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, neo noir, serious, realistic, suspenseful and atmospheric films and TV shows about / with murder, crimes, dishonesty, police, deadly, police officer, investigation, death, female nudity and obsession plots mostly in Drama, Thriller and Crime genres shot in France, Italy, Canada and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as french noir: The Bride Wore Black (1968), A Cop (1972), Le Samouraï (1967), The Finger Man (1962), The Champagne Murders (1967), Shock Treatment (1973), And Hope to Die (1972), Second Breath (1966), This Man Must Die (1969), Mississippi Mermaid (1969).

List of french noir movies

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: neo noir, stylized, sexy, art house, thought provoking ...
Plot: revenge, serial killer, murder, femme fatale, wedding, adultery, childhood, brutality, guilt, art, assassination, betrayal ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: france, paris france, europe
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 7.0
 10K
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: neo noir, visually appealing, suspense, realistic, serious ...
Plot: french police, heist, bank, gang, helicopter, train robbery, gangsters, robbery, double life, bank robbery, driver, police inspector ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: paris france, france, europe
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 8.0
 52K
Le Samouraï (1967)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Hitman Jef Costello is a perfectionist who always carefully plans his murders and who never gets caught.
Style: neo noir, atmospheric, tense, suspenseful, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, hitman, loner, surveillance, assassination, police investigation, betrayal, chase, solitude, crimes, loneliness, character study ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: paris france, france, europe
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 7.7
 11K
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: suspenseful, bleak, serious, realistic, stylized ...
Plot: heist, gangsters, betrayal, frame up, cons and scams, vengeance, crimes, friendship, criminal's revenge, crime gone awry, criminal heroes, tough heroes ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: europe, france, 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: neo noir, ambiguous ending, french noir
Plot: serial killer, friendship, bossy woman, cabriolet, manipulation, french, homosexual subtext, memory lapse, mogul, cynical woman, woman fights a man, strangler ...
Time: 60s
Place: france, paris france, hamburg germany
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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: suspense, disturbing, gothic, dark, serious ...
Plot: male nudity, skinny dipping, naked in public, male objectification, nudity (full frontal - brief), female nudity, beach, hospital, shock treatment, therapy, rejuvenation, resort ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: paris france, brittany, 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: neo noir, french noir
Plot: heist, criminal, death, police officer, gambling, heist gone wrong, childhood memory, doll, marbles, fire truck, nickname, wristwatch
Place: montreal
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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: exciting, serious, realistic, suspenseful, stylized ...
Plot: gangsters, heist, robbery, post war, prison, master criminal, betrayal, one last job, police officer killed, showgirl, career criminal, lovers on the run ...
Time: 60s
Place: paris france, france, europe, marseille, south of france
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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: neo noir, tense, realistic, serious, psychological ...
Plot: driver, dealing with death, seaside, time travel, serial killer, beach, letter, family relations, hit and run, diary, revenge, actress ...
Time: 60s
Place: france, europe, brittany, atlantic ocean
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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: neo noir, suspense, realistic, serious, atmospheric ...
Plot: femme fatale, mail order bride, murder, plantation, marriage, female villain, time travel, love story, bdsm, island, private detective, on the run ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: mississippi, france, nice france, europe, lyon ...
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 7.5
 34K
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: surreal, road movie, atmospheric, art house, meditative ...
Plot: lovers on the run, smuggling, on the run, on the road, infidelity, surrealism, road trip, couples, couple relations, vietnam war, crimes, betrayal ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: france, paris france, mediterranean sea, europe, 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, suspenseful, rough, exciting, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, fish out of water, law enforcement, crimes, disorder, tough heroes, culture clash, criminal heroes, dishonesty, organized crime, hitman, spy ...
Time: 70s
Place: los angeles, paris france, europe, usa, france ...
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The Moon in the Gutter (1983)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 137 min.
Story: A dockworker seeking revenge on the killer of his sister finds himself the object of desire for two women.
Style: neo noir, surreal, serious, realistic, mind bending ...
Plot: revenge, surrealism, incest, rape, murder, love and romance, crimes, investigation, mystery, life is a bitch, alcohol abuse, vengeance ...
Time: 80s
Place: marseille, france
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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, sexy, enigmatic, harsh, cynical ...
Plot: serial killer, female nudity, lust, murder, adultery, colonialism, voyeur, infidelity, pimp, prostitute, extramarital affair, peeping tom ...
Time: pre world war two, 1930s, year 1938, 20th century
Place: africa, california, senegal, west africa
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 6.5
 800
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: serious, realistic, psychological, political, eurospy ...
Plot: politics, terrorism, assassination, hitman, mentally unstable, state affairs, society, battles, fascism, anti war, chaos and mayhem, couple relations ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: france, argentina, paris france, normandy
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 6.5
 3K
The Burglars (1971)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
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, realistic, serious, cynical, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: chase, crimes, police investigation, partners, police corruption, criminal heroes, dishonesty, car chase, investigation, criminal, robbery, jewel theft ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: greece, athens greece, europe, france
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 7.0
 26K
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: neo noir, surreal, philosophical, experimental, thought provoking ...
Plot: surrealism, distopia, cyberpunk, satire, spy, post apocalypse, nudity (full frontal - brief), art, catastrophe, brainwashing, technology, runaway ...
Time: future, 50s
Place: paris france, france
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 7.3
 9K
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, neo noir, cynical, gloomy, disturbing ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, women, small town, investigation, mystery, crimes, obsession, psychology, art, french, existentialism ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: france, europe
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Le monte-charge (1962)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 90 min.
Story: On a Christmas night, an ex-convict ,Robert Herbin, meets a beautiful Italian married woman Marthe Drévet ,who has got a lot of things to hide . She lives in an old house ,the first floor of which is a big workshop where a service elevator leads to ...
Style: neo noir, french noir
Plot: murder, deception, femme fatale, police, elevator, little girl, christmas, corpse, scheme, being followed, locked in, firefighter ...
Place: paris france
Is relevant ?
 8.7
 12K
The Bureau (2015)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 52 min.
TV show
Story: Within the DGSE (General Directorate for External Security), a department called the Office Of Legends (BDL) forms and remote pilot the most important agents of the French intelligence services: Clandestine. Immersion in hostile country, their ...
Style: tense, serious, realistic, suspenseful, political thriller ...
Plot: spy, espionage, undercover agent, terrorism, secret service, investigation, characters in danger, twists and turns, national security, mission, secret identity, obsession ...
Time: future, 2010s
Place: syria, paris france, israel, france, russia ...
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 7.9
 4K
Braquo (2009)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 52 min.
TV show
Story: A group of police officers in Paris use violence and intimidation to solve crimes.
Style: rough, suspenseful, bleak, tense, captivating ...
Plot: police corruption, dishonesty, against the rules, crimes, right and wrong, law enforcement, police brutality, partners, police, unconventional method, temperamental, crime investigation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, europe, paris france
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Deadly Circuit (1983)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Beauvoir, lonely, aging private detective, is put on the bloody track of beautiful Catherine Leiris who kills and robs her rich husband(s) on their wedding night. Although he never approaches her directly, he follows her and increasingly feels to be ...
Style: neo noir, slasher, serious, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: obsession, femme fatale, private detective, female nudity, private investigator, murder, investigation, on the run, on the road, woman in danger, haunted by the past, mystery ...
Time: 80s
Place: europe, cote d'azur, germany, belgium, italy ...
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Monsieur Hire (1989)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 81 min.
Story: A French man spies on a lovely younger woman across the way. When he's spotted by the woman shortly after being questioned by the police about a local murder, the man simple life becomes more complicated.
Style: sexy, neo noir, suspenseful, psychological, thought provoking ...
Plot: voyeurism, loneliness, femme fatale, false accusation, peeping tom, serial killer, investigation, murder, brothel, voyeur, older man younger woman relationship, mystery ...
Time: 80s
Place: france
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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: neo noir, serious, realistic, gloomy, suspenseful ...
Plot: voyeurism, injustice, dead woman, murder, dishonesty, unfulfillment, crumbling marriage, love and romance, mentally unstable, couples, infidelity, vengeance ...
Time: 80s
Place: europe, france, vichy
Is relevant ?
 7.4
 15K
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: sexy, psychological, tense, suspense, enigmatic ...
Plot: obsession, love, romance, mistaken identity, manipulation, cafe, infidelity, fall in love, twists and turns, intrigue, love triangle, female nudity ...
Time: 90s
Place: paris france, tokyo, france, new york, montmartre paris
Is relevant ?
 6.5
 3K
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: suspense, disturbing, tense, suspenseful, neo noir ...
Plot: corruption, organized crime, police, assassination, police operation, employer employee relationship, chase, attempted murder, violence, murder investigation, police brutality, bad cop ...
Place: south of france, france, cote d'azur, nice france, paris france
Is relevant ?
 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: serious, realistic, tense, psychological, stylized ...
Plot: post war, car, trippy, on the run, femme fatale, curses spells and rituals, voyeurism, cons and scams, friendship, siblings relations, dangerous attraction, dishonesty ...
Time: 60s
Place: french riviera, south of france, monte carlo, cote d'azur, nice france
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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: neo noir, psychotronic, ambiguous ending, french noir
Plot: amnesia, mental disorder, rehabilitation, police investigation, attic, memory loss, massage, nightmare, corpse, identity, castle, broken leg ...
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: neo noir, french noir
Plot: kidnapping, military, hostage, captivity, death of protagonist, family farm, wounded man, algerian war, runaway, defense attorney, french colonialism, heat wave ...
Time: 60s, year 1959, year 1961
Place: algeria
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Someone Is Bleeding (1974)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
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: sexy, neo noir, mind bending, erotic, realistic ...
Plot: police detective, mental illness, murder, femme fatale, mentally unstable, psychopath, injustice, power relations, couples, addiction, drug abuse, false accusation ...
Time: 70s
Place: france, riviera, south of france, nice france
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