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List Rules Vote up the slickest, most stylish, most entertaining noirs.

Sex, murder, and mystery come together in classic noir films. The top old noir movies feature an unsuspecting protagonist getting swept up in a world of intrigue. This is a list of the greatest famous noir movies, including everything from The Maltese Falcon to Sweet Smell of Success to House by the River.

What films will you find on this list of the best noir movies in the genre? In Sunset Boulevard, a writer gets lost in a forgotten star's life of fantasy. William Holden and Gloria Swanson captivate in this 1950 film. The Third Man is another one of the best classic noir films ever made. Barbara Stanwyck stars as a murderous housewife in the 1944 noir masterpiece Double Indemnity. Other good movies featured on this list include Port of Shadows, The Killers, and Touch of Evil.

Which old noir movie do you think deserves the top spot on this list? Vote your favorites up to number one, and please add any classic films that are missing.

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Out of the Past is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Classic Noir Movies, Ranked
Guest_1c2207ae-65db-47c5-9ea2-46cf1726d035 added Out of the Past Kirk Douglas, Robert Mitchum, Rhonda Fleming Out of the Past is a 1947 film noir directed by Jacques Tourneur and starring Robert Mitchum, Jane Greer and Kirk Douglas. The film was adapted by Daniel Mainwaring, with uncredited revisions by Frank Fenton and James M. Cain, from his novel ...more

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Double indemnity is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Classic Noir Movies, Ranked
Double Indemnity Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson

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Murder, My Sweet is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Classic Noir Movies, Ranked
Murder, My Sweet Claire Trevor, Dick Powell, Mike Mazurki Murder, My Sweet is a 1944 American film noir, directed by Edward Dmytryk and starring Dick Powell, Claire Trevor, and Anne Shirley. The film is based on Raymond Chandler's 1940 novel Farewell, My Lovely. A second film adaptation of the novel ...more

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The Maltese Falcon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Classic Noir Movies, Ranked
The Maltese Falcon Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre, Mary Astor The Maltese Falcon is a 1941 Warner Bros. film noir based on the novel of the same name by Dashiell Hammett. Directed by John Huston, the film stars Humphrey Bogart as private investigator Sam Spade and Mary Astor as his femme fatale client. ...more

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Touch of Evil is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Classic Noir Movies, Ranked
Touch Of Evil Charlton Heston, Orson Welles, Marlene Dietrich Touch of Evil is a 1958 American crime thriller film, written, directed by, and co-starring Orson Welles. The screenplay was loosely based on the novel Badge of Evil by Whit Masterson. Along with Welles, the cast includes Charlton Heston, Janet ...more

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The Third Man is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Classic Noir Movies, Ranked
The Third Man Orson Welles, Trevor Howard, Joseph Cotten The Third Man is a 1949 British film noir, directed by Carol Reed and starring Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, Orson Welles, and Trevor Howard. It is considered one of the greatest films of all time, celebrated for its atmospheric cinematography, ...more

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Laura is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Classic Noir Movies, Ranked
Laura Gene Tierney, Clifton Webb, Judith Anderson Laura is a 1944 American film noir produced and directed by Otto Preminger. It stars Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews, and Clifton Webb along with Vincent Price and Judith Anderson. The screenplay by Jay Dratler, Samuel Hoffenstein, and Betty ...more

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Sunset Boulevard is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Classic Noir Movies, Ranked
Sunset Boulevard William Holden, Buster Keaton, Gloria Swanson Sunset Boulevard—stylized onscreen as SUNSET BLVD.—is a 1950 American film noir directed and co-written by Billy Wilder, and produced and co-written by Charles Brackett. It was named after the boulevard that runs through Los Angeles and Beverly ...more

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Strangers on a Train is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Classic Noir Movies, Ranked
Guest_1c2207ae-65db-47c5-9ea2-46cf1726d035 added Strangers on a Train Alfred Hitchcock, Farley Granger, Leo G. Carroll Strangers on a Train is an American psychological crime thriller film produced and directed by Alfred Hitchcock, and based on the 1950 novel of the same name by Patricia Highsmith. It was shot in the autumn of 1950 and released by Warner Bros. ...more

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The Big Sleep is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Classic Noir Movies, Ranked
The Big Sleep Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart, Dorothy Malone The Big Sleep is a 1946 film noir directed by Howard Hawks, the first film version of Raymond Chandler's 1939 novel of the same name. The movie stars Humphrey Bogart as detective Philip Marlowe and Lauren Bacall as Vivian Rutledge in a story ...more

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White Heat is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Classic Noir Movies, Ranked
White Heat James Cagney, Edmond O'Brien, Virginia Mayo White Heat is a 1949 film noir starring James Cagney, Virginia Mayo and Edmond O'Brien and featuring Margaret Wycherly and Steve Cochran. Directed by Raoul Walsh from the Ivan Goff and Ben Roberts screenplay based on a story by Virginia ...more

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Dark Passage is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Classic Noir Movies, Ranked
Guest_1c2207ae-65db-47c5-9ea2-46cf1726d035 added Dark Passage Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart, Agnes Moorehead Dark Passage is a Warner Bros. film noir directed by Delmer Daves and starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. The film is based on the novel of the same name by David Goodis. It was the third of four films real-life couple Bacall and Bogart ...more

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D.O.A. is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Classic Noir Movies, Ranked
D.O.A. Edmond O'Brien, Pamela Britton, Luther Adler

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In a Lonely Place is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Classic Noir Movies, Ranked
In A Lonely Place Humphrey Bogart, Gloria Grahame, Frank Lovejoy In a Lonely Place is a 1950 film noir directed by Nicholas Ray, and starring Humphrey Bogart and Gloria Grahame, produced for Bogart's Santana Productions. The script was adapted by Edmund North from the 1947 novel In a Lonely Place by Dorothy ...more

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The Asphalt Jungle is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Classic Noir Movies, Ranked
The Asphalt Jungle Marilyn Monroe, Jack Warden, James Whitmore The Asphalt Jungle is a 1950 film noir directed by John Huston. The caper film is based on the 1949 novel of the same name by W. R. Burnett and stars an ensemble cast including Sterling Hayden, Jean Hagen, Sam Jaffe, Louis Calhern, James ...more

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The Killing is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Classic Noir Movies, Ranked
Guest_1c2207ae-65db-47c5-9ea2-46cf1726d035 added The Killing Sterling Hayden, Coleen Gray, Vince Edwards The Killing is a 1956 film noir produced by James B. Harris and directed by Stanley Kubrick. It was written by Kubrick and Jim Thompson and based on the novel Clean Break by Lionel White. The drama features Sterling Hayden, Coleen Gray, Vince ...more

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The Big Heat is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Classic Noir Movies, Ranked
The Big Heat Lee Marvin, Glenn Ford, Carolyn Jones The Big Heat is a 1953 film noir directed by Fritz Lang, starring Glenn Ford, Gloria Grahame and Lee Marvin. It is about a cop who takes on the crime syndicate that controls his city, after the murder of his wife. The film was written by former ...more

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Detour is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Classic Noir Movies, Ranked
Detour Ann Savage, Tom Neal, Tim Ryan Detour is a 1945 film noir thriller that stars Tom Neal and Ann Savage. The film was adapted by Martin Goldsmith and Martin Mooney from Goldsmith's novel of the same name and was directed by Edgar G. Ulmer. The 68-minute film was released by ...more

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Criss Cross is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Classic Noir Movies, Ranked
Criss Cross Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, Yvonne De Carlo Criss Cross is a 1949 film noir starring Burt Lancaster, directed by Robert Siodmak from Don Tracy's novel of the same name. This black-and-white film was shot partly on location in the Bunker Hill section of Los Angeles. The film was written ...more

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The Killers is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Classic Noir Movies, Ranked
The Killers Ronald Reagan, Angie Dickinson, Lee Marvin The Killers, released in the UK as Ernest Hemingway's "The Killers", is a 1964 crime film directed by Don Siegel, starring Lee Marvin, John Cassavetes, Angie Dickinson and Ronald Reagan, and released by Universal Studios. The movie ...more

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Kiss Me Deadly is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Classic Noir Movies, Ranked
Kiss Me Deadly Cloris Leachman, Nat King Cole, Jack Elam Kiss Me Deadly is a 1955 film noir drama produced and directed by Robert Aldrich starring Ralph Meeker. The screenplay was written by A.I. Bezzerides, based on the Mickey Spillane Mike Hammer mystery novel Kiss Me, Deadly. Kiss Me Deadly is ...more

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This Gun for Hire is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Classic Noir Movies, Ranked
Guest_1c2207ae-65db-47c5-9ea2-46cf1726d035 added This Gun for Hire Veronica Lake, Alan Ladd, Robert Preston This Gun for Hire is a 1942 film noir, directed by Frank Tuttle and based on the novel A Gun for Sale by Graham Greene. The film stars Veronica Lake, Robert Preston, Laird Cregar, and Alan Ladd.

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House by the River is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Classic Noir Movies, Ranked
House By The River Jane Wyatt, Kathleen Freeman, Louis Hayward House by the River is a 1950 Gothic film noir directed by Fritz Lang, and starring Louis Hayward, Jane Wyatt, Lee Bowman, and Dorothy Patrick.

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Gun Crazy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Classic Noir Movies, Ranked
Gun Crazy Russ Tamblyn, Peggy Cummins, Trevor Bardette Gun Crazy is a 1950 film noir feature film directed by Joseph H. Lewis, and produced by Frank King and Maurice King. The production features Peggy Cummins and John Dall in a story about the crime-spree of a gun-toting husband and wife. The ...more

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Alphaville is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Classic Noir Movies, Ranked
Alphaville Anna Karina, Jean Piere Leaud, Akim Tamiroff Alphaville: une étrange aventure de Lemmy Caution is a 1965 black-and-white French science fiction film noir directed by Jean-Luc Godard. It stars Eddie Constantine, Anna Karina, Howard Vernon and Akim Tamiroff. The film won the Golden ...more

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Ride the Pink Horse is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Classic Noir Movies, Ranked
Guest_1c2207ae-65db-47c5-9ea2-46cf1726d035 added Ride the Pink Horse Robert Montgomery, Fred Clark, Andrea King Ride the Pink Horse is a 1947 American crime film noir produced by Universal Studios. It was directed by the actor Robert Montgomery from a screenplay by Ben Hecht, which was based on a novel of the same name by Dorothy B. Hughes. The drama ...more

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The Narrow Margin is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Classic Noir Movies, Ranked
JerryDurrwachter added The Narrow Margin Charles McGraw, George Chandler, Marie Windsor The Narrow Margin is a 1952 American film noir directed by Richard Fleischer and written by Earl Felton, based on an unpublished story written by Martin Goldsmith and Jack Leonard. The screenplay by Earl Felton was nominated for an Academy ...more

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Sweet Smell of Success is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Classic Noir Movies, Ranked
Sweet Smell Of Success Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, Nick Adams Sweet Smell of Success is a 1957 American film noir/drama film made by Hill-Hecht-Lancaster Productions and released by United Artists. It was directed by Alexander Mackendrick and stars Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, Susan Harrison and Martin ...more

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Port of Shadows is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Classic Noir Movies, Ranked
Port Of Shadows Jean Gabin, Michèle Morgan, Pierre Brasseur Port of Shadows is a 1938 French film directed by Marcel Carné. It stars Jean Gabin, Michel Simon and Michèle Morgan. The screenplay was written by Jacques Prévert based on a novel by Pierre Mac Orlan. The music score was ...more

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Sex is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Classic Noir Movies, Ranked
Ahmed Mohamed0 added Sex Sex is a coffee table book written by Madonna, with photographs taken by Steven Meisel Studio and film frames shot by Fabien Baron. The book was edited by Glenn O'Brien and was released on October 21, 1992, by Warner Books, Maverick and ...more