Top 10 Best French Films on Netflix You Shouldn't Miss (2023)

FrenchFlicks gives you the ultimate list of the 10 best French-language films to watch on Netflix. Get ready for thrillers, dramas, comedies, documentaries and biopics in the only language that matters!

Netflix is great. But you know what's not? Broooooowsing for hours to find a film that everyone on the couch agrees on. Not to mention Netflix's catalogue of French movies changes often. Bye, bye The Artist, Intouchables, Le Fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain, La Vie d'Adèle, La Haine and movies by Jean-Luc Godard, François Ozon or Romain Duris. Nowadays, most French movies on the platform are Netflix originals. Not many French classics or box-office hits. But that doesn't mean you won't find some French gems on Netflix.

If you're interested in learning French or simply immersing yourself in the beauty of the French language, Netflix has a treasure trove of French movies waiting for you. So let's dive in the 10 best French movies available on Netflix and let's travel to Paris, Lyon, and Provence! And if 10 films are not enough, check out the list of every French movie on Netflix.

1. The Takedown (Loin du périph)

Starring the charismatic French actor Omar Sy, "The Takedown" is France's answer to buddy cop comedy in the likes of Lethal Weapon and Bad Boys. Omar Sy and Laurent Laffite are two Parisian cops that could not be more different from each other but that are forced to worked to gather on a major criminal case. Trailer

2. BigBug

"BigBug" is a thought-provoking French film that delves into the world of virtual reality and its impact on our lives. Directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Le Fabuleux destiny d'Amélie Poulain and A Very Long Engagement), the quirky movie takes us on a journey where the line between the real and virtual worlds blurs, leading to unexpected consequences. An intriguing comedy on the implications of technology in our society. Trailer

3. The Women and the Murderer (La Femme et le Tueur)

True crime enthusiasts will be captivated by "The Women and the Murderer" (La Femme et le Tueur). This French true crime documentary film explores the life and crimes of a notorious French serial killer, Guy Georges, through the lens of the police chief and one of the victim's mother, who dedicated their life to find the killer. It's a chilling and gripping exploration of a dark chapter in French criminal history. Trailer

4. Oxygen (Oxygène)

"Oxygen" (Oxygène) is a suspenseful thriller that will leave you breathless, literally. Directed by Alexandre Aja (The Hills Have Eyes, Piranha), this French-language film follows the harrowing journey of a woman (interpreted by French actress Mélanie Laurent) who wakes up in a cryogenic chamber with no memory of who she is or how she got there. A must-see French horror film if you're not claustrophobic and one of Mélanie Laurent's (Inglorious Bastards) best role. Trailer

5. Back to School (La grande classe)

For those in search of a heartwarming and comedic French film, "Back to School" (La grande classe) is the perfect choice. This film follows the story of a two best friends going to their junior high school reunion with the idea to impress (and lie) to their former crushed and bullies. Trailer

6. I Am Not an Easy Man (Je ne suis pas un homme facile)

"I Am Not an Easy Man" (Je ne suis pas un homme facile) is not your usual comedy! Directed by Eléonore Pourriat, the French-language movie offers a clever and comedic take on gender roles and societal expectations. It tells the story of a chauvinistic typical Parisian man finding himself in a world where women hold the power. He must navigate the challenges of reversing traditional gender roles. Trailer

7. Shéhérazade

"Shéhérazade" is a raw and gritty French drama that explores the live a young criminal, rejected by his mother, who begins living in the streets of Marseille. A powerful, incandescent action drama, "Shéhérazade" is one of the best French movies on Netflix. Trailer

8. Athena

"Athena" is a visually stunning French film directed by Romain Gavras (The World is Yours)" about the rebellion of three siblings following the death of their brother. With breathtaking visuals, "Athena" is a tense and thrilling tragedy, although more focus on the cinematic experience than on its story. It's also a great film if you want to learn French, not by the book, but by how the youth speaks it! Trailer

9. Bad Seeds (Mauvaises Herbes)

"Bad Seeds" (original title: Mauvaises Herbes) is a delightful comedy starring André Dussollier and Catherine Deneuve. This heartwarming story follows the unlikely friendship between a grumpy retiree and a troubled teenager, who lives off of little scams. An uplifting French comedy for the whole family. Trailer

10. Divines

Films have come before Uda Benyamina's Divines that capture the troubled youth in the outskirts of Paris, the unfortunate souls that have been dealt a bad hand in life. The unexpected surprise of this Camera d'or winner is that the intensity put forth by the anguishing protagonists are female. Young women run the show in this story of drug pushing, the ambition to get rich quick, and being miserably failed by the system. Read our review and watch the trailer

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