Film-Noir List

by PatrickArchangel | created - 23 May 2014 | updated - 08 Jun 2017 | Public

All films are from the books referenced below. They consists of films compiled by the most revered and cited film-noir historians. Films are broken down into two categories as listed below:

1. Classic-noir: Films from the 40s and 50s (1-451) 2. Neo-noir: Films from the 60s to present (452-613)

Reference 1: Film-Noir - The Encyclopedia; Editor: Alain Silver, Elizabeth Ward, James Ursini, Robert Porfirio; Co-Editor: Carl Macek; 2010 Publication, New York; ISBN:978-1-59020-144-2

Reference 2: Encyclopedia of Film-Noir; Editor: Geoff Mayer, Brian McDonnell; 2007 Publication, London; ISBN:978–0–313–33306–4

"In this world, the streets are dark with something more than the night."

  • Raymond Chandler

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1. Abandoned (1949)

Approved | 79 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Newspaperman helps girl find her sister's illegitimate baby, gets mixed up in baby-adoption racket.

Director: Joseph M. Newman | Stars: Dennis O'Keefe, Gale Storm, Jeff Chandler, Meg Randall

Votes: 204

2. The Accused (1949)

Approved | 101 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller

A beautiful psychology professor tries to hide a self-defense killing.

Director: William Dieterle | Stars: Loretta Young, Robert Cummings, Wendell Corey, Sam Jaffe

Votes: 691

3. Ace in the Hole (1951)

Not Rated | 111 min | Drama, Film-Noir

72 Metascore

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

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Jan Sterling, Robert Arthur, Porter Hall

Votes: 27,056 | Gross: $3.97M

4. Act of Violence (1949)

Passed | 82 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller

An embittered, vengeful POW stalks his former commanding officer who betrayed his men's planned escape attempt from a Nazi prison camp.

Director: Fred Zinnemann | Stars: Van Heflin, Robert Ryan, Janet Leigh, Mary Astor

Votes: 4,186

5. Affair in Havana (1957)

Not Rated | 77 min | Crime, Film-Noir

Songwriter falls in love with a crippled man's wife.

Director: Laslo Benedek | Stars: John Cassavetes, Raymond Burr, Sara Shane, Lilia Lazo

Votes: 138

6. Affair in Trinidad (1952)

Not Rated | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Nightclub singer and her brother-in-law try to find her husband's killer.

Director: Vincent Sherman | Stars: Rita Hayworth, Glenn Ford, Alexander Scourby, Valerie Bettis

Votes: 1,694

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.

Director: Stuart Heisler | Stars: Albert Dekker, Susan Hayward, Frances Farmer, Harry Carey

Votes: 405

8. Angel Face (1953)

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

Ambulance driver Frank Jessup is ensnared in the schemes of the sensuous but dangerous Diane Tremayne.

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Jean Simmons, Mona Freeman, Herbert Marshall

Votes: 6,328

9. Apology for Murder (1945)

Approved | 67 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

When a reporter helps his girlfriend murder her rich husband, an innocent man gets the blame and faces execution.

Director: Sam Newfield | Stars: Ann Savage, Hugh Beaumont, Russell Hicks, Charles D. Brown

Votes: 191

10. Appointment with Danger (1950)

Approved | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

When ruthlessly dedicated postal inspector investigates the murder of a co-worker, he finds that the sole witness, a nun, has been targeted by the killers.

Director: Lewis Allen | Stars: Alan Ladd, Phyllis Calvert, Paul Stewart, Jan Sterling

Votes: 961

11. Armored Car Robbery (1950)

Passed | 67 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

A well-planned robbery goes awry, with tough cop Cordell in pursuit.

Director: Richard Fleischer | Stars: Charles McGraw, Adele Jergens, William Talman, Douglas Fowley

Votes: 2,181

12. The Asphalt Jungle (1950)

Passed | 112 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A major heist goes off as planned, until bad luck and double crosses cause everything to unravel.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Sterling Hayden, Louis Calhern, Jean Hagen, James Whitmore

Votes: 22,471

13. Backfire (1950)

Passed | 91 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery

While recuperating from wartime back injuries at a hospital, veteran Bob Corey is visited on Christmas Eve by a beautiful stranger with an even stranger message.

Director: Vincent Sherman | Stars: Viveca Lindfors, Dane Clark, Virginia Mayo, Edmond O'Brien

Votes: 985

14. Backlash (1947)

Passed | 66 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery

A man tries to frame his wife for a murder that he has committed.

Director: Eugene Forde | Stars: Jean Rogers, Richard Travis, Larry J. Blake, John Eldredge

Votes: 244

15. The Beat Generation (1959)

Approved | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A detective is assigned to track down and capture a crazed serial rapist.

Director: Charles F. Haas | Stars: Steve Cochran, Mamie Van Doren, Ray Danton, Fay Spain

Votes: 286

16. Behind Locked Doors (1948)

Approved | 62 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A well-known judge has become a fugitive from the police, with a large reward on his head. A reporter believes that the judge is hiding in a private sanitarium, so she seeks out a private ... See full summary »

Director: Budd Boetticher | Stars: Lucille Bremer, Richard Carlson, Douglas Fowley, Ralf Harolde

Votes: 731

17. Berlin Express (1948)

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

A multinational group of train passengers become involved in a post-World War II Nazi assassination plot.

Director: Jacques Tourneur | Stars: Merle Oberon, Robert Ryan, Charles Korvin, Paul Lukas

Votes: 2,733

18. Between Midnight and Dawn (1950)

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

Prowl car cops on night duty romance a reluctant young lady while in danger from a vengeful racketeer.

Director: Gordon Douglas | Stars: Mark Stevens, Edmond O'Brien, Gale Storm, Donald Buka

Votes: 394

19. Beware, My Lovely (1952)

Approved | 77 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A psychopath on the run takes a job as a handyman at the house of a lonely war widow.

Director: Harry Horner | Stars: Ida Lupino, Robert Ryan, Taylor Holmes, Barbara Whiting

Votes: 1,502

20. Bewitched (1945)

Approved | 65 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A young woman has two distinct personalities, one of whom is evil and constantly gets her in trouble.

Director: Arch Oboler | Stars: Phyllis Thaxter, Edmund Gwenn, Henry H. Daniels Jr., Addison Richards

Votes: 459

21. Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (1956)

Not Rated | 80 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A novelist aided by his future father-in-law conspires to frame himself for the murder of a burlesque dancer as part of an effort to ban capital punishment.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Dana Andrews, Joan Fontaine, Sidney Blackmer, Arthur Franz

Votes: 4,239

22. Beyond the Forest (1949)

Approved | 97 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Romance

Resentful of her small-town life, a married woman schemes to run off with a rich businessman.

Director: King Vidor | Stars: Bette Davis, Joseph Cotten, David Brian, Ruth Roman

Votes: 2,045

23. The Big Clock (1948)

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

After murdering someone, a magazine tycoon tries to frame an unknown, innocent man for the murder instead, while the innocent man tries to solve the murder himself.

Director: John Farrow | Stars: Ray Milland, Maureen O'Sullivan, Charles Laughton, George Macready

Votes: 7,321

24. 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: 5,998

25. The Big Heat (1953)

Not Rated | 89 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller

Tough cop Dave Bannion takes on a politically powerful crime syndicate.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Glenn Ford, Gloria Grahame, Jocelyn Brando, Alexander Scourby

Votes: 21,633

26. The Big Knife (1955)

Not Rated | 111 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Hollywood actor Charles Castle is pressured by his studio boss into a criminal cover-up to protect his valuable career.

Director: Robert Aldrich | Stars: Jack Palance, Ida Lupino, Wendell Corey, Jean Hagen

Votes: 3,012

27. The Big Night (1951)

Approved | 75 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller

A teenager comes of age while seeking revenge on the man who beat up his father.

Director: Joseph Losey | Stars: John Drew Barrymore, Preston Foster, Joan Lorring, Howard St. John

Votes: 707

28. The Big Sleep (1946)

Not Rated | 114 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery

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.

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, John Ridgely, Martha Vickers

Votes: 75,476 | Gross: $6.54M

29. The Big Steal (1949)

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

An army lieutenant accused of robbery pursues the real thief on a frantic chase through Mexico aided by the thief's fiancee.

Director: Don Siegel | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Jane Greer, William Bendix, Patric Knowles

Votes: 3,915

30. The Bigamist (1953)

Approved | 80 min | Drama, Film-Noir

A man secretly married to two women feels the pressure of his deceit.

Director: Ida Lupino | Stars: Joan Fontaine, Ida Lupino, Edmund Gwenn, Edmond O'Brien

Votes: 2,597

31. Black Angel (1946)

Passed | 81 min | Adventure, Crime, Film-Noir

When Kirk Bennett is convicted of a singer's murder, his wife tries to prove him innocent...aided by the victim's ex-husband.

Director: Roy William Neill | Stars: Dan Duryea, June Vincent, Peter Lorre, Broderick Crawford

Votes: 2,393

32. Blackmail (1947)

Passed | 67 min | Action, Crime, Film-Noir

A private detective is approached by a wealthy entertainment executive to stop a blackmail scheme against him. Although he hasn't decided to take the job, the blackmailers believe that he ... See full summary »

Director: Lesley Selander | Stars: William Marshall, Adele Mara, Ricardo Cortez, Grant Withers

Votes: 142

33. Blast of Silence (1961)

Not Rated | 77 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A hired killer from Cleveland has a job to do on a second-string mob boss in New York. But a special girl from his past, and a fat gun dealer with pet rats, each gets in his way.

Director: Allen Baron | Stars: Allen Baron, Molly McCarthy, Larry Tucker, Peter Clune

Votes: 3,516

34. Blind Spot (1947)

Approved | 73 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A mystery writer accused of murdering his publisher sets out to discover the real killer.

Director: Robert Gordon | Stars: Chester Morris, Constance Dowling, Steven Geray, James Bell

Votes: 124

35. Blonde Ice (1948)

Approved | 73 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A society reporter keeps herself in the headlines by marrying a series of wealthy men, all of whom die under mysterious circumstances.

Director: Jack Bernhard | Stars: Robert Paige, Leslie Brooks, Russ Vincent, Michael Whalen

Votes: 822

36. Blood on the Moon (1948)

Passed | 88 min | Action, Drama, Romance

Unemployed cowhand Jim Garry is hired by his dishonest friend Tate Riling as muscle in a dispute between homesteaders and cattleman John Lufton.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Barbara Bel Geddes, Robert Preston, Walter Brennan

Votes: 1,879

37. The Blue Dahlia (1946)

Not Rated | 96 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery

An ex-bomber pilot is suspected of murdering his unfaithful wife.

Director: George Marshall | Stars: Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake, William Bendix, Howard Da Silva

Votes: 7,018 | Gross: $2.70M

38. The Blue Gardenia (1953)

Not Rated | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A telephone operator ends up drunk and at the mercy of a cad in his apartment. The next morning she wakes up with a hangover and the terrible fear she may be a murderess.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Anne Baxter, Richard Conte, Ann Sothern, Raymond Burr

Votes: 4,272

39. Bluebeard (1944)

Passed | 72 min | Crime, Horror, Thriller

In Paris, an artist hires portrait models, and after he finishes their portraits, he strangles them.

Director: Edgar G. Ulmer | Stars: John Carradine, Jean Parker, Nils Asther, Ludwig Stössel

Votes: 1,528

40. Body and Soul (1947)

Approved | 104 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Sport

A talented boxer's young career hits difficult terrain when an unethical promoter takes interest in him.

Director: Robert Rossen | Stars: John Garfield, Lilli Palmer, Hazel Brooks, Anne Revere

Votes: 4,050

41. Bodyguard (1948)

Approved | 62 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

After being fired for insubordination, homicide detective Mike Carter is hired as bodyguard by the owner of a local meat-packing plant where a meat inspector has been murdered.

Director: Richard Fleischer | Stars: Lawrence Tierney, Priscilla Lane, Phillip Reed, June Clayworth

Votes: 531

42. Boomerang! (1947)

Not Rated | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

The true story of a prosecutor's fight to prove the innocence of a man accused of a notorious murder.

Director: Elia Kazan | Stars: Dana Andrews, Jane Wyatt, Lee J. Cobb, Cara Williams

Votes: 3,829

43. Border Incident (1949)

Passed | 94 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir