French Cinema
France is the birthplace of cinema and has been responsible for many innovations in cinematography. Important cinematic movements, including the New Wave (Nouvelle Vague) began in France. France is proud its strong film industry which is distinctively French. Notable features of typical French cinema include:

slow, subtle and ambiguous plot-lines
strong character development
no expectation of happy, predictable, neat or conclusive endings
an emphasis on art rather than revenue – partly assisted by state subsidies
These elements characterise a product that is noticeably different from the typical output of Hollywood and Bollywood. A few French films have become popular in the English speaking world, but most are completely unknown except to art-house and Francophone audiences. Many successful French films are remade for English speaking audiences who are generally unaware of the fact. Aficionados familiar with both the French original and the English remake rarely regard the remake as remotely as good as the French original. Le Retour de Martin Guerre was remade as Summersby, La Cage Aux Folles,remade as Birdcage Cyrano de Bergerac, ill-advisedly remade with the same name featuring Steve Martin, and Les Visiteurs remade as The Visitors. La Femme Nikita somehow morphed into a US television series!

The French are particularly good at historical dramas such as Le Retour de Martin Guerre, La Controverse de Valladolid, La Reine Margot, Ridicule andJean de Florette / Manon Des Sources.

Best French Films Ever.

Top Rated French Movies: popular, classic, famous “must watch” Cinema Français

(Great Movie Pictures Old and New)

The titles (in the US) of the best French films, sorted by title

Title Year

1 8 Women 2001
Music, Comedy, Crime, Mystery

François Ozon
2 A Heart in Winter 1992
Romance, Drama, Music

Claude Sautet
3 Beauty and The Beast 1946
Fantasy Drama, Romance

Jean Cocteau
4 Belle de Jour 1967
Erotic Drama

Luis Buñuel
5 Betty Blue 1986
Romace, Drama

Jean-Jacques Beineix
6 Birds Of A Feather 1978

Edouard Molinaro
7 Bitter Moon 1992
Sado-masochistic Erotic Drama

Roman Polanski
8 Breathless 1960
Drama, Romance

Jean-Luc Godard
9 Children of Paradise 1945
Drama, Romance

Marcel Carne
10 Cyrano de Bergerac 1990
Romance, Drama

Jean-Paul Rappeneau
11 Delicatessen 1991
Sci-Fi Comedy

Marc Caro & Jean-Pierre Jeunet
12 Diva 1981
Action Thriller, Drama

Jean-Jacques Beineix
13 French Twist 1995

Josiane Balasko
14 Hidden 2005

Michael Haneke
15 Hiroshima, Mon Amour 1959
Romance, Drama

Alain Resnais
16 Jean de Florette 1986
Drama, Modernised Greek Tragedy

Claude Berri
17 Jesus of Montreal 1989

Denys Arcand
18 Jules et Jim 1961
Romance, Drama

François Truffaut
19 La Controverse de Valladolid 1992
History (16thC), Drama

Jean-Daniel Verhaeghe
20 La Femme Nikita 1990
Crime, Thriller, Romance, Drama

Luc Besson
21 Manon of the Spring 1986
Drama, Romance, modernised Greek Tragedy

Claude Berri
22 Monsieur Hire 1989
Crime Thriller, Romance, Drama

Patrice Leconte
23 My Life in Pink 1997
Comedy Drama

Alain Berliner
24 One Swallow Brought Spring 2001
Comedy, Romance, Drama

Christian Carion
25 Queen Margot 1994
History (16thC) Drama, Biography, History, Romance

Patrice Chéreau
26 Ridicule 1996
History (18thC) Drama

Patrice Leconte
27 Swimming Pool 2003
Psychological Thriller, Mystery Drama

François Ozon
28 The 400 Blows 1959
Crime Drama

François Truffaut
29 The Big Blue 1988
Drama, Romance

Luc Besson
30 The City of Lost Children 1995
Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro
31 The Closet 2001
Comedy Drama

Francis Veber
32 The Discrete Charm of the Bougoisie 1972
Surreal Black Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Luis Buñuel
33 The Dominici Affair 1972
Crime Drama Mystery

Claude Bernard-Auberti
34 The Double Life of Veronique 1991
Music, Fantasy, Romance, Psychological Drama

Krzysztof Kieslowsk
35 The Fabulous Destiny of Amelie Poulain 2001
Comedy, Romance, Drama

Jean-Pierre Jeunet
36 The Girl On The Bridge 1999
Comedy, Romance, Fantasy, Drama

Patrice Leconte
37 The Hate 1995
Crime, Drama

Mathieu Kassovitz
38 The Last Metro 1980
Romance, History (WW2) Drama

François Truffaut
39 The Piano Teacher 2001
Drama, Music

Michael Haneke
40 The Reader 1988
Mildly Erotic Comedy Fantasy

Michel Deville
41 The Return of Martin Guerre 1982
History (16thC) Drama, Biography, Crime, Mystery,

Daniel Vigne
42 The Visitors 1993
Fantasy, Comedy

Jean-Marie Poiré
43 Three Colors: Blue 1993
Drama, Music, Mystery, Romance

Krzysztof Kieslowski
44 Three Colors: Red 1994
Drama, Mystery, Romance

Krzysztof Kieslowski
45 Three Colors: White 1994
Comedy, Drama, Mystery, Romance

Krzysztof Kieslowski

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