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Who knew the French had created so many iconic action films? Here’s a list of the best French action movies, ranging from the avant-garde to the simply kick-ass, or sometimes both at once. The French have put their own special twist on the action genre formula, and you’ll be sure to find the film on this list that will have you booking the next flight to Paris.

Parkour, or the sport of traversing urban obstacles on foot, gained a wider audience thanks to District B13, a French film directed by Pierre Morel. The film stars David Belle, considered to be the founder of parkour.

Leon: The Professional, starring Jean Reno, was the motion picture debut of Natalie Portman. It is considered the spiritual successor to director Luc Besson’s previous film, La Femme Nikita. This list of French action movies is perfect for beginners who aren't unexperienced with French cinema, so use it to find some amazing films that aren't as mainstream as the Taken series.

Which of these French action movies is your favorite? Give them an upvote if you would recommend them to others movie lovers.

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Leon: The Professional

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Taxi Marion Cotillard, Emma Wiklund, Bernard Farcy

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Brotherhood of the Wolf is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best French Action Movies
Brotherhood of the Wolf Monica Bellucci, Vincent Cassel, Gaspard Ulliel

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La Femme Nikita Jean Reno, Jeanne Moreau, Anne Parillaud

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Wasabi Jean Reno, Carole Bouquet, Ryoko Hirosue

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Taxi 2 Marion Cotillard, Emma Wiklund, Bernard Farcy

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Taken Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace

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Dobermann is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best French Action Movies
Dobermann Monica Bellucci, Vincent Cassel, Tchéky Karyo

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The Professional is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best French Action Movies
Mollevangsvagen added The Professional Jean-Paul Belmondo, Robert Hossein, Cyrielle Clair

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The Transporter Jason Statham, Shu Qi, François Berléand

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Kiss of the Dragon Bridget Fonda, Jet Li, Tchéky Karyo

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Taxi 3 Sylvester Stallone, Marion Cotillard, Bai Ling

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District B13

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22 Bullets Jean Reno, Kad Merad, Marina Fois

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The Nest

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District 13: Ultimatum Elodie Yung, Dany Verissimo, Cyril Raffaelli

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La Haine is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best French Action Movies
yeti added La Haine Vincent Cassel, Saïd Taghmaoui, Benoît Magimel

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Taxi 4 Emma Wiklund, Bernard Farcy, Jean-Christophe Bouvet

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Taken 2 Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace

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Transporter 2 Jason Statham, AnnaLynne McCord, Amber Valletta

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Total Western is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best French Action Movies
yeti added Total Western Samuel Le Bihan, Jean-François Stévenin, Jean-Pierre Kalfon

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From Paris with Love John Travolta, Kelly Preston, Jonathan Rhys Meyers

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Largo Winch is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best French Action Movies
Psydrow Nanashi added Largo Winch Kristin Scott Thomas, Gilbert Melki, Mélanie Thierry

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Colombiana Zoe Saldana, Michael Vartan, Graham McTavish

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Ruby & Quentin

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Empire of the Wolves Jean Reno, Laura Morante, Arly Jover

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Bandidas Salma Hayek, Penélope Cruz, Sam Shepard

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Transporter 3 Jason Statham, Robert Knepper, Semmy Schilt

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Lucy Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Analeigh Tipton