The 100 best French films: No.1

Number 1: La Règle du jeu

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The best French film of all time?

The jury has spoken and declared La Règle du jeu the greatest French film of all time. But what do you think? Click here to have your say.


La Règle du jeu

Banned on its original release as 'too demoralising', and only made available again in its original form in 1956, Renoir's brilliant social comedy is epitomised by the phrase 'everyone has their reasons'. Centreing on a lavish country house party given by the Marquis de la Chesnaye and his wife (Dalio, Gregor), the film effects audacious slides from melodrama into farce, from realism into fantasy, and from comedy into tragedy. Romantic intrigues, social rivalries, and human foibles are all observed with an unblinking eye that nevertheless refuses to judge. The carnage of the rabbit shoot, the intimations of mortality introduced by the after-dinner entertainment, and Renoir's own performance are all unforgettable. Embracing every level of French society, from the aristocratic hosts to a poacher turned servant, the film presents a hilarious yet melancholic picture of a nation riven by petty class distinctions.

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Edvania R
Edvania R

Few french movies I watched and I love..

- Amelie

- C'est pas moi, je le jure!

- Jeux d'enfants

Priyedarshi J
Priyedarshi J

Rules of the Game  is not a bad choice but if you are going to include Bunuel  films then it is not the right choice. My top ten in order:


1. L'Age D'Or (Bunuel)

2. Nepolean (Gance)

3. Rules of the Game (Renoir)

4. Chine Andelou (Bunuel)

5. A Nous La Liberte (Clair)

5. Passion de Joan D'Arc (Dryer)

6. Children of Paradice (Carne)

7. 400 Blows (Truffaut)

8. Any Robert Bressan film 

9. Camille Claudel (Nuytten)

10. Jules et Jim (Truffaut)


After this any order

Rebecca
Rebecca

Ponette Trois Coleurs The Horseman on the Roof The Welldiggers Daughter Are you kidding?

Tony
Tony

The fact BETTY blue is not top 10 and is not even on the list renders this list irrelevant

Ella
Ella

No Jean de Florette or Manon Des Soruces? 8 Women? No Amelie, a multi-award-winner and possibly the most famous and beloved French film worldwide?!? This is a weird list. Is the compiler trying to make a point by excluding obvious classics?

Josiane Ochman
Josiane Ochman

I would have added Z, Les Dimanches de Ville d"Avray, Jean de Florette, Manon des Sources, Un Coeur en Hiver, Les Enfants du Paradis (not sure if it's there it might be) Fanfan Latulipe for its sheer exuberance, Les Amants du Pont Neuf, L'Aveu, you don't have a lot of Jean-Pierre Melville in there, Au revoir les Enfants I think that's it for now.

Michelle Holloway
Michelle Holloway

I fail to believe that so few recent french films have made it on the list. Older does not equal better. Take a better look at some of the films being made in the past decade or two. Amelie?!?! Really. NONE of the films from the Red White Blue trilogy? What? Or Lady Chatterly, Priceless, Nathalie, 8 Women, La Vie en Rose, Coco Avant Chanel. So many! I am from Canada and do not stand a chance of finding many of these very dated french films anyway.

Louis
Louis

Belleville Rendez-Vous?

Satish
Satish

"jules and jim" not in the list.

Richard
Richard

I cannot give your listing any credence when you give no room in the top 100 to Manon des Sources, or more so to Jean de Florette

cristina m
cristina m

Mannon of the Spring? and Jean de Florette?

Sarah D
Sarah D

I can't believe Amelie isn't on here.

Timoteo
Timoteo

I don't see one Claude Lelouch or Bertolucci film on this list. Glaring omissions.

CarrieCapucine
CarrieCapucine

What a great ranking ! I'd like to see them all (I've already seen almost half of them) ! If you are keen on French culture as I am, I strongly recommend this website which is really great http://www.frenchcultureguide.com/ and gives the last French cultural news. Enjoy !