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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 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

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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 (; 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

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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
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

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

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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 (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
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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 (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

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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 (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

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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 (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

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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 (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

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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 (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
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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 ( 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

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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 (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

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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 (French pronunciation: ​[ʒyljɛt binɔʃ]; born 9 March 1964) is a French actress, artist, and dancer. She has appeared in more than 60 feature films, been the recipient of ...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 (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

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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 (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

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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 (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

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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 (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

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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 (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

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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 (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

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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 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

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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 (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

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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 (French pronunciation: [vɛ̃sɑ̃ kasɛl]; born Vincent Crochon, 23 November 1966) is a French actor. He first achieved recognition for his performance as a troubled French Jewish ...more
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Clémence Po&eacut... 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 (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

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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 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

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