Top 10 Funniest Movies Starring Louis de Funès


Although almost unknown in the English-speaking world, Louis de Funès (31 July 1914 – 27 January 1983) is still the most popular French comedian nearly 40 years after his death. His acting style included a wide range of facial expressions that made children – and grown-ups – laugh, hence the nickname: “the man with forty faces per minute“.

Louis de Funès, France’s most famous comedian

Louis de Funès was famous for its high energy performance in hundreds of theatrical plays and movies.

He became France’s leading comic actor in the 1960s and for nearly 20 years he topped the country’s box-office several times.

He starred many movies directed by Gérard Oury who loved putting Paris and France in perspective.

Here is a list of our favourite French movies starring Louis de Funès.

1. La Grande Vadrouille

  • English title: Don’t Look Now… We’re Being Shot At!
  • Audience: 17,272,987
  • Director: Gérard Oury
  • Year: 1966
  • Other actors: Bourvil, Terry-Thomas

2. Le Corniaud

  • English title: The Sucker
  • Audience: 11,740,438
  • Director: Gérard Oury
  • Year: 1965
  • Other actors: Bourvil

3. Les Aventures de Rabbi Jacob

  • English title: The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacob
  • Audience: 7,295,811
  • Director: Gérard Oury
  • Year: 1973
  • Other actors: Claude Giraud, Henry Guybet, Miou-Miou, Claude Piéplu, Suzy Delair

4. L’Aile ou la Cuisse

  • English title: The Wing or the Thigh
  • Audience: 5,842,400
  • Director: Claude Zidi
  • Year: 1976
  • Other actors: Coluche, Julien Guiomar

5. Le Gendarme (series)

  • Le Gendarme de Saint-Tropez (1964)
  • Le Gendarme à New York (1965)
  • Le gendarme se marie (1968)
  • Le Gendarme en balade (1970)
  • Le Gendarme et les Extra-terrestres (1979)
  • Le Gendarme et les Gendarmettes (1982)

  • Total audience: 35,492,887
  • Director: Jean Girault
  • Other actors: Michel Galabru, Claude de Gensac, Guy Grosso, Michel Modo, Jean Lefebvre, Geneviève Grad

6. La Folie des Grandeurs

  • English title: Delusions of Grandeur
  • Audience: 5,563,160
  • Director: Gérard Oury
  • Year: 1971
  • Other actors: Yves Montand, Alice Sapritch

7. Le Grand Restaurant

  • English titles: The Big Restaurant, What’s Cooking in Paris
  • Audience: 3,878,520
  • Director: Jacques Besnard
  • Year: 1966
  • Other actors: Bernard Blier

8. Oscar

  • Audience: 6,122,041
  • Director: Édouard Molinaro
  • Year: 1967
  • Other actors: Claude Rich, Claude Gensac

9. Le Petit Baigneur

  • English title: The Little Bather
  • Audience: 5,542,796
  • Director: Robert Dhéry
  • Year: 1968
  • Other actors: Robert Dhéry, Andréa Parisy, Colette Brosset, Michel Galabru, Jacques Legras

10. Hibernatus

  • Audience: 3,366,973
  • Director: Édouard Molinaro
  • Year: 1969
  • Other actors: Claude Gensac, Bernard Alane, Olivier de Funès


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Pierre is a French/Australian who is passionate about France and its culture. He grew up in France and Germany and has also lived in Australia and England. He has a background teaching French, Economics and Current Affairs, and holds a Master of Translating and Interpreting English-French with the degree of Master of International Relations, and a degree of Economics and Management. Pierre is the author of the Discovery Course on the Secrets of the Eiffel Tower and the Christmas book "Voyage au Pays de Noël".


  1. I love these movies, but I need subtitles. We used to see them a lot here in Slovakia, dubbed into Slovak, and shown Sunday afternoons. Classic cheerful movies. Thank you for the clips! I hope to get a collection one day, but with English subtitles. If you know where, please say so!

  2. Anders Friberg on

    Hi Pierre
    About 40 years ago I watched a movie starring Louis du Funes. In the end he dyes sheep red, white and blue and make sweaters i the French colours.
    The Danish title translates to “The Mayor”. Do you know the original title?
    I’ve never laughed that much so it would be fun to watch it again.
    Thank you in advance.
    Cheers Anders

    • Hi Anders, thanks for asking. The movie you’re referring to is called “La Zizanie” (in English: The Spat). You should find the trailer on youtube or order it on amazon! 🙂

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