My 25 Best French Romantic Movies Of All Time

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Looking for a good French romantic movie to watch tonight with your family or your love?

After the success of my personal selection of my 19 best french comedy movies , I have selected for you my best French romantic movies of all time.

Did I forget your preferred romantic movie? Please comment below !

Work is in progress (post updated in April 2023) ! 🙂

Louise xx

25 Best French Romantic Movies List (My Selection)

Here is my personal list of the best french romantic movies of all time with its IMDB rating.

Ranked from lowest to highest IMDb rating.

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

25. The Hairdresser’s Husband – 7.2/10

  • In French: Le Mari de la coiffeuse
  • Category: French romantic movie
  • Year: 1990
  • Director: Patrice Leconte
  • Famous French Actors and Actresses: Jean Rochefort, Anna Galiena, Roland Bertin, Maurice Chevit…
  • Synopsis: Antoine, a man obsessed with hairdressers, marries Mathilde, a talented and beautiful hairdresser. The couple shares an intense and passionate relationship, both emotionally and sexually. As time passes, their love becomes the center of their lives, but the intensity of their connection brings challenges as they navigate through the complexities of their relationship.
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24. The Last Metro – 7.5/10

  • In French: Le Dernier MĂ©tro
  • Category: French romantic drama
  • Year: 1980
  • Director: François Truffaut
  • Famous French Actors and Actresses: Catherine Deneuve, GĂ©rard Depardieu, Jean Poiret, AndrĂ©a FerrĂ©ol…
  • Synopsis: Set during World War II in occupied France, the film follows the story of a theater director who hides her Jewish husband from the Nazis. While struggling to keep the theater running, she becomes involved in a passionate love affair with a talented actor, complicating her situation further.
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23. The Lovers on the Bridge – 7.3/10

  • In French: Les Amants du Pont-Neuf
  • Category: French romantic drama
  • Year: 1991
  • Director: Leos Carax
  • Famous French Actors and Actresses: Juliette Binoche, Denis Lavant, Klaus-Michael GrĂŒber, Marion Stalens…
  • Synopsis: On the oldest bridge in Paris, the Pont-Neuf, two homeless people find love and solace in each other’s company. As they navigate the hardships of life on the streets, their love becomes a beacon of hope amidst the darkness and despair.
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22. A Man and a Woman – 7.6/10

  • In French: Un homme et une femme
  • Category: French romantic drama
  • Year: 1966
  • Director: Claude Lelouch
  • Famous French Actors and Actresses: Anouk AimĂ©e, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Pierre Barouh, ValĂ©rie Lagrange…
  • Synopsis: A widowed script girl and a widowed race car driver, each struggling to move on from their pasts, meet by chance and develop a deep and complex relationship. The film explores their love story, as they face their fears and try to find happiness together.
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21. Beauty and the Beast – 7.9/10

  • In French: La Belle et la BĂȘte
  • Category: French romantic fantasy
  • Year: 1946
  • Director: Jean Cocteau
  • Famous French Actors and Actresses: Jean Marais, Josette Day, Marcel AndrĂ©, Mila ParĂ©ly…
  • Synopsis: Based on the classic fairy tale, a young woman named Belle sacrifices herself to save her father by agreeing to live with the cursed Beast in his enchanted castle. As she gets to know the Beast, she discovers his inner kindness and the possibility of true love, even in the most unexpected forms.
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20. Jules and Jim – 7.8/10

  • In French: Jules et Jim
  • Category: French romantic drama
  • Year: 1962
  • Director: François Truffaut
  • Famous French Actors and Actresses: Jeanne Moreau, Oskar Werner, Henri Serre, Vanna Urbino…
  • Synopsis: Set in the early 20th century, Jules and Jim tells the story of two friends who fall in love with the same woman, Catherine. As their lives intertwine, they experience the complexities of love, friendship, and loyalty in the midst of war and changing societal expectations.
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19. Hiroshima Mon Amour – 7.9/10

  • In French: Hiroshima mon amour
  • Category: French romantic drama
  • Year: 1959
  • Director: Alain Resnais
  • Famous French Actors and Actresses: Emmanuelle Riva, Eiji Okada, Bernard Fresson, Stella Dassas…
  • Synopsis: In post-war Hiroshima, a French actress has a brief but intense affair with a Japanese architect. As their relationship unfolds, they are haunted by their memories of war and past lovers, leading them to confront the nature of love, memory, and loss.
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18. Claire’s Knee – 7.8/10

  • In French: Le Genou de Claire
  • Category: French romantic drama
  • Year: 1970
  • Director: Éric Rohmer
  • Famous French Actors and Actresses: Jean-Claude Brialy, Aurora Cornu, BĂ©atrice Romand, Laurence de Monaghan…
  • Synopsis: On the verge of getting married, JĂ©rĂŽme, a diplomat, spends his last holiday as a bachelor in the French countryside. There, he becomes infatuated with the teenage Claire, and develops an obsession with her knee. As he navigates his feelings and attraction, JĂ©rĂŽme must confront the complexities of desire and fidelity.
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17. Elevator to the Gallows – 8.0/10

  • In French: Ascenseur pour l’Ă©chafaud
  • Category: French romantic crime thriller
  • Year: 1958
  • Director: Louis Malle
  • Famous French Actors and Actresses: Jeanne Moreau, Maurice Ronet, Georges Poujouly, Yori Bertin…
  • Synopsis: A carefully planned murder by a couple, Julien and Florence, goes awry when Julien becomes trapped in an elevator. As he tries to escape, a series of misunderstandings and unfortunate events unfold. The film intertwines a crime thriller with a passionate love story, as Florence searches the city for Julien, unaware of his predicament.
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16. Cyrano de Bergerac – 7.5/10

  • In French: Cyrano de Bergerac
  • Category: French romantic drama
  • Year: 1990
  • Director: Jean-Paul Rappeneau
  • Famous French Actors and Actresses: GĂ©rard Depardieu, Anne Brochet, Vincent Perez, Jacques Weber…
  • Synopsis: A brilliant poet and swordsman, Cyrano de Bergerac, is in love with his beautiful and intelligent cousin, Roxane. However, he is hindered by his enormous nose, which he believes makes him unattractive. Despite his feelings, Cyrano helps a young cadet, Christian, win Roxane’s heart by feeding him eloquent lines to woo her.
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15. Love Me If You Dare – 7.6/10

  • In French: Jeux d’enfants
  • Category: French romantic comedy-drama
  • Year: 2003
  • Director: Yann Samuell
  • Famous French Actors and Actresses: Guillaume Canet, Marion Cotillard, Thibault Verhaeghe, JosĂ©phine Lebas-Joly…
  • Synopsis: Julien and Sophie are childhood friends who share a love for dangerous games. As they grow up, their games become increasingly intense and the stakes higher. As adults, their relationship is tested when they have to face the consequences of their actions.
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14. The Party – 7.7/10

  • In French: La FĂȘte
  • Category: French romantic comedy
  • Year: 1968
  • Director: Claude Pinoteau
  • Famous French Actors and Actresses: Lino Ventura, Michel Serrault, Mireille Darc, Françoise Fabian…
  • Synopsis: A sophisticated and reserved man meets a woman at a party and they quickly fall in love. As their relationship deepens, they must navigate the challenges and secrets that arise from their pasts.
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13. The Umbrellas of Cherbourg – 7.8/10

  • In French: Les Parapluies de Cherbourg
  • Category: French romantic musical
  • Year: 1964
  • Director: Jacques Demy
  • Famous French Actors and Actresses: Catherine Deneuve, Nino Castelnuovo, Anne Vernon, Marc Michel…
  • Synopsis: In the French seaside town of Cherbourg, GeneviĂšve, the daughter of a struggling umbrella shop owner, and Guy, an auto mechanic, fall in love. However, their relationship is challenged when Guy is drafted to fight in the Algerian War, forcing them to make difficult decisions about their future.
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12. Pierrot le Fou – 7.6/10

  • In French: Pierrot le Fou
  • Category: French romantic crime drama
  • Year: 1965
  • Director: Jean-Luc Godard
  • Famous French Actors and Actresses: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Anna Karina, Graziella Galvani, Aicha Abadir…
  • Synopsis: Unhappy with his life, Ferdinand Griffon, also known as Pierrot, abandons his wife and children to embark on a dangerous and passionate crime spree with his ex-girlfriend, Marianne Renoir.
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11. The Double Life of Veronique – 7.8/10

  • In French: La Double Vie de VĂ©ronique
  • Category: French romantic drama
  • Year: 1991
  • Director: Krzysztof Kieƛlowski
  • Famous French Actors and Actresses: IrĂšne Jacob, Halina Gryglaszewska, Kalina Jędrusik, Aleksander Bardini…
  • Synopsis: This mystical tale follows the parallel lives of two women, Weronika, a Polish singer, and VĂ©ronique, a French music teacher. Both women share a mysterious connection despite never having met, and their lives intersect in unexpected ways.
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10. La Piscine – 7.0/10

  • In French: La Piscine
  • Category: French romantic thriller
  • Year: 1969
  • Director: Jacques Deray
  • Famous French Actors and Actresses: Alain Delon, Romy Schneider, Maurice Ronet, Jane Birkin…
  • Synopsis: Set in the French Riviera, Jean-Paul and Marianne, a couple enjoying a seemingly idyllic vacation, find their relationship tested by the arrival of Marianne’s ex-lover, Harry, and his teenage daughter, Penelope.
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9. Amour – 7.9/10

  • In French: Amour
  • Category: French romantic drama
  • Year: 2012
  • Director: Michael Haneke
  • Famous French Actors and Actresses: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva, Isabelle Huppert, Alexandre Tharaud…
  • Synopsis: This poignant tale explores the love and dedication between an elderly couple, Georges and Anne, who face a life-altering event when Anne suffers a stroke. As her health deteriorates, Georges must come to terms with the inevitable outcome.
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8. Betty Blue – 7.4/10

  • In French: 37°2 le matin
  • Category: French romantic drama
  • Year: 1986
  • Director: Jean-Jacques Beineix
  • Famous French Actors and Actresses: Jean-Hugues Anglade, BĂ©atrice Dalle, GĂ©rard Darmon, Consuelo de Haviland…
  • Synopsis: The passionate and tumultuous relationship between Zorg, a struggling writer, and Betty, a free-spirited and impulsive woman, takes a dark turn as Betty’s mental health begins to deteriorate, leading them down a tragic path.
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7. Tell No One – 7.5/10

  • In French: Ne le dis Ă  personne
  • Category: French romantic thriller
  • Year: 2006
  • Director: Guillaume Canet
  • Famous French Actors and Actresses: François Cluzet, Marie-JosĂ©e Croze, AndrĂ© Dussollier, Kristin Scott Thomas…
  • Synopsis: Years after his wife’s brutal murder, pediatrician Alexandre Beck receives a mysterious email suggesting that she may still be alive. As he uncovers a web of secrets and lies, he must also elude the police who suspect him of the crime.
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6. A Very Long Engagement – 7.6/10

  • In French: Un long dimanche de fiançailles
  • Category: French romantic war drama
  • Year: 2004
  • Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
  • Famous French Actors and Actresses: Audrey Tautou, Gaspard Ulliel, Marion Cotillard, Dominique Pinon…
  • Synopsis: Set during World War I, a young woman named Mathilde embarks on a relentless quest to find her fiancĂ©, who has been declared dead along with four other soldiers. Convinced he is still alive, Mathilde uncovers the truth behind their tragic fates.
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5. The Big Blue – 7.6/10

  • In French: Le Grand Bleu
  • Category: French romantic adventure
  • Year: 1988
  • Director: Luc Besson
  • Famous French Actors and Actresses: Jean-Marc Barr, Jean Reno, Rosanna Arquette, Paul Shenar…
  • Synopsis: This visually stunning film tells the story of two childhood friends, Jacques and Enzo, who grow up to become rivals in the dangerous world of free-diving. Their intense rivalry is further complicated by the arrival of a beautiful woman, Johana.
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4. Belle de Jour – 7.7/10

  • In French: Belle de Jour
  • Category: French romantic drama
  • Year: 1967
  • Director: Luis Buñuel
  • Famous French Actors and Actresses: Catherine Deneuve, Jean Sorel, Michel Piccoli, GeneviĂšve Page…
  • Synopsis: SĂ©verine, a beautiful and seemingly content housewife, secretly indulges in her fantasies by becoming a prostitute at an upscale brothel during the day. As she navigates her double life, her desires and reality collide, leading to unexpected consequences.
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3. The Artist – 7.9/10

  • In French: L’Artiste
  • Category: French romantic comedy-drama
  • Year: 2011
  • Director: Michel Hazanavicius
  • Famous French Actors and Actresses: Jean Dujardin, BĂ©rĂ©nice Bejo, John Goodman, James Cromwell…
  • Synopsis: Set in the late 1920s, silent film star George Valentin struggles to adapt to the arrival of “talking pictures.” As his career spirals downward, an aspiring young actress named Peppy Miller rises to fame, and their paths intertwine in this charming, black-and-white homage to the golden age of cinema.
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2. AmĂ©lie – 8.3/10

  • In French: Le Fabuleux Destin d’AmĂ©lie Poulain
  • Category: French romantic comedy
  • Year: 2001
  • Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
  • Famous French Actors and Actresses: Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz, Rufus, Lorella Cravotta…
  • Synopsis: AmĂ©lie, a quirky and compassionate young woman, sets out on a journey to bring happiness to the people around her. In the process, she discovers love and the power of human connection as she navigates the vibrant streets of Paris.
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1. Blue Is the Warmest Colour – 7.7/10

  • In French: La Vie d’AdĂšle – Chapitres 1 & 2
  • Category: French romantic coming-of-age drama
  • Year: 2013
  • Director: Abdellatif Kechiche
  • Famous French Actors and Actresses: LĂ©a Seydoux, AdĂšle Exarchopoulos, Salim Kechiouche, AurĂ©lien Recoing…
  • Synopsis: AdĂšle, a young high school student, embarks on a journey of self-discovery when she meets Emma, a blue-haired artist. Their passionate and tumultuous relationship is portrayed over the course of several years, exploring the themes of love, identity, and growth.
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People also ask concerning French romantic movies :

What is considered to the #1 romantic movie?

The #1 romantic movie could be Forrest Gump (1994) according IMDb rating of 8,8/10 and more 2 millions votes (category Romance).

Other best romance movies in the World could be :

  • Life Is Beautiful (1997) – 8,6/10
  • It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) – 8,6/10
  • Sita Ramam (2022) – 8,6/10
  • Casablanca (1942) – 8,5/10

Note that ranking is subjective !

Please read above my personal list of best French romantic movies of all time.

What is the French movie about a love triangle?

There is a lot of French movies about a love triangle, like :

  • Heartbreaker (2010)
  • Love (2015)
  • A Faithful Man (2018)
  • Jules and Jim (1962)

Please read above my personal list of best French romantic movies of all time.

What is the most beautiful romantic movie?

The most beautiful romantic movie could be Forrest Gump (1994) according IMDb rating of 8,8/10 and more 2 millions votes (category Romance).

Others most beautiful romantic movies in the World could be :

  • Sita Ramam (2022) – 8,6/10
  • It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) – 8,6/10
  • Life Is Beautiful (1997) – 8,6/10
  • Casablanca (1942) – 8,5/10

NB : that ranking is subjective !

Please read above my personal list of best French romantic movies of all time.

What French movies are like Amelie?

There is a lot French movies like “AmĂ©lie”, for examples :

  • Midnight in Paris (2011)
  • Mood Indigo (2013)
  • The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)
  • Delicacy (2011)
  • About Time (2013)

Please read above my personal list of best French romantic movies of all time.


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