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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 Big Sleep
    1
    Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Martha Vickers
    • Released: 1946
    • Directed by: Howard Hawks
  • The Maltese Falcon
    2
    Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Peter Lorre
    • Released: 1941
    • Directed by: John Huston
    Released: 1941
  • The Asphalt Jungle
    3
    Sterling Hayden, Sam Jaffe, Marilyn Monroe
    • Released: 1950
    • Directed by: John Huston
    Released: 1950
  • Out of the Past
    4
    Robert Mitchum, Jane Greer, Kirk Douglas
    • Released: 1947
    • Directed by: Jacques Tourneur
    Released: 1947
  • In a Lonely Place
    5
    Humphrey Bogart, Gloria Grahame, Frank Lovejoy
    • Released: 1950
    • Directed by: Nicholas Ray
    Released: 1950
  • Laura
    6
    Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews, Clifton Webb
    • Released: 1944
    • Directed by: Otto Preminger
    Released: 1944
  • Murder, My Sweet
    7
    Dick Powell, Claire Trevor, Anne Shirley
    • Released: 1944
    • Directed by: Edward Dmytryk
  • The Killers
    8
    Burt Lancaster, Ava Gardner, Edmond O'Brien
    • Released: 1946
    • Directed by: Robert Siodmak
    Released: 1946
  • The Killing
    9
    Sterling Hayden, Coleen Gray, Vince Edwards
    • Released: 1956
    • Directed by: Stanley Kubrick
    Released: 1956
  • Detour
    10
    Tom Neal, Ann Savage, Claudia Drake
    • Released: 1945
    • Directed by: Edgar G. Ulmer
  • Vertigo
    11
    James Stewart, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes
    • Released: 1958
    • Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Leave Her to Heaven
    12
    Gene Tierney, Cornel Wilde, Jeanne Crain
    • Released: 1945
    • Directed by: John M. Stahl
    Released: 1945
  • The Narrow Margin
    13
    Charles McGraw, Marie Windsor, Jacqueline White
    • Released: 1952
    • Directed by: Richard Fleischer
    Released: 1952
  • Nightmare Alley
    14
    Tyrone Power, Joan Blondell, Coleen Gray
    • Released: 1947
    • Directed by: Edmund Goulding
    Released: 1947
  • The Third Man
    15
    Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Trevor Howard
    • Released: 1949
    • Directed by: Carol Reed
    Released: 1949
  • Chinatown
    16
    Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston
    • Released: 1974
    • Directed by: Roman Polanski
  • The Postman Always Rings Twice
    17
    Lana Turner, John Garfield, Cecil Kellaway
    • Released: 1946
    • Directed by: Tay Garnett
  • Scarlet Street
    18
    Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett, Dan Duryea
    • Released: 1945
    • Directed by: Fritz Lang
    Released: 1945
  • Kiss Me Deadly
    19
    Ralph Meeker, Albert Dekker, Paul Stewart
    • Released: 1955
    • Directed by: Robert Aldrich
    Released: 1955
  • Strangers on a Train
    20
    Robert Walker, Farley Granger, Ruth Roman
    • Released: 1951
    • Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
    Released: 1951
  • Shadow of a Doubt
    21
    Teresa Wright, Joseph Cotten, Hume Cronyn
    • Released: 1943
    • Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
    Released: 1943
  • The Big Heat
    22
    Glenn Ford, Gloria Grahame, Jocelyn Brando
    • Released: 1953
    • Directed by: Fritz Lang
    Released: 1953
  • Gilda
    23
    Rita Hayworth, Glenn Ford, George Macready
    • Released: 1946
    • Directed by: Charles Vidor
    Released: 1946
  • Double Indemnity
    24
    Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson
    • Released: 1944
    • Directed by: Billy Wilder
    Released: 1944
  • Key Largo
    25
    Humphrey Bogart, Edward G. Robinson, Lauren Bacall
    • Released: 1948
    • Directed by: John Huston
    Released: 1948