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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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    Walter Huston, Mary Astor, Humphrey Bogart Released: 1941

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

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    Trevor Howard, Paul Hörbiger, Orson Welles Released: 1949

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    Jack Webb, Hedda Hopper, Yvette Vickers Released: 1950

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    Marion Lorne, Alfred Hitchcock, Robert Walker Released: 1951

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    Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, Beulah Quo

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

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    Lillian Gish, Peter Graves, Corey Allen Released: 1955

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    Dorothy Adams, Kathleen Howard, Gene Tierney Released: 1944

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    Zsa Zsa Gábor, Janet Leigh, Dennis Weaver Released: 1958

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    Teresa Wright, Macdonald Carey, Alfred Hitchcock Released: 1943

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    Kirk Douglas, Dickie Moore, Rhonda Fleming Released: 1947

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    Leon Ames, Jeff York, Audrey Totter

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    Barbara Bel Geddes, Henry Jones, Alfred Hitchcock

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    Cary Grant, Claude Rains, Alfred Hitchcock Released: 1946

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    Kim Basinger, Graham Beckel, Simon Baker

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    Edward Fox, Joan Collins, Colin Blakely Released: 1946

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    Glenn Ford, Ludwig Donath, Steven Geray Released: 1946

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    Jay Adler, Dorothy Adams, Harry Hines Released: 1956

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    Theodor Loos, Gerhard Bienert, Paul Kemp

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    James Whitmore, Jack Warden, Marilyn Monroe Released: 1950

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    Edward G. Robinson, Thomas E. Jackson, Joan Bennett Released: 1944

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    Walter Huston, June Duprez, Queenie Leonard

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    Bernard Herrmann, Doris Day, Carolyn Jones

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    Laurence Harvey, Angela Lansbury, Janet Leigh

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    Lauren Bacall, Walter Brennan, Humphrey Bogart

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    Gloria Grahame, Humphrey Bogart, Frank Lovejoy Released: 1950

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    Don Taylor, Dorothy Hart, Howard Duff Released: 1948

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    Edmond O'Brien, James Cagney, Margaret Wycherly Released: 1949

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    Glenn Ford, Carolyn Jones, Gloria Grahame Released: 1953

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    Butterfly McQueen, Zachary Scott, Ramsay Ames Released: 1945

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    Ann Savage, Tom Neal, Tim Ryan

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    Alfred Hitchcock, Gregory Peck, Paul Harvey Released: 1945

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    Cloris Leachman, Paul Stewart, Ralph Meeker Released: 1955

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    Kay Kendall, Googie Withers, Francis L. Sullivan Released: 1950

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    Josephine Hull, Charles Lane, Cary Grant

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    Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney, George Bancroft Released: 1938

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    Alfred Hitchcock, John Dall, Douglas Dick

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    Dick Powell, Ralf Harolde, Miles Mander

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    Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, Jay Adler Released: 1957

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    Burt Lancaster, Edmond O'Brien, Charles McGraw Released: 1946

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    Edward G. Robinson, Samuel S. Hinds, Joan Bennett Released: 1945

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    Edmond O'Brien, Frank Lovejoy, Sam Hayes

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    Ray Milland, William Bendix, Veronica Lake

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    Lauren Bacall, Dorothy Malone, Humphrey Bogart

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    Agnes Moorehead, Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart

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    Jane Wyman, Howard Da Silva, Ray Milland Released: 1945

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    Orson Welles, William Alland, Errol Flynn Released: 1947

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    Richard Kiley, Murvyn Vye, Jean Peters Released: 1953

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    Jan Sterling, Francisco Day, Kirk Douglas Released: 1951

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