In recent years, European filmmakers have produced some of the most captivating films in the world. They include Dancer in the Dark (2000), the Sea Inside (2004), and Talk to Her (2002) among others. However, the five most popular European movies in the 21st century are as follows.
1. The Intouchables (2011)
This French film is a touching story of a rich quadriplegic and his caregiver. A strong bond of friendship develops between the two as time goes. The life of Philippe Pozzo di Borgo and his caregiver, Abdel Sellou, inspired this movie. Omar Sy won a Cesar Award in 2012 for his role in the film. He acted as the caregiver. The budget for this film was $10.8 million. It grossed more than $426.6 million at the box office.
2. The King’s Speech (2010)
This British film focused on the life of King George VI and an Australian speech therapist called Lionel Logue. Colin Firth played the role of the King while Geoffrey Rush acted as the therapist. The movie describes the life of King before and during the Second World War. It places a special emphasis on the King’s speech to the British people as the UK declared war on Germany. Tom Hooper directed the film, Iain Canning produced it, and David Seidler wrote it. The production cost for the movie was $15 million. It performed well at the box office where it grossed $412 million.
3. Welcome To the Sticks (2008)
This French film is extremely popular in France. In fact, it earned $192.928 million in France alone. In total, it grossed $244.144 million worldwide against a budget of $15 million. People loved it so much that filmmakers decided to produce local versions of it. For example, Medusa Film produced an Italian version of it in 2010. Negotiations for an English version are still ongoing. Currently, Will Smith seems to have a keen interest in remaking this film for an American audience.
4. Amelie (2001)
The shooting for this French film took place in both France and Germany. Jean-Pierre Jeunet directed the movie. Amelie is a romantic comedy that focuses on the life of a shy waiter. This waiter decides that she ought to change the life of the people around her. She also has personal problems that she needs to solve. Amelie won four Cesar Awards and two BAFTA awards. It also received five nominations for the Academy Awards. The film ran on a budget of $10 million. It received $173.9 million in gross earnings worldwide.
5. The Pianist (2002)
It is one of the most captivating historical dramas ever produced. It tells the story of a Jewish man who survived the Nazi invasion of Poland. It gives an account of his experiences include close encounters with life-threatening situations. In one case, he merely survives because he is a pianist. The film won various European film awards including two BAFTAs and seven French Cesars. In the US, it won three Academy Awards including Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Adapted Screenplay. The film ran for 150 minutes. It had a budget of $35 million, but it grossed $120.1 million in box office sales. Filming for this movie took place in the United Kingdom, France, Poland, and Germany.