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List of Jean Renoir Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. The Rules of the Game (1939)
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The Rules of the Game
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The Rules of the Game is a comedy drama film which tells the story of Andre, whose lover Christine gets married to an aristocrat named Robert and refuses to meet him. Things get interesting when Andre is invited to Robert’s estate.

Starring:
Odette Talazac, Nora Gregor, Paulette Dubost, Mila Parély
Directed By:
Jean Renoir
2. La Grande Illusion (1937)
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La Grande Illusion
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During the First World War, French pilot, Captain de Boeldiue, and his co-pilot, Lieutenant Marechal, are captured after their plane is shot down. They find themselves in a POW camp, where they befriend a Jewish banker, and few other prisoners, and plan an escape. But before the plan could be implemented, they get transferred by train to a fortress-prison in Alsace, France.  

Starring:
Erich von Stroheim, Dita Parlo, Pierre Fresnay, Jean Gabin, Julien Carette
Directed By:
Jean Renoir
3. The Lower Depths (1936)
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The Lower Depths
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A charismatic thief befriends a bankrupt baron after the latter comes to live in his slum. Meanwhile, the thief is also trying to gain the affection of a young lady, who is dealing with problems of her own.

Starring:
Vladimir Sokoloff, Jean Gabin, Suzy Prim, Louis Jouvet, Jany Holt
Directed By:
Jean Renoir
4. A Day in the Country (1936)
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A Day in the Country
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This romantic comedy short film tells the story of a young woman, daughter of a Parisian shop owner, whose family is on a vacation in the countryside. While spending time at an inn, she meets and falls for a man.

Starring:
Jane Marken, Sylvia Bataille, Georges D'Arnoux, André Gabriello
Directed By:
Jean Renoir
5. The Human Beast (1938)
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The Human Beast
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Jacques Lantier is a train engineer who suffers from violent seizures. Roubaud is a train conductor who works on the same railroad that Lantier works on. When Roubaud discovers that his wife Séverine is having an affair, he kills the man, and makes her an accomplice to the murder. Shortly after, Lantier finds himself attracted to Séverine as well, despite knowing everything, and they both begin an affair. Séverine urges Lantier to get rid of her husband, so that they would both be free.

Starring:
Simone Simon, Jean Gabin, Fernand Ledoux, Blanchette Brunoy
Directed By:
Jean Renoir
6. La Chienne (1931)
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La Chienne
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Starring:
Romain Bouquet, Michel Simon, Janie Marèse, Georges Flamant, Roger Gaillard
Directed By:
Jean Renoir
7. The River (1951)
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The River
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The friendship between three adolescent girls is tested when they all fall in love with an older American soldier named Captain John, who has a prosthetic leg, as a result of his time in the war.

Starring:
Nora Swinburne, Esmond Knight, Arthur Shields, Suprova Mukerjee, Thomas E. Breen
Directed By:
Jean Renoir
8. This Land Is Mine (1943)
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This Land Is Mine
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Starring:
Charles Laughton, John Banner, George Sanders, Maureen O'Hara, Walter Slezak, Kent Smith
Directed By:
Jean Renoir
9. Boudu Saved from Drowning (1932)
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Boudu Saved from Drowning
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A gentle and kind-hearted bookseller saves the life of a tramp from drowning, and shelters him. However, things get complicated when the tramp’s behavior begin to irritate everyone around him.

Starring:
Michel Simon, Marcelle Hainia, Sévérine Lerczinska, Jean Gehret, Max Dalban
Directed By:
Jean Renoir
10. French Cancan (1955)
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French Cancan
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Starring:
Jean Gabin, María Félix, Jean-Roger Caussimon, Françoise Arnoul, Anna Amendola
Directed By:
Jean Renoir
11. The Crime of Monsieur Lange (1936)
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The Crime of Monsieur Lange
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Starring:
Odette Talazac, Florelle, René Lefèvre, Jules Berry, Marcel Lévesque
Directed By:
Jean Renoir
12. The Little Match Girl (1928)
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The Little Match Girl
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A poor young girl struggles to sell matches on Paris streets on New Year’s eve. It is extremely cold, yet she refrains from going back home lest her father hits her for failing to earn money. As she takes shelter near a toy shop and tries to warm herself up by lighting matches, she begins seeing various visions that comfort and bring happiness to her.

Starring:
Catherine Hessling, Eric Barclay, Jean Storm, Manuel Raaby, Amy Wells
Directed By:
Jean Renoir, Jean Tédesco
13. Toni (1935)
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Toni
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The French film based on real-life events follows Italian immigrant Toni who works in South France quarry while living with local woman Marie. He falls for Spanish worker Josefa who decides to marry overbearing Albert, while Toni marries Marie. When both marriages fall apart, Toni chooses to live near Josefa’s house and gets involved in Josefa’s misfortunes only to face tragic results.

Starring:
Édouard Delmont, Charles Blavette, Max Dalban, Celia Montalván, Jenny Hélia
Directed By:
Jean Renoir
14. The Southerner (1945)
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The Southerner
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Starring:
Beulah Bondi, J. Carrol Naish, Percy Kilbride, Betty Field, Zachary Scott
Directed By:
Jean Renoir
15. La Marseillaise (1938)
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La Marseillaise
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This French historical film is about the events of early days of the French Revolution. It contrasts the royal life of King Louis XVI with that of the ordinary citizens who faced difficult times but eventually stood up to defeat the monarchy.

Starring:
Léon Larive, Pierre Renoir, Lise Delamare, William Aguet, Elisa Ruis
Directed By:
Jean Renoir
16. The Golden Coach (1952)
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The Golden Coach
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Starring:
Anna Magnani, Dante, Odoardo Spadaro, Nada Fiorelli, Duncan Lamont
Directed By:
Jean Renoir
17. The Elusive Corporal (1962)
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The Elusive Corporal
TV-PG
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This is the story of a French Corporal captured by German forces during the WWII.  Based on Jacques Perret's own experience as a prisoner of war, the film focuses on the Corporal’s relentless attempts to escape from the prison camp, sometime making only a short distance and sometimes longer, in course of which he wins the heart of a German dentist’s daughter.  

Starring:
O.E. Hasse, Claude Rich, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Claude Brasseur, Jacques Jouanneau
Directed By:
Jean Renoir
18. Swamp Water (1941)
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Swamp Water
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Starring:
John Carradine, Walter Huston, Anne Baxter, Walter Brennan, Dana Andrews
Directed By:
Jean Renoir, Irving Pichel
19. Picnic on the Grass (1959)
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Picnic on the Grass
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French biologist, Etienne Alexis, is an ardent advocate of compulsory artificial insemination as a means for improving humanity and eradicating passion. Also a candidate for the European presidency, he has recently been engaged to his German cousin, whom he has invited to a picnic. Also present at the picnic is his luscious chambermaid Nénette, who wants a child, but is not interested in men. 

Starring:
Paul Meurisse, Charles Blavette, André Brunot, Régine Blaess, Marguerite Cassan
Directed By:
Jean Renoir
20. Nana (1926)
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Nana
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After her latest play is a disaster due to her lack of talent, a beautiful and arrogant actress decides to become a courtesan for a government official.  

Starring:
Jean Angelo, Werner Krauss, Catherine Hessling, Pierre Lestringuez, Jacqueline Forzane
Directed By:
Jean Renoir
21. Whirlpool of Fate (1925)
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Whirlpool of Fate
TV-PG
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2

Whirlpool of Fate is a silent drama film which tells the story of a young orphaned girl, who after the death of her father, has no other option but to escape from her cruel uncle. She finds refuge with a landowner’s son, but her happiness is short-lived as her uncle comes looking for her. 

Starring:
Maurice Touzé, Catherine Hessling, Charlotte Clasis, Pierre Champagne, Georges Térof
Directed By:
Jean Renoir
22. The Diary of a Chambermaid (1946)
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The Diary of a Chambermaid
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Starring:
Paulette Goddard, Francis Lederer, Judith Anderson, Burgess Meredith, Hurd Hatfield
Directed By:
Jean Renoir
23. Night at the Crossroads (1932)
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Night at the Crossroads
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Night at the Crossroads is a mystery crime film, which revolves around a gang of thieves, who hide out in a garage after they rob a jewelry store, and kill the owner. However, when their beautiful leader falls in love with the detective who is in charge of capturing them, the escape becomes difficult. 

Starring:
Pierre Renoir, Georges Térof, Winna Winifried, Georges Koudria, Dignimont
Directed By:
Jean Renoir
24. Marquitta (1927)
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Marquitta
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Starring:
Jean Angelo, Marie-Louise Iribe, Henri Debain, Félix d'Aps, Simone Cerdan
Directed By:
Jean Renoir
25. Madame Bovary (1934)
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Madame Bovary
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Enamored with his patient Mr. Rouault’s daughter, French countryside widower, Doctor Charles Bovary, marries Emma Rouault, who yearns for wealth and a fantasy world. Tied down in a marriage where her husband doesn’t share her interest in the social bustle, discontented Emma’s careless lifestyle soon gets her in debt, and she flings herself in one affair after another, unconcerned about the consequences.

Starring:
Max Dearly, Valentine Tessier, Pierre Renoir, Robert Le Vigan, Alice Tissot
Directed By:
Jean Renoir
26. The Amazing Mrs. Holliday (1943)
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The Amazing Mrs. Holliday
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Starring:
Harry Davenport, Barry Fitzgerald, Deanna Durbin, Arthur Treacher, Edmond O'Brien
Directed By:
Jean Renoir, Bruce Manning
27. The Story of Tosca (1941)
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The Story of Tosca
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Floria Tosca is a young woman, who is in love with a revolutionary freedom fighter named Mario Cavaradossi. However, she is desired by a tyrannical ruler named Scarpia.   

Starring:
Michel Simon, Rossano Brazzi, Olga Vittoria Gentilli, Carla Candiani, Imperio Argentina
Directed By:
Jean Renoir, Carl Koch
28. The Woman on the Beach (1947)
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The Woman on the Beach
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Starring:
Joan Bennett, Charles Bickford, Robert Ryan, Walter Sande, Nan Leslie
Directed By:
Jean Renoir
29. The Sad Sack (1928)
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The Sad Sack
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One of the earlier movies of Jean Renoir, wherein bourgeois poet Jean Dubois d’Ombelles and his valet Joseph Turlot simultaneously enlist in the army and end up in the same barracks, resulting in humorous situations. As their incompetence brings them disgrace in front of the battalion, they must save face by entertaining at a regiment party, where Jean plays Pan while Joseph is lady angel.  

Starring:
Félix Oudart, Michel Simon, Jean Storm, Georges Pomiès, Paul Velsa
Directed By:
Jean Renoir
30. Backbiters (1924)
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Backbiters
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Backbiters is a drama film which revolves around the social conflict between the classes, shown through the life of a young orphaned girl named Catherine. She finds herself a victim of the jealousy of women and the greed of men.

Starring:
Catherine Hessling, Pierre Lestringuez, Albert Dieudonné, Eugénie Nau
Directed By:
Jean Renoir, Albert Dieudonné
31. Elena et les hommes (1956)
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Elena et les hommes
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2
Starring:
Mel Ferrer, Ingrid Bergman, Juliette Gréco, Jean Marais, Jean Richard
Directed By:
Jean Renoir
32. Cristobal's Gold (1940)
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Cristobal's Gold
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Starring:
Albert Préjean, Dita Parlo, Charles Vanel, Jim Gérald, Conchita Montenegro
Directed By:
Jean Stelli, Jacques Becker
33. Salute to France (1944)
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Salute to France
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Starring:
Claude Dauphin, Burgess Meredith, Philip Bourneuf
Directed By:
Jean Renoir, Garson Kanin
34. Baby's Laxative (1931)
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Baby's Laxative
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In Renoir’s French comedy, the leading porcelain manufacturer Mr. Follavoine wishes to sell what he believes as the world’s first unbreakable chamber-pot. Prominent government official Mr. Chouilloux is invited for dinner in hope of receiving a large order for the French army. But a domestic problem arises when Follavoine’s young son, suffering from constipation, refuses to take his laxative, which leads to chaos. 

Starring:
Michel Simon, Jacques Louvigny, Olga Valéry, Marguerite Pierry, Nicole Fernandez
Directed By:
Jean Renoir
35. La vie est à nous (1936)
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La vie est à nous
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This documentary film was made as propaganda for the Communist Party of France, and it shows the comrades helping the proletarian people against the capitalists. The film also includes few speeches by some of the leading members of the party.

Starring:
Jacques B. Brunius, Jean Dasté, Simone Guisin, Teddy Michaud
Directed By:
Jean Renoir, Jacques B. Brunius, Jacques Becker, Henri Cartier-Bresson
36. Chotard and Company (1933)
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Chotard and Company
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François Chotard is a wholesale grocer, whose daughter falls for a poet and gets married to him, much to her father’s annoyance. Chotard thinks that his son-in-law is useless, but things take a turn when he wins a prestigious literary award. Chotard becomes so proud of his son-in-law that he urges everyone to read his works, but this causes the shop to nearly go bankrupt.

Starring:
Fernand Charpin, Jeanne Boitel, Georges Pomiès, Jane Loury, Tré-Ki
Directed By:
Jean Renoir
37. Charleston Parade (1927)
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Charleston Parade
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This surreal, silent short film is set in 2028. An African explorer takes off in a flying sphere from civilized Africa and travels towards European wilderness. Landing in a ruined Paris street, he meets a flapper in a very short dress, with her pet gorilla. She teaches the Charleston dance to the explorer and later, flies back with him in flying sphere.

Starring:
Catherine Hessling, Pierre Lestringuez, Pierre Braunberger, André Cerf
Directed By:
Jean Renoir
38. La p'tite Lili (1927)
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La p'tite Lili
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This black and white short film tells the story of a young girl named Lili, an innocent and pure girl who has lost her entire family. Her life gets worse when she meets a man who is going to lead her to the world of prostitution.

Role:
Man with bowler hat (uncredited)
Starring:
Catherine Hessling, Lily La Petite, Guy Ferrant, Dido Freire
Directed By:
Alberto Cavalcanti
39. Mam'zelle Nitouche (1931)
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Mam'zelle Nitouche
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Celestin, a young man, who is the organist in a convent, writes and composes a light operetta using the name Floridor. When he begins courting a woman named Corinne, who is the start of his operetta, it leads to a lot of problems and complications.  

Starring:
Edith Méra, Raimu, André Alerme, Janie Marèse
Directed By:
Marc Allégret
40. The Ways of Love (1950)
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The Ways of Love
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2
Starring:
Federico Fellini, Anna Magnani, Sylvia Bataille, Vincent Scotto
Directed By:
Jean Renoir, Marcel Pagnol, Roberto Rossellini

TV Movie(s)

1. Louis Lumière (1968)
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Louis Lumière
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Role:
Himself
Starring:
Éric Rohmer, Henri Langlois
Directed By:
Éric Rohmer
2. The Little Theatre of Jean Renoir (1970)
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The Little Theatre of Jean Renoir
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2
Starring:
Jeanne Moreau, Milly, Robert Lombard, Nino Formicola
Directed By:
Jean Renoir
3. Carola (1973)
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Carola
10
2
Starring:
Leslie Caron, Mel Ferrer, Ivor Barry, Michael Sacks, Douglas Anderson
Directed By:
Norman Lloyd
4. Experiment in Evil (1959)
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Experiment in Evil
TV-PG
10
2
Starring:
Jean-Louis Barrault, Teddy Bilis, Sylviane Margollé, Jean Bertho, Jacques Ciron
Directed By:
Jean Renoir

TV Shows and Videos

Cinéastes de notre temps (1964)
Cinéastes de notre temps
Role:
Himself (5 episodes, 1965-1967)
Starring:
Michel Simon, Jacques Rivette, François Truffaut, André S. Labarthe
Directed By:
Éric Rohmer
BBC2 Play of the Week (1977)
BBC2 Play of the Week
Starring:
Harold Pinter, Jeremy Irons, Malcolm McDowell, Judi Dench, Alan Bennett, Patrick Stewart, Michael York
Directed By:
Don Taylor, Alan Cooke, Stephen Frears, Leonard Lewis, David Hugh Jones