In 1967's Belle de Jour, Catherine Deneuve breaks sexual norms as a woman who works as a prostitute while her husband is at work during the day. At home with her doctor husband, she has little use for sex, but at the brothel, she participates in BDSM.
In 1964's musical movie The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Catherine plays a 17-year-old who works in her mother's umbrella shop. She falls in love with a young mechanic, but they are separated when he is drafted to the war in Algeria.
In another musical, The Young Girls of Rochefort (Les demoiselles de Rochefort) by the writer and director of The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Catherine stars alongside her sister Francoise Dorléac. They play twins who sing and dream about moving to glamorous Paris.
Catherine Deneuve won a César for her performance in The Last Metro (Le dernier métro), as the wife of a Jewish theater director (played by Gérard Depardieu) living in German-occupied Paris. She hides her husband in the theater, portraying her real job as an actress as well as his as a director.
In the comedy Trophy Wife (Potiche), Catherine Deneuve plays the title character who takes over her husband's factory when he falls ill. Turns out she's a better leader than he is.
In 1967's A Matter of Resistance (La vie de chateau), Catherine Deneuve plays the young wife of a middle-aged Nazi sympathizer in occupied France. As she longs to move from Normandy's countryside to Paris, she falls for a Resistance leader and ends up charming German officers, too.
Set in 1930 Indochina, Catherine is an unmarried French plantation owner who is raising a Vietnamese princess as her own. Both Catherine's character and her character's adopted daughter fall for the same French navy officer.
In the horror film The Hunger, Catherine Deneuve plays one part of a vampire couple alongside David Bowie; he seeks out therapy from an unsuspecting Susan Sarandon.
In 1964's The World's Most Beautiful Swindlers (Les plus belles escroqueries du monde), Catherine Deneuve stars as a con artist in Paris.
The Christmas Tale (Un conte de Noel is a 2008 French dark comedy staring Catherine Deneuve as a strong-willed and sometimes resented matriarch of her dysfunctional family. She learns she has leukemia right before Christmas.