The Best Film Noir Movies

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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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    Double indemnity is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Film Noir Movies


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    The Maltese Falcon is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Film Noir Movies

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    Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre, Mary Astor Released: 1941

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    The Third Man is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Film Noir Movies


    Orson Welles, Trevor Howard, Joseph Cotten Released: 1949

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    Sunset Boulevard is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Film Noir Movies


    William Holden, Buster Keaton, Gloria Swanson Released: 1950

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    Strangers on a Train is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Film Noir Movies


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

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    Chinatown is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Film Noir Movies

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    Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, Roman Polanski

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    Touch of Evil is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Film Noir Movies


    Charlton Heston, Orson Welles, Marlene Dietrich Released: 1958

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    Out of the Past is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Film Noir Movies


    Kirk Douglas, Robert Mitchum, Rhonda Fleming Released: 1947

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    Shadow of a Doubt is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Film Noir Movies


    Alfred Hitchcock, Teresa Wright, Joseph Cotten Released: 1943

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    The Night of the Hunter is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Film Noir Movies


    Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, Lillian Gish Released: 1955

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    Key Largo is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Film Noir Movies

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

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    Laura is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Film Noir Movies


    Gene Tierney, Clifton Webb, Judith Anderson Released: 1944

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    The Big Sleep is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Film Noir Movies


    James Stewart, Joan Collins, Robert Mitchum Released: 1946

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    The Postman Always Rings Twice is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Film Noir Movies


    Lana Turner, Hume Cronyn, John Garfield

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    James Stewart, Kim Novak, Alfred Hitchcock

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    Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Kim Basinger

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    M is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Film Noir Movies


    Peter Lorre, Theo Lingen, Georg John

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    Notorious is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Film Noir Movies


    Ingrid Bergman, Cary Grant, Alfred Hitchcock Released: 1946

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    The Asphalt Jungle is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Film Noir Movies


    Marilyn Monroe, Jack Warden, James Whitmore Released: 1950

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    In a Lonely Place is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Film Noir Movies

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    Humphrey Bogart, Gloria Grahame, Frank Lovejoy Released: 1950

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    The Killing is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Film Noir Movies


    Sterling Hayden, Coleen Gray, Vince Edwards Released: 1956

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    Gilda is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Film Noir Movies


    Rita Hayworth, Glenn Ford, George Macready Released: 1946

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    White Heat is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Film Noir Movies

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

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    Mildred Pierce is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Film Noir Movies

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    Joan Crawford, Eve Arden, Butterfly McQueen Released: 1945

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    To Have and Have Not is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Film Noir Movies

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    Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart, Walter Brennan

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    The Big Heat is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Film Noir Movies


    Lee Marvin, Glenn Ford, Carolyn Jones Released: 1953

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    The Manchurian Candidate is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Film Noir Movies


    Frank Sinatra, Angela Lansbury, Janet Leigh

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    The Big Sleep is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Film Noir Movies

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    Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart, Dorothy Malone

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    Detour is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Film Noir Movies

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    Ann Savage, Tom Neal, Tim Ryan

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    The Killers is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Film Noir Movies


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

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    Night and the City is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Film Noir Movies


    Gene Tierney, Richard Widmark, Herbert Lom Released: 1950

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    Dark Passage is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Film Noir Movies

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    Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart, Agnes Moorehead

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    Angels with Dirty Faces is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Film Noir Movies


    Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney, Ann Sheridan Released: 1938

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    Kiss Me Deadly is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Film Noir Movies


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

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    The Man Who Knew Too Much is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Film Noir Movies


    James Stewart, Doris Day, Alfred Hitchcock

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    Murder, My Sweet is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Film Noir Movies

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    Claire Trevor, Dick Powell, Mike Mazurki

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    The Woman in the Window is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Film Noir Movies


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

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    The Naked City is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Film Noir Movies


    Barry Fitzgerald, Howard Duff, Don Taylor Released: 1948

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    Arsenic and Old Lace is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Film Noir Movies


    Cary Grant, Peter Lorre, Raymond Massey

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    Sweet Smell of Success is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Film Noir Movies


    Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, Nick Adams Released: 1957

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    Rope is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Film Noir Movies


    James Stewart, Alfred Hitchcock, Cedric Hardwicke

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    And Then There Were None is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Film Noir Movies


    Walter Huston, Judith Anderson, Barry Fitzgerald

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    Ace in the Hole is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Film Noir Movies


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

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    The Hitch-Hiker is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Film Noir Movies

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    Edmond O'Brien, Frank Lovejoy, José Torvay

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    The Lost Weekend is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Film Noir Movies


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

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    The Blue Dahlia is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Film Noir Movies


    Veronica Lake, Alan Ladd, William Bendix

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    Spellbound is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Film Noir Movies


    Ingrid Bergman, Gregory Peck, Alfred Hitchcock Released: 1945

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    The Big Clock is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Film Noir Movies


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

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    Gaslight is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Film Noir Movies


    Ingrid Bergman, Angela Lansbury, Charles Boyer

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    Scarlet Street is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Film Noir Movies


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

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