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  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 films, that have been included, 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 1960s (Cape Fear, Underworld, U.S.A. and The Naked Kiss).  
     
  As mentioned in the introduction, these 250 noir films aren't necessarily the best (although they would be very close to it), they are simply the films that - according to our research - have most often been cited as noir in publications and across the world-wide-web.  
 

For interest sake, the top-ten most cited noir films are: Out of the Past (1947), The Maltese Falcon (1941), Laura (1944), Touch of Evil (1958), D.O.A. (1949), Double Indemnity (1944), The Killers (1946), The Asphalt Jungle (1950), The Big Sleep (1946) and Kiss Me Deadly (1955). The most cited years are between 1944 to 1958, with 1947 being the peak year.

 
     
     
 
The Accused
William Dieterle
1948, 101 mins, Paramount
Scr Ketti Frings Cin Franz PlanertCastrLoretta Young, Robert Cummings, Wendell Corey, Sam Jaffe, Douglas Dick
"The Accused is reminiscent of Lang's Woman in the Window...it is also a good example of Hollywood's postwar psychologizing and its postwar stereotypes of frustration." - Bob Porfirio & Alain Silver, Film Noir: An Encyclopedic Reference to the American Style
TSPDT: Recommended
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Ace in the Hole
Billy Wilder
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aka The Big Carnival
1951, 112 mins, Paramount
Scr Billy Wilder, Lesser Samuels, Walter Newman Cin Charles LangtCast Kirk Douglas, Jan Sterling, Robert Arthur, Porter Hall, Frank Cadyz
"This 1951 film, about a cynical reporter who seizes on the plight of a man trapped in a mine shaft to promote his career, is cold, lurid, and fascinating, propelled by the same combination of moral outrage and sneaky admiration that animates the paperback novels of Jim Thompson and James M. Cain." - Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
TSPDT: Highly Recommended
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Act of Violence
Fred Zinnemann
1949, 82 mins, MGM
Scr Robert L. Richards Cin Robert Surtees Cast Van Heflin, Robert Ryan, Janet Leigh, Mary Astor, Phyllis Thaxter
"Significant chronicle of respected citizen's flight into dark, menacing night world strong on resonance and imagery." - Spencer Selby, Dark City: The Film Noir
TSPDT: Worth a Look
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Among the Living
Stuart Heisler
1941, 68 mins, Paramount
Scr Lester Cole, Garrett Fort Cin Theodor Sparkuhl Cast Albert Dekker, Susan Hayward, Harry Carey, Frances Farmer, Gordon Jones
"Impressive B-movie stars Albert Dekker as a businessman in a small Southern town and his homicidal twin brother who escapes from a mental hospital...Psychological thriller has good acting and direction, suspense, and mill-town atmosphere. - Danny Peary, Guide for the Film Fanatic
TSPDT: Worth a Look
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Angel Face
Otto Preminger
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1953, 91 mins, RKO
Scr Frank S. Nugent, Oscar Millard Cin Harry Stradling Cast Robert Mitchum, Jean Simmons, Herbert Marshall, Mona Freeman, Leon Ames
"This intense Freudian melodrama by Otto Preminger is one of the forgotten masterworks of film noir...The film is a disturbingly cool, rational investigation of the terrors of sexuality." - Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
TSPDT: Highly Recommended
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Armored Car Robbery
Richard Fleischer
1950, 68 mins, RKO
Scr Earl Felton, Gerald Drayson Adams Cin Guy Roe Cast Charles McGraw, Adele Jergens, William Talman, Douglas Fowley, Steve Brodie
"The caper movie has since succumbed to over-familiarity and over-elaboration, but this one - pointing the way to The Asphalt Jungle and The Killing - is a model of its kind." - Tom Milne, Time Out
TSPDT: Recommended
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The Asphalt Jungle
John Huston
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1950, 112 mins, MGM
Scr John Huston, Ben Maddow Cin Harold Rosson Cast Sterling Hayden, Louis Calhern, Jean Hagen, James Whitmore, Sam Jaffe
"Perhaps the most finely detailed "caper" film Hollywood ever produced...The Asphalt Jungle concentrates not only on the robbery but also on the personal lives of the gang members, who are indivudualized with notable touches of dialogue and visual style." - R. Barton Palmer, 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
TSPDT: Highly Recommended
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Behind Locked Doors
Budd Boetticher
1948, 62 mins, Eagle Lion
Scr Eugene Ling, Malvin Wald Cin Guy Roe Cast Lucille Bremer, Richard Carlson, Douglas Fowley, Ralf Harolde, Thomas Browne Henry
"Behind Locked Doors is a predictable low-budget thriller. The basic flavor of the film rests in its melodramatic tenseness." - Carl Macek, Film Noir: An Encyclopedic Reference to the American Style
TSPDT: Worth a Look
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Berlin Express
Jacques Tourneur
1948, 86 mins, RKO
Scr Harold Medford Cin Lucien Ballard Cast Merle Oberon, Robert Ryan, Paul Lukas, Charles Korvin, Robert Coote
"Jacques Tourneur directed Merle Oberon and Robert Ryan in this iron curtain thriller. It's not one of his best efforts--which include I Walked With a Zombie and Out of the Past--but he does well enough with the set pieces, pulling a suspenseful finale out of a lethargic script." - Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
TSPDT: Worth a Look
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Beware, My Lovely
Harry Horner
1952, 77 mins, RKO
Scr Mel Dinelli Cin George E. Diskant Cast Ida Lupino, Robert Ryan, Taylor Holmes, Barbara Whiting, James Willmas
"Not uninteresting woman in jeopardy thriller, worth a look for Lupino and Ryan...Let down by broodingly sluggish direction (production designer Horner's debut) and by a script which gets bogged down in repetitive action instead of exploring the characters." - Tom Milne, Time Out
TSPDT: Worth a Look
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Beyond a Reasonable Doubt
Fritz Lang
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1956, 80 mins, RKO
Scr Douglas Morrow Cin William Snyder Cast Dana Andrews, Joan Fontaine, Sidney Blackmer, Philip Bourneuf, Shepperd Strudwick
"The film has considerable impact, due not so much to visual style, as to the narrative structure and mood and to the expertly devised plot, in which the turnabout is both surprising and convincing." - Dennis L. White, Film Noir: An Encyclopedic Reference to the American Style
TSPDT: Recommended
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Beyond the Forest
King Vidor
1949, 96 mins, Warner Bros
Scr Lenore Coffee Cin Robert Burks Cast Bette Davis, Joseph Cotten, David Brian, Ruth Roman, Dona Drake
"Much of Vidor's late work flirts dangerously with camp; this 1949 effort, I'm afraid, frequently succumbs, though it has a weird kind of power and integrity." - Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
TSPDT: Highly Recommended
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The Big Clock
John Farrow
1948, 95 mins, Paramount
Scr Jonathan Latimer Cin John Seitz Cast Ray Milland, Charles Laughton, Maureen O'Sullivan, George Macready, Rita Johnson
"Excellent noir thriller in which crime-journalist Milland, innocently involved with a girl subsequently murdered by his megalomaniac boss Laughton, is then commissioned by Laughton to find the culprit...With strong performances, the film also delights through Farrow's evocative direction." - Geoff Andrew, Time Out
TSPDT: Recommended
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The Big Combo
Joseph H. Lewis
1955, 89 mins, Allied Artists
Scr Philip Yordan Cin John Alton Cast Cornel Wilde, Richard Conte, Jean Wallace, Brian Donlevy, Lee Van Cleef
"Gripping low-budget film noir in which cop Cornel Wilde's obsessive pursuit of racketeer Conte is fueled by a pathetic infatuation with his classy moll Jean Wallace." - Robin Cross, 2000 Movies: The 1950s
TSPDT: Highly Recommended
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The Big Heat
Fritz Lang
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1953, 90 mins, Columbia
Scr Sydney Boehm Cin Charles Lang Cast Glenn Ford, Gloria Grahame, Jocelyn Brando, Alexander Scourby, Lee Marvin
"Fritz Lang seized on the brute-cop/brute-criminal state of mind to make this movie a tour de force of insensitive behavior. That's why Gloria Grahame come out looking like Mary Magdalene, a slender cut above all the other sick fools caught in the bad light." - Barry Gifford, The Devil Thumbs a Ride
TSPDT: Highly Recommended
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The Big Knife
Robert Aldrich
1955, 111 mins, United Artists
Scr James Poe Cin Ernest Laszlo Cast Jack Palance, Ida Lupino, Shelley Winters, Wendell Corey, Jean Hagen
"Writer Clifford Odets was never renowned for his subtlety, but he has enough inside knowledge to make this tale of a Hollywood hunk (Palance) with a secret uncompromising, compelling and dead on. Shot in a documentary style, making the message - that it's lethal at the top - even harder to ignore." - The Rough Guide to Cult Movies
TSPDT: Highly Recommended
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The Big Sleep
Howard Hawks
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1946, 114 mins, Warner Bros
Scr William Faulkner, Jules Furthman, Leigh Brackett Cin Sid Hickox Cast Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, John Ridgely, Elisha Cook Jr., Martha Vickers
"Many different creative talents combine here for a distinctive and vastly entertaining depiction of Raymond Chandler's L.A. netherworld." - Spencer Selby, Dark City: The Film Noir
TSPDT: Highly Recommended
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Black Angel
Roy William Neill
1946, 80 mins, Universal
Scr Roy Chanslor Cin Paul Ivano Cast Dan Duryea, June Vincent, Peter Lorre, Broderick Crawford, Wallace Ford
"The authentic tang of noir is lent by Duryea, superb in (for once) a sympathetic role as the tormented musician with the faithless wife who finds the solution to the mystery of her murder surfacing through the alcoholic haze of his memory. Lovely supporting cast too." - Tom Milne, Time Out
TSPDT: Recommended
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Black Tuesday
Hugo Fregonese
1954, 80 mins, United Artists
Scr Sydney Boehm Cin Stanley Cortez Cast Edward G. Robinson, Peter Graves, Jean Parker, Milburn Stone, Warren Stevens
"Edward G. stirs memories of his heyday at Warner in old-fashioned prison break drama full of gunplay and hardboiled dialogue." - Robin Cross, 2000 Movies: The 1950s
TSPDT: Not Seen
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The Blue Dahlia
George Marshall
1946, 99 mins, Paramount
Scr Raymond Chandler Cin Lionel Lindon Cast Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake, William Bendix, Howard da Silva, Doris Dowling
"The overriding sense of corruption hidden below the surfaces of many of the film's characters - combined with atmosphere provided by director George Marshall - make The Blue Dahlia a fascinating example of postwar noir sensibility." - Carl Macek, Film Noir: An Encyclopedic Reference to the American Style
TSPDT: Recommended
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The Blue Gardenia
Fritz Lang
1953, 90 mins, Warner Bros
Scr Charles Hoffman Cin Nicholas Musuraca Cast Anne Baxter, Richard Conte, Ann Sothern, Raymond Burr, Jeff Donnell
"This little-seen thriller from Fritz Lang's rich and strange late period is The Woman in the Window with the sex roles reversed: Anne Baxter is a working girl who believes she has murdered a masher (Raymond Burr)." - Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
TSPDT: Recommended
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Body and Soul
Robert Rossen
1947, 104 mins, United Artists
Scr Abraham Polonsky Cin James Wong Howe Cast John Garfield, Lilli Palmer, Hazel Brooks, Anne Revere, William Conrad
"A curious mixture: European intelligence in an American frame, social criticism disguised as noir anxiety (the whole film is cast as one long pre-fight flashback). But Garfield's bullish performance saves the movie from its stagy moments and episodic script." - Chris Auty, Time Out
TSPDT: Highly Recommended
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Boomerang!
Elia Kazan
1947, 88 mins, 20th Century-Fox
Scr Richard Murphy Cin Norbert Brodine Cast Dana Andrews, Jane Wyatt, Lee J. Cobb, Arthur Kennedy, Sam Levene
"Dated, overrated semidocumentary by Elia Kazan...What starts out to be a daring attack on corrupt machine police politics, mob violence, press irresponsibility, and fascist police tactics turns out to be the glorification of an honest man; it's perfect fare for civics classes in Middle America." - Danny Peary, Guide for the Film Fanatic
TSPDT: Recommended
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Border Incident
Anthony Mann
1949, 92 mins, MGM
Scr John C. Higgins Cin John Alton Cast Ricardo Montalban, George Murphy, Howard da Silva, James Mitchell, Arnold Moss
"Conventional script about two immigration service agents who join hands across the border to smash a murderous racket exploiting cheap Mexican labour. Lifted right out of the rut by John Alton's camerawork, which helps Mann to transform routine heroics into the stuff of film noir." - Tom Milne, Time Out
TSPDT: Worth a Look
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Born to Kill
Robert Wise
1947, 92 mins, RKO
Scr Eve Greene, Richard Macaulay Cin Robert de Grasse Cast Claire Trevor, Lawrence Tierney, Walter Slezak, Phillip Terry, Audrey Long
"Born to Kill is an excellent example of an RKO style, not only for its visuals but also for its offhanded depiction of perturbed sexuality and extreme brutality." - Bob Porfirio, Film Noir: An Encyclopedic Reference to the American Style
TSPDT: Highly Recommended
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The Brasher Doubloon
John Brahm
1947, 72 mins, 20th Century-Fox
Scr Dorothy Bennett Cin Lloyd Ahern Cast George Montgomery, Nancy Guild, Conrad Janis, Roy Roberts, Fritz Kortner
"The resourceful John Brahm (The Lodger) spins a few moody compositions, but the film never transcends its status as a quickie made to cash in on the success of The Big Sleep." - Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
TSPDT: Not Seen
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The Breaking Point
Michael Curtiz
1950, 97 mins, Warner Bros
Scr Ranald MacDougall Cin Ted McCord Cast John Garfield, Patricia Neal, Phyllis Thaxter, Juano Hernandez, Wallace Ford
"Hawks messed around with Hemingway and made To Have and Have Not (1944); six years later Curtiz played it straighter and wound up with this thoroughly competent smuggling drama, which, without Bogey and Bacall on board, has faded into the celluloid woodwork." - Trevor Johnston, Time Out
TSPDT: Recommended
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Brute Force
Jules Dassin
1947, 98 mins, Universal
Scr Richard Brooks Cin William Daniels Cast Burt Lancaster, Hume Cronyn, Charles Bickford, Yvonne De Carlo, Ann Blyth
"Despite significant cuts in Dassin's original footage, Brute Force is still the ultimate noir prison film and one of the high points of the cycle." - Spencer Selby, Dark City: The Film Noir
TSPDT: Recommended
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The Burglar
Paul Wendkos
1957, 90 mins, Columbia
Scr David Goodis Cin Don Malkames Cast Dan Duryea, Jayne Mansfield, Martha Vickers, Peter Capell, Mickey Shaughnessy
"Paul Wendkos has directed both paranoid stylistic triumphs and bland programmers. This 1957 noir, his first, has amazing flourishes even if the storytelling sometimes goes slack." - Fred Camper, Chicago Reader
TSPDT: Recommended
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Call Northside 777
Henry Hathaway
1948, 111 mins, 20th Century-Fox
Scr Jerry Cady, Jay Dratler Cin Joseph MacDonald Cast James Stewart, Richard Conte, Lee J. Cobb, Helen Walker, Betty Garde
"Besides the generally strong performances and Joe MacDonald's fine monochrome camera-work, what finally impresses about the film is Stewart's gradual development from sceptical scoop-hunter to a committed crusader for justice." - Geoff Andrew, Time Out
TSPDT: Highly Recommended
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Cape Fear
J. Lee Thompson
1961, 105 mins, Universal
Scr James R. Webb Cin Sam Leavitt Cast Gregory Peck, Robert Mitchum, Polly Bergen, Lori Martin, Martin Balsam
"If director J. Lee Thompson isn't quite skilful enough to give the film its final touch of class (many of the shocks are just too planned), the relentlessness of the story and Mitchum's tangibly sordid presence guarantee the viewer's quivering attention." - David Thompson, Time Out
Note: Cape Fear is one of only 3 films included within the 250 Quintessential Noirs listing not to fall within the classic noir period (1940 to 1959).
TSPDT: Highly Recommended
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The Captive City
Robert Wise
1952, 90 mins, United Artists
Scr Karl Kamb, Alvin Josephy Jr. Cin Lee Garmes Cast John Forsythe, Joan Camden, Harold J. Kennedy, Marjorie Crossland, Victor Sutherland
"Captive City is an important transitional film, for it represents an uneasy synthesis of the noir style with the exposé format." - Bob Porfirio, Film Noir: An Encyclopedic Reference to the American Style
TSPDT: Recommended
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Caught
Max Ophüls
1949, 88 mins, MGM
Scr Arthur Laurents Cin Lee Garmes Cast Barbara Bel Geddes, Robert Ryan, James Mason, Curt Bois, Frank Ferguson
"Max Ophüls' striking tale of a woman's marriage to money was purportedly inspired by the real life character of Howard Hughes." - Spencer Selby, Dark City: The Film Noir
TSPDT: Highly Recommended
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Cause for Alarm!
Tay Garnett
1951, 74 mins, MGM
Scr Mel Dinelli, Tom Lewis Cin Joseph Ruttenberg Cast Loretta Young, Barry Sullivan, Bruce Cowling, Margalo Gillmore, Brad Morrow
"A not uninteresting attempt at a suburban film noir...Unfortunately, the script throws in some heavy-handed exposition, betrays its MGM origins by a tiresome insistence on family values, and contrives a risibly arbitrary happy ending." - Tom Milne, Time Out
TSPDT: Approach with Caution
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Champion
Mark Robson
1949, 99 mins, United Artists
Scr Carl Foreman Cin Franz Planer Cast Kirk Douglas, Marilyn Maxwell, Arthur Kennedy, Ruth Roman, Lola Albright
"Most boxing films contend that the sport corrupts individuals. This classic contends that some individuals want to be corrupted...Shot like a B-film in shadowy noir style by Franz Planer." - Danny Peary, Guide for the Film Fanatic
TSPDT: Recommended
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The Chase
Arthur Ripley
1946, 86 mins, United Artists
Scr Philip Yordan Cin Franz Planer Cast Robert Cummings, Michele Morgan, Steve Cochran, Peter Lorre, Lloyd Corrigan
"The Phantom Lady excepted, The Chase is the best cinematic equivalent of the dark, oppressive atmosphere that characterizes most of Cornell Woolrich's best fiction." - Bob Porfirio, Film Noir: An Encyclopedic Reference to the American Style
TSPDT: Worth a Look
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Christmas Holiday
Robert Siodmak
1944, 92 mins, Universal
Scr Herman J. Mankiewicz Cin Elwood Bredell Cast Deanna Durbin, Gene Kelly, Gale Sondergaard, Richard Whorf, Dean Harens
"With this significant early film, Siodmak masterfully establishes the noir aesthetic conception of subverting traditional narrative expectations." - Spencer Selby, Dark City: The Film Noir
TSPDT: Worth a Look
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City That Never Sleeps
John H. Auer
1953, 90 mins, Republic
Scr Steve Fisher Cin John L. Russell Cast Gig Young, Mala Powers, Edward Arnold, William Talman, Chill Wills
"Routinely the film assembles its angst-racked characters: the cop tempted into dishonesty for love of a stripper, the ageing attorney with a bored young wife, the killer who dotes on his pet rabbit, etc...This is an averagely satisfying thriller, inventively shot on wintry Chicago locations." - Bob Baker, Time Out
TSPDT: Recommended
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Clash by Night
Fritz Lang
1952, 105 mins, RKO
Scr Alfred Hayes Cin Nicholas Musuraca Cast Barbara Stanwyck, Paul Douglas, Robert Ryan, Marilyn Monroe, J. Carrol Naish
"Clash by Night is a film with a modest scenario, but the plot's eternal triangle is transformed by characters that are subtly graded, complex creations, never wholly one thing or another." - Julie Kirgo, Film Noir: An Encyclopedic Reference to the American Style
TSPDT: Highly Recommended
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Conflict
Curtis Bernhardt
1945, 86 mins, Warner Bros
Scr Arthur T. Horman, Dwight Taylor Cin Merritt Gerstad Cast Humphrey Bogart, Alexis Smith, Sydney Greenstreet, Rose Hobart, Charles Drake
"A pure product of the German Expressionist cinema, with story by Robert Siodmak and directed by Bernhardt, another German refugee. The atmosphere is heavy, ponderous, dark, with lots of rain and misty windows and too much furniture in the rooms." - Barry Gifford, The Devil Thumbs a Ride
TSPDT: Not Seen
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Cornered
Edward Dmytryk
1945, 102 mins, RKO
Scr John Paxton Cin Harry Wild Cast Dick Powell, Walter Slezak, Micheline Cheirel, Nina Vale, Morris Carnovsky
"Wartime thriller that becomes noir due to the effectively psychological portrayal of an emotionally scarred protagonist in an alien world." - Spencer Selby, Dark City: The Film Noir
TSPDT: Recommended
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Crack-Up
Irving Reis
1946, 93 mins, RKO
Scr John Paxton, Ben Bengal, Ray Spencer Cin Robert de Grasse Cast Pat O'Brien, Claire Trevor, Herbert Marshall, Ray Collins, Wallace Ford
"Marginally intriguing for its view of art (pro populist, anti élitist stuff like surrealism), it's made as a thriller by the excellent supporting cast and fine, noir-ish camerawork from Robert de Grasse." - Tom Milne, Time Out
TSPDT: Recommended
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Crime of Passion
Gerd Oswald
1957, 84 mins, United Artists
Scr Joe Eisinger Cin Joseph LaShelle Cast Barbara Stanwyck, Sterling Hayden, Raymond Burr, Fay Wray, Royal Dano
"The suburban disquietude that began with Mildred Pierce, although Pitfall is more central to this theme, reaches its fruition in the 1950s, and Crime of Passion with its suggestions of malaise infecting suburbia was a prime example." - Bob Porfirio & Alain Silver, Film Noir: An Encyclopedic Reference to the American Style
TSPDT: Worth a Look
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Crime Wave
André De Toth
1954, 74 mins, Warner Bros
Scr Bernard Gordon, Crane Wilbur, Richard Wormser Cin Bert Glennon Cast Sterling Hayden, Gene Nelson, Phyllis Kirk, Ted De Corsia, Charles Bronson
"Andre de Toth's 1954 noir is gritty, powerful, and economically told. Sterling Hayden plays a sour, toothpick-chewing LA cop on the trail of an ex-con who's forced to participate in a bank robbery." - Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
TSPDT: Recommended
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The Crimson Kimono
Sam Fuller
1959, 82 mins, Columbia
Scr Sam Fuller Cin Sam Leavitt Cast Victoria Shaw, Glenn Corbett, James Shigeta, Anna Lee, Paul Dubov
"Some fine set pieces - like the disciplined Kendo fight that degenerates into sadistic anarchy - and thoughtful camera-work serve to illustrate Fuller's gift for weaving a poetic nihilism out of his journalistic vision of urban crime." - Geoff Samuel, Time Out
TSPDT: Highly Recommended
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Criss Cross
Robert Siodmak
1949, 87 mins, Universal
Scr Daniel Fuchs Cin Franz Planer Cast Burt Lancaster, Yvonne De Carlo, Dan Duryea, Stephen McNally, Richard Long
"From the opening aerial shot across the darkened city and into the parking lot of a small nightclub, Criss Cross invokes the indicators of fatality in film noir...one of the most tragic and compelling of film noir." - Alain Silver, Film Noir: An Encyclopedic Reference to the American Style
TSPDT: Highly Recommended
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Crossfire
Edward Dmytryk
1947, 86 mins, RKO
Scr John Paxton Cin J. Roy Hunt Cast Robert Ryan, Robert Young, Robert Mitchum, Gloria Grahame, Paul Kelly
"Edward Dmytryk's 1947 film was widely praised for its insights into racial hatred, though in Richard Brooks's original novel the victim was a homosexual. While the film remains a respectable thriller, only Ryan's crafty, quietly deranged performance lifts it out of the ordinary." - Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
TSPDT: Recommended
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Cry Danger
Robert Parrish
1951, 79 mins, RKO
Scr William Bowers, Robert Parrish Cin Joseph Biroc Cast Dick Powell, Rhonda Fleming, Richard Erdman, William Conrad, Regis Toomey
"Shot in 22 days, it's the kind of movie in which, told to expect someone extra for dinner, delicious Fleming smiles 'OK, I'll put more water in the soup'. With excellent support players like a young, thin (for him) William Conrad and Jay Adler, this is a fast, crisp and laconic delight." - Chris Wicking, Time Out
TSPDT: Recommended
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Cry of the City
Robert Siodmak
1948, 95 mins, 20th Century-Fox
Scr Richard Murphy Cin Lloyd Ahern Cast Victor Mature, Richard Conte, Shelley Winters, Fred Clark, Betty Garde
"The location touches in Cry of the City may have implied that Siodmak was Americanizing his style, but surely the noir psychology of the film give it as much of an oppressive atmosphere as Siodmak's earlier studio films." - Bob Profirio, Film Noir: An Encyclopedic Reference to the American Style
TSPDT: Recommended
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D.O.A.
Rudolph Maté
1949, 83 mins, United Artists
Scr Russell Rouse, Clarence Greene Cin Ernest Laszlo Cast Edmond O'Brien, Pamela Britton, Luther Adler, Beverly Garland, Lynn Baggett
"D.O.A. is one of the fastest paced, most uncompromising nightmares on celluloid. Rudy Maté directed this ultra-noir masterpiece, a movie that has everyone in a violent sweat from beginning to end." - Barry Gifford, The Devil Thumbs a Ride
TSPDT: Highly Recommended
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25 Key Noir Performers
Leading Players
Robert Ryan
Robert Ryan, Humphrey Bogart, Robert Mitchum, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson, Ida Lupino, Richard Conte, Lizabeth Scott, Dan Duryea, Gloria Grahame, John Garfield, Dana Andrews, Gene Tierney, Joan Bennett, Burt Lancaster.
Character Players
Charles McGraw
Charles McGraw, Wallace Ford, Steven Geray, Elisha Cook Jr., Ted De Corsia, Ed Begley, Raymond Burr, Moroni Olsen, Regis Toomey, Jay Adler.
 
             
             
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