Lists: Drama, Crime / Heist

Brief Synopsis: "There was before Breathless, and there was after Breathless. Jean-Luc Godard burst onto the film scene in 1960 with this jazzy, free-form, and sexy homage to the American film genres that inspired him as a writer for Cahiers du cinéma. With its lack of polish, surplus of attitude, anything-goes crime narrative, and effervescent young stars Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg, Breathless helped launch the French New Wave and ensured cinema would never be the same."

Overall Ranking: 686 (Rank from 1960: # 3)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 75%
Regular 0%
Half-Popped 25%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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Reviewer Rating Review Secondary Ratings
Patrick Devitt100
David Baruffi97(full review)
Paul's Trip To The Movies88(full review)
Bryan Lienesch42 - Short, choppy direction and cinematography that practically leaves you nauseous as you try to follow a protagonist with ironically almost no redeeming qualities. I, for one, just don't get it.
Comedy: 2
Sex Appeal: 3
Scary: 3
Rewatch: 2

People Involved

  • Jean-Paul Belmondo (Michel Poiccard)
  • Jean Seberg (Patricia Franchini)
  • Daniel Boulanger (Police Inspector Vital)
  • Jean-Pierre Melville (Parvulesco)
  • Henri-Jacques Huet (Antonio Berrutti)
  • Van Doude (The Journalist)
  • Claude Mansard (Claudius Mansard)
  • Jean-Luc Godard (The Informist)
  • Richard Balducci (Tolmatchoff)
  • Roger Hanin (Cal Zombach)
  • Georges de Beauregard (Director)