The best French movies with Gérard Depardieu

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Following in the footsteps of Alain Delon and Jean-Paul Belmondo, Gérard Depardieu has been for the past 5 decades one of the greatest French actors, easily alterning from new wave classics and powerful dramas to box-office comedies and American blockbusters. Enjoy the best of French cinema in America with TV5MONDE USA and check out our list of 5 must-see films with Gérard Depardieu.


Changing Times (Les temps qui changent)

This might not be Gérard Depardieu’s most famous film but André Téchiné’s Changing time is a poignant, thought-provoking story of a long lost love. It’s also the 7th film in which Gérard Depardieu and Catherine Deneuve face each other, but they still manage to surprise the audience with their daring performances. Stream Les temps qui changent and more French movies with Gérard Depardieu now on TV5MONDE+

Jean de Florette

This might just be Gérard Depardieu’s best role. This Greek tragedy on human greed and sacrifice is also the opposition of three mastodontes of French cinema Gérard Depardieu, Yves Montand and Daniel Auteuil. Jean de Florette features as well a splendid cinematography set in lush rural Provence. Check out more French classics on TV5MONDE and TV5MONDE Cinema on Demand.

Right Bank, Left Bank (Rive droite, rive gauche)

Never released in the USA, but luckily available on TV5MONDE+, Right Bank, Left Bank is a classic French ménage à trois film somewhere between a thriller and drama. Come for the incredible trio Gérard Depardieu, Nathalie Baye and Carole Bouquet (nominated for a César award for her role) and stay for the spectacular cinematography that shines a beautiful light on the streets of Paris.

Mon oncle d’amérique

Featured in most best films of the year’s list in 1992, Alain Resnais’ black and white dramedy is a philosophical masterpiece on human behavior – tragic and funny – reminiscent of the works of Woody Allen with its witty dialogue.

The Last Metro (Le dernier métro)

A groundbreaking melodrama by François Truffaut (Jules & Jim, The 400 Blows), The Last Metro is still today considered one of the greatest French films of all time. This WWII love triangle is also the very first movie (in a long line of movies) with Gérard Depardieu and Catherine Deneuve. To watch more classic French movies from François Truffaut and the like, check out now TV5MONDE+, which comes at no additional cost with the French channel TV5MONDE USA, and enjoy the best of French movies and French TV Series available in America.