The Best French Comedy Movies  

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The French aren't usually known for their sense of humor, but this list of the best French comedy movies proves that the French can drum up a laugh or two when the occasion calls for it. If your're unfamiliar with French comedies, then get ready for avant-garde takes on the beloved genre. This list features the funniest French comedies of all time, ranked by other fans of French cinema. If tragedy plus time equals comedy, then leave it to the French to get a little wonky with their math.

Edouard Molinaro directed La Cage aux Folles, was a French film about a gay couple attempting to hide their lifestyle from their son’s fiancée and her parents. The film was later remade into The Birdcage, which starred Robin Williams and Nathan Lane.

Delicatessen was co-directed by Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunet, a dark comedy set in a dystopian future where human meat is served in a deli. Jeunet later directed Amelie, a rather more lighthearted comedic film.

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Gemma Bovery
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My Father the Hero
School for Postmen is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best French Comedy Movies
Mollevangsvagen added School for Postmen Jacques Tati
"School for Postmen" is a 1947 French short comedy film directed by Jacques Tati. Tati plays a French postman adamant to prove he can be just as fast as American postmen at delivering ...more
The Baker's Wife is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best French Comedy Movies
Mollevangsvagen added The Baker's Wife Raimu, Ginette Leclerc, Fernand Charpin
The Baker's Wife is a 1938 French comedy film directed by Marcel Pagnol. It is based on the novella Jean le Bleu by French author Jean Giono and became the basis of the American musical The ...more
Picnic on the Grass is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best French Comedy Movies
Mollevangsvagen added Paul Meurisse, Catherine Rouvel, Fernand Ledoux
Le Déjeuner sur l'herbe is a 1959 film directed by Jean Renoir. It was distributed in the USA as Picnic on the Grass; it is known in the UK by its original title or in translation as ...more
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The Bélier Family
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Jean-Claude Van Damme, Zinedine Soualem, François Damiens
JCVD is a 2008 Belgian crime drama film directed by French Tunisian film director Mabrouk El Mechri, and starring Jean-Claude Van Damme as a semi-fictionalized version of himself, a down and out ...more
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Audrey Tautou, Kelly Reilly, Sandrine Holt
Chinese Puzzle is a French comedy-drama film directed by Cédric Klapisch released in 2013. It is the third chapter of the Spanish Apartment trilogy, after L'Auberge Espagnole and Les
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Natalie Portman, Willem Dafoe, Nick Nolte
Paris, je t'aime is a 2006 anthology film starring an ensemble cast of actors of various nationalities. The two-hour film consists of eighteen short films set in different arrondissements. The ...more
Pearls of the Crown is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best French Comedy Movies
Mollevangsvagen added Marcel Dalio, Sacha Guitry, Claude Dauphin
The Pearls of the Crown is a 1937 comedy film of historically-based fiction by Sacha Guitry who plays four roles in it. Guitry's Jean Martin investigates the history of seven pearls, four of ...more
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Charlotte Gainsbourg, Gael García Bernal, Emma de Caunes
The Science of Sleep is a 2006 surrealistic science fantasy comedy film written and directed by Michel Gondry. The film stars Gael García Bernal, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Miou-Miou, and ...more
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Little White Lies
Non-Fiction is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best French Comedy Movies
Guillaume Canet, Juliette Binoche, Vincent Macaigne
Non-Fiction is a 2018 French comedy film directed by Olivier Assayas. An editor, Alain (Guillaume Canet), and an author, Léonard (Vincent Macaigne), find themselves in over their heads, ...more
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Bernard Frédéric, Edith Lemerdy, Jacqueline Poelvoorde-Pappaert
Man Bites Dog is a 1992 Belgian black comedy mockumentary written, produced and directed by Rémy Belvaux, André Bonzel and Benoît Poelvoorde, who are also the film's ...more
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A Castle in Italy Louis Garrel, Filippo Timi, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi
A Castle in Italy is a 2013 French drama film directed by Valeria Bruni Tedeschi. It was nominated for the Palme d'Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.
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Adèle Haenel, Brigitte Roüan, Nicolas Wanczycki
Love at First Fight is a 2014 French romantic comedy film directed by Thomas Cailley. It was screened as part of the Directors' Fortnight section of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, where it won ...more
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Papa ou maman
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Audrey Tautou, Charlotte Le Bon, Gad Elmaleh
Mood Indigo is a 2013 French film co-written and directed by Michel Gondry and co-written and produced by Luc Bossi, starring Romain Duris and Audrey Tautou. It is an adaptation of Boris Vian's ...more
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Sabrina Seyvecou, Roger Miremont, Coralie Revel
Secret Things is a 2002 French film directed by Jean-Claude Brisseau, starring Coralie Revel and Sabrina Seyvecou. The film is sometimes associated with the New French Extremity. Cahiers du ...more
Ma Vie En Rose is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best French Comedy Movies
Ma Vie En Rose
Hollywoo is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best French Comedy Movies
Elhadi Smail added Hollywoo Jamel Debbouze
Hollywoo is a 2011 comedy film written by Pascal Serieis, Florence Foresti, Xavier Maingon and Patrick Fouque and directed by Frédéric Berthe and Pascal Serieis.
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In the House