The Complete Genre of Film Noir

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A complete list of every movie generally considered to be film noir.

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1. 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.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Bette Davis, Herbert Marshall, James Stephenson, Frieda Inescort

Votes: 10,847

2. 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.

Director: Boris Ingster | Stars: Peter Lorre, John McGuire, Margaret Tallichet, Charles Waldron

Votes: 3,344

3. They Drive by Night (1940)

Approved | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

When one of two 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.

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: George Raft, Humphrey Bogart, Ann Sheridan, Ida Lupino

Votes: 6,664

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.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine, George Sanders, Judith Anderson

Votes: 114,451 | Gross: $4.36M

5. 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: 404

6. 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 »

Director: Anatole Litvak | Stars: Priscilla Lane, Betty Field, Richard Whorf, Lloyd Nolan

Votes: 880

7. 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.

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: Ida Lupino, Humphrey Bogart, Alan Curtis, Arthur Kennedy

Votes: 14,107

8. I Wake Up Screaming (1941)

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

Why is Inspector Ed Cornell trying to railroad Frankie Christopher for the murder of model Vicky Lynn?

Director: H. Bruce Humberstone | Stars: Betty Grable, Victor Mature, Carole Landis, Laird Cregar

Votes: 3,484

9. Johnny Eager (1941)

Passed | 107 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller

The step-daughter of a district attorney falls in love with a gangster on parole who her father originally imprisoned.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy | Stars: Robert Taylor, Lana Turner, Edward Arnold, Van Heflin

Votes: 2,465

10. 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.

Director: Charles Vidor | Stars: Ida Lupino, Louis Hayward, Evelyn Keyes, Elsa Lanchester

Votes: 921

11. The Maltese Falcon (1941)

Not Rated | 100 min | Film-Noir, Mystery

96 Metascore

A private detective takes on a case that involves him with three eccentric criminals, a gorgeous liar, and their quest for a priceless statuette.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Gladys George, Peter Lorre

Votes: 143,464 | Gross: $2.11M

12. 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 »

Director: Anatole Litvak | Stars: Ida Lupino, John Garfield, Thomas Mitchell, Eddie Albert

Votes: 1,213

13. 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 »

Directors: W.S. Van Dyke, Robert B. Sinclair, Richard Thorpe | Stars: Robert Montgomery, Ingrid Bergman, George Sanders, Lucile Watson

Votes: 933

14. Suspicion (1941)

Not Rated | 99 min | Mystery, Thriller

83 Metascore

A shy young heiress marries a charming gentleman, and soon begins to suspect he is planning to murder her.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Cary Grant, Joan Fontaine, Cedric Hardwicke, Nigel Bruce

Votes: 30,072 | Gross: $4.50M

15. 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.

Director: Josef von Sternberg | Stars: Gene Tierney, Walter Huston, Victor Mature, Ona Munson

Votes: 2,400

16. 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.

Director: George Cukor | Stars: Joan Crawford, Melvyn Douglas, Conrad Veidt, Osa Massen

Votes: 2,519

17. Crossroads (1942)

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

An amnesiac French diplomat is blackmailed for crimes that he committed before he lost his memory.

Director: Jack Conway | Stars: William Powell, Hedy Lamarr, Claire Trevor, Basil Rathbone

Votes: 1,010

18. 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.

Director: Stuart Heisler | Stars: Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake, Brian Donlevy, Bonita Granville

Votes: 5,187

19. 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 »

Directors: Archie Mayo, Fritz Lang | Stars: Jean Gabin, Ida Lupino, Thomas Mitchell, Claude Rains

Votes: 1,311

20. 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.

Director: Jack Hively | Stars: Burgess Meredith, Claire Trevor, Louise Platt, Sheldon Leonard

Votes: 309

21. 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.

Director: Frank Tuttle | Stars: Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake, Robert Preston, Laird Cregar

Votes: 7,799

22. Calling Dr. Death (1943)

Approved | 63 min | Film-Noir, Horror, Mystery

A doctor is not sure if he murdered his beautiful but wicked wife, and has his attractive nurse try to find the truth by hypnotizing him.

Director: Reginald Le Borg | Stars: Lon Chaney Jr., Patricia Morison, J. Carrol Naish, David Bruce

Votes: 736

23. The Fallen Sparrow (1943)

Approved | 94 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery

In 1940, a former prisoner is determined to find the killer of the New York Police Lt. who helped him escape from a Nazi torture camp in Spain.

Director: Richard Wallace | Stars: John Garfield, Maureen O'Hara, Walter Slezak, Patricia Morison

Votes: 1,131

24. 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.

Directors: Norman Foster, Orson Welles | Stars: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Dolores del Rio, Ruth Warrick

Votes: 3,634

25. 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.

Director: Mark Robson | Stars: Kim Hunter, Tom Conway, Jean Brooks, Isabel Jewell

Votes: 5,341

26. Shadow of a Doubt (1943)

PG | 108 min | Thriller

94 Metascore

A young woman discovers her visiting uncle may not be the man he seems to be.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Teresa Wright, Joseph Cotten, Macdonald Carey, Henry Travers

Votes: 55,619

27. 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 »

Director: Howard Bretherton | Stars: John Hubbard, Rita Quigley, Joan Blair, Charles Halton

Votes: 109

28. 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: 1,529

29. Christmas Holiday (1944)

Not Rated | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A young femme fatale-type woman realizes that the man she married is an incorrigible wastrel.

Director: Robert Siodmak | Stars: Deanna Durbin, Gene Kelly, Richard Whorf, Dean Harens

Votes: 1,120

30. Dangerous Passage (1944)

Passed | 60 min | Drama, Film-Noir

Joe Beck leaves Central America so that he can return to Texas and collect a large inheritance, but he picks a dangerous ship on which to travel.

Director: William Berke | Stars: Robert Lowery, Phyllis Brooks, Charles Arnt, Jack La Rue

Votes: 186

31. Dark Waters (1944)

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

A woman returns to the USA after a German u-boat sank her ship, and finds out that someone wants to kill her for her inheritance.

Director: André De Toth | Stars: Merle Oberon, Franchot Tone, Thomas Mitchell, Fay Bainter

Votes: 817

32. Destiny (1944)

Approved | 65 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy

Two bank robbers, Cliff Banks and Sam Baker go their separate ways while being chased by the law. Now fleeing alone, Cliff begins to reflect, via flash back, the various events and unsavory... See full summary »

Directors: Reginald Le Borg, Julien Duvivier | Stars: Gloria Jean, Alan Curtis, Frank Craven, Grace McDonald

Votes: 122

33. Double Indemnity (1944)

Passed | 107 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

95 Metascore

An insurance representative lets himself be talked by a seductive housewife into a murder/insurance fraud scheme that arouses the suspicion of an insurance investigator.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson, Byron Barr

Votes: 133,430 | Gross: $5.72M

34. Experiment Perilous (1944)

Approved | 91 min | Film-Noir, Romance, Thriller

In 1903, a doctor suspects murder in the gothic Bederaux family.

Director: Jacques Tourneur | Stars: Hedy Lamarr, George Brent, Paul Lukas, Albert Dekker

Votes: 1,303

35. Gaslight (1944)

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

Years after her aunt was murdered in her home, a young woman moves back into the house with her new husband. However, he has a secret that he will do anything to protect, even if it means driving his wife insane.

Director: George Cukor | Stars: Charles Boyer, Ingrid Bergman, Joseph Cotten, May Whitty

Votes: 22,152

36. Guest in the House (1944)

Approved | 121 min | Drama, Film-Noir

A young manipulative woman moves in with her fiancé's family and turns a happy household against itself.

Directors: John Brahm, John Cromwell, André De Toth, Lewis Milestone | Stars: Anne Baxter, Ralph Bellamy, Aline MacMahon, Ruth Warrick

Votes: 652

37. Laura (1944)

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

A police detective falls in love with the woman whose murder he is investigating.

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews, Clifton Webb, Vincent Price

Votes: 39,902 | Gross: $4.36M

38. Lady in the Death House (1944)

Passed | 56 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A young woman is on death row for the murder of a man who was blackmailing her family, although she claims she was framed. Her fiance, a doctor who is conducting experiments on reviving the... See full summary »

Director: Steve Sekely | Stars: Jean Parker, Lionel Atwill, Douglas Fowley, Marcia Mae Jones

Votes: 261

39. The Lodger (1944)

Approved | 84 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

A landlady suspects her new lodger is Jack the Ripper.

Director: John Brahm | Stars: Laird Cregar, Merle Oberon, George Sanders, Cedric Hardwicke

Votes: 2,886

40. The Mark of the Whistler (1944)

Unrated | 60 min | Drama, Film-Noir

A drifter claims the money in an old bank account. Soon he finds himself the target of two men who turn out to be the sons of the man's old partner, who is now in prison because of a ... See full summary »

Director: William Castle | Stars: Richard Dix, Janis Carter, Porter Hall, Paul Guilfoyle

Votes: 194

41. The Mask of Dimitrios (1944)

Approved | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Mystery writer Cornelius Leyden becomes intrigued when the murdered body of a vicious career criminal washes up in the Bosphorus.

Director: Jean Negulesco | Stars: Peter Lorre, Sydney Greenstreet, Zachary Scott, Faye Emerson

Votes: 2,970

42. Ministry of Fear (1944)

Not Rated | 86 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Stephen Neale has just been released from an asylum during World War 2 in England when he stumbles on a deadly Nazi spy plot by accident, and tries to stop it.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Ray Milland, Marjorie Reynolds, Carl Esmond, Hillary Brooke

Votes: 6,219

43. Murder, My Sweet (1944)

Approved | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir