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Hey guys, I've been looking around Duolingo and I haven't found something complete with this yet so I wanted to know about the best (in your opinion) French entertainment. It can be really known French series and books. Movies that are really well-known in France or movies with great subtitles. Music of any gender. Anything that can help us learn better French as a community. After suggesting you can follow this thread for other's recommendations and please upvote so more people can see this and post!

Thank you, everyone for your help :)

Music Sites lyrics side by side with their translations (lyrics game where you guess the words in the songs through the lyrics)

Tv Series

Humor - "Kaamelot", "Bref" or "Avez-vous déjà vu ?"


Humor - "Astérix et Obélix : Mission Cléopâtre" , "La cité de la peur" , "Les Visiteurs" , "Monsieur Ibrahim et les Fleurs du Coran" , "Potiche" , "OSS 117, Le Caire, nid d’espions" , "Taxi" by Gérard Pirès (pt 1 - 4)

-a movie starring one of these groups of people : Les inconnus, Les nuls, La troupe du Splendid ,Fernandel and Louis de Funès (older French comedy)

-Le Jouet, La Chèvre, Les Compères, Le Grand Blond avec Une chaussure noire, Le Dîner de cons, Le Placard...all the movies of Francis Weber Featuring his fragile and naive character François Pignon (ou François Perrin)

Animated - “Kirikou et la Sorcière” (1998) Easy enough for a beginner student, like any of the movies from Michel Ocelot.

Documentary - " La Marche de l’empereur " , "Le Peuple Migrateur"

Music - "Les Choristes " , " Les parapluies de Cherbourg ",

Drama - "Un Coeur en Hiver" , "Il y a longtemps que je t’aime" ,

September 3, 2016


Those might be a little hard to understand for a beginner, but look up "Kaamelot", "Bref" or "Avez-vous déjà vu ?", they are pretty popular shows, all finished and easily found online, with a widely appreciated sense of humor. Also, unless most of French comedies, it doesn't rely on dirty jokes.

September 3, 2016

Thanks for your input :)

September 3, 2016

Np. Also, if we're talking about movies, "Astérix et Obélix : Mission Cléopâtre" is considered by many (myself included) to be the funniest french movie produced in these last few years. If you dig a little older, "La cité de la peur" is also really good. In general, a truly funny french movie is staring either one of those groups of people : Les inconnus, Les nuls, La troupe du Splendid (they're not as good as the previous two, in my opinion). And if you're looking for even older stuff, look up Fernandel and Louis de Funès.

September 3, 2016

All great A+ suggestions, I also liked a lot the movie Les Visiteurs with Jean Reno.

September 3, 2016

"Les Visiteurs" is pretty good as well. I kinda assumed it would show up in the Splendid's filmography since Clavier is in it, but that was a mistake on my part x)

September 3, 2016

Thank you both again :)

September 5, 2016

I found 10 good movies to watch.

" 1 – “Kirikou et la Sorcière” (1998) Easy enough for a beginner student, like any of the movies from Michel Ocelot. They are animated films, and wonderful for French learners since the characters speak very slowly and enunciate a lot. Many of the movies take place in Africa, so it’s a good introduction to French African accent, granted that some characters have a stronger accent than others (Kirikou has almost no accent).

2 – La Marche de l’empereur (2004) A documentary by Luc Jacquet about Emperor Penguins and their very difficult lives. It’s obviously a voice over. These documentaries are easier to understand since only one person talks, the sound quality is usually optimal, and the speaker has been chosen for his beautiful voice. The vocabulary can be a challenge, but the images are beautiful. Another movie like this one is Le Peuple Migrateur (2001).

3 – Monsieur Ibrahim et les Fleurs du Coran (2002) By François Dupeyron. A charming movie about the friendship between a young Jewish boy and a Turkish shop owner (played by Omar Sharif). Omar Sharif speaks really slowly, there is not a lot of dialogue, and it is mostly between the 2 main characters, so I find this movie particularly easy to understand.

4 – Potiche (2010) By François Ozon, with a great panel of French actors. Set in 1977, this comedy portrays the emancipation of a trophy wife (Catherine Deneuve) who spends most of her days catering to her husband (Fabrice Luchini) but ends up taking his job and running the factory. It’s fun, and even if the actors speak very fast, they take their turn speaking, which makes it a bit easier to understand.

5 – Les Choristes (2003) Is a drama with a lot of songs. In 1949, a new teacher assembles a choir in a boarding institution for “difficult” boys, leading to a transformation in the children. The film features beautiful songs that were a huge hit among children in France: many choruses started in schools thanks to that movie. I didn’t find this movie particularly easy, but many of my students named it in their top 10, so I am taking their word for it.

6 – Les parapluies de Cherbourg (1964) A BIG French classic, but most of my students recommended it. It’s a musical with Catherine Deneuve by Jacques Demy. Super romantic story, the actors speak slowly and there are many famous songs.

7 – OSS 117, Le Caire, nid d’espions (2006) Is a comedy with Oscar-winning French actor Jean Dujardin. A spoof on a James Bond like character. A huge success in France, well played, easy to follow.

8 – Un Coeur en Hiver (1992) With Emmanuelle Béart and Daniel Auteuil. A lot of dialogue but mostly between two people. Not a comedy, but certainly a good French movie.

9 – Il y a longtemps que je t’aime (2008) By Philippe Claudel. A very, very, very sad movie. Be ready to cry. One of my favorites though: Kristin Scott Thomas is brilliant, her French is amazing, and she is very easy to understand.

10 – The movies of Francis Weber Featuring his fragile and naive character François Pignon (ou François Perrin). The most famous ones are Le Jouet, La Chèvre, Les Compères, Le Grand Blond avec Une chaussure noire, Le Dîner de cons, Le Placard… For more info go to Dark comedies, the movies are often both hilarious and a bit sad. Although the actors speak very fast, it’s mostly dialogue, and a lot of visual puns, so they are a bit on the easier side. " stated

These are the best and easiest movies to watch and understand. Good luck or as they say in french Bon chance

September 4, 2016

Wow, thanks for all your references! Merci beaucoup! :)

September 5, 2016

I'm accumulating quite a stack of french comic books. They're nice for learning because you're mostly just dealing with dialogue and there's the pictures to help with comprehension. There's a long tradition of comic books (bande dessinée) in Belgium/France so there's every genre covered.

September 4, 2016

Thank you for the idea!

September 5, 2016

I highly recommend Taxi by Gérard Pirès. There are 4 episodes and they are all very funny!

September 4, 2016

I'm looking forward to seeing them :)

September 5, 2016
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J'aime le film, "La Guerre des Boutons" a film about two gangs of children living in two villages during World War II, and the effect of the German occupation. Some appealing characters, and their language is easy to understan, and through the context of the action.

February 18, 2017

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September 7, 2016
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