Nail-Biting Film Noirs

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1.
Kiss Me Deadly (1955)
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A doomed female hitchhiker pulls Mike Hammer into a deadly whirlpool of intrigue, revolving around a mysterious "great whatsit." (106 mins.)
Director: Robert Aldrich
 
2.
The Narrow Margin (1952)
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A woman planning to testify against the mob must be protected against their assassins on the train trip from Chicago to Los Angeles. (71 mins.)
 
3.
Cornered (1945)
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Canadian flyer Laurence Gerard finds that his wife has been murdered by a French collaborator. His quest for justice leads him to Switzerland and Argentina. (102 mins.)
Director: Edward Dmytryk
 
4.
Desperate (1947)
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A young married couple flee both police and a gangster out for revenge. (73 mins.)
Director: Anthony Mann
 
5.
The Woman in the Window (1944)
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When a conservative middle-aged professor engages in a minor dalliance with a femme fatale, he is plunged into a nightmarish quicksand of blackmail and murder. (107 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
 
6.
Chinatown (1974)
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A private detective hired to expose an adulterer finds himself caught up in a web of deceit, corruption and murder. (130 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
 
7.
Thieves' Highway (1949)
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A war-veteran-turned-truck driver attempts to avenge the crippling and robbing of his father at the hands of an amoral produce scofflaw. (94 mins.)
Director: Jules Dassin
 
8.
Illegal (1955)
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After an overly aggressive district attorney unknowingly sends an innocent man to the chair, he resigns, turns to drinking, and acquires a criminal clientèle. (88 mins.)
Director: Lewis Allen
 
9.
The Late Show (1977)
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A grumpy semi-retired private investigator partners with a quirky female client to catch the people who murdered his partner. (93 mins.)
Director: Robert Benton
 
10.
Point Blank (2010)
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Samuel, a male nurse, saves the life of a thief whose henchmen take Samuel's wife hostage and force him to spring their boss. (81 mins.)
Director: Fred Cavayé
 
11.
The Big Steal (1949)
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An army lieutenant accused of robbery pursues the real thief on a frantic chase through Mexico aided by the thief's fiancee. (71 mins.)
Director: Don Siegel
 
12.
Rififi (1955)
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Four men plan a technically perfect crime, but the human element intervenes... (118 mins.)
Director: Jules Dassin
 
13.
The Big Sleep (1978)
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Grizzled American private detective in England investigates a complicated case of blackmail turned murder involving a rich but honest elderly general, his two loose socialite daughters, a pornographer and a gangster. (99 mins.)
Director: Michael Winner
 
14.
They Live by Night (1948)
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An escaped convict, injured during a robbery, falls in love with the woman who nurses him back to health, but their relationship seems doomed from the beginning. (95 mins.)
Director: Nicholas Ray
 
15.
Side Street (1949)
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A struggling young father-to-be gives in to temptation and impulsively steals money from the office of a shady lawyer - with catastrophic consequences. (83 mins.)
Director: Anthony Mann
 
16.
Crime Wave (1953)
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Reformed parolee Steve Lacey is caught in the middle when a wounded former cellmate seeks him out for shelter. (73 mins.)
Director: André De Toth
 
17.
L.A. Confidential (1997)
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As corruption grows in 1950s LA, three policemen - one strait-laced, one brutal, and one sleazy - investigate a series of murders with their own brand of justice. (138 mins.)
Director: Curtis Hanson
 
18.
Decoy (1946)
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A mortally wounded female gangster recounts how she and her gang revived an executed killer from the gas chamber, to try and find out where he buried a fortune in cash. (76 mins.)
Director: Jack Bernhard
 
19.
Le Samouraï (1967)
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After Professional hitman Jef Costello is seen by witnesses his efforts to provide himself an alibi drive him further in a corner. (105 mins.)
 
20.
Nightfall (1956)
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Through a series of bizarre coincidences artist finds himself falsely accused of bank robbery and murder and is pursued by the authorities and the real killers. (78 mins.)
 
21.
Dark Passage (1947)
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A man convicted of murdering his wife escapes from prison and works with a woman to try and prove his innocence. (106 mins.)
Director: Delmer Daves
 
22.
Scandal Sheet (1952)
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The editor of an exploitation newspaper commits a murder and assigns his protégé to investigate hoping to divert attention away from himself. (82 mins.)
Director: Phil Karlson
 
23.
The Phenix City Story (1955)
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A crime-busting lawyer and his initially reluctant attorney father take on the forces that run gambling and prostitution in their small Southern town. (100 mins.)
Director: Phil Karlson
 
24.
Drive (2011)
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A mysterious Hollywood stuntman and mechanic moonlights as a getaway driver and finds himself in trouble when he helps out his neighbor. (100 mins.)
 
25.
Nightcrawler (2014)
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When Louis Bloom, a driven man desperate for work, muscles into the world of L.A. crime journalism, he blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story. (118 mins.)
Director: Dan Gilroy
 
26.
Dead Reckoning (1947)
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A soldier runs away rather than receive the Medal of Honor, so his buddy gets permission to investigate, and love and death soon follow. (100 mins.)
Director: John Cromwell
 
27.
Mystery Street (1950)
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A small town policeman is assisted by a Harvard professor when the skeletal remains of a pregnant prostitute turn up on a Massachusetts beach. (93 mins.)
Director: John Sturges
 
28.
Act of Violence (1949)
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An embittered, vengeful POW stalks his former commanding officer who betrayed his men's planned escape attempt from a Nazi prison camp. (82 mins.)
Director: Fred Zinnemann
 
29.
Call Northside 777 (1948)
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Chicago reporter P.J. McNeal re-opens a ten year old murder case. (112 mins.)
Director: Henry Hathaway
 
30.
The Big Heat (1953)
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Tough cop Dave Bannion takes on a politically powerful crime syndicate. (90 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
 
31.
Elevator to the Gallows (1958)
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A self-assured business man murders his employer, the husband of his mistress, which unintentionally provokes an ill-fated chain of events. (91 mins.)
Director: Louis Malle
 
32.
The House on 92nd Street (1945)
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Bill Dietrich becomes a double agent for the FBI in a Nazi spy ring. (88 mins.)
Director: Henry Hathaway
 
33.
Whirlpool (1950)
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A woman secretly suffering from kleptomania is hypnotized in an effort to cure her condition. Soon afterwards, she is found at the scene of a murder with no memory of how she got there and seemingly no way to prove her innocence. (98 mins.)
Director: Otto Preminger
 
34.
Le Trou (1960)
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In prison four long-sentence inmates planning an elaborate escape cautiously induct a new inmate to join in their scheme which leads to distrust and uncertainty. (132 mins.)
Director: Jacques Becker
 
35.
The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973)
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After his last crime has him looking at a long prison sentence for repeat offenses, a low level Boston gangster decides to snitch on his friends to avoid jail time. (102 mins.)
Director: Peter Yates
 
36.
Dial M for Murder (1954)
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An ex-tennis pro carries out a plot to murder his wife. When things go wrong, he improvises a brilliant plan B. (105 mins.)
 
37.
Kansas City Confidential (1952)
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An ex-con trying to go straight is framed for a million dollar armored car robbery and must go to Mexico in order to unmask the real culprits. (99 mins.)
Director: Phil Karlson
 
38.
The Night of the Hunter (1955)
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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. (92 mins.)
 
39.
Impact (1949)
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A unfaithful wife plots with her lover to kill her husband, but the lover is accidentally killed instead. The husband stays in hiding, and lets his wife be charged with conspiracy. (111 mins.)
Director: Arthur Lubin
 
40.
Le Cercle Rouge (1970)
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After leaving prison, master thief Corey crosses paths with a notorious escapee and an alcoholic former policeman. The trio proceed to plot an elaborate heist. (140 mins.)
 
41.
The Killing (1956)
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Crooks plan and execute a daring race-track robbery. (85 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
 
42.
No Man of Her Own (1950)
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A pregnant woman adopts the identity of a railroad crash victim and starts a new life with the woman's wealthy in-laws, but is soon blackmailed by her devious ex. (98 mins.)
Director: Mitchell Leisen
 
43.
Backfire (1950)
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While recuperating from wartime back injuries at a hospital, veteran Bob Corey is visited on Christmas Eve by a beautiful stranger with an even stranger message. (91 mins.)
Director: Vincent Sherman
 
44.
Dial 1119 (1950)
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An escaped mental patient murders a bus driver, then takes refuge in a bar, where he holds the patrons hostage. (75 mins.)
Director: Gerald Mayer
 
45.
Night Editor (1946)
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"Night Editor" was based on the already existing radio program in which a newspaper editor would recount... (68 mins.)
Director: Henry Levin
 
46.
The Desperate Hours (1955)
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Glen, Hal and Sam are three escaped convicts who move in on and terrorize a suburban household. (112 mins.)
Director: William Wyler
 
47.
Mildred Pierce (1945)
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A hard-working mother inches towards disaster as she divorces her husband and starts a successful restaurant business to support her spoiled daughter. (111 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
 
48.
Winter's Bone (2010)
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An unflinching Ozark Mountain girl hacks through dangerous social terrain as she hunts down her drug-dealing father while trying to keep her family intact. (100 mins.)
Director: Debra Granik
 
49.
The Hitch-Hiker (1953)
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Two fishermen pick up a psychotic escaped convict who tells them that he intends to murder them when the ride is over. (71 mins.)
Director: Ida Lupino
 
50.
Blast of Silence (1961)
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A hired killer from Cleveland has a job to do on a second-string mob boss in New York. But a special girl from his past, and a fat gun dealer with pet rats, each gets in his way. (77 mins.)
Director: Allen Baron
 
51.
The Drowning Pool (1975)
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A big-city private detective travels to the Deep South to help out an old girlfriend who is worried that her husband will find out that she is cheating on him. (108 mins.)
 
52.
Suspicion (1941)
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A shy young heiress marries a charming gentleman, and soon begins to suspect he is planning to murder her. (99 mins.)
 
53.
The Enforcer (1951)
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A crusading district attorney finally gets a chance to prosecute the organizer and boss of Murder Inc. (87 mins.)
 
54.
Leave Her to Heaven (1945)
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A writer falls in love with a young socialite and they are married soon after, but her obsessive love for him threatens to be the undoing of both them and everyone else around them. (110 mins.)
Director: John M. Stahl
 
55.
Pushover (1954)
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A larcenous undercover cop falls for the beautiful moll of a bank robber on the run and together they double-cross the hood nd the cops. (88 mins.)
Director: Richard Quine
 
56.
This Gun for Hire (1942)
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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. (81 mins.)
Director: Frank Tuttle
 
57.
I Wake Up Screaming (1941)
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Why is Inspector Ed Cornell trying to railroad Frankie Christopher for the murder of model Vicky Lynn? (82 mins.)
 
58.
One Girl's Confession (1953)
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Another of the "Fate and Irony" films from director-writer-producer-actor Hugo Haas but this one has... (74 mins.)
Director: Hugo Haas