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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.
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Abbas Fahdel is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Film Directors from France
Abbas Fahdel
Abbas Fahdel is an Iraqi-French film director, screenwriter and film critic, born in Babylon, Iraq. Based in France since the age of 18 years, he studied cinema at the Sorbonne University until ...more
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Abdelkrim Bahloul is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Film Directors from France
age 69
Abdelkrim Bahloul is an actor, screenwriter and director.
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Abdellatif Kechiche is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Film Directors from France
age 59
Abdellatif Kechiche is a Tunisian-French actor, film director and screenwriter. He made his directorial debut in 2000 with La Faute à Voltaire, aka Poetical Refugee, which he also wrote. ...more
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Abel Gance is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Film Directors from France
Dec. at 92 (1889-1981)
Abel Gance was a French film director and producer, writer and actor. He is best known for three major silent films: J'accuse, La Roue, and the monumental Napoléon.
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Adonis Kyrou is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Film Directors from France
Adonis Kyrou Dec. at 62 (1923-1985)
Adonis A. Kyrou was a Greek filmmaker and writer, whose works often appeared under the name Ado Kyrou. He was the son of Achilleus A. Kyrou and grandson of Adonis Kyrou, owners and publishers of ...more
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Agnès B. is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Film Directors from France
age 78
agnès b. is a French fashion designer. She is known for her self-named brand, which includes fashion and film interests.
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Agnès Delahaie is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Film Directors from France
age 99
Agnès Delahaie is a French film producer. She was nominated in 1956 for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film for her film Gervaise.
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Agnès Jaoui is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Film Directors from France
age 55
Agnès Jaoui is a French screenwriter, film director, actress and singer. She frequently works in collaboration with her former partner Jean-Pierre Bacri.
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Agnès Varda is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Film Directors from France
age 91
Agnès Varda is a French film director and professor at the European Graduate School. Her films, photographs, and art installations focus on documentary realism, feminist issues, and ...more
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Agnès Merlet is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Film Directors from France
age 60
Agnès Merlet is a French film director who is known for directing Son of the Shark, Artemisia and Dorothy Mills. Recently she directed the Irish/French/Swedish co-production Hideaways ...more
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Akhenaton is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Film Directors from France
age 51
Philippe Fragione, better known by his stage name Akhenaton, is a French rapper and producer of French hip hop. He has also worked under the aliases Chill, AKH, Sentenza, and Spectre. He became ...more
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Alain Beigel is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Film Directors from France
Alain Beigel age 55
Alain Beigel is an actor and film director.
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Alain Berbérian is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Film Directors from France
Alain Berbérian age 66
Alain Berbérian is a French film director and writer of Armenian descent.
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Alain Cavalier is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Film Directors from France
age 88
Alain Cavalier is a French film director. He was born in Vendôme, Loir-et-Cher and studied film at the Institut des hautes études cinématographiques. He won several awards, ...more
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Alain Chabat is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Film Directors from France
age 61
Alain Chabat is an actor, film and television producer, film director and screenwriter.
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Alain Corneau is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Film Directors from France
Dec. at 67 (1943-2010)
Alain Corneau was a French film director and writer. Corneau was born in Meung-sur-Loire, Loiret. Originally a musician, he worked with Costa-Gavras as an assistant, which was also his first ...more
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Alain Cuny is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Film Directors from France
Dec. at 86 (1908-1994)
Alain Cuny was a French actor. He was born René Xavier Marie in Saint-Malo, Brittany, and studied medicine for a while before entering the film industry as a costume and set designer. ...more
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Alain Delon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Film Directors from France
age 84
Alain Fabien Maurice Marcel Delon is a French actor and businessman, with French-Swiss dual citizenship since 1999. He rose quickly to stardom, and by the age of 23 was already being compared ...more
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Alain Fleischer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Film Directors from France
age 75
Alain Fleischer is a film director, film editor and screenwriter.
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Alain Fresnot is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Film Directors from France
age 68
Alain Fresnot is a film director, a film editor, and a screenwriter.
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Alain Gagnol is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Film Directors from France
age 52
Alain Gagnol is a French film maker. In January 2012, he was nominated for an Academy Award for the animated movie A Cat in Paris.
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Alain Gomis is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Film Directors from France
age 47
Alain Gomis is a film director and screenwriter.
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Alain Guiraudie is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Film Directors from France
Alain Guiraudie age 55
Alain Guiraudie is a French film director and screenwriter. He has directed ten mostly LGBT-related films since 1990. He is openly gay. Guiraudie has named Georges Bataille as an important ...more
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Alain Jessua is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Film Directors from France
age 87
Alain Jessua is a French film director and screenwriter. He directed ten films between 1956 and 1997. He worked as assistant director for Jacques Becker on the set of Casque d'or, with Max ...more
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Alain Levent is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Film Directors from France
Dec. at 74 (1934-2008)
Alain Levent was a French cinematographer and film director. He worked on 80 films between 1960 and 2007. His 1972 film The Bar at the Crossing was entered into the 22nd Berlin International ...more