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Ranking All Of Director Claude Chabrol’s Movies

Claude Chabrol Filmography Movie Ranking Movies

“What are Claude Chabrol’s Best Movies?” We looked at all of Chabrol’s directed filmography and ranked them against one another to answer that very question!

We took all of the movies directed by Claude Chabrol and looked at their Rotten Tomato Critic, Rotten Tomato User, IMDB, and Letterboxd scores, ranking them against one another to see which movies came out on top. The movies are ranked in our list below based on which movies have the highest overall score between all 6 review sites in comparison with all of the other movies by the same director. The process is all very scientific with no flaws at all.

The full ranking chart is also included below the countdown on the bottom of the page.

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The Top Film’s Of Claude Chabrol



67 ) Monsieur Bébé (1974)

Monsieur Bébé (1974) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 19
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 38
  • IMDB User Review Score: 67
  • Letterboxd User Score: 50

In this extreme yet devastating testament to the loneliness of human existence, an older domestic woman, heartbreakingly rendered by Gence, is approached in the kitchen after a party by a young, gay man seeking affection. She is later offered money to act as his mother and becomes emotionally involved in a milieu unfamiliar to her.

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67 ) Une Invitation à la Chasse (1974)

Une Invitation à la Chasse (1974) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 19
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 38
  • IMDB User Review Score: 67
  • Letterboxd User Score: 50

Claude Chabrol film for TV based on the short story An Invitation to the Hunt by Georges Hitchcock. Receiving an unexpected invitation to participate in the annual hunt party given by the local marquis, a common man deludes himself into thinking he’s a valued member of society, gets in debt to live up to his own fantasies, puts on airs, and invents a perfectly untrue—but, to his mind, fitting—past for a man of his new station. Then the cruel game starts.

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66 ) The Twist (1976)

The Twist (1976) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 19
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 38
  • IMDB User Review Score: 65
  • Letterboxd User Score: 50

Bored aristocratic Parisian couples begin affairs with each other which only brings trouble.

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65 ) The Novices (1970)

The Novices (1970) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 19
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 38
  • IMDB User Review Score: 62
  • Letterboxd User Score: 50

Imagine a nun with great legs running into a working girl… The nun is very humane and therefore understanding, she gives a little bit of help… in order to fulfill the needs of her neighbours… and the prostitute is quite astute…

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64 ) Code Name: Tiger (1964)

Code Name: Tiger (1964) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 19
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 38
  • IMDB User Review Score: 61
  • Letterboxd User Score: 50

A Turkish ambassador arrives in Paris to sign an important trade agreement, allowing Turkey to buy a sophisticated new war plane from France. Immediately he is the target of an assassin, and a special agent is assigned to protect him.

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63 ) Dr. M (1990)

Dr. M (1990) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 19
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 37
  • IMDB User Review Score: 62
  • Letterboxd User Score: 49

In the not-too-distant future Berlin is shocked by a series of spectacular suicides; a policeman’s investigations lead him to a beautiful, enigmatic woman and the revelation of a sinister plot to manipulate the population through mass hypnosis.

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62 ) Quiet Days in Clichy (1990)

Quiet Days in Clichy (1990) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 19
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 38
  • IMDB User Review Score: 62
  • Letterboxd User Score: 46

Expatriate Henry Miller indulges in a variety of sexual escapades while struggling to establish himself as a serious writer in Paris.

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61 ) The Blue Panther (1965)

The Blue Panther (1965) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 19
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 38
  • IMDB User Review Score: 57
  • Letterboxd User Score: 50

Marie-Chantal travels by train to her cousin’s place to spend a winter holiday, when a stranger – apparently a fugitive from someone aboard – entrusts her with a jewel in the shape of a tiger with ruby eyes. Unknown to her, these false jewels contain a virus powerful enough to destroy all humankind. Doctor Kha is just one among many spies from different nations trying to get their hands on the tiger, or Marie-Chantal… It will give any nation a tremendous control over all others! Marie-Chantal, a snob girl, will evade all attacks by sheer female cunning, and shows tigerish qualities in dealing with her male, and female foes.

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60 ) De Grey, un récit romanesque (1976)

De Grey, un récit romanesque (1976) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 19
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 38
  • IMDB User Review Score: 56
  • Letterboxd User Score: 50

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59 ) Death Rite (1976)

Death Rite (1976) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 19
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 38
  • IMDB User Review Score: 55
  • Letterboxd User Score: 50

While traveling to a resort in Tunisia, the magician and clairvoyant Professor Vestar befriends the idle millionaire Edouard Vangard and he offers a ride in his car. Vestar discloses to Edouard that he had had a premonition of a woman being murdered in a desert area.

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57 ) M the Damned (1982)

M the Damned (1982) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 19
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 38
  • IMDB User Review Score: 58
  • Letterboxd User Score: 46

A Claude Chabrol remake of M by Fritz Lang for French television.

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57 ) Who’s Got the Black Box? (1967)

Who's Got the Black Box? (1967) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 19
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 36
  • IMDB User Review Score: 60
  • Letterboxd User Score: 46

The widow of a murdered undercover NATO officer in Greece is the prime suspect in his killing. She finds herself embroiled in a bigger conspiracy about the sabotage of U.S. radar installations while trying to prove her innocence.

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56 ) The Blood of Others (1984)

The Blood of Others (1984) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 19
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 32
  • IMDB User Review Score: 59
  • Letterboxd User Score: 50

In the German-occupied Paris, Helene is torn between the love for her boyfriend Jean, working for the resistance and the German administrator Bergmann, who will do anything to gain her affection.

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55 ) Claude Chabrol’s High Heels (1972)

Claude Chabrol's High Heels (1972) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 19
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 38
  • IMDB User Review Score: 51
  • Letterboxd User Score: 50

Jean-Paul Belmondo plays Paul, a former womanizer who marries the head of the medical department’s “unattractive” daughter Christine because he thinks attractive women can’t be trusted and make poor wives. A car accident leaves him bedridden and he begins to miss his playboy days, when Christine’s bombshell sister Martine arrives and Paul decides he must have her. He begins drugging Christine at night so he can sneak out to kill of Martine’s many suitors one by one.

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54 ) The Horse of Pride (1980)

The Horse of Pride (1980) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 19
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 38
  • IMDB User Review Score: 48
  • Letterboxd User Score: 50

In early twentieth-century Brittany, two peasants marry, have a son, and live in traditional Breton ways: three generations under one roof, a division of labor between the sexes, elders’ stories at night, politics and religion during their little free time. Times are hard: la Chienne du Monde drives some to suicide; Ankou (death) is close at hand. Pierre is born into this republican family, his lyric childhood interrupted by the outbreak of war and his father’s conscription. He learns his catechism and, as a child of a Reds, also reveres school. His grandfather and father often put him on their shoulders, giving him a ride on the horse of pride.

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53 ) Le Tigre se parfume à la dynamite (1965)

Le Tigre se parfume à la dynamite (1965) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 19
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 3
  • IMDB User Review Score: 66
  • Letterboxd User Score: 50

The Tiger is sent to oversee the excavation of a sunken ship. While busy to retrieve the gold tresure in it, he is constantly thwarted by international enemies. Among them is an old Nazi named Hans von Wunchendorf who dreams of world domination. He hides behind the codename “The Orchid” and needs the treasure to sustain a worldwide network of exiled former comrades. Once sanified by the gold his organisation plans to realise the endsieg after all.

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52 ) L’escargot Noir (1988)

L'escargot Noir (1988) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 19
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 38
  • IMDB User Review Score: 30
  • Letterboxd User Score: 50

In a peaceful little town, three women are murdered. Oddly enough the killer has left a black snail shell on each of the bodies. It takes the unusual talents of Lavardin, assisted by Mario, the local inspector, to solve this mystery.

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49 ) A Girl Cut in Two (2007)

A Girl Cut in Two (2007) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 15
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 33
  • IMDB User Review Score: 46
  • Letterboxd User Score: 42

Gabrielle Deneige is an independent, ambitious TV weather girl torn between her love of a distinguished author several decades her senior, and the attentions of a headstrong, potentially unstable young suitor. An unspoken past between the two men heightens tensions, and though she’s initially certain of her love for one them, the see-saw demands and whims of both men keep confusing – and darkening – matters. Before long she’s encountering emotional and societal forces well beyond her control, inexorably leading to a shocking clash of violence and passion.

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49 ) The Champagne Murders (1967)

The Champagne Murders (1967) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 19
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 23
  • IMDB User Review Score: 52
  • Letterboxd User Score: 42

A champagne tycoon’s (Furneaux) partner (Ronet) suspects his partner’s gigolo husband (Perkins) of murders he’s been framed for.

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49 ) Bellamy (2009)

Bellamy (2009) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 8
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 33
  • IMDB User Review Score: 53
  • Letterboxd User Score: 42

A well known Parisian inspector becomes involved in an investigation while on holiday.

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48 ) Blood Relatives (1978)

Blood Relatives (1978) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 19
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 29
  • IMDB User Review Score: 48
  • Letterboxd User Score: 37

A Montreal police inspector (Donald Sutherland) cracks a murder case with clues from the victim’s diary.

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46 ) The World’s Most Beautiful Swindlers (1964)

The World's Most Beautiful Swindlers (1964) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 19
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 18
  • IMDB User Review Score: 53
  • Letterboxd User Score: 42

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46 ) Line of Demarcation (1966)

Line of Demarcation (1966) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 19
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 38
  • IMDB User Review Score: 25
  • Letterboxd User Score: 50

Line of Demarcation. is a 1966 film written and directed by Claude Chabrol. Its title in French is La Ligne de démarcation. It is based on upon the memoir Mémoires d’un agent secret de la France libre et La Ligne de démarcation by Gilbert Renault under his pseudonym Colonel Rémy. A small village in the Jura is split by the river Loue which creates the line of demarcation between Nazi occupied France and freedom. A French officer, Pierre (Ronet), is released by the Nazi soldiers to find his chateau converted into a German command centre. Whilst he is obliged to co-operate with the enemy, his wife Mary (Seberg) supports the resistance movement and is willing to risk her life for it. The Nazis step up their activity against the resistance, insisting that any who attempt to cross the line of demarcation will be shot. When his wife is arrested, Pierre decides to switch his allegiance.

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45 ) Ten Days Wonder (1971)

Ten Days Wonder (1971) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 19
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 35
  • IMDB User Review Score: 48
  • Letterboxd User Score: 28

Anthony Perkins, a young sculptor with a weird penchant for waking up in strange hotels with his memory wiped clean and bloodied hands, invites a former professor (Michel Piccoli) to the Gatsby-like provincial manor presided over by his powerful tycoon father (Orson Welles). Welcomed by Welles’ young wife (Marlene Jobert), Piccoli soon finds a nest of rats beneath the bourgeoisie voluptuousness — a clan bound in a circle of illicit romance, blackmail, faked burglaries and, of course, murder.

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43 ) Fantômas (1980)

Fantômas (1980) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 19
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 38
  • IMDB User Review Score: 22
  • Letterboxd User Score: 50

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43 ) The Bench of Desolation (1974)

The Bench of Desolation (1974) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 19
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 38
  • IMDB User Review Score: 22
  • Letterboxd User Score: 50

Adaptation of a novel by Henry James directed in 1974 by Claude Chabrol. A mild-mannered book dealer is blackmailed by his ex-fiancée after he refuses to marry her.

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42 ) Comedy of Power (2006)

Comedy of Power (2006) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 14
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 31
  • IMDB User Review Score: 46
  • Letterboxd User Score: 37

A magistrate investigates a corporate executive.

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41 ) Wise Guys (1961)

Wise Guys (1961) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 19
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 38
  • IMDB User Review Score: 39
  • Letterboxd User Score: 28

Tale follows a threesome of teens–one a rebellious type, another a more serious type, and the young girl who fits in the middle–as they parade around Paris with carefree attitudes.

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40 ) The Flower of Evil (2003)

The Flower of Evil (2003) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 17
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 28
  • IMDB User Review Score: 39
  • Letterboxd User Score: 37

Three generations of a wealthy Bordeaux family are caught in the crossfire when Anne decides to run for mayor, thanks to a political pamphlet that revives an old murder scandal.

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38 ) Maux Croisés (1989)

Maux Croisés (1989) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 19
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 38
  • IMDB User Review Score: 11
  • Letterboxd User Score: 50

It looks as though Inspector Lavardin is having a holiday for once. Look at him taking the waters in Montecatini, Italy. But don’t be fooled, the French sleuth is on duty as usual; he even works for Interpol this time. The objective of his investigation is Ruggero Anello, an Italian millionaire who, besides owning a big shoe company, is suspected of being the leader of an arms trafficking network. But what Lavardin had not expected is that Claire Anello, Ruggero’s wife and successful crime novelist, would be murdered at the hotel where he is staying…

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38 ) The Necklace (2007)

The Necklace (2007) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 19
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 38
  • IMDB User Review Score: 11
  • Letterboxd User Score: 50

Mathilde and her husband, who works in a minister’s office, are not rich. Mathilde, however, loves beautiful clothes and her husband loves her too much that he lets her do anything she wants. One day they receive an invitation for an important party and she wants to look her best. She borrows a beautiful diamond necklace from her rich friend, but then the necklace gets lost.

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37 ) Le petit fût (2008)

Le petit fût (2008) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 19
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 38
  • IMDB User Review Score: 9
  • Letterboxd User Score: 50

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35 ) The Cry of the Owl (1987)

The Cry of the Owl (1987) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 19
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 38
  • IMDB User Review Score: 39
  • Letterboxd User Score: 18

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 invites him in…

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35 ) The Seven Deadly Sins (1962)

The Seven Deadly Sins (1962) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 19
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 38
  • IMDB User Review Score: 39
  • Letterboxd User Score: 18

Seven directors each dramatize one of the seven deadly sins in a short film. In “Anger,” a domestic argument over a fly in the Sunday soup escalates into nuclear war. In “Sloth,” a movie …

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34 ) Inspector Lavardin (1986)

Inspector Lavardin (1986) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 19
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 26
  • IMDB User Review Score: 39
  • Letterboxd User Score: 28

Inspector Lavardin is called to a provincial village to investigate a murder – only to find that one of his ex-lovers is the victim’s widow.

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33 ) The Swindle (1997)

The Swindle (1997) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 17
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 27
  • IMDB User Review Score: 39
  • Letterboxd User Score: 28

Betty and Victor are a pair of scam artists. One day Betty brings in Maurice, a treasurer of a multinational company. Maurice is due to transfer 5 millions francs out of Switzerland, and Betty is convinced he plans to steal that money.

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31 ) Ophélia (1963)

Ophélia (1963) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 19
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 38
  • IMDB User Review Score: 32
  • Letterboxd User Score: 18

A young man becomes enraged when his mother remarries his wealthy uncle after his father dies.

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31 ) Bluebeard (1963)

Bluebeard (1963) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 19
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 12
  • IMDB User Review Score: 39
  • Letterboxd User Score: 37

France, WWI. Landru, the father of four Children, contacts Parisian women through newspapers, seduces and eventually kills them in order to feed his little family.

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29 ) Chicken with Vinegar (1985)

Chicken with Vinegar (1985) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 19
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 23
  • IMDB User Review Score: 32
  • Letterboxd User Score: 28

Unorthodox detective Jean Lavardin is called to a provincial French town after a prank turns deadly.

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29 ) Pleasure Party (1975)

Pleasure Party (1975) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 19
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 23
  • IMDB User Review Score: 32
  • Letterboxd User Score: 28

Phillipe and Esther live an apparently idyllic life with their daughter, Elise. In an attempt to preserve this bliss, Phillipe decides that he and Esther should each have affairs, being sure to tell each other openly about them. The plan backfires with tragic results as Phillipe becomes engulfed in jealously.

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27 ) The Nada Gang (1974)

The Nada Gang (1974) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 19
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 20
  • IMDB User Review Score: 32
  • Letterboxd User Score: 28

Nada, named after a gang of Spanish anarchists, is a small, confused band of French terrorists. They kidnap the American ambassador after one of his regular visits to an exclusive brothel. The gang starts to quarrel amongst themselves as to the diplomat’s fate, while the police purge suspects in their attempts to destroy the Nada faction. As the violence escalates on both sides, the States and the terrorists are forced to use one another’s methods in an increasingly desperate and relentless conflict.

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27 ) Madame Bovary (1991)

Madame Bovary (1991) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 12
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 18
  • IMDB User Review Score: 32
  • Letterboxd User Score: 37

Bored with the limited and tedious nature of provincial life in 19th-century France, the fierce and sensual Emma Bovary finds herself in calamitous debt and purses scandalous sexual liaisons with absolute abandon. However, when her volatile lifestyle catches up to her, the lives of everyone around her are endangered.

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26 ) Alice or the Last Escapade (1977)

Alice or the Last Escapade (1977) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 19
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 38
  • IMDB User Review Score: 25
  • Letterboxd User Score: 14

One night Alice can’t stand her husband anymore and she decides to leave him. It’s a dark, rainy night and something smashes the windshield so Alice is forced to seek shelter in an old mansion. She is warmly welcomed but soon realises that strange things are happening. She tries to escape but it seems there’s no way out.

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25 ) Betty (1992)

Betty (1992) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 19
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 38
  • IMDB User Review Score: 16
  • Letterboxd User Score: 18

When Betty is caught en flagrante, her bourgeois in-laws and husband force a divorce settlement upon her and bar her from seeing her two daughters. She is rescued from an alcoholic stupor by Laure, a middle-aged woman who takes Betty to her hotel lodgings, extends friendship and care, and listens to her story. Laure’s lover, Mario, the proprietor of the bar where Betty and Laure met, is first a friend, then Betty’s next conquest.

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24 ) Dirty Hands (1975)

Dirty Hands (1975) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 19
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 30
  • IMDB User Review Score: 22
  • Letterboxd User Score: 18

Saint Tropez. Julie Wormser and her lover, writer and neighbour Jeff Marle, plan the murder of her wealthy husband Louis, an impotent who drinks a lot. She hits him, and leaves the rest of the task to Jeff. Julie finds herself alone the following day, and becomes therefore the prime suspect. Where is Louis’ body? Where is Jeff? Is there any secret beyond a door? Nothing is what it seems in this highly acclaimed taut thriller.

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21 ) Les Biches (1968)

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  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 19
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 38
  • IMDB User Review Score: 16
  • Letterboxd User Score: 14

Architect Paul Thomas insinuates himself into the relationship of two bisexual women living in a St. Tropez villa with tragic consequences.

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21 ) Wedding in Blood (1973)

Wedding in Blood (1973) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 19
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 38
  • IMDB User Review Score: 16
  • Letterboxd User Score: 14

Lucienne Delamare and Pierre Maury are having an affair. Lucienne’s husband Paul is the mayor, and a French deputy. Pierre’s wife Clotilde has been weak and sickly for years. Lucienne’s husband holds no excitement for her, and he is always away in Paris on business. Pierre is now the vice-mayor, thanks to Paul. Lucienne and Pierre have a secret meeting spot by a lake along a country lane. Pierre’s wife dies suddenly, by suicide the town gossips believe. Pierre confesses otherwise to Lucienne. Paul proposes a shady land deal which will “benefit the town”, and wants Pierre’s political support and collusion. Then Paul discovers proof of his wife’s affair…

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21 ) The Bridesmaid (2004)

The Bridesmaid (2004) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 7
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 20
  • IMDB User Review Score: 32
  • Letterboxd User Score: 28

A hard-working young man meets and falls in love with his sister’s bridesmaid. He soon finds out how disturbed she really is.

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20 ) The Eye of Vichy (1993)

The Eye of Vichy (1993) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 19
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 38
  • IMDB User Review Score: 11
  • Letterboxd User Score: 18

Directed by French filmmaker Claude Chabrol, this documentary examines Nazi and Vichy newsreels and propaganda films from World War II meant to turn the French against the Jews and the Allied Forces and into Nazi sympathizers. This movie is only made of archive pictures: the official newsreels that were broadcasted on French movie screens during 1940 and 1944 (the Occupation).

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19 ) À double tour (1959)

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  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 19
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 16
  • IMDB User Review Score: 30
  • Letterboxd User Score: 18

Leda, the flirt of Monsieur Marcoux is murdered. His wife and the police think, that the murderer was the milk-man, the friend of the maid, but Marcoux’ daughter’s fiance Lazo, who is aware of the corrupt situation in that family doesn’t agree with them.

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18 ) The Hatter’s Ghost (1982)

The Hatter's Ghost (1982) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 19
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 38
  • IMDB User Review Score: 11
  • Letterboxd User Score: 14

A hatter in a provincial town (Michel Serrault) leads the life of a respectable citizen but is in fact a serial murderer. The only person to suspect this is his neighbour the tailor (Charles Asnavour).

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17 ) Masques (1987)

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  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 19
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 16
  • IMDB User Review Score: 28
  • Letterboxd User Score: 18

In this deadly game of cat and mouse, Roland Wolf is writing a book on the life of game show host Christian Legagneur–or is he?

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16 ) Six in Paris (1965)

Six in Paris (1965) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 11
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 12
  • IMDB User Review Score: 28
  • Letterboxd User Score: 28

Six vignettes set in different sections of Paris, by six directors. St. Germain des Pres (Douchet), Gare du Nord (Rouch), Rue St. Denis (Pollet), and Montparnasse et Levallois (Godard) are stories of love, flirtation and prostitution; Place d’Etoile (Rhomer) concerns a haberdasher and his umbrella; and La Muette (Chabrol), a bourgeois family and earplugs.

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15 ) The Third Lover (1962)

The Third Lover (1962) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 19
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 38
  • IMDB User Review Score: 16
  • Letterboxd User Score: 4

The story of a journalist in southern Germany who stays with a novelist and his wife and gradually begins to destroy the young couple’s lives.

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14 ) Merci pour le Chocolat (2000)

Merci pour le Chocolat (2000) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 15
  • IMDB User Review Score: 32
  • Letterboxd User Score: 18

A mystery set in the environs of Lausanne concerning several plots which wind their way through the elegant homesteads of a couple of well-heeled French-Swiss denizens. Mika is the couture-attired, oh-so-perfect head of Muller Chocolates–a company that manufactures Swiss chocolates. Andre is her suave, concert pianist husband whose first wife died years ago in a mysterious car accident. When Jeanne, a beautiful young woman, enters the home of Mika and Andre, raising questions about her possible relationship to the family, tensions mount, alliances shift, and all the while, Mika prepares and faithfully serves her special recipe for hot chocolate each evening.

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13 ) The Color of Lies (1999)

The Color of Lies (1999) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 1
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 22
  • IMDB User Review Score: 25
  • Letterboxd User Score: 18

In a small Breton town, a 10-year-old girl is found murdered. René, her art teacher, a professional painter, is the last person to have seen her alive. The inspector in charge of the investigation immediately questions him. In this small provincial town where people all know each other and regularly meet at the Bar des Amis, René is increasingly unsettled by the other inhabitants’ suspicions and by the inspector’s investigation. Children stop coming to him for lessons. His wife, Viviane, a district nurse, protects him and supports him with her love. However, a self-centred media-star writer adds to René’s confusion…

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12 ) Les Bonnes Femmes (1960)

Les Bonnes Femmes (1960) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 19
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 38
  • IMDB User Review Score: 2
  • Letterboxd User Score: 2

Ginette, Rita, Jacqueline and Jane try to find fulfillment and love in their lives. Rita has a fiancé whose family is obsessed with social distinction; Jane has a boy-friend in the army, but does not hesitate to enjoy herself with chance encounters; Ginette has a mysterious passion that keeps her away from her colleagues at nights. Jacqueline is lonely; but who is that mysterious bike-rider who is

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11 ) Violette (1978)

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  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 16
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 14
  • IMDB User Review Score: 11
  • Letterboxd User Score: 11

Paris, 1933. The daughter of a respectable lower middle class couple, Violette Nozière, leads a disreputable double life. Far from being the innocent 18-year-old her parents mistake her for, she spends her nights with dissolute young men in the less salubrious areas of the city.

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10 ) The Breach (1970)

The Breach (1970) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 19
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 10
  • IMDB User Review Score: 7
  • Letterboxd User Score: 4

An innocent woman falls prey to the machinations of her abusive husband, his wealthy father, and a shady family friend.

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9 ) L’Enfer (1994)

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  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 1
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 11
  • IMDB User Review Score: 16
  • Letterboxd User Score: 11

Paul, an irritable and stressed-out hotel manager, begins to gradually develop paranoid delusions about his wife’s infidelity…

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8 ) Le Beau Serge (1958)

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  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 1
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 9
  • IMDB User Review Score: 16
  • Letterboxd User Score: 11

Francois (Jean-Claude Brialy) returns to his village after a long absence. He finds his friend Serge (Gérard Blain) who has married Yvonne, and has developed an alcohol problem after the death of their stillborn child. Serge has become an angry, bitter figure not unlike the roles of James Dean, refusing to face reality and adulthood and Francois must help him.

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7 ) The Unfaithful Wife (1969)

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  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 19
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 4
  • IMDB User Review Score: 7
  • Letterboxd User Score: 4

Insurance executive Charles suspects his wife Hélène of playing the field, so he has a private detective locate his wife’s lover, author Victor Pegala. Confronting Victor, Charles tries to adopt an air of indifference, but the conversation ends with the husband bludgeoning the author to death and then calmly disposing of the evidence. When Hélène is questioned about Victor’s murder, she discovers on her own that her husband is guilty. Instead of turning him in, Hélène is so thrilled that Charles cares so deeply about her that she is more in love with him than ever before.

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6 ) Just Before Nightfall (1971)

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  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 19
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 6
  • IMDB User Review Score: 2
  • Letterboxd User Score: 4

A married man (Michel Bouquet) who killed the wife of his best friend during a tryst feels compelled to turn himself in.

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5 ) Story of Women (1988)

Story of Women (1988) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 12
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 8
  • IMDB User Review Score: 2
  • Letterboxd User Score: 2

During World War II, in occupied France, a woman of limited schooling raises two children in a ratty flat.

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4 ) Les Cousins (1959)

Les Cousins (1959) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 5
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 5
  • IMDB User Review Score: 9
  • Letterboxd User Score: 4

Charles is a young provincial coming up to Paris to study law. He shares his cousin Paul’s flat. Paul is a kind of decadent boy, a disillusioned pleasure-seeker, always dragging along with other idles, while Charles is a plodding, naive and honest man. He fell in love with Florence, one of Paul’s acquaintances. But how will Paul react to that attempt to build a real love relationship ? One of the major New Wave films.

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3 ) This Man Must Die (1969)

This Man Must Die (1969) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 9
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 7
  • IMDB User Review Score: 1
  • Letterboxd User Score: 4

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 meets Helène’s brother-in-law, Paul Decourt, a truly horrible individual.

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1 ) La Cérémonie (1995)

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  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 5
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 1
  • IMDB User Review Score: 2
  • Letterboxd User Score: 1

Sophie, a quiet and shy maid working for the upper-class family Lelievre, hides her illiteracy under the cloak of a perfect household and obedience. She finds a friend in the energetic and uncompromising postmaster Jeanne, who encourages her to stand up against her bourgeois employers. Things start to escalate as the Lelievres find out that Sophie can’t read and has brought Jeanne into their house against their wish.

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1 ) The Butcher (1970)

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  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 1
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 2
  • IMDB User Review Score: 2
  • Letterboxd User Score: 4

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.

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Claude Chabrol’s Best Movies



Claude Chabrol Review Website Filmography Rankings

Film RT Critic RT User IMDB Letterboxd Overal Rank
La Cérémonie (1995) 5 1 2 1 1
The Butcher (1970) 1 2 2 4 1
This Man Must Die (1969) 9 7 1 4 3
Les Cousins (1959) 5 5 9 4 4
Story of Women (1988) 12 8 2 2 5
Just Before Nightfall (1971) 19 6 2 4 6
The Unfaithful Wife (1969) 19 4 7 4 7
Le Beau Serge (1958) 1 9 16 11 8
L’Enfer (1994) 1 11 16 11 9
The Breach (1970) 19 10 7 4 10
Violette (1978) 16 14 11 11 11
Les Bonnes Femmes (1960) 19 38 2 2 12
The Color of Lies (1999) 1 22 25 18 13
Merci pour le Chocolat (2000) 10 15 32 18 14
The Third Lover (1962) 19 38 16 4 15
Six in Paris (1965) 11 12 28 28 16
Masques (1987) 19 16 28 18 17
The Hatter’s Ghost (1982) 19 38 11 14 18
À double tour (1959) 19 16 30 18 19
The Eye of Vichy (1993) 19 38 11 18 20
Les Biches (1968) 19 38 16 14 21
Wedding in Blood (1973) 19 38 16 14 21
The Bridesmaid (2004) 7 20 32 28 21
Dirty Hands (1975) 19 30 22 18 24
Betty (1992) 19 38 16 18 25
Alice or the Last Escapade (1977) 19 38 25 14 26
The Nada Gang (1974) 19 20 32 28 27
Madame Bovary (1991) 12 18 32 37 27
Chicken with Vinegar (1985) 19 23 32 28 29
Pleasure Party (1975) 19 23 32 28 29
Ophélia (1963) 19 38 32 18 31
Bluebeard (1963) 19 12 39 37 31
The Swindle (1997) 17 27 39 28 33
Inspector Lavardin (1986) 19 26 39 28 34
The Cry of the Owl (1987) 19 38 39 18 35
The Seven Deadly Sins (1962) 19 38 39 18 35
Le petit fût (2008) 19 38 9 50 37
Maux Croisés (1989) 19 38 11 50 38
The Necklace (2007) 19 38 11 50 38
The Flower of Evil (2003) 17 28 39 37 40
Wise Guys (1961) 19 38 39 28 41
Comedy of Power (2006) 14 31 46 37 42
Fantômas (1980) 19 38 22 50 43
The Bench of Desolation (1974) 19 38 22 50 43
Ten Days Wonder (1971) 19 35 48 28 45
The World’s Most Beautiful Swindlers (1964) 19 18 53 42 46
Line of Demarcation (1966) 19 38 25 50 46
Blood Relatives (1978) 19 29 48 37 48
A Girl Cut in Two (2007) 15 33 46 42 49
The Champagne Murders (1967) 19 23 52 42 49
Bellamy (2009) 8 33 53 42 49
L’escargot Noir (1988) 19 38 30 50 52
Le Tigre se parfume à la dynamite (1965) 19 3 66 50 53
The Horse of Pride (1980) 19 38 48 50 54
Claude Chabrol’s High Heels (1972) 19 38 51 50 55
The Blood of Others (1984) 19 32 59 50 56
M the Damned (1982) 19 38 58 46 57
Who’s Got the Black Box? (1967) 19 36 60 46 57
Death Rite (1976) 19 38 55 50 59
De Grey, un récit romanesque (1976) 19 38 56 50 60
The Blue Panther (1965) 19 38 57 50 61
Quiet Days in Clichy (1990) 19 38 62 46 62
Dr. M (1990) 19 37 62 49 63
Code Name: Tiger (1964) 19 38 61 50 64
The Novices (1970) 19 38 62 50 65
The Twist (1976) 19 38 65 50 66
Monsieur Bébé (1974) 19 38 67 50 67
Une Invitation à la Chasse (1974) 19 38 67 50 67

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