Sure – Paris is one of the most famous metropoles but did you already know that it is also a popular scene for movies? We have prepared a short overview of movies about or set in Paris.
Amélie Poulain (2001) – Romantic Comedy
Amélie Poulain was directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet with Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz and Isabelle Nanty in the leading role. Amelie is a waitress for a small café in Montmartre. She gave up her sentimental life after love failures. Her life will change after the death of the princess Diana on August, 31st 1997.
Paris brûle-t-il (1966) – Historical Movie
Paris brûle-t-il directed by René Clément with Jean-Paul Belmondo, Charles Boyer and Leslie Caron in the leading roles. It is an historical movie that shows the French resistance and military actions against the Allies who occupied the city. Will they be able to get away from the Allies ‘control?
2 days in Paris (2007) – Romantic Comedy
2 days in Paris was directed and produced by Julie Deply with her, Adam Goldberg and Daniel Brühl in the leading roles. Marion, played by Julie Deply, is a French photographer who lives with her boyfriend in New York City. They will spend 2 days in Paris but the journey will be difficult, she will be struggled between her ex relationship and her parents’ reactions. This movie received the Coup de Coeur Awards (Mons International Festival of Love films) and the Prix Jacques Prévert du Scénario for the Best Screenplay.
Chacun recherche son chat (1996) – Romantic Comedy
Chacun recherche son chat (1996) was directed by Cédric Klapisch, with Garance Clavel, Zinedine Soualem, Renée Le Calm and Oliver Py. Chloé, played by Garance Clavel, is a make-up artist who decides to take vacations. To do so, she needs to give her cat to her neighbor. The old woman will lose the cat in the crowd, in a famous area. Will they be able to find the cat again?
Midnight in Paris (2011) – Romantic Comedy
Midnight in Paris was directed and written by Woody Allen, with Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams and Marion Cotillard in the leading roles. In 2013, this movie received the Golden Globe Awards for the best Screenplay Gil (Owen Wilson) and Inez (Rachel McAdmans) are two American fiancé who want to get married. They spend few days in Paris, Gil fall in love with the city and decide to stay here against the others ‘opinion. While he travel over the city, to find inspiration for a new novel to write, he fall in love with Adriana (Marion Cotillard). Who will he choose between Inez and Adriana?
Tout le monde dit I love you (1966) – Musical Comedy
Tout le monde dit I love you (1996) is an American musical comedy directed by Woody Allen with himself, Julia Roberts and Goldie Hawn for the leading roles. This movie deals with the romantic adventures.
Moulin Rouge (2001) – Musical
Moulin Rouge was directed by Baz Luhrmann with Ewan McGregor, Nicole Kidman, Jim Broadbent, Richard Roxburgh and John Leguizamo in the leading roles. Christian (Ewan McGregor is a young poet. He moved to Montmartre and met Henri de Toulouse Lautrec (John Leguizamo) who convinced him to write a play for the Moulin Rouge. This movie won more than 15 awards and was also nominated for a lot.
Da Vinci Code (2006) – Thriller
Da Vinci Code was adapted from Dan Brown’s detective novel of the same name. The movie was directed by Ron Howard with Tom Hanks, Audrey Tautou, Ian McKellen and Alfred Molina in the leading roles. One day, the professor Robert Langdon who study the symbols, was called to the Louvre Museum. The Sainère died, and left a symbol behind him, we need Professor Langdon to solve this mystery.
Le dernier métro (1980) – Romance
Le dernier metro is a french movie directed by François Truffaut with Catherine Deuneuve, Gérard Depardieu and Heinz Bennet in the leading roles. The movie took place during the time when the Allies occupied the north of France. Marion Steiner (Catherine Deneuve) only thinks about the rehearsals of a play. The play was at first directed by her Jewish husband. While everybody think that Lucas Steiner (Heinz Bennet), her husband has left France, he is hiding in the basement of the theater. This movie have received a lot of awards for the best movie, best scenario etc.
La traversée de Paris (1956) – Comedy
La traversée de Paris is a franco-italian comedy movie directed by Claude Autant –Lara with Jean Gabin, Bourvil and Louis de Funès in the leading roles. Marcel Martin (Bourvil) is an unemployed taxi driver who earns money by delivering things on the black market. One day, he will have to deliver by foot, 4 suitcases which contains pork. This movie received the best French film of the year.
La Grande Vadrouille (1966) – Comedy
La Grande Vadrouille is a movie directed by Gérard Oury, with Louis de Funès, Bourvil and Terry-Thomas in the leading roles. This is the story of two Frenchmen who works for a British Air Force. The two Royal Air bomber try to avoid being caught by the Germans, who occupied France. For more than 30 years, la Grande Vadrouille was the movie with a successful cinematography worldwide, before being outdated by Titanic in 1998. For more than 40 years it was the movie with the biggest success the French territory before being outdated by Bienvenue chez les Ch’tis
Intouchables (2011) – Comedy
Intouchables is a French comedy movie directed by Olivier Nakache and Eric Toleadano, with François Cluzet and Omar Sy in the leading roles. It is the second movie with the biggest box office in France. Omar Sy received the César Award for Best Actor. The movie starts with Driss (Omar Sy) and Philppe Maserati (François Cluzet) being chased by the police as Driss drive at high speed. Then Driss said that Maserati has an epileptic seizure and that he needs to be driven to the hospital rapidly. See this movie to know more about their one of a kind friendship.
La haine (1995) – Drama
La haine is a french black and white drama, directed by Mathieu Kassovitz with Vincent Cassel, Hubert Koundé and Saïd Taghmaoui in the leading roles. It was nominated for the Cesar Award 11 times and won 3 times for the Best Movie. The movie starts with the aftermath of riots which opposed the youngster and the police in a suburb. It follows the adventures of 3 young friends of Abdel Ichaha: Vinz (Vincent Cassel), Hubert (Hubert Koundé) and Saïd (Saïd Taghmaoui).
Ratatouille (2002) – Animation
Ratatouille is an American animation film directed by Brad Bird, provided by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. The title of the movie refer to a famous French dish. Remy is a rat who wants to become a cook. He will meet Alfredo a young man who works at a famous restaurant. One day, Alfredo Linguini, a garbage man for a restaurant, will be in trouble, he will spill accidently a soup but he can’t cook. Remy will help him to cook the soup again.
Les bossus de notre dame (1996) – Animation
Les bossus de Notre-Dame is a Disney animation movie produced by Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise and Tab Murphy. This movie was inspired by the novel “Notre-Dame de Paris” of Victor Hugo. It was successful that there was a second volume in 2002. The movie start in 1482, Clopin is a gypsy who came to Paris 20 years ago. He makes laugh the children in front of a theatre. Claude Frollo, is an evil judge, he chase the gypsies who illegally entered Paris. Will Clopin be able to make a living in Paris? This movie was nominated over 15 times and won 7 awards.
Un American à Paris (1951) – Musical
This movie is a musical directed by Vincente Minnelli, with Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Oscar Levant and Georges Guétary in the leading roles. It was inspired by the orchestral composition of George Gershwin: An American in Paris. The movie took place in Paris, Jerry Mulligan (Gene Kelly) is a young painter who fall in love with Lise (Leslie Caron) who already have a fiancé. Will they be able to be together? This movie received a lot of awards for Best Art, Best Picture etc.
Ne le dis à personne (2006) – Thriller
Ne le dis à personne is a french thriller directed and produced by Guillaume Canet with François Cluzet, André Dussollier, Maria-Josée Croze and Kristin Scott Thomas in the leading roles. This movie is a remake of the same name novel of Harlan Coben. Margot and Alexandre are each another madly in love. To celebrate their love, they have a regular anniversary. Margot and Alexandre were assaulted: Mary died and Alexandre was in coma during few days. Once he wake up, he is suspected by the police. Will he be able to clear his name?
Taken (2009) – Thriller
Taken is a French thriller, directed by Pierre Morel with Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, and Leland Orser in the leading roles. Bryan (Liam Neeson) is a retired CIA who lives alone. His wife, Lenore (Famke Janssen) and his daughter Kim (Maggie Grace) lives together. Kim comes to France with her friend Amanda to visit her father. While their trip, Amanda and Kim will be kidnapped by sex trafficking organization. Here start the hunting of Bryan, who will do everything to find his daughter.
Le diner des cons (1998) – Comedy
Le diner des cons is a French comedy, directed and written by Francis Veber, it was inspired by his play. We have Jacques Villeret, Thierry Lhermitte, Francis Huster and Alexandra Vandernoot in the leading roles. Pierre Brochant is a publisher who regularly organize “idiots’ dinner” with his friends. Each of the people who participates have to bring a dumb person. Nominated 6 times at the Cesar Awards in 1998, it received 3 awards: Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Best Writing.
Inception (2011) – Science fiction
Inception is an American science fiction directed, produced and written by Christopher Nolan, with Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon –Levitt and Marion Cotillard in the leading roles. Dominick Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Arthur (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) are outlaw extractors. They get information by spying the subconscious of some people thanks to a new technology developed by the United States. Saito (Ken Watanabe) is a Japanese business man who is targeted by Dom and Arthur. Saito will make a deal with them: if they prove his innocence, he will give the “Inception”.
Les misérables (2012) – Romantic Musical
Les miserable is a romantic musical directed by Tom Hooper with Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway and Amanda Seyfried in the leading roles. This movie was inspired by Victor Hugo’s novel: les Misérables. During the XIX Century, Jean Valjean is a former convicted who has to take care of Cosette, the daughter of Fatine, a estate woman who had to prostitute to make a living for her and her daughter. This movie had won more than 30 awards.
Aristochats (1970) – Animation
Aristochats is an animation movie of Walt Disney productions that was produced by Wolfgang Reitherman. It was inspired Tom McGowan and Tom Rowe. Duchesse is a cat who lives in a house of a former opera singer, Adélaide Bonnefamille, in Paris with her 3 kitten: Marie, Toulouse and Berlioze. This rich old woman is making her will, she will have to give all her legacy to someone but she doesn’t have anyone beside her cats. Edgar, the major- domo of the house, who is unhappy about Adélaide’s will. What will happen between Edgar and the cats?
Les rivières pourpres (2000) – Thriller
Les rivieres pourpres is a French movie directed by Mathieu Kassovitz with Jean Reno, Vincent Cassel, Nadia Farès, Dominique Sandra and Karim Belkhadra in the leading roles . It is a remake of Jean Christophe’s same name novel. Pierre Niémans (Jean Reno) is a French police officer who investigate about a murder. Max Kerkérian (Vincent Cassel) is a lieutenant in a small city, who also investigate about a hit-and-run case. The two cases are similar, Niémans and Kerkérian are looking for the same person.
Un monstre à Paris (2011) – Animation
Un monstre à Paris is a French animation movie directed by Bibo Bergeron and produced by Luc Besson. The story happen in 1910, during the flood of Seine River. Two friends: Emilie and Raoul, create a monster accidentally in the scientific lab. The monster is terrifying all the inhabitants. Lucille, friend of Raoul, is a singer for a successful cabaret : “l’oiseau rare”. One day, she met the monster and discovered his hidden singing talent. Will the monster be still terrifying for everyone?
Dernier Tango à Paris (1972) – Drama
Le dernier tango à Paris is a French and Italian drama directed by Bernardo Bertolucci with Marlon Brando, Maria Schneider and Jean-Pierre Léaud in the leading roles. Paul (Marion Brando) is a 40 years old man who is married to a hotel owner. Rosa, the hotel owner cheats on Paul with a lodger and one day she kill herself. Jeanne (Maria Schneider) is a young woman who lives with her widow mother. Those two want to leave their house and are looking at the same apartment but they will be engaged in a relationship even if they don’t know anything about each another.