Watch Now: RIDER ON THE RAIN
In 1970, filmmaker René Clément directed the French mystery thriller Le Passager de la pluie (Rider on the Rain) starring Charles Bronson and Marlène Jobert. The French actress plays Mellie, a married woman who gets sexually assaulted in her own home. After managing to kill her rapist, the traumatized Mellie disposes of the body and confides in no one. But her secret will not stay hidden for long, because an American by the name of Dobbs (Bronson) appears before her the very next day, with claims of a corpse being found.
With a script written by Sébastien Japrisot, the critically acclaimed Rider on the Rain went on to win a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film. It has also been alleged that Jim Morrison was such a fan of Clément’s film, that the 1971 song Riders on the Storm was inspired by it. This suspenseful and immersive thriller that pays homage to Hitchcock ended up being shot in two versions, seeing as how the scenes that contained a lot of dialogue were filmed both in French and in English. Bronson even went the extra mile and memorized his French dialogue so that it could be successfully dubbed in post-production.