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1. Le Samouraï (1967)

GP | 101 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.1
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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: 38,238 | Gross: $0.04M

2. Les yeux sans visage (1960)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Horror

7.8
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90 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: 21,759 | Gross: $0.05M

3. Elevator to the Gallows (1958)

Not Rated | 91 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.0
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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: 17,741 | Gross: $0.11M

4. Le Trou (1960)

Not Rated | 131 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

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: 12,360 | Gross: $0.03M

5. Farewell, Friend (1968)

PG | 115 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

7.1
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After an overseas deployment, two former French Foreign Legion members plan to break into the vault of a French corporation.

Director: Jean Herman | Stars: Alain Delon, Charles Bronson, Brigitte Fossey, Olga Georges-Picot

Votes: 2,481

6. Touchez Pas au Grisbi (1954)

Not Rated | 83 min | Crime, Drama

7.9
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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: 5,737 | Gross: $0.13M

7. The Bride Wore Black (1968)

Unrated | 107 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.3
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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?

Director: François Truffaut | Stars: Jeanne Moreau, Jean-Claude Brialy, Michel Bouquet, Charles Denner

Votes: 7,547 | Gross: $0.04M

8. Bob le Flambeur (1956)

PG | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.8
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80 Metascore

After losing big, an aging gambler decides to assemble a team to rob a casino.

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

Votes: 9,078 | Gross: $0.02M

9. Inspector Maigret (1958)

119 min | Crime, Drama

7.3
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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: 1,219 | Gross: $0.01M

10. Someone Behind the Door (1971)

GP | 97 min | Crime, Drama

6.2
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A neurosurgeon with a cheating wife takes an amnesiac into his home and conditions him to believe that the cheating wife is his own and to take the "appropriate" action.

Director: Nicolas Gessner | Stars: Charles Bronson, Anthony Perkins, Jill Ireland, Henri Garcin

Votes: 994

11. La Bête Humaine (1938)

Not Rated | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

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: 5,916

12. Les seins de glace (1974)

105 min | Thriller, Drama, Mystery

6.0
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On a beach in Nice, François meets the mysterious Peggy and falls in love with her. Following her to a villa, he meets Marc, a lawyer who has a strange relationship with the girl. Marc tells François that Peggy is a drug addict: she kills men who approach her.

Director: Georges Lautner | Stars: Alain Delon, Mireille Darc, Claude Brasseur, Fiore Altoviti

Votes: 616

13. Classe Tous Risques (1960)

Not Rated | 103 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

7.5
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84 Metascore

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, Thérèse, and their two young sons. Abel and ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Sautet | Stars: Lino Ventura, Sandra Milo, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Marcel Dalio

Votes: 2,673 | Gross: $0.09M

14. Shock Treatment (1973)

91 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

6.2
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Doctors at a rejuvenation clinic discover a formula that will prevent aging. However, it involves harvesting the blood and body parts of young men, a process that the doctors aren't particularly averse to.

Director: Alain Jessua | Stars: Alain Delon, Annie Girardot, Robert Hirsch, Michel Duchaussoy

Votes: 894

15. Diaboliquement vôtre (1967)

93 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.4
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A wealthy amnesiac begins to suspect that his devoted wife is not really his wife and that he is not the man people keep telling him he is.

Director: Julien Duvivier | Stars: Alain Delon, Senta Berger, Peter Mosbacher, Claude Piéplu

Votes: 826

16. L'insoumis (1964)

115 min | Drama, Thriller

7.2
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1961. Luxemburger Thomas Vlassenroot deserted the French Foreign Legion during the Algiers Putsch. His lieutenant, Fraser, initiated the desertion for the two of them, Fraser believing he ... See full summary »

Director: Alain Cavalier | Stars: Alain Delon, Lea Massari, Georges Géret, Maurice Garrel

Votes: 562

17. Poison Ivy (1953)

97 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.0
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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: 224

18. It Happened at the Inn (1943)

R | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

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: 602

19. The Night Affair (1958)

93 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

6.7
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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: 427

20. Deadlier Than the Male (1956)

113 min | Drama, Thriller

7.5
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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: 927

21. Flic ou voyou (1979)

PG | 107 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

6.7
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Commissaire Stanislas Borowitz is going undercover as gangster Antonio Cerutti in order to expose corrupted policemen.

Director: Georges Lautner | Stars: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Georges Géret, Jean-François Balmer, Claude Brosset

Votes: 1,750

22. Retour de manivelle (1957)

Not Rated | 103 min | Drama

6.8
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What do you do when you want to commit suicide whereas you have just had the suicide clause cancelled from your insurance contract ? Just ask your wife ! What do you do when the attractive ... See full summary »

Director: Denys de La Patellière | Stars: Michèle Morgan, Daniel Gélin, Michèle Mercier, François Chaumette

Votes: 154

23. Nous sommes tous des assassins (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: 243

24. Jusqu'au dernier (1957)

90 min | Thriller

6.5
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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: 81

25. Ça va barder (1955)

90 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

6.1
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A con man (Eddie Constantine) is approached by a shipping magnate to become one of his security agents.

Director: John Berry | Stars: Eddie Constantine, May Britt, Jean Danet, Lyla Rocco

Votes: 96

26. Les violents (1957)

92 min | Mystery

6.5
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Pierre Tercelin who used to be a prosperous industrialist is now ruined and embittered, having become a mere lock keeper. A widower, he lives with his daughter Evelyne, a music-hall dancer.... See full summary »

Director: Henri Calef | Stars: Paul Meurisse, Françoise Fabian, Fernand Ledoux, Béatrice Altariba

Votes: 43

27. 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: 21

28. Non coupable (1947)

95 min | Crime, Drama

7.4
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An alcoholic doctor accidentally kills someone and manages to make the death look like an accident. The episode triggers a sense of confidence and he resolves to correct the miseries of his life.

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

Votes: 131



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