Martin Scorcese's Best FILM NOIR (from the Variety book of movie lists)

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1.
Angel Face (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Ambulance driver Frank Jessup is ensnared in the schemes of the sensuous but dangerous Diane Tremayne. (91 mins.)
Director: Otto Preminger
 
2.
Raw Deal (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Joe Sullivan has taken the rap for Rick who double-crosses him with a flawed escape plan and other means intended to get rid of him. (79 mins.)
Director: Anthony Mann
 
3.
Criss Cross (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
An armored truck driver and his lovely ex-wife conspire with a gang to have his own truck robbed on the route. (84 mins.)
Director: Robert Siodmak
 
4.
D.O.A. (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Frank Bigelow, told he's been poisoned and has only a few days to live, tries to find out who killed him and why. (83 mins.)
Director: Rudolph Maté
 
5.
Dark Passage (1947)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
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
 
6.
Detour (1945)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Chance events trap hitch-hiker Al Roberts in a tightening net of film noir trouble. (68 mins.)
Director: Edgar G. Ulmer
 
7.
Double Indemnity (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
An insurance representative lets himself be talked into a murder/insurance fraud scheme that arouses an insurance investigator's suspicions. (107 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
 
8.
Force of Evil (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
An unethical lawyer, with an older brother he wants to help, becomes a partner with a client in the numbers racket. (78 mins.)
 
9.
Gilda (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A small-time gambler hired to work in a Buenos Aires casino learns that his ex-lover is married to his employer. (110 mins.)
Director: Charles Vidor
 
10.
The Lady from Shanghai (1947)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Fascinated by gorgeous Mrs. Bannister, seaman Michael O'Hara joins a bizarre yachting cruise, and ends up mired in a complex murder plot. (87 mins.)
 
11.
Gun Crazy (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A well meaning crack shot husband is pressured by his beautiful marksman wife to go on an interstate robbery spree, where he finds out just how depraved and deadly she really is. (87 mins.)
Director: Joseph H. Lewis
 
12.
He Walked by Night (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
This film-noir piece, told in semi-documentary style, follows police on the hunt for a resourceful criminal who shoots and kills a cop. (79 mins.)
Director: Alfred Werker
 
13.
The Hitch-Hiker (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
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
 
14.
I Walk Alone (1947)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Frankie Madison leaves prison expecting a share from his ex-partner. But Prohibition bootlegging didn't prepare Frankie for Big Business. (97 mins.)
Director: Byron Haskin
 
15.
In a Lonely Place (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A potentially violent screenwriter is a murder suspect until his lovely neighbor clears him. But she begins to have doubts... (94 mins.)
Director: Nicholas Ray
 
16.
The Killer Is Loose (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
An unhinged, deceptively mild-mannered bank robber escapes prison, seeking revenge on the cop who accidentally killed his wife during a gun battle. (73 mins.)
Director: Budd Boetticher
 
17.
The Killers (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Hit men kill an unresisting victim, and investigator Reardon uncovers his past involvement with beautiful, deadly Kitty Collins. (103 mins.)
Director: Robert Siodmak
 
18.
The Killing (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Crooks plan and execute a daring race-track robbery. (85 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
 
19.
Kiss Me Deadly (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A doomed female hitchhiker pulls Mike Hammer into a deadly whirlpool of intrigue, revolving around a mysterious "great whatsit." (106 mins.)
Director: Robert Aldrich
 
20.
Kiss of Death (1947)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
With his law-breaking lifestyle in the past, an ex-con, along with his family, attempt to start a new life, knowing a betrayed someone from the past is bound to see otherwise. (99 mins.)
Director: Henry Hathaway
 
21.
Laura (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A police detective falls in love with the woman whose murder he is investigating. (88 mins.)
Director: Otto Preminger
 
22.
Leave Her to Heaven (1945)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
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
 
23.
The Locket (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Just before a wedding, the bridegroom hears a complex tale painting his lovely bride as devilish and unbalanced. (85 mins.)
Director: John Brahm
 
24.
Moonrise (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Danny is being despised by his schoolmates because his father was accused to have killed another man and is condemned to the death penalty. (90 mins.)
Director: Frank Borzage
 
25.
T-Men (1947)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Two US Treasury agents hunt a successful counterfeiting ring. (92 mins.)
Director: Anthony Mann
 
26.
Reign of Terror (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Robespierrre, a powerful figure in the French revolution, is desperately looking for his black book, a death list of those marked for the guillotine. (89 mins.)
Director: Anthony Mann
 
27.
Ride the Pink Horse (1947)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
In the bordertown of San Pablo, preparing for an annual 'Mexican Fiesta,' arrives Gagin: tough, mysterious and laconic... (101 mins.)
 
28.
Road House (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A night club owner becomes infatuated with a torch singer and frames his best friend/manager for embezzlement when the chanteuse falls in love with him. (95 mins.)
Director: Jean Negulesco
 
29.
The Set-Up (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Because aging boxer Bill Thompson always lost his past fights, his corrupt manager, without telling Thompson, takes bribes from a betting gangster, to ensure Thompson's pre-arranged dive-loss in the next match. (73 mins.)
Director: Robert Wise
 
30.
Sleep, My Love (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Alison Courtland wakes up in the middle of the night on board a train, but she cannot remember how she got there. Danger and suspense ensue. (97 mins.)
Director: Douglas Sirk
 
31.
Sudden Fear (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
After an ambitious actor insinuates himself into the life of a wealthy middle-aged playwright and marries her, he plots with his mistress to murder her. (110 mins.)
Director: David Miller
 
32.
Sunset Blvd. (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A screenwriter is hired to rework a faded silent film star's script only to find himself developing a dangerous relationship. (110 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
 
33.
Sweet Smell of Success (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Powerful but unethical Broadway columnist J.J. Hunsecker coerces unscrupulous press agent Sidney Falco into breaking up his sister's romance with a jazz musician. (96 mins.)
 
34.
Touch of Evil (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A stark, perverse story of murder, kidnapping, and police corruption in a Mexican border town. (95 mins.)
Director: Orson Welles
 
35.
Underworld U.S.A. (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Fourteen-year-old Tolly Devlin sees four hoods beat his father to death. Twenty years later, the killers... (99 mins.)
Director: Samuel Fuller
 
36.
When Strangers Marry (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A naive small-town girl comes to New York City to meet her husband, and discovers that he may be a murderer. (67 mins.)
Director: William Castle
 
37.
The Big Combo (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A police lt. is ordered to stop investigating deadly crime boss Mr. Brown, because he hasn't been able to get any hard evidence against him. He then goes after Brown's girlfriend who despises him, for information instead. (87 mins.)
Director: Joseph Lewis
 
38.
The Big Heat (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Tough cop Dave Bannion takes on a politically powerful crime syndicate. (90 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
 
39.
The Big Knife (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Hollywood actor Charles Castle is pressured by his studio boss into a criminal cover-up to protect his valuable career. (111 mins.)
Director: Robert Aldrich
 
40.
The Big Sleep (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Private detective Philip Marlowe is hired by a rich family. Before the complex case is over, he's seen murder, blackmail, and what might be love. (114 mins.)
Director: Howard Hawks
 
41.
The Lineup (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
In San Francisco, a psychopathic gangster and his mentor retrieve heroin packages carried by unsuspecting travelers. (86 mins.)
Director: Don Siegel
 
42.
The Phenix City Story (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
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
 
43.
Caught (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
It was Leonora Eames' childhood dream come true. She had married Smith Ohlrig, a man worth millions... (88 mins.)
Director: Max Opuls
 
44.
The Chase (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Chuck Scott gets a job as chauffeur to tough guy Eddie Roman; but Chuck's involvement with Eddie's fearful wife becomes a nightmare. (86 mins.)
 
45.
City That Never Sleeps (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Johnny Kelly, who plans on resigning from the police force and leaving his wife the next day, has a very eventful last night on duty. (90 mins.)
Director: John H. Auer
 
46.
Clash by Night (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Mae Doyle comes back to her hometown a cynical woman. Her brother Joe fears that his love, fish cannery worker Peggy, may wind up like Mae. Mae marries Jerry and has a baby; she is happy but restless, drawn to Jerry's friend Earl. (105 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
 
47.
Cornered (1945)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
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
 
48.
Crossfire (1947)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A man is murdered, apparently by one of a group of soldiers just out of the army. But which one? And why? (86 mins.)
Director: Edward Dmytryk
 
49.
Cry of the City (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Police Lieut. Candella, longtime friend of the Rome family, walks a tightrope in the case of cop-killer Martin Rome. (95 mins.)
Director: Robert Siodmak
 
50.
Murder, My Sweet (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
After being hired to find an ex-con's former girlfriend, Philip Marlowe is drawn into a deeply complex web of mystery and deceit. (95 mins.)
Director: Edward Dmytryk
 
51.
The Narrow Margin (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
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.)
 
52.
Niagara (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
As two couples are visiting Niagara Falls, tensions between one wife and her husband reach the level of murder. (92 mins.)
Director: Henry Hathaway
 
53.
Night and the City (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A small-time grifter and nightclub tout takes advantage of some fortuitous circumstances and tries to become a big-time player as a wrestling promoter. (101 mins.)
Director: Jules Dassin
 
54.
Nightmare Alley (1947)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The rise and fall of Stanton Carlisle, a mentalist whose lies and deceit prove to be his downfall. (110 mins.)
Director: Edmund Goulding
 
55.
99 River Street (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A former boxer turned cab driver has to hide from the police when his badgering wife is murdered by the jewel thief she was having an affair with. (83 mins.)
Director: Phil Karlson
 
56.
Out of the Past (1947)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A private eye escapes his past to run a gas station in a small town, but his past catches up with him. Now he must return to the big city world of danger, corruption, double crosses and duplicitous dames. (97 mins.)
 
57.
Phantom Lady (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A beautiful secretary risks her life to try to find the elusive woman who may prove her boss didn't murder his selfish wife. (87 mins.)
Director: Robert Siodmak
 
58.
Pickup on South Street (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A pickpocket unwittingly lifts a message destined for enemy agents and becomes a target for a Communist spy ring. (80 mins.)
Director: Samuel Fuller
 
59.
Pitfall (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Insurance executive John Forbes falls for femme fatale Mona Stevens while her boyfriend is in jail and he suffers serious consequences as a result. (86 mins.)
Director: Andre de Toth
 
60.
The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A married woman and a drifter fall in love, then plot to murder her husband. Once the deed is done, they must live with the consequences of their actions. (113 mins.)
Director: Tay Garnett