French crime movies

List of the best French crime movies selected by visitors to our site: The Connection, Bastille Day, Midnattssol, See You Up There, Dheepan, Divines, Above the Law, Deadfall, Perfect Nanny, The Family.

In the top there are new films of 2022, a plot description and trailers for films that have already been released.

Markimdb: 7.1
Genrethriller, drama, crime
CountryFrance, Belgium
Duration02:15
CharactersMafia, Judge
PlotOn real events, Cars, Motorcycles, Investigation, Death
PlacePrison, France
StyleExciting, Heavy, Serious, Disturbing

Newly transferred to the bustling port city of Marseille to assist with a crackdown on organized crime, energetic young magistrate Pierre Michel is given a rapid-fire tutorial on the ins and outs of an out-of-control drug trade. Pierre's wildly ambitious mission is to take on the French Connection, a highly organized operation that controls the city's underground heroin economy and is overseen by the notorious —and reputedly untouchable— Gaetan Zampa. Fearless, determined and willing to go the distance, Pierre plunges into an underworld world of insane danger and ruthless criminals.

Markimdb: 6.3
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime
CountryUnited Kingdom, France, USA, Belgium, Luxembourg, China, Germany
Duration02:25
CharactersCIA, Spy, Terrorists, Thieves, Police
PlotMartial Arts, Skirmishes, Money, Investigation, Death
PlaceEngland, France
StyleUnexpected ending, Exciting, Action, Tense

Michael Mason is an American pickpocket living in Paris who finds himself hunted by the CIA when he steals a bag that contains more than just a wallet. Sean Briar, the field agent on the case, soon realises that Michael is just a pawn in a much bigger game and is also his best asset to uncover a large-scale conspiracy.

Markimdb: 7.5
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountrySweden, France
Duration04:41
CharactersSerial killers, Police, Shamans
PlotDancing, Investigation, Mystery, Conspiracies
PlaceFrance, Sweden, Small cities
StyleAction, Twisted plot, Fascinating, Tense, Disturbing

Kahina Zadi, 32, a French police officer travels to Kiruna in Sweden to investigate the bestial murder of a French citizen. Together with Anders, a Swedish prosecutor of Sami origin, she begins an investigation. Soon new killings start to happen and the first victim turns out to be the tip of a very dark iceberg. The victims seemingly have nothing in common more than that they are all being killed in a well-planned and vicious manner. In their hunt for the truth, both Kahina and Anders are forced to deal with their own past that they have repressed. A personal journey through a painful past becomes the key to succeed in preventing the violent killings that affects the small mining community of Kiruna.

Markimdb: 7.5
Genrecomedy, drama, crime, military
CountryFrance, Canada
Duration01:46
CharactersDogs, Gay, Artists, Military, Friends
PlotLove, War, Dancing, Money, Death
PlaceParis, France, Cemetery
TimeWorld War I
StyleAction, Fascinating, Makes me think

In November 1918, a few days before the Armistice, when Lieutenant Pradelle orders a senseless attack, he causes a useless disaster; but his outrageous act also binds the lives of two soldiers who have nothing more in common than the battlefield: Édouard saves Albert, although at a high cost. They become companions in misfortune who will attempt to survive in a changing world. Pradelle, in his own way, does the same.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genredrama, crime
CountryFrance
Duration01:48
CharactersFamily, Elephants, Warriors, Orphans
PlotLove, Survival, The escape, Happiness
PlaceSchool, Trains, France
StyleDepressive

Three people who have lost everything, a soldier tired of fighting, a young woman and a little girl, pose as a family to escape the civil war in Sri Lanka. They emigrate to France and settle in a chaotic neighborhood on the outskirts of Paris, where apparently the law no longer exists; but they, who barely know each other, struggle to survive there, even when the ghosts of war begin to haunt them again.

Markimdb: 7.4
Genredrama, crime
CountryFrance, Qatar
Duration01:52
CharactersFirefighters, Criminals, Poor
PlotDancing, Money, Friendship, Weapon, Success
PlaceGhetto, Paris, France, Night Clubs
TimeNight
StyleAction, Fascinating, Makes me think, Disturbing

In a ghetto where religion and drug trafficking rub shoulders, Dounia has a lust for power and success. Supported by Maimouna, her best friend, she decides to follow in the footsteps of Rebecca, a respected dealer. But her encounter with Djigui, a young, disturbingly sensual dancer, throws her off course.

Markimdb: 6.1
Genredrama, crime
CountryBelgium, France
Duration01:42
CharactersScammers, Judge
PlotRobbery, Bank robbery, Prison Break, Skirmishes, Hostage
PlaceFrance

Frank Valken, high-flying robber, has just made a final masterful break. At least that’s what he believes… Ideal suspects, Valken and his gang find themselves involved in a criminal case of thirty years. It seems that the crazy killers are back.

Markimdb: 6.3
Genrethriller, drama, crime
CountryFrance, USA
Duration01:35
CharactersFamily, Scammers
PlaceFrance, USA

A thriller that follows two siblings who decide to fend for themselves in the wake of a botched casino heist, and their unlikely reunion during another family's Thanksgiving celebration.

Markimdb: 5.9
Genredrama, crime
CountryFrance
PlotDancing, Obsession, Birthday
PlaceSea, Trains, Party, France
StyleTense, Depressive, Serious, Disturbing

When Myriam, the mother of two young children, decides, despite the reluctance of her husband to resume his activity in a law firm, the couple is looking for a nanny. After a severe casting, they engage Louise, who quickly conquers the affection of children and gradually occupies a central place in the home. Gradually the trap of mutual dependence will close, until the tragedy.

Markimdb: 6.3
Genreaction, comedy, crime
CountryFrance, United Kingdom, USA
Duration01:51
CharactersTeens, Mafia, Gangsters, Family, Writers
PlotLove
PlaceVillage, School, France, Small cities
StyleExciting, By books, Black humor, For men

The Manzoni family, a notorious mafia clan, is relocated to Normandy, France under the witness protection program, where fitting in soon becomes challenging as their old habits die hard.

Markimdb: 7.3
Genrethriller, drama, crime, biography
CountryFrance, Germany, USA, United Kingdom
Duration02:23
CharactersHackers, CIA, Spy
PlotOn real events, The escape, Betrayal, Computers, Internet
PlaceUSA
StyleAction, Smart, Makes me think, Serious, Disturbing

CIA employee Edward Snowden leaks thousands of classified documents to the press.

Markimdb: 7
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryFrance, Germany
CharactersDogs, Scammers
PlotMoney, Snow, Missing people
PlaceAfrica, France, Hotels
StyleTense, Sad ones

A woman has disappeared. The day after a snowstorm, her car is found on a road leading to a plateau with with nothing but a few scattered farms. The gendarmes have nothing to go on, while five individuals well know they have something to do with the woman's disappearance. They all keep their secrets to themselves, but no one suspects that the whole story began far from these windswept wintry peaks: on another continent, in the burning sun, where poverty doesn't stop desire from taking the law into its own hands.

Markimdb: 6.2
Genreaction, thriller, drama, adventure, crime
CountryUnited Kingdom, France, Spain
Duration01:30
CharactersThieves
PlotChase
PlaceParis, France

Yamakasi - Les samouraïs des temps modernes is a 2001 French movie written by Luc Besson. It demonstrates the skills of the Yamakasi, a group of traceurs who battle against injustice in the Paris ghetto. They use parkour to steal from the rich in order to pay off medical bills for a kid injured copying their techniques.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genreaction, thriller, comedy, adventure, crime, detective
CountryUSA, France
Duration01:55
CharactersThieves, Magician, Scammers, FBI, Millionaires
PlotLove, Robbery, Magic, Puzzles, Bank robbery
PlacePrison, USA, New York
StyleUnexpected ending, Smart, Intellectual

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.

Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUnited Kingdom, France, Germany
PlotInvestigation, Missing people

When a man's only son goes missing, he travels to the town where his ex-wife lives in search of answers. To play a man whose life is clouded by mystery, McAvoy will not be given a script of dialogue.

Markimdb: 7.9
Genredrama, crime
CountryFrance, Italy
Duration02:29
CharactersMafia, Gangsters, Gangsters, Lawyers
PlotMoney
PlacePrison, France
StyleAction, Heavy, Depressive, For men

Sentenced to six years in prison, Malik El Djebena (Tahar Rahim) is alone in the world and can neither read nor write. On his arrival at the prison, he seems younger and more brittle than the others detained there. At once he falls under the sway of a group of Corsicans who enforce their rule in the prison. As the 'missions' go by, he toughens himself and wins the confidence of the Corsican group.

Markimdb: 4.7
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime
CountryFrance
CharactersLesbians, Strong women, Criminals, Soldier, Veterans
PlotSkirmishes, Revenge, Justice
PlaceFrance
StyleAction, Fascinating, Tense, Womens in main roles

Transferred home after a traumatizing combat mission, a highly trained French soldier uses her lethal skills to hunt down the man who hurt her sister.

Markimdb: 6.5
Genrethriller, drama, crime
CountryFrance, Spain, Belgium, Panama
Duration01:59
CharactersDogs, Gangsters, Surfers
StyleRomantic, Action, Fascinating, Touching, Serious

For Pablo Escobar family is everything. When young surfer Nick falls for Escobar's niece, Maria, he finds his life on the line when he's pulled into the dangerous world of the family business.

Markimdb: 5.2
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA, France
Duration01:41
CharactersSerial killers, Partners
PlotRevenge, Passion, Investigation, Pursuit, Chase
StyleExciting, Twisted plot, Heavy, Tense, Serious

After Washington DC detective Alex Cross is told that a family member has been murdered, he vows to track down the killer. He soon discovers that she was not his first victim and that things are not what they seem.

Markimdb: 6.1
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime
CountryFrance
CharactersSnipers, Mafia, Gangsters, Scammers
PlacePrison
StyleExciting, Action, Twisted plot, Tense, Serious

Caught in the crosshairs of police corruption and Marseille’s warring gangs, a loyal cop must protect his squad by taking matters into his own hands.

Markimdb: 6.2
Genreaction, crime
CountryFrance
CharactersTough guys, Scammers
PlotRobbery, Cars, Chase
PlaceFrance

A small time delinquent, turned police mechanic for a go fast task force, is forced to defend his innocence when his mentor is killed by dirty cops.

Markimdb: 7.8
Genreaction, thriller, crime
CountryFrance, USA, Turkey, United Kingdom
Duration01:33
CharactersFamily
PlotAbduction, Chase, Human trafficking
PlaceParis, USA
StyleDisturbing

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 best years possibly behind him, the job may be more than he can handle.

Markimdb: 5.7
Genreaction, thriller, adventure, crime
CountryUSA, France, Bulgaria, Germany
Duration02:16
CharactersHired assassins, Police
PlotLove, Martial Arts, Skirmishes, Abduction, Revenge
PlacePrison, Hotels
StyleUnexpected ending, Exciting, Action, Twisted plot, Heavy

Arthur Bishop thought he had put his murderous past behind him when his most formidable foe kidnaps the love of his life. Now he is forced to travel the globe to complete three impossible assassinations, and do what he does best, make them look like accidents.

Markimdb: 6
Genrecrime
CountryFrance, Belgium
Duration02:05
CharactersFriends
PlotRobbery
PlaceFrance
StyleAction

From petty theft on the benches of Belleville to the over-publicised hold-ups of the large Parisian banks, this is the spectacular rise of Simon and his gang. They are capable of emptying a series of safes under the very nose of the police who are bewildered by the calm audacity shown by the group.

Markimdb: 5.8
Genreaction, comedy, crime, detective
CountryFrance
Duration01:36
CharactersPartners
PlaceFrance
StyleExciting, Tense

Two mismatched cops team up to investigate the murder of a business mogul's wife.

Markimdb: 5.8
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA, Spain, United Kingdom, France
Duration02:24
CharactersGangsters, Spy, Hired assassins, Killers, Doctors
PlotLove, Martial Arts, Skirmishes, Revenge, Death
PlaceVillage, Africa
StyleExciting, By books, Heavy, Tense, Serious

Eight years after fleeing the Congo following his assassination of that country's minister of mining, former assassin Jim Terrier is back, suffering from PTSD and digging wells to atone for his violent past. After an attempt is made on his life, Terrier flies to London to find out who wants him dead -- and why. Terrier's search leads him to a reunion with Annie, a woman he once loved, who is now married to an oily businessman with dealings in Africa.

Markimdb: 5.4
Genremelodrama, drama, crime, biography
CountryFrance
CharactersCriminals
PlotPower
PlaceFrance
StyleWomens in main roles

Paris, the late 1960s. Madame Claude is at the head of a flourishing business dedicated to prostitution that gives her power over both the french political and criminal worlds. But the end of her empire is closer than she thinks.

Markimdb: 6.8
Genreaction, thriller, crime
CountryFrance, USA, Germany
Duration01:32
CharactersMafia, Special Forces, Heroes, Tough guys
PlotRacing, Revenge, Cars, The escape, Chase
PlaceFrance
StyleSerious

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 events. The bound and gagged Lai is being smuggled to France by a shady American businessman, and Frank works to save her as his own illegal activities are uncovered by a French detective.

Markimdb: 6.5
Genreaction, comedy, crime
CountryFrance
CharactersGangsters, Hired assassins, Bodyguards, Psychologists, Womanizers
PlotSoccer, Adventure, Investigation, Weapon, Chase
PlacePrison, Aircraft, France, Moon, Hospitals
StyleLight, By manga

Nicky Larson is tasked to recover the perfume of Cupid, a perfume that would make anyone who uses it irresistible.

Markimdb: 7.5
Genrefantasy, drama, crime
CountryGermany, France, Spain, USA
Duration02:27
CharactersManiacs, Serial killers, Killers, Geniuses, Gifted children
PlotObsession, Fear
PlaceFrance
Time18th century
StylePsychological problems, By books, Atmospheric, Fascinating, Smart

Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, born in the stench of 18th century Paris, develops a superior olfactory sense, which he uses to create the world's finest perfumes. However, his work takes a dark turn as he tries to preserve scents in the search for the ultimate perfume.





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