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Top French Films (#1-100)

Rank Title Year Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 The 400 Blows 1959 François Truffaut 48
2 Breathless 1960 Jean-Luc Godard 61
3 8 1/21 1963 Federico Fellini 66
4 Terminator 2: Judgment Day2 1991 James Cameron 78
5 The Rules of the Game 1939 Jean Renoir 84
6 The Grand Illusion 1937 Jean Renoir 95
7 La Dolce Vita1 1960 Federico Fellini 100
8 Amélie3 2001 Jean-Pierre Jeunet 117
9 City of God4 2002 Fernando Meirelles 119
10 The Passion of Joan of Arc 1928 Carl Theodor Dreyer 124
11 Children of Paradise 1945 Marcel Carné 147
12 Mulholland Dr.2 2001 David Lynch 156
13 Amadeus2 1984 Milos Forman 162
14 L'Atalante 1934 Jean Vigo 165
15 Jules and Jim 1962 François Truffaut 167
16 L'Avventura1 1960 Michelangelo Antonioni 186
17 Ran5 1985 Akira Kurosawa 191
18 Wings of Desire3 1987 Wim Wenders 197
19 Beauty and the Beast 1946 Jean Cocteau 202
20 The Conformist1 3 1970 Bernardo Bertolucci 205
21 Cinema Paradiso1 1988 Giuseppe Tornatore 208
22 Fanny and Alexander3 6 1982 Ingmar Bergman 212
23 The Wages of Fear1 1953 Henri-Georges Clouzot 230
24 Three Colors: Red8 9 1994 Krzysztof Kieslowski 246
25 Un chien andalou 1929 Luis Buñuel 259
26 The Leopard1 1963 Luchino Visconti 265
27 The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie 1972 Luis Buñuel 267
28 Hiroshima mon amour5 1959 Alain Resnais 279
29 Diabolique 1955 Henri-Georges Clouzot 286
30 Belle de Jour1 1967 Luis Buñuel 289
31 Shaun of the Dead2 7 2004 Edgar Wright 290
32 Three Colors: Blue8 9 1993 Krzysztof Kieslowski 294
33 Shoah7 1985 Claude Lanzmann 295
34 Playtime1 1967 Jacques Tati 300
35 All about My Mother10 1999 Pedro Almodóvar 305
36 Amarcord1 1973 Federico Fellini 318
37 The Professional 1994 Luc Besson 324
38 Last Year at Marienbad1 1961 Alain Resnais 328
39 Thelma & Louise2 1991 Ridley Scott 334
40 Napoléon 1927 Abel Gance 338
41 The Umbrellas of Cherbourg3 1964 Jacques Demy 340
42 Day for Night1 1973 François Truffaut 356
43 The Piano11 12 1993 Jane Campion 358
44 Last Tango in Paris1 1972 Bernardo Bertolucci 363
45 Voyage to the Moon 1902 Georges Méliès 367
46 La Jetée 1962 Chris Marker 370
47 Le Samouraï1 1967 Jean-Pierre Melville 371
48 Pickpocket 1959 Robert Bresson 374
49 The Pianist3 7 8 2002 Roman Polanski 376
50 Paris, Texas2 3 7 1984 Wim Wenders 379
51 Contempt1 1963 Jean-Luc Godard 388
52 Eyes without a Face1 1960 Georges Franju 389
53 Au hasard Balthazar6 1966 Robert Bresson 398
54 Night and Fog 1955 Alain Resnais 399
55 Nights of Cabiria1 1957 Federico Fellini 400
56 Nanook of the North2 1922 Robert J. Flaherty 402
57 Secrets & Lies7 1996 Mike Leigh 408
58 Mr. Hulot's Holiday 1953 Jacques Tati 420
59 Breaking the Waves6 10 13 14 15 16 1996 Lars von Trier 440
60 Casino2 1995 Martin Scorsese 443
61 A Man Escaped 1956 Robert Bresson 450
62 Diary of a Country Priest 1951 Robert Bresson 452
63 Hidden1 3 17 2005 Michael Haneke 466
64 Rififi 1955 Jules Dassin 472
65 JFK2 1991 Oliver Stone 478
66 Pierrot le Fou1 1965 Jean-Luc Godard 480
67 Army in the Shadows1 1969 Jean-Pierre Melville 484
68 The Earrings of Madame De…1 1953 Max Ophüls 493
69 In the Realm of the Senses5 1976 Nagisa Oshima 498
70 The Triplets of Belleville7 18 19 20 2003 Sylvain Chomet 532
71 Hate 1995 Mathieu Kassovitz 535
72 L'Âge d'or 1930 Luis Buñuel 538
73 F for Fake3 21 1973 Orson Welles 539
74 Z22 1969 Costa-Gavras 544
75 Three Colors: White8 9 1994 Krzysztof Kieslowski 548
76 Sans soleil 1983 Chris Marker 550
77 Alphaville1 1965 Jean-Luc Godard 551
78 Vampyr3 1932 Carl Theodor Dreyer 554
79 Delicatessen 1991 Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunet 555
80 Celine & Julie Go Boating 1974 Jacques Rivette 577
81 Au Revoir, les Enfants1 3 1987 Louis Malle 578
82 The Last Emperor1 7 23 1987 Bernardo Bertolucci 585
83 The Gospel According to St. Matthew1 1964 Pier Paolo Pasolini 590
84 Orpheus 1950 Jean Cocteau 594
85 Jeanne Dielman18 1975 Chantal Akerman 595
86 Atlantic City19 1980 Louis Malle 606
87 My Life to Live 1962 Jean-Luc Godard 607
88 The Sorrow and the Pity3 9 1969 Marcel Ophüls 609
89 Jean de Florette1 9 17 1986 Claude Berri 624
90 The Fifth Element 1997 Luc Besson 626
91 Beau travail 1999 Claire Denis 627
92 Central Station4 1998 Walter Salles 630
93 L'Eclisse1 1962 Michelangelo Antonioni 640
94 Cleo from 5 to 71 1962 Agnès Varda 642
95 The Mother and the Whore 1973 Jean Eustache 644
96 Far from Heaven2 2002 Todd Haynes 650
97 Dogville1 3 6 7 13 14 15 24 2003 Lars von Trier 664
98 A Day in the Country 1936 Jean Renoir 665
99 True Romance2 1993 Tony Scott 671
100 O Brother, Where Art Thou?2 7 2000 Joel Coen 683

1 Joint production with Italy.
2 Joint production with the United States.
3 Joint production with (West) Germany.
4 Joint production with Brazil.
5 Joint production with Japan.
6 Joint production with Sweden.
7 Joint production with the United Kingdom.
8 Joint production with Poland.
9 Joint production with Switzerland.
10 Joint production with Spain.
11 Joint production with Australia.
12 Joint production with New Zealand.
13 Joint production with the Netherlands.
14 Joint production with Norway.
15 Joint production with Denmark.
16 Joint production with Iceland.
17 Joint production with Austria.
18 Joint production with Belgium.
19 Joint production with Canada.
20 Joint production with Latvia.
21 Joint production with Iran.
22 Joint production with Algeria.
23 Joint production with the People's Republic of China.
24 Joint production with Finland.
25 Joint production with Israel.
26 Joint production with Yugoslavia.
27 Joint production with Ireland.
28 Joint production with Hungary.
29 Joint production with the Czech Republic or Czechoslovakia.
30 Joint production with Bulgaria.
31 Joint production with Mexico.
32 Joint production with Argentina.
33 Joint production with India.
34 Joint production with Russia.
35 Joint production with Burkina Faso.
36 Joint production with Mali.
37 Joint production with Cuba.
38 Joint production with Macedonia.
39 Joint production with Chile.
40 Joint production with Peru.
41 Joint production with Bosnia-Herzegovina and Slovenia.
42 Joint production with Senegal.
43 Joint production with Hong Kong.
44 Joint production with Romania.
45 Joint production with Greece.
46 Joint production with Venezuela.
47 Joint production with Thailand.
48 Joint production with Tunisia.
49 Joint production with Luxembourg.
50 Joint production with Turkey.
51 Joint production with Morocco.
52 Joint production with Cameroon.
53 Joint production with Indonesia.

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