Best French Thriller Movies

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Best French Thriller Movies
Best French Thriller Movies
TOP Movies: The Descent (2005), Mulholland Drive (2001), Miss Sloane (2016), The Descent: Part 2 (2009), JFK (1991), Now You See Me (2013), 127 Hours (2010), Leon: The Professional (1994), Lost Highway (1997), The Hills Have Eyes (2006), Dunkirk (2017), You Were Never Really Here (2017), The Purge (2013), Cold in July (2014), Hot Fuzz (2007), The Bourne Ultimatum (2007), Maniac (2012), Taken (2008), Blue Ruin (2013), The Purge: Anarchy (2014).

List of Best Movies

 7.2
 209K
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, dark, suspenseful, atmospheric, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cave, survival horror, monster, woman in danger, trapped, expedition, friends, creature, friendship, danger, loss of daughter, vacation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: appalachia
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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, twists and turns, neo noir, mind bending, surreal ...
Plot: mystery, surrealism, lesbian, hallucination, obsession, lesbianism, strong sexual content, dreams, alternate reality, lesbian romance, hollywood, lesbian sex ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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 7.5
 69K
Miss Sloane (2016)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, USA, UK, Canada
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, tense, suspense, twists and turns ...
Plot: lobbyist, female protagonist, strong female character, career woman, determination, politics, world politics, courtroom, strong female lead, lawyer, fighting the system, empowerment ...
Time: 21st century
Place: washington d.c., oregon, florida, japan, missouri ...
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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: atmospheric, tense, suspenseful, scary, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cave, sole survivor, supernatural, deadly creature, missing person, expedition, survival, rescue, claustrophobia, survival horror, monster, danger ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, north carolina, new jersey
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 8.0
 148K
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: thought provoking, serious, captivating, controversial, disturbing ...
Plot: political conspiracy, kennedy assassination, cia, investigation, district attorney, president, assassination, gay slur, fighting the system, political corruption, evidence, government ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1963
Place: new orleans, dallas texas, washington d.c., vietnam, cuba ...
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 7.2
 617K
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, breathtaking, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, cons and scams, outsmarting, perfect crime, teamwork, mind game, scheme, mastermind, illusionist, fbi, magic trick, deception ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: las vegas, new orleans, new york, paris france, usa ...
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 7.5
 359K
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, uplifting, psychological, cerebral ...
Plot: survival, trapped, isolation, human spirit, courage, loneliness, desert, adventure, alone, climbing, desperation, extreme sport ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2003, 2000s
Place: utah, usa
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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: rough, suspenseful, neo noir, serious, touching ...
Plot: hitman, loneliness, mentor, sniper, life philosophy, friendship, dark hero, killings, loner, lone wolves, murder, protector ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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 7.6
 136K
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, atmospheric, mind bending, serious ...
Plot: insanity, jealousy, hallucination, mystery, graphic violence, murder, transformation, prison, character change, dual identity, sexuality, danger ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: los angeles
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The Hills Have Eyes (2006)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA, France
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Based on Wes Craven's 1977 suspenseful cult classic, The Hills Have Eyes is the story of a family road trip that goes terrifyingly awry when the travelers become stranded in a government atomic zone. Miles from nowhere, the Carter family soon ...
Style: slasher, brutal, scary, suspenseful, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: rape, cannibalism, desert, human monster, kidnapping, survival, fear, victim, wilderness, gore, danger, massacre ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2006
Place: new mexico, usa
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 7.8
 590K
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: dramatic, atmospheric, epic, suspense, realistic ...
Plot: world war two, rescue mission, british history, wartime, warship, war, survival, evacuation, british army, military, military officer, army ...
Time: 1940s, year 1940, 20th century
Place: europe, france, english channel, england, united kingdom ...
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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, exciting, rough, suspense, tense ...
Plot: child prostitution, childhood trauma, murder, u.s. senator, hotel, alarm, loner, suicidal thoughts, dark past, teenage girl, money, pedophilia ...
Place: new york
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 5.7
 211K
The Purge (2013)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, France
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Given the country's overcrowded prisons, the U.S. government begins to allow 12-hour periods of time in which all illegal activity is legal. During one of these free-for-alls, a family must protect themselves from a home invasion.
Style: suspenseful, tense, twist ending, scary, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: home invasion, family in danger, deadly, society, future dystopia, violence spree, self defense, danger, social decay, survival, chaos, life is a bitch ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2020s, near future
Place: usa
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 6.8
 35K
Cold in July (2014)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: USA, France
Duration: 109 min.
Story: How can a split-second decision change your life? While investigating noises in his house one balmy Texas night in 1989, Richard Dane puts a bullet in the brain of low-life burglar Freddy Russell. Although he’s hailed as a small-town hero, Dane ...
Style: neo noir, twists and turns, realistic, suspenseful, tense ...
Plot: private detective, murder, intruder, crimes, vigilantism, investigation, flashlight, deadly, unlikely partners, home invasion, death, self defense ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1989
Place: texas, usa
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 7.8
 480K
Hot Fuzz (2007)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, France
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Top London cop, PC Nicholas Angel is good. Too good. To stop the rest of his team from looking bad, he is reassigned to the quiet town of Sandford, paired with simple country cop, and everything seems quiet until two actors are found decapitated. ...
Style: parody, humorous, exciting, cult film, absurd ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: police, murder, arrest, new job, serial killer, partner, conspiracy, village, fish out of water, disorder, rivals, chase ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, europe, london
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The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
Genre: Action, Adventure, 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, twists and turns, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cia, espionage, secret agents, conspiracy, spy, fighting the system, manhunt, chases and races, corruption, danger, escapades, uncover truth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: langley virginia, paris france, europe, london, united kingdom ...
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 6.1
 36K
Maniac (2012)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: As he helps a young artist with her upcoming exhibition, the owner of a mannequin shop's deadly, suppressed desires come to the surface.
Style: sadistic, slasher, rough, scary, disturbing ...
Audience: teens
Plot: obsession, serial killer, insanity, brutality, mannequin, loneliness, violence spree, mental illness, homicidal maniac, disturbed childhood, extreme violence, murder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 80s, 2010s, 70s
Place: usa, los angeles
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 7.8
 578K
Taken (2008)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: France, USA, UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: While vacationing with a friend in Paris, an American girl is kidnapped by a gang of human traffickers intent on selling her into forced prostitution. Working against the clock, her ex-spy father must pull out all the stops to save her. But with his ...
Style: suspenseful, exciting, realistic, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: one man army, kidnapping, chase, dark hero, vigilantism, human trafficking, woman in danger, tough heroes, danger, child abduction, lone hero, chases and races ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: paris france, europe, france
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 7.1
 70K
Blue Ruin (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, France
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The quiet life of a beach bum is upended by dreadful news. He sets off for his childhood home to carry out an act of vengeance but proves an inept assassin and finds himself in a brutal fight to protect his estranged family.
Style: atmospheric, tense, suspenseful, bleak, rough ...
Plot: vengeance, death, crimes, vigilantism, haunted by the past, deadly, revenge, homeless, violence, vigilante, disorder, life turned upside down ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: virginia, usa, delaware
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The Purge: Anarchy (2014)
Genre: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, France
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Three groups of people are trying to survive Purge Night, when their stories intertwine and are left stranded in The Purge trying to survive the chaos and violence that occurs.
Style: tense, suspense, suspenseful, rough, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: survival horror, masked man, distopia, survival, future dystopia, graphic violence, group of strangers, death, murder, psychopath, rage, sniper ...
Time: 21st century, future, near future, 2020s
Place: usa, los angeles, california
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 6.5
 19K
Swallow (2019)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, 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, serious, realistic ...
Plot: self harm, control, housewife, obsession, psychotherapist, loneliness, husband wife relationship, dark secret, pregnancy, female protagonist, parents and children, bored housewife ...
Time: 2010s
Place: africa, new york state, pittsburgh
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 6.5
 81K
Under Siege (1992)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: This action-packed thriller takes place on the soon-to-be-decommissioned USS Missouri. Disgruntled ex-CIA operative Strannix, his assistant Krill and their group of terrorists seize the battleship with nuclear blackmail in mind. They've planned ...
Style: exciting, serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: one man army, mercenary, nuclear threat, u.s. navy, battleship, tough law enforcer, hijacking, race against time, warship, terrorism, save the day, danger ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s, 80s
Place: hawaii, pentagon, san francisco, new jersey
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 7.7
 369K
The Machinist (2004)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Spain, France, UK, USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: The Machinist is the story of Trevor Reznik, a lathe-operator who is dying of insomnia. In a machine shop, occupational hazards are bad enough under normal circumstances; yet for Trevor the risks are compounded by fatigue. Trevor has lost the ...
Style: psychological, mind bending, bleak, twist ending, neo noir ...
Plot: insomnia, insanity, mysterious character, uncover truth, obsession, paranoia, life is a bitch, losing-it hero, torment, hallucination, layoff, hit and run ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: united states, usa, los angeles
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Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Country: USA, China, France, Norway, UK
Duration: 147 min.
Story: When an IMF mission ends badly, the world is faced with dire consequences. As Ethan Hunt takes it upon himself to fulfil his original briefing, the CIA begin to question his loyalty and his motives. The IMF team find themselves in a race against ...
Style: suspense, surprise ending
Plot: female spy, terrorist, spy, hand to hand combat, plutonium, race against time, countdown, fistfight, terrorist group, rogue agent, cia agent, mi6 ...
Time: 2010s
Place: paris france, kashmir, london, rome italy, france ...
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 6.3
 164K
Hitman (2007)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: The best-selling videogame, Hitman, roars to life with both barrels blazing in this hardcore action-thriller starring Timothy Olyphant. A genetically engineered assassin with deadly aim, known only as "Agent 47" eliminates strategic ...
Style: serious, exciting, suspenseful, realistic, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: hitman, one man army, killer, sniper, danger, cia, assassination, fight scenes, fist fighting, interpol, secret identity, fistfight ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: russia, europe, ussr, soviet union, istanbul turkey ...
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Murder in the First (1995)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, France
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Inspired by a true story. A petty criminal sent to Alcatraz in the 1930s is caught attempting to make an escape. As punishment he is put in solitary confinement. The maximum stay is supposed to be 19 days, but Henri spends years alone, cold and in ...
Style: thought provoking, emotional, serious, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: prison, murder, lawyer, courtroom, warden, theft, solitary, prisoner, fighting the system, crimes, graphic violence, nudity (full frontal - brief) ...
Time: 1930s, 1940s, 20th century, 30s, year 1938 ...
Place: san francisco, usa, california
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 6.8
 292K
The Transporter (2002)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Former Special Forces officer, Frank Martin will deliver anything to anyone for the right price, and his no-questions-asked policy puts him in high demand. But when he realizes his latest cargo is alive, it sets in motion a dangerous chain of ...
Style: serious, exciting, stylized, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: lone hero, one man army, tough guy, chase, car chase, chases and races, tough heroes, ex military, one against many, smuggling, escapades, fight scenes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: france, europe, french riviera, provence, riviera ...
Is relevant ?
 7.0
 188K
Basic Instinct (1992)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, France
Duration: 127 min.
Story: A police detective is in charge of the investigation of a brutal murder, in which a beautiful and seductive woman could be involved.
Style: sexy, erotic, sexual, psychological, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: femme fatale, hot and sexy, sexual relations, murder, sex, seduction, dangerous attraction, strong sexual content, obsession, sex addict, manipulation, erotic thriller ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: san francisco, usa, california
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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada, France
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Katniss Everdeen reluctantly becomes the symbol of a mass rebellion against the autocratic Capitol.
Style: futuristic, bleak, exciting, serious, disturbing ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, girls' night
Plot: female protagonist, strong female character, distopia, future dystopia, rebellion, survival, society, against the odds, youth, fighting the system, rivalry, adventure ...
Time: future
Is relevant ?
 6.4
 62K
Blood Father (2016)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 88 min.
Story: An ex-con reunites with his estranged wayward 16-year old daughter to protect her from drug dealers who are trying to kill her.
Style: harsh, suspense, stylized, road movie, tense ...
Plot: protector, revenge, gunfight, father daughter relationship, ex convict, drug dealer, parent child relationship, redemption, rescue, teenage girl, gangsters, survival ...
Time: 2010s, 80s
Place: california, new mexico, santa monica california, usa, los angeles
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