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1. For You I Die (1947)

Passed | 76 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A young convict,Johnny Coulter, serving as a trustee and with only a year remaining on his sentence, is forced to participate in a prison break by one of the hardened criminals. They ... See full summary »

Director: John Reinhardt | Stars: Cathy Downs, Paul Langton, Mischa Auer, Roman Bohnen

Votes: 158

2. The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946)

Unrated | 116 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Romance

A man is reunited with his childhood friend and her husband, who believe he knows the truth about the death of her rich aunt years earlier.

Director: Lewis Milestone | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Van Heflin, Lizabeth Scott, Kirk Douglas

Votes: 7,314

3. The Big Bluff (1955)

Approved | 71 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

When a scheming fortune hunter finds his rich wife is not going to die as expected, he and his lover make other plans to get her millions.

Director: W. Lee Wilder | Stars: John Bromfield, Martha Vickers, Robert Hutton, Rosemarie Stack

Votes: 345

4. Parole, Inc. (1948)

Passed | 71 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller

Parole officers fight against gangsters trying to infiltrate the parole system.

Director: Alfred Zeisler | Stars: Michael O'Shea, Turhan Bey, Evelyn Ankers, Virginia Lee

Votes: 261

5. X Marks the Spot (1942)

Approved | 55 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

It's 1942, rubber is a valuable commodity during WW2. Eddie Delaney is a second lieutenant in the army, but also a private detective. Eddy swings into action, when his father, ... See full summary »

Director: George Sherman | Stars: Damian O'Flynn, Helen Parrish, Dick Purcell, Jack La Rue

Votes: 168

6. The Stranger (1946)

Not Rated | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

76 Metascore

An investigator from the War Crimes Commission travels to Connecticut to find an infamous Nazi.

Director: Orson Welles | Stars: Orson Welles, Edward G. Robinson, Loretta Young, Philip Merivale

Votes: 19,697

7. Detour (1945)

Not Rated | 68 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Chance events trap hitch-hiker Al Roberts in a tightening net of film noir trouble.

Director: Edgar G. Ulmer | Stars: Tom Neal, Ann Savage, Claudia Drake, Edmund MacDonald

Votes: 12,958 | Gross: $0.02M

8. The Hoodlum (1951)

PG | 61 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Paroled sociopath career criminal Vincent Lubeck betrays his family's trust when he masterminds a complex armored car robbery.

Director: Max Nosseck | Stars: Lawrence Tierney, Allene Roberts, Marjorie Riordan, Lisa Golm

Votes: 687

9. The Great Flamarion (1945)

Approved | 78 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery

Part of an entertainment act, a beautiful but unscrupulous female performer manipulates all the men in her life in order to achieve her aims.

Director: Anthony Mann | Stars: Erich von Stroheim, Mary Beth Hughes, Dan Duryea, Steve Barclay

Votes: 891

10. Whispering City (1947)

98 min | Crime, Drama

When a nagging wife commits suicide, her husband is threatened with a murder frame by his lawyer, unless he kills a certain female reporter for him.

Director: Fyodor Otsep | Stars: Helmut Dantine, Mary Anderson, Paul Lukas, John Pratt

Votes: 240

11. The Red House (1947)

Unrated | 100 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery

An old man and his sister are concealing a terrible secret from their adopted teen daughter, concerning a hidden abandoned farmhouse, located deep in the woods.

Director: Delmer Daves | Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Lon McCallister, Judith Anderson, Rory Calhoun

Votes: 2,847

12. The Limping Man (1953)

Approved | 76 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A WWII veteran goes back to England after the war only to discover that his wartime sweetheart has got mixed up with a dangerous spy ring.

Director: Cy Endfield | Stars: Lloyd Bridges, Moira Lister, Alan Wheatley, Leslie Phillips

Votes: 444

13. Please Murder Me! (1956)

Approved | 78 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A lawyer suffers a guilt complex after getting a murder acquittal for his client, and then finding out she did commit the crime.

Director: Peter Godfrey | Stars: Angela Lansbury, Raymond Burr, Dick Foran, John Dehner

Votes: 842

14. The Hitch-Hiker (1953)

Approved | 71 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller

Two fishermen pick up a psychotic escaped convict who tells them that he intends to murder them when the ride is over.

Director: Ida Lupino | Stars: Edmond O'Brien, Frank Lovejoy, William Talman, José Torvay

Votes: 5,924

15. Impact (1949)

Approved | 111 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A unfaithful wife plots with her lover to kill her husband, but the lover is accidentally killed instead. The husband stays in hiding, and lets his wife be charged with conspiracy.

Director: Arthur Lubin | Stars: Brian Donlevy, Ella Raines, Charles Coburn, Helen Walker

Votes: 2,691

16. Time Table (1956)

Approved | 80 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

In Arizona, a train's baggage car is robbed of a large payroll, prompting an investigation led by a railroad official-insurance investigator team.

Director: Mark Stevens | Stars: Mark Stevens, King Calder, Felicia Farr, Marianne Stewart

Votes: 502

17. The St. Louis Bank Robbery (1959)

Not Rated | 89 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A gang's plans for a St. Louis bank robbery are complicated when the sister of one of the thieves starts voicing her well-founded suspicions.

Directors: Charles Guggenheim, John Stix | Stars: Steve McQueen, Crahan Denton, David Clarke, James Dukas

Votes: 1,106

18. Kansas City Confidential (1952)

Not Rated | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

An ex-con trying to go straight is framed for a million dollar armored car robbery and must go to Mexico in order to unmask the real culprits.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: John Payne, Coleen Gray, Preston Foster, Neville Brand

Votes: 5,262

19. A Life at Stake (1955)

Not Rated | 78 min | Drama, Film-Noir

An out-of-work architect meets a married woman who has a business proposition for him. The architect begins to suspect the woman's interest in him is not just financial and may actually be deadly.

Director: Paul Guilfoyle | Stars: Angela Lansbury, Keith Andes, Douglass Dumbrille, Claudia Barrett

Votes: 454

20. Too Late for Tears (1949)

Not Rated | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Through a fluke circumstance a ruthless woman stumbles across a suitcase filled with $60,000, and she is determined to hold onto it even if it means murder.

Director: Byron Haskin | Stars: Lizabeth Scott, Don DeFore, Dan Duryea, Arthur Kennedy

Votes: 3,147

21. Inner Sanctum (1948)

Approved | 62 min | Film-Noir, Horror, Mystery

A man fleeing the police after having committed a murder hides out in a boarding house in a small town.

Director: Lew Landers | Stars: Charles Russell, Mary Beth Hughes, Dale Belding, Billy House

Votes: 685

22. Jigsaw (1949)

Passed | 72 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

New York Assistant District Attorney Howard Malloy investigates a series of murders and uncovers an extremist group.

Director: Fletcher Markle | Stars: Franchot Tone, Jean Wallace, Myron McCormick, Marc Lawrence

Votes: 651

23. The Big Combo (1955)

Not Rated | 87 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A police lt. is ordered to stop investigating deadly crime boss Mr. Brown, because he hasn't been able to get any hard evidence against him. He then goes after Brown's girlfriend who despises him, for information instead.

Director: Joseph H. Lewis | Stars: Cornel Wilde, Richard Conte, Jean Wallace, Brian Donlevy

Votes: 5,815

24. Wives Under Suspicion (1938)

Passed | 69 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

A prosecutor trying a case where a husband shot his adulterous wife begins to suspect that his own wife is having an affair, and starts to have his own thoughts about killing her.

Director: James Whale | Stars: Warren William, Gail Patrick, Ralph Morgan, William Lundigan

Votes: 317

25. The Phantom of 42nd Street (1945)

Approved | 58 min | Mystery

A theatre critic (Dave O'Brien) teams up with a cop (Jack Mulhall) to investigate the murder of a Broadway actor.

Director: Albert Herman | Stars: Dave O'Brien, Kay Aldridge, Alan Mowbray, Frank Jenks

Votes: 214

26. The File on Thelma Jordon (1950)

Passed | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Assistant district attorney Cleve Marshall falls for the mysterious Thelma Jordon when she seeks help solving robberies of her aunt's estate.

Director: Robert Siodmak | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Wendell Corey, Paul Kelly, Joan Tetzel

Votes: 1,758

27. The Second Woman (1950)

Approved | 91 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery

In flashback from a 'Rebecca'-style beginning: Ellen Foster, visiting her aunt on the California coast, meets neighbor Jeff Cohalan and his ultramodern clifftop house. Ellen is strongly ... See full summary »

Director: James V. Kern | Stars: Robert Young, Betsy Drake, John Sutton, Florence Bates

Votes: 881

28. The Amazing Mr. X (1948)

Approved | 78 min | Film-Noir, Horror, Thriller

On the beach one night, Christine Faber, two years a widow, thinks she hears her late husband Paul calling out of the surf...then meets a tall dark man, Alexis, who seems to know all about ... See full summary »

Director: Bernard Vorhaus | Stars: Turhan Bey, Lynn Bari, Cathy O'Donnell, Richard Carlson

Votes: 1,271

29. D.O.A. (1949)

Approved | 83 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery

Frank Bigelow, told he's been poisoned and has only a few days to live, tries to find out who killed him and why.

Director: Rudolph Maté | Stars: Edmond O'Brien, Pamela Britton, Luther Adler, Beverly Garland

Votes: 9,817

30. The Strange Woman (1946)

Approved | 100 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Romance

In 1820s New England beautiful but poor and manipulative Jenny Hager marries rich old man Isaiah Poster but also seduces his son and his company foreman.

Directors: Edgar G. Ulmer, Douglas Sirk | Stars: Hedy Lamarr, George Sanders, Louis Hayward, Gene Lockhart

Votes: 1,463

31. Walk the Dark Street (1956)

73 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A big-game hunter seeks revenge upon the Army officer whom he believes caused the death of his brother.

Director: Wyott Ordung | Stars: Chuck Connors, Don Ross, Regina Gleason, Vonne Godfrey

Votes: 173

32. Strange Illusion (1945)

Approved | 87 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Paul, a young man whose father was once lieutenant Governor of California before his untimely death, has a strange, recurring dream in which his mother falls in love with a dangerous man (... See full summary »

Director: Edgar G. Ulmer | Stars: Jimmy Lydon, Sally Eilers, Warren William, Regis Toomey

Votes: 791

33. The Man Who Cheated Himself (1950)

Approved | 81 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A veteran homicide detective who has witnessed his socialite girlfriend kill her husband sees his inexperienced brother assigned to the case.

Director: Felix E. Feist | Stars: Lee J. Cobb, Jane Wyatt, John Dall, Lisa Howard

Votes: 1,448

34. Scarlet Street (1945)

Approved | 102 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller

When a man in mid-life crisis befriends a young woman, her venal fiancé persuades her to con him out of the fortune they mistakenly assume he possesses.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett, Dan Duryea, Margaret Lindsay

Votes: 12,717

35. The Chase (1946)

Approved | 86 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller

Chuck Scott gets a job as chauffeur to tough guy Eddie Roman; but Chuck's involvement with Eddie's fearful wife becomes a nightmare.

Director: Arthur Ripley | Stars: Robert Cummings, Michèle Morgan, Steve Cochran, Lloyd Corrigan

Votes: 1,303

36. I Love Trouble (1948)

Passed | 93 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery

A wealthy man hires a detective to investigate his wife's past. The detective (Franchot Tone) discovers that the wife had been a dancer and left her home town with an actor. The latter is ... See full summary »

Director: S. Sylvan Simon | Stars: Franchot Tone, Janet Blair, Janis Carter, Adele Jergens

Votes: 307



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