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Does Any One Have French Movie Suggestions?

I would like to include French into my life a bit more so I figured this could be a fun way to do so. But, I have found it difficult to find movies with either French audio or subtitles on Amazon or Netflix (though if you know of a better site to use please tell). Does anyone have suggestions as to what movies would be good? Also, is it best to listen to French audio or just use French subtitles? I am open to any suggestions, thanks and have a good day/night.

April 3, 2020



I watched a few on Netflix that were from France. Here are the titles I can remember:

10 jours en or (slow, but entertaining.)

Bienvenue à Marly-Gomont (very good, based on a true story.)

Le Jeu (intense and weird, very good)

Je ne suis un homme facile (lame)

Un peu beaucoup aveuglément (slightly less lame)

Le scaphandre et le papillon (excellent.)

Ils sont partout (weird but entertaining, dark humor)

There were also a few series I watched on Netflix:

Le bazar de la charité (very good)

Marseilles (gritty crime drama, but dialogue hard to understand. I needed subtitles.)

Plan cœur (really lame. I could only sit through a couple of episodes. But critics seem to like it.)

My general advice is to try it without subtitles. If you are totally lost, then use them, but only French subtitles, not any other language, including English. Many studies have shown that non-distracted learning produces more efficient results than distracted learning. For example, reading a book with a television on, loud and in front of you, takes much longer than reading in a quiet room, and you retain far less. Having English subtitles on a foreign movie is a distraction. At some point you will find that you are merely reading the script and no longer paying attention to the verbal dialogue. So use subtitles if you must, but keep them in the original language of the film.


Thank you for all of the suggestions and the advice!


Les mis is a good movie but it is in English, not in French


Thanks for the suggestion! I will be sure to check it out.


au revior les enfants?


Excellent and sad. I do remember seeing that long ago. Long before I discovered duolingo. I second that endorsement.


Looks interesting, thanks for the suggestion!


I watched "Blind Date" on Netflix the other day. When I watch movies in French, I usually try to have French subtitles as well, but then I change them back to English because there are times when I don't know what they're saying in the French subtitles, and I get a little frustrated. With movies and TV shows that are in English however, the dubbing is kind of painful to hear sometimes. That, and the captioning often doesn't match up with the dubbed audio, which is also frustrating to me. In that case, I have the original English movie playing but with French subtitles


I will be sure to look into it, thanks

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Thanks for the suggestions, I will be sure to look into them


If you like old movies you might enjoy the Marseilles trilogy. There are three films, Marius, Fanny, and Cesar. La femme du boulanger is another good one. For something more modern I liked Amelie too. And I agree with those who said French audio with French subtitles is the way to go!


Yk, you could use Netflix and then change the audio to French or you could change the Subtitles to French

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