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. After he becomes a quadriplegic from a paragliding accident, an aristocrat hires a young ...more
Le Dîner des Cons is listed (or ranked) 2 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
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
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
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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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
Mr. Hulot's Holiday is listed (or ranked) 10 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
Playtime is listed (or ranked) 11 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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Serial (Bad) Weddings
La Cage aux Folles is listed (or ranked) 14 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
Delicatessen is listed (or ranked) 15 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
Four Bags Full is listed (or ranked) 16 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
Buffet froid is listed (or ranked) 17 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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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
Going Places is listed (or ranked) 20 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
The Discreet Charm of the Bour... is listed (or ranked) 21 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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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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The Spanish Apartment
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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.
Topaze is listed (or ranked) 25 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.