19 Best French Comedy Movies (My Personal Selection!)

Bonjour bonjour !

Looking for a good French comedy movie to watch tonight with your family?

I have selected for you my best French comedies of all time.

Work in progress (post updated in March 2023) ! 🙂

Louise xx

19 Best French Comedy Movies (My Selection)

Here is my personal ranking of the best french comedy movies comedies movies with its IMDB rating.

Ranked from lowest to highest IMDb rating.

Please check the trailer before to watch the complete movie (by experience) ! 😉

19. Babysitting (2014) – 6.7/10

French translation : Babysitting

Summary : A young employee agrees to babysit his boss’s son for one night while he attends an important meeting. However, things get out of hand when he invites his friends over for a wild party that goes viral on social media.

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18. Heartbreaker (2010) – 6.8/10

French translation : L’arnacoeur

Summary : A professional seducer who works with his sister and her husband breaks up unhappy couples for money by making women fall in love with him. He faces his toughest challenge when he is hired by a wealthy man to prevent his daughter’s wedding with an English millionaire.

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17. Asterix and Obelix: Mission Cleopatra (2002) – 6.9/10

French translation : Astérix et Obélix : Mission Cléopâtre

Summary : The second live-action adaptation of the popular comic book series follows Asterix and Obelix as they travel to Egypt to help Cleopatra build a new palace for Julius Caesar within three months. Along the way, they face many obstacles and enemies, but also encounter some allies.

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16. A Cat in Paris (2010) – 6.9/10

French translation : Une vie de chat

Summary : A charming animated film that depicts the double life of a cat named Dino who spends his days with Zoe, a mute girl whose mother is a police officer, and his nights with Nico, a burglar who roams the rooftops of Paris. Their paths cross when Zoe gets kidnapped by a gangster.

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15. Zarafa (2012) – 6.9/10

French translation : Zarafa

Summary : A historical fiction that revolves around Maki, a young Sudanese boy who escapes from slave traders and befriends Zarafa, an orphaned giraffe who is given as a gift to King Charles X of France by Muhammad Ali of Egypt. Together they embark on an epic journey from Africa to Paris.

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14. Welcome to the Sticks (2008) – 7/10

French translation : Bienvenue chez les Ch’tis

Summary : A postal worker from Provence is banished to northern France as punishment for trying to cheat on an internal transfer exam. He expects to encounter cold weather and rude people, but instead he discovers warmth and friendship among the locals.

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13. Sink or Swim (2018) – 7/10

French translation : Le Gran Bain

Summary : Sink or Swim (2018) is a French comedy-drama film directed by Gilles Lellouche. It follows a group of middle-aged men who are struggling with various personal and professional issues and decide to join a synchronized swimming team for men. Through their training and friendship, they rediscover their self-esteem and joy of living.

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12. The Closet (2001) – 7/10

French translation : Le placard

Summary : A man spreads the rumor of his fake homosexuality with the aid of his neighbor to prevent his imminent firing at his work. He becomes a hero to his colleagues and attracts the attention of a female co-worker who has a crush on him.

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11. La Cage aux Folles (1978) – 7.2/10

French translation : La Cage aux Folles

Summary : The manager of a Saint-Tropez nightclub featuring drag entertainment and his star attraction and partner must pretend to be a conservative couple when their son brings home his fiancée’s ultra-traditional parents.

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10. The Umbrella Coup (1980) – 7.2/10

French translation : Le coup du parapluie

Summary : A hapless orchestra player becomes an unwitting pawn of rival factions within the French secret service after he is chosen as a decoy by being identified as a super secret agent.

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9. The Rabbi’s Cat (2011) – 7.2/10

French translation : Le Chat du Rabbin

Summary : Based on a comic book series, this movie tells the story of a rabbi’s cat who gains the ability to speak after swallowing a parrot. He then expresses his desire to convert to Judaism and accompany his master on a trip across Africa.

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8. April and the Extraordinary World (2015) – 7.3/10

French translation : Avril et le Monde truqué

Summary : An animated steampunk adventure set in an alternate history where scientists have mysteriously disappeared and the world is stuck in the industrial age. A young girl named April, who is the daughter of two missing scientists, goes on a quest to find them with the help of her talking cat and a fugitive boy.

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7. Long Way North (2015) – 7.3/10

French translation : Tout en haut du monde

Summary : Another animated film that follows Sasha, a young aristocrat in 19th century Russia who dreams of following her grandfather’s footsteps as an explorer. She embarks on a perilous journey to the North Pole to find his lost ship and prove his legacy.

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6. The Dinner Game (1998) – 7.6/10

French translation : Le Dîner de Cons

Summary : A few friends have a weekly fools’ dinner, where each brings a fool along. Pierre finds a champion fool for next dinner: François, an accountant who collects matchboxes. However, things go awry when François gets involved in Pierre’s personal and professional life.

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5. The Triplets of Belleville (2003) – 7.8/10

French translation : Les Triplettes de Belleville

Summary : quirky and surreal animated film that follows Madame Souza, an elderly woman who travels to Belleville with her faithful dog Bruno and her grandson Champion, a cyclist who has been kidnapped by the French mafia during the Tour de France. She meets three eccentric sisters who were once famous singers and joins them in their musical escapades.

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4. Fantastic Planet (1973) – 7.8/10

French translation : La planète sauvage

Summary : A sci-fi classic that depicts a strange world where humans are enslaved by giant blue aliens called Draags who keep them as pets or exterminate them for sport. A human named Terr escapes from his captors and joins a group of rebels who seek to overthrow their oppressors.

Complete movie is on YouTube (duration : 1:11) :

3. Ernest & Celestine (2012) – 7.9/10

French translation : Ernest et Célestine

Summary : A heartwarming tale of friendship between Ernest, a big bear who lives as an outcast in the forest, and Celestine, a little mouse who lives underground with her fellow rodents who fear bears. They overcome their prejudices and help each other out in times of trouble.

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2. The King and the Mockingbird (1980) – 8/10

French translation : Le Roi et l’Oiseau

Summary : An animated masterpiece that tells the story of a tyrannical king who rules over Takicardia with an iron fist and tries to marry a beautiful shepherdess who loves a chimney sweep. They are aided by a mockingbird who narrates their adventures and mocks the king at every turn.

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1. The Intouchables (2011) – 8.5/10

French translation : Intouchables

Summary : Based on a true story, this movie tells the friendship between Philippe, a wealthy quadriplegic who hires Driss, an ex-con from the projects, as his caretaker. Despite their differences, they develop an unlikely bond that changes both their lives.

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People also ask concerning French comedy movies :

Which is the No 1 comedy movie in the world?

The No 1 comedy movie in the world could be “The Chaos Class (1975)” according to IMDb rating : 9,2/10 with 41 430 votes in 2023.

Other best comedy movies in the world :

  • 777 Charlie (2022) with 8,8/10
  • Life Is Beautiful (1997) with 8,6/10
  • Back to the Future (1985) with 8,5/10
  • The Intouchables (2011) with 8,5/10

What is the funniest rated movie?

The Funniest Rated Movie (according IMDb) could be “The Chaos Class (1975)” with a rating of 9,2/10 on 41 430 votes.

Why is French cinema so good?

French cinema is widely regarded as one of the best in the world for its artistic and cultural value.

Some possible reasons why French cinema is so good are:

  • French films are made for grown-ups and often have as much integrity as they do charm
  • French films reflect their own society and history, creating authentic and diverse stories that resonate with audiences.
  • French films are innovative and creative, experimenting with different genres, styles and techniques.
  • French films benefit from a strong support system that values cinema as a form of art and expression.

Where can I watch classic French films?

You can watch classic french films in different ways :

  • Netflix
  • Amazon Prime Video
  • Disney+
  • Hulu
  • YouTube

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