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The Best New French Extremity Movies

“What are the best New French Extremity Movies?” We looked at 112 of the top New French Extremity films, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

The top 23 films, all appearing on 3 or more “Best New French Extremity” movie lists, are ranked below by how many times they appear. The remaining 75+ movies, as well as the sources we used, are in alphabetical order on the bottom of the page.

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Top 23 Best New French Extremity Movies Ever Made



23 .) A New Life (2002) directed by Philippe Grandrieux

A New Life (2002)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Horror News
  • IMDB 2
  • MUBI

A 2002 French experimental film directed by Philippe Grandrieux and starring Zachary Knighton and Anna Mouglalis. The story involves a young American who falls obsessively in love with a mysterious courtesan named Melania against the backdrop of a dilapidated Eastern European landscape.



22 .) Criminal Lovers (1999) directed by François Ozon

Criminal Lovers (1999)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • IMDB 2
  • Kino Club 313

After a perverted impulse drives them to kill, Alice and her boyfriend, Luc, drag the body into the woods, only to find themselves hopelessly lost – much like the fairy-tale plight of Hansel and Gretel. Starving and with no hope of being found, they chance upon a dilapidated cottage where a hulking man takes them prisoner and proceeds to feed Luc’s sexual appetite.



21 .) Glowing Eyes (2002) directed by Jacques Nolot

Glowing Eyes (2002)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Horror News
  • IMDB
  • IMDB 2

In a Parisian porn theater, a cashier, a 50-year-old man and a young projectionist are drawn into a complex love affair.



20 .) L’Humanité (1999) directed by Bruno Dumont

L'Humanité (1999)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Amino Apps
  • IMDB
  • IMDB 2

When an 11-year-old girl is brutally raped and murdered in a quiet French village, a police detective who has forgotten how to feel emotions–because of the death of his own family in some kind of accident–investigates the crime, which turns out to ask more questions than it answers.



19 .) Ma Mère (2004) directed by Christophe Honoré

Ma Mère (2004)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Horror News
  • IMDB 2
  • Taste Of Cinema

Based on George Bataille’s posthumous and controversial novel: When his father dies, a young man is introduced by his attractive, amoral mother to a world of hedonism and depravity.



18 .) Secret Things (2002) directed by Jean-Claude Brisseau

Secret Things (2002)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Horror News
  • IMDB
  • IMDB 2

Two young women find themselves struggling to survive in Paris, street-wise Nathalie, the stripper, and naïve Sandrine, the barmaid. Together, they discover that sex can be used to their advantage, and pleasure.



17 .) Demonlover (2002) directed by Olivier Assayas

Demonlover (2002)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Horror News
  • IMDB
  • IMDB 2
  • Taste Of Cinema

Two corporations compete for illicit 3D manga pornography, sending spies to infiltrate each other’s operations.



16 .) In My Skin (2002) directed by Marina de Van

In My Skin (2002)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Horror News
  • IMDB
  • IMDB 2
  • List Challenges

Esther is an ambitious 30-year-old woman. One fateful night at a party, she seriously hurts her leg, however can’t seem to feel the pain. This incident propels her toward the start of a self-destructive compulsion, and an exploration of a professional woman’s descent into increasingly disturbing and obsessive acts of self-mutilation.



15 .) Intimacy (2001) directed by Patrice Chéreau

Intimacy (2001)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Horror News
  • IMDB
  • IMDB 2
  • Taste Of Cinema

Jay, a failed musician, walked out of his family and now earns a living as head bartender in a trendy London pub. Every Wednesday afternoon a woman comes to his house for graphic, almost wordless, sex. One day Jay follows her and finds out about the rest of her life (and that her name is Claire). This eventually disrupts their relationship.



14 .) Sheitan (2006) directed by Kim Chapiron

Sheitan (2006)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Horror News
  • IMDB
  • IMDB 2
  • Taste Of Cinema

A group of young people leaves a disco and bumps into a shepherd who is ready to spend his night worshipping Satan.



13 .) Sombre (1998) directed by Philippe Grandrieux

Sombre (1998)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Horror News
  • IMDB
  • IMDB 2
  • MUBI

A serial killer stalks sisters he befriended after their car broke down.



12 .) Them (2006) directed by David Moreau

Them (2006)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Flick Chart
  • Horror News
  • IMDB 2
  • Share The Horror

Lucas and Clementine live peacefully in their isolated country house, but one night they wake up to strange noise. They’re not alone… and a group of hooded assailants begin to terrorize them throughout the night.



11 .) Calvaire (2004) directed by Fabrice du Welz

Calvaire (2004)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Flick Chart
  • Horror News
  • IMDB
  • IMDB 2
  • Taste Of Cinema

A few days before Christmas, traveling entertainer Marc Stevens is stuck at nightfall in a remote wood in the swampy Hautes Fagnes region of Liège, his van conked out. An odd chap who’s looking for a lost dog leads Marc to a shuttered inn…



10 .) Enter the Void (2009) directed by Gaspar Noé

Enter the Void (2009)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Flick Chart
  • Horror News
  • IMDB
  • IMDB 2
  • List Challenges

This psychedelic tour of life after death is seen entirely from the point of view of Oscar, a young American drug dealer and addict living in Tokyo with his prostitute sister, Linda. When Oscar is killed by police during a bust gone bad, his spirit journeys from the past – where he sees his parents before their deaths – to the present – where he witnesses his own autopsy – and then to the future, where he looks out for his sister from beyond the grave.



9 .) Baise-Moi (2000) directed by Virginie Despentes and Coralie Trinh Thi

Baise-Moi (2000)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Admit One Film Addict
  • Horror News
  • IMDB
  • IMDB 2
  • List Challenges
  • Taste Of Cinema

Manu has lived a difficult life. Abused and violently raped, she sets off to find herself only to meet Nadine, a prostitute who has encountered one too many injustices in the world. Angry at the world, they embark on a twisted, rage-filled road trip. They choose to have sex when they please and kill when they need. Leaving a trail of mischief and dead bodies in their wake. Generating a media blitz and manhunt, soon everyone is out to capture the young fugitives.



8 .) Carne (1991) directed by Gaspar Noé

Carne (1991)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Amino Apps
  • Horror News
  • IMDB
  • IMDB 2
  • MUBI
  • Taste Of Cinema

After the birth of his baby daughter Cynthia, a Parisian horse butcher soon finds himself abandoned, responsible to raise and care for his newborn girl, completely on his own. Moreover, as his little girl grows into an adolescent, nothing much seems to change in the butcher’s life, who day in, day out, experiences the same numbing and tedious repetition, up until Cynthia’s first signs of puberty. Under those circumstances and after a dreadful incident coupled with an ungovernable paroxysm of violence, the butcher will fall into a downward spiral that will burn to the ground whatever dignity still remained in him. ×



7 .) High Tension (2003) directed by Alexandre Aja

High Tension (2003)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Flick Chart
  • Horror News
  • IMDB
  • IMDB 2
  • List Challenges
  • Share The Horror

Alexia travels with her friend Marie to spend a couple of days with her family in their farm in the country. They arrive late and they are welcomed by Alexia’s father. Late in the night, a sadistic and sick killer breaks into the farmhouse, slaughters Alexia’s family–including their dog–and kidnaps Alexia. Marie hides from the criminal and tries to help the hysterical and frightened Alexia, chase the maniac, and disclose his identity in the end.



6 .) Frontier(s) (2007) directed by Xavier Gens

Frontier(s) (2007)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Admit One Film Addict
  • Flick Chart
  • Horror News
  • IMDB
  • IMDB 2
  • List Challenges
  • Taste Of Cinema

A gang of young thieves flee Paris during the violent aftermath of a political election, only to hole up at an Inn run by neo-Nazis.



5 .) I Stand Alone (1998) directed by Gaspar Noé

I Stand Alone (1998)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Amino Apps
  • Flick Chart
  • Horror News
  • IMDB
  • IMDB 2
  • Kino Club 313
  • MUBI

The Butcher has done some time in jail after beating up the guy who tried to seduce his teenage mentally-handicapped daughter. Now he wants to start a new life. He leaves his daughter in an institution and moves to Lille suburbs with his mistress. She promised him a new butcher shop. She lied. The butcher decides to go back to Paris and find his daughter.



4 .) Trouble Every Day (2001) directed by Claire Denis

Trouble Every Day (2001)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Amino Apps
  • Horror News
  • IMDB
  • IMDB 2
  • List Challenges
  • MUBI
  • Taste Of Cinema

Two American newlyweds in Paris experience a love so strong, it almost devours them.



3 .) Inside (2007) directed by Alexandre Bustillo

Inside (2007)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Admit One Film Addict
  • Flick Chart
  • Horror News
  • IMDB
  • IMDB 2
  • Kino Club 313
  • List Challenges
  • Share The Horror

Four months after the death of her husband, a woman on the brink of motherhood is tormented in her home by a strange woman who wants her unborn baby.



2 .) Irréversible (2002) directed by Gaspar Noé

Irréversible (2002)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Admit One Film Addict
  • Amino Apps
  • Flick Chart
  • Horror News
  • IMDB
  • IMDB 2
  • List Challenges
  • MUBI
  • Taste Of Cinema

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 two criminals to help them find the rapist so that they can exact revenge. A simultaneously beautiful and terrible examination of the destructive nature of cause and effect, and how time destroys everything.



1 .) Martyrs (2008) directed by Pascal Laugier

Martyrs (2008)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Admit One Film Addict
  • Amino Apps
  • Flick Chart
  • Horror News
  • IMDB
  • IMDB 2
  • List Challenges
  • Share The Horror
  • Taste Of Cinema

A young woman’s quest for revenge against the people who kidnapped and tortured her as a child leads her and her best friend, also a victim of child abuse, on a terrifying journey into a living hell of depravity.



 


The 75+ Additional Best New French Extremity Films



 

# Movies Directors Lists
24 13 Tzameti (2005) Géla Babluani IMDB
IMDB 2
25 7 Days (2010) Daniel Grou
Admit One Film Addict
IMDB 2
26 Assassin(s) (1997) Mathieu Kassovitz IMDB
IMDB 2
27 Flanders (2006) Bruno Dumont Horror News
IMDB 2
28 In Their Sleep (2010) Caroline du Potet IMDB
IMDB 2
29 Mutants (2009) David Morlet IMDB
IMDB 2
30 Pola X (1999) Leos Carax IMDB
IMDB 2
31 Seul Contre Tous (1999) Gaspar Noé List Challenges
Taste Of Cinema
32 Sitcom (1998) François Ozon IMDB
IMDB 2
33 The Horde (2009) Yannick Dahan IMDB
IMDB 2
34 The Life of Jesus (1997) Bruno Dumont IMDB 2
Kino Club 313
35 The Ordeal (2004)  
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Share The Horror
36 The Pack (2010) Franck Richard IMDB
IMDB 2
37 The Pornographer (2001) Bertrand Bonello IMDB
IMDB 2
38 Time of the Wolf (2003) Michael Haneke IMDB
IMDB 2
39 With a Friend Like Harry… (2000) Dominik Moll Flick Chart
IMDB 2
40 À l’intérieur Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury Taste Of Cinema
41 ANATOMY OF HELL (Anatomie de l’enfer) (2004) Catherine Breillat Horror News
42 Aquarium (2004) Frédéric Grousset IMDB 2
43 At Land   MUBI
44 Beatrice Cenci   MUBI
45 Black Sabbath   MUBI
46 Blood of the Beasts   MUBI
47 Bluebeard (2009) Catherine Breillat IMDB 2
48 Caché (2005) Michael Haneke IMDB
49 Children’s Play (2001) Laurent Tuel IMDB 2
50 Class Trip (1998) Claude Miller IMDB 2
51 Cries and Whispers   MUBI
52 Crimson Rivers 2: Angels of the Apocalypse (2004) Olivier Dahan IMDB 2
53 Cruel Story of Youth   MUBI
54 Dans ma peau Marina de Van Taste Of Cinema
55 Dead End (I) (2003) Jean-Baptiste Andrea IMDB 2
56 Deep in the Woods (2000) Lionel Delplanque IMDB 2
57 Dog’s Dialogue   MUBI
58 Eden Log (2007) Franck Vestiel IMDB 2
59 Emperor Tomato Ketchup   MUBI
60 Eros Plus Massacre   MUBI
61 Fat Girl (2001)   Kino Club 313
62 Flesh and the Devil   MUBI
63 Friday Night   MUBI
64 Go, Go Second Time Virgin   MUBI
65 Grave (2016)   Amino Apps
66 House of Voices (2004) Pascal Laugier IMDB 2
67 Humanité Bruno Dumont Taste Of Cinema
68 I Can’t Sleep   MUBI
69 I Will Walk Like a Crazy Horse   MUBI
70 Identification of a Woman   MUBI
71 Impressions of Upper Mongolia   MUBI
72 Invocation of My Demon Brother   MUBI
73 Je, tu, il, elle   MUBI
74 L’amour braque   MUBI
75 Last Tango in Paris   MUBI
76 Last Year at Marienbad   MUBI
77 Le révélateur   MUBI
78 Les amants criminels François Ozon Taste Of Cinema
79 Livid (2011) Alexandre Bustillo IMDB 2
80 Love Rites   MUBI
81 Maléfique (2002) Eric Valette IMDB 2
82 Ménage   MUBI
83 Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters   MUBI
84 Murderous Maids (2000) Jean-Pierre Denis IMDB 2
85 Outside Satan (2011) Bruno Dumont IMDB 2
86 Prey (2010)  
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87 Process (I) (2004) C.S. Leigh IMDB 2
88 Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom   MUBI
89 Santa sangre   MUBI
90 Satan (2006)  
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91 Society of the Spectacle   MUBI
92 Swimming Pool (2003) François Ozon IMDB 2
93 Switchblade Romance (2003)  
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94 The Act of Seeing with One’s Own Eyes   MUBI
95 The Cannibals   MUBI
96 The Crimson Rivers (2000) Mathieu Kassovitz IMDB 2
97 The Devil, Probably   MUBI
98 The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie   MUBI
99 The Epic of Gilgamesh   MUBI
100 The Hunt (I) (2012) Thomas Szczepanski IMDB 2
101 The Mad Masters   MUBI
102 The Mother and the Whore   MUBI
103 The Mouth Agape   MUBI
104 Three Sinners   MUBI
105 Twentynine Palms (2003) Bruno Dumont IMDB 2
106 Un lac   MUBI
107 Venus in Furs   MUBI
108 Vinyan (2008) Fabrice du Welz IMDB 2
109 Vive l’amour   MUBI
110 Water Drops on Burning Rocks (2000) François Ozon IMDB 2
111 Weekend   MUBI
112 Who Can Kill a Child?   MUBI

 


 


11 Best New French Extremity Film Sources/Lists



Source Article
Admit One Film Addict New French Extremity Vol 1.
Amino Apps #MovementsOfFilm – New French Extremity
Flick Chart The Top 10 New French Extremism Films of All-Time
Horror News New French Extremity – French Extreme Films
IMDB New French Extremity
IMDB 2 New French Extremity
Kino Club 313 5 Great New French Extremity Movies
List Challenges New French Extremity – How many have you watched?
MUBI New French Extremity + Influences
Share The Horror Five French Extremity Films Every Horror Fan Should See
Taste Of Cinema 15 Essential Films For An Introduction To The New French Extremity

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