Film noir in colorby 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
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.
3. Rope (1948)
PG | 80 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
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.
5. Inferno (1953)
Approved | 83 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
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.
6. Second Chance (1953)
Approved | 82 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
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.
9. Rear Window (1954)
PG | 112 min | Mystery, Thriller
A wheelchair-bound photographer spies on his neighbours from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder.
Votes: 357,977 | Gross: $36.76M
10. Dial M for Murder (1954)
PG | 105 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller
An ex-tennis pro carries out a plot to murder his wife. When things go wrong, he improvises a brilliant plan B.
Votes: 123,325 | Gross: $0.01M
11. Silver Lode (1954)
Approved | 81 min | Western
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.
12. Johnny Guitar (1954)
Not Rated | 110 min | Drama, Western
After helping a wounded gang member, a strong-willed female saloon owner is wrongly suspected of murder and bank robbery by a lynch mob.
13. Three Hours to Kill (1954)
Approved | 77 min | Mystery, Western
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.
14. Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)
Not Rated | 81 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
A one-armed stranger comes to a tiny town possessing a terrible past they want to keep secret, by violent means if necessary.
15. Hell's Island (1955)
Approved | 84 min | Adventure, Drama, Film-Noir
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.
16. House of Bamboo (1955)
Approved | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Planted in a Tokyo crime syndicate, a U.S. Army Investigator attempts to probe the coinciding death of a fellow Army official.
17. I Died a Thousand Times (1955)
Not Rated | 109 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
When aging criminal Roy Earle is released from prison he decides to pull one last heist before retiring by robbing a resort hotel.
18. Violent Saturday (1955)
Not Rated | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Three men case a small town very carefully, with plans to rob the bank on the upcoming Saturday, which turns violent and deadly.
19. Hell on Frisco Bay (1955)
Unrated | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
After 5 years in prison, ex-cop Steve Rollins is paroled and searches for the San Francisco mobsters who framed him for manslaughter.
22. The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)
PG | 120 min | Drama, Thriller
A family vacationing in Morocco accidentally stumble on to an assassination plot and the conspirators are determined to prevent them from interfering.
Votes: 47,414 | Gross: $10.25M
23. Slightly Scarlet (1956)
99 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
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.
26. The Unholy Wife (1957)
Approved | 94 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
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 »
28. Man of the West (1958)
Not Rated | 100 min | Drama, Romance, Western
A reformed outlaw becomes stranded after an aborted train robbery with two other passengers and is forced to rejoin his old outlaw band.
29. Party Girl (1958)
Not Rated | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Lawyer Thomas Farrell is a defender of crooks. Vicki Gayle encourages him improve his reputation, but mob king Rico Angelo insists otherwise.
30. Vertigo (1958)
PG | 128 min | Mystery, Romance, Thriller
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.
Votes: 285,280 | Gross: $3.20M
31. The Trap (1959)
Not Rated | 84 min | Action, Crime, Drama
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 »
32. Foreign Intrigue (1956)
Approved | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
When a reclusive, enigmatic millionaire dies suddenly on the Riviera, his press agent begins to investigate his employer's shady past.