The Greatest Classic Noir Movies, Ranked

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Vote up the slickest, most stylish, most entertaining noirs.

Sex, murder, and mystery come together in classic noir films. The top old noir movies feature an unsuspecting protagonist getting swept up in a world of intrigue. This is a list of the greatest famous noir movies, including everything from The Maltese Falcon to Sweet Smell of Success to House by the River.

What films will you find on this list of the best noir movies in the genre? In Sunset Boulevard, a writer gets lost in a forgotten star's life of fantasy. William Holden and Gloria Swanson captivate in this 1950 film. The Third Man is another one of the best classic noir films ever made. Barbara Stanwyck stars as a murderous housewife in the 1944 noir masterpiece Double Indemnity. Other good movies featured on this list include Port of Shadows, The Killers, and Touch of Evil.

Which old noir movie do you think deserves the top spot on this list? Vote your favorites up to number one, and please add any classic films that are missing.

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  • The Maltese Falcon
    Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Peter Lorre
    • Released: 1941
    • Directed by: John Huston
  • The Big Sleep
    Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Martha Vickers
    • Released: 1946
    • Directed by: Howard Hawks
  • Double Indemnity
    Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson
    • Released: 1944
    • Directed by: Billy Wilder
  • Out of the Past
    Robert Mitchum, Jane Greer, Kirk Douglas
    • Released: 1947
    • Directed by: Jacques Tourneur
  • Strangers on a Train
    Robert Walker, Farley Granger, Ruth Roman
    • Released: 1951
    • Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
  • The Third Man
    Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Trevor Howard
    • Released: 1949
    • Directed by: Carol Reed
  • Laura
    Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews, Clifton Webb
    • Released: 1944
    • Directed by: Otto Preminger
  • The Asphalt Jungle
    Sterling Hayden, Sam Jaffe, Marilyn Monroe
    • Released: 1950
    • Directed by: John Huston
  • Touch Of Evil
    Charlton Heston, Orson Welles, Janet Leigh
    • Released: 1958
    • Directed by: Orson Welles
  • In A Lonely Place
    Humphrey Bogart, Gloria Grahame, Frank Lovejoy
    • Released: 1950
    • Directed by: Nicholas Ray
  • The Killing
    Sterling Hayden, Coleen Gray, Vince Edwards
    • Released: 1956
    • Directed by: Stanley Kubrick
  • Murder, My Sweet
    Dick Powell, Claire Trevor, Anne Shirley
    • Released: 1944
    • Directed by: Edward Dmytryk
  • Sunset Boulevard
    William Holden, Gloria Swanson, Erich von Stroheim
    • Released: 1950
    • Directed by: Billy Wilder
  • Criss Cross
    Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, Yvonne De Carlo
    • Released: 1949
    • Directed by: Robert Siodmak
  • Detour
    Tom Neal, Ann Savage, Claudia Drake
    • Released: 1945
    • Directed by: Edgar G. Ulmer
  • Kiss Me Deadly
    Ralph Meeker, Albert Dekker, Paul Stewart
    • Released: 1955
    • Directed by: Robert Aldrich
  • Gun Crazy
    Peggy Cummins, John Dall, Berry Kroeger
    • Released: 1950
    • Directed by: Joseph H. Lewis
  • The Postman Always Rings Twice
    Lana Turner, John Garfield, Cecil Kellaway
    • Released: 1946
    • Directed by: Tay Garnett
  • White Heat
    James Cagney, Virginia Mayo, Edmond O'Brien
    • Released: 1949
    • Directed by: Raoul Walsh
  • Dark Passage
    Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Bruce Bennett
    • Released: 1947
    • Directed by: Delmer Daves
  • The Big Heat
    Glenn Ford, Gloria Grahame, Jocelyn Brando
    • Released: 1953
    • Directed by: Fritz Lang
  • This Gun for Hire
    Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake, Robert Preston
    • Released: 1942
    • Directed by: Frank Tuttle
  • The Narrow Margin
    Charles McGraw, Marie Windsor, Jacqueline White
    • Released: 1952
    • Directed by: Richard Fleischer
  • D.O.A.
    Edmond O'Brien, Pamela Britton, Luther Adler
    • Released: 1949
    • Directed by: Rudolph Maté
  • Night and the City
    Richard Widmark, Gene Tierney, Googie Withers
    • Released: 1950
    • Directed by: Jules Dassin