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The Best French Comedy Movies 

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Updated May 5, 2020 1.3k votes 477 voters 54k views 50 items

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.

Which of these French comedy movies are your favorites? Give the films you like an upvote so they'll rise to the top of the list. Then, check our our list of French movies on Netflix.

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Omar Sy, François Cluzet, Anne Le Ny

Released: 2011

Directed by: Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano

The Intouchables is a 2011 French comedy-drama film directed by Olivier Nakache and Éric Toledano. After he becomes a quadriplegic from a paragliding accident, an aristocrat hires a young ...more

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Amélie
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Le Dîner des Cons ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best French Comedy Movies
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Ruby & Quentin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best French Comedy Movies
ferpaddylee added Jean Reno, Gérard Depardieu, Leonor Varela

Released: 2003

Directed by: Francis Veber

Ruby & Quentin is a 2003 French comedy-crime caper film, directed by Francis Veber. This film became widespread in China after having been dubbed in Northeastern Mandarin.
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Asterix and Obelix Meet Cleapatra
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Kad Merad, Dany Boon, Michel Galabru

Released: 2008

Directed by: Dany Boon

Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis is a 2008 French comedy film directed, co-written by and starring Dany Boon, co-starring Kad Merad and Zoé Félix. The film broke nearly every box office ...more
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Mon Oncle is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best French Comedy Movies
Mollevangsvagen added Yvonne Arnaud, Jean-Pierre Zola, Jean-François Martial

Released: 1958

Directed by: Jacques Tati

Mon Oncle is a 1958 film comedy by French filmmaker Jacques Tati. The first of Tati's films to be released in colour, Mon Oncle won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, a Special ...more
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Taxi is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best French Comedy Movies
Marion Cotillard, Emma Wiklund, Bernard Farcy

Released: 1998

Directed by: Gérard Pirès

Taxi is a 1998 French action-comedy film starring Samy Naceri, written by Luc Besson, and directed by Gérard Pirès. It has three sequels, Taxi 2, Taxi 3, Taxi 4 and one remake, ...more
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Michel Robin, Béatrice Bonifassi, Jean Claude Donda

Released: 2003

Directed by: Sylvain Chomet

The Triplets of Belleville is a 2003 animated comedy film written and directed by Sylvain Chomet. It was released as Belleville Rendez-vous in the United Kingdom. The film is Chomet's first ...more

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Playtime is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best French Comedy Movies
Jacques Tati, France Rumilly, Billy Kearns

Released: 1967

Directed by: Jacques Tati

Playtime is French director Jacques Tati's fourth major film, and generally considered to be his most daring film. It was shot from 1964 through 1967 and released in 1967. In Playtime, Tati ...more

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Mr. Hulot's Holiday is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best French Comedy Movies
Mollevangsvagen added Jacques Tati, Édouard Francomme, Lucien Frégis

Released: 1953

Directed by: Jacques Tati

Les Vacances de M. Hulot is a 1953 French comedy film starring and directed by Jacques Tati. It introduced the pipe-smoking, well-meaning but clumsy character of Monsieur Hulot, who appears in ...more
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Babysitting
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Serial (Bad) Weddings
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Delicatessen is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best French Comedy Movies
Dominique Pinon, Karin Viard, Ticky Holgado

Released: 1991

Directed by: Marc Caro, Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Delicatessen is a 1991 French film, directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro, starring Dominique Pinon and Karin Viard. It is set in an apartment building in a post-apocalyptic France of an ...more

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La Cage aux Folles is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best French Comedy Movies
Ugo Tognazzi, Michel Serrault, Michel Galabru

Released: 1978

Directed by: Édouard Molinaro

La Cage aux Folles is a 1978 French-Italian film adaptation of the 1973 play La Cage aux Folles by Jean Poiret. It is co-written and directed by Édouard Molinaro and stars Ugo Tognazzi ...more

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Buffet froid is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best French Comedy Movies
Mollevangsvagen added Gérard Depardieu, Carole Bouquet, Michel Serrault

Released: 1979

Directed by: Bertrand Blier

Buffet froid is a 1979 French film written and directed by Bertrand Blier, starring Gérard Depardieu, Carole Bouquet, Bernard Blier and Jean Carmet. The film is a crime thriller, but ...more

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Four Bags Full is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best French Comedy Movies
Mollevangsvagen added Louis de Funès, Jean Gabin, Bourvil

Released: 1956

Directed by: Claude Autant-Lara

La Traversée de Paris French: The Trip Across Paris, is a French comedy drama film from 1956, directed by Claude Autant-Lara, written by Marcel Aymé, starring Jean Gabin, Bourvil ...more
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Catherine O'Hara, Vanessa Paradis, Ludivine Sagnier

Released: 2011

Directed by: Bibo Bergeron

A Monster in Paris is a 2011 French 3D computer-animated musical comedy fantasy adventure film directed by Bibo Bergeron, produced by Luc Besson, written by Stéphane Kazandjian, ...more
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Samba
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Heartbreaker Victoria Silvstedt, Andrew Lincoln, Vanessa Paradis

Released: 2010

Directed by: Pascal Chaumeil

Heartbreaker is a 2010 French romantic comedy film starring Romain Duris, Vanessa Paradis, Julie Ferrier and Andrew Lincoln.
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Les Visiteurs is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best French Comedy Movies
Marc Chiarini added Les Visiteurs Jean Reno, Christian Clavier, Valérie Lemercier

Released: 1993

Directed by: Jean-Marie Poiré

Les Visiteurs is a French fantasy comedy film directed by Jean-Marie Poiré and released in 1993. In this comedy, a 12th-century knight and his servant travel in time to the end of the ...more
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School for Postmen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best French Comedy Movies
Mollevangsvagen added School for Postmen Jacques Tati

Released: 1949

Directed by: 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
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Going Places is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best French Comedy Movies
Mollevangsvagen added Gérard Depardieu, Isabelle Huppert, Jeanne Moreau

Released: 1974

Directed by: Bertrand Blier

Going Places is a 1974 French comedy-drama film directed by Bertrand Blier, adapted from a novel by Blier, and starring Miou-Miou, Gérard Depardieu and Patrick Dewaere. The French title ...more

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The Discreet Charm of th... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best French Comedy Movies
Michel Piccoli, Fernando Rey, Jean-Pierre Cassel

Released: 1972

Directed by: Luis Buñuel

The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie is a 1972 surrealist film directed by Luis Buñuel and written by Jean-Claude Carrière in collaboration with the director. The film was made in ...more

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mjustiniyan added Babysitting 2 Philippe Lacheau

Released: 2015

Directed by: Nicolas Benamou, Philippe Lacheau