, you might want to watch this movie first. It doesn’t always work out the way you expect or want it to.
  3. "Ponette" You may recognize a little bit of the famed children’s story “Heidi” in this movie, especially since the plot centers around a child sent to live with relatives after her parent dies. 
  4. "Ridicule" Set in the time of Louis XVI, this story deals with a young man’s attempts to save his hometown. His sharp wit gain him entrance to the palace, but will it help him when he finds himself embroiled in a battle of wits with two women? Did I mention they were two seductive women? Enjoy this offering on the good French movies list.
  5. "The Rules of the Game" You may recognize this title. It was shown in America, and although it was not considered a box-office hit by any stretch of the imagination, it did go on to become one of the best French films ever made. It therefore earns a spot on the good French movies list.
  6. "Sade" If you have ever wondered what happened to the Marquis de Sade (for whom the word “sadist” was coined), this movie explains how he managed to temporarily delay his turn at the guillotine. He does so by entering a sanitarium where others in his aristocratic class also await execution.
  7. "Three Men and a Cradle" Does this sound familiar? It should, as it was the catalyst for the American remake, "Three Men and a Baby," which starred Tom Selleck, Ted Danson, and Steve Guttenburg. In both countries, men find themselves foregoing sports and sex in order to care for a baby left on their doorstep. So, this good French movies entry can also go on a good American movies list.
  8. "Tous les matins du monde" Lovers of the performing arts will enjoy this movie, as it explores music developed by French composer Sainte Colombe and his mentoree, Mann Marais. The classical music in this film is beautiful.
  9. "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg" This is a 1960's movie in which the entire dialogue was sung, rather than spoken. Some of the songs were later translated into English and enjoyed popularity in America, so you may really enjoy watching and listening to this one of the good French movies.
  10. "Van Gogh" The French put their own spin on the tale of the tortured artist; however it is a reverent and respectful one. It won several awards. 
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