84 Films Set in Paris to Watch Before Visiting

Paris is currently going through an identity crisis. Which, I believe, has been going on for a number of years. And it’s that maybe Paris isn’t as amazing as we have been brainwashed to think.

I can hear the chorus of screams now. NO. WHAT. IT CANNOT BE *faints*. But, seriously though, Paris can be just lovely but it really depends on the circumstances. And you know where Paris is always really lovely? Movies. Films. You can rely on films set in Paris to gift you the same quaint streets, landscapes and emotions every time.

Granted, not every film set in Paris is an urban fairytale. Some show a very different side of Paris and a number of these films are not only phenomenal, they’re important to balance out the myth.

And some aren’t that great… But just because it’s got under 30% on Rotten Tomatoes, doesn’t mean it’s not the perfect guilty pleasure.

Here are many, many films set in Paris that will make you laugh, cry, get angry… and most importantly, excited about a trip there! And as for a definitive list on all films set in Paris, you probably won’t find a better place on the internet.

84 Films set in Paris you MUST watch

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1. Paris Qui Dort (1924)

Director: René Clair

Language: Silent

2. Bondu Saved From Drowning (1932)

Director: Jean Renoir

Language: French

3. L’Atalante (1934)

Director: Jean Vigo

Language: French

4. Les Enfants du Paradis (1945)

Director: Marcel Carné

Language: French

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© Pathe

5. An American in Paris (1951)

Director: Vincente Minnelli

Language: English

6. Sabrina (1954)

Director: Billy Wilder

Language: English

7. Rififi (1955)

Director: Jules Dassin

Language: French

8. La Traversée de Paris (1956)

Director: Claude Autant-Lara

Language: French

9. The Red Balloon (1956)

Director: Albert Lamorisse

Language: French

10. Funny Face (1957)

Director: Stanley Donen

Language: English/French

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© Paramount Pictures

11. Love in the Afternoon (1957)

Director: Billy Wilder

Language: English

12. Gigi (1958)

Director: Vincente Minnelli

English: English

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© 1958 Warner Bros. Ent.

13. The 400 Blows (1959)

Director: François Truffaut

Language: French

14. Breathless (1960)

Director: Jean-Luc Godard

Language: French/English

15. Paris Blues (1961)

Director: Martin Ritt

Language: English

16. Cleo from 5 to 7 (1962)

Director: Agnès Varda

Language: French

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© 1962 – CCFC

17. Charade (1963)

Director: Stanley Donen

Language: English

18. Paris When It Sizzles (1964)

Director: Richard Quine

Language: English

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© 1978 Bob Willoughby

19. Bande à part (1964)

Director: Jean-Luc Godard

Language: French

20. Thunderball (1965)

Director: Terence Young

Language: English

21. How to Steal A Million (1966)

Director: William Wyler

Language: English

22. Belle De Jour (1967)

Director: Luis Buñuel

Language: French/Spanish

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© Valoria Films

23. Playtime (1967)

Director: Jacques Tati

Language: French/English/German

24. Start the Revolution Without Me (1970)

Director: Bud Yorkin

Language: English

25. Le Cercle Rouge (1970)

Director: Jean-Pierre Melville

Language: French

26. The Aristocats (1970)

Director: Wolfgang Reitherman

Language: English

27. Love in the Afternoon (1972)

Director: Éric Rohmer

Language: French

28. Last Tango in Paris (1972)

Director: Bernardo Bertolucci

Language: English/French/Italian

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© 1972 – MGM

29. The Day of the Jackal (1973)

Director: Fred Zinnemann

Language: English

30. The Mother and the Whore (1973)

Director: Jean Eustache

Language: French

31. Celine and Julie Go Boating (1974)

Director: Jacques Rivette

Language: French

32. A Little Romance (1979)

Director: George Roy Hill

Language: English/French/Italian

33. Diva (1981)

Director: Jean-Jacques Beineix

Language: French/English

34. To Our Loves (1983)

Director: Maurice Pialat

Language: French

35. American Dreamer (1984)

Director: Rick Rosenthal

Language: English

36. A View to a Kill (1985)

Director: John Glen

Language: English

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© Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc.

37. Frantic (1988)

Director: Roman Polanski

Language: English/French

38. Dangerous Liaisons (1988)

Director: Stephen Frears

Language: English

39. The Femme Nikita (1990)

Director: Luc Besson

Language: French

40. Les Amants du Pont-Neuf (1991)

Director: Leos Carax

Language: French

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© Miramax Films

41. Trois Couleurs: Bleu (1993)

Director: Krzysztof Kieślowski

Language: French/Polish

42. French Kiss (1995)

Director: Lawrence Kasdan

Language: English/French

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© Anoush

43. Forget Paris (1995)

Director: Billy Crystal

Language: English

44. La Haine (1995)

Director: Mathieu Kassovitz

Language: French

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© 1995 Gramercy Pictures

45. Sabrina (1995)

Director: Sydney Pollack

Language: English

46. The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)

Director: Gary Trousdale & Kirk Wise

Language: English

47. An American Werewolf in Paris (1997)

Director: Anthony Waller

Language: English

48. Madeline (1998)

Director: Daisy von Scherler Mayer

Language: English/French/Spanish

49. Passport to Paris (1999)

Director: Alan Matter

Language: English/French

50. Moulin Rouge (2001)

Director: Baz Luhrmann

Language: English

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© 2001 – 20th Century Fox

51. Va Savoir (2001)

Director: Jacques Rivette

Language: French/Italian

52. Amélie (2001)

Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Language: French

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© 2001 – Miramax Films

53. The Bourne Identity (2002)

Director: Doug Liman

Language: English

54. Irréversible (2002)

Director: Gaspar Noé

Language: French

55. The Truth About Charlie (2002)

Director: Jonathan Demme

Language: English/French

56. Le Divorce (2003)

Director: James Ivory

Language: English/French

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© Fox Searchlight Pictures

57. L’Esquive (2003)

Director: Abdellatif Kechiche

Language: French

58. The Dreamers (2003)

Director: Bernardo Bertolucci

Language: French

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59. Something’s Gotta Give (2003)

Director: Nancy Meyers

Language: English

60. Before Sunset (2004)

Director: Richard Linklater

Language: English/French

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© 2004 Warner Independent Pictures

61. The Phantom of the Opera (2004)

Director: Joel Schumacher

Language: English

62. Regular Lovers (2005)

Director: Philippe Garrel

Language: French

63. Hidden (2005)

Director: Michael Haneke

Language: French

64. The Da Vinci Code (2006)

Director: Ron Howard

Language: English

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© Columbia Pictures

65. The Devil Wears Prada (2006)

Director: David Frankel

Language: English

66. Paris Je T’aime (2006)

Director: Various

Language: French/English/Spanish/Mandarin/Arabic

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© Canal+

67. The Pink Panther (2006)

Director: Shawn Levy

Language: English

68. Dans Paris (2006)

Director: Christophe Honoré

Language: French

69. 2 Days in Paris (2007)

Director: Julie Delpy

Language: English/French

70. Ratatouille (2007)

Director: Brad Bird

Language: English

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© Walt Disney Studios

71. La Vie En Rose (2007)

Director: Olivier Dahan

Language: English/French

72. Taken (2008)

Director: Pierre Morel

Language: English

73. Julie and Julia (2009)

Director: Nora Ephron

Language: English/French

74. An Education (2009)

Director: Lone Scherfig

Language: English

75. Inception (2010)

Director: Christopher Nolan

Language: English

76. A Cat in Paris (2010)

Director: Alain Gagnol & Jean-Loup Felicioli

Language: French

77. Hugo (2011)

Director: Martin Scorsese

Language: English

78. Midnight in Paris (2011)

Director: Woody Allen

Language: English

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79. House of Tolerance (2011)

Director: Bertrand Bonello

Language: French

80. Les Misérables (2012)

Director: Tom Hooper

Language: English

81. Frances Ha (2012)

Director: Noah Baumbach

Language: English

82. Amour (2012)

Director: Michael Haneke

Language: French

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© 2012 – Les Films du Losange

83. Mr Morgan’s Last Love (2013)

Director: Sandra Nettelback

Language: English/French

84. 120 Beats Per Minute (2017)

Director: Robin Campillo

Language: French

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© Céline NIESZAWER

And those are my top films set in Paris I think you should watch! Have you seen any? Are there any you think I’ve missed? Let me know in the comments below!


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I'm the human and hair behind Almost Ginger. I'm a cinephile travel obsessive vegetarian currently residing in Manchester.

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