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List of notable or famous screenwriters from France, with bios and photos, including the top screenwriters born in France and even some popular screenwriters who immigrated to France. If you're trying to find out the names of famous French screenwriters then this list is the perfect resource for you. These screenwriters are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known screenwriter from France is included when available.

List includes François Truffaut, Roman Polański and more.

This historic screenwriters from France list can help answer the questions "Who are some French screenwriters of note?" and "Who are the most famous screenwriters from France?" These prominent screenwriters of France may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected French screenwriters.

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Sophie Marceau is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Screenwriters from France
age 52
Sophie Danièle Sylvie Maupu is a French actress, director, screenwriter, and author. As a teenager, Marceau achieved popularity with her debut films La Boum and La Boum 2, receiving a ...more
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Roman Polanski is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Screenwriters from France
age 85
Roman Polanski is a Polish and, since 1976, naturalized-French film director, producer, writer, and actor. Having made films in Poland, the United Kingdom, France and the United States, he is ...more
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Julie Delpy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Screenwriters from France
age 49
Julie Delpy is a French-American actress, film director, screenwriter, and singer-songwriter. She studied filmmaking at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and has directed, written, ...more
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Christopher Reeve is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Screenwriters from France
Dec. at 52 (1952-2004)
Christopher D'Olier Reeve was an American actor, film director, producer, screenwriter, author, and activist. He achieved stardom for his acting achievements, in particular his motion picture ...more
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Alain Delon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Screenwriters from France
age 83
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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Vincent Cassel is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Screenwriters from France
age 52
Vincent Cassel is a Cesar Award-winning French actor best known to English-speaking audiences through his film performances in Ocean's Twelve and Ocean's Thirteen, as well as Black Swan. Cassel ...more
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Jules Verne is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Screenwriters from France
Dec. at 77 (1828-1905)
Jules Gabriel Verne was a French novelist, poet, and playwright best known for his adventure novels and his profound influence on the literary genre of science fiction. Verne was born to ...more
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Mélanie Laurent is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Screenwriters from France
age 36
Mélanie Laurent is a film actress, film director, singer and screenwriter.
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Jane Birkin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Screenwriters from France
age 72
Jane Birkin is an actor.
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Anna Karina is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Screenwriters from France
age 78
Anna Karina is a Danish-French citizen, film actress, director, and screenwriter who has spent most of her working life in France. She is known as a muse of the director Jean-Luc Godard, one of ...more
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Victor Hugo is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Screenwriters from France
Dec. at 83 (1802-1885)
Victor Marie Hugo was a French poet, novelist, and dramatist of the Romantic movement. He is considered one of the greatest and best known French writers. In France, Hugo's literary fame comes ...more
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Jean-Luc Godard is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Screenwriters from France
age 88
Jean-Luc Godard is a French-Swiss film director, screenwriter and film critic. He is often identified with the 1960s French film movement La Nouvelle Vague, or "New Wave". Like his New ...more
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Marguerite Duras is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Screenwriters from France
Dec. at 82 (1914-1996)
Marguerite Donnadieu, known as Marguerite Duras, was a French writer and film director.
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Jean Genet is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Screenwriters from France
Dec. at 76 (1910-1986)
Jean Genet was a French novelist, playwright, poet, essayist, and political activist. Early in his life he was a vagabond, but later took to writing. His major works include the novels Querelle ...more
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Jean Cocteau is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Screenwriters from France
Died at 74 (1889-1963)
Jean Maurice Eugène Clément Cocteau was a French writer, designer, playwright, artist and filmmaker. Cocteau is best known for his novel Les Enfants Terribles, and the films Blood ...more
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Alejandro Jodorowsky is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Screenwriters from France
age 90
Alejandro Jodorowsky is a Chilean filmmaker, playwright, actor, author, musician, comics writer and spiritual guru. Best known for his avant-garde films, he has been "venerated by cult ...more
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Jean Dujardin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Screenwriters from France
age 46
Jean Dujardin is a French actor, director, producer and comedian. He began his career as a stand-up comedian in Paris before starting his acting career guest-starring in comedic television ...more
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Serge Gainsbourg is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Screenwriters from France
Serge Gainsbourg Dec. at 63 (1928-1991)
Serge Gainsbourg was a French singer, songwriter, pianist, film composer, poet, painter, screenwriter, writer, actor and director. Regarded as one of the most important figures in French popular ...more
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Jeanne Moreau is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Screenwriters from France
age 91
Jeanne Moreau is a French actress, singer, screenwriter and director. She is the recipient of a César Award for Best Actress, a BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actress and a Cannes Film ...more
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Georges Méliès is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Screenwriters from France
Dec. at 77 (1861-1938)
Marie-Georges-Jean Méliès, known as Georges Méliès, was a French illusionist and filmmaker famous for leading many technical and narrative developments in the ...more
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Guillaume Canet is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Screenwriters from France
age 45
Guillaume Canet is a French actor, film director and screenwriter. Canet began his career in theatre and television before moving to film. He starred in several films like Joyeux Noël, Love ...more
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Jean-Daniel Cadinot is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Screenwriters from France
Dec. at 64 (1944-2008)
Jean Daniel Cadinot was a French photographer, director and producer of gay pornographic films.
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Luc Besson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Screenwriters from France
age 59
Luc Besson is a French film director, writer, and producer. He is known for directing and producing thrillers and action films that are visually rich. Critics cite Besson as a pivotal figure in ...more
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Denis Diderot is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Screenwriters from France
Dec. at 71 (1713-1784)
Denis Diderot was a French philosopher, art critic and writer. He was a prominent figure during the Enlightenment and is best known for serving as co-founder, chief editor and contributor to the ...more
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Jean-Claude Brialy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Screenwriters from France
Dec. at 74 (1933-2007)
Jean-Claude Brialy was a French actor, director and socialite.