Brigitte Bardot is a French actress, model, and singer who rose to international fame in the 1950s and 1960s. Known for her stunning beauty and sensual charisma, Bardot became an icon of French cinema and a symbol of the sexual revolution of the 1960s.

These films showcase Bardot’s talent as an actress, as well as her impact on popular culture.

Best Brigitte Bardot Movies

From her breakout role in And God Created Woman to her acclaimed performance in Contempt, Bardot’s films continue to captivate audiences today with their charm, wit, and sensuality.

1. …And God Created Woman (1956)

“And God Created Woman” is a 1956 French drama film directed by Roger Vadim and starring Brigitte Bardot.

The film tells the story of a free-spirited young woman named Juliette, who lives on the French Riviera and is desired by three men: her boyfriend Michel, his older brother Antoine, and a wealthy older man named Eric.

The film explores themes of sexual liberation, female empowerment, and the clash between traditional and modern values.

It was controversial upon its release due to its provocative subject matter and depiction of sexuality, but it was also a commercial and critical success, launching Bardot’s career and cementing her status as an international sex symbol.

The film is considered a classic of French cinema and a seminal work of the “nouvelle vague” movement.

And God Created Woman
  • Factory sealed DVD
  • Rebecca De Mornay, Frank Langella, Vincent Spano (Actors)
  • Roger Vadim (Director)
  • English, Spanish (Subtitles)
  • English (Publication Language)

2. The Novices (1970)

“The Novices” (original title: Les Novices) is a 1970 French comedy-drama film directed by Claude Chabrol and starring Catherine Deneuve in the lead role.

The movie tells the story of Suzanne, a beautiful young woman who decides to enter a convent in order to escape the chaos and turmoil of the outside world.

Initially, Suzanne is drawn to the peaceful and tranquil life of the convent, but she soon discovers that the nuns are not immune to the temptations and desires of the flesh.

As she becomes embroiled in a scandalous affair with the Mother Superior (played by French actress Danielle Darrieux), Suzanne must confront her own desires and the hypocrisy of the Catholic Church.

“The Novices” is a biting satire of religion and morality, and is notable for its bold and controversial themes.

   

The movie explores topics such as sexual repression, female empowerment, and the corruption of power, and is driven by the brilliant performances of its cast.

Catherine Deneuve delivers a stunning and nuanced performance as Suzanne, while Danielle Darrieux is equally impressive as the complex and manipulative Mother Superior.

The film is also notable for its dark and atmospheric cinematography, which perfectly captures the oppressive and claustrophobic environment of the convent.

“The Novices” was a critical and commercial success upon its release, and has since become a beloved classic of French cinema.

The movie is a must-watch for fans of Catherine Deneuve and French New Wave cinema, and for anyone interested in provocative and thought-provoking films.

The Novices
  • Brigitte Bardot, Annie Girardot, Jean Carmet (Actors)
  • Guy Casaril (Director) - Guy Casaril (Writer)
  • English (Subtitle)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • Audience Rating: R (Restricted)

3. La Vérité (1960)

“La Vérité” is a 1960 French drama film directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot and starring Brigitte Bardot, Charles Vanel, and Sami Frey.

The film tells the story of Dominique Marceau (Brigitte Bardot), a young and free-spirited woman who is accused of murdering her former lover.

As Dominique’s trial unfolds, her past relationships and personal struggles are laid bare, revealing a complex and troubled woman struggling to find her place in the world.

With its stunning black-and-white cinematography, intense performances, and moody score, “La Vérité” is a gripping and powerful exploration of love, lust, and betrayal.

Brigitte Bardot delivers a tour-de-force performance as Dominique, imbuing the character with a sense of vulnerability and strength that is both captivating and heartbreaking.

The supporting cast is equally impressive, with Charles Vanel and Sami Frey delivering nuanced and complex performances as the lawyers who defend and prosecute Dominique.

While “La Vérité” may not be as well-known as some of Clouzot’s other works, such as “Les Diaboliques” or “The Wages of Fear,” it remains a haunting and unforgettable film that deserves to be rediscovered by modern audiences.

   

La Vérité (1960) [The Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray] [2018]
  • Polish Release, cover may contain Polish text/markings. The disk has English subtitles.
  • English (Subtitle)

4. Don Juan, or If Don Juan Were a Woman (1973)

“Don Juan, or If Don Juan Were a Woman” is a 1973 French-Italian film directed by Roger Vadim and starring Brigitte Bardot in the title role. The film is a modern-day retelling of the Don Juan legend, with Bardot playing a female version of the character who seduces and manipulates men for her own pleasure.

The film explores themes of gender and power, as Don Juan becomes the subject of desire rather than the object, and subverts traditional gender roles. The film’s stylish visuals and erotic themes made it a controversial release at the time, but also contributed to its enduring cult status.

Bardot’s performance as Don Juan is widely regarded as one of her most memorable, showcasing her beauty, wit, and seductive charm. The film also features strong supporting performances from Jane Birkin and Robert Hossein.

Overall, “Don Juan, or If Don Juan Were a Woman” is considered a daring and provocative film that challenges traditional notions of gender and sexuality, and remains a cult classic in French cinema.

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Don Juan (Or If Don Juan Were a Woman) [DVD]
  • Brigitte Bardot, Robert Hossein, Mathieu Carrire (Actors)
  • Roger Vadim (Director) - Jean Cau (Writer)
  • English (Subtitle)
  • Audience Rating: R (Restricted)

5. Les femmes (1969)

“Les femmes” is a 1969 French comedy film directed by Jean Aurel, in which Sophia Loren plays the role of an Italian movie star named Maria, who travels to Paris to make a film.

The movie follows her adventures and romantic entanglements with a series of men in the City of Love.

   

Sophia Loren’s performance in the film is praised for its charm and humor, as she brings a sense of energy and vivacity to the role of Maria.

Her chemistry with the other actors, including Marcello Mastroianni and Jean-Paul Belmondo, adds to the film’s comedic and romantic appeal.

While “Les femmes” may not be considered one of Sophia Loren’s most famous films, it remains a delightful and entertaining comedy that showcases her talent as an actress.

The film is a showcase for her onscreen charm and charisma, and her performance adds to the movie’s sense of fun and joy.

Les Femmes [DVD]
  • Brigitte Bardot, Maurice Ronet, Christina Holme (Actors)
  • Jean Aurel (Director) - Ccil Saint-Laurent (Writer)
  • English (Subtitle)
  • Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)

6. Love Is My Profession (1958)

“Love Is My Profession” (1958) is a French romantic drama film directed by Claude Autant-Lara and starring Jean Gabin and Brigitte Bardot.

The film tells the story of a successful middle-aged lawyer named André Gobillot (played by Jean Gabin) who falls in love with a young, beautiful woman named Yvette Maudet (played by Brigitte Bardot), who is accused of murdering her older, wealthy lover.

Despite her confession, Gobillot takes on her case and becomes increasingly drawn to her, leading to a passionate and complicated love affair.

“Love Is My Profession” is notable for its frank portrayal of sex and infidelity, which was considered controversial at the time of its release.

The film also showcases the acting talents of both Gabin and Bardot, who have great chemistry on-screen. Bardot’s performance in particular is praised for her ability to convey both innocence and seduction.

Despite its controversial subject matter, “Love Is My Profession” was a box office success and is now considered a classic of French cinema. The film is a captivating exploration of love, passion, and morality, and is a must-see for fans of romantic dramas and classic cinema.

Love Is My Profession
  • English (Subtitle)
  • Audience Rating: Unrated (Not Rated)

7. Two Weeks in September (1967)

Two Weeks in September is a 1967 romantic drama film directed by Serge Bourguignon and starring Brigitte Bardot and Laurent Terzieff.

The film tells the story of a married Frenchwoman named Cecile who takes a vacation in the south of France with her husband and young son, but begins to fall in love with a young man named Vincent who is also on vacation in the same location.

Bardot plays the role of Cecile, a woman who is bored with her life and her marriage, and seeks excitement and passion in her relationship with Vincent. Terzieff plays the role of Vincent, a young man who is also searching for meaning and fulfillment in his life, and who finds himself drawn to Cecile.

The film is notable for its beautiful scenery, with much of the action taking place in the picturesque town of Antibes on the French Riviera. It also explores themes of love, infidelity, and the search for meaning and happiness in life.

Two Weeks in September received mixed reviews upon its release, but has since gained a reputation as a classic of French cinema. The film showcases Bardot’s talents as an actress, as well as her charisma and beauty, and remains a beloved film for fans of romantic dramas.

8. Come Dance with Me! (1959)

“Come Dance with Me!” (original title: “Voulez-vous danser avec moi?”) is a 1959 French crime film directed by Michel Boisrond and starring Brigitte Bardot and Henri Vidal.

The film follows a young woman named Cyd, played by Bardot, who is suspected of murder after her wealthy and jealous husband is found dead.

Cyd sets out to clear her name and find the real killer, enlisting the help of a private investigator named Pierre (Vidal). The film is known for its stylish cinematography, thrilling plot twists, and the chemistry between Bardot and Vidal.

It was a commercial success upon its release and helped further establish Bardot as an international film star. The film also features several memorable musical performances by Bardot, including the hit song “L’Appareil à Sous”.

Come Dance With Me [DVD]
  • Brigitte Bardot, Henri Vidal, Dawn Addams (Actors)
  • Michel Boisrond (Director) - Annette Wademant (Writer)
  • English (Subtitle)
  • Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)

9. The Bear and the Doll (1970)

“The Bear and the Doll” (original title: L’Ours et la Poupée) is a 1970 French romantic comedy film directed by Michel Deville and starring Brigitte Bardot and Jean-Pierre Cassel in the lead roles.

The movie tells the story of Felicia, a free-spirited and independent woman who enjoys living life on her own terms, and Michel, a wealthy and uptight businessman who becomes smitten with her.

After a chance encounter in the countryside, Felicia and Michel embark on a playful and flirtatious relationship, despite their vastly different personalities and lifestyles.

As they spend more time together, they begin to realize that they might actually be falling in love, but their happiness is threatened by the disapproval of Michel’s family and business associates.

“The Bear and the Doll” is a charming and whimsical film that captures the spirit of the 1960s French New Wave cinema.

The movie is notable for its beautiful and picturesque cinematography, which showcases the stunning French countryside, as well as for the brilliant performances of its lead actors.

Brigitte Bardot delivers a captivating and playful performance as Felicia, while Jean-Pierre Cassel is equally impressive as the staid and conservative Michel. The chemistry between the two leads is palpable and adds to the charm and appeal of the film.

“The Bear and the Doll” was a commercial and critical success upon its release, and has since become a beloved classic of French cinema. The movie is a must-watch for fans of romantic comedies, Brigitte Bardot, and French New Wave cinema.

The Bear and the Doll
  • Brigitte Bardot, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Daniel Ceccaldi (Actors)
  • Michel Deville (Director)
  • Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)

10. Babette Goes to War (1959)

“Babette Goes to War” is a 1959 French comedy-drama film directed by Christian-Jaque and starring Brigitte Bardot, Jacques Charrier, and Francis Blanche.

The film tells the story of Babette (Brigitte Bardot), a young woman from a small French village who dreams of adventure and excitement.

When World War II breaks out, Babette sees her chance to escape the boredom of her small town and enlists in the French Resistance.

Along the way, she falls in love with a fellow resistance fighter named Jacques (Jacques Charrier) and helps to plan a daring mission to blow up a German ammunition train.

With its blend of humor, romance, and action, “Babette Goes to War” is a charming and entertaining film that showcases Brigitte Bardot’s talents as both a comedic and dramatic actress.

Bardot is particularly impressive in the role of Babette, bringing both wit and vulnerability to a character who is determined to make a difference in a world dominated by men.

Jacques Charrier also delivers a strong performance as Jacques, the handsome and courageous resistance fighter who captures Babette’s heart.

While “Babette Goes to War” may not be as well-known as some of Bardot’s other films, such as “And God Created Woman” or “Contempt,” it remains a delightful and entertaining work that is sure to delight fans of classic French cinema.

Babette Goes To War (1959) Original Movie Poster
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11. Love on a Pillow (1962)

“Love on a Pillow” (French title: “Le Repos du guerrier”) is a 1962 French drama film directed by Roger Vadim and starring Brigitte Bardot and Robert Hossein.

The film tells the story of a wealthy Parisian woman named Geneviève (Bardot) who becomes involved with a troubled artist named Renaud (Hossein).

Geneviève becomes fascinated by Renaud’s tortured soul and artistic talent, and becomes determined to help him overcome his demons. However, her attempts to save him from himself ultimately lead to her own downfall.

“Love on a Pillow” is notable for its stylish visuals and exploration of themes such as love, power, and self-destruction.

The film also features strong performances from its lead actors, with Bardot delivering a nuanced portrayal of a woman struggling to find meaning in her privileged existence.

While not one of Bardot’s most well-known films, “Love on a Pillow” is regarded as a significant entry in her filmography and a notable example of French New Wave cinema.

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Love on a Pillow
  • Robert Hossein, Jean-Marc Bory, Brigitte Bardot (Actors)
  • Rodger Vadim (Director)

12. Contempt (1963)

“Love on a Pillow” (French title: “Le Repos du guerrier”) is a 1962 French drama film directed by Roger Vadim and starring Brigitte Bardot and Robert Hossein. The film tells the story of a wealthy Parisian woman named Geneviève (Bardot) who becomes involved with a troubled artist named Renaud (Hossein).

Geneviève becomes fascinated by Renaud’s tortured soul and artistic talent, and becomes determined to help him overcome his demons. However, her attempts to save him from himself ultimately lead to her own downfall.

“Love on a Pillow” is notable for its stylish visuals and exploration of themes such as love, power, and self-destruction. The film also features strong performances from its lead actors, with Bardot delivering a nuanced portrayal of a woman struggling to find meaning in her privileged existence.

While not one of Bardot’s most well-known films, “Love on a Pillow” is regarded as a significant entry in her filmography and a notable example of French New Wave cinema.

Contempt
  • Brigitte Bardot, Jack Palance, Michel Piccoli, Giorgia Moll, Fritz Lang (Actor)
  • Jean-Luc Godard (Director) - Jean-Luc Godard (Writer) - Georges de Beauregard, Carlo Ponti, Joseph...

13. La Parisienne (1957)

“La Parisienne” is a 1957 French comedy film directed by Michel Boisrond, in which Sophia Loren plays the role of a young Italian woman named Nelly who comes to Paris to start a new life.

The film follows her romantic entanglements with a series of men, including a handsome painter played by French actor Philippe Nicaud.

Sophia Loren’s performance in the film is praised for its charm and vivacity, as she brings a sense of energy and wit to the role of Nelly. Her chemistry with Philippe Nicaud adds to the film’s romantic appeal, and their scenes together are filled with playful banter and flirtation.

“La Parisienne” is a lighthearted and entertaining comedy that showcases Sophia Loren’s talent as an actress.

The film is a showcase for her onscreen charisma and charm, and her performance adds to the movie’s sense of fun and joy. The movie is a fun and enjoyable romantic comedy that captures the spirit of Paris in the 1950s.

La Parisienne
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  • La Parisienne
  • Una Parigina
  • Charles Boyer, Henri Vidal, Brigitte Bardot (Actors)

14. The Night Heaven Fell (1958)

“The Night Heaven Fell” (1958) is a French-Italian romantic drama film directed by Roger Vadim, and stars Brigitte Bardot, Stephen Boyd, and Alida Valli.

The film tells the story of a young French woman named Ursula (played by Brigitte Bardot) who is seduced by a charming stranger named Lambert (played by Stephen Boyd), who convinces her to run away with him to Spain.

Along the way, they encounter various obstacles, including a jealous older woman (played by Alida Valli), who has her own designs on Lambert.

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“The Night Heaven Fell” is notable for being one of the first films to feature Brigitte Bardot in a leading role, and showcases her beauty and charisma on-screen. The film also features stunning Mediterranean scenery, and a memorable score by composer Georges Auric.

Despite mixed reviews upon its release, “The Night Heaven Fell” has since gained a cult following, and is praised for its lush visuals and Bardot’s captivating performance.

The film is a fascinating glimpse into the world of 1950s French cinema, and is a must-see for fans of Bardot and classic romantic dramas.

The Night Heaven Fell [DVD]
  • Brigitte Bardot, Alida Valli, Stephen Boyd (Actors)
  • Roger Vadim (Director) - Albert Vidalie (Writer)
  • English (Subtitle)
  • Audience Rating: Unrated (Not Rated)

15. A Very Private Affair (1962)

A Very Private Affair is a 1962 drama film directed by Louis Malle and starring Brigitte Bardot. The film tells the story of Jill, a young actress who becomes disillusioned with her life in the public eye and seeks solace in a secluded villa in the south of France.

Bardot plays the role of Jill, a young woman who has grown tired of the constant attention and scrutiny that comes with being a celebrity. She retreats to a villa in the countryside, where she meets a group of artists and intellectuals who offer her a new perspective on life and love.

The film explores themes of identity, authenticity, and the search for meaning in life. Bardot delivers a strong performance as Jill, capturing both the vulnerability and the strength of the character as she navigates the challenges of fame and personal growth.

A Very Private Affair was a critical success upon its release, and remains a compelling and thought-provoking film to this day. The film showcases Bardot’s range as an actress, as well as Malle’s skill as a director in creating a nuanced and powerful character study.

A Very Private Affair (Aka Vie Privee) Marcello Mastroianni 1962 Photo Print (16 x 20)
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16. The Legend of Frenchie King (1971)

“The Legend of Frenchie King” (original title: “Les Pétroleuses”) is a 1971 French spaghetti western directed by Christian-Jaque and starring Brigitte Bardot and Claudia Cardinale.

The film tells the story of two women, Louise (Bardot) and Maria (Cardinale), who team up to fight against a group of male bandits who are terrorizing their town and threatening to steal their land.

The film is known for its strong female leads, comedic tone, and action-packed gunfights. It was a commercial success in France and helped further establish Bardot as a versatile actress beyond her sex symbol status.

The film was also notable for its all-star cast, which included Michael J. Pollard, Patty Shepard, and Georges Beller.

17. Agent 38-24-36 (1964)

“Agent 38-24-36” is a 1964 spy comedy film directed by Édouard Molinaro and starring Margaret Lee, Robert Hoffmann, and Klaus Kinski.

The movie follows the adventures of secret agent Tiffany Case (played by Margaret Lee) as she tries to stop a criminal mastermind from detonating a nuclear bomb.

Tiffany Case is a beautiful and capable secret agent who uses her seductive charms to gather information and complete her missions.

She is tasked with stopping a criminal organization from detonating a nuclear bomb in an undisclosed location, and must navigate a complex web of intrigue and danger to accomplish her goal.

As she travels across the world to gather information and allies, Tiffany must also contend with a rival spy named Bob Fleming (played by Robert Hoffmann), who is also working to stop the criminal organization. Along the way, they encounter a variety of eccentric characters, including a mad scientist played by Klaus Kinski.

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“Agent 38-24-36” is a fun and entertaining spy comedy that showcases the glamour and intrigue of the 1960s spy genre. The movie is notable for its stylish and colorful cinematography, as well as for the charismatic performances of its lead actors.

Margaret Lee is particularly impressive as the sexy and resourceful Tiffany Case, while Robert Hoffmann delivers a charming and playful performance as her rival spy.

The movie is also notable for its witty and irreverent script, which pokes fun at the conventions of the spy genre while still delivering thrilling action sequences.

Overall, “Agent 38-24-36” is a must-watch for fans of classic spy movies, and for anyone looking for a fun and lighthearted romp through the world of espionage.

Une ravissante idiote [The Ravishing Idiot] [Agent 38-24-36] (Original French film Poster)
  • Anthony Perkins Brigitte Bardot (starring); Charles Exbrayat (novel); Edouard Molinaro (director)...
  • 06/17/1964 (Publication Date) - Flora Film (Publisher)

18. Viva Maria! (1965)

“Viva Maria!” is a 1965 French comedy-adventure film directed by Louis Malle and starring Brigitte Bardot and Jeanne Moreau.

The film tells the story of two women named Maria (played by Bardot and Moreau) who meet by chance in early 20th century Latin America.

The two become fast friends and soon find themselves caught up in a series of wild adventures, including performing as a duo in a traveling circus, leading a revolution against a corrupt government, and even becoming gun-runners in the midst of a civil war.

With its playful humor, colorful set-pieces, and two charismatic leading ladies, “Viva Maria!” is a delightful romp that showcases the talents of both Bardot and Moreau.

The chemistry between the two actresses is palpable, and their performances capture the joy and spontaneity of their characters’ adventures.

While “Viva Maria!” may not be as well-known as some of Bardot’s other films, such as “And God Created Woman” or “Contempt,” it remains a beloved classic of French cinema and a testament to the enduring appeal of two of the greatest actresses of their generation.

Viva Maria
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  • Jeanne Moreau, Brigitte Bardot, George Hamilton (Actors)
  • Louis Malle (Director) - Louis Malle (Producer)
  • English (Subtitle)
  • English (Publication Language)

3 Reasons To Watch Brigitte Bardot Movies

Iconic Performances: Brigitte Bardot was one of the most famous actresses of the 1950s and 60s, and her performances in films such as “And God Created Woman” and “Contempt” are still remembered as iconic performances today.

Bardot’s natural beauty and magnetic presence on screen captivated audiences around the world, making her an enduring symbol of French cinema.

Fashion and Style: Bardot was not only known for her acting ability but also her fashion sense. Her signature style, featuring chic and effortless clothing, became a global trend and influenced fashion for decades.

Watching her films can be a great way to appreciate her timeless fashion sense and classic style.

Cultural Significance: Brigitte Bardot was more than just an actress – she was also a cultural icon and a symbol of liberation and rebellion in the 1950s and 60s.

Her roles challenged traditional gender roles and her public persona helped to break down conservative social norms in France and beyond.

Watching her films can be a way to appreciate the cultural significance of one of the most iconic actresses of the 20th century.

Best Brigitte Bardot Movies – Wrap Up

Brigitte Bardot’s career spanned several decades and left a lasting impact on French cinema and fashion. She became known as a symbol of sensuality and sex appeal, and her films remain beloved to this day.

These films showcase Bardot’s talent as an actress and her undeniable onscreen presence. They capture her unique blend of innocence and sensuality, and her performances are still studied and celebrated by filmmakers and actors around the world.

Overall, Brigitte Bardot’s contribution to French cinema and culture cannot be overstated. Her influence on fashion, art, and popular culture continues to be felt to this day, and her films remain a testament to her lasting impact on the world of entertainment.