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Famous Screenwriters from France

Updated October 13, 2018 1.5k views802 items

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.

Use this list of renowned French screenwriters to discover some new screenwriters that you aren't familiar with. Don't forget to share this list by clicking one of the social media icons at the top or bottom of the page. {#nodes}
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  • Sophie Marceau1

    BirthplaceParis, France

    Sophie Marceau (French: [sɔfi maʁso]; born Sophie Danièle Sylvie Maupu, 17 November 1966) is a...  more

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  • Roman Polanski2

    BirthplaceParis, France

    Rajmund Roman Thierry Polański (born 18 August 1933) is a French-Polish film director,...  more

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  • Julie Delpy3

    BirthplaceParis, France

    Julie Delpy (French: [ʒyli dɛlpi]; born 21 December 1969) is a French-American actress, film...  more

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  • Christopher Reeve4

    Christopher Reeve

    Age: Died at 52 (1952-2004)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, USA

    Christopher D'Olier Reeve (September 25, 1952 – October 10, 2004) was an American actor who...  more

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  • Alain Delon5

    BirthplaceSceaux, France

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

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  • Vincent Cassel6

    BirthplaceFrance, Paris

    Vincent Cassel (born Vincent Crochon, 23 November 1966) is a French actor. He first achieved...  more

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  • Jules Verne7

    Jules Verne

    Dec. at 77 (1828-1905)

    BirthplaceNantes, France

    Jules Gabriel Verne (; French: [ʒyl vɛʁn]; 8 February 1828 – 24 March 1905) was a French...  more

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  • Mélanie Laurent8

    BirthplaceParis, France

    Mélanie Laurent (French pronunciation: [melani loʁɑ̃] (listen); born 21 February 1983) is a...  more

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  • Jane Birkin9

    BirthplaceMarylebone, London, United Kingdom

    Jane Mallory Birkin, OBE (born 14 December 1946) is an English actress, singer, songwriter,...  more

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  • Anna Karina10

    BirthplaceSolbjerg, Denmark

    Anna Karina (22 September 1940 - 14 December 2019) was a Danish-French film actress, director,...  more
  • Victor Hugo11

    Victor Hugo

    Dec. at 83 (1802-1885)

    BirthplaceBesançon, France

    Victor Marie Hugo (French: [viktɔʁ maʁi yɡo] (listen); 26 February 1802 – 22 May 1885) was a...  more

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  • Jean-Luc Godard12

    BirthplaceParis, France

    Jean-Luc Godard (French: [ʒɑ̃lyk ɡɔdaʁ]; born 3 December 1930) is a French-Swiss film...  more
  • Marguerite Duras13

    Marguerite Duras

    Dec. at 82 (1914-1996)

    BirthplaceHo Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    Marguerite Donnadieu, known as Marguerite Duras (French: [maʁ.ɡə.ʁit dy.ʁas]; 4 April 1914 – 3...  more
  • Jean Genet14

    Jean Genet

    Dec. at 76 (1910-1986)

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

    Jean Genet (French: [ʒɑ̃ ʒənɛ]; (1910-12-19)19 December 1910 – (1986-04-15)15 April 1986) was...  more

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  • Jean Cocteau15

    Jean Cocteau

    Dec. at 74 (1889-1963)

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

    Jean Maurice Eugène Clément Cocteau (French: [ʒɑ̃ kɔkto]; 5 July 1889 – 11 October 1963) was...  more

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  • Alejandro Jodorowsky16

    BirthplaceTocopilla, Chile

    Alejandro Jodorowsky Prullansky (Spanish: [xoðoˈɾofski]; born 17 February 1929) is a...  more

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  • Jean Dujardin17

    BirthplaceRueil-Malmaison, France

    Jean Dujardin (French pronunciation: [ʒɑ̃ dy.ʒaʁ.dɛ̃] (listen); born 19 June 1972) is a French...  more
  • Serge Gainsbourg18

    Serge Gainsbourg

    Dec. at 63 (1928-1991)

    BirthplaceParis, France

    Serge Gainsbourg (born 2 April 1928 – 2 March 1991) was a French singer, songwriter, pianist,...  more
  • Jeanne Moreau19

    BirthplaceParis, France

    Jeanne Moreau (French pronunciation: ​[ʒan mɔʁo]; 23 January 1928 – 31 July 2017) was a French...  more
  • Georges Méliès20

    Georges Méliès

    Dec. at 77 (1861-1938)

    BirthplaceParis, France

    Marie-Georges-Jean Méliès (; French: [meljɛs]; 8 December 1861 – 21 January 1938), was a...  more
  • Guillaume Canet21

    BirthplaceFrance, Boulogne-Billancourt

    Guillaume Canet (French pronunciation: ​[ɡijom kane]; born 10 April 1973) is a French actor,...  more
  • Jean-Daniel Cadinot22

    Jean-Daniel Cadinot

    Dec. at 64 (1944-2008)

    BirthplaceParis, France

  • Luc Besson23

    Luc Besson

    Age: 61

    BirthplaceFrance, Paris

    Luc Besson (French: [lyk bɛsɔ̃]; born 18 March 1959) is a French film director, screenwriter,...  more

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  • Denis Diderot24

    Denis Diderot

    Dec. at 71 (1713-1784)

    BirthplaceLangres, France

    Denis Diderot (French: [dəni did(ə)ʁo]; 5 October 1713 – 31 July 1784) was a French...  more

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  • Jean-Claude Brialy25

    Jean-Claude Brialy

    Dec. at 74 (1933-2007)

    BirthplaceSour El-Ghozlane

    Jean-Claude Brialy (30 March 1933 – 30 May 2007) was a French actor and director....  more