10 best comedies with Louis de Funes

Louis de Funes is a world class actor. During his life he starred in more than a hundred films. However, comedies brought him the greatest popularity. In this genre, the French comedian, with his expressive facial expressions and vivid emotions, had no equal. We present a selection of the best comedies with the participation of a brilliant actor.

Big Walk (1966)

This picture with Bourville and Louis de Funes is the best comedy about a difficult wartime. The filmmakers managed to easily and without malice laugh at the difficult period of the occupation of France by German troops in the summer of 1942, thus proving that even in difficult times there is a place for humor.

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The central characters of the comedy are English pilots shot down over Paris, and two Frenchmen who help them. They are the grouchy conductor Stanislav Lefort, played by Louis de Funes, and the calm painter Augustin Bouvet, played by Bourvil. The heroes are waiting for a long journey to help the friendly British in the fight against the Nazis. Two brilliant comedians set the tone for a film that has it all: improbable situations, daring escapades and subtle French humour.

Original title:
La grande vadrouille

Cast:
Bourville, Louis de Funes, Claudio Brook

Country:
France, UK

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.1, IMDb – 8.0

Age limit:
12+

Oscar (1967)

In the work on this film, Louis de Funes acted as a screenwriter and actor, playing the role of the quirky industrialist Bertrand Barnier. The film tells about the confrontation between Barnier and his subordinate Christian Martin, who is not inferior in cunning to his boss. As a result, the comedy acquires a twisted, almost detective story.

Marten is determined to move up the career ladder. He offers the boss to give him an increase in salary in order to … ask for the hand of Barnier’s daughter, with whom he is in a relationship. The whole plot unfolds within one day and does not go beyond the rich house of Barnier. New characters constantly appear in the story space, which sharpen the episodes and make the comedy even funnier.

Original title:
Oscar

Cast:
Louis de Funes, Claude Rich, Mario David

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.1, IMDb – 7.6

Age limit:
12+

Fantomas (1964)

The list of the funniest pictures with Louis de Funes continues the first film from the famous trilogy about the elusive criminal Fantômas. For Russian viewers, this is perhaps one of the most beloved comedies with a French comedian. Louis de Funes plays in it the role of the fussy police commissioner Juve. To match him and the antagonist – the villain Fantomas performed by the brilliant Jean Marais.

This is a classic adventure comedy where a cunning criminal leads the police by the nose. A series of daring crimes shakes Paris. Commissioner Juve manages to get on the trail of a dangerous villain who hides his face under a mask. There is also a philosophical subtext in the picture: how can a respectable person who has become a victim of deceit be understood and justified?

Original title:
Fantômas

Cast:
Jean Marais, Louis de Funes, Mylène Demongeot

Country:
France, Italy

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 7.0

Age limit:
12+

Gendarme from Saint-Tropez (1964)

This story about the adventures of a gendarme in a seaside town is the first of six comedies about policemen who are serving in an elite resort. Louis de Funes played the gendarme Ludovic Cruchot, sent to Saint-Tropez to restore order there. Together with him comes his adult daughter Nicole.

At first, new colleagues do not like the strict gendarme. Yes, and Nicole constantly adds problems, finding herself in the center of unpleasant stories. But soon the brave police officers manage to join forces, calm the troublemakers, solve the crime and even save Cruchot himself.

Original title:
Le gendarme de Saint-Tropez

Cast:
Louis de Funes, Genevieve Grad, Michel Galabru

Country:
France, Italy

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 7.2

Age restrictions:
6+

Razinya (1965)

The Franco-Italian crime comedy is one of the funniest films starring Louis de Funes. In this picture, the famous comedian plays the role of businessman Leopold Saroyan, who is thinking of smuggling precious stones and metals.

To smuggle valuables across the border, the hero decides on a gamble: he entrusts transportation to an unfamiliar driver, whose car he “accidentally” crashes into. Now, an unsuspecting slacker must take a smuggled Cadillac from Italy to France.

Original title:
Le corniaud

Cast:
Bourville, Louis de Funes, Venantino Venantini

Country:
France, Italy, Spain

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 7.5

Age restrictions:
0+

The Adventures of Rabbi Yakov (1973)

This comedy tells the story of two people from completely different worlds – Rabbi Jacob and Frenchman Victor Pivert, who has a lot of prejudices about people of a different faith. However, by chance, the hero will literally have to become a man of the “other world”.

Victor Pivert, played by Louis de Funes, becomes an unwitting witness to an impending crime against an Arab leader. Now the hero is forced to hide from the terrorists and the police. He finds temporary salvation by reincarnating as Rabbi Yaakov, with whom he was accidentally confused.

Original title:
Les aventures de Rabbi Jacob

Cast:
Louis de Funes, Claude Giraud, Susie Deler

Country:
France, Italy

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 7.5

Age limit:
12+

Not caught – not a thief (1958)

French comedy starring Louis de Funès as the poacher Blérot. The hero sells mushrooms in the market, but they bring little income. Therefore, the merchant decides to engage in illegal fishing and selling fish.

When one of the gendarmes is attacked, Blérot, who is in conflict with the police, is taken into custody. Soon the real criminal is caught, but it is not easy for the hero to go free.

Original title:
Ni vu, ni connu

Cast:
Louis de Funes, Noel Adam, Frederic Duvalles

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 7.3

Age limit:
0+

Wing or Leg (1976)

This film is a satire on the spread and popularization of the fast food industry. In the comedy, Louis de Funes appears as the culinary critic Charles Duchmin, an undisputed authority among gourmets and restaurateurs.

It is a matter of honor for any restaurant in France to receive a positive review from Duchesmin. However, the hero is not so simple. The critic comes to each institution in an unusual way, because of which he gets into different comical situations.

Original title:
L’aile ou la cuisse

Cast:
Louis de Funes, Coluche, Anne Zaharias

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 7.3

Age limit:
0+

Big Vacation (1967)

The film tells about the problem of fathers and children. Louis de Funes plays the role of Charles Bosquier, headmaster of a prestigious gymnasium. The son of Monsieur Bosquier failed his English exam and now he has to go to the UK for a language exchange.

And a girl from an English family comes to the Bosquier family. However, the children do not at all want to study foreign languages, but go on a trip on a yacht. The hero of Louis de Funes rides after them to return everything to its place.

Original title:
Les grandes vacances

Cast:
Louis de Funes, Ferdie Maine, Martina Kelly

Country:
France, Italy

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 6.6

Age restrictions:
0+

Frozen (1969)

The spouses Hubert and Edme de Tartas live well and manage the factory, which was inherited from Edme’s father. However, their lives change in an instant: a living man was found in Greenland, frozen in the ice more than 60 years ago. This man turns out to be Edme’s grandfather, who is perfectly preserved in the permafrost and looks much younger than his granddaughter.

Hubert, played by Louis de Funes, is not at all happy about the arrival of a newly-made relative who now claims part of their property. However, Edme intends to settle grandfather at home. In order for him to gradually get used to the new world, the spouses for the first time recreate the atmosphere of the beginning of the 20th century in the house. Grandfather settles into the family so quickly that he decides to hit on the bride of his great-grandson.

Original title:
Hibernatus

Cast:
Louis de Funes, Michael Lonsdale, Claudie Jansac

Country:
France, Italy

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 6.7

Age limit:
12+

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