Jean-Pierre Melville

Jean-Pierre Melville

Highest Rated: 100% Le samouraï (1967)

Lowest Rated: 73% Les Enfants terribles (The Strange Ones) (1950)

Birthday: Oct 20, 1917

Birthplace: Not Available

Jean-Pierre Melville (born Jean-Pierre Grumbach) was an amateur filmmaker as a teenager who, after the start of World War II, began making his own independent short and feature films. He hit his stride in the '50s with his memorable adaptation of Jean Cocteau's novel, Les Enfants Terribles, and, over the next 20 years, specialized in intelligent and exciting crime films, most notably Bob le Flambeur, Le Doulos (aka The Finger Man), Le Samouraï, Le Cercle Rouge, and Un Flic. Melville also acted in his own Deux Hommes Dans Manhattan, as well as Cocteau's Orphee, Jean-Luc Godard's À Bout de Souffle (aka Breathless), and Claude Chabrol's Landru (aka Bluebeard). He died in 1973.

Highest Rated Movies



81% A Cop (Un Flic) Director Screenwriter $48.5K 2013
95% Le Cercle Rouge Director Screenwriter 1970
97% Army of Shadows (L'Armée des ombres) Director Screenwriter 1969
100% Le samouraï Director Producer 1967
100% Le Deuxième souffle (Second Breath) Director 1966
No Score Yet L'aîné des Ferchaux (Magnet of Doom) Director 1963
No Score Yet Bluebeard (Landru) Mandel 1963
97% Le Doulos Screenwriter Director 1962
96% Léon Morin, Prêtre (Leon Morin, Priest) (The Forgiven Sinner) Director Screenwriter 1961
97% Breathless Parvulesco $0.4M 1961
No Score Yet Two Men in Manhattan (Deux hommes dans Manhattan) Moreau Screenwriter Director 1959
97% Bob le Flambeur Screenwriter Producer Director $5.1K 1955
No Score Yet When You Read This Letter (Quand tu Liras Cette Lettre) Director 1953
73% Les Enfants terribles (The Strange Ones) Screenwriter 1950
97% Orphée (Orpheus) Hotel Manager 1950
100% Le Silence de la Mer Director 1949


Parvulesco says: His greatest ambition is to become immortal, then die.