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The French woman. The words themselves radiate an aura of mystique, a certain “je ne sais quoi". But this is founded upon generations of talented women, whose skills transcend physical beauty - whether actresses or activists, these French women have earned their reputation.

From Brigitte Bardot to Catherine Deneuve, we’re revisiting the most brilliant French actresses to have graced the silver screen. French are famous for and with the rise of cinema, most of us have been provided with that open window to the French culture and their sophisticated women.

List of 10 most beautiful French actresses of all time

1. Sophie Marceau

2. Léa Seydoux

3. Eva Green

4. Michèle Mercier

5. Brigitte Bardot

6. Emmanuelle Béart

7. Catherine Deneuve

8. Isabelle Adjani

9. Mireille Darc

10. Anouk Aimée

Who are the 10 most beautiful and hottest French actresses of all time?

1. Sophie Marceau

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Photo: Reddit

Marceau is another one of the Bond girls in our line up. She appeared alongside Pierce Brosnan’s Bond in the 1999 movie The World Is Not Enough. Before that she starred with Mel Gibson in Braveheart and was acclaimed for her roles in many French movies as well. Apart from acting, this charming actress has dipped her toes into directing and writing as well. Both of her out of screen ventures have proved to be very successful.

2. Léa Seydoux

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Photo: Pinterest

Starting her career in French cinema, Seydoux is another French actress who has managed to successfully move her career across the pond. She has worked with acclaimed directors like Quentin Tarantino in Inglorious Basterds and Woody Allen in Midnight in Paris. Her career skyrocketed in 2013 when she starred in a critically acclaimed lesbian movie Blue Is the Warmest Colour for which she received a Palme d’Or at Cannes Film Festival. Notably, her beauty and talent has gained international attention in 2015 when she was cast as a Bond girl in Spectre.

3. Eva Green

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Photo: Pinterest

Eva Green has a passion for acting in her blood being a daughter of another French actress Marlène Jobert. She started her career in 2001 in theatre, but she had her big breakthrough in a 2003 movie called The Dreamers, starring alongside Michael Pitt and Louis Garrel. In this highly sexual movie, the world was not only introduced to her acting talent but also her nude body.

4. Michèle Mercier

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Photo: Flickr

This strikingly beautiful actress has always wanted to work in show business, initially wanting to be a dancer. However, when she moved to Paris aged 17, she decided to throw away her dancing shoes and get into acting. She was made a star in 1963, taking a main role in a movie Angélique, the Marquise of the Angels. Having this famous of a film in her portfolio may have been a detriment to her further career, because she was never able to get a role that would have overshadowed it.

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5. Brigitte Bardot

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Photo: The Telegraph

The beautiful Brigitte Bardot is probably one of the French actresses who is most recognisable to the foreign audience. She debuted in 1952 in French cinema, but a year later she moved on to Hollywood with great success. Men yearned for her and women wanted to be her. She was French obsession brought to life. However, she was not only a sex kitten, as they used to call her. Having had a passion for animals, when she neared her forties she quit her acting career and pursued fighting for animal rights.

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6. Emmanuelle Béart

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Photo: Listal

Emmanuelle had her start in acting when she was only nine years old, appearing in commercials, however her first adult role came to her in 1986 when she was twenty three. This critically acclaimed actress is famous for her beauty. Her nude body which was on the cover, managed to sell 550,000 copies of a 2003 French issue of Elle magazine, making it the best sold issue in the history of the magazine.

7. Catherine Deneuve

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Photo: The Independent

Catherine Deneuve started her acting career in 1957, but she only became famous in 1964 with an exceptional performance in the musical “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg”. In 1992 she got her first Academy Award nomination for her performance in the drama “Indochine”. Her love for acting has never stopped and you can still see her playing in different movies.

8. Isabelle Adjani

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Photo: Tumgir

Isabelle Adjani’s curriculum vitae is certainly filled with nominations and wins as she is considered as the only actress who has won 5 Cesar Award for Best Actress for “Possession” (1981), “One Deadly Summer” (1983), “Camille Claudel” (1988), “Queen Margot” (1994)and “La journée de la jupe” (2008). In 1981 she won two times at the Cannes Film Festival for “Possession and Quartet” and she has also been nominated two times for the Academy Award. In 2010 she was made a Chevalier de la Légiond’honneur.

9. Mireille Darc

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Photo: Le Progrès

Mireille Darc was a French model and actress. She is also recognized as the long-time partner of Alain Delon. The couple were in a relationship for 15 years and acted together in several movies. She started her acting career in 1960, but she got her first leading role in 1961 in “Hauteclaire”.

10. Anouk Aimée

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Photo: Moviefit.me

Anouk Aimée’s career includes famous movies such as “La Dolce Vita” (1960), “Lola” (1961), “8 ½” (1963), “A Man and a Woman” (1966) where she received her first Academy Award nomination for Best Actress, “Tragedy of a Ridiculous Man” (1981), etc. In 2002 she received an honorary César Award. When referring to her beauty she is considered as a Femme Fatale and one of the sexiest actresses of all times.

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