They may not have stormed any barricades in search of liberté, égalité, or fraternité, but French actresses certainly deserve a hand. Unrivaled in their easy glamour, women like Audrey Tautou (Amélie) and Marion Cotillard (La Vie en Rose) dazzle us from both sides of the Atlantic, in their native tongue and in their charmingly accented English. Betty Confidential has paid tribute to these stars with a list of the best 14, sure to provide good ideas for Netflix queues and DVD rentals. The round-up is full of up-and-comers like Bérénice Bejo (The Artist) and Mélanie Laurent (Inglourious Basterds), as well as a few grandes dames: if you haven’t seen Leslie Caron’s twinkle toes in An American in Paris, it’s high time you did.
Celebrate Bastille Day with France’s best actresses.