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.
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1
63 22
Les Misérables is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best French Novels
Victor Hugo

2
51 16
Journey to the End of the Nigh... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best French Novels
Louis-Ferdinand Céline

3
40 10
The Red and the Black is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best French Novels

4
52 20
The Three Musketeers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best French Novels
Alexandre Dumas

5
56 23
The Stranger is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best French Novels
Albert Camus

6
47 20
The Count of Monte Cristo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best French Novels
Alexandre Dumas, Auguste Maquet

7
39 14
The Hunchback of Notre Dame is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best French Novels

8
49 25
Madame Bovary is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best French Novels
Gustave Flaubert

9
27 11
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best French Novels

10
22 7
The Charterhouse of Parma is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best French Novels

11
29 13
Les Fleurs du mal is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best French Novels
Charles Baudelaire

12
48 30
In Search of Lost Time is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best French Novels
Marcel Proust

13
26 12
The Plague is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best French Novels
Albert Camus

14
19 6
Lost illusions is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best French Novels
stubb added Honoré de Balzac

15
20 7
Eugénie Grandet is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best French Novels
Mollevangsvagen added Honoré de Balzac

16
21 9
The Fall is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best French Novels
Albert Camus

17
25 13
The Phantom of the Opera is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best French Novels
Gaston Leroux

18
25 13
Around the World in Eighty Day... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best French Novels

19
14 5
The Camp of the Saints is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best French Novels
Mollevangsvagen added Jean Raspail

20
15 6
Diary of a Country Priest is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best French Novels
Mollevangsvagen added Georges Bernanos

21
32 22
The Little Prince is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best French Novels
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

22
18 9
The Vicomte of Bragelonne: Ten... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best French Novels
Alexandre Dumas

23
13 5
Submission is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best French Novels
Mollevangsvagen added Michel Houellebecq

24
16 9
The Misanthrope is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best French Novels
Moliere

25
9 3
Le Père Goriot is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best French Novels
PrabhatDevkota added Honoré de Balzac

26
10 4
Will O' the Wisp is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best French Novels
Mollevangsvagen added Pierre Drieu La Rochelle

27
18 12
The Counterfeiters is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best French Novels
André Gide

28
9 4
La Peau de chagrin is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best French Novels
Mollevangsvagen added Honoré de Balzac

29
11 6
Les Liaisons dangereuses is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best French Novels
stubb added Pierre Choderlos de Laclos

30
21 17
Germinal is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best French Novels
Émile Zola

31
15 11
Sentimental Education is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best French Novels
Gustave Flaubert

32
9 5
Death on Credit is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best French Novels
Mollevangsvagen added Louis-Ferdinand Céline

33
17 15
Nana is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best French Novels
Émile Zola

34
7 5
Les Enfants Terribles is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best French Novels
Mollevangsvagen added Jean Cocteau

35
25 26
Candide, ou l'Optimisme is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best French Novels
Voltaire

36
10 12
Don Juan is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best French Novels
George Gordon Noel Byron, 6th Baron Byron

37
3 6
Maldoror and Poems is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best French Novels
stubb added Comte de Lautréamont

38
9 13
The dram-shop is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best French Novels
Émile Zola

39
11 17
Man's Fate is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best French Novels
André Malraux

40
17 31
Nausea is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best French Novels
Jean-Paul Sartre

41
10 34
The Second Sex is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best French Novels
Simone de Beauvoir