Famous French Screenwriters

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 1 Mélanie Laurent

Mélanie Laurent.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 21, 1983
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paris, France

French actor Mélanie Laurent shot to fame with her Étoiles d'Or-winning role in Dikkenek and her César Award-winning performance in Don't Worry, I'm Fine. She made her Hollywood debut with Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds, and was also seen in Now You See Me. She has also released a music album.

 2 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.

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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

Best known for his 2014 psychological drama film Whiplash, Damien Chazelle is a Rhode Island-born American film director and screenwriter. An alumnus of the Harvard University, he began his career with a black-and-white musical, writing screenplays before making his breakthrough with Whiplash, winning several awards not only for the film, but also for La La Land and First Man.

 4 Luc Besson

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

Luc Besson is a French film director, producer, and screenwriter. He started working in the film industry as an assistant to famous directors and learned the nuances of direction. He then moved on to direct films and launched his own production company. He is considered a key figure in the Cinéma du look movement. 

 5 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.

 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 Guillaume Canet

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

Born into a family of horse breeders, actor, director and screenwriter Guillaume Canet aspired to become a show jumper. However, a fall at the age of eighteen steered his destiny towards acting and very soon he was staring in films like Joyeux Noël and The Beach.  Eventually he also started directing; winning several awards for his 2006 production, Tell No One.  

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 8 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

François Truffaut was a French film director, producer, screenwriter, and actor. He is credited to be one of the founders of the French New Wave. Beginning his career in the mid-1950s, he was active in the entertainment industry for close to three decades. His film The 400 Blows is considered a defining film of the French New Wave movement. 

 9 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.

 10 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

 11 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

 12 Frank Darabont

Frank Darabont
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Famous As: Film director
Birthdate: January 28, 1959
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Montbéliard, France

A lifelong fan of horror books and movies, especially of Stephen King, three-time Oscar nominated film director and screenwriter Frank Darabont decided to take up film making as his profession after seeing THX 1138. Beginning his career with screenwriting, he debuted as director with Buried Alive, eventually making such magnificent films like Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile and The Mist.

 13 Louis Garrel

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

Best known for his starring role in The Dreamers, French actor and filmmaker Louis Garrel in general portrays similar characters, appearing as somebody involved in love triangles or historical figures like Jacques de Bascher, Jean-Luc Godard and Alfred Dreyfus. Since 2006, he has also been making films, screenwriting and directing movies like Two Friends, A Faithful Man, The Crusade etc.

 14 Samuel Benchetrit

Samuel Benchetrit.
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: June 26, 1973
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Champigny-sur-Marne, France

Samuel Benchetrit is a French writer, scenarist, actor, and director. Over the years, Benchetrit's achievements as a writer and actor have been overshadowed by his personal life and relationships with popular actresses like Marie Trintignant, Anna Mouglalis, and Vanessa Paradis.

 15 Saïd Taghmaoui

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

 16 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

Agnes Varda was a Belgian-born French film director, screenwriter, and artist. She was a key figure in the development of the French New Wave film movement of the 1950s and 1960s. She often made films addressing women’s issues and other social justice problems. She was honored with an Academy Honorary Award. She was married to director Jacques Demy. 

 17 Maiwenn

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

Pressured by her mother, actress-cum-filmmaker Maiwenn began her acting career at a very tender age, making her mark with the role of Elle, as a child, in One Deadly Summer. Continuing to perform, she took a hiatus after her marriage, eventually returning to acting, starring in movies like High Tension before venturing into film-direction; she quickly achieved international recognition with Polisse

 18 Michel Gondry

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

 19 Mathieu Kassovitz

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

 20 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

 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 Claire Denis

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

 25 Céline Sciamma

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

 26 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

 27 Michel Hazanavicius

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

 28 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

 29 Jacques Audiard

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

 30 Jean-Marc Barr

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

 31 Leos Carax

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

 32 Catherine Breillat

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

 33 Christian Clavier

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

 34 Maïmouna Doucouré

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

 35 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

 36 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

 37 Julia Ducournau

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

 38 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

 39 Pierre Richard

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

 40 Mia Hansen-Love

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

 41 Lucile Hadžihalilović

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

 42 Kim Chapiron

Kim Chapiron
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Famous As: Film director
Birthdate: July 4, 1980
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Paris, France

 43 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

 44 Gilles Lellouche

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

 45 Philippe Garrel

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

 46 Jean-Claude Carriere

Jean-Claude Carriere
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: September 17, 1931
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Colombières-sur-Orb, France
Died: February 8, 2021

 47 Isabelle Nanty

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

 48 Jean Anouilh

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

 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 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