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The Best Movies That Are Based in Paris

Updated January 17, 2020 790 votes 128 voters 8.9k views

List RulesMovies about or set in Paris

The Eiffel Tower, romantic cafes, the Louvre Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, Versailles Palace, Moulin Rouge – these are just some of the cultural icons associated with Paris, France, also known as the “City of Love.” Paris is a huge tourist attraction and so beautiful that it's used as the setting for movies and films, like those on this list.

Since Paris is such a large city and is home to some of the most influential, iconic landmarks in Europe it makes sense that movies like Moulin Rouge, Hugo and Midnight in Paris would feature this famous place.

This list has the best movies about Paris including: Cache, Everyone Says I Love You, Last Tango in Paris, Casablanca, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, French Kiss, and Forget Paris. There are also several horror movies set in Paris.

Vote up your favorite of these Parisian-set films or add one that isn't on the list.

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    Midnight in Paris is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies That Are Based in Paris
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    Midnight in Paris

    Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard

    Released2011

    Directed byWoody Allen

    Midnight in Paris is an American 2011 romantic comedy fantasy film written and directed by... more on Wikipedia

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    Before Sunset is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies That Are Based in Paris
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    Before Sunset

    Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy

    Released2004

    Directed byRichard Linklater

    Before Sunset is a 2004 American romantic drama film, the sequel to Before Sunrise. Like its... more on Wikipedia

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    Casablanca is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies That Are Based in Paris
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    Casablanca

    Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart

    Released1942

    Directed byMichael Curtiz

    Casablanca is a 1942 American romantic drama film directed by Michael Curtiz and based on... more on Wikipedia
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    Les Enfants Terribles is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies That Are Based in Paris
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    Les Enfants Terribles

    Jean Cocteau, Nicole Stéphane

    Released1950

    Directed byJean-Pierre Melville

    Les Enfants Terribles is a 1950 French film directed by Jean-Pierre Melville and based on Jean... more on Wikipedia
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    Before Sunrise is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies That Are Based in Paris
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    Before Sunrise

    Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy

    Released1995

    Directed byRichard Linklater

    Before Sunrise is a 1995 American romantic drama film directed by Richard Linklater and... more on Wikipedia

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    Gigi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies That Are Based in Paris
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    Gigi

    Eva Gabor, Leslie Caron

    Released1958

    Directed byVincente Minnelli

    Gigi is a 1958 American Metrocolor musical romantic comedy film directed by Vincente Minnelli.... more on Wikipedia

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    Hugo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies That Are Based in Paris
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    Hugo

    Jude Law, Chloë Grace Moretz

    Released2011

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    Hugo is a 2011 American 3D historical adventure drama film directed and co-produced by Martin... more on Wikipedia

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    Funny Face is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies That Are Based in Paris
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    Funny Face

    Audrey Hepburn, Fred Astaire

    Released1957

    Directed byStanley Donen

    Funny Face is a 1957 American musical romantic comedy film directed by Stanley Donen and... more on Wikipedia
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    Anastasia is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies That Are Based in Paris
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    Anastasia

    Kirsten Dunst, Meg Ryan

    Released1997

    Directed byDon Bluth, Gary Goldman, Susan Beak, Geoff Beak

    Anastasia is a 1997 American animated musical fantasy drama film produced by Fox Animation... more on Wikipedia

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    The Sun Also Rises is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies That Are Based in Paris
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    The Sun Also Rises

    Ava Gardner, Errol Flynn

    Released1957

    Directed byHenry King

    The Sun Also Rises is a 1957 film adaptation of the Ernest Hemingway novel of the same name... more on Wikipedia
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    The Bourne Identity is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies That Are Based in Paris
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    The Bourne Identity

    Matt Damon, Clive Owen

    Released2002

    Directed byDoug Liman

    The Bourne Identity is a 2002 American-German action spy film adaptation of Robert Ludlum's... more on Wikipedia

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    The Aristocats is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies That Are Based in Paris
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    The Aristocats

    Eva Gabor, Ruth Buzzi

    Released1970

    Directed byWolfgang Reitherman

    The Aristocats is a 1970 American animated feature film produced and released by Walt Disney... more on Wikipedia

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    Big Fish is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies That Are Based in Paris
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    Big Fish

    Miley Cyrus, Ewan McGregor

    Released2003

    Directed byTim Burton

    Big Fish is a 2003 American fantasy drama film based on the 1998 novel of the same name by... more on Wikipedia
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    An American in Paris is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies That Are Based in Paris
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    An American in Paris

    Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron

    Released1951

    Directed byVincente Minnelli

    An American in Paris is a 1951 American musical film inspired by the 1928 orchestral... more on Wikipedia

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    Broken English is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies That Are Based in Paris
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    Broken English

    Parker Posey, Justin Theroux

    Released2007

    Directed byZoe Cassavetes, Gregor Nicholas

    Broken English is a 2007 American romance film written and directed by Zoe Cassavetes,... more on Wikipedia
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    Caché is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies That Are Based in Paris
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    Caché

    Juliette Binoche, Annie Girardot

    Released2005

    Directed byMichael Haneke

    Caché, titled Hidden in the UK and Ireland, is a 2005 French-language thriller written and... more on Wikipedia

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    The Curious Case of Benjamin B is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies That Are Based in Paris
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    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

    Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett

    Released2008

    Directed byDavid Fincher

    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is a 2008 American romantic fantasy drama film directed by... more on Wikipedia
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    The Hunchback of Notre Dame is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies That Are Based in Paris
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    The Hunchback of Notre Dame

    Lon Chaney, Ernest Torrence

    Released1923

    Directed byWallace Worsley

    The Hunchback of Notre Dame is a 1923 American film starring Lon Chaney, directed by Wallace... more on Wikipedia

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    Moulin Rouge! is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies That Are Based in Paris
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    Moulin Rouge!

    Nicole Kidman, Ozzy Osbourne

    Released2001

    Directed byBaz Luhrmann

    Moulin Rouge! is a 2001 Australian–American pastiche-jukebox musical film directed, produced,... more on Wikipedia
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    Ronin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies That Are Based in Paris
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    Ronin

    Robert De Niro, Sean Bean

    Released1998

    Directed byJohn Frankenheimer

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    Henry & June is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies That Are Based in Paris
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    Henry & June

    Uma Thurman, Kevin Spacey

    Released1990

    Directed byPhilip Kaufman

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    Inception is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies That Are Based in Paris
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    Inception

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy

    Released2010

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

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    Breathless is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies That Are Based in Paris
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    Breathless

    Jean Seberg, Jean-Luc Godard

    Released1960

    Directed byJean-Luc Godard

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    The Devil Wears Prada is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies That Are Based in Paris
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    The Devil Wears Prada

    Anne Hathaway, Heidi Klum

    Released2006

    Directed byDavid Frankel

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    The Da Vinci Code is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies That Are Based in Paris
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    The Da Vinci Code

    Tom Hanks, Ian McKellen

    Released2006

    Directed byRon Howard

    The Da Vinci Code is a 2006 American mystery-thriller film produced by John Calley and Brian... more on Wikipedia

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