French New Wave Films Ranked

Between 1959 and 1973 a group of French filmmakers changed cinema as all who had known it with the rejection of literary period pieces and the embracing of a new youthful spirit, often shooting on location and exploring socio-political themes of the time as well as a host of other creative and technical signatures that gave the movement its look and feel and impact on the cinema landscape.

I'm slowly working my way through all of the French New Wave films I can find (there's quite a few of them) and ranking them from my favourite to least favourite as i go along.

  • The 400 Blows

    1

  • Le Samouraï

    2

  • Eyes Without a Face

    3

  • Breathless

    4

  • Cléo from 5 to 7

    5

  • Day for Night

    6

  • Zazie dans le Métro

    7

  • Jules and Jim

    8

  • Love in the Afternoon

    9

  • The Mother and the Whore

    10

  • Claire's Knee

    11

  • Le Boucher

    12

  • La Jetée

    13

  • Contempt

    14

  • Hiroshima Mon Amour

    15

  • A Woman Is a Woman

    16

  • La Collectionneuse

    17

  • Vivre Sa Vie

    18

  • La Chinoise

    19

  • Je T'Aime, Je T'Aime

    20

  • Le Cercle Rouge

    21

  • Le Bonheur

    22

  • Adieu Philippine

    23

  • Night and Fog

    24

  • The Young Girls of Rochefort

    25

  • The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

    26

  • Lola

    27

  • Trans-Europ-Express

    28

  • Le Doulos

    29

  • Alphaville

    30

  • Bed and Board

    31

  • Pierrot le Fou

    32

  • Moi, un Noir

    33

  • Masculin Féminin

    34

  • Un Flic

    35

  • The Wild Child

    36

  • A Man and a Woman

    37

  • The Bakery Girl of Monceau

    38

  • Stolen Kisses

    39

  • Love at Twenty

    40

  • Le Petit Soldat

    41

  • The Soft Skin

    42

  • Belle de Jour

    43

  • Le Deuxième Souffle

    44

  • Army of Shadows

    45

  • Eden and After

    46

  • Weekend

    47

  • Elevator to the Gallows

    48

  • Band of Outsiders

    49

  • Léon Morin, Priest

    50

  • Nadja in Paris

    51

  • The Immortal One

    52

  • Shoot the Piano Player

    53

  • My Night at Maud's

    54

  • Vive Le Tour!

    55

  • Six in Paris

    56

  • Paparazzi

    57

  • Made in U.S.A

    58

  • Last Year at Marienbad

    59

  • Who Are You, Polly Maggoo?

    60

  • Chronicle of a Summer

    61

  • Model Shop

    62

  • Le Beau Serge

    63

  • Two Men in Manhattan

    64

  • Mississippi Mermaid

    65

  • The Nun

    66

  • Magnet of Doom

    67

  • Bay of Angels

    68

  • The Unfaithful Wife

    69

  • Just Before Nightfall

    70

  • The Married Woman

    71

  • All the Boys Are Called Patrick

    72

  • The Man Who Lies

    73

  • Black Panthers

    74

  • Calcutta

    75

  • The Lovers

    76

  • Paris Belongs to Us

    77

  • Judex

    78

  • A Story of Water

    79

  • Bad Girls

    80

  • The Bride Wore Black

    81

  • Les Carabiniers

    82

  • Charlotte and Her Boyfriend

    83

  • Muriel, or the Time of Return

    84

  • Two English Girls

    85

  • The Suns of Easter Island

    86

  • Les Cousins

    87

  • Diary of a Pregnant Woman

    88

  • Donkey Skin

    89

  • Santa Claus Has Blue Eyes

    90

  • Nathalie Granger

    91

  • A Girl Is a Gun

    92