Novels The Best French Novels  

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List Rules Fiction books and novellas by authors from France

List of the best 30 French novels from familiar authors such as Marcel Proust, Albert Camus and Victor Hugo that wrote popular titles. Some titles and authors will be familiar and voting on your favorite will determine the order of the list. The French novels range from adventure stories to political topics to children's books, such as The Little Prince.

The list asks the question, "What is the best French novel?" and offers a variety of options to vote on. If your favorite French novel is not listed, there is an option to add it to the list in order to vote on it and have others vote, as well.

Titles like Les Miserables, The Count of Monte Cristo and Journey to the End of the Night are on the list to be voted on with room to add titles that are not already included.
list ordered by

1
59 21
Les Misérables is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best French Novels
Victor Hugo

2
50 15
Journey to the End of the Nigh... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best French Novels
Louis-Ferdinand Céline

3
55 21
The Stranger is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best French Novels
Albert Camus

4
36 9
The Red and the Black is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best French Novels

5
49 19
The Three Musketeers is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best French Novels
Alexandre Dumas

6
36 14
The Hunchback of Notre Dame is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best French Novels

7
46 22
Madame Bovary is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best French Novels
Gustave Flaubert

8
40 19
The Count of Monte Cristo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best French Novels
Alexandre Dumas, Auguste Maquet

9
28 12
Les Fleurs du mal is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best French Novels
Charles Baudelaire

10
47 29
In Search of Lost Time is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best French Novels
Marcel Proust

11
19 5
Lost illusions is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best French Novels
stubb added Honoré de Balzac

12
20 6
The Charterhouse of Parma is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best French Novels

13
24 10
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best French Novels

14
25 12
The Phantom of the Opera is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best French Novels
Gaston Leroux

15
18 6
Eugénie Grandet is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best French Novels
Mollevangsvagen added Honoré de Balzac

16
23 11
Around the World in Eighty Day... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best French Novels

17
23 11
The Plague is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best French Novels
Albert Camus

18
14 4
The Camp of the Saints is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best French Novels
Mollevangsvagen added Jean Raspail

19
18 8
The Fall is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best French Novels
Albert Camus

20
14 5
Diary of a Country Priest is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best French Novels
Mollevangsvagen added Georges Bernanos

21
31 21
The Little Prince is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best French Novels
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

22
12 4
Submission is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best French Novels
Mollevangsvagen added Michel Houellebecq

23
10 3
Will O' the Wisp is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best French Novels
Mollevangsvagen added Pierre Drieu La Rochelle

24
15 8
The Misanthrope is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best French Novels
Moliere

25
9 3
La Peau de chagrin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best French Novels
Mollevangsvagen added Honoré de Balzac

26
15 9
The Vicomte of Bragelonne: Ten... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best French Novels
Alexandre Dumas

27
21 16
Germinal is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best French Novels
Émile Zola

28
10 5
Les Liaisons dangereuses is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best French Novels
stubb added Pierre Choderlos de Laclos

29
9 4
Death on Credit is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best French Novels
Mollevangsvagen added Louis-Ferdinand Céline

30
15 11
The Counterfeiters is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best French Novels
André Gide

31
7 3
Les Enfants Terribles is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best French Novels
Mollevangsvagen added Jean Cocteau

32
6 2
Le Père Goriot is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best French Novels
PrabhatDevkota added Honoré de Balzac

33
13 10
Sentimental Education is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best French Novels
Gustave Flaubert

34
15 14
Nana is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best French Novels
Émile Zola

35
10 10
Don Juan is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best French Novels
George Gordon Noel Byron, 6th Baron Byron

36
23 25
Candide, ou l'Optimisme is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best French Novels
Voltaire

37
3 5
Maldoror and Poems is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best French Novels
stubb added Comte de Lautréamont

38
8 12
The dram-shop is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best French Novels
Émile Zola

39
11 16
Man's Fate is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best French Novels
André Malraux

40
16 30
Nausea is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best French Novels
Jean-Paul Sartre

41
9 34
The Second Sex is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best French Novels
Simone de Beauvoir