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The 30 Best French Movies on Netflix [September 2022]

Wondering how to spice up your French learning journey? It’s simple, watch a movie!

Watching movies is a great way to not only keep yourself entertained, but practice your listening comprehension. 

To help get you started, I’ve curated a list of the 30 best French movies on Netflix right now! Find one that interests you, sit back and relax!

Contents

Comedy Movies

1. The Takedown

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If you love buddy cop movies, this movie starring Laurent Lafitte and Omar Sy is sure to be a hit.

The movie follows two cops who couldn’t be more different, who have to work together again years after their partnership ended.

A dead body draws the two into a series of adventures that put them in the middle of drug trafficking rings and white supremacists. 

Expect a lot of raunchy jokes, satire, silly action and antics. While this movie received mixed reviews, it’s a great watch if you want something casual. 

2. Bigbug

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This movie takes place in 2045, when AI and robots are an integral part of managing every home.

When an android rebellion threatens the world, the robots in Alice’s home prioritize her safety over everything, even if it means locking her and her guests inside her house.

What follows is a hilarious and raunchy comedy about a group of people just wanting to form relationships and a group of androids who are trying to learn what it means to be human.

When the threat comes a little too close to home, will the people and robots be able to put aside their differences and band together to escape?

3. Stuck Together

Stuck Together

This delightful movie takes the coronavirus pandemic and breathes some much-needed humanity and humor into the situation.

The events of this film take place in early 2020, when France was first placed on lockdown and there wasn’t much known about the virus yet.

We get an inside look into an apartment building in Paris, following seven points of view as they try to make sense of the difficult situation.

From the Covid denier to the mad scientist trying to concoct his own vaccine, can this odd cast of characters survive the pandemic… or each other?

4. Back to School

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This movie follows two friends that grew up on the lower end of the social pyramid, yet ended up with extremely successful careers. 

The friends are presented with an opportunity to go to their middle school reunion and they immediately see it as a chance to flaunt their adulthood success in their childhood tormentors’ faces. 

Of course, this does not exactly go as planned and the men still face struggles from their childhood when it comes to old crushes and bullies.

Can the two friends redeem themselves in the eyes of their old classmates, or will this reunion forever cement their loser status?

5. I Am Not an Easy Man

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“I Am Not An Easy Man” follows Damien (Vincent Elbaz), an unapologetic male chauvinist, as he lives without any consideration of his sexist behaviors. 

That is, until he hits his head and the universe is altered, resulting in Damien being thrust into a matriarchal society. 

In this new life, Damien is subjected to the same sexist treatment he had been giving women his entire life, forcing him to see himself in a new light.

This was actually the first French film on Netflix and it’s a great introduction to French satire, which often takes aim at structures of power in society and politics.

6. The Climb

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This movie is loosely based on the Everest ascent of Algerian-Australian Frenchman, Nadir Dendoune. Dendoune wished to climb Everest to demonstrate the potential of French immigrants and present a positive image of French-Algerians in society.

While the film follows a different character (Samy), there are certainly parallels in challenges the film character faces when it comes to social issues and mountaineering.

Like Nadir, Samy is an immigrant and has no experience mountaineering. Although his motivation for climbing the mountain is different, Samy demonstrates the same level of grit and determination as Nadir.

The heartfelt, comedic and ultimately inspiring journey (not to mention the cinematography) will have you wanting to watch the film several times.

7. The World Is Yours 

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If you’re a fan of Tarantino and Guy Ritchie, “The World Is Yours” will feel strangely familiar.

With Vincent Cassel on board, the strong cast does a fantastic job navigating the twists and turns of this unorthodox crime drama.

François dreams of a life beyond being a small-time drug dealer, but to get there, he concocts a wacky plan that quickly spirals out of control.

He plans to do one final job, one that will have him facing drug dealers, the Illuminati and, scariest of all, his mother.

8. Nothing to Hide

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Three couples and one single man who have known each other for decades decide to gather for a friendly meal.

During dinner, they decide to play a game where every text, call, instant message and photo they receive must be shared with the group.

What starts out as an amusing game quickly turns dramatic, as the nature of the texts becomes more scandalous. 

A remake of an Italian film, “Nothing to Hide” is sure to entertain, but also draws attention to some prominent social issues.

9. School Life 

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Samia is the newly-appointed principal of Saint-Denis, a suburban school full of students who are on the fringes of society and treated as such.

Despite warnings from her fellow teachers that these kids are unmotivated, destructive and generally lost causes, she refuses to give up on them.

As she gets to know a few particular students, she becomes truly invested in their futures and goes up against the system, as well as the students’ own lack of confidence, to ensure they succeed.

While the story is truly inspiring and follows realistic problems, the movie also contains quite a bit of comedic value that is sure to keep you interested.

10. Bad Seeds

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Wael makes his living by conning grocery shoppers with his foster mother, Monique.

When they try to rob a man named Victor, it turns out that he’s an old friend of Monique’s. Victor agrees not to press charges, but only if Wael and Monique volunteer at his center for at-risk youths.

Once at the center, Wael begins mentoring a group of six teenagers and he realizes just how much his own story has in common with theirs.

As a result of their shared experiences, he’s able to reach the troubled kids in ways others can’t.

Though simple and funny, this film contains powerful messages of hope for the future despite desperate circumstances.

11. Spoiled Brats

Three spoiled siblings struggle to handle the challenges of life without money as their rich father pretends that he has lost his fortune.

The movie follows each child as they try to navigate life as real adults who have to earn their own money. 

While the movie is mostly meant for comedic relief, there are some good happy-go-lucky themes surrounding family, finding one’s identity and the importance of hard-work.

Action Movies

12. Restless

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The cop at the center of this movie isn’t exactly walking on the right side of the law, considering his willingness to overlook certain offenses for the right price.

His corruption is made even more clear when he accidentally hits a man with his car and covers up the accident.

Although he tries to move on and forget his mistake, it seems the man he hit is a key figure in an ongoing investigation.

To make things even worse, there seems to have been a witness, who continues to call and threaten him.

This film is full of action and will keep your pulse racing from start to finish.

13. The Wolf’s Call

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The free world’s fate rests on the shoulders of a maritime acoustics specialist, Chanteraide, as he attempts to avoid nuclear war. 

Under the threat of sub-nuclear war, Chanteraide must use his almost paranormal listening skills to detect subtle noises in the subaquatic landscape to prevent all-out nuclear war from an unclear adversary.

As with most submarine movies, you’ll feel claustrophobic and tense, yet remain fully gripped as the film dives deeper and deeper into the dark world of submarine warfare.

14. Lost Bullet 

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Ex-mechanic, Lino (Alban Lenoir), is on a relentless crusade to clear his name of a murder charge after being framed in this classic part-thriller, part-action masterpiece.

As the title suggests, a single bullet is the key piece of evidence to clearing his name, but he must first set out to find it.

With impressive driving, fight scenes and real stunts, this movie is perhaps not what comes to mind when you hear French cinema.

Despite the fact that this film wavers from traditional French style, it will certainly impress you with it’s high-speed tempo sure to boost your adrenaline.

15. Bon Cop, Bad Cop

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This bilingual film is a fantastic cop story with a distinctive Canadian flair. 

It begins when the body of a hockey executive is found strewn across the border between Quebec and Ontario, resulting in the two provinces sharing jurisdiction of the case.

To find the killer, by-the-book detective Martin and easygoing David must work together despite their extreme differences in everything from disposition to culture and language spoken.

A cult classic in Canada, this movie plays to all of the action stereotypes while making full use of an uproariously funny bilingual script.

Drama Movies

16. DNA

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How much does family mean to you? This is a question that Neige, the main character of this poignant film, struggles to answer.

When her grandfather dies, Neige is forced to confront her past and her family.

The movie gives viewers an intimate look at Neige’s life as she struggles to deal with her grandfather’s passing, connect with her Algerian roots and make peace with the trauma her family caused her in the past.

Ultimately, “DNA” is a look at identity and family and the importance that both have in shaping a human being.

17. “Street Flow”

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This is a gritty story that artfully depicts the realities of life in the Parisian projects.

Written and directed by the prolific French rapper, Kery James, the tale gives a stunning insight into the struggles and challenges of growing up in these often troubled areas.

The film follows the the youngest of three brothers as he is forming his identity with two very different examples in his older brothers.

Will he follow the footsteps of the hard-working lawyer or will he join a drug-dealing gangster who lives on the edge?

The film draws a lot of attention to the difficulties of growing up in these French suburbs but also the choices we make as we choose which life path to follow.

18. I Lost My Body 

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You might not expect to find an animated film on this list, but this one deserves a top spot and with good reason.

In fact, France is actually one of the biggest exporters of film animation in the world.

Praised for its storytelling and animation, this film follows the journey of a severed hand making its way through Paris to reunite with its owner, Naoufel.

Naoufel’s tragic story is also told in flashbacks and highlights his feelings of loss, blame and guilt. The animation itself is dripping with symbolism and is sure to inspire you to see Paris in a new light.

19. Brother 

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This film features the acclaimed rapper, MHD (Mohammed Sylla), as he makes his acting debut in this violent and often confrontational Netflix drama.

Accused of murder, Teddy (MHD) enters an unfamiliar world: a detention center for young offenders where he must adapt to the pack rules or end up in trouble.

Teddy must meet his new racist, violent surroundings head-on, or else suffer the consequences of being considered “weak.”

This haunting drama is sure to bring your attention to the struggles of race and violence in a moving way. 

20. Divines

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This film features a look at two girls in the French housing projects trying to make it big in the criminal underworld.

Douina lives in a French housing project, doing petty crimes with her best friend Maimouna and attending a dead-end vocational school.

In an attempt to avoid the life of poverty led by her mother, Douina decides to work for a drug dealer named Rebecca.

The raw, authentic energy of Douina and Maimouna’s friendship is captivating, as it shows how their bond is forged and then tested in these difficult times.

The film will likely leave you in tears when the consequences finally catch up to these misguided youths.

21. Atlantics

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A huge critics’ favorite, “Atlantics” takes place in Senegal and paints a beautiful story of transmigration. 

Ada is a young woman living in Dakar who is betrothed to a wealthy socialite, Omar. Despite the social pressure to marry Omar, Ada’s heart really lies with a poor construction worker named Souleman.

When he and his fellow workers go unpaid for their labor, Souleman leaves with them to look for better conditions in Europe.

However, as Ada’s wedding day approaches, the town seems to fall under some kind of supernatural influence…

This film is a fantastic look at life in Senegal, classism, exploitation and love. The cinematography is also incredible.

22. Lady J 

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What would a French historical piece be without gorgeous costumes, stunning scenery and romantic affairs?

This gorgeous period piece directed by Emmanuel Mouret weaves a tale of romance, betrayal and revenge among the elite of French society.

A young widow, Madame de La Pommeraye, attempts to resist the romantic wiles of the Marquis of Arcis, but ends up falling for him. After some time, he tires of her and seeks out other women.

To get revenge on the cheating Marquis, the Madame partners with a young sex worker to bait the Marquis and humiliate him.

23. Girl

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This inspiring Belgian film based on the story of dancer Nora Monsecour has won dozens of awards from film festivals all across Europe.

The film follows a 15-year-old dancer named Lara, who is determined to become a professional ballerina.

She enrolls at a prestigious school to master the art, but she doesn’t only face the challenges of competing in a dance school.

What nobody at the school knows is that Lara was born in a boy’s body and is in the middle of her transition to be female.

Transgender people are rarely represented in media, so the way in which this film portrays Lara’s emotional turmoil without straying from her humanity is a beautiful rendition.

Even though she has a supportive environment, Lara still struggles with dysphoria and misunderstandings that reflect the experiences of the film’s muse.

24. Shéhérazade

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With a script that rings true to the realities of life in Marseille, this smooth-flowing film shows the growth of two teenagers as they struggle to overcome life’s injustices through love. 

At 17 years old, Zach was just released from juvenile detention, only to be rejected by his mother and left homeless. When his friends refuse to employ him, he meets a prostitute named Shéhérazade and becomes her pimp.

While this works for a short time, their arrangement becomes more complicated as the two begin to fall in love.

While these kids may be hardened by their rough lives, the actors portray their combination of street smarts and innocence perfectly.

25. An Easy Girl

This is certainly a very French-style film, as it follows a young girl who spends a summer in the South of France with her cousin trying to form her own sense of identity.

Over the course of the summer, the young girl takes the time to observe her cousin’s rather rambunctious lifestyle and navigate her own values. 

The way in which the film introduces the gentle exploration of youth and discovering your own identity is certainly on par for the French style, making this a great way for you to dive into the French ideals. 

Not to mention, the film is set in the South of France, making for some beautiful filming locations.

26. Cuties

This is yet another film that features the exploration of independence and identity as a child.

“Cuties” follows Amy, an eleven-year-old girl who finds a group of teenage girls who have formed a twerking dance group.

Amy was raised in a Muslim household, so she struggles with her own doubts about her family’s conservative views and her extremely contradictory behaviors in joining the group. 

This film has stirred up quite a bit of controversy as it is meant to highlight the way in which young girls are hyper sexualized in modern society, yet many feel the film does the same thing.

27. The Summit of the Gods

Another animated drama, this features a photojournalist who has encountered a mysterious mountain climber he believes to have a key piece of evidence in a mystery.

The climber is Habu, and the journalist believes he has George Mallory’s camera, which would reveal what really happened when the climber and his partner climbed Mount Everest and never returned. 

The journalist then goes on his own adventure as he attempts to follow Habu on his own Mount Everest climb in order to understand the addiction that all climbers seem to have. 

The story is extremely well-written and sure to introduce the watcher to the thrill of climbing, despite it being an animation.

Thriller/Horror Movies

28. Oxygen 

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“Oxygen” takes the audience captive along with the main character for a claustrophobic thriller that keeps you guessing until the very end.

A woman wakes up in a cryogenic chamber without any memories. With only 90 minutes to live, she must employ her limited resources (an AI named MILO) to recall who she is and find a way to get out before she runs out of oxygen.

This is a one-woman show, as the camera is fixed on the main actress for 90% of the film, giving you a front-row seat to her emotional and mental turmoil as she struggles to survive.

29. The Most Assassinated Woman in the World

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Paula Maxa (Ana Mouglalis) is known for over 10,000 theater death scenes.

Throughout the film, she starts to draw startling comparisons between her stage life and real life as a deadly stalker emerges from the darkness.

Characterized by extreme violence, blood and gore, this early 20th-century Parisian theater tradition is brought to life as the realism starts to take its toll on Maxa.

Eerily similar murders to her own work are discovered throughout the city of love and she begins to realize that something strange is going on.

The movie was the first Belgian film to be released with Netflix and gives a great insight into 1930s French theater tradition. But be warned: this one isn’t for the faint-hearted!

30. Ravenous 

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For a taste of Canadian French film, try this more subtle take on the classic zombie apocalypse story.

In a small village in Quebec, the population has been decimated by a sickness that has turned the townspeople into zombies.

A group of survivors scattered about the carnage band together, led by a geek named Bolin, to attempt an escape to the city for help.

While “Ravenous” leans more towards artistic melancholy than your traditional hack-and-slash zombie thriller, the refreshing take on the genre coupled with the group’s charming characters makes this film worth watching.

How to Find the Best French Movies on Netflix

This list should give you a wealth of material for enjoyment and practice. But soon enough you’ll have watched these and want to find more so you can continue to learn French with movies

One way to find more movies is simply to do a search on your own. Netflix has a feature that allows you to filter out the French movies available.

You can also find several that may be originally in a different language, but dubbed over or subtitled in French!

It is also important to keep in mind that Netflix might not always include movies from French-speaking regions other than France. It’s worth searching for the Belgian, African and Canadian categories as well. 

If you are able, I’d also suggest using a VPN to access other regions’ Netflix as that will also open up a whole plethora of French movies. 

 

Immersing yourself in French is the best way to learn it, and movies are the easiest way to do that. Enjoy the trip with these French movies on Netflix!

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