1937: Pépé le Moko


Paris Film

– Director: Julien Duvivier

– Stacker score: 91.7

– Metascore: 98

– IMDb user rating: 7.8

– Runtime: 94 minutes

Based on a novel of the same name, this French romantic drama takes place in the Casbah quarter of Algiers. While hiding out from the authorities, crime boss Pépé le Moko, played by Jean Gabin, falls for a Parisian woman, played by Mireille Balin. In his review, writer Graham Greene claimed it “raised the thriller to the level of poetry.”