French Fantasy Films

French fantasy films

  • 1001 Nights (film)
    Les 1001 Nuits is a French-Italian fantasy film loosely based on the ancient Arabic legend One Thousand and One Nights. It is directed by Philippe de Broca and stars Catherine Zeta-Jones as Sheherazade who has married a King who desires to have many virgin wives but only one at a time.
  • 4:44 Last Day on Earth 4:44 Last Day on Earth
    4:44 Last Day on Earth is a 2011 American apocalyptic drama film written and directed by Abel Ferrara and starring Willem Dafoe, Shanyn Leigh, Natasha Lyonne and Paul Hipp.
  • A Fantastical Meal
    A Fantastical Meal is a 1900 French short silent trick film directed by Georges Méliès. It was released by Méliès's Star Film Company and is numbered 311 in its catalogues.
  • A Heavenly Vintage
    A Heavenly Vintage is a 2009 internationally co-produced romantic drama film co-written and directed by Niki Caro. It is loosely based on the novel The Vintner's Luck by Elizabeth Knox. The film had its international premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on 12 September 2009.
  • April and the Extraordinary World
    April and the Extraordinary World is a 2015 French-Belgian-Canadian animated science fiction adventure film co-directed by Christian Desmares and Franck Ekinci, co-written by Ekinci and Benjamin Legrand, and starring Marion Cotillard.
  • Ariane's Thread
    Ariane's Thread is a 2014 French comedy-drama film directed by Robert Guédiguian and written by Guédiguian and Serge Valletti.
  • Arthur and the Invisibles Arthur and the Invisibles
    Arthur and the Invisibles is a 2006 English-language French adventure comedy fantasy animated/live-action film adaptation of the 2002 children's book Arthur and the Minimoys, and the 2003 sequel Arthur and the Forbidden City, written by filmmaker Luc Besson, who also directed the film.
  • À travers la forêt À travers la forêt
    À travers la forêt is a 2005 French film directed by Jean-Paul Civeyrac.
  • Azur & Asmar: The Princes' Quest Azur & Asmar: The Princes' Quest
    Azur & Asmar: The Princes' Quest is a 2006 French-Spanish-Belgian-Italian 3D CGI animated fairytale fantasy film written and directed by Michel Ocelot and animated at the Paris animation and visual effects studio Mac Guff Ligne.
  • Babar: King of the Elephants Babar: King of the Elephants
    Babar: King of the Elephants is a 1999 animated film made by Nelvana Limited, Homemade Films, and TMO-Loonland and released in theaters in Canada by Alliance Communications and in the US by HBO Home Video. Based on Jean de Brunhoff's book series, it is the second Babar film, following '.
  • Babar: The Movie Babar: The Movie
    Babar: The Movie is a 1989 Canadian-French traditional animated film made by Canada's Nelvana Limited and France's Ellipse Programmé, and distributed by New Line Cinema.
  • Baron Munchausen's Dream
    Baron Munchausen's Dream, also known as Les Aventures de baron de Munchhausen and Monsieur le Baron a trop bien dîné, is a 1911 French short silent film directed by Georges Méliès.
  • Beauties of the Night Beauties of the Night
    Les Belles de nuit is a 1952 French language motion picture fantasy directed and written by René Clair who co-produced with Angelo Rizzoli. The film stars Gérard Philipe, Martine Carol, Gina Lollobrigida and Magali Vendeuil. It was nominated the Venice Film Festival for Golden Lion.
  • Beauty and the Beast (1946 film) Beauty and the Beast (1946 film)
    Beauty and the Beast is a 1946 French romantic fantasy film directed by French poet and filmmaker Jean Cocteau.
  • Beauty and the Beast (2014 film)
    Beauty and the Beast is a 2014 Franco-German romantic fantasy film based on the traditional fairy tale of the same name by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve. Written by Christophe Gans and Sandra Vo-Anh and directed by Gans, the film stars Léa Seydoux as Belle and Vincent Cassel as the Beast.
  • Beauty and the Devil Beauty and the Devil
    La Beauté du diable is a 1950 Franco-Italian fantasy film drama directed by René Clair. A tragicomedy with allegorical meaning, set in the early 19th century, it is about an ageing alchemist who is given the chance to be eternally young by the devil Mephistopheles.
  • Belphegor, Phantom of the Louvre Belphegor, Phantom of the Louvre
    Belphegor, Phantom of the Louvre is a 2001 French fantasy film directed by Jean-Paul Salomé and starring Sophie Marceau, Michel Serrault, Frédéric Diefenthal, and Julie Christie.
  • Bird People (film)
    Bird People is a 2014 French drama film directed by Pascale Ferran. It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. It was also screened in the Contemporary World Cinema section at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.
  • Black Moon (1975 film) Black Moon (1975 film)
    Black Moon is a 1975 French-West German avant-garde film directed by Louis Malle and starring Cathryn Harrison, Joe Dallesandro, Therese Giehse, and Alexandra Stewart. Shown at the 1975 New York Film Festival, it was distributed in the United States by 20th Century Fox.
  • Bluebeard (2009 film) Bluebeard (2009 film)
    Bluebeard is a 2009 French drama fantasy film written and directed by Catherine Breillat and starring Lola Créton. It is based on the classic fairy tale Bluebeard, by Charles Perrault.
  • Casanova Variations
    Casanova Variations is a 2014 French-Austrian-German fantasy historical drama film written and directed by Michael Sturminger and starring John Malkovich. It is based on Histoire de ma vie by Giacomo Casanova, who is played by Malkovich.
  • Circus Angel Circus Angel
    Circus Angel is a 1965 French fantasy film directed and produced by Albert Lamorisse.
  • City of Pirates City of Pirates
    City of Pirates is a 1983 French fantasy film directed by Raúl Ruiz.
  • City of Women City of Women
    City of Women is a 1980 Italian fantasy comedy-drama film written and directed by Federico Fellini.
  • Deuxième vie
    Deuxième vie is a 2000 French comedy and fantasy film directed by Patrick Braoudé. It stars the same Braoudé and focuses on time travel. It is set during the period of the football World Cups of 1982 and 1998.
  • Didier (film)
    Didier is a French comedy film directed by Alain Chabat, released in 1997. The director received a César Award for Best Debut in 1998.
  • Donkey Skin (film)
    Peau d'Âne is a 1970 French musical film directed by Jacques Demy. It is also known by the English titles Once Upon a Time and The Magic Donkey. The film was adapted by Demy from Donkeyskin, a fairy tale by Charles Perrault about a king who wishes to marry his daughter.
  • Dragon Hunters (film) Dragon Hunters (film)
    Dragon Hunters is a 2008 French-German-Luxembourgish 3D computer-animated adventure action fantasy comedy-drama family film and fantastic tale telling the adventures of two dragon hunters, written by Frédéric Engel-Lenoir, directed by creator Arthur Qwak and Guillaume Ivernel with music by Klaus...
  • DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp
    DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp is a 1990 animated comedy adventure film based on the animated television series DuckTales. It was released by Walt Disney Pictures on August 3, 1990.
  • Duelle
    Duelle is a 1976 experimental fantasy drama directed by Jacques Rivette. The main title is a neologistic feminine form for the noun "duel." The director-assigned English title is Twhylight, superimposing "twilight" and "why."
  • Geraldine (2000 film)
    Geraldine is a 2000 French animated short film, directed by, while he was attending Arts Decos'. Critical reception has been positive, and the film has been honored in multiple festivals.
  • Hercules and the Conquest of Atlantis Hercules and the Conquest of Atlantis
    Ercole alla conquista di Atlantide is a 1961 Italian / French international co-production film directed by Vittorio Cottafavi and starring Reg Park in his film debut as Ercole/Hercules. It was originally released in Super Technirama 70.
  • Holy Motors Holy Motors
    Holy Motors is a 2012 French-German fantasy drama film written and directed by Leos Carax, starring Denis Lavant and Édith Scob. Lavant plays Mr Oscar, a man not unlike an actor who inhabits several roles, but there are no apparent cameras filming the man's performances.
  • Johnny the Giant Killer Johnny the Giant Killer
    Johnny the Giant Killer aka Johnny vs the Giant is a 1950 French fantasy animated film directed by Jean Image. The film was made in 1½ years with a very small crew. The music was composed by René Cloërec.
  • Juliet of the Spirits Juliet of the Spirits
    Juliet of the Spirits is a 1965 Italian-French fantasy comedy-drama film directed by Federico Fellini and starring Giulietta Masina, Sandra Milo, Mario Pisu, Valentina Cortese, and Valeska Gert.
  • Kaboom (film) Kaboom (film)
    Kaboom is a 2010 French-American science fiction mystery fantasy comedy film written and directed by Gregg Araki and starring Thomas Dekker, Juno Temple, Haley Bennett, and James Duval.
  • Kirikou and the Men and Women
    Kirikou and the Men and Women is a 2012 CGI animation feature film written and directed by Michel Ocelot. The film was originally released on 3 October 2012.
  • Kirikou and the Sorceress Kirikou and the Sorceress
    Kirikou and the Sorceress is a 1998 traditional animation feature film written and directed by Michel Ocelot. Drawn from elements of West African folk tales, it depicts how a newborn boy, Kirikou, saves his village from the evil witch Karaba. The film was originally released on December 9, 1998.
  • Kirikou and the Wild Beasts Kirikou and the Wild Beasts
    Kirikou and the Wild Beasts is a 2005 French animated feature film. It premiered at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival on 13 May and, unlike its predecessor, received only festival screenings in all English-speaking territories.
  • L'Ampélopède
    L'Ampélopède is a 1974 French fantasy film directed by Rachel Weinberg and starring Isabelle Huppert.
  • L'Atlantide (1921 film) L'Atlantide (1921 film)
    L'Atlantide is a 1921 French-Belgian silent film directed by Jacques Feyder, and the first of several adaptations of the best-selling novel L'Atlantide by Pierre Benoit.
  • Les jeux sont faits (film)
    Les jeux sont faits, known in English as The Chips are Down, is a 1947 French fantasy film directed by Jean Delannoy, based on the screenplay of the same name by French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre. It was entered into the 1947 Cannes Film Festival.
  • Les Visiteurs Les Visiteurs
    Les Visiteurs is a French fantasy comedy film directed by Jean-Marie Poiré and released in 1993. In this comedy, a 12th-century knight and his servant travel in time to the end of the 20th century and find themselves adrift in modern society.
  • Les Visiteurs du Soir Les Visiteurs du Soir
    Les Visiteurs du Soir is a 1942 film by French film director Marcel Carné, best remembered for Les Enfants du Paradis. The film was released on 5 December 1942 in Paris during the Nazi occupation.
  • Let There Be Light (1998 film)
    Let There Be Light is a 1998 comedy fantasy film directed by Arthur Joffé, starring an ensemble cast.
  • Liliom (1934 film) Liliom (1934 film)
    Liliom is a 1934 French fantasy film directed by Fritz Lang based on the Hungarian stage play of the same name by Ferenc Molnár. The film stars Charles Boyer as Liliom, a carousel barker who is fired from his job after defending the chambermaid Julie from the jealousy of Mme.
  • Lucy (2014 film)
    Lucy is a 2014 English-language French science fiction thriller film written and directed by Luc Besson and produced by his wife Virginie Besson-Silla for his company EuropaCorp. The film was shot in Taipei, Paris, and New York City.
  • Manoel's Destinies
    Manoel's Destinies is a 1985 French fantasy film directed by Raúl Ruiz.
  • Marguerite de la nuit Marguerite de la nuit
    Marguerite de la nuit is a 1955 French language motion picture fantasy drama directed by Claude Autant-Lara, and written by Ghislaine Autant-Lara and Gabriel Arout, based on novel by Pierre Dumarchais. The film stars Michèle Morgan and Yves Montand.
  • Mr. Peek-a-Boo Mr. Peek-a-Boo
    Mr. Peek-a-Boo or Garou-Garou, Le Passe-muraille is a 1951 French comedy farce film, directed by Jean Boyer. The film is based on the novel by Marcel Aymé about a "man who could walk through walls". The film premiered on 6 April 1951.
  • Mune: Guardian of the Moon
    Mune: Guardian of the Moon is a 2014 French 3D children's computer-animated adventure fantasy film directed by Benoît Philippon and Alexandre Heboyan and written by Jérôme Fansten and Benoît Philippon.
  • Nocturna (film) Nocturna (film)
    Nocturna is a Spanish-French animated fantasy film directed by Adrià García and Víctor Maldonado. The film was produced in 2007 by Filmax Animation.
  • Nouvelle Vague (film)
    Nouvelle Vague is a 1990 French film written and directed by Jean-Luc Godard. It follows the story of hitchiker Lennox credited as "Lui", taken in by a wealthy industrialist, Elena Torlato-Favrini or "Elle", played by Domiziana Giordano. The film was entered into the 1990 Cannes Film Festival.
  • Orpheus (film) Orpheus (film)
    Orpheus is a 1950 French film directed by Jean Cocteau and starring Jean Marais. It is the central part of Cocteau's Orphic Trilogy, which consists of The Blood of a Poet, Orpheus and Testament of Orpheus.
  • Paddington 2
    Paddington 2 is a 2017 live-action/CGI animated comedy film, directed by Paul King and written by King and Simon Farnaby. Based on the stories of the character Paddington Bear, created by Michael Bond, it is the sequel to the 2014 film Paddington, and is produced by Heyday Films and StudioCanal.
  • Paddington (film) Paddington (film)
    Paddington is a 2014 live-action/CGI animated comedy film written and directed by Paul King from a story by King and Hamish McColl and produced by David Heyman.
  • Parking (1985 film)
    Parking is a French fantasy and musical film from 1985. It was directed and written by Jacques Demy, starring Francis Huster, Laurent Malet, and Jean Marais.
  • Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (film) Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (film)
    Perfume: The Story of a Murderer is a 2006 German period psychological crime thriller film directed by Tom Tykwer and starring Ben Whishaw, Alan Rickman, Rachel Hurd-Wood, and Dustin Hoffman. Tykwer, with Johnny Klimek and Reinhold Heil, also composed the music.
  • Phantom Boy
    Phantom Boy is a 2015 animated fantasy film directed by Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alain Gagnol and written by Alain Gagnol. The film stars Édouard Baer, Jean-Pierre Marielle, Audrey Tautou, Jackie Berroyer, Alex Gagnol and Noa Bernaoui-Savreux.
  • Princes and Princesses
    Ciné si is a 1989 French silhouette animation television series conceived, written and directed by Michel Ocelot and realised at La Fabrique, consisting of short fairy tale and retro-future stories performed by the same animated "actors."
  • Prospero's Books Prospero's Books
    Prospero's Books is a 1991 British avant-garde film adaptation of William Shakespeare's The Tempest, written and directed by Peter Greenaway. John Gielgud plays Prospero, the protagonist who provides the off-screen narration and the voices to the other story characters.
  • Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale
    Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale is a 2010 Finnish dark fantasy horror thriller film written and directed by Jalmari Helander about people living near the Korvatunturi mountain who discover the secret behind Santa Claus.
  • Régime sans pain
    Régime sans pain is a 1986 French fantasy film directed by Raúl Ruiz.
  • Solomon Kane (film) Solomon Kane (film)
    Solomon Kane is a 2009 French-British-Czech dark fantasy action-adventure film written and directed by Michael J. Bassett based on the pulp magazine character Solomon Kane created in 1928 by Robert E. Howard. James Purefoy stars in the title role.
  • Successive Slidings of Pleasure Successive Slidings of Pleasure
    Successive Slidings of Pleasure is a 1974 French fantasy film directed by Alain Robbe-Grillet.
  • Tale of Tales (2015 film)
    Tale of Tales is a 2015 European dark fantasy film, directed by Matteo Garrone, starring Salma Hayek, Vincent Cassel, Toby Jones, and John C. Reilly.
  • Tales of the Night (2011 film) Tales of the Night (2011 film)
    Tales of the Night is a 2011 French computer silhouette animation feature film directed by Michel Ocelot.
  • Testament of Orpheus Testament of Orpheus
    Testament of Orpheus is a 1960 film directed by and starring Jean Cocteau. It is considered the final part of the Orphic Trilogy, following The Blood of a Poet and Orphée.
  • The Adventures of Pinocchio (1996 film) The Adventures of Pinocchio (1996 film)
    The Adventures of Pinocchio is a 1996 American fantasy adventure film based on Carlo Collodi's original novel of the same name co-written and directed by Steve Barron. Barron collaborated with Sherry Mills, Tom Bender and Barry Berman on the screenplay.
  • The Bacchantes (film)
    The Bacchantes is a 1961 Italian-French adventure-fantasy film directed by Giorgio Ferroni. It is loosely based on the Euripides' tragedy The Bacchae.
  • The Brand New Testament
    The Brand New Testament is a 2015 fantasy dark comedy film written, produced, and directed by Jaco Van Dormael. It is a co-production among Belgium, France, and Luxembourg. The film was screened at the Directors' Fortnight section at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.
  • The Canterville Ghost (2016 film)
    The Canterville Ghost is a 2016 French-Belgian family comedy film directed and edited by Yann Samuell. The film is based on a novela by Oscar Wilde.
  • The City of Lost Children The City of Lost Children
    The City of Lost Children is a 1995 science fantasy drama film directed by Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunet, written by Jeunet and Gilles Adrien, and starring Ron Perlman.
  • The Conquest of the Pole The Conquest of the Pole
    The Conquest of the Pole is a 1912 French silent film directed by and starring Georges Méliès.
  • The Dance of Reality
    The Dance of Reality is a 2013 Chilean-French autobiographical musical fantasy drama film written, produced, and directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky, starring Brontis Jodorowsky, Pamela Flores, and Jeremias Herskovits. It is Alejandro Jodorowsky's first film in 23 years.
  • The Devil in the Bottle
    The Devil in the Bottle is a 1935 French-German drama film directed by Heinz Hilpert, Reinhart Steinbicker and Raoul Ploquin. It stars Käthe von Nagy, Pierre Blanchar and Gina Manès.
  • The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec (film) The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec (film)
    The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec, released as Adèle: Rise of the Mummy in Malaysia and Singapore, is a 2010 French fantasy adventure feature film written and directed by Luc Besson.
  • The Games of Countess Dolingen
    The Games of Countess Dolingen is a 1981 French fantasy-drama film written and directed by Catherine Binet and starring Carol Kane.
  • The Giants of Thessaly
    The Giants of Thessaly is a 1960 Italian-French adventure-fantasy film directed by Riccardo Freda. It is loosely based on the epic poem Argonautica by Apollonius Rhodius.
  • The House of Magic
    The House of Magic is a 2013 3D Belgian-French computer-animated fantasy-comedy film produced by Nadia Khamlichi, Adrian Politowski, Ben Stassen, Caroline Van Iseghem and Gilles Waterkeyn and directed by Jeremy Degruson and Ben Stassen.
  • The Idea (1932 film) The Idea (1932 film)
    The Idea is a 1932 French animated film by Austro-Hungarian filmmaker Berthold Bartosch, based on the 1920 wordless novel of the same name by Flemish artist Frans Masereel.
  • The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
    The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus is a 2009 fantasy film directed by Terry Gilliam and written by Gilliam and Charles McKeown.
  • The Little Prince (2015 film)
    The Little Prince is a 2015 English-language French 3D animated fantasy adventure family drama film directed by Mark Osborne and based on the 1943 novel of the same name by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. It is the first adaptation as a full-length animated feature of The Little Prince.
  • The Magic Roundabout (film) The Magic Roundabout (film)
    The Magic Roundabout is a 2005 French-British computer-animated adventure fantasy film based on the television series The Magic Roundabout.
  • The Man with the Rubber Head
    L'homme à la tête de caoutchouc is a 1901 silent French fantasy film directed by Georges Méliès. It was filmed in 1901 and released later that year.
  • The Phantom of the Moulin Rouge
    The Phantom of the Moulin Rouge is a 1925 French silent fantasy film directed by René Clair and starring Albert Préjean, Sandra Milovanoff and Paul Ollivier.
  • The Red Balloon The Red Balloon
    The Red Balloon is a 1956 French fantasy comedy-drama featurette written, produced, and directed by Albert Lamorisse. The thirty-five-minute short, which follows the adventures of a young boy who one day finds a sentient, mute, red balloon, was filmed in the Ménilmontant neighbourhood of Paris.
  • The Science of Sleep The Science of Sleep
    The Science of Sleep is a 2006 surrealistic science fantasy comedy film written and directed by Michel Gondry. The film stars Gael García Bernal, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Miou-Miou, and Alain Chabat. The film stems from a bed-time story that was written by Sam Mounier, then 10 years old.
  • The Secret of Moonacre The Secret of Moonacre
    The Secret of Moonacre is a 2009 fantasy film based on the novel The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge. The film was directed by Gábor Csupó and starred Dakota Blue Richards in the leading role.
  • The Thief of Baghdad (1961 film)
    The Thief of Baghdad is a 1961 film starring Steve Reeves.
  • The Visitors: Bastille Day
    The Visitors: Bastille Day is a 2016 French-Belgian-Czech comedy film directed by Jean-Marie Poiré.
  • The Wonders of Aladdin The Wonders of Aladdin
    The Wonders of Aladdin is a 1961 Italian-French-American fantasy film co-directed by Mario Bava and Henry Levin and presented by Joseph E. Levine for MGM. The film stars Donald O'Connor as the title character. At this time, O'Connor was reaching the decline of his career after many years of fame.
  • Three Crowns of the Sailor
    Three Crowns of the Sailor is a 1983 French fantasy film directed by Raúl Ruiz.
  • Trouble at Timpetill
    Trouble at Timpetill is a 2008 French fantasy adventure film written and directed by Nicolas Bary, based on the novel of the same name by Henry Winterfeld.
  • Upside Down (2012 film)
    Upside Down is a 2012 Canadian-French romantic fantasy written and directed by Juan Diego Solanas, starring Jim Sturgess and Kirsten Dunst.
  • Valley of Flowers (film) Valley of Flowers (film)
    Valley of Flowers Valley of Flowers is a 2006 French-German-Indian Independent Film directed by Indian director Pan Nalin starring Indian actors Milind Soman, Naseeruddin Shah and French actress Mylene Jampanoi in the leading roles.
  • Wings of Desire Wings of Desire
    Wings of Desire is a 1987 romantic fantasy film directed by Wim Wenders. The film is about invisible, immortal angels who populate Berlin and listen to the thoughts of its human inhabitants, comforting those who are in distress.
  • Yor, the Hunter from the Future Yor, the Hunter from the Future
    Yor, the Hunter From The Future is a 1983 science fiction fantasy film directed by Antonio Margheriti and starring Reb Brown, Corinne Cléry, Luciano Pigozzi, and John Steiner. The film was an Italian-French-Turkish co-production based on the Argentinian comic Yor the Hunter.
  • Youth Without Youth (film) Youth Without Youth (film)
    Youth Without Youth is a 2007 fantasy drama film written and directed by Francis Ford Coppola, based on the novella of the same name by Romanian author Mircea Eliade. It was the first film that Coppola had directed in ten years since 1997's The Rainmaker.

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