My 15 Best French Revolution Movies

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If you are into binge-watching the best French Revolution movies and have previously loved my selections of the best French thriller movies.

I am back again to please you with my selection of the best French Revolution movies.

Work in progress ! 🙂


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17 Best French Revolution Movies (My Selection)

Here is my personal ranking of the 17 best French Revolution movies with their IMDB rating.

Ranked from lowest to highest IMDb rating.

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

13. Jefferson in Paris (1995) – 5.7 / 10

French TranslationJefferson à Paris

Summary: Thomas Jefferson’s romantic and political affairs while he is the U.S. ambassador in Paris in 1789.


12. Farewell, My Queen (2012) – 6.2 / 10

French TranslationLes Adieux à la reine

Summary: Marie Antoinette’s life in the Versailles court just before the French Revolution.


11. Marie Antoinette (2006) – 6.5 / 10

French TranslationMarie Antoinette

Summary: The life of the ill-fated French queen in the years leading up to the French Revolution.


Top 10 French Revolution Movies

Here is my personal selection of 10 best French revolution movies :

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10. The Lady and the Duke (2001) – 6.8 / 10

French TranslationL’Anglaise et le duc

Summary: An English lady navigates the dangerous, complex politics of the French Revolution.


9. Reign of Terror (1949) – 6.9 / 10

French TranslationLe Livre noir

Summary: Robespierre, a powerful figure in the French Revolution and the subsequent Reign of Terror, is desperately looking for his black book, a death list of those marked by him for the guillotine.

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8. Danton (1983) – 7.4 / 10

French TranslationDanton

Summary: Conflict between Georges Danton, a popular and practical revolutionary, and Maximilien Robespierre, a radical idealist.


7. Les Misérables (2012) – 7.5 / 10

French TranslationLes Misérables

Summary: Set in post-revolutionary France, the story reaches a resolution against the background of the June Rebellion.


6. Scaramouche (1952) – 7.5 / 10

French TranslationScaramouche

Summary: In France during the late 18th Century, a man sets out to avenge the death of his friend at the hands of a master swordsman.


5. La Révolution française (1989) – 7.6 / 10

French TranslationLa Révolution française

Summary: Two-part film covering the events of the French Revolution from 1789 to 1794.


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4. The Scarlet Pimpernel (1982) – 7.6 / 10

French TranslationLe Mouron rouge

Summary: A British aristocrat rescues French nobles from the French Revolution while posing as a mundane fop.


3. A Tale of Two Cities (1935) – 7.8 / 10

French TranslationLe Marquis de Saint Evrémonde

Summary: An Englishman’s complex relationship with Paris and London during the French Revolution.


2. Napoléon (1927) – 8.2 / 10

French TranslationNapoléon

Summary: A silent French epic film that tells the story of Napoleon’s early years.


1. The French Revolution (documentary, 2019) – 8.8 / 10

French TranslationLa Révolution

Summary: A miniseries that reinterprets the French Revolution with a supernatural twist.

Part 1 :

The French Revolution : Part. 1

The French Revolution : Part. 2

Hope you find this selection of the best French revolution movies helpful to learn about the French revolution

Also, I am excited to know about your best French revolution movies!

Be sure to let me know about your fav choices in the comment section below.

Stay tuned for more!

— Louise

People also ask concerning French Revolution movies :

Is There Any Movie on French Revolution?                   

YES! There are multiple movies on French revolution!

I have listed the best ones in my above top picks featuring list.

However, to conclude precisely, The French Revolution (2019) is the best known French Revolution movie with the IMDB rating of 8,8 / 10.

What Is the 80s Movie about the French Revolution?                 

La Révolution française (1989) is the best-known 80s movie about French Revolution.

Other worth watching 80s Revolution movies include:

  • That Night in Varennes (1982)
  • Chouans (1988)
  • Danton (1983)
  • A Tale of Two Cities (1980)
  • …..

What Is the Most Famous French Revolution?                      

French Revolution (1789) is the most famous one.

It put an end to the Monarchy and the “Ancien Régime”.

It resulted in the death of King Louis XVI and his wife, Marie Antoinette

This revolution continued until 1792 until the declaration of the First Republic (1792-1799.)

Is There a Good Napoleon Movie?                         

YES! There are multiple Napoleon movies, out of which, 9 ‘Napoléon’ (1927) holds a different place.

It’s five hours long and features Nepolean’s early life and career.

It’s the creation of the revolutionary filmmaker, Abel Gance. Though he has made multiple films, but this one holds a special place in his career.

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

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