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10 movies about Paris that will take your breath away

“Breathless”, “Amelie” and other stunning paintings will take you to the city of dreams, where you want to live and love.
  1. Eiffel


  • France, Belgium, Germany, 2021.
  • Drama, melodrama, biography, history.
  • Duration: 108 minutes.
  • IMDb: 6.3.

Paris, 1886 French engineer Gustave Eiffel is at the zenith of his fame. He is going to start building the subway, but at one of the parties he meets his old love – Adrienne. To impress the girl, Eiffel decides to participate in a design competition for the 1889 World’s Fair. He proposes to build a tower 300 meters high, which will glorify the city.

It is difficult to imagine Paris without its main symbol – the Eiffel Tower. And in Martin Bourbulon’s film, it can be seen from an unusual point of view – at the construction stage. The plot takes many real facts from the life of Gustave Eiffel and combines them with beautiful fiction. So this is not really a biography, but primarily a romantic love story.

  1. Paris


  • France, 2008
  • Drama, melodrama, comedy.
  • Duration: 130 minutes.
  • IMDb: 6.8.

Shot from the film “Paris”

Former dancer Pierre learns that he is terminally ill . After a sad forecast, he loses interest in life and sits on the balcony all day, looking at people. As a result, the hero becomes an unwitting witness to a variety of Parisian stories.

If you’re looking for a movie like Love Actually or Paris, I Love You, you definitely need to see this movie. The narrative is equally divided between the characters, each of which has its own story. Moreover, famous French actors played the characters – Fabrice Luchini, Romain Duris, Juliette Binoche, Francois Cluzet and many others.

  1. An American in Paris

An American in Paris

  • USA, 1951.
  • Musical, drama, melodrama.
  • Duration: 114 minutes.
  • IMDb: 7.2.

Frame from the film “An American in Paris”

Young American Jerry comes to Paris to become an artist. He quickly finds himself a rich patroness, but he himself falls in love with a French saleswoman Lisa. The problem is that she is already engaged to the famous singer Henri Borel.

The musical by Vincent Minnelli in 1952 became the main event of the Oscars, taking awards in six categories. And although the real Paris in the film can be seen only for a minute, the authors managed to create a reference image of the city of dreams. And the echoes of the dance epilogue, in which the paintings of Toulouse-Lautrec literally come to life, can be seen even in La La Land by Damien Chazelle.

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  1. Paris, I love you

Paris, je t’aime

  • France, Germany, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, 2006.
  • Drama, melodrama, comedy.
  • Duration: 120 minutes.
  • IMDb: 7.2.

Frame from the film “Paris, I love you”, short story “Eiffel Tower”

An almanac of 18 short stories from famous directors tells about the inhabitants of Paris and subtly conveys the spirit of the city. All short stories bear the name of some Parisian district, and at the same time, each director approached the task in his own way.

For example, Ethan and Joel Coen confessed their love to the French capital with their characteristic black humor , Olivier Assayas and Alfonso Cuaron told everyday, but poignant stories close to everyone, and the artist Sylvain Chomet simply amused the audience with the cutest postcard about the mime.

The most famous, perhaps, was the touching short story by Tom Tykwer, according to the plot of which a blind young man recalls the stages of his relationship with a girl who called him with a proposal to leave.

Well, the biggest surprise was Wes Craven. The author of “A Nightmare on Elm Street” and “The Scream” suddenly shot almost the sweetest story in the entire anthology – it is about quarreling lovers who are reconciled by the ghost of Oscar Wilde.

  1. Dreamers

The Dreamers

  • UK, Italy, France, USA, 2003.
  • Drama, melodrama.
  • Duration: 116 minutes.
  • IMDb: 7.2.

1968 On the streets of Paris – solid strikes and endless student rallies. Young American Matthew meets his peers – Isabelle and her brother Theo, whose communication is sometimes close to incest. The trio lock themselves at home, enjoy a movie, and soon become completely entangled in a complex sexual and psychological relationship with each other.

In The Dreamers, Bernardo Bertolucci returns to the days of his youth, which greatly influenced his worldview, and at the same time declares his love for the classics of cinema and the spirit of freedom of the 1960s. And although most of the action takes place in one apartment, the film is thoroughly saturated with cinephilia and Bertolucci’s passion for everything French.

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  1. Lovers from the New Bridge

Les amants du Pont Neuf

  • France, 1991
  • Drama, melodrama.
  • Duration: 125 minutes.
  • IMDb: 7.6.

Shot from the film “Lovers from the New Bridge”

A beggar fire-eater, Alex, and a blind, degenerate artist, Michelle, find refuge on the Pont Neuf, the oldest in Paris. Love develops between the characters. But one day, Alex learns that Michelle is looking for relatives, and her eyesight can be saved.

This film received mixed reviews from critics. Some called the director Leos Carax (by the way, he also directed the extravagant musical ” Annette “) the main hope of the new French cinema, while others did not accept the job. This is indeed an unusual movie: a mix of the author’s style of Carax, frightening realism and romantic dreams.

  1. Midnight in Paris

Midnight in Paris

  • USA, Spain, 2011.
  • Fantasy, melodrama, comedy.
  • Duration: 94 minutes.
  • IMDb: 7.7.

Gil Pender, an American screenwriter who hopes to become a writer, arrives in Paris with his fiancée. Left alone for one evening, he walks the streets and somehow miraculously finds himself in a time when all his idols lived. Gil meets Hemingway, Picasso, Fitzgerald and realizes that he does not want to return to modern times.

One of Woody Allen’s best works shows Paris from its best side: narrow streets covered with paving stones, bridges over the Seine, boulevards and other postcard views. In a word, this is an ideal movie for retro-fans, fans of Paris or those who still only dream of seeing the French capital.

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  1. On the last breath

A bout de souffle

  • France, 1960
  • Drama, crime.
  • Duration: 90 minutes.
  • IMDb: 7.8.

A young car thief, Michel Poicart, accidentally kills a law enforcement officer. Returning to Paris, he meets Patricia, an American journalism student, and persuades her to run away together to Italy. However, Michel has already been put on the wanted list.

The debut of Jean-Luc Godard “Breathless” revolutionized the language of cinema. One of the main directors of the French “new wave” used a whole range of innovative means of expression: ragged editing, a wandering camera, a spontaneous change of angles. Now these techniques seem to be something ordinary, but at one time they aroused the sincere surprise of the audience.

Due to limited opportunities, Godard, like other authors of the “new wave”, shot on location, and added the script along the way. So the Paris of the 1960s, where Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg walk in the film, is 100% authentic, without a trace of falsehood.

  1. Before sunset

Before Sunset

  • USA, France, 2004.
  • Drama, melodrama.
  • Duration: 80 minutes.
  • IMDb: 8.1.

Shot from the film “Before Sunset”

In his youth, the American Jesse met the Frenchwoman Celine on the train and remembered this meeting for the rest of his life. The hero writes a book about this case, which becomes a bestseller not only in the US, but also in Europe. And it so happens that Celine, who has matured, comes to one of Jesse’s meetings with readers, organized in a Parisian bookstore.

This is the second film in Richard Linklater’s trilogy of two lovers. The action of each tape takes place at intervals of nine years, and the author really measures this period each time before releasing the next picture. Watching the lead actors Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy change over time is incredibly interesting.

To understand what we are talking about, it is better to first watch the film Before Dawn, where the characters meet for the first time on their way to Vienna. After that, with a clear conscience, you can walk along with the characters along the romantic streets of Paris.

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  1. Amelie

Le Fabuleux destin d’Amelie Poulain

  • France, Germany, 2001.
  • Melodrama, comedy.
  • Duration: 122 minutes.
  • IMDb: 8.3.

A young lonely girl named Amelie Poulain quietly intervenes in the lives of others and helps them find happiness. And one day, love comes to her in the person of Nino, an eccentric who collects other people’s unsuccessful pictures.

“Amelie” by Jean-Pierre Jeunet is one of the most beloved French hits of the 21st century. If you’re sad or lonely right now, just sit back and watch (or rewatch if you’ve already seen) this wonderful film about a strange lonely girl from Montmartre. And even though the Paris shown in Amelie is far from the real thing, Jeunet achieved the main thing – he conveyed the charm and real charm of France.

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