Here are my French drama and French comedy recommendations, which you can watch on streaming websites like Netflix and
Benefits of watching French films
You probably already know that watching French movies is an easy and entertaining way to learn some new French vocabulary and improve your listening skills.
Studies have shown that turning on French subtitles can help accelerate your learning if you’re an intermediate to an advanced French language learner.
Watching French movies is also a great way to learn about French culture and gain exposure to different accents and slang.
And if you’re a French film buff, I’m sure you’ll find more than a few films on this list to pique your interest.
French Movies On Netflix,
Amazon and Youtube (with movie trailer)
Keep in mind that movies on Netflix,
So even if these films are not available at the online streaming movie site you use, you may be able to find them elsewhere.
Funny Comedy Movies
Sink or Swim (Le grand bain)
This is one of my favourite French comedy movies of all time.
It’s about a bunch of French guys between the ages of 30 to 50 on the verge of a mid-life crisis who decide to form the first synchronized swimming team- for men at their local pool.
It’s both hilarious and touching at the same time.
I’m not ashamed to admit I cried hard while laughing through tears more than a few times.
Especially towards the end.
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Amélie (Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain)
If you haven’t heard of Amélie, you’ve probably been living under a rock.
“Amélie” is a fanciful comedy about a young woman who discretely orchestrates the lives of the people around her, creating a world exclusively of her own making.
First released back in 2001, this French cult film was shot at over 80 Parisian locations, including a famous French art deco swimming pool in Paris.
The Untouchables (Intouchables)
Part drama, part comedy, this French film was a HUGE box office hit in France and for a good reason.
It’s about a Parisian aristocrat who becomes a quadriplegic after a paragliding accident.
He hires a young French black man from the Paris ghettos to be his live-in caretaker.
Although very different, the two men bond and develop a close friendship.
Omar Sy, who I love, is so loveable in this movie and every other movie he’s ever done. I always recommend this movie to my friends to watch, and you should too.
Journey to Greenland (Le voyage au Groenland)
In this French film comedy, two sometimes employed French actors from Paris leave the city to go to a tiny remote village in Greenland to visit one of their fathers.
During their stay with an Inuit community, their friendship is challenged as they learn the local customs. This is a charming movie shot in a beautiful location, almost like a documentary or travelogue.
The World is Yours (Le Monde est à toi)
A small-time dealer dreams of another life but can’t afford it. To escape, he must accept one last job involving Spain, drugs, the Illuminati and his overbearing mother.
A Mighty Team (La Dream Team)
When a fit of anger leads to a serious injury, a sidelined soccer star returns to his hometown and reluctantly agrees to train the local youth.
I am not an Easy Man (Je ne suis pas un homme facile)
A shameless chauvinist gets a taste of his own medicine when he wakes up in a world dominated by women and locks horns with a powerful female author.
We Are Family (C’est quoi cette famille?)
Seven children from divorced parents, sick of being shared and changing house every week, decide to make a stand.
A young Senegalese-French man sets out to climb Mount Everest to impress the woman he loves.
Serial (Bad) Weddings (Qu’est-ce q’on a fait au bon dieu?)
Four French daughters. Three husbands with roots in other cultures. And one more surprise for the family melting pot.
They Are Everywhere (Ils sont partout)
A French-Jewish actor seeks counselling and discusses several stereotypes concerning Jewish people. Told in the form of short stories that accompany each stereotype.
Slack Bay (Ma Loute)
Inspectors Machin and Malfoy investigate after tourists
Bad Seeds (Mauvaises herbes)
Starring Catherine Deneuve, a scam artist and former street kid from the Parisian suburbs, finds himself taking charge of a group of six teenagers expelled for being troublemakers.
He Even Has Your Eyes (Il a déjà tes yeux)
When French-African couple Paul and Sali discover the baby they’ve always longed for and are about to adopt is caucasian baby, family chaos and confrontation ensue.
Wedding Unplanned (Jour J)
When a woman discovers a wedding planner’s business card, she instantly says yes to her partner, unaware that the card belongs to his mistress. The groom becomes trapped between his bride and his lover, who is in charge of his unwanted marriage.
Un + Une
When a famous French composer goes to India to write the musical score for the Indian version of “Romeo and Juliet,” he meets the wife of the French ambassador and unexpectantly falls in love.
French Drama Movies On Netflix
A Bag of Marbles (Sac de billes)
If you have kids and want to raise their awareness about the Jewish plight during WWII, give them this book to read, then have them watch the movie. My daughter had to do just that for her middle school class (collège 5ème) here in France. The book and movie are based on the true story of two young French Jewish brothers who escape from Nazi-occupied France during World War II.
Blue is the Warmest Color (La Vie d’Adèle)
Adèle’s life is changed when she meets Emma, who allows her to discover desire and assert herself as a woman and adult. Adèle grows, loses herself, and ultimately finds herself through love and loss.
REMI, NOBODY’S BOY (Rémi sans famille)
A young orphan has a series of adventures while travelling across France with an itinerant musician, his faithful dog, and his monkey.
The Unknown Girl (La fille inconnue)
A female doctor gets obsessed with the case of a dead woman after learning that the woman had died shortly after having rung her door for help.
Lady J (Mademoiselle de Joncquières)
If you loved Dangerous Liaisons, you’re going to love this romantic French drama film, which turned out to be surprisingly subversive. Set in the mid-1700s, during the reign of Louis XV, a wealthy aristocratic widow concocts a scheme to get revenge when her romance with a lewd marquis and playboy decides he loves someone else.
The Innocents (Les innocents)
In December 1945, a Red Cross doctor (Lou de Laâge) tried to help a group of pregnant Benedictine nuns at a convent in Warsaw, Poland.
The Workshop (L’atelier)
A well-respected novelist named Olivia is assigned to help a young man named Antoine with a project at a summer writing workshop. Antoine’s aggressive yet provocative behaviour intrigues Olivia, who finds herself drawn to him.
Headwinds (Des vents contraires)
Paul (Benoît Magimel) and Sarah’s (Audrey Tautou) marriage slowly unravels, and after she disappears, Paul is the main suspect in her disappearance.
Diary of a Chambermaid (Journal d’une femme de chambre)
This French film is an adaptation of Octave Mirbeau’s 1900 novel of the same name. There have been several adaptions. The story is about a chambermaid from Paris who relocates to a remote household in Provence in the late 19th century, engages in trysts and finds herself fascinated with a coach driver.
Nothing to hide (Le jeu)
Several couples play a game over dinner; everyone has to share every text, phone call, and email with the others. The game soon becomes a nightmare.
Standing Tall (La Tête haute)
After his mother abandons him, Malony goes in and out of juvenile court. Florence, a children’s magistrate, and Yann, a caseworker, follow the boy’s journey and work tirelessly to save him.
In the Shadow of Iris (Iris)
The wife of a wealthy banker disappears in Paris, and a young mechanic in debt may be linked to the abduction. However, as the case unfolds before their eyes, the investigators realize they are still far from understanding the truth.
In a housing estate on the outskirts of Paris, a teenager hungry for her share of power and success becomes a runner for a drug dealer. When she meets a male dancer, a window of opportunity offers a different kind of life.
The boss’s daughter (La fille du patron)
A 40-year-old workshop foreman falls for the daughter of his boss, and nobody approves of the relationship.
French Animated Movie
My Life as a Zucchini (Ma vie de courgette)
The only animated film on this list isn’t exactly meant for young children due to the topic. After losing his mother, a young boy is sent to a foster home with other orphans his age, where he begins to learn the meaning of trust and true love.