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List of Jean Cocteau Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. Django Reinhardt (1957)
13
4
Django Reinhardt
13
4
As:
Writer
Director:
Paul Paviot
Genres:
Short
Star Cast:
Yves Montand, Henri Crolla, André Ekyan, Hubert Fol, Raymond Fol
2. Pantomimes (1956)
12
3
Pantomimes
12
3
As:
Cast, Writer
Director:
Paul Paviot
Genres:
Short
Star Cast:
Daniel Gélin, Pierre Véry, Marcel Marceau
3. Orpheus (1950)
12
2
Orpheus
12
2
As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Director:
Jean Cocteau
Genres:
Drama, Romance, Fantasy
Star Cast:
Marie Déa, Jean Marais, María Casares, François Périer
4. Beauty and the Beast (1946)
13
2
Beauty and the Beast
13
2

This fantasy romantic drama film tells the story of a beautiful young girl, who takes her father’s place as a prisoner of a mysterious beast, in an enchanted castle. However, soon the beast starts developing feelings for her.  

As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Director:
Jean Cocteau, René Clément
Genres:
Drama, Romance, Fantasy
Star Cast:
Jean Marais, Josette Day, Mila Parély, Nane Germon
5. Jean Cocteau fait du cinéma (1925)
11
2
Jean Cocteau fait du cinéma
11
2
As:
Director
Director:
Jean Cocteau
6. The Blood of a Poet (1932)
12
2
The Blood of a Poet
12
2
As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Director:
Jean Cocteau
Genres:
Fantasy
Star Cast:
Pauline Carton, Enrique Rivero, Elizabeth Lee Miller, Odette Talazac
7. Coriolan (1950)
11
2
Coriolan
11
2
As:
Cast, Director
Director:
Jean Cocteau
Star Cast:
Jean Marais, Josette Day, Henri Filipacchi
8. Les dames du Bois de Boulogne (1945)
11
2
Les dames du Bois de Boulogne
11
2
As:
Writer
Director:
Genres:
Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Paul Bernard, María Casares, Elina Labourdette, Lucienne Bogaert, Jean Marchat
10. Love Eternal (1943)
11
3
Love Eternal
11
3
As:
Writer
Director:
Jean Delannoy
Genres:
Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Roland Toutain, Madeleine Sologne, Jean Marais, Jean Murat, Junie Astor
11. Les Enfants Terribles (1950)
11
2
Les Enfants Terribles
11
2
As:
Cast, Writer
Director:
Jean-Pierre Melville
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Nicole Stéphane, Edouard Dermithe, Renée Cosima, Jacques Bernard
12. Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios (1988)
10
2
Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios
R
10
2

This Spanish comedy drama film tells the story of a television actress, who is left by her lover without any apparent reason. She embarks on a journey to find out why, but on her way, she comes across multiple eccentric characters.

As:
Writer
Director:
Genres:
Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
Antonio Banderas, Julieta Serrano, María Barranco, Carmen Maura, Rossy de Palma
14. Les parents terribles (1948)
10
2
Les parents terribles
10
2

Michel, 22, who is in love with Madeleine, tells his family that he intends to marry her. His possessive mother, Yvonne, has no wish to lose her son. Besides, this marriage could expose some dark family secrets. So the parents, with help of Yvonne’s single sister Leo, hatch a plan to break this engagement. But later, Leo decides to set things right.  

As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Director:
Jean Cocteau
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Jean Marais, Josette Day, Gabrielle Dorziat, Yvonne de Bray
15. Comedy of Happiness (1940)
10
2
Comedy of Happiness
10
2
As:
Writer
Director:
Marcel L'Herbier
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Sylvie, Ramon Novarro, Michel Simon, Jacqueline Delubac, Micheline Presle
16. Thomas the Impostor (1965)
10
2
Thomas the Impostor
10
2
As:
Writer
Director:
Georges Franju
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Jean Marais, Jean Servais, Emmanuelle Riva, Rosy Varte, Fabrice Rouleau
17. The Eagle with Two Heads (1948)
10
2
The Eagle with Two Heads
10
2

The Eagle With Two Heads is a French drama film, which revolves around a poet, who plans to assassinate an unpopular queen. However, things take a turn and the two instead fall in love. 

As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Jean Cocteau
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Capucine, Edwige Feuillère, Jean Marais, Jean Debucourt, Silvia Monfort, Jacques Varennes
18. Black Crown (1951)
10
2
Black Crown
10
2
As:
Writer
Director:
Luis Saslavsky
Genres:
Mystery, Drama
Star Cast:
Rossano Brazzi, María Félix, Vittorio Gassman, José María Lado, Antonia Plana
19. La Malibran (1944)
10
2
La Malibran
10
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Sacha Guitry
Genres:
Biography, Drama, Musical
Star Cast:
Mona Goya, Suzy Prim, Jean Weber, Geori-Boué
20. La villa Santo Sospir (1975)
11
2
La villa Santo Sospir
11
2

Directed by Jean Cocteau, this short film of 35 minutes takes the viewer on a tour of Francine Weisweiller’s villa located on the French coast. This location is used by Cocteau in one of his later films.

As:
Cast, Director
Role:
Himself
Director:
Jean Cocteau
Genres:
Short
Star Cast:
Edouard Dermithe, Francine Weisweiller
21. Le bel indifférent (1957)
10
2
Le bel indifférent
10
2
As:
Writer
Director:
Jacques Demy
Genres:
Short
Star Cast:
Jacques Demy, Jeanne Allard, Angelo Bellini
22. Ruy Blas (1948)
10
2
Ruy Blas
10
2
As:
Writer
Director:
Pierre Billon
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Alexandre Rignault, Danielle Darrieux, Marcel Herrand, Jean Marais, Gabrielle Dorziat
23. The Phantom Baron (1943)
10
2
The Phantom Baron
10
2
As:
Cast, Writer
Director:
Serge de Poligny
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
André Lefaur, Alain Cuny, Gabrielle Dorziat, Jany Holt
24. The Mystery of Oberwald (1980)
9
2
The Mystery of Oberwald
9
2

Also known as Il mistero di Oberwald, the movie tells the story of a young radical poet Sebastian, who breaks into a castle in Oberwald, to kill the Queen. The Queen has been mourning her husband for ten years. Things get complicated when both discover that Sebastian is the spitting image of the dead king.  

As:
Writer
Genres:
Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Monica Vitti, Paolo Bonacelli, Franco Branciaroli, Luigi Diberti, Elisabetta Pozzi
25. Jean Cocteau s'adresse... à l'an 2000 (1962)
9
3
Jean Cocteau s'adresse... à l'an 2000
9
3
As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Role:
Himself
Director:
Jean Cocteau
Genres:
Documentary, Short
26. It Happened on the 36 Candles (1957)
9
2
It Happened on the 36 Candles
9
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Henri Diamant-Berger
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Charles Boyer, Charles Aznavour, Jane Sourza, Guy Bertil
27. Princess of Cleves (1961)
9
2
Princess of Cleves
9
2
As:
Writer
Director:
Jean Delannoy
Genres:
Romance, Drama, History
Star Cast:
Jean Marais, Lea Padovani, Marina Vlady, Jean-François Poron, Annie Ducaux
28. 8 X 8: A Chess Sonata in 8 Movements (1957)
9
2
8 X 8: A Chess Sonata in 8 Movements
9
2

This experimental film was created as a fairytale for the subconscious mind based on the game of chess.

As:
Cast, Director
Director:
Jean Cocteau, Hans Richter
Genres:
Music
Star Cast:
Paul Bowles, Jean Arp, Ceal Bryson, Alexander Calder
29. Blues (2012)
13
2
Blues
13
2
As:
Writer
Director:
André Schneider
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Barbara Kowa
30. Drug-Taking and the Arts (1993)
10
2
Drug-Taking and the Arts
10
2
As:
Writer
Director:
Storm Thorgerson
Genres:
Drama, Documentary
Star Cast:
John McEnery, Phil Daniels, Bernard Hill, Patrick Barlow, Thom Booker
31. Merlín (1991)
8
2
Merlín
8
2
As:
Writer
Director:
Adolfo Arrieta
Star Cast:
Francis Lorenzo, Clara Sanchis, Gonzalo Armero, Xavier Grandès, Adolfo Arrieta
32. La voix humaine (1990)
8
2
La voix humaine
8
2
As:
Writer
Director:
Peter Medak
Genres:
Drama, Musical
Star Cast:
Julia Migenes
33. Beautiful (2002)
8
2
Beautiful
8
2
As:
Writer
Director:
André Delhaye
Genres:
Short, Drama
Star Cast:
André Baptista, Jacinto Durães
34. Oedipus Rex (1972)
8
2
Oedipus Rex
8
2
As:
Writer
Genres:
Music
Star Cast:
Michael Wager, René Kollo, Tom Krause, Tatiana Troyanos, Harvard Glee Club
35. Voce umana (2014)
8
2
Voce umana
8
2
As:
Writer
Director:
Edoardo Ponti
Genres:
Drama, Short, Romance
Star Cast:
Sophia Loren, Enrico Lo Verso, Alessandra Bonarotta, Virginia Da Brescia
36. Opium (2013)
7
1
Opium
7
1
As:
Writer
Director:
Arielle Dombasle
Genres:
Comedy, Drama, Romance, Musical
Star Cast:
Arielle Dombasle, Grégoire Colin, Hélène Fillières, Samuel Mercer, Niels Schneider
37. Days of Our Years (1950)
6
1
Days of Our Years
6
1
As:
Cast, Writer
Role:
Himself
Director:
Roland Tual, Denise Batcheff, Werner Malbran
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
Sarah Bernhardt, Pierre Fresnay, Romney Brent, Marie Daëms

TV Movie(s)

1. The Human Voice (1966)
11
2
The Human Voice
11
2
As:
Writer
Director:
Ted Kotcheff
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
2. Oedipus Rex (1984)
8
2
Oedipus Rex
8
2
As:
Writer
Director:
Hans Hulscher
Genres:
Fantasy, Drama, Music
Star Cast:
Felicity Palmer, Neil Rosenshein, Claudio Desderi, Anton Scharinger, Justin Lavender
3. Die geliebte Stimme (1960)
12
2
Die geliebte Stimme
12
2
As:
Writer
Director:
Franz Josef Wild
Star Cast:
Hildegard Knef
4. Le bel indifférent (1978)
11
2
Le bel indifférent
11
2
As:
Writer
Director:
Marion Sarraut
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Alain Delon, Annie Cordy
5. Hot House (2003)
9
2
Hot House
9
2
As:
Writer
Director:
Josée Dayan
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Jeanne Moreau, Nicole Garcia, Ariadna Gil, François Berléand, Cyrille Thouvenin
6. L'aigle à deux têtes (1975)
7
1
L'aigle à deux têtes
7
1
As:
Writer
Director:
Pierre Cavassilas
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Marthe Keller, Mireille Delcroix, Marc Dudicourt, Christian Baltauss, Jacques Charby

Animation(s)

The Emperor's Nightingale (1949)
The Emperor's Nightingale
As:
Writer
Director:
Jirí Trnka, Milos Makovec
Genres:
Family, Fantasy, Animation
Star Cast:
Boris Karloff, Helena Patockova, Jaromir Sobotoa, Detsky pevecky sbor Jana Kuhna

TV Shows and Videos

Alta comedia (1965)
Alta comedia
As:
Writer
Genres:
Drama, Mystery, Romance
Star Cast:
Víctor Laplace, Ignacio Quirós, Alicia Bruzzo, Eduardo Rudy, Alfredo Iglesias
Estudio 1 (1965)
Estudio 1
As:
Writer
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
José Bódalo, Ana María Vidal, Fernando Delgado, Luisa Sala, José María Escuer