Emmanuelle Riva

Emmanuelle Riva

Highest Rated: 98% Blue (1993)

Lowest Rated: 59% Venus Beauty Institute (1999)

Birthday: Feb 24, 1927

Birthplace: Chenimenil, France

A greatly respected figure in French and European film during the 1950s and 1960s, Emmanuelle Riva was celebrated for her bravura performances in such landmark arthouse pictures as "Hiroshima Mon Amour" (1959), "Léon Morin, Priest" (1960), "Three Colors: Blue" (1992) and 2012's "Amour," which capped an extraordinary career in international features. Riva rose to fame as a nameless French woman whose tragic past was juxtaposed with that of her Japanese lover in "Hiroshima," which established her as a formidable participant in the French New Wave. She tackled challenging projects throughout the 1960s, including Gillo Pontecorvo's Holocaust drama "Kapò" (1960) and Thérèse Desqueyroux" (1962), which earned her a Best Actress award at the Cannes Film Festival. Riva's career cooled in the 1970s and 1980s, though she remained active in French film and television. In 2012, she emerged from semi-retirement to join another European film star of the 1960s, Jean-Louis Trintignant, in Michael Haneke's "Amour," a moving drama about an elderly couple dealing with illness and change. The film's success at Cannes shed long-overdue focus on Riva's status as one of Europe's most acclaimed actresses. Emmanuelle Riva died of cancer on January 27, 2017 in Paris. She was 89.

Highest rated movies

Hiroshima My Love
Leon Morin, Priest
Lost in Paris
Venus Beauty Institute




87% 67% Lost in Paris Martha (Character) $687.7K 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Marie & the Misfits Suzanne (Character) - 2016
93% 82% Amour Anne (Character) $3.7M 2012
No Score Yet 57% Le Skylab Mme Prévost (Character) - 2011
No Score Yet 55% My Son La grand mère (Character) - 2006
No Score Yet No Score Yet Eros Therapy Emma (Character) - 2004
No Score Yet 73% C'est la vie Dominique (Character) - 2001
59% 51% Venus Beauty Institute Tante Lyda (Character) $416.5K 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet God, My Mother's Lover, and the Pork-Butcher's Son Unknown (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet L'homme aux semelles de vent La mère de Rimbaud (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Che Punto e la Notte Professoressa Chaldiny (Character) - 1994
98% 93% Blue La mère (Character) $539.2K 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet Shadow of a Doubt Unknown (Character) - 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet For Sacha Madame Malka (Character) - 1991
No Score Yet 89% The Passion of Bernadette Mère Marie-Thérèse Vauzou (Character) - 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet Liberty at Night Mouche (Character) - 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Eyes, The Mouth Mother (Character) - 1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet Is There a Frenchman in the House? Adélaïde Tumelat (Character) - 1982
No Score Yet 74% J'irai Comme un Cheval Fou La mère (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Modification Henriette (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet Thomas the Impostor Princesse de Bormes (Character) - 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Therese Desqueyroux Thérèse Desqueyroux (Character) - 1962
96% 85% Leon Morin, Priest Bamy (Character) $44.5K 1961
No Score Yet 100% Love a la Carte Marilina (Character) - 1960
60% 86% Kapò Terese (Character) - 1959
98% 89% Hiroshima My Love Elle (Character) $88.3K 1959