Wikipedia's List of Film Noir: Classic American noir, 1954-1956

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1. Black Tuesday (1954)

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

Gangster Vincent Canelli and bank robber Peter Manning escape from Death Row minutes before their execution by electric chair.

Director: Hugo Fregonese | Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Jean Parker, Peter Graves, Milburn Stone

Votes: 261

2. Crime Wave (1953)

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

Reformed parolee Steve Lacey is caught in the middle when a wounded former cellmate seeks him out for shelter.

Director: André De Toth | Stars: Gene Nelson, Sterling Hayden, Phyllis Kirk, Ted de Corsia

Votes: 2,905

3. Cry Vengeance (1954)

Not Rated | 82 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Violent ex-cop Vic Barron comes to Ketchikan, Alaska seeking revenge on an old enemy.

Director: Mark Stevens | Stars: Mark Stevens, Martha Hyer, Skip Homeier, Joan Vohs

Votes: 415

4. Drive a Crooked Road (1954)

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

An upright car mechanic falls in love with the girlfriend of a gangster. This forces him to participate in the criminal underworld.

Director: Richard Quine | Stars: Mickey Rooney, Dianne Foster, Kevin McCarthy, Jack Kelly

Votes: 885

5. Hell's Half Acre (1954)

Approved | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

An American woman goes to Hawaii to search for her husband, MIA since the war, but he's a fugitive from the law and involved in a private feud against his former crime syndicate partners.

Director: John H. Auer | Stars: Wendell Corey, Evelyn Keyes, Elsa Lanchester, Marie Windsor

Votes: 334

6. Highway Dragnet (1954)

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

Wrongly accused of killing a bar-girl he was seen with earlier, a Korean War vet flees from the police in the company of a woman photographer and her young female model.

Director: Nathan Juran | Stars: Richard Conte, Joan Bennett, Wanda Hendrix, Reed Hadley

Votes: 467

7. Human Desire (1954)

Not Rated | 91 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Romance

A Korean War vet returns to his job as a railroad engineer and becomes involved in an affair with a co-worker's wife following a murder on a train where they meet.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Glenn Ford, Gloria Grahame, Broderick Crawford, Edgar Buchanan

Votes: 3,927

8. Jail Bait (1954)

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

Vic Brady draws young Don Gregor into a life of crime. He then blackmails Gregor's plastic surgeon father into fixing up his face so he can evade the cops.

Director: Edward D. Wood Jr. | Stars: Lyle Talbot, Dolores Fuller, Herbert Rawlinson, Steve Reeves

Votes: 2,239

9. The Long Wait (1954)

94 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

An amnesiac finally learns his true identity...as a murder suspect. And he doesn't even know whether he is guilty...

Director: Victor Saville | Stars: Anthony Quinn, Charles Coburn, Gene Evans, Peggie Castle

Votes: 190 | Gross: $1.50M

10. Loophole (1954)

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

A bank teller attempts to clear his name and rebuild his career after he is wrongly accused of theft.

Director: Harold D. Schuster | Stars: Barry Sullivan, Charles McGraw, Dorothy Malone, Don Haggerty

Votes: 193

11. Make Haste to Live (1954)

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

After serving 18 years in prison for a murder he didn't commit, a mobster is paroled and returns to a New Mexico town to exact his revenge on the woman responsible for his conviction.

Director: William A. Seiter | Stars: Dorothy McGuire, Stephen McNally, Mary Murphy, Edgar Buchanan

Votes: 147

12. Naked Alibi (1954)

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

A chief of police detectives fired for brutality, tries to get evidence on a man suspected of killing 3 of his officers.

Director: Jerry Hopper | Stars: Sterling Hayden, Gloria Grahame, Gene Barry, Marcia Henderson

Votes: 712

13. The Other Woman (1954)

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

A woman plots revenge on her former boss.

Director: Hugo Haas | Stars: Hugo Haas, Cleo Moore, Lance Fuller, Lucille Barkley

Votes: 152

14. Playgirl (1954)

Approved | 85 min | Drama, Film-Noir

Nightclub singer Fran Davis is out to educate her out-of-town friend Phyllis Matthews on the ins-and-outs of life in the Big City. But, par for the course in this Joseph Pevney potboiler, ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Pevney | Stars: Shelley Winters, Barry Sullivan, Colleen Miller, Richard Long

Votes: 64

15. Private Hell 36 (1954)

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

When 2 detectives steal $80,000 from a dead robber, one of them suffers from a guilty conscience which could lead to murder.

Director: Don Siegel | Stars: Ida Lupino, Steve Cochran, Howard Duff, Dean Jagger

Votes: 1,137

16. Pushover (1954)

Passed | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Undercover cop falls for the beautiful moll of a bank robber on the run and together they double-cross the hood and the cops.

Director: Richard Quine | Stars: Fred MacMurray, Kim Novak, Philip Carey, Dorothy Malone

Votes: 2,310

17. Riot in Cell Block 11 (1954)

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

Fed up with the inhumane prison living conditions, a general prison riot breaks out, leading to hostage-taking, a stand-off with the guards and eventual negotiations with the prison administration officials.

Director: Don Siegel | Stars: Neville Brand, Emile Meyer, Frank Faylen, Leo Gordon

Votes: 1,518

18. Rogue Cop (1954)

Approved | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

After witnessing a murder, honest cop Eddie Kelvaney is silenced by gangster Dan Beaumonte, prompting Eddie's brother, Detective Chris Kelvaney, to search for the killer.

Director: Roy Rowland | Stars: Robert Taylor, Janet Leigh, George Raft, Steve Forrest

Votes: 788

19. Shield for Murder (1954)

Approved | 82 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

When a brutal police detective Lt. murders a bookmaker's runner for $25,000 in cash, a deaf mute sees him do it and now he finds he must kill again to cover his tracks.

Directors: Howard W. Koch, Edmond O'Brien | Stars: Edmond O'Brien, John Agar, Marla English, Emile Meyer

Votes: 942

20. Suddenly (1954)

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

In the city of Suddenly, three gangsters trap the Benson family in their own house, on the top of a hill nearby the railroad station, with the intention of killing the president of the USA.

Director: Lewis Allen | Stars: Frank Sinatra, Sterling Hayden, James Gleason, Nancy Gates

Votes: 5,685 | Gross: $1.40M

21. Twist of Fate (1954)

Approved | 89 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Johnny Victor, an actress living with Louis Galt on the Riveria, becomes involved with Pierre Clemont and learns he is a dangerous criminal.

Director: David Miller | Stars: Ginger Rogers, Herbert Lom, Stanley Baker, Jacques Bergerac

Votes: 251

22. Witness to Murder (1954)

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

A woman's sanity comes into question, after she claims to have witnessed a murder from her apartment window.

Director: Roy Rowland | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, George Sanders, Gary Merrill, Jesse White

Votes: 2,207

23. World for Ransom (1954)

Approved | 82 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

In Singapore, a private detective and the British authorities are on the trail of a crime syndicate that kidnaps a nuclear physicist with the aim of selling him to the highest bidder.

Director: Robert Aldrich | Stars: Dan Duryea, Gene Lockhart, Patric Knowles, Reginald Denny

Votes: 348

24. 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: 364

25. 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: 5,997

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: 3,010

27. A Bullet for Joey (1955)

Approved | 85 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

In Montreal, a police inspector slowly discovers a plot to kidnap a nuclear physicist, American mobsters, foreign spies, and a blonde seductress, are all involved.

Director: Lewis Allen | Stars: Edward G. Robinson, George Raft, Audrey Totter, George Dolenz

Votes: 843

28. Crashout (1955)

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

The survivors of a prison break set out on an arduous journey to retrieve some loot.

Director: Lewis R. Foster | Stars: William Bendix, Arthur Kennedy, Luther Adler, William Talman

Votes: 433

29. The Crooked Web (1955)

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

Government agent tries to trick a suspect into returning to Germany, the scene of his crimes.

Director: Nathan Juran | Stars: Frank Lovejoy, Mari Blanchard, Richard Denning, John Mylong

Votes: 194

30. The Desperate Hours (1955)

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

Three escaped convicts move in on and terrorize a suburban household.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Fredric March, Arthur Kennedy, Martha Scott

Votes: 8,233

31. Female Jungle (1955)

73 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Several persons, including an off duty policeman and a weird rich guy, are suspects in the murder of a beautiful actress.

Director: Bruno VeSota | Stars: Lawrence Tierney, Jayne Mansfield, John Carradine, Burt Kaiser

Votes: 304

32. Female on the Beach (1955)

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

Moving into a beach house involves Lynn Markham in mystery, danger, and romance with a beach boy of dubious motives.

Director: Joseph Pevney | Stars: Joan Crawford, Jeff Chandler, Jan Sterling, Cecil Kellaway

Votes: 944

33. Finger Man (1955)

82 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

An ex-con goes undercover for the government to "finger" the crime boss who made his sister a drug addict.

Director: Harold D. Schuster | Stars: Frank Lovejoy, Forrest Tucker, Peggie Castle, Timothy Carey

Votes: 248

34. 5 Against the House (1955)

Approved | 84 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Four vets attending college on the GI Bill and a cabaret singer try to rob a Reno Casino and pull off the perfect crime.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: Guy Madison, Kim Novak, Brian Keith, Alvy Moore

Votes: 1,011

35. Illegal (1955)

Approved | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

After an overly aggressive district attorney unknowingly sends an innocent man to the chair, he resigns, turns to drinking, and acquires a criminal clientèle.

Director: Lewis Allen | Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Nina Foch, Hugh Marlowe, Jayne Mansfield

Votes: 1,478

36. Killer's Kiss (1955)

Not Rated | 67 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Ready to catch a train to his hometown, a washed up boxer tells us about the strange and twisty events that happened to him the past couple of days.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Frank Silvera, Irene Kane, Jamie Smith, Jerry Jarrett

Votes: 19,798

37. Kiss Me Deadly (1955)

Not Rated | 106 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery

A doomed female hitchhiker pulls Mike Hammer into a deadly whirlpool of intrigue, revolving around a mysterious "great whatsit".

Director: Robert Aldrich | Stars: Ralph Meeker, Albert Dekker, Paul Stewart, Juano Hernandez

Votes: 17,302

38. Murder Is My Beat (1955)

Approved | 77 min | Film-Noir, Mystery

A police detective helps a singer heading to prison for the murder of a man she claims is still alive.

Director: Edgar G. Ulmer | Stars: Paul Langton, Barbara Payton, Robert Shayne, Selena Royle

Votes: 365

39. The Naked Street (1955)

Passed | 84 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A mobster (Quinn) springs a condemned murderer (Granger) because he got his sister (Bancroft) pregnant.

Director: Maxwell Shane | Stars: Farley Granger, Anthony Quinn, Anne Bancroft, Peter Graves

Votes: 644

40. New York Confidential (1955)

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

A top syndicate crime boss and his corrupt politicians, make multi-million deals and order murders , until the vicious pattern finally catches up to him.

Director: Russell Rouse | Stars: Broderick Crawford, Richard Conte, Anne Bancroft, Marilyn Maxwell

Votes: 447

41. The Night Holds Terror (1955)

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

A group of escaped convicts take over a suburban home to evade the ongoing police manhunt, making the lives of the family living there a nightmare. The longer the men stay there, the more ... See full summary »

Director: Andrew L. Stone | Stars: Jack Kelly, Hildy Parks, Vince Edwards, John Cassavetes

Votes: 262

42. The Night of the Hunter (1955)

Not Rated | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

99 Metascore

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.

Director: Charles Laughton | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, Lillian Gish, James Gleason

Votes: 77,282 | Gross: $0.65M

43. The Phenix City Story (1955)

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

A crime-busting lawyer and his initially reluctant attorney father take on the forces that run gambling and prostitution in their small Southern town.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: John McIntire, Richard Kiley, Kathryn Grant, Edward Andrews

Votes: 2,134

44. Queen Bee (1955)

Not Rated | 95 min | Drama, Romance

A young woman arrives at the home of her socialite cousin, and soon finds herself sucked into the woman's complex web of deceit.

Director: Ranald MacDougall | Stars: Joan Crawford, Barry Sullivan, Betsy Palmer, John Ireland

Votes: 1,657

45. Sudden Danger (1955)

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

A woman who heads a sportswear manufacturing company is found dead. Although it is ruled a suicide, the police detective in charge believes she was murdered, and his subsequent ... See full summary »

Director: Hubert Cornfield | Stars: Bill Elliott, Tom Drake, Beverly Garland, Dayton Lummis

Votes: 94

46. Tight Spot (1955)

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