Classic French Movies

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1. The Murderer Lives at Number 21 (1942)

Not Rated | 84 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

Inspector Wens moves into a Paris boarding house to catch a serial killer.

Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot | Stars: Pierre Fresnay, Suzy Delair, Jean Tissier, Pierre Larquey

Votes: 2,564

2. Pensione Edelweiss (1959)

88 min | Drama, Thriller

You'll live this world like a balloon which a child releases.

Directors: Ottorino Franco Bertolini, Víctor Merenda | Stars: Henri Vidal, Dawn Addams, Lino Ventura, Lauretta Masiero

Votes: 81

3. Cento giorni a Palermo (1984)

102 min | Crime, Drama

In the late 1970s and early 80s, assassinations in Sicily get the attention of Communist deputy, Pio La Torre, who appeals to General Carlo Alberto Dalla Chiesa to become prefect in Palermo... See full summary »

Director: Giuseppe Ferrara | Stars: Lino Ventura, Giuliana de Sio, Arnoldo Foà, Lino Troisi

Votes: 503

4. Espion, lève-toi (1982)

98 min | Drama, Thriller

Sébastien Grenier,a secret agent eliminates all his rivals in order to decipher who has killed some of his associates.

Director: Yves Boisset | Stars: Lino Ventura, Michel Piccoli, Bruno Cremer, Bernard Fresson

Votes: 731

5. Garde à vue (1981)

87 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A police inspector, suspecting an attorney of two child sex murders, has him held for a questioning session that goes on for hours.

Director: Claude Miller | Stars: Lino Ventura, Michel Serrault, Romy Schneider, Guy Marchand

Votes: 3,830

6. A Pain in the Ass (1973)

PG | 85 min | Comedy

Ralf Milan, a hitman, arrives in Montpellier to kill an important witness. He checks in a hotel without knowing that his neighbour has become neurotic after his wife left him.

Director: Édouard Molinaro | Stars: Lino Ventura, Jacques Brel, Caroline Cellier, Jean-Pierre Darras

Votes: 2,655

7. Elevator to the Gallows (1958)

Not Rated | 91 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

94 Metascore

A self-assured businessman murders his employer, the husband of his mistress, which unintentionally provokes an ill-fated chain of events.

Director: Louis Malle | Stars: Jeanne Moreau, Maurice Ronet, Georges Poujouly, Yori Bertin

Votes: 18,857 | Gross: $0.11M

8. The Mask of the Gorilla (1958)

90 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Géo Paquet, aka The Gorilla, breaks from jail. Now an escaped convict, the elite agent must infiltrate a dangerous gang working for a foreign embassy as their leader, a spy enjoying diplomatic immunity, can't be arrested by regular police.

Director: Bernard Borderie | Stars: Lino Ventura, Charles Vanel, Pierre Dux, Bella Darvi

Votes: 261

9. 125 rue Montmartre (1959)

85 min | Crime, Drama

Pascal (Lino Ventura) sells newspapers . He is a simple man who one day resting on the banks of the Seine sees a drowning stranger . Pascal saves his life and begins his adventure next to a... See full summary »

Director: Gilles Grangier | Stars: Lino Ventura, Andréa Parisy, Robert Hirsch, Dora Doll

Votes: 289

10. Classe Tous Risques (1960)

Not Rated | 103 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

84 Metascore

Abel Davos is a criminal, hunted in Italy. The police are closing in, so he and his pal Raymond arrange to flee back to France with Abel's wife, Thérèse, and their two young sons. Abel and ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Sautet | Stars: Lino Ventura, Sandra Milo, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Marcel Dalio

Votes: 2,791 | Gross: $0.09M

11. Taxi for Tobruk (1961)

95 min | Drama, War

During World War II, French Commandos join forces with a German officer in order to survive the African desert.

Director: Denys de La Patellière | Stars: Hardy Krüger, Lino Ventura, Maurice Biraud, Charles Aznavour

Votes: 1,404

12. Monsieur Gangster (1963)

105 min | Comedy, Action, Crime

Ex-gangster Fernand (Lino Ventura) receives a call from a dying friend, a mob boss nicknamed "The Mexican". The doomed mobster talks Fernand into taking care of some criminal business and ... See full summary »

Director: Georges Lautner | Stars: Lino Ventura, Bernard Blier, Francis Blanche, Claude Rich

Votes: 4,901

13. The Monocle (1964)

100 min | Comedy, Thriller

A French agent goes after a gang of Asian terrorists who plan to blow up an American nuclear aircraft carrier.

Director: Georges Lautner | Stars: Paul Meurisse, Marcel Dalio, Olivier Despax, Edward Meeks

Votes: 196

14. Last Known Address (1970)

105 min | Crime, Thriller

Police inspector Léonetti, a tough, efficient policeman, has been sent to a second-rate police station after being reprimanded. There he is given a partner, young and beautiful Jeanne Dumas... See full summary »

Director: José Giovanni | Stars: Lino Ventura, Marlène Jobert, Michel Constantin, Paul Crauchet

Votes: 1,131

Also known as 'Meurtre à Montmartre'

16. La Bête Humaine (1938)

Not Rated | 100 min | Crime, Drama

In this classic adaptation of Emile Zola's novel, a tortured train engineer falls in love with a troubled married woman who has helped her husband commit a murder.

Director: Jean Renoir | Stars: Jean Gabin, Julien Carette, Simone Simon, Fernand Ledoux

Votes: 6,283

17. Deadlier Than the Male (1956)

113 min | Drama, Thriller

André Chatelin is a restaurant owner in Les Halles in Paris. One morning, a girl named Catherine asks to see him. She happens to be the daughter of his estranged wife, Gabrielle, that André... See full summary »

Director: Julien Duvivier | Stars: Jean Gabin, Danièle Delorme, Robert Arnoux, Liliane Bert

Votes: 963

18. Love Is My Profession (1958)

105 min | Drama, Crime, Romance

Married French lawyer Andre defends succesfully the case of Yvette, who committed a robbery. He falls in love with her, but she isn't true to him.

Director: Claude Autant-Lara | Stars: Jean Gabin, Brigitte Bardot, Edwige Feuillère, Nicole Berger

Votes: 1,105

20. The Dominici Affair (1973)

Not Rated | 105 min | Crime, Drama, History

This film explores the ins and outs of the Dominici Affair that made the headlines back in 1952. As a result of the case, a family man named Gaston Dominici was sentenced to death for the ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Bernard-Aubert | Stars: Jean Gabin, Victor Lanoux, Henri Vilbert, Gérard Depardieu

Votes: 500

21. People of No Importance (1956)

101 min | Drama

Mid-aged married truck driver falls in love with a young waitress he meets while making a break on a long trip. They try to make it work, but she can't get a decent job or place to stay in ... See full summary »

Director: Henri Verneuil | Stars: Jean Gabin, Françoise Arnoul, Pierre Mondy, Yvette Etiévant

Votes: 411

22. The Possessors (1958)

92 min | Drama

Noël Schoudler is the head of a wealthy and powerful family in France. He manages his financial and commercial concerns with an iron grip, leaving little room for his son François to prove himself.

Director: Denys de La Patellière | Stars: Jean Gabin, Annie Ducaux, Jean Desailly, Françoise Christophe

Votes: 368

23. The Baron of the Locks (1960)

92 min | Comedy

Antoine, said the Baron, hero of the First World War and penniless, lives in Deauville playing casino. He starts to win some nice money and a yacht as payment. The Baron goes to Monte Carlo. But his luck is likely to turn quickly .

Director: Jean Delannoy | Stars: Jean Gabin, Micheline Presle, Jacques Castelot, Aimée Mortimer

Votes: 344

24. Hi-Jack Highway (1955)

92 min | Crime, Drama

After a spending the night with his girlfriend, trucker Jean encounters a dead body on the road home. He reports the incident to the police who suspect that Jean was responsible for the death.

Director: Gilles Grangier | Stars: Jean Gabin, Jeanne Moreau, Gaby Basset, Simone Berthier

Votes: 357

25. Rue de Paris (1959)

87 min | Drama

While Henri was a POW during the war, his wife passed away and he returned to face the challenges of bringing up three children alone. Henri may get drunk and angry at times but he also has a better side that will not stay buried.

Director: Denys de La Patellière | Stars: Jean Gabin, Marie-José Nat, Claude Brasseur, Roger Dumas

Votes: 161

26. Archimède, le clochard (1959)

76 min | Drama, Comedy

Bum Archimede wants to spend the winter in prison, but to get there proves not to be that easy.

Director: Gilles Grangier | Stars: Jean Gabin, Darry Cowl, Bernard Blier, Dora Doll

Votes: 405

27. Le marginal (1983)

100 min | Action, Crime, Drama

The story is about Commissioner Jordan who arrives in Marseille to combat drug trafficking activities in his own unique way.

Director: Jacques Deray | Stars: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Henry Silva, Carlos Sotto Mayor, Pierre Vernier

Votes: 2,168

28. The Toy (1976)

PG | 95 min | Comedy, Drama

A poor journalist finds himself as a toy of a boss' son. Making friends with a naughty child, he tries to save him from the cruel power of his father.

Director: Francis Veber | Stars: Pierre Richard, Michel Bouquet, Fabrice Greco, Jacques François

Votes: 4,267

29. The Fugitives (1986)

95 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Jean is taken hostage at a bank by a foolish bank robber. As Jean left prison an hour earlier, the police assume he's the robber. Everything goes comically wrong. The robber's little daughter joins the fugitives.

Director: Francis Veber | Stars: Pierre Richard, Gérard Depardieu, Jean Carmet, Maurice Barrier

Votes: 5,496

30. The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe (1972)

PG | 90 min | Comedy, Mystery

A hapless orchestra player becomes an unwitting pawn of rival factions within the French secret service after he is chosen as a decoy by being identified as a super secret agent.

Director: Yves Robert | Stars: Pierre Richard, Bernard Blier, Jean Rochefort, Mireille Darc

Votes: 6,694

31. La Chevre (1981)

91 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

A daughter of a millionaire, distinguish by incredible bad luck, goes missing. The idea how to find her is either insane or brilliant - to send after her an equally unlucky person.

Director: Francis Veber | Stars: Pierre Richard, Gérard Depardieu, Pedro Armendáriz Jr., Corynne Charbit

Votes: 7,276

32. The ComDads (1983)

PG | 92 min | Comedy, Crime

The woman, whose troubled son has left a home, informs two different men from her past that each of them is a real father. Too different men.

Director: Francis Veber | Stars: Pierre Richard, Gérard Depardieu, Anny Duperey, Michel Aumont

Votes: 4,859

33. The Troubles of Alfred (1972)

98 min | Comedy, Romance, Sport

Alfred has always been down on his luck. An unlucky baby, he turns into... an unlucky child before metamorphosing into... an unlucky teenager! As an adult, he manages to become an architect... See full summary »

Director: Pierre Richard | Stars: Pierre Richard, Anny Duperey, Jean Carmet, Paul Préboist

Votes: 633

34. I Don't Know Much, But I'll Say Everything (1973)

78 min | Comedy

Pierre Gastié-Leroy is the son of a wealthy director of a weapons factory.

Director: Pierre Richard | Stars: Pierre Richard, Bernard Blier, Hélène Duc, André Gaillard

Votes: 493

35. I'm Losing My Temper (1974)

PG | 92 min | Comedy

Pierre Durois is a bumbling school teacher with an eye for the older female students; his father is a reputable surgeon who is running for Mayor. There's a film shooting crew in town and ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Zidi | Stars: Pierre Richard, Jane Birkin, Claude Piéplu, Jean Martin

Votes: 1,079

36. The Return of the Tall Blond Man (1974)

84 min | Comedy

With 'little captain' Cambrai raising serious doubts about the reality of the so-called "super spy", Colonel Toulouse kidnaps Christine and forces Francois to play again the character of "... See full summary »

Director: Yves Robert | Stars: Pierre Richard, Jean Carmet, Jean Rochefort, Mireille Darc

Votes: 2,999

37. The Umbrella Coup (1980)

PG | 98 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

A womanizer balances his wife, mistress, and love interest.

Director: Gérard Oury | Stars: Pierre Richard, Valérie Mairesse, Christine Murillo, Gordon Mitchell

Votes: 2,039

38. It's Not Me, It's Him (1980)

105 min | Comedy

Georges Vallier is a famous screenwriter author of vaudevilles. He jealously keeps the secret from the existence of his "ghostwriter" Pierre Renaud.

Director: Pierre Richard | Stars: Pierre Richard, Aldo Maccione, Valérie Mairesse, Danielle Minazzoli

Votes: 476

39. The Twin (1984)

104 min | Comedy

Matthias Duval is in love, but he can't choose between the two twin sisters Betty and Liz Kerner. To pick up the two sisters, he invents his own twin brother and will play both characters.

Director: Yves Robert | Stars: Pierre Richard, Jean-Pierre Kalfon, Camilla More, Carey More

Votes: 912

40. Distracted (1970)

85 min | Comedy

A comedy about an absent-minded man who works at a advertising company. He topples from one problem to another.

Director: Pierre Richard | Stars: Pierre Richard, Marie-Christine Barrault, Maria Pacôme, Catherine Samie

Votes: 1,131

41. L'homme en colère (1979)

97 min | Crime, Drama

A man goes to Canada looking for his son. The corpse of his son is later discovered by the Canadian police.

Director: Claude Pinoteau | Stars: Lino Ventura, Angie Dickinson, Laurent Malet, Hollis McLaren

Votes: 251

42. Next Time I'll Aim for the Heart (2014)

Not Rated | 111 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

For several months in 1978 and 1979, inhabitants of Oise live in fright and terror as a serial killer disturbs the peace and quiet.

Director: Cédric Anger | Stars: Guillaume Canet, Ana Girardot, Jean-Yves Berteloot, Patrick Azam

Votes: 2,279 | Gross: $0.00M

43. A Trip to the Moon (1902)

TV-G | 13 min | Short, Action, Adventure

A group of astronomers go on an expedition to the Moon.

Director: Georges Méliès | Stars: Georges Méliès, Victor André, Bleuette Bernon, Brunnet

Votes: 40,060

44. Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (1954)

92 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

Rich oriental lord Cassim's cheeky servant Ali Baba was sent to buy a meaty girl-slave, but brings dancer Morgiane, whom he is enamored with. When he's part of a caravan robbed by Abdel's ... See full summary »

Director: Jacques Becker | Stars: Fernandel, Samia Gamal, Dieter Borsche, Henri Vilbert

Votes: 934

45. The Cupboard Was Bare (1948)

Approved | 82 min | Comedy, Crime

The aunt of Alfred Puc, a meek tax-collector in Paris, dies while riding in a moving van. The driver, not wishing to be bothered by a police interrogation, hides her corpse in a cupboard ... See full summary »

Director: Carlo Rim | Stars: Fernandel, Berthe Bovy, Germaine Kerjean, Albert Dinan

Votes: 185

46. Armaguedon (1977)

95 min | Crime, Thriller

After years of poverty, Carrier, a repairman, inherits a large sum of money upon his brother's death in an accident. Now rich, he decides it is time to make his mark and be known at any cost. Becoming more and more mentally unstable, he begins to threaten police and the government signing his tracts, "Armaguedon". A detective from Interpol heads the investigation and prepares a trap at an ... See full summary »

Director: Alain Jessua | Stars: Alain Delon, Jean Yanne, Renato Salvatori, Marie Déa

Votes: 361

47. Boomerang (1976)

100 min | Crime, Drama

Under the influence of drugs, a teenager, Eddy, kills a policeman. His father, Jacques, pleads extenuating circumstances and nearly succeeds in gaining the confidence of the policeman's widow. But the press reveals that Jacques is an ex-gangster who has spent time in prison.

Director: José Giovanni | Stars: Alain Delon, Carla Gravina, Dora Doll, Louis Julien

Votes: 360

48. Le ruffian (1983)

108 min | Adventure, Crime

Aldo, in his fifties, works in a gold mine in Northern Canada, in the middle of a bunch of adventurers.

Director: José Giovanni | Stars: Lino Ventura, Bernard Giraudeau, Claudia Cardinale, Béatrix Van Til

Votes: 600