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Famous Film Directors from France

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List of famous film directors from France, listed alphabetically with photos when available. France has given birth to some great movie directors over the years, many of who have gone on to direct popular comedies, dramas, horror movies and more. These are some of the best French directors in the history of the world, so if you're a native of France and an aspiring director then these are people you should look up to.

List is made up of many different items, including Gérard Blain and Pascal Thomas.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the best French directors?" and "Which directors are from France?"

You can click on the names of these legendary directors of France in order to get more information about each one. If you're a film buff use this list of talented French directors to find some new movies you haven't already seen.
  • Abbas Fahdel

    Abbas Fahdel

    Abbas Fahdel (Arabic عباس فاضل) is an Iraqi-French film director, screenwriter and film...  more
  • BirthplaceAlgeria, Saida, Africa


    Films DirectedLe Voyage à Alger

    Abdelkrim Bahloul is an actor, screenwriter and director....  more
  • Abdellatif Kechiche

    BirthplaceTunis Governorate, Tunis, Africa, Tunisia


    Films DirectedBlack Venus, Poetical Refugee, The Secret of the Grain, Games of Love and Chance, Blue Is the Warmest Colour

    Abdellatif Kechiche (French: [abdɛlatif keʃiʃ]; Tunisian Arabic: عبد اللطيف كشيش‎, born 7...  more
  • Abel Gance

    Abel Gance

    Dec. at 92 (1889-1981)

    BirthplaceÎle-de-France, Europe, Metropolitan France, France, Paris


    Films DirectedBerlingot and Company, Austerlitz, Beethoven's Great Love, Le droit à la vie, Bonaparte and the Revolution

    Abel Gance (French: [gɑ̃s]; 25 October 1889 – 10 November 1981) was a French film director and...  more
  • Adonis Kyrou

    Dec. at 62 (1923-1985)

    BirthplaceSoutheast Europe, Central Athens, Athens, Attica, Greece


    Films DirectedThe Roundup

    Adonis Kyrou may refer to: Adonis Kyrou (publisher), newspaper publisher Adonis A. Kyrou,...  more
  • Agnès B.

    Agnès B.

    Age: 79

    BirthplaceÎle-de-France, Europe, Metropolitan France, France, Yvelines


    Films DirectedLes petites sorcières, Une sorte de journal vidéo

    agnès b. (born Agnès Andrée Marguerite Troublé, 1941 in Versailles) is a French fashion...  more
  • BirthplaceÎle-de-France, Saint-Maur-des-Fossés, Europe, Metropolitan France, France


    Films DirectedPickpocket

    Agnès Delahaie (born 17 September 1920) is a French film producer. She was nominated (as Annie...  more
  • Agnès Jaoui

    BirthplaceÎle-de-France, Europe, Metropolitan France, France, Hauts-de-Seine


    Films DirectedLet It Rain, The Taste of Others, Look at Me

    Agnès Jaoui (born 19 October 1964) is a French actress, screenwriter, film director and...  more
  • Agnès Varda

    BirthplaceBrussels, Eurasia, Belgium


    Films DirectedJacquot de Nantes, Lion’s Love, Documenteur: An Emotion-Picture, Happiness, Women Reply

    Agnès Varda (French: [aɲɛs vaʁda]; 30 May 1928 – 29 March 2019) was a Belgian-born French film...  more
  • Agnès Merlet



    Films DirectedDorothy Mills, Artemisia, Son of the Shark, Hideaways

    Agnès Merlet (born 4 January 1959) is a French film director who is known for directing Son of...  more
  • Akhenaton


    Age: 52

    BirthplaceEurope, Metropolitan France, France, Bouches-du-Rhône, Marseille


    Films DirectedComme un aimant, Conte de la frustration

    Philippe Fragione (Italian: [fradʒone]), better known by his stage name Akhenaton (born 17...  more

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    #21 of 69 The Greatest French Rappers of All Time#48 of 50 The Best Jamaican Rappers

  • Alain Beigel

    Age: 56


    Films DirectedDrug Scenes

    Alain Beigel is an actor and film director....
  • Alain Berbérian

    Age: 67

    BirthplaceLebanon, Beirut, Arab world


    Films DirectedThe Corsican File, Le Boulet, La Cité de la peur, Paparazzi, L'Enquête Corse

    Alain Berbérian is a French film director and writer of Armenian descent....  more
  • Alain Cavalier

    BirthplaceVendôme, Europe, Metropolitan France, Loir-et-Cher, Centre region


    Films DirectedIrene, Libera me, Lives, La Chamade, Le filmeur

    Alain Cavalier (French: [kavalje]; born 14 September 1931) is a French film director....  more
  • Alain Chabat

    BirthplaceOran, Algeria, Africa


    Films DirectedSur la piste du Marsupilami, Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra, Didier, RRRrrrr!!!

    Alain Chabat (born 24 November 1958) is a French actor, director, screenwriter and television...  more
  • Alain Corneau

    Alain Corneau

    Dec. at 67 (1943-2010)

    BirthplaceEurope, Metropolitan France, Meung-sur-Loire, Loiret, Centre region


    Films DirectedLumière and Company, La Menace, Police Python 357, France, Incorporated

    Alain Corneau (7 August 1943 – 30 August 2010) was a French film director and writer. Corneau...  more
  • Alain Cuny

    Alain Cuny

    Dec. at 86 (1908-1994)

    BirthplaceEurope, Metropolitan France, Ille-et-Vilaine, Saint-Malo, Brittany


    Films DirectedThe Annunciation of Marie

    Alain Cuny (12 July 1908 – 16 May 1994) was a French actor in theatre and cinema....  more
  • Alain Delon

    BirthplaceSceaux, France


    Films DirectedThe Fighter, Le choc, Pour la peau d'un flic

    Alain Fabien Maurice Marcel Delon (born 8 November 1935) is a French actor and businessman. He...  more

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    #483 of 1,017 The Best Actors in Film History#178 of 310 The Coolest Actors Ever

  • BirthplaceÎle-de-France, Europe, Metropolitan France, France, Paris


    Films DirectedUn tournage à la campagne, Zoo zéro

    Alain Fleischer is a film director, film editor and screenwriter....  more
  • BirthplaceÎle-de-France, Europe, Metropolitan France, France, Paris


    Films DirectedFamília Vende Tudo, Desmundo

    Alain Fresnot is a film director, a film editor, and a screenwriter....  more
  • BirthplaceLoire, Europe, Metropolitan France, Rhône-Alpes, Roanne


    Films DirectedA Cat In Paris, Mauvais Temps

    Alain Gagnol is a French film maker. In January 2012, he was nominated for an Academy Award...  more
  • Alain Gomis

    BirthplaceÎle-de-France, Europe, Metropolitan France, France, Paris

    NationalitySenegal, France

    Films DirectedAhmed, Today, Little Light, Andalucia, As A Man

    Alain Gomis is a film director and screenwriter....  more
  • Alain Guiraudie

    Age: 56

    BirthplaceEurope, Metropolitan France, Villefranche-de-Rouergue, Aveyron, Midi-Pyrénées


    Films DirectedReal Cool Time, No Rest for the Brave, Stranger by the Lake, The King of Escape

    Alain Guiraudie is a French film director and screenwriter. He has directed ten mostly...  more
  • Alain Jessua

    BirthplaceÎle-de-France, Europe, Metropolitan France, France, Paris


    Films DirectedArmaguedon, Paradise for All, Frankenstein 90, The Killing Game, The Dogs

    Alain Jessua (16 January 1932 – 30 November 2017) was a French film director and screenwriter....  more
  • Alain Levent

    Dec. at 74 (1934-2008)

    BirthplaceÎle-de-France, Europe, Metropolitan France, France, Paris


    Films DirectedThe Bar at the Crossing

    Alain Levent (15 September 1934 – 28 August 2008) was a French cinematographer and film...  more