The Other Film Noir

Great overlooked films in the film noir genre.
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1.
20,000 Years in Sing Sing (1932)
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Brash hoodlum Tom Connors enters Sing Sing cocksure of himself and disrespectful toward authority, but his tough but compassionate warden changes him. (78 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
 
2.
They Won't Forget (1937)
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A politically ambitious district attorney, unscrupulous tabloid journalists, and regional prejudice combine to charge a teacher with the murder of his student. (95 mins.)
 
3.
Each Dawn I Die (1939)
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A corrupt D.A. with governatorial ambitions is annoyed by an investigative reporter's criticism of his criminal activities and decides to frame the reporter for manslaughter in order to silence him. (92 mins.)
 
4.
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.)
 
5.
Blues in the Night (1941)
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"Jigger' Lane forms a band that includes singer Ginger 'Character' Powell, wife of the trumpeter Leo Powelll... (88 mins.)
Director: Anatole Litvak
 
6.
Dillinger (1945)
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John Dillinger begins his life of crime as a petty thief, meets his future gang in prison and eventually masterminds a series of daring robberies. (70 mins.)
Director: Max Nosseck
 
7.
The Dark Corner (1946)
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Secretary tries to help her boss, who is framed for a murder. (99 mins.)
Director: Henry Hathaway
 
8.
Daisy Kenyon (1947)
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Commercial artist Daisy Kenyon is involved with married lawyer Dan O'Mara, and hopes someday to marry him... (99 mins.)
Director: Otto Preminger
 
9.
High Wall (1947)
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After a brain-damaged man confesses to murder and is committed, Dr. Ann Lorrison tries to prove his innocence. (99 mins.)
 
10.
Possessed (1947)
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After being found wandering the streets of Los Angeles, a severely catatonic woman tells a doctor the complex story of how she wound up there. (108 mins.)
 
11.
Ride the Pink Horse (1947)
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In the bordertown of San Pablo, preparing for an annual 'Mexican Fiesta,' arrives Gagin: tough, mysterious and laconic... (101 mins.)
 
12.
Pitfall (1948)
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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
 
13.
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
 
14.
Behind Locked Doors (1948)
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A well-known judge has become a fugitive from the police, with a large reward on his head. A reporter... (62 mins.)
 
15.
The Street with No Name (1948)
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A covert FBI agent infiltrates a ruthless gangster mob, but his life is at risk from a mysterious informant who funnels inside information to the hoodlums. (91 mins.)
 
16.
Cry of the City (1948)
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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
 
17.
Moonrise (1948)
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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
 
18.
Road House (1948)
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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
 
19.
I Walk Alone (1947)
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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
 
20.
Canon City (1948)
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This movie centers around a prison escape from the Colorado State Penitentiary. There are 12 escapees... (82 mins.)
Director: Crane Wilbur
 
21.
The Crooked Way (1949)
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War hero recovers from amnesia & is confronted by his criminal past. (90 mins.)
Director: Robert Florey
 
22.
Tension (1949)
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A meek pharmacist creates an alternate identity under which he plans to murder the bullying liquor salesman who has become his wife's lover. (95 mins.)
Director: John Berry
 
23.
Shockproof (1949)
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Jenny Marsh, still dangerously attractive after 5 years in prison for killing a man in defense of her shady lover Harry... (79 mins.)
Director: Douglas Sirk
 
24.
A Lady Without Passport (1950)
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There is a problem with foreign nationals using Cuba as a convenient jumping off point for illegal entry into the United States... (74 mins.)
Director: Joseph H. Lewis
 
25.
Side Street (1950)
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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
 
26.
Outrage (1950)
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A young woman who has just become engaged has her life completely shattered when she is raped while on her way home from work. (75 mins.)
Director: Ida Lupino
 
27.
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
 
28.
The Sound of Fury (1950)
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A man who is down on his luck falls in with a criminal. (91 mins.)
Director: Cyril Endfield
 
29.
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
 
30.
Caged (1950)
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A naive nineteen year old widow becomes coarsened and cynical when she is sent to a woman's prison and is exposed to hardened criminals and sadistic guards. (96 mins.)
Director: John Cromwell
 
31.
The Big Night (1951)
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A teenager comes of age while seeking revenge on the man who beat up his father. (75 mins.)
Director: Joseph Losey
 
32.
Fourteen Hours (1951)
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An unhappy man threatens suicide by standing on the ledge of a high-rise building for 14 hours. (92 mins.)
Director: Henry Hathaway
 
33.
Cry Danger (1951)
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Ex-con Rocky Mulloy seeks the real culprit in the crime he was framed for, in a night world of deceptive dames and double crosses. (79 mins.)
Director: Robert Parrish
 
34.
The Racket (1951)
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The big national crime syndicate has moved into town, partnering up with local crime boss Nick Scanlon... (88 mins.)
Director: John Cromwell
 
35.
Storm Warning (1951)
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Marsha Mitchell, a traveling dress model, stops in a southern town to see her sister who has married a Ku Klux Klansman. Marsha sees the KKK commit a murder and helps District Attorney Burt Rainey in bringing the criminals to justice. (93 mins.)
Director: Stuart Heisler
 
36.
The Scarf (1951)
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A man believe to have murdered a woman, escapes from the insane asylum to find if he was the one to actually kill her using the scarf she was wearing. (93 mins.)
Director: E.A. Dupont
 
37.
The Thief (1952)
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A chance accident causes a nuclear physicist selling top secret material to the Russians to fall under FBI scrutiny and go on the run. (86 mins.)
Director: Russell Rouse
 
38.
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
 
39.
The Sniper (1952)
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A sniper kills young brunettes as the police attempt to grapple with the psychology of the unknown assailant. (88 mins.)
Director: Edward Dmytryk
 
40.
Count the Hours! (1953)
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Lawyer defends migrant worker falsely accused of 2 murders. (76 mins.)
Director: Don Siegel
 
41.
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
 
42.
Private Hell 36 (1954)
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When 2 detectives steal $80,000 from a dead robber, one of them suffers from a guilty conscience which could lead to murder. (81 mins.)
Director: Don Siegel
 
43.
Black Tuesday (1954)
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Gangster Vincent Canelli and bank robber Peter Manning escape from Death Row minutes before their execution by electric chair. (80 mins.)
Director: Hugo Fregonese
 
44.
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
 
45.
Pete Kelly's Blues (1955)
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In 1927, a Kansas City, Missouri cornet player and his band perform nightly at a seedy speakeasy until a racketeer tries to extort them in exchange for protection. (95 mins.)
Director: Jack Webb
 
46.
The Killer Is Loose (1956)
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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
 
47.
The Garment Jungle (1957)
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The struggle of a lady's garment workers' organization to unionize a New York clothing sweat shop; the owner of which is determined to keep the union out of his business at any cost. (88 mins.)
Director: Vincent Sherman
 
48.
The Brothers Rico (1957)
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A retired mob accountant is drawn back in when his brothers, who have recently made a hit for the organization, decide to go to the authorities. (92 mins.)
Director: Phil Karlson
 
49.
Machine-Gun Kelly (1958)
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The criminal exploits of Public Enemy number 1, George 'Machine-Gun' Kelly, during the 1930s. (80 mins.)
Director: Roger Corman
 
50.
The Lineup (1958)
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In San Francisco, a psychopathic gangster and his mentor retrieve heroin packages carried by unsuspecting travelers. (86 mins.)
Director: Don Siegel
 
51.
Murder by Contract (1958)
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Claude is a ruthless and efficient contract killer - until he finds his next target is a woman. (81 mins.)
Director: Irving Lerner
 
52.
City of Fear (1959)
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A vicious killer escapes from San Quentin with a cannister of what he believes to be heroin but is actually a radioactive substance that threatens all Los Angeles. (81 mins.)
Director: Irving Lerner
 
53.
Key Witness (1960)
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In Los Angeles, a brave witness to murder agrees to testify in court against the street gang leader who's desperate to silence him. (82 mins.)
Director: Phil Karlson
 
54.
Underworld U.S.A. (1961)
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Fourteen-year-old Tolly Devlin sees four hoods beat his father to death. Twenty years later, the killers... (99 mins.)
Director: Samuel Fuller
 
55.
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