Best new French Movies (2017) - Top Netflix & Cinema

The country where cinema was born… the biggest and most important film industry of Europe. Where to start? An impossible task, but we somehow managed to compose a list of the best French movies. Definitely not exhaustive!
The Vore's Film staff selects the top best French movies of 2017 in cinema or on DVD or Netfix. Are Olivier Assayas, Mia Hansen-Løve & Céline Sciamma France's biggest directors?

Breaking down the best French films of 2014, and the new French films for 2015 proved to be one hell of a job. 2012 was already an excellent year for French cinema with Rust & Bone, Holy Motors and Dans La Maison, 2013 blew us away with modern classics like La Vie d’Adele.

I do not think that in the last decade I have been able to put together such a hugely diverse list consisting of 8 French films that each are masterpieces in their own right. 2013’s list gives the French cinephile more than he could ever hope for – it has romance, comedy, thrillers, but mainly interpersonal dramas revolving around themes such as sexuality & lust (in six out of the eight films our desires of the flesh are recurrent themes).

France country statistics

Rank#92 (List of most popular countries)
ActorsIsabelle Huppert, Lars Eidinger & Nora von Waldstätten
TrendingElle, Dheepan & Ma Loute
Amount of country films per year from 2010 to 2017

267 French movies scheduled for release this year.

Pinpointing the number of French films coming out each year is terribly difficult, as France is one of the biggest co-producers in the world, and also co-produces many American movies.

List of highest grossers of the decade & budget

The Intouchables was a huge Box Office success internationally with $426M. That in the US only $13M was collected really says something about how the US treats French cinema.
TitleBox officeBudget
The Artist (I) (2011)$44M$15M
The Intouchables (2011)$13M$9.5M
Elle s'appelait Sarah (2010)$7.7M$10M
(Read: Who needs big budgets? 25 low budget success stories!)

2017 anticipated releases to watch

    Réparer les vivants (Saturday February 25, 2017)

    Réparer les vivants film poster Director
    Katell Quillévéré
    Tahar Rahim
    Emmanuelle Seigner
    Anne Dorval

    A surgeon, a surfer and a middle-aged women... There are plenty of ensemble films where the lives of very different people intersect. Too many maybe. 'Heal the living' follows the same concept on paper, but Katell Quillévéré's beautiful and unsentimental style of directing make this film a true standout in an overcrowded niche. ... Read more


    Rock’n Roll (Wednesday February 15, 2017)

    Rock’n Roll film poster Director
    Guillaume Canet
    Guillaume Canet
    Marion Cotillard
    Philippe Lefebvre

    Rock' n Roll is the new project by actor/director Guillaume Canet, a funny and highly autobiographical tale where he plays himself as a director who wants to prove he's still got 'the touch' as an artist. ... Read more


Best French movies on Netflix or DVD in 2017

2010's best rated French movies out on DVD, Bluray or streaming on VOD (Netflix, Amazon).

  1. Personal Shopper (20-10-2016, 105 minutes)
  2. After much praise for her appearance in 'Clouds of Sils Maria', Kristen Stewart returns in Assayas' new feature. Personal Shopper is a surprising and unsettling film about a young American girl in Paris coming to terms with her deceased brother.
    StarringKristen Stewart, Lars Eidinger & Nora von Waldstätten
    DirectorOlivier Assayas (Clouds of Sils Maria & L'heure D'ete)
    Themesdeath, families, fashion, drama, supernatural,
    Keywordscaptivating, chilling, mysterious,
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  3. Elle (21-05-2016, 130 minutes)
  4. Paul Verhoeven's brilliant return to form is a wildly funny and disturbing tale of a woman (Isabelle Huppert) determined to avenge her rapist. This might sound like your average exploitation revenge flick, but it isn't like anything you've seen!
    StarringIsabelle Huppert, Anne Consigny & Christian Berkel
    DirectorPaul Verhoeven (Basic Instinct & Robocop)
    Themesdomestic violence, revenge, drama, thriller,
    Keywordsfunny, thrilling, unpredictable,
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  5. Bande de Filles (18-10-2014, 113 minutes)
  6. Sciamma is a master in potraying the growing pains of young girls. Naissance de Pieuvres dealt with a fourteen year old girl falling in love with another girl at a swimming pool during a hot long summer and Tomboy told the story of a ten year old cross dresser. Her latest effort is without a doubt her strongest; yet again a beautifully photographed film about a teenage girl from the outskirts of Paris dealing with love, friendship and gender issues. Please make sure to check out our LGBT list to read more on Sciamma’s films.
    StarringKaridja Touré, Assa Sylla & Lindsay Karamoh
    Director Céline Sciamma (Tomboy, Water Lilies & Ivory Tower)
    Similar moviesLa Haine & Entre les Murs
    Themesbetrayal, growing up, drama,
    Keywordsamazing, first-class,
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  7. Clouds of Sils Maria (10-04-2015, 124 minutes)
  8. Very recently, it was announced that Kristen Stewart is the first American actress in over a thirty years to be nominated for a César Award, the French equivalent of the Oscar. If it had not been sufficiently proved yet, then Clouds of Sils Maria absolutely does: there’s more to Stewart than that sulky girl in love with vampires. In Clouds, Kristen Stewart plays the agent of an aging actress Maria(Binoche) who becomes haunted by her past as she takes on a role in a play that once launched her career. The two rehearse in a remote villa in the French Alps, which ends up in a psychological clash between the young and the aging as Maria has to come to terms with her fading career.

    StarringJuliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart & Chloë Grace Moretz
    Director Olivier Assayas (Summer Hours, Clean & Paris, je t'aime)
    Similar moviesL'Avventura & Passion
    Themescareer, women, drama,
    CountryFrance Germany Switzerland
    Keywordscharismatic, mysterious,
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  9. La Vie D’Adele (19-10-2013, 179 minutes)
  10. While the editors of Cahier du Cinema felt that L’inconnu du Lac topped La Vie d’Adele, I personally prefer the intimate, (lets just say it) voyeuristic portrait of a young French girl who is unsure of her sexual orientation in La Vie d’Adele. It is without a doubt the best French film of 2013 (for the US and UK 2014). In this coming of age story we follow Adele, a high schooler, who starts her first lesbian relationship with an enigmatic older bohemian artist played by Lea Seydoux. The film was immediately recognized for what it is, a masterpiece. It was honored with the Palme d’Or prize at Cannes Filmfestival, and the two female leads got special mentions. Besides much critical acclaim, there were non-sense objections made against the 10 minute love scene which was described as pornographic. The film got extra juicy when later on Seydoux and Exarchopoulos accused the French-Tunisian director of not making them feel comfortable and because of the harsh working conditions made them feel like prostitutes. In sum, more than enough reason to go see it.
    StarringLéa Seydoux, Adèle Exarchopoulos & Salim Kechiouche
    DirectorAbdellatif Kechiche (Black Venus, The Secret of the Grain & Games of Love and Chance)
    Similar moviesShow Me Love & Water Lilies
    Themeslove, women, drama, romance,
    CountryBelgium France Spain
    Keywordspowerful, romantic,
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  11. Eastern Boys (31-01-2014, 128 minutes)
  12. Part thriller, part romance gay drama, Eastern Boys tells the story of Daniel, a middle-aged Parisian men who embarks on a potentially dangerous romantic relationship with a young immigrant from Eastern Europe. In his naivety, he invites the boy over at his house, unaware of his dangerous friends who use Daniel merely as a bait. Eastern Boys is one of those rare hybrid films which is both tender during its romantic scenes and nerve-wracking during others.
    StarringOlivier Rabourdin, Kirill Emelyanov & Daniil Vorobyov
    DirectorRobin Campillo (Les Revenants)
    Similar moviesCuatro Lunas & Salvation Army
    Themesorphans, social issue, drama,
    Keywordscharming, surprising,
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  13. Jeune et Jolie (25-04-2014, 95 minutes)
  14. One of my favorite modern French filmmakers, François Ozon, never fails to beautifully frame intimate interpersonal dramas, often touching upon controversial and almost juicy topics, with great honesty and sincerity. Perhaps best known for his English/French spoken ‘thriller film’ Swimming Pool (2003), and more recently with one of the best French films of 2012, Dans la Maison (2012), Ozon released the highly anticipated Jeune et Jolie aka Young and Beautiful in early 2013. His film, featuring the astonishing Marine Vacth (above), portraits the story of a 17-year old upper-class Parisian girl who takes the exploration of sexuality to a whole new level by secretly trying her luck as a call girl. Jeune et Jolie, not unlike most Ozon films, is a visual treat, but perhaps lacks the depth of his previous films. Despite the often heard critique that the film is slightly superficial, Jeune et Jolie remains an absolute must-watch because it succeeds in making the viewer relate to – and understand the desire to sell your body, and the odd sense of satisfaction it accomplishes.
    StarringMarine Vacth, Géraldine Pailhas & Frédéric Pierrot
    DirectorFrançois Ozon (Swimming Pool, 8 Women & In The House)
    Similar moviesÀ nos amours & No et Moi
    Themesrelationships, sex, drama,
    Keywordsintriguing, mysterious,
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  15. Les Salauds (06-10-2013, 100 minutes)
  16. An a-typical ‘revenge’ film-noir that through mesmerizing yet disturbing scenes unfolds into a genre film without you realizing it. Completely stripped of actual action scenes, Les Salauds gets under your skin slowly, and does not let go until the end. The amazingly intuitive and visual storytelling by the experienced Claire Denis, keeps you in a constant a state of pleasant bewilderment, never really getting a grip on the characters, but strongly feeling their emotions. In the lead we find Marco, played by Vincent Lindon (Welcome, 2009)) who returns to Paris to target the man who Marco’s sister holds responsible for the suicide of her husband.
    StarringVincent Lindon, Chiara Mastroianni & Julie Bataille
    DirectorClaire Denis (35 Shots of Rum, White Material & Trouble Every Day)
    Similar moviesBeau Travail & L'Intrus
    Themessex, substance abuse, drama,
    CountryFrance Germany
    Keywordsdark, gripping,
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  17. Venus in Fur (22-04-2014, 96 minutes)
  18. Admittedly, the trailer of Venus in Fur, Roman Polanski’s latest project, is anything but inviting. Fortunately the film itself shows the genius of Roman Polanski, and deserves a place amongst the best French films 2013. The film is, in a nutshell, about an actress who desperately wants to persuade a director to cast her for a role in his play. La Vénus à la fourrure is very well received, and as not uncommon for Polanski films has also polarized the audience.
    Starring Emmanuelle Seigner & Mathieu Amalric
    DirectorRoman Polanski (The Pianist, The Ghost Writer & Chinatown)
    Similar moviesCarnage & Birdman
    Themescity, competition, drama,
    CountryFrance Poland
    Keywordsbased on a novel, fine,
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  19. L’inconnu du Lac (30-09-2013, 100 minutes)
  20. In the current influx of gay-themed films L’inconnu du Lac is the top of the bill. It is magnificently subtle and spectacularly in-your-face at the same time. Placed in a Eric Rohmer kind of setting at a picturesque French lake where men come to spend their summer days, and occasionally have intercourse in the nearby woods. One of the sun and sex worshippers is Franck who falls in love with the attractive and manly Michel, one of the other guests, although he knows full well that Michel cannot be trusted and is highly dangerous. The film gives the viewer a great sense of the local gay-scene, and despite that the film is largely a very light story, it at one point slowly transforms into a dark yet subtle thriller. A modern French film by Alain Guiraudie (Le roi de l’évasion, 2009) that could truly become a cult classic.
    StarringPierre Deladonchamps, Christophe Paou & Patrick d'Assumçao
    DirectorAlain Guiraudie (The King of Escape, No Rest for The Brave & That Old Dream That Moves)
    Similar moviesCruising & Eastern Boys
    Themesmen, sex, drama, thriller,
    Keywordscontroversial, incomparable,
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

New French movies out now

Best recent & upcoming French movies with release dates.

Frantz by François Ozon

Ozon's latest is a beautiful film in black and white about a young woman mourning the death of fiance in the aftermath of World War I. Her life suddenly changes when an old friend of her deceased lover shows up... a recipe for a wheepy, you might think, but in the hands of Ozon, this films turns out to be quite something different.

Release date07-09-2016
StarringPierre Niney, Paula Beer & Ernst Stötzner
Previous releases8 Femmes & Le Tempes Qui Reste
Associated with historical, romance, war,

Ma Loute by Bruno Dumont
Release date13-05-2016
StarringFabrice Luchini, Juliette Binoche & Valeria Bruni Tedeschi
Previous releasesP'tit Quinquin & Hors Satan
Associated with comedy, historical,

Juste la fin du monde by Xavier Dolan
Release date21-09-2016
CountryCanada France
StarringNathalie Baye, Vincent Cassel & Marion Cotillard
Previous releasesJ'ai tué ma mère & Mommy
Associated with drama, psychological,

Dheepan (09-10-2015, 109 minutes))
DirectorJacques Audiard (Rust and Bone, Read My lips & A Prohphet)
Starring Jesuthasan Antonythasan, Kalieaswari Srinivasan & Claudine Vinasithamby
Similar moviesWelcome & Illégal
Themesterrorism, third world, crime, drama,
Keywordsauthentic, intense,
Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

Love (30-10-2015, 135 minutes))

DirectorGaspar Noé (I Stand Alone, Enter the Void & Irreversible)
Starring Aomi Muyock, Karl Glusman & Klara Kristin
Similar moviesBaise-moi & Nymphomaniac
Themeslove, sex, drama, romance,
Keywordscontroversial, sexy,
Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

Eden (19-06-2015, 131 minutes))

Mia Hansen-Love (who’s abovementioned directors’ Olivier Assayas wife by the way) directed a handful of small, beautiful films like Le Pére de mes Enfants (2009) and Un Amour de Jeunesse (2011). With Eden, she’ll probably reach a slightly bigger audience: the film unfolds the story of the rise of the French house scene in the nineties through the eyes of an aspiring DJ and is scored by electro icons Daft Punk.
DirectorMia Hansen-Løve (Goodbye First Love, Father of My Children & Tout est pardonné)
StarringFélix de Givry, Pauline Etienne & Vincent Macaigne
Similar moviesLast Days of Disco & 24 Hour Party People
Themesdrugs, growing up, drama, musical,
Keywordsgreat, life-like,
Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

La Tête Haute (13-05-2015, 120 minutes))
Director Emmanuelle Bercot (Polisse, On My Way & Backstage)
StarringCatherine Deneuve, Rod Paradot & Benoît Magimel
Similar moviesLe dernier coup de marteau & Trois Souvenirs de ma Jeunesse
Themesambitions, education, drama,
Keywordspowerful, predictable,
Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix
- Best French TV Series out in 2017 on Netflix & on TV