10 Best French New Wave Films

The French Nouvelle Vague, or French New Wave film movement is celebrated for its realistic approach to cinema. Conversations between characters were long and drawn out, reflecting reality. Some New Wave films were shot in ‘real time’ as opposed to truncated. These French Nouvelle Vague films defined the movement which took place in the 1950s and 60s. 

French Nouvelle Vague Films

It’s hard to name the best French Nouvelle Vague films as there were so many classics. Nevertheless, it’s impossible to ignore the masterpieces of Jean-Luc Godard and Agnès Varda during this defining era of French cinema. Here are the French New Wave films that deserve to be counted among the movement’s masterpieces.

  • Cléo de 5 à 7
  • Pierrot le Fou
  • A Bout de Souffle
  • Le Mépris
  • Bande à Part
  • Les 400 Coups
  • Masculin Feminine
  • Jules et Jim
  • Une Femme Est une Femme
  • Vivre Sa Vie
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