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List of Louis Malle Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. La Vie de Bohème (1992)
24
8
La Vie de Bohème
24
8
As:
Cast
Director:
Aki Kaurismäki
Genres:
Comedy, Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Kari Väänänen, André Wilms, Matti Pellonpää, Christine Murillo
2. The Thief of Paris (1967)
12
5
The Thief of Paris
12
5
As:
Cast, Director, Writer, uncredited
Director:
Louis Malle
Genres:
Drama, Crime, Comedy
Star Cast:
Jean-Paul Belmondo, Marie Dubois, Geneviève Bujold, Julien Guiomar
3. Vie privée (1962)
6
5
Vie privée
6
5

The semi-biographical drama, based on Brigitte Bardot’s life, also known as A Very Private Affair, depicts the story of young actress Jill. After she becomes a famous movie star and has an affair with her divorced friend Fabio, the press and fans intrude in her personal life leading to unexpected complications. 

As:
Cast, Director, Writer, uncredited
Director:
Louis Malle
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Brigitte Bardot, Marcello Mastroianni, Nicolas Bataille, Dirk Sanders, Jacqueline Doyen
4. God's Country (1985)
10
3
God's Country
10
3
As:
Cast, Director
Role:
Narrator (voice)
Director:
Louis Malle
Genres:
Documentary
5. ...And the Pursuit of Happiness (1986)
8
3
...And the Pursuit of Happiness
8
3
As:
Cast, Producer, Director, Narrator
Role:
Himself - Narrator
Director:
Louis Malle
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
Derek Walcott, Franklin Chang-Diaz, Anastasio Samosa Portocarrero
6. Calcutta (1969)
9
3
Calcutta
9
3
As:
Cast, Director, Writer, Narrator
Role:
Narrator (voice)
Director:
Louis Malle
Genres:
Documentary
7. Place de la République (1974)
8
3
Place de la République
8
3
As:
Cast, Director
Role:
Himself
Director:
Louis Malle
Genres:
Documentary
8. A Very Curious Girl (1969)
8
4
A Very Curious Girl
R
8
4
As:
Cast
Director:
Nelly Kaplan
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Bernadette Lafont, Georges Géret, Julien Guiomar, Claire Maurier

Director

Au Revoir les Enfants (1987)
30
7
Au Revoir les Enfants
PG
30
7

Julien is a student studying at a boarding school that is run by priests. He dislikes his new roommate Jean, but eventually they begin to develop a bond. They share secrets with one another, but eventually, Julien learns that Jean is a Jew, who has been hiding from the Nazis.

As:
Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
Louis Malle
Genres:
War, Drama
Star Cast:
Francine Racette, Philippe Morier-Genoud, Gaspard Manesse, Raphael Fejtö, Stanislas Carré de Malberg
Awards:
BAFTA Award for Best Direction
Elevator to the Gallows (1958)
24
6
Elevator to the Gallows
24
6

Florence is married to Simon, a wealthy arms dealer, but she is having an affair with Julien, an employee working for her husband.  When Julien murders Simon, it leads to an unfortunate chain of events.

As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Louis Malle
Genres:
Drama, Crime, Thriller
Star Cast:
Jeanne Moreau, Maurice Ronet, Georges Poujouly, Yori Bertin, Jean Wall
The Fire Within (1963)
14
4
The Fire Within
14
4
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Louis Malle
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Jeanne Moreau, Maurice Ronet, Yvonne Clech, Hubert Deschamps, Jean-Paul Moulinot
My Dinner with Andre (1981)
20
6
My Dinner with Andre
PG
20
6
As:
Director
Director:
Louis Malle
Genres:
Biography, Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Wallace Shawn, Andre Gregory, Jean Lenauer, Roy Butler
Murmur of the Heart (1971)
13
4
Murmur of the Heart
R
13
4

Murmur of the Heart is a comedy drama film which tells the story of an adolescent boy who finds himself torn between the rebellious urge to discover love after reaching sexual maturity, and the dominating affection of his mother.     

As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Louis Malle
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Daniel Gélin, Ave Ninchi, Lea Massari, Michael Lonsdale, Benoît Ferreux
Lacombe, Lucien (1974)
12
4
Lacombe, Lucien
R
12
4
As:
Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
Louis Malle
Genres:
Romance, Drama, War
Star Cast:
Holger Löwenadler, Aurore Clément, Therese Giehse, Pierre Blaise, Stéphane Bouy
God's Country (1985)
8
3
God's Country
8
3
As:
Cast, Director
Director:
Louis Malle
Genres:
Documentary
Vanya on 42nd Street (1994)
10
3
Vanya on 42nd Street
PG
10
3
As:
Director
Director:
Louis Malle
Genres:
Drama, Comedy, Romance
Star Cast:
Madhur Jaffrey, Julianne Moore, Phoebe Brand, Lynn Cohen, George Gaynes, Jerry Mayer
Atlantic City, USA (1980)
17
6
Atlantic City, USA
R
17
6

Sally Matthews leaves her home in Canada and relocates to Atlantic City. She wishes to pursue a career in gambling but her criminal husband is still on her trail. She soon finds an unlikely savior in a small-time mobster.

As:
Director
Director:
Louis Malle
Genres:
Drama, Crime, Romance
Star Cast:
Burt Lancaster, Susan Sarandon, Kate Reid, Michel Piccoli, Hollis McLaren
Awards:
BAFTA Award for Best Direction
...And the Pursuit of Happiness (1986)
7
3
...And the Pursuit of Happiness
7
3
As:
Cast, Producer, Director, Narrator
Director:
Louis Malle
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
Derek Walcott, Franklin Chang-Diaz, Anastasio Samosa Portocarrero
May Fools (1990)
9
3
May Fools
R
9
3
As:
Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
Louis Malle
Genres:
Romance, Comedy
Star Cast:
Paulette Dubost, Michel Piccoli, Michel Duchaussoy, Miou-Miou, Bruno Carette
Calcutta (1969)
7
3
Calcutta
7
3
As:
Cast, Director, Writer, Narrator
Director:
Louis Malle
Genres:
Documentary
The Lovers (1958)
11
4
The Lovers
11
4
As:
Director
Director:
Louis Malle
Genres:
Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Jeanne Moreau, Gaston Modot, Jean-Marc Bory, José Luis de Vilallonga, Judith Magre
Place de la République (1974)
7
3
Place de la République
7
3
As:
Cast, Director
Director:
Louis Malle
Genres:
Documentary
The Silent World (1956)
7
3
The Silent World
7
3
As:
Director
Director:
Louis Malle, Jacques-Yves Cousteau
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
Albert Falco, Frédéric Dumas, Jacques-Yves Cousteau, François Saout, André Bourne-Chastel
Zazie dans le Métro (1960)
10
4
Zazie dans le Métro
10
4
As:
Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
Louis Malle
Genres:
Comedy, Fantasy
Star Cast:
Philippe Noiret, Carla Marlier, Claude Berri, Hubert Deschamps, Catherine Demongeot
The Thief of Paris (1967)
7
3
The Thief of Paris
7
3
As:
Cast, Director, Writer, uncredited
Director:
Louis Malle
Genres:
Drama, Crime, Comedy
Star Cast:
Jean-Paul Belmondo, Marie Dubois, Geneviève Bujold, Julien Guiomar
Damage (1992)
15
8
Damage
R
15
8

Damage is a romantic psychological thriller film which tells the story of British politician Stephen who is in a dull but stable marriage. When he meets the fiancee of his son, he becomes quite attracted to her, and begins an intense affair. As the situation worsens, Stephen finds himself struggling to avoid destroying himself and his family.

As:
Producer, Director
Director:
Louis Malle
Genres:
Romance, Drama
Pretty Baby (1978)
11
6
Pretty Baby
R
11
6

Hattie is young prostitute in New Orleans who meets a photographer named Bellocq after he pays a visit to her brothel. He also befriend Hattie’s daughter, Violet, but soon Violet is made a working girl by the brothel’s madam. Violet’s life turns worse after her mother gets married to a wealthy client and moves to Saint Louis. Therefore, Violet decides to get married to Bellocq.

As:
Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
Louis Malle
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Brooke Shields, Susan Sarandon, Keith Carradine, Antonio Fargas, Frances Faye
Humain, trop humain (1974)
6
3
Humain, trop humain
6
3
As:
Director
Director:
Louis Malle, René Vautier
Genres:
Documentary
Viva Maria! (1965)
7
4
Viva Maria!
7
4
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Louis Malle
Genres:
Comedy, Western, Adventure, Romance
Star Cast:
Brigitte Bardot, Jeanne Moreau, George Hamilton, Paulette Dubost, Gregor von Rezzori
Black Moon (1975)
8
5
Black Moon
R
8
5
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Louis Malle
Genres:
Sci-Fi, Mystery, Fantasy
Star Cast:
Alexandra Stewart, Joe Dallesandro, Cathryn Harrison, Therese Giehse
Alamo Bay (1985)
5
3
Alamo Bay
R
5
3
As:
Producer, Director
Director:
Louis Malle
Genres:
Romance, Drama, Action
Star Cast:
Donald Moffat, Ed Harris, Amy Madigan, Ho Nguyen, Truyen V. Tran
Vie privée (1962)
5
4
Vie privée
5
4

The semi-biographical drama, based on Brigitte Bardot’s life, also known as A Very Private Affair, depicts the story of young actress Jill. After she becomes a famous movie star and has an affair with her divorced friend Fabio, the press and fans intrude in her personal life leading to unexpected complications. 

As:
Cast, Director, Writer, uncredited
Director:
Louis Malle
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Brigitte Bardot, Marcello Mastroianni, Nicolas Bataille, Dirk Sanders, Jacqueline Doyen
Crackers (1984)
4
4
Crackers
PG
4
4

A low-paying pawn shop employee, Weslake joins in on a plan by an amateur musician Dillard, an illegal immigrant Ramon, a pimp named Broadwalk, and a homeless man named Turtle to break into the large safe in the pawn shop. But the rewards might not be what they expected. 

As:
Director
Director:
Louis Malle
Genres:
Thriller, Crime, Comedy, Adventure
Star Cast:
Christine Baranski, Donald Sutherland, Sean Penn, Wallace Shawn, Jack Warden, Larry Riley

Narrator/Dubbing

...And the Pursuit of Happiness (1986)
10
4
...And the Pursuit of Happiness
10
4
As:
Cast, Producer, Director, Narrator
Role:
Self - Narrator
Director:
Louis Malle
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
Derek Walcott, Franklin Chang-Diaz, Anastasio Samosa Portocarrero
Calcutta (1969)
12
5
Calcutta
12
5
As:
Cast, Director, Writer, Narrator
Role:
Narrator (voice)
Director:
Louis Malle
Genres:
Documentary

Special Appearance/Cameo

The Thief of Paris (1967)
12
5
The Thief of Paris
12
5
As:
Cast, Director, Writer, uncredited
Role:
Un figurant (uncredited)
Director:
Louis Malle
Genres:
Drama, Crime, Comedy
Star Cast:
Jean-Paul Belmondo, Marie Dubois, Geneviève Bujold, Julien Guiomar
Vie privée (1962)
7
5
Vie privée
7
5

The semi-biographical drama, based on Brigitte Bardot’s life, also known as A Very Private Affair, depicts the story of young actress Jill. After she becomes a famous movie star and has an affair with her divorced friend Fabio, the press and fans intrude in her personal life leading to unexpected complications. 

As:
Cast, Director, Writer, uncredited
Role:
Le journaliste (uncredited)
Director:
Louis Malle
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Brigitte Bardot, Marcello Mastroianni, Nicolas Bataille, Dirk Sanders, Jacqueline Doyen

Louis Malle Awards

BAFTA Awards
Au revoir les enfants Best Direction 1989
Atlantic City Best Direction 1982