Explore your world
Grace Kelly and Cary Grant
filming To Catch A Thief | © Moviestore/REX/Shutterstock
Grace Kelly and Cary Grant filming To Catch A Thief | © Moviestore/REX/Shutterstock

10 Brilliant Films to Make You Fall in Love with Cannes

Picture of Alex Ledsom
Updated: 15 June 2017

Ever since the 1930s, Cannes has been used as a backdrop for movies by some of the greats – Hitchcock and De Palma, among others. Some stories were specifically set in Cannes, others were just passing through. Here’s our guide to the movies that give the best shots of Cannes, to help you fall in love with the town.

Gueule d’Amour (1937)

This black and white movie (called ‘Lady Killer’ in English)  is a highly rated war drama-romance. Jean Gabin is a non-commissioned officer who falls for Mireille Balin, a lady who loses all his money in Cannes.

An Almost Perfect Affair (1979)

The director, Michael Ritchie shot this romance during the 1978 film festival. It stars Keith Carradine as an up-and-coming filmmaker who begins an affair with Monica Vitti, the wife of one of his producers. It uses scenes of La Croisette throughout, as well as the Carlton Hotel.

Carlton Hotel Facade | Courtesy of the Carlton Hotel

Mr Arkadin (1955)

This movie (known in Britain as Confidential Report) was written and directed by Orson Welles and filmed all over Europe, including the French Riviera. Robert Arden plays a small-time smuggler who receives information from a dying man about a mysterious Mr Arkadin (Orson Welles).

To Catch A Thief (1955)

Hitchcock’s classic with Grace Kelly and Cary Grant was filmed in Cannes. Key scenes were shot at the Carlton Hotel, as well as its private beach on La Croisette.

Grace Kelly and Cary Grant filming To Catch A Thief | © Moviestore/REX/Shutterstock

La Cité de la Peur (1994)

This is a French comedy set in Cannes that parodies a lot of famous international movies (like Pretty Woman and Basic Instinct) with French wordplay and puns, which means it’s not the easiest film for non-French speakers to understand.

French Kiss (1995)

This is a romantic comedy starring Meg Ryan and Kevin Kline and was filmed in Cannes and Paris. It tells the story of a teacher who comes to win back her fiancé from the arms of a beautiful French girl, only to become involved in a jewellery heist. It received mixed reviews but grossed over $100 million worldwide.

The Carlton Hotel, where many of the cast stayed during filming | Courtesy of The Carlton Hotel

Ronin (1998)

Key street scenes were filmed for Ronin, starring Robert de Niro and Jean Reno, on La Croisette and at the Hotel Majestic in Cannes.

Festival in Cannes (2001)

This indie film is set in Cannes in 1999 when an actress is trying to finance her first movie as director. It starred Anouk Aimée and Greta Scacchi and was filmed at the ubiquitous Carlton Hotel and along La Croisette.

La Croisette, Cannes | © elementals/Shutterstock

Mr Bean’s Holiday (2007)

Mr Bean wins a trip to Cannes but manages to separate a young boy from his father on the train on the journey there, and spends the rest of his time trying to reunite them. The president of the Cannes Film Festival was a big Mr Bean fan, apparently, and allowed them to film at an actual red carpet premiere (which no other production had been allowed to do).

Femme Fatale (2002)

The director Brian de Palma (Scarface, The Untouchables) set this thriller during one of the film festivals at Cannes and had to recreate the premiere in its entirety for the film. It stars Antonio Banderas and Rebecca Romijn. The latter plays a thief who robs a supermodel of diamonds worth $10 million.

The red carpet on the famous La Croisette Boulevard, Cannes, France | © elen_studio/Shutterstock