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Ranking All Of Director François Truffaut’s Movies

François Truffaut Filmography Movie Ranking Movies

“What are François Truffaut’s Best Movies?” We looked at all of Truffaut’s directed filmography and ranked them against one another to answer that very question!

We took all of the movies directed by François Truffaut and looked at their Rotten Tomato Critic, Rotten Tomato User, IMDB, and Letterboxd scores, ranking them against one another to see which movies came out on top. The movies are ranked in our list below based on which movies have the highest overall score between all 6 review sites in comparison with all of the other movies by the same director. The process is all very scientific with no flaws at all.

The full ranking chart is also included below the countdown on the bottom of the page.

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The Top Film’s Of François Truffaut



26 ) Los 4 Golpes (1962)

 Los 4 Golpes (1962) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 20
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 24
  • IMDB User Review Score: 25
  • Letterboxd User Score: 26

In 1962, François Truffaut visited the Mar del Plata Film Festival to present his competition in the brand-new Jules and Jim. At that stage of the Festival, from 1954 to 1970, names that today sound mythical were common figures among the guests. Truffaut, along with his colleagues from the Cahiers du Cinéma, would take French films by storm with Les 400 Coups (1959) and the Nouvelle Vague would become a key movement in the history of cinema. A few years after his debut and accompanied by the success of Jules and Jim, Truffaut was already well on his way to becoming a legend. In his visit to the Festival, in 16 mm titled Los 4 Golpes (this, in Castilian), even exhibiting in that look a playful look on his work. This short film, for different reasons, was rarely shown and remains a rarity in the director’s film.

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25 ) The Army Game (1961)

 The Army Game (1961) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 20
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 24
  • IMDB User Review Score: 26
  • Letterboxd User Score: 23

Jean Lerat begins his military service at an army camp. Despite his aunt’s attempts to pull a few strings to his advantage, the unfortunate Lerat manages to get on the wrong side of his bullying colonel…

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24 ) A Story of Water (1961)

 A Story of Water (1961) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 20
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 24
  • IMDB User Review Score: 23
  • Letterboxd User Score: 23

With the full-force fury of the French New Wave film movement behind them Truffaut and Godard were just beginning to feel their oats when they co-directed this small gem. With the wham, pop, bam of a smoking hot Jazz soundtrack echoing through the French countryside (one of many odd contradictory elements), Godard himself narrates the loosely constructed story of a young woman attempting to make her way from her home in the country to Paris, amid a massive flood.

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23 ) A Gorgeous Girl Like Me (1972)

 A Gorgeous Girl Like Me (1972) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 20
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 22
  • IMDB User Review Score: 24
  • Letterboxd User Score: 23

Stanislas Previne is a young sociologist, preparing a thesis on criminal women. He chooses Camille Bliss as his subject of study and begins to visit her in prison for interviews. Camille became acquainted with trouble at a young age and justifies her actions by “fate-bets.” She is currently in prison for allegedly murdering one of her lovers. As she tells Stanislas of her life and love affairs, his interest in her grows to more than just professional. Can he resist her charm?

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22 ) The Green Room (1978)

 The Green Room (1978) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 19
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 23
  • IMDB User Review Score: 20
  • Letterboxd User Score: 19

Based on the Henry James short story “The Altar of the Dead”, in which a man becomes obsessed with the many dead people in his life and builds a memorial to honor them. This film is also based on other short story by Henry James, “The Beast of the Jungle”. It would be the last film Truffaut would act in.

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21 ) Love on the Run (1979)

 Love on the Run (1979) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 18
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 20
  • IMDB User Review Score: 22
  • Letterboxd User Score: 19

Beginning with “The 400 Blows,” director Francois Truffaut made a series of films about the impetuous Antoine Doinel, in which this is the last. Antoine is now 30, working as a proofreader and getting divorced from his his wife. It being the first “no-fault” divorce in France, a media circus erupts, dredging up Antoine’s past. Indecisive about his new love with a store clerk, he impulsively takes off with an old flame.

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20 ) The Kids (1957)

 The Kids (1957) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 20
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 18
  • IMDB User Review Score: 17
  • Letterboxd User Score: 15

A group of young boys who have a collective crush on Bernadette. As a result of this, they have an unreasoning jealousy of Gérard, and do everything they can to disrupt their relationship. When Gérard catches one of the young boys spying on them, he thrashes him severely. In retaliation, the children try to inspire Bernadette to doubt Gérard’s love.

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18 ) Love at Twenty (1962)

 Love at Twenty (1962) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 20
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 17
  • IMDB User Review Score: 12
  • Letterboxd User Score: 19

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18 ) Mississippi Mermaid (1969)

 Mississippi Mermaid (1969) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 11
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 18
  • IMDB User Review Score: 20
  • Letterboxd User Score: 19

Adapted from a story by William Irish, it’s a noirish tale of a man who orders a mail-order bride but receives instead a con woman.

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17 ) Fahrenheit 451

 Fahrenheit 451 Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 14
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 20
  • IMDB User Review Score: 17
  • Letterboxd User Score: 15

In the future, the government maintains control of public opinion by outlawing literature and maintaining a group of enforcers, known as “firemen,” to perform the necessary book burnings. Fireman Montag begins to question the morality of his vocation.

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16 ) The Bride Wore Black (1968)

 The Bride Wore Black (1968) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 16
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 15
  • IMDB User Review Score: 17
  • Letterboxd User Score: 15

Julie Kohler is prevented from suicide by her mother. She leaves the town. She will track down, charm and kill five men who do not know her. What is her goal ? What is her purpose?

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15 ) Confidentially Yours (1983)

 Confidentially Yours (1983) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 17
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 12
  • IMDB User Review Score: 12
  • Letterboxd User Score: 9

Claude Massoulier is murdered while hunting at the same place as Julien Vercel (Jean-Louis Trintignant), an estate agent who knew him and whose fingerprints are found on Massoulier’s car. As the police discover that Marie-Christine Vercel (Caroline Sihol), Julien’s wife, was Massoulier’s mistress, Julien is the prime suspect. But his secretary, Barbara Becker (Fanny Ardant), while not quite convinced he is innocent, defends him and leads her private investigations.

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14 ) The Last Metro

 The Last Metro Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 12
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 12
  • IMDB User Review Score: 12
  • Letterboxd User Score: 9

In occupied Paris, an actress married to a Jewish theater owner must keep him hidden from the Nazis while doing both of their jobs.

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13 ) The Man Who Loved Women (1977)

 The Man Who Loved Women (1977) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 14
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 10
  • IMDB User Review Score: 10
  • Letterboxd User Score: 9

At Bertrand Morane’s burial there are many of the women that the 40-year-old engineer loved. In flashback Bertrand’s life and love affairs are told by himself while writing an autobiographical novel.

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10 ) Two English Girls (1971)

 Two English Girls (1971) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 12
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 11
  • IMDB User Review Score: 10
  • Letterboxd User Score: 9

At the beginning of the 20th century, Claude Roc, a young middle-class Frenchman meets in Paris Ann Brown, a young Englishwoman. They become friends and Ann invites him to spend holidays at the house where she lives with her mother and her sister Muriel, for whom she intends Claude. During these holidays, Claude, Ann and Muriel become very close and he gradually falls in love with Muriel. But both families lay down a one-year-long separation without any contact before agreeing to the marriage. So Claude goes back to Paris when he has many love affairs before sending Muriel a break-off letter…

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10 ) The Story of Adele H (1975)

 The Story of Adele H (1975) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 6
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 15
  • IMDB User Review Score: 12
  • Letterboxd User Score: 9

Adèle Hugo, daughter of renowned French writer Victor Hugo, falls in love with British soldier Albert Pinson while living in exile off the coast of England. Though he spurns her affections, she follows him to Nova Scotia and takes on the alias of Adèle Lewly. Albert continues to reject her, but she remains obsessive in her quest to win him over. When Albert is stationed in the West Indies, Adèle once again trails him, furthering her downward spiral.

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10 ) The Woman Next Door (1981)

 The Woman Next Door (1981) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 5
  • IMDB User Review Score: 12
  • Letterboxd User Score: 15

Madame Jouve, the narrator, tells the tragedy of Bernard and Mathilde. Bernard was living happily with his wife Arlette and his son Thomas. One day, a couple, Philippe and Mathilde Bauchard, moves into the next house. This is the accidental reunion of Bernard and Mathilde, who had a passionate love affair years ago. The relationship revives… A somber study of human feelings.

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9 ) Antoine and Colette (1962)

 Antoine and Colette (1962) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 20
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 2
  • IMDB User Review Score: 6
  • Letterboxd User Score: 7

Now aged 17, Antoine Doinel works in a factory which makes records. At a music concert, he meets a girl his own age, Colette, and falls in love with her. Later, Antoine goes to extraordinary lengths to please his new girlfriend and her parents, but Colette still only regards him as a casual friend.

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8 ) The Wild Child (1970)

 The Wild Child (1970) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 1
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 12
  • IMDB User Review Score: 7
  • Letterboxd User Score: 9

Director François Truffaut makes a rare on-screen appearance in one of his most unusual films. Based on a true story, the film follows the discovery of a feral child (Jean-Pierre Cargol) who’s grown up wild in the forest in late-18th-century France. Truffaut plays Dr. Jean Itard, the deaf specialist who tries to civilize the boy, teaching him to walk, speak and read; the screenplay was adapted from Itard’s writings.

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7 ) The Soft Skin (1964)

 The Soft Skin (1964) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 9
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 5
  • IMDB User Review Score: 7
  • Letterboxd User Score: 7

Pierre Lachenay is a well-known publisher and lecturer, married with Franca and father of Sabine, around 10. He meets an air hostess, Nicole. They start a love affair, which Pierre is hiding, but he cannot stand staying away from her.

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6 ) Shoot the Piano Player

 Shoot the Piano Player Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 7
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 5
  • IMDB User Review Score: 7
  • Letterboxd User Score: 5

Charlie Kohler is a piano player in a bar. The waitress Lena is in love with him. One of Charlie’s brother, Chico, a crook, takes refuge in the bar because he is chased by two gangsters, Momo and Ernest. We will discover that Charlie’s real name is Edouard Saroyan, once a virtuose who gives up after his wife’s suicide. Charlie now has to deal wih Chico, Ernest, Momo, Fido (his youngest brother who lives with him), and Lena…

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5 ) Small Change (1976)

 Small Change (1976) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 7
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 5
  • IMDB User Review Score: 4
  • Letterboxd User Score: 5

Various experiences of childhood are seen in several sequences that take place in the small town of Thiers, France. Vignettes include a boy’s awakening interest in girls, couples double-dating at the movies, brothers giving their friend a haircut, a boy dealing with an abusive home life, a baby and a cat sitting by an open window, a child telling a dirty joke, and a boy who develops a crush on his friend’s mother.

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4 ) Stolen Kisses

 Stolen Kisses Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 5
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 4
  • IMDB User Review Score: 4
  • Letterboxd User Score: 3

The third in a series of films featuring François Truffaut’s alter-ego, Antoine Doinel, the story resumes with Antoine being discharged from military service. His sweetheart Christine’s father lands Antoine a job as a security guard, which he promptly loses. Stumbling into a position assisting a private detective, Antoine falls for his employers’ seductive wife, Fabienne, and finds that he must choose between the older woman and Christine.

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3 ) Jules and Jim

 Jules and Jim Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 4
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 5
  • IMDB User Review Score: 3
  • Letterboxd User Score: 3

In Paris, before WWI, two friends, Jules (Austrian) and Jim (French) fall in love with the same woman, Catherine. But Catherine loves and marries Jules. After the war, when they meet again in Germany, Catherine starts to love Jim… This is the story of three people in love, a love which does not affect their friendship, and about how their relationship evolves with the years.

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2 ) Day for Night

 Day for Night Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 1
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 2
  • IMDB User Review Score: 1
  • Letterboxd User Score: 2

A committed film director struggles to complete his movie while coping with a myriad of crises, personal and professional, among the cast and crew.

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1 ) The 400 Blows

 The 400 Blows Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 1
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 1
  • IMDB User Review Score: 1
  • Letterboxd User Score: 1

For young Parisian boy Antoine Doinel, life is one difficult situation after another. Surrounded by inconsiderate adults, including his neglectful parents, Antoine spends his days with his best friend, Rene, trying to plan for a better life. When one of their schemes goes awry, Antoine ends up in trouble with the law, leading to even more conflicts with unsympathetic authority figures.

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François Truffaut’s Best Movies



François Truffaut Review Website Filmography Rankings

Film RT Critic RT User IMDB Letterboxd Overal Rank
The 400 Blows 1 1 1 1 1
Day for Night 1 2 1 2 2
Jules and Jim 4 5 3 3 3
Stolen Kisses 5 4 4 3 4
Small Change (1976) 7 5 4 5 5
Shoot the Piano Player 7 5 7 5 6
The Soft Skin (1964) 9 5 7 7 7
The Wild Child (1970) 1 12 7 9 8
Antoine and Colette (1962) 20 2 6 7 9
Two English Girls (1971) 12 11 10 9 10
The Story of Adele H (1975) 6 15 12 9 10
The Woman Next Door (1981) 10 5 12 15 10
The Man Who Loved Women (1977) 14 10 10 9 13
The Last Metro 12 12 12 9 14
Confidentially Yours (1983) 17 12 12 9 15
The Bride Wore Black (1968) 16 15 17 15 16
Fahrenheit 451 14 20 17 15 17
Love at Twenty (1962) 20 17 12 19 18
Mississippi Mermaid (1969) 11 18 20 19 18
The Kids (1957) 20 18 17 15 20
Love on the Run (1979) 18 20 22 19 21
The Green Room (1978) 19 23 20 19 22
A Gorgeous Girl Like Me (1972) 20 22 24 23 23
A Story of Water (1961) 20 24 23 23 24
The Army Game (1961) 20 24 26 23 25
Los 4 Golpes (1962) 20 24 25 26 26

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