Watchworthy

Popular Film Actors from France

Reference
Updated June 14, 2019 34.3k views 3,585 items

List of famous film actors and actresses from France, listed by their popularity with photos when available. France has given birth to some great movie actors and actresses over the years, many of who have gone on to star in comedies, dramas, horror movies and more. These are some of the best French screen actors in the history of the world, so if you're a native of France and an aspiring actor/actress then these are people you should look up to.

Film actors here include everything from Henri Vidal to Catherine Ringer.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the best French actors?" and "Which movies stars are from France?"

You can click on the names of these legendary movie stars of France in order to get more information about each one. If you're a film buff use this list of talented French film actors to find some new movies you haven't already seen.
Data-driven recommendations based on voting from over 40 million monthly visits to Ranker. Try the free app
1
Catherine Deneuve is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Popular Film Actors from France
Age 75, Credits: Repulsion, Dancer in the Dark & Persepolis

Birthplace: Paris, France

Nationality: France

Catherine Fabienne Dorléac, known professionally as Catherine Deneuve (French: [katʁin dənœv], born 22 October 1943), is a French actress as well as an occasional singer, model and ...more

More Catherine Deneuve 

#142 of 940 The Best Actresses in Film History #321 of 2,004 The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History #217 of 378 The Best American Actresses Working Today

2
Humphrey Bogart is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Popular Film Actors from France
Dec. at 58 (1899-1957), Credits: Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon & The African Queen

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Humphrey DeForest Bogart (; December 25, 1899 – January 14, 1957) was an American film and theater actor. His performances in numerous films from the Classical Hollywood era made him a cultural ...more

More Humphrey Bogart 

The Best Humphrey Bogart Movies #6 of 1,139 The Best Actors in Film History #312 of 925 People We Wish Were Still Alive

3
Sophia Loren is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Popular Film Actors from France
Age 84, Credits: Nine, El Cid & The Fall of the Roman Empire

Birthplace: Rome, Italy

Nationality: Kingdom of Italy, France, Italy

Sofia Villani Scicolone (Italian: [soˈfiːa vilˈlaːni ʃʃikoˈloːne]; born 20 September 1934), known professionally as Sophia Loren (Italian: [ˈlɔːren], English: ), is an Italian film actress and ...more

More Sophia Loren 

#57 of 940 The Best Actresses in Film History #74 of 2,004 The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History #8 of 53 The Best Living Actresses Over 80

4
Max von Sydow is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Popular Film Actors from France
Age 86, Credits: The Exorcist, Shutter Island & Rush Hour

Birthplace: Lund, Sweden

Nationality: Sweden, France

Max von Sydow (born Carl Adolf von Sydow, April 10, 1929 - March 8, 2020) is a Swedish actor. He has appeared in many European and American films in several languages, and he received the Royal ...more

More Max von Sydow 

#113 of 1,139 The Best Actors in Film History #816 of 2,444 The Most Influential People of All Time #142 of 330 The Coolest Actors Ever

5
Monica Bellucci is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Popular Film Actors from France
Age 54, Credits: Bram Stoker's Dracula, The Passion of the Christ & The Matrix Reloaded

Birthplace: Città di Castello, Italy

Nationality: Italy

Monica Anna Maria Bellucci (Italian pronunciation: [ˈmɔːnika belˈluttʃi]; born 30 September 1964) is an Italian actress and model. Bellucci began her career as a fashion model, modeling for the ...more

More Monica Bellucci 

#204 of 940 The Best Actresses in Film History #1,294 of 2,004 The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History #188 of 410 The Most Beautiful Women Of 2020, Ranked

6
Isabelle Huppert is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Popular Film Actors from France
Age 65, Credits: Heaven's Gate, The Piano Teacher & I Heart Huckabees

Birthplace: France, Paris

Nationality: France

Isabelle Anne Madeleine Huppert (French pronunciation: ​[izabɛl yˈpɛʁ]; born 16 March 1953) is a French actress who has appeared in more than 120 films since her debut in 1971. She is the most ...more
7
Omar Sharif is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Popular Film Actors from France
Age 86, Credits: Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago & The 13th Warrior

Birthplace: Alexandria, Egypt

Nationality: Egypt

Omar Sharif (Arabic: عمر الشريف‎, Egyptian Arabic pronunciation: [ˈʕomɑɾ eʃʃɪˈɾiːf]; born Michel Dimitri Chalhoub [miˈʃel dɪˈmitɾi ʃælˈhuːb]; 10 April 1932 – 10 July 2015) was an Egyptian ...more

More Omar Sharif 

The Best Omar Sharif Movies #141 of 1,139 The Best Actors in Film History #247 of 2,004 The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

8
Alain Delon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Popular Film Actors from France
Age 83, Credits: Le Samouraï, The Leopard & Rocco and His Brothers

Birthplace: Sceaux, France

Nationality: France

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

More Alain Delon 

#506 of 1,139 The Best Actors in Film History #191 of 330 The Coolest Actors Ever #1,444 of 2,004 The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

9
Kristin Scott Thomas is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Popular Film Actors from France
Age 58, Credits: The English Patient, Mission: Impossible & Four Weddings and a Funeral

Birthplace: Redruth, United Kingdom

Nationality: France, United Kingdom

Dame Kristin Ann Scott Thomas (born 24 May 1960) is an English actress. Five times a BAFTA Award nominee and five-times Olivier Award nominee, she won the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a ...more

More Kristin Scott Thomas 

#129 of 273 The Greatest British Actors of All Time #201 of 940 The Best Actresses in Film History #127 of 327 The Best Actresses Working Today

10
Jean Reno is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Popular Film Actors from France
Age 70, Credits: Mission: Impossible, Hotel Rwanda & Léon: The Professional

Birthplace: Casablanca, Morocco

Nationality: France, Morocco

Juan Moreno y Herrera-Jiménez (born 30 July 1948), known as Jean Reno (French: [ʒɑ̃ ʁeno]), is a French actor of Spanish descent. He has worked in French, English, Japanese, Spanish, and ...more

More Jean Reno 

The Best Jean Reno Movies #129 of 285 The Best (Male) Actors Working Today #164 of 1,139 The Best Actors in Film History

11
Gérard Depardieu ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Popular Film Actors from France
Age 70, Credits: Life of Pi, The Man in the Iron Mask & Last Holiday

Birthplace: France, Châteauroux

Nationality: France, Russia

Gérard Xavier Marcel Depardieu (French: [ʒeʁaʁ ɡzavje maʁsɛl dəpaʁdjø] (listen); born 27 December 1948) is a French actor. He is one of the most prolific character actors in film ...more
12
Claudette Colbert is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Popular Film Actors from France
Dec. at 93 (1903-1996), Credits: It Happened One Night, The Palm Beach Story & It's a Wonderful World

Birthplace: Saint-Mandé, France

Nationality: France, United States of America

Claudette Colbert ( kohl-BAIR; born Émilie Claudette Chauchoin; September 13, 1903 – July 30, 1996) was an American stage and film actress. Colbert began her career in Broadway ...more

More Claudette Colbert 

#100 of 940 The Best Actresses in Film History #241 of 2,004 The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History #34 of 76 The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress

13
Brigitte Bardot is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Popular Film Actors from France
Age 84, Credits: Cinema Paradiso, Contempt & Shalako

Birthplace: Paris, France

Nationality: France

Brigitte Anne-Marie Bardot (French: [bʁiʒit baʁdo]; born 28 September 1934), often referred to by the initials B.B., is a French former actress and singer, and animal rights activist. Famous for ...more

More Brigitte Bardot 

#171 of 940 The Best Actresses in Film History #291 of 2,004 The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History #10 of 53 The Best Living Actresses Over 80

14
Juliette Binoche is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Popular Film Actors from France
Age 51, Credits: The English Patient, Chocolat & Three Colors: Red

Birthplace: Paris, France

Nationality: France

Juliette Binoche (born 9 March 1964) is a French actress, artist, and dancer. She has appeared in more than 60 feature films, been the recipient of numerous international awards, and has ...more
15
Marion Cotillard is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Popular Film Actors from France
Age 43, Credits: The Dark Knight Rises, Inception & Big Fish

Birthplace: Paris, France

Nationality: France

Marion Cotillard (French: [maʁjɔ̃ kɔtijaʁ] (listen); born 30 September 1975) is a French actress, singer-songwriter, musician, and environmentalist. She is the recipient of an Academy Award, a ...more

More Marion Cotillard 

#108 of 940 The Best Actresses in Film History #1,226 of 2,004 The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History #10 of 21 21 Actors Vs. The Historical Figures They Portrayed On-Screen

16
Louis Jourdan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Popular Film Actors from France
Age 97, Credits: Octopussy, Gigi & Irma la Douce

Birthplace: France, Marseille

Nationality: France

Louis Jourdan (born Louis Robert Gendre; 19 June 1921 – 14 February 2015) was a French film and television actor. He was known for his suave roles in several Hollywood films, including Alfred ...more

More Louis Jourdan 

#525 of 1,139 The Best Actors in Film History #1,399 of 2,004 The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History #426 of 469 The Greatest Entertainers of All Time

17
Adolphe Menjou is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Popular Film Actors from France
Dec. at 73 (1890-1963), Credits: Paths of Glory, Pollyanna & Stage Door

Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Adolphe Jean Menjou (February 18, 1890 – October 29, 1963) was an American actor. His career spanned both silent films and talkies. He appeared in such films as Charlie Chaplin's A Woman of ...more

More Adolphe Menjou 

#788 of 1,139 The Best Actors in Film History #825 of 925 People We Wish Were Still Alive #252 of 313 Which Actor Would You Bring Back for One Final Movie?

18
Yves Saint Laurent is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Popular Film Actors from France
Dec. at 72 (1936-2008), Credits: Yves St. Laurent: His Life and Times and L'Amour Fou

Birthplace: Oran, Algeria

Nationality: France

Yves Henri Donat Mathieu-Saint-Laurent (French: [iv sɛ̃ lɔʁɑ̃]; 1 August 1936 – 1 June 2008), professionally known as Yves Saint-Laurent, was a French fashion designer who, in 1961, founded his ...more

More Yves Saint Laurent 

#1,801 of 2,444 The Most Influential People of All Time #12 of 156 The Most Influential People in Fashion #4 of 70 The Most Influential Fashion Designers Of All Time

19
Christopher Reeve is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Popular Film Actors from France
Dec. at 52 (1952-2004), Credits: Superman, Superman II & Superman IV: The Quest for Peace

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Christopher D'Olier Reeve (September 25, 1952 – October 10, 2004) was an American actor who played DC comic book superhero Superman, beginning with the acclaimed Superman (1978), for which he ...more

More Christopher Reeve 

#320 of 1,139 The Best Actors in Film History #122 of 925 People We Wish Were Still Alive #132 of 330 The Coolest Actors Ever

20
Charles Boyer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Popular Film Actors from France
Dec. at 79 (1899-1978), Credits: Casino Royale, Gaslight & Around the World in 80 Days

Birthplace: Figeac, France

Nationality: France, United States of America

Charles Boyer (French: [bwaje]; 28 August 1899 – 26 August 1978) was a French-American actor who appeared in more than 80 films between 1920 and 1976. After receiving an education in drama, ...more

More Charles Boyer 

#367 of 1,139 The Best Actors in Film History #560 of 2,004 The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History #229 of 313 Which Actor Would You Bring Back for One Final Movie?

21
Julia Louis-Dreyfus is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Popular Film Actors from France
Age 58, Credits: National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, A Bug's Life & Hannah and Her Sisters

Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA

Nationality: United States of America

Julia Scarlett Elizabeth Louis-Dreyfus Hall (; born January 13, 1961) is an American actress, comedian, producer, and singer. She is known for her work in the television comedy series Saturday ...more

More Julia Louis-Dreyfus 

#48 of 96 The Best SNL Cast Members of All Time #1,893 of 2,444 The Most Influential People of All Time #55 of 473 Famous Women You'd Want to Have a Beer With

22
Audrey Tautou is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Popular Film Actors from France
Age 42, Credits: Amélie, The Da Vinci Code & Priceless

Birthplace: Beaumont, Puy-de-Dôme, France

Nationality: France

Audrey Justine Tautou (French pronunciation: [odʁɛ ʒystin totu] (listen); born 9 August 1976) is a French actress. Signed by an agent at age 17, she made her acting debut at 18 on television and ...more

More Audrey Tautou 

#605 of 940 The Best Actresses in Film History #1,027 of 2,004 The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History #232 of 378 The Best American Actresses Working Today

23
Vincent Cassel is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Popular Film Actors from France
Age 52, Credits: Shrek, Black Swan & Ocean's Thirteen

Birthplace: France, Paris

Nationality: France

Vincent Cassel (born Vincent Crochon, 23 November 1966) is a French actor. He first achieved recognition for his performance as a troubled French Jewish youth, in Matthieu Kassovitz's 1995 film ...more

More Vincent Cassel 

#516 of 1,139 The Best Actors in Film History #11 of 12 The 12 Most Extreme Actor Transformations #2 of 5 Every Celebrity Man Monica Bellucci Has Dated

24
Clémence Po&eacut... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Popular Film Actors from France
Age 36, Credits: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire & Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part I

Birthplace: L'Haÿ-les-Roses, France

Nationality: France

Clémence Poésy (French: [klemɑ̃s pɔezi]; born 30 October 1982 as Clémence Guichard) is a French actress and fashion model. After starting on the stage as a child, ...more

More Clémence Poésy 

#148 of 227 The Greatest Child Stars Who Are Still Acting #76 of 78 The Cast Of Harry Potter: Where Are They Now? #18 of 67 Hottest French Fashion Models

25
JoJo is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Popular Film Actors from France
Age 28, Credits: Aquamarine, RV & G.B.F.

Birthplace: Vermont, USA, Brattleboro

Nationality: France, United States of America

Joanna Noëlle Levesque (born December 20, 1990) is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. Raised in Foxborough, Massachusetts, she performed in various singing competitions as a ...more

More JoJo 

Whatever Happened To JoJo? #572 of 668 The Best Rock Vocalists #293 of 935 The Best Female Vocalists Ever