French noir movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant french noir movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out french noir, serious, realistic, suspenseful, atmospheric and psychological films and TV shows about / with murder, crimes, neo noir, dishonesty, crime, deadly, female nudity, police, death and police investigation plots mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres shot in France, Italy, Canada and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as french noir: The Samura (1967), The Bride Wore Black (1968), The Champagne Murders (1967), And Hope to Die (1972), Second Breath (1966), This Man Must Die (1969), Mississippi Mermaid (1969), The Finger Man (1962), Pierrot le Fou (1965), The Outside Man (1972).

List of french noir movies

 8.1
 43K
The Samura (1967)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Hitman Jef Costello is a perfectionist who always carefully plans his murders and who never gets caught.
Style: tense, atmospheric, suspenseful, bleak, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, loner, neo noir, gangsters, police investigation, jazz, assassination, lone wolves, surveillance, betrayal, chase, anti hero ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: paris france, france, europe
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The Bride Wore Black (1968)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 107 min.
Story: 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?
Style: french noir, stylized, psychological, serious, realistic ...
Plot: murder, serial killer, haunted by the past, investigation, deadly, couples, dishonesty, rivalry, small town, strong female presence, female killer, dealing with death ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: france, europe, paris france
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The Champagne Murders (1967)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A champagne tycoon's (Furneaux) partner (Ronet) suspects his partner's gigolo husband (Perkins) of murders he's been framed for.
Style: french noir, ambiguous ending
Plot: binge drinking, drunk driving, cellar, manipulative woman, high society, tennis court, vineyard, tennis, sculptor, strangled to death, female assassin, unfaithful husband ...
Time: 1960s, 60s
Place: france, hamburg germany, paris france
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And Hope to Die (1972)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: France, Italy, Canada
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A crook on the run hooks up with a criminal gang to commit a kidnapping. However, things don't go quite as planned.
Style: french noir
Plot: doll, gambling, nickname, heist gone wrong, wristwatch, fire truck, childhood memory, marbles
Place: montreal, montreal quebec canada
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Second Breath (1966)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 150 min.
Story: With his customary restraint and ruthless attention to detail, director Jean-Pierre Melville follows the parallel tracks of French underworld criminal Gu (the inimitable Lino Ventura), escaped from prison and roped into one last robbery, and the ...
Style: serious, bleak, clever, suspenseful, stylized ...
Plot: heist, one last job, master criminal, gangsters, betrayal, prison, robbery, tough heroes, crime gone awry, rivalry, crime, track down ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: paris france, france, europe, marseille
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This Man Must Die (1969)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 110 min.
Story: When his young son is killed in a hit and run accident, Charles Thenier resolves to hunt down and murder the killer. By chance, Thenier makes the acquaintance of an actress, Helène Lanson, who was in the car at the time of the accident. He then ...
Style: suspenseful, atmospheric, bleak, tense, psychological ...
Plot: diary, hit and run, family relations, seaside, beach, letter, driver, dealing with death, vengeance, rivalry, death in the family, solace ...
Time: 60s
Place: france, europe, atlantic ocean, brittany
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Mississippi Mermaid (1969)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Adapted from a story by William Irish, it's a noirish tale of a man who orders a mail-order bride but receives instead a con woman.
Style: atmospheric, serious, gloomy, realistic, french noir
Plot: private detective, island, on the run, murder, femme fatale, reunion, mail order bride, marriage, plantation, factory, journalism, cons and scams ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: europe, france, nice france, lyon
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The Finger Man (1962)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A stone-faced Jean-Paul Belmondo stars as enigmatic gangster Silien, who may or may not be responsible for squealing on Faugel (Serge Reggiani), just released from the slammer and already involved in what should have been a simple heist. By the end ...
Style: bleak, suspenseful, stylized, serious, rough ...
Plot: betrayal, gangsters, frame up, heist, vengeance, crime, crimes, cons and scams, criminal's revenge, criminal heroes, tough heroes, crime gone awry ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: europe, france, paris france
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 7.6
 28K
Pierrot le Fou (1965)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Pierrot escapes his boring society and travels from Paris to the Mediterranean Sea with Marianne, a girl chased by hit-men from Algeria. They lead an unorthodox life, always on the run.
Style: atmospheric, surreal, realistic, humorous, suspenseful ...
Plot: on the road, lovers on the run, infidelity, couples, couple relations, road trip, betrayal, tragic love, crime, crimes, romance, satire ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: paris france, france, europe, mediterranean sea, africa
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The Outside Man (1972)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France, Italy, USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A French hit man is hired by a crime family to end the life of a rival mobster, but things fall apart when the boss who hired him is killed.
Style: serious, rough, suspenseful, realistic, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, hitman, crimes, deadly, law enforcement, fish out of water, tough heroes, culture clash, disorder, dishonesty, criminal heroes, organized crime ...
Time: 70s
Place: los angeles, paris france, venice beach california, california, europe ...
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The Moon in the Gutter (1983)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 126 min.
Story: A dockworker seeking revenge on the killer of his sister finds himself the object of desire for two women.
Style: realistic, mind bending, psychological, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: murder, rape, vengeance, obsession, alcohol abuse, crimes, crime, love and romance, life is a bitch, mystery, deadly, investigation ...
Time: 80s
Place: marseille
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 7.1
 8K
A Cop (1972)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Commissaire Edouard Coleman is a Paris police chief whose life investigating violent crimes has left him despondent. After beginning an affair with a beautiful but cold woman named Cathy, he befriends her boyfriend, Simon, a local nightclub owner. ...
Style: suspenseful, atmospheric, stylized, clever, cynical ...
Plot: bank, gang, heist, gangsters, friendship, driver, police, criminal, double life, police inspector, bank robbery, crime gone awry ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: paris france, france, europe
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Coup de torchon (1981)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 128 min.
Story: In 1938 in the french West Africa, Lucien Cordier is a weak and corrupted policeman despised by the local bad boys. His wife is openly cheating on him and he hasn't got any self-respect anymore. But when comes the occasion, his revenge will be ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, offbeat, french noir ...
Plot: murder, serial killer, pimp, infidelity, racism, voyeur, culture clash, crimes, crime, police corruption, love affair, couple relations ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, year 1938, pre world war two
Place: africa, california
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 6.6
 558
Fire and Ice (1962)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 104 min.
Story: The charismatic, surly son of a wealthy industrialist, Clément (Jean-Louis Trintignant) leads a double life as a member of a right-wing extremist organization. When he’s ratted out after a failed assassination attempt on a prominent politician, ...
Style: psychological, serious, realistic, french noir, eurospy
Plot: politics, terrorism, assassination, state affairs, couple relations, chaos and mayhem, mental illness, graphic violence, mentally unstable, society, racism, battles ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: france, normandy, paris france, argentina
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 6.7
 2K
The Burglars (1971)
Genre: Crime, Thriller, Action
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 120 min.
Story: In Athens a collection of emeralds is successfully stolen by a team of robbers, led by safe-cracker Azad. Things go smoothly until they miss the ship by which they planned their escape; a police chief pursues Azad while he waits for the next ship to ...
Style: suspenseful, exciting, cynical, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: jewel theft, heist, chase, burglar, gangsters, police investigation, partners, police corruption, crimes, criminal heroes, dishonesty, investigation ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: greece, europe, france, athens greece
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 7.1
 22K
Alphaville (1965)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 99 min.
Story: An American private-eye, arrives in Alphaville, a futuristic city on another planet which is ruled by an evil scientist named Von Braun, who has outlawed love and self-expression.
Style: futuristic, stylized, thought provoking, atmospheric, clever ...
Plot: distopia, surrealism, totalitarianism, neo noir, noir, punishment, anti conformity, terminator, self fulfillment, privacy invasion, behavior control, future dystopia ...
Time: future, 1950s, 50s
Place: paris france
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 7.5
 7K
The Butcher (1970)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 93 min.
Story: An unlikely friendship between a dour, working class butcher and a repressed schoolteacher coincides with a grisly series of Ripper-type murders in a provincial French town.
Style: suspenseful, atmospheric, gloomy, psychological, disturbing ...
Plot: murder, serial killer, butcher, small town, opposites attract, psychopath, obsession, mystery, crimes, investigation, law enforcement, couples ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: france, europe
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The Cry of the Owl (1987)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Robert is an architect and artist, in Vichy after separating from his Parisian wife. Robert finds it calms him to stand in the shadows of the home of Juliette and Patrick and watch her cook. She thinks he's a prowler and confronts him, then ...
Style: gloomy, psychological, serious, realistic, atmospheric ...
Plot: voyeurism, stalking, neo noir, murder, dead woman, injustice, vengeance, infidelity, love triangle, manipulation, dishonesty, espionage ...
Time: 80s
Place: europe, france, vichy
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 7.4
 13K
The Apartment (1996)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance
Country: France, Spain, Italy
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A stylish suspense thriller that confounds the audience while presenting them with an extraordinary and elusive mystery. Max is a former playboy who has decided to settle down by marrying his current love, Muriel. However, during a business trip, ...
Style: psychological, suspenseful, twists and turns, tense, suspense ...
Plot: obsession, love, intrigue, love triangle, romance, cafe, apartment, fall in love, dishonesty, flirt, flirting, mistaken identity ...
Time: 90s
Place: paris france, tokyo, new york, montmartre paris, france
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 6.7
 2K
Cop or Hood (1979)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 107 min.
Story: When the local police inspector was found dead in a prostitute's house, police division commissioner Stan Borowitz is sent to investigate the situation. Posing as the prostitute's long-lost brother "Antonio Cerruti," he discovers ...
Style: disturbing, suspense, suspenseful, tense, french noir
Plot: corruption, organized crime, investigation, murder investigation, undercover cop, employer employee relationship, violence, police, bad cop, chase, foot chase, police operation ...
Place: southern france, nice france, paris france, cote d'azur
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 7.0
 2K
Joy House (1964)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A small-time con man on the run from the gangster husband of his girlfriend hides out in a strange, brooding mansion run by two mysterious women. There he finds himself trapped in deception between the two women. Shot on location in the French ...
Style: realistic, atmospheric, stylized, suspenseful, tense ...
Plot: femme fatale, on the run, chases and races, crime, mysterious character, gangsters, witnessing a crime, crimes, protagonist as suspect, siblings relations, criminal's revenge, voyeurism ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: french riviera, south of france, monte carlo, cote d'azur, nice france
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Someone Behind the Door (1971)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: France, UK
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A brain doctor (Anthony Perkins) with an unfaithful wife (Jill Ireland) brings home an amnesiac (Charles Bronson) and gets him to commit murder.
Style: realistic, serious, psychological, suspenseful, tense ...
Plot: memory loss, rivalry, infidelity, murder, manipulation, cheating wife, amnesia, mind game, police detective, cons and scams, power relations, dishonesty ...
Time: 70s
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Diabolically Yours (1967)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France, Italy, West Germany
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Alain Delon stars as Pierre, an amnesiac recovering from a car accident. He can't remember any details about the accident or about his past life as a wealthy businessman based in the orient. He is currently being nursed back to health on his ...
Style: ambiguous ending, french noir, psychotronic
Plot: nightmare, hospital, broken leg, corpse, scar, massage, memory loss, nightclub, sewing machine, surgery, gay, pointing a gun at someone ...
Place: hong kong, france
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The Unvanquished (1964)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 115 min.
Story: In this drama that alludes to the Algerian War with France of the 1960s, Thomas is a deserter from the French Foreign Legion who is on the run from authorities. He helps damsel in distress Dominique, who has been taken hostage by a group of ...
Style: french noir
Plot: kidnapping, hostage, disobeying orders, car damage, siren, gunshot wound, french soldier, firearm, train ride, driving in the rain, straw, french foreign legion ...
Time: year 1959, 1960s, year 1961, 60s
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Shock Treatment (1973)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 91 min.
Story: 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.
Style: suspenseful, tense, scary, psychological, serious ...
Plot: nudity (full frontal - brief), under the surface, power relations, resort, graphic violence, child in peril, mystery, doctors and patients, healing power, danger, woman in danger, mad scientist ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: france, brittany, paris france
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Someone Is Bleeding (1974)
Genre: Thriller, Drama, Mystery
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 105 min.
Story: 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 ...
Style: realistic, sexual, sexy, disturbing, suspenseful ...
Plot: neo noir, police detective, femme fatale, murder, mentally unstable, crimes, power relations, addiction, psychopath, resort, injustice, mental illness ...
Time: 70s
Place: france, south of france, riviera, nice france
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Farewell, Friend (1968)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 115 min.
Story: After serving together in the French Foreign Legion, a mercenary and a doctor leave the service and go their separate ways. Later, they are reunited and become involved with a caper involving millions in a high-security safe. The two men become ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic, french noir
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, femme fatale, manipulation, storage unit, chase, friendship, soldier, rivalry, friendship between men, male friendship, crime gone awry, hostage ...
Time: 60s
Place: france, europe, congo, paris france, marseille
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Descent Into Hell (1986)
Genre: Thriller, Crime, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 88 min.
Story: The marriage of the famous writer Alan and his young wife Lola is in a crisis. On a vacation in Haiti Lola wants to decide if their relationship still has a future...
Style: sexual, sexy, realistic, psychological, serious ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, older man younger woman relationship, crimes, graphic violence, infidelity, couples, midlife crisis, couple relations, writer's life, crumbling marriage, love affair, unlikely criminals ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: haiti, caribbean
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