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Time Out has polled more than 100 experts to discover their top French films of all time.

From their choices, we compiled our definitive list of the 100 best French films - which you can explore here and discover where classics such as 'Les Enfants du paradis', 'Eyes Without a Face' and 'La Haine' landed in the rankings.

That's according to the film industry experts. Now we want to hear about your favourite French film.

Which film moves you like no other? Which movies have our experts missed? And which one really deserves the Number One spot? Click here and tell us!


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Dennis D
Dennis D

Documentaries such as Le Chagrin et la Pitie (Sorrow and the Pity) and Le Mystere Picasso?

I don't remember seeing in that list:  "Monsieur Vincent", "Les Enfants du Paradis", "Vivre pour Vivre", "Un Homme et Une Femme", "Les Amants", "Black Orpheus", "Jules et Jim", Et Dieu Crea la Femme", “The Last Metro”, “Inchochine”, “Est-Ouest”, “La Grande Illusion”, “Journal d’un Pére de Campagne”, Les jeux Interdits”, “la Règle du Jeu”, “Les Choses de la Vie”, etc.

maximo hudson
maximo hudson

I suppose the first film I noticed that was not on the list was Blood of a Poet or perhaps it is and I simply missed it. I would also have included Alphaville and made sure my selection criteria allowed for Black Orpheus to be included since it's probably better than at least ninety of the films on the list. I suppose if it were up to me I would include all of Melville's films, oh and where is The Beaches of Agnè, that wonderful documentary by and about Agnès Varda? An impressive film indeed that. Oh, I could go on about obvious classics that were left out and I sure like Diva better than Jacaues Tati who really doesn't translate well into anything Americans can make sense of... but then these lists are always maddening for they are all inevitably made out by cretins who wouldn't know a great film even were they to wake up in the middle of 8 1/2 being filmed with their head resting on Anita Ekberg's bosom. That being said, since this undertaking was doomed from the start, I will give the process five stars for the grand nature (Or is it audacity?) of the gesture.

Bonux
Bonux

Maybe some of these could fit in: Tchao Pantin (1983) Bernie (1996) Léon (1994) Le Grand Bleu (1988) Le dernier combat (1983) Un singe en hiver (1962) L'emmerdeur (1973) Cyrano de Bergerac (1990) Le bonheur est dans le pré (1995) Calmos (1976) Trop belle pour toi (1989) Garde à vue (1981) Un taxi pour Tobrouk (1961) Tenue de soirée (1986) Sortez les mouchoirs (1978) Série noire (1979) Les choses de la vie (1970) Le vieux fusil (1975) 37°2 le matin (1986) La fille sur le pont (1999) Ne le dis à personne (2006) Milou en mai (1990) La chèvre (1981) L'auberge Espagnole (2002) Le choix des armes (1981)

Kreno
Kreno

I saw all of them. This list sucks. This list has been made by 100+ y-o guys without eyeglasses and hearing aid.

Morgan
Morgan

Amelie? Somehow it might be too popular for film snobs. Its a magical film, I watch it once a year. The images, the story, music, it all makes me feel good.

Tof Jonson
Tof Jonson

In 1946 a French Film titled "Le Symphonie Pastorole" was released with the great actor Pierre Blanchar. It rarely appears on any BEST LIST roster, but the acting by Michelle Morgan and Blanchar was superb as was the story. Morgan and the film won the Palme d"Or at the Cannes Festival that year.The stunning visuals are so breath-taking you could barely leave the theatre. Why is this powerful film overlooked. Another three films that are overlooked, all played by actor Harry Baur (great French character actor) in the title roles of "Rasputin,""Lives and Loves of Beethoven"and "Volpone" . Absolute brilliant acting....and I am an Okie but lived through French films.

mike
mike

Jean de florette and Manon of the Spring? "Z" wasn't that also a French film? Au revoir les Infants ? All much better than bottom 50 on this list. In fact Z is 5 stars for its universality of political mavericks vulnerability to tyrants or the machine.

Lola
Lola

WHAT ABOUT AMELIE?

DAVID BARRON
DAVID BARRON

Where is the masterpiece that is ' THE EIGHTH DAY ' - ' Le Huitieme Jour '. Sheer joy from the start to the finish.

Flobs
Flobs

it was terrible

John
John

Enter the Void shouldn't be on the list (none of Noe's films should be). Sans soleil and some of Tati's films should be ranked quite a bit higher. Delicatessen should not even be on the list (none of Jeunet's films should be). Pickpocket and The Passion of Joan of Arc should be in at least the top twenty, preferably in the top ten. All of Bresson's films should be on the list. La Haine and To Our Loves are ranked much too favorably and an arguement could be made that they don't even belong on this list. Breathless should be in the top twenty as should Hiroshima mon amour. Au hasard Balthazar could possibly take the number one spot and should at least be in the top eight or so. This list also needs more Renoir. These are all just my opinion(s) of course and creating lists like this is generally problematic and difficult so I applaud the effort.

Mark Appleyard
Mark Appleyard

Thanks for the list. I'll start watching those I haven't seen (about 90) so it could take a while. As for the top 100. What does it really matter. I love much of French cinema. More subtle, intelligent, a heightened awareness of human conflict, comedy, despair and love, rather than the shallow pond of celluloid, superficial plastic fantastic regurgitated by Hollywood. But there are always exceptions on both sides of the Atlantic. I'll enjoy working my way through the list.

Diana
Diana

also La voiee lactee and The discreet charm of the bourjoise are both great, too bad they aren't listed here :(

Diana
Diana

Ummm... how about Au revoir les enfants? I think it deserves to be here :)

Hamed
Hamed

Jean de Florette

Alana
Alana

Vivre pour Vivre (Lelouch) is best.

Chris MacCormick
Chris MacCormick

L'Atalante still strikes me as the greatest ever, anywhere, but I don't have a quarrel with Rules of the Game. My only quarrel is with the absence of The Earrings of Madame de . . ., which should be in the top 10. Congratulations always on not forgetting The Green Ray.

Alex
Alex

My two favorites were omitted. No Discreet charm of the bourgousie and no Jules and Jim?

Todd
Todd

Good list! The only serious omission I've noticed is "A Man Escaped."

Bob
Bob

How can you have the 100 greatest French films without Diva??? The movie turned me on to foreign films.

Alan Pavelin
Alan Pavelin

I agree with yiorgos - Diary of a Country Priest would be my number one.

yiorgos
yiorgos

How can l take this list seriously when you omit Bresson's 'Diary Of a Country Priest'?

Zonergem
Zonergem

Jules Dassin may have been American but Du Rififi Chez Les Hommes (1955) is surely a French film and for you to omit it from this list seems staggering.

Tim Arthur
Tim Arthur

No Amelie? No Les Amants du Pont-Neuf? And where is Le Diner de Cons? Great list though guys! So many films I now have to catch up with straightaway!