Film noir in color

by lora-31 | created - 20 Dec 2011 | updated - 01 Dec 2012 | Public

Contrary to its name, film noir can (or could, if we restrict the timeframe to the period from the 1940s to the 1950s) be set in daytime (High Noon, 1952) or shot in color. Here is my list of color films noirs. Only classic noir era (1940s to 1950s) is covered.

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1. Leave Her to Heaven (1945)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Romance

7.8
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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.

Director: John M. Stahl | Stars: Gene Tierney, Cornel Wilde, Jeanne Crain, Vincent Price

Votes: 8,844

2. Desert Fury (1947)

Approved | 96 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

6.7
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The daughter of a Nevada casino owner gets involved with a racketeer, despite everyone's efforts to separate them.

Director: Lewis Allen | Stars: John Hodiak, Lizabeth Scott, Burt Lancaster, Wendell Corey

Votes: 939

3. Rope (1948)

PG | 80 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.0
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Two young men strangle their "inferior" classmate, hide his body in their apartment, and invite his friends and family to a dinner party as a means to challenge the "perfection" of their crime.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: James Stewart, John Dall, Farley Granger, Dick Hogan

Votes: 106,200

4. Niagara (1953)

Approved | 92 min | Film-Noir, Thriller

7.1
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As two couples are visiting Niagara Falls, tensions between one wife and her husband reach the level of murder.

Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: Marilyn Monroe, Joseph Cotten, Jean Peters, Max Showalter

Votes: 12,240

5. Inferno (1953)

Approved | 83 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

7.2
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A tough, hard-driving business tycoon suffers a broken leg and is left to die in the desert by his scheming wife and her greedy lover.

Director: Roy Ward Baker | Stars: Robert Ryan, Rhonda Fleming, William Lundigan, Larry Keating

Votes: 918

6. Second Chance (1953)

Approved | 82 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

6.0
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Mobster Vic Spalato's girlfriend Claire is in hiding in Mexico and she's willing to testify for a US Senate investigation committee, if she can make it back to the US alive.

Director: Rudolph Maté | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Jack Palance, Linda Darnell, Sandro Giglio

Votes: 690

7. Black Widow (1954)

Approved | 95 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery

6.8
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A young writer insinuates herself into the life of a Broadway producer.

Director: Nunnally Johnson | Stars: Ginger Rogers, Van Heflin, Gene Tierney, George Raft

Votes: 1,585

8. Dangerous Mission (1954)

Approved | 75 min | Action, Film-Noir, Mystery

5.7
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A policeman tries to protect a young woman against a hit man, when she flees New York after witnessing a mob killing.

Director: Louis King | Stars: Victor Mature, Piper Laurie, William Bendix, Vincent Price

Votes: 430

9. Rear Window (1954)

PG | 112 min | Mystery, Thriller

8.5
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A wheelchair-bound photographer spies on his neighbours from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey, Thelma Ritter

Votes: 357,977 | Gross: $36.76M

10. Dial M for Murder (1954)

PG | 105 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller

8.2
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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.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Ray Milland, Grace Kelly, Robert Cummings, John Williams

Votes: 123,325 | Gross: $0.01M

11. Silver Lode (1954)

Approved | 81 min | Western

7.0
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In Silver Lode, Dan Ballard is arrested by 4 Marshals for murder and theft but he denies the charges and searches for the real culprit even as the townsfolk start abandoning him.

Director: Allan Dwan | Stars: John Payne, Lizabeth Scott, Dan Duryea, Dolores Moran

Votes: 1,217

12. Johnny Guitar (1954)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama, Western

7.7
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83 Metascore

After helping a wounded gang member, a strong-willed female saloon owner is wrongly suspected of murder and bank robbery by a lynch mob.

Director: Nicholas Ray | Stars: Joan Crawford, Sterling Hayden, Mercedes McCambridge, Scott Brady

Votes: 12,537

13. Three Hours to Kill (1954)

Approved | 77 min | Mystery, Western

6.5
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Framed for murder, Jim Guthrie barely escapes lynching by the town mob, becomes a wanted fugitive for three years but returns to find the real killer.

Director: Alfred L. Werker | Stars: Dana Andrews, Donna Reed, Dianne Foster, Stephen Elliott

Votes: 428

14. Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)

Not Rated | 81 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.8
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A one-armed stranger comes to a tiny town possessing a terrible past they want to keep secret, by violent means if necessary.

Director: John Sturges | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Robert Ryan, Anne Francis, Dean Jagger

Votes: 16,004

15. Hell's Island (1955)

Approved | 84 min | Adventure, Drama, Film-Noir

5.9
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Down-on-his-luck Mike Cormack is hired to fly to a Caribbean island to retrieve a missing ruby. On the island, possibly involved with the ruby's disappearance, is his ex-girlfriend.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: John Payne, Mary Murphy, Francis L. Sullivan, Eduardo Noriega

Votes: 196

16. House of Bamboo (1955)

Approved | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

6.9
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Planted in a Tokyo crime syndicate, a U.S. Army Investigator attempts to probe the coinciding death of a fellow Army official.

Director: Samuel Fuller | Stars: Robert Ryan, Robert Stack, Shirley Yamaguchi, Cameron Mitchell

Votes: 2,300

17. I Died a Thousand Times (1955)

Not Rated | 109 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

6.4
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When aging criminal Roy Earle is released from prison he decides to pull one last heist before retiring by robbing a resort hotel.

Director: Stuart Heisler | Stars: Jack Palance, Shelley Winters, Lori Nelson, Lee Marvin

Votes: 684

18. Violent Saturday (1955)

Not Rated | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

6.9
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Three men case a small town very carefully, with plans to rob the bank on the upcoming Saturday, which turns violent and deadly.

Director: Richard Fleischer | Stars: Victor Mature, Richard Egan, Stephen McNally, Virginia Leith

Votes: 1,573

19. Hell on Frisco Bay (1955)

Unrated | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

6.5
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After 5 years in prison, ex-cop Steve Rollins is paroled and searches for the San Francisco mobsters who framed him for manslaughter.

Director: Frank Tuttle | Stars: Alan Ladd, Edward G. Robinson, Joanne Dru, William Demarest

Votes: 243

20. A Man Alone (1955)

Approved | 96 min | Romance, Western

6.4
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A gunfighter's main hope lies in the trust of a beautiful woman who hides him out when he is wrongly suspected of a stagecoach massacre.

Director: Ray Milland | Stars: Ray Milland, Mary Murphy, Ward Bond, Raymond Burr

Votes: 572

21. The Violent Men (1954)

Approved | 96 min | Western

7.0
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A bitter land dispute causes a Civil War veteran to take extreme action.

Director: Rudolph Maté | Stars: Glenn Ford, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson, Dianne Foster

Votes: 1,902

22. The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)

PG | 120 min | Drama, Thriller

7.5
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A family vacationing in Morocco accidentally stumble on to an assassination plot and the conspirators are determined to prevent them from interfering.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: James Stewart, Doris Day, Brenda de Banzie, Bernard Miles

Votes: 47,414 | Gross: $10.25M

23. Slightly Scarlet (1956)

99 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

6.8
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An urban wheeler-dealer gets involved in organized crime, corrupt city politics and graft while falling in-love with the fiancée of the newly elected mayor.

Director: Allan Dwan | Stars: John Payne, Rhonda Fleming, Arlene Dahl, Kent Taylor

Votes: 666

24. A Kiss Before Dying (1956)

Approved | 94 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery

6.8
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A ruthless college student resorts to murder in a futile attempt to marry an heiress.

Director: Gerd Oswald | Stars: Robert Wagner, Jeffrey Hunter, Virginia Leith, Joanne Woodward

Votes: 2,422

25. Accused of Murder (1956)

Approved | 74 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

5.7
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Police detective falls for singer, gets involved with gangster killing.

Director: Joseph Kane | Stars: David Brian, Vera Ralston, Sidney Blackmer, Virginia Grey

Votes: 88

26. The Unholy Wife (1957)

Approved | 94 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

5.7
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Wealthy vintner Paul Hochen meets blonde bombshell Phyllis in a bar...and marries her. In due course, Phyllis is bored by Paul, and finds an exciting new lover in rodeo rider San. To adjust... See full summary »

Director: John Farrow | Stars: Diana Dors, Rod Steiger, Tom Tryon, Beulah Bondi

Votes: 237

27. The Bravados (1958)

Approved | 98 min | Drama, Western

7.0
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A man is chasing four outlaws who killed his wife and finds them in a small town's jail but they escape to Mexico.

Director: Henry King | Stars: Gregory Peck, Joan Collins, Stephen Boyd, Albert Salmi

Votes: 3,671

28. Man of the West (1958)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama, Romance, Western

7.2
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A reformed outlaw becomes stranded after an aborted train robbery with two other passengers and is forced to rejoin his old outlaw band.

Director: Anthony Mann | Stars: Gary Cooper, Julie London, Lee J. Cobb, Arthur O'Connell

Votes: 5,313

29. Party Girl (1958)

Not Rated | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.1
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Lawyer Thomas Farrell is a defender of crooks. Vicki Gayle encourages him improve his reputation, but mob king Rico Angelo insists otherwise.

Director: Nicholas Ray | Stars: Robert Taylor, Cyd Charisse, Lee J. Cobb, John Ireland

Votes: 2,128

30. Vertigo (1958)

PG | 128 min | Mystery, Romance, Thriller

8.4
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A San Francisco detective suffering from acrophobia investigates the strange activities of an old friend's wife, all the while becoming dangerously obsessed with her.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: James Stewart, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes, Tom Helmore

Votes: 285,280 | Gross: $3.20M

31. The Trap (1959)

Not Rated | 84 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.8
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Lawyer Ralph Anderson arrives in Tula, an amazingly remote town in the desert, as reluctant emissary of mob chief Victor Massonetti, who wants the airstrip clear for his unofficial exit ... See full summary »

Director: Norman Panama | Stars: Richard Widmark, Lee J. Cobb, Tina Louise, Earl Holliman

Votes: 315

32. Foreign Intrigue (1956)

Approved | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

5.9
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When a reclusive, enigmatic millionaire dies suddenly on the Riviera, his press agent begins to investigate his employer's shady past.

Director: Sheldon Reynolds | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Geneviève Page, Ingrid Thulin, Frédéric O'Brady

Votes: 672