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1. Les Intouchables (2011)
English Title: The Intouchables
Genre: Biographical Dramedy
IMDb: 8.5 / 10
Probably one of the most famous French movies, Les Intouchables is the award-winning movie based on the true story of a wealthy paraplegic who hires a black personal care-giver from the banlieue. Two worlds collide and yet, each of these men become the richer for it. A must-see.
2. Bienvenue Chez les Ch’tis (2008)
English Title: Welcome to the Sticks
IMDb: 7.1 / 10
Philippe Abrams, the manager of a French post office branch in the South of France, applies for a transfer to a post office closer to the Mediterranean coast for the sake of his depressive wife. However, after being found out for faking disability in order to get the coveted transfer, he “punished” by being transferred to a post office in the North of France, famous for its cold, bad weather and its inhabitants who speak Ch’ti, a local French dialect.
3. Qu’est-ce Qu’On A Fait au Bon Dieu? (2014)
English Title: Serial (Bad) Weddings
IMDb: 7.0 / 10
This movie isn’t so much about the weddings themselves as about the numerous culture shocks and conflicts a bourgeois couple and family have to face as each of their daughter marries a man of different cultural and ethnic background, filled with stigmas: a Jew, an Arab and a Chinese. Dinner table conversations are always ripe for provocations. The couple’s last hope is that their youngest daughter will marry a “proper French Catholic” and thus keep with the marital tradition and roots of the family.
4. Le Retour du Héros (2018)
English Title: Return of the Hero
Genre: History, Comedy
IMDb: 6.5 / 10
This is a crazy movie. I seriously debated whether I should include it in the Best Romantic French movies, Most Ridiculous French Movies or Best French Comedies. Because it’s a little of everything: absurd, comical, cringe-worthy and a little romantic. Watch it and decide for yourself!
The story is about a cowardly soldier, Captain Neuville, who is drafted for war the day of his engagement to Pauline Beaugrand, the daughter of a well-off family. Upon leaving, he promises to write to her every day but, of course, he never does. Seeing her sister’s health and will to live decline as a result, Elisabeth takes matters in her own hands and starts writing and sending letters to her sister in the name of Captain Neuville, relating all his fabulous adventures and heroism on the battlefield. Until she one day decides to “kill” him in order to stop having to continue writing the letters.
That was without counting with the return of the “hero”.
5. Rien à Déclarer (2008)
English Title: Nothing to Declare
IMDb: 6.4 / 10
Ruben Vandevoorde, a Belgian customs officer, is notoriously known for hating the French, just as his father and grandfather before him. His worst nightmare comes true when he is forced to join a Franco-Belgian mobile squad, after the European borders open. He is teamed up with Mathias Ducatel, a French “colleague” from the other side of the border, who is secretly dating Ruben’s sister and who is terrified of asking her father or her brother for her hand in marriage.
Trigger Warning: Police violence.
6. Il A Déjà Tes Yeux (2016)
English Title: He Even Has Your Eyes
IMDb: 6.2 / 10
The tradition is to give white adoptive parents a Black or Asian baby. Well, this time around, the roles are reversed when a Black couple is offered to adopt a White French baby. An unusual scenario that promises to raise more than one eyebrow in their environment.
7. Adopte un Veuf (2016)
English Title: Roommates Wanted
IMDb: 6.2 / 10
After the death of his wife, widower Hubert Jacquin is letting himself go, refusing to go out much, eat properly or clean his apartment. He is encouraged by his local baker to ring up a maid to come clean for him weekly. However, due to a mistake, a young student, who was just thrown out of her apartment, soon stands in front of his door expecting to move in and become Hubert’s new roommate.