Euro-crime 1910-1979

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1. The Iguana with the Tongue of Fire (1971)

Not Rated | 92 min | Mystery, Thriller

A corpse is found in the trunk of a car that belongs to the Swiss ambassador to the UK. Speculations run wild, as more people around the ambassador keep falling victim to the vicious killer. A former detective is hired to investigate.

Director: Riccardo Freda | Stars: Luigi Pistilli, Dagmar Lassander, Anton Diffring, Arthur O'Sullivan

Votes: 520

2. The Fifth Cord (1971)

Not Rated | 93 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

A journalist finds himself on the trail of a murderer who's been targeting people around him, while the police are considering him a suspect in their investigation.

Director: Luigi Bazzoni | Stars: Franco Nero, Silvia Monti, Wolfgang Preiss, Ira von Fürstenberg

Votes: 1,473

3. Spasmo (1974)

R | 94 min | Mystery, Thriller

Christian (Robert Hoffman) and his girlfriend are taking a walk on a deserted beach when they discover a woman's body lying. A closer look proves that she's alive. The next day Christian ... See full summary »

Director: Umberto Lenzi | Stars: Robert Hoffmann, Suzy Kendall, Ivan Rassimov, Adolfo Lastretti

Votes: 1,400

4. Eyeball (1975)

R | 91 min | Mystery, Thriller

A maniac killer in a red cape and hood is killing off American tourists on a tour bus by gouging out their eyeballs.

Director: Umberto Lenzi | Stars: Martine Brochard, John Richardson, Ines Pellegrini, Andrés Mejuto

Votes: 1,204

5. Seven Blood-Stained Orchids (1972)

Unrated | 92 min | Mystery, Thriller

A woman, a survivor of a failed murder attempt by a person dubbed "The Half-Moon Killer" by the police, and her husband must find the connecting thread between herself, six other women, and... See full summary »

Director: Umberto Lenzi | Stars: Antonio Sabato, Uschi Glas, Pier Paolo Capponi, Rossella Falk

Votes: 1,733

6. Death Walks on High Heels (1971)

Not Rated | 108 min | Mystery, Thriller

A French stripper is entrusted with her thieving father's last score, a million dollars worth of diamonds. After being threatened to handover the score, she leaves France to England in the company of a doctor, but danger follows.

Director: Luciano Ercoli | Stars: Frank Wolff, Nieves Navarro, Simón Andreu, Carlo Gentili

Votes: 1,337

7. Who Saw Her Die? (1972)

Not Rated | 90 min | Mystery, Thriller

A young girl is brutally murdered somewhere in France. Sometime later, the same thing happens to the daughter of a well-known sculptor. This time the parents (the sculptor and his wife) ... See full summary »

Director: Aldo Lado | Stars: George Lazenby, Anita Strindberg, Adolfo Celi, Dominique Boschero

Votes: 1,954

8. Short Night of Glass Dolls (1971)

Not Rated | 97 min | Horror, Mystery

An American journalist temporarily stationed in Eastern Europe searches for his new girlfriend, who has suddenly disappeared.

Director: Aldo Lado | Stars: Ingrid Thulin, Jean Sorel, Mario Adorf, Barbara Bach

Votes: 2,447

9. Death Walks at Midnight (1972)

Not Rated | 102 min | Mystery, Thriller

Valentina, a beautiful fashion model, takes an experimental drug as part of a scientific experiment. While influenced by the drug, Valentina has a vision of a young woman being brutally ... See full summary »

Director: Luciano Ercoli | Stars: Nieves Navarro, Simón Andreu, Pietro Martellanza, Carlo Gentili

Votes: 1,211

10. All the Colors of the Dark (1972)

R | 88 min | Horror, Thriller

A woman recovering from a car accident in which she lost her unborn child finds herself pursued by a coven of devil worshipers.

Director: Sergio Martino | Stars: George Hilton, Edwige Fenech, Ivan Rassimov, Julián Ugarte

Votes: 2,830

11. The Case of the Scorpion's Tail (1971)

Not Rated | 95 min | Mystery, Thriller

The Case of the Scorpion's Tail begins with the mysterious death of a millionaire and spirals into the murder of his suddenly rich wife, which draws the attention of a dogged investigator, who follows a trail of blood to the bitter end.

Director: Sergio Martino | Stars: George Hilton, Anita Strindberg, Alberto de Mendoza, Janine Reynaud

Votes: 2,338

12. Bloodstained Shadow (1978)

Not Rated | 109 min | Mystery, Thriller

The body of a schoolgirl is found in a meadow. The murderer is never caught, and years later; a young man named Stefano returns to the island and is reunited with his brother, the local priest.

Director: Antonio Bido | Stars: Lino Capolicchio, Stefania Casini, Craig Hill, Massimo Serato

Votes: 1,298

13. The Forbidden Photos of a Lady Above Suspicion (1970)

Not Rated | 93 min | Mystery, Thriller

The wife of a financially struggling businessman is blackmailed by a mysterious man into having a sadistic relationship with him, or he will release damning evidence which suggests that her husband is a murderer.

Director: Luciano Ercoli | Stars: Dagmar Lassander, Pier Paolo Capponi, Simón Andreu, Osvaldo Genazzani

Votes: 1,202

14. The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh (1971)

R | 81 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

An ambassador's wife discovers that one of the men in her life - either her husband, an ex-lover or her current lover - may be a vicious serial killer.

Director: Sergio Martino | Stars: George Hilton, Edwige Fenech, Conchita Airoldi, Manuel Gil

Votes: 3,431

15. My Dear Killer (1972)

96 min | Mystery, Thriller

A mysterious decapitation leads Inspector Peretti into a case of blackmail, deceit and the unsolved kidnapping of a young girl.

Director: Tonino Valerii | Stars: George Hilton, Salvo Randone, William Berger, Marilù Tolo

Votes: 862

16. L'assassino è costretto ad uccidere ancora (1975)

Not Rated | 90 min | Thriller

Giorgio is a greedy adulterer who makes a deal with a serial killer to dispose of his wealthy wife, Nora. Unfortunately, a thrill-seeking young couple steal the killer's car with Nora's ... See full summary »

Director: Luigi Cozzi | Stars: George Hilton, Antoine Saint-John, Femi Benussi, Cristina Galbó

Votes: 1,004

17. The Young, the Evil and the Savage (1968)

82 min | Mystery, Thriller

An amateur sleuth attending a prestigious girls' boarding school helps the police and her friends identify a serial killer who is targeting the students and teachers.

Director: Antonio Margheriti | Stars: Mark Damon, Eleonora Brown, Sally Smith, Patrizia Valturri

Votes: 533

18. The Sweet Body of Deborah (1968)

R | 95 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

A newlywed couple returns to Geneva to visit the husband's home town. There he is accused of being responsible for his ex-lover's death and the couple starts receiving threats.

Director: Romolo Guerrieri | Stars: Carroll Baker, Jean Sorel, Evelyn Stewart, Luigi Pistilli

Votes: 515

19. Footprints on the Moon (1975)

Not Rated | 90 min | Mystery, Thriller

A woman is tormented by strange dreams of astronauts on the moon. She visits a deserted seaside town whose inhabitants know her even though she does not know them.

Directors: Luigi Bazzoni, Mario Fanelli | Stars: Florinda Bolkan, Peter McEnery, Nicoletta Elmi, Caterina Boratto

Votes: 1,460

20. So Sweet, So Dead (1972)

X | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

A serial killer is on the loose. His victims are unfaithful wives and he always leaves compromising photographs at the crime scene.

Director: Roberto Bianchi Montero | Stars: Farley Granger, Sylva Koscina, Silvano Tranquilli, Annabella Incontrera

Votes: 589

21. A Dragonfly for Each Corpse (1975)

Not Rated | 85 min | Mystery, Thriller

A killer is cleaning up the streets of Milan by murdering those considered as deviant. An ornamental dragonfly, soaked in the blood of the victim, is left on each body.

Director: León Klimovsky | Stars: Paul Naschy, Erika Blanc, Ángel Aranda, María Kosty

Votes: 360

22. The Crimes of the Black Cat (1972)

R | 96 min | Mystery, Thriller

A blind pianist tries to figure out who is responsible for a string of murders using a black cat with its claws dipped in curare.

Director: Sergio Pastore | Stars: Anthony Steffen, Sylva Koscina, Giovanna Lenzi, Renato De Carmine

Votes: 528

23. Four in the Morning (1965)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama

Drama which follows the parallel stories of two couples in crises and their connections to a drowned woman found in a river.

Director: Anthony Simmons | Stars: Ann Lynn, Judi Dench, Norman Rodway, Brian Phelan

Votes: 180

24. The French Sex Murders (1972)

83 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A prostitute in a French brothel is assassinated, the prime suspect is one of her regular clients, soon afterwards the witnesses that testified against the suspect are killed by a strange individual.

Director: Ferdinando Merighi | Stars: Anita Ekberg, Rosalba Neri, Evelyne Kraft, Howard Vernon

Votes: 477

25. Cry of a Prostitute (1974)

R | 97 min | Crime, Drama

Thriller Starring Henry Silva and Barbara Bouchet. She Left Prostitution only to find Murder! Shes a former prostitute, now married to a gang boss dealing in black market currency and ... See full summary »

Director: Andrea Bianchi | Stars: Henry Silva, Barbara Bouchet, Fausto Tozzi, Vittorio Sanipoli

Votes: 405

26. Knife of Ice (1972)

91 min | Mystery, Thriller

As a thirteen year old, Martha Caldwell witnessed the death of her parents in a terrible railway accident. Barely surviving the tragedy herself, Martha was struck dumb due to the shock. Now... See full summary »

Director: Umberto Lenzi | Stars: Carroll Baker, Alan Scott, Evelyn Stewart, Eduardo Fajardo

Votes: 486

27. Caliber 9 (1972)

Not Rated | 88 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

A former gangster is forced to resume his old lifestyle when his violent, jealous ex-colleagues and the police believe that he knows the location of a stolen cache of $300,000.

Director: Fernando Di Leo | Stars: Gastone Moschin, Barbara Bouchet, Mario Adorf, Frank Wolff

Votes: 3,057

28. The Man Who Finally Died (1963)

98 min | Thriller, Drama

A mysterious call summons Joe Newman to Bavaria in search of the father he believed dead for 20 years.

Director: Quentin Lawrence | Stars: Stanley Baker, Peter Cushing, Georgina Ward, Mai Zetterling

Votes: 248

29. The Hunter Will Get You (1976)

110 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

L'Alpagueur is a free-lance spy from the French secret agency. He's put on the investigation about L'epervier, a serial-killer who employs young boys to help him robbing banks before ... See full summary »

Director: Philippe Labro | Stars: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Bruno Cremer, Jean Négroni, Patrick Fierry

Votes: 1,649

30. Shoot the Piano Player (1960)

Not Rated | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Charlie is approached by his crook brother Chico, who is chased by two gangsters. Charlie helps him to escape, but he upsets the criminals, so when his brother Fido is kidnapped, Charlie has to take an attitude with tragic consequences.

Director: François Truffaut | Stars: Charles Aznavour, Marie Dubois, Nicole Berger, Michèle Mercier

Votes: 16,246

31. The French Detective (1975)

91 min | Crime, Drama

When political thugs murder an opponent's volunteer and also kill a cop, chief inspector Verjeat believes the politician who hired them is as guilty as the murderous goon. Verjeat's pursuit... See full summary »

Director: Pierre Granier-Deferre | Stars: Lino Ventura, Patrick Dewaere, Victor Lanoux, Julien Guiomar

Votes: 1,286

32. Cop or Hood (1979)

PG | 107 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

Commissaire Stanislas Borowitz is going undercover as gangster Antonio Cerutti in order to expose corrupted policemen.

Director: Georges Lautner | Stars: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Georges Géret, Jean-François Balmer, Claude Brosset

Votes: 1,899

33. The Night Caller (1975)

R | 91 min | Action, Thriller, Drama

Commissaire Letellier and Inspector Moissac are tracking Minos, a serial killer whose victims are women.

Director: Henri Verneuil | Stars: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Charles Denner, Adalberto Maria Merli, Rosy Varte

Votes: 2,793

34. Body of My Enemy (1976)

116 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Francois always despised the textile barons who ruled his local town. But he fell in love with the family heiress Gilberte. Ten years ago, he would have married her. Now only hatred holds them together. Francois is accused of murder. A hooker and a football star lie slaughtered. He thinks he has been framed by the mob. Going underground, he finds that the trail leads all the way to the top - to ... See full summary »

Director: Henri Verneuil | Stars: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Bernard Blier, Marie-France Pisier, Charles Gérard

Votes: 1,266

35. Scoumoune (1972)

101 min | Crime, Drama

For more than 15 years, two Marseille friends and criminals battle the law, rival gangs, prison authorities and even mined beaches in order to survive.

Director: José Giovanni | Stars: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Claudia Cardinale, Michel Constantin, Enrique Lucero

Votes: 881

36. Man on the Run (1949)

80 min | Drama, Thriller

An Army deserter, still a fugitive in Post-War Britain, wanders into a pawn-shop robbery and finds himself wanted for murder. He meets a war widow who helps him elude the police while he ... See full summary »

Director: Lawrence Huntington | Stars: Joan Hopkins, Derek Farr, Edward Chapman, Laurence Harvey

Votes: 98

37. The October Man (1947)

Not Rated | 95 min | Crime, Mystery

Jim Ackland, who suffers from a head injury sustained in a bus crash, is the chief suspect in a murder hunt, when a girl that he has just met is found dead on the local common, and he has ... See full summary »

Director: Roy Ward Baker | Stars: John Mills, Joan Greenwood, Edward Chapman, Kay Walsh

Votes: 930

38. Odd Man Out (1947)

Not Rated | 116 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A wounded Irish nationalist leader attempts to evade police following a failed robbery in Belfast.

Director: Carol Reed | Stars: James Mason, Robert Newton, Cyril Cusack, F.J. McCormick

Votes: 8,307

39. The Third Man (1949)

Not Rated | 93 min | Film-Noir, Mystery, Thriller

97 Metascore

Pulp novelist Holly Martins travels to shadowy, postwar Vienna, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend, Harry Lime.

Director: Carol Reed | Stars: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, Trevor Howard

Votes: 150,486 | Gross: $0.45M

40. Le Deuxième Souffle (1966)

Not Rated | 150 min | Crime, Drama

A gangster escapes jail and quickly makes plans to continue his criminal ways elsewhere, but a determined inspector is closing in.

Director: Jean-Pierre Melville | Stars: Lino Ventura, Paul Meurisse, Raymond Pellegrin, Christine Fabréga

Votes: 4,843

41. Murder on the Campus (1961)

61 min | Mystery

When reporter Mark Kingston's student brother falls from his Cambridge college window, he makes haste from the States to set out to prove that it would not have been suicide, but was rather murder.

Director: Michael Winner | Stars: Terence Longdon, Donald Gray, Dermot Walsh, Robertson Hare

Votes: 136

42. Seven Keys (1961)

57 min | Crime, Drama

An ex-con goes looking for his late cellmate's hidden loot.

Director: Pat Jackson | Stars: Jeannie Carson, Alan Dobie, Delphi Lawrence, John Carson

Votes: 69

43. Un Flic (1972)

PG | 98 min | Crime, Thriller

72 Metascore

After a shaky first heist, a group of thieves plan an even more elaborate- and more risky- second heist.

Director: Jean-Pierre Melville | Stars: Alain Delon, Richard Crenna, Catherine Deneuve, Riccardo Cucciolla

Votes: 7,031 | Gross: $0.05M

44. Touchez Pas au Grisbi (1954)

Not Rated | 83 min | Crime, Drama

85 Metascore

An aging, world-weary gangster is double-crossed and forced out of retirement when his best friend is kidnapped and their stash of eight stolen gold bars demanded as ransom.

Director: Jacques Becker | Stars: Jean Gabin, René Dary, Dora Doll, Vittorio Sanipoli

Votes: 6,280 | Gross: $0.13M

45. Robbery (1967)

110 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A group of British criminals plans the robbery of the Royal Mail train on the Glasgow-London route.