Top 22 films in Film-Noir

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The Third Man

Directed by Carol Reed | 93 min | 1949

Pulp novelist Holly Martins travels to shadowy, postwar Vienna, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend, Harry Lime.


Sunset Boulevard

Directed by Billy Wilder | 110 min | 1950

A hack screenwriter writes a screenplay for a former silent-film star who has faded into Hollywood obscurity.


The Maltese Falcon

Directed by John Huston | 100 min | 1941

A private detective takes on a case that involves him with three eccentric criminals, a gorgeous liar, and their quest for a priceless statuette.


Double Indemnity

Directed by Billy Wilder | 107 min | 1944

An insurance representative lets himself be talked into a murder/insurance fraud scheme that arouses an insurance investigator's suspicions.


The Night of the Hunter

Directed by Charles Laughton, Robert Mitchum, Terry Sanders | 92 min | 1955

A religious fanatic marries a gullible widow whose young children are reluctant to tell him where their real daddy hid $10,000 he'd stolen in a robbery.


Touch of Evil

Directed by Orson Welles | Rated PG-13 | 95 min | 1958

A stark, perverse story of murder, kidnapping, and police corruption in a Mexican border town.


Notorious

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock | 101 min | 1946

A woman is asked to spy on a group of Nazi friends in South America. How far will she have to go to ingratiate herself with them?


Rebecca

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock | 130 min | 1940

A self-conscious bride is tormented by the memory of her husband's dead first wife.


A Place in the Sun

Directed by George Stevens | 122 min | 1951

A poor boy gets a job working for his rich uncle and ends up falling in love with two women.


Sweet Smell of Success

Directed by Alexander Mackendrick | 96 min | 1957

Powerful but unethical Broadway columnist J.J. Hunsecker coerces unscrupulous press agent Sidney Falco into breaking up his sister's romance with a jazz musician.


Laura

Directed by Otto Preminger | 88 min | 1944

A police detective falls in love with the woman whose murder he is investigating.


Brighton Rock

Directed by John Boulting | Rated N/A | 92 min | 1947

Pinkie Brown is a small-town hoodlum whose gang runs a protection racket based at Brighton race course. When Pinkie orders the murder of a rival, Fred, the police believe it to be suicide. ...


Ace in the Hole

Directed by Billy Wilder | 111 min | 1951

A frustrated former big-city journalist now stuck working for an Albuquerque newspaper exploits a story about a man trapped in a cave to re-jump start his career, but the situation quickly escalates into an out-of-control circus.


All the King's Men

Directed by Robert Rossen | 110 min | 1949

The rise and fall of a corrupt politician, who makes his friends richer and retains power by dint of a populist appeal.


The Lost Weekend

Directed by Billy Wilder | 101 min | 1945

The desperate life of a chronic alcoholic is followed through a four day drinking bout.


The Shanghai Gesture

Directed by Josef von Sternberg | 95 min | 1941

A young woman, Poppy, out for excitement in Shanghai, enters a gambling house owned by "Mother" Gin Sling, a dragon-lady who worked herself up from poverty to buy the casino. Sir Guy ...


In a Lonely Place

Directed by Nicholas Ray | 94 min | 1950

A potentially violent screenwriter is a murder suspect until his lovely neighbor clears him. But she begins to have doubts...


I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang

Directed by Mervyn LeRoy | 92 min | 1932

Wrongly convicted James Allen serves in the intolerable conditions of a southern chain gang, which later comes back to haunt him.


Out of the Past

Directed by Jacques Tourneur | 97 min | 1947

A private eye escapes his past to run a gas station in a small town, but his past catches up with him. Now he must return to the big city world of danger, corruption, double crosses and duplicitous dames.


The Big Sleep

Directed by Howard Hawks | 114 min | 1946

Private detective Philip Marlowe is hired by a rich family. Before the complex case is over, he's seen murder, blackmail, and what might be love.


Dead End

Directed by William Wyler | 93 min | 1937

The Dead End Kids, an unemployed architect, and gangster Baby Face Martin interact with an East Side neighborhood over one day and night.


White Heat

Directed by Raoul Walsh | 114 min | 1949

A psychopathic criminal with a mother complex makes a daring break from prison and leads his old gang in a chemical plant payroll heist. Shortly after the plan takes place, events take a crazy turn

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