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Favourite European Films

In recent years I have become a great fan of European Cinema, primarily French, Scandinavian & Spanish films. Here is list of my favourites European films to date:

I would be keen to see other recommendations.


Here is a list from just the first decade of the new century. They are in chronological order. (P.S. "Incndies" sure is a great film but it is French-Canadian, not European, but I suppose by stretching the definition a bit, it can fit in.)

Musíme si pomáhat (2000) (Divided We Fall) / Jan Hrebejk
Sånger från andra våningen (2000) (Songs From The Second Floor) / Roy Andersson
L'emploi du temps (2001) (Time Out) / Laurent Cantet
Intacto (2001) / Juan Carlos Fresnadillo
La pianiste (2001) (The Piano Teacher) / Michael Haneke
Le fils (2002) (The Son) / Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
Schultze Gets the Blues (2003) / Michael Schorr
Vozvrashchenie (2003) (The Return) / Andrei Zvyagintsev
De zaak Alzheimer (2003) (The Memory Of A Killer) / Erik Van Looy
Un long dimanche de fiançailles (2004) (A Very Long Engagement) / Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Caché (2005) / Michael Haneke
Solntse (2005) (The Sun) / Aleksandr Sokurov
Flandres (2006) / Bruno Dumont
Ne le dis à personne (2006) (Tell No One) / Guillaume Canet
Aleksandra (2007) / Aleksandr Sokurov
Auf der anderen Seite (2007) (The Edge Of Heaven) / Fatih Akin
4 luni, 3 saptamâni si 2 zile (2007) (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days) / Cristian Mungiu
La môme (2007) (La Vie En Rose ) / Olivier Dahan
Entre les murs (2008) (The Class) / Laurent Cantet
Revanche (2008) / Götz Spielmann
36 vues du Pic Saint Loup (2009) (lit. 36 Views Of Pic Saint Loup; U.S. title: Around A Small Mountain) / Jacques Rivette
Vincere (2009) / Marco Bellocchio
Darbareye Elly (2009) (About Elly) / Asghar Farhadi
Män som hatar kvinnor (2009) (lit. Men Who Hate Women; U.S., Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) / Niels Arden Oplev
Vincere (2009) / Marco Bellocchio
Das weiße Band - Eine deutsche Kindergeschichte (2009) (The White Ribbon) / Michael Haneke


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Thanks MikeF-6 1
Yes ! I know I stretched it a bit with "Incendies" being a French Canadian production, but it is one of my favourite films , so I am pretending it is more French than Canadian for this list !! Thank you for your list. I am familiar with a number of them ( eg. all the Haneke films) , and I note we have few favourites in common ( The Piano Teacher, A Very Long Engagement).


I second almost all suggestions by Mike F-6. When you have finished them you may take a look at my series. – By and large they are more tragic.
Many people (including me), but not everyone, think that “Children of Paradise” is the best movie ever made. I saw it for the first time in 1954, and I have never changed my mind about its top position.
“Blue is the Warmest Colour” is classified as a Tunisian movie, but only because the finances come from that country. All main parts are French, and they think like French people and have the kind of problems of French people. The second half may well be the most tragic movie ever produced.
“The Flowers of Kirkuk” has precisely the opposite form. The plot and situations take place in Kurdish Irak. Only the finances come from Italy and Switzerland.

“Les enfants du Paradis” (Children of Paradise) by Carné, Marcel (France, 1945)

“Professione: reporter” (The Passenger) by Antonioni, Michelangelo (Italy/France/Spain, 1972)

“Letiyat zhuravli” (The Cranes are Flying) by Kalatosov, Mikhail (Russia, 1957)

“La dentellière” (The Lace-Maker) by Goretta, Claude (France, 1977)

“Fröken Julie” (Miss Julie) by Sjöberg, Alf (Sweden, 1951)

“Les parapluies de Cherbourg” (The Umbrellas in Cherbourg) by Demy, Jacques (France, 1963)

“Les nuits fauves” (Violent Nights) by Collard, Cyril (France, 1992)

“Les dimanches de Ville d'Avray” (Sundays and Cybèle) by Bourguignon, Serge (France, 1961)

“Popiol i diament” (Ashes and Diamonds) by Wajda, Andrzej (Poland, 1958)

“Les diables” (The Little Devils) by Ruggia, Christophe (France, 2002)

“La vie d'Adèle “ (Blue is the warmest colour) by Kechiche, Abdellatif (Tunisia, 2010)

“A Taste of Honey” by Richardson, Tony (UK, 1961)

“Monpti” by Käutner, Helmuth (Germany, 1957)

“L'immortelle” (The Undeadly One) by Robbe-Grillet, Alain (France, 1963)

“Repulsion” by Polanski, Roman (UK, 1965)

“The Servant” by Losey, Joseph (UK, 1963)

“Såsom i en spegel” (Through a Mirror Darkly) by Bergman, Ingmar (Sweden, 1961)

“Auf der anderen Seite” (At Heaven’s Edge) by Akin, Fatih (Germany/Turkey, 2007)

“Il ladre di bambini” (Stolen Children) by Amelio, Gianni (Italy/France, 1992)

“Les demoiselles de Rochefort” (The Girls of Rochefort) by Demy, Jacques (France, 1966)

“Les misérables” by Chanois, Jean-Paul de (France, 1958)

“Smultronstället” (Wild Strawberries) by Bergman, Ingmar (Sweden, 1957)

“Va, vis et deviens” (Live ands Become) by Mihaileanu, Radu (France/Belgium/Israel/Italy, 2005)

“Barfuss” (Barefoot) by Schweiger, Til (Germany, 2005)

“Brief Encounter” by Lean, David (UK, 1945)

“Golakani Kirkuk” (The Flowers of Kirkuk) by Kamkari, Fariborz (Italy/Switzerland, 2013)

“Il portiere di notte” (Night Porter) by Cavani, Liliana (Italy, 1974)

“Illegal” by Masset-Depasse, Olivier (Belgium/Luxembourg/France/(White Russia), 2010)

“Jeanne et le garcon formidable” (Jeanne and the Perfect Guy) by Ducastel, Olivier & Martineau, Jacques (France, 1997)

“King and Country” by Losey, Joseph (UK, 1964)

“La régle du jeu” (Rules of the Game) by Renoir, Jean (France, 1939)

“Pour Elle” (Anything for Her) by Cavayé, Fred (France, 2008)

“Priest” by Bird, Antonia (UK, 1994)

“The End of the Affair” by Jordan, Neil (UK, 1998)

“Vargtimman” (The Hour of the Wolf) by Bergman, Ingmar (Sweden, 1968)


There are many wonderful films on your list (Amelie; Jean De Florette; Manon Des Sources etc) that are among my favourites,but here is a list of some highly recommended earlier titles.

M -1930 (German)
Emil Un Die Detektive -1931 (German)
Le Quai Des Brumes -1938
Le Corbeau -1943
Le Jour Se Leve - 1939
La Belle et La Bete - 1946
Les Enfants Du Paradis -1945
Quai Des Orfevres -1947
Ladri Di Biciclette -1948 (Italian)
Touchez Pas Au Grisbi - 1953
Rififi -1955
Les Diaboliques -1955
A Man Escaped -1956
The Seventh Seal -1957 (Swedish)
Les Espions - 1957
Ballad Of A Soldier -1959 (Russian)
Le Trou -1960
Tirez Sur Le Pianiste - 1960
Les Yeux Sans Visage - 1960
Closely Observed Trains -1966 (Czech)
Le Cercle Rouge -1970
La Femmes Infidele -1969

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I have only a few non english language favourite european films. They would be
from Jacques Tati
Jour Da Fete
Mr Hulot's holiday
Mon Oncle

others are
The Discreet charm of the Bourgouise
French Mustard
and there is another one whose title I can't think of

But If I can include british.
I will add
Blithe spirir
Passport to pimlico
The devil rides out
The face of fu manchu
Oliver Twist (lean)
I'm sure there. I will add if I think of them. But perhaps you were only looking for titles not in the english language,


If to choose from my list of free online movies good European movies, I'l say the Peaky Blinders series, the movies Papillon (2017) and Locke (2014). The Lobster (2015) is a good movie too, abnormal but good.