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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 symbols of the 1950s and 1960s and was ...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