French Noir

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1. 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: 4,079

2. 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: 188

3. La bandera (1935)

Approved | 88 min | Drama, Romance, War

Pierre Gilieth has committed a murder in Paris. He flees to Barcelona, where he runs out of money. So he joins the Spanish Foreign Legion. He meets there two fellow countrymen, Mulot and ... See full summary »

Director: Julien Duvivier | Stars: Annabella, Jean Gabin, Robert Le Vigan, Raymond Aimos

Votes: 645

4. 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: 3,172

5. 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: 6,982 | Gross: $0.15M

6. Lady Killer (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: 569

7. 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: 7,283

8. Hotel du Nord (1938)

83 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

On the meandering Canal St. Martin, at the Parisian Hôtel du Nord, a nearly fatal gunshot separates a dejected young couple. But, amid a sad but beautiful panorama of lively characters, love has the final say. Can life be a fairy tale?

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

Votes: 2,580

9. Port of Shadows (1938)

Not Rated | 91 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

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

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

Votes: 8,755 | Gross: $0.03M

10. 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: 252

11. 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: 354

12. 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: 7,312 | Gross: $0.03M

13. 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.

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

Votes: 1,026

14. Le Corbeau (1943)

Not Rated | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A French village doctor becomes the 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: 9,532 | Gross: $0.03M

15. Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne (1945)

Not Rated | 86 min | Drama, Romance

A society lady engineers a marriage between her lover and a cabaret dancer who is essentially a prostitute.

Director: Robert Bresson | Stars: Paul Bernard, María Casares, Elina Labourdette, Lucienne Bogaert

Votes: 4,198

16. Panique (1946)

Not Rated | 99 min | Crime, 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: 1,820 | Gross: $0.04M

17. The Room Upstairs (1946)

115 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

The local building-contractor Martin Roumagnac is fascinated by the fashionable Blanche Ferrand. To impress Blache, Martin presents her with a villa. However, this ruins him financially. ... See full summary »

Director: Georges Lacombe | Stars: Marlene Dietrich, Jean Gabin, Jean d'Yd, Daniel Gélin

Votes: 349

18. Back Streets of Paris (1946)

100 min | Crime, Drama

Madame Rose runs a seedy hotel in a suburb of Paris. Strong-minded but without the least moral scruple, she once killed her husband, whose honesty was a hindrance to her business. Under a ... See full summary »

Directors: Jacques Feyder, Marcel Blistène | Stars: Françoise Rosay, Paul Meurisse, Andrée Clément, Simone Signoret

Votes: 195

19. Quai des Orfèvres (1947)

Not Rated | 106 min | Crime, Drama

89 Metascore

A flirtatious wife runs off to meet an older man and the husband closes in with intend to murder him, but finds the deed already done.

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

Votes: 5,427 | Gross: $0.03M

20. Dédée d'Anvers (1948)

95 min | Drama

Dedee is a prostitute who works in Monsieur Rene's nightclub on Antwerp's harbour. The porter is Marco, her pimp. Dedee is not happy until she meets Francesco, an Italian sailor. They fall ... See full summary »

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

Votes: 439

21. Between Eleven and Midnight (1949)

92 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A police detective with a striking resemblance for a murdered criminal impersonates the deceased to identify his murderer.

Director: Henri Decoin | Stars: Louis Jouvet, Madeleine Robinson, Léo Lapara, Monique Mélinand

Votes: 241

22. The Walls of Malapaga (1949)

89 min | Drama, Romance

A French fugitive arrives in Genoa, where he becomes entangled with an Italian woman and her daughter.

Director: René Clément | Stars: Jean Gabin, Isa Miranda, Vera Talchi, Andrea Checchi

Votes: 836

23. Such a Pretty Little Beach (1949)

91 min | Drama

During the cold and rainy off-season a man arrives in a seaside town and, giving his name only as Pierre, checks into the only hotel which remains open. His arrival arouses curiosity and a ... See full summary »

Director: Yves Allégret | Stars: Madeleine Robinson, Gérard Philipe, Jean Servais, André Valmy

Votes: 669

24. Casque d'Or (1952)

Not Rated | 94 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

Three gangsters and an ex-con carpenter all fall for the same beautiful golden-haired woman in Belle Époque France.

Director: Jacques Becker | Stars: Simone Signoret, Serge Reggiani, Claude Dauphin, Raymond Bussières

Votes: 5,368

25. The Wages of Fear (1953)

Not Rated | 131 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

85 Metascore

In a decrepit South American village, four men are hired to transport an urgent nitroglycerine shipment without the equipment that would make it safe.

Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot | Stars: Yves Montand, Charles Vanel, Peter van Eyck, Folco Lulli

Votes: 58,392

26. Touchez Pas au Grisbi (1954)

Not Rated | 83 min | Crime, Drama

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: 7,364 | Gross: $0.13M

27. Rififi (1955)

Not Rated | 118 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

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: 32,737 | Gross: $0.06M

28. Diabolique (1955)

Not Rated | 117 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

The wife and mistress of a loathed school principal plan to murder him with what they believe is the perfect alibi.

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

Votes: 64,047

29. Bob le Flambeur (1956)

PG | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

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: 11,516 | Gross: $0.02M

30. Crime and Punishment (1956)

107 min | Crime, Drama

Modern update of Dostoievski's novel Crime and Punishment.

Director: Georges Lampin | Stars: Jean Gabin, Marina Vlady, Ulla Jacobsson, Bernard Blier

Votes: 255

31. 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: 23,908 | Gross: $0.11M

32. Two Men in Manhattan (1959)

Not Rated | 84 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A French UN delegate has disappeared into thin air, sending reporter Moreau (Jean-Pierre Melville) and hard drinking photographer Delmas (Pierre Grasset) on an assignment to find him. Their only lead is a picture of three women.

Director: Jean-Pierre Melville | Stars: Pierre Grasset, Christiane Eudes, Ginger Hall, Colette Fleury

Votes: 1,913

33. I Spit on Your Grave (1959)

110 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

After the lynching death of his black brother in Memphis, a light-skinned African-American, heads to a small Southern town, where he draws the attention of a heiress, and learns that the place is as racist as his hometown.

Director: Michel Gast | Stars: Christian Marquand, Antonella Lualdi, Fernand Ledoux, Renate Ewert

Votes: 263

34. Un témoin dans la ville (1959)

86 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Industrialist Pierre Verdier kills his mistress Jeanne Ancelin by throwing her off a train. Her husband, Ancelin, decides to take revenge on his wife's murderer, who has been acquitted by ... See full summary »

Director: Édouard Molinaro | Stars: Lino Ventura, Sandra Milo, Franco Fabrizi, Jacques Berthier

Votes: 416

35. The Respectful Whore (1952)

75 min | Drama

Fred, the nephew of a senator,has murdered a Black man on a train. The two only witnesses are Lizzie McKay, a prostitute from New York, and Sidney, a colored man. Fred decides to seduce ... See full summary »

Directors: Charles Brabant, Marcello Pagliero | Stars: Barbara Laage, Ivan Desny, Walter Bryant, Yolande Laffon

Votes: 107

36. Manon (1949)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama, Crime

A classic tale about bitter relationships between a frivolous girl and a soldier is adapted for the post-World War II time.

Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot | Stars: Serge Reggiani, Michel Auclair, Cécile Aubry, Andrex

Votes: 936

38. The Damned Lovers (1952)

97 min | Crime, Drama

A waiter fond of detective stories becomes a gangster.

Director: Willy Rozier | Stars: Danièle Roy, Robert Berri, Jacques Dynam, René Alié

Votes: 21

39. Angels of Sin (1943)

80 min | Drama

Anne-Marie joins a Dominican convent as a novice where she knows Therese. After shooting a man for which she was imprisoned, Therese protests her innocence reluctant to tell her secret.

Director: Robert Bresson | Stars: Renée Faure, Jany Holt, Sylvie, Mila Parély

Votes: 1,480

40. L'assassin a peur la nuit (1942)

100 min | Crime, Drama

A thief hides out in the South and gets involved with the sister of a friendly fellow employee on an outdoor work site. But circumstances draw him back to the city, to another woman, and to murder.

Director: Jean Delannoy | Stars: Mireille Balin, Jean Chevrier, Louise Carletti, Henri Guisol

Votes: 86

41. 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: 3,086

42. In the Name of the Law (1949)

100 min | Crime, Drama

A young, by-the-book judge is appointed to a Sicilian village controlled by corrupt leaders and the Mafia.

Director: Pietro Germi | Stars: Massimo Girotti, Charles Vanel, Jone Salinas, Camillo Mastrocinque

Votes: 453

43. The Sinners (1949)

108 min | Drama, Romance

Story takes place in a dreadful girls' reformatory. A couple of lovers will try to escape from this living hell.

Director: Julien Duvivier | Stars: Serge Reggiani, Jean Davy, Monique Mélinand, Suzy Prim

Votes: 115