Film Noir Guide: 745 Films of the Classic Era 1940-1959by FilmCuckoo | created - 21 Nov 2017 | updated - 01 Jan 2018 | Public
This is a complete list of all the titles listed in the book "Film Noir Guide - 745 Films of the Classic Era, 1940-1959" by Michael F. Keaney. This book is by far one of the most useful and well thought out book in the subject of Film Noir movies ever published. I Haven't come across another encyclopedic type of film book, which would offer such a wide and extremely useful way of categorizing Film Noir titles under various themes and "sub genres" - which I have to say is a brilliant idea! -However, it must be pointed out that, although IMDb doesn't recognize all of the movies listed in Keaney's book as "Film Noir" - it is most imperative to remember just how difficult task it is to categorize what is film noir and what isn't. In any case, I would still recommend this book unreserved to anyone interested of Film Noir.
All the movies are listed here by default in the year of release according to the book. However, there are several clear errors with dates in the book, which you can easily correct by choosing "Release Date (US)" as sorting order.
Finally, selecting "IMDb Rating" as sorting order, reveals few unexpected results, which are very very interesting, which in turn reveals yet again the incomprehensible way, how IMDb ratings are "calculated" using a formula which uses meaningless values such as "Popularity".
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1. Angels Over Broadway (1940)
Passed | 79 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime
A cuckolded embezzler on the verge of suicide is helped by a tout, an alcoholic playwright, and a pick-up girl to reimburse the money with a gambling sting.
2. City for Conquest (1940)
Approved | 104 min | Drama, Music, Sport
Danny is a content truck driver, but his girl Peggy shows potential as a dancer and hopes he too can show ambition. Danny acquiesces and pursues boxing to please her, but the two begin to spend more time working than time together.
3. The Letter (1940)
Not Rated | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
The wife of a rubber plantation administrator shoots a man to death and claims it was self-defense, but a letter in her own hand may prove her undoing.
4. Rebecca (1940)
Not Rated | 130 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance
A self-conscious woman juggles adjusting to her new role as an aristocrat's wife and avoiding being intimidated by his first wife's spectral presence.
Votes: 112,005 | Gross: $4.36M
5. Stranger on the Third Floor (1940)
Approved | 64 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
An aspiring reporter is the key witness at the murder trial of a young man accused of cutting a café owner's throat and is soon accused of a similar crime himself.
6. They Drive by Night (1940)
Approved | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
When one of 2 truck driving brothers loses an arm, they both join a transport company where later, the other is falsely charged as an accessory in the murder of the owner.
7. Among the Living (1941)
Approved | 67 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery
A mentally unstable man, who has been kept in isolation for years, escapes and causes trouble for his identical twin brother.
8. Blues in the Night (1941)
Passed | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
"Jigger' Lane forms a band that includes singer Ginger 'Character' Powell, wife of the trumpeter Leo Powell, and Nickie Haroyen and Peppi. All of them dedicate themselves to work as a unit ... See full summary »
9. Citizen Kane (1941)
PG | 119 min | Drama, Mystery
Following the death of publishing tycoon, Charles Foster Kane, reporters scramble to uncover the meaning of his final utterance; 'Rosebud'.
Votes: 367,446 | Gross: $1.59M
10. The Devil and Daniel Webster (1941)
Passed | 107 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
A nineteenth-century New Hampshire farmer who makes a pact with Satan for economic success enlists Daniel Webster to extract him from his contract.
11. High Sierra (1941)
Passed | 100 min | Action, Adventure, Crime
After being released from prison, notorious thief Roy Earle is hired by his old boss to help a group of inexperienced criminals plan and carry out the robbery of a California resort.
12. Highway West (1941)
Passed | 64 min | Action, Crime, Drama
ClaIre Foster (Brenda Marshall) discovers that her respectable-businessman husband George Foster (Arthur Kennedy) isn't respectable and isn't a businessman, but a gunman in this remake-version of "Heat Lightning".
14. Ladies in Retirement (1941)
Approved | 91 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
The housekeeper to a retired actress tries at the same time to look after her own two emotionally disturbed sisters, with dramatic results.
15. The Maltese Falcon (1941)
Not Rated | 100 min | Film-Noir, Mystery
A private detective takes on a case that involves him with three eccentric criminals, a gorgeous liar, and their quest for a priceless statuette.
Votes: 141,602 | Gross: $2.11M
16. Out of the Fog (1941)
Approved | 85 min | Crime, Drama
In Brooklyn, fishing is the hobby of the workers Jonah Goodwin and Olaf Johnson and they use to fish every night in their old boat. Jonah's daughter is the twenty-one year-old telephone ... See full summary »
17. Rage in Heaven (1941)
Approved | 85 min | Drama, Thriller
Old friends Ward and Phillip both become smitten with Phillip's mother's attractive young secretary Stella. But Stella marries Phillip and stands by him as his behavior becomes more and ... See full summary »
19. The Shanghai Gesture (1941)
Approved | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
In Shanghai, dragon-lady 'Mother' Gin Sling operates a gambling house for wealthy patrons but she clashes with influential land developer Sir Guy Charteris who wants to put her out-of-business.
21. A Woman's Face (1941)
Passed | 106 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller
A female blackmailer with a disfiguring facial scar meets a plastic surgeon who offers her the possibility of looking like a normal woman.
22. Casablanca (1942)
PG | 102 min | Drama, Romance, War
A cynical American expatriate struggles to decide whether or not he should help his former lover and her fugitive husband escape French Morocco.
Votes: 481,917 | Gross: $1.02M
23. Cat People (1942)
Not Rated | 73 min | Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
An American man marries a Serbian immigrant who fears that she will turn into the cat person of her homeland's fables if they are intimate together.
Votes: 17,613 | Gross: $4.00M
26. The Glass Key (1942)
Not Rated | 85 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
A crooked politician finds himself being accused of murder by a gangster from whom he refused help during a re-election campaign.
27. Hitler's Children (1943)
Approved | 82 min | Drama, Romance
This lurid exposé of the Hitler Youth follows the woes of an American girl declared legally German by the Nazi government.
Votes: 786 | Gross: $3.36M
29. Journey Into Fear (1943)
Approved | 68 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller
An American ballistics expert in Turkey finds himself targeted by Nazi agents. Safe passage home by ship is arranged for him, but he soon discovers that his pursuers are also on board.
30. Keeper of the Flame (1942)
Not Rated | 100 min | Drama, Mystery
Journalist Steve O'Malley wants to write a biography of a national hero who died when his car ran off a bridge. Steve receives conflicting reports and tales that make him question what the truth about the hero is.
31. Lady Gangster (1942)
Passed | 62 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Dot Burton (Faye Emerson) has acted as a decoy in a bank robbery and fails to get away. Her arrest attracts the attention of Ken Phillips (Frank Wilcox), a former childhood sweetheart who ... See full summary »
32. Moontide (1942)
Approved | 94 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
After a drunken binge on the San Pablo waterfront, longshoreman Bobo fears he may have killed a man. In his uncertainty, he takes a job on an isolated bait barge. That night, he rescues ... See full summary »
34. Street of Chance (1942)
Approved | 74 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery
After an accident, a New York man with amnesia finds out the ugly truth about his real identity and past by interacting with people who seem to know him well.
35. This Gun for Hire (1942)
Passed | 81 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
When assassin Philip Raven shoots a blackmailer and his beautiful female companion dead, he is paid off in marked bills by his treasonous employer who is working with foreign spies.
36. A Tragedy at Midnight (1942)
Passed | 68 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery
This Republic murder mystery starts with a radio broadcast by Greg Sherman who solves cases on the air that the local police cannot solve. As he names the perpetrator of a recent murder we ... See full summary »
38. Hangmen Also Die! (1943)
Not Rated | 134 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller
After the Nazi administrator of Czechoslovakia is shot, his assassin tries to elude the Gestapo and struggles with his impulse to give himself up as hostages are executed.
39. I Walked with a Zombie (1943)
Approved | 69 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
A Canadian nurse is hired to care for the wife of a sugar plantation owner, who has been acting strangely, on a Caribbean island.
41. The Ox-Bow Incident (1942)
Not Rated | 75 min | Drama, Western
When a posse captures three men suspected of killing a local farmer, they become strongly divided over whether or not to lynch the men.
Votes: 19,267 | Gross: $1.64M
42. The Seventh Victim (1943)
Approved | 71 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
A woman in search of her missing sister uncovers a Satanic cult in New York's Greenwich Village, and finds that they may have something to do with her sibling's random disappearance.
44. Whispering Footsteps (1943)
54 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
A bank clerk in a small town returns home from a vacation in Indianapolis, and hears a story on the radio about a girl found murdered there. The description of the killer fits him exactly, ... See full summary »
45. Bluebeard (1944)
Passed | 72 min | Crime, Horror, Thriller