European New Wave

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1. Elevator to the Gallows (1958)

Not Rated | 91 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

94 Metascore

A self-assured businessman 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: 18,634 | Gross: $0.11M

2. Shoot the Piano Player (1960)

Not Rated | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Charlie Kohler is a piano player in a bar. The waitress Lena is in love with him. One of Charlie's brother, Chico, a crook, takes refuge in the bar because he is chased by two gangsters, ... See full summary »

Director: François Truffaut | Stars: Charles Aznavour, Marie Dubois, Nicole Berger, Michèle Mercier

Votes: 15,697

3. Breathless (1960)

Not Rated | 90 min | Crime, Drama

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.

Director: Jean-Luc Godard | Stars: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean Seberg, Daniel Boulanger, Henri-Jacques Huet

Votes: 65,690 | Gross: $0.34M

4. Innocent Sorcerers (1960)

87 min | Drama, Music, Romance

A young doctor is tired of being sought by women. One night he meets a young girl who all but forces herself into his room where they talk of morals and love. But he loses her when he goes ... See full summary »

Director: Andrzej Wajda | Stars: Tadeusz Lomnicki, Krystyna Stypulkowska, Wanda Koczeska, Kalina Jedrusik

Votes: 958

5. Vivre Sa Vie (1962)

Not Rated | 85 min | Drama

Twelve episodic tales in the life of a Parisian woman and her slow descent into prostitution.

Director: Jean-Luc Godard | Stars: Anna Karina, Sady Rebbot, André S. Labarthe, Guylaine Schlumberger

Votes: 23,972

6. The Sun in a Net (1962)

90 min | Drama

Oldrich "Fajolo" Fajták (Marián Bielik), a student who directs quasi-existentialist verbal abuse at his girlfriend Bela Blazejová (Jana Beláková), takes off to a formally volunteer summer work camp at a farm where he meets her grandfather.

Director: Stefan Uher | Stars: Marián Bielik, Jana Beláková, Olga Salagová, Pavol Chrobák

Votes: 624

7. Knife in the Water (1962)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, Thriller

On their way to a sailing trip, an aging husband and wife invite along an emphatic young hitchhiker out of sheer patronization.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Leon Niemczyk, Jolanta Umecka, Zygmunt Malanowicz, Anna Ciepielewska

Votes: 18,159

8. Dr. No (1962)

PG | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

78 Metascore

A resourceful British government agent seeks answers in a case involving the disappearance of a colleague and the disruption of the American space program.

Director: Terence Young | Stars: Sean Connery, Ursula Andress, Bernard Lee, Joseph Wiseman

Votes: 136,054 | Gross: $16.07M

9. From Russia with Love (1963)

PG | 115 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

85 Metascore

James Bond willingly falls into an assassination plot involving a naive Russian beauty in order to retrieve a Soviet encryption device that was stolen by S.P.E.C.T.R.E.

Director: Terence Young | Stars: Sean Connery, Robert Shaw, Lotte Lenya, Daniela Bianchi

Votes: 107,547 | Gross: $24.80M

10. Woman in the Dunes (1964)

Not Rated | 123 min | Drama, Thriller

An entomologist on vacation is trapped by local villagers into living with a woman whose life task is shoveling sand for them.

Director: Hiroshi Teshigahara | Stars: Eiji Okada, Kyôko Kishida, Hiroko Itô, Kôji Mitsui

Votes: 15,135

11. Pale Flower (1964)

Not Rated | 96 min | Action, Crime

A gangster gets released from prison and has to cope with the recent shifts of power between the gangs, while taking care of a thrill-seeking young woman, who got in bad company while gambling.

Director: Masahiro Shinoda | Stars: Ryô Ikebe, Mariko Kaga, Takashi Fujiki, Naoki Sugiura

Votes: 2,617

12. Alphaville (1965)

Not Rated | 99 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

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.

Director: Jean-Luc Godard | Stars: Eddie Constantine, Anna Karina, Akim Tamiroff, Valérie Boisgel

Votes: 20,691 | Gross: $0.05M

13. Yesterday Girl (1966)

88 min | Drama

The film tells the story of Anita G., a young East German migrant to West Germany and her struggle to adjust to her new life.

Director: Alexander Kluge | Stars: Alexandra Kluge, Günter Mack, Eva Maria Meineke, Hans Korte

Votes: 799

14. Skin, Skin (1966)

89 min | Drama

Depiction of four urban youths and their excursion to the countryside.

Director: Mikko Niskanen | Stars: Eero Melasniemi, Kristiina Halkola, Pekka Autiovuori, Kirsti Wallasvaara

Votes: 648

15. I Even Met Happy Gypsies (1967)

94 min | Drama

Tensions arise in a Gypsy community when a local feather seller falls in love with a much younger girl.

Director: Aleksandar Petrovic | Stars: Bekim Fehmiu, Olivera Katarina, Velimir 'Bata' Zivojinovic, Mija Aleksic

Votes: 1,722

16. Not by Bread Alone (1967)

90 min | Drama

Leftist welder and right wing clerk get married. Soon enough they find themselves covered with finacial and emotional problems.

Director: Risto Jarva | Stars: Elina Salo, Paul Osipow, Titta Karakorpi, Pentti Irjala

Votes: 164

17. Girl of Finland (1967)

90 min | Drama

"Girl of Lappland" - Liisa, Tenu and Lulu are part of the Ylioppilasteatteri group. In the course of the exercises, they think about social issues and debate their world views. Tenu's ... See full summary »

Director: Mikko Niskanen | Stars: Kristiina Halkola, Kirsti Wallasvaara, Aulikki Oksanen, Pekka Laiho

Votes: 173

18. Le Samouraï (1967)

GP | 101 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

After professional hitman Jef Costello is seen by witnesses his efforts to provide himself an alibi drive him further into a corner.

Director: Jean-Pierre Melville | Stars: Alain Delon, François Périer, Nathalie Delon, Cathy Rosier

Votes: 40,132 | Gross: $0.04M

19. Eros + Massacre (1969)

Not Rated | 202 min | Biography, Drama

Two interwoven stories. The first is a biography of anarchist Sakae Osugi which follows his relationship with three women in the 1920s. The second centers around two 1960s' students researching Osugi's theories.

Director: Yoshishige Yoshida | Stars: Mariko Okada, Toshiyuki Hosokawa, Yûko Kusunoki, Kazuko Inano

Votes: 1,758

20. Diary of a Shinjuku Thief (1969)

96 min | Comedy, Drama

Story of a bookstore thief named Birdey who is led through various adventures in Tokyo's Shinjuku district by salesgirl Umeko.

Director: Nagisa Ôshima | Stars: Tadanori Yokoo, Rie Yokoyama, Moichi Tanabe, Tetsu Takahashi

Votes: 552

21. Early Works (1969)

87 min | Comedy, Drama

Inspired by Karl Marx's "Das Kapital", three men and a girl named Jugoslava decide to wake up the conscience within the working class and peasants. Faced with the primitivism and a lack of ... See full summary »

Director: Zelimir Zilnik | Stars: Milja Vujanovic, Bogdan Tirnanic, Cedomir Radovic, Marko Nikolic

Votes: 325

22. Handcuffs (1970)

80 min | Drama

Small village in mountains of Dalmatinska Zagora is under total control of Andrija, local Party official. One day two members of secret police come to the village and everybody knows they ... See full summary »

Director: Krsto Papic | Stars: Fabijan Sovagovic, Adem Cejvan, Jagoda Kaloper, Ilija Ivezic

Votes: 305

23. (1963)

Not Rated | 138 min | Drama

A harried movie director retreats into his memories and fantasies.

Director: Federico Fellini | Stars: Marcello Mastroianni, Anouk Aimée, Claudia Cardinale, Sandra Milo

Votes: 100,539 | Gross: $0.05M

24. OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies (2006)

Not Rated | 99 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

62 Metascore

Secret agent OSS 117 foils Nazis, beds local beauties, and brings peace to the Middle East.

Director: Michel Hazanavicius | Stars: Jean Dujardin, François Damiens, Khalid Maadour, Youssef Hamid

Votes: 16,879 | Gross: $0.30M

25. OSS 117: Lost in Rio (2009)

Not Rated | 101 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

58 Metascore

Another mission of world-known French secret agent leads him to exotic Brazil.

Director: Michel Hazanavicius | Stars: Jean Dujardin, Louise Monot, Rüdiger Vogler, Alex Lutz

Votes: 11,902 | Gross: $0.09M

26. The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015)

PG-13 | 116 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

56 Metascore

In the early 1960s, CIA agent Napoleon Solo and KGB operative Illya Kuryakin participate in a joint mission against a mysterious criminal organization, which is working to proliferate nuclear weapons.

Director: Guy Ritchie | Stars: Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander, Elizabeth Debicki

Votes: 244,624 | Gross: $45.45M

27. La Femme Nikita (1990)

R | 117 min | Action, Thriller

56 Metascore

Convicted felon Nikita, instead of going to jail, is given a new identity and trained, stylishly, as a top secret spy/assassin.

Director: Luc Besson | Stars: Anne Parillaud, Marc Duret, Patrick Fontana, Alain Lathière

Votes: 63,533 | Gross: $5.02M

28. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)

R | 122 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

85 Metascore

In the bleak days of the Cold War, espionage veteran George Smiley (Gary Oldman) is forced from semi-retirement to uncover a Soviet Agent within MI6.

Director: Tomas Alfredson | Stars: Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, Mark Strong

Votes: 176,507 | Gross: $24.15M

29. The Professional (1981)

Not Rated | 108 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Victim of a plot which has resulted in his imprisonment in a Central African jail for two years, a French secret agent arrives in Paris to settle accounts.

Director: Georges Lautner | Stars: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean Desailly, Cyrielle Clair, Marie-Christine Descouard

Votes: 11,848

30. GoldenEye (1995)

PG-13 | 130 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

65 Metascore

James Bond teams up with the lone survivor of a destroyed Russian research center to stop the hijacking of a nuclear space weapon by a fellow Agent formerly believed to be dead.

Director: Martin Campbell | Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Sean Bean, Izabella Scorupco, Famke Janssen

Votes: 225,206 | Gross: $106.60M

31. Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)

PG-13 | 119 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

52 Metascore

James Bond heads to stop a media mogul's plan to induce war between China and the UK in order to obtain exclusive global media coverage.

Director: Roger Spottiswoode | Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Jonathan Pryce, Michelle Yeoh, Teri Hatcher

Votes: 170,419 | Gross: $125.33M

32. The World Is Not Enough (1999)

PG-13 | 128 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

57 Metascore

James Bond uncovers a nuclear plot when he protects an oil heiress from her former kidnapper, an international terrorist who can't feel pain.

Director: Michael Apted | Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Sophie Marceau, Robert Carlyle, Denise Richards

Votes: 177,880 | Gross: $126.94M

33. Die Another Day (2002)

PG-13 | 133 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

56 Metascore

James Bond is sent to investigate the connection between a North Korean terrorist and a diamond mogul, who is funding the development of an international space weapon.

Director: Lee Tamahori | Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Halle Berry, Rosamund Pike, Toby Stephens

Votes: 193,734 | Gross: $160.94M

34. Casino Royale (2006)

PG-13 | 144 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

80 Metascore

Armed with a license to kill, Secret Agent James Bond sets out on his first mission as 007, and must defeat a private banker to terrorists in a high stakes game of poker at Casino Royale, Montenegro, but things are not what they seem.

Director: Martin Campbell | Stars: Daniel Craig, Eva Green, Judi Dench, Jeffrey Wright

Votes: 544,765 | Gross: $167.45M

35. Quantum of Solace (2008)

PG-13 | 106 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

58 Metascore

James Bond descends into mystery as he tries to stop a mysterious organization from eliminating a country's most valuable resource.

Director: Marc Forster | Stars: Daniel Craig, Olga Kurylenko, Mathieu Amalric, Judi Dench

Votes: 381,136 | Gross: $168.37M

36. Skyfall (2012)

PG-13 | 143 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

81 Metascore

Bond's loyalty to M is tested when her past comes back to haunt her. When MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.

Director: Sam Mendes | Stars: Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Naomie Harris, Judi Dench

Votes: 597,300 | Gross: $304.36M

37. Spectre (I) (2015)

PG-13 | 148 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

60 Metascore

A cryptic message from 007's past sends him pitted against a mysterious terrorist organization called Spectre, and learns of its involvement in previous events of his most dangerous missions.

Director: Sam Mendes | Stars: Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux, Ralph Fiennes

Votes: 356,897 | Gross: $200.07M

38. The Day of the Jackal (1973)

PG | 143 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

80 Metascore

A professional assassin codenamed "Jackal" plots to kill Charles de Gaulle, the President of France.

Director: Fred Zinnemann | Stars: Edward Fox, Terence Alexander, Michel Auclair, Alan Badel

Votes: 34,873 | Gross: $16.06M

39. The Tailor of Panama (2001)

R | 109 min | Comedy, Drama, Thriller

66 Metascore

A tailor living in Panama reluctantly becomes a spy for a British Agent.

Director: John Boorman | Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Geoffrey Rush, Jamie Lee Curtis, Leonor Varela

Votes: 26,568 | Gross: $13.73M

40. The Thomas Crown Affair (1999)

R | 113 min | Crime, Romance, Thriller

72 Metascore

A very rich and successful playboy amuses himself by stealing artwork, but may have met his match in a seductive detective.

Director: John McTiernan | Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Rene Russo, Denis Leary, Ben Gazzara

Votes: 82,411 | Gross: $69.30M

41. The Fourth Protocol (1987)

R | 119 min | Thriller

64 Metascore

John Preston is a British Agent with the task of preventing the Russians detonating a nuclear explosion next to an American base in the UK. The Russians are hoping this will shatter the "special relationship" between the two countries.

Director: John Mackenzie | Stars: Michael Caine, Pierce Brosnan, Ned Beatty, Joanna Cassidy

Votes: 8,245 | Gross: $12.42M

42. The Russia House (1990)

R | 123 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

An expatriate British publisher unexpectedly finds himself working for British intelligence to investigate people in Russia.

Director: Fred Schepisi | Stars: Sean Connery, Michelle Pfeiffer, Roy Scheider, James Fox

Votes: 13,440 | Gross: $23.00M

43. Bullet to Beijing (1995 TV Movie)

R | 122 min | Action, Thriller

A retired British spy is called back into service by his government to help prevent North Korea from getting its hands on a deadly virus called "The Red Death".

Director: George Mihalka | Stars: Anatoly Kulbitsky, Shaughan Seymour, Michael Caine, Corinna Richards

Votes: 1,287

44. Midnight in Saint Petersburg (1996 TV Movie)

R | 89 min | Thriller

Former British secret agent Harry Palmer now runs a Private Investigation company in Russia. He gets a job to locate and recover a consignment of stolen plutonium, and with the help of ... See full summary »

Director: Douglas Jackson | Stars: Michael Caine, Jason Connery, Yuri Limonty, Tanya Jackson

Votes: 961

45. Bridge of Spies (2015)

PG-13 | 142 min | Drama, History, Thriller

81 Metascore

During the Cold War, an American lawyer is recruited to defend an arrested Soviet spy in court, and then help the CIA facilitate an exchange of the spy for the Soviet captured American U2 spy plane pilot, Francis Gary Powers.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Alan Alda, Amy Ryan

Votes: 266,725 | Gross: $72.31M



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