Please upgrade your browser for the best Refinery29 experience. Read more.

Saved! Access Favorites in your account profile. Removed from my favorites

Americans In Paris: 20 Essential Films

  1. Begin
    Best_Americans_In_Paris_Films_Anna_sudit

    SHARE IT

    comments
    See All Slides
    July 14 is Bastille Day, which is as good an excuse as any to knock back some Champagne, stuff an entire wedge of brie down your throat, and trot out the three phrases you still remember from high school French class.

    Alternatively, you could settle in for the night and treat yourself to a movie marathon focused on something many of us would like to be: an American in Paris. Hollywood simply hasn't tired of plots that involve sending a Yank into French territory, and, frankly, neither have we. We ooh and ahh as the leads chat in flawless French with local market vendors. Our heart skips a beat when a dashing French love interest comes into play. We imagine that, the next time we're cruising down the Seine, we too will be decked out in haute couture and effortlessly chic striped tops.

    Granted, Americans in Paris (cinematically, anyway) don't always have it easy. Wives get kidnapped. Daughters are sold into the sex market. Soufflés fall, waiters are snooty, lovers quarrel.

    It's fine. It's still Paris. Now, pass the brie, would ya?

    OPENER IMAGE: Designed by Anna Sudit.

    Begin Slideshow
  2. Photo: Courtesy Samuel Goldwyn Films.

    SHARE IT

  3. Photo: Courtesy Paramount Pictures.

    SHARE IT

  4. Photo: Courtesy Warner Bros.

    SHARE IT

  5. Photo: Courtesy 20th Century Fox.

    SHARE IT

  6. Photo: Courtesy of IFC Films.

    SHARE IT