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List of Jean Renoir Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. The Rules of the Game (1939)
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2
The Rules of the Game
15
2

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.

As:
Cast, Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
Jean Renoir
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Odette Talazac, Nora Gregor, Paulette Dubost, Mila Parély
2. La Grande Illusion (1937)
13
2
La Grande Illusion
13
2

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.  

As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Jean Renoir
Genres:
Drama, War
Star Cast:
Erich von Stroheim, Dita Parlo, Pierre Fresnay, Jean Gabin, Julien Carette
3. The Lower Depths (1936)
13
2
The Lower Depths
13
2
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Jean Renoir
Genres:
Romance, Crime, Drama
Star Cast:
Vladimir Sokoloff, Jean Gabin, Suzy Prim, Louis Jouvet, Jany Holt
4. A Day in the Country (1936)
12
2
A Day in the Country
12
2
As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Director:
Jean Renoir
Genres:
Romance, Short, Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
Jane Marken, Sylvia Bataille, Georges D'Arnoux, André Gabriello
5. The Human Beast (1938)
13
2
The Human Beast
13
2
As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Director:
Jean Renoir
Genres:
Drama, Crime
Star Cast:
Simone Simon, Jean Gabin, Fernand Ledoux, Blanchette Brunoy
6. La Chienne (1931)
13
2
La Chienne
13
2
As:
Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
Jean Renoir
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Romain Bouquet, Michel Simon, Janie Marèse, Georges Flamant, Roger Gaillard
7. The River (1951)
12
2
The River
12
2
As:
Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
Jean Renoir
Genres:
Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Nora Swinburne, Esmond Knight, Arthur Shields, Suprova Mukerjee, Thomas E. Breen
8. This Land Is Mine (1943)
12
2
This Land Is Mine
12
2
As:
Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
Jean Renoir
Genres:
War, Drama
Star Cast:
Charles Laughton, John Banner, George Sanders, Maureen O'Hara, Walter Slezak, Kent Smith
9. Boudu Saved from Drowning (1932)
12
2
Boudu Saved from Drowning
12
2
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Jean Renoir
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Michel Simon, Marcelle Hainia, Sévérine Lerczinska, Jean Gehret, Max Dalban
10. French Cancan (1955)
12
2
French Cancan
12
2
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Jean Renoir
Genres:
Musical, Romance, Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
Jean Gabin, María Félix, Jean-Roger Caussimon, Françoise Arnoul, Anna Amendola
11. The Crime of Monsieur Lange (1936)
12
2
The Crime of Monsieur Lange
12
2
As:
Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
Jean Renoir
Genres:
Drama, Comedy, Crime
Star Cast:
Odette Talazac, Florelle, René Lefèvre, Jules Berry, Marcel Lévesque
12. The Little Match Girl (1928)
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2
The Little Match Girl
12
2

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.

As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Jean Renoir, Jean Tédesco
Genres:
Short, Drama, Fantasy
Star Cast:
Catherine Hessling, Eric Barclay, Jean Storm, Manuel Raaby, Amy Wells
13. Toni (1935)
12
2
Toni
12
2
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Jean Renoir
Genres:
Drama, Crime, Romance
Star Cast:
Édouard Delmont, Charles Blavette, Max Dalban, Celia Montalván, Jenny Hélia
14. The Southerner (1945)
11
2
The Southerner
11
2
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Jean Renoir
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Beulah Bondi, J. Carrol Naish, Percy Kilbride, Betty Field, Zachary Scott
15. La Marseillaise (1938)
10
2
La Marseillaise
10
2

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.

As:
Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
Jean Renoir
Genres:
History, War, Drama, Music
Star Cast:
Léon Larive, Pierre Renoir, Lise Delamare, William Aguet, Elisa Ruis
16. The Golden Coach (1952)
11
2
The Golden Coach
11
2
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Jean Renoir
Genres:
Comedy, Drama, History, Romance
Star Cast:
Anna Magnani, Dante, Odoardo Spadaro, Nada Fiorelli, Duncan Lamont
17. The Elusive Corporal (1962)
10
2
The Elusive Corporal
TV-PG
10
2

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.  

As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Jean Renoir
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
O.E. Hasse, Claude Rich, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Claude Brasseur, Jacques Jouanneau
19. Picnic on the Grass (1959)
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2
Picnic on the Grass
11
2

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. 

As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Jean Renoir
Genres:
Romance, Comedy
Star Cast:
Paul Meurisse, Charles Blavette, André Brunot, Régine Blaess, Marguerite Cassan
20. Nana (1926)
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2
Nana
11
2

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.  

As:
Producer, Director
Director:
Jean Renoir
Genres:
Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Jean Angelo, Werner Krauss, Catherine Hessling, Pierre Lestringuez, Jacqueline Forzane
21. Whirlpool of Fate (1925)
10
2
Whirlpool of Fate
TV-PG
10
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. 

As:
Producer, Director
Director:
Jean Renoir
Genres:
Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Maurice Touzé, Catherine Hessling, Charlotte Clasis, Pierre Champagne, Georges Térof
22. The Diary of a Chambermaid (1946)
11
2
The Diary of a Chambermaid
11
2
As:
Director
Director:
Jean Renoir
Genres:
Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Paulette Goddard, Francis Lederer, Judith Anderson, Burgess Meredith, Hurd Hatfield
23. Night at the Crossroads (1932)
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2
Night at the Crossroads
10
2

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. 

As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Jean Renoir
Genres:
Crime, Mystery, Drama
Star Cast:
Pierre Renoir, Georges Térof, Winna Winifried, Georges Koudria, Dignimont
24. Marquitta (1927)
10
2
Marquitta
10
2
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Jean Renoir
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Jean Angelo, Marie-Louise Iribe, Henri Debain, Félix d'Aps, Simone Cerdan
25. Madame Bovary (1934)
9
2
Madame Bovary
9
2

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.

As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Jean Renoir
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Max Dearly, Valentine Tessier, Pierre Renoir, Robert Le Vigan, Alice Tissot
26. The Amazing Mrs. Holliday (1943)
9
2
The Amazing Mrs. Holliday
9
2
As:
Director
Director:
Jean Renoir, Bruce Manning
Genres:
Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
Harry Davenport, Barry Fitzgerald, Deanna Durbin, Arthur Treacher, Edmond O'Brien
27. The Story of Tosca (1941)
9
2
The Story of Tosca
9
2
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Jean Renoir, Carl Koch
Genres:
Drama, Music
Star Cast:
Michel Simon, Rossano Brazzi, Olga Vittoria Gentilli, Carla Candiani, Imperio Argentina
28. The Woman on the Beach (1947)
10
3
The Woman on the Beach
10
3
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Jean Renoir
Genres:
Drama, Romance, Film-Noir
Star Cast:
Joan Bennett, Charles Bickford, Robert Ryan, Walter Sande, Nan Leslie
29. The Sad Sack (1928)
9
2
The Sad Sack
9
2

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.  

As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Jean Renoir
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Félix Oudart, Michel Simon, Jean Storm, Georges Pomiès, Paul Velsa
30. Backbiters (1924)
9
2
Backbiters
9
2

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.

As:
Cast, Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
Jean Renoir, Albert Dieudonné
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Catherine Hessling, Pierre Lestringuez, Albert Dieudonné, Eugénie Nau
31. Elena et les hommes (1956)
10
2
Elena et les hommes
10
2
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Jean Renoir
Genres:
Romance, Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
Mel Ferrer, Ingrid Bergman, Juliette Gréco, Jean Marais, Jean Richard
32. Cristobal's Gold (1940)
9
2
Cristobal's Gold
9
2
As:
Writer
Director:
Jean Stelli, Jacques Becker
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Albert Préjean, Dita Parlo, Charles Vanel, Jim Gérald, Conchita Montenegro
33. Salute to France (1944)
9
2
Salute to France
9
2
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Jean Renoir, Garson Kanin
Genres:
Short
Star Cast:
Claude Dauphin, Burgess Meredith, Philip Bourneuf
34. Baby's Laxative (1931)
9
3
Baby's Laxative
9
3

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. 

As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Jean Renoir
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Michel Simon, Jacques Louvigny, Olga Valéry, Marguerite Pierry, Nicole Fernandez
35. La vie est à nous (1936)
9
3
La vie est à nous
9
3

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.

As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Director:
Jean Renoir, Jacques B. Brunius, Jacques Becker, Henri Cartier-Bresson
Genres:
History, Drama
Star Cast:
Jacques B. Brunius, Jean Dasté, Simone Guisin, Teddy Michaud
36. Chotard and Company (1933)
9
2
Chotard and Company
9
2

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.

As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Jean Renoir
Star Cast:
Fernand Charpin, Jeanne Boitel, Georges Pomiès, Jane Loury, Tré-Ki
37. Charleston Parade (1927)
9
3
Charleston Parade
9
3

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.

As:
Cast, Director
Director:
Jean Renoir
Genres:
Sci-Fi, Short
Star Cast:
Catherine Hessling, Pierre Lestringuez, Pierre Braunberger, André Cerf
38. La p'tite Lili (1927)
8
2
La p'tite Lili
8
2

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.

As:
Cast, uncredited
Role:
Man with bowler hat (uncredited)
Director:
Alberto Cavalcanti
Genres:
Short
Star Cast:
Catherine Hessling, Lily La Petite, Guy Ferrant, Dido Freire
39. Mam'zelle Nitouche (1931)
8
2
Mam'zelle Nitouche
8
2
As:
Cast, uncredited
Director:
Marc Allégret
Genres:
Musical, Comedy
Star Cast:
Edith Méra, Raimu, André Alerme, Janie Marèse
40. The Ways of Love (1950)
9
2
The Ways of Love
9
2
As:
Director
Director:
Jean Renoir, Marcel Pagnol, Roberto Rossellini
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Federico Fellini, Anna Magnani, Sylvia Bataille, Vincent Scotto

TV Movie(s)

1. Louis Lumière (1968)
12
2
Louis Lumière
12
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Himself
Director:
Éric Rohmer
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
Éric Rohmer, Henri Langlois
2. The Little Theatre of Jean Renoir (1970)
10
2
The Little Theatre of Jean Renoir
10
2
As:
Cast, Director, Writer, Narrator
Director:
Jean Renoir
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Jeanne Moreau, Milly, Robert Lombard, Nino Formicola
3. Carola (1973)
10
2
Carola
10
2
As:
Writer
Director:
Norman Lloyd
Genres:
Drama, War, Romance
Star Cast:
Leslie Caron, Mel Ferrer, Ivor Barry, Michael Sacks, Douglas Anderson
4. Experiment in Evil (1959)
10
2
Experiment in Evil
TV-PG
10
2
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Jean Renoir
Genres:
Horror, Drama
Star Cast:
Jean-Louis Barrault, Teddy Bilis, Sylviane Margollé, Jean Bertho, Jacques Ciron

TV Shows and Videos

Cinéastes de notre temps (1964)
Cinéastes de notre temps
As:
Cast
Role:
Himself (5 episodes, 1965-1967)
Director:
Éric Rohmer
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
Michel Simon, Jacques Rivette, François Truffaut, André S. Labarthe