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

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    Walter Huston, Mary Astor, Humphrey Bogart Released: 1941

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    Trevor Howard, Paul Hörbiger, Orson Welles Released: 1949

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    Marion Lorne, Alfred Hitchcock, Robert Walker Released: 1951

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    Jack Webb, Hedda Hopper, Yvette Vickers Released: 1950

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

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    Dorothy Adams, Kathleen Howard, Gene Tierney Released: 1944

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    Lillian Gish, Peter Graves, Corey Allen Released: 1955

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    Kirk Douglas, Dickie Moore, Rhonda Fleming Released: 1947

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    Teresa Wright, Macdonald Carey, Alfred Hitchcock Released: 1943

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    Edward Fox, Joan Collins, Colin Blakely Released: 1946

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    Cary Grant, Claude Rains, Alfred Hitchcock Released: 1946

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    Glenn Ford, Ludwig Donath, Steven Geray Released: 1946

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    Leon Ames, Jeff York, Audrey Totter

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    Kim Basinger, Graham Beckel, Simon Baker

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    Jay Adler, Dorothy Adams, Harry Hines Released: 1956

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    Barbara Bel Geddes, Henry Jones, Alfred Hitchcock

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    Theodor Loos, Gerhard Bienert, Paul Kemp

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    Gloria Grahame, Humphrey Bogart, Frank Lovejoy Released: 1950

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    James Whitmore, Jack Warden, Marilyn Monroe Released: 1950

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    Don Taylor, Dorothy Hart, Howard Duff Released: 1948

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    Glenn Ford, Carolyn Jones, Gloria Grahame Released: 1953

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

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    Cloris Leachman, Paul Stewart, Ralph Meeker Released: 1955

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    Josephine Hull, Charles Lane, Cary Grant

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

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    Laurence Harvey, Angela Lansbury, Janet Leigh

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    Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, Jay Adler Released: 1957

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    Butterfly McQueen, Zachary Scott, Ramsay Ames Released: 1945

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

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    Bernard Herrmann, Doris Day, Carolyn Jones

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    Ann Savage, Tom Neal, Tim Ryan

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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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    Richard Kiley, Murvyn Vye, Jean Peters Released: 1953

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    Alfred Hitchcock, John Dall, Douglas Dick

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    Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney, George Bancroft Released: 1938

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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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    Lauren Bacall, Walter Brennan, Humphrey Bogart

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    Maureen O'Sullivan, Harry Morgan, Ray Milland Released: 1948

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    Jan Sterling, Francisco Day, Kirk Douglas Released: 1951

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    Walter Huston, June Duprez, Queenie Leonard

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    Alfred Hitchcock, Gregory Peck, Paul Harvey Released: 1945

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    William Hurt, Richard Crenna, Kathleen Turner

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    Edmond O'Brien, Frank Lovejoy, Sam Hayes

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    Tyrone Power, Joan Blondell, Coleen Gray Released: 1947

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    Holly Hunter, Frances McDormand, Samm-Art Williams

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