Foreign Films 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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Omar Sy, François Cluzet, Anne Le Ny The Intouchables is a 2011 French comedy-drama film directed by Olivier Nakache and Éric Toledano. It stars François Cluzet and Omar Sy. Nine weeks after its release in France on 2 ...more

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Ruby & Quentin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best French Comedy Movies
ferpaddylee added Jean Reno, Gérard Depardieu, Leonor Varela 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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Marion Cotillard, Emma Wiklund, Bernard Farcy 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 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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Mon Oncle is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best French Comedy Movies
Mollevangsvagen added Yvonne Arnaud, Jean-Pierre Zola, Jean-François Martial 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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Asterix and Obelix Meet Cleapatra

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Mr. Hulot's Holiday is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best French Comedy Movies
Mollevangsvagen added Jacques Tati, Édouard Francomme, Lucien Frégis 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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Playtime is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best French Comedy Movies
Jacques Tati, France Rumilly, Billy Kearns 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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Le Dîner des Cons is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best French Comedy Movies
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Serial (Bad) Weddings

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Delicatessen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best French Comedy Movies
Dominique Pinon, Karin Viard, Ticky Holgado 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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Kad Merad, Dany Boon, Michel Galabru 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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Four Bags Full is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best French Comedy Movies
Mollevangsvagen added Louis de Funès, Jean Gabin, Bourvil 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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The Discreet Charm of the Bour... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best French Comedy Movies
Michel Piccoli, Fernando Rey, Jean-Pierre Cassel 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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Topaze is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best French Comedy Movies
Mollevangsvagen added Topaze Fernandel, Pierre Larquey, Yvette Etiévant Topaze is a 1951 French film directed by Marcel Pagnol, based his play of the same name. It stars Yvette Etiévant.

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La Cage aux Folles is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best French Comedy Movies
Ugo Tognazzi, Michel Serrault, Michel Galabru 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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Catherine O'Hara, Vanessa Paradis, Ludivine Sagnier 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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Buffet froid is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best French Comedy Movies
Mollevangsvagen added Gérard Depardieu, Carole Bouquet, Michel Serrault 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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Gemma Bovery

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Omar Sharif, Isabelle Adjani, Gilbert Melki Monsieur Ibrahim et les fleurs du Coran, also known as Monsieur Ibrahim in English, is a 2003 French movie starring Omar Sharif, and directed by François Dupeyron. The movie is based on a ...more

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Going Places is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best French Comedy Movies
Mollevangsvagen added Gérard Depardieu, Isabelle Huppert, Jeanne Moreau 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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Picnic on the Grass is listed (or ranked) 25 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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My Father the Hero

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Victoria Silvstedt, Andrew Lincoln, Vanessa Paradis Heartbreaker is a 2010 French romantic comedy film starring Romain Duris, Vanessa Paradis, Julie Ferrier and Andrew Lincoln.

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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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School for Postmen is listed (or ranked) 29 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

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The Baker's Wife is listed (or ranked) 30 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

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The Spanish Apartment

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Pearls of the Crown is listed (or ranked) 32 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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The Bélier Family

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Little White Lies

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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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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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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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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

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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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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

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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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Ma Vie En Rose is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best French Comedy Movies
Ma Vie En Rose

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In the House

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Papa ou maman

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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.