French badassedness.

Subversive in that French movie sort of way.

Bon apetit.
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1.
The Fire Within (1963)
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Alain Leroy is having a course of treatment in a private hospital because of his problem with alcohol... (108 mins.)
Director: Louis Malle
“ Alain Leroy is a man with a fire in the belly and no place in the world. Guess how this story ends. ” - yuma310
 
2.
Love Me If You Dare (2003)
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A love story between two psychopaths that turns into a dare-or-not-dare game. (93 mins.)
Director: Yann Samuell
“ True love is the taking over of a rational mind by delusion and self-destruction. ” - yuma310
 
3.
Breathless (1960)
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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. (90 mins.)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
“ A small-time hood tries to come between a girl and her favorite newspaper. ” - yuma310
 
4.
Deadly Circuit (1983)
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Beauvoir, lonely, aging private detective, is put on the bloody track of beautiful Catherine Leiris... (120 mins.)
Director: Claude Miller
“ Come for the nude Isabelle Adjani, stay for the hilarious Michel Serrault monologues. And that oh-so-groovy score. ” - yuma310
 
5.
Elevator to the Gallows (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A self-assured business man murders his employer, the husband of his mistress, which unintentionally provokes an ill-fated chain of events. (91 mins.)
Director: Louis Malle
“ Suspenseful little thriller with Jeanne Moreau being sexy and Miles Davis contributing one nifty score. Malle's best? ” - yuma310
 
6.
The Piano Teacher (2001)
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A young man romantically pursues his masochistic piano teacher. (131 mins.)
Director: Michael Haneke
“ But really now, deep down we all sort of knew that piano teachers are weird, didn't we? ” - yuma310
 
7.
Le Trou (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
In prison four long-sentence inmates planning an elaborate escape cautiously induct a new inmate to join in their scheme which leads to distrust and uncertainty. (132 mins.)
Director: Jacques Becker
“ Prison movies are generally formulaic. This one transcends the lot. ” - yuma310
 
8.
The Wages of Fear (1953)
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In a decrepit South American village, men are hired to transport an urgent nitroglycerine shipment without the equipment that would make it safe. (131 mins.)
“ Hitchcock, the master of suspense? Yes, and Jimmy Stewart is the best actor ever. ” - yuma310
 
9.
Diabolique (1955)
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The wife of a cruel headmaster and his mistress conspire to kill him, but after the murder is committed, his body disappears, and strange events begin to plague the two women. (116 mins.)
Director: H.G. Clouzot
“ Perfection ruined by a silly final minute. ” - yuma310
 
10.
Orpheus (1950)
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A poet in love with Death follows his unhappy wife into the underworld. (95 mins.)
Director: Jean Cocteau
“ The centerpiece of the Orphic trilogy, but definitely stands on its own. You could make a drinking game out of the homosexual undertones. ” - yuma310
 
11.
Mr. Klein (1976)
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Paris, 1942. Robert Klein cannot find any fault with the state of affairs in German-occupied France... (123 mins.)
Director: Joseph Losey
“ Your curiosity will be the death of you, Mr Bond... er, Klein. ” - yuma310
 
12.
Jean de Florette (1986)
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A greedy landowner and his backward nephew conspire to block the only water source for an adjoining property in order to bankrupt the owner and force him to sell. (120 mins.)
Director: Claude Berri
“ Must be paired with its slightly flawed sequel "Manon des Sources" for the full impact. ” - yuma310
 
13.
Irreversible (2002)
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Events over the course of one traumatic night in Paris unfold in reverse-chronological order as the beautiful Alex is brutally raped and beaten by a stranger in the underpass. (97 mins.)
Director: Gaspar Noé
“ The best of all things-go-backwards movies. ” - yuma310
 
14.
Rififi (1955)
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Four men plan a technically perfect crime, but the human element intervenes... (122 mins.)
Director: Jules Dassin
“ Not the first heist flick, but still one of the best. ” - yuma310
 
15.
Le Samouraï (1967)
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After killing a night-club owner, professional hitman Jef Costello is seen by witnesses. His efforts to provide himself with an alibi fail and more and more he gets driven into a corner. (105 mins.)
“ Zen and the art of hitmanship. ” - yuma310
 
16.
Of Gods and Men (2010)
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Under threat by fundamentalist terrorists, a group of Trappist monks stationed with an impoverished Algerian community must decide whether to leave or stay. (122 mins.)
Director: Xavier Beauvois
“ Catholic priests following in Christ's example instead of molesting children. What WILL those crazy Frenchies film next? ” - yuma310
 
17.
Beau Travail (1999)
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This film focuses on an ex-Foreign Legion officer as he recalls his once glorious life, leading troops in Africa. (92 mins.)
Director: Claire Denis
“ Loose but absolutely splendid interpretation of Herman Melville's novella 'Billy Budd'. May test your patience if you are unfamiliar with the story. ” - yuma310
 
18.
Pickpocket (1959)
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Michel is released from jail after serving a sentence for thievery. His mother dies and he resorts to pickpocketing as a means of survival. (75 mins.)
Director: Robert Bresson
“ A loose retelling of 'Crime and Punishment', which unfortunately means it shares some of the weakness of that novel's conclusion. ” - yuma310
 
19.
La Jetée (1962 Short Film)
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Time travel, still images, a past, present and future and the aftermath of World War III. The tale of a man... (28 mins.)
Director: Chris Marker
“ Beautiful, taut, clever. Everything '12 Monkeys' was not. ” - yuma310
 
20.
The Tenant (1976)
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A bureaucrat rents a Paris apartment where he finds himself drawn into a rabbit hole of dangerous paranoia. (126 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
“ Possibly Polanski's pinnacle. There's something here about identity and alienation and and... who gives a fig, Isabelle Adjani gets naked in it. ” - yuma310
 
21.
La moustache (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Marc is sitting in his bath one morning and asks his wife, "how would you feel if I shaved off my mustache?" She doesn't think it's a great idea... (87 mins.)
“ Confusing and confused, but still a whole lot of fun -- as any good exploration of identity should be. ” - yuma310
 
22.
Band of Outsiders (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Two crooks with a fondness for old Hollywood B-movies convince a languages student to help them commit a robbery. (95 mins.)
“ Deep joy from shallow people. No wonder Tarantino named his company after it. ” - yuma310
 
23.
The Apartment (1996)
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Max is on his way to Tokyo. He lives in Paris and likes to flirt but has decided to get married. By chance... (116 mins.)
Director: Gilles Mimouni
“ If it's one shape the French have perfected, it's the love triangle. This one adds a nifty thriller element to the mix, and serves up Monica Belluci and Vincent Cassel at their finest. ” - yuma310