There are many great French movies, but there are only a few American made movies that belong on the list five movies set in Paris that don't have subtitles. While some of these movies are brought about by French directors, others just use the legendary locations, such as the Eiffel Tower, to add color to their stories. These are not the French New Wave films that made the film community popular in the country, but instead are American movies that used the city of Paris as a cinematic backdrop.
“The Bourne Identity." "The Bourne Identity" helped reinvent the spy movie and even led the James Bond franchise into a more exciting, realistic adventure movie. One of the most exciting movies set in Paris that don't have subtitles, "The Bourne Identity" stars Matt Damon as a secret agent with amnesia who finds himself running all over Europe, including Paris, whil unknown forces try to kill him. The movie ended up spawning two sequels with another, not featuring Bourne at all, on the way.
“Moulin Rouge!" Baz Luhrmann created one of the greatest modern musicals of all time in "Moulin Rouge!" The movie takes place at the legendary Moulin Rouge night club and focuses on a young writer named Christian (Ewan McGregor) and the dancer he falls in love with, Satine (Nicole Kidman). It's a brilliant musical that reaches men as well as women. Out of all the movies set in Paris that don't have subtitles, this one if the most unique.
“The Da Vinci Code." This entry on the list of five movies set in Paris that don't have subtitles is based on the novel by Dan Brown. It also features the amazing mullet of Tom Hanks. It is still a question of what is more controversial, the film’s questions about religion or Hanks’ choice of hair style. Hanks plays a symbologist who is called in to investigate a murder at the Louvre Museum in Paris. But the clues lead him to Rome, and then back to Paris, as he discovers a mystery the Church has been hiding all these years. The storyline is almost as interesting as Tom's hairstyle.
“Taken." French director Pierre Morel directs Liam Neeson in this balls-to-the-wall thriller that is one of the more action packed film on the list of movies set in Paris that don't have subtitles. Neeson stars as a former spy whose daughter is kidnapped in Paris to be sold into a sex slave ring. When the kidnappers don’t take his threats seriously, he heads over to Paris and kills everyone involved until he recovers his daughter. It is brutal, violent and awesome, all at the same time.
“Ratatouille." Of course, for those of you who don’t want violence in a movie set in Paris that doesn't have subtitles, Pixar has something just for you. The animation studio has always been known for taking chances on movies that don’t seem that normal and this tale of a rat in Paris who is a master chef fits that description. Remy, the rat, helps a young man who wants to be a chef to achieve his dream while achieving his own dreams as well. It's not as great as other Pixar features, but it's still a wonderful little story about realizing one’s dreams.