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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.

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Catherine Deneuve is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Popular Film Actors from France
Repulsion, Dancer in the Dark, Persepolis Catherine Deneuve is a French actress who gained recognition for her portrayal of aloof, mysterious beauties for various directors, including Luis Buñuel and Roman Polanski. She is a ...more

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Humphrey Bogart is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Popular Film Actors from France
Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon, The African Queen Humphrey DeForest Bogart was an American screen actor whose performances in such iconic 1940s films noir as The Maltese Falcon, Casablanca, and The Big Sleep, earned him the legacy of cultural ...more

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Sophia Loren is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Popular Film Actors from France
Nine, El Cid, The Fall of the Roman Empire Sophia Loren is an Italian-French film star. She began her career at age 14 after entering a beauty pageant in 1949. Encouraged to enroll in acting lessons, Loren appeared in several bit parts ...more

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Max von Sydow is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Popular Film Actors from France
The Exorcist, Shutter Island, Rush Hour Carl Adolf "Max" von Sydow is a Swedish actor. He has starred in many films and had supporting roles in dozens more in many languages, including Swedish, Norwegian, English, Italian, ...more

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Monica Bellucci is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Popular Film Actors from France
Bram Stoker's Dracula, The Passion of the Christ, The Matrix Reloaded Monica Bellucci is an Italian actress and fashion model.

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Isabelle Huppert is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Popular Film Actors from France
Heaven's Gate, The Piano Teacher, I Heart Huckabees Isabelle Anne Madeleine Huppert is a French actress of stage and screen. Since her debut in 1971, she has appeared in more than 100 film and television productions. She is the most nominated ...more

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Omar Sharif is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Popular Film Actors from France
Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago, The 13th Warrior Omar Sharif is an Egyptian actor. The assumed surname Sharif means "noble" in Arabic. His films include Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago and Funny Girl. He has been nominated for an ...more

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Alain Delon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Popular Film Actors from France
Le Samouraï, The Leopard, Rocco and His Brothers 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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Kristin Scott Thomas is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Popular Film Actors from France
The English Patient, Mission: Impossible, Four Weddings and a Funeral Dame Kristin Ann Scott Thomas, DBE is an Anglo-French actress. Scott Thomas made her film debut in the Prince-directed Under the Cherry Moon in 1986, and later gained international fame in the ...more

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Jean Reno is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Popular Film Actors from France
Mission: Impossible, Hotel Rwanda, Léon: The Professional Juan Moreno y Herrera-Jiménez, known as Jean Reno, is a French actor. Working in French, English, Japanese, Spanish, and Italian, he has appeared in numerous successful films such as ...more

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Gérard Depardieu is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Popular Film Actors from France
Life of Pi, The Man in the Iron Mask, Last Holiday Gérard Xavier Marcel Depardieu is a French actor, film-maker, businessman and vineyard owner. He is one of the most prolific character actors in film history, having completed ...more

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Claudette Colbert is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Popular Film Actors from France
It Happened One Night, The Palm Beach Story, It's a Wonderful World Claudette Colbert was a French-born American actress, and a leading lady for two decades. Colbert began her career in Broadway productions during the 1920s, progressing to film with the advent ...more

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Brigitte Bardot is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Popular Film Actors from France
Cinema Paradiso, Contempt, Shalako Brigitte Anne-Marie Bardot is a French former actress, singer and fashion model, who later became an animal rights activist. She was one of the best known sex symbols of the 1950s and 1960s and ...more

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Juliette Binoche is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Popular Film Actors from France
The English Patient, Chocolat, Three Colors: Red Juliette Binoche is a French actress, artist and dancer. She has appeared in more than 40 feature films, been recipient of numerous international accolades, is a published author and has ...more

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Marion Cotillard is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Popular Film Actors from France
The Dark Knight Rises, Inception, Big Fish Marion Cotillard is a French actress and singer-songwriter. She is also an environmentalist and spokesperson for Greenpeace. She has garnered worldwide acclaim and awards for her performances in ...more

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Louis Jourdan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Popular Film Actors from France
Octopussy, Gigi, Irma la Douce Louis Jourdan was a French film and television actor. He was known for his suave roles in several Hollywood films, including The Paradine Case, Letter from an Unknown Woman, Gigi, The Best of ...more

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Adolphe Menjou is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Popular Film Actors from France
Paths of Glory, Pollyanna, Stage Door Adolphe Jean Menjou was an American actor. His career spanned both silent films and talkies. He appeared in such films as Charles Chaplin's A Woman of Paris, in which he played the lead role; ...more

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Yves Saint Laurent is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Popular Film Actors from France
Yves St. Laurent: His Life and Times, L'Amour Fou Yves Henri Donat Mathieu-Saint-Laurent, known as Yves Saint Laurent, was an Algerian-born French fashion designer, and is regarded as one of the greatest names in fashion history. In 1985, ...more

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Christopher Reeve is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Popular Film Actors from France
Superman, Superman II, Superman IV: The Quest for Peace 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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Charles Boyer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Popular Film Actors from France
Casino Royale, Gaslight, Around the World in 80 Days Charles Boyer was a French actor who appeared in more than 80 films between 1920 and 1976. After receiving an education in drama, Boyer started on the stage, but he found his success in American ...more

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Popular Film Actors from France
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, A Bug's Life, Hannah and Her Sisters Julia Scarlett Elizabeth Louis-Dreyfus is an American actress, comedian, and producer. She is known for her television work on Seinfeld, The New Adventures of Old Christine, and Veep, which she ...more

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Audrey Tautou is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Popular Film Actors from France
Amélie, The Da Vinci Code, Priceless Audrey Justine Tautou is a French actress and model. Signed by an agent at age 17, she made her acting debut at 18 on television and her feature film debut the following year in Venus Beauty ...more

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Vincent Cassel is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Popular Film Actors from France
Shrek, Black Swan, Ocean's Thirteen 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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Clémence Poésy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Popular Film Actors from France
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part I Clémence Poésy is a French actress and fashion model. After starting on the stage as a child, Poésy had dramatic education, and has been active in both film and television ...more

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JoJo is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Popular Film Actors from France
Aquamarine, RV, G.B.F. Joanna Noëlle Blagden Levesque, better known by her stage name JoJo, is an American singer, songwriter and actress. Raised in Foxborough, Massachusetts, she performed in various singing ...more

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Romy Schneider is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Popular Film Actors from France
The Trial, What's New Pussycat?, Bloodline Romy Schneider was an Austrian-born film actress who held German and French citizenship. She started her career in the German Heimatfilm genre in the early 1950s when she was 15. From 1955 to ...more

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Tchéky Karyo is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Popular Film Actors from France
The Patriot, Bad Boys, GoldenEye Tchéky Karyo is a Turkish-born French actor and musician. Beginning his career as an actor on stage in classical and contemporary works, he began to work as a character actor in films in ...more

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Rene Auberjonois is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Popular Film Actors from France
Batman Forever, The Little Mermaid, MASH René Murat Auberjonois is an American actor. He is known for portraying Father Mulcahy in the film version of M*A*S*H, Chef Louis in The Little Mermaid, and for originating a number of ...more

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Michel Piccoli is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Popular Film Actors from France
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, Beauty of the Day, Atlantic City Michel Piccoli is a French actor.

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Emmanuelle Béart is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Popular Film Actors from France
Mission: Impossible, 8 Women, Manon des Sources Emmanuelle Béart is a French film actress, who has appeared in over 60 film and television productions since 1972. Béart won a César Award for Best Supporting Actress in the ...more

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Lon Chaney, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Popular Film Actors from France
High Noon, The Wolf Man, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein Lon Chaney, Jr., born Creighton Tull Chaney, son of the iconic silent film actor Lon Chaney, was an American actor known for playing the titular role in the 1941 film The Wolf Man and its ...more

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Michael Lonsdale is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Popular Film Actors from France
Chariots of Fire, Munich, The Name of the Rose Michael Lonsdale, sometimes billed as Michel Lonsdale, is a French actor who has appeared in over 180 films and television shows. Lonsdale was born in Paris and brought up by a French mother and ...more

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Manuel Ferrara is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Popular Film Actors from France
Barely Legal - Fitness Fanatics, Pirates II: Stagnetti's Revenge, Nurses Manuel Ferrara is a French pornographic actor and director. Ferrara has won numerous adult industry awards, having the distinction of winning the AVN Award for Male Performer of the Year five ...more

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Odette Annable is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Popular Film Actors from France
Transformers, Cloverfield, Kindergarten Cop Odette Juliette Annable is an American actress.

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Leslie Caron is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Popular Film Actors from France
An American in Paris, Chocolat, Gigi Leslie Claire Margaret Caron is a French and American film actress and dancer who appeared in 45 films between 1951 and 2003. Her autobiography Thank Heaven, was published in 2010 in the UK and ...more

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Isabelle Adjani is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Popular Film Actors from France
The Tenant, The Driver, Nosferatu the Vampyre Isabelle Adjani is a French film actress and singer. She is a five-time César Award winner and two-time Academy Award nominee. After success in the Comédie-Française, Adjani ...more

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Denis Podalydès is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Popular Film Actors from France
The Da Vinci Code, Caché, The Children of the Century Denis Podalydès is a French actor and scriptwriter of Greek descent. He is a Sociétaire of the Comédie-Française. Podalydès has appeared in 80 films since ...more

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Maggie Q is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Popular Film Actors from France
Mission: Impossible III, Live Free or Die Hard, Around the World in 80 Days Margaret Denise Quigley, professionally known as Maggie Q, is an American actress and model. She achieved international fame starring as the title role on The CW's action-thriller series Nikita ...more

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Jeanne Moreau is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Popular Film Actors from France
Ever After, Nikita, The 400 Blows 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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Carole Bouquet is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Popular Film Actors from France
For Your Eyes Only, Wasabi, New York Stories Carole Bouquet is a French actress and fashion model, who has appeared in more than 40 films since 1977.

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Julie Delpy is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Popular Film Actors from France
The Three Musketeers, Before Sunrise, But I'm a Cheerleader 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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Valérie Lemercier is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Popular Film Actors from France
Sabrina, Les Visiteurs, Monte Carlo Valerie Lemercier is an actor and film director.

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Sophie Marceau is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Popular Film Actors from France
Braveheart, The World Is Not Enough, A Midsummer Night's Dream 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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Jean-Michel Cousteau is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Popular Film Actors from France
Coral Reef Adventure, Exploring the Reef, Jean-Michel Cousteau: Ocean Adventures: America's Underwater Treasures Jean-Michel Cousteau is a French explorer, environmentalist, educator, and film producer. The first son of ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau, he is the father of Fabien Cousteau and Céline

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Christopher Lambert is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Popular Film Actors from France
Highlander, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, Mortal Kombat Christophe Guy Denis "Christopher" Lambert is a French actor who has appeared in American, as well as French and other European productions. He is best known for his role as Connor ...more

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Tom Nolan is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Popular Film Actors from France
Batman Begins, Pretty Woman, An Affair to Remember Tom Nolan is an actor whose career dates back to his work as a child star in the 1950s and early 1960s.

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Olga Kurylenko is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Popular Film Actors from France
Quantum of Solace, Oblivion, Seven Psychopaths Olga Kostantinivna Kurylenko is a French actress and model. She was discovered as a model at the age of 13 and at the age of 16 moved from Ukraine to Paris to pursue a modeling career. Kurylenko ...more

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Roman Polanski is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Popular Film Actors from France
Chinatown, Repulsion, The Tenant 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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Sylvie Testud is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Popular Film Actors from France
La Vie en rose, I'm Going Home, Sade Sylvie Testud is a French actress, writer and film director. Her film career began in 1991 and she has since won two César Awards for highly acclaimed performances.

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Christopher Meloni is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Popular Film Actors from France
Man of Steel, 12 Monkeys, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Christopher Peter Meloni is an American actor. He is best known for his television roles as NYPD Detective Elliot Stabler on the NBC police drama Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and as ...more