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1. Irreversible (2002)

Not Rated | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.4
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51 Metascore

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.

Writer: Gaspar Noé | Director: Gaspar Noé | Stars: Monica Bellucci, Vincent Cassel, Albert Dupontel, Jo Prestia

Votes: 78,617

2. Martyrs (2008)

R | 99 min | Drama, Horror

7.1
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A young woman's quest for revenge against the people who kidnapped and tormented her as a child leads her and a friend, who is also a victim of child abuse, on a terrifying journey into a living hell of depravity.

Writer: Pascal Laugier | Director: Pascal Laugier | Stars: Morjana Alaoui, Mylène Jampanoï, Catherine Bégin, Robert Toupin

Votes: 52,929

3. La Haine (1995)

Not Rated | 98 min | Crime, Drama

8.1
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24 hours in the lives of three young men in the French suburbs the day after a violent riot.

Writer: Mathieu Kassovitz | Director: Mathieu Kassovitz | Stars: Vincent Cassel, Hubert Koundé, Saïd Taghmaoui, Abdel Ahmed Ghili

Votes: 91,848

4. High Tension (2003)

NC-17 | 91 min | Horror

6.9
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42 Metascore

Two college friends, Marie and Alexa, encounter loads of trouble (and blood) while on vacation at Alexa's parents' country home when a mysterious killer invades their quiet getaway.

Writers: Alexandre Aja, Grégory Levasseur | Director: Alexandre Aja | Stars: Cécile De France, Maïwenn, Philippe Nahon, Franck Khalfoun

Votes: 51,569

5. Inside (2007)

R | 82 min | Horror, Thriller

6.9
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Four months after the death of her husband, a woman on the brink of motherhood is tormented in her home by a strange woman who wants her unborn baby.

Writers: Julien Maury, Alexandre Bustillo | Directors: Alexandre Bustillo, Julien Maury | Stars: Alysson Paradis, Jean-Baptiste Tabourin, Claude Lulé, Dominique Frot

Votes: 26,587

6. Rape Me (2000)

Unrated | 77 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

4.5
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35 Metascore

Two young women, marginalised by society, go on a destructive tour of sex and violence. Breaking norms and killing men - and shattering the complacency of polite cinema audiences.

Writers: Virginie Despentes, Coralie | Directors: Virginie Despentes, Coralie | Stars: Raffaëla Anderson, Karen Lancaume, Céline Beugnot, Adama Niane

Votes: 13,939

7. Secret Things (2002)

Unrated | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

6.1
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55 Metascore

Two young women find themselves struggling to survive in Paris, street-wise Nathalie, a stripper, and naïve Sandrine, a barmaid. Together, they discover that sex can be used to their ... See full summary »

Writer: Jean-Claude Brisseau | Director: Jean-Claude Brisseau | Stars: Coralie Revel, Sabrina Seyvecou, Roger Miremont, Fabrice Deville

Votes: 3,488

8. Pola X (1999)

Not Rated | 134 min | Drama, Romance

5.9
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65 Metascore

A young writer becomes intrigued with a mysterious dark-haired woman who claims to be his long-lost sister and he begin an unusual relationship with her prompting a downward spiral involving his domineering mother and lovely fiancée

Writers: Leos Carax, Jean-Pol Fargeau, Herman Melville, Lauren Sedofsky | Director: Leos Carax | Stars: Guillaume Depardieu, Yekaterina Golubeva, Catherine Deneuve, Delphine Chuillot

Votes: 3,176

9. I Stand Alone (1998)

Not Rated | 93 min | Crime, Drama

7.5
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A horse meat butcher's life and mind begins to breakdown as he lashes out against various factions of society while attempting to reconnect with his estranged daughter.

Writer: Gaspar Noé | Director: Gaspar Noé | Stars: Philippe Nahon, Blandine Lenoir, Frankie Pain, Martine Audrain

Votes: 12,225

10. Man Bites Dog (1992)

NC-17 | 95 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.6
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A film crew follows a ruthless thief and heartless killer as he goes about his daily routine. But complications set in when the film crew lose their objectivity and begin lending a hand.

Writers: Rémy Belvaux, André Bonzel, Benoît Poelvoorde, Vincent Tavier | Directors: Rémy Belvaux, André Bonzel, Benoît Poelvoorde | Stars: Benoît Poelvoorde, Jacqueline Poelvoorde-Pappaert, Nelly Pappaert, Hector Pappaert

Votes: 26,349

11. Anatomy of Hell (2004)

Unrated | 77 min | Drama

4.5
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29 Metascore

A woman employs a gay man to spend four nights at her house to watch her when she's "unwatchable".

Writer: Catherine Breillat | Director: Catherine Breillat | Stars: Amira Casar, Rocco Siffredi, Alexandre Belin, Manuel Taglang

Votes: 3,623

12. Trouble Every Day (2001)

Not Rated | 101 min | Horror, Thriller, Drama

6.1
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40 Metascore

Shane and June Brown are an American couple honeymooning in Paris in an effort to nurture their new life together, a life complicated by Shane's mysterious and frequent visits to a medical ... See full summary »

Writers: Claire Denis, Jean-Pol Fargeau | Director: Claire Denis | Stars: Vincent Gallo, Tricia Vessey, Béatrice Dalle, Alex Descas

Votes: 4,732

13. The Pornographer (2001)

Unrated | 108 min | Drama

5.3
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Jacques Laurent made pornographic films in the 1970's and '80's, but had put that aside for 20 years. His artistic ideas, born of the '60's counter-culture, had elevated the entire genre. ... See full summary »

Writer: Bertrand Bonello | Director: Bertrand Bonello | Stars: Jean-Pierre Léaud, Jérémie Renier, Dominique Blanc, Catherine Mouchet

Votes: 1,733

14. Twentynine Palms (2003)

Unrated | 119 min | Drama

5.2
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43 Metascore

David, an independent photographer, and Katia, an unemployed woman, leave Los Angeles, en route to the southern California desert, where they search a natural set to use as a backdrop for a... See full summary »

Writer: Bruno Dumont | Director: Bruno Dumont | Stars: Yekaterina Golubeva, David Wissak

Votes: 3,255

15. Fat Girl (2001)

Unrated | 86 min | Drama

6.5
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77 Metascore

A Ma Soeur! is a provocative and shocking drama about sibling rivalry, family discord and relationships. Elena is 15, beautiful and flirtatious. Her less confident sister, Anais, is 12, and... See full summary »

Writer: Catherine Breillat | Director: Catherine Breillat | Stars: Anaïs Reboux, Roxane Mesquida, Libero De Rienzo, Arsinée Khanjian

Votes: 7,567

16. In My Skin (2002)

Unrated | 93 min | Drama, Horror

6.3
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68 Metascore

A woman grows increasingly fascinated with her body after suffering a disfiguring accident.

Writer: Marina de Van | Director: Marina de Van | Stars: Marina de Van, Laurent Lucas, Léa Drucker, Thibault de Montalembert

Votes: 3,658

17. Ex Drummer (2007)

Not Rated | 100 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.1
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36 Metascore

Three handicapped losers who form a band ask famous writer Dries to be their drummer. He joins the band and starts manipulating them.

Writers: Herman Brusselmans, Koen Mortier | Director: Koen Mortier | Stars: Dries Vanhegen, Norman Baert, Gunter Lamoot, Sam Louwyck

Votes: 7,249

18. A New Life (2002)

102 min | Drama

6.5
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The story involves a young American who falls obsessively in love with a mysterious courtesan named Melania against the backdrop of a dilapidated Eastern European landscape.

Writers: Philippe Grandrieux, Eric Vuillard | Director: Philippe Grandrieux | Stars: Zachary Knighton, Anna Mouglalis, Marc Barbé, Zsolt Nagy

Votes: 617

19. Les jeunes Québécoises (1980)

X | 100 min | Comedy

4.6
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Nicole, a coed and three of her friends invites four male university students over for a weekend of love.

Writers: Donald Hétu, Victor Montesano | Director: Claudio Castravelli | Stars: Jacques Raymond, Isa Belle, Suzanne Clément, Victor Pugliano

Votes: 17

20. Survivant(s) (2010)

26 min | Short, Action, Horror

5.9
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France, 2014. 8 condemned to death prisoners are the contestants of a real TV show. They must find the exit of a disused military experiment factory infested with mutant zombies within 2 hours. Only the last survivor can win the game.

Writers: Vincent Lecrocq, Salem Kali | Director: Vincent Lecrocq | Stars: Alysson Paradis, Salem Kali, Alaa Safi, Helena Soubeyrand

Votes: 23