European film noir

by skobic | created - 30 Oct 2013 | updated - 31 Oct 2013 | Public

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)

Not Rated | 95 min | Crime, Drama

A woman and her pimp exploit a painter for money.

Director: Jean Renoir | Stars: Michel Simon, Janie Marèse, Georges Flamant, Roger Gaillard

Votes: 2,992

3. Faubourg Montmartre (1931)

115 min | Drama

Two sisters struggle to stay on the straight and narrow.

Director: Raymond Bernard | Stars: Gaby Morlay, Line Noro, Florelle, Pauline Carton

Votes: 29

6. Lilac (1932)

90 min | Crime, Drama

Lilac is consorting with the criminal scum of Paris but then she falls in love with a handsome detective...

Director: Anatole Litvak | Stars: Marcelle Romée, André Luguet, Jean Gabin, Madeleine Guitty

Votes: 131

7. La nuit du carrefour (1932)

75 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A gang of thieves utilizes a cross-road garage as the hideaway. During their last caper, the gang has accidentally murdered a jewel thief, and the heat is on.

Director: Jean Renoir | Stars: Pierre Renoir, Georges Térof, Winna Winifried, Georges Koudria

Votes: 521

8. La tête d'un homme (1933)

90 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

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. Someone lets him know it's a deal. The... See full summary »

Director: Julien Duvivier | Stars: Harry Baur, Valéry Inkijinoff, Alexandre Rignault, Gaston Jacquet

Votes: 264

9. Le grand jeu (1934)

120 min | Drama, Romance

Pierre (Pierre Richard-Willm), a young lawyer, has enormous debts due to his mistress Florence (Marie Bell), and her whims of luxury life. Pierre has gone too far and put the family firm in... See full summary »

Director: Jacques Feyder | Stars: Marie Bell, Pierre Richard-Willm, Charles Vanel, Georges Pitoëff

Votes: 310

12. The Lower Depths (1936)

Not Rated | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

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.

Director: Jean Renoir | Stars: Jean Gabin, Suzy Prim, Louis Jouvet, Jany Holt

Votes: 2,590

13. La belle équipe (1936)

101 min | Drama

Those five are unemployed penniless workers. Together they win 100,000 Francs with the national lottery. Instead of sharing the money, they buy a ruin and build an open-air cafe. But ... See full summary »

Director: Julien Duvivier | Stars: Jean Gabin, Charles Vanel, Raymond Aimos, Viviane Romance

Votes: 758

14. Jenny (1936)

105 min | Drama

Jenny is a madam at a brothel. When her daughter comes back from England, she does not want her to find out what kind of job she really has.

Director: Marcel Carné | Stars: Françoise Rosay, Albert Préjean, Lisette Lanvin, Charles Vanel

Votes: 176

15. Abus de confiance (1937)

88 min | Drama

Imposture helps an orphan girl become a lawyer.

Director: Henri Decoin | Stars: Danielle Darrieux, Charles Vanel, Yvette Lebon, Pierre Mingand

Votes: 105

16. The Alibi (1937)

84 min | Mystery

Paris, 1937. Winckler kills his enemy Gordon, a Chicago mobster, from the stage of a Parisian music hall, where he performs telepathy. He pays another artist, Helene, so that she tells the ... See full summary »

Director: Pierre Chenal | Stars: Erich von Stroheim, Albert Préjean, Jany Holt, Louis Jouvet

Votes: 119

17. Chéri-Bibi (1938)

110 min | Drama

An innocent young man ,burglar Cheri-Bibi and his gangsters are sent to a penal colony.

Director: Léon Mathot | Stars: Pierre Fresnay, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Marcel Dalio, Suzet Maïs

Votes: 17

18. Gueule d'amour (1937)

94 min | Drama, Romance, War

Lucien Bourrache, a good looking non-commissioned officer at the Spahis, is used to charm many women. He met Madeleine Courtois at Cannes. She is beautiful and lives in luxury. He lends her... See full summary »

Director: Jean Grémillon | Stars: Jean Gabin, Mireille Balin, Pierre Etchepare, Henri Poupon

Votes: 427

19. Pépé le Moko (1937)

Not Rated | 94 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

98 Metascore

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.

Director: Julien Duvivier | Stars: Jean Gabin, Gabriel Gabrio, Saturnin Fabre, Fernand Charpin

Votes: 5,382 | Gross: $0.15M

20. Le puritain (1938)

85 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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. His search is for peace of mind and a desire to ... See full summary »

Director: Jeff Musso | Stars: Pierre Fresnay, Jean-Louis Barrault, Viviane Romance, Louis-Jacques Boucot

Votes: 54

21. La Bête Humaine (1938)

Not Rated | 100 min | Crime, Drama

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: 5,839

22. L'entraîneuse (1939)

95 min | Drama

The young Suzy is a nightclub hostess in a cabaret in which Frehel is the star. Because one night she gets propositions from a rich widower who would like to have her as his girlfriend, ... See full summary »

Director: Albert Valentin | Stars: Michèle Morgan, Gilbert Gil, Andrex, Gisèle Préville

Votes: 43

23. Hôtel du Nord (1938)

83 min | Drama, Romance

A young couple, Renee and Pierre, take one night a room at the Hotel du Nord, in Paris, near the canal Saint-Martin. They want to die together, but after having shooted at Renee, Pierre ... See full summary »

Director: Marcel Carné | Stars: Annabella, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Louis Jouvet, Arletty

Votes: 1,874

24. Sirocco (1938)

Approved | 90 min | Drama

Town trollop Safia, much against her better judgment, falls in love with Matteo, a beggar and mystic in the native quarter of Sirocco. She flees to France, first as the mistress and then ... See full summary »

Director: Pierre Chenal | Stars: Viviane Romance, Louis Jouvet, Pierre Renoir, Jany Holt

Votes: 81

26. Port of Shadows (1938)

Not Rated | 91 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

A military deserter finds love and trouble (and a small dog) in a smoky French port city.

Director: Marcel Carné | Stars: Jean Gabin, Michel Simon, Michèle Morgan, Pierre Brasseur

Votes: 7,158 | Gross: $0.03M

27. Le dernier tournant (1939)

90 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

Frank, a hobo, ends up in a garage-truck stop in the middle of nowhere. Nick Marino, its older, kind and naive owner, is married to Cora, a sexy and mercenary woman half his age. Frank, ... See full summary »

Director: Pierre Chenal | Stars: Fernand Gravey, Michel Simon, Marcel Vallée, Auguste Bovério

Votes: 187

28. Le Jour Se Leve (1939)

Not Rated | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

After committing a murder, a man locks himself in his apartment and recollects the events that led him to the killing.

Director: Marcel Carné | Stars: Jean Gabin, Jacqueline Laurent, Arletty, Jules Berry

Votes: 5,692 | Gross: $0.03M

29. Personal Column (1939)

106 min | Musical, Romance, Thriller

After one of her fellow taxi dancers is murdered by an unknown man who she met through a personal column advert, Adrienne Charpentier is recruited by the police to answer a series of similar adverts to try to track down the killer.

Director: Robert Siodmak | Stars: Maurice Chevalier, Pierre Renoir, Marie Déa, Erich von Stroheim

Votes: 148

30. Remorques (1941)

91 min | Action, Drama, Romance

Andre Laurent, the captain of a tugboat, married Yvonne ten years ago. She has a heart disease but does not want to tell him. She dreams he quits the job for they can live quietly. One ... See full summary »

Director: Jean Grémillon | Stars: Jean Gabin, Madeleine Renaud, Michèle Morgan, Charles Blavette

Votes: 776

31. Who Killed Santa Claus? (1941)

105 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

The story concerns an old globe-maker who is mysteriously killed while going through the town portraying Pere Noel ("Father Christmas" aka Santa Claus).

Director: Christian-Jaque | Stars: Harry Baur, Renée Faure, Marie-Hélène Dasté, Raymond Rouleau

Votes: 361

32. The Murderer Lives at Number 21 (1942)

Not Rated | 84 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

Inspector Wens moves into a Paris boarding house to catch a serial killer.

Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot | Stars: Pierre Fresnay, Suzy Delair, Jean Tissier, Pierre Larquey

Votes: 2,276

33. Dernier atout (1942)

105 min | Crime

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.

Director: Jacques Becker | Stars: Mireille Balin, Raymond Rouleau, Pierre Renoir, Noël Roquevert

Votes: 100

34. Les inconnus dans la maison (1942)

95 min | Crime, Drama

Hector Loursat, attorney at law, lives with his daughter Nicole in a vast and shabby mansion in this provincial town. They dont talk to each other much, somehow holding the other one ... See full synopsis »

Director: Henri Decoin | Stars: Raimu, Juliette Faber, Gabrielle Fontan, Héléna Manson

Votes: 271

35. Le Corbeau (1943)

Not Rated | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

French village doctor becomes target of poison-pen letters sent to village leaders, accusing him of affairs and practicing abortion.

Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot | Stars: Pierre Fresnay, Ginette Leclerc, Micheline Francey, Héléna Manson

Votes: 7,533 | Gross: $0.03M

36. L'homme de Londres (1943)

98 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

"There are two roads: the wide one leads to perdition,the narrow one is not easy to follow,but it leads to happiness"

Director: Henri Decoin | Stars: Fernand Ledoux, Suzy Prim, Jules Berry, Mony Dalmès

Votes: 55

40. 120, rue de la Gare (1946)

90 min | Crime, Drama

Everytime you utter these words "120,Rue De La Gare" you stand in great danger of being shot down.

Director: Jacques Daniel-Norman | Stars: René Dary, Jean Parédès, Albert Dinan, Jean Thielment

Votes: 52

41. Douce (1943)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama

In Paris in 1887, Irène works as a governess to Douce, the grand-daughter of the dowager Countess de Bonafé. Douce believes she is in love with Fabien, the handsome manager of the estate. ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Autant-Lara | Stars: Odette Joyeux, Madeleine Robinson, Marguerite Moreno, Jean Debucourt

Votes: 233

42. Devil in the Flesh (1947)

122 min | Romance, Drama

During World War I, the star-crossed affair of an underage French student with a woman engaged to a soldier.

Director: Claude Autant-Lara | Stars: Micheline Presle, Gérard Philipe, Denise Grey, Jean Debucourt

Votes: 606

43. Panique (1946)

Not Rated | 91 min | Drama

After an elderly maid is murdered, opinions are manipulated evidence is planted, violence erupts, and panic ensues.

Director: Julien Duvivier | Stars: Viviane Romance, Michel Simon, Max Dalban, Émile Drain

Votes: 707 | Gross: $0.04M

44. Gates of the Night (1946)

100 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

It's Paris in the winter after its liberation. A tramp who may also be Destiny predicts that Jean Diego will fall in love with a beautiful girl. That same evening, Jean meets Malou.

Director: Marcel Carné | Stars: Pierre Brasseur, Serge Reggiani, Yves Montand, Nathalie Nattier

Votes: 887

45. Quai des Orfèvres (1947)

Not Rated | 106 min | Crime, Drama

89 Metascore

Jenny Lamour wants to succeed in music hall. Her husband and accompanist is Maurice Martineau, a nice but jealous man. When he knew Jenny is making eyes at Brignon, an old businessman, in ... See full summary »

Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot | Stars: Louis Jouvet, Simone Renant, Bernard Blier, Suzy Delair

Votes: 4,093 | Gross: $0.03M

46. Dédée d'Anvers (1948)

95 min | Drama

Dedee is a prostitute, working in Monsieur Rene's night club on Antwerp's harbour. The porter is Marco, her pimp. Dedee is not happy, until she meets Francesco, an italian sailorman. They ... See full summary »

Director: Yves Allégret | Stars: Bernard Blier, Simone Signoret, Marcello Pagliero, Marcel Dalio

Votes: 309

47. Manèges (1950)

91 min | Drama

7.1