When setting up our website we noticed a lot of incoming searches for ‘watch french movies for free online with English subtitles’. We of course understood that most people were looking for ways to watch these free French movies online illegally. We, as a website that supports the national film industries, can naturally not go along with that. But fortunately there is another option! There are a pretty large amount of very good full French films that you can just watch completely on Youtube. For some you will have to watch it in parts, but for a lot of them you can watch the complete full French movie at once. We have made a list of the very best one’s. Check it out below! You can also download them.
Englis subtitled French cinema via Hulu and Snagfilms
For US residents Hulu and Snagfilms provides a huge selection of French art house films online. Here we have selected the more mainstream ones.
Les Nom des Gens online (2010)
Say Goodbye to The Sticks and Intouchables are responsible for historically high figures in French Box Office. Les Nom des Gens is not quite as popular, but pretty come close. Like the above mentioned to it is a delightful French comedy.
Tell no one (Ne le dis à personne) (2008)
There are not many action films coming from France, and besides the few exceptionally good French Gangster films, they usually are not very good. But Tell No One is I the very best French action film in ages. It is about a man who finds out that his wife who he thought to be murdered might still be alive.
For an overview of great French art house films on Hulu on Snagfilms you should visit Cinema International.
Our Free French Movies list – Made possible by Youtube!
You can watch these French movies with subtitles by turning it on in the options menu. You can also often also watch them with Turkish, Portugese, French or Spanish subtitles. That depends per film. We have currently removed the direct links to Youtube films because of potential copyright infringement. Search for these titles and make sure to check the copyright notice!
Watch Amelie online for free!
Our absolute number one French film is available to watch online for free! Here you can also setup the English subtitles. The ‘Fabulous life of Amelie Poulain’ is our best rated French movie. You can check the review out in our Best French Movies list. Now also on Youtube with Spanish subtitles.
La Belle Verte – Beautiful Green (1996)
Rather popular on Youtube, and has been online for quite a while now. It comes with multiple language subs, but you have to select them yourself. La Belle Verte is a French comedy from 1996 in which you can see, amongst others, a young Manon Cotillard receiving word from altruistic aliens.
Masculin Féminin – Free online film by Jean-Luc Godard
This classic by legendary filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard can now be watched on Youtube. According to critics an excellent depiction of France and Paris in the 1960’s.
La Piscine/The Swimming Pool (1969)
Another gem from the 1960’s. This one if featuring the incredibly beautiful Romy Schneider in a thrilling & intelligent crime drama.
Italian French spoken war movies about the Bloody Battle of Algiers with subtitles.
This is one of the most bloody and terrible battles of all time. About the Algerian war between French government and guerilla warriors. It received three Oscar nominations. This Arabic/Italian/French war movie can be watched for free with English subtitles via Youtube. It is a full movie of about 2 hours.
Watch this French children’s movie online (animated)
Pretty popular animated French kids movie with English subtitles. A Town called Panic (2009).
French-Persian oscar-nominated animation movie: Persepolis
A rather dark, but very well-done animated movie about a young Iranian girl during the 1979 revolution in Iran. There is an English spoken one as well, but here is the French version with English subs.
Watch Les Choristes online for free!
This heartwarming and charming French movie from 2004 is now also available. It is perhaps not the strongest film storywise, but every romantic will love it. It is about a teacher who has to teach at a strict boys school. He ends up teaching them love for music, and changes their lives. We very pleasently surprised to find it among the free French movies!
A Love to Hide
Another recent French war film. This one takes place in France during the Second World War. A Love to Hide is about a young Jewish girl trying to stay out of the hands of the Germans, and wants to escape to England. It is a TV movie, but it got pretty good reviews.
A romantic movie from the nineties – The Hairdresser’s husband
Recently more and more French language movies, and movies taking place in France, are uploaded to Youtube. A new one was put on there in 2012/2013: the romantic comedy ‘Le mari de la coiffeuse’. It comes with Spanish subtitles.
Lila Says (2004)
Great movie that is based on the novel that goes by same name. It is about a 19-year old boy who despite having potential as a writer, decides to spend his life doing nothing. Be aware that this is a 18 + film. You will perhaps have to login on your Youtube account.
Hiroshima mon Amour
A golden oldy from 1959. An acclaimed French film by director Alain Resnais that has won many awards. It is about a French and Japanese couple having a very personal conversation.
These are the best Free French movies we have found so far. We will add some more French films that you can watch for free very soon!