The Best Film Noir Movies Films

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

    the people's #1 & most listed
    Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre, Mary Astor Released: 1941

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    Double indemnity


    Released: 1944

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    Sunset Boulevard


    William Holden, Buster Keaton, Gloria Swanson Released: 1950

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    The Third Man


    Orson Welles, Trevor Howard, Joseph Cotten Released: 1949

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    Strangers on a Train


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

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    Chinatown

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    Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, Roman Polanski

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    Touch of Evil


    Charlton Heston, Orson Welles, Marlene Dietrich Released: 1958

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    Laura


    Gene Tierney, Clifton Webb, Judith Anderson Released: 1944

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    Shadow of a Doubt


    Alfred Hitchcock, Teresa Wright, Joseph Cotten Released: 1943

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    Out of the Past


    Kirk Douglas, Robert Mitchum, Rhonda Fleming Released: 1947

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    Key Largo


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

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    The Night of the Hunter


    Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, Lillian Gish Released: 1955

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    The Postman Always Rings Twice


    Lana Turner, Hume Cronyn, John Garfield

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    The Big Sleep


    James Stewart, Joan Collins, Robert Mitchum Released: 1946

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    James Stewart, Kim Novak, Alfred Hitchcock

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    Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Kim Basinger

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    Notorious


    Ingrid Bergman, Cary Grant, Alfred Hitchcock Released: 1946

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    The Asphalt Jungle


    Marilyn Monroe, Jack Warden, James Whitmore Released: 1950

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    Peter Lorre, Theo Lingen, Georg John

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    Mildred Pierce


    Joan Crawford, Eve Arden, Butterfly McQueen Released: 1945

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    The Killing


    Sterling Hayden, Coleen Gray, Vince Edwards Released: 1956

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    White Heat


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

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    Gilda


    Rita Hayworth, Glenn Ford, George Macready Released: 1946

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    The Big Heat


    Lee Marvin, Glenn Ford, Carolyn Jones Released: 1953

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    In a Lonely Place


    Humphrey Bogart, Gloria Grahame, Frank Lovejoy Released: 1950

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    To Have and Have Not


    Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart, Walter Brennan

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    Detour

    added by Lons
    Ann Savage, Tom Neal, Tim Ryan

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    Arsenic and Old Lace


    Cary Grant, Peter Lorre, Raymond Massey

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    The Manchurian Candidate


    Frank Sinatra, Angela Lansbury, Janet Leigh

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    Angels with Dirty Faces


    Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney, Ann Sheridan Released: 1938

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    The Big Sleep


    Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart, Dorothy Malone

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    Kiss Me Deadly


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

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    Rope


    James Stewart, Alfred Hitchcock, Cedric Hardwicke

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    And Then There Were None


    Walter Huston, Judith Anderson, Barry Fitzgerald

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    The Woman in the Window


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

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    Spellbound


    Ingrid Bergman, Gregory Peck, Alfred Hitchcock Released: 1945

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    Night and the City


    Gene Tierney, Richard Widmark, Herbert Lom Released: 1950

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    The Man Who Knew Too Much


    James Stewart, Doris Day, Alfred Hitchcock

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    Sweet Smell of Success


    Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, Nick Adams Released: 1957

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    The Naked City


    Barry Fitzgerald, Howard Duff, Don Taylor Released: 1948

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    The Killers


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

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    Dark Passage

    added by HeroicRebellion
    Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart, Agnes Moorehead

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    The Lost Weekend


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

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    The Lady from Shanghai


    Rita Hayworth, Orson Welles, Errol Flynn Released: 1947

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    The Big Clock


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

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    Scarlet Street


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

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    Ace in the Hole


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

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    I Want to Live!


    Susan Hayward, Theodore Bikel, Simon Oakland

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    Nightmare Alley


    Tyrone Power, Joan Blondell, Coleen Gray Released: 1947

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    Gaslight


    Ingrid Bergman, Angela Lansbury, Charles Boyer

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