British Film Noir

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1. Across the Bridge (1957)

103 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A wealthy businessman attempts to run to Mexico to escape capture for embezzlement. On the way, he switches identities for a visa but that only complicates matters.

Director: Ken Annakin | Stars: Rod Steiger, David Knight, Bernard Lee, Noel Willman

Votes: 557

2. Bedelia (1946)

Approved | 83 min | Drama, Romance

Bedelia, a newly remarried beautiful widow, is on honeymoon in Monte Carlo. A painter approaches her inquiring about her past. When she and her husband go back to England the artist will soon be there. Danger, crime and truth will follow.

Director: Lance Comfort | Stars: Margaret Lockwood, Ian Hunter, Barry K. Barnes, Anne Crawford

Votes: 142

3. Web of Evidence (1959)

Approved | 90 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

A British-American returns to Britain after 20 years to discover that his father has been jailed since WW2 for a murder that took place in murky circumstances.

Director: Jack Cardiff | Stars: Van Johnson, Vera Miles, Emlyn Williams, Bernard Lee

Votes: 151

4. Blackout (1950)

Not Rated | 73 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A man suffering from temporary blindness accidentally walks into a house where a murder has just occurred. The killers, realizing he's blind, decide not to kill him but just knock him out ... See full summary »

Director: Robert S. Baker | Stars: Maxwell Reed, Dinah Sheridan, Patric Doonan, Kynaston Reeves

Votes: 173

5. Brighton Rock (1948)

Not Rated | 92 min | Crime, Drama

Pinkie Brown is a small-town hoodlum whose gang runs a protection racket based at Brighton race course. When Pinkie murders a journalist called Fred Hale whom he believes is responsible for... See full summary »

Director: John Boulting | Stars: Richard Attenborough, Hermione Baddeley, William Hartnell, Harcourt Williams

Votes: 4,766 | Gross: $0.22M

Masterpiece

6. Cash on Demand (1962)

Not Rated | 89 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A charming but ruthless criminal holds the family of a bank manager hostage as part of a cold-blooded plan to steal 97,000 pounds.

Director: Quentin Lawrence | Stars: Peter Cushing, André Morell, Richard Vernon, Norman Bird

Votes: 1,095

Masterpiece

7. Chase a Crooked Shadow (1958)

Approved | 87 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

At Kimberley Prescott's villa, a stranger shows-up and claims he is her brother who supposedly died the previous year in a car accident.

Director: Michael Anderson | Stars: Richard Todd, Anne Baxter, Herbert Lom, Alexander Knox

Votes: 1,009

8. Circle of Deception (1960)

Approved | 100 min | Drama, Romance, War

Unbeknownst to him, a soldier is sent on a doomed mission because of the high likelihood of him divulging secrets if captured and tortured.

Director: Jack Lee | Stars: Suzy Parker, Bradford Dillman, Harry Andrews, Robert Stephens

Votes: 226

9. Cloudburst (1951)

Approved | 83 min | Mystery

A Canadian World War II veteran working for the British Foreign Office scours England for the killer who murdered his wife.

Director: Francis Searle | Stars: Robert Preston, Elizabeth Sellars, Colin Tapley, Sheila Burrell

Votes: 258

10. The Clouded Yellow (1950)

Approved | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A former British agent is employed at the Fenton country estate where he aids Fenton's niece elude the police when she's unjustly accused of murdering a local gamekeeper.

Director: Ralph Thomas | Stars: Jean Simmons, Trevor Howard, Sonia Dresdel, Barry Jones

Votes: 604

Masterpiece

11. Concrete Jungle (1960)

TV-14 | 86 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

In UK, after pulling a racetrack robbery, repeat offender Johnny Bannion hides the loot in a farmer's field but the police and the local mob come looking for Johnny and for the money.

Director: Joseph Losey | Stars: Stanley Baker, Sam Wanamaker, Grégoire Aslan, Margit Saad

Votes: 1,063

Masterpiece

12. Dead of Night (1945)

Approved | 77 min | Horror

An architect senses impending doom as his half-remembered recurring dream turns into reality. The guests at the country house encourage him to stay as they take turns telling supernatural tales.

Directors: Alberto Cavalcanti, Charles Crichton, Basil Dearden, Robert Hamer | Stars: Mervyn Johns, Michael Redgrave, Roland Culver, Mary Merrall

Votes: 9,621

Masterpiece

13. Dear Murderer (1947)

Not Rated | 90 min | Crime, Drama

When successful business man Lee Warren suspects his wife is having an affair, he sets out find her lover, kill him, and make it look like suicide. Complications set in, when he finds out ... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Crabtree | Stars: Eric Portman, Greta Gynt, Dennis Price, Maxwell Reed

Votes: 593

Masterpiece

14. Double Confession (1950)

80 min | Crime, Drama

When his wife is murdered, the husband tries to divert suspicion from himself to someone else. Unfortunately, his scheme winds up getting him mixed up with some real murderers.

Director: Ken Annakin | Stars: Derek Farr, Joan Hopkins, Peter Lorre, William Hartnell

Votes: 197

15. The Fallen Idol (1948)

Approved | 95 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

88 Metascore

A butler working in a foreign embassy in London falls under suspicion when his wife accidentally falls to her death, the only witness being an impressionable young boy.

Director: Carol Reed | Stars: Ralph Richardson, Michèle Morgan, Sonia Dresdel, Bobby Henrey

Votes: 7,019 | Gross: $0.34M

Masterpiece

16. She Played with Fire (1957)

Approved | 95 min | Crime, Drama

An insurance investigator runs into an ex-girlfriend, who is still as beautiful as he remembered her, but is now married. He soon finds himself involved in arson, blackmail, and murder.

Director: Sidney Gilliat | Stars: Jack Hawkins, Arlene Dahl, Dennis Price, Violet Farebrother

Votes: 331

Masterpiece

17. Stop Me Before I Kill! (1960)

Not Rated | 120 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

After surviving a traumatic car accident, a race car driver travels to the Cote D'Azur to recover but is plagued by an urge to strangle his wife.

Director: Val Guest | Stars: Claude Dauphin, Diane Cilento, Ronald Lewis, Françoise Rosay

Votes: 456

18. Gaslight (1940)

Not Rated | 84 min | Thriller

Twenty years after the murder of Alice Barlow, her house is finally occupied again. However, the husband of the couple who have moved in has a secret which he will do anything to keep hidden.

Director: Thorold Dickinson | Stars: Anton Walbrook, Diana Wynyard, Frank Pettingell, Cathleen Cordell

Votes: 3,275

19. Golden Salamander (1950)

Not Rated | 96 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

A man is torn between tackling a sinister crime syndicate or turning a blind eye to the suffering it creates.

Director: Ronald Neame | Stars: Trevor Howard, Anouk Aimée, Herbert Lom, Walter Rilla

Votes: 447

20. The Good Die Young (1954)

Approved | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

In London, three otherwise law-abiding good men and their unscrupulous leader are about to commit a serious crime but for different reasons.

Director: Lewis Gilbert | Stars: Laurence Harvey, Gloria Grahame, Richard Basehart, Joan Collins

Votes: 700

Masterpiece

21. He Who Rides a Tiger (1965)

103 min | Crime, Drama

Peter Rayston, has been in and out of prison most of his life. At 30, he is released for the eighth time, after serving a sentence for housebreaking. Immediately, he goes back to his old ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Crichton | Stars: Tom Bell, Judi Dench, Paul Rogers, Kay Walsh

Votes: 71

22. Murder on Monday (1952)

85 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

David Preston, a bank official goes missing for twenty-four hours and has no memory of the lost time, but when he learns that the steward of his local club has implicated him in a robbery, ... See full summary »

Director: Ralph Richardson | Stars: Ralph Richardson, Margaret Leighton, Jack Hawkins, Campbell Singer

Votes: 262

Masterpiece

23. The Stranger in Between (1952)

Approved | 84 min | Crime, Drama

A violent fugitive and a mistreated small boy team up to flee from authority.

Director: Charles Crichton | Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Jon Whiteley, Elizabeth Sellars, Kay Walsh

Votes: 774

Masterpiece

24. The Interrupted Journey (1949)

Not Rated | 80 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

A writer eloping with his mistress by train has second thoughts, pulls the emergency brake, bails out and witnesses the train's collision with another train, events eventually leading to murder and a police manhunt.

Director: Daniel Birt | Stars: Valerie Hobson, Richard Todd, Christine Norden, Tom Walls

Votes: 358

25. It Always Rains on Sunday (1947)

92 min | Crime, Drama

An escaped convict tries to hide out at his former lover's house, but she has since married and is reluctant to help him.

Director: Robert Hamer | Stars: Googie Withers, Jack Warner, John McCallum, Edward Chapman

Votes: 1,235 | Gross: $0.01M

Masterpiece

26. Jigsaw (1962)

Not Rated | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A woman is found murdered in a house along the coast from Brighton. Local detectives Fellows and Wilks lead an investigation methodically following up leads and clues mostly in Brighton and... See full summary »

Director: Val Guest | Stars: Jack Warner, Ronald Lewis, Yolande Donlan, Michael Goodliffe

Votes: 637

Masterpiece

27. Man Bait (1952)

Not Rated | 78 min | Crime, Drama

The married owner of a bookstore is attracted to his sexy blonde clerk. He finally gives in to temptation and makes a pass at her, but that only results in him getting enmeshed in blackmail and murder.

Director: Terence Fisher | Stars: George Brent, Marguerite Chapman, Raymond Huntley, Peter Reynolds

Votes: 409

28. The Long Dark Hall (1951)

86 min | Crime, Drama

A devoted family man tries to help a beautiful alcoholic showgirl with her life, and becomes the only suspect when someone else murders her.

Directors: Reginald Beck, Anthony Bushell | Stars: Rex Harrison, Lilli Palmer, Tania Heald, Henrietta Barry

Votes: 307

29. The Long Haul (1957)

Approved | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

After leaving his U.S. Army job in Germany, a trucker takes a long-haul driver job in Britain where he runs into an organized-crime syndicate that controls the trucking industry.

Director: Ken Hughes | Stars: Victor Mature, Diana Dors, Patrick Allen, Gene Anderson

Votes: 317

30. The Long Memory (1953)

Approved | 96 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Released from prison after twelve years, a wrongfully convicted British man seeks revenge on the witnesses who lied at his trial.

Director: Robert Hamer | Stars: John Mills, John McCallum, Elizabeth Sellars, Eva Bergh

Votes: 865

Masterpiece

31. Madeleine (1950)

Approved | 101 min | Crime, Drama

The middle-class family of a young woman cannot understand why she delays in marrying a respectable young man. They know nothing about her long-standing affair with a Frenchman.

Director: David Lean | Stars: Ann Todd, Norman Wooland, Ivan Desny, Leslie Banks

Votes: 1,288

32. The Man Between (1953)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama, Thriller

In post-World War II Berlin, the British Susanne Mallison travels to Berlin to visit her older brother Martin Mallison, a military man who married German Bettina Mallison. The naive Susanne... See full summary »

Director: Carol Reed | Stars: James Mason, Claire Bloom, Hildegard Knef, Geoffrey Toone

Votes: 1,378

Masterpiece

33. Man in the Shadow (I) (1957)

Approved | 80 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Virgil Renchler owns most of the town providing a thriving economy. When his men go too far and kill one of his migrant workmen, the sheriff goes after him even if it means his job and everyone else's.

Director: Jack Arnold | Stars: Jeff Chandler, Orson Welles, Colleen Miller, Ben Alexander

Votes: 713

34. Roadhouse Girl (1953)

70 min | Crime, Drama

George Saunders is the middle-aged owner of a roadside garage and pub. Trouble is inevitable when his sexy young wife, Marilyn, gets involved with Tom, the new mechanic.

Director: Wolf Rilla | Stars: Maxwell Reed, Sandra Dorne, Leslie Dwyer, Vida Hope

Votes: 144

35. Mine Own Executioner (1947)

108 min | Drama, Thriller

Pretty Molly Lucian enlists the reluctant aid of psychologist Felix Milne in treating her potentially homicidal husband Adam, who refuses to see a "real" psychiatrist. Traumatized in a ... See full summary »

Director: Anthony Kimmins | Stars: Burgess Meredith, Dulcie Gray, Michael Shepley, Christine Norden

Votes: 341

Masterpiece

36. Mr. Denning Drives North (1951)

Approved | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A British aircraft engineer accidentally kills his daughter's nasty foreign boyfriend and then tries to cover up his deed.

Director: Anthony Kimmins | Stars: John Mills, Phyllis Calvert, Eileen Moore, Sam Wanamaker

Votes: 320

37. Blackout (1954)

Not Rated | 87 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

An American in London, down on his luck, runs into a beautiful blonde in a bar who offers him a lot of money to marry her. Broke and unemployed, he takes her up on it. When he wakes up the ... See full summary »

Director: Terence Fisher | Stars: Dane Clark, Belinda Lee, Betty Ann Davies, Eleanor Summerfield

Votes: 304

38. The Naked Edge (1961)

Approved | 97 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Five years after George Radcliffe was the chief witness in a high profile murder case, his wife receives a blackmailing letter accusing him of the crime.

Director: Michael Anderson | Stars: Gary Cooper, Deborah Kerr, Eric Portman, Diane Cilento

Votes: 879

39. The Night Has Eyes (1942)

62 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Two teachers, man-hungry Doris and restrained Marian, visit the Yorkshire moors a year after friend Evelyn disappeared there. On a stormy night, they take refuge in the isolated cottage of ... See full summary »

Director: Leslie Arliss | Stars: James Mason, Wilfrid Lawson, Mary Clare, Joyce Howard

Votes: 474

40. The Silk Noose (1948)

Approved | 72 min | Crime, Drama

Sugiani, a black-market racketeer in London, following World War II, is amassing a vast fortune until Linda Medbury, an American newspaper reporter, learns about him and his operation. She ... See full summary »

Director: Edmond T. Gréville | Stars: Carole Landis, Joseph Calleia, Derek Farr, Stanley Holloway

Votes: 242

41. Nowhere to Go (1958)

Approved | 89 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

In London, a Canadian serving prison time for grand theft escapes prison and attempts to retrieve his loot, kept in a bank safety deposit box, but his accomplice takes the security key while he only has the pass code.

Directors: Seth Holt, Basil Dearden | Stars: George Nader, Maggie Smith, Bernard Lee, Geoffrey Keen

Votes: 480

42. The Hidden Room (1949)

Approved | 96 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller

Clive Riordan plans a devilish revenge against his wife's lover.

Director: Edward Dmytryk | Stars: Robert Newton, Sally Gray, Phil Brown, Naunton Wayne

Votes: 1,487

43. The October Man (1947)

Not Rated | 110 min | Crime, Mystery

Jim Ackland, who suffers from a head injury sustained in a bus crash, is the chief suspect in a murder hunt, when a girl that he has just met is found dead on the local common, and he has ... See full summary »

Director: Roy Ward Baker | Stars: John Mills, Joan Greenwood, Edward Chapman, Kay Walsh

Votes: 873

Masterpiece

44. Odd Man Out (1947)

Not Rated | 116 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A wounded Irish nationalist leader attempts to evade police following a failed robbery in Belfast.

Director: Carol Reed | Stars: James Mason, Robert Newton, Cyril Cusack, F.J. McCormick

Votes: 8,007

Masterpiece

45. Outcast of the Islands (1951)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama, Adventure

A man occupies a position of trust with a merchant in an East Asian port. He's sacked when he's caught stealing, but he pretends to commit suicide, and a Captain he befriended agrees to take him to a secret trading post.

Director: Carol Reed | Stars: Ralph Richardson, Trevor Howard, Robert Morley, Wendy Hiller

Votes: 770

46. Pool of London (1951)

Approved | 85 min | Crime, Drama

When their ship docks the crew disembark as usual to pick up their lives in postwar London. For one of them his petty smuggling turns more serious when he finds himself caught up with a robbery in the City.

Director: Basil Dearden | Stars: Bonar Colleano, Susan Shaw, Renée Asherson, Earl Cameron

Votes: 483

47. Poison Pen (1939)

66 min | Drama

A small, sedate British village is shocked when its residents begin receiving hate-filled diatribes, known as "poison pen letters".

Director: Paul L. Stein | Stars: Flora Robson, Robert Newton, Ann Todd, Geoffrey Toone

Votes: 116

48. Scream of Fear (1961)

Approved | 81 min | Horror, Thriller

A wheelchair-bound young woman returns to her father's estate after ten years, and although she's told he's away, she keeps seeing his dead body on the estate.

Director: Seth Holt | Stars: Susan Strasberg, Ann Todd, Ronald Lewis, Christopher Lee

Votes: 3,315