The Best Old French Comedies

What do you need to have a good time? That’s right – pick a good movie. Old French films, or rather, comedies from the 70s and 80s, will cheer you up and make you look at life in a new way.

Live with Risk (1975)

Richard Dike is a private detective with an impeccable reputation. He unravels cases related to infidelity, and the flow of clients does not dry out. Everyone wants to follow their spouse, to understand if it’s time to start dividing property. Who would have thought that a new business would be the most difficult and at the same time the most ridiculous in life?

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An order was received from an elderly man, demanding to follow his young wife. A solid jackpot is promised for the successful completion of the task, and Dike enthusiastically gets down to business. As it turns out, the beauty is not as simple as it might seem at first glance. We’ll have to work hard to get the really “hot facts” of treason.

Original title:
Il faut vivre dangereusement

Cast:
Annie Girardot, Claude Brasseur, Sidney Rome

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 5.1

The Gendarme and the Aliens (1978)

This film is considered one of the best old French comedies of the 70s. Louis de Funes, in the role of a gendarme, successfully coped with the criminals living on Earth. He is satisfied with his work and is unaware of a new threat. It does not come from ordinary people, but from real aliens. They land on Earth, taking the form of police officers.

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When a newly minted police officer enters the water and becomes covered with rust, this attracts Cruchot’s attention. The gendarme declares war on fake colleagues. At first, no one believes him, they believe that the hero has gone mad. As the plot develops, comic situations arise, from which only Cruchot can emerge victorious.

Original title:
Le gendarme et les extra-terrestres

Cast:
Louis de Funes, Michel Galabru, Maurice Rich

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 6.3

Age limit:
12+

Escape (1978)

Duroc is a successful lawyer whose reputation is impeccable. He heads to the prison where he has a date with a client. The usual conversation procedure is interrupted by a riot that has begun. The prisoners escape by stunning the guards, and Duroc finds himself in a car with a ward. As it turns out, the police began searching for a lawyer, believing that his arrival is associated with an uprising of the inhabitants of the prison.

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Further events unfold rapidly. Duroc believes that circumstances can be turned to your advantage. The ingenuity, rich imagination of the characters and exciting adventures will make you follow their fate without stopping. Pierre Richard is inimitable in the title role. A burst of laughter is guaranteed.

Original title:
La carapate

Cast:
Pierre Richard, Victor Lanoux, Raymond Bussière

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 6.4

Age limit:
12+

Charles and Lucy (1979)

The main characters are a married couple. He considers himself an expert in antiques. She is a concierge in one of the elite houses. They got used to each other’s features. I want variety, but the lack of free time and finances make me enjoy the simple joys of life.

One fine day, the family learns about the inheritance in the form of a villa on the Cote d’Azur. The only condition is to sell all the property. The couple get rid of the property and head to the sea by car. What awaits them ahead without finances, their own housing, but with great faith in a miracle?

Original title:
Charles et Lucie

Cast:
Daniel Seccaldi, Ginette Garcin, Jean-Marie Prolier

Country:
France

Rating:
IMDb – 6.9

Incorrigible (1975)

It is impossible not to mention the French comedy of the 70s, the plot of which tells about the adventures of a charming swindler. The main character, who was embodied on the screen by Jean-Paul Belmondo, was released from prison. For those around him, he became an ordinary person leading a law-abiding lifestyle. In fact, Victor begins to trade in smuggling.

Victor’s business is booming. He manages to hide from the police, and the women of Paris are crazy about the charismatic villain. Acquaintance with Marie-Charlotte does not arouse suspicion in the criminal. He does not realize that law enforcement officials have decided to send an agent to cover the criminal business. How will the adventurer’s adventure end? Comedy managed to win the hearts of millions of viewers around the world.

Original title:
L’incorrigible

Cast:
Jean-Paul Belmondo, Genevieve Bujold, Julien Guiomar

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 6.7

Age limit:
16+

Boom (1980)

An old French comedy with a romantic twist about the fate of a teenage girl evoked an emotional response in the hearts of many viewers. Sophie Marceau brilliantly played the heroine, experiencing the problems typical of this age. Strict parents do not understand the experiences of their daughter. First love can bring joy and disappointment.

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A planned party could be in jeopardy given the inability to invite guests home. The absurd situations that the girl gets into cannot but cause a smile. She needs to gain authority among her peers and not get into trouble.

Original title:
La boum

Cast:
Claude Brasseur, Brigitte Fosse, Sophie Marceau

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 6.7

Age limit:
12+

African (1983)

In the 80s, a lot of interesting comedies came out in France. Popular actors Catherine Deneuve and Philippe Noiret starred in one of them. The story tells about a heroine who flew to Africa. She tries to study the features of the area in order to organize the construction of the hotel. It protects animals from poachers who seek to destroy valuable species.

The film has a conflict of interest. Victor seeks to preserve wildlife from the invasion of people, while his ex-wife tries to bring elements of civilization. The heroes will be participants in ridiculous events in which they will have to show a sense of humor and defend their own interests.

Original title:
L’Africain

Cast:
Catherine Deneuve, Philippe Noiret, Jean-Francois Balmer

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 6.3

Age limit:
12+

Open Police (1984)

One of the funniest old French comedies of the 80s is this one. What do you do when a new guy comes to the police station? That’s right – take the lead. You can feel yourself in the role of a mentor, gradually transferring skills to a representative of the younger generation.

An experienced law enforcement officer teaches a young partner the tricks of fraud. The “old-timer” laughs in his heart at the inexperience of a beginner who remembers everything that an experienced comrade says. Who would have thought that after a while, Francois would be able to overshadow the teacher, who is unaware of the true talents of the ward?

Original title:
Les ripoux

Cast:
Philippe Noiret, Thierry Lermitte, Regine

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 7.2

Age limit:
16+

Umbrella Prick (1980)

Gregoire Lecomte is an actor who is considered a loser. He dreams of acting in a big movie, but advertises dubious products. Casting trips take up free time, finances run out, personal life fails. You have to make an effort to remind agents, directors and studio representatives about yourself.

One ordinary day, a failed actor comes to the casting. The signed contract turns out to be the conclusion of cooperation with a mafia group. Gregoire has to kill a man using a poisoned umbrella. He does not suspect that he has embarked on an adventure with unpredictable consequences. His life begins to resemble an action movie, but Leconte’s imagination and ingenuity remains to be envied. All fans of the charming Pierre Richard must watch!

Original title:
Le coup du parapluie

Cast:
Pierre Richard, Valerie Meresse, Christine Murillo

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 6.7

Age limit:
16+

Three men and a baby in a cradle (1985)

Great French comedy of the 80s. The heroes are three bachelors, leading a measured lifestyle. They do not suspect that in the very near future they will be visited by a former lover. A woman leaves a baby in the care of single men and disappears. Confusion and anger at an unlucky mother turn into a desire to create comfortable conditions for a small child.

It turns out that each of the trinity is capable of being a wonderful father. To be convinced of this, you will have to compete with friends in enterprise, caring and a sense of humor. It remains to be seen what the adventures will lead to, which turn out to be exciting and unforgettable for all three bachelors.

Original title:
3 hommes et un couffin

Cast:
Roland Giraud, Michel Bougena, Andre Dussolier

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 6.5

Age limit:
16+

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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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