French Noir 2

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From 1960 onwards

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1. The Dictator's Guns (1965)

103 min | Crime, Drama

Jacques Cournot, a freelance skipper, is hired by Mr Hendrix in Santo Domingo, first of all to advise him regarding the acquisition of a sailing boat. After a thorough inspection of a ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Sautet | Stars: Lino Ventura, Sylva Koscina, Leo Gordon, Alberto de Mendoza

Votes: 364

2. The French Detective (1975)

91 min | Crime, Drama

When political thugs murder an opponent's volunteer and also kill a cop, chief inspector Verjeat believes the politician who hired them is as guilty as the murderous goon. Verjeat's pursuit... See full summary »

Director: Pierre Granier-Deferre | Stars: Lino Ventura, Patrick Dewaere, Victor Lanoux, Julien Guiomar

Votes: 1,286

3. Magnet of Doom (1963)

102 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

Broke French ex-paratrooper turned amateur boxer Michel Maudet becomes bodyguard for the fugitive corrupt banker Ferchaux.

Director: Jean-Pierre Melville | Stars: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Charles Vanel, Michèle Mercier, Malvina Silberberg

Votes: 1,159

4. La balance (1982)

R | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

Nicole is a Parisian streetwalker and Dede is her racketeer boyfriend, on the outs with his mob bosses because of a dispute over Nicole. When a police informant ("balance") is murdered, the... See full summary »

Director: Bob Swaim | Stars: Nathalie Baye, Philippe Léotard, Richard Berry, Maurice Ronet

Votes: 1,016

5. The Counterfeiters of Paris (1961)

98 min | Comedy, Crime

"Le Dabe" retired many years ago and now he lives in the Tropics where he owns stables and horses. He is a very rich man. He was the king of all money counterfeiters. He is contacted from ... See full summary »

Director: Gilles Grangier | Stars: Jean Gabin, Martine Carol, Françoise Rosay, Bernard Blier

Votes: 947

6. Any Number Can Win (1963)

118 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

Charles (Jean Gabin), a sixtyish career criminal fresh out of jail, rejects his wife's plan for a quiet life of bourgeois respectability. He enlists a former cellmate, Francis (Alain Delon)... See full summary »

Director: Henri Verneuil | Stars: Jean Gabin, Alain Delon, Claude Cerval, Viviane Romance

Votes: 2,617 | Gross: $1.00M

7. Maigret voit rouge (1963)

87 min | Crime, Drama

Division Commissioner Jules Maigret and his team hunt a ring of American racketeers sent to Paris to silence an embarrassing witness

Director: Gilles Grangier | Stars: Jean Gabin, Françoise Fabian, Roland Armontel, Paul Frankeur

Votes: 383

8. The Upper Hand (1966)

86 min | Crime, Drama

In Paris, a gold smuggler is at war with other local gangsters who want piece of the action. Then the mob shows up and makes things worse. Also, an undercover US Treasury Department agent is trying to infiltrate the smuggler's business.

Director: Denys de La Patellière | Stars: Jean Gabin, Gert Fröbe, George Raft, Nadja Tiller

Votes: 399

9. Action Man (1967)

95 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Sophisticated crook talks ex-crook and now respectable business man into one last caper. This highly planned and well executed crime goes off without a hitch until rival bad guys want a piece of the action.

Director: Jean Delannoy | Stars: Jean Gabin, Robert Stack, Margaret Lee, Jean Topart

Votes: 398

10. Pasha (1968)

90 min | Crime, Drama

Six months before his retirement from the criminal police, inspector Joss finds his colleague Gouvion dead, in a poorly faked suicide attempt. Joss loses his temper, and investigates on his... See full summary »

Director: Georges Lautner | Stars: Jean Gabin, Dany Carrel, Jean Gaven, André Pousse

Votes: 1,072

11. The Sicilian Clan (1969)

GP | 122 min | Crime, Drama

A young, ambitious mobster plans an elaborate diamond heist while seducing the daughter of a ruthless mob patriarch as a determined police commissioner closes in on all of them.

Director: Henri Verneuil | Stars: Jean Gabin, Alain Delon, Lino Ventura, Irina Demick

Votes: 6,574 | Gross: $3.00M

12. La horse (1970)

90 min | Crime, Thriller

Near the Baie de la Seine swamps, opposite the Port of Le Havre, Auguste Maroilleur, an elderly farmer, exploits 400 hectares of crop land with the help of his family, over which he rules ... See full summary »

Director: Pierre Granier-Deferre | Stars: Jean Gabin, Danièle Ajoret, Michel Barbey, Christian Barbier

Votes: 578

13. Le Chat (1971)

86 min | Drama

Courbevoie (France), 1971. Julien Bouin, a former typographist, and his wife Clemence, who used to perform in a circus, hardly talk to each other in their small house, soon to be demolished... See full summary »

Director: Pierre Granier-Deferre | Stars: Jean Gabin, Simone Signoret, Annie Cordy, Jacques Rispal

Votes: 1,656

14. Killer (1972)

87 min | Crime, Drama

Whilst being transferred to a psychiatric hospital, a ruthless serial killer Gassot makes a break and goes on the run. He arrives in Marseilles, intending to escape abroad. Here, he falls for a young prostitute, Gerda.

Director: Denys de La Patellière | Stars: Jean Gabin, Fabio Testi, Uschi Glas, Jacques Richard

Votes: 296

15. Two Men in Town (1973)

Not Rated | 100 min | Crime, Drama

A former bank robber is released after 10 years in prison. He gets help from a social-worker, but gets harassed by an old cop from his past.

Director: José Giovanni | Stars: Alain Delon, Jean Gabin, Mimsy Farmer, Victor Lanoux

Votes: 3,510

16. Alphaville (1965)

Not Rated | 99 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

A U.S. secret agent is sent to the distant space city of Alphaville where he must find a missing person and free the city from its tyrannical ruler.

Director: Jean-Luc Godard | Stars: Eddie Constantine, Anna Karina, Akim Tamiroff, Valérie Boisgel

Votes: 21,274 | Gross: $0.05M

17. Army of Shadows (1969)

Not Rated | 145 min | Drama, War

99 Metascore

An account of underground resistance fighters in Nazi-occupied France.

Director: Jean-Pierre Melville | Stars: Lino Ventura, Paul Meurisse, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Simone Signoret

Votes: 18,827 | Gross: $0.74M

18. Band of Outsiders (1964)

Not Rated | 95 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

88 Metascore

Two crooks with a fondness for old Hollywood B-movies convince a languages student to help them commit a robbery.

Director: Jean-Luc Godard | Stars: Anna Karina, Claude Brasseur, Danièle Girard, Louisa Colpeyn

Votes: 20,981 | Gross: $0.04M

19. Les Bonnes Femmes (1960)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

Four Parisian women navigate the world of romance and daily life looking to fulfill their dreams but often find real-life to be inescapable.

Director: Claude Chabrol | Stars: Bernadette Lafont, Clotilde Joano, Stéphane Audran, Lucile Saint-Simon

Votes: 2,221 | Gross: $0.01M

20. Inspector Bellamy (2009)

Not Rated | 110 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

71 Metascore

A well known Parisian inspector becomes involved in an investigation while on holiday.

Director: Claude Chabrol | Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Clovis Cornillac, Jacques Gamblin, Marie Bunel

Votes: 1,931 | Gross: $0.11M

21. Breathless (1960)

Not Rated | 90 min | Crime, Drama

A small-time thief steals a car and impulsively murders a motorcycle policeman. Wanted by the authorities, he reunites with a hip American journalism student and attempts to persuade her to run away with him to Italy.

Director: Jean-Luc Godard | Stars: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean Seberg, Daniel Boulanger, Henri-Jacques Huet

Votes: 67,652 | Gross: $0.34M

22. Shoot the Piano Player (1960)

Not Rated | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Charlie is approached by his crook brother Chico, who is chased by two gangsters. Charlie helps him to escape, but he upsets the criminals, so when his brother Fido is kidnapped, Charlie has to take an attitude with tragic consequences.

Director: François Truffaut | Stars: Charles Aznavour, Marie Dubois, Nicole Berger, Michèle Mercier

Votes: 16,249

23. Made in U.S.A (1966)

Not Rated | 90 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

In the near future, leftist writer Paula goes from Paris to the French town of Atlantic-Cité when she learns of the death of a former colleague and lover, Richard P. Is she there to ... See full summary »

Director: Jean-Luc Godard | Stars: Anna Karina, László Szabó, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Marianne Faithfull

Votes: 3,422 | Gross: $0.08M

24. Caché (I) (2005)

R | 117 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

83 Metascore

A married couple is terrorized by a series of surveillance videotapes left on their front porch.

Director: Michael Haneke | Stars: Daniel Auteuil, Juliette Binoche, Maurice Bénichou, Annie Girardot

Votes: 68,915 | Gross: $3.63M

25. The Burglars (1971)

PG | 120 min | Crime, Thriller, Action

In 1970s Athens a group of professional burglars plan an emerald heist from the home of a gem collector but the corrupt Greek police inspector Abel Zacharia is on their trail.

Director: Henri Verneuil | Stars: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Omar Sharif, Dyan Cannon, Robert Hossein

Votes: 1,775

26. La Cérémonie (1995)

Not Rated | 112 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A newly hired maid for a rich countryside family befriends a post-office clerk who encourages her to rebel against her employers.

Director: Claude Chabrol | Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Sandrine Bonnaire, Jacqueline Bisset, Jean-Pierre Cassel

Votes: 9,288 | Gross: $0.08M

27. Highway Pick-Up (1963)

107 min | Crime, Drama

A man plans a hold-up with a group of trusted fellows, he gets his hands on the money, and the girl - what could go wrong? Almost everything.

Director: Julien Duvivier | Stars: Robert Hossein, Jean Sorel, Catherine Rouvel, Georges Wilson

Votes: 325

28. 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: 2,842 | Gross: $0.09M

29. Le Doulos (1962)

Not Rated | 108 min | Crime, Thriller

A burglar betraying other criminals, prepares for a big heist with a trusted friend that might be as untrustworthy as he.

Director: Jean-Pierre Melville | Stars: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Serge Reggiani, Jean Desailly, René Lefèvre

Votes: 8,283 | Gross: $0.08M

30. Le Deuxième Souffle (1966)

Not Rated | 150 min | Crime, Drama

A gangster escapes jail and quickly makes plans to continue his criminal ways elsewhere, but a determined inspector is closing in.

Director: Jean-Pierre Melville | Stars: Lino Ventura, Paul Meurisse, Raymond Pellegrin, Christine Fabréga

Votes: 4,846

31. Le Samouraï (1967)

GP | 101 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

After professional hitman Jef Costello is seen by witnesses his efforts to provide himself an alibi drive him further into a corner.

Director: Jean-Pierre Melville | Stars: Alain Delon, François Périer, Nathalie Delon, Cathy Rosier

Votes: 41,375 | Gross: $0.04M

32. Coup de Torchon (1981)

Not Rated | 128 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

A pathetic police chief, humiliated by everyone around him, suddenly wants a clean slate in life - and resorts to drastic means to do so.

Director: Bertrand Tavernier | Stars: Philippe Noiret, Isabelle Huppert, Stéphane Audran, Jean-Pierre Marielle

Votes: 4,617

33. And Hope to Die (1972)

PG | 99 min | Crime, Drama

A crook on the run hooks up with a criminal gang to commit a kidnapping. However, things don't go quite as planned.

Director: René Clément | Stars: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Robert Ryan, Lea Massari, Aldo Ray

Votes: 507

34. Love Crime (2010)

Not Rated | 106 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

63 Metascore

Ruthless executive Christine brings on young Isabelle as her assistant taking delight in toying with her innocence. But when Christine starts passing on her protege's ideas as her own, things take a dark turn.

Director: Alain Corneau | Stars: Ludivine Sagnier, Kristin Scott Thomas, Patrick Mille, Guillaume Marquet

Votes: 4,927 | Gross: $0.53M

35. The Bridesmaid (2004)

Not Rated | 111 min | Thriller, Drama, Romance

74 Metascore

A hard-working young man meets and falls in love with his sister's bridesmaid. He soon finds out how disturbed she really is.

Director: Claude Chabrol | Stars: Benoît Magimel, Laura Smet, Aurore Clément, Bernard Le Coq

Votes: 2,549 | Gross: $0.11M

36. The Swindle (1997)

Not Rated | 101 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller

Betty and Victor are a pair of scam artists. One day Betty brings in Maurice, a treasurer of a multinational company. Maurice is due to transfer 5 millions francs out of Switzerland, and Betty is convinced he plans to steal that money.

Director: Claude Chabrol | Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Michel Serrault, François Cluzet, Jean-François Balmer

Votes: 1,966 | Gross: $0.23M

37. L'Enfer (1994)

Not Rated | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Paul, an irritable and stressed-out hotel manager, begins to gradually develop paranoid delusions about his wife's infidelity. As he succumbs to green-eyed jealousy, his life starts to ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Chabrol | Stars: Emmanuelle Béart, François Cluzet, Nathalie Cardone, André Wilms

Votes: 3,895 | Gross: $0.19M

38. Betty (1992)

Not Rated | 103 min | Drama

A drunken self-destructive woman called Betty wanders through bars and meets a man that drives her to a restaurant outside Paris called Le Trou (The Hole). She meets the middle-aged ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Chabrol | Stars: Marie Trintignant, Stéphane Audran, Jean-François Garreaud, Yves Lambrecht

Votes: 1,236

39. Inferno (2009)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary

Henri-Georges Clouzot's unfinished masterpiece, Inferno (1964), is reconstructed in this film which is part drama and part documentary.

Directors: Serge Bromberg, Ruxandra Medrea | Stars: Romy Schneider, Bérénice Bejo, Serge Reggiani, Jacques Gamblin

Votes: 1,482 | Gross: $0.02M

40. Joy House (1964)

97 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

French filmmaker Rene Clement presents Alain Delon as a petty criminal on the run from the underground. On the Rivera, he seeks refuge in a flophouse whose soup line is served by Jane Fonda... See full summary »

Director: René Clément | Stars: Alain Delon, Jane Fonda, Lola Albright, Sorrell Booke

Votes: 1,724

41. Purple Noon (1960)

PG-13 | 118 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Tom Ripley is a talented mimic, moocher, forger and all-around criminal improviser; but there's more to Tom Ripley than even he can guess.

Director: René Clément | Stars: Alain Delon, Maurice Ronet, Marie Laforêt, Erno Crisa

Votes: 12,575

42. 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: 3,905

43. Inspecteur Lavardin (1986)

Not Rated | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Inspector Lavardin is induced to investigate the murder of a province's notable who was taking himself as the moral guardian of his village. The perspective of the inquiry changes when the ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Chabrol | Stars: Jean Poiret, Jean-Claude Brialy, Bernadette Lafont, Jean-Luc Bideau

Votes: 1,011