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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.

The Best Film Noir Movies Films
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    Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre, Mary Astor Released: 1941

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

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    William Holden, Buster Keaton, Gloria Swanson Released: 1950

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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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    Charlton Heston, Orson Welles, Marlene Dietrich Released: 1958

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    Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, Roman Polanski

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    Gene Tierney, Clifton Webb, Judith Anderson Released: 1944

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    Kirk Douglas, Robert Mitchum, Rhonda Fleming Released: 1947

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

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    Alfred Hitchcock, Teresa Wright, Joseph Cotten Released: 1943

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    Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, Lillian Gish Released: 1955

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    Lana Turner, Hume Cronyn, John Garfield

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    James Stewart, Joan Collins, Robert Mitchum Released: 1946

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    Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Kim Basinger

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    James Stewart, Kim Novak, Alfred Hitchcock

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    Ingrid Bergman, Cary Grant, Alfred Hitchcock Released: 1946

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    Marilyn Monroe, Jack Warden, James Whitmore Released: 1950

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    Peter Lorre, Theo Lingen, Georg John

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    Sterling Hayden, Coleen Gray, Vince Edwards Released: 1956

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    James Cagney, Edmond O'Brien, Virginia Mayo Released: 1949

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    Rita Hayworth, Glenn Ford, George Macready Released: 1946

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    Humphrey Bogart, Gloria Grahame, Frank Lovejoy Released: 1950

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    Joan Crawford, Eve Arden, Butterfly McQueen Released: 1945

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    Lee Marvin, Glenn Ford, Carolyn Jones Released: 1953

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    Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart, Walter Brennan

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    Frank Sinatra, Angela Lansbury, Janet Leigh

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    Ann Savage, Tom Neal, Tim Ryan Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart, Dorothy Malone Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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

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    Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney, Ann Sheridan Released: 1938

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    James Stewart, Alfred Hitchcock, Cedric Hardwicke

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    Ingrid Bergman, Gregory Peck, Alfred Hitchcock Released: 1945

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    Gene Tierney, Richard Widmark, Herbert Lom Released: 1950

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    Cary Grant, Peter Lorre, Raymond Massey

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    Walter Huston, Judith Anderson, Barry Fitzgerald

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

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    Barry Fitzgerald, Howard Duff, Don Taylor Released: 1948

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    Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart, Agnes Moorehead Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, Nick Adams Released: 1957

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    Claire Trevor, Dick Powell, Mike Mazurki

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    Rita Hayworth, Orson Welles, Errol Flynn Released: 1947

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

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

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    Charles Laughton, Ray Milland, Maureen O'Sullivan Released: 1948

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

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    Tyrone Power, Joan Blondell, Coleen Gray Released: 1947

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    Richard Widmark, Thelma Ritter, Jean Peters Released: 1953

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