11 Films to Get You in a Côte d’Azur Mood

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France is not France without the azure coastline and the films inspired by it. If there is really an era to envy, it is truly 60s and 70s Côte d’Azur, filled with starlets like Brigitte Bardot and Jane Birkin, sunbathing without a single care. Fortunately for us, producers have all that jotted down in the form of movies. Those were the revolutionary years in terms of personal freedoms, sexual liberation, and overall hippy-vibes. Short pastel dresses, linen garments, wicker baskets, and tons of beach hair continue to define that corner of the south of France. Let these 11 films recreate the Côte d’Azur vibes in your summer.

1. Et Dieu Créa la Femme (1957) 

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The anthem of all modern women, this film starring Brigitte Bardot launched her entire career as a seductive sex kitten. Swoon-worthy panoramas of St. Tropez, designer garments, and sultry vibes bump this film up to one of the most known pictures depicting the region. — available on Daily Motion for free and on DVD on Amazon

2. Bonjour Tristesse (1958) 

Bonjour Tristesse features the life of a 17-year-old girl and her widowed playboy father. He receives a visit from his late wife’s friend which seems to threaten the daughter’s relationship with her father. Jean Seberg wears a red swimsuit piece here that may or may not have launched the trend way ahead of Bay Watch. — available on Amazon Prime, Youtube, and Google Play

3. To Catch A Thief (1955)

While there are tons of wonderful French films, one cannot skip this Hitchcock classic. The film gives the French Riviera a bit of a thriller vibe featuring robberies and crime, while also including love and tenderness. — available on Youtube, Amazon, Google Play, and iTunes

4. Mélodie En Sous-Sol (1963)

Another French crime film, this one was directed by Henri Verneuil, making it quite dramatic and still with a bit of tongue in cheek humor. The protagonist, a former crook, decides to rob the Palm Beach casino in Cannes… and you’ll just have to see what happens during his attempt. — available on DVD on Amazon

5. Le Gendarme de Saint-Tropez (1964) 

Not everything is sun-and-beach in St. Tropez for this policeman — or maybe is it? At least for his troublesome daughter it is. — available on DVD on Amazon

6. Pierrot le Fou (1965)

We couldn’t skip this classic Nouvelle Vague film starring Jean-Paul Belmondo and the beautiful Anna Karina. Belmondo’s character is going through a sort-of middle-age crisis after being fired from his TV broadcasting job and realizing his unhappiness in a bourgeois Parisian marriage. He decides to run away with his ex-girlfriend, but during their escape he finds out that she is being chased by two gangsters. The couple takes it all the way to the Mediterranean. — available on Youtube, Amazon, and iTunes

7. La piscine (1969)

The Alain Deloin and Jane Birkin film is a sexy film about relationship drama and jealousy on the French Riviera. With love and murder both on hand, you’re bound to stay glued to the screen. — available on DVD on Amazon 

8. La Nuit Américaine (1973)

One of François Truffaut’s best films, La Nuit Américaine (Day for Night) is actually named after the filming process of placing a filter over the lens to create a night effect . The film itself chronicles a movie drama with a depressed British actress and movie crew (including the director himself). — available on iTunes and Vudu 

9. La Fille de Monaco (2008) 

The modern drama is a fitting Monaco story featuring wealth, death, crime, and of course, a beautiful and highly promiscuous female. — available on Youtube, Amazon, and iTunes

10. Magic in the Moonlight (2014) 

Okay so this one isn’t French, but how could we skip a Woody Allen movie, especially one featuring a clairvoyant Emma Stone and an illusionist Colin Firth? — available on Youtube, Amazon, and iTunes

11. Les Estivants (2018) 

This Franco-Italian film, which tells a semi-autobiographical story about a director on vacation in the French Riviera after a breakup, is definitely a thought-provoking film. With a gorgeous villa (the director’s own) where the film was mostly filmed, you will be transported to the sunny seaside. — available on DVD on Amazon

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