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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 Released: 1944

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

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

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

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Strangers on a Train Alfred Hitchcock, Farley Granger, Leo G. Carroll - Released: 1951

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Greg Stopera added Chinatown 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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Out of the Past Kirk Douglas, Robert Mitchum, Rhonda Fleming - Released: 1947

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

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

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

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

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Vertigo is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Film Noir Movies
Vertigo James Stewart, Kim Novak, Alfred Hitchcock

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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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L.A. Confidential is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Film Noir Movies
LaurieM added L.A. Confidential Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Kim Basinger

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

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

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The Asphalt Jungle Marilyn Monroe, Jack Warden, James Whitmore - Released: 1950

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

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

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

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The Big Sleep Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart, Dorothy Malone

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

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The Manchurian Candidate Frank Sinatra, Angela Lansbury, Janet Leigh

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

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HeroicRebellion added Dark Passage Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart, Agnes Moorehead

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

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

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

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

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The Woman in the Window Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett, Raymond Massey - Released: 1944

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The Naked City Barry Fitzgerald, Howard Duff, Don Taylor - 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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The Man Who Knew Too Much James Stewart, Doris Day, Alfred Hitchcock

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

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The Blue Dahlia Veronica Lake, Alan Ladd, William Bendix

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

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Pickup on South Street Richard Widmark, Thelma Ritter, Jean Peters - Released: 1953

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

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

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They Drive by Night Humphrey Bogart, Ann Sheridan, Ida Lupino

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

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Suspicion Cary Grant, Alfred Hitchcock, Joan Fontaine