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The Best Film Noir Movies

A list of the best film noir movies. While not every film noir is on this list, the best film noir titles are here. If you believe we missed one of the film noir classics, though, feel free to add it to the list of the best film noir titles yourself. Film Noir began in the 1940's and continued into the 1950's. Today we have neo-noir.

What are the best film noir movies? Borrowing high contrast cinematography from Germany, film noir based its storytelling on characters who were ultimately doomed. Film noir filmmakers were also masters of skirting the Hays Code (censorship in the name of decency) through the use of implication, subtext, and suggestive dialogue in their film noir classics. Today, Film Noir is easily one of the most resilient genres to survive the Hays Code, with films that still stand up to today's modern films.

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    Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson, Fred MacMurray Released: 1944

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    the people's #1 & most listed Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre, Mary Astor Released: 1941

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    Orson Welles, Trevor Howard, Joseph Cotten Released: 1949

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    Alfred Hitchcock, Farley Granger, Leo G. Carroll Released: 1951

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    Buster Keaton, William Holden, Yvette Vickers Released: 1950

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    Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart, Edward G. Robinson Released: 1948

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    Charlton Heston, Orson Welles, Marlene Dietrich Released: 1958

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    Vincent Price, Gene Tierney, Judith Anderson Released: 1944

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    Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, Lillian Gish Released: 1955

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    Kirk Douglas, Robert Mitchum, Rhonda Fleming Released: 1947

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    Alfred Hitchcock, Teresa Wright, Hume Cronyn Released: 1943

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    James Stewart, Robert Mitchum, Joan Collins Released: 1946

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Ingrid Bergman, Cary Grant, Alfred Hitchcock Released: 1946

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    Rita Hayworth, Glenn Ford, Mark Roberts Released: 1946

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    Lana Turner, Hume Cronyn, John Garfield

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    ranked low on reranks & added by LaurieM Kim Basinger, Russell Crowe, Kevin Spacey

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    Sterling Hayden, Vince Edwards, Marie Windsor Released: 1956

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    James Stewart, Kim Novak, Alfred Hitchcock

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    Peter Lorre, Theo Lingen, Georg John

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Humphrey Bogart, Gloria Grahame, Frank Lovejoy Released: 1950

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    Barry Fitzgerald, Howard Duff, Don Taylor Released: 1948

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    Marilyn Monroe, Jack Warden, James Whitmore Released: 1950

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    Cary Grant, Peter Lorre, Raymond Massey

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    ranked low on reranks James Cagney, Edmond O'Brien, Virginia Mayo Released: 1949

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    Cloris Leachman, Nat King Cole, Jack Elam Released: 1955

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    Lee Marvin, Glenn Ford, Carolyn Jones Released: 1953

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    Gene Tierney, Richard Widmark, Herbert Lom Released: 1950

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    Frank Sinatra, Angela Lansbury, Janet Leigh

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    Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, Nick Adams Released: 1957

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    Joan Crawford, Eve Arden, Butterfly McQueen Released: 1945

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    Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett, Raymond Massey Released: 1944

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    James Stewart, Doris Day, Alfred Hitchcock

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    added by Lons Ann Savage, Tom Neal, Tim Ryan

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    Ava Gardner, Burt Lancaster, Edmond O'Brien Released: 1946

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    Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett, Dan Duryea Released: 1945

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    James Stewart, Alfred Hitchcock, Farley Granger

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    Jane Wyman, Ray Milland, Frank Faylen Released: 1945

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    Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney, Ann Sheridan Released: 1938

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Richard Widmark, Thelma Ritter, Milburn Stone Released: 1953

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    Charles Laughton, Ray Milland, Harry Morgan Released: 1948

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    Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart, Walter Brennan

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    Kirk Douglas, Jan Sterling, Iron Eyes Cody Released: 1951

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    Judith Anderson, Walter Huston, Barry Fitzgerald

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    Rita Hayworth, Orson Welles, Errol Flynn Released: 1947

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    Ingrid Bergman, Alfred Hitchcock, Gregory Peck Released: 1945

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    added by Harry Greenstuff Edmond O'Brien, Frank Lovejoy, William Talman

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    added by Lons Mickey Rourke, Kathleen Turner, William Hurt

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    Tyrone Power, Joan Blondell, Mike Mazurki Released: 1947

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    added by LaurieM Holly Hunter, Frances McDormand, M. Emmet Walsh

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