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List of Jean Cocteau Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. Django Reinhardt (1957)
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4
Django Reinhardt
13
4
Starring:
Yves Montand, Henri Crolla, André Ekyan, Hubert Fol, Raymond Fol
Directed By:
Paul Paviot
2. Orpheus (1950)
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2
Orpheus
13
2

After his wife passes away, a poet named Orphee follows her into the underworld. However, things take an interesting turn when he falls in love with Princess Death. The Princess eventually decides to send Orphee back out of the Underworld, along with his wife.

Starring:
Marie Déa, Jean Marais, María Casares, François Périer
Directed By:
Jean Cocteau
3. Beauty and the Beast (1946)
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2
Beauty and the Beast
14
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.  

Starring:
Jean Marais, Josette Day, Mila Parély, Nane Germon
Directed By:
Jean Cocteau, René Clément
4. Jean Cocteau fait du cinéma (1925)
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2
Jean Cocteau fait du cinéma
11
2
Directed By:
Jean Cocteau
5. The Blood of a Poet (1932)
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2
The Blood of a Poet
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2

The Blood of a Poet is a fantasy film divided into four sections. The first part tells the story of an artist who sketches a face, but he is in for a shock, when its mouth begins to move. When he tries to rub out the mouth, he is in for another shock to see that it has transferred to the palm of his hand. In the second part, a female statue tries to speak to the artist. The third part revolves around a few students who are having a snowball fight. The final scene is about a card shark playing a game with a woman.  

Starring:
Pauline Carton, Enrique Rivero, Elizabeth Lee Miller, Odette Talazac
Directed By:
Jean Cocteau
6. Coriolan (1950)
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2
Coriolan
11
2
Starring:
Jean Marais, Josette Day, Henri Filipacchi
Directed By:
Jean Cocteau
7. Les dames du Bois de Boulogne (1945)
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2
Les dames du Bois de Boulogne
11
2
Starring:
Paul Bernard, María Casares, Elina Labourdette, Lucienne Bogaert, Jean Marchat
Directed By:
9. Love Eternal (1943)
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3
Love Eternal
11
3
Starring:
Roland Toutain, Madeleine Sologne, Jean Marais, Jean Murat, Junie Astor
Directed By:
Jean Delannoy
10. Les Enfants Terribles (1950)
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2
Les Enfants Terribles
11
2
Starring:
Nicole Stéphane, Edouard Dermithe, Renée Cosima, Jacques Bernard
Directed By:
Jean-Pierre Melville
11. Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios (1988)
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2
Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios
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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.

Starring:
Antonio Banderas, Julieta Serrano, María Barranco, Carmen Maura, Rossy de Palma
Directed By:
12. L'amore (1948)
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2
L'amore
10
2
Starring:
Federico Fellini, Anna Magnani, Peparuolo, Amelia Robert
Directed By:
13. Les parents terribles (1948)
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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.  

Starring:
Jean Marais, Josette Day, Gabrielle Dorziat, Yvonne de Bray
Directed By:
Jean Cocteau
14. Comedy of Happiness (1940)
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2
Comedy of Happiness
10
2
Starring:
Louis Jourdan, Sylvie, Ramon Novarro, Michel Simon, Jacqueline Delubac, Micheline Presle
Directed By:
Marcel L'Herbier
15. Thomas the Impostor (1965)
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2
Thomas the Impostor
10
2
Starring:
Jean Marais, Jean Servais, Emmanuelle Riva, Rosy Varte, Fabrice Rouleau
Directed By:
Georges Franju
16. 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. 

Starring:
Capucine, Edwige Feuillère, Jean Marais, Jean Debucourt, Silvia Monfort, Jacques Varennes
Directed By:
Jean Cocteau
17. Black Crown (1951)
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2
Black Crown
10
2

Black Crown is a mystery drama film which tells the story of Mara, a woman who is caught in an illicit love affair by her husband. When he decides to divorce her, she murders him. However, shortly after, she begins to suffer from amnesia. She tries to remember the place where some precious jewels were hidden.

Starring:
Rossano Brazzi, María Félix, Vittorio Gassman, José María Lado, Antonia Plana
Directed By:
Luis Saslavsky
18. La Malibran (1944)
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2
La Malibran
10
2
Starring:
Mona Goya, Suzy Prim, Jean Weber, Geori-Boué
Directed By:
Sacha Guitry
19. La villa Santo Sospir (1975)
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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.

Role:
Himself
Starring:
Edouard Dermithe, Francine Weisweiller
Directed By:
Jean Cocteau
20. Le bel indifférent (1957)
10
2
Le bel indifférent
10
2
Starring:
Jacques Demy, Jeanne Allard, Angelo Bellini
Directed By:
Jacques Demy
21. Ruy Blas (1948)
10
2
Ruy Blas
10
2
Starring:
Alexandre Rignault, Danielle Darrieux, Marcel Herrand, Jean Marais, Gabrielle Dorziat
Directed By:
Pierre Billon
22. The Phantom Baron (1943)
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2
The Phantom Baron
10
2

Countess of Saint-Helie lives in an old derelict castle with daughter Elfy, and foster-daughter Anne who both are in love with the same man, Herve. The castle’s master, Baron Julius Carol, has been mysteriously missing for some years, and the castle also has lore about hidden treasure. In a shocking incident the Baron’s mummified body is found in an oubliette, disclosing more enigmas.

Starring:
André Lefaur, Alain Cuny, Gabrielle Dorziat, Jany Holt
Directed By:
Serge de Poligny
23. The Mystery of Oberwald (1980)
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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.  

Starring:
Monica Vitti, Paolo Bonacelli, Franco Branciaroli, Luigi Diberti, Elisabetta Pozzi
24. Jean Cocteau s'adresse... à l'an 2000 (1962)
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3
Jean Cocteau s'adresse... à l'an 2000
9
3

This short documentary film is meant to be a poetic essay, where Jean Cocteau delivers some impressions on his time and on his imagination regarding the future.

Role:
Himself
Directed By:
Jean Cocteau
25. It Happened on the 36 Candles (1957)
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2
It Happened on the 36 Candles
9
2
Starring:
Charles Boyer, Charles Aznavour, Jane Sourza, Guy Bertil
Directed By:
Henri Diamant-Berger
26. Princess of Cleves (1961)
9
2
Princess of Cleves
9
2
Starring:
Jean Marais, Lea Padovani, Marina Vlady, Jean-François Poron, Annie Ducaux
Directed By:
Jean Delannoy
27. 8 X 8: A Chess Sonata in 8 Movements (1957)
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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.

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

TV Movie(s)

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

Animation(s)

The Emperor's Nightingale (1949)
The Emperor's Nightingale
Starring:
Boris Karloff, Helena Patockova, Jaromir Sobotoa, Detsky pevecky sbor Jana Kuhna
Directed By:
Jirí Trnka, Milos Makovec

TV Shows and Videos

Festival (1963)
Festival
Starring:
Diane Cilento, Judi Dench, Lee Grant, Cyril Cusack, Mary Ure
Alta comedia (1965)
Alta comedia
Starring:
Víctor Laplace, Ignacio Quirós, Alicia Bruzzo, Eduardo Rudy, Alfredo Iglesias
ABC Stage 67 (1966)
ABC Stage 67
Starring:
Olivia de Havilland, Anne Bancroft, Dustin Hoffman, Anthony Perkins, Connie Stevens, Dina Merrill, Cliff Robertson
Directed By:
Ted Kotcheff, Stanley Prager
Great Performances (1971)
Great Performances
Starring:
Anthony Hopkins, Harvey Keitel, Kathy Bates, Ed Asner, Jennifer Garner, Charles Grodin, Frank Oz
Directed By:
Brian Large, David Horn, Kirk Browning, Gary Halvorson, Matthew Diamond
ITV Play of the Week (1955)
ITV Play of the Week
Starring:
Michael Caine, Richard Harris, Sean Connery, John Hurt, Vivien Leigh, Laurence Olivier, Donald Pleasence
Directed By:
Cyril Coke, John Llewellyn Moxey, Tania Lieven, David Boisseau, Joan Kemp-Welch
Estudio 1 (1965)
Estudio 1
Starring:
José Bódalo, Ana María Vidal, Fernando Delgado, Luisa Sala, José María Escuer
Play of the Week (1959)
Play of the Week
Starring:
Hume Cronyn, Jason Robards, Alice Ghostley, Larry Hagman, Jane Wyatt, Lillian Gish, George C. Scott
Directed By:
Marc Daniels, Henry Kaplan, Ralph Nelson, Don Richardson, Paul Bogart