We all have a different perception of beauty but one thing which is common to all is that anything we find beautiful gives us joy as we all know “A thing of beauty is joy forever”. We see beauty in and around us and beauty can be resembled by anything under the sun. However, there are women who more often than not personify beauty and almost every individual would agree on the beauty quotient of these women. These are the famous film stars who rule the silver screen and our hearts at the same time. Their beauty may differ in correspondence to the region they belong to and every regional beauty has some specific elements which makes them stand out. If we talk about the French beauty, we will find that they have a carefree look which sets them apart. Their effortless looks and unassuming beauty generates an irresistible magnetism. French beauty has a vast fan following throughout the globe and their actresses epitomize elegance making them a universal choice. The sensuous smiles coupled with the intensely piercing eyes have an impact on the onlooker which makes them fall for the beauty of the tinsel town ladies.
1. Anouk Aimée
The yesteryears actress Anouk Aimée has worked in about 70 films during her career, working mostly with the French film industry. One of her most renowned films is ‘A Man and A Woman’, for which she even received an Oscar nomination. Those infectious eyes and ageless beauty makes her one of the most beautiful French actresses of all time.
2. Catherine Deneuve
A superlative actress of French origin, Catherine Deneuve, established her fame in the film industry with her acting in the 1964 film ‘Umbrellas of Cherbourg’. The magnetic beauty has robbed many of their hearts and definitely deserves a place in this list.
3. Marion Cotillard
The acclaimed actress of French domain has bagged the Academy Award for her film ‘La Vie en Rose’. Some of her other famous movies include ‘Nine’, ‘Inception’, ‘A Very Long Engagement’ and ‘Two Days, One Night’. She has also dabbled with singing and song writing and with the girl next door lookhas won numerous fans.
4. Simone Signoret
Simone Signoret was an accomplished actress and one of the best known in French cinematic world till date. She won the Academy Award for the film ‘Room at the Top’ becoming the first French recipient of the award.
5. Audrey Tautou
Born to teacher-surgeon parents, Audrey chose a career deviating from that of her parents and the decision proved to be a great one. She earned acclamation for the debut film ‘Venus Beauty Institute’ and from then on there was no looking back.The owner of a beautiful smile, her acting in the film ‘Amélie’ has proved that she is here to stay.
6. Eva Green
Eva Green stepped into the world of cinema with the debated film ‘The Dreamers’. She also starred in films such as ‘Kingdom of Heaven’ and ‘Casino Royale’. Her peerless eyes add up to her beauty quotient and her exceptional acting has definitely established her as one of the best known French actresses.
7. Jeanne Moreau
One of the most impressive actresses of her era, Jeanne Moreau, had earned a place in the Comédie-Française and also established herself in the film industry with films such as ‘Elevator to the Gallows’ and ‘The Lovers’. For her contribution to the film industry, she has been awarded with numerous lifetime achievement awards.
8. Fanny Ardant
The cheerful smile which marks Fanny Ardant’s beauty had entered the film industry with the film ‘The Woman Next Door’. She engaged in many odd jobs before deciding to embark on a career in acting. We are glad that she decided to be an actress as she has offered us with many amazing movies such as ‘Vivementdimanche!’ and ‘Pédaledouce’.
9. Sandrine Bonnaire
Bonnaire has worked in over 40 movies which include French as well as Hollywood movies. The talented actress is also a screenwriter and director and won the César Award for her film ‘À nos amours’ in the Most Promising Actress category. Her popular movies include ‘Sans toitniloi’, ‘La Cérémonie’ and ‘Vagabond’.
10. Laetitia Casta
Model turned actress Laetitia Casta has acted in films like ‘Face’, ‘Gainsbourg (A Heroic Life) and ‘Blue Bicycle’. She has been the face of brand ‘Guess?’ and also held the position of Victoria’s Secret Angel for two years in a row. Those attractive blue eyes enhance her elegance making her an idol of beauty.
11. Anna Karina
Often described as the muse of astute director Jean-Luc Godard, Anna Karina indeed has a mesmerizing beauty. She herself is a screenwriter and director, and has been a part of movies such as ‘A Woman Is a Woman’, ‘The Nun, ‘The Stranger’, ‘Justine’, ‘Laughter in the Dark’, ‘Chinese Roulette’ and ‘Rendezvous a Bray’.
12. Anne Parillaud
Anne Parillaud gained international fame with the film ‘Nikita’ and even received the César Award for Best Actress for the movie. The French actress has worked in around 30 films in her career so far and has shown her versatility in acting.
13. Emmanuelle Béart
She began her acting career with some television projects and then moved on to the film industry. One of her initial roles which earned her recognition was the film ‘Manon des Sources’. Other notable movies of this actress include ‘A French Woman’, ‘La Belle Noiseuse’, ‘Un cœur en hiver’, ‘Nelly et Monsieur Arnaud’ and ‘Les Destinées Sentimentales’.
14. Carole Bouquet
The graceful French actress entered the film industry in 1977 with the film ‘That Obscure Object of Desire’, and a few years later, she featured in the Bond film ‘For Your Eyes Only’. She won the César Award for Best Actress for the film ‘Too beautiful For You’. She was also the face for the brand Chanel for about a decade.
15. Sophie Marceau
This multi-talented actress is also a screenwriter, director and an author as well. She began her career in the French film industry with films like ‘La Boum’ and then appeared in ‘La Boum 2’. Her other popular films outside the French domain are ‘L’Étudiante, Pacific Palisades’, ‘Fanfan’ and ‘Revenge of the Musketeers’. She also starred in popular Hollywood movies ‘Braveheart’, ‘Firelight’ and ‘The World Is Not Enough’.
16. Brigitte Bardot
One of the most sensuous French actresses of the 1950s-60s eras, Brigitte Bardot became the representative of ‘Liberty of France’ by giving a face to the faceless Marianne. She rose to fame with the film ‘And God Created Woman’, which was followed by films like ‘Le Mépris’, ‘Viva Maria!’.
17. Isabelle Adjani
The sizzling French actress has cemented her place in the film industry with her commendable acting in films like ‘Possession’, ‘One Deadly Summer’, ‘Camille Claudel’, ‘La Reine Margot’ and ‘Skirt Day’, and for each of them she received the César Award for Best Actress. She has been made a Chevalier of the Legion of Honour and a Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters.
18. Vanessa Paradis
Equally famous as an actress and singer, Vanessa Paradis began her career as a child artist and gained fame with her song Joe le taxi. In 1989, she appeared in the film Noce Blanche, and since then she has acted in many movies and at the same time carried on with her musical career. She was in a relationship with prominent Hollywood actor Johnny Depp, with whom she has two children.
19. Adele Haenel
The young talented actress has made a mark in the cinematic world with her acting skills in films like ‘Water Lilies’, ‘House of Tolerance’, ‘Suzanne’ and ‘Love At First Sight’. Her latest release is ‘The Forbidden Room’ and her upcoming movies include ‘Seances’, ‘Les Ogres’, ‘La Fille inconnue’, ‘Orpheline’ and ‘Die Blumen von gestern’. It is just the beginning and Adele Haenel has a long way to go.
20. Roxane Mesquida
She was destined to become an actress and at the age of eleven, director Manuel Pradal chanced upon her and gave her first break in the film industry. In later years, she met director Catherine Breillat, who according to the actress taught her the art of acting. She and Breillat worked together in films like ‘Fat Girl’, ‘Sex In Comedy’ and ‘The Last Mistress’. She has also been engaged in modeling from the age of fourteen and presently, she is in a contract with the IMG Models agency.
21. Isabelle Huppert
From the beginning of her acting career in 1971, she has worked in over hundred films and is still counting. She has the most number of César Award nominations and won it for the film ‘La Cérémonie’. She is one of the few actresses to have won the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival twice. Among the two actresses who won the Volpi Cup for Best Actress, Isabelle Huppert is one.
22. Vahina Giocante
She first appeared on the silver screen in 1997, and since then portrayed numerous roles and diverse characters. Some of her notable films are ‘Pas de scandale’, ‘Soldats de Salamine’, ‘Blueberry: L’expérience secrète’, ‘Lila dit ça’, ‘Le Premier Cercle’ and ‘La blonde aux seins nus’.
23. Juliette Binoche
The award-winning actress has worked in over 40 movies such as ‘Hail Mary’ and ‘Family Life’. She got her major breakthrough with the film ‘Rendez-vous’ which was directed by André Téchiné. Her phenomenal acting in the English movie ‘The Unbearable Lightness of Being’ earned her international fame. She was offered a role by the ace director Steven Spielberg in the movie ‘Jurassic Park’, but she declined.
24. Fanny Valette
She has worked in many television projects before entering the film industry, and even when she is engaged in films, she finds time to appear in television. With a handful of films to her credit she is a popular celebrity.
25. Mylène Jampanoï
Popularly known for her role in the horror film ‘Martyrs’, Mylène Jampanoï has appeared in many other films like ‘Crimson Rivers II: Angels of the Apocalypse’, ‘Cavalcade’, ‘The Chinese Botanist’s Daughters’ and ‘Valley of Flowers’. While working on the film ‘Valley of Flowers’, she met Indian model and actor Milind Soman and the two tied the knot in Goa, however, the marriage was short-lived.
26. Mélanie Laurent
Actress, model, director, singer and writer, Mélanie Laurent is a store house of talent. Her acting in the film ‘Don’t Worry, I’m Fine won her the César Award for Most Promising Actress and also the Prix Romy Schneider. She has worked with celebrated Hollywood director Quentin Tarantino in the film ‘Inglorious Basterds’ and has even featured in the box-office blockbuster ‘Now You See Me’.
27. Louise Monot
She is the face with which people associate the cosmetic company Bourjois, and she is also known for her role in the tele-series ‘La vie devant nous’. The sparkling eyes and innocent smile definitely goes into making her one of the most beautiful French actresses of all time.
28. Élodie Navarre
The charming Élodie Navarre is known for her roles in the films ‘Love Me If You Dare’, ‘Grande École’, ‘Empire of the Wolves’, ‘Conversations with My Gardener’ and ‘The Art of Love’.
29. Virginie Ledoyen
She established her fame with the French film ‘La Filla Seule’ which hit the theatres in 1995. Her acting skill was also appreciated in films like ‘Les marmottes’ and ‘L’eau froide’. She also worked in the Hollywood film ‘The Beach’ with actor Leonardo DiCcaprio. She is the spokesmodel for the cosmetic brand L’Oréal since 2000.
30. Judith Godrèche
Judith Godrèche is a French actress as well as an author, screenwriter and director. Before appearing in the French film scenario with the flick ‘L’été prochain’, she featured in commercials and also magazines. The first milestone in her filming career was ‘La Fille de 15 ans’ and since then she has acted in numerous films; her recent film project being sex comedy ‘The Overnight’.