French Films Worth Streaming

In honor of Bastille Day, here’s a list of our favorite French-language films currently streaming on Netflix and Hulu.


In the House (2013): A sixteen-year-old boy schemes his way into the house of a fellow student from his literature class and writes about it in essays for his French teacher. Faced with this gifted and unusual pupil, the teacher rediscovers his enthusiasm for his work, but the boy s intrusion unleashes a series of uncontrollable events.

Yves Saint Laurent (2014): Yves Saint Laurent becomes head designer at French fashion house Christian Dior, suffers a breakdown and meets his future life and business partner.

Blue is the Warmest Color (2013): Determined to fall in love, 15-year-old Adele is focused on boys. But it’s a blue-haired girl who she meets on the street that really piques her interest.

Amelie (2001): When impish Amelie finds a long-hidden trove of toys behind a baseboard in her apartment, she’s inspired to return the items to their original owner.


Breathless (1960): With its lack of polish, surplus of attitude, anything-goes crime narrative, and effervescent young stars Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg, Breathless helped launch the French New Wave and ensured cinema would never be the same.

Vivre sa Vie (1962): Nana, a young Parisian, aspires to be an actress but instead ends up a prostitute, her downward spiral depicted in a series of discrete tableaux of daydreams and dances.

The Red Balloon (1956): In this deceptively simple, nearly wordless tale, a young boy discovers a stray balloon, which seems to have a mind of its own, on the streets of Paris. The two become inseparable, yet the world’s harsh realities finally interfere.

For a complete list of French films streaming on Hulu, click here.



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