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10 Movies That Will Inspire Your Next Trip To Paris

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Explore the magic of Paris without leaving home with these iconic movies.

Midnight in Paris (2011)

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Midnight in Paris

Directed by Woody Allen, this nostalgic movie feels magical.

Protagonist Gil accidently travels back to 1920s Paris and meets his literary heroes in an adventure that is truly a feast for the eyes. 

With big names including Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, and Adrien Brody, Midnight in Paris is a must see for a romanticised depiction of Paris of the Lost Generation

Ratatouille (2007)

Pixar won the 2007 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature with this family favourite. 

Remy the rat dreams of becoming a chef at a renowned restaurant in the heart of Paris. 

He meets a clumsy novice cook called Alfredo Linguini and the unlikely duo unite to save the restaurant. 

This family classic has some of the best animation of Paris to date.

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Remy and Linguini in Ratatouille

La Vie En Rose (2007)

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La Vie En Rose movie poster

Marion Cotillard plays the iconic Edith Piaf in this biopic that explores the joy and tragedy of one of the greatest French singers of all time. 

This film shows Edith Piaf’s rise to fame, from joining the circus to busking on the streets of Montmarte, as well as her downfall riddled with drug addiction and abuse. 

Cotillard won an Oscar for her performance in this French masterpiece.

Amélie (2001)

The whimsical charm of Amélie is an instant feel-good film that takes you on a hilarity filled tour of Paris. 

Quirky Amélie sets off on a journey to make the lives of those she meets more exciting and interesting, springing her unique sense of joy on everyone, including the audience.

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Amélie

Moulin Rouge!  (2001)       

For those who have a flare for the dramatics, Moulin Rouge is the perfect movie option. 

This romance explodes on the screen, illuminating the intoxicating cabaret of Paris in classic Baz Luhrmann style. 

Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman’s love is just as fantastical and bright as the musical numbers and costumes of the film.

This is a must see for lovers of theatre and spectacle.

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Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman in Moulin Rouge!

Paris, I Love you / Paris, je t’aime (2006) 

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Paris, I Love You movie poster

This anthology film tells 18 different stories about Paris, each by acclaimed filmmakers around the world to create an insightful and whimsical illustration of love all over the City of Lights

This unique pastiche film introduces the audience to French films, with some recognisable big names to entice them in, including the Coen brothers, Elijah Wood, Natalie Portman and Steve Buscemi. 

Charade (1963) 

Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn star in this classic American romantic comedy/spy thriller set in Paris. 

The two set off to recover lost fortunes, endlessly pursued by a trio of crooks that culminates in an action-packed showdown on the roof of a Parisian hotel. 

Set in 1960s Paris and described as “the best Hitchcock movie Hitchcock never made”, watch this for a glimpse into the golden age of Hollywood.

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Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn at Le Pont au Double in Charade

Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018) 

Looking for action? The 2018 Mission Impossible is known for having people on the edge of their seats.

Watch Tom Cruise race down the streets of Paris in high speed motorcycles and fly helicopters over the Eiffel Tower. What’s not to love?

The sixth instalment of the Mission Impossible series offers a thrilling view of Paris, with Cruise as Ethan Hunt racing against time after a mission gone wrong. 

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Henry Cavill in Mission: Impossible – Fallout

Marie Antoinette (2006) 

Directed by Sofia Coppola and starring Kirstin Dunst, this historical drama follows Marie Antoinette in the years leading the French Revolution. 

With lavish sets and costumes, this movie doesn’t shy away from the extravagance that the Queen herself epitomised. 

The historical setting blends with a new wave soundtrack in this post-punk retelling that boasts stunning views of the Chateau de Versailles. 

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Kirstin Dunst in Marie Antoinette at Versaille

Le Ballon Rouge 

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Le Ballon Rouge movie poster

This charming short film follows a young boy and a red balloon, taking the viewer on a sweet and hopeful tour of the beautiful city of Paris.

It won the 1956 Academy award for Best Original Screenplay and is an absolute must-see for iconic Parisian scenery. 

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