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.
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Leon: The Professional
Directed by: Christophe GansBrotherhood of the Wolf is a 2001 French historical horror-action film directed by Christophe... more
Directed by: Gérard PirèsTaxi is a 1998 French action-comedy film starring Samy Naceri, written by Luc Besson, and... more
Directed by: Corey Yuen, Louis LeterrierThe Transporter is a 2002 French action thriller film directed by Louis Leterrier and Corey... more
Directed by: Georges LautnerLe Professionnel is a 1981 French action thriller film directed by French director Georges... more
Directed by: Chris NahonKiss of the Dragon is a 2001 English-language French action thriller film directed by Chris... more
Directed by: Jan KounenDobermann is a French film directed by Jan Kounen starring Tchéky Karyo, Vincent Cassel and... more
Directed by: Mathieu KassovitzLa Haine is a 1995 French black-and-white drama/suspense film written, co-edited, and directed... more
Directed by: Luc BessonNikita, also called La Femme Nikita, is a 1990 Franco-Italian action thriller film written and... more
Directed by: Gérard KrawczykWasabi is a 2001 French action-comedy film directed by Gérard Krawczyk and written and... more
Directed by: Richard Berry"A retired gangster (Reno) is the target of a brutal assassination attempt. He survives to... more
Directed by: Patrick AlessandrinDistrict 13: Ultimatum, also known as D13-U, is a 2009 sequel to the 2004 French... more
Directed by: Chris NahonEmpire of the Wolves is a 2005 movie directed by Chris Nahon, written by Christian Clavier,... more
Directed by: Éric Rochant
Directed by: Gérard KrawczykTaxi 3 is a 2003 French comedy film directed by Gérard Krawczyk. It is the sequel to Taxi 2... more
Directed by: Olivier MegatonColombiana is a 2011 American action film, co-written and produced by Luc Besson and directed... more
Directed by: Luc BessonLucy is a 2014 English-language French science fiction action film written and directed by Luc... more
Directed by: Gérard KrawczykTaxi 2 is a French film directed by Gérard Krawczyk and released in 2000. It is a sequel to... more
Directed by: Pierre MorelTaken is a 2008 French action thriller film directed by Pierre Morel. A former CIA operative... more
Directed by: Louis LeterrierTransporter 2 is a 2005 French action film directed by Louis Leterrier and produced by Luc... more
Directed by: Jérôme SalleLargo Winch is a 2008 French film based on the Belgian comic book Largo Winch. It was released... more
Directed by: Olivier MegatonTaken 2 is a 2012 action drama thriller film written by Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen and... more