Fantasizing about a French sojourn? Journey all around the country, from chic Paris to the glamorous French Riviera, with our list of must-watch movies. They’ll transport you to France quicker than you can say “oh là là”.
Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz
The plot: Finding love in a roundabout way, the main character, Amélie, is a quirky soul. We follow her fantastical adventures through Paris as she plays matchmaker in an unexpected fashion to those around her.
France features: The hilly neighborhood of Montmartre in Paris takes center stage in this film. It’s a vibrant and fun area to explore, and the famous Sacré Coeur is located here. A walking tour gives insight into the lives of the many artists who have lived and worked here.
You’ll love the film: for its upbeat soundtrack, magical characters, and off-beat humor.
“The Hustle”, 2019
Anne Hathaway, Rebel Wilson
The plot: “The Hustle” is a remake of the 1988 film “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels”, starring Michael Caine and Steve Martin… but with a twist. This new film is a fun-filled comedy about two con-women trying to make a big score on the French Riviera.
France features: Although “The Hustle” is set on the French Riviera in the south of France so-called ‘Provence‘, it was actually shot in Majorca. No matter. It has all the glitz and glamor of the Côte d’Azur, with bling outfits, casinos, and swanky villas. A trip around Monaco and Monte Carlo give you a taste of the good life. Dream of taking to the water and seeing how the other half live on a catamaran cruise from Cannes. Or plot your next spin in a Ferrari, just for the fun of it?
You’ll love the film: if you like sassy women, champagne, and stunning ocean views.
“Julie & Julia”, 2009
Meryl Streep, Amy Adams
The plot: Based on the book written by Julie Powell, “Julie & Julia” follows the author on her real-life quest to cook all the recipes of Julia Child’s first book. The film showcases Julie’s modern-day struggles alongside Julia Child’s life in Paris from 1949 when she learned about French cooking.
France features: This film invites you into the stylish, foodie heart of Paris. Île St-Louis, Île de la Cité, Latin Quarter, and the chic Saint-Germain-des-Prés are just some of the locations Julia Child explored during her quest to live the gourmet life. Market visits and cooking classes, mandatory, of course… or you could skip the work and move straight to sampling in a walking food tour.
You’ll love the film: if you love butter. Food, France, romance, and heart-warming humanity are the other ingredients.
Judi Dench, Juliette Binoche, Johnny Depp
The plot: Traveler Vianne, played by Juliette Binoche, arrives in a sleepy, conservative village with her daughter. She opens a chocolate shop, and passions start to awaken.
France features: The location of the fictional village is in the heart of France’s Burgundy countryside. The tiny town of Flavigny-sur-Ozerain is where the drama unfolds. Located about 37 miles from Burgundy’s capital, Dijon, the village houses the building made famous by Vianne’s chocolate shop in the film. The town is also home to an ancient candy factory which is open for visitors. Imagine sampling anis de Flavigny aniseed-flavored sweets, made in an age-old tradition, or take a bike tour through the vineyards to sip on the region’s famous wine. A walking tour through Dijon’s market would really round off an afternoon…
You’ll love the film: for its charming village location, romantic story, and all the chocolate.
“Marie Antoinette”, 2006
Kirsten Dunst, Jason Schwartzman
The plot: This film follows the young queen Marie Antoinette as she arrives at the Palace of Versailles. Her world is one of excess: food, costumes, entertainment, and love.
France features: The film was shot in some of France’s most opulent palaces. A notable moment in the film is the ballroom scene shot in the Hall of Mirrors in Versailles. Imagining yourself rubbing shoulders with Versailles’ rich and royal? Make sure to stop by Marie Antoinette’s private estate.
You’ll love the film: for its over-the-top costumes and fabulous location.
“Before Sunset”, 2004
Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke
The plot: Nine years after Céline and Jesse met on a train to Vienna, in the film “Before Sunrise”, we see them as they meet once again. This time in Paris. Will they get together after all this time? Romantically inclined generation X-ers who loved the first film will fall in love with the would-be couple all over again in this one.
France features: It’s Paris all the way. Jesse and Céline meet at the famous English bookshop, Shakespeare and Company in Paris’ Latin Quarter. Then they stroll through the hip Le Marais area and take a boat ride on the Seine as they discuss life, love, and everything in between. A bike tour of Paris’ hidden streets is the perfect way to experience the city as they do.
You’ll love the film: for its sun-kissed glow that follows Jesse and Céline around Paris.
With the voices of Patton Oswalt, Ian Holm, and Lou Romano
The plot: Remy the rat has high hopes of becoming a famous chef. When he lands up at a famous French restaurant in Paris, his dreams — hilariously — come true.
France features: Set in Paris, this animated film gives a behind-the-scenes look at a kitchen in a famous restaurant. For those who love French food, a cooking class or food tasting tour will hit the right notes.
You’ll love the film: for its tongue-in-cheek humor and family-friendly, foodie fun.
Now, brush up on your school French, put together a delicious cheese platter, and travel to France from your couch. If you want even more travel inspiration from all over the world, sign up for our newsletter.