16 French series in the detective thriller genre

Love movies in the detective thriller genre, but have already reviewed all the standing American and Scandinavian television series ? We suggest paying attention to the works of French cinema. In recent years, France has filmed quite a few serious, “strong” projects in this niche, including multi-series ones. Below are the best French thriller and detective series that are definitely worth watching.

Crimson Rivers (2018 – 2020)

The novelty of French cinema is the adaptation of the cult detective thriller by Jean-Christophe Granget in the format of a television series. This time Commissioner Nyemans will be accompanied by his partner Camille Delaunay. Together, detectives investigate sophisticated crimes in the backwoods of the countryside, where chilling rituals are still performed. Hypnotically unhurried and beautiful narrative of sadistic murders against the background of the picturesque places of France.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:
Les rivières pourpres

Actors:
Olivier Marchal, Erica Saint, Michelangelo Marchese…

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 6.8


Cain (2012 – 2020)

In the list of the best – a French modern series in the genre of a police detective with a non-standard protagonist, in the spirit of Dr. House. Detective Captain Frederick Cain is on probation after a drug accident . In addition, Fred is confined to a wheelchair. But this does not prevent the Marseille detective from solving complicated crimes and practicing black humor , including at his own expense.

Original title:
Caïn

Actors:
Smady Wolfman, Murad Budaud, Julie Delarme…

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 6.9

Age limit:
16+


Dead Zone (2017 – 2019)

In a town located on the edge of a forest, in an area where there is no mobile signal, mysterious murders take place. The main character, Inspector Lauren Weiss, discovers new victims. An investigator from the prosecutor’s office is sent to Villefranche to help local servants of the law. Thriller in cool gloomy tones, filmed by France together with Belgium, is intended for fans of a detective story with elements of mysticism.

Original title:
Zone Blanche

Actors:
Sulian Brahim, Hubert Delattre, Lauren Capelluto …

Country:
France, Belgium

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 7.5


The Mysterious Murders of Agatha Christie (2009 – 2019)

Police Commissioner Larosière is the new star of police detective work. With his clumsy assistant Emile Lampion, the talented inspector takes on the most puzzling cases. One of the best new series based on the detective stories of Agatha Christie, conveys in detail the atmosphere of France in the first half of the 20th century. Stylish interpretation of the plots, “translated” from English into French, will appeal to lovers of national color and lively Gallic humor.

Original title:
Les petits meurtres d’Agatha Christie

Actors:
Blandine Bellevour, Samuel Labarthe, Elodie Frank…

Country:
France, Switzerland

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 7.6

Age restrictions:
18+


Chalet (2017 – 2018)

A classic example of a chamber European detective story with thriller elements. Events unfold in a secluded place, in a beautiful alpine village, among a small circle of people. Childhood friends come to the family chalet for a wedding . A mountain bridge collapses behind the guests, and then mobile communications fail. The heroes of the thriller find themselves cut off from civilization, alone with the past that has overtaken them.

Original title:
Le chalet

Actors:
Chloe Lambert, Philippe Dusso, Blanche Weisberg…

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 7.0


Nicolas le Floc (2008 – 2018)

How did the police cope in the time of Louis XV, when they built political conspiracies , killed for the sake of inheritance, conjured and schemed without a break for lunch? A masterfully made movie with the main character, investigator Nicolas le Floc, will tell about the risky work of the Parisian operatives. Reliable details and authentic furnishings guarantee immersion in the era of kings and executioners. Historical costumed films feature prominently in the list of the best detective series in France.

Original title:
Nicolas Le Floch

Actors:
Jérôme Robar, Matia Mlekyuz, François Caron…

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 8.4


Mantis (2017)

Serial killer Jeanne Deber makes an agreement with the French police. A criminal nicknamed Mantis will take part in the hunt for her imitator. However, from the entire list of French detectives, the heroine of the series agrees to cooperate in the investigation with only one detective – her own son. Damien, who has not seen Jeanne for 25 years, is forced to reacquaint himself with his mother, a crime legend in Paris. The popular foreign thriller combines a detective line with a family drama. The son will have to find out how the mother came to such a life.

Original title:
La Mante

Actors:
Karol Bouquet, Fred Testo, Manon Azem…

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 7.4

Age restrictions:
16+


Witnesses (2014 – 2017)

There is no rest under the moon for a retired policeman from a northern town on the coast of the English Channel. A photo of former detective Paul Maisonevre turned up at the scene of an unusual crime at night. Someone dug up the bodies from the graves and placed them in houses for sale. What does the picture have to do with it, and what is behind the provocation, will become clear after the disturbed cop returns to work. According to the traditions of the new series produced in France, the investigation will be conducted by a duo of detectives. A young woman helps a veteran criminal investigator to get to the bottom of the truth.

Original title:
Les témoins

Actors:
Marie Dompnier, Jan Hammeneker, Alexander Carrière…

Country:
France, Belgium

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 7.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Beyond the Walls (2016)

In the house that Lisa inherited from an unknown donor, a noise is heard behind the wall. Having punched a hole, the girl finds herself in another building with endless rooms where strange creatures are located. Who are they, and what if there is a connection with the dead, who died because of someone’s transgression? Close and distant, relatives or comrades abandoned on the battlefield? Is there a way out of the labyrinth for the perpetrators of someone else’s death? The French mystical mini-series for the evening will appeal to fans of extraordinary detective films with philosophical overtones.

Original title:
Au dela des murs

Actors:
Werle Batens, Francois Debloc, Geraldine Chaplin …

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 7.0

Age restrictions:
16+


Raid (2009 – 2016)

A police officer, who is threatened with a prison term , shot himself in the investigator’s office. The widow of a suicide is left without financial support, and the children are humiliated, calling their father a sexual pervert. Four detectives from the homicide department are taken to remove unfair accusations from a friend. How will brutal colleagues beat out the truth, and how far will the forbidden tricks of unshaven guys in frayed leather jackets lead? A highly rated French detective is in the top of the best crime series of recent years.

Original title:
Braquo

Actors:
Jean-Hugues Anglade, Joseph Malherba, Karol Rocher …

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 8.0

Age restrictions:
16+


Disappearance (2015)

Commissioner Molina and his partner Camille Guerin are investigating the missing 17-year-old Lia Morel. The girl, along with her friends, went to a music festival in Lyon, but did not return home. Friends and relatives of Leah fall under suspicion, new unsightly circumstances come to light. Why do familiar girls hide their stay at the holiday, and who will be the next victim?

Original title:
Disparue

Actors:
Francois-Xavier Demaison, Pierre-Francois Martin-Laval, Alix Poisson…

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 7.4

Age restrictions:
18+


Lakeside Disappearance (2015)

The return to her hometown of police officer Liz Stoker turns into her participation in a local investigation. After the party , young Chloe disappears without a trace, and 15 years ago, two of Liz’s friends also disappeared at the lake. How are these events connected, and what will emerge in the course of solving the crime? Six episodes of the series contain all the best French movie chips – from the mystical thriller puzzles to the classic provincial detective.

Original title:
Le mystère du lac

Actors:
Barbara Schulz, Marie-Anne Chazelle, Lannick Gautry…

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.8


Passenger (2014 – 2015)

The discovery at the station of an unknown corpse with a bull’s head on led the investigation to a mysterious concern. It turned out that psychotropic drugs are being produced there and secret experiments are being carried out on people. After taking experimental substances, a person turns into a “passenger without luggage” – an altered personality with an erased memory. The Minotaur case brings detective Anais Châtelet and psychiatrist Matthias Frere together. The French series in the detective thriller genre is marked by a high rating and the best reviews from viewers.

Original title:
Le passager

Actors:
Jean-Hugues Anglade, Raphael Agoge, Mikael Cohen …

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 6.4


Joe (2013)

The detective, which can be called a tourist one, demonstrates the sights of Paris for eight episodes. Murders take place on Place Vendôme, on the territory of the Catacombs, the Eiffel Tower and other iconic places in France. The hardened veteran of the elite homicide department Joe St. Clair is catching criminals along with a young police officer Bayard. The mini-series is not bad as a detective, but it will especially please fans of the actor Jean Reno and views of the French capital.

Original title:
Jo

Actors:
Jean Reno, Jill Hennessy, Tom Austin …

Country:
France, UK

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 6.6

Age restrictions:
12+


Dangerous Secrets (2007)

The exciting plot of the film starts with a spectacular fall of a woman through a glass roof onto a piano in the hotel hall. When the victim is a gun and a piece of paper with four female names. The first one on the list is no longer alive. What awaits the rest, who do not want to reveal ladies’ secrets? As the cops circle the mystery, friendships flare up between the “girls” as they jointly try to find an explanation for what’s going on. The witty, light-hearted French-style series will offer not only a murder investigation story, but also a lot of interesting dialogue and characters.

Original title:
Suspectes

Actors:
Ingrid Chauvin, Karina Lombard, Elodie Frank …

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 6.1

Age restrictions:
16+


Family Night Murders (2006)

Three brothers and their companions gather in an old French castle on the eve of World War II . The feuding members of the family are brought to the family nest by the 70th anniversary of Simon Le Tescu, the head of the clan. From whose hand will the patriarch die on his jubilee? What new unexpected outcome has the queen of detective novels Agatha Christie prepared for the French series?

Original title:
Petits meurtres en famille

Actors:
Robert Hossein, Elsa Silberstein, Bruno Todeschini …

Country:
France, Switzerland, Belgium

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 7.2

Age restrictions:
16+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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