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Famous Film Directors from France

Updated October 13, 2018 12.3k views1.2k items

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 (Arabic عباس فاضل) is an Iraqi-French film director, screenwriter and film... more
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  • Abdelkrim Bahloul is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Film Directors from France

    BirthplaceAlgeria, Saida, Africa

    NationalityFrance

    Films DirectedLe 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

    BirthplaceTunis, Tunisia

    NationalityFrance

    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
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  • Abel Gance is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Film Directors from France

    Abel Gance

    Dec. at 92 (1889-1981)

    BirthplaceParis, France

    NationalityFrance

    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
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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)

    BirthplaceSoutheast Europe, Central Athens, Athens, Attica, Greece

    NationalityGreece

    Films DirectedThe Roundup

    Adonis Kyrou may refer to: Adonis Kyrou (publisher), newspaper publisher Adonis A. Kyrou,... more
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  • Agnès B. is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Film Directors from France

    Agnès B.

    Age: 78

    BirthplaceVersailles, France

    NationalityFrance

    Films DirectedLes petites sorcières, Une sorte de journal vidéo

    agnès b. (born Agnès Andrée Marguerite Troublé, 1941 in Versailles) is a French fashion... more
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  • Agnès Delahaie is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Film Directors from France

    BirthplaceSaint-Maur-des-Fossés, France

    NationalityFrance

    Films DirectedPickpocket

    Agnès Delahaie (born 17 September 1920) is a French film producer. She was nominated (as Annie... more
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  • Agnès Jaoui is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Film Directors from France

    BirthplaceAntony, France

    NationalityFrance

    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
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  • Agnès Varda is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Film Directors from France

    BirthplaceBrussels, Belgium

    NationalityBelgium

    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

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    #288 of 742 The Greatest Directors In Movie History#10 of 131 The Greatest Female Film Directors

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

    BirthplaceFrance

    NationalityFrance

    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
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  • Akhenaton is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Film Directors from France

    Akhenaton

    Age: 51

    BirthplaceMarseille, France

    NationalityFrance

    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

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  • Alain Beigel is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Film Directors from France

    Alain Beigel

    Age: 55

    NationalityFrance

    Films DirectedDrug 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

    BirthplaceLebanon, Beirut, Arab world

    NationalityFrance

    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.
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  • Alain Cavalier is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Film Directors from France

    BirthplaceFrance, Vendôme

    NationalityFrance

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

    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

    BirthplaceOran, Algeria

    NationalityFrance

    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
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  • Alain Corneau is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Film Directors from France

    Alain Corneau

    Dec. at 67 (1943-2010)

    BirthplaceMeung-sur-Loire, France

    NationalityFrance

    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
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  • Alain Cuny is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Film Directors from France

    Alain Cuny

    Dec. at 86 (1908-1994)

    BirthplaceSaint-Malo, France

    NationalityFrance

    Films DirectedThe 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

    BirthplaceSceaux, France

    NationalityFrance

    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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    #490 of 1,030 The Best Actors in Film History#667 of 1,883 The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

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

    BirthplaceParis, France

    NationalityFrance

    Films DirectedUn 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

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

    NationalityFrance

    Films DirectedFamília 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

    BirthplaceRoanne, France

    NationalityFrance

    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
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  • Alain Gomis is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Film Directors from France

    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.
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  • Alain Guiraudie is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Film Directors from France

    Alain Guiraudie

    Age: 55

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

    NationalityFrance

    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
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  • Alain Jessua is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Film Directors from France

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

    NationalityFrance

    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
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  • Alain Levent is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Film Directors from France

    Alain Levent

    Dec. at 74 (1934-2008)

    BirthplaceParis, France

    NationalityFrance

    Films DirectedThe Bar at the Crossing

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