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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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    The Maltese Falcon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Film Noir Movies

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    The Maltese Falcon Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre, Mary Astor Released: 1941

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    Double indemnity is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Film Noir Movies


    Double indemnity Released: 1944

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    Sunset Boulevard is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Film Noir Movies


    Sunset Boulevard William Holden, Buster Keaton, Gloria Swanson Released: 1950

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    The Third Man is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Film Noir Movies


    The Third Man Orson Welles, Trevor Howard, Joseph Cotten Released: 1949

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


    Strangers on a Train 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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    Chinatown 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


    Touch of Evil Charlton Heston, Orson Welles, Marlene Dietrich Released: 1958

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    Laura is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Film Noir Movies


    Laura Gene Tierney, Clifton Webb, Judith Anderson Released: 1944

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


    Shadow of a Doubt Alfred Hitchcock, Teresa Wright, Joseph Cotten Released: 1943

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


    Out of the Past Kirk Douglas, Robert Mitchum, Rhonda Fleming Released: 1947

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


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

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    The Night of the Hunter is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Film Noir Movies


    The Night of the Hunter Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, Lillian Gish Released: 1955

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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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    Vertigo is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Film Noir Movies


    Vertigo James Stewart, Kim Novak, Alfred Hitchcock

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    The Postman Always Rings Twice is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Film Noir Movies


    The Postman Always Rings Twice Lana Turner, Hume Cronyn, John Garfield

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    L.A. Confidential is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Film Noir Movies

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    L.A. Confidential Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Kim Basinger

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


    Notorious Ingrid Bergman, Cary Grant, Alfred Hitchcock Released: 1946

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


    Marilyn Monroe, Jack Warden, James Whitmore Released: 1950

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


    M Peter Lorre, Theo Lingen, Georg John

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    White Heat is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Film Noir Movies


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

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


    Mildred Pierce Joan Crawford, Eve Arden, Butterfly McQueen Released: 1945

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


    The Killing Sterling Hayden, Coleen Gray, Vince Edwards Released: 1956

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


    Gilda Rita Hayworth, Glenn Ford, George Macready Released: 1946

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    In a Lonely Place is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Film Noir Movies


    In a Lonely Place Humphrey Bogart, Gloria Grahame, Frank Lovejoy Released: 1950

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    The Big Heat is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Film Noir Movies


    The Big Heat Lee Marvin, Glenn Ford, Carolyn Jones Released: 1953

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    To Have and Have Not is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Film Noir Movies


    To Have and Have Not Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart, Walter Brennan

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

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    Detour Ann Savage, Tom Neal, Tim Ryan

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


    The Big Sleep Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart, Dorothy Malone

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


    The Manchurian Candidate Frank Sinatra, Angela Lansbury, Janet Leigh

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    Angels with Dirty Faces is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Film Noir Movies


    Angels with Dirty Faces Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney, Ann Sheridan Released: 1938

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    Arsenic and Old Lace is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Film Noir Movies


    Arsenic and Old Lace Cary Grant, Peter Lorre, Raymond Massey

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    Kiss Me Deadly is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Film Noir Movies


    Kiss Me Deadly Cloris Leachman, Nat King Cole, Jack Elam Released: 1955

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    Rope is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Film Noir Movies


    Rope James Stewart, Alfred Hitchcock, Cedric Hardwicke

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    The Woman in the Window is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Film Noir Movies


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

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    Night and the City is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Film Noir Movies


    Night and the City Gene Tierney, Richard Widmark, Herbert Lom Released: 1950

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    And Then There Were None is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Film Noir Movies


    And Then There Were None Walter Huston, Judith Anderson, Barry Fitzgerald

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    Spellbound is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Film Noir Movies


    Spellbound Ingrid Bergman, Gregory Peck, Alfred Hitchcock Released: 1945

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    The Man Who Knew Too Much is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Film Noir Movies


    The Man Who Knew Too Much James Stewart, Doris Day, Alfred Hitchcock

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    The Naked City is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Film Noir Movies


    The Naked City Barry Fitzgerald, Howard Duff, Don Taylor Released: 1948

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


    Sweet Smell of Success Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, Nick Adams Released: 1957

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

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    Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart, Agnes Moorehead

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    The Killers is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Film Noir Movies


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

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    The Lost Weekend is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Film Noir Movies


    The Lost Weekend Jane Wyman, Ray Milland, Howard Da Silva Released: 1945

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    The Lady from Shanghai is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Film Noir Movies


    The Lady from Shanghai Rita Hayworth, Orson Welles, Errol Flynn Released: 1947

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    Scarlet Street is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Film Noir Movies


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

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    Ace in the Hole is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Film Noir Movies


    Ace in the Hole Kirk Douglas, Jan Sterling, Iron Eyes Cody Released: 1951

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


    Gaslight Ingrid Bergman, Angela Lansbury, Charles Boyer

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    Murder, My Sweet is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Film Noir Movies

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    Murder, My Sweet Claire Trevor, Dick Powell, Mike Mazurki

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


    Tyrone Power, Joan Blondell, Coleen Gray Released: 1947

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    The Big Clock is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Film Noir Movies


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

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