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The 50 best films set in Paris

A brief history of the French capital on celluloid

By Alex Dudok de Wit |
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'Les Enfants du Paradis' (1945)
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'Le Ballon Rouge' (1956)
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'Cléo de 5 à 7' (1962)
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'Pink Panther' (1963)
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'Last Tango in Paris' (1972)
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'Trois Couleurs: Bleu' (1993)
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'La Haine' (1995)
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'Les Triplettes de Belleville' (2002)
 (Photo Credit: Jaap Buitendijk)
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Photo Credit: Jaap Buitendijk'Hugo' (2011)
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'Amour' (2012)

Below, we present the 50 best films set in Paris, organised by era. Be they Nouvelle Vague masterpieces or populist comedies, the capital is always in the starring role. Romance blooms on a belle époque street corner. A dark-eyed girl in Montmartre runs her hand through a bag of dried beans. In the suburbs, Arabs square up to skinheads. Nicotine-stained tales of sexual misadventure unfold in beds all over the city, while gangsters commit crimes and cartoon rats cook up a storm. Paris, which boasts a higher concentration of picture houses than any other city, has been the inspiration and the backdrop for countless films. 

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