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. Not to mention, it’s also a great way to learn about French culture and gain exposure to different accents and slang.
If you’re an intermediate to advanced French language learner, studies have shown that turning on French subtitles can help accelerate your learning.
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 including a few for your French language learning kids.
French Movies On Netflix, Amazon and Youtube
Keep in mind that movies on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and other streaming movie sites come and go. So even if these films are not available on the online streaming movie site you use, you’re sure to find others in their place.
I’ve included the movie trailer for each movie for you to preview.
Funny Comedy French 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 40-something French guys on the verge of a mid-life crisis who decide to form their local pool’s first synchronized swimming team- for men.
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.
Amélie (Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain)
If you haven’t heard of Amélie, you’ve probably been living under a rock.
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.
“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.
The Untouchables (Intouchables)
Part drama part comedy, this French film was a HUGE box office hit in France and for good reason. It’s about a Parisian aristocrat who becomes a quadriplegic after a paragliding accident and 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 absolutely 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 mostly employed French actors from Paris (both named Nathan), leave the city to go to a tiny remote village in Greenland to visit the father of one of the Nathan’s.
During their stay with the 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.
Qu’Est-Ce Q’On A Fait Au Bon Dieu (Serial (Bad) Weddings)
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 vanish from beaches on the Channel Coast, near the Van Peteghem family’s mansion.
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 longed-for baby they are about to adopt is white, 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 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)
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 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) tries to help a group of pregnant Benedictine nuns at a convent in Warsaw, Poland.
The Workshop (L’atelier)
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 who is 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.