Best French Thriller Movies

This page is updated regularly. Subscribe, so you don't miss new recommendations. The list of "Best French Thriller Movies" contains films with the following parameters. Style: suspense, suspenseful, psychological, realistic, tense and intense. Plot: murder, dialogue, storytelling, death, brutality, twists and turns, violence, catastrophe, revenge and runaway. Genre: Thriller, Drama and Action. Country: France, USA and UK.
Best French Thriller Movies
Best French Thriller Movies
TOP Movies: Leon: The Professional (1994), The Crimson Rivers (2000), 36th Precinct (2004), A Separation (2011), Custody (2017), In the House (2012), The Patriots (1994), The Da Vinci Code (2006), Irreversible (2002), The Descent (2005), The Raid (2011), Unfaithful (2002), The Purge: Election Year (2016), Mulholland Drive (2001), JFK (1991), Miss Sloane (2016), 127 Hours (2010), The Descent: Part 2 (2009), Now You See Me (2013), Chloe (2009).

List of Best Movies

Leon: The Professional (1994)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Leon, the top hit man in New York, has earned a rep as an effective "cleaner". But when his next-door neighbors are wiped out by a loose-cannon DEA agent, he becomes the unwilling custodian of 12-year-old Mathilda. Before long, ...
Style: neo noir, rough, suspenseful, suspense, touching ...
Audience: teens
Plot: hitman, organized crime, mentor, murder, loneliness, revenge, sniper, crimes, loner, killings, friendship, life philosophy ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, paris france, france, manhattan new york city
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The Crimson Rivers (2000)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Two French policemen, one investigating a grisly murder at a remote mountain college, the other working on the desecration of a young girl's grave by skinheads, are brought together by the clues from their respective cases. Soon after they ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, suspense, psychological, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, investigation, murder, police investigation, police detective, genetics, demon, twists and turns, crimes, police officer, mystery, ritual ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: paris france, europe, france, alps
Is relevant ?
 7.1
 17K
36th Precinct (2004)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 111 min.
Story: The Film takes place in Paris, where two cops are competing for the vacant seat of chief of police while in the middle of a search for a gang of violent thieves. The movie is directed by Olivier Marchal, a former police officer who spent 12 years ...
Style: rough, tense, realistic, suspenseful, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, rivalry, vengeance, crimes, twists and turns, betrayal, police corruption, organized crime, investigation, violence, gangsters, police investigation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, paris france, europe, rio de janeiro
Is relevant ?
 8.3
 246K
A Separation (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran, France, Australia
Duration: 123 min.
Story: A married couple are faced with a difficult decision - to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimer's disease.
Style: heartbreaking, emotional, realistic, talky, tense ...
Plot: poverty, alzheimer's disease, divorce, muslim, marriage, justice, religion, parenthood, court, marital problem, family problems, morality ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: iran, tehran iran, tehran, middle east
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 7.5
 10K
Custody (2017)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 93 min.
Story: In the midst of a divorce, Miriam Besson decides to ask for exclusive custody to her son, in order to protect him from a father that she is accusing of violence. The judge-in-charge of the file grants a shared custody to the father whom it considers ...
Style: sentimental, touching, disturbing, captivating, cult film
Plot: custody battle, lie, divorce, child custody, lawyer, violent father, parent child relationship, divorced parents, husband wife relationship, child, police, father son relationship ...
Time: 2010s, year 2013
Place: france
Is relevant ?
 7.4
 33K
In the House (2012)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A sixteen-year-old boy insinuates himself into the house of a fellow student from his literature class and writes about it in essays for his French teacher. Faced with this gifted and unusual pupil, the teacher rediscovers his enthusiasm for his ...
Style: suspense, witty, enigmatic, tense, disturbing ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: writers, teacher, high school, school, literature, student, art, obsession, voyeurism, privacy invasion, stalking, high school life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, paris france
Is relevant ?
 7.3
 1K
The Patriots (1994)
Genre: Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 138 min.
Story: Ariel, un jeune Juif français, décide de quitter sa famille pour partir en Israël et devenir un agent du Mossad, les services secrets israéliens. En participant à des missions à Paris, Tel Aviv et Washington, il sera initié à l'art ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: spy, mossad, espionage, secret agents, moral dilemma, introspection, idealism, working undercover, society, dishonesty, state affairs, government agency ...
Time: 80s
Place: israel, paris france, europe, middle east, france
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The Da Vinci Code (2006)
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Malta, France, UK
Duration: 149 min.
Story: When the curator of the Louvre is found murdered in the famed museum's hallowed halls, Harvard professor, Robert Langdon and cryptographer, Sophie Neve must untangle a deadly web of deceit involving the works of Leonardo da Vinci.
Style: exciting, suspense, suspenseful, mind bending, clever ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: conspiracy, adventure, twists and turns, christianity, investigation, treasure hunt, holy grail, mystery, religion, ancient mystery, riddles and clues, secrets ...
Time: contemporary, 2000s, 21st century, 1st century
Place: vatican, london, paris france, europe, england ...
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 7.3
 136K
Irreversible (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Events over the course of one traumatic night in Paris unfold in reverse-chronological order as the beautiful Alex is brutally raped and beaten by a stranger in the underpass. Her boyfriend and ex-lover take matters into their own hands by hiring ...
Style: bleak, art house, disturbing, rough, harsh ...
Plot: rape, sexual abuse, violent, revenge, violence, brutality, rape and revenge, nudity (full frontal - brief), sexual perversion, vengeance, sex, sexualized violence ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: paris france, france, europe
Is relevant ?
 7.2
 227K
The Descent (2005)
Genre: Adventure, Horror, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 99 min.
Story: After a tragic accident, six friends reunite for a caving expedition. Their adventure soon goes horribly wrong when a collapse traps them deep underground and they find themselves pursued by bloodthirsty creatures. As their friendships deteriorate, ...
Style: scary, suspense, suspenseful, dark, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: monster, survival, cave, creature, survival horror, expedition, group of friends, trapped, adventure, woman in danger, mutant, claustrophobia ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: north carolina, appalachia
Is relevant ?
 7.6
 206K
The Raid (2011)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Indonesia, France, USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Deep in the heart of Jakarta's slums lies an impenetrable safe house for the world's most dangerous killers and gangsters. Until now, the run-down apartment block has been considered untouchable to even the bravest of police. Cloaked under ...
Style: suspenseful, brutal, exciting, suspense, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, fight, survival, swat team, trapped, death, deathtrap, warrior, gang, strong violent content, gangsters, kung fu ...
Time: future, 21st century, contemporary
Place: hong kong, indonesia
Is relevant ?
 6.7
 91K
Unfaithful (2002)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: France, Germany, USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Connie is a wife and mother whose 11-year marriage to Edward has lost its sexual spark. When Connie literally runs into handsome book collector Paul, he sweeps her into an all-consuming affair. But Edward soon becomes suspicious and decides to ...
Style: sexy, sexual, erotic, romantic, suspenseful ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: infidelity, adultery, cheating wife, hot and sexy, older woman younger man relationship, husband wife relationship, lust, dangerous attraction, extramarital affair, sexual obsession, crimes of passion, fatal attraction ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, grand central station manhattan new york city, turkey
Is relevant ?
The Purge: Election Year (2016)
Genre: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Two years after choosing not to kill the man who killed his son, former police sergeant Leo Barnes has become head of security for Senator Charlene Roan, the front runner in the next Presidential election due to her vow to eliminate the Purge. On ...
Style: brutal, suspense, intense, psychological, bloody ...
Audience: teens
Plot: distopia, murder, politics, election, survival, social decay, class differences, fighting the system, gunfight, death, revenge, brutality ...
Time: near future
Place: washington d.c., florida
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Mulholland Drive (2001)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 147 min.
Story: After a car wreck on the winding Mulholland Drive renders a woman amnesic, she and a perky Hollywood-hopeful search for clues and answers across Los Angeles in a twisting venture beyond dreams and reality.
Style: psychological, surreal, neo noir, mind bending, art house ...
Audience: date night
Plot: surrealism, twists and turns, lesbian, amnesia, hollywood, alternate reality, mystery, hallucination, nightmare, obsession, doppelganger, lesbian sex ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future, 2000s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
Is relevant ?
 8.0
 157K
JFK (1991)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA, France
Duration: 189 min.
Story: New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison discovers there's more to the Kennedy assassination than the official story.
Style: political, suspense, thought provoking, enigmatic, disturbing ...
Plot: political conspiracy, investigation, president, kennedy assassination, legal, gay slur, assassination, politics, cia, corruption, assassination of president, lawyer ...
Time: 60s, year 1963, 20th century
Place: new orleans, washington d.c., austin texas, dallas texas, cuba ...
Is relevant ?
 7.5
 76K
Miss Sloane (2016)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, France, Canada, USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: An ambitious lobbyist faces off against the powerful gun lobby in an attempt to pass gun control legislation.
Style: political, clever, suspense, tense, intellectual ...
Plot: lobbyist, career woman, world politics, female protagonist, determination, lawyer, politics, strong female character, business, fighting the system, twists and turns, courtroom ...
Time: 21st century
Place: washington d.c., milwaukee wisconsin, new jersey, new hampshire, indonesia ...
Is relevant ?
 7.6
 378K
127 Hours (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, UK, France
Duration: 94 min.
Story: The true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston's remarkable adventure to save himself after a fallen boulder crashes on his arm and traps him in an isolated canyon in Utah.
Style: inspirational, suspense, psychological, breathtaking, intense ...
Plot: survival, isolation, trapped, alone, courage, human spirit, climbing, canyon, loneliness, adventure, mountain, life philosophy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, year 2003
Place: utah, usa
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The Descent: Part 2 (2009)
Genre: Adventure, Horror, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Distraught, confused, and half-wild with fear, Sarah Carter emerges alone from the Appalachian cave system where she encountered unspeakable terrors. Unable to plausibly explain to the authorities what happened - or why she's covered in her ...
Style: tense, atmospheric, suspense, suspenseful, scary ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cave, sole survivor, deadly creature, survival, supernatural, monster, survival horror, claustrophobia, expedition, creature, missing person, rescue ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: north carolina, usa, new jersey
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 7.2
 660K
Now You See Me (2013)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, France
Duration: 115 min.
Story: An FBI agent and an Interpol detective track a team of illusionists who pull off bank heists during their performances and reward their audiences with the money.
Style: surprise ending, clever, entertaining, intellectual, suspense ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, girls' night, boys' night
Plot: heist, twists and turns, con artists, teamwork, perfect crime, scheme, outsmarting, bank robbery, fbi, cons and scams, mind game, card trick ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: new orleans, las vegas, paris france, new york, usa ...
Is relevant ?
 6.3
 74K
Chloe (2009)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA, Canada, France
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A doctor hires an escort to seduce her husband, whom she suspects of cheating, though unforeseen events put the family in danger.
Style: psychological, sexy, sexual, suspense, suspenseful ...
Plot: lesbian, infidelity, obsession, couples, older woman younger woman relationship, seduction, lesbian sex, adultery, couple relations, lesbian romance, first lesbian experience, lesbian love ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: toronto ontario canada
Is relevant ?
 7.6
 144K
Lost Highway (1997)
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: A tormented jazz musician finds himself lost in an enigmatic story involving murder, surveillance, gangsters, doppelgangers, and an impossible transformation inside a prison cell.
Style: surreal, neo noir, mind bending, confusing, atmospheric ...
Plot: insanity, surrealism, mystery, time loop, doppelganger, murder, hallucination, transformation, graphic violence, erotica, obsession, prison ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: los angeles, plymouth
Is relevant ?
 5.3
 75K
Robin Hood (2018)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A war-hardened Crusader and his Moorish commander mount an audacious revolt against the corrupt English crown.
Style: captivating, exciting, stylized, fairy tale, scenic ...
Plot: robin hood, medieval, archer, bow and arrow, heroes, archery, thief, sheriff, chase, conspiracy, friendship, robbery ...
Time: middle ages
Place: england, arabia
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The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
Genre: Action, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany, France, Spain
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Bourne is brought out of hiding once again by reporter Simon Ross who is trying to unveil Operation Blackbriar, an upgrade to Project Treadstone, in a series of newspaper columns. Information from the reporter stirs a new set of memories, and Bourne ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, intense, rough, surprise ending ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: conspiracy, cia, espionage, spy, secret agents, escapades, corruption, secret service, fighting the system, memory, manhunt, dark past ...
Time: 21st century, 2000s, contemporary
Place: langley virginia, london, paris france, moscow russia, europe ...
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 6.5
 24K
Swallow (2019)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, France
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Hunter, a newly pregnant housewife, finds herself increasingly compelled to consume dangerous objects. As her husband and his family tighten their control over her life, she must confront the dark secret behind her new obsession.
Style: art house, psychological, suspenseful, suspense, realistic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: obsession, control, mental disorder, child born of rape, bored housewife, husband wife relationship, self harm, pregnancy, party, biological father, pregnant woman, abortion ...
Time: 2010s
Place: pittsburgh, new york state, africa
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You Were Never Really Here (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK, France, USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A traumatised veteran, unafraid of violence, tracks down missing girls for a living. When a job spins out of control, Joe's nightmares overtake him as a conspiracy is uncovered leading to what may be his death trip or his awakening.
Style: psychological, suspense, exciting, rough, tense ...
Plot: child prostitution, murder, hotel, childhood trauma, suicidal thoughts, teenage girl, suicide, violence, u.s. senator, pedophilia, rescue mission, revenge ...
Place: new york
Is relevant ?
 7.8
 656K
Dunkirk (2017)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: UK, Netherlands, France, USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: The story of the miraculous evacuation of Allied soldiers from Belgium, Britain, Canada and France, who were cut off and surrounded by the German army from the beaches and harbour of Dunkirk between May 26th and June 4th 1940 during World War II.
Style: epic, atmospheric, suspense, dramatic, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: world war two, survival, military, evacuation, war, military officer, soldier, air attack, rescue mission, army, shell shock, british history ...
Time: 1940s, year 1940, middle ages, 20th century
Place: france, england, english channel, dunkirk, united kingdom ...
Is relevant ?
 6.5
 15K
Subway (1985)
Genre: Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Fred, a raffish safe blower, takes refuge in the Paris Metro after being chased by the henchmen of a shady businessman from whom he has just stolen some documents. While hiding out in the back rooms and conduits of the Metro, Fred encounters a ...
Style: neo noir, surreal, stylized, sexy, intense ...
Plot: subway, train, chase, romance, fighting the system, blackmail, love, loneliness, maze, love story, mentor, transformation ...
Time: 80s
Place: paris france, france, europe
Is relevant ?
 7.6
 1K
The Beasts (2022)
Genre: Thriller
Country: Spain, France
Duration: 137 min.
Story: Antoine and Olga, a French couple, have been living in a small village in Galicia for a long time. They practice eco-responsible agriculture and restore abandoned houses to facilitate repopulation. Everything should be idyllic but for their ...
Plot: farmer, mother daughter relationship, misery, mountain, horse, ruins, village, marketplace, xenophobia, isolated place, poverty, police ...
Is relevant ?
 6.8
 12K
Athena (2022)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Hours after the tragic death of their youngest brother in unexplained circumstances, three siblings have their lives thrown into chaos.
Style: tragic ending, suspense, surprise ending, neo noir, psychological thriller ...
Plot: press conference, teenage boy, death, righteous rage, angry mob, escalation, destruction, impersonating a police officer, loss of brother, anarchy, gang leader, elevator ...
Time: 2020s
Place: paris france, france
Is relevant ?
Les Misérables (2019)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 104 min.
Story: With a gun at his belt and a truncheon in his hand, Pento has just joined the Seine-Saint-Denis anti-crime brigade, an inner suburb of Paris. On the same team as Chris and Gwada, two men with occasionally “peculiar” methods, he soon discovers ...
Style: captivating, disturbing, psychological, realistic, suspense ...
Plot: police, police officer, father son relationship, chase, money, police investigation, organized crime, thief, crimes, dishonesty, society, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary
Place: paris france, france
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