European film noir

Filmographies from the book "European film noir", edited by Andrew Spicer.

1-104: French film noir (by Ginette Vincendeau)
105-158: French film noirs/neo-noirs (by Phil Powrie) [some overlap with Vincendeau's list]
159-345: British film noir (by Robert Murphy)
346-421: British neo-noir (by Andrew Spicer)
422-457: German film noir, 1945-60 (by Tim Bergfelder)
458-473: German neo-noir (by Paul Cooke)
474-496: Spanish film noir (by Rob Stone)
497-537: Spanish neo-noir (by Ann Davies)
538-618: Italian film noir (by Mary P. Wood)
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2.
La Chienne (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Cashier Maurice Legrand is married to Adele, a terror. By chance, he meets Lucienne, "Lulu", and makes her his mistress... (91 mins.)
Director: Jean Renoir
 
3.
Faubourg Montmartre (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
(115 mins.)
Director: Raymond Bernard
 
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5.
The Yellow Dog (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
(88 mins.)
Director: Jean Tarride
 
6.
Lilac (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Lilac is consorting with the criminal scum of Paris but then she falls in love with a handsome detective... (90 mins.)
Director: Anatole Litvak
 
7.
Night at the Crossroads (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
(75 mins.)
Director: Jean Renoir
 
8.
La tête d'un homme (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Willy Ferriere is dead broke and his mistress costs a lot. One day, he says in a pub that he would give 100,000 francs to get rid of his wealthy aunt... (90 mins.)
Director: Julien Duvivier
 
9.
Le grand jeu (1934)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Pierre (Pierre Richard-Willm), a young lawyer, has enormous debts due to his mistress Florence (Marie Bell)... (120 mins.)
Director: Jacques Feyder
 
10.
Street Without a Name (1934)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
(82 mins.)
Director: Pierre Chenal
 
11.
Justin de Marseille (1935)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
(95 mins.)
 
12.
The Lower Depths (1936)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A charismatic thief makes friends with a bankrupt baron who comes to live in the thief's slum. Meanwhile the thief seeks the love of a young woman, who is held emotionally captive by her slumlord family. (95 mins.)
Director: Jean Renoir
 
13.
They Were Five (1936)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Those five are unemployed penniless workers. Together they win 100,000 Francs with the national lottery... (101 mins.)
Director: Julien Duvivier
 
14.
Jenny (1936)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
(105 mins.)
Director: Marcel Carné
 
15.
Abused Confidence (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
(88 mins.)
Director: Henry Decoin
 
16.
The Alibi (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Paris, 1937. Winckler kills his enemy Gordon, a Chicago mobster, from the stage of a Parisian music hall... (84 mins.)
Director: Pierre Chenal
 
17.
Chéri-Bibi (1938)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
(120 mins.)
Director: Léon Mathot
 
18.
Lady Killer (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Lucien Bourrache, a good looking non-commissioned officer at the Spahis, is used to charm many women... (94 mins.)
Director: Jean Grémillon
 
19.
Pépé le Moko (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A wanted gangster is both king and prisoner of the Casbah. He is protected from arrest by his friends, but is torn by his desire for freedom outside. A visiting Parisian beauty may just tempt his fate. (94 mins.)
Director: Julien Duvivier
 
20.
The Puritan (1938)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A religious fanatic finds his entire life and philosophy turned upside-down as he falls in love with a girl and kills her in a jealous rage... (85 mins.)
Director: Jeff Musso
 
21.
La Bête Humaine (1938)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
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. (100 mins.)
Director: Jean Renoir
 
22.
Nightclub Hostess (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
The young Suzy is a nightclub hostess in a cabaret in which Frehel is the star. Because one night she... (95 mins.)
Director: Albert Valentin
 
23.
Hotel du Nord (1938)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A young couple, Renee and Pierre, take one night a room at the Hotel du Nord, in Paris, near the canal Saint-Martin... (95 mins.)
Director: Marcel Carné
 
24.
Sirocco (1938)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Town trollop Safia, much against her better judgment, falls in love with Matteo, a beggar and mystic in the native quarter of Sirocco... (89 mins.)
Director: Pierre Chenal
 
25.
Marked Girls (1938)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
(102 mins.)
Director: Roger Richebé
 
26.
Port of Shadows (1938)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A military deserter finds love and trouble (and a small dog) in a smoky French port city. (91 mins.)
Director: Marcel Carné
 
27.
Le dernier tournant (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Frank, a hobo, ends up in a garage-truck stop in the middle of nowhere. Nick Marino, its naive owner... (90 mins.)
Director: Pierre Chenal
 
28.
Le Jour se Leve (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
After committing a murder, a man locks himself in his apartment and recollects the events the led him to the killing. (93 mins.)
Director: Marcel Carné
 
29.
Personal Column (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
(111 mins.)
Director: Robert Siodmak
 
30.
Stormy Waters (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Andre Laurent, the captain of a tugboat, married Yvonne ten years ago. She has a heart disease but does not want to tell him... (91 mins.)
Director: Jean Grémillon
 
31.
Who Killed Santa Claus? (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
The story concerns an old globe-maker who is mysteriously killed while going through the town portraying Pere Noel ("Father Christmas" aka Santa Claus). (105 mins.)
 
32.
The Murderer Lives at Number 21 (1942)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Inspector Wens moves into a Paris boarding house to catch a serial killer. (84 mins.)
 
33.
Dernier atout (1942)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A man is shot In the hotel of an imaginary South American country. Clarence and Montès, two inspector students, must solve this murder, but they don't know that dead guy is the USA public enemy No.1. (105 mins.)
Director: Jacques Becker
 
34.
Strangers in the House (1942)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
(95 mins.)
Director: Henri Decoin
 
35.
Le Corbeau: The Raven (1943)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
French village doctor becomes target of poison-pen letters sent to village leaders, accusing him of affairs and practicing abortion. (92 mins.)
 
36.
The London Man (1943)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
(98 mins.)
Director: Henri Decoin
 
37.
Picpus (1943)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
(95 mins.)
Director: Richard Pottier
 
38.
Cecile Is Dead (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
(90 mins.)
 
39.
Majestic Hotel Cellars (1945)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
(100 mins.)
Director: Richard Pottier
 
40.
120, rue de la Gare (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
(90 mins.)
 
41.
Love Story (1943)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
In Paris in 1887, Irène works as a governess to Douce, the grand-daughter of the dowager Countess de Bonafé... (104 mins.)
 
42.
Devil in the Flesh (1947)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
During World War I, the star-crossed affair of an underage French student with a woman engaged to a soldier. (110 mins.)
 
43.
Panic (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
In the suburbs of Paris, an old maid has just been murdered. Every body talks about that, except the misanthrope Mr Hire... (91 mins.)
Director: Julien Duvivier
 
44.
Gates of the Night (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
It's Paris in the winter after its liberation. A tramp, pretending to be Destiny, predicts that Jean Diego will fall in love with a beautiful girl... (120 mins.)
Director: Marcel Carné
 
45.
Quai des Orfèvres (1947)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Jenny Lamour wants to succeed in music hall. Her husband and accompanist is Maurice Martineau, a nice but jealous guy... (106 mins.)
Director: H. G. Clouzot
 
46.
Dédée d'Anvers (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Dedee is a prostitute, working in Monsieur Rene's night club on Antwerp's harbour. The porter is Marco... (86 mins.)
Director: Yves Allégret
 
47.
Manèges (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
After having spent all his money to fullfill the smallest wish of his wife Dora, Robert is still madly in love with her... (91 mins.)
Director: Yves Allégret
 
48.
Manon (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
An adaptation of Abbe Prevost's classic French novel 'Manon Lescaut', updated to post-World War II France... (100 mins.)
 
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50.
The Truth About Bebe Donge (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Francois Donge, a wealthy manufacturer, is fighting death at hospital. He officially suffers from a food poisoning... (110 mins.)
Director: Henry Decoin
 
51.
The Wages of Fear (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
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.)
 
52.
The Adultress (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A truckdriver kills the husband of the woman he loves, and becomes the object of blackmail. (102 mins.)
Director: Marcel Carné
 
53.
Diabolique (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
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
 
54.
Deadlier Than the Male (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
André Chatelin is a restaurant owner in Les Halles in Paris. One morning, a girl named Catherine asks to see him... (113 mins.)
Director: Julien Duvivier
 
55.
Love Is My Profession (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
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. (105 mins.)
 
56.
The Truth (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Dominique Marceau is on trial for the murder of Gilbert Tellier. The counsels duel relentlessly, elaborating explanations for why the pretty... (130 mins.)
 
57.
Impasse des deux anges (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Marianne, a stage actress, has decided to give up her career in order to marry a wealthy nobleman, Marquis Antoine de Fontaines... (85 mins.)
 
58.
56, rue Pigalle (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Lucien Bonnet, Jean Vigneron's manservant, blackmails his boss, who is having an affair with Inès de Montalban... (88 mins.)
Director: Willy Rozier
 
59.
Mission in Tangier (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
(100 mins.)
 
60.
Méfiez-vous des blondes (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  
Back from a stay in the Far East, a woman who knew the names of the chiefs of a drug ring is murdered... (107 mins.)
 
61.
Massacre en dentelles (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
Cock-eyed reporter Georges Masse enjoys a peaceful vacation in Venice. Which does not please his boss as he is not supposed to be... (97 mins.)
 
62.
Dames Get Along (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Lemmy Caution is back! He hooks up with a fellow agent at a night club to exchange info about a beautiful babe the FBI has under observation... (109 mins.)
 
63.
Poison Ivy (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
FBI Agent Lemmy is sent after a missing two million in Casablanca while mob boss mistress Carlotta plays both sides of the law. (97 mins.)
 
64.
Touchez Pas au Grisbi (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An aging, world-weary gangster is double-crossed and forced out of retirement when his best friend is kidnapped and their stash of eight stolen gold bars demanded as ransom. (94 mins.)
Director: Jacques Becker
 
65.
Rififi (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Four men plan a technically perfect crime, but the human element intervenes... (122 mins.)
Director: Jules Dassin
 
66.
Je suis un sentimental (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Michel was just released from prison when he is suspected of having killed his wife as she was the one who brought him into prison... (95 mins.)
Director: John Berry
 
67.
Razzia (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Henri, the Man from Nantes, comes back to his country after a successful stay in the United States, where he was working for Liski... (105 mins.)
Director: Henri Decoin
 
68.
Bob le Flambeur (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Bob, an old gangster and gambler is almost broke, so he decides in spite of the warnings of a friend... (98 mins.)
Director: Melville
 
69.
Retour de manivelle (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
What do you do when you want to commit suicide whereas you have just had the suicide clause cancelled from your insurance contract ... (118 mins.)
 
70.
Le rouge est mis (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
(95 mins.)
Director: Gilles Grangier
 
71.
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
 
72.
The Mask of the Gorilla (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
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. (90 mins.)
 
73.
Inspector Maigret (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A serial killer is targeting women in the seedy district of Montmartre. (119 mins.)
Director: Jean Delannoy
 
74.
Leda (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A wealthy wine grower has trouble with his wife, his children, his best friend, and his mistress across the way, who is murdered. (110 mins.)
Director: Claude Chabrol
 
75.
Two Men in Manhattan (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A French UN delegate has disappeared into thin air, sending reporter Moreau (Jean-Pierre Melville) and hard drinking photographer Delmas (Pierre Grasset) on an assignment to find him. Their only lead is a picture of three women. (84 mins.)
 
76.
Breathless (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
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
 
77.
Classe Tous Risques (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Abel Davis 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... (110 mins.)
Director: Claude Sautet
 
78.
Shoot the Piano Player (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Charlie Kohler is a piano player in a bar. The waitress Lena is in love with him. One of Charlie's brother... (92 mins.)
 
79.
Purple Noon (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
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. (118 mins.)
Director: René Clément
 
80.
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
 
81.
The Counterfeiters of Paris (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
"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... (98 mins.)
Director: Gilles Grangier
 
82.
Magnet of Doom (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Broke French ex-paratrooper turned amateur boxer Michel Maudet becomes bodyguard for the fugitive corrupt banker Ferchaux. (102 mins.)
 
83.
Le Doulos (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Burglar Maurice Faugel has just finished his sentence. He murders Gilbert Vanovre, a receiver, and steals the loot of a break-in... (108 mins.)
 
84.
Any Number Can Win (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Charles (Jean Gabin), a sixtyish career criminal fresh out of jail, rejects his wife's plan for a quiet life of bourgeois respectability... (118 mins.)
Director: Henri Verneuil
 
85.
Monsieur Gangster (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Ex-gangster Fernand (Lino Ventura) receives a call from a dying friend, a mob boss nicknamed "The Mexican"... (105 mins.)
Director: Georges Lautner
 
86.
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.)
 
87.
The Great Spy Chase (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A cold-war spy parody. After the death of an armaments manufacturer, an international group of spies... (109 mins.)
Director: Georges Lautner
 
88.
Fantomas (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Le journaliste Fandor invente une interview avec le mystérieux Fantomas. Fantomas s'indigne et enlève... (100 mins.)
 
89.
Alphaville (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
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. (99 mins.)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
 
90.
Compartiment tueurs (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Six people travel in a railroad sleeping car from Marseilles to Paris. Upon their arrival, a woman is found dead in one of the berths... (95 mins.)
Director: Costa-Gavras
 
91.
Cloportes (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Three little criminals get a tip for a great coup with lots of money in it. Unfortunately they lack... (95 mins.)
 
92.
Pierrot le Fou (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Pierrot escapes his boring society and travels from Paris to the Mediterranean Sea with Marianne, a girl chased by hit-men from Algeria. They lead an unorthodox life, always on the run. (110 mins.)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
 
93.
Le Deuxieme Souffle (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Gustave Minda, better known as Gu, a dangerous gangster, escapes from jail. He goes to Paris to join Manouche and other friends... (150 mins.)
 
94.
The Upper Hand (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
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 smuggle business. (86 mins.)
 
95.
Le Samouraï (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
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.)
 
96.
The Bride Wore Black (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Julie Kohler is prevented from suicide by her mother. She leaves the town. She will track down, charm and kill five men who do not know her. What is her goal? What is her purpose? (107 mins.)
 
97.
This Man Must Die (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Single father obsessed with murdering the hit&run driver who killed his only child, poses as a screenwriter... (110 mins.)
Director: Claude Chabrol
 
98.
The Sicilian Clan (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
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. (122 mins.)
Director: Henri Verneuil
 
99.
Rider on the Rain (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A US Army colonel in France tries to track down an escaped sex maniac. (120 mins.)
Director: René Clément
 
100.
Mississippi Mermaid (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A wealthy plantation owner is captivated by a mysterious woman with a shady past. (123 mins.)