Top Ten French Films..?!

I have always wanted to write a ‘Top Ten Post’…

Being a lover of French films, I thought I could easily put together a Top Ten of my favourite French films. The problem is that there are so many more than ten French films that I have loved. And trying to put them in numerical order is equally challenging.

Instead, here is a list of ten French films closest to my heart – at the moment anyway! I have another list of French films which I haven’t seen – yet!

In no particular order:

paris je

This film is actually made up of a series of eighteen short vignettes, set in different areas of Paris, and with a variety of directors and actors. Some of the short ‘stories’ are more to my taste then others but this is a film that I return to on a regular basis.


Another charming film set in Paris and, again, one that I have watched countless times.


This film was made in 2004 and is set in a strict boarding school for ‘challenging’ boys, some time after the second World War. A new music teacher arrives at the school and sets up a choir. It is really a testament to the power of music and singing.

diving bell

This is based on the true story of Jean-Dominique Bauby. He was the editor-in-chief of ‘Elle’ magazine and was aged forty three when he suffered a massive stroke. This left him with locked in syndrome. I thought this was a very thought proving and moving film.

etre et

This charming documentary takes place in a small single-class village school over the course of one academic year. A dozen youngsters, aged 4-10, are taught every subject by one teacher. 51GMasUgnIL._AC_UL320_SR226,320_

I love thrillers and I love Juliette Binoche!

au revoir

This was one of the first films I went to see with Monsieur FF before we were married. It’s directed by Louis Malle and is another film set in a boarding school but in 1943, in Nazi  occupied France.  It is a story of childhood and friendship. We found it very moving and you are likely to need some tissues handy if you haven’t watched it yet!


I have only recently discovered Omar Sy and I am currently ‘bingeing’ on his films! The focus of this comedy-drama, is on the unlikely friendship which develops between a wealthy quadriplegic (François Cluzet) and his carer (Omar Sy), who has just been released from prison.

homme a l'hauteur

I have reviewed this film in a previous post:

la famille b

This film tells the story of a girl who comes from a deaf family but discovers she has an amazing singing voice. Apparently, there was some criticism over the whole premise of the film and cast but I just watched it at face value without being aware of some of the issues behind the scenes. That’s possibly a failing on my part…

There are so many other films that I could have mentioned in this post. Perhaps another time?

I’d really love to know if you have seen any of these films? If you have, what was your opinion of them? And, of course, can you recommend any more French film to me?






12 thoughts on “Top Ten French Films..?!

  1. Hi June. You had to go there–didn’t you girlfriend? Well, I have a very biased listing since Bonaparte’s family is in the film industry. But first. Amelie is my favorite movie of all time. That scene at the end when Nino and Amelie finally kiss–I cry like a baby every time I see it. And I’ve seen it too many times to count. Paris Je t’aime is also one of my faves because I feel like I’m in Paris when I see the film.
    Omar Sy–I have the biggest crush on him. That smile of his is ridiculously infectious. A GREAT film that Bonaparte’s cousin, Hugo Gelin directed is Demain tut Commence. It’s such an uplifting movie and I won’t tell you what it is about. You gotta watch it. But, here are some of my all time faves. The 400 Blows (I’m shocked this wasn’t on your list!)–actually ALL the Antoine Doinele (Truffaut’s alter ego) films are among my favorites. The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacob; The Hairdresser’s Husband; The OSS movies starring Jean Dujardin; Brice de Nice; Cartouche; Pardon Mon Affair (Bonaparte’s uncle Yves Robert wrote and directed, Daniele plays the wife!); A Very Long Engagement; Calmos; The Tall Blonde Man with One Black Shoe (Yves directed) The ORIGINAL War of the Buttons (again, Yves ……) OMG. There are so many and I could go on and on and on and on….

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    • Haha! I thought you’d have an opinion on this; a very well informed one – judging by your family connections! Demain tout commence is top of my list to watch, at the moment. Some of the other films you mention, I have seen but I just didn’t get round to putting them in my post. I will definitely have to write another film related post in the future. I will also make a point of searching out some of the films that you have listed but that have fallen off my radar for some reason. Thank you so much for your suggestions. I really do appreciate it. xoxoxo

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  2. Hi June
    Great to see your recommendations, I recently saw Ce Qui Nous Lie at the cinema here in Sussex. I have seen Amelie of course and like Cathe I’ve replayed it countless times and absolutely loved Untouchable, other notable films…The Man On The Train, The Very Long Engagement. I notice that Louane is in La Famille Bélier, I believe she won a French version of ‘X Factor’, didn’t realise she is also an actor. I have just bought The Time Of Their Lives with Joan and Pauline Collins… not French but partly shot in L’Ile de Ré.


    • Hi! I’ll add ‘Ce qui Nous Lie’ to my list of French films to see. Where I live in Surrey, there is a serious lack of French films at the cinema. Thank goodness for streaming! I didn’t know that Louane won the French X Factor. No surprise that she can sing! I’m planning a future blog post on films set in France but not necessarily French, so I’ll need to watch ‘The Time of Their Lives’ before then! Bon weekend!


  3. Some top choices here June. Aurevoir les enfants is definitely in my top 10. What about La grande bouffe? That’s a classic! I’m making it my autumn/winter priority to see more French films (actually to see more films in general as I don’t see enough) so I’ll be referring back to this list, thanks. Thanks too for adding it to #AllAboutFrance

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  4. Thanks, Phoebe. I found it really difficult to select just ten films and I know I omitted lots of classics. I think I’ll probably revisit this subject. Thanks for hosting #AllAboutFrance


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