TSDPDT - 250 Quintessential Noir Films

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Based on our research, these are the 250 most cited films noir in film history (well, at least the film history that we have come across).

In other words, these noir films aren’t necessarily the best (although they would be very close to it), they are simply the films that have most often been cited as noir in publications and across the world-wide-web.

The 250 Quintessential Noir Films listing contains 241 films that all contain three key ingredients.


1) They were all produced in the United States;
2) They were all shot in black-and-white;
3) They were all produced between 1940 to 1959.

The nine included films that exclude at least one of these key ingredients are two Non-American-produced noir (The Third Man and Mr. Arkadin), four colour noir films (Leave Her to Heaven, Niagara, Party Girl and Slightly Scarlet), and three films from the early 1960’s (Cape Fear, Underworld, U.S.A. and The Naked Kiss).

[See also http://www.listsofbests.com/tag/film+noir%2Cthey+shoot+pictures]

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  1. 1.
    The Accused (1949)
    by William Dieterle

  2. 2.
    Ace in the Hole (The Criterion Collection)
    by Billy Wilder

  3. 3.
    Act of Violence (1948)
    by Fred Zinnemann

  4. 4.
    Among the Living (1941)
    by Stuart Heisler

  5. 5.
    Angel Face
    by Otto Preminger

  6. 6.
    Armored Car Robbery (1950)
    by Richard Fleischer

  7. 7.
    The Asphalt Jungle
    by John Huston

  8. 8.
    Behind Locked Doors
    by Budd Boetticher

  9. 9.
    Berlin Express (1948)
    by Jacques Tourneur

  10. 10.
    Beware, My Lovely (1952)
    by Harry Horner

  11. 11.
    Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (1956)
    by Fritz Lang

  12. 12.
    Beyond the Forest
    by King Vidor

  13. 13.
    The Big Clock (Universal Noir Collection)
    by John Farrow

  14. 14.
    The Big Combo
    by Joseph H. Lewis

  15. 15.
    The Big Heat
    by Fritz Lang

  16. 16.
    The Big Knife
    by Robert Aldrich

  17. 17.
    The Big Sleep
    by Howard Hawks

  18. 18.
    Black Angel (Universal Noir Collection)
    by Roy William Neill

  19. 19.
    Black Tuesday (1954)
    by Hugo Fregonese

  20. 20.
    The Blue Dahlia
    by George Marshall

  21. 21.
    The Blue Gardenia
    by Fritz Lang

  22. 22.
    Body and Soul
    by Robert Rossen

  23. 23.
    Boomerang! (1947)
    by Elia Kazan

  24. 24.
    Border Incident
    by Anthony Mann

  25. 25.
    Born to Kill
    by Robert Wise

  26. 26.
    The Brasher Doubloon (1947)
    by John Brahm

  27. 27.
    The Breaking Point

  28. 28.
    Brute Force (The Criterion Collection)
    by Jules Dassin

  29. 29.
    The Burglar (1957)
    by Paul Wendkos

  30. 30.
    Call Northside 777 (Fox Film Noir)
    by Henry Hathaway

  31. 31.
    Cape Fear
    by J. Lee Thompson

  32. 32.
    The Captive City (1952)
    by Robert Wise

  33. 33.
    Caught (1949)
    by Max Ophüls

  34. 34.
    Cause for Alarm
    by Tay Garnett

  35. 35.
    Champion
    by Mark Robson

  36. 36.
    The Chase (1946)
    by Arthur Ripley

  37. 37.
    Christmas Holiday (1944)
    by Robert Siodmak

  38. 38.
    City that Never Sleeps (1953)
    by John H. Auer

  39. 39.
    Clash by Night
    by Fritz Lang

  40. 40.
    Conflict (1945)
    by Curtis Bernhardt

  41. 41.
    Cornered (1945)
    by Edward Dmytryk

  42. 42.
    Crack-Up (1946)
    by Irving Reis

  43. 43.
    Crime of Passion
    by Gerd Oswald

  44. 44.
    Crime Wave [aka The City is Dark] (1954)
    by André De Toth

  45. 45.
    The Crimson Kimono (1959)
    by Samuel Fuller

  46. 46.
    Criss Cross (Universal Noir Collection)
    by Robert Siodmak

  47. 47.
    Crossfire
    by Edward Dmytryk

  48. 48.
    Cry Danger (1951)
    by Robert Parrish

  49. 49.
    Cry of the City (1948)
    by Robert Siodmak

  50. 50.
    D.O.A. (1949)
    by Rudolph Maté

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Created by sienel on Nov 30, 2006.
 

Comments

naked kiss? — 4 years ago

hmm..Naked Kiss 1964 breaks the rule for the list…


M (1951 remake?) — 4 years ago

Why is the 1951 remake on here and not the original Fritz Lang version?


One of the few lists I didn't delete. :-) — 4 years ago

Wonderful and helpful. I made a change though. The entry of Scandal Sheet that was included pointed to the Amazon item for the 1985 remake. I made an entry for the 1952 film and replaced the error. ;-)


VERY NICE WORK — 7 years ago

you did an excellent job on all these film noir lists, sienel -

Thank you




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