Plein Soleil (René Clément, France, 1960)

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Delon is a terrifically good in the role: his almost unearthly perfection is creepy itself, as if he is imitating a human being.
— Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

Alain Delon’s first staring role was as novelist Patricia Highsmith’s Tom Ripley – an immoral fantasist and sociopath who will stop at nothing to usurp another man’s life. Remade by Anthony Minghella in 1999 as The Talented Mr Rippley, Plein Soleil is the original – and arguably – the best adaptation of Highsmith’s 1955 novel.