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1. Diabolique (1955)

Unrated | 116 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

8.1
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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.

Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot | Stars: Simone Signoret, Véra Clouzot, Paul Meurisse, Charles Vanel

Votes: 41,909

2. Eyes Without a Face (1960)

Unrated | 90 min | Drama, Horror

7.8
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88 Metascore

A surgeon causes an accident which leaves his daughter disfigured, and goes to extremes to give her a new face.

Director: Georges Franju | Stars: Pierre Brasseur, Alida Valli, Juliette Mayniel, Alexandre Rignault

Votes: 16,694 | Gross: $0.05M

3. Rififi (1955)

Not Rated | 122 min | Crime, Thriller

8.2
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97 Metascore

Four men plan a technically perfect crime, but the human element intervenes...

Director: Jules Dassin | Stars: Jean Servais, Carl Möhner, Robert Manuel, Janine Darcey

Votes: 18,615 | Gross: $0.06M

4. Elevator to the Gallows (1958)

Not Rated | 91 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.0
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92 Metascore

A self-assured business man 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: 13,876 | Gross: $0.26M

5. Le Trou (1960)

Not Rated | 132 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

8.5
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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.

Director: Jacques Becker | Stars: André Bervil, Jean Keraudy, Michel Constantin, Philippe Leroy

Votes: 9,234

6. Bob le Flambeur (1956)

PG | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.8
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80 Metascore

Bob, an old gangster and gambler is almost broke, so he decides in spite of the warnings of a friend, a high official from the police, to rob a gambling casino in Dauville. Everything is ... See full summary »

Director: Jean-Pierre Melville | Stars: Roger Duchesne, Isabelle Corey, Daniel Cauchy, Guy Decomble

Votes: 7,509 | Gross: $0.04M

7. Touchez Pas au Grisbi (1954)

Not Rated | 83 min | Crime, Drama

8.0
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85 Metascore

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.

Director: Jacques Becker | Stars: Jean Gabin, René Dary, Dora Doll, Vittorio Sanipoli

Votes: 4,660 | Gross: $0.10M

8. La Bête Humaine (1938)

Not Rated | 100 min | Crime, Drama

7.7
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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: 4,978

9. Inspector Maigret (1958)

119 min | Crime, Drama

7.1
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A serial killer is targeting women in the seedy district of Montmartre.

Director: Jean Delannoy | Stars: Jean Gabin, Annie Girardot, Olivier Hussenot, Jeanne Boitel

Votes: 847

10. It Happened at the Inn (1943)

96 min | Drama

7.6
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In a french lost village an old woman is killed and her savings stolen. Several members of her family, all called:"Goupi-...", are suspected.

Director: Jacques Becker | Stars: Fernand Ledoux, Georges Rollin, Blanchette Brunoy, Arthur Devère

Votes: 414

11. Deadlier Than the Male (1956)

113 min | Drama, Thriller

7.6
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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: 590

12. The Night Affair (1958)

93 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

6.6
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A vice inspector for the Paris police takes special interest in the plight of drug-addicted Lucky whom he considers to be more victim than criminal.

Director: Gilles Grangier | Stars: Jean Gabin, Danielle Darrieux, Nadja Tiller, Paul Frankeur

Votes: 286

13. Poison Ivy (1953)

97 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.2
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FBI Agent Lemmy is sent after a missing two million in Casablanca while mob boss mistress Carlotta plays both sides of the law.

Director: Bernard Borderie | Stars: Eddie Constantine, Dominique Wilms, Howard Vernon, Darío Moreno

Votes: 184

14. Are We All Murderers? (1952)

115 min | Drama

7.3
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Rene is not a bright guy. He was taught to kill by the Resistance. But the WW2 is over and he keeps on killing. He is condemned to death. In jail, expecting the presidential pardon, he mets... See full summary »

Director: André Cayatte | Stars: Marcel Mouloudji, Raymond Pellegrin, Antoine Balpêtré, Julien Verdier

Votes: 203

15. Non coupable (1947)

95 min | Crime, Drama

7.4
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Michel Ancelin is an alcoholic doctor: the more the people look down on him as a miserable failure the more he hates his own guts... until that night when, driving home and drunk, he ... See full summary »

Director: Henri Decoin | Stars: Michel Simon, Jean Debucourt, Georges Bréhat, François Joux

Votes: 91

16. Young Girls Beware (1957)

Not Rated | 80 min | Action, Crime, Drama

5.9
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When Raven gets out of prison after serving five years on a frame-up by gang-leader Mendetta, he kills Mendetta deciding to take over in his place. He is seen leaving the apartment by Dany ... See full summary »

Director: Yves Allégret | Stars: Antonella Lualdi, Robert Hossein, Michèle Cordoue, Jacqueline Porel

Votes: 15

17. Until the Last One (1957)

90 min | Thriller

6.6
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Just released from prison after serving a six-month sentence, Fernand Bastia goes into hiding. He has indeed double-crossed his gang by keeping part of the product of a robbery for himself.... See full summary »

Director: Pierre Billon | Stars: Raymond Pellegrin, Jeanne Moreau, Paul Meurisse, Max Révol

Votes: 51