Jean-Pierre Melville is still your man although it depends on why
you liked Le Samourai, by that i mean if you liked it for its methodical approach, its minimal use of dialogue at times or its overall criminal theme.
In terms of criminal themes and methodical approach i can easily recommend other Melville stuff, Les Doulos
, Le Deuxieme Souffle
and Le Cercle Rouge
, even Un Flic
is decent enough (maybe not on the same level) if you can ignore the obvious train set scenes which were honestly not as bad as people make it out to be, that movie gets tons of critique i think because people expected the biggest production yet.
In terms of minimal use of dialogue then sometimes they get that rhythm but not as quite or continuous as Samourai
, Melville usually picked or made dialogue rich material (aside from the "assault/heist" sequences) and did use some of his actors to full use, particularly Paul Meurisse, but when the soon-to-die Alain Delon was around he bended things to make it more deadpan and cold than argumentative or enthusiastic like Belmondo or Ventura were; Delon's cold demeanor was pretty fit for such things.
I'd say go for Cercle Rouge
although personally (and without having seen Bob Le Flambeur
) i think his most compelling crime genre work was Deuxieme Souffle
and that's one he didn't even write, maybe that's why :^)