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Noir

Entries from the They Shoot Pictures, Don’t They? 250 Quintessential Noir Films list. I have seen every film on the list. Following the 250 is a list of other noirs reviewed on this site. This includes regular noir, neo-noir, foreign noir, noir spoofs, some near-noir. It does not include proto-noir (e.g. The Public Enemy or the original M) because I had to draw the line somewhere. I may have missed some titles, please let me know if you find a review that should be on this list.

Here is my top 100 noirs.

1. The Accused

2. Ace in the Hole (May 08)
2. Ace in the Hole (May 14)

3. Act of Violence

4. Among the Living

5. Angel Face (Jul 09)
5. Angel Face (Mar 10)

6. Armored Car Robbery

7. The Asphalt Jungle (Dec 06)
7. The Asphalt Jungle (Mar 10)

8. Behind Locked Doors

9. Berlin Express

10. Beware, My Lovely

11. Beyond a Reasonable Doubt

12. Beyond the Forest (Jul 10)
12. Beyond the Forest (Jun 12)

13. The Big Clock

14. The Big Combo (Jul 10)
14. The Big Combo (Oct 13)

15. The Big Heat (May 06)
15. The Big Heat (Feb 10)
15. The Big Heat (Jun 13)

16. The Big Knife

17. The Big Sleep (Jan 04)
17. The Big Sleep (Mar 10)

18. Black Angel

19. Black Tuesday

20. The Blue Dahlia

21. The Blue Gardenia

22. Body and Soul

23. Boomerang!

24. Border Incident

25. Born to Kill (Jun 06)
25. Born to Kill (Mar 10)

26. The Brasher Doubloon

27. The Breaking Point

28. Brute Force

29. The Burglar (Nov 10)
29. The Burglar (Feb 12)

30. Call Northside 777

31. Cape Fear (Jun 10)
31. Cape Fear (Jan 13)

32. The Captive City

33. Caught

34. Cause for Alarm

35. Champion

36. The Chase

37. Christmas Holiday

38. City That Never Sleeps

39. Clash By Night (Jan 07)
39. Clash By Night (Mar 10)

40. Conflict

41. Cornered

42. Crack-Up

43. Crime of Passion

44. Crime Wave (Jun 08)
44. Crime Wave (Apr 10)

45. The Crimson Kimono

46. Criss Cross

47. Crossfire (Jan 07)
47. Crossfire (Mar 10)

48. Cry Danger

49. Cry of the City (Nov 10)
49. Cry of the City (Nov 13)

50. D.O.A.

51. The Damned Don’t Cry

52. Danger Signal

53. Dark City (Sep 10)
53. Dark City (Nov 12)

54. The Dark Corner

55. The Dark Mirror (Nov 10)
55. The Dark Mirror (Sep 12)

56. Dark Passage

57. The Dark Past

58. Dark Waters

59. Dead Reckoning

60. Deadline at Dawn

61. Desperate

62. The Desperate Hours

63. Destination Murder

64. Detective Story

65. Detour (Feb 06)
65. Detour (Mar 10)

66. Double Indemnity (Nov 05)
66. Double Indemnity (Sep 06)
66. Double Indemnity (Apr 08)
66. Double Indemnity (Apr 14)

67. Drive a Crooked Road (Nov 10)
67. Drive a Crooked Road (Feb 12)

68. Edge of Doom

69. The Enforcer

70. Fallen Angel

71. Fear in the Night

72. The File on Thelma Jordon

73. Follow Me Quietly

74. Force of Evil (Jun 10)
74. Force of Evil (Aug 12)

75. Framed

76. Gilda (Sep 09)
76. Gilda (Mar 10)

77. The Glass Key

78. Guilty Bystander

79. Gun Crazy (Sep 09)
79. Gun Crazy (Mar 10)

80. Hangover Square

81. He Ran All the Way

82. He Walked By Night (Jan 07)
82. He Walked By Night (Feb 10)

83. High Sierra (Oct 04)
83. High Sierra (Jun 11)

84. High Wall

85. His Kind of Woman

86. The Hitch-Hiker (Mar 10)
86. The Hitch-Hiker (Oct 13)

87. Hollow Triumph

88. House by the River

89. House of Strangers

90. The House on 92nd Street

91. Human Desire

92. The Woman on Pier 13

93. I, the Jury

94. I Wake Up Screaming (Jan 07)
94. I Wake Up Screaming (Jan 12)

95. I Walk Alone

96. I Was a Communist for the FBI

97. Impact

98. In a Lonely Place (Mar 05)
98. In a Lonely Place (Mar 10)

99. Jeopardy

100. Johnny Angel

101. Johnny O’Clock

102. Journey Into Fear

103. Kansas City Confidential

104. Key Largo

105. The Killer Is Loose

106. The Killer That Stalked New York

107. Killer’s Kiss (May 04)
107. Killer’s Kiss (Aug 11)

108. The Killers (Sep 03)
108. The Killers (Jun 11)

109. The Killing (Jan 03)
109. The Killing (Jan 08)
109. The Killing (Aug 11)

110. Kiss Me Deadly (Aug 07)
110. Kiss Me Deadly (Aug 11)

111. Kiss of Death (Jan 06)
111. Kiss of Death (Mar 10)

112. Kiss the Blood Off My Hands

113. Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye (Jun 10)
113. Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye (Sep 13)

114. The Lady From Shanghai (Jun 07)
114. The Lady From Shanghai (Mar 10)
114. The Lady From Shanghai (Feb 14)

115. Lady in the Lake

116. A Lady Without Passport

117. Laura (Jun 05)
117. Laura (Feb 10)

118. Leave Her To Heaven (Jun 10)
118. Leave Her To Heaven (May 13)

119. The Letter

120. The Lineup (Feb 10)
120. The Lineup (Jul 12)

121. Loan Shark

122. The Locket

123. The Lodger

124. The Long Night

125. The Lost Weekend

126. M

127. Macao

128. The Maltese Falcon (May 04)
128. The Maltese Falcon (Oct 10)

129. The Man Who Cheated Himself

130. The Mask of Dimitrios

131. Mildred Pierce

132. Ministry of Fear

133. The Mob (May 10)
133. The Mob (Feb 12)

134. Moonrise

135. Mr. Arkadin (Jun 06)
135. Mr. Arkadin (Apr 10)

136. Murder by Contract

137. Murder, My Sweet (Jun 08)
137. Murder, My Sweet (Mar 10)

138. My Name is Julia Ross (Apr 11)
138. My Name is Julia Ross (Feb 12)

139. Mystery Street

140. The Naked City (Apr 08)
140. The Naked City (Nov 10)

141. The Naked Kiss

142. The Narrow Margin (Dec 06)
142. The Narrow Margin (Mar 10)

143. Niagara

144. Night and the City (Jan 07)
144. Night and the City (Mar 10)
144. Night and the City (Sep 15)

145. Night Has a Thousand Eyes

146. Night of the Hunter (Mar 03)
146. Night of the Hunter (Nov 10)

147. Nightfall

148. Nightmare

149. Nightmare Alley (Sep 06)
149. Nightmare Alley (Mar 10)

150. 99 River Street (Mar 10)
150. 99 River Street (Feb 11)

151. Nobody Lives Forever

152. Nocturne (Apr 11)
152. Nocturne (Mar 14)

153. Nora Prentiss

154. Notorious (Nov 08)
154. Notorious (Jan 12)

155. Odds Against Tomorrow (May 10)
155. Odds Against Tomorrow (Jun 12)

156. On Dangerous Ground

157. One Way Street

158. Out of the Past (Jan 06)
158. Out of the Past (Mar 10)
158. Out of the Past (Sep 14)

159. Panic in the Streets (Mar 10)
159. Panic in the Streets (Mar 13)

160. Party Girl

161. Phantom Lady

162. The Phenix City Story

163. Pickup on South Street (Apr 05)
163. Pickup on South Street (Nov 10)

164. Pitfall (Apr 11)
164. Pitfall (Feb 13)

165. Plunder Road (Apr 11)
165. Plunder Road (Oct 13)

166. Possessed

167. The Postman Always Rings Twice

168. Private Hell 36

169. The Prowler

170. Pushover

171. The Racket

172. Railroaded

173. Raw Deal

174. The Reckless Moment

175. The Red House

176. Red Light

177. Ride the Pink Horse (May 11)
177. Ride the Pink Horse (Mar 15)

178. Road House

179. Roadblock

180. Rogue Cop

181. Ruthless

182. Scandal Sheet

183. Scarlet Street (Jun 07)
183. Scarlet Street (Feb 13)

184. The Second Woman

185. Secret Beyond the Door (May 11)
185. Secret Beyond the Door (Sep 12)

186. The Set-Up

187. 711 Ocean Drive

188. Shadow of a Doubt (Mar 07)
188. Shadow of a Doubt (Aug 07)
188. Shadow of a Doubt (Nov 12)

189. The Shanghai Gesture

190. Shock

191. Side Street (Apr 08)
191. Side Street (Apr 10)

192. The Sleeping City

193. Slightly Scarlet

194. The Sniper

195. So Dark the Night

196. Somewhere in the Night

197. Sorry, Wrong Number

198. Southside 1-1000

199. Spellbound

200. The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry

201. Strange Illusion

202. The Strange Love of Martha Ivers

203. Stranger on the Third Floor

204. The Stranger (Aug 03)
204. The Stranger (Feb 10)
204. The Stranger (Nov 13)

205. Strangers on a Train

206. Street of Chance

207. The Street With No Name (Mar 07)
207. The Street With No Name (Mar 10)

208. The Strip

209. Sudden Fear (Apr 10)
209. Sudden Fear (Apr 15)

210. Suddenly

211. Sunset Blvd. (Mar 05)
211. Sunset Blvd. (May 11)

212. The Suspect

213. Suspense

214. Suspicion

215. Sweet Smell of Success (Jan 07)
215. Sweet Smell of Success (Mar 08)
215. Sweet Smell of Success (Mar 11)

216. Talk About a Stranger

217. The Tattooed Stranger

218. Tension

219. They Live By Night (Apr 08)
219. They Live By Night (Apr 10)

221. The Thief

222. Thieves’ Highway (Jun 07)
222. Thieves’ Highway (Nov 10)

223. The Third Man (Jun 07)
223. The Third Man (Dec 08)

224. This Gun For Hire

225. T-Men

226. Too Late for Tears

227. Touch of Evil (Oct 08)
227. Touch of Evil (Jun 14)

228. Try and Get Me

229. The Turning Point

230. The Undercover Man

231. Undercurrent

232. Underworld, U.S.A.

233. Union Station (Oct 10)
233. Union Station (Nov 12)

234. The Unknown Man

235. The Unsuspected

236. Vicki

237. The Web

238. When Strangers Marry (Betrayed) (Jun 11)
238. When Strangers Marry (Betrayed) (Jun 12)

239. Where Danger Lives

240. Where the Sidewalk Ends (May 06)
240. Where the Sidewalk Ends (Feb 10)

241. While the City Sleeps

242. Whirlpool

243. White Heat

244. The Window

245. Witness to Murder (Jun 11)
245. Witness to Murder (Dec 14)

246. The Woman in the Window

247. The Woman on the Beach

248. Woman on the Run

249. World for Ransom

250. The Wrong Man (Oct 04)
250. The Wrong Man (Mar 10)

More Noir:

The 13th Letter
14 Hours (Feb 08)
14 Hours (Mar 10)
5 Against the House
Abandoned
Affair in Havana
Affair in Trinidad
All the King’s Men
The Amazing Mr. X
The American Friend
Anatomy of a Murder
Angels Over Broadway
Another Man’s Poison
Appointment with a Shadow
Appointment With Danger (Sep 10)
Appointment With Danger (Nov 12)
Arson, Inc.
Baby Face Nelson
Backfire
Backlash
The Bad and the Beautiful
Bad Day at Black Rock (Jul 05)
Bad Day at Black Rock (Mar 10)
Bad for Each Other
The Beat Generation
Between Midnight and Dawn
Bewitched
The Big Lebowski
The Big Night
The Big Steal
Bitter Rice
Black River
Blade Runner (Jan 04)
Blade Runner (Mar 08)
Blade Runner (May 13)
Blast of Silence (Jul 10)
Blast of Silence (Jul 12)
Blonde Ice
Blue Velvet (Jul 05)
Blue Velvet (Nov 11)
Bluebeard
A Blueprint for Murder
Blues in the Night
Bob le Flambeur
Body Heat
Bodyguard
Born to Be Bad
The Bribe
Brick
Brighton Rock
The Brothers Rico
A Bullet for Joey
Bury Me Dead
Caged
Calcutta
Canon City
The Capture
Casablanca (Oct 03)
Casablanca (May 05)
Casablanca (Aug 07)
Casablanca (Sep 09)
The Case Against Brooklyn
Casque d’Or
Le Cercle Rouge
Chain of Evidence
Chicago Calling
Chicago Deadline
City of Fear
The Clay Pigeon
Collateral
A Colt Is My Passport
Contraband
Convicted
Le Corbeau
Crashout
Crime in the Streets
Criminal Lawyer
The Crooked Way
The Crooked Web
Cruel Gun Story
A Cry in the Night
Cry Terror!
Cry Vengeance (Nov 11)
Cry Vengeance (Aug 13)
Cutter’s Way
Dangerous Crossing
A Dangerous Profession
Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid
Dead Ringer
Deception
Decoy
Desert Fury
Le Deuxième souffle
Devil in a Blue Dress
The Devil Thumbs a Ride
Dial 1119
Don’t Bother to Knock
A Double Life
Le Doulos
Down Three Dark Streets
Dressed to Kill
Drunken Angel
Edge of the City
Elevator to the Gallows (Oct 08)
Elevator to the Gallows (Oct 10)
Escape from San Quentin
Experiment Perilous
The Face Behind the Mask
Fall Guy
The Fallen Idol
The Fallen Sparrow
Fargo
Fear
Female Jungle
Female on the Beach
La Femme Nikita
Finger Man
Flaxy Martin
Forbidden Passage
The Friends of Eddie Coyle
The Gangster
The Garment Jungle
Gaslight (Sep 04)
Gaslight (Mar 10)
Get Carter
The Girl in Black Stockings
Girl With Hyacinths
The Glass Wall
The Glass Web
The Good Die Young
The Great Flamarion
Green for Danger
The Grifters (Apr 04)
The Grifters (Apr 11)
Guest in the House
The Guilty
A Gun in his Hand
Hamlet Goes Business (Mar 06)
Hamlet Goes Business (Nov 12)
Hammett
Hangmen Also Die!
The Harder They Fall
Hell’s Half Acre
Hell’s Island
High and Low (Aug 08)
High and Low (Apr 10)
High and Low (Aug 11)
High Tide
Highway 301
Highway Dragnet
Homicide
The Hoodlum
Hoodlum Empire
House of Bamboo
House of Games
House of Numbers
The House on Telegraph Hill
The Hunted
I Am Waiting
I Confess
I Died a Thousand Times
I Want to Live!
I Wouldn’t Be in Your Shoes
Illegal
Inner Sanctum
Intimidation
Ivy
Jigsaw
Johnny Apollo
Johnny Eager
Johnny Stool Pigeon
Keyhole
The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (Dec 04)
The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (Oct 14)
A Kiss Before Dying
Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang
Knock on Any Door
The Lady Confesses
Lady on a Train
The Land of Hope
Larceny
The Las Vegas Story
The Last Mile
The Last Seduction (Jun 11)
The Last Seduction (Nov 13)
The Lawless
The Limping Man
The Long Goodbye
The Long Wait
Loophole
Lost Highway
The Luckiest Guy in the World
Lured
Make Haste to Live
Man Hunt
The Man I Love
Man in the Dark
The Man Who Wasn’t There
The Man With My Face
Manhandled
Man-Trap
Memento
Mikey and Nicky
Miller’s Crossing
Mona Lisa
Money Madness
Moontide
Moss Rose
Mulholland Dr.
Murder Is My Beat
Murder on the Home Front
Naked Alibi
The Naked Street
New York Confidential
Night Editor
The Night Holds Terror
Night Moves
The Night Runner
Night Without Sleep
No Man of Her Own
No Man’s Woman
No Way Out
Obsession
The October Man
Odd Man Out
On the Waterfront
Open Secret
Ossessione
The Other Woman
Out of the Fog
Outrage
Over-Exposed
Pale Flower
The Paradine Case
The Parallax View
The People Against O’Hara
Pete Kelly’s Blues
Pickup
A Place in the Sun
Une place parmi les vivants
Please Murder Me
Port of New York
Portland Exposé
The Pretender
Pulp Fiction (Apr 04)
Pulp Fiction (Oct 11)
Pursued
Quai des Orfèvres
Queen Bee
Quicksand
Race Street
The Raging Tide
Rebecca
Reign of Terror
Reservoir Dogs (Aug 04)
Reservoir Dogs (Feb 08)
Revolt in the Big House
Riffraff
Rififi (May 05)
Rififi (Dec 10)
Rififi (Feb 14)
Riot in Cell Block 11
Rope (Mar 07)
Rope (Dec 12)
Rope of Sand
Ruby Gentry
Rusty Knife
Le Samourai (Dec 03)
Le Samourai (May 06)
The Scarf
Scene of the Crime
Second Chance
The Secret Fury
The Seventh Victim (Jul 11)
The Seventh Victim (Dec 12)
Shack Out on 101
The Shadow on the Window
Shadows and Fog
Shakedown
Shed No Tears
Shield for Murder
Shock Corridor
Shockproof
Shoot the Piano Player (Jan 04)
Shoot the Piano Player (Dec 06)
Shoot the Piano Player (May 08)
Shoot the Piano Player (Sep 13)
Shoot to Kill
Short Cut to Hell
Sin City (Dec 05)
Sin City (Apr 09)
Singapore
Sleep, My Love (Nov 11)
Sleep, My Love (May 14)
The Sleeping Tiger
The Small Back Room
So Evil My Love
The Spiral Staircase
Split Second
Stage Fright
Stakeout on Dope Street
The Steel Trap
Storm Fear
Storm Warning
Straight Time
Strange Bargain
Strange Fascination
Strange Impersonation
Strange Triangle
Strangers in the Night
Stray Dog (Jun 04)
Stray Dog (Jul 08)
Stray Dog (Jul 10)
Sudden Danger
The Sun Sets at Dawn
Take Aim at the Police Van
Take One False Step
The Tall Target
The Tattered Dress
Taxi Driver (Apr 05)
Taxi Driver (Sep 07)
Taxi Driver (Apr 11)
Teenage Doll
Terror at Midnight
They Drive By Night
They Made Me a Fugitive (Apr 10)
They Made Me a Fugitive (Aug 12)
They Made Me a Killer
They Won’t Believe Me
Thief
The Threat
Three Strangers (Nov 11)
Three Strangers (Aug 12)
Tight Spot
Time Table
Time Without Pity
To Have and Have Not (May 05)
To Have and Have Not (Mar 10)
To the Ends of the Earth
Tomorrow Is Another Day
Touchez Pas Au Grisbi
Trapped
Two-Dollar Bettor
The Two Mrs. Carrolls
Two O’Clock Courage
Two of a Kind
Two Smart People
Under the Gun
Undertow
The Underworld Story
The Unfaithful
The Verdict
Vertigo (Mar 07)
Vertigo (Dec 12)
Violated
Voice in the Wind
The Wages of Fear
Walk Softly, Stranger
The Well
Whistle Stop
Without Warning!
Woman in Hiding
A Woman’s Face
A Woman’s Secret
Women in Hiding
Women’s Prison
You, the People

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