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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

Birthplace: Iraq, Babylon, Asia, Western Asia

Nationality: France

Films Directed: We Iraqis, Back to Babylon, Dawn of the World

Abbas Fahdel (Arabic عباس فاضل) 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 ...more
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Abdelkrim Bahloul is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Film Directors from France
Age: 69

Birthplace: Algeria, Saida, Africa

Nationality: France

Films Directed: Le Voyage à Alger

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

Birthplace: Tunis Governorate, Tunis, Africa, Tunisia

Nationality: France

Films Directed: Black 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 December 1960) is a Tunisian-French actor, film director and screenwriter. He made his directorial debut ...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)

Birthplace: Paris, France

Nationality: France

Films Directed: Berlingot and Company, Austerlitz, Beethoven's Great Love, Le droit à la vie, Bonaparte and the Revolution, + more

Abel Gance (French: [gɑ̃s]; 25 October 1889 – 10 November 1981) was a French film director and producer, writer and actor. A pioneer in the theory and practice of montage, he is best known for ...more
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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)

Birthplace: Southeast Europe, Central Athens, Athens, Attica, Greece

Nationality: Greece

Films Directed: The Roundup

Adonis Kyrou may refer to: Adonis Kyrou (publisher), newspaper publisher Adonis A. Kyrou, filmmaker and writer; grandson of Adonis Kyrou Adonis K. Kyrou, newspaper publisher; grandson of Adonis ...more
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Agnès B. is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Film Directors from France
Age: 78

Birthplace: Versailles, France

Nationality: France

Films Directed: Les petites sorcières, Une sorte de journal vidéo

agnès b. (born Agnès Andrée Marguerite Troublé, 1941 in Versailles) is a French fashion designer. She is known for her self-named brand, which includes fashion and
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Agnès Delahaie is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Film Directors from France
Age: 99

Birthplace: Saint-Maur-des-Fossés, France

Nationality: France

Films Directed: Pickpocket

Agnès Delahaie (born 17 September 1920) is a French film producer. She was nominated (as Annie Dorfmann) in 1956 for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film for her film
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Agnès Jaoui is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Film Directors from France
Age: 55

Birthplace: Antony, France

Nationality: France

Films Directed: Let It Rain, The Taste of Others, Look at Me

Agnès Jaoui (born 19 October 1964) is a French actress, screenwriter, film director 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

Birthplace: Brussels, Belgium

Nationality: Belgium

Films Directed: Jacquot de Nantes, Lion’s Love, Documenteur: An Emotion-Picture, Happiness, Women Reply, + more

Agnès Varda (French: [aɲɛs vaʁda]; 30 May 1928 – 29 March 2019) was a Belgian-born French film director, photographer and artist. Her work was pioneering for, and central to, the ...more

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Agnès Merlet is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Film Directors from France
Age: 60

Birthplace: France

Nationality: France

Films Directed: Dorothy 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 the Shark, Artemisia and Dorothy Mills. Recently she directed the Irish/French/Swedish ...more
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Akhenaton is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Film Directors from France
Age: 51

Birthplace: Marseille, France

Nationality: France

Films Directed: Comme un aimant, Conte de la frustration

Philippe Fragione (Italian: [fradʒone]), better known by his stage name Akhenaton (born 17 September 1968, Marseille), is a French rapper and hip hop producer of Italian origin. He has also ...more
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Alain Beigel is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Film Directors from France
Alain Beigel Age: 55

Nationality: France

Films Directed: Drug Scenes

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

Birthplace: Lebanon, Beirut, Arab world

Nationality: France

Films Directed: The 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.
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Alain Cavalier is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Film Directors from France
Age: 88

Birthplace: Vendôme, France

Nationality: France

Films Directed: Irene, Libera me, Lives, La Chamade, Le filmeur, + more

Alain Cavalier (French: [kavalje]; born 14 September 1931) is a French film director.
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Alain Chabat is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Film Directors from France
Age: 61

Birthplace: Oran, Algeria

Nationality: France

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

Alain Chabat (born 24 November 1958) is a French actor, director, screenwriter and television presenter. He was originally known for his work in the comedy group Les Nuls, including as the ...more
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Alain Corneau is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Film Directors from France
Dec. at 67 (1943-2010)

Birthplace: Meung-sur-Loire, France

Nationality: France

Films Directed: Lumière and Company, La Menace, Police Python 357, France, Incorporated, + more

Alain Corneau (7 August 1943 – 30 August 2010) 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 ...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)

Birthplace: Saint-Malo, France

Nationality: France

Films Directed: The Annunciation of Marie

Alain Cuny (12 July 1908 – 16 May 1994) was a French actor in theatre and cinema.
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Alain Delon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Film Directors from France
Age: 84

Birthplace: Sceaux, France

Nationality: Switzerland, France

Films Directed: The 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 is known as one of Europe's most prominent actors and screen sex symbols from the 1960s. He ...more

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Alain Fleischer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Film Directors from France
Age: 75

Birthplace: Paris, France

Nationality: France

Films Directed: Un tournage à la campagne, Zoo zéro

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

Birthplace: Île-de-France, Europe, Metropolitan France, France, Paris

Nationality: France

Films Directed: Família Vende Tudo, Desmundo

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

Birthplace: Roanne, France

Nationality: France

Films Directed: A Cat In Paris, Mauvais Temps

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

Birthplace: Île-de-France, Europe, Metropolitan France, France, Paris

Nationality: Senegal, France

Films Directed: Ahmed, Today, Little Light, Andalucia, As A Man

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

Birthplace: Europe, Metropolitan France, Villefranche-de-Rouergue, Aveyron, Midi-Pyrénées

Nationality: France

Films Directed: Real 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 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

Birthplace: Île-de-France, Europe, Metropolitan France, France, Paris

Nationality: France

Films Directed: Armaguedon, 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. He directed ten films between 1956 and 1997. He worked as assistant director for Jacques Becker on ...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)

Birthplace: Île-de-France, Europe, Metropolitan France, France, Paris

Nationality: France

Films Directed: The Bar at the Crossing

Alain Levent (15 September 1934 – 28 August 2008) 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 ...more