Famous French Screenwriters

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 1 Jean-Paul Sartre

Jean-Paul Sartre.
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Famous As: Philosopher, Novelist
Birthdate: June 21, 1905
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: April 15, 1980

Jean-Paul Sartre was a French philosopher, writer, literary critic, and political activist. One of the most important personalities in the philosophy of phenomenology and existentialism, Sartre played a crucial role in 20th-century French philosophy. His work continues to influence literary studies, post-colonial theory, sociology, and critical theory. He was honored with the 1964 Nobel Prize in Literature.

 2 Luc Besson

Luc Besson.
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Famous As: Film director
Birthdate: March 18, 1959
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paris, France
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 3 Damien Chazelle

Damien Chazelle.
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: January 19, 1985
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Providence, Rhode Island, USA

 4 Sophie Marceau

Sophie Marceau.
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Famous As: Actress, Screenwriter, Director
Birthdate: November 17, 1966
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paris
Sophie Marceau is best known for her César Award-winning performance in the French comedy La Boum 2. She has also appeared in English films such as Braveheart, Firelight, and The World Is Not Enough. She has written a novel, is a trained cellist, and has delivered an award-winning directorial debut.

 5 Guillaume Canet

Guillaume Canet.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 10, 1973
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Boulogne-Billancourt, France

 6 Jean-Luc Godard

Jean-Luc Godard.
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Famous As: Film Director
Birthdate: December 3, 1930
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris

The Paris-born French-Swiss director and screenwriter has the reputation of adding new dimensions to filmmaking with his experimentation, a trend which came to be known as French New Wave. The director of acclaimed films like Breathless, My Life to Live and Pierrot le Fou, Jean-Luc Godard was married to actress Anna Karina. He is regarded as an all-time great director.

 7 Henri Charrière

Henri Charrière
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: November 16, 1906
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Saint-Étienne-de-Lugdarès, France
Died: July 29, 1973
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 8 Roger Vadim

Roger Vadim.
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Famous As: Screenwriter
Birthdate: January 26, 1928
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris
Died: February 11, 2000

Roger Vadim was a French film director, producer, screenwriter, and artist. He is remembered for his visually aesthetic movies with erotic qualities. He was also popular for his relationships with beautiful actresses like Catherine Deneuve, Cindy Pickett, and Margaret Markov. Also an author, Vadim wrote several books, including his autobiography, From One Star to the Next.

 9 François Truffaut

François Truffaut
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: February 6, 1932
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: October 21, 1984

 10 Jeanne Moreau

Jeanne Moreau
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 23, 1928
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: July 31, 2017

 11 Louis Garrel

Louis Garrel
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 14, 1983
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paris, France

 12 Saïd Taghmaoui

Saïd Taghmaoui
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 19, 1973
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Villepinte, France

 13 Agnes Varda

Agnes Varda
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Famous As: Film Director
Birthdate: May 30, 1928
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ixelles, Brussels, Belgium
Died: March 29, 2019

 14 Maiwenn

Maiwenn
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 17, 1976
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Les Lilas, France

 15 Michel Gondry

Michel Gondry
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Famous As: Film director
Birthdate: May 8, 1963
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Versailles, France

 16 Lizzie Brocheré

Lizzie Brocheré.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 22, 1985
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paris, France

Best known as Grace Bertrand from American Horror Story and Coco from The Strain, Lizzie Brocheré is the daughter of reputed French casting director Sylvie Brocheré. It is believed her audition for American Horror Story was so perfect that the directors re-wrote the character as French to match her accent.

 17 Mathieu Kassovitz

Mathieu Kassovitz
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: August 3, 1967
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Paris, France

 18 Robert Bresson

Robert Bresson
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: September 25, 1901
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bromont-Lamothe, France
Died: December 18, 1999

 19 Claire Denis

Claire Denis
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Famous As: Film director
Birthdate: April 21, 1946
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Paris, France

 20 Céline Sciamma

Céline Sciamma
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Famous As: Filmmaker
Birthdate: November 12, 1978
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Pontoise, France

 21 Jamel Debbouze

Jamel Debbouze
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 18, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paris, France

 22 Judith Godrèche

Judith Godrèche
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 23, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paris, France

 23 Dany Boon

Dany Boon
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 26, 1966
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Armentières, France

 24 Michel Hazanavicius

Michel Hazanavicius
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Famous As: Film director
Birthdate: March 29, 1967
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paris, France

 25 Alain Resnais

Alain Resnais
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Famous As: Film director
Birthdate: June 3, 1922
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Vannes, France
Died: March 1, 2014

 26 Jacques Audiard

Jacques Audiard
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Famous As: Film director
Birthdate: April 30, 1952
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Paris, France

 27 Jean-Marc Barr

Jean-Marc Barr
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 27, 1960
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bitburg, Germany

 28 Jean-Jacques Annaud

Jean-Jacques Annaud
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Famous As: Film director
Birthdate: October 1, 1943
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Île-de-France, France

 29 Catherine Breillat

Catherine Breillat
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Famous As: Filmmaker
Birthdate: July 13, 1948
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bressuire,France

 30 Maïmouna Doucouré

Maïmouna Doucouré
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Famous As: Film director
Birthdate: 1985 AD
Birthplace: Paris, France

 31 Michael Sinterniklaas

Michael Sinterniklaas
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Famous As: Voice actor
Birthdate: August 13, 1972
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Nice, France

 32 Leos Carax

Leos Carax
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Famous As: Film director
Birthdate: November 22, 1960
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Suresnes, France

 33 Jacques Prévert

Jacques Prévert
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: February 4, 1900
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
Died: April 11, 1977

 34 Françoise Sagan

Françoise Sagan
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Famous As: Playwright
Birthdate: June 21, 1935
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Cajarc, France
Died: September 24, 2004

 35 Christian Clavier

Christian Clavier
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 6, 1952
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Paris, France

 36 Marcel Pagnol

Marcel Pagnol
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: February 28, 1895
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Aubagne, France
Died: April 18, 1974

 37 Pierre Richard

Pierre Richard
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 16, 1934
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Valenciennes, France

 38 Mia Hansen-Love

Mia Hansen-Love
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: February 5, 1981
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris, France

 39 Lucile Hadžihalilović

Lucile Hadžihalilović
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: May 7, 1961
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lyon, France

 40 Max Ophüls

Max Ophüls
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Famous As: Film Director
Birthdate: May 6, 1902
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Saarbrücken, Germany
Died: March 26, 1957

 41 Yasmina Reza

Yasmina Reza
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Famous As: Playwright
Birthdate: May 1, 1959
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Paris, France

 42 Philippe Garrel

Philippe Garrel
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Famous As: Film director
Birthdate: April 6, 1948
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Boulogne-Billancourt, France

 43 Gilles Lellouche

Gilles Lellouche
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 5, 1972
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Savigny-sur-Orge, France

 44 Isabelle Nanty

Isabelle Nanty
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 21, 1962
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Verdun, France

 45 Jean Anouilh

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Famous As: Dramatist
Birthdate: June 23, 1910
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bordeaux, France
Died: October 3, 1987

 46 Julia Ducournau

Julia Ducournau
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: November 18, 1983
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paris, France

 47 Henri-Georges Clouzot

Henri-Georges Clouzot
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Famous As: Film director
Birthdate: November 20, 1907
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Niort, France
Died: January 12, 1977

 48 André Weinfeld

André Weinfeld
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Famous As: Film producer
Birthdate: April 6, 1947
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paris, France

 49 Vincent Lindon

Vincent Lindon
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 15, 1959
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Boulogne-Billancourt, Hauts-de-Seine, France

 50 Kev Adams

Kev Adams
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: July 1, 1991
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Paris, France