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« : August 11, 2021, 12:31:00 PM »

Here's the rules. The films must be French. They must be in B&W. They must include a crime or crimes. They must be the ones you like best.

If you wish, you can list them in order of preference, as I have done.

1. Classe tous risques
2. Second Wind
3. Grisbi
4. Le Doulos
5. Razzia sur la chnouf
6. Le Corbeau
7. Quai des Orfevres
8. The 7th Juror
9. The Sleeping Car Murders
10. Melodie en sous-sol

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« #1 : August 16, 2021, 11:29:32 AM »

My second list-of-ten:

11. Le dos au mur
12. Bob le Flambeur
13. Gas-Oil
14. La poison
15. Maigret Sets a Trap
16. Monsieur la souris
17. La dame d'onze heures
18. Un temoin dans la ville
19. Les inconnus dans la maison
20. Maigret and the St. Fiacre Case



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« #2 : August 16, 2021, 03:58:37 PM »

Rififi is not in your top 20?


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« #3 : August 16, 2021, 05:53:27 PM »

No, I don't really like it.



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« #4 : August 19, 2021, 09:08:10 AM »

Next 10:

21. The Assassination of Father Christmas
22. Symphony pour un massacre
23. La bete humaine
24. Therese Raquin
25. Les felins
26. Le rouge est mis
27. Le desordre et la nuit
28. The Murderer Lives at 21
29. There's Always a Price Tag
30. Rififi (happy, Drink?)



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« #5 : August 19, 2021, 10:16:14 AM »

Not happy. I still don?t see Port of Shadows

Does that qualify as a crime film?

That?s one of my all time faves


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« #6 : August 20, 2021, 05:41:54 PM »

It qualifies, I think. It's just not in my Top 30. Who knows, maybe it will make the Top 40.



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« #7 : August 26, 2021, 07:30:51 AM »

Thank you very much, I just watched 3 episodes  ;D ;D ;D

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« #8 : August 27, 2021, 03:17:13 AM »

Here is a pretty good list of French Noir

List of French Noir

 UPDATED December 14, 2020 by Jean Cottraux (additions by Noirsville)

This is a subjective selection of the French noir films belonging to the pre classic period or the classic period with the addition of some transitional noir color movies.

Some suggestions from the ?All film noir list? aficionados have been taken in account.

Many forgotten good movies and directors have been added along three updates.

Jean Renoir

La chienne (1931)

Le crime de Monsieur Lange (1936)

La b?te humaine (1938)

The woman on the beach (1947)




Marcel l?Herbier

Le bonheur (1934)

Robert Siodmak

Mister Flow (1936) : a curiosity of Siodmak?s French period : not very good

Pi?ges (1939)

Sacha Guitry

Le roman d?un Tricheur (1936) : first use in the movie history of the voice over to tell a story

La poison (1951)

La vie d?un honn?te homme (1953)

Assassins et voleurs (1957)

Jean Boyer

Circonstances att?nuantes (1939)

Julien Duvivier

P?p? le Moko (1936)

Un carnet de Bal (1937)

La fin du jour (1939)

Lydia (1941) : American remake of ? Un carnet de bal ?

Tales of Manhattan (1942)

Flesh and fantasy (1943)

L?imposteur (1944)

Panique (1947): from Simenon ?Monsieur Hire?

Sous le ciel de Paris (1951)

Voici le temps des assassins (1956) : may be the best noir by Duvivier

L?homme ? l?imperm?able (1957)

Marie-Octobre (1959) : A Resistance movie but noirish in style





Marcel Carn?

Le quai de brumes (1938) : Port of shadows

H?tel du Nord (1938) : from Eugene Dabit

Le jour se l?ve (1939) : Daybreak

Les portes de la nuit (1946) (music Joseph Kosma : autumn leaves)

Th?r?se Raquin (1953) : from Emile Zola

Trois chambres ? Manhattan (1965) : from Simenon



Christian-Jaque

L?enfer des anges (1939)

L?assassinat du p?re No?l (1941) : Who killed Santa Claus ?

Voyage sans espoir (1943)

Un revenant (1946)

Souvenirs perdus (1950) : Lost souvenirs

Louis Daquin

Le voyageur de la Toussaint (1943): from Simenon

Albert Valentin

La vie de plaisir (1944)

Jean Dr?ville

Copie conforme (1947)

Carlo Rim

L?armoire volante (1948)

Henri Decoin

Entre onze heure et minuit (1948)

La v?rit? sur b?b? Donge (1951)

Razzia sur la chnouf (1955)

Pourquoi viens-tu si tard ? (1958)

Mal?fices (1962)

Henri Georges Clouzot

L?assassin habite au 21 (1942)

Le corbeau (1941) : the Raven

Quai des orf?vres (1947)

Le salaire de la peur (1952)

Les diaboliques (1955)

La v?rit? (1960)





Jean Devaivre
La dame d?onze heures (1948)

Guy Lefranc

Une histoire d?amour (1951)

Jean Delannoy

Obsession (1954)

Maigret tend un pi?ge (1958)

Maigret et l?affaire Saint Fiacre (1959)

Jacques Daniel Norman

120 Rue de La Gare (1946)

Yves All?gret

D?d?e d?Anvers (1948)

Une si jolie petite plage (1949)

Man?ges (1949)

Claude Autant-Lara

Fric Frac (1939)

L?auberge rouge (1951)

En cas de malheur (1958) : from Simenon





Jean Gr?millon

Lumi?re d??t? (1942)

Pattes blanches (1949)

Daniel G?lin

Les dents longues (1952)

Michel Gast

J?irai cracher sur vos tombes (1959) : from a novel by Vernon Sullivan AKA Boris Vian. The depiction of the USA fully lacks of realism, but the story is good

Jean Sacha

Cet homme est dangereux (1953) : Lemmy Caution





Bernard Borderie

La m?me vert de gris (1953): Lemmy Caution

Les femmes s?en balan?ent (1954) : Lemmy Caution

Comment qu?elle est (1960) : Lemmy Caution

Lemmy pour les dames (1962) : Lemmy Caution

A toi de faire mignonne (1963) : Lemmy Caution

Ces dames pr?f?rent le mambo (1957)

Le gorille vous salue bien (1958)

La valse du gorille (1959)





John Berry

?a va barder (1955)

Je suis un sentimental (1955)

A tout casser (1968)

Pierre Chevalier

Vous pigez ? (1956): Lemmy Caution

Jean Laviron

Votre d?vou? Blake (1954)

Michel Deville

Lucky Jo (1964)

Luis Saslavsky

La neige ?tait sale (1953)

Les louves (1957)

Etienne P?rier

Meurtre en 45 tours (1960)

Henri Verneuil

Les amants du Tage (1955)

Des gens sans importances (1956)

Le clan des Siciliens (1959)

M?lodie en sous-sol (1963)

Le corps de mon ennemi (1976)

Peur sur la ville (1975)

I comme Icare (1979)

Gilles Grangier

Gas-oil (1955)

Le rouge est mis (1957)

Meurtre ? Montmartre (1957)

Trois jours ? vivre (1958)

Le d?sordre et la nuit (1958)

125 rue Montmartre (1959)

Le cave se rebiffe (1961) : parody

Maigret voit rouge (1963)





Jos? Benazeraf

Le concerto de la peur, la drogue du vice (1963)

Jo? Caligula. Du suif chez les dabes (1969)







G?rard Pir?s

Fantasia chez les ploucs (1971) from Charles Williams

Victor Merenda

Sursis pour un vivant (1959)

Denys de la Patelli?re

Retour de manivelle (1957)

Andr? Cayatte

Nous sommes tous des assassins (1952)

Pi?ge pour Cendrillon (1965)

Ren? Cl?ment

Au-del? des grilles (1949) with Jean Gabin and the old port of Genova as background

Plein soleil (1960) from Patricia Highsmith

Le passager de la pluie (1969)

La course du li?vre ? travers les champs( 1972)

Georges Franju

La t?te contre les murs (1958)

Les yeux sans visage (1960)

Pleins feux sur l?assassin (1961)

Judex (1963)

Jacques Deray

Symphonie pour un massacre (1963)

Borsalino (1970)

Un homme est mort (1972)

Borsalino and Co (1974)

Un papillon sur l??paule (1978)

Flic story (1975)

On ne meurt que deux fois (1985)

Roger Pigaut

Comptes ? rebours (1971)

Andr? T?chin?

Barroco (1976)

Bertrand Tavernier

Coup de Torchon (1981) : from Jim Thompson : ? Pop 1280 ?

L.267 (1992)

Robert Enrico

Pile ou face (1980)

Jos? Giovanni

Un aller simple (1970)

Dernier domicile connu (1970)

La scoumoune (1972)

Jacques Rouffio

Sept Morts Sur Ordonnance (1975).

Jean Herman

Adieu l?ami (1968)

Jeff (1969)

Claude Miller

Garde ? vue (1981)

Mortelle randonn?e (1983)

Claude Berri

Tchao Pantin (1983)





Jean Becker

Un nomm? la Rocca (1961)

L??t? meurtrier (1983)

Robert Hossein

Toi le venin (1959)

Pierre Granier-Deferre

La m?tamorphose des cloportes (1965)

La horse (1970)

La race des seigneurs (1974)

Adieu Poulet (1975)

Une ?trange affaire (1981)

Yves Boisset

Un cond? (1970)

Le saut de l?ange (1971)

Le juge Fayard (1977)

Bleu comme l?enfer (1986)

Radio Corbeau (1989) : remake du ? Corbeau ? de Clouzot

Claude Chabrol

Les cousins (1959)

La femme infid?le (1968)

Que la b?te meure (1969)

Le boucher (1970)

Juste avant la nuit (1971)

Le noces rouges (1973)

Les fant?mes du chapelier (1981)

Poulet au vinaigre (1985)

L?ivresse du pouvoir (2006)

Bellamy (2008)

Fran?ois Truffaut

Tirez sur le pianiste (1960) : shoot the pianist. From David Goodis

La sir?ne du Mississipi (1969): from Cornell Woolrich

La mari?e ?tait en noir (1968) : ? the bride wore black ? from Cornell Woolrich

Vivement Dimanche (1983): from Charles Williams





Jean Luc Godard

A bout de souffle (1960) : Breathless

Alphaville (1965)





Louis Malle

Ascenseur pour l??chafaud (1957) : Elevator to the gallows (Miles Davis music)

Jacques Becker

Touchez pas au Grisbi (1954) : don?t touch the loot (Jean Wiener music : the touch)

Le trou (1960)

Jules Dassin

Du rififi chez les hommes (1955)





Raymond Bernard

Un homme viendra ce soir (1946)

Le septi?me ciel (1958)

Jean Pierre Melville

Bob le flambeur (1955)

Deux hommes dans Manhattan (1959)

Le doulos (1962)

L?ain? des Ferchaux (1963)

Le deuxi?me souffle (1966)

Le samoura? (1967)

Le cercle rouge (1970)

Un flic (1970)





Edouard Molinaro

Le dos au mur (1958)

Des femmes disparaissent (1959)

Un t?moin dans la ville (1959)





Claude Sautet

Classe tout risques (1960)

L?arme ? gauche (1965) from Charles Williams

Marcel Oph?ls

Peau de banane (1963)

Alain Corneau

Police Python 357 (1976)

S?rie noire (1979)  based on the novel A Hell of a Woman by Jim Thompson.

Le choix des armes (1981)

Le cousin (1997)

Le deuxi?me souffle (remake) (2007)

Crime d?amour (2010)





Jean Jacques Beinex

La lune dans le caniveau (1983) : ? the moon in the gutter ? from David Goodis

Robin Davis

J?ai ?pous? une ombre (1983) : from Cornell Woolrich

Georges Lautner

Le septi?me jur? (1962)

Les Tontons flingueurs (1963) : parody of ?don?t touch the loot?

Mort d?un pourri (1977)

Jean Pierre Mocky

La cit? de l?indicible peur (1964)

Solo (1969)

L?albatros (1971)

L?Ibis rouge (1975) from Frederic Brown : Knock: three one two

Noir comme le souvenir (1995)

Claire Devers

Max et J?r?mie (1992)

Guillaume Canet

Ne le dis ? personne (2006)

Olivier Marchal

36 quai des orf?vres (2004)

Les lyonnais (2011)

Carbone (2017)

Roman Polanski

Lunes de fiel (1992)

The ghost writer (2010)

Paul Verhoeven

Elle (2016)

Costa-Gavras

Compartiment tueurs aka The Sleeping Car Murder (1965)



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« #9 : August 27, 2021, 12:10:11 PM »

Thanks, CJ, although those lists include a lot of color films.



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« #10 : August 27, 2021, 01:38:13 PM »

Thanks, CJ, although those lists include a lot of color films.

I sure it does but there are quite a few that are not, I couldn't make a competent list until I've seen more French Noir than I have so far personally.


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