Time Out's 50 Best Films Set in Paris

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Romance blooms on a belle époque street corner. A dark-eyed girl in Montmartre runs her hand through a bag of dried beans. In the suburbs, Arabs square up to skinheads. Nicotine-stained tales of sexual misadventure unfold in beds all over the city, while gangsters commit crimes and cartoon rats cook up a storm. Paris, which boasts a higher concentration of picture houses than any other city, has been the inspiration and the backdrop for countless films. Below, we present 50 of the best, organised by era. Be they Nouvelle Vague masterpieces or populist comedies, the capital is always in the starring role...

-Time Out Paris

This list is organized chronologically.

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  1. 4 new

    L'Atalante

    1934, in 21 top lists Check
  2. 5 new

    Les enfants du paradis

    1945 — a.k.a. Children of Paradise, in 20 top lists Check
  3. 12 new

    Adieu Philippine

    1962, in 4 top lists Check
  4. 13 new

    Cléo de 5 à 7

    1962 — a.k.a. Cleo from 5 to 7, in 14 top lists Check
  5. 14 new

    La jetée

    1962 — a.k.a. La Jetée, in 18 top lists Check
  6. 15 new

    Jules et Jim

    1962 — a.k.a. Jules and Jim, in 20 top lists Check
  7. 17 new

    Alphaville, une étrange aventure de Lemmy Caution

    1965 — a.k.a. Alphaville, in 14 top lists Check
  8. 19 new

    Belle de jour

    1967 — a.k.a. Belle de Jour, in 20 top lists Check
  9. 21 new

    Le cercle rouge

    1970 — a.k.a. Le Cercle Rouge, in 10 top lists Check
  10. 22 new

    Ultimo tango a Parigi

    1972 — a.k.a. Last Tango in Paris, in 16 top lists Check
  11. 23 new

    L'amour l'après-midi

    1972 — a.k.a. Chloe in the Afternoon, in 4 top lists Check
  12. 24 new

    La maman et la putain

    1973 — a.k.a. The Mother and the Whore, in 13 top lists Check
  13. 25 new

    Céline et Julie vont en bateau: Phantom Ladies...

    1974 — a.k.a. Celine and Julie Go Boating, in 9 top lists Check
  14. 27 new

    À nos amours

    1983 — a.k.a. À Nos Amours, in 10 top lists Check
  15. 28 new

    Frantic

    1988, in 1 top list Check
  16. 29 new

    Les amants du Pont-Neuf

    1991 — a.k.a. The Lovers on the Bridge, in 10 top lists Check
  17. 30 new

    Trois couleurs: Bleu

    1993 — a.k.a. Three Colors: Blue, in 16 top lists Check
  18. 31 new

    La haine

    1995 — a.k.a. La Haine, in 14 top lists Check
  19. 33 new

    Va savoir

    2001 — a.k.a. Va Savoir (Who Knows?), in 1 top list Check
  20. 34 new

    Moulin Rouge!

    2001, in 15 top lists Check
  21. 35 new

    Irréversible

    2002 — a.k.a. Irreversible, in 11 top lists Check
  22. 36 new

    The Dreamers

    2003, in 3 top lists Check
  23. 37 new

    Les triplettes de Belleville

    2003 — a.k.a. The Triplets of Belleville, in 8 top lists Check
  24. 38 new

    L'esquive

    2003 — a.k.a. Games of Love and Chance, in 3 top lists Check
  25. 39 new

    Before Sunset

    2004, in 14 top lists Check
  26. 40 new

    Les amants réguliers

    2005 — a.k.a. Regular Lovers, in 2 top lists Check
  27. 41 new

    De battre mon coeur s'est arrêté

    2005 — a.k.a. The Beat That My Heart Skipped, in 3 top lists Check
  28. 42 new

    Caché

    2005, in 14 top lists Check
  29. 43 new

    Dans Paris

    2006, in 0 top lists Check
  30. 44 new

    Paris, je t'aime

    2006 — a.k.a. Paris, I Love You, in 0 top lists Check
  31. 46 new

    L'Apollonide (Souvenirs de la maison close)

    2011 — a.k.a. House of Tolerance, in 2 top lists Check
  32. 47 new

    Hugo

    2011, in 5 top lists Check
  33. 48 new

    Amour

    2012, in 12 top lists Check
  34. 49 new

    Holy Motors

    2012, in 7 top lists Check
  35. 50 new

    Après mai

    2012 — a.k.a. Something in the Air, in 1 top list Check
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Last updated on Mar 2, 2014; source